3 Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Vehicle on a Budget

At Joe’s Auto Sales, we know that car shopping can be exhausting and nerve-wracking. This is one of the reasons we offer low payments and easy financing — so we can help our customers purchase quality used vehicles. If you’re shopping for a cheap car but must be mindful of your monthly transportation budget, consider the three questions below.1. What Type of Vehicle Do I Need?All of us have been there. We arrive at the used car sales lot to look at vehicles that fit our lifestyle and budget, then spot the vehicle we would love to own. Avoid impulsively buying a vehicle you don’t need by deciding the type you need. Do you have a family and could use a roomy used minivan? Are you an empty-nester and need a dependable 4-door sedan? Making this choice ahead of time can help you stay within your budget and still be … Continued

4 Reasons People Buy Used Motorcycles

Motorcycles are often viewed as vehicles used for fun rather than necessity. Any vehicle will do when you need to drive to work or school or run errands, but many motorcycle enthusiasts drive them to experience a sense of freedom on the road or enjoy a fun and exciting hobby. At Joe’s Auto Sales, many people want used motorcycles for these reasons but also because they’re affordable and have amazing gas mileage. If you’ve been thinking about getting a motorcycle, you may be interested to learn why others have become motorcycle owners themselves. 1. More AffordableWhen looking for an affordable vehicle, a used motorcycle is the perfect option. New motorcycles are often cheaper than cars, trucks, and SUVs, but used motorcycles are even more inexpensive. Do a quick internet search, and you’ll find most of the used motorbikes that pop up are selling anywhere between $1200 and $7500. That’s a remarkable … Continued

3 Steps to Maintaining Your Used Truck

If you want to keep your used truck running properly, it’s important to follow a maintenance routine. Regular maintenance keeps your truck in great shape, catches minor damage before it turns into a major repair, and helps you get many years out of your investment. In addition to having your truck inspected annually by your mechanic, Joe’s Auto Sales recommends following these three steps to keep a well-maintained used truck.1. Change the Oil & FilterOil changes are essential if you want to avoid a host of problems with your truck’s engine. The primary role of oil is to lubricate and protect the engine. As oil runs through your truck’s engine, it picks up dirt and debris that could interfere with and prevent your engine from working in optimal condition. The oil is then filtered through the oil filter to remove any impurities. Changing the oil and filter regularly gives your … Continued

3 Tips for a First-Time Used Car Buyer

Buying your first used car is a special event. It’s a huge step towards independence and freedom for many young adults. Before you purchase your first used vehicle, Joe’s Auto Sales recommends being prepared for this important rite of passage. Follow the three tips below for a successful and celebratory used car buying experience.1. Do Your Homework before Visiting the DealershipOne of the best ways to prepare for your first vehicle purchase is to do your homework. Take the time to find out what kind of car you want, the monthly payment you can afford, and other monthly expenses like gas, insurance, and repairs. It may be good to check out a few dealerships online before visiting them in person. Look up Google or Yelp reviews or ask friends and family which dealerships they recommend.2. Have a Trusted Mechanic Inspect the VehicleOnce you choose a vehicle you like, ask a … Continued

4 Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

Improving your credit score is possible with both hard work and commitment. While it won’t happen overnight, using a strategic approach can consistently raise your credit score and improve your credit opportunities. The team at Joe’s Auto Sales recommends following these four steps to improve your overall credit score.1. Make Payments on TimeOne of the first steps you should take is to begin paying all of your credit and monthly bills on time. Payment history influences credit scores negatively with missed or late payments, or positively with consistent payments made on time. Try not to miss a payment by more than 29 days, as bills that are 30 days late may show up on your credit history.2. Get Current on Past-Due AccountsAnother way to improve your credit score is to work on bringing all your past-due accounts current. Not only can this boost your credit score, but it can keep … Continued

Are Used Minivans Only for Families?

Minivans have famously been known as the vehicle of choice for families with children. In recent years, the minivan’s reputation as a family vehicle has slowly been evolving to accommodate the needs of several other individuals and groups. At Joe’s Auto Sales, we want you to know that minivans are valuable vehicles for families as well as individuals, groups, and organizations, like the ones listed below. Traveling SnowbirdsIn recent years, snowbirds have been opting for minivans as they make their long annual trek down south for the winter. Many of them prefer the space and storage a minivan has to offer. If there are only two people traveling, they can take out the back seats or fold them down to make room for extra cargo space. When traveling with friends or family, the sliding doors make it easy for passengers to get in and out. These vehicles are perfect for those … Continued

Check These 5 Areas Before Buying a Used SUV

When purchasing a used SUV, you want to be sure you’re getting a quality vehicle that’s in good condition. While it’s difficult to spot every blemish or damaged part, there are certain areas you should check before signing on the dotted line. The team at Joe’s Auto Sales recommends reviewing these five areas of your potentially new-to-you SUV.1. Rusted BodyRust spots are typically easy but it’s always good to do a thorough check. Even a tiny bit of rust can eventually turn into a major eyesore. Walk around the vehicle, taking care to look underneath or behind hard-to-reach areas. You may be able to fix small patches of rust, but if there’s an area that needs professional attention, you may want to move on. 2. Damaged FrameProblems with the frame can be difficult to see unless you know what to look for. Check that the car is level while parked and … Continued

What You Need to Know About Riding a Motorcycle in the Winter

If you’re a motorcycle rider, you may already know this, but it is possible to ride your bike during cold winter weather. By preparing your bike and yourself for the icy temps, you can enjoy riding the roads all year round. At Joe’s Auto Sales, we recommend following these tips to make sure you stay warm, dry, and safe while riding this winter season.

4 Items Lenders Consider When Approving Bad Credit Auto Loans

When applying for a loan at your local bank or financing company, it’s good to understand exactly what it is that lenders look for when approving auto loans. This is especially important for those who have bad credit. At Joe’s Auto Sales, we gladly work with individuals with not-so-stellar credit. In fact, it’s our specialty! Below is a list of four items that lenders consider when approving bad credit auto loans. 

Pros and Cons of Buying a Used Pickup Truck

Pickup trucks are powerful vehicles that can haul and tow almost anything. They’re known for their off-road capabilities but can be difficult to maneuver and use much more gas than other vehicles. If you’re considering buying a used truck from Joe’s Auto Sales, review the pros and cons of used pickup trucks below.