Used Car Buying Checklist

When you decide to buy a used car, you have two choice – to buy from a private person or to buy from a dealership such as Jr.’s EZ Auto. When you buy from a private person you don’t know what you are getting – and if something happens to the vehicle, you may never be able to find that person again. It is much safer to buy from a dealership as it checks the vehicles thoroughly before selling them. Even when you do buy a used vehicle, you should check several things before plunking down your money.


When you buy from a dealership, it will help you obtain financing for the vehicle. Jr.’s EZ Auto will find you a loan at the lowest interest rates possible for your credit situation.


Look at the mileage. Even if a vehicle has over 100,000 miles on it, it’s fine as long as the price reflects the higher mileage and the vehicle runs good. Check for worn parts such as tires and brakes. If you suspect the mileage has been tampered with, choose something different. Though, if you are buying a pre-owned vehicle from Jr.’s EZ Auto, the mileage will not have been tampered with.


You should always check a vehicle’s fluids before buying, even when you are buying a vehicle from the dealership. Make sure any leaks have been repaired and that the fluid is not currently leaking.

Test Drive

Always test drive a vehicle before you buy it, especially a used vehicle. Listen for noises, make sure the steering is tight and the suspension is not rough. Make sure the brakes work properly and that the engine light is off.


Before you sign on the dotted line, be sure to read the entire contract. When you buy a used vehicle, even from a dealership, it is “as-is, where-is.” This means that once you drive it off the lot, it is your responsibility. If you notice anything wrong with the vehicle, have the dealership repair it or agree to repair it before you sign the purchase contract. Or, choose a different vehicle.

The staff at Jr.’s EZ Auto does their best to ensure the used car buying experience is easy and not stressful. The techs try to find everything wrong with the vehicle before it’s put out on the lot. That said, you still need to perform your own checks since most used vehicles do not come with a warranty.


Leasing vs. Buying a Car

Once you decide you need a new vehicle, you have to decide whether you want to lease or purchase a vehicle. You’ll find pros and cons to each option so your choice depends on what you prefer. When you shop for a vehicle at 66 Automall, you can lease or purchase.

Benefits of Leasing

When you lease a vehicle, you make payments on the depreciation so essentially, the price is lower. Thus, you can afford a higher end vehicle. Instead of the base model, you could afford the highest trim level. Or, instead of a vehicle that is under $20,000, you might be able to afford something that is over $30,000.

Another benefit of leasing is that you can upgrade every couple of years. Since technology is constantly changing, you don’t have to wait several years to get that technology. When you turn your current leased vehicle in, you get to choose something with all of the new widgets.

If you choose to lease, you might be able to get the SUV you want instead of a less expensive sedan.

Cons of Leasing

When you lease a vehicle, the mileage for the lease term is usually limited. If you go over the mileage you pay for every mile you drive. Furthermore, you can’t make any changes to the vehicle unless you can remove those changes. Even if you change something about the vehicle, it will cost you to remove it so the vehicle is in the same condition you leased it.

Benefits of Purchasing

When you purchase a vehicle you can make any changes to it that you want. If you want to add certain accessories, you don’t have to worry about removing them when you turn the vehicle in. It is also cheaper in the long run to purchase a vehicle since you can keep it as long as you want. The more years you keep a vehicle the lower the yearly cost to own. You can also use the vehicle as part of a down payment when you trade it in.

Furthermore, you don’t have to worry about how many miles you drive. If you want to drive 20,000 miles per year, you won’t be charged for extra miles.

Cons of Purchasing

When you purchase a vehicle, you pay for the entire vehicle instead of just the depreciation, thus you are paying more per year for the cost of ownership. If you’re the type who likes to upgrade to new technology, you will lose money if you trade in a purchased vehicle every couple years.

Regardless of what works best for you, you can find the perfect vehicle – for lease or purchase – at 66 Automall. Stop by today to test drive the vehicles that you are interested in.


Plasti Dip vs. Car Wrap

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If you want to make your vehicle unique to you, you have many ways including adding accessories, changing the wheels, adding a custom stereo or even a custom paint job. You can also “wrap” your vehicle. However, you should be careful that the process is a quality process. Some of the younger set use a product called Plasti Dip, which is sold online. However, this is not a high-quality product and in most cases, doesn’t look like the pictures advertising the product.

