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Called last year Natasha was very patient and came in for my Valentines present and bought my car.
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- Charlotte
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05/13/2014
Ride Now Motors was the best experience ever with amount down to payments a month to quick service, got me in quicker then me being in an convenient store. Eddie and Donnie also had me laughing from the time i walked into Ride Now Motors. Everyone made it easy, comfortable and fast. Just want to say thank you. I'm recommending everyone to look no further, Ride Now Motors is it...
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05/13/2014
I have bad credit, i wasn t for sure they was going to finance me. They were very professional. I found the vehicle i like and payments i could afford. I will tell my friends about Ride Now Motors.
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- Charlotte
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05/13/2014
FROM THE VERY BEGINNING MS.TERRY WAS VERY HELPFUL AND POLITE.SHE HELPED ME SCORE A NICE TRUCK FOR MY FAMILY.I WOULD RECOMEND RIDE NOW TO EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO PURCHASE A VEHICLE. WESLEY DUNBAR
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6353 E. Independence Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28212
(704) 295-1585
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5104 Hwy 74 West Monroe, NC 28110
(704) 291-9990
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WELCOME TO RIDE NOW MOTORS, USED CARS FOR CHARLOTTE NC

Ride Now Motors is a Charlotte used car dealership. We buy, sell, and trade quality used cars. At Ride Now Motors, our buy here pay here financing program can get you an auto loan approval for a used car, truck or SUV - even if you have no credit, bad credit, bankruptcy, collections, or any other derogatory credit. At Ride Now Motors, we can get you outside lender for financing or we can get you in-house financing.


Our job is to gather all the information required to get you the used car and financing you deserve. We know that trying to find a particular used car can be tiresome, and instead of you driving all over town or making dozens of calls, we do the hard work for you. With up to 300 used cars in stock at our two locations in Charlotte and Monroe, the choice of used vehicles is rarely better. If we don't have exactly what you are looking for we do have a used car finding program available.


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Making Your Car Last

 

Let me ask you a few questions; has your car started making strange and/or different noises?  Has it become a little less quieter than usual?  Does it drive a little rougher than it used to?  Has the engine light, or any other lights suddenly popped on?  Are you spending more and more time and money at repair shops?  Are you tired of searching the phone book for a trustworthy repair shop?  Finally, are you willing to get your hands dirty?  If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions; then don’t go anywhere because we’ll show you how to make your car last.

Contrary to popular belief, taking care of your car so that it’ll last longer isn’t as difficult, time-consuming, or expensive as it’s made out to be.  It only becomes all of those things when you fail to do them.  There’s only one primary thing that you have to do to extend the life and durability of your car—stay on track with your routine maintenance.  There are several key areas of routine maintenance that you should focus on; tires, engine care, and parts.

 

Routine  Maintenance

So what exactly is routine maintenance?  Routine maintenance is the mileage or time-based intervals to have your car serviced.  Routine maintenance includes; oil changes, tire rotations, transmission flushes, and so forth.  Typically, your owner’s manual will list the recommended mileage to have different services performed on your car.

 

Engine  Care

The engine is the most important part of your car; consider it as the ‘heart’ of your car because all the crucial parts are connected to it; the transmission, your fuel system, alternator, starter, wiring, cooling system, all your hoses, belts, and pumps.  There are several major categories that fall under engine care.  If you maintain these areas and stay on schedule with your service intervals, you should have no problems taking care of your car’s engine.

ü  Oil Change – Changing your oil regularly is the most effective way maintain the life of your engine. Forget the traditional 3,000 miles/3 months rule, it no longer applies.  Today’s engines are designed to go approximately 5,000 to 10,000 miles in between oil changes.  Despite the higher cost, semi and full synthetic oils are the best because they burn slower and have additives that prolong the life of your car.  A semi-synthetic/high mileage oil is better for cars with 75,000 miles or more while full synthetic oils are recommended for newer engines with 75,000 miles or less.

ü  Serpentine Belt – Your serpentine/drivebelt will hardly ever need to be replaced.  Most manufacturers recommend replacing it approximately every 100,000, which means you may only replace it once or twice while you own your car.  The only other time you would replace it is if it becomes severely frayed and cracked, and if chunks are missing.

ü  Flushes – Stay current on your flushes. Most transmissions are flushed every 30,000 to 100,000 miles, check your manual.  Radiator flushes are typically every 50,000 miles, engine flushes can range between 20,000 to 30,000 miles, while fuel system cleanings are approximately 60,000 to 75,000 miles.

ü  Hoses – There’s not a known interval for replacing hoses such as your radiator hoses, however, you typically want to replace them after swelling or if they become dry-rotted, cracked or slit.

