Cockeysville

10026 York Rd
Cockeysville, MD 21030410-656-8787

Frederick - 355

5616 Urbana Pike
Frederick, MD 21704 301-663-4456

Frederick - Rt 40

1427 W. Patrick St
Frederick, MD 21702240-439-6910

Ellicott City

8594 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043410-401-4040

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Auto Supply Chain Problems…But HiLo Auto has Good News
September 08

Auto Supply Chain Problems…But HiLo Auto has Good News

Have you heard about the new auto supply chain problems in the United States? Perhaps you have seen the photos on social media of parking lots full of new autos that are not ready for sale. Or you may have heard about the problem on the national news. 

New Auto Supply Chain Problems

Before we tell you the good news from HiLo Auto, let’s look into what is behind the current auto supply chain problems. 

The broken supply chain for computer chips has impacted the new auto market. The parked new cars and trucks, shown in social media photos, are all waiting for computer chips. Without the chips, the autos will remain parked as the calendar flips to a new year. 

Many of the features that drivers want in their cars and trucks are activated and maintained with a computer chip, such as navigation and backup displays.

But the chips also play a vital role in essential auto functions such as anti-lock and emergency brakes. They also read the amount of pressure on the gas pedal. Until the chips become available, new autos will remain parked. 

A shortage of new automobiles has lead to pressure on the overall market. 

What Caused the Auto Chip Shortage?

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world, chip manufacturing facilities closed. Chip components are out of distribution. 

At the same time, we all quickly shifted to a Work From Home environment. The available chips were moved to cover the surge in sales of personal technology such as laptops and tablets.

The new automobile industry took a double punch. 

The Impact on the Used Car Market 

When there is a missing link in a supply chain, the loss vibrates across the market. We see the impact in the used car market. 

Buyers who planned to purchase a new auto this year have shifted their focus to late-model used vehicles. Combine those buyers with those who budgeted to buy used, and the market quickly became flooded with buyers. 

The impact includes a shortage of used auto inventory and a price increase. But we do have good news in the DMV region. 

Good News at HiLo Auto Sales in Maryland

We have good news for you if you are in the DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia region. We have used vehicles in stock. Here are 5 points of positive news:

  1. HiLo Auto has four used vehicle dealerships in Maryland, and we have cars available.
  2. We have launched an aggressive campaign to find additional used vehicles to bring to market. If you have a used car to sell, click HERE.
  3. We have financing available, including a First Time Car Buyers Program.
  4. Bring us your Wants & Needs List (scroll to our wants and needs post for more on this), and our trained sales staff will help you find a used vehicle.
  5. We are open and ready to schedule your test drive.

How Can We Help with Your Used Auto?

The HiLo Auto Team is available to help you find your next used vehicle. Browse our online car and truck inventory or contact us to get started.

Prepare your Car for a Road Trip
August 18

Prepare your Car for a Road Trip

Remember the family road trip? Many are hitting the road to explore and to visit family and friends. Before you hit the road, make sure that your vehicle is ready for the trip. 

Ten HiLo Auto Road Trip Tips

Preparing your vehicle for a road trip helps ensure a safe trip and adds to the enjoyment of the journey. Here are ten tips from the HiLo Auto Team:

  1. Read our recent blog with tips to improve the fuel efficiency of your auto. As the cost of fuel goes up, there are still ways to improve efficiency. On a road trip, it is essential to know that transporting luggage, kayaks, or bikes on the roof of your auto causes air resistance and decreases fuel efficiency. You will find more helpful tips on our blog.
  2. Change the oil and filters on your auto before you start your trip. Keep in mind how many miles you will travel on your journey. Go ahead and complete this maintenance step before your departure. Consider a full-service package that includes tire pressure and fluid checks.
  3. Clean and organize the inside of your auto. A clean car makes for a pleasant trip, and you will easily find items during the trip. Add a handy trash bag or can. It is easy to drop off trash at a rest stop when you use a designated bag during your trip.
  4. Check your spare tire and any tools needed to change a tire.
  5. Add an auto emergency kit. You can easily create a kit or order a pre-packed kit online. In case of emergency, be prepared with extra water and non-perishable snacks too.
  6. If you are traveling with pets, think about their comfort and safety. Be sure to pack extra food and water for them, too, including a travel water dish. If your pet is prone to jumping out of your car at rest stops, ensure that they are safely secured to a seatbelt during travel. (Securing your pet also ensures your safety during travel) Also, ensure that their leash and collar include contact information.
  7. Plan your route and tell family or friends about your plan.
  8. Consider pre-planning your rest stops to include visiting attractions or a bucket list restaurant. Make the drive part of the adventure.
  9. Don't forget your phone charger! Make a list of all items that you must not forget, including a phone charger, any medications or medical devices, emergency cash and credit cards, and hotel confirmations.
  10. Bring a spare key to your car and place it someplace safe such as your wallet. Don’t let a lost key or a locked door stall your fun times.

