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Selling Your Vehicle When It Needs Extensive Repair

Selling Your Vehicle When It Needs Extensive RepairYour car may eventually start breaking down and repairs could cost hundreds, even thousands, of dollars. Eventually you may need to replace items like window switches and door handles, making repairs costly overall. After considering both the cost of repairs and purchasing another vehicle, you have made a decision to let go of your car. Who buys cars that require mechanical repairs and how can you sell one with such issues? Here we discuss the optimal way of selling a vehicle that requires repair.

Establishing trust is paramount when selling an old car that needs repairs; doing this may result in less compensation being received for such vehicles; building it can help streamline the selling process more smoothly. Being transparent about the condition of your vehicle is the cornerstone of trust-building, as doing so allows car buyers to feel at ease with making purchases. By being open about everything that works and doesn’t, plus what needs fixing, they will feel more at ease buying from you.

Make it even easier for potential buyers of your car to trust that it is genuine by gathering estimates of needed repairs. Even if your insurer didn’t cover everything after an accident, sharing this list may convince people of its authenticity and help move sales along quickly. Convincing buyers that purchasing a car with mechanical issues is the right move is paramount; doing otherwise could prove risky and could put themselves and the dealership at financial risk.

Trading the car in: A seller might ask a mechanic to inspect your car to assess its current state and ascertain whether restoration can take place after sale. Even if the car you need repaired doesn’t fetch its full asking price, selling it still helps get rid of it and make space in your garage for other projects.

Sell to mechanics and hobbyists: Even those requiring extensive care often can fetch good offers for such cars with unique models and makes. Advertising your vehicle in groups dedicated to certain cars such as Shadetree may help attract those searching for project vehicles. Even though yours needs significant repairs, enthusiasts might still be intrigued.

Sell to a junkyard: When trying to sell your car due to its condition, resorting to junkyard may be your last resort. Check with multiple salvage yards to secure the best price, though you will require your title for completion of any transactions. You can bring in your car if it is still running; otherwise, they’ll come collect it for collection.

Selling Your Repairable Car In Blaine, MN

Are you tired of owning an unnecessary/unusable automobile and tired of repair costs too? Clark Automotive can purchase it! Simply call us at (763) 784-7944 with some basic information on your vehicle, its issue(s), and what damage was sustained, and we will give an estimated price range that we are willing to accept.

The Importance Of Vehicle Tire And Brake Inspections In The Winter

The Importance Of Vehicle Tire And Brake Inspections In The WinterPerhaps we’ve all been there… driving along on snow or ice. We hit our brakes, but nothing happens. The car just continues to move forward. Obviously, in certain conditions, even the best brakes and tires will not stop the car, but don’t let bad tires or worn brakes be the cause of your next accident! It’s important any time of year, but especially in the winter, to have fully functioning brakes and tires with a proper amount of tread to ensure that you can drive your car safely on the Minnesota snow- and ice-covered roads. If you live or work in the Blaine area, let us check your brakes and tires for you.

Recognizing Worn Brakes

Brakes are eventually going to need replacement. Some vehicles have indicators to help alert you when new pads are needed, however, it is recommended that as a car owner you are proactive about knowing the condition of your brakes. Avoid letting the brakes get too worn (i.e., metal to metal), as that can mean a more expensive rotor or drum replacement and a potential safety issue. If you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms or have any other concerns in regard to your brakes, please contact Clark Automotive:

● Car pulls to one side during braking
● Brake pedal pulsates when you apply the brakes
● Brake pedal feels “mushy”
● Noise when you step on the brake pedal
● Repeatedly need to add brake fluid to the master cylinder
● Brake and/or ABS warning light

Replacement Of Damaged Tires

Nobody wants to replace a new tire or a tire with plenty of tread still left. But the reality is that our safety should always come first. Your tires are your most important automotive part and the only automotive part that touches the road. The deciding factors on whether a tire can be repaired depend on how much damage has occurred and where the damage is located. The following situations will always warrant a new tire:

● Any damage to the shoulder or sidewall of the tire
● Large holes anywhere in the tire of more than ¼” in diameter
● Evidence of any severe damage, such as tread separation or large gashes
● The tire is damaged in a previously repaired area

Winter Vehicle Inspections And Maintenance

The roads can be a dangerous place, especially when you add unprepared vehicles into the mix with winter weather, and we want to help make sure you stay safe this season. Before the harshest winter weather arrives, you should have your vehicle serviced for the challenges winter can pose. Schedule an appointment today for our mechanics to inspect your vehicle. Call us today at (763) 784-7944.

Getting Your Car Ready For Holiday Travel

Getting Your Car Ready For Holiday TravelThe holidays are here, and you may be getting ready to travel. Whether you are traveling 10s of miles or 1000s of miles, if you travel by car, you should make sure that your car is ready to make the journey safely. The last thing you need is to get stuck with a dead battery, a flat tire or a broken-down vehicle when you are miles away from home and lots of businesses are closed for the holidays. Bring your vehicle to Clark Automotive and we will complete our winter maintenance checklist for you so that you can be confident that your car will not interfere with your upcoming holiday travel plans.

Before you hit the road, you want to make sure that the following systems are working as they should:

Tires: We can inspect your tires for any signs of tread damage or excessive wear and tear that might be a problem for you on an extended trip. We complete tire repair, tire rotation and tire replacement depending on the service that you need. No one wants a flat or blown out tire on a road trip!

