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California Lemon Law

If you have ever bought a new or used vehicle before, you may be familiar with the concept of a lemon. Though most of today’s automobiles are extremely well-manufactured and able to maintain their performance over a long period of time, there is the occasional car that’s just a dud—or a lemon, as the case may be. If you get a car that’s chronically having problems—if it spends more time in the shop than on the road—then you may indeed have a lemon. That’s obviously frustrating, but it’s more than just an annoyance. Buying a lemon can also be a major drain on your finances.

Fortunately for those in the State of California, however, there are some laws in place to protect consumers from lemons. The first step is to know what these lemon laws are and how they work. To learn more, we invite you to read the rest of this post or simply contact us at Get My Auto directly.

How California Lemon Law Works

Generally speaking, the California lemon laws will cover new vehicles that come with serious defects or problems, for a certain amount of time or until you reach a certain mileage. If you make a certain number of serious attempts to have the vehicle repaired, either at the dealership or by a licensed and reputable mechanic, and it still doesn’t solve the problem, the State of California may provide you with a replacement vehicle of equivalent value, or in some cases just a refund of your initial purchase.

California Lemon Law: Reasonable Number of Attempts

When does a vehicle truly qualify as a lemon, though? The stipulations are basically these:

There is a problem that could result in death or serious injury, and the manufacturer has made two or more unsuccessful attempts to resolve the issue;
The manufacturer has attempted to resolve the warranty problem at least four times;
The vehicle has been out of service for 30 days or more as you attempt to have the warranty problems resolved; and
The problems with the vehicle are not due to abuse from the owner.

Note also that California lemon laws cover vehicles up to 18 months after the purchase or until the vehicle hits 18,000 miles on the odometer.

What is a “Lemon Law Buyback?”

If your vehicle meets the above criteria, it leaves the manufacturer with two basic options—to either provide you with a replacement vehicle of equal value, or to refund your purchase completely. Should the manufacturer not comply, you may have to consult with an attorney to take legal action.

If you are having problems with your vehicle, you live in California, and you think you may have a lemon on your hands, make sure to keep thorough records of all the repair requests that are attempted. To learn more, or to ask specific questions about how lemon laws work, don’t hesitate to contact us at the Get MyAuto.

Sell your used car
When you sell your vehicle, you doubtless have two primary goals in mind. One, you’d like to sell the vehicle as quickly as possible. Two, you’d like to maximize your profit. Both of these goals are completely attainable, but will require a bit of hard work on the front end.

We’ll show you what we mean. Below are some of the steps to take to ensure your used car sale goes as smoothly as possible.

What to Do When Selling a Used Car

Find out how much it’s really worth. To sell your vehicle quickly, you’ll want to ensure that it is priced fairly from the start. There are a number of good resources to help you determine your car’s true worth, including Kelley Blue Book and NADA guidelines. If you find that the vehicle isn’t worth very much, you may be better simply trading it in for credit as a dealership rather than selling it outright.

Gather all your paperwork. The person who buys your vehicle will want to make sure they have all the documentation on hand—and that includes the title, a bill of sale, warranty documents, maintenance records, and—when no warranty is present—as-is documentation.

Get the car looking its best! Of course you want to make the product itself look appealing to potential buyers. This means washing, waxing, vacuuming out the interiors, scrubbing any bugs or gunk of the windshield, cleaning the rims, and so on.

Have the car serviced. It’s always smart to take the vehicle in for one last servicing, just to make sure everything is in tip-top shape. Remember that whoever buys the vehicle will likely inspect it thoroughly, so it is in your best interest to get the oil changed, the tires replaced, all the various fluids checked, etc.

Take photos. If you’re selling the vehicle on a site like Craigslist, you’ll want to get plenty of images from all different angles, including the wheels, engine, interior, and every possible exterior angle. Remember, there can be no sales without marketing!

Make sure you provide all other pertinent information. If you create an online ad, you’ll need more than photos. Make sure you also specify the asking price, mileage, the VIN, the number of owners, and any other information about recent repairs or after-market modifications.

Know the vehicle history. You might as well print off a vehicle history from Carfax, as the buyer will almost surely ask you for it anyway.

Craft a sales pitch. Make sure you can rattle off a few good talking points about your car—safety, comfort, reliability, fuel economy, or whatever else you love about it. Be prepared to sell the thing to any potential buyer.

