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Sharon Miller
- Concord
2007 Toyota Camry
05/13/2014
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
05/13/2014
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
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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Wakeisha Peele
- Charlotte
2005 Jeep Cherokee
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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Tondra Franklin
- Charlotte
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05/13/2014
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
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
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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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Communicate With Your Creditors

 

Every working adult, or even every unemployed adult for that matter, knows there will always be bills to pay—there’s just no way around it.  Paying bills is a necessity in life.  In the today’s society, you simply cannot stay afloat if you fail to pay your bills.  Unfortunately, there’s a bill for absolutely everything; utilities, trash, water, sewer, taxes, groceries, cell phone, home phone, rent and mortgages, car payments, health insurance, life insurance, auto insurance, internet, car repairs, routine car maintenance, kids’ clothes and toys, baby food and supplies, doctor bills—the list just goes on and on.  If you’re a small business owner; your bills are doubled, tripled, and in some cases, quadrupled.

As mentioned in several previous articles, the U.S. is still being held within the grips of a recession and the economy is staggering and faltering.  The poor economic status has resulted in an increase of foreclosures, corporate downsizing and outsourcing, and higher unemployment rates across the country which has made it more difficult for the average family and middle-class, blue-collar workforce to pay even the most basic bills required to get by.

There are several, major reasons bills are not paid;

ü  Failure to Communicate With Creditors

ü  Lack of Income

ü  Failure to Prioritize

ü  Procrastination

ü  Intentional Neglect

Any one of the reasons listed above can singlehandedly result in unpaid bills, but in most cases, it’s usually a combination of several or more of them.  Did you notice the very first one? Failure to communicate with your creditors is the biggest reasons bills are not paid.  That’s what we’re going to discuss today—how and why you should communicate with your creditors, what are the pros and cons of communicating with your creditors?

 

Why  Communicate  With  Your  Creditors?

Have you ever had a past due bill and told yourself, “I don’t have the money, so no point in calling, I’ll just pay it when I have the money”—haven’t you told yourself that before? Or, at the very least, you know someone who says and does that.  Stop it!  That’s the worst thing you can do!  Always, always, always, communicate with your creditor!  Here are reasons to communicate with your creditors;

ü  You Show Responsibility – When you talk to your creditors regarding your past due bill, it tells them you’re aware of it, and you honestly want to resolve the matter. When they see this; creditors are more lenient and more inclined to make arrangements.

ü  New Options – In most cases, speaking with creditors regarding your past due bill will open a door of new options on resolving your pas due bill that ordinarily aren’t available to you if you fail to communicate.

ü  Cancelled Interruptions – Speaking to creditors and setting arrangements will surely cancel any scheduled service interruptions or non-payment disconnections, which usually carry additional fees upon re-connection.

ü  Reduced Balance – Many creditors are willing to reduce your payment amount and will accept partial payments to prevent service interruptions, but this will only happen if you speak and communicate with them.

ü  Extensions – Sometimes, you may just need a little more time to pay a bill; well creditors love it when you’re calling to simply ask for more time, and you’re not disputing the amount of the bill or its delinquency—9 of 10 times, you will be granted extra time.

 

Keep  Records

Alright, this one is simple and self-explanatory—keep records of your bill payments, usage, and conversations anytime you speak with your creditors.  This also shows you take responsibility and you’re fully aware of the status of your account and/or previous conversations regarding it.  The best way to keep records is thru ebilling; the process of having your bill sent to you by email—this eliminates stacks of paper mail, and you should also type the important details of your conversations; who you spoke to, their extension number, the department you spoke to, arrangement dates and amounts, confirmation numbers, payment methods (check, credit card, etc).

 

How  to  Communicate  With  Creditors

How you speak to your creditors when you do communicate with them is very important.  As a former 1st and 3rd party bill collector and Skip Tracer for over 10 years, I can tell you—DO NOT shout, yell, cuss, throw un-proved accusations and demand a manager or supervisor—that is the quickest way to NOT getting the help you need.

Call and speak to your creditors in a respectful, courteous, and firm tone.  Be honest about having a past due amount and what you’re capable of paying.  DO NOT give a ‘sob’ story—I promise you we’ve heard them all, and it will fall upon deaf ears.  Ask what are your options and how can you avoid service interruptions.

If you’re calling regarding a dispute—KNOW what you’re talking about—have your records in front of you, make sure you have a valid dispute, DO NOT become irate, politely ask for a manager or supervisor.

