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19
Sep

In Honda and Acura car repair; is the customer always right?

As Americans we have an insatiable appetite for controversy. Our actions prove it. Many watch Fox News. A few watch CNN and MSNBC. We will tune in after the Emmy Awards Show to see what actors were willing to reveal their brilliant thoughts on political policy, including but not limited to National defense. And many Honda and Acura car owners have their stereos tuned to local talk radio stations.

Because so many Honda and Acura car owners find controversy and debate to be entertaining and enlightening; we decided show you a recent email from a disgruntled customer. American Honda’s production on the Honda Accord that this customer owns was a very low. It is a Honda Accord V6 sedan, with a 6 speed manual transmission – vin:  1HGCM65557A092253.

In December of 2016, we towed this vehicle off of a road, that runs behind Nissan Motor Manufacturing, in Smyrna, TN. The clutch simply would pull the vehicle no further. When our technical staff removed the transmission, it was discovered that the catastrophic failure of the clutch assembly had been a ‘long and violent death’. As a result, the vehicle needed more than a clutch, pressure plate, release bearing and pilot bearing. It also needed the front part (bell housing) of the transmission because of damage and wear. It also needed a new flywheel because it had been exposed to a tremendous amount of heat, where the customer had continued to operate the vehicle, knowing it had a problem. Soon after the vehicle was fixed, the owner of this vehicle moved to the State of Georgia and now claims she is having the same failure, again. Below are the email correspondences. Obviously, we edited the email to protect the customer’s  identity.  Let us know what you think.

Disgruntled customer’s message:

This letter is to express my disappointment from the service I was provided in January 2017. I have brought my 2007 Honda Accord in for service to Accurate Auto Repair more than once and was pleased with the service I received. In December 2016 my clutch and housing went out on my Accord, it was towed to Accurate Auto for repairs. In January 2017 the work was finished totaling $3800. In June of 2017 I was having problems again, similar to the issue I had in December 2016, my clutch and housing needed to be replaced again! I took it to a mechanic in Douglasville, GA to look at the car, I was told it was defiantly the clutch and housing again. I spoke to Ed and discussed the issue. I was trying to get the car towed to LaVergne because the parts are still under warranty. During my conversations with Ed, I was repeatedly told the clutch wasn’t my issue, it had to be spring in transmission. Per advice from Ed I took the car to a Honda Dealership Repair, again was told the clutch and housing needed to be replaced. Hoping that the warranty parts could be used at the Honda Dealership in GA. After discussing this with Ed I was still told that wasn’t the issue! Here is my problem: I paid almost $4000 for a repair that lasted less than 6 months! I now do not have a car because I cannot afford to pay another $4000 for the same repair. I did not feel comfortable sending my car to Accurate Auto Repair because Ed refused to believe that the clutch was my issue again (even after 2 mechanics looked at it) and I knew I would be charged for additional work. I was told that maybe someone didn’t know how to drive a stick shift… I have been driving manual transmission for 21 years, I know how to drive a stick!! I offered to just get reimbursed for the labor and even send the parts back but it was refused. If there was a known problem with the transmission that would cause my clutch to go out, why was I not notified that the repair wasn’t going to be sufficient? This exchange turned into a yelling match and became very unprofessional. At that point in time I realized that I couldn’t take my car back to Accurate Auto Repair, but I am now without a car after just paying $3800 to get it fixed!! I have little options at this point but to take the loss of money and car…. I do plan on making sure I let everyone know on social media, through reviews, and other online avenues about the issue with Accurate Auto Repair and for customers to beware of using Accurate Auto Repairs. I really wish there was another way to fix this problem but the refusal of Accurate Auto to help me leaves me with no options.

This was our reply.

