Purchase a Vehicle with your Tax Refund

By rarthur | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 at 6:08 PM

Put your Tax Refund toward a New Vehicle!

You worked hard all year and paid your taxes. Now, Uncle Sam is sending you a tax refund. Put that money to good use and invest in a new-to-you vehicle from Auction Direct USA in Raleigh NC, Rochester NY or Jacksonville FL.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, the average American tax refund is around $3,120. Yours, of course, may be different. Regardless, tax refund season is probably the only time of the year most Americans receive money aside from a paycheck. Financial experts often advise people to invest tax refund money. What a better investment than a new vehicle.

Perhaps your current vehicle has seen better mechanical or cosmetic days. Take a look at one of our many pre-owned vehicles.  Maybe you just want to upgrade to a more fuel-efficient car.  Auction Direct USA has many used vehicles like the Toyota Prius, Honda Accord, Hyundai Elantra or Ford Fiesta at a price you can afford! If these models don’t pique your interest or you’re looking for a more powerful vehicle, we have many more to choose from.

Have you been driving a small or midsize truck while dreaming of a full-size? Now is the time to consider a Ram 1500, Ford F150 or Chevy Silverado. Auction Direct USA also has full-size trucks from other manufacturers, many of which are only a model year or two in age.

Few people get enough money from a tax refund to pay the full price of a car. Auction Direct USA makes financing easy, so you can use your refund for a down payment. We offer a no-hassle sales environment and post prices and detailed information about all vehicles on our website.

Use your tax refund wisely this year by investing in a pre-owned vehicle from Auction Direct USA in Raleigh NC, Rochester NY or Jacksonville FL.

Buy a Pickup Truck

By rarthur | Posted in Pickup Truck on Monday, October 24th, 2016 at 3:21 PM

Buy a Pickup Truck Today!

Why buy a pickup truck…Owning a home might be widely considered the American dream. When it comes to owning a vehicle, however, nothing seems more American than driving a truck. Sales numbers show that Americans love their trucks. From January to August 2016, the Ford F-Series, Chevy Silverado, Ram pickups and GMC Sierra combined for more than 1.3 million units sold – and that is just the top four trucks.

Sure, arguments could be made that trucks retain their value well and are known for being durable. There are other reasons, though, why you should consider putting a pickup in your garage.

Buying a Pickup Truck

POWER: Nothing is more American than a powerful vehicle. Some people might need a fuel-efficient subcompact for long commutes. Others, though, want a powerful vehicle, and modern trucks deliver. The most powerful trucks of 2015 delivered 360-440 horsepower. You won’t save a fortune at the gas station, but you will be able to head off-road and haul a big load. For many, that is just fun – hitch up the camper-trailer and head out to a national park. For others, it’s a necessity – hauling equipment for work, navigating tough worksites and more. Either way, you should seriously consider a Ford F-Series, Chevy Silverado or any number of other pickup trucks from Auction Direct USA in Jacksonville FL, Rochester NY or Raleigh NC.
CARGO ROOM: Need to haul stuff? Throw it in the back of the truck. Whether you need to haul off a few limbs from the yard or you carry equipment for a living on a daily basis, your trusty pickup is a life-saver. You don’t have to remove or fold down seats to make room for your cargo.
LUXURY: What, luxury? With modern trucks, yes. It used to be that a truck was a work vehicle. When you bought a truck, you got a bench seat, a basic sound system and – well, that’s about it. Those days are long gone. Today’s trucks come with (heated) leather seats, touch-screen infotainment systems, amazing stereos, push-button all-wheel drive, impressive safety features and much more. Purchase a used truck from the past couple of years, and it’s like getting a luxury car on bigger tires.
TRUCKS ARE USEFUL AND FUN: Moving is an inevitable part of life. A truck makes moving yourself or helping someone else move much easier. And if you decide to tackle a home-improvement project or some yard work, a truck will be your best friend. After the work is over, it’s time to play. Take the same truck for an off-road adventure. With modern pickup trucks, you’ll be heading into the great wide open in style – surrounded by luxury with lots of room.

Find a used pickup truck to fit your lifestyle at Auction Direct USA!

You will find the pickup truck you want and need at Auction Direct USA in Raleigh NC, Jacksonville FL and Rochester NY. Not only will you find the best price on a used pickup truck, but you also will get the best price for your trade-in.