 

 

 

Know  Your  Rights

Sometimes when you communicate with creditors, the representative may be the aggressive person—especially commission-based, 3rd party bill collectors who often make illegal threats; you have to know your rights.  The best way to handle 3rd party bill collectors is to know the FDCPA and what the Mini-Miranda is.  Having knowledge of these two things will help you tremendously in dealing with aggressive 3rd party bill collectors; these laws state when and if a bill collector can call you at work, how often they can call, the consequences for a bill collector failing to recite the Mini-Miranda, what actual legal action a 3rd party collector may actually take, and the consequences for a 3rd party collector threatening action that they are legally unable to pursue.

Now, if you’ve truly paid attention to the paragraph above, you’ll notice something—the FDCPA and Mini-Miranda is only regarding 3rd party bill collectors; not 1st party, such as your local utility companies—again, you will just have to practice remaining calm, being respectful, professional, and yet firm. 

At Ride Now Motors we want to work with our customers to ensure that we understand the situations that life has presented to them. Please, always give us the chance to work with you and come to an understanding as to what we can all expect.

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Car Dealers Using Social Media

 

Let’s face it people; we live in the “Electronic Age”, and the Internet is at the heart of it all with the various forms of “Social Media” acting as the veins and arteries; reaching every inch of the world.  In fact, the entire world itself owes much gratitude and thanks to Robert E. Kahn and Vint Cert, the inventors of the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the Internet Protocol (IP); essentially the foundation and brain of the Internet, and the thing that makes the Internet—the Internet.  There isn’t anything we can’t find on the Internet today; cars, houses, music, TV programs, antiques, books, a significant other (no, seriously, we can), and so-on-and-so-on.  In addition to shopping via the Internet, we can also pay bills, and perform extensive research on any topic or subject; just I did to find out who created the World Wide Web. 

Then, just when we thought we had seen everything the Internet had to offer us, and just when we thought we had taken it as far as we could—websites like Google, YouTube, and Facebook hit the scene and Social Media was born.  Anybody selling anything and every major retailer, mom-and-pop-shop, entrepreneur either has used, or are currently using Social Media to promote, advertise, and market their products and services—including car dealers.

As with most retailers, businesses, and corporations; prior to the emergence of Social Media, car dealerships were limited as to the reach of their audience because they could only primarily attract ‘local’ business, customers, and clientele.  It wasn’t until sites like Craigslist and Angie’s List, and again, Facebook and Twitter came along, that these dealers could expand their advertising as far as they wanted—auto sales began to rise.  One way dealers are increasing their sales is by practicing “Social Care”, online, one-on-one customer service. Statistics show that consumers today prefer social care over traditional customer service and are prompted to continue doing business with a company because of it.  According to a recent survey by Dealer.com, approximately 27% of car buyers said they were influenced by social media to purchase their car when and where they did.

Social media is also helping auto sales rise by making customer reviews available online for the new, potential buyer to view.  These reviews aren’t just limited to past and current customers, they’re also written by leading industry critics and experts, and seem to hold more weight with prospects than a customer-based testimony or rating.  Yes, there are half a million online review sites, but when 67% of auto sales are generated from consumers who studied online reviews to aid them in choosing the dealer and car right for them—it makes a world of difference.  Automakers and dealers alike are milking this cow for all it has—ever hear the phrase; “There’s an app for that”?—of course you have.  Strategists are now resorting to “Smartphones”, “I-Phones”, and “Androids” to further reach their audience and consumers—this is because almost every consumer loves convenience and ease, and they’re more likely to do business with a company that makes things easy and convenient for them.

Car dealers have found other ways to use Social Media to attract clientele and increase auto sales such as; offering incentives, discounts, and specials redeemable only “online”.  Many dealers open “Fan Pages” on Facebook and encourage customers and potential customers to “Like” the page.  They entice the customer/potential customer by filling the page with new auto trends, advertisements, videos, fun posts and games, etc…  They also utilize celebrity endorsements and boast about their large number of “Followers” or “Friends” which gives the impression; “everyone else is doing it, so I should too”.  Four Square is another Social Media site car dealers are utilizing.  Four Square allows you to show or post what businesses you’re visiting or using; their hope is that it will trickle down to your friends, and their friends, and so forth, and ultimately create new business and a positive impact on auto sales.

Car dealers have wasted no time learning what a valuable marketing tool Social Media can be and how to optimize its fullest potential to their benefit.  As dealers continue to find new ways to effectively use Social Media, auto sales will continuously rise, and present yet, even more opportunities.

 

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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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