Before you decide on a used vehicle to purchase, you’ll most likely research types of vehicles as well as the vehicle dealer you wish to purchase from. However, it is also important to prepare questions for the dealer to find out more about the vehicle before you purchase. These questions can help you make sure you are not buying a vehicle that may cause more work than it’s worth.
Q: Has it been in any accidents? Can you show me the Carfax?
A: A vehicle history report will show accidents (if they were reported), previous owners, and odometer reading. A Carfax report may reveal important information about a vehicle’s history that could affect your decision to buy it. If the Carfax is not available, a service report can give you insight into the vehicle’s past.
Q: How old is the battery?
A: Knowing when the vehicle has been serviced may be able to tell you when the most recent oil change was, but it may not be able to tell you how old the battery is. A typical battery will last anywhere between three to five years. However, driving habits and weather conditions may shorten the battery’s life.
Q: How long has it been on the lot?
A: Some used vehicles may have sat on the lot for weeks or months without being test-driven. It may be difficult to know when the last time service has been done on the vehicle. If you are not able to see a service record on the vehicle, you can ask to have it inspected by a mechanic.
Q: What features work or don’t work?
A: Older vehicles can come with their own set of quirks, which can be a deal-breaker for some buyers. For example, a broken CD player might not be a deal-breaker, but no air conditioning might be. It’s important to ask if there are any defects you need to know about that may not be something you would typically notice until after driving it.
Q: Are the service records available? Have you done any service on it since you purchased it?
A: Having access to records shows that the previous owner(s) serviced the vehicle regularly. The current dealer may have needed to do service on the vehicle since purchasing it. Knowing where the vehicle came from, whether it is from a rental vehicle facility, trade-in from a lease, or from a private seller, can help determine how it was cared for in the past.
Q: What is the ownership history?
A: If details are limited or non-existent about the vehicle’s previous owners, it may be a warning sign. Knowing the original owner or past owners can tell you how the vehicle has been cared for.
A: Used vehicle dealers are different from new-vehicle dealers. If the used vehicle dealer offers in-house financing, make sure to get as much information and detail as you can. At Hi Lo Auto Sales, we will work with you whether you have good, bad, or no credit. We are committed to finding you the perfect loan company to suit your finance needs.
Q: Will you take my existing vehicle as a trade-in?
A: If you currently own a car or truck, trading it in can help pay for your new-to-you vehicle. It also can save you the hassle of having to sell your current vehicle on your own. You may also get a better price for your trade-in by selling to a dealer, especially if it is a similar type of vehicle to what you are looking to buy. Get started with a fast and free evaluation of your vehicle to determine how much
At Hi Lo Auto Sales, we want to help you reach your needs with the perfect vehicle for you. You will get the attention to detail you deserve with the low price you want. View our inventory online or call today to schedule a test drive at any of our three great locations. Call 301-663-4456 for Frederick-355, call 301-861-4011 for Frederick-Rt. 40, or call 410-656-8787 for Cockeysville.
Safety is and should be a major priority when choosing a vehicle. While many people believe that used vehicles may not be as safe, they are in fact just as safe, if not safer, than new vehicles. These nine vehicles are just a shortlist of the safest used vehicles under $20,000.
1. 2009 Hyundai Genesis
The Hyundai Genesis has a Top Safety Pick award from IIHS as well as a perfect reliability score from J.D. Power and Associates. The Genesis is rear-wheel drive and seats five. The average price is around $13,000.
This vehicle is available at Hi Lo Auto Sales for $10,995. https://www.hiloautosales.com/vehicle/used-2009-hyundai-genesis-46-3533254
2. 2007 Subaru Outback
This all-wheel-drive Outback features navigation and satellite radio. The average price is about $8,500 and seats five comfortably. The Subaru Outback features vehicle speed control settings, rear crash protection, and is available in manual or automatic.
This 2007 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited is available at Hi Lo Auto Sales for $8,879. https://www.hiloautosales.com/vehicle/used-2007-subaru-outback-25i-limited-3546735
3. 2012 Buick Verano
The Buick Verano is known for its strong breaks and easy handling. It also boasts a 7-inch touch-screen radio display, as well as 21 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The average price of the Verano is about $13,600. This Buick Verano features emergency trunk release, 4-wheel disc brakes, brake assist, child safety locks, and traction control.