You may realize that your current auto is not a perfect fit for your family or your lifestyle during your road trip. Note what is not working for your family and add the items to your future Auto Wants & Needs List. If you list your ideal Wants & Needs for your next auto purchase, the HiLo Auto Team can assist with your search. 

Contact HiLo Auto in Maryland

Contact any of the three HiLo Auto locations in Maryland and schedule an appointment. Let our sales team know that you would like to trade up your used auto. Bring your Wants & Needs List with you to the dealership, along with your trade-in vehicle.

10 Money-Saving Driving Tips for your Maryland Commute
August 10


10 Money-Saving Driving Tips for your Maryland Commute

Are you heading back to the office this Fall and re-starting your commuting routine? Here are some helpful tips if you are out of practice with the DMV region's workday commute routine.

Money-Saving Driving Tips

  1. Unload your trunk. Did you know that every extra 100 pounds you carry in your auto consume 2% more fuel? One hundred pounds add up fast. Consider unloading any extras out of your car's trunk or backseat to save on fuel consumption.
  2. Limit wind resistance. Do you still have your kayak or your bike on the roof of your car? To improve fuel consumption, cut down on wind resistance.
  3. It is true, excessive use of your car's AC impacts fuel consumption. Cut back on using your car's AC, and you will see an improvement in your fuel consumption.
  4. Tire pressure matters. Improperly inflated tires also impact fuel consumption. They are also a safety hazard. Know the correct PSI for your auto tires and ensure that your tires are properly inflated. If you are unsure about the correct PSI for your auto's tires, there is a sticker inside the driver's door frame.
  5. Perform regular maintenance. Get your oil changed, rotate your tires, and follow the suggested maintenance plan for your auto. An auto that is not property maintained uses more fuel.
  6. Consider alternative transportation in the DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia regions. Carpooling and public transportation are two ways to cut back on your auto fuel budget.
  7. Change your commute schedule. Your goal should be to keep a constant rate of speed and drive the speed limit. With some of the heaviest traffic in the nation, it may be hard to maintain speed during a DMV commute but changing your commute time may be a solution. Ask your employer about flex time.
  8. Listen to the news. Is there a traffic back-up or road maintenance scheduled on your route? Keep up to date on the latest commute news in the DMV region.
  9. Consider a hybrid work schedule that splits your time between Working from Home (WFH) and working in the office.
  10. Is it time to trade in your current car for a different used car? Perhaps, you need to reconsider the type of auto that your drive for your commute. Or consider purchasing a used car that is specifically for your work commute.

If it is time to consider trading in your current auto or purchasing a commute-specific car, make a list of all your wants and needs. Browse our recent blog posts for tips and up-to-date information on the used auto market in Maryland.

A HiLo Auto specialist is ready to help you find your next car to improve your commute and save you money. 

Trade-Up Your Used Car
July 27

Trade-Up Your Used Car

It may be time to trade up your used car. Perhaps a different used vehicle will fit your current needs, or your financial situation has recently changed. One of the first steps to trading up your current vehicle is to prepare it for the trade. 

7 Tips to Prepare Your Auto for Trade

Prepare your auto for trade before arriving at the dealership. Follow these 7 steps and present your car at its best for trade evaluation. 

