How To Protect Yourself From Hurricane Damaged Cars

In a recent article by USA Today, it states over a million cars are expected to be damaged or destroyed by the flooding and surge from Hurricane Harvey and Irma. So what does that mean for you? Well, if you’re looking to buy a used vehicle, there could be the potential that these cars make their way to dealers lots.

The article continues, explaining how this can happen, which is mainly through auctions after insurance companies are through with them, by sale by owner and forged documentation. Unfortunately, often times the sellers of these vehicles take it upon themselves to clean, replace and make the vehicles appear to be normal. What the unsuspecting buyer doesn’t know is that they are likely rotting from the inside out.

With all this in mind. We at, who are located in Miami and forged through Hurricane Irma like many others, wanted to provide car buyers with several ways they can make sure the car they are buying will last one the roads:

Use a car history report service:

You’ve likely heard of CarFax, but there are others as well, such as These services basically all do the same thing: look up the vehicle’s history so you know where it’s been and who owned it. The real advantage to these reports for hurricane areas is that you can see if the car you’re about to buy was in an area that sustained flooding or surge as well as whether an insurance company might have given the vehicle a flood or salvage title. At the end of the day, these are relatively cheap ways to gain a little extra peace of mind during your car buying experience.

Look over the car yourself:

Don’t sell yourself short! You can be your own best friend in these situations as you’re upfront and personal with the vehicle on the lot. Take some time to slowly look over every inch of the car or truck both inside and out. Does the car smell a little moldy? Do you see discoloration anywhere in the carpet or on the paint? Do you see a bit of rust forming on the undercarriage? These can all be things you can see with your own eyes. If you do see any of these issues, as the dealer what’s up and proceed to a local mechanic.

Go to a mechanic:

Ok, another possible no brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t take the car they are about to buy to a licensed mechanic, especially if you see any of the issues we previously mentioned above. In most cases, this happens because people think that dealer themselves is honest and has mechanics that probably checked the car over. While this often times is true, it’s like getting a second opinion on a medical diagnoses. It can’t hurt! Mechanics will often times charge you a small fee to go over the car, but many will do it for free as well. We highly recommend this step in the process.

Come to

Time for the shameless plug! But seriously, it’s for good reason. At, we thoroughly check our vehicles for speedometer inconsistencies, flood damage, total damage, rebuilt titles, and much more. And, yes, we even allow you to drive the car off the lot and get it checked by your own mechanic, before even purchasing it. We call of of this being a TRUST Verified dealer. At the end of the day, we even have a 7-day exchange policy.

So whether it’s a BMW and Mercedes or a Toyota and Ford, we want to make your car shopping experience a positive one. Even if it’s not with us! So protect yourselves out there, because as the USA Today article stated, over a million cars will likely be hitting lots near you and, trust us, you don’t want to be driving one of them.

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How To Sell Your Car In Miami


Congratulations! You’ve decided you want to get a new car for yourself, but now have the daunting task of trying to figure out what to do with your old ride. Do you try to sell it personally, try a dealership, or trade it in? Most often, it comes down to where you can get the best value. Below are a few things to keep in mind when you’re trying to figure out the next best step:


Sell it yourself:

Phew! You may be in for a lot of work if you try to sell your old car yourself. With the various number of ways to post a car for sale, it is a crowded place online or in print to get your vehicle noticed. Sure, there’s craigslist,, cargurus and hundreds of other platforms to list online and with potential buyers constantly scouring the Internet for deals, you might just get lucky.


There are myriad of ways to sell yourself, including:

  • Car websites
  • Social media
  • Forums
  • Word of mouth

But, the real question is, do you have time to wait? Most likely, you’re itching to get your old ride sold so you can get behind a new set of wheels.


Sell to a dealership:

If you’re crunched for time, dealerships will most likely be open to purchasing your vehicle from you. While the convenience is definitely there, it’s been our experience that these dealerships are going to judge the value of your car very strictly and most likely give you an offer that’s under its value. So, if you’re cool with not getting what you deserve for you car then go for it!


A couple other questions to ask yourself before you visit a dealership to sell:

  • Is it worth driving around to multiple dealerships to get the best offer?
  • Is it worth them pressuring you to buy your new car from their lot?
  • Are you prepared to have to wait for your money? (Yes, most won’t be able to cut you a check on the spot)


To recap, dealerships can be an ideal way to sell your old car quickly, but you need to be willing to take less than what you deserve. There’s always a trade off.


Sell to HGreg:

Sure, we are a dealership, but we are a different kind of dealership. One that has been around for a long time and has more than 20 locations in North America. What does that mean? It means we understand customers and what they need and want.


You can think of us as the best of both worlds between selling it yourself and going to a dealership and here’s why:


First-hand value: Gone are the days of tire-kickers and window-shoppers, and you can forget about wasting time advertising your car. Bring your car to and we’ll give you a fair price for your car. We’ll even take care of paying off your loan, so you can wipe your hands clean of your vehicle.


Ultra-fast payment: Get paid faster than you can get from zero-60. After our appraisers inspect your car at the dealership, we’ll issue an offer for your car. Appraisals are on the house, and if you decide to take our offer, we’ll cut a check while you wait.


No strings attached: Some dealers give lowball offers if you aren’t willing to trade your car in towards a new vehicle. We’re proud to be different from the other guys, in that regardless of your intentions to upgrade your car, your car is always worth the same.


TRADE IN, SAVE MORE: In addition to finding the car of your dreams, trading in your vehicle at HGreg, also helps you save up to 6% on sales taxes. It’s a win-win!


