New VS Used: What is Right for You?

One of the most common questions we see car buyers grapple with; is whether to buy a new car or a used car. Like anything, there are advantages and disadvantages to both options. Check out our comparisons below to help you determine which is best for you:

New Cars:

  1. Choice: When you buy new, you get to customize exactly the way you want, and often have more options than a used car. Color, interior, entertainment, and navigation systems are all customizable. If you don’t see what you want on the showroom floor, there’s a good chance that the dealership can special order a car to your qualifications.
  2. Better Finance Rates: A used car may cost less initially, but the interest rate will most likely be higher. Low-interest financing and cash rebates are often used to entice buyers into new cars, and are generally not offered for pre-owned vehicles.
  3. Better Warranty: While you can always buy warranties for a pre-owned vehicle, the best warranty you can get, for the best price, will be the one that comes from a manufacturer with a new vehicle.
  4. Safety: Vehicle safety laws are constantly changing, and auto makers are always producing new vehicles to meet that change. Newer vehicles will meet those more stringent safety standards, simply because they were made more recently.
  5. Higher Fuel Efficiency: Much like safety standards, car manufacturers are constantly adapting their product to be more fuel efficient with lower emissions. Additionally, new cars tend to have more hybrid options.

Used Cars:

  1. Price: Look, the bottom line? A used car is always going to be cheaper than a new one. The money that you save might make it possible to spend money on some customizations like sound or navigation systems.
  2. Insurance Rates: Generally, it will cost less to insure a used car. Keep in mind that this will be a monthly expense, so this may a significant factor in making your decision.
  3. Depreciation: Depending on the make and the model of the car, it can loose up to 45% of it’s value within the first three years. So, while you may be getting the latest of everything with a new car, you will loose a greater amount of money as it depreciates.
  4. Environmental: It’s not a guarantee that a pre-owned vehicle will be less environmentally friendly, and if you’re into recycling, buying a used car ensures that no resources will be used to produce a new car.
  5. Variety: If you’re open to buying used, you have a pretty much endless inventory to choose from. You are not limited to vehicles that have been released in the past year, and if you are willing to spend some time looking, the sky is the limit as to what you can get!

So what’s the final say? Well, ultimately it all comes down to what you want. There are plenty of reasons to go with new, and plenty of reasons to go with used. The bottom line is that you should go with what fits your situation best. Do your research, go for test drives, and have a clear idea of what you want. Whether buying new or used, the end goal is that you’re happy with your car!

How to Buy Your First Car in 10 Steps

Congratulations! You’ve decided to purchase your first car. This is a big step, and can often be an overwhelming process. Below, you will find some tricks and tips to help you navigate researching, deciding on, and purchasing your dream vehicle.

Step One:

  • Establish what you need: This is different from what you want, in that it will be what is essential to your lifestyle. Do you live in an area that experiences a lot of snow and ice? Then you probably need 4-wheel drive. Do you have kids or a large family? You probably need a mini-van or SUV. Do you drive long distances regularly or have a long commute to work? Then you probably need a car that gets good gas millage. By identifying what you absolutely need, you can start to narrow your search.

Step Two:

  • Establish what you want: This is different from what you need, in that it may not be absolutely essential, but still important to you. Are you a music lover? Then you probably want a good sound system. Do you talk on the phone a lot? Then you probably want a car with a bluetooth system built in. Do you take a lot of road trips? Then it might be nice to have a navigation system built in.

Step Three: 

  • Prioritize: Once you’ve determined the difference between what you want and what you need, you can start to prioritize what you’re looking for. If you want a great sound system, maybe you’re willing to compromise on leather interior to lower your price. Go in with a clear idea so that you don’t get sidetracked and end up paying more.

Step Four:

  • Research: Before you visit a dealership, it’s important that you have at least a baseline knowledge of what type of car you want, what you can afford, and (if needed) what financing is available to you. The web is a great tool for this step, find cars near you.

Step Five:

  • Locate a dealer: Find a dealer in your area that is convenient and you like. You can read reviews online, and check to see what their inventory looks like. Check out EveryAuto’s dealer research page!

Step Six:

  • Know your options: You should have a clear idea of what is available to you, both in terms of your actual car, and your financing options. Don’t be afraid to bring examples to back yourself up, and don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. Additionally, some dealers may not be as well versed in the specificity of the car that you are looking for, and may not always know about all the customizations available to you.

Step Seven:

  • Be an asset to yourself: Don’t go into the dealership expecting them to educate you. You should already have a clear idea of what type of car you what, what your budget is, and (if needed) what type of financing you would be approved for. Be as proactive as you can about the process; it will save you time and money in the long run.

Step Eight: 

  • Check the cost collision insurance: When is comes to collision insurance, some cars cost more than others and that’s just the nature of the beast. However, you want to make sure you have comprehensive insurance, and you should factor this into your overall budget for the car.

