When to Know It’s Time to Replace Your Car
Every car, no matter how well-maintained, will reach its limit and sooner or later, you’ll have to decide whether the car is worth keeping, or whether it’s time to look for another vehicle.
Too Many Repairs
Sometimes it can be tough to decide to replace your car, especially when you no longer have to make car payments, but when repairs to your car are costing more than the car’s value, it may be time for a reality check. Do the math and add up your vehicle’s repair costs. Take into account potential future repairs. Have a trusted mechanic take a look at your car and tell you the hard facts about other repairs looming in the future and how much they would cost. When repair costs half of what your car is worth, it may be time to shop around.
Guzzling Too Much Gas
In addition to your car’s repair costs, you need to consider its fuel efficiency. The older your car, the less fuel efficient it is. When the car becomes a gas guzzler, it may be another sign to look for a replacement.
You Need Peace of Mind
Then there’s your peace of mind. You don’t want to have to always worry about whether your car will get you to work or to your next appointment. Life is stressful enough without having to add the constant worry about a future car breakdown in the middle of a freeway!
Also keep safety in mind. Newer models have better safety features, particularly 2012 or later models of cars because that was the year electronic stability control was mandated for all vehicles. They even have side air bags and back cameras.
The good news is you don’t have to buy a new car and have car payments. There are many affordable, used cars that you can own outright. You can find an affordable, used car with money you would potentially save on future repairs and by selling or trading in your current car. Let someone else take a hit from the depreciation of a new vehicle. That way, you won’t be a slave to your car with constant repair costs and monthly car payments.
Shop around at trusted car dealerships and compare prices of pre-owned vehicles.
Carousel Pre-Owned serving Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, North Liberty, Marion, and Coralville, IA is proud to be an automotive leader in our community. Since opening our doors, Carousel Pre-Owned has maintained a solid commitment to you, our customers. We do our best to ensure your complete satisfaction every time you step into our car dealership. This is why we offer the widest selection of used and pre-owned Cars, Trucks, and SUVs and provide true ease of purchase in Iowa.
Should You Pay Cash For a Used Car
Date: April 26 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping
You’ve done your research on the type of car you want and you are ready to approach the dealer. The question is, will you get a better deal if you pay all cash for a pre-owned car?
Preparing Your Car to Sell to the Dealership
Date: April 20 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping
So, you’re ready to say good-bye to your car. Maybe you want to replace it because it’s giving you more trouble than you want to deal with; or, maybe just want a change - something new or newer.
Of course, you’d like to get the most money out of your car. At Carousel Pre-Owned, we want to help our customers be informed, so here are a few things you can do to prepare your car so you get the most for trade-in.
What to Include in a Car Survival Kit
Date: April 13 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping
At Carousel Preowned, we are proud to be a used car and automotive leader in our community. Our customers are very important to us and our customer care goes beyond purchasing a vehicle; we want you to be safe. We encourage everyone to carry a Survival Kit in their car. In an emergency, it could save your life and the lives of your passengers. Read more to learn what you need in your Survival Kit.
15 Car Buying Questions You Should Ask
Date: Mar. 29 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping
It’s a rare person who enjoys the car buying process. More often than not, we find ourselves wondering what questions we should ask when we’re at the dealership. And when we do purchase a new car, we wonder “Did I get a good deal?”
Getting a good deal is more than just price. At Carousel Preowned, we want to help our customers be informed; help them know what questions to ask. So, we’ve compiled a list of 15 car buying questions you should ask. Some of these questions may not be applicable to your situation and there may even be more that we forgot, but it’s a start and we hope it’s helpful.
Cost Considerations for Used Cars
Date: Mar. 22 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping
You’re considering purchasing a new or used car, but when it comes to the cost and your budget – what should you know about? For starters, used cars are the most affordable. The average new car can range anywhere from $20,000 to $55,000 according to Kelly Blue Book. While the average used car can range anywhere from a few thousand to the average $13,000.
Beyond the sticker price, it’s smart to get ahead of expenses like maintenance, repairs, parking, gas and more. To get a handle on your budget, determine ceilings for down payment costs, monthly payments, insurance in addition to miscellaneous expenses like parking and gas. Here’s what you need to remember when budgeting for your used car.
Date: Mar. 15 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping
If you’re shopping for a used car, you’ll want to understand what types of used cars there are and what to look for before setting out on your search. Here’s a look at the types of used cars and what to consider.
What to Know if You're Selling Your Car to a Dealership
Date: Mar. 6 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping
You’re ready to sell your car. You have a few options, some easier than others. You can sell it on your own, privately. This will often get you the most money, however it requires a great deal of time and effort. You can use sites like Cars.com or AutoTrader, which also require time and effort. Or, you can sell your car to a dealership. Here’s what you need to know if you’re selling your car to a dealership.
How Much Mileage Is Good For A Used Car
Date: Feb.22 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping
There are many reasons why buying a used car rather than a new car is a wise choice. But there are also factors that should be taken into consideration before purchasing a used car. Good mileage is one them. But how much mileage is good for a used car? Here’s what to know before purchasing a used car.
Date: Feb.1 , 2018 | Category: Car Shopping
If you're buying a used car for your teenager, here are a few things to keep in mind before you go to the dealership.
What You Need to Know When Test-Driving A Used Car
Date: Jan. 18, 2018 | Category: Car Shopping
Buying a car can be a big decision. Making the most of a test drive is a simple matter of common sense, careful observation, and knowing what to look for. Read on for how to prepare yourself for this all-important experience and what to keep track of when taking a car out for the first time.
Date: Jan. 18, 2018 | Category: Car Shopping
You’ve decided to purchase a new car – fantastic! We invite you to look at our online selection of used cars and certified pre-owned vehicles. We are confident that your dream car is here on our parking lot. As you’re looking for your vehicle, we’ve compiled a helpful checklist for you to reference to help ensure a fantastic customer experience.
Advantages of Buying a Used Car
Date: Jan. 11, 2018 | Category: Car Shopping
Used cars are a great option for all kinds of drivers. They offer benefits like having more options and lower prices, making them an excellent and affordable choice. If you’re considering buying a used car, read on to find out more about how Carousel Preowned can help.
Date: Dec. 29, 2017 | Category: Car Shopping
When you decide to purchase a car, truck or SUV from a Carousel 2, you’ve made a good decision. Shopping at Carousel 2 ensures that you’ll obtain a high-quality automobile that has already met our high standards. Read about a few benefits you can experience when you shop with us in Iowa.
Date: Dec. 19, 2017 | Category: Car Shopping
Buying your first car can seem a little daunting. There are many makes and models to choose from with a variety of features. It can be difficult to sort through the options and find the best car for you. Consider these ten tips before you buy a car.
Date: Nov. 13, 2017 | Category: Car Shopping
If you are looking to buy a car for yourself or a family member, consider purchasing a used car instead of a new car. Carousel Preowned is a trusted used car dealer, and we believe that our high-quality used cars will fulfill your transportation needs.
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