Most importantly, we are ready to make you an offer. Visit here to find out more. Let’s get you into that new car TODAY!

5 Important Features Every Car in Miami Needs

There are only a few products that you can buy today, that are as diverse as cars. Hundreds of makes and models exist with even more features at your fingertips, such as air conditioning, power steering, GPS or Wi-Fi. However, when it comes to trying to figure out what features your next Miami car should have, we at HGreg have a few that stick out from the rest.

Roadside Assistance

We’re pretty sure you’ve heard of roadside assistance. It’s a pretty common feature for a car owner, but usually, it comes after the purchase. Meaning, you’re likely to get it through a third party, like AAA, after you drive the car off the lot. Sometimes certain manufacturers will offer it as well with a purchase, but it can’t be guaranteed and is likely tied to a limited time promotion.

But what if you could guarantee it before even signing for your new car? HGreg offers one year of 24-hour roadside assistance with every vehicle purchase.


That’s right, nitrogen. Your tires are an expense you normally don’t think much about when it comes to purchasing a car. Even if your tires are new, in a year or so, they will have to be replaced. With many tires costing more than $100 a piece, you’re looking at a pretty big expense to get them replaced. So, if you could make them last longer, wouldn’t you?

That’s why at HGreg we fill all our cars’ tire with nitrogen. This helps your tires last up to 50% longer than those filled with regular air, improves fuel economy up to 10%, and decreases the likelihood of inflation problems by up to 75%. Now that’s a breath of fresh air.


Not many people are in the position to buy a new car in cash. For most of us, we need to go through the process of financing. While just about every car can come with financing these days, it’s more about the individual that affects what you can and cannot afford.

To make sure we get you the absolute best rate possible, we work with over 25 lenders. Approval is simple, and you could be out the door and into your car within in as little as 30 minutes—so you can start driving, faster.

Commission Free

If you buy your next car at a dealership, you’ll likely run into salespeople. They are there to help you in your car buying experience whether it be talking details, test driving, financing or filling out paperwork. What most people don’t realize is that many of these salespeople work on a commission which is a percentage of a total sale. What does this mean for you? They will want to try to get you into the most expensive car you can afford so they make more.

However, HGreg is different. Our associates are incentivized based on customer service performance, not by how many cars they sell. In fact, they all work commission-free, ensuring that they’ll help find a car that best suits your life.

The Right Price

What better feature can a car have than being the right price, right? Honestly, it’s probably one of the biggest concerns buyers have, which is thinking they can pay less for a car somewhere else.

At HGreg you don’t have to worry about buyer’s remorse. We offer the absolute lowest prices in Miami – guaranteed.

You can learn more about these features and more by visiting here or contacting an HGreg representative.

Three Ways to Buy a Car in Miami


You’ve saved up. You’ve decided you want a new car. You’ve even narrowed it down to the type and style of vehicle you want. But now comes the hardest part: where to buy?


One thing is for sure, there are no shortages of places to buy a car these days. The reality is that with the boom in technology and the Internet, it has made it especially easy to locate and buy. So what are we here to tell you today? We at HGreg want to help spotlight the most popular ways to find a car today and what’s going to work best to get you into your new car.

Personal Ads

Personal car listings have been around for a long time. They originated in places like newspapers, but quickly became so popular publications began printing their own classifieds. Even with all the digital options today, people still can find print classifieds and most major newspapers, even the local ones, have a section for them.

Now back to those digital options. Historically, platforms like craigslist have been an ideal place to find people selling their own personal items, such as a vehicle. However, A multitude of others exist as well. Similar to a listing you’d see in the paper, the online versions provide type, style, details and pricing.

When it comes personal ads, our recommendation is to basically be careful. While you can sometimes find one hell of a deal, the reality is that dealing with other individuals selling their vehicles leaves you vulnerable to many things, including false ads and uninspected vehicles. Now, that’s not to say it’s not a viable option, but one should be careful.

Online Sales

While online personal ads are a dime a dozen, there’s a recent trend in websites that are attempting to sell cars directly to you without you having to leave your couch. By visiting sites like Carvana, you can search an inventory of vehicles from anywhere. From there, you can check out all the details, including price, take a virtual tour and have it delivered to your door.


We aren’t sure about you, but this makes us nervous. There’s something about being able to physically see a vehicle and drive it that makes you feel better about the amount of money a car costs. Now that’s not to say that these types of selling options will not someday be the primary way people buy cars, but for now, this is another one to be cautious of.


There’s something about driving onto a car lot with the gleam of the cars, shine of the tires, and smiles of the sales associates, that makes dealerships a special experience. Now, we are a bit biased, but if you look at the reasons why a dealership is a great place to buy a car, we think you’ll agree. There may be fewer physical dealerships in Miami than any online options, but it also gives you the one thing those others don’t have, the opportunity to look, touch and drive immediately.


Some other reasons that a dealership might be the way to go for your next vehicle is that most offer an exchange policy. We know we have returned a few things in our days after buying them in the store and cars should be no different. For example, at HGreg, if you drive off the lot and don’t love your car, we have a 30 day exchange policy! Another reason dealerships are ideal is that they thoroughly inspect their vehicles before selling them. Most of them, like HGreg, have on-premise mechanics that make sure your new purchase is in top shape before you drive it home. Our cars are all HGreg TRUST Verified, too. You can read more about that here.

Lastly, in an age of screen to screen engagement that rules most of our days, it’s really nice to shake someone’s hand, look them in the eyes, and work together to find you what you need.


* Photo credit Flickr

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


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.


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.


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 We are here to give you the very best experience when it comes to purchasing a new car.