Find Your Cars Value Using Black Book #hertz #auto #sales


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Use the Black Book to get the full market value for your trade!

When you’re looking for a trade in value or a used car value, you’re not looking for a little black book with phone numbers – but the Black Book that tells you what the used vehicle you’re buying or selling is worth on the automotive market.

At Auction Direct USA, you can be assured our appraisal professionals will use the Black Book, and their experience, to come up with the best, most competitive trade in value for your used car, truck, van, crossover or SUV.  We’re in the business of buying and selling used cars day-in-and-day-out, so our professionals know how to arrive at the best used car value when you bring in your vehicle for a trade.

We’re not only very familiar with used car values for both foreign and domestic vehicles; we also utilize the Black Book and other resources to ensure we come up with the most accurate trade in value for your automobile.  Auction Direct USA uses the same information to make sure the prices of all our used cars are among the most competitive in your city.

You can be sure when you bring your used car to trade to us; you can trust the trade in value you receive for your vehicle.

And you don’t even have to be purchasing a vehicle to get a no obligation appraisal for your trade in.

All trade in appraisals is good for five days or 500 miles, which gives you a chance to compare our offer with other dealers.

You’ll find the same is true at our Auction Direct USA Showrooms!  We come up with the best used car value for every vehicle on the lot.

When it comes to getting the best Black Book value for your trade in or your purchase, Auction Direct USA is where you need to be looking for a used car!

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U.S. Department of Transportation Unveils New, Free, Online Search Tool for Recalls Using Vehicle Identification Number

NHTSA 36-14

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Consumers will be able to tell whether their vehicle or a used vehicle they are considering is at risk due to an uncompleted recall

WASHINGTON – Every year, millions of vehicles are recalled in the United States due to safety defects or noncompliance with federal safety standards. To help car buyers, owners and renters know that their vehicles are safe and their safety defects have been address, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today unveiled a new, free, online search tool consumers can use to find out if a vehicle is directly impacted by a recall.

The new tool is available on www.safercar.gov/vinlookup and provides consumers with a quick and easy way to identify uncompleted recalls by entering their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). All major light vehicle and motorcycle brands can be searched.

“Safety is our highest priority, and an informed consumer is one of our strongest allies in ensuring recalled vehicles are repaired,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Starting today car owners, shoppers, and renters can find out if a specific vehicle has a safety defect that needs to be fixed – using our free online tool.”

Also effective today, under the new NHTSA mandate, all major light vehicle and motorcycle manufacturers are required to provide VIN search capability for uncompleted recalls on their own websites. This data must be updated at least weekly. NHTSA’s new VIN look-up tool directly relies on information from all major automakers, and regularly updated information from the automakers is critical to the efficacy of the search tool.

Consumers can find their vehicle identification number by looking at the dashboard on the driver’s side of the vehicle, or on the driver’s side door on the door post where the door latches when it is closed.

Determining whether there is a recall that consumers need to take action on is easy. After entering the VIN number into the field, results will appear if the consumer has an open recall on their vehicle, and if there are none, owners will see “No Open Recalls.”

“Just as every single automaker should never hesitate to recall a defective vehicle, consumers should never hesitate to get their recalled vehicle fixed,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman. “By making individual VIN searches readily available, we’re providing another service to consumers – the peace of mind knowing that the vehicle they own, or that they are thinking of buying or renting, is free of safety defects.”

Today’s announcement builds on NHTSA’s current efforts to provide consumers with information to help them make informed decisions, including the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) 5-Star Ratings System, Recall envelope and Safercar mobile apps which provide on-the-spot information on crash protection features, advanced safety features, and recalls on new vehicles and many older models. In addition, NHTSA is working with the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) to help ensure that franchise dealerships across the United States become aware of and understand how to use the new VIN search tool.

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    The firm may or may not have glass sheets of this specific size. The objective is to identify glass sheets, from the inventory on hand, which match customer specifications. If there is no exact match, then one must be able to obtain all inventory items which have the same Thk (MM) and CAT as the customer specified dimensions but the Length and thickness should be more than equal to the customer specified dimensions. The length and width can then be trimmed to match the exact customer dimensions. Furthermore, the result returned should:

    1. List only the Top 30 glass sheets available in inventory; and
    2. List those Top 30 glass sheets in ascending order of wastage (wastage caused when the glass sheet is trimmed to match the customer specified dimensions)

    You may refer to my solution in this workbook. I have shared two solutions – one using Excel formulas and the other using Power Query a.k.a. Get and Transform in Excel 2016. Please read the Comments in cells F1, J9 and J16 of the “Solutions” worksheet. The difference between the 2 solutions is:

    1. Formula driven solution This is in range J10:AM14 of the Solutions worksheet. This is a semi dynamic solution (as compared to the Power Query solution). To get the models in ascending order of wastage, one will have to create an Area column in the base data and sort that column in ascending order.
    2. Power Query solution – This is in range J17:AM21 of the Solutions worksheet. This is a dynamic solution. Just change the customer specified dimensions in range G2:J2 of the Data and Query worksheet. Thereafter just right click on any cell in the range below and select refresh.

    Posted by Ashish Mathur on November 2, 2016

    Here is a simple four column dataset

    A simple Pivot Table (with a slicer) created from this dataset looks like this

    The objective is to determine the Top 3 users of each week for each slicer selection. Unfortunately, there is no way to sort multiple columns of a Pivot Table all at once. Once may either sort by the Grand Total column or by the individual week wise columns. Since we do not want to sort by the Grand Total column, the only way out is to sort the individual week wise columns. The expected result should look like this:

    I have solved this problem by using CUBE formulas. You may refer to my solution in this workbook .

    Posted by Ashish Mathur on September 20, 2016

    Here is a small sample of a Project matrix which shows tasks to be accomplished for various projects. There can only be upto 6 tasks per project.

