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Why buy from AutoSmart?

 

We believe in supporting the community in which we live.  We live in Oswego, shop in Oswego and support our small businesses in Oswego.  With so many choices of where to buy your vehicle, why choose AutoSmart?

Our mission is to provide a valuable and upfront service to our customers while exceeding their needs and expectations. We are committed to our customer’s satisfaction and guarantee honesty, integrity and community involvement.

Much of our business comes from repeat customers and their referrals.  We appreciate our customers’ support of our small business and they appreciate our dedication to them and their vehicles.  We love our customers and want them to always return to us to buy their next vehicle.

We have all our vehicles inspected by a third-party mechanic.  We want to be upfront with you by providing the vehicle history and informing you of any issues with the vehicle.  We go out of our way to find the perfect vehicle for you!

Every vehicle that leaves our dealership has our name on it.  It is very important that we are proud of the vehicles we sell, and that you are happy with your service and price.  We want every transaction to be fair and beneficial to all involved.

AutoSmart’s commitment to our community is a way that we are different than other dealerships.  We give back locally to our customers through events like Coffee & Cars and Women, Wine and Wheels.  These are free events that offer food, fellowship, and information on vehicles or products.  We are also a coat pickup for Coats for Kendall and we donate our building for the Cub Scouts for their Pinewood Derby every year.  Some might not know, but Brian, one of the owners, teaches at the Oswego high schools every year for Operation Impact, educating high school students about safe driving. This year, we donated a part of our proceeds to hurricane relief.  Last week, Brian went on a mission trip to Texas to help rebuild a house damaged in Hurricane Harvey.  It was a life changing experience that took place because of money raised by the Rotary club and small businesses in Oswego.

We know there are other places to shop for vehicles and we thrive on that competition in the car business.  We hope the next time you are searching for a vehicle you consider the honesty and integrity you will experience at AutoSmart and give us a try.  We want you to be our life long customer!

 

AutoSmart

39 Stonehill Rd Ste E

Oswego, IL 60543

630-554-2285

www.autosmartnetwork.com

Why can’t I find a vehicle for $1000 anymore????

 

Why can’t I find a vehicle for $1000 anymore????

We have had quite a few people calling and coming by lately for $1000 vehicles.  Unfortunately, we just can’t find these vehicles anymore…. but why?

During the recession in 2008-2009, new car sales dramatically decreased.  Although this is 9 years ago, it has affected the number of used vehicles today. Late Model vehicles are harder to find and especially at a decent price.  Meanwhile, people are also holding onto their vehicles longer. When people purchase a vehicle, they take care of it, and are on average, keeping their vehicle for about 8 years.

Prices at the auctions have increased as well.  We ran an article last year about the hurricanes in the South causing prices of Used vehicles to increase.  Most viable used vehicles are being shipped to the Southern US to replace many of the flood damaged vehicles.  This demonstrates the law of Supply and Demand.  We have low supply of vehicles in Illinois, which leads to higher demand, which can command higher prices.  Unfortunately, for the car dealer to make money, they must price the vehicle at a price higher than what they paid at the auction.  They must recondition the vehicle, and this takes money from their profit.  Hopefully not losing money in the end.  It’s a gamble.

Programs that are paid for by the state are also causing a shortage of inexpensive vehicles.  Programs such as cash for clunkers, donating vehicles to charities, or people in California being paid to retire older vehicles. Cars we might have sold for $3,000 to $3,500 a couple years are now $5,000 to $5,500.

Now is it possible to find the $1000 vehicle on Craigslist?  The answer is yes!   But you must be an informed buyer.  You most likely will be getting a clunker!  There will most likely be body damage, no AC, interior stains, etc.  If you just need a vehicle to get you from point A to point B, and absolutely do not care what it looks like, it is possible.  Do your due diligence though, make sure that it runs!  Some vehicles to stay away from…No license plates-this means that it is not being driven, vehicles with no pictures…it is actually that bad, it broke the camera!  Vehicles with major issues. You will most likely have some repairs, but make sure that it is nothing major!  And make sure that they have a clean title!  I looked up $1000 cars on craigslist right now, and found many cars that looked ok, but after reading the descriptions-most were not running.  There were some vehicles that maybe didn’t look the greatest but were running.  Just always remember, when buying from a private party, there is no guarantee for your purchase.

 

AutoSmart Inc.

