Purchases such as buying furniture, homes, even vacations, have very little wiggle room when it comes to negotiating the price. The price is the price!
That's not the case when buying a pre-owned car. Not only is a used car a great investment because you save more money, the consumer usually has negotiating power.
But did you know that there are five more surprise benefits to buying a pre-owned car?
Lower depreciation, Lower Price Tag-It's no secret that a new car loses its value the minute it's driven off the lot. The reason is simple. Once the vehicle is purchased, it's now considered to be used.
A buyer will not pay full price for a vehicle that has been titled to someone else. A pre-owned...
Harrisonburg Auto Financing: Should You Pay Cash for A New Car?
It's a hotly debated issue between consumers and financial gurus, is it better to pay cash for a new or used car?
Or should you consider a Harrisonburg auto loan financing option? The short answer to both is, it depends.
Basically, there are 3 ways to buy a new or used car:
--Finance the vehicle
--A blend of the first two
That's why getting the "best deal" on a new vehicle really comes...
Harrisonburg Used Cars for Teens: What Should You Buy?
Your teen driver is dreaming of a Mazarati for their first car and you're thinking more along the lines of a good 2nd hand used car. Ah, such is the life of a teenager!
Finding a used car that is reliable, dependable, and gets a thumbs up from your teen isn't easy. Fortunately, Joe Bowman Auto Plaza's Harrisonburg used cars can make the task much easier.
But what is the best type of pre owned car to buy for your teen? Here's what the experts say.
The Best Type of Used Car for Your Teen
The good news is that vehicles are much safer than when you were a newly minted...
While buying a new car is nice, here at our Harrisonburg VA dealership, we see many practical reasons why a lot of people choose to buy a pre-owned car. Some of those reasons may surprise you!
Lower Depreciation-As soon as you buy a new vehicle, it loses value when it hits the highway. Smaller cars lose approximately $7400 in the first year of ownership, according to Edmunds.com. Luxury cars also lose more value initially because there's more money to lose.
Used cars and trucks, even if they are just a few years old, tend to hold their value longer over time. And there are certain brands of vehicles that tend to retain their value longer, which makes them an even smarter buy.
To avoid that immediate...
Used Car Buying: 5 Telltale Signs of Vehicles to Avoid
It probably comes as no surprise that consumers areholding on to their cars longer. A lot longer, as in 11.6 years. Here at our Harrisonburg VA dealership, we see this a lot.
That's why it's important to carefully rule out the clunkers so that you can get a quality used car, especially if you choose to buy a car privately.
If you choose to buy a pre-owned car, truck, or SUV from Joe Bowman Auto Plaza, rest assured that each vehicle must pass a 75-point checklist to be eligible for sale.
Further, each vehicle, depending on the mileage, comes with a 30/60/90 day warranty.
For private used...
Auto safety has come a long way! Some of the first automobile designs were rigid and resistant during an accident.
That meant the vehicle did not sustain as much damage, but the occupants did. The force from a collision was usually fatal.
While the problem was well known in the auto industry, a solution had yet to present itself. That is, until 1953, when a Mercedes-Benz engineer, Bela Barenyi, who had studied the problem for a long time, came up with an idea.
He invented the "Ponton" or three-box body for Mercedes, the model series W120, a pre-cursor to the crumple zone technology.
It wasn't until 1967, though, that the Mercedes Heckflosse, or Fintail, featured the first crumple zone technology, which included a safety cage and a trunk that was almost 50% bigger...
While used trucks can offer a tremendous value to the new owner, saving thousands of dollars in upfront costs, sometimes it makes sense to buy a new truck.
For consumers, there are 5 reasons to buy a new truck from Joe Bowman Auto Plaza:
• Gas mileage
• Better warranty
• Peace of mind
Each of these benefitsoffers a substantial savings over the life of the truck. And while a new vehicle does depreciate quickly, with regularly scheduled maintenance, the savings in gas mileage, warranty, and technology can make up for the difference in the long run.
New trucks also offer many new safety driving features that you won't find...