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Today’s Flu Bug and Tuesday, September 11, 2001

The world-wide concern, that is now in our own country continues to be a source of stress to many.

From a ‘business standpoint’;  it reminds me of the 18 to 24 months that followed Tuesday, September 11, 2001. At Accurate Automotive; for nearly 2 years after 9/11,  a majority of our customers did not consider another car purchase to replace their current vehicle. Instead, they opted to fixing, repairing and servicing  their existing Honda and Acura vehicles. Similar to 9/11; uncertainty in household income will likely  ‘curb’ consumer spending to some degree.

For the average consumer; if option #1 is to invest $1500 – $2000 in fixing  the ‘ paid-for car ‘  vs.  option #2 which could easily involve a major purchase ($25,000 or more) to replace the current car; few will opt for making car payments for the next 36 – 84 months.

To all of our customers; we are here to help. Whether it be maintenance, mechanical repair, minor auto body paint repair or towing; Accurate Automotive has a vast business infrastructure for the vehicles produced under the Honda, Acura, Lexus and Toyota badges.


For anyone thinking high mileage cars are not dependable; consider that cars are machines and some of the least dependable machines are the newer ones, which have not been ‘broken-in’ and that are not ‘time-tested’. New cars are less trustworthy than high mileage, older units. If you think this isn’t true; then why do all new cars have a manufacturer’s warranty attached to them? Because cars are built in high volume with many parts;  the chance that a poorly produced part is assembled on several thousand new cars (before being detected) is very likely.

The older the car and the higher the mileage; is how a vehicle truly becomes ‘trustworthy’.

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Short Supply of Good Quality Used Cars Under $15,000

Over 30 years,  I have worked in the car industry as a technician and specifically on the Honda and Acura brand, starting in Dec. 1991. In 2004, I also started selling used cars. Used car supply has never been lower. In any business; short supply and high demand always will result in inflated prices. Currently, finding a late model used car for under $15,000 is very difficult. So what has caused the ‘slump’ in available used cars in the retail used car market?

In the past 12 years; many events influenced the used car market. To name a few:

  • Really high fuel prices across the entire U.S. starting in  2005 , which began in the aftermath of  Hurricane Katrina. The price of a barrel of crude oil, on the world market was ‘through the roof’ and more importantly; the limited oil refineries in operation in the U.S. could not ‘keep up’ with fuel volume demand. Very high gas prices resulted and  many car manufacturers pushed back from their production numbers – particularly in the SUV, truck and van market. While fuel prices did finally stabilize around 2013; the used car market is a ‘pipeline’ and dramatic events can influence it for may years, based on year-to-year new vehicle production numbers.
  • GM and Chrysler going bankrupt in 2008 – These factories were dormant for several months and resulted in a drop in the average number of new vehicle units produced from earlier production years. Even after the U.S. tax payers ‘bailed out’ these 2 failed companies; their vehicle production numbers were lower for the next several years because of economic concerns – again involving the probability that the average consumer’s disposable income (if any)  would not be utilized  in a new car purchase.
  • Cash for Clunkers program – Which was absolutely stupid. No individual, family, or nation has ever become more wealthy by destroying something that could still be utilized for the purpose it was manufactured for.  Cash for clunkers used the U.S. taxpayer to incentivize low income buyers to purchase new cars – of which many of those new cars would be repossessed within 18 months of initial purchase. These repossessed cars would then be cycled into the used car market, which would result in dramatic new car depreciation.
  • Major weather events – Specifically flooding that resulted from hurricanes totaled-out millions of automobiles. People that lived in those areas had great financial loss. If their home was damaged and their car totaled out due to flooding; the average consumer would replace their destroyed car with a used car, not a brand new, expensive car.

The events listed above ‘pulled’ heavily on the used car market inventory. ‘Short supply’ and high demand results in inflated prices.

Used car prices go up, then new car prices go even higher.  Today, it is total insanity what the average consumer will pay for a ‘stinking’  new car! And how long they may be making payments on that new car – 72 months and even 84 months is not uncommon..

Accurate Automotive started selling Honda and Acura used cars in 2004. It became obvious that there was a dramatic price gap between ‘old junk’ and off lease / 2 to 3 years old.

