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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!

 

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com

 

22
Feb

Replace that Worn Out Cast Oil Pan on Honda and Acura Vehicles

This blog article is a short story on one way to save money when maintaining your Honda and Acura automobiles. There is a well known saying, “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”, but this story would apply to another old saying, “pay a little now or a lot more later”.

The other day, we had a 2005 Acura TL towed to our facility because the oil light was staying on with the engine running. Fortunately, the driver was very smart…With over a quarter of a million miles on his 2005 Acura TL, he did not want to risk that oil light just being a “false alarm”….So he called for the tow truck and had his vehicle delivered to our service facility.

Photo Point #1: For the past several oil changes, the driver had known that the cast aluminum oil pan needed to be replaced because of the worn-out threads, where the drain plug screws in….. After all, his Acura TL has 255,000 miles on it. If changing the oil every 4000 miles; the oil pan plug has been taken out and screwed into the pan over 60 times.

On Honda and Acura vehicles, the oil light has one job…. To indicate to the driver when there is not enough oil pressure to properly lubricate the engine and this includes the most vulnerable areas such as where the camshaft rides on the cylinder head cast.

Many drivers do not realize the importance of the oil light and some think that it is a false alarm if it comes on and there is adequate oil in the engine……

Many drivers will see the light illuminated, get out and check the oil level with the dipstick. When they see the level is ok, they think it is a false alarm, but the oil light is to indicate an oil pressure flow problem and does not detect low oil level…. Unless the oil level gets dangerously low so that it effects the oil pressure.

THE OIL LIGHT ILLUMINATED ON A HONDA OR ACURA VEHICLE WHILE DRIVING IS RARELY FALSE ALARM AND IF THE OIL LIGHT COMES ON WHILE DRIVING, THE DRIVER SHOULD SHUT THE VEHICLE DOWN IMMEDIATELY AND HAVE IT TOWED TO A REPAIR FACILITY.

The oil light was on because the engine could not build oil pressure. In Honda and Acura vehicles, there is an oil pump that pumps and pressurizes the oil flow, inside the engine (see photo below). Because most of these oil pumps are driven by the engine crankshaft ( photo point 5 ) , the oil pump’s speed and flow rate is influenced by the RPM of the engine. To prevent the oil pressure from being too high when the oil is thick on a cold morning or when the engine RPM is high, such as under heavy acceleration; the manufacturer incorporated an oil pressure relief valve ( photo point 6 ) in the oil pump assembly ( photo point 7 ). As needed, this pressure relief valve opens and “bleeds off” the extra oil flow and pressure, which could damage the engine in specific driving situations and temperatures.

So what happened? On this particular morning, the driver had gone out to start and warm-up the engine of his 2005 Acura TL. Noticing that the engine was not building oil pressure (the oil light was staying on), he wisely shut the engine off and called for the tow truck. Some of the worn threads (where the oil pan plug screws into the oil pan) had broken loose and were suspended in the engine oil, inside of the oil pan. These two thin pieces of aluminum ( photo point 2 ) had actually traveled through the pick-up screen ( photo point 3 ), up into the oil pump assembly and had lodged inside of the oil pressure relief valve bore ( photo point 7 ), which was holding the oil pressure relief valve partially open ( photo point 6 ).


At Accurate Automotive, we specialize exclusively in Honda and Acura automobiles. We are diligent in caring for our customers who purchase and service their Honda and Acura vehicles with us, including blog articles, such as this one; which caution our customers of problems that can mutate from small issues to big, hairy problems. An oil pan assembly, with installation on this 2005 Acura TL would have cost approx. $305 plus tax. This particular repair will cost approx. $1200, including the new oil pan…. If the customer had not shut the engine off, a used engine installed in his 2005 Acura TL would have cost approx. $3300.

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

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com

 

04
Dec

Honda & Acura Used Car Buying Tip #6 – Internet Car Shopping: Google That VIN

This www.accuratecars.com blog post is number 6 in a series of used car buying tips, that you can easily perform in conjunction with the internet,  when shopping for Honda used cars and Acura used cars.

The 1st used car buying tip covered the importance of always referencing the vehicle identification number (commonly referred to as the VIN or serial number),when considering a Honda or Acura pre-owned unit that is advertised online. This is the first step, because without a VIN, a consumer cannot reference a title history report on a particular vehicle.

