Philadelphia's Best Used Cars
If your old vehicle is breaking down a lot, it may be time to start shopping around for something that’s in good operating condition, and probably a little newer as well. A badly worn vehicle can be downright dangerous on the highway. You may feel lots of road feedback or clumsy steering that makes you feel like you are driving a boat. This gets even worse if your brakes are bad or the drivetrain is unreliable. So many driving situations in the congested city traffic require split-second maneuvers to avoid an accident. If you don’t have a vehicle that you can launch into action or brake on a dime with, you may find yourself waiting in a dangerous situation or unable to cross over into the appropriate lanes on the highway.
So, how is it that your vehicle deteriorated so rapidly? And what can you do to prevent the same thing from eventually happening with a newer model?
The secret to taking care of today’s late-model autos is preventive maintenance. The lubricants that are used in modern vehicles provide exceptional performance compared to those from much earlier years. An engine should be able to easily reach 200,000 miles before a rebuild might be needed. However, even with that being said, vehicles can deteriorate rapidly when the owners neglect even some of the small things. If you let that leaky gasket go, you might be saying goodbye to that $7,000 transmission. If you don’t fix that torn CV boot right away, don’t expect that axle to last more than a few hundred miles before it starts clicking and burning out.
Precision Oil Changes
If you don’t change your oil on time and replace it with the appropriate oil, or even use a high-performance synthetic oil, you will create a greater toll on your engine. The pistons, valves, and bearings will start to wear out faster. When this happens, the vehicle will not run as efficiently and will consume more oil and fuel. If you have a high-mileage engine, it is time to switch to a high-mileage oil that has a somewhat higher viscosity to create a better oil seal and film on the piston walls and prevent blow-by. A high-mileage oil will also have conditioners in it to help soften dried out seals.
Using the appropriate weight of oil is another often overlooked element of car maintenance. In the winter time, you want to run an oil with a lower viscosity number on the front end. For example, you may want to run a 0W 30-grade oil in the winter. The 0 denotes the viscosity at winter temperatures and how the oil will function on a cold start. If you use a 15W 30, the oil will be too gooey to do much good on a cold start even if it performs the same once the engine reaches operating temperature. And vice versa, you don’t want an oil that is too thin in the summertime because it will not provide a strong coating to protect the mechanical parts.
Because cold starts contribute so heavily to engine wear when there is the highest possibility for metal on metal contact, having the proper grade of oil is critical to long-term engine health. In fact, the motor oils out there today are only about 70 percent oils. The rest of the fluid is made up of all sorts of additives that help govern how it behaves. The additive package in an engine oil may be more important than the grade of the oil itself.
Today’s additive packages feature graphite and molybdenum to reduce the impact of dry starts. They feature compounds to reduce volatility, which helps prevent the oil from burning up. The oil also is designed to have a pH level in the alkaline spectrum to help absorb and neutralize the acids that are formed during combustion. Acids take a terrible toll on the internals of an engine because they soften the metal forged parts enough to hasten erosion.
You will also find antioxidants in the motor oil that will stop the water in gasoline and humidity in the air from corroding the internal parts. So, there is a lot of refined engineering going on here to ensure that motor oils are protecting your engine. You can start by choosing the correct oil for your engine and ensuring the right viscosity every season.
Your driving style may also be to blame. If you are the type of person who brakes hard and jumps the gun from any stop light, you can wear out your vehicle in no time. The engine incurs the most wear from cold starts. Common sense tells you that the oil pressure has to build up in the engine. If you are jumping too fast from idle, you may not have sufficient lubrication to make that leap as smooth as it should be. This is especially true if you are running hard on a cold engine during the fall and winter months.
If you drive on a lot of gravel roads and deal with a lot of potholes without taking appropriate care, this can eat the paint off your vehicle and begin the rusting process. It will also knock your vehicle out of alignment and damage rims, tires, steering, and suspension parts. Taking your vehicle off-roading or using it for heavy labor can take a major toll on it as well. Even dragging pets into your vehicle or letting your children mess it up can create a stigma that the vehicle is an old beater because it doesn’t look so attractive. Once your perception of a vehicle changes, you may neglect basic maintenance by not thinking that investing in your car is worth it.
Speeding will also damage the bearings on your wheels and your drivetrain. The faster that you travel, the more heat that you will generate in the moving parts. The heat is what kills mechanical parts. Although synthetic lubricants have reduced the heat by evenly dissipating it and eliminating the paraffin wax hotspots found in conventional oils, you are still putting these parts at risk if you run them hard or for longer duty cycles.