Where to Sell Your Vehicle

Remember that, if you find little luck selling the car privately—or if you just don’t want to go through all that hassle and stress—you can always sell it directly to a used car dealership. Connect with local dealerships through Get My Auto.

orange county international car show

Car culture is alive and well, in America generally and in Southern California, in particular. In fact, there are myriad car show events coming up throughout the rest of the summer, among them many great Orange County car show events. Whether you’re looking for an opportunity to show off your own vehicle or simply take in the sights of classic auto design, your opportunities are truly abundant.

In this post, we’ll try to connect you with some good calendars of upcoming auto show events, and also provide some general tips and expectations for those who are visiting an auto show for the very first time.

Orange County Car Shows for 2016

How plentiful are auto shows in Orange County? Plentiful enough that we can’t list them all here, simply due to space restrictions. What we can do is provide some handy event calendars that will make it easy for you to find car shows near you.

Social Car Culture has a lengthy, expansive lineup of car shows coming to Orange County throughout the rest of the summer and on into the tail end of 2016.
California Car Shows website also has some useful event details.
Car Show Finder also has some events to consider, and is updated regularly—making this a good site to bookmark!

As you can see, there are always car shows going on in Orange County—but what do you need to know before you plan to attend one of them?

Tips for Attending a Car Show

Here are just a few tips for cat show rookies:

Plan ahead. This may surprise you, but many car shows will have hundreds of vehicles on display, making it quite difficult for you to see all of them. The sheer level of variety can be overwhelming, but you can keep your head on straight by composing a list of the cars you most want to see before you go to the show. At most car shows, similar makes/models will be grouped together.
Allot plenty of time for the event. Attending a car show can very easily become an all-day event. You’ll want to schedule at least three hours to be there, unless it’s a very small car show; even then, you may not be able to see everything you’d like. Car shows are not quick “pop-in” events!
Wear comfy shoes and clothing. Remember, you’ll be walking around and potentially climbing into vehicles throughout the day. Dress for movement.
Bring the family with you! Believe it or not, auto shows aren’t just for mechanics, collectors, or “nerds.” They’re usually very inclusive, family-friendly events. Even your kids may find something they’re really excited about.

Orange County Car Shows in the Past

Of course, maybe you’ve been to an Orange County car show in the past, and know roughly what to expect. That’s all the more reason for you to check out the event calendars listed above—and to make plans to attend the next show in your neck of California.

buy used car from dealership

Typically speaking, the best way to purchase a used vehicle is to visit a reputable used car dealership. The alternative is to buy directly from a private seller, perhaps using a site like Craigslist to facilitate the transaction. The problem here is simply that it can be hard to know whether private sellers are really being straight with you. When you buy from a dealership—especially in California—there are consumer protections in place to make sure you’re not dealt with dishonestly.

Even so, as you approach your transaction with a used car dealer, it’s important to do so thoughtfully and carefully. What follows are a few basic guidelines on how to buy a used car from a dealer.

Tips on Buying from a Used Car dealer

Do your homework before you go to the dealership. Know basically what kind of car you’re hoping to buy, and also what the approximate value should be. Kelley Blue Book is a great resource here. To ensure a fair negotiation with the dealer, know the basic KBB price range for the vehicle in question.

Always ask for a vehicle history. Using the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), you can run a history check on CarFax and receive a play-by-play breakdown of any accidents or major repairs the vehicle has had in the past. If you ask the dealer for this report, he or she should be happy to provide it. This helps you know a little bit more about the car you’re hoping to buy.

Pay attention to the price sticker. Some pre-owned vehicles may still have factory warranties in place. The price sticker should provide this information. Meanwhile, some cars may be listed “as is,” which usually tells you that they are older or not in the best condition.

Take the vehicle for a test drive. This is a step you should always take when purchasing a vehicle. Be alert to anything “funny” in how it drives or in how it sounds, and if anything about the car makes you uncomfortable, be willing to walk away.

Inspect the vehicle. Even if you’re not a trained mechanic, you can at least tell if there is oil in the engine, air in the tires, and a general sense of upkeep in the exterior and interior of the vehicle.

Be willing to negotiate… but only a little. You’re not going to get more than 15 percent off the sticker price, and frankly shouldn’t try—but there may be a little wiggle room, and you should certainly speak up if you think the dealer has overvalued the vehicle.

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Used Car Dealerships in Orange County

Note, finally, that there are plenty of great used car dealerships throughout Southern California, especially in Orange County. It’s a hot market, which means your options are plentiful. Take your time to do some research and find the used vehicle that’s best for you. Visit GetMyAuto.com for more insight into the used car buying process.

