How to Buy a Used Car

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A used car can save buyers thousands of dollars over the cost of driving a brand new one off the lot. However, when shopping for cars buyers need to be vigilant and prepared beforehand. Knowing how to buy a used car can help you realize big savings. If that’s not incentive enough, consider that a used car will also save you money on auto insurance, registration, taxes and depreciation loss on the car’s value over time.

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Why You Should Buy a Used Car Over New

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While buying a new car might sound tempting, when it comes to getting more for your money however the benefits of buying a used car far outweigh the purchase of a new one. Buying used is a very good way to get a nicer car at a far more affordable price. In purchasing a used car three years or older, consumers can realize big savings. Not convinced? Here are several benefits to consider when buying a used car over a new one:

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Removing Smoke Odor from Car Interior

The smell of cigarettes and cigarette odor in a car is unmistakable and difficult to tolerate for nonsmokers. In addition, when the time comes to sell your car or trade it in, the funk of cigarette odor can depreciate its value. The problem is, to remove smoke odor from your car can be difficult, though not impossible. The scent of cigarette smoke is strong, and one of the most potent and hard to remove odors in vehicles. Burnt tobacco penetrates upholstery, carpet, hard surfaces and infiltrates the air system.

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How Many Miles On a Used Car is Too Much?

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If you are looking for a used car over a new one, its mileage is going to be an important factor in your decision-making. That’s because the value of any used car is often directly related to its mileage. You may find a choice car in excellent condition inside and out, but then see that the odometer has passed 100,000 miles. Is that too many miles? Is it worth the risk? Or should you pass on it? When finding the right vehicle the question of just how many miles on a used car is too much can be tricky. The reality is, it really depends on the kind of miles, the age of the car, and the car brand.

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What is Vehicle Equity?

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Before you walk into a dealership to trade in your vehicle it is important to know the equity you presently have or don’t have. If you are wondering, “What is vehicle equity?” or “What does it mean?” It’s important to know the answers to these questions. Knowing the equity in your car can equate to a larger down payment toward a new car. In other words, the trade-in value on your old car can get you a better deal on a new one.

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Used Car Values with Kelley Blue Book

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Kelley Blue Book (KBB) is considered one of the most reliable resources and for determining the value of a used car, and an authoritative pricing guide for selling, buying, and trading cars. The company provides customers, businesses, and consumers with accurate vehicle pricing information. Automotive experts acknowledge that KBB is one of the most popular and trusted guides in automotive pricing. Though Kelley Blue Book was first published in 1926, since 1995, the Blue Book price guide is available online for convenience.

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Top 10 Preventative Maintenance Tips for Your Vehicle

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Preventive maintenance is the best way to ensure the long life of your car and save you big money on repairs. Some of the best car maintenance tips are also the easiest to do. Any questions about your car’s maintenance can be found in your car’s owner’s manual, along with the recommended fluid types. Following simple vehicle maintenance tips will go a long way in helping make the engine, transmission and your vehicle last longer and maintain value.

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Easy Tips to Researching a Used Car

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If you are considering buying a used car then it’s important to set aside some time and do a little used car research to make sure you find the right make and model to meet your needs. Finding that car is a step-by-step process. With the amount of information available at your fingertips, you can easily check the prices, know what you can afford, find a wide range of choices in makes and models, read the dealership reviews, check the vehicle history reports, and more. Here are six steps to guide you in your used car research before you walk into a dealership and test drive a car.

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What Are Buy Here Pay Here Dealerships?

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People often wonder what buy here pay here dealerships are and how they’re different from traditional car lots. The answer is pretty straightforward. Buy here pay here car lots (BHPH) literally mean just that. BHPH dealers offer on-site financing. They sell and finance the cars on the lot. At a traditional car dealership, the car is sold at the dealership, but financed through an auto lender.

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Cars and Trucks with Cool Tech Features

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One nice this about all of the new technology that is introduced to us on what seems like a daily basis these days is that these advances are being introduced into our vehicles as well. Today’s used car and truck selection is night and day different from just ten years ago when it comes to tech features. Drive Now’s car lots in Phoenix feature used vehicles with some of the most advanced tech features in the industry today. Below we list vehicles that Drive Now features with cool tech features.

