The Importance of Changing Your Air
air filters become dirty, which can lead to various problems that can cost you
not only a significant amount of money, but also your health in the long run.
What Does an Air Filter Do?
in your car capture dirt, dust particles, pollen and other unhealthy compounds.
While clean air is important for occupants of the vehicle cabin, it is also
important for your car’s engine. Parts of the engine will wear out more quickly
if dirt and dust get inside, and performance and efficiency will decline if
airflow is restricted.
There are two
types of air filters in your car:
When Should the Engine Air Filter Be
With a bad
filter, dirt can enter the engine, damaging vital and expensive components.
Filters are much cheaper to replace than engine hardware. Our mechanics at Rock Solid Auto Center can quickly spot a dirty filter and easily
air filter may need to be replaced if:
is rough or not as powerful as it used to be
“Service Engine” light is on, indicating possible dirt on the engine
soot comes out of the exhaust pipe
smell gasoline when starting your car
cases, you can also tell if your filter needs to be replaced just by inspecting
it visually. Sections of the filter membrane will appear black or dark gray.
This means dirt is blocking some of the material air passes through on its way
to the engine. The cost of changing an air filter is generally low, often
between $20 and $50, although access to its housing and the make and model
of your vehicle can impact parts and labor costs.
When Should Your Cabin Air Filter Be
air filter should be replaced regularly to avoid potential health issues due to
dust, pollen, mold spores and particles you shouldn’t breathe in. Signs you
need to replace your cabin air filter include:
air coming through the fan and air conditioning vents
sneezing, sore throat or other allergy symptoms
of breath for unexplained reasons
buildup of bacteria and contaminants in cabin air
contaminants can lead to respiratory irritation and aggravate respiratory
conditions, such as asthma. In fact, dirty air and mold increase the risk of
children developing asthma significantly. If mold is allowed to enter the cabin
air, a range of allergy or cold-like symptoms may occur, including coughing,
runny nose, sneezing, itching, and watery eyes.
think your engine or cabin air filter needs to be replaced? Schedule an
appointment with our Rock Solid Auto
Center service department! We will do a full inspection of your vehicle and
will replace dirty filters quickly and efficiently! To schedule an appointment,
Road Trip Essentials
It’s summertime, and that means it’s road trip season. Before
you embark on your journey, our team at Rock
Solid Auto Center want to make sure your completely prepared.
Check these things off your list before you hit the
Not only do you need to make sure you have a spare tire in
good working condition, but you also want to make sure you know how to change a
AAA is not available in every single remote location
across the globe, so you need to be prepared if you get a flat tire in the
middle of nowhere.
You should have a kit in your car for emergencies that
includes things like flares, jumper cables, gloves, rope, water, bandages, etc.
To save you time, you can buy an emergency kit online!
Registration and Proof of Insurance
Before you set off on the road, it is critically
important that you have these three things in your glove box! If not, you can
risk a hefty fine or lose your drivers license altogether!
Your owner’s manual can save you hours of frustration, if
you’re wondering what a specific indicator light mean on your dashboard or not
sure how to operate other features of your vehicle.
Cars can stink up quickly, especially on road trips! To
keep your vehicle smelling fresh, purchase a pack
of air fresheners.
garbage can, is perfect to have in your car on a long
journey to keep it clean. Or, if you can always use a grocery bag!
Everyone needs baby wipes in their life. They can wipe
hands, faces, and messes made in the car!
If the gas station you stop at runs out of soap, you want
to be able to clean your hands. Plus, it will come in handy in countless other situations!
Download an app for your drive like Waze that will help you avoid
car accidents and road construction. This could save you hours of travel time!
Buddy to find the cheapest gas in your area. This will help
keep your road trip under budget!
Swiss Army Knife
Army Knife is a handy tool to have in your car
that can get you out of pretty much any small emergency.
Why Choose Rock Solid Auto Center
If you don’t think your vehicle is in good enough
condition for a road trip, it may be time to upgrade! At Rock Solid Auto Center, we can help you find a reliable vehicle.
Click here to
view our inventory today!
We also offer in-house financing, which means we will
work with all credit backgrounds.
Do you have any other road trip essentials in mind?
Please comment them below.
How to safely drive in a monsoon
It’s that time of year again. During
Arizona’s seasonal monsoons, getting behind the wheel can be hazardous. At Rock Solid Auto Center, we want to keep you and your family safe on the roads. Please keep the
following tips in mind the next time you find yourself driving in a monsoon.
