Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - May 2014




Are you in the market to replace your vehicle, or are you looking for your first car?  Either way, have you decided if you are going to buy a “new” car or a “used” car?  People usually fall primarily into one of two camps.  Some love the smell of a new car and others can’t justify the added cost.  I personally, love the smell of a new car but fall definitely into the second category of car owners.  In fact, out of the 5 vehicles I’ve owned only one of those was new.  I prefer to buy a two-three year old vehicle that I probably couldn’t afford if it was brand new.  So I get to drive a premium car but not have the premium payments.  Below are some tips on purchasing a “new to you” vehicle.






The average odometer reading when vehicles are retired is 320,000km! 10 years ago, that number was 230,000km.  I have 250,000 km on my vehicle, so I have a ways to go still.

This month's topic: A well maintained vehicle could get up to 50% more on re-sale.

Buying a vehicle can be a somewhat stressful yet exciting experience. For many of us, it is our second largest investment so making an informed decision is important, because it’s not like we can return it if we decide we don’t like it People will buy a used vehicle for a couple of reasons. Some it is because of their budget and others it’s because they don’t want to pay the full price but still want a nice vehicle. Whatever the reason it is, it is important to do some research before you buy.

The following are some tips/steps for buying a “new to you vehicle”.

   1. Decide your budget

This is probably the most important step. Many of might want a Ferrari but can we realistically afford to make the payments? Figure out what you can afford.

   2. Make a list of what you like

Once you have your budget, think about what vehicles you like and make a list of 5 or 6 vehicles that fit the numbers.

   3. Do online research

Google “issues with xyz vehicle” and see what you find. There are many forums on the Internet about vehicles and their problems. A really good website would be Consumer Reports. This may cost you a few dollars to access though.

   4. Talk to your local Active Green and Ross

Don’t be afraid to go speak to your service advisor and see if they have any opinions to share about the vehicle you are thinking about. They may say “that’s a great car” or they may say, “stay away from this vehicle because is known to have the following issues…” Remember the shops work on all kinds of vehicles and they see some models of cars or specific problems more than others.

   5. Decide on some vehicle models you like

This goes hand in hand with talking to your local Active Green and Ross shop.

   6. Take some cars for a test drive

Before buying a car you should always take it for a test drive. Every car talks to you! Some say, “love me” and others say “yuck”.

   7. Pick a car

   8. Have it inspected at your local Active Green and Ross

Once you’ve picked the car you really want to buy take it to your local Active Green and Ross and have it inspected by an independent technician. This is a very important step. Sometimes technicians can spot problems that you may not be able to see on the outside or from driving it. They can help you save many dollars or say this is a great buy!

   9. Always be prepared to negotiate!

If you don’t ask you don’t get. Chances are you will always get the price down even a bit just for asking. So don’t be shy and happy driving once you buy your vehicle.

Take care of your car and it will take care of you!

This month’s photo: 

Here are two examples of clogged cabin air filters. Notice all of the corn in the one photo?

used cars 



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