Used Dodge Challenger V8
Many of us dream of one day owning a sports car. They’re fast, they’re fun, they’re stylish, they’re youthful—getting behind the wheel of a sports car is the surest way of reconnecting with the pleasure of driving.

There is one glaring problem with sports cars, though, which is simply this: They can be rather expensive, and buying one brand new is simply more than the average motorist can afford.

There is an obvious workaround, though. You don’t have to buy your sports car brand new, but rather you can buy one off a used car lot—allowing you to get all that flash and fun for a fraction of the price. Because sports cars are being manufactured with increasingly high standards of quality, it’s possible to buy a pre-owned one—even one with 100,000 miles or more—and still end up with a good, reliable, long-lasting automobile.

Of course it is important to do your homework, which is why we offer the following tips and pointers. With any additional questions, reach out to us directly at GetMyAuto.com.

The Most Reliable Used Sports Cars

Not all sports cars are created equal, and if you want to get one that has plenty of life left in it, you want to make sure to appraise it carefully. According to a report from Autotrader, the most reliable used sports cars include:

If nothing else, this list can provide you with a good starting point—some used sports cars that are known for their longevity and their performance, and may provide you with the value you are looking for.

Regardless of which make and model you choose, you will want to look up the complete vehicle history on Carfax. If you are not sure how to use this service, you can always ask the used car dealer to provide the report to you directly. Take the vehicle for a test drive and make sure you like the way it feels. Also look under the hood and appraise the interior; if you don’t know a great deal about cars, find someone who does, and bring that person with you to look over the vehicle before you commit to it.

Best Affordable Used Sports Cars

Ultimately, the best used sports car is the one that you feel the most comfortable with—but how do you know how much you should pay for it? There are plenty of great used sports cars available for $40,000 or less—representing a sharp discount over the manufacturer price.

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Where to Buy Reliable Sports Cars in San Diego

San Diego is one of the best cities for seeking used sports cars, as the market here is always a hot one. For additional help finding a good used sports car in San Diego, don’t hesitate to contact us at Get My Auto.

Pokemon Go has only been available to the masses for a matter of days now, yet already it’s become a genuine, international phenomenon. It has drawn acclaim from gamers and become a staple in late-night monologues, Facebook memes, and beyond. Indeed, it seems like Pokemon Go is popping up everywhere, yet there’s one place it simply doesn’t belong—and that’s in the driver’s seat of your car.

A Quick Backstory on Pokemon Go

For those who aren’t quite caught up on this phenomenon, here are a few quick bullet points. Pokemon is the name of a popular game that Nintendo released in 1996. It became a massive hit, and spawned movies, a TV show, a collectible card game, and, of course, several sequels and follow-ups. In fact, while its popularity has certainly tapered off over the years, Pokemon has been going pretty strong for more than 20 years now.

Pokemon Go is its latest incarnation, and the one that has brought it back to mainstream attention. This time, the game is available on mobile devices, and tasks players with “catching” Pokemon—different animated creatures that pop up on the screen.

What makes this game so unique is that it actually encourages players to get up, get active, and go different places. To “find” Pokemon, you have to take your mobile device to different geographic locales. This has prompted people to play Pokemon in all kinds of odd places—some perfectly fine, a few mildly inappropriate, and a handful downright dangerous.

Pokemon While Driving

Pokemon Go Player Crashes His Car into a Tree

Of course it should go without saying that playing a mobile phone game while you operate a motor vehicle is extremely dangerous and irresponsible. Any kind of distracted driving should be avoided. That includes driving while texting, while talking on the phone, while eating… and yes, while playing Pokemon Go. Simply put, when your mind isn’t totally on your driving, you’re posing a danger to yourself, to your passengers, to other motorists, and perhaps even to pedestrians.

It comes as no great surprise, then, that those who have tried to play Pokemon while driving have often met with disastrous results—like the man who crashed his car into a tree. Meanwhile, the website called Driving puts it like this: “If you think people addicted to texting was bad, get ready for the next wave of worse. Distracted walkers on phones has been a problem for years; distracted drivers texting is near drunk driving danger levels. Pokémon Go is in fewer hands but growing, is slower paced but is more addictive.”

Continues the Driving article: “If you know anyone who has spent years in front of a computer playing World of Warcraft or anything similar, the entire idea of a game that pushes them outside and makes them walk around is brilliant. That it’s about to be co-opted into something dangerous is inevitable.”