Step Nine:

  • If you’re buying used, have the car checked by an independent mechanic: This is just common sense. Some people even bring their mechanic with them while they shop, just to expedite the process.

Step Ten:

  • Enjoy yourself: When all is said and done, if you’ve researched your options and prepared yourself, purchasing a car should be pretty painless, and even enjoyable. Buying your first car is an exciting milestone, and you should have fun with the process!

How to Get the Best Price for Your Trade In

A car, truck, SUV, or minivan is typically the second largest investment you will make next to a home or condominium. Unfortunately, the depreciation clock starts ticking on a vehicle the moment you drive off the lot. The reality is that over a five-year period, the value of the brand new car you paid $25,000 can depreciate by nearly $15,000, even with average mileage and normal wear and tear. While you typically are not thinking about depreciation when you are wrapped up in buying a new car, knowing what it may be worth in five years can be a valuable negotiating tool. While it is impossible to stop the depreciation clock, there are things you can do to slow it down and get the best price for your trade in.

 

Maintenance is a Priority

The proper care and maintenance of your car, truck, SUV, or minivan is a key factor when you want to get the best price for your trade in. Check your owner’s manual and sure to follow the schedule it provides for routine maintenance. The old standard of changing you oil every 3,000 miles may or may not apply, so it is important to know what the specific manufacturer’s recommendations are for you vehicle.

Aside from routine maintenance, you also want to be sure to address any other concerns as soon as possible. A small squeak or rattle can turn into a major repair in no time, so instead of turning up the radio to drown it out, take a minute to make an appointment to have it checked out by a certified mechanic. In the case of vehicle ownership, it is always better to have a small issue taken care of before it becomes a major problem, which equates into an expensive repair.

You also want to be sure to always keep your repair and maintenance receipts. Most repair facilities have a computerized system that they can access to print out a repair record for your vehicle. While it may take a phone call or a quick stop to get these records, they can very easily convert to cash when it is time to trade in your vehicle.

 

Take Advantage of Internet Resources

Before you even start shopping for a new car, truck, or SUV, spend some time online researching the best price for your trade in. There is a variety of online resources that will give you an estimated trade in value for your vehicle. Most are simply an online form you fill in with you vehicle information, geographical location and specifics such as mileage and options. Use a few different sites so that you can get an average of what the trade in value of your vehicle is in your specific area.

It is also a good idea to run a vehicle history check. Many websites provide vehicle history reports free of charge and can provide you with a complete history of your car, truck, SUV, or minivan. This is especially important if you purchased the vehicle used. Vehicle history reports show accident damage, maintenance and repairs completed at authorized facilities like a dealership and the mileage history. The dealership will typically run its own history report as part of evaluating your trade in, but it is always better to know for yourself before you turn your keys over to an estimator.

 

Learn To Negotiate

As was mentioned before, maintenance records can be easily turned into cash when it comes time to negotiate the best price for your trade in. When you are armed with maintenance records, vehicle history and a few online vehicle valuations, you have more leverage than the typical consumer does when it comes to getting the price you want. Keep in mind that the dealership is a business and wants to make a profit, but being an educated consumer can help you get a price you are happy with instead of just depending on the dealership to offer you what they think your vehicle is worth. The more time you spend online researching your current vehicle and the vehicle you are interested in purchasing, the happier you will be when you drive off the lot in your new car. With all the tools available online, consumers have more power than ever to walk into a car dealership and walk out feeling good about their investment.

 

Getting the best price for your trade in may take some time and research, but when it comes time to head to the dealership, it will be well worth it. The internet and its available resources have completely changed the car buying process and it is important to take advantage of these resources. You also want to be sure that you take care of your car nearly as well as you take care of yourself. Always remember that your vehicle is an investment and the more your put into that investment, the more it will reward you when it comes time to trade in your car, truck, SUV, or minivan on something new.

 

Top 5 Car Maintenance Tips

1. Check Your Oil Level

Nothing is more vital to ensuring a long life for your engine than regularly checking the oil and having it changed every 3 months or 3,000 miles.

2. Use the Right Type of Gasoline

Certain cars require certain types of gas, it is important to know what kind your car needs.

3. Rotate Your Tires

Make sure to have your tires rotated every 6,000 miles. Tires wear differently in the front than in the back so it is important to have them rotated to even out the overall wear on the tires.

4. Wax

Cars are given a protective coat when they are manufactured to protect the paint job but this is the only defense given. Waxing provides another line of defense to scratches and sun damage to keep your cars color looking vibrant and new.

5. Replacing Your Windshield Wipers

Many people don’t realize when it’s time to replace their windshield wipers and risk the chance of driving with a dirty or damp windshield. Mechanics say your windshield wipers should be replaced every 12-18 months.

