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Top 5 Used Car Buying Tips

Used Car Buying? Top 5 Five Things to do First

 Buying a used car may be seen as a very difficult way to find a good deal. The initial price of the vehicle combined with the costs of maintenance, repair and usage means that you have a lot to lose if you purchase a bad deal. The following used car buying tips will point out the top five things that you need to do before you make your payment:

 1.  Research- True market value

 The most important tip when it comes to buying used cars is to do your research about the cars in the market. Log on to online inventories and read the details of the car models that you are interested in

2.  Consider financing

 When you are purchasing from a dealership, there will be certain fees that you will need to pay above the base price of the vehicle. If you are in need of a good vehicle, you may have to consider going in for a loan with a bank to help pay for the vehicle. Dealerships may also offer a trade-in for your old car.

3.   Check if the car is covered under warranty

 Used cars that are more than four years old are generally not covered by any warranty, so you may choose to purchase an extended warranty. Make sure you check which parts are covered under the warranty.

4.  Build a checklist for the test-drive

 Before you test drive a vehicle, make a check-list according to your needs and preferences so that you are sure that the car fits perfectly with it. Try to simulate the conditions that you would be driving the vehicle in, the time of the day and amount of traffic, for instance, can help you get a better feel of the vehicle.

5.  Inspect the vehicle thoroughly

 Although an inspection by a trustworthy mechanic will cost you money, you will be thankful when the mechanic identifies some problems with a car you were thinking about buying.

In the end, make the process of buying a vehicle a slow and deliberate process and check from various sources about the reliability and resale value of the car before you make an investment. If done properly, you should be able to purchase the right car for your needs.

Buying Used Vehicles

Pendulum Swings Toward Buying Used Vehicles in 2015

The trend is shifting more toward buying used vehicles. In fact,  the nation’s ‘consumer warrior’ Clark Howard recently pronounced that “buying used vehicles are a real deal again” – this after a three-year period when good used cars available at a good value were hard to find due to a limited supply.

Thanks in part to leasing, which was heavily promoted by new car dealers over the last few years, you’ll now be seeing many of those leased vehicles arriving on the market.  With this increased availability of used vehicles, you’ll also see more of them competitively priced.  According to the Residual Value Insurance Group (RVI), used car prices are expected to drop five percent over the next two years – with the supply of used vehicles increasing steadily through 2019.

Today, when it comes to getting the best value when buying used vehicles, there’s no better place to be shopping than at Auction Direct USA. From trucks to luxury models, whether you’re looking for foreign and domestic, we’re proud to provide the widest selection of styles, colors and accessories you’re looking for in your used vehicle – and at a price that’ll be hard to beat.

If it’s been a while since you haven’t bought a used vehicle, and you’re used to a traditional car dealership, you’ll be in for a treat when you arrive at your Auction Direct Showroom.

We know you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the ‘no-hassle buying experience’ we’ve created at Auction Direct. None of our salespeople are on commission, so you won’t encounter the dreaded and drawn-out negotiations you’ve come to expect from a traditional car dealer.  Instead, you’ll find that our salespeople are only interested in helping you find you the kind of car you want at a fair price.  You’ll find the same easy experience if you have a trade in, or you need any service work down the road.

Along with the cars and trucks on display in Jacksonville FL, Raleigh NC, and Rochester NY, you’ll also have access to all the used vehicles Auction Direct has in its inventory throughout the country.  If you can’t find it here, chances are we can locate it for you – and at a competitive price.

With the supply of used cars growing nationwide, our buyers are busy finding the best-of-the-best to bring to our customers.  And each used vehicle on our lot undergoes a rigorous 82-point inspection, so you can buy with confidence. It’s a great time to be in the market for a used car.

It’s a great time to experience how easy and affordable buying used vehicles can be when you visit us at Auction Direct USA.

Used Car Buying Tips for Grads

Top Five New Grad Used Car Buying Tips!

Whether your child is graduating from high school or from college, used car buying tips can be helpful when choosing just the right pre owned car for your new grad!

First, and most important, is get some input from your grad-to-be.  Just like buying a pet for a significant other, it’s good to know if you’re buying for a cat-lover or a cat-hater before you bring it home with a bow!

If you want it to be a surprise, there are ways to get the info you need: point out cars the next time you’re on a drive with comments like “that Honda looks pretty good…what do you think?” or “if you were going to buy another car, what would it be?”

Second, once you’ve narrowed your choices, start ranking them in terms of safety – focusing on those that have high crash rating and safety marks from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Third, check out Consumer Reports, Edmunds and other reviews for information about the used car’s reliability.  This is definitely something worth checking, especially for college-bound graduates who are moving away from home.

Fourth, look for a fuel-efficient vehicle.  Even though gas prices have fallen over the last year, one hiccup in the Middle East can change that overnight. Bear in mind that four-cylinder engines typically (but not always) offer the best fuel economy.

Fifth, check insurance rates on the models you’re considering.  Whether you’re picking up the insurance tab or they are, it’s good to know before you buy.

