UPDATE – The $7000 Used Car… Gone for Good?

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SEARCHING FOR THE ELUSIVE $7K USED CAR

I remember when $7,000 used cars were a thing… six months ago! They were for sale in front yards and used car dealerships everywhere and it seemed they would be around forever! Hey, for $10,000.00 – $15,000 you could drive away in something amazing! People, I never thought I’d say this but they may be gone for good. The average transaction price for a used car was $25,410 in the second quarter of 2021, up from $22,977 in the first quarter and 21% year-over-year, according to data from online automotive resource Edmunds. That figure marks the highest average price over a quarter for a used car that Edmunds has ever tracked. In June of this year the average used car price leaped $7,583. The new average cost of a used car is over 33% higher than a year ago, it’s time to reevaluate our expectations. Read more about THE CAR BUBBLE

The average cost of a new car in 1990 was about $9,500. This means after the first year’s depreciation (20-30%) and subsequent year’s (16-18% annually) we might buy her used in 1995 for around $2,000.00 – $3,500.00. The average price of a new car in 2020… $37,000. Over the next 5 years that car loses around 60% of its value. If you don’t have a calculator handy that puts the price at around $14,500.00 used. Today we can add about $7,000.00 to that number bringing our estimated cost for the five year old car to $21,500. Expect that number to be higher depending on condition and mileage. Chip shortages, labor problems, and general industry chaos can be held responsible for the blight on our $7,000.00 used cars. 

 

There Is A Bright Side

Quality: New car quality has increased and is still rising, they simply last longer. They’re still kicking like a mule at eleven plus years. This means that a five year old car has a long life ahead of it and the owner knows it. It’s price will reflect its longer life.

Supply and demand: Used cars are practically non existent these days compared to just a year ago. Increased SUV, truck, and crossover sales in recent years has led to less small, inexpensive vehicles on the used market and less means more for private sellers. With less inventory on the market, there is less competition and this is powerful leverage for sellers so if you have an extra, consider selling at a profit.

 

Not As Bright

Larger more expensive vehicles: The COVID collateral damage? Higher end cars with more options are being produced for solvent buyers, shrinking the affordable used car supply. Since you’re not likely to find many of them for sale, they come at a premium. If you do find an inexpensive used car in great shape, move fast, it won’t be available long!

 

Are there any cheap used cars out there worth buying?

2016 Subaru Outback

Of course there are, just increasingly harder to find. Best bet is to purchase from family or close friends that can guarantee the car’s history. 150,000 plus miles is fine as long as the car has been properly maintained and loved. Otherwise it’s anyone’s guess how long the car will last. Dealers can’t sell what they don’t have and there are so few of these rare birds available that dealers can’t find them either. The discerning used car dealer has a reputation to protect and must have a reasonable amount of confidence in each used car they sell. Oftentimes cheap is just cheap and that doesn’t meet inventory standards.

The New Standard

What should you expect to pay for a reliable, well maintained used car today? For the features that most of us want with 60-80k miles you can expect to pay on average around $19,000-$23,000 for your 4 to 5 year old used vehicle. Yes, there are exceptions both higher and lower depending on the car and condition specifics but buyer beware, if it’s cheap it’s a heap! Have questions? Call or text (757) 560-4252 and ask for Mike Love, I have answers. Happy hunting folks!

 

TM Auto Wholesalers, Chesapeake Va

 

 

 

Sources:

Frio, Dan “Cheapest Used Cars” EDMONDS.COM December 10th, 2019 Web. Retrieved from: https://www.edmunds.com/vehicles/cheapest-new-cars/

Edgerton, Jerry “Cars Now Last Longer Than Ever.. Will Yours” CBSNews.com August 7, 2015 Web. Retrieved from: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cars-now-last-longer-than-ever-will-yours/

Mattone, James “Used Car Prices at Highest Levels in Three Years” media.thinknum.com August, 2019 Web. Retrieved from: Mahttps://media.thinknum.com/articles/used-car-prices-are-at-highest-levels/

THE CAR BUBBLE…TM AUTO UPDATE

IT’S BEEN A WILD RIDE FOLKS, LIKE NOTHING I’VE SEEN IN THIS INDUSTRY

I hesitate to use the phrase “New Normal” as it’s become the new normal to say that now. Instead, let’s take another look at the car bubble facts. In my last article, Should You Buy A New Car Or Fix Yours Up, we discovered that in fact there is a real problem that is affecting new and used car prices. Here’s the current situation and what’s being done to change it for the better. 

