Why You Get Better Service from a Used Car Dealership

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There are many reasons to shop at a used car dealership. You can gain access to a wider selection of vehicles, and you can get a better deal on a quality car.

One of the best reasons to shop at a used car dealership is that you’ll often get better service than you would from anywhere else. Here’s why:

More Individual Attention

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Should You Buy a “Green” Car in 2015?

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As the technology advances and the demand increases, more and more “green” vehicles are hitting the market. No, this isn’t a reference to a color preference that’s sweeping the nation; it refers to the movement to embrace more eco-friendly vehicles, such as hybrid and electric cars.

Whether you go to new or used car dealerships, you’ll find plenty of options for hybrid and electric vehicles from a variety of manufacturers. Here are a few things to think about if you are considering making the switch to a green car in 2015:

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Why Shopping a Used Car Dealership is Better than an Auction

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When you are looking to get the best savings on a car, you have two strong options: Shopping at a used car dealership or going to a car auction. There are many types of car auctions, including those that feature overstock inventory and those that consist of vehicles seized in criminal proceedings and repossessions.

No matter what kind of used car dealership or car auction you choose, the dealership will always come out on top over the auction. Here are a few reasons why shopping at a used car dealership is always better than shopping at a car auction:

Greater Accessibility

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Top Insurance to Get for a Used Car

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Shopping at used car dealerships is one of the best ways to save money while also getting a quality vehicle. One of the first things you’ll need to do after you buy your vehicle is to get the right insurance.

You’ll be responsible for liability and collision insurance, but there are many other kinds of insurance that you might want to consider. Here are a few top choices for insurance to buy for your used car:

Personal Injury Protection

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How to Ensure Car Seat Safety

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At McCluskey Automotive, we strive to be much more than the premier used car dealership in the Cincinnati area. We want to be a full-service dealership, offering our customers the information and service they need to get a great car and stay safe behind the wheel.

When you have a family, a key component of driving safety is using the right car seat and installing it properly. To help our customers, we’ve put together some key information about how to ensure car seat safety:

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Why You Shouldn’t Shop Virtual Used Car Dealerships

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When you are ready to buy a car, you may go online to research information about car models and prices. Websites help make the process a little easier when you are short on time (and we’re all short on time).

You may even be tempted to buy a car online through one of the many virtual used car dealerships. However, this would be a mistake. Here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t shop virtual dealerships but you should go to one in person instead:

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Top Myths about Electric Vehicles

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When you shop at a used car dealership, you have many more options for the types of vehicles you can buy, and you can usually get them for a better price. Shopping for a used car is one of the best ways to get a good deal on a hybrid or electric vehicle.

More and more auto manufacturers are creating hybrid and pure electric vehicles. However, some consumers are reluctant to embrace this new technology because they have concerns about many of the top myths about hybrid and electric vehicles, such as that they are too expensive.

Here are some of the top myths about electric vehicles busted:

They Don’t Have Enough Range

Many people are concerned that electric vehicles will run out of charge while they are on the road. The truth is that most people drive less than 40 miles per day, which is far below the standard range for all electric vehicles. Electric vehicles even do well on longer drives. Some models can go a couple of hundred miles on a single charge, and some can re-charge in as little as 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the charging station.

Charging Them is a Hassle

Many people believe that electric cars take too long to charge and that there aren’t enough charging stations to make charging on the go convenient. While some models may take up to eight hours to completely re-charge, many more can re-charge in just a few hours. Some can even charge in as little as 30 minutes. As the technology becomes more widely available, more stations are also available for charging, making re-charging as convenient as filling up gas.

They are Too Expensive

Electric cars have a reputation for being both expensive to buy and expensive to repair. However, you can buy an electric vehicle for as little as many other sedans. If you buy an electric vehicle at a used car dealership, you can save a significant amount of money. Proper maintenance can keep repairs down. That and the cost you save on fuel can make electric vehicles just as affordable as most economy sedans, if not more so.