Prepare Your vehicle
Before it’s too late, make sure you car is prepared for Monsoon season! This
includes making sure your windshield wipers are working correctly, and
replacing cracked or poor ones. Also, check your tire tread; take a quarter and
insert it head first into the grooves. If there is any space above Washington’s
head, it’s time to replace. This is also the time to replace any headlights or
brake lights that are out; you need to see and be seen!
If it’s raining heavily and you have to drive, plan ahead. Traffic congestion
is worse in bad weather. Leave early so you have enough time to get to your
destination without being rushed.
When it rains, oil and grime on the pavement rise to the surface. Wet streets
are extremely slick and slippery, making it more difficult to get traction.
When you drive slowly, a greater amount of the tire’s tread makes contact with
the road, giving you better traction. Drive at a steady pace and avoid jerky movements
when braking, accelerating or turning.
Allow Plenty of Space Between Cars
It takes three times longer to stop on a wet road than a dry one. Increase the
distance you normally keep from the car in front of you, and be on alert for
brake lights ahead.
Don’t Risk It
Only a few inches of water can move your whole car. Flooding can occur on
highways and neighborhood streets within moments of a heavy downpour. Be alert
for posted flood warning signs or barricades. If you drive around a barricade
and become stranded in a flooded area, you may be held responsible to pay for
your own rescue according to Arizona’s “Stupid Motorist Law.”
Stay In Your Vehicle
If a power line comes in contact with your vehicle while you are inside, stay
in your car. Wait for help to arrive and honk the horn to attract attention. If
other imminent dangers force you to leave the vehicle, do not touch the vehicle
and the ground at the same time. You should jump out and land with both feet
together. Continue to shuffle or hop with both feet till you are at least 50
feet away from your car.
Don’t Get Distracted
Even if there is an epic storm cloud that you’re dying to take a picture of,
wait till you’re off the road before you do so. Also refrain from texting or
being on your phone at all. When you’re driving in rainfall, it’s critically
important to remain focused on the road and keep both hands on the wheel.
At Rock Solid Auto Center, we hope you
listen to the above mentioned tips this Monsoon season.
any other safety guidelines in mind? Drop them in the comments below!
9 Factors That Affect Insurance Rate
You may not realize it,
but your overall insurance rate is affected by many different factors, some of
which you can control! However, knowing what affects your rate can help you
make a more informed decision when purchasing insurance. It can also help you
know exactly what to do to lower your expenses.
The following things can
affect your insurance rate:
1. Gender and Age
Young men usually incur higher rates than young women as statistically, primarily
because male teens have more accidents than females.
2. Marital Status
Married people tend to have fewer accidents than single people; therefore,
getting married (especially for men) can significantly lower your rate.
3. Your Address
Because most traffic accidents occur close to home, the area you live in
greatly affects your rates. More densely populated neighborhoods with more cars
mean you are at a higher risk of accident and thefts.
4. Your Credit Score
Many insurance companies take your credit score into account
when determining your rate. Lower scores typically mean higher insurance
At Rock Solid Auto Center, we can help increase your credit score simply
by making your car payments on time, every time!
5. Your Car’s Safety
Owning a vehicle with a high safety rating means there is a lower chance of
needing to pay for you or your passengers’ medical bills, therefore, your rate
will be lower. Owning a car with a lower safety rating, however, will usually
result in a higher cost.
6. Your Vehicle Size
Larger cars are generally safer than smaller cars in an accident. Therefore,
many larger cars with good safety ratings have lower premiums than smaller cars
with otherwise similar ratings.
7. Your Car’s Age
Though the repair costs of an older vehicle are similar to the costs of a newer
vehicle, an older car is more likely to be “totaled” in an accident. This is
because the cost of significant repairs needed for an older car can often be
higher than the vehicle’s entire worth.
Since the cost to
replace a new car is much higher than to replace an old car, newer cars are not
totaled as often, and generally have much higher collision cover rates than
older vehicles. The higher coverage translates to a higher premium for a newer
If you have a newer
vehicle and your insurance rate is sky high, it may be best to trade it in for
an older model vehicle. Rock Solid Auto
Center, we have plenty of vehicles in our inventory to choose from!
8. Driving History
If you have been in car accidents, received any moving violations, or made
previous auto claims, your auto insurance will be higher.
Fortunately, as long as
you don’t get into any accidents or receive any tickets for a length of time,
your insurance rate will eventually decrease.
9. How Much You Drive
Some insurance companies can alter your rate based on what you use your car
for; for example the distance you drive, and where and when you drive. Business
commuters usually put more miles on their car, and the more you’re on the road,
the more likely you are to get in an accident.
You may be able to get a
discount on your insurance if you don’t drive the car much, or don’t use it to
commute to work.