WILL CAR PRICES FALL? THE GOOD NEWS

It looks like there’s a ray of light at the end of that dark price tunnel after all! Cars.com reported that after a leap in prices, 33.4% since December 2020, the climb has begun to stall. Just 2.2% increase in prices from June 2021 to July and a crawl of 1.3% from July to August. This is an encouraging event and one that signals relief for most if not all car buyers. 

An analysis of used prices for individual models shows the same trend, and some vehicles are even seeing median prices decline.

  • America’s best selling SUV, the Toyota RAV4, saw its median price for used cars at Cars.com dealers increase 7.3% between May and June but only 3.8% from June to August.
  • An even more telling story is the Ford Explorer. The SUV’s median used price catapulted 12.1% from May to June, then ebbed 0.5% from June to August.
  • The price plateaus of several popular pickup trucks offer the most dramatic example. The median price of used Ford F-150s jumped 14.3% between May and June, but only 2.8% between June and August.
  • After a 10.6% increase from May to June, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500’s median used price fell to 0.5% between June and August. The trend is similar for the Ram 1500, whose median used price rose 5.1% between May and June, yet declined 1.8% in the ensuing two months.

 

A WAYS TO GO BEFORE THE BUBBLE BURSTS

The outlook is better but we’re still at the edge of the woods so to speak. Yes, price increases are slowing but new & used car prices for the most part will remain higher than pre-pandemic numbers for now. It’s not likely we will see those old school prices, “Until full production can be reached, manufacturers will focus on more expensive and more profitable models and trim levels,” according to Sam Fiorani, vice president of global vehicle forecasting at AutoForecast Solutions, a firm that’s been monitoring the microchip shortage. That pesky microchip shortage is still wreaking havoc on almost every manufacturer. According To Automotive News, GM and Ford announced more production cuts in September, while Honda, Toyota and Hyundai had previously avoided major production disruptions but are now experiencing delays. “This will keep the average buyer in the used-car market, which will just continue to prop up prices,” Fiorani said.

In addition, owners with underused cars have sold them to reap the benefits of higher prices and those with aging used cars will soon have to replace them, the demand is still great for used cars. This means that prices may have leveled off, but don’t expect them to fall anytime soon. 

 

THE CAR BUBBLE BOTTOM LINE

Used cars are more reliable today than they’ve ever been in history. Yes the price may have increased but the car’s value after 100’000 miles, practically speaking, is higher than ever. Whether consumers decide to ride out the balloon in their current car or swallow that bitter price pill created from the chips being down, the future looks brighter. Consumers have a much higher trade equity than in 2019, as much as 48% higher. That when teamed up with favorable interest rates, lessens the price blow considerably. You may be surprised at what your current car is worth and what you can expect as a payment on your next one. 

Bottom line, it may not be the new normal but things have changed and we’ll need to adjust our expectations accordingly 🙂 

 

Whether or not to move forward with your new car purchase in today’s market. The truth is, the answer is different for everyone depending on your circumstances and the type of car you’re looking for. Have questions? Ask Mike, I’ll be happy to answer your questions and guide you through your decision making process. 

Call or text (757) 560-4252 and ask for Mike Love, I have answers. 

TM Auto Wholesalers, Chesapeake Va

 

 

 

Sources:

Ulitskaya, Jane “Have Used Car Prices Finally Plateaued” CARS.COM September 13th, 2021 Web. Retrieved from: https://www.cars.com/https://www.cars.com/articles/have-used-car-prices-finally-reached-their-plateau-441202/2021-9

Should you buy a new car or fix yours up? Ask Mike what to do in this crazy market!

THE USED CAR MARKET HAS NEVER BEEN SO HOT! 

Rest assured we can always save money by purchasing a used car instead of a new one, right? While it’s still cheaper to buy used in today’s market, you can figure on a 40% increase from 2020 according to data from JPMorgan. That means the nine year old car you have your eye on will cost you $3’000 more than a year ago. A five year old car may cost you as much as $6’000 more.

 

WHY?

So what in the world caused used cars to go viral? Supply and demand is and always will be what governs prices and it’s simply the used car market’s turn. Skyrocketing new car prices are the result of a global shortage of microchips. Semiconductor chips are needed for virtually everything today including the vital safety and luxury technology of our cars , manufacturers are stuck without them. With dealer stock dwindling, down 54% this June, new car prices have launched as well. This domino effect has forced new car shoppers into the used car market all but depleting it. Supply and demand has dramatically changed new and used car availability within the last year, fanning price fires higher and higher. Analysts say this “chip” shortage could drag on a couple of years. 

 

“Skyrocketing new car prices are the result of a global shortage of microchips”. 