The direct link to the 1st used car buying tip is:

http://accuratecars.com/blog/2009/11/03/tips-on-buying-a-honda-or-acura-used-car/

The 2nd Honda & Acura used car buying tip recommended referencing the Carfax Report for possible service history records.

The direct link to Tip #2  is:

http://accuratecars.com/blog/2010/02/11/honda-and-acura-used-car-buying-tip-2-check-carfax-for-honda-acura-service-records/

Used car buying tip #3 was one of the most important, because it showed how AutoCheck title history reports will expose “frame damaged” and / or “unibody damaged” vehicles that are sold at Manheim Auctions.

The direct link to Tip #3 is:

http://accuratecars.com/blog/2010/02/12/honda-and-acura-used-car-buying-tip-3-reference-autocheck-for-possible-frame-damage-history/

Used car buying tip #4 covered the importance of referencing both Autocheck and Carfax title history reports because both companies use different referencing sources for their data.This is especially important because one of the sources that autocheck uses is Manheim auto auctions. If a vehicle goes through their auction with an announced “frame damaged” condition, autocheck gets notified and they will note it on their title history reports, while Carfax may not get this information.

The direct link to tip #4 is:

http://accuratecars.com/blog/2010/02/18/honda-acura-used-car-buying-tip-4-always-reference-both-title-history-reports/

Used car Buying Tip #5 was about the advantages / dis-advantages of buying your next used car from a dealer or a private seller. This article touched on some of the problems that can arise from making a used car purchase from a private seller. Unless you know the person that you are buying that used car from;  consumers are more likely and better protected if they purchase their next used car from a licensed and bonded car dealer.

The direct link to tip #5 is:

http://accuratecars.com/blog/2010/05/26/honda-acura-used-car-buying-tip-5-internet-car-shopping-dealer-or-no-dealer/

Used Car Buying Tip #6 – Always Google That VIN

Just a few days ago, I was looking at some used car ads online. In particular, I was searching for the very rare 2007 or 2008 Acura TL Type S with a manual 6 speed transmission. Three of them came up in a 500 mile search and all three were “private seller” listings.  One of the three of these very rare Acura TL units was posted with a vin in the online ad.

The vin that was posted in the ad was 19UUA75507A008231. I went to google.com and researched this vin. Many times, the vin will show “no search results found”, but if their is more information linked to a vehicle identification number, it may show in the search results. Only one link showed in the search results and it was Insurance Auto Auctions in South Carolina.

Below are the photos of the 2007 Acura TL Type S that are associated with VIN 19UUA75507A008231. These photos are the property of Insurance Auto Auctions and are only posted in this article for public interest and informational purposes.

After our dealership notified Auto Trader dot com of this fraudulent listing that was displayed on their website; they deleted it from their database.

Our first Used Car Buying Tip covered the importance of the VIN in an online car ad and this is just one example of how important it is. We did not initially pull a title history report to find out the online ad was fraudulent. We just “googled” the vin. After seeing Google results, we did pull the Carfax Report and the AutoCheck Report and both of them confirmed that this 2007 Acura TL Type S (vin 19UUA75507A008231) was a total loss due to fire damage on April 15, 2010….. Just 5 weeks after being purchased on March 9, 2010. All of the vehicle history was in Greenville, South Carolina…… Which is where the private seller of this vehicle listing was located.

SO THE BIG QUESTION IS……

If this vehicle was a total loss due to fire damage in April of 2010, why was it being marketed on auto trader dot com, out of Greenville, SC., in September of 2010?

In closing; many would be amazed at the number of online used car ads that are fraudulent in some way. Some simply display photos that do not represent the actual car, while other ads represent units that dealers do not actually have in inventory. Some online used car ads are just scams, where the seller (usually a private seller) has the goal of luring a buyer into making a deposit on a vehicle, that does not actually exist.  When shopping for that next used car purchase on the internet, remember that the internet is for infomation and background checking. Search for the used car you are looking for, then use the tools that the internet provides to check the history of the vehicle, then go look at the vehicle and test drive it……. And then make an offer to purchase it. Never place an offer or a deposit to hold a vehicle with an online listing, with a private seller before seeing and test driving the vehicle.

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com

 

08
Jul

Used Acura TL Delivers Value for Your Money

Want value, class, luxury, reliability and low maintenance costs in your next used car purchase? Consider the 2007 Acura TL; which is produced by American Honda.

At the writing of this article, several 2007 Acura TL units are coming off of 36 month lease, through American Honda, and many of these units are still under the balance of factory warranty.