 

Tire  Care

Tires are another essential part of your used auto.  Tires have a direct effect on fuel economy, ride comfort/discomfort, and steering and braking, as well as overall safety.  Here are the focus areas for tire care.

ü  Proper PSI – Having the right amount of air pressure in your tires will increase your fuel economy, make your car’s load lighter, and give you a smoother ride. Warmer temperatures (80° and up) automatically inflate tires 2 to 3 PSI, while cooler temperatures (40° and below) automatically deflate tires 2 to 3 PSI, so compensate and keep the proper air pressure in your tires.

ü  Tire Rotations – Most manufacturers recommend rotating your tires every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Rotating tires evens out the tread wear, reduces balding, and prolongs the life of your tires.

ü  Wheel Alignment – If you’ve noticed your car pulls to one side, it could be sign that you need a wheel alignment, and/or your tires are going bad.

ü  Seasonal Tires – Change your tires according to the season. In spring and summer, you can use summer tires because their rubber has been designed to stick to warmer surfaces, usually 80° or higher.  In the winter, switch to a set (all 4 tires, not just 2) of snow/winter tires because they’re equipped with sipes and tread designed to cut through snow and ice, and their rubber is designed for lower temperatures of 40° or less.

 

Replacing  Parts

There are a few parts that it wouldn’t hurt to replace regularly such as your fuel filter, air filter, and PCV valve.  For a mechanic, the fuel filter shouldn’t take anytime at all, and the air filter and PCV Valve you can do yourself with practically no tools in just a few minutes.  Changing these parts will increase fuel economy and also give you a smoother ride.

 

When you are financing a used auto, it is very important to ensure that you take care of the vehicle for the length of time you will be making payments on the used car. A small monthly investment into preventative care will likely result in not only a more reliable vehicle, but also one with a higher re-sale value at the end!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Terminate Your Car Lease/Loan Early

 

We all know what a great feeling it is to buy or lease a new car, right?  Nothing better than that, especially when it still has that ever-popular, ‘new-car-smell’ that you just can’t get enough of, rightFurthermore, you know you’re not going to have any mechanical problems for quite a while, it looks great, has great gas mileage, it’s affordable, it’s what you wanted, and most of all, your neighbors are jealous!  So let’s ask the question most people who just bought or leased a new car doesn't want to consider – What happens when the ‘new-car-smell’ wears off, the neighbors are no longer jealous, and you suddenly believe that perhaps this wasn't the best deal or car for you; how do you get out of the lease/loan early when you’re already a year or two into the deal?

According to “Walkaway Canada”, a Canadian auto leasing franchise, there are a few primary reasons people decide to get out of their auto lease or loan early. 

v  Job Loss – A person may be terminated or indefinitely laid off from their employer which will result in an inability to meet the financial responsibility of the auto lease/loan.

v  Disability – A person may become stricken with a physical disability, presumably, the result of an unfortunate auto or sports accident or injury.

v  Driver License Issues – Traffic tickets and excessive points against a person’s driving record can result in a revoked or suspended driver’s license.

Regardless of your reason for choosing to terminate your auto lease early, you should always know your options, as well as the specific terms and conditions of your particular agreement.  Knowing and having this information will only assist you in successfully terminating your lease early.

Once you've made the decision to end your auto lease early, you have to understand what that entails which is everything from preparing the car for return to the dealership to paying costly penalties and fees.  Most auto industry professionals and leasing experts will not hesitate to confess that auto leases weren't designed to be broken.  Nonetheless, many have also gone on record to state that almost any auto lease can be broken or terminated early—you just have to know your options and the correct way to have a successful and early termination.

 

Preparing  the  Vehicle  for  Return

Preparing the car for return will more than likely be the simplest, less expensive part of the early lease termination process.  This includes washing and detailing the car, ensuring all the routine maintenance has been properly taken care of is up to date.  Be sure to take photos of the vehicle after it has been detailed and be sure to take photos of the odometer, engine, and tire tread.  You want the car to look as good as it did when you first leased it.

 

Early  Lease-Ending  Options

There are several basic and most-common options for terminating your lease early which includes; returning the vehicle to the dealer, trade-in, payment take over, selling the vehicle, or buying the vehicle from the leasing company. 

v  Return to Dealer – Usually involves penalties and most expensive option. Some creditors view this as defaulting on a financial loan/responsibility and it can potentially have a negative effect on your credit report.

v  Trade-In – Lease new car from same dealer. Also expensive. Original penalties rollover into new lease which causes higher payments new lease/contract.

v  Payment Takeover – Find someone to take over your lease and payments.  This option can potentially backfire if the new party defaults on their obligation, the leasing company can hold you responsible.

v  Buy From Leasing Co. – Every lease has a ‘buyout’/’payout’ option.  The positive of this option is that it can be done at any point during the lease.  The drawback is; in many cases, current market trends are a factor, and you may pay more than the car’s value.

v  Sell Car – Use your payoff amount as price to sell car to a private owner.  This is an overall good option.  By selling the car, you avoid penalties/fees, and it’s a less expensive option, however, the higher your payoff is, the harder it is to find a buyer.