The bottom line: Pokemon is all fun and games until you end up in a car crash. Avoid that at all costs. Don’t let Pokemon and driving mix.

Used Audi Cars
Many motorists would love nothing more than to own and operate a true luxury car—something sporty, plush, and loaded with amenities. The problem with luxury cars, of course, is that they are a little more expensive than standard family cars and sedans, which puts them outside the price range of the average buyer. Then again, there is a pretty obvious workaround for this, and that is to buy a used luxury car—getting all those bells and whistles while still paying a discounted rate.

There is something to be said for this approach. Many drivers who buy new luxury cars tend to replace them after just a few years, which means that pre-owned luxury cars aren’t necessarily clunkers; many are in top condition with relatively low mileage. And given how good auto manufacturing has become, the average luxury vehicle can have a lot of life left even after it passes the 100,000 mile marker.

To learn more about buying used luxury vehicles, we invite you to consult our quick facts and figures below, or simply to contact GetMyAuto.com with any lingering questions.

Best Used Luxury Cars

When it comes to selecting the best used luxury cars, a lot of it just comes down to your own personal taste; it may be best to find the make and model that most appeals to you, and then do some searching to see what kind of deals you can spot.

To help get you started, here are a few luxury cars that tend to be well-reviewed, beloved by consumers, and ultimately available for great used-car rates.

Most Reliable Used Luxury Cars

As you seek a good used luxury car, you want more than just perks: You ultimately want a vehicle that you can drive for a good long while without running into any serious problems. In seeking a good, reliable luxury car, you always want to get the complete Carfax vehicle history to help inform your decision. By all means take the vehicle for a spin, noting any sounds or rough patches that concern you, and also have it inspected, either informally or by an actual vehicle inspector. This will add to the total price of your investment but may also give you the peace of mind you need to buy in confidence.

Best Used Luxury Cars Under $20,000 in Los Angeles

It is more than possible to find good, reliable luxury vehicles in used car lots, often for under $30,000 and very frequently for less than $20,000—a considerable discount on the initial sales price. Los Angeles has a particularly booming used car market, which makes it a worthy destination for those seeking pre-owned luxury vehicles. For any remaining questions, please don’t delay in contacting us at GetMyAuto.com today.

Used Acura Cars in California
Buying a new vehicle is always a major decision, and a big investment. Consumers can and should do anything possible to ensure that they are getting a good value—and one way to do that is to forgo the used car lot and to instead purchase a pre-owned vehicle.

Buying used cars is nothing new, but it’s becoming a smarter, savvier move all the time. The reason for this is that automobile production is getting better. Today’s vehicles last a long time, and even with 100,000 miles or more, many makes and models will still have plenty of life left. Buying a used car at a significantly discounted price—but still getting a good, safe, functional vehicle—can be a no-brainer.

Buying Used Cars: Orange County More Expensive?

With that said, not all used car experiences are created equal. Just because you’re buying used doesn’t guarantee that you’re getting a good value, nor that you are paying a rock-bottom price. In fact, the State of California is sometimes said to have higher-than-average rates on used automobiles. Orange County is thought to be particularly bad.

But is this actually true? There are a couple of ways to look at this. On the one hand, it is difficult to argue with the reality that used cars in Orange County can be, on average, a little pricier than what you’d find elsewhere in the country. That doesn’t necessarily mean they represent a lower value, though. You’re still ultimately paying a discounted price, but quite likely getting more for your money.

What to Know About Used Car Dealerships in Orange County

How is that possible? It boils down to a couple of factors. The first of these is that used car dealerships in California—and again, Orange County in particular—are pretty tightly regulated, more so than car dealerships elsewhere. There are consumer protection laws in place to ensure that the pre-owned vehicle you’re buying is solid. That may be a little burdensome for dealerships—hence the higher prices—but it’s ultimately good news for you: It just means that buying a used vehicle in California is safer than what you might experience elsewhere.

Another factor is that there is steep competition in Orange County. Again, this may not be such welcome news to dealers, but it certainly bodes well for the consumer. The bottom line is that, while prices in California may be toward the higher end of the spectrum, this is ultimately a place where you can feel confident about your options and about the quality of the available vehicles, while still getting a discounted rate.

Ask About Used Car Loan Rates California

Even for those who still have concerns about the price tag, it’s worth noting that there are some great used car loan rates available in California, providing financial assistance as needed. If you would like to learn more about any of this, we encourage you to visit us at Get My Auto at your next convenience.

