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Let’s face it. Some cars are built better than others. When you’re looking for a reliable, affordable, time-tested used car that will outlast any other vehicle you’ve ever owned – well, a Honda may be the car for you. Honda has excellent warranty coverage, an industry-backed commitment to durability and safety, and technology features that outmatch the competitors.
Why Buy a Used Vehicle?
It’s commonly known that buying a used car will save you money. You can save over half of the asking price of a new car when you buy a used or certified pre-owned car. Used cars that are less than 5-years-old could also retain the original manufacturer’s warranty, and get you a great price on a vehicle that has modern technology.
Built to Last
Used Honda vehicles are backed by a legacy of reliability. With over 50 years-worth of awards, Honda has received critical praise from the top-rated industry heavy hitters like JD Power, Consumer Reports, Car and Driver, and the NHTSA. This means that Honda cars are road-tested to outperform the competition in almost every scenario. Hondas typically require less maintenance and can handle a lot more than other family vehicles.
The Best Used Hondas
While there are many great models to choose from, some of the most popular used Hondas include the Civic, Odyssey, and Accord. If you find any of these used models from within the last ten years or so, you can often get great features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, touchscreen infotainment, dual-zone climate control, driver assist technology, hybrid models, and much more.
Honda Civic and Honda Accord are both four-door sedans known for their streamlined design and practicality. The Honda Civic is a great first car for those looking for fuel-efficiency and a great compact design for up to five passengers. The Honda Accord has a spacious trunk and a higher torque-engine. The sportier Accord is great for those that need a little more power, a sleeker design, and the ability to carry more cargo to adventure.
The Honda Odyssey minivan is a great used option for families that need to take a bigger crew out for adventure but want the comfort and convenience that Honda has to offer. More recent models may have a fully-loaded infotainment system, wireless capabilities, sliding second-row seats, forward folding third-row seats, and much more.
No matter which model you choose, Honda has you covered.
Test Drive a Used Honda Today with TLC Motors in Moore, SC
Where can you get honest service and reliable pre-owned Honda Civics, Odysseys, Accords and more? At family-owned TLC Motors in Moore, South Carolina, we are here to help you find the right Honda at the best price available. Our qualified sales staff is always available, and our finance experts can guide you through loan applications, trade-ins, and special offers year round. What are you waiting for? Test drive a used Honda today.
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We’ve all heard the phrase “buying a lemon” before, but what does it mean in the world of automobiles? A lemon car often refers to a new or used vehicle that has one or more manufacturing defects.
Purchasing a car with defects can leave a sour taste in your mouth if you aren’t smart. While buying a car from a reputable dealership is the best way to avoid manufacturing defects, when purchasing a used or pre-owned car, it’s important to know what to look for and how to avoid buying a lemon.
Avoiding Lemon Cars: A Checklist
When looking at used cars, it can often be difficult to spot manufacturing defects that the previous owner either wasn’t able to or wasn’t willing to investigate. This quick checklist will help you find many of the most common issues used cars may have and help you leave the lemon behind for something sweeter.
- Shop for late-model used cars that have a lower mileage. Many manufacturer warranties are still good on used cars under 100,000 miles (some longer than that).
- Educate yourself on the model of the vehicle by doing a little research. Websites like Edmunds and Consumer Reports will rate the quality of used vehicles and list common problems to look for. Compare your car’s profile with others to see if there’s something with a better track record.
- Check the exterior of the car for dents, scrapes, scratches, and parts that look out-of-place. Mismatched paint can be a sign that the car has undergone some heavy-duty body work. This could also signal larger issues like misalignment, bad tires, and leaks. Be sure to inspect the tires and tailpipe.
- Check the interior of the car for damage to the upholstery, dashboard, and missing parts. If the seatbelt shows heavy signs of wear, there may have been a history of collision. Also look for signs of water and smoke damage, which could impair electrical functioning.
- Check the handling of the steering wheel to address alignment and response issues.
- Check under the hood to see if there are any leaks, worn hoses, loose wires, or cracks in the engine. Does the battery need to be replaced? Everything under the hood counts when you’re testing the performance of a vehicle.
- Check for history reports from CarFax or AutoCheck. They should list every service, accident report, or odometer falsehoods among other damages.
- Test-drive the vehicle yourself so you can get a feel for issues like pulling, listen for unusual sounds, and check to see if you’re comfortable driving the car in the first place.
- Get the car inspected before you buy it. Don’t rely on the seller’s mechanic. You should be able to pick and choose the mechanic you want to inspect the car before purchase. Any seller that doesn’t allow you to do this should throw up a huge red flag.