Starting with a Clean Slate
Purchasing a new or pre-owned car can provide you with the opportunity to start off with a clean slate. When you understand how your habits, driving, and maintenance styles have a habit of driving your cars into the ground, you may take better care if you have a newer vehicle to work with. Although brand-new cars are always nice to work with, the price can be prohibitive and make people gamble on the private market for something cheaper. Yet, when you are dealing with sellers on the private market, you can run into a lot of dishonest sellers.
The easiest way to protect yourself when you are looking for used cars for sale is to deal with an established and licensed dealership that specializes in high-quality pre-owned vehicles. A dealership that sources out the top candidates because they have low mileage was never involved in an accident, have a normal and regular maintenance schedule, and no known problems can be the best place to go. You can save as much as 50-percent off a Certified Pre-owned vehicle that is just a few years older than the same brand-new model.
The reason why prices for the same model and year may differ quite a bit when you search for used cars for sale is because there is that unquantifiable factor of quality in used vehicles. The same identical used vehicles placed side by side may have a huge range in the level of quality because one was serviced correctly while the other was neglected.
As stated above, something as seemingly insignificant as using the wrong motor oil can do a world of damage to a vehicle and cause premature wear. Of course, you will always have those diehard models that could practically run without oil. But they are getting harder and harder to find as manufacturers continue to engineer vehicles to be run in perfect operating conditions.
When you are searching out used cars for sale, it always helps to find a Certified Pre-owned vehicle that was thoroughly inspected for safety and one that is backed by a warranty. A bumper-to-bumper warranty is the most precious kind of warranty available. This means that all the parts in the vehicle from front to back are guaranteed to last you for the length of that warranty without issue.
If there is an issue, the warranty will pay for any replacement parts and the labor to install them. While there may or may not be a deductible, depending on the plan, you will at least know that the dealerships did everything possible to solve any wear issues from the door in the vehicle to save themselves from the warranty repair expenses and headaches down the road.
For this reason, you should never just buy a used car and cross your fingers. The car is worth zero dollars to you if it doesn’t run. Having a decent warranty to guarantee that it will operate problem-free for a length of time puts the ball in your court. Then, all you have to do is keep up the maintenance and take good care of the vehicle to keep the current operational state in a continuum.
Eden Autos is one such dealership that provides excellent warranty protection on Certified Pre-owned vehicles. In fact, that is all that they sell because they know that these are the hottest deals around. They put their vehicles through a 125-point inspection that ensures that there is no damage or premature wear to any parts in the vehicle. This checklist measures everything from tire tread to the function and finesse of the car door handles.
So, for anyone looking for used cars in Philadelphia, or anywhere in the Delaware Valley, they should probably head down to Eden Autos to check the selection before going to an overpriced dealership that wants to push brand-new cars. They should also think long and hard about why it is a bad choice to buy a vehicle off a private seller with no reputation and little accountability. Why take risks with all the money that is involved when you can deal with a reputable dealership with competitive prices that can save you as much as 50-percent off the list price for the same new model
As stated above, mileage really doesn’t mean a whole lot when you consider the engineering and quality of today’s synthetic lubricants. As long as you continue to use high-quality synthetic lubricants and upkeep other maintenance, there should be no reason why your Certified Pre-Owned model won’t last as long as you’d like to keep it.
But, of course, the trick is that you have to first start out with a clean slate. Once a vehicle reaches a certain threshold of lapsed maintenance, it will cost more to repair it than it would to replace it. The big factory dealerships that sell brand-new cars make a killing off hammering customers with high prices on vehicles after the warranty expires. They will give them the option to simply trade-in the vehicle for a new car once they face any major repair bills. It sounds like an attractive offer, at first, if you simply start a new payment plan for $350 a month instead of paying that $1,500 for the maintenance that they recommend.
Eden Autos sells a diverse number of warranty options to help you secure the extended warranty protection that you desire at much better costs than the factory dealerships. Because Eden Autos only specializes in selling pre-owned vehicles, they have the business model streamlined and running like a well-oiled machine. And that is exactly what they are cranking out for consumers, thoroughly detailed and inspected well-oiled machines that can last a lifetime.
Is it Better to Lease a Vehicle or to Purchase a Pre-Owned Model?
