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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.
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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!
At AutoSmart, we use XPEL Ultimate, which is the best self-healing protection film on the market. XPEL protection films offer a wide selection of films to protect your vehicle from paint damage.
This film sheds contaminants like no other film. It combines the clarity of a clear film with the defense of an elastomeric polymer that self heals. The film protects your vehicle from rocks, bug acids, salt, oils, gravel, tree sap, bird droppings and magnesium chloride.
The film will heal quickly and will continue to do so over time as long as scratches don’t penetrate the film. The average time for a scratch to heal is about an hour, but if the temperature is warmer the healing time will accelerate.
There are many kits for each vehicle. Whether you want a rocker panel or your whole vehicle covered, XPEL has a kit for your needs.
If you’re interested in vehicle paint protection, call AutoSmart for a quote. Our staff will discuss your options, go over any questions or concerns you may have, and schedule your appointment.
After your XPEL Ultimate Film is installed, wait 48 hours before washing it. After that setting time, any normal car soap can be used to wash it. However, in order to prolong the life of your film, we suggest regularly washing, waxing and sealing the vehicle. Unlike other films you can wax and seal your vehicle without causing any damage to this film.
XPEL is so confident that its product is the best paint protection film on the market that it comes with a 10 year warranty. This warranty covers peeling, cracking, yellowing, hazing and staining. If any of these occurs on the vehicle, XPEL will reimburse both the film and labor costs.
For more information, go to www.AutoSmartNetwork.com or call our office at (630) 554-2285.
The key to surviving an emergency is preparation. You may not have been a Boy Scout, but that does not mean you are at the mercy of fate. While watching episodes of Bear Grylls may give you some entertaining comfort, it is unlikely he will be there to hold your hand. Imagine yourself on a trip to an unfamiliar location. The car dies, or you’ve slipped into a ditch. You pull out your cell phone and the battery is dead or there is no coverage. When things start going wrong, the items we take for granted tend to fail us. Having a simple plan allows us to adapt and move forward. Our survival kit will be the key.
Safe operation of vehicle.
Simple roadside breakdown.
Extended breakdown, now what?
Other tips: Stay with your car. It provides shelter and it is easier for rescue crews to locate a stationary object. To add visibility at night for the rescue crew, leave the dome light on. In an effort to conserve your battery, only use hazard flashers when someone approaches. The tail pipe must be free of snow to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Running the auto for ten minutes an hour and leaving the window cracked during operation of the engine should reduce exposure to exhaust fumes. A hand held crank radio or a weather radio would give you an idea of future weather reports. A cell phone adapter for your car would allow you to recharge and make that 911 call. Once on the phone with 911, stay on the line. Do not hang up! If you absolutely need to abandon the car, leave a note with your contact information and your planned route of departure. Leave the note on the windshield so it can be easily found.
Auto concierge services work for the auto buyer and act as an advocate for the buyer. They serve as a fact finder, negotiator, and personal assistant. The concierge, just like a five star hotel concierge, researches the customer’s needs and desire for a new vehicle. The concierge service may take several forms.
Phone consultations are available at an hourly rate; have your questions prepared in advance. The client gives the concierge service a list of their needs, wants and desires. Is the car available with a V8, standard transmission, Bose® sound system, with anti-lock brakes?
The concierge will find, determine and provide you current MSRP prices and the dealerships/manufacture’s current price and incentives. The concierge calls their contacts in the auto dealing community requesting prices and availability of the vehicle in question. The concierge will provide you with the information that dealers don’t want their customers to know.
Put yourself in the driver’s seat. Knowledge is power. For the time sensitive client who understands that time is money, the concierge will locate your new vehicle and take care of every last detail. Whether you have a vehicle to trade, or looking to finance, they can arrange everything.
Premiere services would take care of every detail and a concierge consultant would meet you at the dealership to walk you through the entire process. This is the hands on approach that will assure that you get the best deal. Few clients enjoy haggling over price. Some will give away their trade to avoid personally haggling over prices.
Now they have an advocate to negotiate on their behalf. Upon arriving at an agreeable price, the concierge then books the appointment for dealer to meet with the client. The necessary paperwork is completed and the client is usually in and out of the dealership with their new vehicle in less than an hour. For the time pressured professional, the concierge service leverages time and dealer contacts to save time and money.