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KSAL Staff - July 22, 2016 11:23 am

Save Money without Sacrificing Dependability!


Hi, I’m Lydia Housh with Becker Autos & Trailers of Beloit. On a budget you want something that can get you from point A to B that you don’t have to worry about when your first scratch is going to happen. In this blog, I will go through some basics of how to save a little money, without sacrificing dependability on a vehicle, trailer or camper. If you have any more questions or want a more detailed explanation, please feel free to call/text me at 785-534-1227 or shoot me an email at beckerautos@nckcn.com.


Save on a Vehicle:


Miles don’t mean everything.

Often times we get stuck in thinking that if a car has over x amount of miles, it’s not as dependable as one with 40K more.  This is a common misconception, that if you think about makes sense.  Cars with higher miles for the year, but are still relatively new are often times one owner lease cars.  They are highway driven across country and are usually better maintained as the people driving them are required to make sure they can make it through their territories in a timely manner. These vehicles don’t see a lot of off pavement activity and usually have less wear and tear on the suspension and body of the vehicle.  They are most times priced well under retail which gives you a head start in maintaining positive equity on your vehicle.  Not saying this is always the case but a lot of the vehicles with the low miles that are locally owned see a little more action with country roads, farm activity or just plain sitting around as a second vehicle which is pretty hard on seals and gaskets and other lubricated parts of your vehicle that you wouldn’t even think aboutJ  Moral of the story… high miles aren’t always bad.


Don’t let a little cosmetic issue steer you away.

A scratch or bumper dent isn’t going to effect the overall dependability of your car.  And if you’re looking for a school car you know it’s going to have some cosmetic issues from sitting in the parking lot if nothing else by the end of the year.  Look at the cosmetic issues and decide if it’s something you can live with driving, or if it’s something you can get fixed cheaper if you buy the car at the discounted price instead of the pristine price J Look at the Autocheck or History report, but don’t let it confuse you.  I don’t know how many times I have had vehicles that have had major body work show up clean on the history report, or likewise some of the cleanest cars on my lot show up with no accidents but auction had announced as unibody/frame damage because they saw a mark on it from it being loaded on a trailer to get to auction… and never been wrecked.  So, make sure and have your dealer go through the history report and explain it, but also do a full visual inspection yourself to see if the damage will have anything to do with the drivability of the vehicle.


Don’t pay over retail.

There are several booking options out there to value a vehicle.  One I find most fair and reliable, and one we use when purchasing in the NADA guide.  You can get to a consumer site, nada.com, right on the internet… and don’t be afraid to ask your dealer these values when looking to purchase. Make sure you take into consideration any cosmetic damages or other items the vehicle you are booking and subtract that off the value to make sure you are still getting a more than fair deal.


Save on a Trailer or camper


Demo units

Buying a demo unit is a great way to save some money on a trailer purchase.  A demo is a model that the salesman usually takes to shows or around to dealers to advertise and model their product.  Usually they aren’t used to haul or what intended… but just to show off.  Buying a trailer or camper that’s a demo often time still comes with a new warranty or a limited warranty…. And saves you a ton on the cost.  Ask your dealer about demos!



Holdovers are a great way to save some good money on a new product.  Basically if it’s 2016 and they are still some 2015 model units available… these are called holdovers… still new but hit the lot the previous year.  Often times you can get a holdover that’s a 2016, in 2016 so ask about that option too!  Saving money on a product still new, with new warranty for last year’s model is an easy option.  See if the changes that made in the current model year are worth the price difference or if last year’s models are available.  Still same warranty, still purchased new J


Cosmetic Damage

Finding a camper with slight cosmetic damage from light hail, a scratch or dent on the outside or a paint blemish, may be the way for you to save some serious bank on it.  Make sure the price you pay properly accounts for the damage on the trailer, and do an inspection yourself to assess any problem that it would cause.  Often times even with light damage, you will still have most or all of your warranty intact.  Make sure and ask for the details and if you’re concerned have your insurance provider check it out prior to purchase.


I hope this eases some of your concerns you may face when trying to buy on a budget. Any other specific questions or anything else I can help with, feel free to give me a call or text me at 785-534-1227!  Also you can email me at beckerautos@nckcn.com.

Don’t forget here at Becker Autos & Trailers we have over 60 vehicles, 100 trailers and 35 campers on the lot and we’re here to help you pick out what fits you best!  You can check out our website at beckerautos.com!  Huge summer sale on now!  Ask for details!

Thanks for reading!


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