Specifically, there were $2000 cars, then a major void of basically nothing, then $18,000 to $30,000 priced used cars. The price gap for Honda and Acura used cars, where the average consumer felt comfortable was in the $6000 to $15,000 price range.

It wasn’t that a used Honda or Acura couldn’t be found in the $6,000 to $15,000 price range. It was the appallingly poor condition of what the average used car, in that price range represented.

For this reason, Accurate Automotive ‘pulled back’ on off lease cars and started reconditioning Honda and Acura used cars, like no one else can or will do.

Today, our process of re-conditioning Honda and Acura used cars is very slow but extremely dedicated to quality and intricate details. Our reconditioning process starts with taking care of the mechanical needs and yes, Honda and Acura cars break down too. Then, we take care of the maintenance needs. Then, many times the Honda or Acura vehicle is disassembled (using Documentation from Honda’s Service Express website – which we have to pay an annual subscription to use) and painted with multi-stage PPG paints, in our own paint booth, with our own painter.

Following this blog post; there will be additional posts of Honda and Acura vehicles that are being reconditioned through the Accurate Automotive infrastructure. The photos below of this 2012 Honda Pilot Touring span 33 days for reconditioning.



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A Costly Negative Result of Using Oil Life Indicators on Honda and Acura Vehicles

Honda and Acura vehicles have had oil life indicators on them for about a decade. These oil life indicator devices keep track of how long the crankcase oil can stay in the engine and base it on a percentage of ‘oil life remaining’. The Owners Manual indicates that proper maintenance should include changing the engine oil and filter when the oil life remaining gets to 15%. These oil life indicators (somewhat) keep track of driving habits as a reference of when the engine oil should be changed, but the average oil change interval is currently around 7,000 to 8,000 miles, if utilizing the oil life indicator.

For many years the recommended (rule-of-thumb) engine oil & filter change was 3 months / 3,000 miles. This was mostly due to the tendency of the engine oil to ‘sludge-up’ in the crankcase, especially if the car was driven in short trip intervals. To counter oil sludge issues if going to longer oil change intervals;  American Honda started specifying thinner viscosities of engine oil – 5W20 and 0W20 in the majority of Honda and Acura automobiles.

While the engine oils do not coagulate (solidify / sludge-up) as quickly; engine oil does become increasingly acidic the longer it is in the crankcase. Engine oils do have corrosion inhibiting additives in them but these additives are obviously breaking down and are not adequate protection for the metals that are being used in the manufacturing of certain engine parts that are exposed to the crankcase engine oil.  As a result, Accurate Automotive has seen a significant number of internally lubricated engine components with corrosion damage; mostly camshafts, rocker arms and valve covers, in Honda and Acura engines.



The most logical way to prevent this problem is simply change the engine oil & filter more often, and ignore the oil life indicator. Engine oil and filters are significantly cheaper than camshafts, rocker arms, valve covers and the labor involved.

Accurate Automotive recommends engine oil & filter changes on all Honda and Acura vehicles be performed every 3750 miles. The 3750 mile oil change interval will also ‘line-up’  with the incremental 15,000 mile major service maintenance intervals. If changing the engine oil & filter every 3750 miles;  an oil change interval will come due at every major service.

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com



Cars are a Machine Not a Money Making Investment

Common consumer ideology is a car can be purchased, filled with fuel once a week and driven with few (if any)  additional costs associated with maintenance or repair. This Utopian, naïve notion is anything but true. Every mechanical apparatus needs to be maintained and kept up. The more complex (the amount of internally lubricated moving parts) the more one should expect to devote time and monetary funds to keep it operating smoothly, efficiently, properly.

Yesterday, I spoke with a very loyal customer who expressed concern about a needed repair. His 2008 Honda Odyssey is leaking engine oil from the bank 2 spool valve. On a scale of 1 to 10; the severity of this leak is around an ‘8’ and is even leaving a ‘puddle’ of oil on the ground when parked. The customer stated that he didn’t know if the vehicle was worth the $580 repair and also expressed concern over the amount of money he had spent in the past few months on the van; questioning whether that money would be put to better use in a new car purchase. After he told me that our shop, Accurate Automotive performs 90% of the maintenance on this vehicle; I went back 2 years in his service file, to February 2016. In the past 24 months; there were repair orders in his service file that included routine oil changes, a 135,000 mile service, an alternator replacement, a high pressure power steering hose replacement and a 4 wheel alignment after having some new suspension parts installed. In the last 2 years; the total amount spent on maintaining this 2008 Honda Odyssey (with well over 150,000 miles on the odometer) was $2600 – an average of $110 per month.