  1. Inspect your auto, inside and out. Make a list of all the items that you can fix to improve your car's appearance. Mark items that can be fixed with a quick trip to your local auto parts or big-box store.
  2. Fix small items yourself. Replace wiper blades or bulbs, if needed. Consider replacing any missing floor mats. Leave any significant work to the dealership.
  3. Clean it… inside and out. Dealers may tell you that they can see through the dirt, but it is best to make a good impression. Wash the exterior and thoroughly vacuum and clean the interior. Suppose you cannot afford to have your car professionally detailed. In that case, you can find kits at auto parts stores, big-box outlets, and even online. Don't forget to vacuum and clean the interior throughout, including the trunk or the bed of your truck.
  4. Remove all your personal items from the auto. Present your car as it would appear on the dealership’s lot.
  5. Gather your paperwork. Did you change the oil every three thousand miles? How many miles are on your current tires? Did you add any upgrades?
  6. Bring any extra sets of keys, especially key fobs, to the dealership. Also, if your auto has any features that use a CD or SD chip, be sure to bring that with you to the dealership. If you do not have all the parts to a feature, you may not get credit for that feature. If you need to order a new CD, do so.
  7. Get an accurate picture of your trade-in. As you work through these steps, the actual value of your car will become evident. In the process of working through the first six steps, you will form a knowledge of the blemishes. That knowledge will help provide a better estimate of the value of your trade-in. The good news is that you can correct some problems and improve the value of your car before presenting it to the dealership.

Know the Car Trade-In “Why”

Often, knowing why you want to trade up your auto is the first step to finding the vehicle that fits your needs and wants. 

Take the time to make a list of the reasons that you want to trade up your vehicle. Perhaps, you want a car with better gas mileage for your daily commute. Or maybe your family is growing, and you need more room. Your financial picture may have changed, and you may be ready for a vehicle that includes some "wants." 

Contact HiLo Auto in Maryland

Contact any of the three HiLo Auto locations in Maryland and schedule an appointment. Let our sales team know that you would like to trade up your used auto. Bring a list of your wants and needs with you to the dealership, along with your trade-in vehicle. We will review your list and inspect your vehicle. 

Now, it is time to test drive your next vehicle!

A Car That Fits Your Wants
July 15



A Car That Fits Your Wants

As we head into the second half of 2021, the demand for used vehicles is outpacing the supply. Our team is working hard to continue the quality inventory that makes HiLo Auto your Maryland resource. 

In our blogs, we often compare Wants vs. Needs while looking for your next used vehicle. While you will find a car that fits all your current needs, you may need to think outside the box to fit your wants. 

First, a "need" is a feature or benefit you must have in your next auto. Such as 4 doors to accommodate your growing family, or a truck that will be used to expand your business. A “want” is a feature that enhances your ownership experience. Perhaps it is a sound system, blue tooth, or GPS. 

To build an auto that fits your current needs and wants, you may want to look at aftermarket products. Now, we take a look at the latest finds.

Aftermarket Products and Your Used Vehicle

In this blog, we are not writing about available aftermarket parts and maintenance needs. This is a blog about the latest trends in auto upgrades. You may need to hire a specialist to install some upgrades, but others can be installed at home, right out of the box. 

Here are some of the top ideas and products to personalize your used vehicle:

  • Car Seat Covers. If you love the car but not the seats, consider using car seat covers to quickly upgrade your vehicle's interior. And don’t forget about your pets. Add a “pet hammock” to your back seat for under $50.
  • Floor Mats. New floor mats will often change the interior of any vehicle. Consider custom-cut mats that can be quickly and easily cleaned. Although the mats are customized to fit your make and model of car, they can be ordered online.
  • Organizational Tools. Need to add more space to a trunk? Use a trunk organizer or turn the back of your seats into a center for organization. You can even create an entertainment center for those seated in the backseat. Both are quick changes that you can install yourself. Many solutions can be found for under $30.
  • Enjoy the Outdoors! You may need a used car to commute to work but want to upgrade it for weekend fun. Add a bike rack or a roof mount for your kayak. Consider a new bed liner for your truck and add a tent for camping. While you may need professional assistance to add some features (such as a tow hitch), many can be purchased online and installed at home.
  • A Smartphone & Cheap Apps. You may have a list of wants that are often included in a high-end auto. Now, many of those features can be found in your favorite smartphone app store. Of course, we want you to mount your phone for hands-free use too. And you can find a wide selection of phone and tablet mounts online, under $30.
  • Upgrade the Sound System. Don’t bypass a used vehicle because you don’t like the sound system. Research aftermarket solutions and budget to upgrade the system.

 Inventory in a Tight Auto Market

Yes, the used car market is tight across the nation. But remember that a new car loses up to 50% of its value in the first three years. Although you may need to think outside the box, a used car is still a good value.

