3 Things to Look for in a Miami Dealership

Congratulations! You’ve likely decided that you’re in the market for a new or used car. That’s the first big step. Now, comes the process of deciding what and where you’ll want to purchase your car. While many people may think that all dealerships are made equal, the reality is they are not. You’ll want to ensure that the dealership you buy your next car from has the right experience for you. So, we’ve gone ahead and listed our three insider tips of what to look for in a Miami dealership!

Location, Location, Location

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We all live busy lives and the weekends are spent, for the most part, trying to do what we really love (shopping, family, exercise, etc). So when it comes to finding a dealership, you’ll really want to have one that’s centralized and easy to access. There are no shortage of dealerships in the Miami area, but many lack the ability to get to easily and efficiently when your time is very valuable.

So what’s next for location? For the most part, you’ll want to try to stick to a dealership that is accessible by more than one main road. For example, at HGreg, we are not only accessible by Rt. 836, but also Rt. 826 and very close to the Ronald Reagan Turnpike. If the dealership you’re looking at for your next car is off the beaten path, then you may end up struggling to beat traffic there after or during work for a test drive, or even worse, spending your valuable weekend time trying to get there.

Finally, you may not have a current car to get to a dealership. With that said, you’ll want easy access to mass transportation options, like the bus. Having a dealership that’s on the bus route, like Hgreg, will make it a lot easier to get that new car you want and need! At the end of the day, make sure to keep location top of mind!

Price is Right

No, not the game show. We know that everyone talks about having the best prices. It’s a common message among dealerships. However, it’s fairly easy to do some simple research, such as calling the dealership, visiting and talking to a salesperson, or checking out an online selection, to weed out those that are true to their word. At Hgreg, we are true to our word and we do so through our lowest price in Miami. If you find a lower price it’s most likely that something is wrong with that car.

When it comes to comparing prices, there are several things to think about when you’re doing your research. First, remember that the price you’re seeing most likely doesn’t include vehicle registration fees, sales tax, documentation fees, and dealer fees. This is one reason it’s super important to find the very best price for the car itself. In addition, one dealership may have a great rate on a car only to find out they make up the difference elsewhere. Sneaky, sneaky.

Another great option for comparing prices and making sure you’re getting the very best deal is to use third-party independent car services. These services use data from dealerships to not only compare prices, but also the features you’re getting, and more. For example, at HGreg we use PureCars. The service is integrated into every one of our listings and allows you to easily see how the price, mileage and features compare to other similar cars. We believe that our listings are the very best and we back it up by using PureCars. Plain and simple.

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Use Your Gut

Most of us can tell pretty quickly if something feels right or if it doesn’t. The reality is if you come to a dealership and it just doesn’t feel right, then you should walk away. Whether it’s a pushy salesperson, rude phone conversation, or glitches with the online search, you have the right to a great experience and should use your gut feeling when purchasing a new vehicle.

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One way that HGreg makes our customers feel at home is what we call being Trust Verified. It’s our version of a seal of approval. Our goal is transparency. We check out our vehicles thoroughly and if it’s not good enough for our own families then we won’t sell it to you. We even allow you to drive the car off the lot and get it checked by your own mechanic before purchasing. It’s our way of gaining your trust and working to create a long term relationship with the customer.

At the end of the day, finding a dealership in Miami isn’t hard, but finding the right dealership that you can trust and have a great experience can be difficult. Do your homework, be knowledgeable about what you want, and use these tips. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at HGreg.com. We are here to give you the very best experience when it comes to purchasing a new car.

 

HGreg.com – The Dealership That Pays

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Buy a car. Refer a friend. Earn some cash!

When we started out in 1993, we had a simple concept. We were determined to sell quality pre-owned vehicles at the cost we invested in them plus $399. That was it. That was our profit and that’s how we still operate today.

To this day, our jubilant customers still can’t believe the great deals they receive, which prompts them to tell everyone they know about us and how we operate.

