Monday, November 24, 2014

New or Used: What Should I Do? Advantages to New and Used Cars

New or Used: What Should I Do?

By Staff,

Many car purchases start with one decision: New or used? It's hard to remember a better time to buy either. There are plenty of good vehicles out there either way.

In the end, the decision to buy new or used boils down to what you can afford and what will give you peace of mind.

If you're on a tight budget, then buying a used car gets you the most vehicle for the money. You can count on one hand the number of new cars that list for less than $12,000. For less than half the price of the average new car, you can buy a 3- or 4-year-old used vehicle that is larger and loaded with more features than a small, bare-bones new one. But buying a used vehicle has its own risks, which could cost you over the life of the vehicle. The fact is, you are buying a vehicle that someone else has owned and driven. You don't know how it's been driven or how well it's been cared for. A used vehicle will almost certainly require maintenance and possibly expensive repairs sooner than a new one, and those repairs probably won't be covered by a warranty.

The Case for Buying New

For some people, buying used isn't an option; they want a brand-spanking-new car. They want to select the color and the features in it. There's definitely a pride of ownership and peace of mind in being a vehicle's first owner. Some other advantages include:

Reduced maintenance expense: A new vehicle won't need maintenance for the first several thousand miles, and then only an oil change and tuneup will be required. More manufacturers are covering the cost of those routine maintenance items. The new vehicle likely won't need new tires, a battery, exhaust system or brakes during its first few years of ownership, or even longer.
Warranty coverage: The manufacturer covers its new vehicles under warranty for at least three years, and some warranties last much longer. Under a manufacturer's warranty, if something goes wrong with the car, it's the responsibility of the dealer and manufacturer to fix it. Typically, these bumper-to-bumper warranties last from three years or 36,000 miles (whichever comes first — an important detail to note) to five years and 60,000 miles. In addition to comprehensive warranties, many automakers provide warranty coverage for powertrains. These often extend past the bumper-to-bumper warranties and are often valid for years longer. Some extend up to 10 years or 100,000 miles.

It's good to be aware of these powertrain warranties; if you buy a used car, what's left of the warranty may (or may not) be fully transferable.
Peace of mind: If you encounter problems with your new car, you have legal recourse through state lemon laws. If you can prove that your new car is a lemon (definitions differ), you could receive a replacement vehicle or get your money back. Lemon laws apply only to new cars. You also can find out if your vehicle was returned to the used-car market as a lemon by looking at the vehicle's title or checking out a vehicle history report.
Roadside assistance: In addition to a comprehensive warranty, virtually all mainstream new cars and light trucks come with some level of free roadside assistance while the vehicle remains under warranty. In addition, some automakers reimburse you or provide alternate transportation if you are stranded far from home.

The Case for Buying Used

If you're not married to the idea of buying a new car, used vehicles have their own appeal:

Improved reliability: Although used vehicles typically don't carry the same warranties as new ones, the original factory warranty on a new car is often transferable to a second owner. Buyers of certified pre-owned cars from an authorized dealer can purchase a late-model used car and get the balance of the original warranty. Often, a manufacturer will offer a longer-term warranty for certified cars, or some buyers choose to add their own extended warranties. Of course, cars have been getting more reliable over the years, as consumers have demanded it.
Just like new: Another trend that makes buying used a better option is the proliferation of certified pre-owned programs. The idea started with luxury brands such as Lexus and Mercedes-Benz and has become a popular alternative for car buyers.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Vehicle of the Week: 2014 Buick LaCrosse Leather

Good Morning Bloggers!

Today's car of the week, is a beautiful 2014 Buick LaCrosse Leather for sale here in Maryland. This car has less than 30,000  miles on it and is available for only $24,450.