39 Stonehill Rd Ste E

Oswego, IL 60543

630-554-2285

Wrapping up the Chicago Auto Show

Did you know that the Chicago Auto show is the biggest auto show in the US!  It is also the longest running; this year marked the 110th Auto show.  More than 1000 Vehicles take up 1 million square feet in this huge show.  The Chicago Auto Show is also a great fundraiser for various charities.  They have raised over $48 Million in the last 30 years.

One of the best aspects of the Auto Show is the concept cars. The Manufacturers take consumers wants and needs into account when creating the concept vehicles.  Many of these vehicles are environmentally friendly and featuring ways to conserve energy.  They are designing the vehicles with sleek designs and are using a great deal of white in the interior.  This often is a huge contrast with the darker color that is used in the interior.  Here are the new concept vehicles that were featured at the Chicago Auto Show:

CADILLAC ESCALA
INFINITI Q INSPIRATION
LEXUS LF -1
MITSUBISHI RE-MODEL A
TOYOTA FT-4X

Now, if you aren’t into concept vehicles, here are some of my favorite vehicles presented at the Auto Show:

  1.  50th Anniversary Subaru vehicles.  A whole line of Subaru’s in heritage blue.  They will release a new model for each Subaru on the market in the Spring of 2018
  2.  The 2019 Ford Ranger- Ford is bringing it back!  It is a great midsize truck! https://www.chicagoautoshow.com/vehicles-on-display/2019/ford/ranger/
  3. 2019 Infiniti QX50- What a sharp SUV crossover: https://www.chicagoautoshow.com/vehicles-on-display/2019/infiniti/qx50/

If you would like more information on the Chicago Auto Show, please visit their website at: https://www.chicagoautoshow.com/

February 14, 2018

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution… For Your Vehicle!!

 

By this time of year, we have probably all started (and stopped) our New Year’s resolutions already. Whether it be weight loss, or saving money we can lose track so easily. Something we can always strive for is to take better care of our vehicles. Here is an important and EASY list to take better care of your vehicle this year:

1. Routine Car washes- This is very important especially with all the winter salt in the Midwest. We always recommend using a touch-less car wash, if possible. And make sure to get a car wash that cleans the undercarriage.

2. Wipe down the inside every time you get in the vehicle. This might take you 20 seconds, but will make a world of difference. Keep a small trash can in your vehicle, to clean up the excess trash. Also keep an organizer for sunglasses, rags, loose change, perfume, hand sanitizer, tire pressure gauge, etc. This will keep your cleaning products out of the way, but easily accessible.

3. Make sure to routinely check your tire pressure. With the tire pressure gauge in your organizer, it should be handy anytime you need to check the tire pressure.

4. Listen to your car-Be proactive, when you hear noises, don’t let it go! This could cause you to end up spending more money in the long run. Find a mechanic that you trust and take in your vehicle any time you hear a strange noise.

5. Routine oil changes & service- Make sure that you get routine oil changes. Every 3 months, or 3,000 miles. Also make sure to take your car in for a bi-annual tune-up. Make sure that everything is running smoothly, to keep your vehicle lasting a long time.

6. Keep your fluids topped off- In Illinois, we can face the most extreme weather in one day. Make sure that those fluids are topped off to prevent salt buildup and protect against empty fluids.

Let’s all make this resolution stick!

AutoSmart Inc
39 Stonehill Rd Ste E
Oswego, IL 60543
630-554-2285
autosmartnetwork@gmail.com

How the Hurricane season will impact used-car value in Illinois

 The Hurricane season is upon us.  Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have devastated the South with floods, winds and destruction.  People are homeless, have to relocate and are struggling to make ends meet.  Their houses are gone, but so are their cars. 
     History has shown us that when there are devastating events like floods; vehicles are diverted to the area to help the communities.  This makes the Supply (Inventory) very low, but the demand great in our area for used cars.  It has been reported that 1 million-1.5 million vehicles maybe be totaled due to the floods.  We have been told by our industry connections that inventory from the Midwest is already being diverted to the South.  The used car market will have lower than normal inventory levels, which will increase the cost of used cars throughout the Midwest.
     With this being said, we also want you to be hyper aware when buying a car in the next 6-12 months.  If buying a vehicle, find out where the car originated from.  Also make sure that you obtain a vehicle history report, especially looking for Flood/Salvage/Branded titles.  This is especially important when buying from a private party, because there is no protection for you the buyer. 
      Since the used car prices will be increasing this potentially makes buying a new vehicle a better value.  Although we do not have new vehicles on our lot, our concierge service allows us to get the perfect new vehicle for you.  You tell us what you want, and we will find the perfect car at a great price.  Being a dealer, we work with other dealers to find you a fair and reasonable price.   It is a good time to consign a vehicle with us.  Our top priority is to get your vehicle sold for the highest price, in the quickest amount of time.
     Please consider donating your time, or money to a charity to help with the hurricane relief.  They need our help more than ever.  AutoSmart values involvement in our community.  With our commitment to community, we have partnered with the Rotary Club of Oswego to aide in disaster relief.

