What’s More Important- Miles or Age?

By alyssa | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 4:24 PM
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If you are looking to purchase a used Nissan, you may find yourself wondering if mileage or age is more important when deciding to purchase a used vehicle. Both miles and age play an important role in how much the car should cost, its condition and how long it should last. Here is some information you should know.

The Importance of Mileage

The parts in an automobile are only designed to last so many miles. Once they hit that mileage, parts begin to wear and fail. As such, the mileage in an automobile is important. Once you hit the 150,000- mile mark, you can expect suspension parts, engine parts and other components to begin to wear. As such, try to find a car with as few miles as possible.

The Importance of Age

Age also plays a factor in parts wearing out. Rubber parts, belts and other parts made from synthetic materials begin to wear in 10 to 15 years. As such, older cars with low miles are not always a better deal than newer cars with mid-range mileage.

The Importance of Having a Used Car Inspected

If you are looking to purchase a used Nissan, always have the used vehicle inspected. A mechanic can help you determine how much life may be left in different parts, helping you to determine if the car is a good purchase for you.

Nissan vehicles are long-lasting, reliable vehicles. This makes them a great option if you are looking to purchase a used Nissan. Paying attention to the mileage and the age of the vehicle will help you find the ideal one for you.

When you are looking to purchase a used Nissan or any other used vehicle, visit Auction Direct USA. We can help you find the right car for you.

Reasons You Should Drive a Subaru

By alyssa | Posted in Blog on Friday, December 21st, 2018 at 2:58 PM
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If you are in the market for a new vehicle, it is important that you take the time to learn about various types of cars. Every manufacturer has its own unique benefits. If you are considering a Subaru , here are a few of the unique benefits that these vehicles offer.

Subaru Offers Safe Vehicles

One of the major reasons why you should be driving a Subaru is because Subaru offers safe vehicles. They take the time to ensure that every vehicle that they put on the road is safe. In fact, they won the IIHS Top Safety Picks for All Models five years in a row, from 2010 – 2015.

When you are driving, you want to ensure that you can keep your family and friends, as well as yourself, safe in the vehicle. Subaru helps to ensure this happens.

Subaru Features Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Another major benefit associated with Subaru automobiles is that they offer symmetrical all-wheel drive. Symmetrical all-wheel drive ensures that there is a linear power flow to all the wheels.

Ultimately, continuously providing each wheel with the same amount of power helps to prevent slipping while driving, even on the most slippery surfaces. This can prevent your car from spinning out on an icy, wet or oily road.

Subaru Vehicles Have a Boxer Engine

The final reason why you should consider driving a Subaru is because Subaru vehicles have a boxer engine. A boxer engine is a flat laying engine that sits towards the front of the vehicle. This helps to provide a Subaru with the perfect blend of efficiency, power and balance.

Subaru’s are notoriously safe, well-made vehicles. If you are ready to purchase one, Auction Direct USA can help you. Visit our car lot in Rochester, NY or Raleigh, NC today to see our current selection of Subaru automobiles or to take one for a test drive.

Taking a look at the best used cars that can be found under $10,000

By alyssa | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, November 23rd, 2018 at 3:36 PM
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It’s time to replace or add another car and you’re looking at used cars for sale in Rochester priced under $10,000. There are plenty to choose from but you want are the best cars for the money. The following list provides a few examples of what to look for.

  • Toyota is one of the most trusted names in automobiles due to their dependability and reliability. One model that leads the pack is the Corolla, making a name for itself since the 60s.
  • The Chevrolet Sonic brings its own style and charm to the automotive scene with sleek exterior lines, comfortable interior, and several standard infotainment features such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
  • The Mazda Miata is for those who want to indulge in a sporty car for cruising the highways and byways. The rear-wheel-drive roadster knows how to hug the road with precision handling and maneuverability making every outing a positive driving experience.
  • The Honda is another of the brands that consumers trust and the one that stands out is the Accord. Whether you choose a sedan or a coupe, the car is packaged to look good, provide plenty of comforts, and have exceptional driving capabilities. The sedan has stood out as a leader for more than 40 years.
  • The Acura TSX puts the “L” in luxury. The smart exterior design and a peppy 4-cylinder engine producing 200 horsepower make the TSX a blend of luxury and reliability.
  • The Subaru Impreza is also on the list of quality used cars with multiple accessories and useful features. One that stands out is its all-wheel-drive for exceptional dependability.