Best Time to Buy a Used Car

By rarthur | Posted in Used Car Buying on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 at 12:19 PM

The Best Time to Buy a Used Car at Auction Direct USA

Everyone shopping for a car wants a good deal and wonders what is the best time to buy a used car. People shop around, talk to private sellers, take advantages of rebates and incentives, all in the search for the lowest price possible. Did you know that finding a good deal also can depend on WHEN you visit most car lots?

At Auction Direct USA in Jacksonville FL, Raleigh NC and Rochester NY we offer the lowest price in its market on any used car. This means the price you see on the sticker is the price you get. You will not be subjected to pushy salespeople looking to make as much money as possible on the sale. At Auction Direct, we want you to purchase the automobile you want at the best price in town.

Time of the Week

Many car dealerships usually hold special sales and events on weekends. Not to mention, customers are off work and ready to shop. So if the dealer doesn’t get you to buy, there is likely someone right behind you who is ready. Dealers tend to use Mondays to follow up on business from the weekend. The slowest time at most dealerships is Tuesday and Wednesday. Most people are working, and walk-in traffic is slow. Salespeople are itching to make a sale and will sometimes offer a deal to get your business on a Tuesday or Wednesday.

Time of the Month

The best day of the month to shop for a used car tends to be the very last day that the dealership is open for the month. Salespeople are working hard to meet their goals and the goals of the dealership. To do this, they might be willing to negotiate more than they would during other times of the month. Help them make a sale, and you benefit from a great price.

When Not to Go

Many people think that if they show up right before the dealership closes, they will get a deal because the salespeople just want to go home, making them eager to negotiate. Another common myth is that if you go while it is raining, salespeople will negotiate more, and you will get a deal. The truth in both situations is that salespeople figure if you show up that late in the day or when it is raining, you REALLY want or need a car, so they don’t have to negotiate as much.

A Sure Deal

When looking for a good price on a used car, the best thing to have is knowledge. Do your research and know the value of the car for which you will be shopping. Shop around and don’t be afraid to negotiate. Many people, including automobile salespeople, believe that the time of week and time of month affects your car-buying price. The fact, however, is that it can depend on where you go. The timing might be important at some places, but that might not be the case at Auction Direct USA.

Shop Auction Direct USA for your next car at our convenient locations in Jacksonville FL, Raleigh NC, and Rochester NY!

Forget analyzing the best time to buy a used car when you purchase from Auction Direct USA!

Auction Direct clearly posts its prices and customers are provided computer access on the showroom floor enabling them to “shop” the competition and confirm each vehicle’s unbeatable low price. The vehicle’s low price is apparent to the customer with no hassle or confrontation involved. The customer is in control and comfortable throughout the entire car buying process creating an industry unique and compelling shopping experience.

5 Safe Fuel-Efficient Used Cars

By rarthur | Posted in fuel efficient cars, used cars on Sunday, August 14th, 2016 at 2:50 PM

5 Safe Fuel-Efficient Used Cars at Auction Direct USA

When you are looking for a new-to-you vehicle, the list of choices is extensive. To help narrow down some options, here are five 2015 cars with impressive safety ratings that also are extremely fuel efficient. The best part is that Auction Direct USA Rochester NY, Raleigh NC or Jacksonville FL has them in stock. All the vehicles below have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of less than $20,000 for 2015, and all safety ratings and mileage statistics are for 2015, as well. Auction Direct USA has 2015 and previous models, too.

Safe Used Cars that are Fuel-Efficient

Hyundai Elantra
The sleek four-door Hyundai Elantra compact not only gets 38 mpg on the highway but was named a 2014 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Elantra, with its many features; large trunk and quiet, well-built cabin, earned a perfect five stars in side crash tests and four stars in side and rollover crashes.

Toyota Corolla
The Toyota Corolla, one of the best-selling vehicles in the world, received an overall five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Corolla comes standard with eight airbags and is known for user-friendly controls, a roomy backseat, excellent standard equipment and a pleasant ride while getting up to 42 mpg highway.

Dodge Dart
The Dodge Dart has been billed as a fuel efficient, safe compact since its reintroduction in 2013. The 2015 model comes as advertised, having earned top scores in crash ratings from both the IIHS and the NHTSA. The Dart comes with a spacious cabin, excellent optional electronics interface, quick acceleration and a fuel-efficient 41 mpg highway.

