Lights Out? Check Vehicle Lighting

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Fall is here and its arrival means fewer hours of daylight and upcoming holiday travel. Before hitting the road, it is a wise idea to make sure your vehicle’s lights are in proper working order, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

“Lights play a critical role in safe driving, as the chance of an accident increases if you can’t see or be seen,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “From the driver’s seat you may not notice a light that isn’t working, so inspect all of your car’s lights and replace those that are out.”

Lights are normal wear items that require periodic inspection and replacement. The vehicle lighting system provides nighttime visibility; signals and alerts other drivers; and supplies light for viewing instruments and the vehicle’s interior. In addition to replacing dimming, rapidly blinking and non-functioning lights, the following tips can help keep you safe:

  • Keep headlights, tail lights and signal lights clean. External dirt and debris can dim operational lights from being seen by others.
  • Make sure that your headlights are properly aimed. Misaimed headlights blind other drivers and reduce your ability to see the road.
  • If there is any doubt on whether or not your headlights should be on, turn them on. Lights not only help you see better in early twilight, they also make it easier for other drivers to see you.
  • Don’t overdrive your headlights; you should be able to stop inside the illuminated area, otherwise you are creating a blind crash area in front of your vehicle.

“Some states have laws that require the headlights to be on with the wipers,” said White. “Keeping your vehicle’s lights properly cared for and replacing wiper blades periodically will help ensure a safer ride, keeping the road ahead well-lit and giving you a clear view.”

For more information on vehicle lighting, service interval schedules, questions to ask a technician and tips to drive smart and save money, view the Car Care Council’s free digital Car Care Guide online at www.carcare.org/car-care-guide.

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Easy Steps to Better Gas Mileage

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With the average price of gas dipping below two dollars per gallon for the first time since 2009, many motorists have been seeing a real savings at the pump. Putting some of that savings toward basic auto care can lead to more miles per gallon and, in turn, more savings, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

The Car Care Council encourages motorists to be car care aware and perform these five simple steps to improve fuel economy and save money.

  1. Check Tire Pressure: Keep tires properly inflated and improve gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent.
  2. Use the Right Motor Oil: Improve gas mileage by 1 to 2 percent by using the grade of motor oil recommended by the manufacturer.
  3. Replace Clogged Air Filters: Replacing clogged air filters on older vehicles can improve fuel economy and will improve performance and acceleration on all vehicles.
  4. Check Engine Performance: Keep your engine running efficiently and improve gas mileage by an average of 4 percent.
  5. Fix It: Addressing a serious maintenance problem, like a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve mileage by as much as 40 percent, according to www.fueleconomy.gov.

Save Gas Beyond the Pump“Proactive vehicle maintenance is a motorist’s best money saving tip,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Routine auto care not only helps save on fuel costs, but it helps identify small issues so they can be serviced before they become bigger and more costly to repair.”

To help motorists increase fuel economy and take better care of their vehicles, the Car Care Council offers valuable tools on its website, including a free personalized schedule and email reminder service.

Vehicle Factors in a Used Car Search

At Auction Direct USA, we’re here to get you the lowest possible market prices on used cars without the hassle. Our team of used car dealers will help you with everything from loans and trade-ins to vehicle searches, and we won’t rest until you’re satisfied.

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One of the simplest areas we see people struggle with? A lack of basic knowledge about what they want in a pre-owned car. These simple expectations will set the baseline for your entire purchasing experience. Check out a few important areas to consider.

Basic Performance

Before even visiting a dealership, read performance reviews of the types of cars you think you might be looking into. Certain makes and models may have tendencies within their design, and the rise of the internet within the industry makes it easier than ever to find out about these. Does a model you’re looking into frequently struggle with a particular engine problem? Find out in advance. In addition, once you’re at the dealership, test performance of individual vehicles through test drives.

Safety Features

Another smart bit of research will be on crash ratings and safety features for a potential vehicle. There are simple online resources to help with understanding what certain ratings or features are referring to, and what they might mean for you.

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The Value of Used Cars

the value of used carsAre you looking for a vehicle and concerned about the value of used cars? Do you feel as if the seller is quoting an excessively high price? You think the used car offered at the dealership is worth a lot less than what the dealers claim? Or is it your own used car you want to sell?

Let Auction Direct USA help you out!

We offer a complete guide towards calculated the true value of used cars. Whether you’re a first-time or an experienced buyer, our team helps you determine the best price for your car. Here’s what you need to know:

Basic Approach to the Value of Used Cars

There’s no rocket science involved in car valuation for appraisal or selling purposes. The value of a used car depends upon its mileage, condition, the amount of damage sustained, any repair works carried out, the market rate for similar vehicles and any modifications made by the original owner or dealership.

