Cockeysville

10026 York Rd
Cockeysville, MD 21030 410-656-8787

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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HiLo Auto’s Best Tips Round-Up

If you have been following our weekly blog, you have no-doubt noticed that our goal is to provide helpful tips for used car buyers. HiLo Auto is a leading used car solution in the Maryland region. Our goal is to help you find the used car that fits your needs while providing helpful industry tips and news. 

As Summer turns into Fall, we thought it would be helpful to provide HiLo Auto’s Best Tips Round-Up. As many return to work and commuting or are beginning to plan road trips, it is a good time to review our Best Tips.

Below is a collection of tips that we think you will find helpful. 

HiLo Auto’s Best Tips for Buying a Used Car

 What can you afford? And how much of a down payment is needed? Review financing options and speak with your lender before scheduling an appointment to test drive a used vehicle.  Knowing, in advance, the amount that fits your budget will help you find the car that fits your needs.

  • If you are a first-time buyer, read about our unique program. We offer select financing options, and we can also help you find affordable insurance. Call your insurance agent. Ensure that you can afford the insurance on the types of vehicles on your wish list. Can you afford to finance the purchase of the car and any increases in auto insurance?
  • Maryland Buyers: Has the car been inspected and do you know if it will pass Maryland emission standards?
  • Call the auto dealership and make an appointment to test drive cars. You may think that you only want to drive your dream car, but keep an open mind and plan to drive a few cars.

 HiLo Auto’s Best Tips for Maintaining your Vehicle

 Whether you drive your vehicle for personal use or business, a smartphone app will help you organize expenses, track mileage, and maintenance. For 2020, Digital Trends released a list of the best mileage and tracking apps. Some of the apps are for small business owners, but all will help organize and manage your vehicle budget.

Deferred maintenance reduces the life-span of your vehicle. As you research the purchase of a car, be sure to budget for future maintenance needs. If you are purchasing a pre-owned car, match the current mileage to the milestones on this list.

Budget and save for the following repairs:

  • 15K-30K Miles: Air Filter
  • 30K Miles: Fuel Filter
  • 60K Miles: Battery, Brake Fluid, Brake Pad/Shoes, Brake Rotors, Coolant, Transmission Fluid
  • 90K Miles: Hoses, Power Steering Fluid, Spark Plugs or Ignition System

Be Prepared with Tire Maintenance: In addition to a properly inflated spare tire, you will need a wheel wrench and a tripod jack. If you do not have the skill-set or ability to change a tire, still include these critical items. Also, add a can of Fix-a-Flat.

You can also be prepared for any emergency with this list of items to store in your trunk:

  • Multi-purpose Tool Kit: Your tool kit should include screwdrivers, pliers, an adjustable wrench, and a pocketknife, at a minimum.
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight with fresh batteries
  • First Aid Kit: At a minimum, your first aid kit should include an OTC pain reliever, bandages, and non-latex gloves.

HiLo Auto’s Best Tips for Selling your Used Car

 To prepare your used car for marketing, browse our blogs, and read about detailing your car, maintaining it, and the importance of service records. After preparing your vehicle, it is time to start thinking about your sales plan.

At each location of HiLo Auto Sales in Maryland, we have the staff facilitate the purchase of your used car. You can deal with one of the biggest car and auto buyers in the state of Maryland. You can sell your car, truck, or SUV now. 

 Whether you are starting the process to buy a used car, want tips to maintain your existing vehicle or plan to sell your current vehicle, we hope that you have found these tips helpful. 


 


Used Car Sales in 2020

Each year, the used car market produces a list of the best-used cars to purchase. Will it be the Honda Civic or the Toyota Corolla that remains at the top of the most sought cars? Used car sales in 2020 have shaken the market to its core.

The COVID-19 crisis has impacted the car industry, both the sale of new and used vehicles. This year, it’s not about the hunt for the car that’s on top of the industry-best list. This year, buyers hunt for the vehicle that fits their needs and is available in their region.

We recently have written blogs about finding your ideal car, financing, and maintaining your vehicle in 2020. As we are writing this blog, HiLo Auto Sales carries a selection of used vehicles in our Maryland locations. Last week, we wrote about test driving your next car. 

We are ready to help you find your next car, but what causes the shortage in used vehicles in the United States?

The COVID-Cause

Used car availability is directly tied to the COVID-19 crisis. We have all watched the pandemic domino effect. 