Kia Forte
Both the Forte LX and EX earned top safety ratings from the NHTSA and the IIHS. The Forte doesn’t skimp on fuel-efficiency, either; the LX and EX get nearly 40 mpg highway. The coupe and sedan are known for spacious interiors, easy-to-use controls, and many excellent features.

Chevy Sonic
The base-model Sonic (a turbocharged version is available) gets 40 mpg highway. This Chevrolet earned an impressive overall five-star safety rating from NHTSA. The car is one of Edmunds.com’s top picks for safety, comfort, and value. For a compact car, it gets excellent reviews for cabin space and comfort.

Look no further than Auction Direct when looking to purchase a safe, fuel-efficient used car!

Why Buy A Used Car

By rarthur | Posted in Used Car Buying, Used Car Depreciation on Thursday, July 14th, 2016 at 2:29 PM

Why Buy a Used Car?

Purchasing a used car can be just as rewarding as buying a new one, and less expensive, too. If your trusty, paid-off car starts having major mechanical problems – and it will – it might be time to replace it. Before you sign on the dotted line to finance that brand-new vehicle, though, consider buying a used car from Auction Direct USA in Rochester NY, Raleigh NC, and Jacksonville FL.

Avoid the New-Car Expenses

Now that it’s time to consider replacing your vehicle, where do you start? New cars are certainly nice and usually come with the promise of low payments, low interest rates, warranties and more.

The problem, though, is that when you sign to finance a vehicle, it can depreciate as much as 9 percent as soon as you leave the car lot, according to Edmunds. You just agreed to pay $20,000 for that car, and one minute after you start it up, its value becomes $18,200. A year later, you are still paying $20,000 (plus interest), but that car is worth $16,200. After two years, the value is $13,800.

A new car also incurs more costs than a used car when it comes to registering it and paying sales tax, which is usually calculated based on the value of the car. Then there’s the cost of insuring that nice new ride. A new vehicle often costs more to insure than a similar used one because the manufacturer’s suggested retail price often is considered when determining the insurance premium.

If you are looking for a great deal – and who isn’t? – consider purchasing a used car that was worth $20,000 two years ago for considerably less now. Sure, it has a few miles on it, but if you find a reliable pre-owned car with good service records and low miles, you still might drive home with that new-car smell. And after you get it registered and insured, your neighbor with the new ride will certainly be jealous of all the money you now have.

Take a look at Auction Direct USA’s inventory and find used cars that will fit any budget!
Located in Rochester NY, Raleigh NC or Jacksonville FL.

Fuel-Efficient Used Cars

By rarthur | Posted in fuel efficient cars on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Great Fuel-Efficient Cars for Frugal Drivers

When it comes time to purchase a new vehicle, your wallet and bank account will appreciate you buying a fuel-efficient used car. Not only is buying a used car a smart decision financially, but you will save even more money by getting one that passes a few gas stations. Sure, hybrids are some of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the road right now, but let’s look at some gasoline-powered vehicles that will be a great fit for any frugal driver.

Add One of These Fuel-Efficient Cars to Your Driveway

Mazda3: Since 2012, the Mazda3 has been powered by a 2.0 liter Skyactiv four-cylinder engine that propels this midsize sedan with 155 horsepower. The Mazda3, whether in hatchback or sedan, is a great fuel-efficient used car (30 mpg city and 41 mpg highway). Add all of to the fact that it’s just a fun car to drive, and this is one sporty little sedan you should consider.

Ford Fiesta: The subcompact Ford Fiesta also is available in hatchback and sedan editions. Since 2011, the Fiesta has come with a 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine. The automatic six-speed transmission gives drivers an impressive 28 mpg city and 38 mpg highway. Fiesta, of course, is Spanish for party, which is accurate since this is one used fuel-efficient car that will make your commute enjoyable.

Toyota Prius: Ask just about anybody to name a great used fuel-efficient car, and the answer is likely to be the Toyota Prius – and for good reason. Since 2010, the car has come with a 1.8 liter, four cylinder engine that delivers about 51 mpg city and 48 mpg highway. The Prius also comes with an impressive amount of interior space for a small car.