 

MAY BE A GOOD TIME TO FIX UP YOUR CURRENT CAR 

Today’s hot used car market has many drivers wondering if it’s time to fix up their current vehicle instead. There are bunches of simple internal, mechanical fixes that can get your car running noticeably smoother and feel more comfortable. Check these major areas and see if they need upgrading:

  • Headlights. Cars and trucks built over the past few decades typically have plastic headlamps that fog up over time. Headlight restoration is usually less than $30 and instantly makes a difference. A full headlight replacement can add a sporty look to your ride and will cost between $50.00 and $100.00 to do it right. 

 

  • AC. All cars’ AC systems can get mold, mildew, and bacteria build ups if not cleaned often enough. Make sure the air passageways into the vehicle aren’t covered by leaves, dust or grime before changing or cleaning any filters. Adding an air-conditioning deodorizer to the vents or your rearview mirror can bring back that new car smell, too.

 

  • Rubberizing. As your car ages, the rubber trim on doors begins to wear and tear, letting your hot and cold air out and wind noise and rain in. The adhesive strips take a little patience to apply, but are incredibly cheap and can instantly make the interior of your car quieter while driving.

 

  • Windshield Wipers. Old wipers break down and lose their effectiveness over time, making driving in the rain and snow dangerous. Upgraded windshield wipers make the cold, rainy seasons a little safer.

 

  • Brakes & Suspension. Old cars start getting stiffer as the years pass, and brakes get squeakier and squeakier with every red light. Getting your shocks, springs, dampers, struts, brake rotors, and brake pads checked and possibly replaced can completely change how your car drives. **New springs can lower your car and improve handling if you’re a car enthusiast!**

 

 

Whether or not to move forward with your new car purchase is tricky in today’s market. The truth is, the answer is different for everyone depending on your circumstances and the type of car you’re looking for. Have questions? I’ll be happy to answer your questions and guide you through your decision making process. 

Call or text (757) 560-4252 and ask for Mike Love, I have answers. 

TM Auto Wholesalers, Chesapeake Va

 

 

 

Sources:

Levin, Tim “Why used cars are so expensive now — and when prices may drop” BUSINESSINSIDER.COM July 12th, 2021 Web. Retrieved from: https://www.businessinsider.com/why-are-used-cars-so-expensive-now-shortages-pandemic-rentals-2021-7

Reuter, Dominick “The chip shortage that’s wreaking havoc on supplies of cars, computers, and more could last another 2 years, experts say” BUSINESSINSIDER.COM May 14th, 2021 Web. Retrieved from: https://www.businessinsider.com/global-chip-shortage-could-last-another-2-years-experts-say-2021-5

What To Expect When Buying A Car

Everything around us has changed, so why is car buying stuck in the dark ages? Reduce the time it takes for the final sale.

TM Auto Wholesalers makes it easy.

“How long is this going to take? No I don’t need that… How much for what protection, isn’t that under my warranty? You said one hour… that was two hours ago!” 

Sound familiar? It’s what most people expect when buying a car. We let it slide as first time car buyers, with less on our plate, and no technology, but that’s not now! The fact is we shouldn’t have to suffer through hours of paperwork and interrogation to purchase an automobile, but we expect it and slog through it with every purchase. So what should we expect?   

 

Let’s begin by examining what is actually needed from TM Auto to complete your next car purchase. Assuming you’ve already made your choice, have no further questions about your car, and are ready to finalize the deal. Start your stopwatch… write check, hand check to me, get keys! 

 

GONE IN 60 SECONDS! Seriously, that’s it, so why has that never happened? Well, it does if you purchase a car, SUV or truck from TM Auto, always. Well maybe not always but even when financing is tricky you’re driving in a fraction of the time. What’s the catch? No catch, just the right way to sell a car. Everything around us has changed, so why is car buying stuck in the dark ages? Like everything else in our lives this process can also be uncomplicated and fast if you’re on your game. The key to a smooth, fast, enjoyable car buying experience is preparation! Knowing what is needed, getting it fast, and communicating with customers. Reducing the time it takes for the final sale!

