One of the biggest concerns when purchasing a used vehicle is whether you are getting a good deal or not. What if the vehicle turns out to be a lemon? What if I end up having to sink a lot of money into maintenance and repairs soon after the purchase? Is it worth the purchase price?
A pre-purchase inspection will yield confidence in your decision of what to buy. Not only that, as I discussed in part two of this series, knowing what the vehicle needs will help you stay within your budget.
Buying a used car is a process that can be overwhelming. It’s a big important decision, so you want to make sure you are getting the right quality vehicle at a good deal. There are a few options as to where you can purchase a vehicle. Here are some pros and cons for each purchasing option to help you narrow your choices. As always, you should also invite your mechanic into the conversation because he can also provide guidance.
With so many choices of vehicles out there, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to even start. We believe that, if well maintained, all of these top ten recommended vehicles can take you to 300,000 miles or much more. 400-500k miles is actually a realistic target for vehicles that are well-built and then receive proper care and servicing. You can pick up a 2015 Toyota Corolla with 85,000 miles on it and drive it to 300,000 miles or more for less money than if you were to replace your vehicle every time it reaches 150k.
You’re ready to start shopping for a new-to-you vehicle. Before you do, you will want to sit down and crunch your numbers. Many people get caught off guard when it comes to budgeting for a new vehicle because they only consider purchase price. When you are buying a used vehicle, you also need to take into account the cost of initial repairs as well as the cost to maintain the vehicle over time. Furthermore, you need to decide if you are paying all up front, or if you are going to finance your vehicle.
Between financial and practical considerations, buying a car is a process, and one that many people struggle with. There’s a right way and a wrong way to go about buying a used vehicle. Let’s consider Bill’s experience.
Surprisingly, some of our favorite clients don’t spend a lot of money on their vehicles. In fact, one of our main goals is to help people reduce their auto expenses. These clients are those with whom we’ve built a trusting relationship with by being completely honest with them. At Marinelli Auto Service, we’ve striven to provide quality focused automotive service, and to be fair and kind towards them. These clients get what they want out of their vehicle in the most efficient and cost effective way.
Clients driving a car or truck they trust as safe and reliable are those whom we say are at “home” with their vehicle. This path home is what we call a service path, and there are a few different ways to get there.
Tune up is an old term irrelevant to modern vehicles in most aspects. So, when you call a shop and say you need a tune up, you are going to get a different answer depending on the shop.
As I have discovered from talking with several mechanics from across the country, some shops have given into the fact that their clients are still in this old tune up mindset. The “tune up” they offer is actually a maintenance package. However, that doesn’t always address the concern you really have, which risks your disappointment if the problem is unresolved.
Your vehicle is in the shop and you have questions that you believe only your mechanic can answer. You give him a call but he’s unavailable. What’s the deal? Why does my mechanic say he is occupied?
Our client services representative, Victoria, is good at talking with clients about their vehicles. She wears the hat of a service writer and many others. She’s good at her job and can answer a lot of your questions. However, sometimes you just need to talk to the mechanic. He knows the intricacies of your vehicle more than a service writer because he’s the one working on the machines day in and day out.
Why, then, when you ask Victoria if you can talk to Andrew does she say he’s occupied?
I often see memes encouraging young people to consider trade school over college. It’s true that these tradesmen are needed and that a lot of them make good money. I usually comment, “Yes, a lot of these trades pay well, but auto repair doesn’t.”
“But my mechanic makes $60 an hour!” is the response.
“No, they don’t. Far less, actually.”
“So, why does my invoice say that the labor is $60/hour?” they retort.
Ah, the confusion. I’ve had conversations with many people with this misunderstanding. Let me clear it up for you. Labor rate and a mechanics wage are two different things.