Hyundai Sonata: The sporty midsize Hyundai Sonata base edition offers drivers a very fuel-efficient 25 mpg city and 38 mpg highway. The Sonata of the past few years also has been praised for its quiet, roomy interior, smooth ride and abundant convenience features for a car in its price range. The car also has earned top crash-test ratings from government and independent tests. So pack up the family and head out for a road trip, knowing that you are in a safe, fuel-efficient car. For more cars that are safe and fuel-efficient, check out our inventory.

Toyota RAV4: OK, so it’s not a car, but lots of people want the handling of a nice car with the space and off-road capacity of an SUV. Add fuel-efficiency to the mix, and the Toyota RAV4 is a perfect fit. The popular SUV comes in four gas models with plenty of options. The fuel-powered models start at 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. Not bad at all for an SUV that has won over critics and owners with its spacious and upscale interior, comfortable seats and a nice balance of power and fuel economy.

Whether you are looking for a subcompact, a midsize sedan or an SUV that will save you some money at the pump, you will find it at Auction Direct USA. You’ll find the best prices in Raleigh NC, Rochester NY and Jacksonville FL in a no-haggle, no-pressure environment.

Find a great fuel-efficient used car at Auction Direct USA today
in Raleigh NC, Rochester NY and Jacksonville FL.

Find the Best Used Car Deal

By rarthur | Posted in Used Car Buying on Saturday, May 14th, 2016 at 1:28 PM

How to Find the Best Used Car Deal

Find the best used car deal at Auction Direct USA today!  Is it time to replace your vehicle and purchase a good and dependable used car?  What you want to buy is not a small decision to make. You’re going to spend thousands of dollars, most likely financed, and you have a lot of options from which to choose. To help make your decision, Auction Direct USA has its entire inventory of used vehicles in Rochester NY, Raleigh NC or Jacksonville FL available online.

Let’s say you, like most car buyers in the U.S., have decided to purchase a used vehicle. What now? There are so many vehicles on the market. First things first, narrow down what you need as opposed to what you want.

Decide What You Need

If you have a family, you most likely need a sedan, crossover or SUV (a two-door sports car might be what you want, but it’s not very practical). Now, narrow it down even further. If you need excellent gas mileage, you’re more likely going to go for a car and not an SUV or crossover. Then decide what size car; you probably don’t need a Mini Cooper if you have three children to take to school and baseball practice.

Now that the most important decision has been made, it’s time to narrow it down even further. Is Bluetooth connectivity a want or a necessity? Does color matter as much as gas mileage and year? Do you need digital gauges and GPS, or is that more of a convenience? Make a list of what you need, and let that be your guide to your final decision. The rest is icing on the cake.

Now that you know what you want, it’s time for some research. Go to Auction Direct USA’s website to see the inventory of used cars in Raleigh NC, Rochester NY and Jacksonville FL. Not only can you see the make and model, but you get other helpful information, including the mileage, the CarFax report, asking price and features.

Because most people can’t pay cash for a car, they will need financing. Auction Direct USA offers financing in addition to extended warranties and vehicle protection products for all of its used cars, which go through a rigorous 125-point inspection before sale.

Take a look at our inventory and find great used cars that is perfect for you!

Auction Direct USA is located in Rochester NY, Raleigh NC and Jacksonville FL.

Pickup Truck Advantage

By rarthur | Posted in Pickup Truck on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at 6:35 AM

Pickup Trucks – Great Advantage over Cars

Not only are pickup trucks icons of American culture that are remarkably fun to drive, but they also have several practical advantages over other vehicles. From helping make jobs easier to additional power, durability and safety, buying a pickup truck can be a most advantageous purchase!

Get the Job Done with Pickup Trucks

With a pickup truck, you can move just about anything! Of course, the larger the truck bed, the more things you can carry. This makes everything from packing camping gear for a family trip to carrying work equipment to and from a job site incredibly easy. A vehicle like a certified pre-owned GMC Sierra pickup is a great full-sized truck that is perfect for construction workers, contractors, and families alike.  They certainly make getting the job – and the fun – completed considerably easier!

Increased Strength and Durability

Because pickup trucks are designed for hauling, their engines are optimized for strength and durability. These engines are created to carry extremely heavy objects without compromising the safety or the quality of your ride. The bed of the pickup truck is another feature that adds to durability. Because the beds are separate from the cab of the truck, it allows for a more flexible chassis. This makes it possible for the truck to pull, tow and haul heavier objects easily. In addition to increased power and durability, pickup trucks, like the GMC Sierra, have additional horsepower and torque, giving them a distinct advantage over other automobiles and making them exceptionally fun to drive.