  1. Do you know that in your email, you refer to yourself ( I, me, my) over 40 times?
  2. Do you know that we will not simply ‘cut a check’ to you for warranty reimbursement, based on your claim that there is a problem with your clutch?
  3. Do you know that we must authenticate your claim, confirming that there is a problem with parts or workmanship, before providing any warranty work?
  4. Did you know that just one month ago a customer came in needing an A/C expansion valve in his 2012 Acura TL? The Acura dealer (in his resident State of WV) told him he needed a $1600 A/C compressor.
  5. Do you remember that when your car was towed in December of 2016 for clutch failure; you had driven it, knowing there was a problem and kept driving it until it would no longer pull itself?
  6. Did you know that the ‘housing’ you are referring to (as having failed) is the bell housing of the transmission, that the release bearing rides on? – You got the last one Honda had in inventory. Honda Part number 21000-RAT-305
  7. Did you know that to install that housing (that you claim has failed), we had to transfer the main shaft and counter shafts to it? That’s when we identified evidence that transmission had been ‘opened up’ before.
  8. Did you know parts were inside that transmission, installed upside down, damaged, and no longer available from Honda?
  9. Do you realize that your bill was less than $3800 even though you needed the transmission bell housing and the dual mass flywheel? Do you realize that these  2 parts alone accounted for over $1200 of the bill (before sales tax)?
  10. Do you remember that you were not allowed access to one of our service loaner cars during this repair even though they were available? Do you know why? — (see point 11)
  11. Did you know when you were granted one of our service loaner cars (in Feb. 2016); it had to be thoroughly cleaned on the inside when you returned it? This was because your party had eaten in it, you had smoked in it, and it was nasty.
  12. Did you know that 2 attempts have been made to get your car to Accurate Automotive, from Georgia, pertaining to this claim, and involved 3 transport companies.

Currently, if your 2007 Honda Accord has less than 188,000 miles on the odometer, if (in the unlikely event) the parts have simply failed, and if a parts failure is not associated with abusive driving; then the parts and labor (associated with Repair Order 164043) are both under warranty with Accurate Automotive — AT the  Accurate Automotive facility in LaVergne, TN….. If you have no money;  why would you burn that bridge, if you have a legitimate claim?

 

 

 

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com

 

13
Sep

One Honda CRV saved from the wrath of Hurricane Irma

We acquired this Honda CRV specifically for a customer, who was replacing her 1999 Toyota RAV 4, which was rear-ended on August 4th. 

A common used car buying assumption is all pre-owned cars that come from franchised car dealers, are in good mechanical shape and have been fully ‘checked-out’. This 2012 Honda CRV came from a franchised car dealer’s inventory in Sarasota, Florida. We went down and drove it back to TN from FL., on the Thursday before Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys on Saturday. When it arrived at our facility on Friday morning, it had aftermarket brake pads on it (which a franchised dealership tech had installed upside down). Not only were the brake pads installed incorrectly but the brake pad retaining clip was hitting the left front brake rotor, making a constant high-pitched squeal when the vehicle was rolling (similar to the same sound one would hear when the brake pads need to be replaced). This used car (that came from a franchised dealer’s used car inventory) also had  a dirty engine air filter, the car battery was bad,  the tires were out of balance, and the fluids needed to be changed. But it had probably been ‘through their 150 point used car inspection’.

I can hear them now; “Yes, we did see (inspect) that dirty engine air filter while we were putting it back in the car”.

Prior to selling this CRV to our customer; we fully serviced this Honda CR-V. This included changing the engine oil & filter, changing the automatic transmission fluid, changing the brake fluid, machining the front brake rotors (using an on car brake lathe), installing new genuine Honda replacement brake pads on the front and rear axles, rotating and balancing the tires, performing a 4 wheel alignment, installing a new set of genuine Honda replacement windshield wiper inserts, installing a new battery and servicing the A/C system, — meaning evacuating the A/C system and recharging the refrigerant to full capacity (the R134A refrigerant level was approx. 10 ounces low). Please note: This vehicle had been for sale, in a franchised dealer’s used car inventory for over 60 days and it needed servicing. Imagine that!

At Accurate Automotive; we have been specializing in the service and repair of Honda and Acura vehicles for over 20 years. Our first day of operation was 05-25-97. In 2004, we obtained a used car dealer’s license to assist our customers in obtaining good quality used cars without having to go to a dealership. Let’s face it; in the automotive industry (both car repair and pre-owned used car sales) there are a tremendous number of pitfalls and financial ‘landmines’.