Let’s talk absolute value: Many will claim that the 2007 / 2008 Acura TL is the best equipped model that American Honda has ever produced in it’s price category, and that there isn’t a better choice in Asian, Domestic or European vehicles. The Acura TL is assembled in the U.S., in the State of Ohio and all Acura TL units are loaded with standard factory equipment that are an extra cost on other makes and models. Just a few of the standard factory features include:

  • Sunroof
  • Fog Lights
  • 17 inch Alloy Wheels
  • Heated Leather Seats
  • 4 Wheel Disc Brakes with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Bluetooth Technology, which American Honda Refers to as Handsfree Link
  • A Very Fuel Efficient V6 Engine (makes around 30 to 32 MPG on the highway)
  • An Excellent Factory Warranty That Includes Powertrain Coverage to 70,000 Miles

Fuel Efficient: As mentioned in the list above, the 2007 Acura TL comes standard with a 3.2 Liter V6 VTEC engine that produces 258 horsepower. The Acura TL Type S has a 3.5 Liter V6 VTEC engne that produces 286 horsepower.  This power-to-weight ratio provides the driver with excellent acceleration as well as great fuel efficiency. Acura TL owners can expect between 30 and 32 MPG on the interstate if they maintain a reasonable and consistent speed of 70 to 75 miles-per-hour (MPH) when using the recommended 91 or higher octane fuel. In stop-and-go city driving, this MPG can drop 20%, which will still provide an average MPG of 23 to 25 miles per gallon.

Low Maintenance Cost: As far as maintenance costs, Acura TL owners have very few. In normal driving conditions, American Honda recommends replacement of the timing belt every 7 years or 105,000 miles (whichever occurs first). The manufacturer also recommends that the spark plugs be replaced every 105,000 miles. In most environments, engine air filters and cabin air filters should be replaced every 30,000 miles. As with all Honda and Acura vehicles; our own service department recommends that the automatic transmission fluid be changed once a year or every 15,000 miles, and the engine oil & filter be changed every 3,750 miles. Unlike European vehicles, that may hold up to 10 quarts of a unique oil weight, which may be uncommon to comparable vehicles in the United States; the Acura TL engine holds approx. 4.5 quarts of 5w20 motor oil and a $6.00 spin-on oil filter.

Market Driven Oppportunity: As with most vehicles that have an initial MSRP of over $32,000;  a large percentage of Acura vehicles are leased for the first 3 years. Once the 36 month lease term has ended; many of the Acura cars and SUV units are then sold by American Honda Finance at dealer auction. To the consumer, this is an opportunity because of the large volume of lease units that saturate the market for a few months. Currently, there are enough 2007 Acura TL units in the market, that a dealer can likely sell a 2007 model for less than a 2006 model Acura TL. However, this market condition will not last. Within just a few months, this surplus of 2007 Acura TL units will be absorbed into the retail market, and dealers will then be paying more for the same vehicle when obtaining them from American Honda.

One Final Thought: For the readers that sit on the fence and say, “the same thing will happen when the 2008 Acura TL units come off lease”……. My response is, “don’t count on it”.

In 2008 we were paying very high prices for gasoline and we also had a presidential election. This effected leases and purchases in 2008.  In 2009 we had two major car manufacturers go dormant in the U.S., for about 8 months and we also had the program, “cash for clunkers”. This effected new car inventory and used car inventory.  In 2010, we have had major flooding in several areas of the United States. This has destroyed many vehicles that were flooded and the replacement of these flooded vehicles has also weighed heavily on new and used car inventories.

At Accurate, we are the best place in Nashville / Middle Tennessee to purchase / service your Honda & Acura automobiles. Our vehicles are “hand-picked” by our own Accurate car buyer, who was the first technician that our company hired back in 1996. Our technician-selected Honda and Acura used cars are fully serviced and fully detailed prior to marketing. You will not find a better place to purchase your next Honda or Acura used car than www.accuratecars.com

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com

 

26
May

Honda & Acura Used Car Buying Tip #5 – Internet Car Shopping: Dealer or No Dealer?

This www.accuratecars.com blog post is number 5 in a series of used car buying tips, that you can easily perform in conjunction with the internet,  when shopping for Honda used cars and Acura used cars.

The 1st used car buying tip covered the importance of always referencing the vehicle identification number (commonly referred to as the VIN or serial number),when considering a Honda or Acura pre-owned unit that is advertised online. This is the first step, because without a VIN, a consumer cannot reference a title history report on a particular vehicle.