Paying for car insurance
is a major part of the cost of owning a car, so anything you can do to lower
the rate is beneficial for your budget!
Interested in learning
more? Contact Rock Solid Auto Center today!
Why Choose Rock Solid Auto Center
Solid Auto Center, we are a buy-here-pay-here used car dealership that
provides car financing to the Greater Phoenix area with locations in Mesa and
Glendale. Our financing options are fast, easy, and aim to give car loans for
bad credit holders.
promise you have never seen a car dealership like us. You don't like haggling
over prices, and neither do we. At Rock Solid Auto Center, you're in control
of the car buying experience.
Our inventory contains popular makes and models of cars, and we will also
work with you to help you budget for your car and improve your credit.
We're Here to Help You When You
Need a Car
challenges can result from a variety of circumstances such as divorce, loss
of job, new baby, etc. We understand these situations and treat our customers
with respect, while also reviewing their needs.
mission is to provide a variety of programs that satisfies each customers’
need for reliable transportation.
At Rock Solid Auto Center:
Okay If You Have Bad Credit
We are here
to help you purchase a reliable vehicle, especially when no one else will.
Instead of looking at a credit score, we look at other factors to determine the
vehicle you can easily afford. Our financing options are fast and easy.
Can Help Repair Your Credit
We can also
help you increase your credit score! As long as you pay on time, every time,
your credit score will improve over time.
3. We are
understand that everyone’s financial situation is different. We are willing to
work with you to find the plan that best works for you and your budget. When
others won’t work with you, we will!
we offer you:
used cars vehicles
repair facility for customers only
more about what a buy here pay here dealership like Rock Solid Auto Center can do
for you, give us a call at 480-222-2010!
Best Car Accessories for Your Dad’s Vehicle
For some fathers,
their car is like another child. This Father’s Day, show dad you love him, and
his ride, with one of these great car-related gadgets!
Sodee Kick Mat with Tablet Holder
Sodee’s seatback Kick Mat with Tablet Holder is an ingenious protector that will keep your
dad’s phone safe and clean. This seat-back organizer can hold tablets in place
so kids can enjoy entertainment without damaging or dirtying the phone or
tablet. With an array of extra pouches, the Sodee can also hold snacks, drinks
now: Sodee Kick Mat, Amazon, $14
Ztylus Stinger USB Emergency Escape Tool
your dad is like most, he is always ready for an emergency. With this next
gadget, he will be ready for anything!
The Ztylus Stinger isn’t just
a dashboard-friendly two port USB charger for your smartphone and other gear,
it’s also a life-saving escape tool. A razor-sharp seatbelt cutter is
integrated into the stinger’s body, so your dad can snip and slip you and
others out of your seat, should your buckle become unreachable. And with a
spring-loaded window punch, the Stinger can also crack windshields and windows
now: Ztylus Stinger, $22, Amazon
Zubie In-Car WiFi ($100)
by Verizon’s 4G LTE network, the Zubie In-Car WiFi can
connect up to 10 devices to the web, for everything from streaming music to
Snapchatting on the road. A small dongle that plugs into the car’s ODB-II port,
Zubie doesn’t require external power, nor does it drain the car’s battery after
you kill the ignition.
now: Zubie In-Car Wifi, $100, Amazon
Brightech Scorpion ($80)
Brightech Scorpion is a
handheld jump starter that offers a safe way to juice up a dead car battery,
instead of relying on unsteady jumper cables. The Scorpion can also double as a
portable battery for handheld devices like smartphones and tablets, and its
90-lumen LED makes it a must-add to the emergency kit, because it functions as
both a flashlight and an emergency beacon.
now: Brightech Scorpion, $80, Amazon
FOBO Tire Pressure Sensor
many newer cars feature tire inflation sensors, but if your dad is attached to
an older vehicle, this may be the perfect gift for him.
FOBO tire pressure monitors tire
pressure and sends the information straight to your dad’s smartphone. And if
your old man isn’t a fan of modern technology, the FOBO also has an in-car
monitor, so he can be alerted without having to look at an app.
now: FOBO Tire Pressure Sensor Set, $170, Amazon
to give your dad something he’ll remember for the rest of his life? Give him
the gift of a vehicle! At Rock Solid
Auto Center, we will work with you to find a vehicle that fits your budget
and your father’s needs, even if you don’t have good credit! To browse our
inventory, click here!
How to Save Money on Your Next
are in the market for a new, “used vehicle”, there are a few creative ways you
can save money on your purchase.
