We Care
3104 SR 574 • Plant City, FL 33563 • 813-757-6287

GETTING WITH THE TIMES Wednesday, January 16, 2019

In our industry, we hear it often.  Miles!  How many miles?  People get squirrely if the miles are 100,000 or over.  If vehicles are not your life and you don't understand the industry, we can understand the stigma of vehicles expiring around 100,000 thousand.  We like to say a vehicle doesn't even prove itself until it hits 100 thousand miles.  

Consider this...WE'RE ALL TAKING BETTER CARE OF OURSELVES THAN EVER.  Over the last several decades, our average life span has increased.  New studies come out, new medicines, new ideas, new and improved understandings of how we can live our best lives possible for AS LONG as possible.  REMEMBER WHEN WE CONSIDERED OURSELVES OLD IN OUR 30'S OR 40'S?  YEAH, THAT'S NOT US AND THAT'S NOT THE VEHICLE INDUSTRY ANYMORE.  Just like anything, knowledge is power.  The more we know, the better we are.  Same for the vehicle industry.  We build better, stronger, faster, more innovative vehicles.  We learn from recalls (RIP Ford Freestyle), what works, what doesn't, we use better materials, better craftsmanship, better tools.  Forget about the seemingly scary expiration date of 100,000 miles.  It no longer exists.  HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF WE WERE TREATED LIKE WE ARE SHRIVELED UP AND USELESS AFTER 30?  GO LAY IN THE PASTURE AND WAIT TO DIE?  KEEP UP WITH THE TIMES AND RECOGNIZE VEHICLES ARE NOT DEAD AT 100k OR EVEN OVER 100k.  Our tow driver's truck just turned 430,000 miles (not a typo!).  My vehicle just turned 208,000 miles and is better than ever.  We have a Ford F150 at over 200k for sale.  Out of all the vehicles on the lot, the boss prefers to drive this truck over any other.  It's not uncommon to see vehicles at the auction still pulling in top dollar for 180,000 and over.  That's because we know vehicles.  Those in the business KNOW there's plenty of good life left in a vehicle with higher mileage.  Still not sold?  Feel free to come on in.  We're happy to show you and let you drive it for yourself.  

PRICE DROP TO BRING IN THE NEW YEAR! Wednesday, January 16, 2019

We want to help you bring in the new year with some major price drops!  These prices are unheard of for the buy here pay here industry!  Don't take our word for it...shop around and see why we stand out.  If you're looking for a truck, now is the time to buy.  Truck prices have been at an all time high for the last few years.  For the first time since 2013, we've stripped to prices down to their lowest yet to help everyone get off to a great start for 2019.  JanYOUary is about YOU.  FebYOUary will be about YOU.  Do something for YOU before prices go back to their usual rates in March.  

CARS WITH PERSONALITY! Friday, November 09, 2018

If you've looked at our website, then you know we sell cars that may have the ear markings of character.  The bumper may be dinged.  There may be evidence of a prior sticker or spill inside the trunk.  These vehicles have a prior life and quite possibly the signs of prior life outside of the mileage.  This does not mean they aren't good vehicles ready for their new home.  In fact, we do our best to screen vehicles prior to selling them.  We will not sell a vehicle with a known issue.  Ever!  There are times, however, signs of a prior owner can't be fixed.  For example, there may be a ding in the door that is not repairable or quite frankly too costly to repair.  If it is an otherwise sound vehicle that passes the inspection and has all indications it's mechanically sound, then we will adjust pricing for a door ding that is beyond repair.  Any existing flaws on our vehicles are considered and prices adjusted accordingly.  We take pride in every vehicle we sell.  We go to great lengths to make sure they get the best care possible while in our possession.  We won't sell vehicles we wouldn't drive ourselves or put my Mom in to drive.  There may, however, be cosmetic blemishes and a visible personality (if you will).  If you're looking for perfection, your best bet is to hit up a new car dealership and purchase a brand new car.  If you're looking for affordable, reliable transportation that won't break your bank from people who care, then we're the lot for you!  C'mon in and check out our inventory in person.  There's no hard sales tactics, just friendly people ready to answer your questions.