Used Car Good Deals
Buying a used car is not like purchasing, say, a new iPhone, a laptop, or a vacuum cleaner. The price that’s printed on the sticker is not necessarily set in stone. Though it is not true of all used car dealerships, most will allow a little room for maneuvering—a chance for you to negotiate with the dealer and hopefully to knock a few bucks off the sticker price.

Negotiating in this way may not be something that comes naturally to you, though. In fact, negotiation is an entire skillset that will require some thought, and perhaps some practice. In this post, we’ll offer a few basic pointers about the negotiation process; for further questions, we invite you to connect with us at GetMyAuto.com.

How Much Can I Negotiate Off a Used Car?

Before we get into the specific tips, it’s important to set the right expectations. How much can you actually expect to negotiate off the sticker price at your local used car dealership? There’s not necessarily a hard-and-fast rule here. Remember that, ultimately, the dealership is a business that needs to make money, and while the sticker price may leave room for a few hundred dollars worth of negotiation, you’re not going to be able to cut the asking price in half, nor anything even close to that. It’s smart to know the Kelly Blue Book value of the vehicle before you enter into a negotiation, so that you know about what its fair value really is.

What is the Best Way to Negotiate Used Car Price?

Some additional tips for negotiating the used car price include:

If possible, look for cars that are about two years old. That’s the point at which the vehicle still looks and drives like it’s “new,” but the total value may be as much as 45 percent less than the original manufacturer’s price!
Again, use online research, as well as KBB and NADA, to get a good sense of the basic, big-picture value of the vehicle you’re looking at.
Get a Carfax report, which will tell you the entire vehicle history and provide you with a better sense of its value—and, perhaps, some key points you can use to negotiate.
Don’t forget to do your research on your trade-in, if applicable, and make sure you factor that into your overall budget.
When you make an offer, propose about 15 percent lower than the asking price. You’re never going to get more than 20 percent, and 15 percent is a good, reasonable starting point.
Be ready to walk away if you can’t reach an agreeable compromise. Your willingness to walk away is one of the most powerful negotiation weapons you have.

Best Way to Negotiate Used Car Price with a Dealer?

Ultimately, negotiation is something you’ve got to approach with confidence—even if you’re sort of faking it! You can build confidence through information. Take some time to learn more about used cars by visiting GetMyAuto.com today.

Financing a Used CarOne of the many advantages of buying a used automobile is that it can save you a lot of money; indeed, the discount over the original, manufacturer price can be steep, sometimes as much as 45 percent! Even with this discount, however, a used car can be a considerable financial commitment. Ideally you’ll be able to pay for it in cash, but not everyone has that luxury, and you may find yourself needing some financing assistance.

There are a few options available for financing, and we’ll list them below. With any specific questions or additional inquiries, you can always reach out to us directly.

Financing a Used Car

There is more than one way to get a used vehicle loan, and in fact there are three primary locations where you’ll find loans available—the bank, the credit union, or the dealership itself. Generally speaking, the credit union is where you’ll find the best interest rates, though it always pays to shop around and just see what’s out there.

By contrast, financing directly through your dealership may seem like an easy and convenient option—and it is. You should know, however, that upselling you on financial products, such as a loan, is one of the primary ways in which a dealership makes money. As a general rule, then, the financing rates you’ll get at the dealership will be much higher than what you’ll find at the bank.

Used Car Finance Rates and Calculator

Speaking of rates, it’s important to get some basic sense of what they might be. You can run a quick Google search to find whatever the current rates are, and perhaps calculate a basic, estimated payment. Crucially, though, rates are ultimately very personal, and depend on a number of factors. Your own interest rates will be determined largely by:

Your payment history (that is, how well you do at making your monthly payments on time, including mortgage, credit card bills, student loan payments, etc.).
Your current debt (how much money you currently owe; basically, how much you would be over-extending yourself to get a new auto loan).
The length of your credit history (the longer your credit history is, the more trustworthy you will seem to the lender).

Again, generalizations can be made about where to get the best financing, but you’re always going to want to shop around and compare rates. Doing so could potentially save you a decent sum of money over the lifetime of your loan.

Best Used Car Financing: Zero Financing on Used Cars

In fact, you may find that you’re eligible for 0 down and extremely low financing on a used car—but the only way to know is to check around, do your homework, and compare different lenders. As you do so, always make it clear that you’re looking to buy a used vehicle, which can sometimes impact the rates. With any additional questions about the used car process, visit Get My Auto today.