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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 price. Deal-breakers If you see any of these in your car, it’s probably best to find another option: Overall appearance: Look for significant amounts of rust, signs of water damage or mildew in the interior, funny smells and dripping oil. When you drive it: If the engine makes strange noises, … Read More

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 you should ask yourself before you start shopping. What do I need the most from my vehicle? This will depend on you and what you’ll be using your vehicle for. If you have a large family, you might want to opt for an SUV or minivan that can handle multiple … Read More

Are You Considering Buying a Used 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 you can drive away in the car of your dreams – at a price you can afford. The Advantages of Used Car Loans One of the biggest dilemmas consumers face when considering a new vehicle is the “cash versus finance” question. In reality, very few people have the resources to … Read More

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 used vehicles under $15,000 from Kia, Jeep, Subaru, and Mazda. Kia Kia is the second-largest automobile manufacturer from South Korea, headquartered in Seoul. Kia has received resoundingly positive reviews from happy drivers for their various vehicles, and a few of them stand out as spectacular used options. Jeep Jeep is … Read More

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 fighter designs at the time. But the Firebird did not come into its own until 1967. Even then it had stiff competition. The Firebird was Pontiac’s pony car answer to the Ford Mustang, but it also came out at the same time Chevrolet brought out the Camaro, and Ford introduced … Read More

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 a problem that extends to drivers of every age. Though distracted driving related accidents are trending down from previous years, the numbers are nevertheless sobering: Every day, at least nine Americans are killed, and another 100 are injured in distracted driving accidents. Every 15 minutes, someone is killed in a … Read More

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

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 the same from previous base models, all new cars at this point featured 8-inch wide wheels. Additionally, positraction differentials were an option in the Corvette at this time, with nearly all cars receiving it from the factory. The L88, however, was a different beast, coming equipped with a 427 cubic-inch … Read More

Jeep Wrangler: A History of an Off-Roading Icon

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 top Instantly recognizable front Round headlamps Tall, seven-slot grille From the models that preceded the Wrangler to the various changes made in the last few decades, here are the models that make up the heritage of this beloved SUV. Before the Wrangler – Precursors (1940s – 1980s) The Wrangler is … Read More

Protection Plan Warranties and 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 Most used vehicle purchases will not offer any kind of warranty except perhaps a free year or two of oil changes and inspections. But that does not mean warranties are completely unavailable for used vehicle purchases. Some insurance carriers offer extended warranties (also commonly called vehicle service contracts) for used … Read More

Herbie The Love Bug – A Chronology of Car Culture

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, which had a split rear window that mimicked a pretzel. The car officially got the ‘Beetle’ name in 1968, just before the release of the first Herbie movie. Herbie The Love Bug Movies Herbie is a self-aware, anthropomorphic car with attitude and an ability to drive himself. He helps his … Read More