THANK YOU, LARRY TAYLOR, FOR 12 YEARS & COUNTING! Saturday, February 10, 2018

PLEASE JOIN US IN WISHING LARRY A HAPPY RONEY AUTO SALES ANNIVERSARY!  Larry brings with him over 30 years experience in the auto industry and we are blessed to have him on our team.  His quick wit, ability to generate flexible options for our customers, financing knowledge, reliability, loyalty and most of all, his integrity, are invaluable to the Roney Auto Sales family.  We couldn't be happier to enter another year with our first round draft pick.  Thanks for being on our team, Larry!  


GOT A LEAKY SUNROOF? PLEASE READ ON... Tuesday, October 03, 2017

THE UNMISTAKABLE SMELL OF MILDEW DOESN'T LIE.  YOU KNOW THERE'S A PROBLEM IF YOUR VEHICLE SMELLS FUNKY!  IF YOUR VEHICLE HAS A SUNROOF AND YOU SUSPECT IT'S LEAKING, BEFORE YOU DROP A BUNCH OF CASH GETTING THE SUNROOF REPAIRED,  IT MAY BE AS SIMPLE AS CLEANING THE TRACKS AND DRAINS.  THEY ARE SIMILAR TO THE GUTTERS ON YOUR HOUSE.  THEY GET CLOGGED WITH DEBRIS, TOO, AND NEED MAINTENANCE.  IT'S ACTUALLY A SIMPLE TASK YOU CAN OFTEN DO YOURSELF.  YOUTUBE.COM HAS A PLETHORA OF DIY VIDEOS FOR CLEANING THE TRACKS AND DRAINS ON ANY MODEL OR MAKE VEHICLE.  SPEND ABOUT 15 MINUTES WITH YOUR VEHICLE AND VOILA!  LEAK, NO MORE.  

ROACHES AND CRITTERS DON'T HELP YOU DRIVE AND THEY WON'T PUT GAS IN YOUR TANK Thursday, July 06, 2017

THESE DAYS, IT SEEMS WE'RE ALL LIVING OUT OF OUR CARS.  RUNNING TO AND FROM WORK, LOADING UP THE KIDS TO DROP AT THE BALL PARK, PICKING UP GROCERIES, KNOCKING OUT ERRANDS, SHUTTLING FAMILY AROUND, SQUEEZING IN DOCTORS APPOINTMENTS AND SO MUCH MORE!  HOW MANY TIMES TO WE PICK UP FOOD ON THE RUN?  HOW ANY TIMES DO WE EAT IN OUR CAR?  CRUMBS FALLING AS WE THROW BURGERS DOWN OUR THROAT, FRENCH FRIES GETTING DROPPED INTO THE LITTLE CRACKS AND CREVICES.   SOMETIMES WE'RE SO TIRED, WE'RE HAPPY TO MAKE IT HOME, PUT ON COMFY CLOTHES AND CALL IT A DAY.  WE MAY NOT EVEN REMEMBER TO THROW THAT FAST FOOD TRASH OUT.  MAYBE WE PITCH IT THE NEXT MORNING OR MAYBE IT JOINS THE GRAVEYARD OF OTHER FAST FOOD TRASH AND HALF EATEN MORSELS ON THE FLOOR BOARD OR IN THE CARGO AREA.

NEXT TIME YOU EXIT YOUR VEHICLE, TAKE A SECOND TO REMOVE ANY TRASH ACCUMULATED FROM THE DAY.  MAKING A HABIT OF PICKING UP THE MESS PROMPTLY CAN SAVE YOU MONEY, A HASSLE AND THE HEEBIE JEEBIES LATER ON.  ROACHES AND CRITTERS CAN SMELL TRASH IN YOUR VEHICLE.  JUST BECAUSE IT'S METAL AND IT'S LOCKED UP DOESN'T MEAN THEY CAN'T FIND A WAY IN.  OH, AND THEY WILL!  OH, AND THEY DO!  PEOPLE THINK THEIR VEHICLE IS LIKE A SPACESHIP, ALL SEALED UP WITH NO WAY IN, BUT THAT IS NOT THE CASE.  ONCE THEY TAKE UP RESIDENCE IN YOUR VEHICLE, IT'S VERY TRICKY TO GET RID OF THEM.  YOU CAN EXTERMINATE YOUR VEHICLE MULTIPLE TIMES AND STILL NOT KILL THEM ALL.  IN WHICH CASE, YOU WILL HAVE TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL.  I MEAN, UNLESS YOU'RE AOK WITH MULTI-LEGGED INSECTS CRAWLING UP YOUR PANTS LEG WHILE YOU'RE NAVIGATING MALFUNCTION JUNCTION ON I4.  MAYBE THEY'RE TICKLING UP YOUR ARM AS YOU DRIVE OR MAYBE IT'S JUST YOUR OWN HAIR.  EITHER WAY, WE ALL KNOW ONCE YOU GET THE HEEBIE JEEBIES, THEY'RE HARD TO SHAKE.  