Buying an electric car can help you save money and do your part for the environment. Come down to McCluskey Automotive’s used car dealership to browse our selection of hybrid and electric vehicles or to find other fuel-efficient models.

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What to Look for in a Car Loan

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Shopping at used car dealerships can help you find the best deal on a quality, previously owned vehicle. However, if you don’t get the right car loan, that “deal” could end up costing you more than the higher-priced car over the long run.

Fortunately, most used car dealerships offer a number of financing options to help you find the terms that are right for you. Here are a few tips for how you can evaluate your options to find the right car loan for you:

Understand the Interest Rate

The interest rate you get on your car loan will have a significant impact on how much you pay over the life of the loan. The higher the interest rate, the higher your monthly payment will be and the more you will pay in the long run. However, the interest rate alone is not all you need to know. You also need to understand how the interest is charged. Most car loans have simple interest, but some lenders may try to charge compound interest, which can significantly inflate what you will pay.

Consider the Length

Most car loans are for anywhere from 48 to 72 months, or four to six years. The longer the term, the higher the interest rate will usually be. You’ll have lower monthly payments, but you’ll end up paying more for the car over the long term. By shortening the term, you’ll pay a little more each month, but you’ll save yourself hundreds or thousands in interest. It’s important that you evaluate your short- and long-term financial goals to make the right decision.

Know the Fees

Some car loans charge an origination fee or an administrative fee. Most lenders also charge late fees and penalties for late payments or missed payments. Make sure you understand all the fees associated with the loan so that you understand your total financial commitment. The loan may end up costing you much more than you originally thought.

Getting the right car loan can help you better manage your finances while also getting the vehicle you need. Shopping at used car dealerships can help you save a lot on your purchase, bringing down your overall costs and improving your chances of getting the best financing. McCluskey Automotive is proud to offer our customers some of the best prices on quality used vehicles, as well as a variety of financing options to meet their needs.

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How to Investigate the Reputation of a Used Car Dealership

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Shopping at a used car dealership can help you save a lot of money on a quality vehicle. You’ll also gain access to a much wider variety of vehicles — maybe even finding a rare or novelty vehicle you’ve been looking for a while.

Unfortunately, some used car dealerships can be just as unethical as some people. You may buy a car that breaks down after only a few months, or you may get financing that includes terms that cause you to struggle to pay off your car. In many cases, you may get poor service that will make your experience a negative one.

To ensure that you get only the benefits of shopping at a used car dealership and don’t have to worry about any of these unpleasant possibilities, it is important that you do your research and choose the right place to shop. Here are a few things you can do to investigate the reputation of a dealership to ensure you get a great car and a great experience:

Check Online Reviews

One of the best places to start investigating any business is to read online reviews from its previous customers. Two types of people typically leave reviews: Those who are very happy with their experience, and those who are very upset about the experience they had. You will quickly learn what kind of service and quality to expect from the reviews you read. Check sites like Yelp or Google Reviews to see what past customers have to say about the dealership.

Check with the Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau regulates a variety of businesses, and it collects and publishes complaints about those businesses. Even if the dealership is not a member of the BBB, you can learn if anyone has filed a complaint about it. If the dealership is a member, you can learn more information, such as its BBB rating.

Talk to Your Mechanic

Mechanics have an insider understanding of the quality of cars that come from different lots. They know if a dealership has a reputation for selling cars with mechanical or other problems. Ask your mechanic for referrals, as well as tips on what dealerships to avoid.

At McCluskey Automotive, we stand by our reputation as a top used car dealership in the Cincinnati area. We invite you to research our reputation and then come in for a visit to let us show you why our customers love us. We’re sure you’ll be our next satisfied customer.

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Top Scenic Road Trips around Cincinnati

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The summer is the perfect time for a road trip. When you’ve just purchased a used auto in Cincinnati, you are likely itching to get out and stretch its legs and get a real feel for the car. What better way to break it in than to take a nice road trip around Cincinnati? You can enjoy a day trip or go longer distances and enjoy a few days exploring the region.

Here are a few of the top scenic road trips around Cincinnati to consider taking before the summer ends:

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