    From these two tables, one may want to generate another table showing which employees can be assigned to which project (only those employees should be assigned to a project who can complete all tasks). So the ideal solution is to create another column (8th column) in the Project matrix table above which should have a drop down (Data Data Validation) for every project showing which employees are competent for that project.

    Here’s an illustration :

    Assuming that the Project matrix is in range A1:G4 (headers are in row 1)

    1. In cell H2 (for Project1), the drop down should show Jane, Lynda, Paddy and Tom. Mary should not appear there because she cannot perform one of the 3 tasks required to complete the project i.e. Gardener.
    2. In cell H3 (for Project2), the drop down should show Lynda, Paddy and Tom. Jane and Mary should not appear there because they cannot perform the Digging and Engineering tasks respectively.

    The solution is dynamic for the following:

    1. Projects added to the Project matrix Table; and
    2. Tasks added (upto 6 only) or edited in the Project matric Table; and
    3. Employees added to the Competency matrix Table; and
    4. Tasks added to the Competency matrix Table

    I have solved this problem by using:

    1. Power Query; and
    2. Formulas in Data Data Validation.

    You may download my solution workbook from here or here .

    The objective is to generate the numeric code for text code of any length entered in a certain cell. For example, a user will type a certain text code, say ABEJ and the expected result should be 1250. For JABF, the result should be 0126. The text entry and text length are both user determined.

    With ABEJ, typed in cell D2, enter this array formula in cell E2

    This formula can now be copied down for generating the numeric code for all text codes entered in column D.

    Posted by Ashish Mathur on January 28, 2016

    Assume a simple two column dataset with dates in column A and numbers in column B. The dates in column A are from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2016 and numbers in column B are for the period January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2015 (there are no numbers for January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016).

    The objective is to “Compute an average for each day of calendar year 2016. The average should be for the occurrence of that day in the previous 3 years”. Here’s an example:

    1. January 1, 2016 was a Friday (the first Friday of 2016) and is in cell A1097
    2. In cell B1097, the average should be computed as: Average of the “First Friday of each of the previous 3 years”
    3. January 8, 2016 was a Friday (the second Friday of 2016) and is in cell A1104
    4. In cell B1104, the average should be computed as: Average of the “Second Friday of each of the previous 3 years”

    I have solved this problem with the help of the PowerPivot. You may refer to my solution in this workbook .

    Posted by Ashish Mathur on January 17, 2016

    Given this dataset, one may want answers to the following questions:

    1. Of all those passengers who originated their journey (City of Origin) from Chandigarh, how many terminated their journey (City of destination) in New Delhi via different modes of transport; and
    2. Of all those passengers who terminated their journey (City of destination) in Jammu, how many arrived in Amritsar (City of Origin) via different modes of transport; and
    3. Of all those passengers who travelled by Bus, how many travelled from City A (City of Origin) to City X,Y,Z (City of destination)

    While one can analyse/slice and dice this data using Pivot Tables, one cannot visualize this data very clearly (even after creating a Pivot chart). I have attempted to visualize this data using a software called PowerBI desktop (a free for download and use Business Intelligence software from Microsoft which rolls all of Excel’s BI tools into 1 – PowerPivot, Power Query, Power Map and Power View).

    You may download the source Excel workbook and the Power BI desktop workbook from this link .

    You may also watch a short video here:

    Posted by Ashish Mathur on November 13, 2015

    In this workbook. I have Sales data of an E-Commerce Company for 3 months. The typical columns in the base data are:

    1. Order Date/Time
    2. City to which orders were shipped
    3. Order Number
    4. Payment Type i.e. Cash on delivery, Net Banking, EMI’s
    5. Order Status i.e. Delivered or cancelled
    6. SKU’s which the ordered items fall into
    7. Products which the ordered SKU’s fall into
    8. Categories which the ordered products fall into

    Given this simple tabular representation, one may want to analyse and visualize this dataset from multiple perspectives based on user selections, such as

    “What was the revenue earned from the Top 5products in the A100 category in April for orders shipped to New Delhi ?”

    In this query framed above, the end user should have the leeway to select any/all of the underlined facets. So one can either choose revenue earned or Number of orders. Likewise, one can either select Top 5 products or Top 15 products/Top 5 SKU’s etc.

    With relative ease, one should also be able to “Perform an affiliate analysis” showing which categories are ordered together (to study affiliations). Please review this post for an independent discussion on “Affinity Analysis”.

    Furthermore, one should be able to perform a free form timeline search such as – “I would like to study growth in Total revenue of March 2-8 2015 over Feb 1-4 2015”

    You may download the workbook from the link shared above.

    You may watch similar videos showcasing the capabilities of Business Intelligence in MS Excel:

    Here’s a video showing the capabilities of this Sales data model

    You may also watch this short video to see how I visualized the revenue flow from Categories to Shipping cities during different Order periods using Custom visuals available in PowerBI desktop.

    Please feel free to download the PowerBI desktop workbook of the video shown above from here .

    For a detailed overview of Sankey diagrams (a Custom visual available in PowerBI desktop), you may refer to my Blog article here .

    Another great Custom visual (Sand Dance) which allows data discovery has been shown at this link. At that link, you will also be able to see how I queried the underlying dataset using “Natural Language”.

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    Use the Black Book to get the full market value for your trade!

    When you’re looking for a trade in value or a used car value, you’re not looking for a little black book with phone numbers – but the Black Book that tells you what the used vehicle you’re buying or selling is worth on the automotive market.

    At Auction Direct USA, you can be assured our appraisal professionals will use the Black Book, and their experience, to come up with the best, most competitive trade in value for your used car, truck, van, crossover or SUV.  We’re in the business of buying and selling used cars day-in-and-day-out, so our professionals know how to arrive at the best used car value when you bring in your vehicle for a trade.

