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Bruce Smith
- Gastonia
2006 Nissan Pathfinder
04/02/2015

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Humberto Perez Rizo
- Charlotte
2009 Volkswagen Jetta
04/02/2015

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Sonia Cambray
- Concord
2012 Nissan Altima
04/02/2015

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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
2011 Toyota Camry
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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Aaron Mcpherson
- Chicago
2004 Ford F150 Supercrew cab
05/13/2014
Excellent customer service! They made the process very easy and stress free. Thanks!
Ride Now Motors
6353 E. Independence Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28212
(704) 994-5533
HOURS:
Weekdays: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday: Closed
Ride Now Motors
5104 Hwy 74 West Monroe, NC 28110
(704) 312-7444
HOURS:
Weekdays: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

WELCOME TO RIDE NOW MOTORS, USED CARS IN 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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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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Why Diesels Are More Popular In Europe Than The U.S

 

Petroleum. Ethanol. Methanol. Unleaded. Diesel.  What immediately comes to mind when you see, hear, or read those words?—Fuel, gasoline, fuel economy, mpg, right?  At least it should.  Depending on where you live in the world, federal and local governments have different regulations, guidelines, and standards regarding automotive fuels, the allowed emissions they may or may not emit, and different reasons for their primary choice or source of automotive fuel.  It’s because of this that a majority of European provinces and vehicles primarily operate on Diesel fuel, while the United States primarily uses Gasoline.  You’re probably asking yourself one, simple question—“Why?”  Well, let’s examine this more closely.

 

Diesel  Fuel

The biggest difference between diesel fuel and gasoline is how fuel ignition is achieved.  Gasoline engines and fuel rely on “spark” for ignition, whereas diesel engines and fuel rely on “compression”Also, the air/fuel mixture which is infused simultaneously in gasoline engines, are triggered at separate stages within diesel engines.  Diesel engines compresses air at a significantly higher compression level, and therefore are heated at higher temperatures than a gasoline engine.  Once maximum pressure and temperature has been achieved, the diesel is ignited.  Because the air/fuel infusion occurs at separate intervals; diesel engines maintain higher air compression ratios which ultimately results in better fuel efficiency.  Since diesel engines do not require spark, sparkplugs, or sparkplug wires; maintenance costs are less expensive and service intervals are spread farther apart.  Diesel engines are also quieter and more durable than gasoline engines, get better gas-mileage, cost 30% to 50% less to supply, and typically have longer lifespans. When you are purchasing a higher mileage used vehicle, remember that the diesel engine will run for many hundreds of thousands of miles with good maintenance!

 

 

Diesels  In  Europe

There are a number of factors that goes into explaining how and why diesels are more popular in Europe than the U.S.  For one, diesel is more “cost-efficient” for Europeans due to the fact they have a smaller “auto-market” and therefore tend to own their cars twice as long as the average American car owner.   European diesel tax is significantly lower than that of the United States.  Perhaps this is because diesel is more fuel-efficient, cost less, and Europe has less than half the automobiles on their roads than the U.S. has on its.  According to Scientific American and the American Petroleum Institute (API), diesel is taxed about 25% higher in the U.S. because 95% of American cars are gasoline powered, but not surprisingly in Europe, these statistics are reversed. 

 

Diesels  In  The  U.S.

As we have mentioned and shown, diesels are definitely less common in the United States, despite the benefits and advantages they hold over gasoline.  Diesel is also less-favorable in the U.S. because of the strict regulations of the federal government regarding vehicle emissions, air pollution, and overcrowded highways.  Another reason diesel left a horrible first impression with the United States. is because of poor engineering which led to decreased power and performance.  Of course today’s diesels are much more efficient, but still not the “choice” vehicle or fuel-type of the United States.  The API has recorded the average price per gallon for diesel is 24.4 cents, while gasoline is at 18.4 cents.  As a used car buyer in the United States, diesel powered cars are typically three to four thousand dollars more expensive than gasoline vehicles, gas prices are higher, and there are fewer diesel pumps at local gas stations.

 

Final  Results

After reading the article, it’s fairly easy to see why diesel has a more popular stake in Europe than it does in the United States—it’s just flat out better than gasoline.  But let’s just do a quick “recap” to better put it perspective.  Diesel fuel lasts longer than gasoline, cost less in Europe, requires less maintenance than gasoline vehicles, and has about the same emissions.  Diesel vehicles have better gas-mileage, are more cost-efficient for Europeans, who own their cars much longer than Americans, and new technology such as the study of bio-diesels are placing new advancements on the horizon.  When you take that into consideration, you have to ask yourself—why isn’t the U.S. putting a better and more concentrated focus on diesels?

 

 

 

 

 

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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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