If you want a quality wrap, visit 66MVP. We are on the cutting edge of vehicle wraps. Wraps were traditionally used to advertise a business, but now there is a paint alternative. The material this thick and you have an infinite number of colors to choose from. Additionally, you can choose tons of textures and finishes so you can get that unique look you want.

A vehicle wrap can be removed years later without damaging the factory paint on the vehicle. This is an ideal solution for those who lease vehicles but don’t want to splurge for a custom paint job that would have to be painted over when you turn the leased vehicle in. Another benefit of using a wrap is that it blocks the sun and weather from the paint, thus leaving the paint in showroom condition.

You can also use a wrap to cover up a dull paint job on an older vehicle or to use it for what it was originally designed for – to advertise your business. Using a wrap is perfect for a business with a fleet as all of your fleet vehicles will have the same quality look.

For more information about getting your vehicle wrapped, stop by 66 MVP today. You’ll be able to pick out your design, colors, texture and finish, plus you’ll be able to discuss more of the benefits of wrapping your vehicle.


How Recreditpair Can Help You Improve Your Credit

Very few people can buy a new car with cash, however, if your credit is shot, in most cases you still won’t be able to get a new car. At 866Rent2Own, even if your credit is shot, you can get a new car. We’ll help you repair your credit while you lease a vehicle on our rent-to-own program so that you can qualify for a vehicle loan.

We use ReCreditPair to help you improve your credit scores. The better your credit score, the lower interest rate you can get from banks. And that means you pay less each month and in the long run for your vehicle. Not only does the program help you improve your credit, but it also teaches you how to keep your credit score high. You’ll feel confident that you can avoid those embarrassing denials.

Click to visit 866 Rent2Own. The link for ReCreditPair is on our website.

ReCreditPair is a program that you use yourself. The program walks you through the steps of obtaining your credit report and disputing items that are incorrect or questionable. Sometimes things are listed on a credit report more than once – this also drags your score down. Once you start to increase your score, the program will teach you how to maintain that score even while applying for credit such as a vehicle loan for your new car from 866Rent2Own.

Maintaining a good credit score means you have to know how to manage debt. Too much credit lowers your debt to income ratio which causes your credit score to drop. While you might think you can afford that extra credit card, it could actually hurt your credit. You’ll learn other tips such as learning how much to pay each month – and it’s not the minimum – and how much open credit you should have showing on your credit report. You’ll learn the tips and tricks other credit repair agencies and attorneys use – the same tips and tricks they charge you an arm and a leg for.

Recently, a study showed that almost 80 percent of credit reports have at least one error. Depending on the scope of the error, your score could be affected by over 100 points. Stop by 866Rent2Own today to test drive your next new vehicle, and if your credit is bad, ask us about our lease-to-own and ReCreditPair programs to help you get on your feet.


Buying Used vs. New

When you’re old car just isn’t cutting it anymore, you have to make a couple decisions before you head out to Jr.’s EZ Auto Center. The first decision you need to make is whether you will buy new or used, and if new, lease or purchase. You also have to decide on which make and model you want and what you can afford for monthly payments. Once you have this information in hand, our sales techs will be able to help you choose the perfect vehicle for your situation.

To decide whether you should buy new or used, you must look at several things. Assuming you can afford a new car, but may not want to, think of these reasons to buy used.

When you buy a used vehicle, someone else already ate most of the depreciation. This means that the vehicle is not going to significantly drop in value as soon as you drive it off the lot. However, when you do buy used, you must check things such as the mileage. While all of the used vehicles on our lot have been checked, there are still upcoming things that it may need. For example, if the manufacturer recommends changing the timing belt at 120,000 miles and the vehicle has 90,000 miles on it, you’ll have to change the belt sooner rather than later.

This is the type of decision you balance out with the price. If buying used is going to save you thousands, it’s worth the cost of the repairs since that cost is less than buying new.

Buying used also saves you money all around. You can find vehicles that are in like-new condition for much less – less down money, less monthly payment, and even a lower finance rate. Finding a vehicle with less than 50,000 miles on it, even if it is 4 or 5 years old, will cost you less in the long run than it will to buy a new vehicle.

