4050 US Hwy 431 Albertville, AL 35950 256-878-5000

Fall Safety Tip

Here is another Fall driving safety tip! Remember that Fall is an active breeding time for deer, so travel slowly and if you see a deer cross the roadway, expect others to follow. They rarely travel alone. Stay safe out there!

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Located at 4050 US Hwy 431, Albertville AL 35950. Call or text us: 256-878-5000

What is Buy Here Pay Here

For those who aren’t familiar with buy here, pay here, it’s a means of acquiring an automobile for folks who have no credit or bad credit. They can't go to a conventional bank or credit union because those financial institutions do not provide auto loans to people with poor or no credit. Basically, you buy the car here and then pay for the car here.

Bureaucrats in Washington, DC would have you believe that there's no need for buy here pay here dealers. But if there's no mass transportation in an area like ours, then there is no transportation. People would not be able to get to work because they would not have a vehicle.

Most lenders just won't take the risk on this kind of credit history. Why do we do it, then? I was raised in a single parent home with a mother who worked two jobs. It was tough to make ends meet. I just love to see people graduate from here. We report on-time payments to the credit bureau -- many buy here, pay here dealers don't report to the credit bureau. And from time to time, I get to explain to my customers why they don't report payments; and they can't believe that. It's not fair. 

I don’t think it’s fair either, but I get a great deal of satisfaction when we have somebody graduate who leaves us to go to a traditional bank or credit union because we've reported their credit over the last three years. They are able to buy a car at three or four percent interest rate because they’ve proved themselves over a period of three years with us. It starts with our easy online application process.

Our Mission Statement is: “We believe our goal is to get our customers -- and our employees -- to a better place.” There's a great deal of satisfaction that comes with doing what we do at WholeSaleCars.com. A great deal.

We Love our Community

As a member of the community and owner of WholeSaleCars.com, I’m involved with a program called Junior Achievement here in Albertville, Alabama. In a nutshell, I go into a middle school for eight weeks and I hold a class for 45 minutes to teach financial literacy.

I do this because in my business, I see what not having financial literacy causes. And I love to see the light bulb go on for those seventh grade and eighth grade students. We talk about insurance, finances, how to apply for a job, and even how to quit a job -- all those things. I'm a big supporter of Junior Achievement.

I'm also involved in a worldwide prison ministry called Kairos. We go into a maximum-security prison twice a year. I just have a heart for the downtrodden, and I think it has a lot to do with the way I was raised. I was raised without a dad in a single parent home. Until I reached about 30, I had no concept of what my mother went through to raise three kids. I have a soft spot in my heart for single moms, too.

We also hold customer appreciation events once a year, every September and at that time our 1000 plus customers get a chance to have have their car paid off. We throw a big party and feed everybody. It’s a great opportunity for people to meet our staff and mingle.

We usually have about 700 or 800 people attend and give away prizes like flat screen TVs, camping equipment, free car washes for a year, bicycles, and things like that. We have a local radio station here, too. We also pay up to $10,000 off the customer's car note – but they have to be there for that. We typically draw six or seven names before the person's here.

You know, some people may think all the things we do is a gimmick, but we are the real deal. We really care about our community and the people in it. Anyone who is a current or past customer knows that, and we look forward to proving it to everyone.

We Are the Obvious Choice

WholeSaleCars.com has been here in the Albertville, Alabama community since 1981. While most buy here, pay here dealers start with a very high mileage car to sell without a warranty, we start with a lower mileage car with a warranty.

We try to educate our customers on the fact that some of our cars have had previous damage which is disclosed and repaired properly and safely. But these same cars have lower mileage than what our competitors have available. These same cars come with a warranty for as long as you have it financed here. A 2014 Nissan Maxima with 130,000 or a 2014 Maxima with properly repaired disclosed damage with a warranty with 70,000 miles….a fairly easy decision! We’re the obvious choice.

Along with our warranty, we have 15 courtesy cars. If a customer’s car is in for repair, they get a courtesy car free to drive so long as their payments and insurance are current.

We do that because we understand that if our customers can't get to work, they can't make their payments to us. So if we’re working on the car, we extend that courtesy for the customer to use a vehicle for however many days it takes us to do the repair and also for the warranty to be valid. As long as their insurance and their payments are up to date and current, they have a warranty with us.

Check Your Tire Pressure Regularly

Here is another safety tip from Wholesalecars.com. The temperatures will be dropping soon so remember to check your tire pressure regularly. Changes in temperature will cause your tires to expand and contract, which may lead to a loss of tire pressure. Stay safe out there!

