Guidelines for Evaluating a Used Car

Choosing a used car means you need to do a little extra legwork before signing your name on the dotted line. When a car has been owned before, you don’t usually have the luxury of a manufacturer’s warranty, and you certainly don’t know how previous owners may have treated the car before you came along. You should inspect any used car thoroughly before buying—here’s a list of guidelines and red flags to watch out for. If you’re buying from a used car dealership in Mesa, AZ, make sure to ask what kind of warranties the dealership offers when negotiating your…

Buying Your Dream Car—Used!

Car buying comes with a lot of variables, especially if you’re buying used. From make and model to condition and mileage, the number of options can be overwhelming. That’s why it’s easier to know what you want and need before you get started shopping at a buy here, pay here car lot in Mesa, AZ. The key to used-car shopping is to think about the big picture first—for example, car vs. truck, SUV vs. minivan, hybrid vs. electric—and then refine your search as you find vehicles that fit your list of qualifications. To help, here are the four big questions…

Are You Considering Buying a Used Car in Arizona?

Are You Considering Buying a Car in Arizona?

Your vehicle is one of the most important purchases you will ever make. It will determine how you get to work, how much room you have for family, and even the amount you spend on gas each month. As such, it requires careful consideration and planning. When you find the perfect vehicle, it’s time to think about how you will finance it. Several factors will determine how much you will be able to borrow, the interest rate you will pay, and your other payment terms. Here’s everything you need to know about Mesa, AZ used car auto loans so that…

Finding A Great Used Vehicle Under $15,000

Finding A Great Used Vehicle Under $15,000

Used cars offer tremendous value. While there may be an undeniably special feeling about driving away in a brand new vehicle as its first owner, new cars come with high price tags and significantly higher cost of ownership over time compared to used vehicles. Buying a used vehicle doesn’t have to be a gamble when you buy from a trusted vehicle seller like USA Auto in Mesa, Arizona. Part one of this series* showcased some of the best used vehicles from automakers like Chevy, Honda, and Toyota. Read on in part two to learn more about some of the best…

Pontiac Firebird: The Screaming Chicken, Smokey And The Bandit

Pontiac Firebird: The Screaming Chicken, Smokey And The Bandit

Anyone who is a car buff, and anyone who loved Burt Reynolds or has watched the movie “Smokey and the Bandit” will remember The Car. A 1977 Pontiac Trans Am Firebird, complete with the ‘screaming chicken’ decal. But there’s more to the Pontiac than just the movie. It had history going back to the fifties, although the iconic decal has only been around since the 70’s. History Firebird-Style The name ‘Firebird was given to early GM prototypes from 1953, 1956 and 1959, which were displayed at Motorama auto shows. The designer, Harley Earl, was inspired by the innovations in jet…

April Is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April Is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted Driving Awareness Month, observed during the entire month of April, is a united effort to address the dangers of driving while distracted and seeks to prevent further avoidable deaths through education and by raising awareness. Accidents involving distracted drivers are completely preventable, and the desire is that through these efforts more tragedies can be avoided. The hashtag #justdrive is used throughout social media to help spread the word and advocate personal pledges to safe practices and distraction-free driving. We have previously written on distracted driving as it relates to teen drivers, but as statistics continue to show, this is…

Meet The Rarest Corvette In Existence: The 1969 Corvette ZL-1

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1969 Chevrolet Corvettes The Chevy Corvette is one of the most iconic and recognized American sports cars around. In its long history, it has gone through several major iterations, and has devoted fans for each generation. Here, we explore the history of the rarest of all the Corvettes, the ’69 Corvette ZL-1. Base Model Corvettes And The L88 There were several changes made to the Corvette line at the end of the decade. In fact, 1969 marked the year that the Chevy small block engine increased in size from 327 cubic inches to 350 (5.7 liters) and, although tires remained…

Jeep Wrangler: A History of an Off-Roading Icon

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Jeeps transitioned from rugged wartime vehicles to civilian vehicles, and then finally to the hardy, multipurpose Wranglers we know today. Here, we explore the history of this instantly recognizable vehicle. Models through the Years Prior to the Wrangler hitting the road, Jeep vehicles had already started employing features that would eventually make their way to the Wrangler. As new models were released, they continued to build on previous historic styles and added newer, modern features. Nevertheless, the following features found in previous Jeeps made their way to the distinctive look of the Wrangler: Boxy body style Two-door design Removable cloth…

Protection Plan Warranties and Options For Your Used Vehicle Purchase

Protection Plan Options For Your Used Vehicle Purchase

Purchasing a warranty for used vehicles is one thing every buyer must consider. Every car buyer looks for reliability in a vehicle purchase. But even the most reliable and well-built vehicles can suffer unpredictable damage from accidents and wear-and-tear. While most new car purchases typically include some type of warranty coverage, used cars generally do not unless a seller or dealership (like us) offers some type of promotion. Many cars will not qualify for warranty coverage, but if a used car seller offers extended warranty protection on a used vehicle, it may be worth considering. Warranty Options For Used Vehicles…

Herbie The Love Bug – A Chronology of Car Culture

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If you remember the original 1968 (it wasn’t released until March 1969) movie, The Love Bug, you probably also remember all those Bugs or Beetles on the highways and byways of America. The VW Beetle was ubiquitous from the late 60’s to the mid 70’s, and no wonder: Over 21,000,000 Beetles were produced – and driven – worldwide! The VW (Volkswagen) Beetle name comes from the nickname Germans gave the little car. Because of its rounded shape, they started calling it ‘Der Kaefer’, the beetle, in the early 50’s. This was the shortened name, from ‘Der Brezelkaefer’, the pretzel beetle,…