The direct link to the 1st used car buying tip is:

http://accuratecars.com/blog/2009/11/03/tips-on-buying-a-honda-or-acura-used-car/

The 2nd Honda & Acura used car buying tip recommended referencing the Carfax Report for possible service history records.

The direct link to Tip #2  is:

http://accuratecars.com/blog/2010/02/11/honda-and-acura-used-car-buying-tip-2-check-carfax-for-honda-acura-service-records/

Used car buying tip #3 was one of the most important, because it showed how AutoCheck title history reports will expose “frame damaged” and / or “unibody damaged” vehicles that are sold at Manheim Auctions.

The direct link to Tip #3 is:

http://accuratecars.com/blog/2010/02/12/honda-and-acura-used-car-buying-tip-3-reference-autocheck-for-possible-frame-damage-history/

Used car buying tip #4 covered the importance of referencing both Autocheck and Carfax title history reports because both companies use different referencing sources for their data.This is especially important because one of the sources that autocheck uses is Manheim auto auctions. If a vehicle goes through their auction with an announced “frame damaged” condition, autocheck gets notified and they will note it on their title history reports, while Carfax may not get this information.

The direct link to tip #4 is:

http://accuratecars.com/blog/2010/02/18/honda-acura-used-car-buying-tip-4-always-reference-both-title-history-reports/

Used car Buying Tip #5 – Internet Car Shopping: Dealer or No Dealer

There are many used car buyers that refuse to go through a car dealer for their used car purchases and based on their past experiences; their objection may be understandable. All types of businesses have competitors that are dishonest and may not serve the public well. There are restaurants that serve bad food. There are grocery stores that charge excessive amounts or may sell food that is past it’s “sell by” date. There are dishonest attorneys. There are banks that consumers would not open an account with or aquire a home mortgage through. And, there are many car dealers that have been known to be dishonest, charge excessive amounts, and not provide a good product……. But there are also good car dealers that are out to help consumers obtain a good deal on a used car and many of these same dealers won’t rope a car buyer into products (including extending warranties) that will have little or no benefit to the consumer..

Three reasons to using an established and respected car dealer to purchase your next used car include:

First, car dealers must be bonded and licensed. This means that car dealers are held to a professional standard that ensures compliance with Federal laws, State laws, and local ordinances. These professional standards can include selling a car that has a reasonable history, satisfying any and all past financial leins associated with the vehicle,  collecting and paying all applicable taxes that are associated with the sell of the vehicle and making sure that the ownership of the used car can be transferred with ease.  If a dealer sells a vehicle that does not have a clear title or does not meet certain criteria; the bond that he must carry will monetarily guarantee that he will fulfill his legal obligations in all car transactions. If he doesn’t fulfill his legal obligations; his bond company will financially compensate the buyer. In most cases, a car buyer does not have this level of security, if purchasing a used car from a private individual.

Second, most used car dealers have an business investment to protect.  Ever heard the phrase “good news travels fast, but bad news travels faster”? This is true in all businesses and especially true in the car business. What the dealership looks like and how long has it has been in business can greatly effect your used car buying experience. A used car dealer that has been in existence for several years and has built a reputation of being an honest and legitimate business will not likely be willing to sell a vehicle that can have repercussions that can damage his reputation. An internet car dealer that has not been in business very long and simply operates out of his house or out of a warehouse;  has very little to lose. If his reputation starts to effect the number of  cars he can sell on the internet, in a month; he can simply move his warehouse operation and change the name of his business. A private seller also has little to lose if he takes advantage of an internet car buyer.

Third, car dealers can usually save you money on a used car purchase and the newer the vehicle, the more this holds true. Used car dealers are in the business of buying and selling cars and in most cases that involve late model, low mileage vehicles;  they can save the consumer several thousand dollars off of new car prices. While good ole American car marketing attempts to make the idea of purchasing a new car as the safer and better investment, new car depreciation will bring all new cars down to a resale level that is very close to the same vehicle that is one or two years older. Because of new car depreciation,  a private individual is rarely in a position to sell the same one or two year old vehicle at a better price or that is in better condition.

At www.accuratecars.comwe are focused on all aspects of Honda and Acura car ownership. This includes buying, servicing, and repairing. Whether you live in the areas around Nashville or outside the State of Tennessee; we are in the business to help consumers with their Honda and Acura cars.

Thanks for reading our blog articles.

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com

 

 
 
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