3 Things Every First Time Car Buyer Should Do

First Time Car Buyers

If you are new to the car buying scene you may have experienced some common feelings: Exhaustion, anxiety and confusion. Sound like you? It doesn’t have to be like this! With the help of a trusted automotive professional and a little research on your part, you can find the perfect vehicle for you and your needs without experiencing any of these seemingly terrible feelings! It can actually be quite an enjoyable experience for those who love to shop or are anxious to get behind the wheel of their very own vehicle. We’ve come up with a short list of the MUST do’s when considering buying your very first vehicle.

Research

Think you know what kind of car you’re looking for? Take the time to research features and models that are important to you. Doing a little research before stepping foot on the lot will help you find the best deals and know when to walk away. It can also empower you to make decisions and help calm your nerves. When you understand more about what you’re buying you will know exactly where you money is going and you may also lift the rose colored glasses on some features or add ons that can be costly. If you aren’t a big music lover, paying for that sound system really isn’t worth the extra speaker, maybe you don’t need the 8-way power adjustable seat but you would like leather detailing. Learn the value and assess what’s important to you before you’re overwhelmed by choice and price tags.

Build a Budget

When you are really excited about that big purchase it can get easy to get lost in all the features, add ons and new model upgrades thrown your way. To keep yourself from getting distracted by all the bells and whistles of a new vehicle, make a budget prior to heading to the dealership. If you have any shopping companions, tell them your budget and get them to help you stick with it! It’s easy to say yes to the added features when you see their seemingly small price next to the larger, overall price of your vehicle but these things add up quickly. Don’t let a $100 or $200 there throw off your finances. If you’ve done your research you know what kind of vehicle and the features that you can afford. Stick to it!

Shop Around

Now that you know what you want and you know how much you have to spend, you’re ready to shop! Take the time to cruise a couple different dealerships not just for pricing but for salespeople. Great sales staff will make a difference for you and your vehicle. If you walk on a lot and someone is pushing you into a vehicle you don’t really want, they might not have your best interest at heart. Shopping around will also allow you to find a trustworthy individual to help you find a payment plan that will work for you. Don’t worry, there are not sneaky sales people all over the place, trust your instincts and come armed with your knowledge of how much things cost, and how much you can spend.

If you are looking for your very first vehicle, it can be easy to become overwhelmed. Using some of these points you can make the process a little smoother and even enjoy your experience! If you’re looking for a reputable financing department in North Carolina, you can contact Frank Myers Auto Maxx in Winston-Salem to learn more about automotive financing!

What Is A Subprime Car Loan Anyways?

What Is A Subprime Car Loan

When shopping for a new vehicle, some of us are faced with past credit problems. If you have a poor credit score or no credit score you’ve probably heard the term “subprime loan” thrown around a lot. You have enough to worry about when shopping for your new vehicle without hearing new terms and jargon. To help ease the process we can help you understand what a subprime loan is and how it can help you get the car, truck or SUV you need.

What is a subprime loan?

A subprime loan is designed for people who have low credit scores. They enable people who may not have the greatest review with creditors to get a loan at a higher interest rate than other lenders or “prime” loans may receive. These loans a typically labelled as being at a higher risk of default than other loans. There is no cut and dry line on what distinguishes a prime rate from a sub-prime rate so it’s a good idea to speak with your reputable auto lender to discuss your rate and what you can afford. While there is no strict definition, the Federal Reserve defines a subprime loan as a loan that carries an interest rate at least three percentage points higher than the rate on a US Treasury bond that has the same term as the loan. Keep this in mind going forward in your auto loan!

How can a subprime loan help you?

A subprime loan is a second chance. You can secure an auto loan and get the car or truck you need! Yes, the interest rate is higher but if you can afford the payments it may be worth more than just a new vehicle to sign up for a subprime loan. Consistent making payments can help raise your credit score over time and ultimately get you a better rate on loans in the future! Because there is no fixed subprime rate, it’s a good idea to shop around for a loan before signing up and it’s an even better idea to start with a lender who has a great reputation.

Shopping for a car can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be. Doing some research can help make this process easier. Knowing what a subprime loan is and how it can work for you and your financial needs is a great first step. For more information about subprime loans, use the resources around you including dealerships like Frank Myers Auto Maxx in Winston-Salem, NC. Getting a loan can be your first step out of bad credit, and enable you to keep shopping for the car you need!

How To Build Your Credit Score In 3 Easy Steps

When you first start building your credit score it can be hard to know where to start and even harder to get people to trust you with a zero credit rating. While it may feel like you’re being punished before you’ve committed a crime, don’t worry. You can begin building towards a great credit score and not to mention finance a vehicle even if it may seem impossible.

Creditors and lenders use your credit history to establish whether or not you’re trustworthy. If you hope to take out a loan in the future, or buy a house, you need to establish a good credit rating early on and nurture that relationship over the years. We have a few tips to help you build up your credit.


1) Check out your credit score

I know you think you have a zero credit rating, but are you sure? Make sure you have a clean slate before you begin to move forward. Sometimes things you would not expect can show up on a credit report such as an unpaid library fine and a forgetten medical bill etc. Doing a credit report check will help you know exactly where you stand so when you have a discussion with lenders, they won’t blindside you! It will also give you the opportunity to pay off any of the sneaky debts you may have accumulated.


