(Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 09:47AM by Laurel Steele)
Inspecting a used car can be pretty overwhelming. You don’t want to invest your hard-earned money only to discover pre-existing problems down the road. Don’t worry. There are some easy inspection steps you can follow when checking out your potential new-to-you ride. Watch the video below to see some helpful tips for inspecting a used vehicle.
Make sure you bring a few handy materials with you on your test driving adventure. Simple items like paper for notetaking, an MP3 player/smartphone to test syncing capabilities, and a flashlight to check darker corners can make a big difference. It also helps to view the car when the sun is shining, as you’ll be able to spot paint chipping, rust, and minor dents much more easily.
Now, it’s time to look at the vehicle’s underbelly to check for dents and rust. Even though you wouldn’t see it on a daily basis, these things can cause problems for you in the future. Pop the hood and keep an eye out for color and metallic differences. Inspect the belt to make sure it doesn’t have any major defects or extreme wear. Also, check fluid levels for the coolant, engine oil, and brake fluid.
Give the driver’s seat a thorough look over for surface damage. Sit down and assess your comfort level, as well as the seat’s maneuverability. Once you’re nice and cozy, test out all of the equipment within arm’s reach. That includes the lights, steering wheel, stereo, AC, and horn. You should also make sure to double check the meter reading.
(Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 02:17AM by Laurel Steele)
It’s easy to envision ourselves behind the wheel of a convertible, taking hairpin curves with aplomb, but it’s usually not the most practical option. When deciding on a used car, it’s important to find a vehicle that will meet your needs and lifestyle. If you’re an international man of mystery, by all means, opt for the pre-owned Ford Mustang. But if you’ve got a family of five or a growing business, there are better options for you.
First, ask yourself how many people you carry on an average day. This will help determine the size of the vehicle that’s right for you. A larger family usually mean a larger car, while a single commuter may prefer a compact car. What about cargo space? If you find that you’re often going camping, shopping, or moving goods for your business, you may consider a pickup truck or a van.
An Edmunds article says to consider the driving conditions you face, not just on a daily basis, but year-round. Icy winters, unpaved roads, or steep hills are all things to keep in mind when choosing a used vehicle. You may want to opt for a car with all-wheel drive or a hefty engine. People with longer commutes will want to consider cars with great fuel economy. Sedans and hatchbacks are both great options. If you want to be environmentally friendly, try out a hybrid or electric vehicle, which also provide exceptional mileage.
Do you still need a little help deciding? Visit us at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and we’ll help you find the right used car for you. You can browse our extensive inventory of pre-owned vehicles online and take any of them for a test drive at our dealership.
(Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 09:46AM by Laurel Steele)
You’ve finally decided on which used car you want. Now, it’s time for the fun part: the test drive. While you may have visions of yourself pulling donuts, it’s imperative to do a thorough job checking the vehicle before you even leave the dealership parking lot. Luckily, KBB.com recently made a comprehensive list of the things you should look for before putting the pedal to the metal.
Before the key is even in the ignition, get a feel for your captain’s chair. Remember, that you’ll be spending 100% of your time in the car right in this seat. Don’t be afraid to let your inner Goldilocks out. How’s the support? After driving for a while, do your legs or back start to cramp? Can you adjust it to meet your needs?
Now that you’ve found a driver’s seat that’s just right, check out your surroundings. Can you adjust the steering wheel? Is it easy to reach and use the dashboard buttons without taking your eyes off the road? Are there any major blind spots when you turn around? Do your friends and family a favor and spend a couple minutes testing the comfort in the backseat.
Put the key in the ignition, but don’t turn the car on just yet. First, turn the key to the “Accessory” position. This is when all of the lights on your dashboard will illuminate. Make sure that the “Check Engine” and (if applicable) “ABS” lights both turn on. If they don’t, it could be due to a small issue like a burned-out bulb. However, it could also be masking a more serious problem. Either way, ask to have it fixed before moving forward.