Pickup Trucks Provide Additional Safety

Pickup trucks are built for safety, and because of this, may provide extra protection than the average car. The frames and bodies are built with strong metal that can keep you safe in case of an accident. Pickup trucks also sit higher that most standard automobiles allowing for a better view of the road. They also are built to handle better in bad weather, such as hail, heavy rain and snow.

Endless Possibilities

Owning a pickup truck opens up so many more possibilities than owning a car or an SUV. The potential for fun and excitement in addition to the practicality of a truck make owning one so very enticing. If you are a contractor, landscaper or construction worker, pickup trucks add credibility to your profession. They are ideal for dirty work and doing some serious hauling. They’re also fun when used for hauling bikes, sports equipment and everything else needed for a weekend getaway with your family and friends. With the versatility pickup trucks offer, the possibilities are truly endless!

Why Buy a Ford F-150

By rarthur | Posted in Ford F-150 on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 at 1:59 AM

Why Buy a Ford F-150 at Auction Direct

The Ford F-150 has come a long way from its early days, back when it was a no-fuss workhorse. Today, the Ford F-150 has evolved into a versatile pickup that is being offered in a wide range of trim levels to cater to different drivers. It has remained to be a best-selling vehicle in the US for over three decades now.

Why is the Ford F-150 so popular?

In 2015, the Ford F-150 got a new look with aluminum panels and steel clad frame, unlike any other full-size pickup truck in the market. The aluminum used in the F-150 gives it a lighter frame, which combined with the turbocharged engines offer a sound fuel efficiency. The aluminum alloy is nearly as strong as steel, only lifts pounds off the overall mass. The result is better mileage, handling and driving experience.

Typically, truck owners only want vehicles that can deliver, and if it fails, there are a host of other full-size truck models to pick from. The reason why the Ford F-150 has been the best-seller for years in the pickup truck segment, and cars, in general, is because the automaker has ensured that the quality standards don’t disappoint. The versatility and numerous variants offered under the F-150 series means that it can cater to the needs of many drivers. The Ecoboost V6 engine offers wider torque curves with resilient power, making it suitable for towing and efficient performance.

The Ford 2016 F-150 is here

The Ford F-150 2016 is everything that you want from a truck, it is powerful, lightweight and has plush comfortable interiors. The truck can haul nearly 3,300 lbs payload, and has a towing capacity of up to 12,100 lbs. It also packs some good technology under the hood- such as the lane-keeping system, trailer hitch assist, 360-degree camera, trailer backup assist and SYNC3.

Test Driving a New Car to You

By rarthur | Posted in Test Drive on Friday, February 12th, 2016 at 3:45 PM

Five Tips for Test Driving a New Car to You

 Do you need a car to get around the city with ease, but you do not want to invest too much money on a brand new vehicle? Before investing in a previously owned vehicle, it is wise to take it for a test drive so that you know how it handles on the road. The following tips will guide you in making the right purchase for you and your family.

  • Know what you want: Used car dealerships generally have a large number of vehicles available, and it will be difficult to pick one out if you do not know what you are looking for. Take into account your budget, usage frequency, space required and other aspects to decide the model and make of your vehicle.
  • Inspect the vehicle before you drive: Reliable used car dealerships conduct a thorough inspection of the vehicle before it is sold. Nevertheless, before you drive, ensure that you inspect the engine, seats, electronics and external parts of the vehicle.
  • Focus on every element of the drive:While you are driving, focus your attention towards every aspect of the driving experience individually. Ensure that the engine responds comfortably, the suspension is even and the steering is aligned correctly so that the vehicle is usable.
  • Use a variety of maneuvers: Instead of simply taking it down a straight road, subject the vehicle to turns at different angles so that you get a better feel of the car. It is best to take the car down a dead end so that you can test how it handles in a tight spot.
  • Take some notes:To make a truly objective decision, create a chart that covers the comfort, performance, noise and other elements that are important to you, and then grade each vehicle according to it.

 

No matter which used car you want to buy, make sure that you purchase it from a reliable car dealership. By investing some time and effort, you can make sure that you get the right used car for your needs.