Wholesalecars.com where everyone is approved any every car has a warranty!

https://www.wholesalecars.com/preapproval

Located at 4050 US Hwy 431, Albertville AL 35950. Call or text us: 256-878-5000

6 Tips to Plan Your Summer Road Trip

With summer now upon us, knowing how to drive a car will enable you to enjoy one of the most memorable vacation experiences: the road trip. The road trip is a general phrase that describes a long trek made in a vehicle for pleasure. Road trips take a little planning. Here are a few tips that will help make your first road trip a success. 
1 Decide on a destination. It is a good idea to choose a destination that is not too far away for your first road trip. A road trip can span only one day. For example, choose a city a couple of hours away for your first road trip. You will enjoy a nice drive to your destination, spend some time in a new place, and drive back home all in one day. 
2 Choose a route. Many people who take road trips like to take the scenic route to their chosen destination. You can use a map or the internet to plan a route. Some drivers prefer to take a back roads rather than interstate highways when they go on road trips. Although it may take longer to reach your destination on these roads, the views will be much more interesting. The Turquoise Trail in New Mexico is one of thousands scenic roads you can take in the U.S. 
3 Consider your vehicle. Some vehicles simply are not made for long trips. Cars that are especially suited to road trips are convertibles, sports cars, cars that get great gas mileage, and small crossover SUVs. SUVs and minivans are also good road trip vehicles if you are traveling with several people or your family. Vehicles that might not be great choices for road trips are large trucks, large SUVs, and vans. Make sure that you will have plenty of room for your passengers since you will be spending several hours inside the vehicle. Also try to choose a vehicle that gets great gas mileage to reduce the cost of your trip. 
4 Get a tune up. If you are planning on driving your car over a long distance for several days, it is a great idea to let a mechanic check for problems before you depart. Get your oil changed, refill your windshield wiper fluid, and make sure all lights are in working order. These steps will reduce the chance of becoming stranded or experiencing mechanical issues during your road trip. Working car lights ensure that other drivers see you, even in reduced visibility. This is crucial to avoid accidents 
5 Plan for stops. It is reasonable to estimate that you will need to take a break from travelling every two or three hours. If there is an interesting city, park, store, or restaurant that you would like to see on your road trip, schedule stops accordingly. It is all part of the road trip experience. To enjoy the stop, make sure you lock your car and don’t leave valuables in visibility 
6 Bring entertainment. Of course, the driver needs to focus his or her attention on the road. The passengers, however, might want some entertainment along the way. Portable DVD players with headphones, MP3 players, books, crossword puzzles, magazines, and travel journals are some excellent ideas for passing the time on a road trip. 

It is important to remember that the drive is the most important part of a road trip. Don’t be in a rush. If there is something interesting you would like to stop and see, do so. It is all part of the experience. The next time that you plan a vacation for you and your family or a quick getaway for your friends, consider driving instead of flying. You might find that hitting the open road is your preferred means of transportation. (Source: https://driving-tests.org/beginner-drivers/how-to-plan-a-road-trip/)

Top Car Care Tips

We've all heard stories of cars and trucks lasting anywhere from 200,000 to even 500,000 miles.

But how? Three simple words: maintenance, maintenance, maintenance.

Here are some of the top maintenance tips to help make the engine, transmission and other parts of your vehicle last even longer. 

1. Check the oil: The easiest task you can do to increase the longevity of your vehicle is to keep the proper amount of oil in the engine. Also, change the oil and filter as recommended in the manufacturers owner’s manual, or every 3000 miles to be safe.
2. Check power steering fluid: Most older vehicles and even some new models have a hydraulic power steering pump that requires power steering fluid. These pumps have a screw-type cap that lifts off, so the fluid level can easily be checked.
3. Transmission fluid replacement: Having the correct amount of transmission fluid is important because it cools the transmission, lubricates its moving parts, and makes shifting gears smoother. But of course this fluid deteriorates over time. Frequent stop-and-go driving or anything that puts stress on the transmission, such as towing a trailer, accelerates this deterioration. Under these type of conditions the transmission’s operating temperature rises, which puts a strain on the components and the fluid. Automakers recommend you change the fluid more under those conditions. Of course you can check the owner’s manual for more details.
4. Radiator coolant flushing: Coolant has rust inhibitors that break down over time. Rust and corrosion can harm the engine, plug up a thermostat, and damage the water pump. Some automakers recommend changing the coolant every 30,000 miles, while some suggest 100,000 miles. Check your owner’s manual to be sure.
5. Top off brake fluid: While you are checking all of your other fluids, it’s a good idea to check the brake fluid level as well. Put your vehicle on a level surface, then remove the reservoir cap. Make sure the brake fluid level is between the minimum and maximum marks on the fluid reservoir. Use the recommended fluid (DOT3, DOT4, etc.) and fill to the proper level.
6. Rotate your tires: Tires aren't cheap, so you want to make them last. Almost all tires should be rotated every 5000 to 6000 miles and alignment checked every 10,000 to 15,000. Also, it is very important to maintain the proper air pressure in each tire. A sticker on the driver’s door frame lists the proper tire pressures for the front and rear tires.
7. Have a clean engine air filter: A clean air filer can help increase your miles per gallon, help engine performance, and contribute to lower engine emissions.

No maintenance required
There are some components on cars that at one time required regular maintenance, but because of technological advances, there’s no need anymore. Ball joints and steering linkage which at one time required lubrication, no longer require it; new spark plugs may last 150,000 miles and at one time vehicle batteries (which are now sealed for lift) needed the water level in the electrolyte periodically checked.
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