Buy an Older Model
The older a
vehicle is, the less money it will cost you. Just because a vehicle was not
produced in the current year, doesn’t make it less desirable. While some older
models may not have all of the features of the current year’s model, it will
still have high-quality features at a discounted sticker price. Some models
actually change body types and features from year to year and when this occurs,
you will see even more discounts.
Choose a Reliable Vehicle
we focus so much on cost-cutting tactics, we lose sight of the main purchase goal;
finding a reliable vehicle at a reasonable price. Before you even factor in
price, your main objective should be finding a reliable vehicle that will last
you through your loan and beyond. Sure, you can save money on a less reliable
vehicle, but in the long run, will you really be saving at all? A vehicle that
is constantly needing repairs won’t do you or your wallet any good. Look for a
reliable vehicle first (shop Rock Solid
selection of reliable used
then look at ways to bring your costs down (base model, older model etc.).
Purchase a Base Model
don’t mind parting ways with certain accessories and features, you can really
drive down the cost of your next used vehicle by getting a base model. Base
models carry fewer “bells and whistles” than step-up models. Typically, the
features lost fall under the entertainment or navigation categories, so you are
not losing any features that relate directly to the drive or ride experience
the car provides. Concentrate on driving your vehicle, and don’t let the fancy
features get in the way of your purchase.
Make a Larger Down Payment
If you are
like most people, you won’t have the cash upfront to pay for a used vehicle on
the day of purchase. This is what car financing is for! The trade equity of
your current vehicle or the money you pay up front at the time of purchase is
considered your down payment. One way to save money on your overall purchase is
to increase your down payment. The more money you pay down up front, the less
money you will have to finance. The larger your down payment is, the lower your
monthly payment will be. Most reputable dealerships like Rock Solid Auto Center will offer you a better financing package
with a larger down payment.
shop at Rock Solid Auto Center, rest
assured you are getting a quality vehicle at a competitive price. Our team will
do our best to save you money on your used car purchase. We are also a proud
Buy Here Pay Here Establishment that helps people with all credit backgrounds.
Interested? Please click here
to browse our inventory today!
Why Is My Car Shaking?
If you notice your car is vibrating or shaking, you might be wondering what the root of the issue is. There are many causes of shaking cars, that’s why we have put together a guide to help you get to the bottom of it!
Four Causes of Shaking Cars
Worn-Down Tires: Depending on the specific type of vibration, the problem can be related to your tires and can be addressed in a number of ways. If vibration is felt at certain speeds, the tires may need to be balanced. If the tires are wearing unevenly and causing the car to vibrate, you may need a tire rotation. In some cases, you may need new tires to solve the problem.
Bent Axle: Most vehicles have two axles, one that connects the front wheels, and another that connects the rear wheels. Vibration can occur if either of the axles is bent or dented, which can happen in an accident or other mishap with the road. Vibration will usually increase in intensity as you accelerate if the problem is related to the axle.
Engine Issues: The engine compartment in your vehicle might be shaking and causing your vehicle to vibrate on the road. If your engine isn’t getting the proper amount of air, spark, or fuel, the compartment can start to shake and jerk as you accelerate or during certain speed ranges.
Worn-Out Brakes: If vibration occurs when you brake, the problem is likely related to your car’s front brake mechanism. There are a few parts on front disc brakes that need to be replaced every couple of months, namely, the pads and rotors. The rotor is the round metal disc that attaches to the wheel. Over time it can become warped from heavy wear and tear. There are also pads that press against the rotor in order to slow down the vehicle. These pads need to be a certain thickness in order to work properly. If the pads are too worn, it can cause the vehicle to vibrate. The caliper helps to squeeze the pads against the rotor to slow down and stop the vehicle.
On average, brakes should be replaced every 50,000 miles, but many makes and models can last longer. Consult your vehicle’s owners manual for a more accurate timeline for replacement. In addition, whenever you get an oil change, have your mechanic visually check the condition of your pads and rotors. These professionals can give you a better idea of when replacement is necessary.
A vibrating car is often a sign of an underlying issue. To get your car checked out, take it to our service department.Our team of experts will get your car in working order in no time!
How and When to Replace Your Wiper Blades
Do you need your wiper blades replaced? Is so, it’s actually an incredibly easy fix to do on your own!
The easiest way to tell if you need new wiper blades is to simply gauge their effectiveness. Are the wipers leaving the windshield just as wet and/or dirty to begin with? Is there some film/grime left over after each pass of the blades? When it is raining or snowing and your wipers are in use, do you find yourself needing to watch the road through one tiny spot of windshield? If you answer yes to any or all of these questions, it’s time for new blades.
You can also do a visual inspection; if the rubber looks worn or cracked, it’s time for a change. Wiper blades usually need to be replaced every year, though it more or less depends on how often you use them and the environment you are in.