 

What to expect from a typical TM Auto sale start to finish, expect some extra steps for out of state purchases: 

 

CHOOSE YOUR NEXT CAR FROM THE TM AUTO WEBSITE

CLICK “RESERVE IT NOW”  – BUTTON ON OUR WEBSITE TO RESERVE ANY AUTOMOBILE

TEXT AN IMAGE OF YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE & PROOF OF INSURANCE ON THE CAR YOU’VE CHOSEN

I’LL TAKE CARE OF DMV

PERSONAL CHECK IS FINE

 

5 star reviews from TM Auto satisfied customers – see all reviews

 5/5/2021 FIVE STARS! Very smooth and easy transaction. Mike was great to work with — he did a video walk through with me and answered all my questions on a video call. I flew into Norfolk from South Carolina and Mike picked me up at the airport in the truck I was purchasing. We drove to his office to complete the transaction. I was on the road home in less than an hour. My son loves his new truck. Highly recommend. ~ Steve Sercy

11/23/2020 FIVE STARS! Thanks Mike for making this little lady very happy. Seamless transaction . Everything went perfectly. You are the car guy for us forever!! Professionalism in a crazy world is a rare commodity. You sir are extraordinary. Everything was ready to go upon our arrival and paperwork was perfect for DMV. Thank you for making this so easy. We highly recommend TM Auto to everyone. 

5/5/2020 FIVE STARS! By far the easiest car buying experience I have ever had! I told Mike what I was looking for and the first car he showed me was a perfect fit. There was no difficult or painful negotiation and I never felt any pressure to buy. He also took care of all the DMV paper work and then put the license plates on for me. My wife is happy to have transportation again and even happier with the vehicle he suggested. I can not imagine buying another car from anywhere else. ~Michael Gibson

 

 

Have questions? I’m all ears! Let’s answer those ahead of time so you can have the car and buying experience that you deserve. Call (757) 567-4252 and ask for Mike Love with TM Auto, home of THE EASY CAR BUYING EXPERIENCE.

 

IN LOVE WITH YOUR CAR OR TRUCK? YOU SHOULD BE…

Cars and trucks are a big deal, a really big deal! Just ask any new driver how important their car is and you’ll see by the reaction on their face. I was talking to a friend this week about his truck and it hit home. I commented on how clean his truck stayed all the time (always immaculate). His answer: “My work truck represents me, people get a sense of my character by what I drive and how well I keep it. I love my truck, a work week doesn’t pass by without getting a compliment on it.” Sounds like a pretty good plan 🙂

We stepped on the gas peddle over a hundred years ago and never looked back. You probably have saddle sores from all the time you spend in the driver’s seat! We will actually cover enough distance in our lifetime to go to the moon and back 3 times! Great reasons why your rocket needs all the comforts of home and specific features to fit your needs. The great thing is, our cars are getting more equipped for our everyday lives and now they’ll even drive for us! Sometimes it seems like we’re in our cars more than we are our homes so finding the right fit is a priority.

There’s practically a car for every person’s taste and task today. Manufactures build to suit our every whim and virtually any available option can be added or removed from the list for the right price. With all these choices it’s getting hard to know where to draw the line! Sure, if money was no option then our perfect car would be on the design table of our favorite manufacturer right now, but let’s get serious; we need the most car for our hard earned dollar. Rest assured, it’s out there, and with the right checklist you’ll find it. Think of your car as you would your home and you’ll be more likely to make practical choices where needed and still have some room for the fun stuff. This simple checklist will get you started prioritizing from the top and then on to the details. Making an educated purchase will pay off huge down the road believe me, I’ve heard some nightmare stories from people that jumped on a “so called deal” without considering if it was what they needed or even wanted!

When shopping for the right car or truck for your lifestyle and budget, use a priority list something like the one below. Price is last on the list for a reason, start with what you want most first. When you find it, negotiate 🙂 

  • Family
  • Safety
  • 4WD, All-Wheel Drive, 2WD
  • Wheel Base (a.k.a. leg room)
  • Travel
  • Luxury/Comfort
  • Performance/Sporty
  • Towing Capacity
  • Going Green (Hybrids)
  • Fuel Economy
  • Reliability
  • Maintenance Costs
  • Color
  • Price

Just like your home, you’re most likely to have a payment on your car. You’re also going to use it daily and keep it for a while… if you choose wisely. Price can be negotiated most times but the other items on your list can’t. Be honest about your needs and wants and the price will almost always reflect your choices. If it’s too high, take another look at those wants before sacrificing a need. Oh, and remember if you plan to keep your next car, get the one you want. It’s easy to keep the things we love. Need options? Call 757-560-4252 and ask for Mike Love, I’ll be happy to answer your questions and guide you through the TM Auto inventory for your next car purchase.  

Is your car ready for the holidays… TM AUTO WINTER CHECKLIST

Around this time each year, I begin to wonder… Should we drive or fly? Let me see, a thirteen hour drive or airfare for five? Road trip wins again! We all know that November 25th is historically the busiest day for Thanksgiving travel, and yet there we are with thousands of other families making the annual trek. It’s crazy, stressful, exhausting, and a wonderful American tradition that has forged family ties for generations. I love it, but don’t tell my kids; my grumpy dad reputation would be ruined!

