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.


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!

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

Summer Comes To An End At Frank Myers Auto

Time marches on and summer is fast slipping away. Goodbye lazy days of summer; hello crazy days of back to school, back to work and back to business. I hope all of you enjoyed a vacation, a siesta or at the very least a sleepy Sunday spent in pajamas this summer. As Sam Keen said so eloquently, “Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” Now it’s time to pack up lazy, pick up the pace and look forward to the start of a new season.

Fall is always a little exciting. There is so much to look forward to . . . cooler temperatures, big breezes, football games, the holiday season, and a return to routine. Fall is cozy and predictable like my favorite old sweater!

Here are a few things you can do to prepare for a smooth transition from relaxed to recharged this August . . .

1. Make a plan—spend a few hours figuring out what you want to accomplish this fall. The busy days ahead will be much more manageable with a plan in place.

2. Schedule appointments—make sure and visit your dentist, doctor, chiropractor, dermatologist, and whoever else you need to visit to stay healthy in the months ahead.

3. Donate—clean out your closets and drawers to make room for organization. Spend a few hours giving away things you don’t need to charity. It will help you and help others while keeping your house organized this fall.

4. Health break—take a few days to cleanse your body. Drink water instead of soda. Choose fruit over candy. Skip fried foods and fill your plate with healthy choices like brown rice, lean meat and salad. Healthy eating will give you the physical boost you need to approach fall with muster.

5. Sleep well—go to bed a little bit earlier so that you can wake up well rested in the morning. Keep nighttime distractions to a minimum. Invest in new sheets and a high-quality pillow. Happy nights make for happy mornings.

Follow these tips to keep the demands of fall from sneaking up on you! I’m planning on doing the same, just as soon as I wrap up one of my super important summer to-do list items . . . taking a summer siesta. ZZZZZZZZZ.

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart. ~Celia Thaxter

About The Author

Tracy Myers is commonly referred to as The Nations Premier Automotive Solutions Provider. Best-Selling author and legendary speaker Brian Tracy called him “a visionary to be compared to a Walt Disney for a new generation.”

He is also a Certified Master Dealer and was the youngest ever recipient of the National Quality Dealer of the Year award by the NIADA, which is the highest obtainable honor in the used car industry. His car dealership, Frank Myers Auto Maxx, was recently recognized as the number one Small Business in NC by Business Leader Magazine, one of the Top 3 dealerships to work for in the country by The Dealer Business Journal and one of the Top 22 Independent Automotive Retailers in the United States by Auto Dealer Monthly Magazine.

Myers has been a guest business correspondent on FOX News, appeared on NBC, ABC and CBS affiliates across the country, been featured in USA Today and written for Fast Company. His inspirational stories and strategies for success are in demand across the country which has given him the opportunity to share the stage with the likes of with Zig Ziglar, James Malinchak, Brian Tracy, Mike Koenig, Bob Burg and Tom Hopkins…just to name a few. His books include the #1 Best-Sellers Uncle Frank ‘Sez’, YOU Are The Brand, Stupid! and Pushing To The Front (written with the legendary Brian Tracy). They help people become better consumers as well as inspire industry leaders to become “game changers.” He was also featured in the Telly Award winning film “Car Men”.

As the founder of his own marketing and branding academy, Tracy teaches ambitious business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs how to get noticed, gain instant credibility, make millions and dominate their competition by building their celebrity expert status.



Frank Myers Auto Is Flippin’ Cars Instead Of Burgers

This Is The ONLY Summer Barbeque That Saves You Money Going On Now At Frank Myers Auto Maxx!

It’s a fact that backyard barbecues are popping up everywhere around Winston Salem this summer, even in one place that’s sure to surprise. A most unlikely spot, the car lot. Car dealer Tracy Myers is donning an apron and getting ready to do some grilling of his own.

But be warned: it’s not meat he’s grilling up! Instead of corn on the cob, they’ll be roasting your old ride and offering up car on the cob at Frank Myers Auto Maxx this weekend during the Backyard Car-B-Q.


Myers explained, “It’s hotter than Hades right now. I’m just plain exhausted. The last thing I want to do is spend my days scrambling for cars at the auction.  Problem is, July is my busy time of year and I need cars now more than ever.”

“That’s why I’m inviting everyone down to my summer Backyard Car-B-Q. I know people can’t resist a summer soirée so when they trade in any car over 2 years old, I’ll give them up to $4,704.00 off any vehicle in stock so they can stop driving a car they hate and upgrade to a nicer, newer car. I’ll bypass the auction and they’ll get to go home in their nicer, newer ride and have some summer fun in the process.”

Everybody knows that car dealers rely on sales during the summer months to keep their business in the black from year to year. 75% of their annual profit comes from sales during these peak summer months. With the increase in sales comes the need to restock inventory. It’s very important for car dealers to take in as many trades as they can to keep up with demand especially when fuel prices and inventory levels are as unpredictable as they are right now.

So right now is the best time to upgrade your car and life; trade in any vehicle over 2 years old and get up to $4,704.00 off a nicer, newer car so that you can stop driving a car you hate at the Backyard Car-B-Q where Myers is flippin’ cars instead of burgers!


Worried about a few BURNS on your credit report? Chill out at the Backyard Car-B-Q where the ultimate pit master, Myers, will grill the banks to get you approved. He won’t take no for an answer! It’s the GREAT CAR-B-Q CHALLENGE OF 2012—Braggin’ Rights’ go to the craftiest cook—to the one who melts your credit challenges away, and helps you get approved for a nicer, newer car.

As Myers made very clear, “I don’t want anyone to stay away from my Backyard Car-B-Q because of bad credit. I don’t care a hoot about what that report says. I work hard to help as many people as I can get approved, especially those who really need my help. I really do want everyone to leave the party in a nicer, newer car. I believe no one should have to drive a car they hate.

With the volume of business Myers brings to the table with his “Everybody Rides Program,” the banks go out of their way to treat his customers right. They work together to find solutions.

“My automotive finance experts keep fighting for you long past the point many others quit! So come down to grill and chill at my barbecue hotspot. We’ll work hard to send you home in a nicer, newer car today!” exclaimed Myers. 


Be sure to get down to Frank Myers Auto Maxx where you can trade in any car over 2 years old and get up to $4,704.00 off any Certified vehicle in stock so you can stop driving a car you hate. Upgrade to a nicer, newer car at the Backyard Car-B-Q. The grill is heatin’ up! Myers is ready to smoke that old ride you can’t wait to get rid of! It’s time to drive a car you love and say goodbye to that clunker you hate!

Shop today for the best solutions.

You can also start the quick and easier credit approval process by going to https://www.FrankMyersAuto.com. Or call 336-767-4069 and set a VIP appointment right now.

Head over to Frank Myers Auto Maxx at 4200 North Patterson Avenue in Winston Salem, NC this week to take part in the BACKYARD CAR-B-Q. 

Hurry in, The Backyard Car-B-Q ends midnight on July 31st or after we’ve grilled 143 cars.