What are car payments currently averaging – $350, $400, $425 for 72 and 84 month terms? And with that re-occurring monthly payment, is the consumer guaranteed their ‘new’ car will not break down?  Ever wonder why the initial operation of a machine is referred to as a “break-in period”? If there is a faulty component in that ‘brand new’ machine, it will likely fail  and the machine can break down. LOL: Isn’t the last thing a manufacturer would want to call the initial operation of their product a “break-down period” – so it’s not ‘break-down’ – it’s a “break-in period”- but what is the common word in both terms -“BREAK’ … That is exactly the time a break down is most likely to occur – right after a machine is built and especially if it was manufactured in mass production.

So while the consumer of the ‘new’ vehicle is paying $400 per month to drive it – while it is depreciating in value at an alarming rate; the ‘good news’ is the repairs are ‘free’ because ‘it’s under warranty’. But does ‘under ‘warranty’ also mean an alternate means of transportation is provided? What does the consumer do for transportation? While the ‘new’ car is in the shop; does the monthly payment stop?   What does the ‘new car’ owner do, especially if the mechanical issue is epidemic and the needed parts are on ‘back-order’. Buyers remorse sets in – “I wish I still had my old car” – “I should have never bought this thing”.

Think about it:  – a ‘new’ car can have mechanical failure and is most vulnerable to operation issues right after being built – especially if a ‘new and better’ design is being introduced into the market. And that ‘new’ car warranty does not mean the car cannot break down. In fact, a ‘new car warranty’ is more of a benefit for the financial lender of the car loan because if the consumer owes money on the car, he may not have the income to make the monthly car payment and also be able to pay for a mechanical repair to keep the car running. A new car warranty reduces the risk  that a repossession could occur. This is why new car POWERTRAIN warranties greatly exceed the ‘bumper-to-bumper’ warranty term – it is taking longer for the average consumer to ‘pay-off’ the vehicle loan because new car prices are higher. If car manufacturers want lending institutions to finance their product; they have to cover it (ensuring the creditor of the car loan against high repossession numbers).

A scenario for the powertrain warranty: Let’s say a consumer purchases a new car and finances it for 72 months @ $400 per month. Three years later, the vehicle has 48,000 miles on it and the transmission fails. At this point; the consumer is still making the monthly $400 payment, he still has 3 years before the loan is paid in full, the car is broken, and the car is a 3 year old, used unit. If he can’t afford the repair, the temptation would be to just stop paying on the car and let it be repossessed – then the lending institution would have to fix it. This is the main reason for long term factory powertrain warranties – and why some factory powertrain warranties may expire if car ownership changes. The powertrain warranty protects the original lien holder (lender) far more than a consumer.

And the ‘new car’ warranty  only provides compensation for the costs associated with the repairs – and uses a percentage of what the consumer paid for the car when he bought it.

With our shop computer program, we are able to generate reports. One report we can generate will tell exactly what the maintenance (including repairs) has cost a car owner (per mile driven). In the above example, the costs associated with maintaining this van (calculating in total money spent on this vehicle at Accurate Automotive and divided by total miles driven during that time);  the consumer has paid Accurate Automotive .08 cents per mile to maintain his 2008 Honda Odyssey with nearly 200,000 miles on it. Put this in perspective: If gasoline is $2.00 per gallon, and a vehicle makes an average of 20 MPG (miles per gallon); the cost to fuel the vehicle is .10 cents per mile. Fuel costs in this situation far exceed maintenance costs.

Cars are machines and the only return on investment a consumer will get from a vehicle is a method of reliable transportation from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ and then back to point ‘A’. And the manufacturers that seem to lead the way in durability, parts availability, and design for efficient repairs when needed are Honda, Acura and Toyota. All others are sub-par. Don’t take my word for it. Research back 15, 20 and even 30 years and see which car makes are still on the road and running strong, based on the production number built.