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com

 

06
Sep

Where do you go for your next Honda or Acura car purchase?

We acquired this 2007 Honda CRV EXL 2WD specifically for a long-time service customer. Her 1997 Honda Accord had to be replaced after being involved in an accident; so she requested that we search for a good, used Honda vehicle.

 We suggested a 2007 or newer Honda CRV because of the ride height, reliability, and safety. She gave us a reasonable budget and we obtained this unit. But she didn’t have to settle for a budget vehicle. This Honda CRV has leather interior, sunroof, power windows and door locks, cruise control, alloy wheels and even a factory MP3 port. This was a ‘loaded’ CRV when new.

This is a one owner, non-smoker vehicle that was previously registered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. When this Honda CRV EX-L arrived at our facility, we fully serviced this unit, cleaned up the interior and exterior, and installed a new set of rear struts.

At Accurate Automotive, we have been specializing in the service and repair of Honda and Acura vehicles for over 20 years. Our first day of operation in our original facility was May 25, 1997.

We have also been a licensed used car dealer since September of 2004. Pre-owned used car sales makes up less than 10% of our business model and was basically established to assist the local used car buyers purchase good, used Honda and Acura pre-owned vehicles…. We do not sell those worthless extended warranties and we do not play the car dealer ‘games’

Tired of the dealership ‘run-around’? Do you get nauseous when you think about buying your next car at a dealership? And does a used car purchase from a private seller make you feel any less vulnerable — especially a newer used car that the owner may not have yet paid off?

Looking for a source for your next used Honda or Acura that you can rely on and trust both during the purchase process and (more importantly) after the acquisition of your vehicle when it must be maintained and repaired periodically?

Come in and see why we are the best place in Nashville and Middle Tennessee to purchase, service, and maintain your Honda and Acura vehicles.

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com

 

06
Sep

Acura RDX specifically searched for and found for customer

 

We acquired this 2015 Acura RDX from American Honda Lease Trust. This Acura RDX is an accident free, one owner, non-smoker unit that was previously registered in Miami, Florida.

We purchased this Acura RDX specifically  for a long-time service customer. He was tired of the ‘run-around’. The local Acura dealer wanted to sell him a similar unit for several thousand dollars more ( by the time the multiple fees were added into the final, out-the-door price). And he didn’t want the 2 year older Acura RDX unit,  from the local BMW dealer, which had over 50,000 miles on it….  That is what two local Nashville based franchised  dealers were offering this customer, for a major consumer purchase.

 The timeline was this… We purchased this vehicle for our customer on a Friday from an American Honda sponsored sale in Florida…. On the following Monday we flew a driver to Florida and drove the vehicle back to Tennessee…. We cleaned up the interior and exterior on Tuesday…. Also ordered a left tail light on Tuesday from our Acura parts supplier in Knoxville, TN (noticed it was cracked while cleaning the exterior of the vehicle)….  On Wednesday we installed the left tail light, performed the 30,000 mile service procedure, rotated and balanced the tires, checked the alignment, and installed a new set of factory replacement windshield wiper inserts….  And the customer took delivery of the vehicle on Thursday… He bought the EXACT VEHICLE he was looking for, with the mileage he was comfortable with and the SPECIFIC COLOR COMBINATION he wanted.

At Accurate Automotive, we have been specializing in the service and repair of Honda and Acura vehicles for over 20 years. Our first day of operation in our original facility was May 25, 1997.

We have also been a licensed used car dealer since September of 2004. Pre-owned used car sales makes up less than 10% of our business model and was basically established to assist the local used car buyers purchase good, used Honda and Acura pre-owned vehicles…. We do not sell those worthless extended warranties and we do not play the car dealer ‘games’

Tired of the dealership ‘run-around’? Do you get nauseous when you think about buying a ‘new’ car at a dealership?