    We’re not only very familiar with used car values for both foreign and domestic vehicles; we also utilize the Black Book and other resources to ensure we come up with the most accurate trade in value for your automobile.  Auction Direct USA uses the same information to make sure the prices of all our used cars are among the most competitive in your city.

    You can be sure when you bring your used car to trade to us; you can trust the trade in value you receive for your vehicle.

    And you don’t even have to be purchasing a vehicle to get a no obligation appraisal for your trade in.

    All trade in appraisals is good for five days or 500 miles, which gives you a chance to compare our offer with other dealers.

    You’ll find the same is true at our Auction Direct USA Showrooms!  We come up with the best used car value for every vehicle on the lot.

    When it comes to getting the best Black Book value for your trade in or your purchase, Auction Direct USA is where you need to be looking for a used car!

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    Our car part quote request service is an online only service. Filling in our form is the equivalent of making 270+ phone calls.

    How does it work?

    The premise for the service is simple. We are able to get huge discounts on car parts due to the fact that we have partnered with in excess of 270 parts suppliers who are all linked into our system. This allows our customers to get the price that they would get if they spent hours shopping around, but with none of the hassle of actually having to do it.

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    Creating an email blast to market your products to your email list can be very easy or very hard. The difference is found in your email service provider.

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    Reputable email service providers will have dozens of templates and an easy to use interface where you can craft your message. Once your message is ready, most email providers have a tool that will help you upload your list and schedule your send.

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    Use the Black Book to get the full market value for your trade!

    When you’re looking for a trade in value or a used car value, you’re not looking for a little black book with phone numbers – but the Black Book that tells you what the used vehicle you’re buying or selling is worth on the automotive market.

    At Auction Direct USA, you can be assured our appraisal professionals will use the Black Book, and their experience, to come up with the best, most competitive trade in value for your used car, truck, van, crossover or SUV.  We’re in the business of buying and selling used cars day-in-and-day-out, so our professionals know how to arrive at the best used car value when you bring in your vehicle for a trade.

    We’re not only very familiar with used car values for both foreign and domestic vehicles; we also utilize the Black Book and other resources to ensure we come up with the most accurate trade in value for your automobile.  Auction Direct USA uses the same information to make sure the prices of all our used cars are among the most competitive in your city.

    You can be sure when you bring your used car to trade to us; you can trust the trade in value you receive for your vehicle.

    And you don’t even have to be purchasing a vehicle to get a no obligation appraisal for your trade in.

    All trade in appraisals is good for five days or 500 miles, which gives you a chance to compare our offer with other dealers.

    You’ll find the same is true at our Auction Direct USA Showrooms!  We come up with the best used car value for every vehicle on the lot.

    When it comes to getting the best Black Book value for your trade in or your purchase, Auction Direct USA is where you need to be looking for a used car!

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    VA Loans with Bad Credit

    Can I still get a VA Loan with bad credit?

    The VA does not have a minimum credit requirement. It simply requires that borrowers represent a satisfactory credit risk. But ultimately VA lenders issue the loans, and in the current economic climate these lenders are looking for solid credit scores. It’s up to them to determine whether or not your credit score meets the benchmark they set. If you find that your credit score falls short, there is still hope. There are a number of ways you can raise your credit score to meet a lender’s benchmark and receive the loan you deserve.

    What if my spouse has bad credit?

    First, remember that the only acceptable co-borrower on a loan is a spouse or another veteran. It’s important to note that if there is a co-borrower, such as your spouse on the loan, both parties on the mortgage will have to meet both VA and lender requirements.

    For example, most married couples pursue a VA home loan together, with each obliged on the mortgage note. There are many different reasons why, but usually a husband or wife may not have enough income to purchase the home of their dreams on his or her own. Adding in that second income of a spouse can sometimes do wonders for your purchasing power and debt-to-income ratio. In the current state of the economy, lenders are often looking for a score of at least 620 from both parties involved.

    You can approach this problem from a couple of different directions. The first is to see if you can get preapproved for the desired loan amount without your spouse’s income. Sometimes it can be a simple fix, but not all prospective borrowers will be so lucky. For other co-borrowers, combating the credit issue headfirst may be the best route to take.

    We’re here to help raise your credit score

    We have experts available who can help you boost your credit, but the process starts with you. Many times, a number of different factors collectively contribute to lower a credit score. Raising your score means fixing these issues. Some issues found in your credit report can be fixed quickly, while others may take some time. Either way, boosting your credit score requires sincere commitment and determination on your part. When you’re ready, your hard work and dedication will pay off.

    This is where we come in. We have a dedicated team of professionals who help prospective borrowers who haven’t quite cleared the credit hurdle. Our Department of Secondary Approval is full of experts that work one-on-one with veterans and active military by providing simple, concrete steps to boosting their financial health. It is an absolutely free service that we offer for veterans and active service members alike.

    All you have to do is take the first step. Fill out our no-obligation form below to speak with a VA Loan expert.

    Take the first step in your VA Loan by getting in touch with a VA Specialist.

    Property State: Loan Type: Home Purchase Home Refinance

    Using a Car Broker to Buy Your Next Vehicle #auto #loan #with #bad #credit


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    Using a Car Broker to Buy Your Next Vehicle

    For a growing number of consumers, a lack of time and patience for buying cars has piqued an interest in hiring a professional to do it for them. And to help serve this market, a cottage industry has emerged to search the nation for the perfect car for you for a fee, of course.

    But like any deal, it’s important to do a little research on the broker before you jump headlong into their arms, drawn by promises of lower prices and advocacy for your needs. And don’t forget, just because your broker is saying it’s a great deal doesn’t mean that it is.

    The concept behind hiring an auto broker is relatively simple: you’re not a professional car buyer, so why go up against a professional car seller alone? With the confusion of financing, fees, add-ons, taxes and the hurried, jargon-filled nature of the dealership, it only makes sense to leave the bargaining to someone who won’t be fazed by the wheeling and dealing.