Ultimately, if your wipers aren’t doing their job anymore and you are having a hard time seeing the road in the midst of rain and snow showers, it is time to change them out.
The large majority of cars on the road use a hook-type wiper blade.There are various styles of blades themselves, but as long as the connection is a hook-type, it is an incredibly easy fix. This type of wiper is mostly what you will see at auto stores and online. Some wiper blades can even adapt to whatever type of connection you have, be it a hook-type, pin-type, or other style. For instance, this Rain-X blade has an adaptor that claims to be compatible with over 95% of vehicles on the road. You can also visit any auto parts shop and ask them to look up what will work for your vehicle if you would rather not guess.
Handily, Amazon also lets you enter in your vehicle info and will show what blades are compatible with it. However, if you would like to be exact, measure the blades that are already on your car. You will find blades anywhere from 12-28”, and it is probable that your two blades are actually different sizes (with the driver’s side blade being longer). Be sure to flatten the blade when measuring versus trying to measure it while curved.
Which Wiper Blades Should You Choose?
When you first go into a store to buy wiper blades, you will likely be a little overwhelmed by all of the choices. You will find blades ranging from $20 each to under $10. How do you know what to go with? All the advice out there basically says to find something in the happy middle. You do not need the most expensive version, but you should not buy the cheapest either. Even if only one blade is worn, you should always replace both blades at the same time.
To test which brand you like best, you can experiment and test out different price ranges every time you switch out your blades. Just be sure to not mix-and-match brands and price points on your windshield at any given time.
1. Remove the new blades from packaging.
2. Lift the wiper, turn the blade perpendicular to the arm, and locate the release tab.
Not all wipers will have this release tab. On some, you’ll simply turn the blade perpendicular, and pull down.
3. Press the tab and pull the blade down. Your instinct might be to yank up, but do not do that. You won’t damage anything, but it will not get your blade off.
4. Next, turn the blade parallel to the arm, and pull it off. It’s that easy! Seriously.
5. Repeat this process in reverse, to install your new blade. Start parallel to the arm, thread it into the slot, then turn it perpendicular and finally pull it slightly up to lock it in place. You should hear some sort of audible click, or at least feel that it is snapped in, to confirm that the blade is properly installed.
6. Test the new blades out with windshield wiper fluid. If it works correctly, great! If not, take off the windshield wipers again and repeat the process in case you did not install properly.
Don’t want to install your windshield wipers yourself? Rock Solid Auto Center can help! To schedule an appointment with our maintenance team, call us today at 480-222-2010.
5 Signs You Need to Upgrade Your Vehicle
Drivers who hold onto their car for years tend to be better off financially than people who trade up constantly. Even so, there comes a day when it’s best to part ways. Here are five signs you need to upgrade your vehicle!
Everyone breaks down at some point. If you drive enough, it’s bound to happen. However, breakdowns are a big deal when they become a constant thing.
You shouldn’t have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on emergency repairs every few months. Do the math, if you could have made a down-payment with the amount you spent on maintenance over the course of a year, then it might be time to invest in a new set of wheels that also has a warranty.
If you have two or more scary incidents involving your car, it might be time to trade up. Traffic accidents are one of the most common causes of death in the U.S. Driving an unsafe car raises your risk significantly. If your life is at stake, buy a new car as soon as you can.
It’s important to feel good about your car, but it’s hard to do that when nobody wants to ride anywhere with you. If none of your passengers feel safe or comfortable riding in your vehicle, then it’s time to buy a new car.
You could outgrow your car for many reasons. Maybe you got into camping or boating and need a big truck to haul your supplies, or maybe you had kids and need a minivan to fit them all.
Whatever the reason, be mindful of what you expect from your car. Your vehicle should easily fit into the story of your life. Make sure your car is appropriate for your job, family, hobbies and any other aspect of life that matters to you.
Emission standards have been on the rise for years. If your car releases a certain amount of pollutants in the atmosphere, it’s not fit to drive.
Newer cars emit less toxic fumes than older models, because automotive technology has rapidly improved. To pass an emissions test, you might have to invest in expensive car parts.
Consider the cost; if your old car doesn’t have many years left, it might make more sense to buy a new one. As an added bonus, your fuel economy will probably skyrocket!
If any of the above mentioned factors apply to you, it may be time to upgrade your ride! To browse our selection of quality vehicles, click here!
Top 5 Misconceptions About Buy Here Pay Here Dealerships
There are numerous misconceptions about Buy Here Pay Here (BHPH) dealerships that are simply untrue. In reality, a BHPH dealership like Rock Solid Auto Center can offer affordable financing options and other benefits to people with all credit backgrounds.
