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WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO WATCH YOUR DASHBOARD GAUGES Thursday, August 21, 2014

We all want and need to get the most life out of our cars.  Always pay attention to your dashboard gauges. Or as I like to call it, your car's “story board”. Because those gauges tell the story of your car & is the first line of communication you have with your engine.  This is part one and a series, so first, we'll cover the Temperature Gauge.

 

You always want your gauge somewhere in the mid range between the Cold and Hot indicators. Stop your car & turn off your engine if you see the gauge climbing closer to the H. You can cost yourself thousands of dollars if you keep driving to dangerously hot levels. At the very least, you'll blow the engine (putting in a new engine is costly!). At the very worst, you'll have to junk your car and buy another one. This is NOT covered by insurance.

Be proactive:

 

1)  Always be mindful of the engine temp - make it a habit to scan down every so often.

2)  Get your oil changes and coolant checked timely and regularly.

3)  Use your sight and smell – if you sense smoke, stop the car and check it out.

4)  NEVER drive the car once it's hot.

5)  Did I mention never drive the car once it's hot?

6)  Please don't drive the car once it's hot.

 

Spending money on the routine maintenance can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.  Let's pull together, America and save our engine's from complete ruin by being mindful of your temperature gauge!

USED CAR PRICES REMAIN HIGHER THAN PRIOR YEARS Thursday, August 07, 2014

WHOLESALE PRICES REMAIN SIGNIFICANTLY ABOVE THOSE IN 2013 AND IN PRIOR YEARS.  ACCORDING TO ADESA ANALYTICAL SERVICES, 2014 PRICES ARE 4.7% HIGHER THAN 2013.   A YEAR OVER YEAR MANHEIM INDEX INDICATES PRICES ARE UP 3.6%.  DEALER CONSIGNERS SHOW AN UPTICK OF 3.4% OVER 2013.  NO MATTER HOW YOU SPLICE AND DICE IT, EACH WHOLESALER SHOWS THE IMPACT OF OUR ECONOMY WITH INCREASED PRICES. 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++NOW, FOR SOME LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL!  WHILE PRICES FOR USED VEHICLES REMARKETED WERE UP 0.6 PERCENT MONTH-OVER-MONTH, THEY WERE DOWN 0.1 PERCENT YEAR-OVER-YEAR.  WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?!  WHOLESALE PRICES ARE SHOWING SIGNS OF SOFTENING.  ALBEIT EVER SO SLIGHT, WE'LL TAKE WHATEVER WE CAN GET!  USING THE 2ND QUARTER FOR AN EXAMPLE, A $10,000 CAR SOLD IN MAY 2014 WOULD BE $10.00 LESS IN JUNE 2014.  OK, SO MAYBE THERE ISN'T MUCH CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION YET, BUT IT'S SOMETHING.  

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------IN THE MEANTIME, AS YOU CAR SHOP, UNDERSTAND PRICES ARE AT AN ALL TIME HIGH AND LIKE ANY BUSINESS, THERE'S SUPPLY AND DEMAND.  DO YOUR HOMEWORK, SAVE THAT CASH FOR YOUR NEXT CAR PURCHASE AND WHEN YOU SEE A CAR YOU LIKE, ACT ON IT (SEE BLOG ENTRY "USED CAR INVENTORY DOES NOT MEET DEMAND", 7/26/2014). 

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sources - Leedom Training Class 9/2013 and Used Car News 08/04/2014  

Our Inventory Process Overview Wednesday, July 30, 2014

We work hard to find reliable, affordable transportation every Wednesday.  We spend Thursday's & Friday's

getting new inventory transported to the lot, detailed and ready for the showroom floor.  Friday's, we work to get photos of each car posted on our website.  So, remember, if you don't see a set of wheels you're drawn to featured in our inventory list, check the site each week.  It's constantly changing! 

With our main website operator (me) out on vacation last week, there was a bit of a delay in web and facebook postings.  Stay tuned as we play catch up this week to get our new inventory listed.

WELCOME OUR NEW EMPLOYEE! Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Some of you may already know Alicia.  She's done free lance work for us and has met many of our customers.  We are happy to announce she has accepted our offer to be a permanent employee.  WELCOME ALICIA!  We are so very excited to have you as a part of our permanent team.  Look for an updated employee bio page and photo coming soon.

USED CAR SUPPLY DOES NOT MEET DEMAND Thursday, June 26, 2014

When shopping for a used car, something you should be aware of is there is an abundance of demand

for used cars and a scarcity in supply.  Some (brief) reasons why this is happening:

 

*With the hit to our economy, people are holding onto their automobile's an average of 53 more months

longer

*Starting approximately 2007, new car manufacturing plants began reducing production steadily, each year

>2007, approx. 16.8 million automobiles were made

>2008, 11.4 million automobiles were made

>2009, 10.5 million automobiles were made

>Additional, significant drops in production each following year, throughout 2012/2013.

(One source indicates as little as 6 million one year!)

 

Used car dealers are paying increased prices for their limited inventory options.  This is why consumers

are seeing fewer options on used car lots and in some cases, higher prices.  The good news is new car

manufacturing plants started increasing production in 2013/2014.  According to our industry sources,

this increase will continue in small strides over coming years.  It will take some time before used car dealers see the impact of increased production.  However, when new car drivers start having more options available, so will used car drivers. 

FOR NOW, WHEN YOU SEE A USED CAR YOU'RE INTERESTED IN, DON'T TAKE TOO LONG TO MAKE YOUR MOVE OR THAT CAR WILL LIKELY BE GONE!

*Sources-Used Car News and Leedom University training 9/2013.

Quick Tips for Buyers Wednesday, June 11, 2014

You can learn a lot about how previous owner cared for the car with these quick

observations:


Tires - Look for at least 2 matching tires (4 is best & 2 is good).

It's a sign the previous owner understood the importance of timely maintenance

and was willing to spend the money to address the vehicle's needs.

       

Trunk - open it up and lift the section where the spare tire sits.  When the car is

detailed, this is an area that gets over looked.  If the previous owner was

a Piggy McPiggerton, nasty insects will hide in here.  Seeing them means you may

need to factor Pest Control into your purchase price.


Dip Stick - check the oil.  If it's translucent and at level, the previous owner likely

did routine oil changes.  This is one of the easiest and cheapest steps to engine

maintenance.  If the oil on the dip stick is dense and sticky, they likely didn't

bother to follow through on other routine maintenance, as well.


Mileage Myth - there was a time you wouldn't want a car over 100,000 miles.

With the innovative technology used in manufacturing plants, this is no

longer the case.  A well cared for automobile can turn 300,000 miles with ease!

  

 

 

BLOG GRAND OPENING! Tuesday, June 10, 2014

On this blog, we will share industry information, as well as share the knowledge

we've earned through experience, training, conferences and articles. We hope this

will arm you with the tools you need to make good buying decisions for your family's

transportation.  Posts will be clear and concise, using layman's terms.

Thanks for visiting Roney Auto Sales' website!