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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.  

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.  

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL IS ALMOST HERE Thursday, February 09, 2017

WE LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR!  THIS YEAR THE DATES ARE MARCH 2-12.  WE WELCOME EVERYONE TO COME ON INTO OUR SMALL TOWN AND CHECK OUT THIS HUGE FESTIVAL WITH LOTS OF HOMETOWN PRIDE.  OUR THEME THIS YEAR IS "WE'RE PLAYING YOUR SONG!".  EVERY YEAR, THE FESTIVAL COMMITTEE ENSURES WE HAVE A LIST TALENT AND THIS YEAR WILL BE NO DIFFERENT.   MOST OF ALL, WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE PARADE, WHICH IS 3/6/2017.  RONEY AUTO SALES HAS A FLOAT IN THE PARADE AND LOT'S OF BEADS TO TOSS.  GET READY PLANT CITY.  WE WILL HAVE ON OUR PARTY PANTS AND HOPE YOU WILL, TOO!


CHECK OUT THE ENTIRE LIST OF ARTISTS AND PICK A DAY TO COME OUT.  HECK, PICK A FEW DAYS TO COME OUT!  WE'D LOVE TO HAVE YOU.  HERE'S THE LINK:

http://www.flstrawberryfestival.com/entertainment/

TAX SEASON Friday, January 13, 2017

Tax season is on the horizon!  See a vehicle on the lot you want, but don't have your return yet?  We have a unique layaway plan program.  We can hold any vehicle with a minimum deposit of $200.00.  You can make additional payments according to your pay day schedule and we can hold the vehicle for up to 30 days total.  If you're ready to shop, but don't have your return yet, this is the option for you!  We look forward to earning your business.  

CONGRATS TO OUR CHRISTMAS CLUB WINNERS! Friday, December 23, 2016

THIS YEAR, WE DEVIATED FROM OUR TRADITION OF BUYING AND DRAWING 10 NAMES FOR OUR GIFT LOTTERY.  INSTEAD, WE DECIDED TO DRAW 10 NAMES AND RONEY AUTO SALES WOULD MAKE A PAYMENT ON YOUR ACCOUNT OF $100.00.  THAT'S $1000.00 IN WINNINGS TOTAL.  WE DIDN'T SIMPLY MOVE A PAYMENT TO THE END OF YOUR LOAN, WE MADE AN ACTUAL PAYMENT ON YOUR ACCOUNT!  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE PRESENT TO WIN, HOWEVER YOUR ACCOUNT MUST BE CURRENT TO BE ELIGIBLE.  DETAILS WERE POSTED IN OUR STORE AND WE ALSO SENT TEXT MSGS TO OUR ENTIRE BOOK OF BUSINESS IN ADVANCE.  THE PURPOSE OF THIS BLOG ENTRY IS SIMPLY TO ANNOUNCE OUR WINNERS.  :)  WE APPRECIATE EACH OF OUR CUSTOMERS AND WISH YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND THE HAPPIEST OF NEW YEARS!  


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING CUSTOMERS FOR BEING NAMED 2017 CHRISTMAS CLUB WINNERS:


PAULA ESPINOZA

MARIA MAGANA

MARIA PARRAL

PATRICIA MCDONALD RICHARDSON

BENITO JUAREZ (DODGE RAM)

NADIA BALLIN

FRANK HERRING

BLANCA CARDENAS

TIFFANY GUY

ALAN HUTSON




WE GET IT! Wednesday, October 26, 2016

We do, we really do.  You work hard for your money and you want to use that money wisely.  We realize not all used car dealerships conjure up warm and fuzzy feelings.  A lot of times, you come onto a used car lot already in the frame of mind we're rip off artists.  After almost 60 collective years in the buy here pay here industry, we, too, have some experiences that leave us wanting to clear the air with our buyers.  

 

Buy here pay here dealerships offer people an option when other dealerships turn you away.  We all fall on hard times and at Roney Auto Sales, we don't believe financial strain defines you.  We don't believe a hiccup or two (or three) define you.  We treat everyone with respect.  We have candid conversations about our inventory and are happy to show you the final prices on any car you're considering.  We welcome shopper's who bring along a trusted mechanic when looking.  We also welcome you to take any car you test drive to a mechanic for review before purchase (please let us know in advance so we can set you up for a longer test drive).  We don't tap dance or hit you with a hard sell blitz.  There's no hoodwinking and no bamboozling going on.  We have been in business at this same location since 1984.  We shop at the same grocery stores as our customers.  We go to the same pharmacies.  We go to the same church as many of our customers.  We are not going to sell what we wouldn't drive ourselves.  We take pride in our process for acquiring inventory.  We've worked hard to earn the trust of our community and to be of value to our community.  We're not going to risk everything we've worked hard to build just to put you in a jalopy for a quick buck.  In addition, we also offer warranty packages from GWC (we are proud to work in partnership with them and to be approved as a GWC dealership!) so you have total peace of mind.   

