Credit is the most important piece when purchasing your next vehicle. Many car buyers spend time going from dealership to dealership, trying to get the best deal on that vehicle with the best financing options. This is not always the best way to approach the best deal. When you visit multiple used car dealerships in Columbia, SC and allow them to access your credit report to make a determination on what your interest rate and payment will be, will decrease your credit score. Finding a dealership that has a great inventory selection of different models that you are interested in, and visiting to test drive, will save you time and money. You will not spend time visiting multiple dealerships and you will not feel the impact of all those unnecessary credit inquiries that are going to negatively affect your payment.
The Difference of a “Soft” Inquiry and a “Hard” Inquiry
There are two types of inquiries. And some used car dealerships will tell you, this inquiry is a “soft” inquiry and will not affect your credit. This is not true. A “soft” inquiry is a when a creditor accesses your credit profile to get a snap shot of your profile so that they can determine if you may qualify for credit. This is typically what has happened when you get those “Pre-Approved” credit card offers in the mail. A “hard” inquiry is when you give a creditor permission to access your entire credit report. This allows them total access to all of your credit report and they are able to make a guaranteed credit decision. When you visit a dealership, and they ask that you fill out a credit application, know that they are not performing a “soft” credit inquiry. You have given permission to access your credit report, and this will affect your credit score.
When you are ready to discuss financing, call autoPROS Columbia in Columbia, SC and our Finance Team can go over your options.
Car repairs can happen at any time. Even after you purchase your car from you used car dealership in Columbia, SC. Most car owners rely on a monthly budget, so when that unexpected auto repair comes up, it can leave you stressed and trying to figure out how you are going to afford the repair. When you visit your used car dealership in Columbia, SC, make sure that you sit down and discuss the Extended Warranty options that are available on that used car. An Extended Warranty can save you thousands in repair bills. But how does the coverage work? And what does it not cover?
What is the Coverage Period of an Extended Limited Warranty?
Every used car dealership offers different Extended Warranty options. A Limited Warranty period typically covers your vehicle for 12 months or 12,000 miles. This coverage means, either or. If you reach the 12 month mark, but still have 500 miles left, the coverage period has already been met at that 12 month point. Some coverages will extend beyond the 12 month or 12,000 miles coverage, be sure to confirm this with your Finance Team. When you bring your used car in for service during the Extended Warranty Coverage period, rest assure that most repairs will be covered. There are things that will not be covered by the Extended Warranty, and your Finance Team should be able to offer you a list of what is covered.
What is not Covered by the Extended Limited Warranty?
Warranties always have clauses within them that will eliminate certain repairs to be eligible for coverages. Your Extended Warranty will not cover any repairs that are due to neglect, alterations or misuse. Also there are circumstances that are beyond your control, such as fire damage, water damage or even theft. These will not be covered by your Extended Warranty. A good rule of thumb is, if your automotive insurance will cover the repairs or damages, the Extended Limited Warranty may not.
When you are ready to discuss the Extended Limited Warranty Coverages, call autoPROS Columbia in Columbia, SC and our Finance Team can go over your options.
Purchasing a truck can be a daunting task. With all the trucks available on the market, how can you make a decision on the best truck for your needs? Are you going to go based on looks, reliability or price? When it comes to trucks, a RAM Truck in Columbia, SC will fill all those boxes. The heavy-duty design was applied for not only tough work that may be thrown at it, but also the comfortability of daily use. Selecting a used truck dealership in Columbia, SC will be able to help you select the right RAM truck that will be equipped with all the necessities for you and your daily needs. Having the right sales team on your side will help you go through the inventory and explain each trucks feature.
Things to consider when selecting your next truck
If you are looking for that truck that will not only meet your work needs, but also your daily needs, consider what it is that you will need to reach this. Will the truck have adequate space in the bed, as well as the cab? RAM trucks come with a standard 6 foot bed, but you can also find them with an additional 2 feet, for a total of 8 foot bed. Will you need room for passengers? You can choose whether a single cab, extended cab, or even a king cab will work best for you. The most important thing to consider is what you will potentially need your truck for. Will you be towing? There are multiple chassis’ to choose from to meet your towing needs. An available 1500, 2500, or an 3050. Speaking with your sales team to make the right choice when it comes to the towing capacity will assure that you drive away with the RAM truck that is going to keep up with you and your daily needs.
When it is time to select the right RAM truck for you, stop in at autoPROS Columbia in Columbia, SC and we will show you a large inventory to choose from.
Winter is always a time of the year that most vehicle owners begin to wonder if their tires are adequate for the upcoming weather conditions. Summer time is typically overlooked. But did you know that summer is the busiest travel time of the year? Having your tires inspected by your auto repair shop in Columbia, SC will ensure that your road trip is safe and worry free. Here are a few points the auto technician will inspect for safety.
Your Tires Age
Not all tires that are installed, were delivered straight from the manufacturer. Sometimes a tire has set on a shelf in a warehouse and has already begun the aging process. Bringing your vehicle in to your auto repair shop in Columbia, SC and allowing the auto technicians to determine the manufacture date will ensure that your tires are strong enough to handle the wear of the upcoming road trip. An old and aged tire can begin to split apart and damage easily during traveling.
Your Tires Tread Depth
A proper tread depth ensures that your tires are not going to fail while driving. Having inadequate tread can lead to a tire blow out, even over the smallest bump. A low tread depth also causes a more dangerous concern when driving through wet road conditions. The smallest layer of water on the roadway and no tread depth can cause the tires to lose traction and hydroplane, possibly resulting in an accident. A certified automotive technician can inspect and determine whether there is enough tread to travel safely.
Your Tire Pressure
When your tires are not inflated properly, it can cause variety issues. Besides uneven tire wear, it can dramatically affect your gas mileage. Making sure they are inflated to the manufacturers recommended PSI will ensure longer wear and better gas mileage.
When you are ready to schedule service with your local auto repair shop, call autoPROS Columbia, SC and let us handle your maintenance needs.