Monthly Archives: January 2016

CarComplaints.com

Shopping for a car is cumbersome to say the least. Where do you get your best information? How reliable is that information?

CarCompliants.com provides information about all types of vehicles. This is where owners go to voice their complaint to the world. From the smallest of things to horror stories, you will find it on the site.

Learning what folks are saying about their ownership experience can help you make an informed decision. If a particular brand or model has large numbers of complaints this will indicate things you need to be wary of. For example if you find complaints about brake issues, then before you buy you may ask the seller for a diagnostic test of the brakes.

With searchable features on the web site, we found it easy to use and informative. Keeping in mind that some folks complaining may be overstating problems or they are simply mad at the world. So take the information with a grain of salt. Just because one person had a bad experience does not mean the other half million cars on the road the same aren’t good cars. Still in all excellent information from consumers honest opinions!

We really can’t overstate the search ease and ease of finding a car brand and model.

The best and worst car scale is very informative. It narrows complaints down to the part, how many complaints that particular part or complaint has. It has a drill down for example A/C it tells you what part of the A/C had the most complaints and how many. Very cool feature. Extremely robust user functions.

Easy to use! The gem of the whole site is its ease of use. The information is great, because it’s informational not ambiguous. With information derived from consumers and government agencies like the NHTSA. You truly can get a feel for what to expect from a vehicle you’re considering.

How to Transport a Used Car

If you need to know how to transport a used car you just purchased from across the way don’t just simply call a transport company before you do a few things that this article will teach you.

Using a transport truck or carrier you will want to make sure they are properly insured. Some over-the-road companies carry minimal insurance. See what their trailer content coverage covers. How much money the insurance company will give you in case of disaster. If you have a $50K car you will want to make sure that you can get that. Remember they will have 8 more cars on the truck, so sufficient coverage is needed.

Ask your insurance company if they cover your car while in transport?

You will also want to find out about in-transit damage. How to file a claim and what is covered. If you receive your car and the windshield is cracked who pays? What is the claims process? Also find out what the coverage for vandalism and theft is?

When using a carrier do a detailed condition reports with the driver. Take detailed pictures of your car, all sides, windows and windshield. If your camera has a way to time and date stamp the photo use it. Otherwise get the pictures in front of the transport truck. Have the driver stand in the photo.

Reputable carriers will happily supply you their insurance policy information regarding coverage of your vehicle.

Using a dolly to transport your used car behind a moving truck, check with the manufacturer of your vehicle regarding towing. Most cars will dolly tow, however rear wheel drive cars cannot. Make sure from your selling dealer that the car you own is towable from the front.

When towing with a dolly, keep in mind your speed and road conditions. Towing on a dolly requires a slower speed and extra attention to road hazards. Most dolly’s are speed rated do not risk yourself or others on the road, drive at the prescribed dolly speed ratings.

Flat car trailers are easier to use than a tow dolly. You simply drive your car up on the trailer, secure it to the trailer and off you go. Keep in mind trailers and dolly’s are not safe to drive at high speed. Trailers will also have a recommended speed to operate.

Using a car service where a driver actually drives your car. Use extreme care here. Make sure the driver is insured and bonded! You don’t want to some driver to have a couple of cocktails and kill someone on the road. Make sure the company you use is reputable, has references and you verify insurance and bond. Not a first choice!

Make sure you get all insurance information from carries, and also make sure that your own insurance will cover you if using a trailer or tow dolly.

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Where Used Car Dealers get their cars

One may wonder where used car dealers get their cars. The answer to this question is that used car lots are filled up with vehicles from an array of sources.

Some used cars are found at auctions that are only accessible to used car dealers such as Manheim and ADESA. Reasons a used car would get run through such a process are many.

Fleet vehicles are groups of vehicles that are owned and rented out by national car rental companies for certain periods of time. Once these rentals are deemed worthless according to the parameters set for their “fleet” the decision is made to send them to auction.

Another group of cars that you will see come from a dealer auction are repossessions. Repossessions are cars where the previous owner was unable to maintain financing obligations. The bank then takes ownership and runs them through for sale to the highest bidder.

A third group come from what I like to call “undesirables’. Keep in mind that this does not necessarily mean low quality. There can be several reasons why a used car would be unwanted by one dealer and coveted by another. Geographical purposes are one of these. For example convertibles will sell for more in the south while four wheel drive vehicles are suited for northern drivers. Available financing requirements concerning price point and/or make and model differential are two other reasons a used car dealer chooses to take used cars off the lot in favor of selling it at auction.

Besides auction purchase there are other ways to fill a used car lot inventory. Franchise dealerships can fill their lot with lease turn-ins, but the vast majority of available inventory on any used car lot come as trade-ins from those who buy cars from the dealer.

Many that are looking for an upgraded vehicle do not want to deal with the duties of selling their used car on their own. They are willing to take less money if the dealer will take it off their hands. For this reason the used car dealers can often make a tidy profit from reselling a traded-in vehicle.

One source is not necessarily better than another. It’s the condition of the vehicle that makes the difference. There are some circumstances that are more desirable than others. For example when a car has only been owned by one party chances are that probably better that it is more reliable than a vehicle passed from hand to hand, but for the most part doing your research on the vehicle you’re considering is paramount to your success in purchasing a great used car.

Being Safe when Buying a Used Car

Being safe when buying a used car is paramount above all else.

If you’re in the used car market and are considering purchasing from a private party seller here are some safety tips to follow to keep you safe.

Checklist:

  • Never go alone!
  • Google map the address, check out street view.
  • If answering social media ads, insist on meeting in public place. Grocery store, etc.
  • Never get into a car alone with someone you don’t know. Always have a friend, and be sure people know where you are and whom you are with. Test drive.
  • Ask the person with the car for a phone number and address, give those to someone when you leave to go see a car.
  • Never go into someone’s house without knowing who they are. Make sure you’re comfortable and have a friend with you.

That’s keeping you physically safe; now let’s keep your wallet safe.

  • Never pay with all cash. Pay with a cashier’s check or money order. Have some way to trace the money you pay out. Even if the seller insists on cash, let them know you are happy to give them certified funds.
  • Never pay for a car without first knowing the title is free and clear. It’s a good idea to change the title with the seller present at the tax office. This protects you both. Seller is no longer on the title and you know 100% you have a clean and clear title.
  • Have a mechanical inspection done by a reputable shop.
  • Purchase a CARFAX or AutoCheck Used Car Report. Get the vehicles history before you buy.
  • Never show up with a lot of cash or alert the seller you have cash right now to pay!

Sadly there are scam artists looking to prey on unsuspecting consumers. Thieves work social media sites to lure consumers into dangerous situations. You can get robbed, swindled or worse so please make sure you take proper precautions.

There are great deals to be had from private party sellers. Just do a little homework, find out as much as you can about who you are going go see and take the proper precautions.