Used cars have less depreciation compared to new cars

New cars lose an average of 30% – 60% of their value in the first 5 years.  According to the National Automobile Dealers Association, the average price of a new car sold in the United States is about $30,000.  This means that a new car will depreciate anywhere from $9,000 to $18,000 in just 5 years.

At Auction Direct USA, the first step begins with determining the current retail and trade-in values for the used car, based on its year of manufacture, make and model. This helps us determine the market value for your vehicle. The next step involves any of the following three methods for computing the true value of your car:

The Retail/Trade-in Approach
the value of used cars auction direct usaRetail value (or retail price) represents the price charged by a dealership in respect of the vehicle. Since the dealership incurs significant repair and maintenance charges to bring the used car to (almost) mint condition, it is generally higher than the prevailing price.

Wholesale value (or trade-in price) is the selling price quoted by a private seller. This occurs when the seller wants to sell his/her vehicle directly, without involving any intermediary. This price should be significantly lower than the retail value.

At Auction Direct USA our experts calculate trade-in value for a used car based on our extensive market research. This prevents you from being ripped off by the seller by providing you with a more reliable selling price estimate.

The Market Value Approach

The true value of used cars is actually their market value. This figure is nothing more than the average or retail value and trade-in value. For instance, if the retail value of a car is $7000 and the trade-in value is $5000, then the market value-based approach places the value of the used car at $6000 (7000+5000/2). If you’re unsure of how this formula is derived or need an expert opinion on car valuation, call us today!

Calculator

If the first two methods sound tricky, don’t worry. We offer a simple and efficient tool to calculate the value of used cars:  our patent car value calculator. On our blackbook page, just enter your car brand, model, year of purchase and existing mileage and let us do the math! The final result accurately reflects your car value and what it can bring in the open market.

Auction Direct USA Recall Policy

Manufacturers have not authorized Auction Direct USA to complete recall repairs and close out recalls. The current recall system is based on manufacturer’s relationship with its dealers and registered owners. Before you purchase a vehicle from Auction Direct USA, your Sales Associate will review with you a Vehicle History report and a VIN-specific recall report from the NHTSA website. Auction Direct USA notifies customers prior to purchasing to have open recalls fixed by the manufacturer immediately.

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Register your vehicle with the manufacturer as soon as you make a purchase. The details for registration vary by manufacturer, but you will usually need your address, date of purchase, VIN and the year, make and model of your vehicle. By registering, you will receive information on open recalls, as well as other important information, directly from the manufacturer. You also will be listed with the manufacturer as the current owner if a new recall is issued.

Please refer to www.safercar.gov, www.nhtsa.gov and www.recalls.gov for further recall information. By subscribing to www.nhtsa.gov (recall notification email system) you will receive automatic recall and safety email alerts.

Why Buy Auction Direct Certified Pre Owned?

Worry FREE Limited Warranty on all Certified Pre Owned Trucks, Cars

As a member of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA), you can purchase from Auction Direct USA with confidence. NIADA is a leading national auto association that provides the same warranty guarantees you would receive from a manufacturer’s dealer.

All Certified Pre Owned Vehicles Rigorously Inspected

When you find the used car you’re looking for at Auction Direct, you’ll notice the NIADA Certified Pre Owned seal on the vehicle. That means you’re assured that the vehicle has undergone a rigorous 125-point inspection.

  • 125 point Pre Owned vehicle inspection certification includes: Engine, Transmission, Air Conditioning and Heating, Brakes, Suspension, Belts and Hoses, Major Electronics NIADA Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles
  • Worry free six-month / 6,000 mile limited warranty
  • Nationwide coverage
  • Towing/Roadside assistance
  • Rental Car Reimbursement
  • Lost Key/Lockout Services
  • CarFax Certified Vehicle History Report

A NIADA Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle means quality and dependability, giving you the confidence you need today and the protection you want on the road.

You’ll also enjoy the hassle-free buying experience at Auction Direct.  None of our salespeople work on commission, so you won’t find the pressures and back-and-forth negotiations you’ve experienced before at a traditional car dealership.

Purchase certified pre owned vehicles at Auction Direct and take advantage of the Auction Direct USA Advantage!

Auction Direct USA Advantage

Special Financing offers for qualified customers
Flexible, fully customizable warranty options
Free Vehicle Maintenance
Free state Inspection
CarFax Certified accident free
100 Day / 1000 mile return option

Customize your extended service warranty and SAVE today by tailoring your very own terms!  Flexible, Fully Customizable Warranty Options for Pre Owned Certified Vehicles at Auction Direct USA in Raleigh, NC.

Drive home in your Certified Pre Owned Vehicle today – we have you covered!