    And thousands of satisfied consumers have been glad they did. Countless success stories have been told and retold about the thousands of dollars people saved over a “best-price” offer made one day from a dealership, only to have a broker secure a better price just days or even hours later.

    “I consider myself a good negotiator and this was my first time using an auto broker and we had a very positive experience,” said Junmo Lee, who recently bought a Toyota 4Runner near Denver. At first, he went the traditional route, heading over to a dealership and working with a salesman. But after reaching an impasse with the sales staff, Lee decided to walk out and hire a broker.

    Sure enough, a local broker was able to secure a price about $500 cheaper than he was originally quoted on the exact same vehicle from the same dealership. This is possible because brokers usually have experience with dealerships and know exactly how much they can afford to charge based on how long the car has been on the lot, how many more they have coming in and how much dozens of other dealerships are charging.

    But much of what a broker provides is convenience and peace of mind. After paying a flat fee for the service, Lee found that he likely would have only paid a slightly higher price on his own, but thought the experience was easy enough to win his business the next time he buys.

    “I don’t care for the antagonistic negotiations with salespeople anymore,” Lee said. “We’re telling everyone we can about the broker.”

    Types of Brokers

    One of the tricks to using a broker, however, is figuring out what kind of auto broker you’re dealing with. A simple look through the phonebook or Internet search can scrounge up dozens of names, but not everyone is really working for the consumer.

    A pure, consumer-driven auto broker usually works out of a small office or home office with a skeleton staff, charging flat-fee buying services to any customer who asks them to. But don’t feel limited to hiring a broker in your immediate region. As the market for broker-represented buying has spread, many brokers have started working from Web-based traffic and taking on clients around the world.

    “I can do new and used car deals for anyone, no matter where they live,” said Dave Sutch, CEO of MyCarGuy-SF.com, a brokerage in San Francisco. “I am meeting with someone today who is from New Zealand and wants a 2000 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson truck. [And] I recently was able to negotiate the purchase of a new Honda Accord for over $1,500 lower here than any dealer in the customer’s home state of Washington.”

    While many brokers are former car dealers, they should not be receiving any compensation from dealerships for passing your name along as a lead. Many operations call themselves brokerages, but make substantial amounts of their profits from dealerships, or even directly work for a dealership. This isn’t illegal or even unethical, but can lead you to question whether they really have your best interests at heart.

    “There are many people and services posing as brokers or leasing and buying agencies,” said Jay Green, owner and founder of AutoSeek.com in Los Angeles. “The best way to check would be to call some random dealerships near them and ask if they have heard of the person or service and what they have to say about them.”

    Feel free to ask questions about the broker, his or her background, the fee structure and the history of the company. Most reputable brokers are proud of their independence from dealerships and will openly boast about how well they know the tricks dealerships can pull.

    “For most people, the initial salesman is about as high on the food chain as they’re likely to have access to,” AutoSeek.com’s Green said. “These people are not qualified to answer my phones, much less look after our clients’ best interests.”

    Fees for these services can start at $200 and can go as high as $1,000 normally, based on the car you’re buying and whether it is a new or used model. Used cars and rare cars tend to carry a higher fee since it takes more legwork to locate a good deal; although, you’ll likely see an even deeper discount from what you could have bought on your own thanks to regional differences in used car prices.

    Your broker should charge you on a flat-fee basis, agreed to before purchase. This way, the broker only makes money when he or she gets a great deal for you and can’t drive up the fee by putting you in a more expensive car.

    If you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars, wholesale clubs like Costco and auto clubs like AAA offer car-buying services similar to what brokers offer. Even a site like Carsdirect.com basically operates as a broker. Normally, these services operate by working out special pricing with one dealership in a market that can be offered to members in return for referrals. While this isn’t a true brokerage arrangement, the service is often free or very inexpensive and can often take much of the haggling out of the car-buying process.

    A consumer can often get similar deals by simply calling or e-mailing a dealership’s fleet or Internet manager and negotiating prices through them.

    In the end, most consumers can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars by hiring a professional to broker the purchase of their next car. But beyond the dollars, you’re also saving hours of hassle in avoiding the traditional walk-up or even an Internet-based dealership experience. And that can be the most valuable benefit of all.

    What to Look for in a Car Broker

    • Make sure the broker is licensed to legally sell cars in your state.
    • Ask questions to the company or individual about how they find deals on cars, what background they have in the car business and if they receive any money from dealerships or carmakers for making deals.
    • Look for feedback about other customers’ experiences with the broker on auto chat boards, like Edmunds.com’s Town Hall forums.
    • Confirm that broker fees are charged on a flat-rate basis to ensure that you get the best deal on your car.
    • Check with any wholesale clubs or auto clubs to see if they offer car-buying services free of charge.

    Information on Using a VA Loan with Bad to Poor Credit #auto #carriers


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    VA Loans with Bad Credit

    Can I still get a VA Loan with bad credit?

    The VA does not have a minimum credit requirement. It simply requires that borrowers represent a satisfactory credit risk. But ultimately VA lenders issue the loans, and in the current economic climate these lenders are looking for solid credit scores. It’s up to them to determine whether or not your credit score meets the benchmark they set. If you find that your credit score falls short, there is still hope. There are a number of ways you can raise your credit score to meet a lender’s benchmark and receive the loan you deserve.

    What if my spouse has bad credit?

    First, remember that the only acceptable co-borrower on a loan is a spouse or another veteran. It’s important to note that if there is a co-borrower, such as your spouse on the loan, both parties on the mortgage will have to meet both VA and lender requirements.

    For example, most married couples pursue a VA home loan together, with each obliged on the mortgage note. There are many different reasons why, but usually a husband or wife may not have enough income to purchase the home of their dreams on his or her own. Adding in that second income of a spouse can sometimes do wonders for your purchasing power and debt-to-income ratio. In the current state of the economy, lenders are often looking for a score of at least 620 from both parties involved.

