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Taesha Hunt
- Charlotte
2009 Chevrolet Impala

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Bruce Smith
- Gastonia
2006 Nissan Pathfinder

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Humberto Perez Rizo
- Charlotte
2009 Volkswagen Jetta

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Sonia Cambray
- Concord
2012 Nissan Altima

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Sharon Miller
- Concord
2007 Toyota Camry
Easy going place, i came in test drove the car, even got to take it home. came back and bought it. Donnie was a good sales person!
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Lisa Brooks
- Laurel hill
2006 lincoln navigator
Called last year Natasha was very patient and came in for my Valentines present and bought my car.
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Tanya Neal
- Charlotte
2005 chevrolet Trailblazer
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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Wakeisha Peele
- Charlotte
2005 Jeep Cherokee
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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Tondra Franklin
- Charlotte
2011 Toyota Camry
I really enjoyed the service that I was giving, an most of all i really enjoy my new car....
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Wesley Dunbar
- Charlotte
2005 Ford expedition
Ride Now Motors
6353 E. Independence Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28212
(704) 295-1585
Weekdays: 9am - 7pm
Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday: Closed
Ride Now Motors
5104 Hwy 74 West Monroe, NC 28110
(704) 291-9990
Weekdays: 9am - 7pm
Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday: Closed


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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Winterize  Your  Vehicle  to  Retain  Value


It’s that time of year again—the time of year where Autumn will soon evolve into Winter, and your car has to be prepared for the upcoming, callous winter conditions—yes, it’s time to winterize your car.  It doesn’t take a great deal to winterize your car, especially if you’re a D.I.Yer, and it’s usually inexpensive to do so.  Here’s a ‘To-Do’ list for winterizing your car to give you a push in the right direction.

Use a lighter weight oil – This allows the oil to flow better in cold temps

Replace radiator hoses and thermostat

Replace the fuel filter

Switch to all-weather wiper blades and winter washer fluid

Purchase new tires or snow tires

Replace brakes

Check and/or replace battery & belts

Test 4WD function to make sure it’s working

Prepare an emergency kit to keep in the car at all times

For those of you who have never prepared a winter emergency kit for your car in case you’re ever stranded, here are a few things you should include.

Extra blankets

Clean, dry clothes including shoes/boots

Flashlight and batteries

Jumper cables

Washer fluid and coolant/antifreeze

Shovel, broom, and ice scraper

An extra cell phone and/or car phone charger

Bag of salt, cat liter, or ice melt

Toolbox and/or toolkit

Now you may be asking—what are the benefits of winterizing your car?  Winterizing your car will allow you to be prepared in the event that you do become stuck or stranded, it makes the harsh winter driving and weather conditions more bearable for your car, and your car will drive better and will be up-to-date on routine maintenance.  Perhaps the greatest benefit of winterizing your car is that its value can increase as well.


How  Your  Car’s  Value  Increases  When  You  Winterize

We all know the moment you purchase your car and drive it off the dealer’s lot; its value begins depreciating, right?  Well, now you’re going to learn how winterizing your car restores some of its value and appreciation.  Autos.com explains five ways to maintain your car’s value; keep your car clean, perform routine maintenance, avoid having accidents, minimize customization, and use Kelley Blue Book to buy a car that will uphold its value.  Part of performing routine maintenance includes winterizing your car.

Because winterizing reduces repair costs and overall part failure and/or wear and tear; it also increases your car’s Trade-In Value.  Your trade-in value is exactly what it sounds like—the value of your current car when you use it as a ‘trade-in’ to purchase your new car.  The less repair history and engine or part failure history your car has, the more it’s worth.

Believe it or not, winterizing can also improve gas mileage, and as we’re all aware of, the number of miles a car has on it, and its MPG capabilities are major factors we take into consideration to determine a car’s worth when we’re at the dealer shopping for a new one.  Some of the routine maintenance that is included in the winterizing process like changing the fuel filter and buying new tires contributes greatly to improving your car’s fuel economy and MPG.  When fuel economy and MPGs are improved, your car goes farther with less fuel because it burns less fuel, which eliminates high mileage and a low MPG, and ultimately adds to your car’s value.

Winterizing your car reduces repairs, repair costs, and allows your car to retain many of its OEM parts, which is another contributing factor to your car’s value.  When your car has most of its OEM parts, it says that you have taken care of your car by maintaining the routine maintenance at the scheduled intervals, and that everything is in working order.

So now you not only know what goes into winterizing your car, but also how winterizing increases the value of your car.  As previously mentioned, the Fall season is upon us and quickly transgressing into the Winter season—now is the time winterize your car.  It’s always best to begin winterizing between September and October while the weather and temperatures are still ideal for the D.I.Yers and before the dreadful, ‘dead-of-winter’ weather finally arrives and settles in—it’ll be too late then.  Also remember that winterizing your car isn’t a costly maintenance procedure, in most cases it could be done for approximately $200 to $250, and if you’re that ‘Do-it-yourselfer’, you could more than likely cut your costs in half.

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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 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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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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