2) Apply for an auto loan and/or credit card.

You are more than capable of securing an auto loan with zero credit. It you are new to the country you start with a blank slate and creditors will often give you a chance, merely at a higher rate. While the rate may be higher than if you had already esablished an impeccable credit score, with the right team working for you, you can find yourself an affordable payment plan that works with your budget and still find a high quality vehicle.

If you are not in the market for a vehicle, credit cards are also a great way to establish trust with creditors. Talk to your local financial institution about what card may work for you. If you are in the position, you could get both. It you’re looking for a card and are able to secure a low-limit credit card, go for it! Taking loans and paying them back is how you establish credit.

3) Make your payments in full and on time

When you enter into a loan agreement, make sure that you are signing up for affordable payments. When you take out a loan, you are expected to make timely payments and if you fail to do so your credit score will fall. No if’s and’s or but’s. When discussing your financing options with the financial services department, make sure you are open and honest about what you can afford and don’t feel pressured to commit to something that is out of reach. If you feel the agent is pushing you, move on to work with someone more trustworthy.


If you have gone the credit card route, make small payments on your card that you are able to pay in full. It is not enough to pay the minimum payments so be aware of your spending and know that the creditors are watching!

While it may seem overwhelming, especially if you’ve been turned down, to get your first loan and build your credit score with zero credit, it is possible! An auto loan is a great way to start building towards a great future credit rating if you are in the financial position to do so. Everyone needs reliable transportation regardless of credit ratings. Working with a reputable lender and team of financial professionals like the staff at Frank Myers Auto Maxx in Winston-Salem is a great way to work towards your financial future.

Frank Myers Auto Maxx Wins Inaugural DealerRater® Consumer Satisfaction Award

 

Frank Myers Auto wins prestigious customer satisfaction award.

Frank Myers Auto Maxx has been awarded a 2015 DealerRater® Consumer Satisfaction Award, a recognition auto dealerships can earn by delivering outstanding customer service as rated by online consumer reviews. DealerRater, the car dealer review site for consumers, created the Consumer Satisfaction Awards to enable online car shoppers to instantly spot car dealerships that provide high-quality customer service.

Consumer Satisfaction Awards will be given annually to the top 10 percent of U.S. new-car dealers based on their PowerScore™, as well as all U.S. used-car and Canadian (new and used) car dealerships that meet DealerRater’s Dealer of the Year criteria—receiving at least 25 annual reviews and maintaining an average PowerScore rating of 4.0 out of 5.0.

Dealers can increase their PowerScore ratings by getting more reviews, and improving consumer feedback on the dealership’s customer service, quality of work, friendliness, pricing and overall experience.

“We’d like to congratulate Frank Myers Auto Maxx and all of our Consumer Satisfaction Award winners,” said DealerRater CEO Gary Tucker. “DealerRater is where car shoppers learn from their peers regarding which dealers offer top-notch customer service, and now they can quickly identify that Frank Myers Auto Maxx as one of the best in Winston-Salem.”

Frank Myers Auto Maxx has achieved consistently high marks on the DealerRater website, placing it among the top dealerships nationwide. Online shoppers visiting the Frank Myers Auto Maxx dealer review page on DealerRater.com will find a “2015 Consumer Satisfaction Award winner” designation.

“I’m extremely happy for my Team,” said Tracy Myers, owner of Frank Myers Auto Maxx. “They don’t provide great customer service to win an award. They do it because it’s who they are. They realize that they are here to serve our customers and our neighbors in the community. When they do it selflessly, they are rewarded handsomely.

 About DealerRater

DealerRater was founded in 2002 as the first car dealer review website worldwide. DealerRater is the world’s No. 1 online resource for anyone seeking trusted, third-party information on automobile dealerships. DealerRater features nearly 41,000 U.S. and Canadian car dealers, more than 1.7 million consumer reviews and a million-plus cars listed for sale. DealerRater attracts more than 12 million consumers every year to the site to search for car dealerships, read reviews, write their own descriptive reviews and find car deals – all for free.

DealerRater offers qualified car dealers a Certified Dealer Program as a reputation-building management tool to help them grow their online presence and achieve higher SEO rankings across the Web. Its national network of more than 5,400 dealers are members of the award-winning DealerRater Certified Dealer Program. DealerRater is proud to have earned the No. 137 position on the 2012 Inc. 500 list, an exclusive ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. DealerRater is well poised to continue its global expansion, accelerate product innovation and evaluate strategic acquisition opportunities with a recent equity investment from Great Hill Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm focused on growth companies. DealerRater was also recently awarded a Technology Leadership Award from Dealer Marketing Magazine and another “Top Rated” Reputation Management award in the sixth annual DrivingSales Dealer Satisfaction Awards. For more information, visit www.DealerRater.com or call 800-266-9455.