    You can approach this problem from a couple of different directions. The first is to see if you can get preapproved for the desired loan amount without your spouse’s income. Sometimes it can be a simple fix, but not all prospective borrowers will be so lucky. For other co-borrowers, combating the credit issue headfirst may be the best route to take.

    We’re here to help raise your credit score

    We have experts available who can help you boost your credit, but the process starts with you. Many times, a number of different factors collectively contribute to lower a credit score. Raising your score means fixing these issues. Some issues found in your credit report can be fixed quickly, while others may take some time. Either way, boosting your credit score requires sincere commitment and determination on your part. When you’re ready, your hard work and dedication will pay off.

    This is where we come in. We have a dedicated team of professionals who help prospective borrowers who haven’t quite cleared the credit hurdle. Our Department of Secondary Approval is full of experts that work one-on-one with veterans and active military by providing simple, concrete steps to boosting their financial health. It is an absolutely free service that we offer for veterans and active service members alike.

    All you have to do is take the first step. Fill out our no-obligation form below to speak with a VA Loan expert.

    Take the first step in your VA Loan by getting in touch with a VA Specialist.

    Property State: Loan Type: Home Purchase Home Refinance

    Find Your Cars Value Using Black Book #car #websites


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    Use the Black Book to get the full market value for your trade!

    When you’re looking for a trade in value or a used car value, you’re not looking for a little black book with phone numbers – but the Black Book that tells you what the used vehicle you’re buying or selling is worth on the automotive market.

    At Auction Direct USA, you can be assured our appraisal professionals will use the Black Book, and their experience, to come up with the best, most competitive trade in value for your used car, truck, van, crossover or SUV.  We’re in the business of buying and selling used cars day-in-and-day-out, so our professionals know how to arrive at the best used car value when you bring in your vehicle for a trade.

    We’re not only very familiar with used car values for both foreign and domestic vehicles; we also utilize the Black Book and other resources to ensure we come up with the most accurate trade in value for your automobile.  Auction Direct USA uses the same information to make sure the prices of all our used cars are among the most competitive in your city.

    You can be sure when you bring your used car to trade to us; you can trust the trade in value you receive for your vehicle.

    And you don’t even have to be purchasing a vehicle to get a no obligation appraisal for your trade in.

    All trade in appraisals is good for five days or 500 miles, which gives you a chance to compare our offer with other dealers.

    You’ll find the same is true at our Auction Direct USA Showrooms!  We come up with the best used car value for every vehicle on the lot.

    When it comes to getting the best Black Book value for your trade in or your purchase, Auction Direct USA is where you need to be looking for a used car!

    Using a Car Broker to Buy Your Next Vehicle #auto #auto


    #auto broker
    #

    Using a Car Broker to Buy Your Next Vehicle

    For a growing number of consumers, a lack of time and patience for buying cars has piqued an interest in hiring a professional to do it for them. And to help serve this market, a cottage industry has emerged to search the nation for the perfect car for you for a fee, of course.

    But like any deal, it’s important to do a little research on the broker before you jump headlong into their arms, drawn by promises of lower prices and advocacy for your needs. And don’t forget, just because your broker is saying it’s a great deal doesn’t mean that it is.

    The concept behind hiring an auto broker is relatively simple: you’re not a professional car buyer, so why go up against a professional car seller alone? With the confusion of financing, fees, add-ons, taxes and the hurried, jargon-filled nature of the dealership, it only makes sense to leave the bargaining to someone who won’t be fazed by the wheeling and dealing.

    And thousands of satisfied consumers have been glad they did. Countless success stories have been told and retold about the thousands of dollars people saved over a “best-price” offer made one day from a dealership, only to have a broker secure a better price just days or even hours later.

    “I consider myself a good negotiator and this was my first time using an auto broker and we had a very positive experience,” said Junmo Lee, who recently bought a Toyota 4Runner near Denver. At first, he went the traditional route, heading over to a dealership and working with a salesman. But after reaching an impasse with the sales staff, Lee decided to walk out and hire a broker.

    Sure enough, a local broker was able to secure a price about $500 cheaper than he was originally quoted on the exact same vehicle from the same dealership. This is possible because brokers usually have experience with dealerships and know exactly how much they can afford to charge based on how long the car has been on the lot, how many more they have coming in and how much dozens of other dealerships are charging.

    But much of what a broker provides is convenience and peace of mind. After paying a flat fee for the service, Lee found that he likely would have only paid a slightly higher price on his own, but thought the experience was easy enough to win his business the next time he buys.

    “I don’t care for the antagonistic negotiations with salespeople anymore,” Lee said. “We’re telling everyone we can about the broker.”

    Types of Brokers

    One of the tricks to using a broker, however, is figuring out what kind of auto broker you’re dealing with. A simple look through the phonebook or Internet search can scrounge up dozens of names, but not everyone is really working for the consumer.

    A pure, consumer-driven auto broker usually works out of a small office or home office with a skeleton staff, charging flat-fee buying services to any customer who asks them to. But don’t feel limited to hiring a broker in your immediate region. As the market for broker-represented buying has spread, many brokers have started working from Web-based traffic and taking on clients around the world.

    “I can do new and used car deals for anyone, no matter where they live,” said Dave Sutch, CEO of MyCarGuy-SF.com, a brokerage in San Francisco. “I am meeting with someone today who is from New Zealand and wants a 2000 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson truck. [And] I recently was able to negotiate the purchase of a new Honda Accord for over $1,500 lower here than any dealer in the customer’s home state of Washington.”

    While many brokers are former car dealers, they should not be receiving any compensation from dealerships for passing your name along as a lead. Many operations call themselves brokerages, but make substantial amounts of their profits from dealerships, or even directly work for a dealership. This isn’t illegal or even unethical, but can lead you to question whether they really have your best interests at heart.

