Our car experts weigh in on financing, maintenance, and everything in between!
Buying a new vehicle can, of course, be a daunting task. Your car is one of three major purchases you’ll make, coming in third to college choice and home buying. It can be intimidating, whether it is your first or your tenth purchase.
It can be alarming when your check engine light pops on. But, there is no need to panic. There are numerous things that could be going on that require minor maintenance. If your light is steadily blinking it could be a major cause for concern with your engine, but a steady on light could mean less invasive repairs are needed.
If you’ve ever purchased a car from a dealership, you probably spent a few hours in the finance office. Customers often spend anywhere from two to four hours on average in a finance office waiting to be approved for a loan. We were determined from the very beginning to do things differently! We want your car buying experience to be friendly and fast. That’s why we developed our process to become known as the home of the 1-Hour Car Buying Experience.
Electric vehicle popularity is soaring worldwide because of its reputation of environmental friendliness. The crew at Collierville Auto Center are all for electric vehicles and anything that could have a positive impact on our environment. However, we also believe that you should buy the best vehicle for your needs. So, before you buy electric, consider these pros and cons:
It doesn’t matter if your car is used or new, at some point it is going to decrease in value. This is referred to as car depreciation. Used cars are usually hit a lot less with car depreciation, as it slows the older the car is. New cars, however, can lose as much as 60 percent in value in the first five years, 20-30 percent loss occurring in the first year alone. Everything is dependent upon the make, model and year of the car. Luxury vehicles tend to keep their value longer, whereas a more standard brand is going to depreciate at a faster rate.
Insurance is a must-have accessory to your new or new-to-you car purchase. However, when buying a new policy or renewing your old one, there are a few things to consider. Several myths exist about buying insurance, here are a few of the most common that could impact your next buy:
Need to check your brakes but aren’t sure what should be included? We have your back! What should be included? New brake pads aren’t the only item needing to be checked. A good service will include a flush of old brake fluid and adding new, resurfacing rotors, and adjusting braking mechanisms.
Are your brakes wearing out quickly? Following a few simple tips will help extend the life of your brakes AND ensure your safety! Slow it down. It’s simple, the faster your vehicle speed, the more energy your brakes have to exert to stop your vehicle. Coast. When you know you're about to have to stop, begin to slow the vehicle down before you normally would and coast closer to your destination. The less force your vehicle has to use to brake, the longer your brakes will last. Use only your right foot. Some people have a bad habit of using both feet to control the vehicle. Using only the right foot will help you resist unnecessary brake taps and simultaneously pressing both pedals. Be alert. Learn from other people’s mistakes. You can watch and learn where other drivers fail to stop before it’s too late. Also, be alert of anything ahead of you that you might need to brace for. Set your phone aside, turn the radio down and limit other distractions so you can be more aware of your environment. Don’t brake unnecessarily. Braking can be a chain reaction caused by one person braking unnecessarily, causing every subsequent driver to follow suit. Don’t fall for it! Instead, stay alert, brake only when necessary, and give yourself space between you and the car in front of you, so you can coast without running the risk of rear-ending them. Flush the system. Brake fluid needs to be flushed periodically, especially if you have an older vehicle. Brake fluid naturally attracts water, and added moisture will reduce brake effectiveness. Don’t skimp! When it comes to your vehicle and safety, sometimes you need to splurge. Don’t be surprised if your bargain buy ends up breaking down. Spend a little more to get better parts and a longer shelf life. Do your research before replacing parts and buying things yourself. Don’t wait. If you are getting your tires rotated or a wheel replaced, go ahead and have them check on the wear of your brakes. If you notice that your brake time is increasing, check your brake pads. Don’t wait too long to get them replaced once you notice some wear and tear. It is too late once metal starts to hit metal!
The Trade Dealers are constantly searching for good used vehicles to have on the lot, so it’s a win-win when you bring in your vehicle to trade in at the time of purchasing your next vehicle. Make sure you get the most for your trade-in by following the tips below:
How to get the most out of your tires We’re not treading lightly on this topic because no one wants to buy a new set of tires before they have to! Not only does buying new tires put a serious dent in the wallet, but not buying them when you need them could be a major safety hazard. Don’t fret! We’ve got you covered.