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The Best High MPG Cars

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Summer has arrived! These are the days to celebrate backyard BBQ’s, beach volleyball, and longer evenings. Unfortunately, it’s also the season for higher fuel prices. If you are in the market for a new used vehicle this summer, an important feature to be vigilant about is the vehicle’s MPG rating. MPG stands for miles per gallon and is a measure of how fuel efficient a vehicle is. This is a decisive feature for several reasons, one being the skyrocketing price of gasoline, especially during the summer months, and another being the protection of our environment. We are now living in a “green” world. A fuel-efficient vehicle helps decrease pollution emissions by a large quantity. Here we review five vehicles with a strong fuel efficiency rating that you can find at Drive Now.

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Get Your Dream Car at Drive Now!

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You want a new ride, but you don’t want to pay that new car price. There are plenty of advantages to buying used versus new, starting with price. Buying a used vehicle can be an exciting and overwhelming experience all wrapped up into one. Large purchases can give consumers anxiety with all of the factors involved in a sale. As a consumer, take advantage of the internet and other tools that are readily available these days to assist with finding what you want at a fair price. Below we weigh the pros and cons of buying a vehicle from a used auto dealer and offer some tips on how to go through the process like a pro.

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Best Used Cars for Teens in 2018

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As parents, we are always looking for the safest products our children. No matter how old they are, they will always our babies and, of course, we will always want the best for them. Teenagers and driving can be a frightening thought. Although we are proud of our children for accomplishing certain life goals, like passing a driver’s license test, we are understandably anxious about their safety and wellbeing. You can help protect your teenage driver by making sure they are driving a safe vehicle. Some vehicles are safer than others. Drive Now carries a large selection of safe, used vehicles. Below we list the best used cars for teens based on reliability and safety.

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How to Save Money Your Next Used Car

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There are hundreds of Arizona car dealerships throughout the state but there is only one leading buy here pay here dealership that offers the best vehicles at the lowest price. With locations throughout the state, Auto Action has been Arizona’s premier used car dealership since the beginning. When you are in the market for a new, “used vehicle”, there are a few creative ways you can save money on your purchase. Below we discuss 5 ways to save money on your next used car.

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The Best Family Cars, SUVs, and Minivans

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As adults, we make many decisions throughout our daily lives. Some decisions are minor. Wheat tortilla or corn tortilla? Red shirt or black shirt? Some decisions, however, are major and requires ample research time. One decision that falls into the major category is the purchase of your next family vehicle. Our families are our number one life priority. When it comes to the decision of what vehicle they will be using every day for the foreseeable future, there are several important factors to consider before your purchase. Below we discuss those factors and list the best family cars available for purchase at Drive Now.

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4 Smart Ways to Use Your Tax Refund in 2018

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Yes, it’s that time of year again, tax season! You work hard and pay your taxes all year, you go through the process of getting all the paperwork done on time and anticipate the payoff. Your tax refund check. Instead of spending it on just any old thing here are four smart ways of how to spend tax refund cash this year.

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Why Should I Buy a Used SUV?

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Choosing the right vehicle can be a difficult decision. It’s an investment, and for it, we all want the right look, but we also want dependability, reliability, good gas mileage, performance, comfort, and style. In other words, we want the most for our money. Your best bet? Go with a used cars Phoenix AZ and go with an SUV.

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3 Reasons You Should Buy a Used Pickup Truck This Year

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You never know how much you need a pickup truck in your life until you own one. Though that’s no secret for your average truck owner, the first-time truck buyer may not know it yet. They are functional, versatile, fuel efficient, even comfortable, and affordable—which is probably why you don’t see too many used pickup trucks at car dealerships in Phoenix.

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The Truth Behind Holiday Car Shopping

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Everyone has a really tight and busy schedule around the holidays, but if you’re in the market for a car, this might be the time to buy! With new models having just come out in the fall, you’re bound to find something newer and cheaper, that still includes some of the best technology there is on the market! Even if you’re tight on cash this time of year, Drive Now has some of the best car loans Arizona programs you could possibly find!

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How to Buy a Used Car in Arizona (the Smart Way)

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Purchasing a vehicle can be overwhelming. If your knowledge of cars stops at pumping gas, you may be looking for a little extra help getting comfortable with starting your search. When possible, bring a trusted friend along for the ride. Even if you are both are clueless about cars, one of you is apt to notice something the other doesn’t. When looking for used car dealers in Glendale, AZ, this checklist will give you some peace of mind while navigating the purchase of your used vehicle.

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