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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!

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  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.

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  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.

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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.

Vehicle Spotlight: 2008 BMW X3

2008 BMW X3 with 107,876 miles – $9995

This 2008 BMW X3 has the following highlights:

  • 3.0L, 6 cyl.
  • Power windows
  • Power steering
  • Power locks
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Key-less entry
  • Power Sun/Moon Roof
  • Alarm
  • AM/FM Stereo with AM/FM CD player
  • And much, much more!!!

Further info about this vehicle:

http://autosmartnetwork.com/used-cars-oswego-il/2008-bmw-x3-p2017-13/

Please contact us today for more information about this vehicle.

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

Detailing your vehicle for the Summer in Oswego, IL

  • Wash the Undercarriage of your vehicle- Although our winter has not been too terrible this year, we all have accumulated salt on the undercarriage of our vehicles. It is a great idea to wash that out.  This will keep our vehicles running smoothly. Salt can cause rust and corrosion to our vehicle.  According to DMV.org, the main places that are affected by salt are:  the exhaust system, our Muffler, the Coil springs, sub-frame and Hydraulic brake system.
  • Check your tire pressure- Making sure that your tires are aired up is essential to the upkeep of your vehicle. Remember that heat expands and cold deflates our tires.  So when it is hot, make sure that your PSI is 3-5 lower, and in the winter it should be 3-5 PSI higher.
  • Check your fluids- make sure your windshield wiper fluid gets refilled immediately. The salt over the winter has depleted our fluids in our vehicle.   Also make sure that you check your brake fluid.  The winter takes a toll on our vehicles, and it is a good practice to check it when the weather gets nice.  Also take a look at your engine oil, coolant and the power steering fluid.
  • Empty everything out of your vehicle-Over the winter, we accumulate a lot of trash, and extra stuff in our vehicles. We have extra clothes, ice scrapers, umbrellas, blankets, etc.   Take 5 minutes to empty everything out so you can have your vehicle detailed. Also add a small bag or trash can, so you can prevent the trash pile up in the future.
  • Have your car detailed! We have a great detailer at AutoSmart.  He will hand wash your vehicle, remove contaminates from paint, recondition the paint, apply wax, clean and polish your wheels, clean the wheel wells, and clean the door and trunk jams.  The interior of your vehicle, and the mats and carpets, will be completely shampooed and deep cleaned. The seats will be treated, everything vacuumed, all vinyl protected and the glass will be cleaned.

Get rid of that dust and grime and give us a call for your detail appointment today! You will be blown away by how great your vehicle looks, it will look brand new!

AutoSmart, Inc.
39E Stone Hill Rd.
Oswego, IL 60543
630-554-2285
www.autosmartnetwork.com

Preparing your Vehicle’s tires for Summer!

Who is ready to open those windows and enjoy the breeze?  Go on summer vacation, take the boat out on the water, and work on their spring and summer tires.  You heard me right; did you know that you need to alter your tires by the season?  

Let’s get those tires ready!  Here is everything you need to know about updating your tires for spring.  

Proper Tire Tread

Tire tread is very important on the snow, but also in the rain. The law requires our tires to be at least 2/32”.  There are indicators on our tires in North America called wear bars that help indicate when it is time to replace our tires.  I think the easiest way to gauge this though, is with a penny.  Turn the penny, so Lincoln’s head is facing down, and place into the tread.  If Lincoln’s head is partially covered, you have enough tread in your tire.  You can also use a quarter.  Turn the quarter, so Washington’s head is facing down, and place into the tread.  If part of Washington’s head is covered by the tire, you have more than 4/32” tread remaining. You will want to test multiple areas on the tire, as well as all of your tires.  You can gauge uneven wear and tear on them by doing this.  

In the winter, on the snowy terrain, our tires should have a minimum remaining tread of 5/32”.  This allows the snow to compact under the tire and be released.  If there is not enough tread, it will reduce the vehicles traction and mobility, causing more accidents.  Spring tires, should have a minimum remaining tread of 4/32”.  Spring brings rain, which bring hydroplaning.  Typically people who experience hydroplaning during the rain, will have tires that don’t meet this minimum tread requirement.  If the tread is too low, there is nowhere for the rain to escape causing your tire to ride on top of the water.  

Tire Pressure

Did you know that the pressure in your tires should be 3-5 PSI higher in the winter?  Winter provides a host of not so fun driving conditions.  From ice to snow and everything in between, we are sometimes less responsive than on dry roads.  The 3-5 PSI higher helps our tires offset the less responsive driving and also provides more stability to the tire when driving through ice and snow.  

Tire pressures are meant to be tested on cold tires!  This means that the pressure might be skewed if you test after you have been driving all day, or if your car was stored in the garage all night.  Be consistent when testing the pressure of your tires.  Remember that the air in our tires will expand when it is hot, and contract when it is cold.   So keep in mind, PSI in our tires is going down in winter and going up in summer!

AutoSmart, Inc.
39E Stone Hill Rd.
Oswego, IL 60543
630-554-2285
www.autosmartnetwork.com