This 2012 Buick LaCrosse Leather Group is available at Hi Lo Auto Sales for only $10,995. https://www.hiloautosales.com/vehicle/used-2012-buick-lacrosse-leather-group-3551400
4. 2011 Lexus CT Hybrid
This Lexus Hybrid is ranked first in 2011 upscale small cars. While it may not have the fastest acceleration, you will love the 43 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. One of the most notable safety features in the Lexus CT Hybrid is the front seat knee airbags.
Hi Lo Auto Sales has a variety of Lexus models available, including this 2011 Lexus IS 250 C for only $14,995. https://www.hiloautosales.com/vehicle/used-2011-lexus-is-250-c-3520810
5. 2012 Toyota Prius c
The Toyota Prius c boasts a 53 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway. Drivers reported no recalls for the 2012 model and ranked fifth in 2012 for best-rated hatchbacks. While the Prius may not have the fastest acceleration, the 16-inch wheels and regenerative brakes improve steering and handling compared to other hatchbacks. The average price of the 2012 Toyota Prius c is $12,400.
This 2010 Toyota Prius IV is available at Hi Lo Auto Sales for only $9,434. https://www.hiloautosales.com/vehicle/used-2010-toyota-prius-iv-3524472
6. 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon
The 2011 Acura TSK Sport Wagon is ranked second in 2011 wagons and boasts an estimated 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The braking and electric-assisted steering are some of the top safety features of this vehicle. Some of the extras available for this vehicle include a rearview camera and navigation. The average price of the Acura TSX Sport Wagon is $11,800.
7. 2008 Volvo S80
The 2008 Volvo S80 includes an estimated 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. It is a 2008 Top Safety Pick, which includes optional blind-spot detection, and optional lane departure warning. The average price is $9,500.
8. 2011 Chrysler 200
The 2011 Chrysler 200 is ranked 14th in 2011 affordable midsize cars. The top safety features include six airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, and traction control. The average price is $11,800.
The 2012 Chrysler 200 Touring is available at Hi Lo Auto Sales for only $9,499. https://www.hiloautosales.com/vehicle/used-2012-chrysler-200-touring-3546724
9. 2010 Saab 9-5
The 2010 Saab 9-5 is ranked 11th in 2010 upscale midsize cars and has no safety recalls for the 2010 model, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Standard features include rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. It averages 16 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The average price is $14,900.
At Hi Lo Auto Sales, we want to help you find your perfect vehicle in your ideal price range. Our wide variety of vehicles and knowledgeable staff ensures you leave Hi Lo Auto Sales happy. Safety is our priority and we understand it is yours too. Check out our inventory online or call us at any of our locations for more information. For our Frederick-355 location, call 301-663-4456. For our Frederick-Rt. 40 location, call 301-861-4011. For our Cockeysville location, call 410-656-8787.
This time of year, everyone is making their New Year’s Resolutions for 2020. While they usually include finally losing that extra weight or saving more money, resolutions for your vehicle and driving should be at the top of your list. This list of vehicle resolutions can help you remain safe and comfortable in your vehicle for years to come.
Regular oil changes
It’s important to perform regular oil changes in order to maintain the life of an engine. Over time, dirt from the road can cause erosion, but routine oil and filter changes help remove the dirt and keep engines running at peak performance. If there is not enough oil in the engine, it can lead to increased fuel consumption, which decreases gas mileage. Though it depends on the age of the vehicle, most mechanics suggest getting oil changes every 5,000-6,000 miles to ensure the best engine performance.
Become a fuel-efficient driver
To get the most out of a tank of gas, there are a few fuel-saving techniques that can help. This includes accelerating gently, avoid high speeds, and maintaining a steady speed. The harder you accelerate, the more fuel you use. Additionally, when your speed dips or bursts, you are using more fuel, therefore spending more money.