Are you ready to check out the used car of your dreams? Visit us at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and you’ll have the pick of the litter. You can also check out our complete pre-owned vehicle inventory online to help narrow your choices.
(Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 09:55AM by Laurel Steele)
Buying a used car can be frustrating. Okay, let’s be serious, investing a lot of your money in anything is undeniably stressful. You want to be sure that your new-to-you car has everything you need in a vehicle, but also fits into your budget. It’s a precarious balance that’s hard to find. Luckily, the folks at KBB.com offer some great tips for you to get started.
First things first, establish your budget. If you make a commitment to yourself that you can’t spend more than $10,000, it’ll keep you from beelining to the $25K sports coupe at the used car lot.
If money is tight for you at the moment but a new car is an urgent necessity, consider establishing a loan deal with the dealership. You can easily reach an agreement on monthly payments that works for you. If you opt for the loan, it’s imperative that you also establish a reasonable monthly budget with yourself before moving forward.
When putting your budget together, remember to consider other expenses like registration, title, tax, and insurance. Ownership costs are not something to be pushed to the back of your mind, as they can add up to around 10 percent of what you paid for your car.
Don’t be afraid to shop around for different insurance plans. These days, it’s incredibly simple to get an online quote and compare various companies. Also, keep in mind that certain insurance plans will be more expensive for convertibles and sports cars.
While establishing your budget, think about getting an extended warranty plan with the dealership. This will cover a range of services and repairs, which will save you an incredible amount of stress and money.
Still feeling a bit overwhelmed? At Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington we have used vehicles to suit every budget and palate. Check out our extensive online inventory of pre-owned vehicles, which includes automakers like BMW, Toyota, Ford, Dodge, Jeep, and more.
Preparation proves the key to success. This is the philosophy you embrace, with every day meticulously analyzed, organized, and planned. You don’t believe in surprises. You instead believe in contingencies - which is why you’ll fuse your search for used cars with an inspection checklist.
To ensure that you find the perfect pre-owned platform, Sound Ford Renton recommends creating a comprehensive checklist - one that will allow you to examine every vehicle, noting advantages and potential disadvantages with ease. Observe the condition of each model’s:
Exterior - windshield and wipers, body panels, trunk and hood seam alignments, headlight functionality.
Tires - tread patterns, alignments.
Engine - battery terminal appearance, signs of leakage or spillage, presence of unexpected odors.
Suspension - body alignment, responses while cornering.
Interior - cabin and seat materials, condition of all mechanicals (including air conditioning, heating, stereo, and power windows), functionality of gauges and lights, alignment of doors.
Timing is everything - with an imperfectly planned second leading to missed opportunities and wasted effort. You want to combat this, carefully scheduling every hour, trying to ensure success; but that success often proves elusive, especially as you seek out used cars in Seattle. You crave a bargain but never seem to find one.
Sound Ford Renton believes you may be searching on the wrong day. According to Cheat Sheet, there are certain holidays that deliver poor value for drivers - with used car prices rising and available incentives disappearing:
The 4th of July (28.0% Fewer Deals).
Mother’s Day (27.5% Fewer Deals).
Easter (22.2% Fewer Deals).
Good Friday (21.6% Fewer Deals).
Memorial Day (18.3% Fewer Deals).
Father’s Day (18.3% Fewer Deals).
These holidays - along with the months of April, May, June, and July - represent the worst times to buy a used car. Most dealerships have stabilized their inventories for the year and don’t require excess lot space. They can afford, therefore, to raise prices and limit their overall rebates. This leads to ever-climbing costs. While we strive to eliminate those costs, we recognize that many of our competitors embrace them, which creates a challenge for drivers.
This is why we recommend that Seattle residents seek out used cars during the fall and winter, bolstering their chances for superior savings.
To learn more about when to buy a used car (or to schedule a test-drive in our available models) contact us today.
Winter is coming. This statement sends waves of despair through Seattle, with residents dreading the long months of wet weather and ever-plummeting temperatures. The days will be long; the nights will be longer; and the sun will be but a distant memory.
