Tuesday, May 22, 2018


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Monday, April 30, 2018

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Friday, April 27, 2018

2007 KIA SPECTRA 127K autotrans runs great $2500

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

2002 Toyota Avalon 186k v6 3.0 loaded $2500

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Whatever Happened to Penny Cars?

At least once a month I get asked if I have any cars for under $1000? 15 years ago I might have said yes, but nowadays that car is a rare find. Let's break it down.

First off, let's preface this conversation with some facts. When I say $1000 car, I mean one that has no major mechanical problems and can pass a state safety and emission test fairly easily. And gets you from Point A to B and every now and then Point C. Let's say your budget is $1000 (the reason why you want a car in that price range) the tax's and fee's alone are going to be up to 20% of that budget. For instance, a 7% Sales Tax would mean $70 Tax, plus $50 Smog and Safety Test, and $100 in DMV License Fee's. This totals $220 and makes up 22% of your budget.

Now we are talking about a $780 car! Let's say I go to a Salvage Auction because generally the cars there are cheaper due to the title and light damage. All Auctions have what they call a Buyer's Fee, a fee for this bid price would probably range in the $150 zone. This means we are now talking about a $630 car! This is before any of the damage on the car is repaired, remember we are buying cars that have damage, which is the reason we are getting them so cheap.

Much to the dismay of many Liberals, I prefer to be in the business of making a profit! Generally, the risk and time involved demands that I make a minimum profit that rewards my efforts. Therefore, if I am able to buy a reliable vehicle that I can honestly sell to a customer that can use it for at least 1 year under normal wear and tear, I would have to be purchasing it for no more than $300. Because after I fix the vehicle to make it road worthy and beyond, I am barely making a profit worth my time and efforts. We are talking less than $300 folks! I'm not greedy, but even that small of profit margin is slim for anyone's efforts.

Just like their is no such thing as penny candy anymore, I say their is no such thing as "Reliable" $1000 cars anymore. I firmly believe that it takes a minimum of $1500 to get into a reliable car including tax and license fee's. Even these are a rare find!



Tuesday, June 1, 2010

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Top 10 Best Selling Vehicles of 2008

With all the hype over Hybrids and $4 gallon gas in 2008, what would you guess would be the #1 selling vehicle in America? Wrong, not the Prius! Think opposite, exact opposite. Like the Ford F-150, yes that's right, Ford Motor Co. sold more F-150's than any other vehicle in America. Over a half-million to be exact!

Ok, ok, but the Prius or Corolla has to be #2 right? Well, think again, can you say, "Chevy Silverado"? That is not a typo and your eyes are not fooling you. The Top 2 best selling vehicles in America are trucks that don't even come close to getting 20 MPG on the freeway. When I read this list for the first time, it made me laugh out loud. Everyday, I hear from the media, celebrities, Al Gore, and politicians about how we must drive cars that get better gas mileage or take mass transit or walk. Moreover, there rhetoric makes you feel as though everybody is being "Green" and your're the only one not on this wagon.

However, facts like these prove once again, Americans know what they want and will ignore the so called "Experts" and make decisions that make sense in there individual lives. The big three are building vehicles Americans actually want to drive. 4 out of the top 10 best selling vehicles are American made.

I am dreading the "Green" designs and new regulations that Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are going to come up with in an effort to make the Big Three pay for there bailout money. Washington seems bent on regulating Detroit into making inferior products that Americans will not want to drive, I cannot wait for the day that I get to buy a Dodge Ram with a frame made from recycled materials and runs on vegetable oil!

This Top 10 List makes you wonder what these Automakers could do without the UAW or Washington breathing down there neck with regulations and outrageous wages. Level the playing field Washington, Cut the Red Tape!



Monday, July 28, 2008

Econo-Cars Appreciate?

Lately, I have been reading alot of articles about how economy cars are actually appreciating in value. In all my 30 years of working in the auto industry I have never seen the value of a car actually appreciate with the exception of collector cars. Generally, when I purchase a car the key to making any profit along with any other Dealer is to sell it as fast as possible. Why? You might ask.

Well a vehicle is a depreciating asset and once you drive a new car off the lot you instantly lose 10-20% of it's initial value (This percentage varies depending on the Year, Make, Model and the kind of deal you got on the car). Used cars tend to lose there value slower, but they still depreciate. The more miles and wear and tear you put on your vehicle in the years after you purchase all play a huge role in the future resale value. This is why I was totally shocked to actually hear some cars have actually appreciated up to 20% of there value in the past 3 months. The cars that have made the biggest jump in value are economy cars that get great gas mileage.