5 Misconceptions About Buy Here Pay Here Dealerships:
Many people are under the assumption that Buy Here Pay Here is an unregulated industry. In reality, it is regulated just like any other dealership.
A BHPH dealer like Rock Solid Auto Center has to report and follow the same laws and regulations as any dealer in Arizona.
Here are just a few of the laws and regulations:
State & Federal Unfair & Deceptive Practices laws - Consumer protection law that prohibits deceptive practices in each state.
State Usury laws - These laws vary state-by-state but they represent a cap on interest rates that can be charged on a line of credit or loan. While each state dictates their maximum limit, most U.S. states have a version of this law implemented.
The Truth in Lending Act - A federal law that promotes an informed use of consumer credit which requires disclosures regarding terms and costs. The act is an effort to standardize how costs associated with borrowing are disclosed and calculated.
The Used Car Rule - Most car dealerships who sell used vehicles must comply with this law regulated by the Federal Trade Commission. There must be a document which discloses important purchasing and warranty information for the consumer through a Buyers Guide.
The Safeguards Rule - Financial institutions are obligated to protect any consumer information collected.
The Red Flags Rule - Another law created by the Federal Trade Commission and the National Credit Union Administration, this rule was set in place to help prevent identity theft.
It’s important to understand that the auto industry, including BHPH, is regulated by the state. This means that the state decides what the maximum interest rate can be, and dealerships cannot charge over that percentage. In Arizona, the interest rate is capped at 10%.
Churning is the practice of repossessing cars and quickly reselling them a number of times. This is not standard industry practice or common among all BHPH dealerships. Our goal at Rock Solid Auto Center is to help each customer find the right vehicle for their budget. Repossession is a last resort and we have many layers in place to assist our customers through the repayment process.
Many people believe that BHPH dealers do not offer warranties. Although this can be the case with some dealerships, it is not accurate for Rock Solid Auto Center. In fact, we have three different warranty plans to choose from.
5. BHPH Dealerships Are Out To Get Their Customers
Another misconception is that Buy Here Pay Here dealerships are out to get their customers. This cannot be farther from the truth. At Rock Solid Auto Center, we understand tough times happen in life. This is why we choose to work with people from all credit backgrounds. Our main goal is to help people find a great quality car that will work with their budget and lifestyle.
Why Choose Rock Solid Auto Center
We are a proud Buy Here Pay Here establishment that offers in-house financing to the hardworking people of Mesa. If you have low credit, or no credit at all, we will do our best to work with you. Let us help you finance a great quality vehicle! For more information about the benefits of a Buy Here Pay Here please call us at 623-777-3316 or click here to browse our inventory.
5 Tips to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Arizona Heat
Spring just started, but here at Rock Solid Auto Center, we know that the scorching Arizona heat is just around the corner! Is your vehicle prepared?
We want to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape! Taking a few moments each week to perform checks can save you from costly vehicle repairs, and can help you avoid a wreck or a breakdown on the side of our Arizona freeways in 110 degree heat.These simple tasks can also provide you with a safer ride, and may even extend the life of your vehicle!
1.Check Your Fluid
Fluid levels are actually incredibly important. Fluid is what keeps your car running and is the lifeblood of it! Check and top off all fluid levels, including engine oil, transmission, your cooling system, power steering, brake fluid and washer fluid. Purchasing high-quality fluids and regularly changing old fluids will improve your car’s performance and reliability.
If your vehicle leaves stains on the driveway or street where you park, you may have an issue and need to get it looked at ASAP.Book a service appointment , so we can check your vehicle and fix any issues.
2. Add a Coolant
Overheating is the leading cause of preventable breakdowns, and is one of the most expensive repairs to make.Trust us, your wallet does not want to replace a fried engine.
If your antifreeze is more than a couple of years old, play it safe and replace it. Adding coolant to your radiator also may reduce engine temperature by as much as 30 degrees and prevent leaks in your condition seals.
3. Upgrade to Premium Oil
Another way to reduce engine heat is to upgrade to high-performance, synthetic motor oil. Synthetic motor oils reduces engine heat by dispersing the heat faster and having a lower coefficient of friction than mineral-based motor oils. Although it’s more expensive than conventional oil, it can save you a lot of money in the long run.
4. Replace Cracked Belts
A worn or loose belt can cause the engine to overheat. A cracked belt or a hose that is unusually soft or hard needs to be replaced. Make sure hose clamps are tight and check the ends for cracks or corrosion. Extreme heat can cause leaks and other damage, so keep an eye out for hard, blistered or spongy hoses. If any of these warning signs are present, replace the hoses immediately. It is also a good idea to keep spare belts in your trunk.