     Please click on the following link to promote our viral campaign and donate to the hurricane relief:

http://upvir.al/ref/H9559573/

AutoSmart, Inc.
39 Stonehill Rd., Suite E

Oswego, IL 60543
Phone: 630.554.2285
Fax: 630.554.3716
September 8, 2017

Ceramic Coating for Vehicles

Our automotive ceramic coating will form a semi-permanent bond to your vehicle’s painted surface, creating a “Shield” that protects your vehicle, and offers unmatched protection to your paint for 2 years, while creating depth and gloss like no other product you have ever seen. This durable coating also adds gloss that you won’t believe!

Once your car, truck, or SUV has been protected with our ceramic coating, you can enjoy the awesome gloss, protection, clarity, and hydrophobic properties that will make water dance off the paint and bead like crazy!
We have a genuine commitment to perfection, and we take great pride in every vehicle that leaves our facility. Our Mission is to provide the best service possible, in pursuit of 100% customer satisfaction, and to establish a business relationship with our customers that will last a lifetime, by providing the highest level of service at a fair price.

AutoSmart, Inc.
39 Stonehill Rd., Suite E
Oswego, IL 60543
Phone: 630.554.2285
Fax: 630.554.3716
Web: AutoSmartNetwork.com

Are you ready for some Football?

As summer reaches to an end, and the heat turns into a cool fall breeze, we all know that means it is…Football Season!  And the art of tailgating begins.  If you are like me, the best part of football is getting to the game and tailgating.  Have you ever considered though, that some vehicles are just better than others for this?  Have you ever tried to cram all of your friends into a 4 door sedan, with the grill, and cooler?  It’s not so fun!  So today, we’re going to take a look at some of our vehicles that are great for the football and tailgating season:

  1. 2006 Ford Expedition- This is a great vehicle for those college students that would like an expensive vehicle that is roomy, and in good shape.  Did I mention that there is a great trunk area perfect for the grill and cooler?  Throw those books in the back seat, pick up your buddies, and go to your favorite game, but stop off at the parking lot first!

http://autosmartnetwork.com/used-cars-oswego-il/2006-ford-expedition-c2016-36/

 

  1. 2012 Ford Escape- Not only is this a perfect family vehicle, but this also is a caravan for the kiddos, or sports equipment, or a perfect tailgating vehicle. The back door opens upward which allows for perfect comfort when watching the kid’s soccer game.

http://autosmartnetwork.com/used-cars-oswego-il/2012-ford-escape-p2017-14/

 

  1. But please don’t forget about the 1963 Ford Galaxie. This is the perfect vehicle to attract attention all day!  It is a beautiful red, and very spacious.  You would be the envy of any neighborhood, driving this around.

http://autosmartnetwork.com/used-cars-oswego-il/1963-ford-galaxie-c2017-18/

 

So when the fall hits, and there is a breeze in your hair, just think how much more fun you’d have if you purchased your next vehicle from AutoSmart. Please consider letting us be your tailgating headquarters when purchasing your next vehicle!

AutoSmart

39 Stonehill Rd Suite E

Oswego, IL 60543

630-554-2285

AutoSmartNetwork.com

Buying a car for college/ high school student

It feels like yesterday that your son or daughter was taking their first steps, and last month they walked across the graduation stage! Although college feels like the most likely next step, making sure that they get there safely is often not a priority. Making sure that our new college students have a safe vehicle to travel in puts our minds at ease. Here are some things to think about when purchasing that vehicle for them:

1. Be sure to be informed about the vehicle that you are purchasing. Go in with some research for the vehicle. You can research the competitive prices and information on Autotrader, Kelley blue book, and nada.com. The more knowledgeable you are about your purchase, the less likely you will be to pay more than you need to for it!

2. What will the vehicle primarily be used for? A brand new vehicle for a new college student may not be the best purchase. Remember a vehicle starts depreciating in value the moment you drive it off the lot. So practical vehicles for young drivers would be low maintenance, and dependable vehicles. Trucks don’t make the most ideal purchases since they are bigger and often have terrible gas mileage.

3. If buying used, remember to research the history of the vehicle. Go to the website: VehicleHistory.gov (the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System). Also make sure to read about “lemon laws” in your state. It never hurts to be informed!