In a world of television commercials and social media posts, we reflect on our humble beginnings where word-of-mouth was an essential component that helped us to get to where we are now. We value our word-of-mouth business and that is why we are introducing our Customer Referral Program. For each referral we are sent, we are paying $100 to the person who referred us.*

How it works!

If you are a previous customer who already purchased a vehicle and know someone who is in the market for a quality pre-owned vehicle, send them to us.** You get paid for each referral we receive from you. Make sure when your referral arrives they let us know that you sent them. They will need to provide us with your name, phone number, email address and mailing address.

For your convenience, you may print out our referral card below, fill it out, give it to your referral to give us upon their arrival. For more information, you may email us at referrals@hgreg.com.

 

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*Customer’s referral must purchase a vehicle in order to redeem the $100 Visa gift card.

**Only customer who have already purchased a vehicle from us may participate in our Customer Referral Program.

 

 

Top 5 Cars with Most Gas Mileage Per Gallon

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Since 2013 the Fuel Economy Label on a car window sticker have changed tremendously. Rules and regulations have changed as well. Now with hybrids, electric cars and the influx of SUVs, this is an area that is bound to change. The EPA or Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requested that the labels be changed to reflect the added changes such as greenhouse gas and smog forming along with the consumption of fuel. These stickers have also added extra resources that can be accessed right from a smart phone. With all the changes that were made, we thought it would be good information to reveal the 5 most wanted cars due to the Gas Mileage per gallon for you to consider when purchasing your next car.

According to Kelley Blue Book, the vehicle in the sedan category for 2016 with the best gas mileage was the Volkswagen e-Golf. This efficient sedan gets a whopping 126/105 miles to the gallon and was number one out of 5 chosen in this category.

Consumer Reports gave the BMW i3 Giga a 139 overall rating and suggested this to be the best. As BMW’s first electric vehicle this, Beemer was also awarded AAA’s Green Car of the Year for 2016. Pretty impressive considering it’s not event met its full twelve months! Did we mention that this car gets 137 city miles per gallon and 111 on the highway? That’s outstanding! That’s almost as reliable as a moped or scooter.

The U.S. Department of Energy recognizes the Audi Q5 4-cylinder 2.0 as being the most fuel efficient with 14 miles in the city versus 19 miles on the highway and getting an average of 6.3 gallons. Fueleconomy.gov is a reliable source for the official website for the United States government. The other vehicle in this class estimated 14/20 with approximate 17 mpg combined city and highway driving. That vehicle was no other than the Chevrolet Equinox AWD.

The Chevrolet Equinox AWD is constructed of a 4-cylinder 2.4-liter engine and is a 6-speed automatic.

While this SUV hosts plenty of room, the gas mileage is certainly something to boast. Although the car runs on regular gas it’s noted to get about 23 miles per gallon in combined freeway and city driving. You can check it out by visiting http://www.fueleconomy.gov.

Lastly the Toyota Prius C class is subcompact and gets 50 combined city and highway miles. According to Fueleconomy.gov, you’ll save approximately $3500 over an estimated 5-year period which is just enough for you to use as a down payment on your next vehicle. With all the savings on gas, it’s going to be a hard sell to anything more efficient.

While the car manufacturers have become more accurate after years of testing for things such as emissions and fuel economy, these are still estimates. Considering how your fuel is affected, depends on where you live versus the type of driver you are. The information in this blog is subject to change and you can find more updates by subscribing to our weekly blogs.

For information regarding cars and trucks that meet your gas mileage needs, contact the professionals at our dealership.

Today’s Top 10 Vehicle Brands Found in the USA

GreenBikini-2With the economy being stable, gas prices slowly rising and the unemployment rate at its lowest in over a decade, the auto industry has really flourished. That being said, many of today’s luxury and exotic car brands are staying in the limelight but domestics continue to hold their own in a steady market. We’ve put together a snapshot of the most chart-topping brands found on today’s American roadways. Take a look.