5. Check Your Tires
All tires should be properly inflated, including the spare tire. The sidewall of your tire will list its proper pressure level. Correctly inflated tires increase gas mileage, lengthen tire life and are much less susceptible to blow-outs.
These tips will not only get you ready for the Arizona heat, but they will also increase the life of your vehicle! If you're tired of the car you have, come trade it in!We have an awesome inventory full of quality used cars! For more information, give us a call at 480-222-2010 today!
Have you ever applied
for a credit card and been rejected? If so, don’t worry! Many people have. If
you are not aware, there are several things that can affect your credit score.
Continue reading below to learn the things to avoid if you're trying to
increase your credit score!
One of the worst things you can do regarding
your credit score is making a late payment or missing one all together. The
will significantly lower your score each and every time it happens. If it's
your first time, you may be able to call the credit company to get it off your account.
It takes awhile to recover from these mistakes, but sometimes catching up on
payments or paying off the entire balance will convince lenders to remove the
late or missed payment note.
Did you know if you pay off your credit card
bill each month, you are actually decreasing your score? Credit lenders want to
see how you manage your money and how you deal with paying off debit. Paying
with cash or not having debt for a length of time doesn't allow them to see
this. Basically, if you have little or no debt, they won’t know if you’re
a good credit risk or not. Buying a used car and making the monthly payments on
time, every time can raise your credit score significantly.
It happens rarely, but it does happen. Lenders
accidentally put notes on the wrong accounts or state the wrong amount.
Go through your report and call about any mistakes and get them fixed quickly.
Whenever a person checks your credit score, a
note is made by the credit reporting agency. Hard inquiries often lower your
score up to twenty points. They can happen when you apply for a credit card,
apply for a job or apply for a loan. If you constantly try to get more credit,
lenders view it negatively.
If your income suddenly drops one month, it
immediately gets picked up from your credit agency and decreases your score.
This is because the credit amount you are given is based off of your annual
income. Lenders use a debt to income ratio to calculate your credit amount.
When your income drops suddenly, a healthy ratio now looks poor. The only way
to change this is to increase income or reduce debt.
We hope this
helps! If you’re trying to increase your credit score, we can help! Financing a
used vehicle can actually increase your credit if you make the monthly payments
on time! To browse our inventory,
visit our website!
Tips to Prepare for Your
Spring Break Road Trip
It’s Spring time, which
for many parents means that their children are about to have Spring Break! If
you’re planning on taking your child on a vacation or somewhere that involves
driving a significant way, please make sure your car is prepared! Follow these
simple tips to get your car road trip ready!
Belts and Hoses
not have the newest car in the world, but it can still be reliable during a
road trip if its internal connections are good. You should begin by checking
all the hoses and belts to make sure nothing is in need of repair. Hoses and
belts are the main support systems for your engine, so you need to keep them
well-maintained at all times.
most important aspect of your used car’s health is the condition of its fluids.
You should check each fluid reservoir, such as that for the power steering
fluid, brake fluid, and antifreeze to make sure the levels are acceptable. If
you see one that is strangely low, it may be necessary to check the reservoir
Check Your Tires
important aspect of maintenance prior to hitting the road is checking your
vehicle’s tires. Many used cars come with used tires. As with any car, you
should regularly check the air pressure to make sure they are properly
inflated. You will also need to check the tread on the tires to prevent
blowouts while on the road.
you have a safe and happy Spring Break trip! If you’re looking to upgrade your
vehicle before hitting the road, check out our inventory today!
5 Test Driving Tips
Test driving a vehicle before you purchase it is very
important! Continue reading to learn 5 tips to remember the next time you test
drive a vehicle!
1. Listen to the Car
You need to be aware of any rattles, squeaks or thumps
that occur when you start the car, brake and turn. Of course, you’ll want to
test out the stereo system as well, but keep it off at first until you are
confident that there are no errant sounds.
2. Sit Back and Relax
Are you comfortable? Are the seats supportive enough?
You’ll likely spend a large portion of your day in your car between the
commute, dropping the kids off and errands, so you want to feel at ease in it.
Are the controls intuitive and easy for you to reach?
3. Size it Up
Some shoppers are looking for economy and high gas mileage, while others need
space. No matter your preferences, make sure you get a feel for the size of the
car you’re driving. When you are test driving, maneuver the car like you would
if you were driving around doing all your daily errands and make sure you’re
confident with your new proportions.