4. Make sure not to commit yourself or your student to more than 15-20% of your monthly budget on the vehicle. This includes the car payment, insurance, gas, repairs, registration fees and maintenance. You never want to get yourself into a situation that you cannot afford. So 15-20% of your income is a good standard.

5. Don’t forget that a lot of students may be eligible for good student discounts on insurance plans, and also safe driver discounts. Anyway to save some money, is great!

So enjoy those steps around your now empty home, knowing that you have made smart choices on your new college student’s vehicle. Nothing is better than having peace of mind!

How to prepare your vehicle for the perfect summer road trip

  1. Detail- We will forever be cleaning up the snack crumbs after a road trip, and the vehicle will definitely need to be vacuumed after the trip. But we always underestimate how important it is to wash and wax the outside of the vehicle before the trip.  Just by doing this simple step, you can prevent all the road grime from getting on your vehicle:  Sand in the desert, or salt and snow in the mountains.  You can also ensure great visibility through your windows; not to mention saving a lot of time at the gas station, trying to get streak-free windows!
  2. Window tint-This is a must, especially if you are traveling in the hot South. Tinting will keep your vehicle cool on the inside, because it prevents some of the sunlight and heat from entering through the windows. It will also prevent fading on the inside of the vehicle.  Tinting is great for naps for the kiddos, because the sun won’t be in their face on the long drive! This hopefully means a more peaceful drive!
  3. Gas saving- Gas is expensive! But, there are some great and simple ways to make sure that you are optimizing your mileage on your vehicle:
    1. Check your tire pressure- Make sure that it is the recommended PSI for your vehicle per your manual. This can help save on money.
    2. Get rid of excess weight- I know what you are thinking, but no, not any of your riders. But if you have an extra row of seats not in use, take them out.  It will save you some green!
    3. Don’t Speed and Use Cruise control- I know it is hard to do the speed limit, trust me! But going the speed limit at a consistent speed will save you a great deal of fuel, which in turn provides more money for the fun stuff on your road trip, like seeing the biggest rubber band ball!  Because who doesn’t want to do that!
  4. What to pack- Make sure that there is a spare tire in your vehicle, just in case there is a flat. Also make sure to pack some essential items in case of that breakdown (snacks, water, flashlight, etc…) Better to be safe than sorry.
  5. Perfect Music list-If you are like me, music is essential to a perfect road trip! I recently conducted a short survey with some of our staff and customers here at AutoSmart to prepare some music for your next road trip:
    1. Rick Niksic- Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin, and the entire album Trampoline by the Mavericks.
    2. Mandi Oliver- Ants Marching by Dave Matthews
    3. Steve Garrison- any 70-80’s rock
    4. Dennis Caldwell- any 60-70’s, he loves the oldies!
    5. Eric Storbeck -surfing with the Alien by Joe Satriani
    6. Brittany Humphrey- Cruise by Florida Georgia Line and Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

With all of these tips, your trip will be amazing!  Don’t forget that besides selling pre-owned vehicles, AutoSmart provides services such as detailing and tinting. So get those vehicles ready today!\

AutoSmart, Inc.

39 Stonehill Rd., Suite E

Oswego, IL 60543
Phone: 630.554.2285
Fax: 630.554.3716

Time to Tint!

What do you blow your nose with?  Kleenex!  Where do you take phone messages?  On a post-it!  My point is that the industry over time has changed our mind on what a tissue is.  Most people call it a Kleenex, because that is the brand that is most commonly associated with it.  This is the same as 3M with post-its and 3M with window tinting.

We are the only authorized 3M window tint dealer in the area.  3M offers a limited lifetime warranty on their product, and we are here to make sure that you love your new tint on your vehicle.  We carry different tint shades to meet your needs.  We can also tint as many windows as you need tinted!  Always keep in mind though; having windows tinted can be against the law if you do not follow the regulations set by the state of Illinois.  Remember you can always go darker, but keep in mind that you are at risk of being pulled over and getting a ticket.

The law in Illinois states:
“Motorists can have 35% Visual Light Transmission (VLT) on all motor vehicle windows, except the front windshield, as long as no other window in the vehicle is tinted darker than 35%.”

Having your windows tinted can also preserve the interior of your vehicle.  The purpose of tint is to reduce the amount of light and heat that comes into the vehicle, so this will protect the interior of your vehicle from sun and weather damage.

So call today and set up an appointment to get your windows tinted, and you will be amazed how great your vehicle will look and how cool it will be for those warm summer months.