Looking for a source for your next used Honda or Acura that you can rely on and trust both during the purchase process and (more importantly) after the acquisition of your vehicle when it must be maintained and repaired periodically?

Come in and see why we are the best place in Nashville and Middle Tennessee to purchase, service, and maintain your Honda and Acura vehicles.

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com

 

06
Feb

Acura Nashville used car buyers purchasing northern units

Nashville Acura used car buyers beware of the northern cars. Since it’s introduction in 1986, Acura, the upper automobile echelon of American Honda Motor Company has been increasingly recognized as being an excellent value in the used car market. However, American Honda Motor Company makes far fewer Acura cars, when compared to the production numbers of the Honda automobile line. This definitely helps retain the Acura used car values.

Because of the initial sticker-shocking price of a new Acura vehicle; many of these units are originally titled under a 36 month lease agreement, through American Honda Finance Company. After they come off lease, an Acura vehicle can be an extremely good used car value to the consumer, but buyer beware.

Logistically, Nashville, Tennessee is close to the northern ‘salt belt’ region of the United States. Many Nashville, TN area used car dealers  will acquire used Acura cars from states such as Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. These dealers can obtain Acura units from these northern states and have them shipped by truckloads to Nashville, TN cheaper than you may think.

While most Tennessee residents understand that road salt causes corrosion issues to the undercarriage of all cars, most TN residents do not realize how quickly road salt corrosion can develop or the severity of it. An individual that has lived in the northern states does not usually own their car for very long. If they own a car, many will lease it simply because of the environment they will be driving it in. Road salt pelts the painted surfaces of the front bumper and hood. The highly corrosive effects of the salt will damage the undercarriage and pits the edge of the alloy wheels, eventually causing the tires to leak air around the wheel’s rim. Bent wheels are also very common because of the rough, northern roads, where the ice melts, then re-freezes, resulting in huge potholes.

Northern state residents understand that there is a limit to how long any car can be exposed to the corrosive effects of road salt, winter after winter. This makes it very difficult to sell a northern Honda or Acura used car to a northern resident. Want some validation for this? Simply log on eBay Motors and see how many sellers are offering Honda and Acura used cars from northern states. These eBay sellers can’t sell them locally, so they post them on a website that has national exposure, instead of only local exposure, such as craigslist.

In 1997, Accurate Automotive commenced operations to help Honda and Acura car owners maintain their vehicles, with a level of quality and professionalism (expected from the dealer) that had waned in the prior years. In 2004, the owners of Accurate Automotive also started a sales division, to assist Honda and Acura car buyers find good quality vehicles. The sales division is not a high volume seller, but instead focuses on the quality and value it can provide the consumer. Accurate Automotive and Accurate Auto Sales both understand that northern cars are bad news for the customer and consumer. Come in and see why we are the best place in Nashville and Middle Tennessee to purchase, service, repair and maintain your Honda and Acura vehicles.

 

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com

 

06
Feb

Buying Honda used cars in Nashville, TN can be tough

Nashville, TN used car buyers looking at Honda used cars have a major challenge. Many local used car dealers obtain a portion of their Honda used cars from the various dealer-only auto auctions around Nashville, TN. One major issue is the transplanting of northern Honda used cars into the local area. Logistically, the State of Tennessee is close enough to states such as Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Michigan, New York; so transporting a truckload of used cars to Nashville, TN is not that expensive. These northern cars enter into the auction pipeline, get sold to local dealers and placed into the their used car inventories. From there, the used cars are cleaned up and found (usually online) by local Honda used car buyers that have probably always lived in the south.  Most Tennessee residents have very little knowledge of the degree of the detrimental effects that the harsh northern winters have on Honda used cars.

Honda used cars are no more or less susceptible to the detrimental effects of hard winters in the northern states. Honda used cars are simply one of the most durable cars on the road and they stay on the road longer than other car makes. Because of their reliability, Honda used car values stay relatively high. The Honda car design is also very vogue, meaning a 10 to 15 year old Honda used car still looks newer and more up-to-date than most other car makes. The age of  a Honda used car can be very difficult to identify, unless you are very familiar with Honda car history.