Whichever model you choose, take it for a thorough test drive and a pre-purchase inspection is recommended. Once you get the green light, you’ll be “good to go” to your next destination in a quality car that’s reasonably priced.

Used-Car Maintenance: What You Need to Know

By alyssa | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, October 12th, 2018 at 1:38 PM
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Whether you’re buying your used car online or from a car dealer, it’s important to consider how you’re going to maintain your pre-owned car. Follow these tips to keep your car running well after you take it home.

-Priority One: Safety. If there is anything wrong with your car that could cause an accident or could cause you to lose control while driving, these things need to be taken care of before you drive an inch. Brakes, tires, windshield wiper blades, and steering/suspension issues all fit into this category.

If you live in a state that requires annual car inspections, oil changes fit into this category as well. Getting your oil changed gives a mechanic a chance to do a once-over on your car, allowing them to alert you to any potential safety issues of which you may be unaware. While you’re shopping for your used car, ask if they offer a maintenance package after you purchase a vehicle.

– Priority Two: Reliability. If there is anything wrong with your car that could leave you stranded or with a car that won’t start, that needs to come next. Hoses, timing belts, and batteries all fit into this category.

– Priority Three: Nice-To-Haves. Sure, it’s great if the air conditioning unit is blasting you with cold air the minute you get in the car, but it’s not a make-or-break issue when it comes to your safety or the reliability of your car. Same goes for issues with speakers or cosmetic issues. While these things are nice to have taken care of, they shouldn’t be put in the same category as things like maintaining tires or brakes.

When You Should Have your Oil Changed

By alyssa | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, September 7th, 2018 at 7:31 PM

Of all the maintenance you perform on your vehicle, none will extend its life more than regular oil changes. But, that begs the question, “what is a regular oil change?” Most manufacturers recommend changing the oil somewhere between three and five thousand miles. But, depending on what you drive, and how you drive it, those numbers may actually be far too low. You might be able to get more than twice the recommended mileage, especially if you use synthetic oil. While it never hurts to err on the side of caution, replacing perfectly healthy engine oil three or four times a year doesn’t make sense either. There are several methods to determine if your oil still has enough viscosity.

The simplest method is to visually inspect your oil to determine if it needs changing. Pull the dipstick out, clean it, reinsert it, then pull it out again. Healthy oil looks transparent and amber in color. You should be able to see the dipstick through it. Oil that looks black needs changing. A muddy brown color indicates the presence of water, a potentially serious problem.

High mileage vehicles may burn oil. A low oil warning light usually indicates that you are down at least two quarts and it might be a good time to change the oil, as well.

Although it costs more, synthetic oil can last up to twice as long as traditional oil. It also handles extreme hot and cold climates better, too.

Even if you don’t put many miles on your vehicle, change the oil at least twice a year as motor oil becomes less effective with age. An oil change also removes excess moisture that tends to form in engines that see light use.

With regular inspection, you’ll soon get a sense of your vehicle’s oil life. It may be the same as the manufacturer’s recommendation, but then again, you may be able to save yourself one or two changes a year and hundreds of dollars over the span of your ownership. Not bad for a few minutes of effort every so often.

Tire Rotation: What You Need to Know

By alyssa | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, August 20th, 2018 at 4:10 PM

If you have just purchased a new car, you will want to properly maintain it. This helps to extend the life of all of the parts of the car. One important part on your car is the tires. The tires need to be routinely rotated to help maintain them and extend their lifespan. Unfortunately, many people do not know much about tire rotation. Here is everything you need to know about rotating the tires on your car.

What is Tire Rotation?

Tire rotation is the process of moving tires from one position to another. The tires are typically rotated in a diagonal fashion. As such, your left front tire is typically rotated so it becomes your right back tire and your right back tire becomes the left front tire. However, rotation may vary based on the age and condition of the tires you have, their size, and whether you have front- or rear-wheel drive.

Why Should Tire Rotation Be Done?