About Dealership

The original Frank Myers Store was started more than 85 years ago by Frank Myers, the Great-Grandfather of the current owner Tracy Myers and the Grandfather of the previous owner, Franklin Myers. Tracy has spent the past 20+ years trying to change the landscape of the car business and the bruised reputation of car salespeople all over the country. Tracy was one of the first 100 Certified Master Dealers in the Nation, a NIADA Eagle Award Winner and was the youngest recipient ever to be honored with the highest available distinction in the used car industry…the National Quality Dealer award.

Frank Myers Auto Maxx has been named one of the fastest growing privately owned small businesses in the country for the past 3 years by INC magazine, was recognized as the #1 Small Business in NC by Business Leader Magazine, one of the Top 15 Independent Automotive Retailers in the United States by Auto Dealer Monthly Magazine, one of the Top 10 Internet Auto Retailers in the Nation & one of the Top 3 dealerships to work for in the country by The Dealer Business Journal.

The dealership specializes in helping people find, qualify for and own the vehicle of their dreams with little or no money down…even with less than perfect credit. For more information on Frank Myers Auto Maxx, please visit their website at: FrankMyersAuto.com

Winston Salem Used Car Dealer Tries To Scare Up Business

What’s Up? Where you been? How are you? Why haven’t you been to see me lately?

I decided I had to write and pray that you would read it because you are obviously busy doing something else. In fact, everyone around this the Triad appears to be getting ready for Halloween.

Everyone’s so tied up with Halloween that my store is starting to look like a ghost town. I’m getting really scared! Nobody’s coming in the door so I decided to do something drastic to get people down to Frank Myers Auto Maxx today!

Inspiration hit while buying Red Bull and pork rinds at the convenience store. As I reached into my pocket and pulled out a five-dollar bill to pay, a light bulb went off! I decided, right then and there, that I wanted to help anyone DRIVE FOR FIVE bucks down this month at Frank Myers Auto Maxx.

I admit this latest stunt is a bit simplistic but so what? I’m willing to do almost anything to get people in the door and the DRIVE FOR FIVE sale is just the “trick” I need to make this Halloween a “treat”!

I want to help you can drive a nicer, newer car today at Frank Myers Auto Maxx for just five bucks down! Plus, I want your old car, DEAD or ALIVE, paid for or not. It’s kooky and spooky and sure to help a lot of people stop driving a car they hate this month.

Helping people is what Frank Myers Auto Maxx is all about. We’re always doing crazy things but one thing never changes, whatever we do, our goal is always to help Winston Salem residents.

At Frank Myers Auto Maxx, we put our customers first, before everything else. We believe that everyone deserves to drive a nicer, newer car today. Our business is not selling cars. Our business is finding solutions to the everyday problems that keep most people stuck in a car they hate. We’re on a mission to change the world by helping people get the car they want and deserve.

BAD CREDIT DOESN’T SCARE FRANK MYERS AUTO MAXX

Even if your credit is a bit terrifying and you’ve been turned down before, we’ll work hard to help you drive a nicer, newer car today at Frank Myers Auto Maxx!

Our Everybody Rides program isn’t scared of people who’ve had some trouble with their credit. My team isn’t afraid of bad credit demons. Our goal is to make the process simple and to help you get into a car you love. We work hard for you because we believe in you. It’s all part of our easy approach to doing business.

SAY R.I.P. TO YOUR OLD BEAST AT WINSTON SALEM USED CAR DEALERSHIP

R—Rid Yourself Of Your Old Beast

I—Invest Only $5 Down

P—Pick Out A Nicer, Newer Ride & Drive Home Today!

Let me, Tracy Myers, put your old beast to rest, once and for all. We want your old car…DEAD OR ALIVE, paid for or not PLUS we want to show you how to stop driving a car you hate and start driving a car you love before the sun sets on Halloween 2012.

You can also start the quick and easy credit approval process by going to http://www.frankmyersauto.com/-pre-approval. Or call 866-242-1277 and schedule a spooktacular appointment right now.

WINSTON SALEM USED CAR SHOPPERS, THIS IS WORTH REPEATING!

The Team at Frank Myers Auto Maxx puts you first, before everything else. I believe that everyone deserves to drive a nicer, newer car so come down today and let me help you drive away in a new ride! My business is finding solutions to the everyday problem that keep most people stuck in a car they hate. I’m on a mission to change that by helping people like you get the car they want and deserve.

Hurry in this week! The lights go out on this frightfully good deal midnight on Halloween!

See You Real Soon,
Tracy E. Myers, CMD
Owner/Frank Myers Auto Maxx

P.S. If you don’t love your nicer, newer car for any reason, bring it back and we’ll find one you do love! I personally guarantee it!

P.P..S. I’m looking for the Scariest Evil Laugh In Winston Salem. Do you have it? If so, you can win fame and fortune and an awesome iPad, just by laughing. Get ready to scream!!!!!! So before you drive away in your nicer, newer car, make sure and enter your scariest laugh. Everyone who participates will be entered into a drawing to win $250. Ha ha ha ha ha!

Uncle Frank Sez: Yes, this offer is real and there is no need to pinch yourself. Requires bank approval. Offers may not combine. Negative equity may be refinanced. We do not discriminate against zombies, werewolves, vampires, ghosts or anyone else.