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Q. I was stunned to discover that my new/preowned car doesn’t have a spare tire. Was I ripped off?

A. Not really. About a third of new cars today do not come with a spare tire, though they may be equipped with a compressor and sealant kit to temporarily fix a flat tire. Some cars without spares come with “run-flat” tires, which are designed to operate for a limited distance after losing air from a typical puncture.

 

 

Carmakers are skipping the spare because of regulatory pressure to squeeze more miles out of every gallon of fuel: Ditching the 40 or 50 pounds that a tire and jack usually add to a car’s weight helps to increase fuel economy slightly.

The problem is that a sealant kit won’t help drivers if a tire’s sidewall gets sliced [...]

Snow and ice frozen under your car is likely the reason your vehicle is shaking at higher speeds, the Better Business Bureau said Monday, and a car wash may be a quick fix.

Getting frozen ice and snow out from the undercarriage could fix the problem.

Before you visit the auto repair shop, get your car washed, especially the undercarriage. The snow and ice freezes all over the bottom of the vehicle which results in that vibration you’re feeling.

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Winter weather creates hazardous driving conditions.

Unless you live in an area that is warm all year, you should prepare your car for freezing temperatures, snow, and ice. Here are some key vehicle preparation tips for winter driving:

 

  • Have a car emergency kit for wintertime. Include at least a flashlight, blanket, snow/ice scraper, and sand or salt. Check out more tips for creating a winter car emergency kit here.
  • Install fresh coolant before temperatures drop and keep your engine coolant system in the right proportion. Check your car owner’s manual to learn the proper way to change the antifreeze.
  • Make sure your heater system and the window defroster are functioning properly.
  • Check the windshield wipers and replace those that are worn or hardened. Use windshield wiper fluid that has antifreeze [...]

Is That Carfax Report Accurate?

Have you ever gone to a dealer and ask them if the car has a clean Carfax report. They tell you yes and you buy the car never suspecting anything. There is a huge problem with just seeing the carfax report. Some of these cars have been smashed, they will be bought buy a dealer, fixed and resold to YOU. The problem is you are never told about the accident, just that it has a clean report.

Check this out

The Carfax report that I took a screenshot of is the carfax report for the vehicle in the pictures below.

Have you ever wondered what goes on at a used car auction?

Sounds like fun, right?

But if you are trying to get the best bang for your customer’s buck, the pressure is on.

There is a lot more involved in buying a used car than the looks.

  • Was it smoked in?
  • How many miles does it have?
  • Is the price fair for what I am getting?
  • Does a clean Carfax report mean that the vehicle itself is clean?

Let me see if I can answer those questions and more.

Which Auction To Go To?

For a used car dealership, an auction should be the primary source of inventory. This means knowing what inventory sells, what equipment it has, what is the book value and what it is really worth.

There are a lot (and I really mean a lot) of used car auctions out there.

So which ones have the best cars?

The public auto auctions, [...]

I am a car dealer and I sell used cars.

So, you might think that I am against buying new cars, right?

Actually, I have nothing against new cars. Quite the opposite is true: without new cars being sold I would never have access to used cars.

There are times where it makes sense to buy new cars. If you can afford it and you simply cannot life without a brand new car. Or if you know you will use this new car for a very long time and drive long distances. [what else???]

Average Price for New Cars Are Increasing Rapidly

But the recent Yahoo Autos article “Average American can no longer afford “average-priced” new car or truck” has a very good point.

The article states that according Interest.com, the average new vehicle costs $32,086. That comes out to a typical monthly payment of $633. Americans have to pay 3.6% more for their car [...]

I want to tell you how I saved my dentist over $5,000. While sitting in the chair for a routine checkup, my dentist begins to talk to me about looking for a pre-owned Audi Q5 for his daughter. He mentioned to me that he was going to the local Audi dealer that coming weekend to begin the search process. He knew I sold late-model vehicles but has never seen me carry a high-end Audi. What he didn’t know is that I have easy access to virtually anything out there.

Hey, I Can Get You That Car

After my appointment ended is when the real work for me began. I explained to him that we can locate the 2012 Audi Q5 he wanted to buy. He had a color choice and mileage parameters in mind and left us an advance deposit and a time frame to get this vehicle for him. I am very happy to say we did [...]

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