Add aftermarket features to create your perfect used car. Take a look at our online auto inventory and see if you can find a vehicle to fit your wants and needs.




State Of The Used Car Market
June 23


The Used Car Market: It’s a Crazy Year

 Have you noticed a change in the Maryland used car market? We have. Maryland, and across the nation, is experiencing a surge in used vehicle sales. Stimulus checks, side-gig money, and a shortage of new cars have spurred an increase in the sale of used vehicles. 

If you are looking for a used car, we provide some Hi Lo Auto Sales tips in this blog. 

5 Hi Lo Tips to Find a Used Car

 To find a used car, you need to do your homework. Here are a few tips from the sales team at Hi Lo Auto Sales:

  1. Make a list of features and benefits needed in your ideal pre-owned vehicle. Do you need a four-door vehicle, an extra-large trunk, a pickup, or a van? How many seats do you need for your family? Is this a work or business vehicle? Be sure to make a list of all the Wants vs. Needs and bring the list with you as you shop for a used car.
  2. What’s your budget? Do you need a loan to purchase the used vehicle? Know your budget before browsing for a vehicle. Let your sales representative know your budget range.
  3. If this is your first vehicle, Hi Lo Auto Sales has a program specifically for first-time car buyers. Let your sales representative know if this is your first auto and learn about your options at Hi Lo Auto Sales.
  4. Is this an immediate need, or do you have time to wait for the perfect used vehicle to fit your needs? Let your sales representative know if you need to purchase a car this week or need assistance looking across inventory.
  5. If you need an auto this week, be ready to test drive your first choice on the lot and a few backup options. Remember that the used vehicle market is hot, and other buyers may be looking at the same car.

It’s Supply and Demand

 There is one fact that always remains true in economics. When the supply goes down, prices go up. During the COVID-19 crisis, new car inventories fell across Maryland and beyond. As the stock of new cars fell, buyers shifted to the used vehicle market. Prices of used inventory are on the rise. 

As prices go up, you may find that the car that fits all your wants is just out of your budget.  Remember, some of your wishes can be obtained in the aftermarket. Perhaps, you can add a new sound system, a trailer hitch, a new truck bed liner, or a trunk organizer after your purchase. Your focus may need to be on your “Need List” this year. 

Communicate with a Sales Professional

 Do some preliminary homework and let your sales professional assist with finding used vehicle options to fit your needs. A used car professional can often find you the perfect match and provide services beyond an internet-based experience. 

If you are looking for a quality used car in Maryland, be sure to browse our online car and truck inventory. We have four Maryland locations to serve you, Cockeysville, Ellicott City, and two in Frederick. So how can we help you?


 

5 Tips to Purchasing a Business Vehicle
June 11

Purchasing a Business Vehicle

 As the economy bounces back from the COVID 19 crisis, you may find that it is time to invest in a business vehicle. A used car, truck, or van may fit your needs, over purchasing a new vehicle or leasing. 

Before visiting HiLo Auto, here are a few steps to take to prepare for your search and purchase. 

5 Tips to Purchasing a Business Vehicle

 Although the trained staff at HiLo Auto is ready to help you find the perfect vehicle, purchasing for a business is different from buying a personal car. So, we put together a list of tips to review before starting your search. 

  1. Talk to your CPA or tax consultant about the purchase. While a sales rep can help you locate the perfect vehicle to fit your business needs, sales agents cannot give your good tax advice. We are experts in the used car market, but you should always speak to an expert about your business taxes. For example, would an energy-efficient vehicle provide a business tax break? Ask the experts.
  2. The next call that you should make is to your business insurance agent. Ask general questions about adding a vehicle to your business policy. This will be your first call to your insurance agent to acquire available information. Once you find a collection of possible vehicles, you will make a second call to obtain quotes. As with purchasing a personal auto, you want to ensure that the insurance payment fits your budget.
  3. Now, it is time to make a list of Needs vs. Wants. If you are a regular reader of our blogs, you already know how important it is to review your Needs vs. Wants. It is imperative when purchasing a business vehicle. Here are a few things to consider:
    1. Do you need to pull a work trailer with a truck or van?
    2. Do you need to transport employees to a work site?
    3. Will your vehicle be for customer deliveries? Need a large trunk?
    4. What is the ideal gas mileage for your business budget?
    5. Do you need a car that is easy to park, such as in the city of DC or Baltimore?
  4. Don’t forget that the vehicle could become part of your marketing plan. Do you need a specific color vehicle to match your fleet or your logo? Will you purchase an after-market wrap for the vehicle? Note that vehicle marketing often gets 30,000-70,000 impressions from commuters a day.
  5. What about add-ons? Perhaps a truck that already has a tow package would save you the expense of after-market installation. Make a review of your “wants” list and compare it to your budget. Be ready to compare vehicles and give bonus points to those that already fit some of the items on your Needs vs. Wants list.