This car's exterior paint is a bright white diamond with a stylish neutral light tan interior.  Here are some of the features of this car:

  • Vanity Mirrors Dual Illuminating With Sliding Extensions
  • Shifter Activation Power Door Locks
  • In Dash Rear View Monitor

  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Anti-Lockout Feature Power Door Locks
  • Power Exterior Mirrors
  • Auto-Dimming Inside Rearview Mirror
  • Integrated Turn Signals Exterior Mirrors
  • Manual Folding Exterior Mirrors
  • Side Impact Door Beams Body Side Reinforcements
  • Theft-Deterrent System Anti-Theft System
  • Engine Immobilizer Anti-Theft System
  • Heated Exterior Mirrors
  • Remote 2-Stage Unlocking
  • Front And Rear Crumple Zones
  • Latch System Child Seat Anchors
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Rear View Camera System
  • Driver Side Auto-Dimming Exterior Mirrors
  • Emergency Interior Trunk Release
To come out and see this car for yourself, contact us at or stop by our showroom with other cars for sale located in Hyattstown, Maryland! 

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Top 5 Things To Do To Your Horse Trailer Before Winter

Good Afternoon Bloggers!

For all of our horse trailer customers, who like to hibernate during the winter, or don't travel down south, here is a great article from on five tips to prepare your horse trailer before winter hits! Enjoy and remember, if you need any trailer maintenance or tune-ups, come see us!

The Top 5 Things To Do To Your Horse Trailer Before Winter
By Tiffany Mead for

Doing some fall maintenance on your horse trailer can be one of the most cost-effective things a horse owner can do. “Many people have the misconception that with aluminum horse trailers there is no maintenance,” says Laurie Cerny, publisher of Horse Cent$ Magazine and “This couldn’t be farther from the truth.”

Cerny offers these five things to do to your horse trailer before winter:

1. Clean out your trailer: This means stripping out all of the bedding from the horse stalls and pulling up the mats and washing the floor. You also want to remove any hay and feed and clean out cracks and crevices (using an air compressor) where grain and hay may have fallen. Remove food items and other perishables (like fly sprays and grooming products) from your living quarters and tack room. Tack and show clothing should also be removed and stored indoors for the winter.

2. Stop any leaks: Leaks can affect the life of a horse trailer – more so with a steel trailer as water + metal equals rust. But, aluminum trailers will corrode where water leaks in and is allowed to pool for long periods of time.

3. Address rust: Rust should be removed by either sanding the area or wirebrushing. It then needs to be cleaned and painted with a rust-inhibitor paint. On steel trailers you want to pay particular attention to the frame – including where the sidewall meets the floor. Aluminum trailers also have steel parts – including the axles and the framework on the tongue (on a bumper pull), and the undercarriage on a gooseneck trailer.

4. Protect tires: Tires will go bad just from sitting and being exposed to the sun. If nothing else, at least put a coat of rubber protectant on your tires. Even better is to cover your tires. Dealers will even recommend moving your trailer at least once a month, or putting it up on blocks, to help prevent tires from flattening on the ground side.

5. Store trailer properly: The best place for a horse trailer isn’t always in your barn. Unless you are storing your trailer in a structure without animals and that has a cement floor, it will rust and corrode faster than if you leave it outside. Trailers can be effectively stored outside with the use of a trailer cover or tarp. It helps if you have a place that provides some protection – like alongside a building.

Also, make sure you are not parking your trailer under trees, as ice storms and other winter weather can cause limbs to break off and damage your trailer. Living quarters should also be winterized if the trailer is not being used over the winter.

Monday, November 3, 2014

New this week: 2015 Featherlite Combo Trailer

This week we want to highlight a brand NEW 2014 Featherlite 8413 Combo Trailer! This trailer is for sale and priced at $20,484. This trailer is 20′ long by 7’0 wide and 7’0 high with a 4’0 straight wall dressing room. It has a carrying weight of 14,000 lbs. It has a four-horse tack package which includes 4 adjustable saddle racks with blanket bars, 3 plastic solid mount 6-hook halter bars and two brush trays.  Be sure to stop by our lot in Hyattstown, Maryland and come see this horse trailer for sale yourself!

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