As a general rule of thumb, front tires work harder than back tires. As such, they tend to wear out faster. Having your tires rotated routinely helps to ensure that all of your tires wear evenly and consistently. This helps to prevent blowouts and tread problems. It also helps to prevent you from having one tire that wears faster than the others, allowing you to replace all four tires at the same time.

How Often Should Tire Rotation Be Completed?

It is recommended that you either rotate your tires every six months or every 7,500 miles, depending on which you hit first. If you drive on rocky or unpaved surfaces, you may need your tires rotated sooner, typically after every 5,000 miles.

Maintaining a car helps to extend its life while also maintaining its value. Selecting the right car from the get-go can also help to ensure the longevity of your car. If you are looking to purchase pre-owned cars in Rochester, let Auction Direct USA help you find the right car. Visit our dealership today to get started.

 

 

The Best Used Vehicles of 2018

By alyssa | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 at 2:48 PM

When you are looking to purchase a used vehicle, there are many factors that you need to look at to help you find the right automobile for your needs. Some of these factors include the price of the car, the longevity of the car, the price to maintain and repair the car, the resale value of the car and the features the car comes with. Taking the time to weigh all of these factors will help you find the right used car for your needs. Here are a few of the cars that consistently rank among the best used vehicles to buy in 2018.

Honda Civic

For over 20 years now, the Honda Civic has remained one of the best used vehicles to purchase. And in 2018, this vehicle once again tops the list. Used Honda Civics get great gas mileage, hold their value and are relatively affordable to repair and maintain. These types of cars are perfect for high school students, young professionals or those who are looking for a commuter vehicle. The price of a used Honda Civic will vary, based on the year you are looking at. But, keep in mind, when properly maintained, used Honda Civics can last hundreds of thousands of miles.

Toyota Camry

Another used car that consistently tops the best used vehicles to buy list is a Toyota Camry. Just like Hondas, Toyotas last a long time when properly cared for and hold their value. The Camry is larger than a Honda Civic, making it a great family car. The parts for a Camry are also readily available, making it affordable to repair and maintain. And because this is a family-based car, it comes with a wide range of features designed to keep your family comfortable and safe.

Dodge Challenger

The last vehicle that rounds out our best used vehicle to buy in 2018 is the Dodge Challenger. A Dodge Challenger is a sportier looking automobile. However, Dodges do not tend to hold their value as well as Toyotas or Hondas. However, this means that these used cars are more affordable than those other options. If you want a sporty car, that gets good gas mileage and is affordable, consider looking into one of these used cars.

With so many different used cars on the market, finding the one perfect for you can be a challenge. But at Auction Direct USA, we are happy to help you find the vehicle of your dreams. Visit one of our lots today to check out our current selection, take cars out for a test drive, and ultimately, go home in the right car for you.

Tips for Making Your Car Last 

By alyssa | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 at 10:06 PM

 

At Auction Direct USA, not only are we here to help you buy or sell a used car, we’re also here to help with service considerations in Rochester. Everyone wants to make their car last longer, whether they’re planning to ever sell it or not, and we’re here to help. 

Some of the tactics we recommend in our shop are the kind you can pay attention to even when you aren’t in the mechanic’s garage. Let’s look at a few basic hacks for getting maximum value of your car.  

Wash It 

Washing and waxing your car may not seem like value-add processes, but they absolutely are. Washing the car is about more than aesthetics – when you don’t wash it, foreign bodies in the air latch onto the body of the vehicle. Over time, that coat of dirt will eat through your clearcoat, and before long, paint will oxidize and turn into rust. If rust gets into metalwork, it spreads like wildfire – and lowers the value of your car, and can often render it unsafe to drive if it spreads to the frame and the chassis.  

Engine Bay 

Getting to know your engine bay can go a long way. It helps to be able to identify basic parts of the engine – our technicians can help here.  

Tire Pressure 

You’d be surprised how many drivers neglect tire pressure despite the low cost and hassle involved in maintaining it. Not only will properly inflated tires improve your gas mileage, they’ll also make your car last longer by extending the life of your suspension components and lowering stress on metalwork. There are stations at virtually any gas station that offer cheap air fillups – take advantage of these.  