    “There are many people and services posing as brokers or leasing and buying agencies,” said Jay Green, owner and founder of AutoSeek.com in Los Angeles. “The best way to check would be to call some random dealerships near them and ask if they have heard of the person or service and what they have to say about them.”

    Feel free to ask questions about the broker, his or her background, the fee structure and the history of the company. Most reputable brokers are proud of their independence from dealerships and will openly boast about how well they know the tricks dealerships can pull.

    “For most people, the initial salesman is about as high on the food chain as they’re likely to have access to,” AutoSeek.com’s Green said. “These people are not qualified to answer my phones, much less look after our clients’ best interests.”

    Fees for these services can start at $200 and can go as high as $1,000 normally, based on the car you’re buying and whether it is a new or used model. Used cars and rare cars tend to carry a higher fee since it takes more legwork to locate a good deal; although, you’ll likely see an even deeper discount from what you could have bought on your own thanks to regional differences in used car prices.

    Your broker should charge you on a flat-fee basis, agreed to before purchase. This way, the broker only makes money when he or she gets a great deal for you and can’t drive up the fee by putting you in a more expensive car.

    If you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars, wholesale clubs like Costco and auto clubs like AAA offer car-buying services similar to what brokers offer. Even a site like Carsdirect.com basically operates as a broker. Normally, these services operate by working out special pricing with one dealership in a market that can be offered to members in return for referrals. While this isn’t a true brokerage arrangement, the service is often free or very inexpensive and can often take much of the haggling out of the car-buying process.

    A consumer can often get similar deals by simply calling or e-mailing a dealership’s fleet or Internet manager and negotiating prices through them.

    In the end, most consumers can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars by hiring a professional to broker the purchase of their next car. But beyond the dollars, you’re also saving hours of hassle in avoiding the traditional walk-up or even an Internet-based dealership experience. And that can be the most valuable benefit of all.

    What to Look for in a Car Broker

    • Make sure the broker is licensed to legally sell cars in your state.
    • Ask questions to the company or individual about how they find deals on cars, what background they have in the car business and if they receive any money from dealerships or carmakers for making deals.
    • Look for feedback about other customers’ experiences with the broker on auto chat boards, like Edmunds.com’s Town Hall forums.
    • Confirm that broker fees are charged on a flat-rate basis to ensure that you get the best deal on your car.
    • Check with any wholesale clubs or auto clubs to see if they offer car-buying services free of charge.

    Information on Using a VA Loan with Bad to Poor Credit #auto #advance


    #refinance auto loan with bad credit
    #

    VA Loans with Bad Credit

    Can I still get a VA Loan with bad credit?

    The VA does not have a minimum credit requirement. It simply requires that borrowers represent a satisfactory credit risk. But ultimately VA lenders issue the loans, and in the current economic climate these lenders are looking for solid credit scores. It’s up to them to determine whether or not your credit score meets the benchmark they set. If you find that your credit score falls short, there is still hope. There are a number of ways you can raise your credit score to meet a lender’s benchmark and receive the loan you deserve.

    What if my spouse has bad credit?

    First, remember that the only acceptable co-borrower on a loan is a spouse or another veteran. It’s important to note that if there is a co-borrower, such as your spouse on the loan, both parties on the mortgage will have to meet both VA and lender requirements.

    For example, most married couples pursue a VA home loan together, with each obliged on the mortgage note. There are many different reasons why, but usually a husband or wife may not have enough income to purchase the home of their dreams on his or her own. Adding in that second income of a spouse can sometimes do wonders for your purchasing power and debt-to-income ratio. In the current state of the economy, lenders are often looking for a score of at least 620 from both parties involved.

    You can approach this problem from a couple of different directions. The first is to see if you can get preapproved for the desired loan amount without your spouse’s income. Sometimes it can be a simple fix, but not all prospective borrowers will be so lucky. For other co-borrowers, combating the credit issue headfirst may be the best route to take.

    We’re here to help raise your credit score

    We have experts available who can help you boost your credit, but the process starts with you. Many times, a number of different factors collectively contribute to lower a credit score. Raising your score means fixing these issues. Some issues found in your credit report can be fixed quickly, while others may take some time. Either way, boosting your credit score requires sincere commitment and determination on your part. When you’re ready, your hard work and dedication will pay off.

    This is where we come in. We have a dedicated team of professionals who help prospective borrowers who haven’t quite cleared the credit hurdle. Our Department of Secondary Approval is full of experts that work one-on-one with veterans and active military by providing simple, concrete steps to boosting their financial health. It is an absolutely free service that we offer for veterans and active service members alike.

    All you have to do is take the first step. Fill out our no-obligation form below to speak with a VA Loan expert.

    Take the first step in your VA Loan by getting in touch with a VA Specialist.

    Property State: Loan Type: Home Purchase Home Refinance

    How to Pay Off Debt Fast Using a Lump Sum Payment. #repossessed #cars #for #sale


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    How to Pay Off Debt Fast Using a Lump Sum Payment

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    If you’ve received a lump sum payment from an inheritance, tax refund or commission off of a large sale, you might be wondering what the best use of that money is. One thing to consider is paying off debt, whether it is a mortgage, auto loan or credit card debt. When you pay off debt, you’re receiving a guaranteed return on your money — you’re saving the interest you would otherwise be paying on the loan. Depending on the type of the loan, and especially for credit cards, that return might be greater than anything you could receive by investing the money. In addition to saving on the interest payment, you’ll also repay the loan sooner, freeing up extra cash at the end. A note of caution – Before making any lump sum payment, check your loan documents to see whether there would be any penalty for this prepayment. Also, be sure to notify your lender to apply any extra payments to the principal balance of your loan.

