The back-to-school schedule is upon us. After a summer free of school buses and 3 PM traffic jams, it’s time to go back to your old ways. Our used car dealership has a few tips to help you stay a safe driver as the school year proceeds.
Be Wary of Walkers
Street safety is the responsibility of everyone on the road, pedestrians and drivers alike. However, it never hurts to brush up on how to be the safest driver possible, especially when the pedestrians in question will be children.
- Be courteous towards pedestrians. Don’t block crosswalks when you’re stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn. Forcing walkers to move around your vehicle could put them in danger.
- As always, keep distractions to a minimum. This is advisable all the time, but especially important in school zones and around neighborhoods with lots of kids. Children are not the best at risk assessment when it comes to things like crossing the street or riding their bicycle around the neighborhood, so being alert and aware can save lives.
- When it comes to driving near a school bus, exercising caution is imperative—and it’s the law. Whether you’re driving behind a bus or traveling in the opposite direction, as soon as the bus stops and the flashing stop sign unfolds, you must stop. It is illegal to proceed again until the bus has begun to move forward or turns off the light-up stop sign. The ten foot radius around a school bus is the most dangerous, so stay alert and aware as students exit or board the bus.
These steps may be inconvenient and time-consuming, but it’s worth it to ensure the safety of our children, so budget a little extra time into your commute. It can make all the difference.
The start of a safe trip is a safe car. Visit Frank Myers Auto Maxx at one of our locations to browse our inventory and let us know what vehicle you want to take you there!
Becoming a parent requires lifestyle changes beyond repainting an unused room and buying baby stuff! It entails a whole new set of expenses and considerations you hadn’t had before. Take, for example, your car. Is it family-friendly? If you think it may be time for a fresh set of wheels, consider something from our Winston-Salem used car dealership!
Drive Soundly Around Winston-Salem in Your SUV
That sports car you’ve been driving to work? It’s probably not the best for carting around your newborn. It’s time to consider more spacious and accommodating vehicles. If you’re not quite ready to take the step to a minivan, you can always take a look at the selection of used SUVs we have waiting for you to take on your trips around Winston-Salem! SUVs are stylish, durable, and most importantly, they’re safe. When you purchase one of our used models, have peace of mind knowing the vehicle has passed our rigorous standards and is ready to cater to your family’s needs!
The Versatile Van
If you’re ready to go all-out and get a minivan, congratulations! You’re making a wise investment that will come in handy in the present and in the future- when you find yourself bringing your child and the whole team to practice! You’ll find a minivan to be a great all-purpose vehicle. They hold more passengers, have superior cargo space, and provide a comfortable and quiet ride- an essential for a long distance road trip, or when you’re on the road when nap time hits. However, since part of being a new parent is serious budgeting, we offer a range of choices of top-quality minivans at great prices.
Buying a used car that you need is the perfect first step to saving money in the transition to parenthood. Congratulations on the newest addition to your family- and we do hope you’ll visit Frank Myers Auto Maxx to check out our inventory and pick the best vehicle for your family’s needs!
When you’re in the process of raising a family, every penny counts. That’s why it’s a great idea to consider purchasing a used SUV once it’s time for a new family vehicle. At our used car dealer in Winston-Salem, we’re excited to have a range of SUVs available to the savvy shopper looking for something that does a little bit of everything.
Ready to Work
Famously reliable and spacious enough to accommodate everyone, our selection of timeless sport utility vehicles is sure to impress. For example, check out the Ford Explorer, which has been a fan favorite for decades. Three rows of seating and a brawny V6 engine will ensure that you can get everyone and everything you need right on time. If you’re opting for opulence, the Eddie Bauer editions are more upscale, equipped with soft-touch materials to augment the already considerably comfort of the Explorer.
Another iconic SUV is the Jeep Grand Cherokee. This unsuspecting family vehicle is a recipient of commendable safety ratings without losing its off-roading roots. If your family is on the adventurous side, the Grand Cherokee is a great pick for its Jeep pedigree. Sure, it may not be trail rated, but it will make getting to the family campsite a bit easier than in other vehicles.
For the Tech Savvy
Winston-Salem used SUV shoppers could also consider a Hyundai Santa Fe, which is quickly becoming a favorite among drivers. Their gas mileage, generous cargo space, and forward-thinking tech features make them a compelling choice for drivers whose families may be a bit smaller, but still have a lot to cart around! These stylish SUVs are equipped with features such as MP3 compatibility and touch screens, features that may be difficult to come by on other used models.
A chance to pick up a new-to-you vehicle is an opportunity to introduce your family to something new. Why not give them enough space to ride comfortably? We have these, and many other, SUVs available. Contact us for more information and we’ll be happy to help you find what you want.