Know Limits 

Always know the limits of your engine. Some are built for speed, some for efficiency, and others for smoothness. Some are more sensitive than others. If your car has a 1.6 liter, 4-cylinder engine, for instance, you probably shouldn’t be hauling trailers around – this will tax the engine and risk issues earlier than normal. 

Scheduled Maintenance 

Finally, the best way to maintain the value and life of your car over time is adhering to regular maintenance schedules. Ask our professionals about what kind of schedule you should be on for your vehicle.  

For more on extending car value, or to find out about any of our used cars for sale, speak to the experts at Auction Direct USA today.  

Basic Stages of a Used Car Sale Process

By alyssa | Posted in Blog on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 at 6:13 PM

For some looking to buy a used car, the process may seem intimidating. There are plenty of budget and maintenance concerns to consider, and for the busy worker, arranging these can seem like a lot.

At Auction Direct USA, we’re here to tell you that this doesn’t have to be the case as you search for used cars. Our pros can help you through every step of the process and make things as simple as possible. Here are the basic steps to a standard used car search process.

Budget

For starters, you have to lay out your budget for a larger purchase like this. The way to do this is to calculate monthly net income after taxes, then subtract all your other bills and expenses – with what’s left over, are you in good financial shape to take on a car loan? Most experts recommend staying below 20 percent of your disposable income each month on a car payment, and you have to consider things like maintenance as well.

Wish List

Once you have your budget set, you have an idea of the kinds of features you can look for. Narrow down your must-haves versus your basic desires.

Shopping Around

There are tons of options available to you out there, so take the time to look around. Our online resources are an excellent place to start. Make comparisons as you shop, asking about things like warranties and performance features.

History and Maintenance Reports

As you narrow your list down to specific vehicles, keep a careful eye on CARFAX and other vehicle history reports. Look for cars that have bad accident histories, have changed hands several times, or have a spotty maintenance history – these might be options to avoid. In person, ask about test driving the vehicle as well.

Fair Price, Finalized Deal

Once you’ve settled on a choice, it’s time to set a final price and get the deal finalized. The rise of vehicle history reports has made it so there’s less haggling in this process than ever before, and you can get a good deal without making enemies of your dealer.

Paperwork

Finally, there’s a good chunk of paperwork to complete to finalize the sale – luckily, your dealer can help with lots of this. This will include things like a final inspection, a bill of sale, a title transfer, valid payment, maintenance record transfer, key transfer, and the seller removing their insurance policy.

For more on the process of buying a used car, or to view any of our used cars for sale, speak to the pros at Auction Direct USA today.

Why Haggling is in the Past

By alyssa | Posted in Blog on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 at 6:11 PM

For many who bought a used car more than a few years ago, the “haggle” is a big part of the process they remember. This is a negotiation tactic that became associated with used cars some time ago, and many buyers would come into a lot looking for the best ways to drive a dealer’s price down.

At Auction Direct USA and throughout the rest of the industry, however, the haggle is on the way out. Used car values simply don’t have the kind of uncertainty they used to, and dealers like us are looking to reduce combative, hard-selling techniques that really just put a divide between us and our valued customers. Let’s look at why the haggle is a thing of the past.

Online Options

In the past, a used vehicle’s value would be much harder to ascertain. Sites like Kelly Blue Book weren’t around yet – you had to do a lot more research to determine true vehicle value, and even after this, there might be areas that weren’t visible to you.

Today, the internet offers you a plethora of options for this kind of thing. You can quickly learn about everything from car value to the reputation of a dealer – for this reason, many buyers cross shady dealers off their list before even setting foot in the dealership. With everything out in the open like this, there’s simply less reason to haggle.

Commissions Going Away

Another big change from the past is the way used car salespeople are compensated. In the past, this was largely based on commissions – today, a movement sweeping the industry is pushing for less commission-based compensate. This promotes an environment with less haggling and the shared goal of getting you, the buyer, behind a great vehicle that meets your needs. It also eliminates any need for us to slightly inflate the price of the vehicle to offset a commission to be paid to that salesperson.

No Need to Haggle

As you can see, there’s no need to haggle at Auction Direct USA. Our knowledgeable salespeople are here to match you to a great vehicle, not to pull the wool over your eyes. For questions about our used cars or any part of the transparency of our valuation process, speak to our friendly staff today.