At Auction Direct USA, we have a great selection of pre owned vehicles – and all go through an 85-point safety check before they ever reach our lot.  We’re excited for your graduate – and hope you’ll trust Auction Direct USA with the used car purchase for your new grad!

Hottest Selling Used Cars

Hottest Selling Used Cars in America

The auto industry is keen on telling us how new-vehicles sale are doing, as are car reviewers and most of the publications and websites that focus on the industry.

But what about pre owned cars and trucks?

A year ago, the team at was able to glean that information by looking at the best-sellers of  2013 in the 20 largest U.S. cities coupled with information on the top pre owned cars buyers were searching for at dealerships and on websites.

Some will surprise you, though others may not if you’re already scouting for your next pre-owned car.

Pre Owned Cars of Interest

The venerable Honda Accord, which has been at the top of new-car sales for three decades and makes up 2.3 percent of the used-car market, takes the top honors as the most popular pre owned vehicle. The Toyota Camry came in at a close second and at nearly the same selling price, with the Nissan Altima rounding out the top three.  The average used sales price of all three Japanese entries was just over $15,000.

Known for its incredible gas mileage when it entered the market, along with its reliability and longevity on the road, the Honda Civic came in fourth at an average price just over $13,000.

Finally, an American-made car makes it to the most popular pre owned car list, with the Ford F-150 muscling in to round out the top five with an average resale price of about $22,300.  The Ford F-150 has also been the top-selling vehicle overall in America for 30 years.

A German manufacturer comes in at No. 6: The BMW 3 Series. BMW’s entry-level luxury sedan accounts for 1.6 percent of the pre owned market, with an average price of about $13,000.  That’s the same average price for a used Toyota Corolla, which comes in in seventh place.

Two Chevrolets, the Impala and Malibu, come in at eighth and ninth, respectively.  Reviewers at speculate that the Impala’s long-time use as a fleet vehicle may have helped it place on the list with the Malibu, Chevy’s midsize sedan.  Their average sale price was in the range of $11,000 to $13,000

Finishing the top-10 most popular pre owned  list was the Ford Escape, accounting for about 1 percent of the pre owned market and fetching an average price of about $17,500.

It’s an interesting list, but every pre owned car buyer probably has a personal favorite – and you’re sure to find yours Auction Direct USA.

We have a wide selection of the best used cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers available on the used car market today.  And if we don’t have it on the lot, we can usually find the vehicle you’re looking for at one of our other locations and get it to you in no time.

But we’re most proud of the hassle-free buying experience we offer at Auction Direct USA – where none of our salespeople are on commission. That makes for an easy buying experience you won’t find at the traditional franchised dealership. And you’ll find the same atmosphere if you’re trading in a vehicle or need to use our service department at any time down the road.

So whether you’re looking for one of the most popular pre owned cars in America, or another make and model that better fits your lifestyle, visit Auction Direct USA.  You’ll be surprised at how easy buying your next vehicle can be.


Hassle Free Used Car Buying

Hassle-Free Used Car Buying:  What a Concept!

Buying your next pre-owned vehicle shouldn’t be a headache.  After all, you’re spending your time and money to find the right car, truck or SUV that meets your needs and fits your budget.  That’s really all there is to it.

Auction Direct USA knows that.

That’s why when you visit any of our dealerships, you’re entering a “hassle-free” zone.  Our goal is to help you find the used vehicle you want at the lowest price. But above that, we want you to actually enjoy the experience.

Since our salespeople don’t work on a commission, you won’t have to worry about haggling over price. We have the best prices in the market, so there’s no reason for the back-and-forth between salesperson and manager that most car buyers dread when they visit the traditional dealership.

At any Auction Direct USA dealership, you’ll find the widest selection of used vehicles available anywhere in one location.  And if you have a specific make and model you’re looking for, chances are good that we can find it at one of our other locations and get you behind the wheel in no time.

While we’re pleased to display the most popular used vehicles for our customers, we’re especially proud of the friendly and casual buying atmosphere you’ll find at all our Auction Direct USA showrooms – especially at our Jacksonville location on Blanding Boulevard.

We think you’ll enjoy this unique approach to car buying, too. When you visit Auction Direct USA, you’ll find an open and friendly environment where you can take your time looking over our used vehicles … and you’ll have the confidence to buy knowing that each one has passed an extensive 85-point vehicle inspection before its put on the lot.

You’ll find the same easy-going experience if you have a trade-in.  Again, hassle-free and with no intensive negotiations. Working with your salesperson, one of our appraisal professionals will look over the condition of your vehicle, research the vehicle history and give you a straight-forward offer based on its true market value – nothing more, nothing less.

At Auction Direct USA, we offer the same services you’d expect to find at any franchise dealership – financing, extended warranties and vehicle protection plans (only if you need them) before the sale. In addition, we have on-site parts and service departments for your vehicles.

At Auction Direct USA, it’s our goal to make car-buying and car-maintenance experiences hassle-free.