Trying to find your next vehicle can seem like an endless process. With so many variables out there; new vs. used, private sale vs. dealership, lease vs. buy (and all this on top of which car!), it can be very overwhelming. Before pounding the pavement, we have a few tips that can help make your shopping experience a little less stressful and have you be a little more savvy. We are going to show you how to get buy with confidence by showing you the top four things to look for and ask yourself before making your next vehicle purchase.
Ask yourself what your real needs are.
Like all big decisions, financial or otherwise, doing some research will arm you with all the information you need. Before you start researching ask yourself how you and your family will be using this vehicle. If you are looking for a car to get you around town your needs will be different than someone who has a long daily commute. This is also a great opportunity to explore the possibility of new vs. used cars. Sometime buying used just makes more sense; they are less expensive than current models, and the right dealership can help you find a great financing plan, help with paperwork and find you a high quality vehicle.
Do a little online sleuthing!
Most car dealership have an online inventory available for you to browse from the comfort of your home. Explore these inventory pages and take a look at the specifications of some of the vehicles you’re interested in. This is also a great way to find dealership and factory incentives! Dealerships are often bringing their customers great savings opportunities so keep your eyes peeled, these are usually short term offers!
Once you know what kind of car you’re going to need (minivan, compact, sedan etc.) you can start to compare models and get a feel for the different features, add ons, and prices of different vehicles. This may seem like obvious advice but arming yourself with the right information is going to help you have productive conversations with the dealership you choose to work with.
Set a real budget aligned with your needs.
Once you have researched what’s available and picked the features that best fit your lifestyle, decide on a firm budget. This is where the previous two tips come into play. You know how much your ideal vehicles cost, you are armed with a “must haves and nice-to-haves” list. You’re ready to set your budget. Be realistic and align your research with your finances. If a sound system is an absolute must, maybe you compromise with a smaller vehicle. If you really need the room of a larger SUV, sacrifice the power moon roof. It’s all about balance!
Always take it for a test drive.
Working with a reputable dealership like Frank Myers Auto Maxx in Winston-Salem, NC is essential to getting the perfect vehicle that is not full of unwanted surprises. After you have set your budget, browsed the dealer’s incentives and you have picked some potential vehicles, go in and talk to the dealer. Take them out for a test drive, if they’re used vehicles you should ask for their vehicle history. The dealer should have this information available and be willing to share it with you. Knowing the quality of the vehicle you’re buying will help you determine any potential long-term care costs. This is also the added benefit of going through a dealership, transparency.
Shopping for a vehicle can be difficult if you don’t take the time to think about what you really need. By doing some research, thinking about what you actually need and doing your do-diligence once you’ve narrowed the field, you can relax a little and narrow your vehicle search to what fits your lifestyle and your budget.
In an industry that has to work hard to meet ever-evolving demands of consumers, there are bound to be a few stragglers left behind for one reason or another. Frequently, it’s not a quality issue- it’s simply a matter of falling prey to competition. At our Winston-Salem used car dealer, we make it a point to stock up on quality vehicles- even discontinued ones.
Efficient and Stylish
Before financial hardship resulted in the termination of the Saturn brand, it was a trustworthy model lineup with unique design elements, all structured on the ever-reliable GM platform. These sturdy and well-made cars were serviced by top-flight technicians, which is why the GM EV1, the first mass-produced electric vehicle from a major automaker, could only be serviced by Saturn dealerships. You can find fuel-efficient Saturn models right on our used car lot in Winston-Salem!
Speaking of unique design, it’s hard to find models more iconic than the Pontiac lineup. Classics like the Trans Am and GTO were hallmarks of the Pontiac brand, which halted production in 2009 as a result of General Motors’ reorganization. We wouldn’t let an American classic like Pontiac slip through our fingers- which is why we offer them to our shoppers at perfect prices!
Pillars of Design
When it comes to classic American vehicle aesthetics, you’d be hard-pressed to find brands quite as important as Mercury and Plymouth. Comfort always came first in the lush Mercury brand, which features a prominent grille and aerodynamic lines. Plymouth, which aimed for entry-level style, produced the famous Plymouth Prowler in the 90s- the aesthetically retro precursor to the PT Cruiser. Though Plymouth was discontinued in 2001, its standards of superior design on every level live on in American models today.
Interested in owning a piece of automotive history? Visit our dealership and check out some of the discontinued brands we have available to you. You get all the perks of riding around in a progressively more obscure vehicle while enjoying the time-tested reliability of American-made cars. Take a look at these and the rest of our selection!