Whether it’s an epic journey or a short jaunt, it’s important to prepare your vehicle for holiday traveling. Your car has just endured a summer’s worth of beach trips, sporting events, and taxiing everyone everywhere! For your car’s sake as well as your families, don’t risk it – winterize it! The basics will ensure safe passage through stormy weather, traffic jams, freezing temps, snow, equipment failure, and the unexpected. Most of the items on your winterizing checklist are DIY, minus a couple that I’d leave to the pros.

Battery: Have mechanic run a battery load test to make sure your battery will go the distance. In extreme cold, a fully charged battery has just half its rated amp-hour capacity.

Windshield: Change your wiper blades, fill the windshield washer reservoir with a lower freezing temperature washer fluid, and I suggest applying rain-x to your windshield for the best possible visibility.

Tires: Have your tires professionally checked if the tread depth is less than 3/16 inch. Your tire’s air pressure drops an estimated 6psi from summer to winter so properly inflate them to ensure best possible traction (see your owner’s manual). If snow is in the plan, consider swapping your tires out with snow tires for the trip.  

Fluids: Have your oil and filter changed. Cold thickens your oil so a lower viscosity rated oil may be a good idea (See your owner’s manual). Check all fluids to ensure they are at the correct levels and there are no leaks. Now is also the time to check your 4WD to ensure it’s operating properly. Slippery roads, mud, or snow may call for heavy-duty traction!

Antifreeze: Your car’s radiator should contain a 50/50 antifreeze and water mix. I recommend purchasing an antifreeze tester from your local parts supply. A simple test will confirm that your car’s antifreeze is suitable for winter temperatures.

Belts & Hoses: They can weaken with cold weather. Check them for any signs of wear and tear and if in doubt, have them changed.

Emergencies: I suggest a first aid kit, tool bag with basic tools for making minor repairs, portable charger for cell phones and other accessories, warm clothing for everyone, and plenty of bottled and backup munchies.  

So maybe you fly, maybe you drive… Either way, hope for the best, prepare for the worst this holiday season by completing a smart checklist before heading out. Text or call (757) 560-4252 and ask for Mike Love. I’m always happy to answer your questions and assist you in any way I can. Safe travels!

Ceramic Coating… The Dirty Truth

Heard About Ceramic Coating? You’ll Want to Read This…

 

So what’s all the buzz about this new clear coating that supposedly protects my car, boat, and even my RV from dirt, harmful contaminants, UV rays, and fading unlike anything ever before? We car owners have always dreamed of such a product but nothing ever seems to hold up in the end. Technology has definitely revealed a few amazing possibilities in recent years so  maybe, just maybe this one is the real deal? 

 

THE SCIENCE

 

Unlike traditional coatings, which are typically concocted from polymer resins, a car ceramic coating is silicon dioxide or silica (SiO2) based. Commonly derived from quartz crystals and sand, silica creates an invisible “nanotechnology coating,” which when combined with elements like titanium dioxide, polysilazane, triethanolamine, water, and various other ingredients, becomes quite resilient. Once cured, this viscous liquid turns into a crystal-clear shell, a product that is commonly referred to as a nano ceramic coating, or ceramic coating for short.

So why haven’t we heard about this magic potion? And more importantly, why don’t car manufacturers use it on our cars? 

Ceramic coating was discovered in the 80’s and apparently car manufacturers have been using it, just not on the automobile’s outer skin. It’s been used to coat many other car’s parts to give them better protection over the years! 

 

THE CLAIMS

Protection from Harmful UV Rays (Ceramic coating will protect your car’s paint from oxidizing, preventing it from fading and wearing a dull look)

Protection from Chemical Stains ( A coating will prevent acidic contaminants in the air from bonding into the paint)

Hydrophobic Nature, Ease of Cleaning (all water-based dirt and grime will bead on the surface and eventually slide off. A quick jet wash afterward and you have yourself a spotless, ageless car)

Candy-Like Gloss (It will give your car a glossy look, bringing the best out of the original paint job)

Long Lasting Protection (A high quality coating will offer protection for 2-3 years and may last as much as 5 years)

Increase Car’s Value (Nano Ceramic Coating offers a level of protection that paint, wax, or other protective coatings can’t match, increasing a car’s value for it’s advanced qualities)

 

THE COST

 

A high quality ceramic coating product applied by an industry pro starts at around $500. That doesn’t seem bad for what it claims to do right! That’s for the ceramic coating product and application, there are a few other steps required to ensure that it does it’s job. Although a $500 intro price for just the application of the ceramic coating itself may seem tempting, the fact remains that most cars require quite a bit of prep work via a clay bar, followed by a lot of microfiber clear coat polishing. Being that time is money, this surface prep stage often adds a lot of zeros to the final bill. Expect the real deal to come in around $899 – $3000 if a licensed pro is doing the job. The price will vary depending on the condition and size of your car or other vehicle. 