Buy or Lease: What’s Right for You?

We’re happy we can help you come to a decision in your future car, truck or SUV purchase. When choosing between buying or leasing, there are a few things to consider: lifestyle, budget, and vehicle needs. Below you will find our pros and cons for each:

LEASING PROS
1. Lower Monthly Payments. For leasing, you are paying the leasing fees and the depreciation that is happening during the lease term. For example, if you want to lease a 2017 Toyota Camry for three years then you will only pay for the depreciation of that vehicle for that period. If you decide to buy that same car and choose to finance, then the loan is based on the cost of the vehicle, minus your down payment and trade-in (if you have one). Unless you have a large down payment, leasing monthly payments tend to be less.
2. Drive a new car every few years. Who wouldn’t want to be riding around town in a new car? With leasing, you simply turn in the car when your lease is up and find a new one, given you followed maintenance and mileage protocol. Leasing is perfect for people who enjoy new technology and safety features in their rides.

LEASING CONS
1. Serious mileage constraints. Most lease terms come with an estimated 9,000-15,000 mileage limit, meaning if you go over on mileage then you could be paying $0.20 every additional mile traveled. This may not sound significant but if you commute 40 miles round trip then you’re paying an additional $8 a day. If you’re leaning towards a lease then it’s important to calculate how many miles you use daily.
2. Vehicle Condition. The car has to be returned in its original condition. Luckily, the leased vehicle is usually under warranty so in case a repair needs to be made then you’re most likely covered. On the other hand, oil changes and other costs for maintaining the vehicle will still need to be done.
3. Credit Score. If you don’t have a good credit score then leasing may not be for you, however, options are still available! Consider waiting to increase your credit score, taking over someone else’s lease or search for a certified used car with a comparable payment.

BUYING PROS
1. Ownership. Once you pay off financing, the car is yours forever. Being able to take the car payment off your monthly budget is a satisfying feeling and you have the freedom to use it as a trade-in or even sell once it’s paid off.
2. No Mileage Restrictions. Unlike leasing, you can drive your vehicle as much as you want without worrying about overage fees. For the commuter or the road trip enthusiast, buying a car would be for you.
3. Cheaper. Tends to be cheaper than leasing in the long run. If you think about it, you will always have a monthly payment when you lease so buying is perfect for someone who wants a car long term.

BUYING CONS
1. Depreciation. Once you drive off the lot, your car starts depreciating. In most instances, the value of your new car drops by about 20%. However, several vehicles exist that have a high resale value like the Honda Civic, BMW 3-Series, Ford Mustang, Toyota Tacoma, and Jeep Wrangler.
2. Down Payment. Most dealers require a 10 to 20% down payment. For example, if you want to buy a $25,000 car, then expect to pay from $2,500 to $5,000 when you sign. Having that much cash in hand isn’t available for many, which is why leasing can be an attractive option.
3. Length of Your Loan. Depending on your budget, you could end up with a mortgage size car loan. If you want a lower monthly payment then you will end up with a longer-term and higher loan interest rate. Dealers define longer-term loans that are longer than 72 months a higher risk and will charge you a higher interest rate as a result.

Be sure to weigh all the pros and cons of buying and leasing before you make a decision. Whether you choose to buy or lease a vehicle, we’re positive you will find a great deal! Let us help you get there by searching our inventory of new vehicles from dealerships in your area.

Best New Cars – June Edition

When purchasing a new car, it is TOP priority to make sure you get the best deal available.  Well, we’re here to help!

Below are this month’s top deals for new cars, trucks and SUVs:

 

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2017 BMW 3-Series

Financing: 2.9% financing for 72 months

 

 

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2017 Buick Enclave

Financing: 3.9% financing for 60 months with $1,000 bonus cash

 

 

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2017 Chevrolet Equinox

Financing: 3.9% financing for 60 months with $500 bonus cash

Cash back deals: Possibility of $1,250 cash back

 

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2017 Ford F-150

Financing: 1.9% financing for 36 months or up to 6.9% financing for up to 84 months with $1,500 bonus cash

Cash Back Deals: Possibility of $3,250 cash back

 

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2016 Honda CR-V

Financing: 0.9% financing for 24-60 months or 1.9% financing for 61-72 months

 

 

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2016 Kia Sportage

Financing: 0.9% financing for 60 months or 2.9% for 72 months

 

 

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2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Financing: 2.99% financing for 24-72 months

 

 

 


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2017 Toyota Camry

Financing: 0% financing for 72 months with up to $1,000 bonus cash

Cash Back Deals: Possibility of $2,500 cash back

 

Happy shopping!

All deals taken from U.S News & World Report and are samples from the manufacturer. All expire on 2/28/2017. Availability will vary based on location. Contact your local dealer for more information and qualification. All prices exclude taxes, licensing, tags and other dealer fees.