 Set an Appointment & Test Drive

 Once you review our 5 tips and have made a list, get in touch with our trained sales team.  Review your list with our team and set an appointment to test drive vehicles that fit your list. 

If possible, bring a co-worker or team leader with you to test-drive vehicles. For example, if the vehicle will transport a team to a job site, bring the team leader. During the test drive process, a second opinion is helpful. 

Once you find a collection of vehicles that match your needs, it is time to make that second call to your insurance agent. Review the autos with your agent and get a quote. If you are acquiring a business loan to make the purchase, you also want to reach out to your lender or work with our team. 

The HiLo Auto sales staff will be ready to help you finish the transaction. 

If you are looking for a quality used car in Maryland, be sure to our inventory of used cars and trucks. We have four Maryland locations to serve you, Cockeysville, Ellicott City, and two in Frederick. So how can we help you?


 

The Daily Commute
May 24


The Daily Commute

Many in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) region have been working from home for over a year. As WFH transitions into a hybrid work environment or even an office environment, many find themselves preparing for the daily commute. It has been a long time, and many things have changed. For example, have you noticed the increase in the price of a gallon of gas? 

Is your car commute worthy? Now is the time to review your options.

 Autos for the Commute to Work

Recently, we have blogged about cars and trucks for weekend fun and adventure. Still, it may be time to also discuss your workweek commute. You may be driving all the way to your office or to a public transportation hub. Either way, it's time to review the HiLo Auto checklist. 

(If you are still looking for your perfect weekend adventure auto, browse through our recent blogs)

 Use our HiLo checklist to review the viability of your current car or as a pre-shopping checklist.

The HiLo Auto Checklist: 5 Points to Consider

  1. Do I need a “Commuter’s Car”? If you drive more than 60 miles a day, round-trip, to work, you should consider a “Commuter’s Car." Consider a car that gets better gas mileage than your current auto. Review the condition of your existing automobile. Is it ready to roll for 15,600+ miles over the next year? 
  2. Should you add a second car for commuting, or should you replace your current vehicle with a better-suited auto? What is the average gas mileage on your current vehicle? First, review today's average price for a gallon of gas. It may have gone up since you last commuted daily to an office. Then, download the smartphone app GasBuddy to review the prices in your region and on your commute route.
  3. Do you need a four-season auto to commute to work? You may not have commuted in last Winter’s snow season, but you may be commuting next Winter. Is your current car up to par? You may now need to consider a 4WD if you are a staff member that must get to work, even in the snow.
  4. Did you start leasing an auto during the COVID pandemic? You may want to consider the commuting mileage and your lease agreement.
  5. Perhaps you want to extend the lifespan of your current vehicle. Then, it may be time to purchase a used commuter vehicle.

Shopping for a Commuter Car

If it is time to shop for a commuter car, make a list of your wants and needs. If you are a staff member that must get to work in all weather conditions, a 4WD auto may need to be placed on your "needs" list. A great sound system to listen to your favorite tunes is a "want." It is essential to know the difference before shopping for any auto. 

Perhaps you are a sales representative that needs to carry supplies in a roomy trunk, or you may be planning to carpool to work. Or do you need a car that is easy to park? 

Before starting your search, make a list of your Wants vs. Needs. Then, bring the list with you to any of the three HiLo Auto locations in Maryland. Our sales team can help you find the perfect commuter car to fit your needs… and your wants. 

If you are looking for a quality used car in Maryland, be sure to browse our used vehicle inventory. We have four Maryland locations to serve you, Cockeysville, Ellicott City, and two in Frederick. So how can we help you?


 

Tips For Buying A Buying Truck
May 17