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Used Cars: TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE Advice on What to Do After You Buy

Used vehicles are certainly an economical choice for budget-conscious Springfield drivers. But how can we know we're getting a good used vehicle and not just inheriting someone else's problems?

There are good used vehicles for sale in the Springfield area. Vehicles are sold when families upsize, when families downsize or even when someone just wants a new ride. So the used vehicle may be just fine. But some Springfield used vehicle owners sell them because they don't want to deal with developing or existing problems.

When you're considering buying a used vehicle in Springfield, ask for service records. Check to see if the recommended schedules for preventive maintenance have been followed. If so, you probably have a great used vehicle on your hands. If there aren't any service records, then assume the worst.

Check the vehicle for obvious signs of problems. Kick the tires if you want to but definitely check them for uneven tread wear. This can indicate alignment problems, worn shocks or suspension issues. Listen to the engine for unusual sounds and pay attention to unexpected odors. Take the vehicle for a test drive and make a list of any concerns you might have.

If the used vehicle you're looking at is a late model vehicle with under 35,000 miles/55,000 km on it, take it to TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE for an inspection. This inspection will reveal many basic or developing problems. Talk to your friendly and knowledgeable pros at TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE about concerns you had on the test drive. Get a heads-up on needed repairs or maintenance.

Previously leased vehicles are often tempting to used vehicle buyers because they are generally newer models with low mileage and have been factory-cleaned. Be cautious, however. Many Springfield residents who lease vehicles don't bother with preventive maintenance because they know they'll be turning the vehicles in. Again, ask for maintenance records, take the vehicle in for a full-service oil change and consult with the pros at TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE about any problems the vehicle may have.

Older used vehicles are even more problematic for Springfield used car buyers. Older vehicles simply come with more maintenance and repair issues than new ones. Take these in for a used vehicle inspection at TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE. Usually, a seller will let you do this before you purchase the vehicle. These inspections are very thorough and will help you know what you're getting into. You'll be able to make an informed decision about your purchase. That peace of mind will make the cost of the inspection more than worth your while. It's always good auto advice for Springfield drivers to purchase a Carfax report on any used vehicle. This report will let you know if the vehicle has been in a major accident and will give you a title history. You'd be surprised what used vehicle buyers have learned from those reports. Know before you buy.

Once you purchase a used vehicle, give it some tender loving care. Give it a thorough cleaning, inside and out — and don't forget the engine compartment. A good wax on the outside will make it look and feel “new.” And, of course, stay on top of preventive maintenance. Used vehicles bought in Massachusetts can last a good, long time if they're properly cared for. They're economical to buy and can keep on saving us money if we look after them.

TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE
175 chestnut st
Springfield, Massachusetts 01103
4137341746

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Odometer Rollback on Your Springfield, Massachusetts Vehicle

How do Springfield drivers know if an odometer is telling the truth?

Well, back in '86, Congress passed the Truth-in-Mileage Act to protect Massachusetts consumers against mileage fraud. It says a Massachusetts seller must certify the mileage reported is the actual mileage.

To have your odometer checked in Springfield, Massachusetts, stop by TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE:

TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE
175 chestnut st
Springfield, Massachusetts 01103

 

If it isn't, the seller must say why; for example, maybe the odometer is past its mechanical limits. Some older odometers only go to 99,999 and then start over at 0. Or, the odometer has been tampered with, broken or replaced.

If the seller tells you the mileage isn't accurate, there's not much chance of putting a good number to it. And there's the unscrupulous seller who claims the reading is true, but it isn't. What can Springfield vehicle owners do?

You can go to www.CarFax.com, where, for a small fee, they'll give you a comprehensive vehicle history search on your vehicle, showing local Springfield, Massachusetts, ownership history, accident reports, total-loss events, manufacturer buybacks, Lemon reports and warranty status.

You can get a mileage history by checking with the local Massachusetts DMV (or wherever you happen to be) and other verified sources looking for inconsistencies in the mileage reported when the car was bought and sold. If there are signs of odometer rollback, now you'll know.

If so, proceed with caution. Or, negotiate a lower price. Or just walk away. There's always another vehicle.

TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE
175 chestnut st
Springfield, Massachusetts 01103
4137341746

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What to Do After You Buy a Used Vehicle in Springfield

So you've bought a used vehicle in the Springfield area. Do you know what you're getting? It is hard to know what you're getting because people in the Springfield area sell vehicles for different reasons. Think about why you've sold vehicles. Did you just want something new or were there problems that you wanted to run away from? Maybe it was a little of both.

Used vehicles in Massachusetts with 25,000 to 35,000 miles/40,000 to 55,000 km on them are often lease returns, corporate program cars or rental fleet vehicles. Most Springfield buyers feel pretty confident about these because they're newer and may still be under warranty. But how well have they been maintained?

Springfield drivers who are planning to own a vehicle for a long time will keep up on auto maintenance so that they can avoid repairs down the road. But, if you know you're only going to have the vehicle for two or three years, you may not be so committed to maintenance. It would be easy to think that skipping an oil change here and there wouldn't ruin a brand new engine. Then it'll be someone else's problem when it comes time to pay for the damage.

It is very tempting for Springfield drivers to skip the 30,000 mile/50,000 km service if they know they'll be turning in their leased vehicle in a couple of months.

If the vehicle didn't come with maintenance records, Springfield used vehicle buyers need to assume the worst. Most likely the coolant system and transmission have never been serviced. The cabin air filter has probably not been changed and a fuel system cleaning at TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE may be in order.

You'll want TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE to check the A/C, battery, engine air filter, serpentine belt and hoses. A used vehicle inspection at TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE is well worth the cost.

And if your “new” used vehicle has been driven an even longer distance, an inspection is even more important. Check your owner's manual or talk with your service advisor at TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE about what should have been done. Please don't forget the timing belt; that can be very expensive if it fails.

TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE will help you with a plan to take care of services and get the rest caught up. If your budget won't allow you to take care of everything right away, we can help you prioritize your needs and get it taken care of over the next several months. And remember to keep your maintenance records. They'll help you get top dollar on the Massachusetts used vehicle market when it's time for you to sell.

TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE
175 chestnut st
Springfield, Massachusetts 01103
4137341746

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My Dealer In Springfield Closed: What Do I Do?

My Dealer Closed: What Do I Do? New car dealership closings are all over the news. Nearly 800 Chrysler dealerships canceled. About 1,100 GM dealers’ contracts will not be renewed after October 2010. And record numbers are just shutting down because they aren’t selling enough cars and trucks to stay in business.

It’s estimated that some 40,000 dealership service bays could be taken out of service in the next year or so.

Of course, this is a tragedy for those who work at our local Springfield dealerships and the owners that risk losing much of their life’s work. Our Springfield communities will lose some of our best corporate citizens. Think of all the youth sports team, service clubs and Springfield community events that have been sponsored by our local new car dealers.

One question we hear a lot at AutoNetTV is, 'Who will service my car?' Springfield folks are concerned that they will not get the care and attention they need. They're wondering where they will find trained technicians in the Springfield area. Will they be able to get quality replacement parts for their vehicles?

Fortunately, the Springfield automotive aftermarket is ready to fill the need. As one of over 200,000 independent service and repair facilities in North America, Tyre Trak Automotive is here to help. Tyre Trak Automotive has been the backbone of the automotive service and repair industry for Springfield and will continue to provide this vital role.

My Dealer Closed: What Do I Do? Tyre Trak Automotive has the latest diagnostic and repair equipment, access to parts and repair databases, and a commitment to the highest standards of technician training. The reality is that our independent service center in Springfield is ready to service all your vehicle’s needs – and we always have been. We don’t have to 'step up' to the task – we're ready now.

Many consumers in Springfield have known this about the local Springfield independent service and repair industry and have used it for all their non-warranty work. And they have enjoyed greater convenience and have saved quite a bit of money along the way: The average independent service and repair center in Springfield costs 34% less than the dealership.

And of course, Tyre Trak Automotive has access to the very same replacement parts as the dealership as well as a selection of superior parts for greater reliability and enhanced performance. And we can source parts that may help with a tight budget as well.

So in the midst of uncertainty surrounding dealership closings, know you can turn to your local Springfield independent service center to take care of your family’s safety and to keep your vehicles performing well. You’ll save some money too. And that’s good news in these times.

Tyre Trak Automotive
175 Chestnut St
Springfield, Massachusetts 01103
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