Never buy a used car before geting all the facts.

Hello my friends,

I trust you are having a fantastic holiday weekend. We should all be thankful for the brave men and women who keep us safe by laying down their lives all over the world.

A good friend of mine was looking at purchasing a used BMW from a local BMW franchise dealership. Before he took the car home, he gave me a call to get my 2 cents on the purchase. I must say I was a little surprised by his experience will the dealership.

The situation was as follows:

He had placed a deposit down on the vehicle and had a few questions, but the salesman told him he had to make a decision on the vehicle by 6 pm the same day. In addition to these “high pressure” tactics he was unable to review the accident history on the car, or see the inspection report before he negotiated on the vehicle or took it home.

My thoughts on this situation are as follows:

A customer should never be pressured into buying any vehicle new or used at any time.

In addition before you purchase any used vehicle you need to know as much as possible about the vehicle before you make a call to purchase it? You need the following information.

One: A copy of the vehicle history through Car fax or Car Proof.

Two: A copy of the safety inspection that was done on the vehicle.

Three: A full or partial service history on the vehicle is possible.

Four: A third part inspection done by someone other that the dealership. If a dealership refuses to provide these details or will not let you get a third party inspection you need to walk away.

In order to know what you are buying and be able to make an informed decision you need all the details first.

Never buy a new or used car that you are not 100% on, and never let the dealership set the terms. You are making the purchase so you should set the terms of the sale.

Have fun buying cars, but don’t let dealers rip you off…..

 

Ian

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What are the top 10 things people “Hate” about buying cars?

Hello My friends,

I know it has been a while since I have had time to post. Let me tell you life has been a little crazy lately. I was wondering what people truely hate about the car buying process. My best bet was to hask a few thousand friends of mine and here is what they thought.

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If you have car questions, feedback or just love the post please advise.

Have a fantastic day!!!!!!

Ian

“The Car Happiness Expert”

 

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Should you service at a dealer or risk it and service it elsewhere?

Hello my friends,

This is a question I get asked all the time. As a lifetime car nut and all around informed car person, it is a tricky one to answer. Before you make this decision you need to ask yourself a few questions.

One: How old is your current vehicle?

Two: Is it still under warranty?

Three: What type of service is needed?

Four: Would you risk aftermarket parts to save a few dollars?

Five: Is the cost savings really worth it?

After asking all the these questions you will get a feel for your comfort level and will most likely avoid some of the most common mistakes made by car owners today. Of course if you have an older car, that is out of warranty and your local mechanic has been good to you it’s your call.

I am also not going to say that an oil change done by Jiffy Lube, Mr. Lube, Hans and Franz, etc is the end of the world by any means. You do however need to remember that factory trained technician do spend 30-40 hours a year at least to maintain their training on your vehicle.

What does this mean to you?

One: They know your vehicle and will fix it quicker in most cases.

Two: They have the tools needed to get the job done right the first time.

Three: They have the computers needed to find the problem in the first place.

Four: They use factory parts, not aftermarket ones and these parts usually carry a warranty as well.

Five: It just makes sense in most cases because after the dust settles the cost to go to a dealer compared to your local mechanic is most likely very similar.  In some cases it may even be less.

Ways to save money on service.

One: Check for service specials and loyal customer savings first.

Two: An oil change is no substitute for your regular service. A car that is serviced regularly will cost less to maintain.

Three: If you are going to the dealership anyway for a recall, you may want to schedule your service as well to save time and money.

Four: Rotate your tires every 2nd oil change if possible to improve tire life, fuel economy and safety.

Five: Never be afraid to ask for a discount, if you don’t ask you will never know.

Six: Support your local dealer so they are there when you need them.

Don’t forget to save your service history; it will improve the value of your car when you sell it later, and if you are ever in an accident document it with photos and the repair bill as well.

These are my recommendations of course, you can feel free to compare and come to your own conclusions. I have been working in the automobile industry for over ten years now, and I feel I have a great bead on things.

Don’t forget to smile and happy driving…

Ian

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