Battery: The staff at Clark Automotive can also test your battery to ensure that it is working properly and that it is not time for a replacement. This will ensure that you will not have to deal with a car that does not start. A new battery is a relatively inexpensive issue to fix.

Brakes: Your brakes may be the most important safety feature of your car. They are what allows you to stop when needed. If you are concerned about your brakes or have noticed any break noises, always get your brakes checked before any extended trip. Our brake work includes replacing brake pads, wheel bearings, lubricating backing plates and calipers, topping off or flushing brake fluid, checking the hydraulic system and repairing the drums and rotors.

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We can also complete oil changes and make sure that all of your fluids are topped off when you bring your vehicle in for general maintenance. We value each and every one of our customers and work hard to make sure that your car is safe for your next adventure. Whether you are traveling across town or across the country, we will make sure that your car is ready. For more information or to schedule an appointment with our team, call Clark Automotive at 763-784-7944 today.

Importance Of Routine Vehicle Maintenance

Importance Of Routine Vehicle Maintenance Anyone who is knowledgeable about automobiles–from your amazing local mechanic to a sales representative at an auto dealership to a neighbor who does work on his own car and can fix anything–will tell you that periodic maintenance is the key to keeping your vehicle running smoothly and reliably. One of the reasons our automobiles need unscheduled maintenance is that it can be difficult to keep up with the scheduled maintenance recommended by your vehicles’ manufacturers. Clark Automotive has made a name for us by helping our clients with the routine maintenance needed to keep your car in good shape and also the unscheduled maintenance or repairs when something unexpected happens.

Schedule Routine Maintenance For Your Car

Keeping vigilant about scheduled maintenance requires discipline and a good memory. Part of this discipline is having your car or truck serviced even when there are no obvious signs of problems. The most reliable, problem-free vehicles lull us into a sense of security–a false sense of security–precisely because they are so reliable. All machines eventually break down and it is often the case that the most reliable machines work so well for so long that we do not notice the smallest changes occurring inside them. We become used to the specific hum of our vehicles’ engines, without realizing over the course of tens of thousands–sometimes hundreds of thousands–of miles that parts are wearing and eroding, resulting in a change in the familiar hum of the engine. That is true until something extremely noticeable occurs. We hear a grinding or a loud screech, and we know that something is most definitely wrong. In most cases, a service like Clark Automotive will be able to fix the issue without much of a problem. But in some cases, that new sound means big trouble.

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Scheduled maintenance can prevent a serious problem from ever occurring, but it is difficult to develop the discipline to take your car in for scheduled maintenance. It may be easier to develop that discipline by making a plan to take your car in every 4-6 months. Minnesota’s change of seasons can be a stark reminder for you to get your car serviced so that you can feel confident that your car is prepared for driving in the winter weather that is coming. Minnesota is known for its winters, but summer can also be brutal for a car. So, consider a twice-a-year self-reminder to get your car serviced ahead of the change of weather. Clark Automotive will be here to prepare your vehicle for what is ahead. Call us at (763) 784-7944 to schedule an appointment.

Essential Maintenance Tips For The Fall Season

Essential Maintenance Tips For The Fall SeasonMany vehicle owners use the change of seasons to get their cars taken care of. This is a great plan, and as we leave the cooler fall season and head straight into winter, we at Clark Automotive in Blaine, MN want to share some of the more essential maintenance tips to keep your vehicle running at its best. Feel free to ask us to inspect your vehicle as well.

Having Your Battery Tested: Many auto parts stores perform this basic test for free, so it’s easy to have this service done. During the winter your battery is worked extra hard, not only to run, but to provide the “cold cranking amps” to start a cold engine. It’s not uncommon to see a car battery that seems to function fine but lacks the cold cranking amperage. This means that your battery is just barely strong enough to perform in the fall, but under pressure in the winter, the battery will likely fail. This is good to know now and have time to get a replacement before the onset of the colder months.

Check All Exterior Lights: Out of sight and out of mind. Well, in the event of heavy rain or snowfall, without lights, your car goes out of sight! It’s a good time to ensure that all the bulbs are functioning and furthermore, to ensure that the headlight and taillight lenses are not cloudy, as this reduces the amount of light that reaches the road. If your lenses are cloudy, use a headlight restoration kit, which utilizes fine-grit sandpaper and cleansing agents.

Checking Tire Conditions: Having tires that are in good condition and properly inflated are essential in ensuring that your vehicle has enough grip on the road during the heavy rainstorms, ice storms, and eventually the snowstorms during the winter months. The coin test is the simplest at-home test. Place a penny in the grooves of your tire with the head facing down. If you can see the entire head, it is time to replace the tires as they are too worn.

Check Functionality Of The Heater And Defroster: Perhaps it seems the most logical, but it is oftentimes the task that is least done. A simple check to ensure that the heater actually puts out warm air and that the defroster warms the windshield is sufficient.

ASE-Certified Mechanic Services Available In Blaine, MN

If you notice that your vehicle isn’t quite ready for the wrath that winter can bring upon Minnesotans, bring your vehicle by the certified mechanics at Clark Automotive. We have the knowhow and the experience to ensure that your vehicle is ready for whatever Mother Nature wants to dish out! Call (763) 784-7944 to schedule an appointment or just come on by!

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