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    Calculate Your Insurance Rates Using Our Car Insurance Calculator #world #auto #parts


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    Auto Insurance Calculator

    You might want to use a car insurance calculator to see how much you can expect to pay for your insurance premium before actually signing up for a policy.  Auto insurance calculators simply take your information, plug it into an algorithm, and then spit out some results.  To further understand how these calculators work, you have to first understand how insurance companies come to determine your insurance rates.

    How Your Rates Are Calculated

    The most common factors insurance companies will look at when determining your premiums include your age, gender, driving history, and your vehicle.  There are actually hundreds of different things that come into play when assessing the risk you pose to insurance companies, but if we looked at each one individually we’d be here all day.  Instead, let’s take a look at some of the more basic and most influential factors.

    Your Age

    It should come as no surprise to you that younger drivers end up paying the most for car insurance.  Years of data (and common sense) suggest that inexperienced drivers cause more accidents and therefore cost more money.  Teenage drivers. students. and those in their young twenties pose more of a risk to insurers because of their recklessness on the road, lack of experience, and the astounding rate that they get into accidents.

    Actuaries have looked at data and determined that those aged 16-26 should pay the most for insurance premiums. If you are in this age group, you should expect to pay the more than middle-aged individuals with lots of driving history and experience.

    Your Gender

    The stereotype that women are worse drivers than men might not actually be true.  Statistics suggest that women are at least safer drivers than men.  They get into less accidents and cause less fatalities on the road.  Men are also more likely to drink and drive, drive with reckless abandon, and even drive without wearing their safety belt.   Because of data like this, men can expect to pay more for car insurance than women.

    Your Driving History

    If you have a lot of citations on your record, you might be in for a nasty surprise when your insurance rates are calculated.  You need to maintain a pristine driving record if you do not want to be lumped in to that “high risk” category that pays through the roof for car insurance.

    1. DUI/DWI Violation (Estimated 25% premium increase)
    2. Reckless Driving (Estimated 15%-20% increase)
    3. Speeding (Estimated 10% increase)
    4. Running a red light (10% increase)
    5. Driving without a valid license (10% increase)

    While there are ways to get these points removed from your license and get these violations removed from your permanent record, it’s often times more trouble than it’s worth.  It’s better to just be a safe driver and never have to worry about these insurance premium hikes .

    Your Vehicle

    The car you drive might be the most telltale sign of how much you are going to be paying for car insurance.  Luxury cars and sports cars are most likely to warrant higher premiums.  Safer, more “boring” vehicles will most likely cost less to insure.  The more expensive the vehicle is, the more prone it will be to theft and vandalism.  Expensive cars will also cost more to repair in the event of an accident.

    In addition to the make and model of your car, the vehicle history also comes into play.  If the vehicle you drive sustained a lot of damage in an accident, expect to pay more for insurance.  If the vehicle had a lot of repair work done on it in the past, you can also expect to “pay a premium” for your premiums.  This is one of the reasons why it is always so important to run a CARFAX report on your vehicle before buying it secondhand.

    How To Use Our Auto Insurance Quote Calculator

    The insurance quote tool on NewYorkMotorInsurance.com will take this information and give you a quote based on the information we are given.  Since we do not request personal information such as your social security number in our quote calculator form, we can only give you a basic quote.  It is the most accurate rate we can give you without being too nosy.  If you would like to get a concrete rate to insure your vehicle, you will need to get quotes directly from different insurance providers.

    To begin calculating your rates here on our website, scroll up to the top of this page and enter your zip code.  The next two pages will ask you for some basic information about yourself and your vehicle.  By the third page, your insurance quote will already be in the process of being calculated and you will then receive premium rates from the top insurance companies in the US.

    Information on Using a VA Loan with Bad to Poor Credit #express #credit #auto


    #refinance auto loan with bad credit
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    VA Loans with Bad Credit

    Can I still get a VA Loan with bad credit?

    The VA does not have a minimum credit requirement. It simply requires that borrowers represent a satisfactory credit risk. But ultimately VA lenders issue the loans, and in the current economic climate these lenders are looking for solid credit scores. It’s up to them to determine whether or not your credit score meets the benchmark they set. If you find that your credit score falls short, there is still hope. There are a number of ways you can raise your credit score to meet a lender’s benchmark and receive the loan you deserve.

    What if my spouse has bad credit?

    First, remember that the only acceptable co-borrower on a loan is a spouse or another veteran. It’s important to note that if there is a co-borrower, such as your spouse on the loan, both parties on the mortgage will have to meet both VA and lender requirements.

    For example, most married couples pursue a VA home loan together, with each obliged on the mortgage note. There are many different reasons why, but usually a husband or wife may not have enough income to purchase the home of their dreams on his or her own. Adding in that second income of a spouse can sometimes do wonders for your purchasing power and debt-to-income ratio. In the current state of the economy, lenders are often looking for a score of at least 620 from both parties involved.

    You can approach this problem from a couple of different directions. The first is to see if you can get preapproved for the desired loan amount without your spouse’s income. Sometimes it can be a simple fix, but not all prospective borrowers will be so lucky. For other co-borrowers, combating the credit issue headfirst may be the best route to take.

    We’re here to help raise your credit score

    We have experts available who can help you boost your credit, but the process starts with you. Many times, a number of different factors collectively contribute to lower a credit score. Raising your score means fixing these issues. Some issues found in your credit report can be fixed quickly, while others may take some time. Either way, boosting your credit score requires sincere commitment and determination on your part. When you’re ready, your hard work and dedication will pay off.

    This is where we come in. We have a dedicated team of professionals who help prospective borrowers who haven’t quite cleared the credit hurdle. Our Department of Secondary Approval is full of experts that work one-on-one with veterans and active military by providing simple, concrete steps to boosting their financial health. It is an absolutely free service that we offer for veterans and active service members alike.