New car sales have been paused due to a lack of inventory. As new automobile factories were closed due to COVID, orders piled up. Buyers continued to drive their used cars while waiting to take delivery of their next vehicle. Trade-ins dropped. 

Meanwhile, more Americans discovered the value of purchasing a used car. Stimulus checks are often used to buy while some buyers became nervous about buying a new car. In 2020, the average price of a new car is over $35,000. While interest rates are low, buyers are still nervous about making a large purchase that begins to depreciate as soon as you drive it off the lot.

Sales of used cars surged in this environment, and it is also an ideal time to sell your used car truck or SUV.

Sell… Sell… Sell Your Used Car

After reading about the impact of COVID-19 on the used car market, you may be thinking that it is an excellent time to sell a used car that you do not need. Correct!  It is a great time to sell. 

To prepare your used car for sale, browse our blogs, and read about detailing your car, maintaining it, and the importance of service records. After preparing your vehicle, it is time to start thinking about your sales plan.

Are you ready to post ads and respond to calls and emails?  If that sounds like a painful experience…keep reading. 

Sell Us Your Car

The surge in interest in used cars makes this the perfect time to sell your vehicle. But who wants to post ads, meet with strangers, negotiate on price, and process sales paperwork? What if you could bring us your used car and walk away with cash? You can.

At each location of HiLo Auto Sales in Maryland, we have the staff to facilitate the purchase of your used car. You can deal with one of the biggest car and auto buyers in the state of Maryland. We are fully insured, regulated, and licensed by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. You can sell your car, truck, or SUV now. 

You can expect no fraudsters, no bounced checks, and no personal liability. 

Support a local family business and allow HiLo Auto Sales to purchase your used car!


 



Tips to Test Driving a Used Car

If you are considering the purchase of a used car, you will want to do some homework.  Research and test driving a range of vehicles is the key to a successful purchase. Here are some HiLo tips for testing a used car.

First Steps to the Test Drive

Before getting behind the wheel to test drive, do your homework and research. Follow these steps and avoid making a costing mistake. 

  1. Find out how much car you can afford. Review your credit and talk to more than one lender. If you need to improve your credit, now is the time to ask for guidance. It is also the time to find out your loan ceiling or how much you can borrow. Remember, you want to comfortably afford the purchase.
  2. Browse the Internet and create a list of used cars that pique your interest. Include the make, model, and year of each. NOW, call your insurance agent. Ensure that you can afford the insurance on the types of vehicles on your wish list. Can you afford to finance the purchase of the car and any increases in auto insurance?
  3. Call the auto dealership and make an appointment to test drive cars. You may think that you only want to drive your dream car but keep an open mind and plan to drive a few cars.

What to Bring to The Dealership

Here are a few items to bring with you to the dealership. A few of the things you may already know but others may be a new idea and become part of your purchase plan.

  1. Be sure to bring both your driver’s license and proof of insurance. You will need both to test drive any vehicle.
  2. If you are planning on trading in a vehicle during the transaction, bring any maintenance records, the pay-off amount, or the Title.
  3. If you are using a child seat, a trunk organizer, or any other must-use item, be sure to bring it with you or the measurements. If you plan to park the vehicle in a tight space, bring the heights of the parking space, garage, etc.
  4. Bring a friend. You need another opinion and another set of eyes.
  5. Bring an open mind and a list of other cars on the lot that you would also like to test drive. You may find that the vehicle at the top of your list doesn't fit your needs, after a test drive.

The Test Drive

Here are some steps to take during the test drive. Follow these steps to ensure the car at the top of your list is the best car for you.

  1. Walk around the car and take a few photos to review later. Look at the interior for any damage. A used car may not be perfect, but make sure that you note the condition.
  2. Review the technology included. Are these features a benefit to your use of the vehicle?
  3. How does it feel to sit in the car? Take your time here and ensure that the seat fits your body type. Are you too short or too tall, and does the position offer the back support that you need? Also, how does the steering wheel feel?
  4. When you test drive the car, be sure to test it on a variety of roads. How does it handle? Often, a vehicle may not feel or perform as you imagined while shopping online.
  5. You may like the first car that you test drive but take the time to test a few others. You may just find that another car on the lot is a better fit for your needs.

Purchasing Your Used Car

In the current economy, purchase the car that fits your needs as soon as you find it.  Dealerships across the nation are reporting a shortage in used vehicles to sell. If you follow the tips in this blog and have found the car that fits your needs and budget, make an offer.

For tips on maintaining your car, browse our blog. HiLo Auto Sales is your source for used cars in Maryland.  How can we help you?