When shopping for Honda used cars, always take serious consideration into where the vehicle came from. A Honda used car from the northern region is much cheaper than one that originates in the southern states. However, you get what you pay for. The main reason a Honda used car is cheaper from the northern states is because the local residents in the northern regions know and understand the limited time any car can be exposed to the road salt, rough roads,  and long durations of really cold temps. For this reason, selling a 5 year old Honda car to a northern resident is difficult to impossible when compared to selling the same car to a naïve southern resident.

We are here to help. Since 1997, Accurate Automotive has helped local Honda car owners maintain their automobiles. In 2004, the owners of Accurate Automotive opened Accurate Auto Sales. This used car sales division was started to simply be a positive source for consumers searching for high quality, good value, used Honda cars in the Nashville, TN area. Accurate Auto Sales is not a high volume entity, but instead focuses on quality.

Come in and see why we are the best place in Nashville and Middle Tennessee to purchase, service, repair and maintain your Honda vehicles.

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com

 

08
Sep

The Best Used Car Value is in Late Model, High Mileage Acura units

Without a doubt the #1, best used car value for the money is found in late model, high mileage Honda and Acura lease turn-in vehicles.

The old saying, “they don’t make them like they used to”, has never been  more accurate. The new car market is full of sub-par car manufacturers bragging about the length of their new car warranties, ‘trinket’ factory equipment and exotic factory colors.

While today’s car manufacturers want the exterior of their products to ‘turn heads’, their self-proclaimed concern for customer care is ‘thrown out the window’.  For instance,  when a car maker (such as Hyundai) chooses not to include a spare tire in their new car package,  one may compare the elimination of a spare tire to the Titanic’s owners opting for deck space over life boats.

The truth is, when considering the cost of living and the percentage of average income it takes to purchase a new car,  one may have to go all the way back to the mid 1970’s to find  a poorer value for the money. Today’s new cars are less equipped and the quality of the parts incorporated to produce the units is inferior to previous year models. These parts are usually  what someone would consider to be ‘nickel and dime’ components, such as power door lock actuators, power window regulators and cheap interior trim pieces.

The new car prices are insanely expensive and new cars are very quickly becoming the most expensive ‘disposable’ consumer commodity in the U.S. market. For over 2 decades the American public has realized the depreciation of a new car is not worth that “new car smell”.  Many have wisely opted for ‘pre-owned’.

Consider the 2012 and 2013 Acura TL units as two of the best used car values for the money: The 2012 Acura TL with technology package had an original sticker price of around $40,000. These units are very well equipped, easy to maintain and inexpensive to keep serviced. The quality is very good and the design (exterior lines) will not become outdated in a few years.  These TL units were heavily leased and many of these units are coming off lease in ‘boxcar loads’. The best used car values come from a saturated market .  Anytime there is a high volume of lease turn-ins the price of those units will weaken (between $1200 and $1800) for a short time. Currently the NADA retail value of a 2012 Acura TL base model with less than 40,000 miles is under 60% of it’s original new car sticker price, with several months of full factory warranty remaining. The TL with technology is also one of the best used car values at about 60% of its original new car price.

The only thing that makes the 2012 Acura TL a better use car value for the money is when it has been used for business. If used to promote a professional image the vehicle had to be maintained and it will reflect the care required. Usually the ‘company car’ will have higher than normal mileage but the savings can be substantial. The difference between a 3 year old Acura with 60,000 miles on it and a 3 year old Acura with 105,000 miles can be around $7000!

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com

 

21
Dec

The Usefulness of the Honda Element is Elementary

I must admit that a few years ago, when I initally saw the Honda Element I probably thought some of the the same things you did… “Square”  “Toaster on wheels.” “Ugly as home-made soap”  However, once our dealership put the first unit in our used car inventory and I had a chance to check it out; I was pretty impressed…. Not with the sleek, aerodynamic look of a bite-sized Hummer, but instead with the forethought of Honda’s engineers to develop a vehicle that could be so useful.