I believe the reason for this unusual climb in appreciation is because the exhorbitantly high gas prices we have all been experiencing around the country. People are scrambling to buy up cheap vehicles that offer great gas mileage and trying to sell or trade in there gas guzzling trucks and SUV's. With oil prices finally dropping it will be interesting to see how long this appreciation for small cars last, but for now don't count on walking into your local Dealer and expecting him to give you a "GREAT DEAL" on a econo-bomb! Unless, of course you buy from FOX AUTO SALES, where our prices are always below our competitors, Private or Retail! OTIS

Thursday, March 6, 2008

How Dealer's Profit!

Just recently a friend of mine applied for a job at a local dealership for a finance manager position. The salary for the position was 100% commission on the back-end of the vehicle sales.

There are two ways that dealers make money on the vehicles they sale the front-end and the back-end. When referring to the front-end, let me give you an example of how this works. A dealer buys a car for $10,000 from a wholesale auction and then turns around and sells it for $12,500. The profit from the front-end of this transaction is $2,500.

However, in most scenarios dealers will offer additions to you on the back-end of the deal. Here are a few examples of back-end profit. If you get a loan from a local credit union referred to you by the dealer, they get a $200 spiff for the referral. If you decide to buy an extended warranty for $1500, they are probably making $500, paid to them by the 3rd party warranty company. In addition, if the dealer offers you GAP insurance (Supplemental Insurance), which they sell to you for $250, they will probably make that same amount. And last but not least some dealers will offer you exterior undercoating, that supposedly protects the paint from water-spots and other roadway junk for $150. The total profit on the back-end of this deal is $1100, giving the dealer an overall profit of $3600. If my friend would have accepted the job his goal would have been to sell $1200 on the back-end of each sale and he would have made approximately 15%-18% on each transaction.

Facts to remember when buying a car from a dealer:

-LOANS: If your getting a loan for the vehicle make sure you shop around the rate, the company the dealer is pushing on you is probably the one that cuts them a spiff for the referral, but not neccessarily the best company and rate for you.

-WARRANTIES: Most maufacturers provide warranties already, so make sure you do your research before you buy. Moreover, warranties usually don't pay back what you originally paid for them and sometimes cover things that are most likely not to fail. You'd be better putting the money in the bank and letting it collect interest until you need it.

-EXTRA'S: Such as exterior/interior protection coating. These things are fine if you desire them, but the cost to the dealer to put these things on your car is very minimal. So you can most likely work them into the deal for free or at a very low cost.

-MISC: There are always going to be special things the dealer tries to push on you, but they are probably things you don't need. So do your research and make sure you aren't adding negative equity into your car before you drive it off the lot.

Remember, even though the dealer is telling you that he is making minimal or no profit on the car he is selling you, they are either lying or planning on making money on the back-end of the sale. OTIS

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Salvage Title?

What is a Salvage Title (or in some States they're called Rebuilt or Restored Titles)?

Well, when cars are involved in accidents the insurance company calculates the total cost of the repair job minus the salvage value and determines whether or not it would be economically feasible to do the repair. If so, the car is repaired and put back on the road with a "Clean Title". But if it not the vehicle is tagged with a brand of either Salvage/Rebuilt/ or Restored Title, then the vehicle is sold through a salvage auction.

Basically, a Salvage Title represents a vehicle that was deemed not economically repairable. Moreover, the liability of the insurance companies are dramatically decreased by branding titles.

Most people would then automatically think that buying a car with a branded title would be crazy, because your buying a vehicle that was once considered beyond repair right? Not so! With the rising cost of auto body repair, cars with minor damage are not being repaired.

For instance, I purchased a 2003 Hyundai Sonata in 2004 for $2800. This vehicle had minor front-end damage and was worth at the time about $10,000 with a Clean Title. That means the collision estimate on this vehicle must have been at least $5000; however, the accident didn't even render the car undrivable. What this proves is that the damage on Salvage Title vehicles is sometimes so minor, that you can get a deal on a car that is almost 20% off the retail price. The more expensive the car, the better deal you can get. The reason for this is that most lenders will only loan up to 60% of the retail value, which means you must have alot of cash to put down to purchase it.

By purchasing Salvage Title cars I can then sell them for the best price in town! And buyers can be confident in purchasing them from me, because I buy cars with light damage and repair them back to there original condition and sell them for less than 20% off the retail value.

Another thing to think about is this. The older the vehicle and the less it's worth, the less it matters what kind of title the vehicle has. Mostly because when your buying an older, cheaper car your buying it to drive it until it stops. For this reason it really doesn't matter where and how you get a car that goes from A to B.

Here's The Deal: Salvage Title cars are cheaper and just as safe as they were in there original state. But to help calm your concerns you can take it to a mechanic or Auto Body shop that you trust and they can give you an unbiased inspection. OTIS