Get a Sweet Deal on a Used Car with TLC Motors
When you need honest service, and a friendly, customer-centered dealership to help guide you to a great used car, then look no further than Better Business Bureau accredited TLC Motors in Moore, South Carolina. Schedule a test-drive today and avoid buying a lemon. Call (864) 595-0777.
How do you spell “freedom?” C-A-R. The best thing about buying a used car is having the ability to go where you want, when you want. Below are five places where you should take your used car this summer in and around Moore, SC.
Roebuck Family Skate Center
Located on Old Georgia Road in Moore, the Roebuck Family Skate Center has been a staple of the town’s entertainment since 1978. Park your car and strap on some roller skates for open skating sessions or for birthday parties and events. Roebuck also features inflatable jumping equipment, an arcade, and concessions.
Charlene’s Home Cooking
If you want to eat a meal just like Grandma used to make, point your car down East Blackstock Road in Moore toward Charlene’s Home Cooking. Here you’ll feast on dishes like fried chicken, barbecue ribs, baked ham and chicken wings, all prepared with fresh ingredients and family recipes.
Croft State Park
Located just outside of Moore in the town of Spartanburg, SC, Croft State Park offers camping, fishing, boating, hiking, biking, horseback riding and more. This state park provides a perfect opportunity for anyone with a truck or SUV that wants to get a little dirt under their flaps.
RJ Rockers Brewing Company
Pile some friends in your car and check out RJ Rockers Brewing Company, located in the Grain District of downtown Spartanburg. Come for tours, tastings, live music and “Hoppy Hours” to sample a large selection of wheat ales, IPAs, brown ales, pale ales, stouts, pilsners, lagers and more with both year-round and seasonal mixes.
Spartanburg Regional History Museum
There’s some history behind your used car and plenty of the area’s history can be found at the Spartanburg Regional History Museum. Admission is free and guided tours are available for a journey through the region’s early days of Spanish explorers to World Wars and beyond. And a rotating exhibit that changes every couple of months ensures there’s always something new to see.
Start Your Journey at TLC Motors
TLC Motors in Moore, SC has your ticket to freedom. Browse our inventory of used cars, trucks and SUV’s to find the vehicle that will get you around Moore and let your adventures begin. Come see us on East Blackstock Road today.
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So you’ve done your research on your favorite vehicle brands, found the right model, and you’re ready to buy a new car. Before you make that leap on signing a new lease and locking in a monthly rate – did you know that you could see huge savings on buying used cars for sale?
Not only will used cars save you more money initially AND over time, but they often last just a long and are as durable as a new car.
You’ll Save Big When Buying a Used Car in South Carolina
You can potentially save thousands of dollars on your next car by buying used. Vehicle manufacturers make significant changes to their model lineups every year. Many of these changes can be something as simple as cosmetics, to new technology like large screen infotainment units. Variables like mileage, age, and model number can affect how much you save when you buy used.
When looking at the differences between a new model and one from just a year or two back, you’ll find many of the same high-end features and safety specifications at a much lower price.
Here are some of the biggest advantages to buying a used car, and why you’ll see worthwhile savings:
- Used cars are often cheaper to register and insure.
Used cars carry less value than a new vehicle, so you’ll see that initial registration and those monthly insurance payments drop significantly. Furthermore, you can opt out of insurance plans like collision and theft on older cars.
- With bigger savings, you can upgrade to a nicer or more impressive model than you could afford new.
That’s right, why settle for a nicely packaged affordable new car, when you can upgrade the total package in amenities, power-driving, upgraded engine and more with a used car model for the same price?
- Get exceptional service and satisfaction.
Never buy a used car from an online ad posted by an individual. Unless you’re an expert, or looking to get a sweet deal on a fixer-upper, there’s too much to risk. A reputable dealer will take every used car on the lot through a multi-point inspection, checking the car with a full diagnostic – even down to tire pressure. You can rest assured that the car you’re leaving with is fully operational with a CARFAX report to attest to every bump, scrape and service issue the car has ever had. Furthermore, certified pre-owned vehicles are guaranteed to meet the quality standards of new vehicles from their manufacturer’s specifications, and also include a special warranty to back the claim.
- Buying used helps you reduce your depreciation value.
New cars begin losing value the second they are driven out of the dealership lot. In many instances, a new car will depreciate up to 50 percent after only three years of use. When you buy a used car, you are already purchasing it at a reduced cost, so a potential resale would bring you much closer to the actual price you paid for it over a new car.
Speak with your dealer about additional fixed rate plans, trade-ins, financing options and extended warranties for your used car today.