1. Audi

2. BMW

3. Buick

4. Honda

5. Kia

6. Lexus

7. Mazda

8. Porsche

9. Subaru

10. Toyota

Audi continues to hold a strong presence for both car ‘appreciationists’ as well as practical car buyers. Since the beginning of time, or 1899 this company has been making precision styled cars that appeal to the luxury market. This car brand still carries the torch for those graduating from Audi’s entry level brand the Volkswagen. The Audi A4/S4 continues to hold a 5-star rating with NHTSA but not with IIHS. Nonetheless, if you’re seeking one of the most stable foreign made cars that’s a heavy hitter, perhaps Audi is your brand?

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Next up, BMW. The Beemer is has continued to impress their drivers and passengers since the 1920’s. This manufacturer introduced their first 6-cylinder luxury model in 1932. The BMW customer continues showing their loyalty today, with an increase in their 7 series along with the X3 model. These are for the serious car driver and not a toy although, the Mini-Coupe has held its own with a 0.3% increase in sales for 2016 so far.

“That’s not a Buick” campaign really proved to change the face of this brand going from your grandfather’s jalopy to a more innovative and luxurious model. With sleek designing, loaded with features and a 250hp turbocharged engine, any of their current models are sure to impress.

The Honda continues to be one of American’s top brands. Carrying out a strict mission of selling some of the most highly rated cars, crossovers and SUVs. With the long lasting engines, crafty use of space and the longevity of models like the Accord, this brand has gained the trust of people living in the states without a doubt.

Straight from the shores of Seoul, Korea and winner of the Edmund’s 2015 most popular the Kia Soul can be seen on just about any street located across the great divide. What was surprising to note is that this car made it in the subcompact category for two years in a row. These cars have gained a tremendous amount of momentum while seeking their footprint here in the U.S. and according to Edmunds they are here to stay.

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Toyota’s luxury model brand “LEXUS” still rates a 8.6 on the J.P. Power & Associates scorecard. With the 2016 Lexus NX ranking 5 out of 14 Luxury Compact SUVs, this brand is stellar with performance and style. Take one look at the detail and you know that these vehicles were crafted with pride. This brand is an excellent choice for those wanting something that’s both functional and sharp.

Zoom-Zoom is the appropriate slogan for one of the best performing brands on the market today. The Mazda brand was awarded an overall score of 75. The Mazda CX3 delivers 33mpg and is noted to be one of the more exciting subcompact crossover vehicles with some guts to it. If this is a category you’re contemplating for the next car, definitely check this one out.

Starting with the 911 Carrera, Porsche has expressed longevity, performance and some of the best known for its signature styling. The critics rate the overall score for the 911 at a 9.2 which is the highest it can get next to the Porsche Boxster. Agile handling, powerful engines and the Porsche dynamics, this brand is no joke.

Subaru received excellent press after it’s redesigning and re-branding. They became really aggressive with repurposing their brand to become a leader in the automotive world. According to a study done by J.D. Power and Associates for the 2008 Customer Retention Study, Subaru ranked at 50.5%, which was above the national average of 48%. This car is opening a lot of newer doors with a natural approach with the “It’s what make Subaru, a Subaru.” We’re sure to see a lot more of this brand for the years ahead.

Don’t get us started on Toyota. Although they’re hard to find, if you look hard enough you can still see some of the oldest Toyotas running strong on today’s freeways. The die-hard engines, simple yet well-crafted construction from the cars nose to the rear, you can see why this car maintains its client loyalty. The Toyota Tacoma reached its 20-year anniversary but these cars have been in the U.S. for over 60 years total. In an article published by Time/Life magazine it was noted that Toyota’s first pickup truck the Hilux was of sound production. The car featured in this article had over a million miles on its original engine! That’s right 1 million miles and the proud owner was still driving it. It’s not a wonder that the Toyota brand will be here for a long time to come.

While we couldn’t mention every make and model in this particular article, be sure to watch out for our next blog for more info on what’s going on in the world of cars.

For more information on purchasing a car or truck, contact our team.