Furthermore, sometimes new vehicles have “glitches.” If you buy a used vehicle, the previous owner has probably had those factory glitches and recalls repaired – that’s less service you have to do. If the previous owner kept up with the service and took care of the vehicle, it is more beneficial to buy a used vehicle if you are watching your spending. Stop by Jr.’s EZ Auto Center today to test drive any of the used vehicles on our lot.


The Kia K900

If you have your eye on a 2015 Kia K900, stop by 66 Automall today to test drive this brand new sedan. You can choose from a poplar or walnut wood interior. The chrome aluminum wheels really set this car off, so people will be looking no matter what exterior color you choose – and you have seven to choose from.

Convenience features include auto delay headlights, exterior entry lights, front fog lights, daytime running lights, a one-touch power sunroof, heated front seats, intermittent rain-sensing front wipers, a rear defogger, power heated door mirrors with integrated turn signals, auto-dimming mirrors, illuminated vanity mirrors, cruise control, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls, front and rear cup holders, a power remote trunk release, overhead console and a heated leather steering wheel.

Additional features include dual zone air conditioning, interior air filtration, ventilated front seats, heated rear glass with a timer, LED headlights with adaptive front lighting system, windshield wiper deicers, a Lexicon surround sound system, voice-command navigation, a 9.2-inch display, front and rear parking sensors and advanced smart cruise control.

Safety and security features include lane departure warning, speed-sensitive volume control, first and second row curtain head airbags, passenger airbag, driver airbag, child safety locks, transmission hill holder, keyless ignition and doors, anti-theft alarm, engine immobilizer, brake assist, ventilated rotors, vehicle stability management, electronic brake-force distribution, side impact door beams, front and rear crumple zones, and four-wheel ABS disc brakes.

Additional features include blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert.

The powertrain features a 307 cubic-inch V-8 engine (5.0 liters) that makes 420 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque and has variable valve timing.

Options include changing the interior color, a rear seat VIP package and wheel locks.

If you want a luxury vehicle without paying a huge luxury price, then stop by 66 Automall to test drive the 2015 K900 – you’ll definitely enjoy the large, comfortable seating, suede headliner, soft-touch panels and soft leather upholstery.


Why Choose 866-Rent-2-Own?

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If your credit is trashed and you can’t get a conventional loan or lease from another dealership, you can work with our Rent-2-Own program to get into a new or used vehicle. The Rent-2-Own program at 88-Rent-2-Own works much like other rent-to-own programs.

First, you’ll come in and pick the new or used vehicle that fits your budget and your needs. Our experienced staff will design a custom program for your situation so that you can eventually buy the vehicle. The program is for customers who cannot get a conventional loan, who can get a loan but would be saddled with a crazy high interest rate, who are not getting what they deserve or for those who want to save for a down payment or are expecting to be able to get a down payment in the future.

When you enter the program, you pay $700 – a good faith deposit that is fully refundable. You then enter a pre-paid month-to-month rental agreement. We will refer you to the industry’s leading credit repair company. That company will work with you for two to six months to improve your credit – hopefully to the point where you can qualify for a lower-interest conventional loan.

Once your credit improves, you come back to see us and we will get you into a conventional loan, thus completing the “own” part of the rent-to-own deal. Your good faith deposit will be used as a down payment on the conventional loan. If we cannot find a conventional loan for you, you can get your deposit refunded.

We refer you to a credit repair agency as about 80 percent of consumers have inaccuracies on their credit report. These inaccuracies could cost you a lot of points on your credit score. Your credit score affects your interest rate, so even increasing it by 50 points will get you a better interest rate. Scores range from 350 to 850 and the higher your score, the lower the interest rate – which means lower monthly payments.

We look at your unique situation and your ability to make payments on time – not your credit score – to see if you qualify for our program. Stop by 88-Rent-2-Own today and pick up your next new car or reliable used car!


Choose the Right Speakers for Your Car

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When it’s time to upgrade your audio system, you need to consider several things, including what type of speakers you want, how radical you want the audio system to be and whether the speakers will fit in the vehicle. Visit 66 MVP to discuss your audio and visual equipment needs, including upgrading speakers.

We offer several choice brands including JBL Audio, JL Audio, Audiovox, Kicker, Clarion, Pioneer, Kenwood and other JVC products. It doesn’t matter if your vehicle is currently equipped with a standard stereo system or a touch screen model. You can also upgrade your DVD, CD, MP3 and WMA players. DVD players could be drop down or head-rest players. Discuss the many different configurations for your specific vehicle.