Check tire pressure regularly
Checking your tire pressure regularly helps to optimize tire performance and fuel economy. It’s important to check tire pressure because decreased pressure can decrease durability and performance. Tires with low pressure can cause heat build-up, sidewall flexing, and potential rolling hazards. Checking your tire pressure is easy; you only need a tire gauge. These are often built into gas station air hoses but are also available to purchase to keep in your vehicle.
Patience on the road/quit speeding
Increase your patience on the road and be kind to fellow drivers. This includes respecting traffic rules, use turn signals, remain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you, yield to the right-of-way, and most importantly, be polite. Sharing the road and realizing there are more vehicles than just yours on the road can go a long way. Planning and giving yourself extra time allow you room to slow down and be patient with other drivers.
Keep it clean
Keeping your vehicle clean, inside and out, can help decrease stress, extend the life of your vehicle, and keep you healthy. Maintaining the care of your vehicle can prevent costly repairs; dirt and grime can eat away at a vehicle’s paint and potentially the metal underneath. Additionally, a clean vehicle can keep you healthy by eliminating harmful bacteria that can accumulate on steering wheels, upholstery, and dashboards. Lastly, you can take pride in a clean vehicle, which can increase happiness.
At Hi Lo Auto Sales, we want you to drive the vehicle you want at the price you need. Browse our inventory online or contact us today at 301-663-4456 or 301-861-4011 for either of our Frederick locations or 410-656-8787 for our Cockeysville location. Make your resolutions today and come into Hi Lo Auto Sales for your next vehicle.
Practicality and comfort should not have to be sacrificed for affordability’s sake—especially not when it comes to vehicles. A light breeze grazing over freshly cut grass on a backroad should be enjoyed in a respectable and affordable vehicle. A vehicle stacked with accommodations fit your liking doesn’t have to be terribly expensive. Sometimes, all you need is to know where to look.
Quality Doesn’t Have to be Costly
Being able to afford the newest, most expensive vehicles may be impressive, but high-quality cars don’t have to come at the price of an arm and leg. We often fall into the misconception that in order to get a good vehicle, we’ll have to pay an excessive amount of money. A vehicle that’s an affordable price doesn’t have to come at the expense of quality or even comfort. Vehicles can and should go above and beyond just affordability.
Used vehicle dealerships are a great avenue to finding the style you want and the comforts you desire all while not trading affordability for luxury. Vehicles need to be practical; they need to get us where we need to go and carry what we need them to carry, but the wishes of the owner (such as heated seats or a sunroof) are also important. You can save money at a used vehicle dealership on even an opulent vehicle. The money you save can then be contributed to any of your other wishes—instead of wasted on an automobile that’s of equal merit to one elsewhere.
Ensure Quality When Buying
Potential buyers should consider such factors as comfort, style, safety rating, and additional attributes of the car to certify that the quality of the vehicles exceeds the price. This way, you can get a car you like for a price you like.
Comfort is a tremendous factor when choosing a car. You’ll want to verify that the vehicle you’re interested in buying meets your comfort level. For every person, this will be different, so don’t feel pressured. Used vehicle dealerships hold limitless possibilities. Keep in mind that the choice is up to you; if you like a feature, find a vehicle that has it. In the same vein, style is also completely up to you. Do you want a convertible? Seek out a convertible. Do you want it to be a specific color, brand, make, model, or year? A used vehicle dealership may have just what you’re looking for at an unbeatable price.
Safety is a high priority, and you’ll want to confirm that the type of car you’re interested in buying has been tested for safety. The US News and World Report on the safety features of nearly every car made. To search the safety feature of a type of vehicle, simply search “safety rating for [type of vehicle].”
Most vehicles tend to come with some type of warranty, including those sold at used vehicle dealerships. In addition to the comfort and safety of the vehicle, it’s also important to prepare for the future of the car. Vehicles that come with warranties will help you avoid unnecessary spending on the vehicle if something were to happen.
At Hi Lo Auto Sales, home of the 6-month, 6,000-mile warranty, we want to help you find the perfect vehicle for your budget and needs. Check out our inventory online or come in today to any of our three locations for a test drive. Our amazing finance department can help anyone, no matter your credit, approved for financing. For our Frederick location, call 301-663-4456. For our Cockeysville location, call 410-656-8787.