Finding a Used Car Near You
When you want exceptional service and a wide selection of used cars, the best place to buy a used car is TLC Motors, near Spartanburg, South Carolina. We are fully accredited by the Better Business Bureau and offer a low price, no pressure approach to sales. Find your fit, and schedule a test-drive today by calling: 1-864-595-0777.
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Shopping for a pre-owned car can be a nerve-wracking experience. Once you have chosen the vehicle you like, you want to know as much as you can about if before you make the decision to purchase it.
The team at TLC motors has come up with the five most important questions to ask when purchasing a pre-owned car to ensure you’re getting something you’re going to be satisfied with.
5 Simple Questions With Important Answers
Can I take it for a test drive?
A test drive is the first step in seeing if you’re going to like the car. If the seller says no to a test drive, this is not a car you want to own or a person you want to buy from. The test drive gives you the chance to make sure all the basic functions of the car work properly. Listen for any strange noises, and take your hands off the wheel for a second while on a straight road and see if the car pulls to either side to check the alignment.
Do you have a vehicle history report?
Vehicle history reports such as Carfax contain invaluable information to a used car buyer. The report will let you know if the car has ever been declared undrivable by an insurance company, as well as letting you know how many people have previously owned the car. If the vehicle was formerly a fleet or rental car, that will be on the report as well. TLC Motors not only supplies a Carfax report for every vehicle, we even have a special selection of Carfax “one-owner” vehicles for sale.
Can I check the oil?
Checking the oil is one of the simplest things you can do to make sure your car is always running at peak condition, and also a convenient way to see how the car you are considering was treated by its previous owner. Simply remove the dipstick, wipe it off, and return it to the reservoir to check the level. The oil should be a golden brown color. If the oil is dark black or grainy, it is an indication the oil needs to be changed, or in some cases it may be a symptom of a larger problem.
Can I take this to my mechanic?
If anything goes wrong with your next car, your mechanic is going to be the one that has to deal with it. Bringing it to them before you purchase it gives them a chance to look it over for anything that may cause trouble down the road. While it’s easy for you to check the oil and “kick the tires” at the lot, there is a lot more that can be seen when an expert puts it up on a lift. Like with the test drive, if the seller says no to your own mechanic looking at it, walk away.
Is this the car’s original paint?
While this may sound like an unusual question, it’s a good one to ask. If the car has been repainted, that could be evidence the car was in an accident, or that it was repainted to take attention away from mechanical problems. The Carfax report shows the original color of the car. If this does not correspond to the color you are seeing, then once again, it is probably a car you don’t want to buy.
TLC Motors in Moore, South Carolina, takes the guesswork out of used car buying by only stocking high quality vehicles that have been tested and inspected before they reach the showroom floor. Visit our showroom and take a test drive today. We’ll be happy to answer any and all of your questions.
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It has often been said that nothing lasts forever, but by keeping proper care, your pre-owned vehicle from TLC Motors can last quite a long time. Cars are becoming more reliable, with the average age of a car on the road in the United States now at a record high of 11 ½ years. While you may not get 3,000,000 miles in your car like Irv Gordon did with his 1966 Volvo P1800, but with proper care, your used car can last quite a long time
A Little TLC Will Give Your Used Car More Life in Moore, SC
- Follow the Manufacturer’s Maintenance Schedule
Your owner’s manual lists the maintenance schedule designed to help your can run at optimal efficiency. While the “3 months or 3,000 miles rule” for oil changes is a good rule of thumb, many vehicles may recommend shorter or longer intervals than you might expect. Talk to a service expert or check your owner’s manual to see what will work best for your vehicle.
- Check Tire Pressure and Engine Fluids Regularly
Many of us are guilty of only checking fluids and tire pressure before a long trip, but taking ten minutes a month to do this can save you a lot of trouble down the road. Your oil, radiator overflow, power steering, and brake fluids can all easily be checked while the engine is cold. Once the engine is warmed up, take another moment to check the transmission fluid.
- Listen For Strange Noises
Clicks and squeaks can often be drowned out by your radio. Turn off the music and listen for anything out of the ordinary once in a while. Scraping or grinding brakes are indicators you need new brake pads, while squeaking can be another sign of failing brakes. If you can’t locate the source of the odd sound yourself, your mechanic should be able to find it once your car is up on a lift.
- Don’t Drive Too Aggressively
Going over the speed limit, taking turns too fast, and braking suddenly not only can cause you or others to get hurt, but these things also put undue stress on your car. According to a study by Edmunds, aggressive driving can lower your fuel efficiency by 35%.
Following these simple tips can help you get more years of enjoyment out of any used vehicle you purchase. The staff at TLC Motors can answer any questions you have about used cars, and we have a large selection at our showroom in Moore, South Carolina.