You may remember that one of Honda’s first claims to fame was that the Honda Element interior could be washed out with water. It had truely been developed as a vehicle that could haul stuff…. It also was marketed as a camping vehicle because you could actually get a genuine Honda accessory tent that mounts to the rear hatch and tailgate…. Talk about cool.

Now that the Honda Element has got some age on it, prices have come down… The engine has a long running, virtually maintenance-free timing CHAIN instead of the traditional timing BELT, which has greatly reduced the maintenance costs at 100,000 miles. During the past 5 or 6 years, our used car department has sold several Honda Elements, including a 200,000 mile 2003 Honda Element that was traded in to us…. We sold that vehicle to a buyer from Knoxville,  within a few days, and with additional buyers waiting in line if he didn’t purchase it.

Both Toyota and Nissan have produced a copy-cat version of the Honda Element. While these car manufacturers saw the usefulness of the design, they did not produce their versions with the wide footprint that the Honda Element has. This may seem like a minor complaint, but think about it; the wider footprint of the Honda Element makes it much more stable and less likely to be top heavy, and we all know what top heavy means…..

Today, I had to go pick up some new chairs, for our Service Department’s newest addition to the customer’s lounge at Accurate Automotive…. After-all, our loyal Honda and Acura service customers are professionals and they are also very productive…. They don’t want to sit in a chair and watch the Price Is Right while maintenance is being performed on their Honda or Acura vehicle…. They needed an area to work while they were waiting and as always, we are truely committed in accomodating them.

The morning weather was questionable. It was a little warm for Tennessee on  December 21st and it looked like rain. So I took the 2004 Honda Element that is in our current pre-owned / used car inventory and picked up the new chairs…. All 10 of the chairs fit in the Element,  in one trip and with room to spare. Check out the photos.

Come in and see why www.accuratecars.com is the best place in Nashville and Middle TN to purchase and service your Honda and Acura automobiles.

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com

 

01
Aug

Fuel Saving Tips for Honda and Acura Drivers

As the temperatures rise, so do the gasoline prices for Honda Car Owners.  Consider the following steps to save money and get every drop of fuel that you are being charged for.

It is not likely that we will forget those high fuel prices that effected everyone in the U.S. back in 2008.  We wrote a blog on it called  Last Year’s High Gas Prices…A Distant Memory or a Preview of More to Come?

We have listed three fuel saving tips that we remind our customers about during the summer.  These gas saving tips will save you money and we will even tell you why it will save you money.

TIP #1  Buy your gas when it’s the coolest.  During the summer, things cool off during the night.  For this reason, the best time to gas up your vehicle is very early in the morning.

The Reason you want to gas-up in cooler temperatures is simple….The gas station supply storage tanks are underground and in a much cooler environment, so the gas in them is also cooler and more dense.  When you fill up the car on a hot day, that cooler liquid gasoline enters your car’s hot fuel tank and some of it immediately expands to a vapor.  These vapors go in one of the three places….Some of these vapors are recovered by a special vapor recovery system incorporated in the handle of the gas station’s filling mechanism and are returned to the underground storage tank.  As these vapors are returning to the underground storage tank they get cooler again and change back to a liquid state.  If filling a portable gas can, boat, motorcycle or lawnmower, some of these vapors simply escape into the atmosphere.  On all automobiles manufactured in the last 20 plus years, the vapors can also go into a charcoal vapor canister located in the engine compartment of the car…

Bottom line:  Filling-up on a hot afternoon results in paying for a full gallon of liquid gasoline and getting a partial gallon of liquid gasoline and a lot of unusable vapor.

Tip #2  Fill up the fuel tank when the gauge shows half a tank of fuel remaining.  This is especially important during the highest and hottest temperatures.

Here’s the reason for keeping the fuel level between half a tank and full in those summer temperatures.  As the liquid fuel level drops in the gas tank of your car, it creates an airspace.  As the fuel level drops, the airspace increases between the top of the gas tank and the surface of the liquid fuel level.  This creates a place for evaporation to take place.  Gasoline evaporates faster than you may think.  Incidentally, those big above ground gasoline storage tanks that are owned by the oil companies have an internal flouting ceiling, which prevents an air gap from forming in the top of the fuel tank.  This is because the oil companies know that fuel evaporates quickly and that’s money in their pocket that would simply evaporate if an air gap formed inside those massive tanks.

