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 Big Should Your Auto Loan Down Payment Be?

cheap used car down payments

Purchasing a car is one of the largest investments we make. It can be a challenging field to navigate especially when considering financing options with bad credit. In order to start rebuilding bad credit, you have to enter into an affordable agreement and make timely monthly payments that you can afford. Most vehicle financing programs start with a down payment followed by a term length agreement, where you choose how long it take you to pay back your lender but some dealerships offer no money down programs for buyers. Choosing how to balance term length and size of down payment can be difficult and should be carefully considered.

How big a down payment do you need?

It’s possible that you won’t need a down payment at all and even those with poor credit can to benefit from these programs. When considering a down payment it should be noted that contributing money upfront can help reduce both your interest rate and your term length. While many factor contribute to your interest rate, a down payment will often afford you a lower interest rate and a lower monthly payment. If keeping your monthly payments low is high on your priority list, then contributing a larger down payment is a must or you selecting a less expensive vehicle.

If you’re credit score is low or less than ideal, you should save up a reasonable down payment so you can secure a better rate. A lower credit score will yield a high interest rate so your best bet is to pay a little more up front. That said, don’t be scared to look around for the best loan rate. If you know your budget and can put forward a 30% down payment but you can get the same or a better rate for only 20% down, hold on to that extra cash.

If a new vehicle is in your future but you don’t need it right away, start putting some money aside. Only you know what’s best for your personal finances and if purchasing a car outright isn’t for you then having a healthy savings to dip into where if you don’t use it all you’ll have a little extra cash for monthly payments if need be. Plus, being able to come to the table with some more money behind you may put you in a better bargaining position. If paying that extra 5 or 10% gets you a lower rate or shorter term, it may be worth it in the long run as the longer you take to pay people back, the more interest you’re going to pay.

While you’ll hear some mixed messages around how much you should be paying, the consensus seems to be that at least 10% down is ideal. We know that this isn’t always possible especially if your need for a new car is sudden. If you can’t manage this or any down payment, speak with a qualified auto loan specialist such as the ones at Frank Myers Auto Maxx in Winston-Salem  and discuss your options. Having bad credit or limited options doesn’t have to prevent you from securing a great quality vehicle at an affordable price.

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

Frank Myers Auto Maxx Named One Of The Top 50 Used Car Dealerships Of 2010 By Auto Dealer Monthly

Winston-Salem, NC Used Car Dealer One Of Only 2 North Carolina Dealers To Be Named To List

Winston Salem Independent Dealer Frank Myers Auto Maxx has been named as one of the top 50 independent auto retailers across the nation by Auto Dealer Monthly.  Of the 50 awarded, only 2 dealerships were chosen from North Carolina.

This year is the fifth consecutive year that Auto Dealer Monthly has recognized dealerships across the country for their sales and service performance. The top 50 were announced in the July issue of the automotive publication.

Although many of the dealership owners operate more than one location, Tracy Myers, Owner of Frank Myers Auto Maxx, is a single-location dealer.  The used car dealership, auto service facility, auto reconditioning center and auto rental business are located on nearly 5 acres off of Highway 52 in Winston Salem, NC.

Tracy Myers “Grew Up” In Winston Salem Used Car Dealership

Tracy Myers literally grew up in the automotive industry, having worked at Frank Myers Auto for almost 18 years and bought it from his father 6 years ago. He has implemented ground-breaking processes and guest-friendly procedures that reflect his desire to change the perception of the used car industry in which he loves.

Myers has become known as an innovator for his use and integration of internet technology in the world of car shopping. From their famous “Everybody Rides” program to their new 30-Day Satisfaction Promise to social media and internet relationship building, Frank Myers Auto Maxx has dedicated their careers to finding new ways to help people find, qualify for and own  the vehicle of their dreams with little or no money down…even with less than perfect credit.

For a full list of Auto Dealer Monthly’s 2010 Top 50 Independent Retailers, including Frank Myers Auto Maxx, you can visit http://www.autodealermonthly.com/.  

ABOUT FRANK MYERS AUTO MAXX

Frank Myers Auto Maxx was recently recognized as the #1 Small Business in NC by Business Leader Magazine, one of the Top 27 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. Tracy is also the author of the #1 best selling book “Uncle Frank Sez”, available at Amazon.com and better bookstores. 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: http://www.frankmyersauto.com

CONTACT

Frank Myers Auto Maxx
4200 N. Patterson Avenue
Winston Salem, NC 27105
SALES PHONE: 336-767-3432
SALES WEBSITE: http://www.FrankMyersAuto.com
SERVICE PHONE: 336-831-0656
SERVICE WEBSITE: http://www.frankmyersauto.com/winston-salem-auto-repair.html