If you’re looking to buy a new car, it can be difficult to know whether you should try to sell it privately or trade it in. A private sale can be a pain, but might get you more money for your old ride.
Even so, there are also quite a few advantages to trading in your vehicle.
What to Consider When Buying A Used Car: Sell or Trade In?
What Have You Got To Gain?
In most states, you are subject to a break on sales tax. With this break, you would only be taxed on the price of the new car minus the established trade-in value of your old car. So if you decide that you want to sell your car privately, make sure you will still have enough leftover to pay for the sales tax.
You may want to avoid the hassle of selling it yourself and decide to trade it in. Either way, you should get a dealership trade evaluation. That way, if you try selling it yourself first, you know how to price it and what offers to decline.
If your car is “in-demand” with private sellers, you’ll most likely get a wide range of offers. But if not, you can expect low bids and insincere buyer inquiries.
What if you car is in excellent condition and has low mileage? It may be worth your while to go through the dealership.
Other Reasons to Take It To A Dealer
Convenience: Drop one car off to pick up your new one. It can complicate things if you only have one car. Even if your previous vehicle doesn’t run, has high mileage, or any other number of reasons that it might be difficult to sell to a private buyer, a dealership has you covered. They can easily take that vehicle off your hands, and will often still take a bit off the full price tag of the vehicle you’re interested in buying.
Time: It can sometimes take a long time to sell a car privately. Unless there is a high demand for your vehicle, it may take weeks or even months to get rid of it.
Trading in a vehicle to a dealership can take as little as five minutes.
Things to Keep In Mind
Remember to be realistic about what your vehicle is worth. You can use a multitude of online resources to get an estimate of what your car may be worth.
Here at TLC Motors, we can offer you a trade-in deal you can’t refuse, guaranteed reliable service, and a selection of used vehicles you don’t want to miss. Come down to our lot in Moore, SC.
Contact us if you have any questions. We can’t wait to help make your next car buying experience a satisfying one.
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Whether you’re trying to save or upgrade to a more impressive model, buying used offers a lot of benefits. Unlike used cars of the past, today’s cars are built better and last longer. In fact, in 2011, average car lifespan rose to an all-time high, at 11.1 years, and they just keep getting better.
Still, too many salespeople want to take advantage of buyers and sell them beat-up rust buckets at too high of a price. You deserve to feel confident when buying pre-owned.
Fortunately, TLC Motors, near Greenville NC, is a family-operated business that is committed to earning customer’s trust by offering reliable used vehicles. We have prepared a guide to help make buying easier.
How to Choose Your Next Used Car in Greenville, SC
Anytime you are looking into buying a new or used car, the options can be overwhelming. If you’re looking for a pre-owned vehicle in Greenville, South Carolina, TLC Motors is your best bet for selection and quality.
List Your Needs
To find the used car that is right for you, your best bet is to start by figuring out your needs. What you plan to use it for will greatly affect the kind of car you should buy. If you’re just using your vehicle for your daily commute, a sedan may be your best bet. If you need it for work, or to transport large objects, a used truck may be a better bet. Used SUVs are ideal for families.
Shop TLC Motor’s Online Inventory and find the cars we have that best match your lifestyle.
Narrow Down Your Pool
Once you have a general idea of the kind of car you want, start to narrow things down. Research features and capabilities to find one that best fits your needs. One of the best things about buying a used vehicle is that you can often afford better models than if you bought new, so don’t be afraid to look at the cars you’ve always wanted.
If you’re not sure what model to get, ask one of our sales team members. We will take your budget and needs into account and help you pick out the best car for you.
Check Vehicle History
It used to be that all you could do when picking out a used car was look for signs of shoddy repair work and hope for the best. Now, it is easy to check a car’s history. Websites like Carfax will tell you about driver history and any issues a vehicle might have had.
TLC Motors stands by the quality of our products. That is why we link to the Carfax page for everything in our inventory.
A test drive is a great chance to notice issues with a used car. It should be able to start up easily. The drive should feel smooth, and the brakes should operate well. Make sure to be aware of any issues you might notice with the vehicle. Schedule a test drive today!
As a last precaution, consider having a car looked at by a 3rd party mechanic. They will be able to use their training and experience to notice issues that you might not notice. TLC Motors is certain we will pass any test.
The most important part of buying a used car is buying it from a trustworthy seller. Family-operated TLC Motors works to build a relationship of trust with all our customers. That is why we have consistently high online reviews. We are more interested in making a lifelong customer than a quick buck.
So if you have any questions about our wide selection of used vehicles, feel free to reach out to us at (864) 595-0777. We’re located in Moore, just a short drive from Greenville, SC. We look forward to hearing from you!
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