    All you have to do is take the first step. Fill out our no-obligation form below to speak with a VA Loan expert.

    Take the first step in your VA Loan by getting in touch with a VA Specialist.

    Property State: Loan Type: Home Purchase Home Refinance

    Using a Car Broker to Buy Your Next Vehicle #auto #refinance


    #auto broker
    #

    Using a Car Broker to Buy Your Next Vehicle

    For a growing number of consumers, a lack of time and patience for buying cars has piqued an interest in hiring a professional to do it for them. And to help serve this market, a cottage industry has emerged to search the nation for the perfect car for you for a fee, of course.

    But like any deal, it’s important to do a little research on the broker before you jump headlong into their arms, drawn by promises of lower prices and advocacy for your needs. And don’t forget, just because your broker is saying it’s a great deal doesn’t mean that it is.

    The concept behind hiring an auto broker is relatively simple: you’re not a professional car buyer, so why go up against a professional car seller alone? With the confusion of financing, fees, add-ons, taxes and the hurried, jargon-filled nature of the dealership, it only makes sense to leave the bargaining to someone who won’t be fazed by the wheeling and dealing.

    And thousands of satisfied consumers have been glad they did. Countless success stories have been told and retold about the thousands of dollars people saved over a “best-price” offer made one day from a dealership, only to have a broker secure a better price just days or even hours later.

    “I consider myself a good negotiator and this was my first time using an auto broker and we had a very positive experience,” said Junmo Lee, who recently bought a Toyota 4Runner near Denver. At first, he went the traditional route, heading over to a dealership and working with a salesman. But after reaching an impasse with the sales staff, Lee decided to walk out and hire a broker.

    Sure enough, a local broker was able to secure a price about $500 cheaper than he was originally quoted on the exact same vehicle from the same dealership. This is possible because brokers usually have experience with dealerships and know exactly how much they can afford to charge based on how long the car has been on the lot, how many more they have coming in and how much dozens of other dealerships are charging.

    But much of what a broker provides is convenience and peace of mind. After paying a flat fee for the service, Lee found that he likely would have only paid a slightly higher price on his own, but thought the experience was easy enough to win his business the next time he buys.

    “I don’t care for the antagonistic negotiations with salespeople anymore,” Lee said. “We’re telling everyone we can about the broker.”

    Types of Brokers

    One of the tricks to using a broker, however, is figuring out what kind of auto broker you’re dealing with. A simple look through the phonebook or Internet search can scrounge up dozens of names, but not everyone is really working for the consumer.

    A pure, consumer-driven auto broker usually works out of a small office or home office with a skeleton staff, charging flat-fee buying services to any customer who asks them to. But don’t feel limited to hiring a broker in your immediate region. As the market for broker-represented buying has spread, many brokers have started working from Web-based traffic and taking on clients around the world.

    “I can do new and used car deals for anyone, no matter where they live,” said Dave Sutch, CEO of MyCarGuy-SF.com, a brokerage in San Francisco. “I am meeting with someone today who is from New Zealand and wants a 2000 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson truck. [And] I recently was able to negotiate the purchase of a new Honda Accord for over $1,500 lower here than any dealer in the customer’s home state of Washington.”

    While many brokers are former car dealers, they should not be receiving any compensation from dealerships for passing your name along as a lead. Many operations call themselves brokerages, but make substantial amounts of their profits from dealerships, or even directly work for a dealership. This isn’t illegal or even unethical, but can lead you to question whether they really have your best interests at heart.

    “There are many people and services posing as brokers or leasing and buying agencies,” said Jay Green, owner and founder of AutoSeek.com in Los Angeles. “The best way to check would be to call some random dealerships near them and ask if they have heard of the person or service and what they have to say about them.”

    Feel free to ask questions about the broker, his or her background, the fee structure and the history of the company. Most reputable brokers are proud of their independence from dealerships and will openly boast about how well they know the tricks dealerships can pull.

    “For most people, the initial salesman is about as high on the food chain as they’re likely to have access to,” AutoSeek.com’s Green said. “These people are not qualified to answer my phones, much less look after our clients’ best interests.”

    Fees for these services can start at $200 and can go as high as $1,000 normally, based on the car you’re buying and whether it is a new or used model. Used cars and rare cars tend to carry a higher fee since it takes more legwork to locate a good deal; although, you’ll likely see an even deeper discount from what you could have bought on your own thanks to regional differences in used car prices.

    Your broker should charge you on a flat-fee basis, agreed to before purchase. This way, the broker only makes money when he or she gets a great deal for you and can’t drive up the fee by putting you in a more expensive car.

    If you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars, wholesale clubs like Costco and auto clubs like AAA offer car-buying services similar to what brokers offer. Even a site like Carsdirect.com basically operates as a broker. Normally, these services operate by working out special pricing with one dealership in a market that can be offered to members in return for referrals. While this isn’t a true brokerage arrangement, the service is often free or very inexpensive and can often take much of the haggling out of the car-buying process.

    A consumer can often get similar deals by simply calling or e-mailing a dealership’s fleet or Internet manager and negotiating prices through them.

    In the end, most consumers can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars by hiring a professional to broker the purchase of their next car. But beyond the dollars, you’re also saving hours of hassle in avoiding the traditional walk-up or even an Internet-based dealership experience. And that can be the most valuable benefit of all.

    What to Look for in a Car Broker

    • Make sure the broker is licensed to legally sell cars in your state.
    • Ask questions to the company or individual about how they find deals on cars, what background they have in the car business and if they receive any money from dealerships or carmakers for making deals.
    • Look for feedback about other customers’ experiences with the broker on auto chat boards, like Edmunds.com’s Town Hall forums.
    • Confirm that broker fees are charged on a flat-rate basis to ensure that you get the best deal on your car.
    • Check with any wholesale clubs or auto clubs to see if they offer car-buying services free of charge.

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