Why Certified Pre-Owned is the Way to Go

By rarthur | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 at 10:28 AM

There are many options available when searching for a used car, and one of the top choices out there for many people is a certified pre-owned vehicle (CPO). At Auction Direct USA, we offer an unmatched selection of certified pre-owned vehicles in the Jacksonville, FL, Raleigh, NC and Rochester, NY areas. We carry all the most popular brands, stocked at affordable prices.

Why should you be choosing a certified pre-owned vehicle as your next car? There are a few good reasons, actually.

Quality

Used cars must pass a relatively rigorous inspection process to get the title of certified pre-owned. Late-model cars are at an obvious advantage, as are cars with low mileage and clean vehicle history reports.

These qualities vary from automaker to automaker, but are pretty strict across the board. If a vehicle cannot pass any part of the inspection process, it simply can’t be certified as pre-owned. This keeps the market for certified pre-owned cars robust and active, and helps ensure you’re getting a quality car.

Reconditioning

A dealer will often recondition the vehicle and replace certain parts as part of the inspection process, meaning you’re often getting a car that’s been professionally repaired by as reputable a mechanic as you’ll find. There are between 100 and 200 individual items on this checklist, depending on the vehicle make and model.

Extended Warranty

Many CPO programs, including Auction Direct USA, offer protective warrantees on all cars sold as certified pre-owned. There are times where the previous owner had warranty time left on the car, and this can usually be transferred to the new owner as part of the deal. CPO cars already come with a higher level of quality due to the pre-certification inspection, but this is just another layer of protection in case there are problems down the line.

Maintenance and Perks

It’s common for several maintenance items to be complimentary in CPO programs. Auction Direct USA offers numerous additional maintenance-related perks along with certified pre-owned cars.

  • Nationwide coverage
  • Roadside assistance
  • Rental car reimbursement
  • Lockout Services
  • Free vehicle maintenance

Low-Interest Financing

CPO vehicles are generally more expensive than non-certified models – it only stands to reason given all the additional quality checks and perks that come along with them. But they also often qualify for lower finance rates, in some cases nearly identical to the rates offered on brand new cars. This can make borrowing money for a CPO car yet another area that’s more convenient than normal.

Want to learn more? Our Auction Direct USA experts are standing by.

Tips on the Trade-In Process

By rarthur | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 10:27 AM

At Auction Direct USA, we offer fair and affordable trade-ins for many of our preowned cars. A trade-in can be a fantastic way to get yourself credit toward your next upgrade, and in many cases can get you a better deal than selling independently.

Many people simply don’t know where to start when it comes to trading in a vehicle, though. Let’s walk through a few of the most important steps and themes to give you a general idea of a few things you’ll need to do.

Determine Value

The first step will be determining the value of your used car, which has several factors involved. These include general condition, accident history and any chips or paint issues with the car. A lesser-known area that’s also often included is timing and location – if you’re trading a no-top convertible in the middle of winter in Boston, for instance, you won’t get the same value in your trade as you would if you traded the same car in in the middle of summer in Los Angeles.

There are several online resources available to make this kind of information easy to access. Kelley Blue Book and the National Automobile Dealers Association are two of the most popular outlets here, and they’re both free.

Canvass Similar Products

To get a decent idea of what your car might or should be worth, you can take it around to a few dealers in your area and get comparison points. These types of activities don’t only increase the curb appeal of your car, but strengthen your potential negotiating position.

What Matters to Dealers

When looking for trade-in value, you have to think about what will be important to the dealer you’re trading with. The things that matter most to dealers include their current inventory and how your car adds to it, the model and age of the car, and the engine type. Their primary goal is this: How quickly can I recoup my money from this car? This makes popular car models easier to get high value from.

Ready to put your knowledge to use, or want to learn more? Speak to the car dealers at Auction Direct USA today.

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.

Car Loan Mistakes to Avoid

By rarthur | Posted in Car Trade-in on Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 at 10:26 AM

There are a number of steps in the used car process, and at Auction Direct USA, we’ll keep you prepared for all of them. In particular, there are a few pitfalls you want to avoid falling into when searching for a preowned car from a car dealer.