The DIY version required the product which is more like $20 – $130. Everyone agrees that is awesome so what’s the catch? Guess who’s doing all that prep work mentioned earlier. Still the difference in price is convincing and as long as your product comes with detailed, understandable instructions you can save yourself a bundle! Know your product before buying. There are a handful of manufacturers and each one has a different formula, make sure your choice is the right one. 

 

THE TRUTH

 

It Works! Ceramic coatings offer better protection than waxes or sealants, hands down. They also last much longer – usually multiple years. Many professional grade coatings even offer warranties. In most cases, when your car’s coating is damaged in an accident, the coating of the newly repaired areas of your car will be accepted in your insurance claim, but confirm with your insurance carrier to be sure. Once the claim has been processed, and your car has been repaired, your Ceramic Coating dealer can re-apply the same coating to the new parts that was used on the rest of your vehicle! Ceramic Coatings repel dirt and water like nothing else, which makes them easier to clean. Their slickness and deflection helps to prevent swirl marks and marring from washing.

However, remember is that proper prep work and application are critical to the product’s performance. It’s also true that not all cars benefit from Ceramic coatings. If your car is garage kept and virtually never sees the sunlight or it has a specific paint application (single stage paint) that doesn’t necessarily play nice with ceramic coatings. 

The formula quality varies greatly so no your products. A high-quality ceramic coating should be sticky, yet never gooey, and it should always go on smoothly without appearing watery. It should contain at least 80% silica dioxide (SiO2). The stronger the SiO2 dosage, the harder the ceramic coating will cure.

In order to keep a ceramic coated vehicle looking sharp you should regularly hand wash the entire vehicle with water and a pH neutral car shampoo. 

Finally, removing ceramic coating from your vehicle will be even more fun than applying it when it comes to elbow grease. It’s meant to last…

If you have the cash, and protecting your baby means the absolute best protection money can buy, having a professionally installed ceramic car coating applied to your vehicle is the best option according to most if not all satisfied customers. For the average Joe, the DIY hydrophobic coating route for our daily driver is a good alternative too. Yes, a little elbow grease, and some TLC are needed to get her looking awesome and keeping her that way, but a small price to pay compared to $2000.00. Either way, when it comes to your car’s paint protection, you have a “crystal-clear” alternative to scrubbing, compounding, and waxing from now on with Ceramic Coating! 

Call or text (757) 560-4252 and ask for Mike Love, I have answers. 

 

TM Auto Wholesalers, Chesapeake Va

 

 

 

Source:

C, Tim “Ceramic Coating: The ultimate car protection guide” AVALONKING.COM. February 14th, 2018, Web. Retrieved 9/15/2020 from: https://avalonking.com/blog/the-truth-about-ceramic-coatings/

 

Lau, Anson “Ceramic Coating: What is it? Benefits? Disadvantages?” www.vive-houstin.com. June 15, 2019, Web. Retrieved 9/15/2020 from: https://www.vive-houston.com/blog/ceramic-coating-does-it-work 

 

Silvestro, Brian “Road and Track: These Are the Cars That Depreciate Most” www.roadandtrack.com. Oct 12 2018, Web. Retrieved 4/1/2019 from https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/buying-maintenance/g23723032/cars-with-high-depreciation/

 

Staff “How to choose the best ceramic coating for your boat – 38 Scout” www.Glidecoat.com. Web. Retrieved 9/15/2020 from: https://www.glidecoat.com/case-study/how-to-choose-the-best-ceramic-coating-for-your-boat/#:~:text=In%20many%20cases%20the%20marine,very%20similar%20to%20the%20automotive.&text=The%20lack%20of%20longevity%20of,gel%20coat%20and%20painted%20fiberglass

 

Automobile Maintenance Advantages 101

HOW WELL DO YOU MAINTAIN YOUR CAR? 

Ok, so you keep your car shiny and clean inside and out, congratulations you’re doing a great job! How about your car’s mechanical maintenance? Looks can be deceiving… You know the great looking car with the new tires, wheels, and shiny paint? The one that smokes and rattles like the engine is falling out lol? That scenario is more common than you think! I mean let’s face it, soap and water is cheaper than the parts and services associated with regularly scheduled maintenance, especially on newer cars. As a result, some folks just let it go until they’re driving junk! We have to assume most of them have no idea the benefits that keeping their car in shape offers. Think of your car as a living breathing form of transportation, like say around the 19th century. If you didn’t maintain your horse and keep it in good shape, you were walking. Things haven’t changed a bit, neglect your car and well, get to stepping!  