 

That said, these are machines with many parts and variables & they are used.  They are not brand new.  We price our inventory to allow concessions for any bumps and bruises.  Be prepared any vehicle we have on our lot is not brand new out of the package.  You will not be it's first owner should you opt to buy.  Also, consider if you're applying for financing, you're under review, just as our vehicle is being reviewed by you.  We have a rules and procedures to help us make good business deals.  We have qualifying criteria to determine if you're a good risk of our investment.  You're asking a stranger to loan you money, essentially.  You may want to present yourself as a viable risk and act accordingly. 

 

You will always be treated with respect.  We don't feel it's unreasonable to ask you to do the same.  You may have experiences that shape how you view used car dealerships or buy here pay here establishments.  We feel confident after interacting with us, you'll sense the authenticity & integrity of our operation and staff.  Go ahead, shoot from the hip.  Tell us your horror story of a bad car purchase, if you want.  Ask us questions to put your mind at ease on why we will provide you with a better experience.  We want to earn your business just as you are earning our vote of confidence for a loan.  

PHOTOS Friday, September 30, 2016

SOMETIMES IN THE FLORIDA SUN IT'S TRICKY TO GET A CLEAR PICTURE.  THE FLORIDA SUN CAN ALSO MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR ME TO SEE THE DIGITAL CAPTURE OF THE SHOT.  YOU MAY NOTICE SHADOWS OR A GLARE FROM TIME TO TIME.  THERE ARE EVEN TIMES WHERE THE CAMERA ANGLE IS CROOKED AND I DON'T SEE THAT UNTIL DOWNLOADING PICS IN THE OFFICE.  IF YOU EVER NEED TO SEE A BETTER PICTURE OF ANY OBSCURED PHOTO, FEEL FREE TO ASK.  I'M HAPPY TO RETAKE PHOTOS TO MAKE YOUR INTERNET BROWSING EASIER.  THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE!  I TRULY APPRECIATE YOU.  ;) 

EVER NOTICE EVEN NEW CAR DEALERS HAVE A SERVICE DEPARTMENT Friday, October 30, 2015

The reason is basic...cars are machines.  Any machine requires many working parts to perform in harmony to accomplish it's intended task.  From your dishwasher, to your clothes dryer, to your washing machine.  Even a brand new car can have problems that need to be addressed in order for you to have rubber to road action.  One of my best friends just bought a brand new Mercedes with only a few hundred miles.  Know what?  It has been in the shop twice already in 2 months.  Whether you buy new or used, you can't expect to buy a car and not have to do anything but put gas in the tank.  Be prepared to take care of your car if you want it to take care of you.

WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR CAR'S NEEDS Friday, October 30, 2015

There are so many working parts that enable your car to get from point A to point B.  Don't take your car for granted.  It's simple...if you take care of your car, your car will take care of you.  Before you spring for those new shoes, have you done the routine maintenance on your car?  If not, those new shoes might be your only option for getting around. Ladies, your new Coach purse isn't going to tote you to work or the grocery store.  Fellas, your new video game isn't going to transport you to work or the grocery store.  Nearly 50% of your income goes to housing and transportation.  Make the most of your every penny by taking care of your things.  Not just for reliability, but for safety purposes, too.  If you aren't willing to budget money for regular maintenance of your automobile, then you only cost yourself more money in the long run.  The way I see it, your car is your independence, your freedom, your ability to earn an income, your ability to enjoy life.  Consider it your ticket to life and treat it accordingly. 

EVER WONDER WHY... Wednesday, August 12, 2015

...WE DON'T LIST PRICES ON THE WINDSHIELD AT RONEY AUTO SALES?  IF WE PUT THE PRICE ON THE WINDSHIELD, WE ALSO HAVE TO PUT THE TERMS OF THE LOAN CONTRACT (IE SECURITY DEPOSIT, # OF PAYMENTS, AMOUNT OF PAYMENTS, FREQUENCY OF PYMTS, ETC) DUE TO COMPLIANCE LAWS. 

INSTEAD OF LOADING DOWN THE WINDSHIELD WITH ALL THOSE ALPHAS AND NUMERALS, WE PREFER A CLEAN, STREAMLINED LOOK ON OUR LOT AND A CHANCE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION.  WE HAVE FLEXIBLE FINANCING TERMS AND A CONVERSATION ALLOWS US THE OPPORTUNITY TO BETTER UNDERSTAND YOUR FINANCIAL NEEDS.  YOU WON'T RECEIVE A HIGH PRESSURE SALES PITCH HERE.  SO, C'MON IN AND LET'S HAVE A CONVERSATION.  YOU WON'T FIND AN EASIER APPLICATION OR FINANCING PROCESS AROUND!