Top 5 Things People Hate About Dealerships

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The automotive industry has changed tremendously over the last decade. With strict guidelines, customer surveys, and the influx of information found on the Internet, the deal of today isn’t the same as it was before. That being said, we still hear the war stories out there from customers that have had less than desirable experiences when they’ve purchased cars in the past. We’ve outlined a few of those issues that people face that are still commonplace today.

1. Obnoxious and Rude Salespeople

2. Waiting around for an eternity

3. Selling you something you don’t want or need

4. Negotiating & Haggling

5. Not Getting a Fair Price

Many times when you speak to someone who’s just come from the car lot, you’ll hear a complaint about their salesperson or the manager being rude and obnoxious. While there is no excuse for bad-manners, obnoxious salespeople are often times what people should expect. What you’ll find at a reputable dealership are people anxious to make a living just like you. If you’re not comfortable with your sales rep or the manager, let them know. Most of the time you’ll find that these are every day, hardworking people that want to earn your business.

After you return from the test drive, there is a process and just like any other process out there, they take time. While it may seem that you’re waiting for an eternity to drive off into the sunset, you’ll have to go through the process from a-z like everyone else. They aren’t trying to keep you hostage. They’re working hard at securing a good deal for you. Many times that means contacting several banks in your favor to get you on the road. Be patient and don’t try to buy a car during your lunch break.

It seems that every car guy and gal in town wants to sell you something you either don’t want or don’t need. While we can appreciate that, we also know that if we don’t present the opportunity to you, you could be disappointed. The car business is a business, just like everything else. They are there to make money just like you have to at your job. The best thing we can say here is being comfortable saying “no”.

The one thing that is most common and most logical to why people hate visiting the dealership is simple. Everyone wants to get a fair deal. They want to know that they are getting the best price for the car they’re buying along with getting a reasonable offer for the dealership to buy the trade. This is how every dealership should operate, and most do.

Contact those with a good reputation or one you’ve been referred to. By taking the necessary precautions and being upfront with the salesperson regarding your goals, you’ll be that much more ahead of the game.

Buying a new or used car is exciting and can be a lot of fun, just keep in mind the end result of driving a really cool car, truck or SUV.

For more information on our new and used auto’s, contact us today!

The Benefits of Purchasing an Used Vehicle

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Today’s auto market has changed drastically. To an extent. Fifty years ago, we didn’t have the Internet and people had to go to the car lot to find what they were looking for. But, nowadays it’s easier to find good information that can help consumers such as yourself make the best conscious decision to find a car that will fit their needs. This is particularly true when purchasing a pre-owned vehicle. We’ve outlined a few key points for you to consider when purchasing a used vehicle to help you make the best decision when adding your next auto.

You’re purchasing the other half the previous owner paid for. This is known as ‘Depreciating Value’. As soon as someone drives a brand new car off the lot, it begins to lose its value as much as %20-50. Cars are not assets, they are technically liabilities to the bank, therefore the first owner of the car generally pays for the interest of that car for the first two-three years of ownership. Statistically speaking, most people replace their cars every 36 months, which means they never paid on the principle of the car. In other words, by purchasing a used car or truck, you are paying for the other portion the previous owner did not. This can save you thousands of dollars in the long run depending on the market, the vehicle’s real value and the interest rates.

There’s plenty of inventory to go around. With all the previous lease customers having to keep their mileage down, you have a plethora of cars, trucks, SUV’s to choose from including low miles. If you prefer an older style model compared to the new look, it may be easier to find with used cars versus new. New car lots tend to keep the most updated models and you may find that even their used car lot be scarce with older models. If there’s something specific you’re looking for, just ask.

You can find out the car’s history! We will have a detailed list from a company such as TrueCar or Kelley Blue Book that can help you access the health and longevity of the car. Longevity meaning, accidents, damage, etc. This is always beneficial to request.

In many cases a used car will give you just as much life as a newer model. There are really endless possibilities here. Most people look at a car as a necessity, not a luxury. Rule of thumb is buy used and keep your pockets full. By following this rule, you’ll not only be driving a great car you’ll be saving money in the long run.

For more information on our new car inventory, contact our dealership.