If the dashboard is displaying a warning icon, it could mean one of a few things. Either the issue is not that serious and you’re safe to continue driving, or your vehicle is in immediate danger of malfunctioning. Know when to pull over to stay safe by learning the different warning light indicators in your vehicle.
1. Battery Light
The battery icon indicates that your battery’s charging system is malfunctioning. If your vehicle doesn’t start, chances are the batteries are dead. Luckily, jumper cables will allow you to kick-start your vehicle. Vehicle batteries charge while you drive, so if you had to jump-start your vehicle, drive for about 30 minutes to prevent your batteries from dying again.
2. Airbag and Seat belt
If the airbag and seat belt warning icons light up, this will need to be checked out immediately. Having faulty safety equipment is a hazard to the vehicle and its passengers.
Note: This light is different from the normal indicators that someone is unbuckled, or the passenger airbag is on/off.
3. Windshield Washer Fluid
This warning icon notifies you to refill the windshield washer fluid. While this wouldn’t be considered an emergency, windshield wiper fluid enables you to keep your visibility unobstructed from dirt, grime, or anything else prohibiting your view, so it should be refilled promptly.
4. Anti-Lock Brake System
The Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) icon warns you that there is a problem with your brakes. This will need maintenance rapidly to prevent your car from skidding on the road more severe situations.
5. Check Engine Light
Also known as Emissions Control, the check engine icon is not specific. Therefore, it is vital to get the problem diagnosed at an auto repair shop. It could be a simple problem with an easy fix, or it could mean something much more dangerous for your vehicle.
6. Oil Level
This light indicates that your vehicle’s oil level is low; this could be a serious issue if left unattended. Changing the oil and oil filter in your vehicle is a simple step to ensure the engine doesn’t overheat and become damaged.
7. Tire Pressure Monitoring
The tire pressure light tells you that your tires need air in them. Since temperature affects air, this light is more prominent during colder weather.
8. Brake Light and Light Monitoring Indicators
If your headlights, brake lights, or taillights go out, an indicator will appear. It is against the law in most places to have these lights not working, so it is important to get them fixed before you get pulled over.
For more information regarding dashboard warning indicators or any other issues you’re experiencing with your vehicle, please contact our team today at 301-663-4456 or visit our sister company, Tire Pros of Frederick.
When it comes time to buying a vehicle, there are a few major myths that may cause people to think twice about buying a used vehicle. However, these myths are quickly debunked with just a little research.
1. A used car won’t be reliable.
Many dealers today provide information about the vehicle’s history, whether through CarFax or another service. Information like the service history of the vehicle, how many owners of the vehicle and crash reports are all ways to understand how reliable the car will be.
2. The dealer will want me to buy a car I can’t afford.
Dealers want to help find you the right vehicle in your budget. If you do not find a vehicle you love in your budget, everyone loses. Coming prepared with a specific budget and information about what you are looking for can help the dealer staff find the perfect vehicle for you.
3. Buying a car is always a stressful and long process.
While buying a vehicle can be a long, stressful process, it doesn’t need to be! Knowing what you are looking for can help speed up the process.
4. The best-used vehicles are only sold online.
While there may be great deals online, nothing can compare to going to a dealership and seeing the vehicle for yourself. It is important to test drive and inspect a vehicle before buying it and shopping online does not allow you to do that. Talking to staff at a dealership can help you understand more about what you are looking for and can work with your budget.
At Hi Lo Auto Sales, we want to help you find the car you want at a price you can afford. Whether you are shopping for a luxury vehicle or need help reestablishing your credit, you can expect the highest customer service, attention to detail, and a commitment to excellence. We offer a free 6-month, 6,000-mile warranty on every vehicle. Browse our inventory online or schedule a test drive with us today by calling us at 301-663-4456 for our Frederick location or 410-656-8787 for our Cockeysville location.
When it comes time to buy a vehicle, financing can seem like a daunting task. However, knowing a few important pieces of information can help the process go quicker and easier.
