Reasons to Get Your Car Serviced at the Dealership

There are a lot of places to take used cars to get serviced but perhaps the best place to go for your oil changes, tire rotations, and annual tune-ups is the dealership. Here are a few of the best reasons to take your car back to the dealer for service.

Work with Specialists

One of the best reasons to take cars to get serviced at the dealership is because their technicians are often considered specialists. Some specialize in certain makes and models of cars, but you will usually have your car checked out by someone who is certified and professionally educated to work on it.

Build a Better Relationship

Another reason to take your car to the dealership for service is because you will have the opportunity to build a long-lasting relationship with the dealer. You have regular service and repairs done by technicians you trust, and when you need a reliable used car in the future, you don’t have to even question where you’re going to go to purchase it. You’ve already got someone that you know is going to give you a good price on a great vehicle.

Preserve Your Warranty

Going to a local repair shop might seem more convenient, and they might give you really good pricing, or what seems to be a fair deal. However, it’s important to keep in mind that many times auto repair shops will use aftermarket parts during repairs that void your manufacturer’s or extended warranty. By going to the dealership, you know that they will do the repairs with parts and processes that fall under warranty if applicable.

We know that you have a lot of choices as to where to turn when your car needs service. From repairs to tire rotations, oil changes to tire pressure checks, the dealership is typically going to be your best option in terms of value and lasting service.

How to Separate Valid From Irrelevant Car Reviews

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Tips on how to read and evaluate whether a car review is valid for you

 

Forbes released a report last year listing 13 cars to avoid. In this post, we’re going to look closely at the review criteria and provide tips on how to assess each rating. The Forbes criteria consist of the following:

  • Consumer Report rating
  • Reliability rating
  • Overall engine performance and handling
  • Interior space
  • Fuel economy
  • Resale value after 3 and 5 years
  • Consumer Report rating

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2 Things You Should Do Before Buying a Used Car

You’ve spent several weeks searching for the perfect used car and you’ve found it, or at least you think so. Before you go any further in the purchasing process you should take a step back and ensure that you have thoroughly evaluated your vehicle of choice. Here are two important things you shouldn’t neglect when purchasing a used car or looking at used cars.

 

Before you buy a used car you should know about the vehicle history. It is important to know the basics, like how many previous owners there have been as well as what kind of maintenance has been performed. Although you can’t judge the reliability of a car solely from its vehicle history, it can often be an excellent indicator.

 

It is also wise to have a car inspected by a certified mechanic before you think about purchasing it. This can help you validate the vehicle history report. A mechanic may also be able to find and address a potential problem before it surfaces. It is better to know about any mechanical problems now then to find out after you have already purchased the car.

 

Despite how much you like a particular type of car; you shouldn’t forgo test-driving the vehicle. This is just as important as thoroughly researching the vehicle history. Test-driving a car will help you see how it handles different road conditions. Reading about the car facts is different than seeing them in action on the road. Not to mention by taking a vehicle for a spin, you will have the chance to listen for any strange noises that could indicate a problem.

 

Just remember that test-driving a car and checking up on its vehicle history is a crucial part of the car buying process. This is especially important since buying a used car means at least one other person has driven it before you.

Car Maintenance Checklist for the Inexpert

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10 Routine Maintenance Items

 

If you’re car savvy, you likely spend time inspecting your car every now and then, looking for erosion, rust, moisture and other elements that might affect your car performance. You hear every tick and are totally in tune with how well your car is performing. But what if you’re not an expert, an inexpert even? How many among us drive a car without any knowledge of what really goes on under the hood?

Mechanically inclined or not, we all know that regular car maintenance is a great preventative of future auto repairs. If you’re not up to learning a few tricks and going the do-it-yourself (DIY) route, you need to find a trusted auto shop who will perform the regular maintenance for you. Continue reading “Car Maintenance Checklist for the Inexpert”

How to Manage Your Used Car Payments

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Whether buying or leasing a pre-owned vehicle, find your comfort zone with your car payment!

 

In previous posts, we have talked plenty about how to make the most out of your car buying experience. We have touched on how to manage emotional buying decisions, how to choose the ideal time to buy a car, and what to expect of your salesperson. It’s time to talk about the finances. Continue reading “How to Manage Your Used Car Payments”

We’re Bringing Groovy Back

Fun Audio Features in a Used Car

Take the stress out of buying a pre-owned car

 

We all know that shopping for a car is a stressful undertaking. You have access to a ton of resources online on how to manage stress and reduce the risk of making a bad decision. Heck, we have even put out a few of our own helpful tips when shopping for a used car. But enough with the stress talk. Instead, let’s shift focus to the fun part of car shopping. We hope you’re all ears!

Your car shopping experience doesn’t have to be just about fuel economy and safety features. We’re not saying these are not important; they remain a priority. But once you’ve narrowed down your search to a few cars that meet those top requirements, why not shift gear to the fun and exciting audio features you want in your pre-owned vehicle. Continue reading “We’re Bringing Groovy Back”

Top 10 Things You Should Expect of Your Car Salesperson

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Your car sales representative must act as your consultant with your interest in mind.

 

As exciting as it is to get behind a new set of wheels, the process of buying a car is stressful, confusing and somewhat scary. You’ve done your research and decided that you want a pre-owned vehicle. You’ve set a budget and narrowed down your options or honed in on a type of vehicle. Now you need to visit your pre-owned car dealership, take a car (or two) for a test drive and then go through the purchasing process. You expect help from your car salesperson. Whether you choose Global Auto Sales or other dealerships, you must demand from your car salesperson no less than the following 10 expectations. Continue reading “Top 10 Things You Should Expect of Your Car Salesperson”

Prepping your car for winter keeps you safe

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If you live in Ontario, winterizing your vehicle a safety matter.

 

Every winter we expect no less than a rough and sometimes even brutal winter. As Canadians, we don’t hibernate; we embrace it. If you’re relatively new to Canada, you will find that the more mentally prepared for what’s ahead, the more welcoming you will become to those first snowfalls.

Then you prepare your gear, your home and your car. Winterizing your car is, in fact, a matter of safety you can’t afford to overlook. When you bring your car to your mechanic, there are several checks and maintenance items we perform to ensure your vehicle is winter ready. Continue reading “Prepping your car for winter keeps you safe”

Buying a Used Car? Timing Matters

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Looking to buy a pre-owned car and can’t wait to get behind the wheel? But wait… timing is key.

 

What it means to buy a car is different for everyone. For some, it’s a necessity and for, others, a luxury. Either way, you may be excited and at the same time overwhelmed by the experience. Don’t let it drag you down. You have some homework to complete before you set out to find your perfect car.

  1. Do your research on the make and model you want. Check out our Used Inventory page to learn more about any of the cars you may be considering.
  2. Set a budget. You can see vehicle prices on the vehicle description pages, such as this 2014 Acura MDX.
  3. Get to know your mechanic.
  4. Contact our dealership or book a test drive.

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