How many Honda and Acura vehicles are on the road when compared to the same year models of Nissan (who wants to be considered equal with Honda so bad they can’t stand it), Mazda, Kia (possibly the 2nd disposable car makes offered for sale in America – Yugo was the first), Hyundai, ALL European makes (which are viewed by most consumers as ‘mechanical time bombs’)  , Volkswagen (which is in ‘hot water’ for diesel emissions-related fraud)  and domestic car brands?


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When to Retire Tired Tires on Honda and Acura Vehicles

When did tire safety on passenger cars and light trucks become a convenient option? My shop, Accurate Automotive has specifically specialized in the repair and service of Honda and Acura vehicles for more than 20 years. During the last two decades; it has been surprising (and sort of scary) the amount of unconcern that many drivers have pertaining to the tires they are riding on.

Honda and Acura cars are what many drivers would refer to as “zippy’. On most road conditions they handle very well. As a result;  driver over-confidence (especially on wet pavement) coupled with the natural degradation and wear of the tire probably causes more accidents that any other mechanical reason.

In this article, I would like to bring two important tire facts to the reader’s attention:

The first is that in the real world of Honda and Acura drivers; an average timespan that a tire is mounted on a Honda or Acura vehicle will not exceed 5 years. This is based on a Honda or Acura car that is driven daily and the annual mileage accumulated is over 12,000 miles, per year. Of course there are always exceptions to the average.  However, under normal driving conditions and car owners with reasonable concern for their own safety, the safety of others, and the desire for a good ride; many will replace tires at least every 60 months and should replace the tires within 7 years of the time the tires were manufactured, even if the tread depth does not justify it. Again, this article and facts pertain to Honda and Acura vehicles.

So how can you determine the age of tires? It’s very simple. On every passenger car and light truck tire there will be a 4 digit number branded or stamped in one of the two sidewalls of each tire. This 4 digit number identifies the week and year the tire was manufactured. The photo below shows the number, “4910”. This indicates that this tire was made during the 49th week of the year 2010.

The second important tire fact is tire rubber deteriorates. Please note: All of the photos in this article are of one tire (remember above – “4910?). These shop photos were taken in June of 2014, when this particular tire was less than 4 years old. Because “pictures are worth 1000 words“; please notice the cracking on this popular and expensive brand of tire. Cracking in the sidewalls and cracks in the tread can eventually be found on all tires, after years of exposure to the elements. However, it has been our experience that one well-known brand of tire has some major issues with early surface cracking after 3 or 4 years.

In closing; two final remarks:

First, the photo directly above shows two narrow rubber pieces in the middle of the tire tread grooves. These are wear bars and when the radius of the tire wears to these bars, then the tread depth is too shallow to safely drive on. If you drive through a large puddle of water with a tire with a shallow tread depth; the water in that puddle cannot displace into these tread grooves. As a result, the water can cause the tire to float across the water causing an out-of-control situation known as hydroplaning. Hydroplaning causes cars wrecks, injury and fatalities every day and in many cases was avoidable with decent tire tread depth.

Second, Honda and Acura owners should always use the correct tire size and speed rating, specified by the car manufacturer. The specific tire specs of every Honda and Acura car, truck, van  and SUV (intended for use in North America) can be found on a label, on the body of the vehicle. During assembly, this label is originally installed on all Honda and Acura vehicles and is usually located on the inside of the driver’s door or driver’s door jamb.


If you choose to use a different size tire or lower speed rating, other than those specified by American Honda Motor Company; this could be considered a contributing factor if you’re involved in a car wreck, even if your vehicle was not the initial cause of the incident.

At Accurate Automotive, we have specifically specialized in Honda and Acura vehicle repair and service for over 20 years. We are in middle Tennessee, just one interstate exit outside of Nashville, TN city limits, in a little area called LaVergne. The Accurate Automotive facility fronts I-24 east at exit 64 and is very convenient to Nashville. The convenience of this service facility has become even more important as Nashville Metro Davidson County continues to rapidly grow and expand, making traffic congestion worse in many areas including Downtown Nashville, Murfreesboro, Cool Springs, and Franklin.  Give us a visit and you’ll see why we are the best place in Nashville and Middle Tennessee to service, repair, and even purchase your Honda and Acura vehicles.

www.accuratecars.com   ebrian@accuratecars.com



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



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



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



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



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


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