 

DOING MAINTENANCE

If you’re one of the discerning car owners who don’t wish to take a college course on automobile maintenance, join the crowd! Many car owners just don’t care about how it’s done as long as it gets done. That’s why we have professionals that do care and wan’t the best for your car just like you. Find one in your area with great reviews and give them a shout. Text or call me for a recommendation if you’re not sure, glad to help. 

For those hybrid greasers out there who don’t mind getting their hands dirty to save some cash, check out my article on maintenance schedules Secret To Max Car Performance and Life. 

 

“Whether you’re a DIY owner or reliant on your favorite service department, you should know the following benefits of regular car maintenance.” ~ Mike Love 

 

BENEFITS OF CAR MAINTENANCE 

Why is keeping your car mechanically on it’s game so important? The list is long and there are some benefits more important than others, but here are six good ones to begin with. 

 

01. Dependability

One of the major advantages of car maintenance is the reliability of the car to go from any place to another with the utmost convenience. The performance of the car is assured with regular maintenance and occasionally a checkup from a seasoned pro even if you’re a DIY car owner.

02. Resale 

For all vehicles, resale value is a major consideration. After a while, people want to replace their existing vehicle with a new one, they just do. One of the key aspects of a good resale is a vehicle’s overall performance. The properly maintained car has 20 to 30 percent more value than an average vehicle. Worth it…

03. Low repair costs

For any kind of vehicle, maintenance cost is a very important aspect. Keeping in mind that the replacement cost of an important car part is high. Parts replacement costs can be dramatically reduced by performing proper maintenance. It’s a simple fact that if it doesn’t wear out, it doesn’t need replacing. Keeping everything in good repair wins every time. 

04. Better fuel efficiency

With proper maintenance, you can boost your fuel performance to a new level. Maintaining correct air pressure in tires equates to fuel savings. For every 10 psi of under-inflation, a 10% reduction in fuel economy can result, according to NACFE. 

Too little or too much engine oil can create more friction and rob power. Clean oil lubricates better than dirty oil, so pay attention to oil change intervals. Explore the use of lower-viscosity oils to improve fuel economy.

A restricted air intake system (air filter, air cooler, and tubing) or exhaust system will decrease engine power output. Check components at regular PMs and fix any leaks. These leaks can be particularly hard to find, as leaking air is not as noticeable as fuel or oil, but their repair will improve engine operation and fuel efficiency. I could dedicate an entire blog to just this maintenance advantage! 

05. Safety

Because our lives may depend on car performance, don’t take unnecessary chances. System failure can be avoided largely through maintenance. Rear brake lights, brakes, brake warning lights on your dashboard, lack of brake fluid are all extremely dangerous system failures that can be life threatening. 

Over-inflated tires, Under-inflated tires, Punctured or damaged tires, valve stem damage, and Worn down or bald tires are all capable of causing an accident. 

Headlights, taillights, and turn signals are all essential to your safety while driving. 

06. Longevity 

In many cases, it may be too late for your engine when it starts to overheat or begins leaking coolant on a hot summer day. It’s best to have your coolant system serviced by the pros. Frequent fluid top-ups will help keep your engine cool and reduce stress on your car’s heater and air conditioner. A belt check along with replacing coolant fluids will help improve the life of the vehicle’s engine and will give you a heads-up should there be an underlying problem with the vehicle’s radiator or thermostat.

 

While tire suspension and care are the main priority, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment for an auto transmission servicing and a front and rear differential inspection. A good service should provide:

 

  • A complete tire inspection including rotation and balancing
  • Replacement of a dirty air and fuel filter
  • Power steering fluid exchange
  • Inspection of the transfer case
  • Differential and trans-axle servicing
  • A transmission fluid exchange

 

The advantages of keeping your vehicle well maintained are too many to mention, but if they were only those above it would be well worth it! Let me know if you have any questions, always happy to help. 

Call or text (757) 560-4252 and ask for Mike Love, I have answers. 

TM Auto Wholesalers, Chesapeake Va

 

 

Sources:

Lockridge, Deborah “8 steps to better MPG through maintenance” TRUCKINGINFO.COM June 20th, 2016 Web. Retrieved from:

https://www.truckinginfo.com/156794/8-steps-to-better-mpg-through-maintenance#:~:text=Maintaining%20correct%20air%20pressure%20in,can%20result%2C%20according%20to%20NACFE.&text=%E2%80%9CThe%20biggest%20thing%20we%20do,3. 