 

As with any contract-binding agreement that requires a financial obligation, it’s always a good practice to do a little research prior to beginning into an agreement – this is no different for ending your auto lease early.  It’s in your best interest to know what you’re getting into and to know what to expect throughout the process beforehand, so don’t be afraid to ask questions—not doing so could leave you with the short end of things.

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Warning Signs  of  Car  Trouble

 

How much and how often do you depend on your car?  Easy answer isn’t it?  You depend on your car quite a bit every single day, right?  Your daily tasks, needs, wants, and responsibilities would be incredibly hard to meet if you didn’t have your car, wouldn’t they?  Take into consideration all the things you typically do in a single day; take the kids to school, go to work, if your lunch hour is long enough, you run errands on lunch, pick the kids up from school and/or any after-school programs, attend doctor appointments, go to the grocery store, and finally—run more errands—quite a bit for one day.  Most non-married Americans, and even some married couples, only have one car, which is the heart that keeps them alive day-to-day.  Can you imagine how much more difficult it would be to complete these daily tasks if your car was down for repairs and you had to rely on public transportation?

Many people seem to be under the notion that when their car malfunctions; it comes from nowhere with no warning signs—that couldn’t be further from the truth.  Your car will almost always let you know when a problem is developing that will require mechanical work and sometimes immediate attention.  The problem is; many people ignore a car’s warning signs until its too late, which is usually the same time an unexpected engine failure occurs and leaves the owner stranded roadside.  Today we’ll be discussing how to recognize your car’s warning signs and to when your car is trying to tell you something’s wrong.  Despite the unfortunate reality that your car may need repairs, a positive is that in most cases, you don’t have to be an ASE Certified Mechanic to know when something’s wrong because your gives you obvious signals.

 

Service  Engine  Light

This is the number one warning sign something is wrong with your car—your engine light will come on.  DO NOT ignore your engine light simply because you may not visibly notice any difference in your car’s performance—find out right away what’s wrong and remember the ‘Service Engine’ light doesn’t come on for nothing.  Most part stores can use an OBD II Scanner to read the DTCs in your car’s system.  Some OBD II scanners will be able to indicate exactly what the problem is while others will give you an ‘idea’, and at least point you in the right direction.  There is no charge for a parts store attendant to check the DTCs and it only takes a couple minutes, and may also save you a lot of money.

 

Fluid  Leaks

Fluid leaks are a clear indication of a possible or developing problem, and it’s good to know what kind of leak you may have.  Here’s a color chart to help.

Fluid                                       Fluid Color

Coolant/Antifreeze                 Green (most common), Pink (DEXCOOL)

Power Steering                       Clear, Bright Red

Transmission Fluid                Dark Red

Motor Oil                                  Dark Black, Light Brown

Brake Fluid                              Clear

 

Sluggish  Performance  &  Drivability

If you have noticed decreased acceleration, or slow and sluggish acceleration, it could indicate a transmission problem, poor fuel circulation, a hole in the muffler or exhausts, as well as host of additional mechanical issues—do not ignore this sign.

 

Troubled  or  Slow  Starts

If your car isn’t starting the same there’s a good chance something is wrong.  This could be the result of a bad or failing battery, a failing starter or alternator, a bad ignition, a failing fuel pump or fuel filter, and clogged fuel injectors.  There are several other possible mechanical failure that could trigger a slow starting vehicle, but those listed are among the most common.

 

Noises

Noises are very good warning signs and will not steer you wrong.  You know when you hear a squeaking near your front tires, it’s time for new brakes.  If your car suddenly sounds like an airplane has landed in your driveway, you probably have an exhaust leak or a hole in your exhaust/muffler.  A thudding sound can mean anything from a flat tire or bad CV joint/axle to severe engine trouble—pay attention to the noises your car makes.

 

Vibration  &  Pulling

Vibration and pulling are also excellent warning signs.  If you’re experiencing any level of vibration and/or pulling it could mean that you need an alignment, bad brakes and/or rotors, bad tires, or additional suspension-related issues.  Nonetheless, do not take these things lightly, and have your car inspected by your mechanic as soon as possible.

 

The moral of the story is simple—don’t ignore your car’s warning signs!

 

 

 

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