Sound Ford Renton suggests making new memories... with used cars.
With the approach of winter, those seeking used cars can discover exceptional value - with Investopedia reporting that off-season months (December, January, and February) deliver between 10% to 15% in total savings. Prices drop, with peak spending dwindling as consumers keep themselves in their cozy homes. Unpredictable weather leaves drivers reluctant to visit lots, and this creates a unique opportunity for those brave enough to face the sleet and snow.
Searching for a used car? Come to Sound Ford Renton this winter! We boast a premier selection of platforms - including models from Jeep, Dodge, Cadillac, and (of course) Ford. Allow us to pair you with the perfect powertrain, with our team happily comparing specs, available incentives, and more.
With the arrival of winter comes the possibility for staggering savings. Visit our lot to secure the year’s best prices.
To learn more about our available used cars (as well as our upcoming promotions) contact us today.
You are a bargain hunter - armed with coupons and determination as you stealthily track those elusive discounts. You seek savings; you demand deals; and you never wish to waste your hard-earned dollars. Every purchase is made with the greatest of care.
Why then would your search for a used car prove any different?
As the premier automotive dealer in the Pacific Northwest, Sound Ford Renton believes that every driver deserves power, performance, and savings - which is why we’re pleased to share this recent Popular Mechanics study, which highlights the best months to buy a used car:
November (26.9% More Deals).
December (23.5% More Deals).
January (16.4% More Deals).
October (12.8% More Deals).
February (6.0% More Deals).
September (3.8% More Deals).
These months - which span both the fall and winter - connect drivers to enhanced savings, with dealers trying to free their lots of excess inventories. This creates a flurry of promotions (such as Sound Ford Renton’s current events, which include our Machinist Union discounts, Boeing Employee discounts, and more). The possibilities are endless and the values are undeniable.
Allow us to prove that, offering you the rewards you deserve. Schedule a test-drive today in one of our many used cars and find the perfect price.
The holiday season is upon us - with the next few months promising celebrations, resolutions, and family feasts. It will be an endless series of good food and good times, with the entire country joined in revelry.
Sound Ford Renton suggests sparing a few moments during those revelries, however, to consider car shopping - because the holidays prove ideal for those in need of used SUVs, convertibles, pick-ups, and more. Discover the year’s best deals and lowest prices.
According to News Day, North American drivers should plan their used car purchases with care - taking advantage of eight specific events and their equally specific savings:
New Year’s Eve
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
During these holidays, used car prices drop dramatically - due to both seasonal changes (most events occur during the fall and winter) and the arrival of new inventory. Dealerships find themselves suddenly flooded with next-generation powerhouses and they must find ways to accommodate them. This leads to a series of incentives, each tailored to freeing valuable lot space.
Considering a used car? Take note that several key events are on the way - which will lead to deductions, discounts, and more at Sound Ford Renton. Contact us today to learn more.
Sustainability proves the foe of every new vehicle. Once their tires roll onto the highway, every pick-up powerhouse and sport-tuned speedster experiences a sudden drop in value - leaving drivers to despair as they watch their hard-earned dollars drift away.
As Seattle’s premier automotive dealer, Sound Ford Renton recognizes the frustrations our customers face in the wake of depreciation. This is why we offer a vast selection of used platforms - connecting men and women to the quality they demand and the long-term worth they’re too often denied.
According to a recent Bankrate report, new cars lose a staggering 20% of their total values the moment they leave the lot - and additional 10% within their first year. This siphons away all potential trade-in advantages, forcing drivers to constantly settle for second-rate deals.
Buying a used car spares them this aggravation. The same Bankrate report notes that these vehicles (particularly those between two to five years old) have already stabilized, leading to less overall depreciation and greater overall savings. This allows drivers to secure more wallet-friendly results during trade-ins and avoid those costly MSRP plummets. No longer suffer the burden of a 30% drop.
Allow us to provide you with the used platform you deserve. To schedule a test-drive in our available models contact us today.