 

Staff “How Routine Maintenance Improves Vehicle Longevity” MRCLEANCARWASH.COM Retrieved from:

https://www.mrcleancarwash.com/blog/how-routine-maintenance-improves-vehicle-longevity

 

Beckman, Viles “Does Vehicle Maintenance Affect Road Safety” VILESANDBECKMAN.COM February 20th, 2019 Web. Retrieved from:

https://www.vilesandbeckman.com/does-vehicle-maintenance-affect-road-safety/#:~:text=Brake%20Failure%20Can%20Cause%20Accidents,car%20before%20a%20collision%20occurs.&text=Brake%20warning%20lights%20on%20the%20dashboard

Memoirs of a Clean Car

 

WHAT WOULD YOUR CAR SAY ABOUT YOU IN IT’S MEMOIRS?

You love your shiny new car with all it’s cool features and it’s exactly what you want… for now.  Hey, don’t shoot the messenger, that’s just the life of a car. One day your eyes will start to wander and BAM, you’re shopping for another, newer, shinier, one with cooler features. That for sale sign hits the windshield and well, you know the rest. 

So what would your car say about you to its new owner? “The years have been kind to me, haven’t they!” or “I’ve definitely seen better days” Guess what, it tells others all about you every day with its appearance! Your car’s condition is a reflection of you whether you like it or not. The dude in the beater with the bald tires… sketchy. Hey, the dude could be a prince but THAT CAR, the car didn’t give him a chance. Love your car and it will love you back! It’s all up to you which way this goes. If you’re hoping for a good return on your investment, best keep that car looking young!

That’s right, there are some sweet benefits to keeping your car young. Besides resale, though it’s certainly at the top, did you know that a clean car can make you happier? You might, but did you also know that a dirty car can get less gas mileage? Maybe not and there’s more, read on! 

 

  1. LONGER VEHICLE LIFE

By waxing your car, you are keeping the paint job in good shape. The natural deposits of dirt and salt that you gather from driving will corrode the body of your vehicle over time. The benefits of cleanliness extend to the engine, where a regular wipe down can prevent damage from buildup of debris. Check out how to wash and polish your car for tips on how to do it right.

 

  1. BETTER MENTAL HEALTH

You spend a lot of hours inside your car. If that environment is clean, you can feel more focused and organized. Most people are happier if they keep neat living areas in their houses; the same is true for that vehicle where you may meditate or contemplate your days to and from work.

 

  1. SAFER DRIVING

Visibility is a key to accident prevention. What detracts from your visibility? Dirty windows and rear-view mirrors. If you keep them clean, you can better evaluate what’s going on around you. Plus, clean headlights lead to maximum illumination, a must for driving at night or in inclement weather.

 

  1. BETTER PHYSICAL HEALTH

Think of the dirt that’s probably built up inside your car. Even if you are a tidy person, there’s probably bacteria on the hard surfaces. That’s not to mention dust and residue on the seats and flooring. It can lead to poor air quality, aggravating people with allergies or breathing problems.

 

  1. IMPROVED FUEL ECONOMY

A layer of dirt actually makes your engine work harder. That’s because it increases drag on the vehicle. Your fuel economy goes down, therefore, if you don’t regularly wash the exterior of your vehicle. Reduced fuel economy means that a dirty car is money out of your pocket.

 

  1. PERSONAL PRIDE

Your car may or may not be a status symbol, but it is an accessory with which you are regularly associated. You want your car to reflect the same pride you feel with your personal appearance. After all, you probably spent quite a bit of time thinking about the make, model and color of the vehicle before you bought it — why not keep it looking its best?

 

  1. SPARKING JOY

You may have heard this phrase as connected with organizer Marie Kondo. You can certainly use the KonMari method to declutter your car, but instead of joy, look at it as utility. Ask yourself, of all the things you keep in your vehicle, “is this necessary?” Removing some of the extra weight will not only improve your sense of well being, but reduce the number of pounds your car’s engine has to work to drag around.

 

IT WORKS

 

I’ve personally experienced some of the benefits on that list by keeping my cars clean, and that’s no easy task with a large family like mine! Each of my in-stock vehicles is detailed prior to delivery for one final inspection. Hearing “Wow, the years have been good to this one” is the best 🙂

Keeping Your Car Young part 2 “Advantages of keeping your car mechanically in its prime!” on July 31st

 

Have questions? Call or text Mike Love (757) 560-4252, I have answers! 

TM Auto Wholesalers, Chesapeake Va

 

 

Sources: Staff “Hidden benefits of a clean car” www.goldeagle.com July 14, 2020 Web. Retrieved from:  https://www.goldeagle.com/tips-tools/hidden-benefits-clean-car/