Know before you go
One of the easiest ways to help finance a vehicle before even walking into a dealer is to know and understand your credit score. The difference between needing and getting a vehicle loan can all be predetermined based on your credit score. It is important to shop around and find the best finance rate available to you. Using free sites like Credit Karma can help you learn more about your credit score before you go to an auto dealer.
Before you sit down to start discussing the finance of your new vehicle, you should decide how long you want to finance it. Shorter loan terms usually mean lower interest rates but higher monthly payments. The longer the terms, the higher the interest rates will be.
Pay the “Extras”
Even after understanding the exact value of the vehicle and how much payments can be, there are always extra miscellaneous expenses involved. These include sales tax, registration fees, documentation fees, and extra warranties. While these fees can be included in your financing, it can save you money by paying for them separately with cash. These fees increase the amount of your loan while not increasing the value of the car.
It can also help save you money on the loan by trading in your old car or putting money down. While it may seem like more money to pay upfront by putting money down, it is essentially lowering the total loan interest free. For example, on a $15,000 vehicle, putting $1,000 down at the time of purchase lowers the monthly payments from $456 to $425, with a 6% interest rate.
At Hi Lo Auto Sales, we can help you find the car of your dreams at the price you want. Our First Time Buyers program can help even the youngest car owner a great deal, no cosigner needed! Payments are set by our lenders and based on income; no established credit necessary. We have three great locations to help you find your perfect vehicle, including two locations in Frederick and one in Cockeysville! See our inventory online today or stop in any of our locations for a test drive.
The loud chatter of happy children fills the car with anticipation and excitement as passing trees mark one less mile toward the destination. Memories which will last these children years will be made there; the very memories which will help define their childhood. However, as Phillip Gould once said, “It’s not the destination. It’s the glory of the ride,” and this ride all started with the right car at the right price.
Good Used Car Quality Can Come at a Low Price with Hi Lo Auto Sales
It would be great if we could all afford brand new, top of the line sports cars, but honestly, for most people, that’s just not practical. Most of us live on a budget or just simply don’t have a desire to spend tons of money on a flashy car. For most of us, we need cars that are practical, and even if we don’t, we shouldn’t have to spend half our life savings on a fancy car. We need cars that will allow us to pick up the kids, hull trailers, or simply cars we can flaunt around town—without losing a ton of money on them. The money you can save on a high-quality car bought at a used car dealer verses the money you spend on a car of equal value at a new car dealer can be the difference between more family trips and higher savings. Used car dealers have high-quality cars, so don’t count them out just given the stigma of buying there. For most people, it’s a smart financial move with no trade off. Once you realize that quality doesn’t necessarily decrease just because you’re buying from a used car dealer, you’ll have an unlimited range of options based on what you need, what you like, and what best suits you for an affordable price.
Do Your Research on Used Cars and Used Car Dealers
In order to ensure the car you’re interested in buying is high-quality even at a used car dealership, you should inquire about the safety rating, consider the comfort level and style, and check the warranty.
Let’s start off with the safety rating. This may seem intimidating, but don’t worry. It’s super easy; simply go to whichever web browser you prefer (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc.) and type in “safety rating for [enter a car type here].” The US News and World Report organization has already done the work for you. You can find various test results on almost every car you can imagine. This tool will allow you to compare and contrast the safety features of countless cars.
The comfort level and the style of the car is totally up to your own personal preference. There is no right or wrong. You like blue cars? Get a blue car. You like heated seats? Get a car with heated seats. You like Honda Civics? Get a Honda Civic. At a used car dealership, accommodations and preferences such as these can be found at a great price. Get the comforts you want for the price you’re comfortable with. You shouldn’t have to settle for something you don’t want just for the sake of saving money; there’s plenty of options out there that are affordable—if you know where to look.
Checking the warranty of a car ensures the quality of the car now and in the future. If for some reason the car isn’t up to standard, warranties protect you from unnecessarily wasting money fixing it. At the end of the day, the quality of the car shouldn’t cost more than the memories made in the car. I encourage you to find a high-quality car for a low price and go make memories that you can’t put a price on!