When it comes to leasing, it seems ultra-convenient. The dealerships make an attractive offer on a brand-new vehicle that allows you to drive away in it that day with no money down or very little money down. Your contractual commitment to pay for it is over in a few years, three years being the most common time frame. At that time you are free to walk away and ditch the car for public transportation or to sign up for a lease on another vehicle. And while it may seem oh so easy and like you are getting the prime life out of the car for a song of a price, leasing has a very dark side.
People who lease vehicles have a mileage cap that they simply can’t exceed without facing huge penalties. This is because the dealerships have trouble selling used after-lease vehicles if they have a lot of miles on them. Again, remember that consumers are still hypnotized in that old way of thinking to believe that mileage is the best indication of wear. We have to tell you that it absolutely has almost nothing to do with the mechanical fitness of any late-model vehicle ran on synthetic fluids all its life.
Leasing a vehicle also makes it incredibly expensive if you get any stains on the upholstery, if the bushings on the steering parts wear out, if you get any scratches or hail damage, etc. Yes, because anytime that the dealership can claim that your vehicle doesn’t meet their arbitrary expectations, they will penalize you with huge surcharges. Therefore, while the upfront number may seem attractive and simple to maintain, the end of the leasing process may have you in for some big surprises.
A Certified Pre-Owned vehicle may have some miles on it, but, as long as it is not decades old those miles really have nothing at all to do with how well it might function. The best way to anticipate how it may perform is to look at the maintenance histories. For whatever brand of vehicle it may be, the dealerships have access to a service history on the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), such as by getting the vehicle’s CarFax Report.
If you want to see how well a vehicle was maintained, you simply need a copy of this information. This will allow you to determine if you are driving a vehicle that was always kept in optimal condition or just something that is running for the time being. And although mileage is not a huge factor in late-model vehicles that are only a few years old, if the high-mileage is mixed with other maintenance lapses, it can be a risky deal. Don’t trust private sellers that claim that a mechanic friend rebuilt the engine or some big inflated stories to make you overlook the mileage of the vehicle in these cases if we are talking at or near 200,000 miles.
Because there is a lot of money at stake, you should not put a lot of faith in anything that can’t be proven with records and receipts. For this same reason, you should keep track of all your auto bills and receipts to ensure a full-service record history for any future sale. And that is what is so great about a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle, it is yours to sell it when the payments are over. You can recoup a substantial amount of your investment or keep driving the vehicle for only the cost of basic maintenance that you may be able to do yourself.
Is it Better to Buy a Brand-New Car or a Pre-Owned Certified Model?
If you like the idea of throwing money away, by all means, go out and toss cash at a brand-new vehicle. Most of the people who have purchased lemons have purchased brand-new vehicles. These vehicles come directly from the manufacturers with more bugs than you can exterminate with a bug bomb. These models are usually the first editions of a new generation that haven’t had all the bugs tweaked out yet. For this reason, it is always safer to purchase a pre-owned vehicle because outfits like Eden Autos would automatically disqualify them if there was any unusual repair history.
Considering that a brand-new vehicle can lose up to 15-percent or more of its value the moment you drive it of the dealer’s lot, (referred to as depreciation) there is little value in brand-new vehicles. The whole concept of new is so fragile that merely driving away forever tarnishes the image and marketing delusion that consumers are buying. And that is all that a brand-new vehicle is, a marketing delusion that people assume that they are getting what they pay for.
If only the average consumer realized what they are really paying for. They are paying for a vehicle that is so fresh that the plastic resins have not yet exhausted all the formaldehyde left over from the manufacturing process. Formaldehyde and other toxic carcinogenic chemicals are what truly give a brand-new car all that new car smell that people rave about. For this reason alone, buying a brand-new car should be avoided. Something that is at least a year or two older will be stable and free of the chemicals that are still emitting fumes from the manufacturing process of the interior and plastic parts.
When you are looking for great deals on pre-owned cars for sale in Philadelphia, why not take a look at Eden Autos? They have the experience and wisdom to know where the true value is in the industry. So many trends in consumer shopping are irrational. If you want to be a savvy shopper, it is best to choose from a dealership that has a large selection of late model, low mileage cars that can be half the price of those being offered at the factory car dealerships. And don’t forget financing; Eden Autos has a full range of financing options to meet everyone’s credit history, regardless of the credit score.
Understanding how you can prevent premature wear and tear on your vehicle by simply doing a little homework about the motor oil and staying on top of repairs and maintenance can make a world of difference when you do step into that newer car. Don’t fall for the irrational consumer marketing delusion that brand-new vehicles are the cream of the crop. In fact, they are not because they are overpriced, untested in the real world, and full of possible toxic fumes emanating from the recent manufacturing process.