When determining which type of speakers you want you also have to consider whether you want amps and subwoofers. The amps, speakers, stereo and subwoofers all need to be compatible and 66 MVP will be able to match components to give you the best audio system for your specific vehicle.

Our techs will make sure that everything installed matches your vehicle for tuning and styling. You’ll get state of the art equipment and you can wait in our lounge for some work to be done. Our lounge has Wi-Fi, complimentary drinks and Internet.

We also service all types of vehicles. We are not limited to a certain make and model. Customizing vehicles, whether it’s the interior, the entertainment system or the exterior, is what we specialize in, regardless of the year, make, model – and in the case of audio systems, regardless of the type of audio system already installed.

Make your sedan, coupe, truck or SUV uniquely you with customized upgrades – and win some stereo contests with our customized applications. Stop by 66 MVP today to discuss your specific customization needs.


Which New Custom Interior is Right for You?

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Upgrading your vehicle not only says it’s “yours,” but it could increase the value of the vehicle. Regardless of the year, make and model, we can give you a new custom interior, including car audio, new seating, remote starters and alarms, and other accessories.

Custom Car Audio

While many vehicles now come with premium systems, some don’t – and you may prefer something different even if your vehicle has a premium system. 66MVP can upgrade your interior with an audio system from any of the best brands, including but not limited to JBL Audio, JL Audio, Pioneer, Kicker, Kenwood, Clarion, and more. It doesn’t matter if your car has a regular “old-fashioned” radio or if you have a color screens, we can upgrade your system. Add speakers, a stereo with all the bells and whistles, drop-down DVD players, head rest DVD players and more.

Remote Starters and Alarms

Another great upgrade is a remote starter or an alarm. 66MVP can upgrade your vehicle with a remote starter with or without an alarm. We can add keyless entry and starter kill systems from different manufacturers, including but not limited to Avital, Viper and Valet. Some models allow you to start your vehicle from up to 2,000 feet away.


Change your seating from cloth to leather, suede or any other type of material. This type of upgrade could add to the value of your vehicle – and will make it uniquely yours. You can also change the carpet, headliner and even add leather or wood accents to the doors and dash.

Additional Accessories

In addition to changing the seats you can make a statement from the outside by changing the grille, adding fog lights, or even lighting it up with neon. While not the interior, you can also add horsepower to your vehicle with an air intake system and other bolt-on accessories.

Stop by 66MVP today to discuss the various interior changes and additional accessories to make your vehicle uniquely yours.


Financing on a Pre-Owned Vehicle

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Purchasing a pre-owned vehicle could be a tricky proposition unless you purchase it from a dealership. While many pre-owned vehicles do not come with a warranty, you can be sure a dealership such as Sansone Jr.’s EZ Auto Center ensures that its vehicles are in excellent working condition. Furthermore, buying from a dealership allows you a benefit that you don’t get when you’re purchasing a used vehicle from a private party: You can finance the loan.

At Sansone Jr.’s EZ Auto Center, you can apply for a loan online or at the dealership. Often, financing rates on pre-owned vehicles are lower than on new vehicles. In addition to a lower principal, the lower financing rate also brings the monthly payment down, making a vehicle more affordable.

Additionally, EZ Auto has good relationships with top lenders – and we use more than one lender, so we can shop for the best rates and terms. Our professional analysts will look at your situation – your entire situation, not just your credit score – and will find the best rates possible.

In some situations, you can even get financed with no money down and you may even qualify for no payments for 30 to 60 days. Contact our finance team to learn more about pre-owned vehicle financing with no money down options.

To get financed, you will need to bring certain things with you. You will definitely need your driver’s license and insurance card no matter how good your credit is. If you know your credit isn’t the best or if you are unsure about your credit, bring proof of residence such as a light bill or phone bill, most recent pay stubs, and the title and registration for your trade in.

Even if you have been turned down at other dealerships, stop by Sansone Jr.’s EZ Auto Center as we may be able to get you financed. We don’t look at just the credit score – we look at your entire situation. Regardless of your credit score, we treat you with respect and will find you the best rate possible for your circumstances.