Tip #3  The slower it flows, the further you go.  Simply put, fill your fuel tank on the slowest speed setting.

After reading this article, this should be easy to figure out because it also pertains to fuel that vaporizes and is lost during the filling process.  If you set that gas pump on the fastest setting, you create excess fuel vapors, which are created while pumping gas.  Remember, this is gas that you are paying for, but losing during a fill-up because of it’s change in forms from a cool liquid to a warmer vapor.

At Accurate Automotive, we care about our customers and the Honda and Acura vehicles that they drive and depend on everyday of their lives.  In this economy, every penny counts and we are committed to saving our customers money.

Whether you live in Nashville, Tennessee or in an area around Middle Tennessee, come in and see why we are the best place in the State of Tennessee to purchase and service your next Honda and Acura vehicle.

 

 

 

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com

 

20
Jul

Buy a Used Honda or Acura with 100,000 Miles? Are you Kidding?”

If you’ve been looking at our website you might have noticed that we have several “higher mileage” vehicles, some with 100,000 miles or more.  You might wonder why we have them  in our used car inventory.  We have them because these Honda’s and Acura’s  represent a great value for you!  In fact,  these might be your best choices if you are looking for a used vehicle.  There are several reasons why these higher mileage Hondas and Acuras may represent your best value in a used car.

1).  The fact is that good used cars are getting harder to find.  The Government “Cash for Clunkers” program removed a lot of used cars from the road, many of which were not “clunkers” at all   (http://accuratecars.com/blog/2009/08/03/is-cash-for-clunkers-a-good-deal-for-car-buyers/).  And since they had to be destroyed, they were also removed from the used car market!  That means there is a much smaller pool of used vehicles available.  Most of the buying attention is, understandably but unjustifiably,  on the “low mileage” vehicles.  The higher mileage  (but equally good and considerably less expensive) vehicles are slipping “under the radar”.  Therefore you will have a much bigger pool of quality used cars to choose from!

2). The nature of cars has changed over the last several years.  Many years ago 100,000 miles was a lot of miles on a car!  In fact, the vehicle was pretty well used up by then.  This is not true today.  Improvements in oils, metals, plastics make a much more durable vehicle.  Improvements in electronics, fuel injection and the use of computers has led to much higher mileage ceilings.  You have probably noticed that most manufacturers now offer a much longer warranty than they did in the past.  If they didn’t believe their cars would last that long they wouldn’t be able to offer such a guarantee.  Today a car that has 100,000 miles on it is barely out from under factory warranty coverage, with lots of quality miles left to go.  Many Honda and Acura owners have stories about vehicles that  lasted 300,000 miles or more with only proper maintenance! The white 1992 Accord below came in for maintenance. It has over 300,000 miles on it!)  If you want to compare eras, 100,000 miles is now what 30,000 miles used to be.  Since a lot of people haven’t noticed that simple fact yet, you can get a great deal on a “higher mileage” car that other people would simply miss!

3).  You need to remember that mileage is not the most important factor to look at when you go shopping for a car.  Age is much more important!  We’re all  familiar with the legendary “little old lady who only drove this car to church on Sundays”.  Think about that car, ok?  It may only have 30,000 miles on it, or less (if church was close by!).  But it took 10 years to accumulate those miles.  10 summers and 10 winters have dumped their worse weather on that car.  10 years of wear and tear on the exterior and the interior of the vehicle.  Plus, those are the “hard” kind of miles.  Short distances which don’t give the oil time to properly warm up and circulate.  Stop and go, low mileage trips which cause the oil to break down faster than it normally would.  And, at the same time, if she changed the oil every 5000 miles then that degraded oil might have stayed in the engine for months!  What condition do you think that car is in, even though it only has 30,000 miles on it?