Some of these pitfalls relate to normal mistakes you’re incentivized to make, where others are mistakes made even before the trade-in process begins. Let’s look at a few of these, and how to stay away from them.

Lack of Knowledge

There are several areas you have to have at least a basic knowledge on during this process, all of which our staff can easily explain to you. A few of the most common:

  • Credit score: Knowing your credit score in advance – and improving it if it’s too low for your desired purchase – is vital. If you don’t know this score, you’re at the mercy of the dealer when establishing your interest rate and other loan terms. Learning credit score is easy, and free once a year online.
  • Loan term length: Someone may try to sell you on a longer term loan, which will seem profitable due to lower monthly payments. But in reality, you’ll end up paying more on the life of the loan for the same loan amount, due to all the extra interest you’ll pay. If you have the finances to manage a slightly larger payment each month, go for the shorter term.
  • Early payoff: Paying down a loan early is a great way to reduce interest payments, but some lenders require a fee for an early payoff. Make sure you know if this is the case in advance.
  • Interest rate: Ask about APR (annual percentage rate) and other details of your interest rate. Some lenders will prey on borrowers who haven’t done their homework here.

Too Many Add-Ons

It’s a dealer’s job to offer you all sorts of add-ons during the process – everything from warranties to insurance. These will often be rolled into financing, so they’ll seem like less significant expenses. There are times these can be worth it, but watch out for accumulating too many incentives or add-ons that might drive up your price on the back end.

Rushing

The trade-in and purchase process can be long and arduous, but you have to prepare yourself for this. Bring snacks and water if you’re worried about getting hungry or thirsty, and don’t make significant plans anytime directly after your car search. Rushing out the door in the final stages is a bad idea – these are the most vital stages, where details and paperwork are finalized.

Want to learn more about common used car mistakes, or interested in any of our other car dealer services? We’re standing by at Auction Direct

Keeping Car Trade-In Value High

By rarthur | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, November 28th, 2016 at 10:21 AM

There are a number of things to be aware of when speaking to a car dealer like Auction Direct USA about trading in a used car, and the most important factor will always remain value. How much your car is worth is the name of the game during a trade-in situation, and we’ll offer you fair and speedy appraisals to help you get proper value for your trade-in.

Leading up to the day when you come see us, though, what can you do to help boost your trade-in value? Let’s look at a few basic tips.

Maintenance

Keeping everything in working order is the first place to start. You’ll often get dinged more in your appraisal for a damaged area than you would have cost yourself or a mechanic to simply repair the issue before you brought the car in to trade, and a well-running vehicle is more impressive during negotiations.

In particular, focus on appearance – and keep receipts. Being able to prove what work you’ve done could be vital.

Research

As you walk in for your appraisal, be completely prepared. Know exactly what your car’s value should be, and what you’re prepared to accept in a counteroffer. Be realistic but also firm in these assessments, and don’t allow lack of knowledge to allow you to be pushed around.

Separate Transactions

Even if you’re trading in for a new vehicle on the spot, be sure to keep the two transactions separate. This helps with basic details, and stops the potential for misunderstandings. Many trade-in deals involve manipulation of certain variables involved in the upcoming transaction for your new vehicle – if you aren’t paying attention, these perks might not even out on both sides of the equation, and could put you in the red. Keeping the two separate avoids this possibility.

Dealer’s Angle

As you walk in the door, remember that once you’ve traded your car in to the dealer, the dealer still has to sell it to someone else. Try to view this from their perspective – how does it look, how does it drive, and how quickly will they be able to sell it? Are you trading a make or model that’s incredibly popular on the market right now, or something a bit less popular? Is the car newer or older (older doesn’t necessarily mean worse – there are certain situations where brand-new trade-ins are actually bad deals for dealers due to manufacturer incentives)?

Want to learn more? Auction Direct USA is a premier used car dealership in Rochester, Jacksonville and Raleigh, and we’ve helped countless people trade or sell used cars. We’re standing by to assist you today.

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.