As a Harrisonburg used car dealership of some 60 years, we've seen many trends in car buying. In general, one trend remains true. Most people tend to shy away from buying high mileage cars because they think it's riskier.
The general assumption is that with higher mileage comes the risk of more things going wrong. That may be true to an extent, but in general, the public's fear of high mileage cars is overblown especially when the vehicle is a late model.
There are several very good reasons for buying a late model high mileage used car. We've outlined them below.
Late Model High Mileage Is Better Than Older with Less Miles
You might scratch your head at our logic but hear us out. Parts on a car wear out, especially the rubber components, regardless of mileage. That's true with older cars. ...
Kristi and her husband wanted to upgrade their Silverado 1500 to a Silverado 2500. They found the Silverado they wanted and purchased it. But they thought they'd sell their old Silverado 1500 on their own.
Kristi posted the truck on one of the Buy, Sell, or Trade sites. She added pictures and all of the information about the vehicle.
Then the texts started:
• What color is it? • How old is it? • Are there any dings or dents?
All of the information was listed on the site, but people weren't reading what was written. Frustrated, she and her husband decided to try a Harrisonburg car dealer to sell their vehicle. Nervous about it, she came to Joe Bowman Auto Plaza.
"The woman was very nice and professional. She went over the entire vehicle and pointed out some dings, but she said they weren't a...
7 Car Noises: What They Mean and What You Should Do
It could be a bang, a clank, a rattle, or that funny noise you can't describe, cars and trucks have a unique way of talking to us.
Car problems can be tough to diagnose because one problem can cause several symptoms. Conversely, multiple problems can have one symptom. As a new and used car dealership here in Harrisonburg, our service department has literally heard it all!
And we're here to tell you that those noises are your car's way of telling you it needs attention. That's why we've rounded up our 7 favorite weird car noises and what you should do when you hear them.
1-The Banshee Squeal When You Brake and Under the Hood
You know that high pitched squeal that comes from your tires when you step on the brake? That's your brake pad indicator getting way too cozy with the rotor. It's actua...
You've found a preowned vehicle that you really like. Now it's time to take it for a test drive! As one of the Harrisonburg VA dealerships in the area, we take our responsibility of selling cars, new and used, seriously.
That's why all of our used autos must pass a 75-point inspection to be placed on our lot for sale. Then we back up that commitment to safety with either a 30 or 90 day warranty.
When you're ready to take that test drive at Joe Bowman Auto Plaza, we know you won't be disappointed. The biggest question you'll need to answer is, "Do I like how this car handles and drives?"
But we know that not everyone has the same commitment to customer service and quality. So, we've outlined 3 big red flags to look for when test driving that vehicle you want.
7 Tips to Keep Your Used Truck Running Well into Old Age
Having to say goodbye to your old truck is a lot like losing your best friend. It's tough. Truck owners love their vehicles as much as they do their pets or family.
But there's absolutely no reason for you to have to bid adieu to your truck before its time. Like everything in life, your truck will give you the performance you want if you simply take care of it.
Bowman used trucks are rigorously examined before they can be placed on the market for sale. Every preowned truck must pass a 75-point inspection or it's not for sale. Then we back up that commitment to safety with either a 30 or 90 day warranty.
But after that? Well, we preach two aspects of responsible ownership: maintenance and consulting your owner's manual. Most vehicle owners only use the manual when they want to find out how ...
There are so many good reasons to buy a Joe Bowman Chevrolet used car! Not only do we have a 75-point inspection that every pre-owned car must pass before becoming eligible for sale, we offer competitive financing rates, too.
As a quality Harrisonburg used car dealer with an excellent reputation, we back up our commitment to selling quality used cars with either a 30 or 90-day warranty, depending on the age of the vehicle and mileage.
But before you start looking for a newer vehicle, do your car loan homework!
• Know your credit score • Get pre-approval • Calculate loan costs • Understand your financing
Know Your Credit Score
You can actually look up your credit score right on our website. And it's important that you do so! Credit ratings help determine your...
Car batteries die because of a huge number of reasons. But if we had to narrow it down to three categories, they would be:
• Electrical system problems • Battery problems • User error
But what causes a battery to keep biting the dust? Usually loose or corroded battery connections, charging problems, persistent electrical drains, extreme weather, and continually demanding more power from the alternator than it can provide.
Some of these problems will kill the battery outright. Still others are coupled with a battery that's already weak or dying.
Other causes include:
• Headlights or dome lights that are left on • Battery is in weak or poor condition • Corroded or loose battery connections • Parasitic drains on the electrical system, including trunk an...
Whatever car insurance policy you choose, remember, the idea isn't to buy the cheapest or best policy. Instead, you want one that offers the best value for your money.
With that in mind, we've put together 7 crucial questions to include when car insurance shopping.
"Will my policy cover other drivers who drive my vehicle?"
Obviously, your policy will cover you while you drive. But what about when your best friend borrows it to run an errand? Or you sister borrows it to run to the grocery store? What happens if they have an accident? What happens if you have an accident dri...
5 Benefits of Our Harrisonburg Certified Chevy Service Center
Maintaining your vehicle means keeping up with brake service, fluid checks, oil changes, and tire rotations. Unless you stay on top of it, it's easy to forget when your car needs what!
At our Harrisonburg Chevy certified service center, we can help! Our technicians will provide you with a multi-point inspection about your vehicle's mechanical condition. Plus, we have information about regularly scheduled maintenance that will help you create a time table for future visits.
But that's just one benefit of Chevrolet certified service! Here are 5 more.
Excellent Quality Repairs
Because Chevy mechanics are highly trained, whether you own a brand new Chevy or one of our quality used cars, you and your vehicle are in good hands. From regular maintenance to that rattle under the hood, Chevy certif...