WE ALL GET BUSY.  WE ALL EAT FOOD IN OUR CAR AND ON THE RUN.  BEFORE YOU LEAVE TRASH TO ACCUMULATE IN YOUR CAR, JUST CONSIDER THOSE ROACHES AND CRITTERS ARE CONSTANTLY IN SEARCH OF FOOD AND THEY WOULD BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO SETTLE IN WHERE THE MEALS KEEP COMING.  UNLESS THEY'RE HELPING YOU DRIVE AND PUTTING GAS IN YOUR TANK, CUT THOSE SUCKERS OFF WITH THIS EASY TIP.  CLEAR OUT THE TRASH PROMPTLY.  

HELPFUL HINTS FOR NEGOTIATING Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Often times people want to negotiate via email or over the phone without seeing the vehicle in person.  Our suggestion is to come on in and test drive the vehicle first.  If you like the vehicle then we have something to talk about.  Negotiating on a vehicle you haven't seen or know you want can be a mute point.  If you've eye balled the vehicle and driven it, you are better equipped to negotiate &/or discuss the vehicle.


There are times people bring an adviser.  It can be a trusted friend/family member or a mechanic.  We always welcome anything that will bring you peace of mind when making a high dollar purchase.  In some cases, an adviser can feel pressure to make sure you get the best deal possible and can actually sabotage a healthy negotiation.  They may also feel pressure because should something not go right, they worry you will point your finger at them.  Most people don't want to be held responsible for what is ultimately your decision.  Bring your trusted adviser, but remember this is your money, your purchase, your loan, your decision. 


Consider prices are made after reviewing multiple factors.  We make note of or address the vehicles needs during triage.  We weigh out the cost of repair vs lowering the price.  In some cases, we have a part on order and repair is pending receipt.  It could be that the part is on back order, so we've discounted the price to accommodate that issue.  Ask us about it and we're happy to fill in the blanks.  We encourage open & honest dialogue.  Puffing out your chest and telling us it's a crummy vehicle isn't a negotiation tactic.  By all means, address concerns.  Ask questions.  We encourage open communication and transparency.  No need to huff and puff.  Let's have a conversation.


There are 3 most common negotiation tactics.  Appeal to financial gain, appeal to a common interest, hard ball.  Hard ball is an option when you have leverage.  For example, you have more than we're asking for a down payment and want to negotiate the payment amounts.  If you're short on the down payment, hard ball is not the best tactic.

Want to learn more?  Ask.  We'll tell you what we know and what we don't know.  We hope you buy from us, but even if you don't, we're happy to share what we've learned over the years.  We are friendly and willing to talk it out, show you #'s, show you how we come up with the #'s as well as answer any questions.  C'mon in and let's have a friendly conversation.

 

You're vehicle is TRYING to talk to you! Thursday, February 09, 2017

Oh boy.  We see it time and time again.  People who ignore the signs their car needs help or maintenance.  It's not as hard as you may think.  For one, you have a story board or cluster board that alerts you to things a miss.  Check it regularly.  You also have your instinct.  Trust it regularly.  When you ignore the signs your vehicle gives, what could be a simple repair or fix becomes a much bigger problem.  Today, I'm on my way to work.  I suddenly feel my car shake and the wheel rattling around in my hands.  I get out, walk around and inspect the car.  Everything looks great.  Maybe it was the road I was on?  There were several pot holes and dimples in the tar, so I get back behind the wheel and proceed.  I decide, no, there's definitely something wrong!  I drive slowly to the tire shop.  They inspect the tires and whadda ya know!  There's 3 HUGE bubbles on the inside and it's seconds from blowing.  Had I ignored my instincts because it "looked" OK, I would no doubt have been left stranded somewhere on the highway.  Maybe even bent the rims up and costing myself a LOT more money.  In 10 minutes, I was back on the road in a SAFE vehicle for $35.00.  I can't ask you all enough.  Please don't ignore the signals your vehicle offers.  If something is a miss, do your due diligence to identify the problem and address it.