Now, consider another vehicle that belonged to a professional who used it as a business vehicle. They may put 100,000 miles on the car in only 2 years!  But they are likely to be “easy” miles.  Longer trips on the highway for extended periods which gives the oil time to warm up and do its job, which is protecting your engine. Maintenance stops will likely be only weeks apart and will probably be on schedule. When you depend on  a car to make your living you tend to take care of it!  The interior will also probably be taken care of since first impressions are important in business.

Now, you make the call.  The 2 year old vehicle with 100,000 miles on it?  Or the 10 year old car with “only” 30,000 miles?  Admittedly, these are extremes, but I think you see the point.  Remember, it’s not “mileage”.  It’s “age” that makes a difference!

4). You’re dealing with Accurate Automotive!  We are not going to buy a higher mileage car and then just push it out on the lot hoping someone will buy it.   Your ‘new’ used Honda or Acura vehicle is going to be fully serviced and professionally detailed, inside and out, before  you ever see it!  What needs to be replaced will already be replaced when you buy the car.  Fluids will be new and of the highest quality.  We use only genuine Honda automatic transmission fluid (http://accuratecars.com/blog/2009/05/12/use-genuine-honda-fluids-for-best-results-when-servicing-your-honda-and-acura-auto/).  We use Castrol motor oil.  (http://accuratecars.com/blog/2009/01/22/castrol-motor-oil-selected-for-honda-and-acura-car-customers-of-accurate-automotive-in-nashville-tennessee)   If it needs tires, it will have new tires.  Our technicians have decades of experience with Hondas and Acuras.  They know what to look for and they know how to find it.  And they know what to do when it needs attention.  In short, you’re not going to drive your vehicle off our lot wondering when you’ll have to bring it back to have something fixed.  That used vehicle is fully ready to go when you buy it! And that’s not extra, it’s included in the price you see on our website.

5).  And, finally, look at dollars and cents.  A new minivan, for example, will cost you  $30,000 -$45,000.  We have a 2009 Honda Odyssey Touring Minivan with leather, a Navigation system, the Rear Entertainment (DVD) system and a staggering array of factory installed features!  It has 53,000 miles and costs $31,000. (Picture on left below)  As you can see, that’s a great deal!  However, we also have a 2008 Honda Odyssey Touring minivan with leather, the Navigation System, the DVD system and many, many more features.  It has 90,000 miles on it and is $20,900! (Middle picture below)  Or, how about a 2006 Honda Odyssey EX-L with leather, Navigation, DVD and lots of other factory installed features?  It has 103,930 miles (remember, that’s barely out of warranty!) on it.  Price? $17,990!  (Picture at right below) ( go to   http://accuratecars.com  for more great deals on Honda and Acura used cars!)

Most minivans are used for family activities.  Sports practices and games, picnics, vacations, shopping, dropping students off at school and picking them up and all the other things that make up the daily life of your family!  Why spend 2 or 3 times what our minivan would cost for a new or lower mileage one?   It’s expensive enough to raise a family, why spend money you don’t have to just to get a  vehicle?  You’ll still end up with a high quality minivan that’s packed with features, value and the famous Honda and Acura reliability!

Remember, it’s the age that counts!  And a 2008 is only 3 years old!  Even a 2006 is only 5 years old!

Finally, on a personal note, the wife of the owner of Accurate Automotive drives a 2003 Honda Pilot with 190,000 miles on it.  Recently she and and a group of teenagers from their church were going to St. Louis for a missions project and they needed extra seating and sliding doors.  So, instead of the 2003 Honda Pilot, they drove a 2006 Honda Odyssey with  145,000 miles on it.  The owner didn’t hesitate to put his own wife and children (along with other people’s children) in the minivan because he knows firsthand the quality and the reliability of the Honda Minivan!  He would never dream of asking you to trust a vehicle that he doesn’t trust  himself.  He puts his money where his mouth is!

A Honda Odyssey with “higher” mileage, even over 100,000 miles, might just be your best value in a pre-owned vehicle!

 

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