4. Perform a Safety Check
Depending on your height and the model of the car, driving can either be a
quick glance, an over the shoulder check, or a neck-craning, guessing game.
Don’t compromise your safety or the safety of other drivers on the road by
buying a car that doesn’t provide ample visibility for you. Adjust the mirrors
during the test drive and be sure you are able to merge, reverse and change
lanes with ease.
5. Push it to the Limits
How does the car handle turns, is the steering responsive enough to suit your
driving habits, do you have to push the brakes harder than you’re used to? Take
the car for a real-world drive and test the acceleration to see how it rides on
different surfaces as well as how it handles at your usual driving speeds.
Follow these tips to find the vehicle that’s best for you! If you’re
interested in any of our vehicles, contact us
today to schedule a test drive!
are Buy Here Pay Here Dealerships Different From Traditional Dealerships?
are buy here pay here car lots and how are they different than traditional
dealerships? The answer is actually pretty straightforward! Buy here pay here
car lots (BHPH) are dealers that offer in-house financing, rather than going
through a bank loan like traditional dealerships do. Continue reading to learn
what the other differences are and how a buy here pay here like Rock Solid Auto
Center can be the perfect choice for you!
BHPH Dealerships vs. Traditional Dealerships
are a few other differences between a BHPH dealership and a traditional one.
Buy here pay here dealerships work with people who have very little credit, or are
going through bankruptcy. They offer an opportunity for people who may have a
difficult time finding a loan through a traditional auto lender. However, just like traditional
dealerships, BHPH dealerships offer great deals on pre-owned vehicles for
people with good credit, too.
Laws & Regulations
here pay here dealerships, like all car dealerships, must abide by the law. The
difference is, BHPH lots have to abide by stricter laws since they are also
effectively a finance company. BHPH dealerships must follow the Truth in
Lending Act (TILA), which requires financiers to disclose the final sale price,
the total amount financed, as well as any other important information for the
consumer relating to the financing. Other laws and regulations BHPH are subject
to are the Fair & Accurate Credit Transaction Act, State Usury laws, and
the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act.
The Financing Process
buy here pay here financing process is simple as well! When you buy a
car from a BHPH dealer, the entire transaction takes place on the premises.
Buyers arrange everything at the dealership. The car is bought and financed
there. The loan payments are set up for weekly, semi-monthly, or monthly payment
plan. Buyers can also match up car payment dates with their job’s payday to
ensure payments are made on time to improve your credit score. Interest rates
at BHPH are comparable to the interest rates at traditional car dealerships.
are a proud buy here pay here establishment at Rock Solid Auto Center. We
strive to help the hardworking people in our surrounding communities find great
quality cars, no matter what their credit history is! To browse our inventory, please visit our website today!
3 Smart Ways to Use
Your Tax Refund
It’s tax season, and
for some, that means quite a bit of extra money! No matter how you choose to
spend it, you will want to ensure you’ve considered your options before making
a final decision. Here’s a look at three smart ways to use your tax return!
1: Pay Debt
credit cards or loans can prohibit you from saving for the future. Using a tax
return to pay down your debt may help you get caught up.
Even if you already
have funds in a savings account, will it be enough if an emergency arises? You
should have an emergency fund equal to at least three months’ worth of
expenses saved. If you don’t have savings, consider depositing your tax return
into your savings account.
3: Purchase a Vehicle
If you need a new
vehicle, it may be smart for you to use your tax return money as a down
payment. This will lower the monthly payments of the vehicle significantly. It
would also save you more money to purchase a gently used vehicle rather than
buying a new one. Here at Rock Solid Auto Center, we have a wide selection of
great quality cars! To browse them, please check out our inventory!
Choosing how to spend
your tax refund can really impact your future! By considering and
researching your options, you can choose how to put your refund to use in
ways that work best for your lifestyle! How do you plan on using your tax
refund? Tell us in the comments below!
Best Times in Your Life to Purchase a Vehicle
As we all know, buying a vehicle, used or new, is a huge
investment and a decision that shouldn’t be considered lightly. For starters, is
it even the right time in your life to buy a vehicle? To help you make that
decision, here are the 3 best times in your life to buy a vehicle!
New Family Member
A baby brings a whole new set of responsibilities and
unexpected challenges that make you live every part of your life a little
differently. As a new parent, the last thing you want to deal with is a broken
A new baby means needing to go to the store more often,
and being prepared for unexpected trips to the doctor. Getting a reliable
vehicle provides peace of mind and convenient transportation for your family.
Having a new job means regular income, benefits, and a
chance to build up your resume. For many companies, the first few months after
hire are a probationary period, meaning that extra attention is paid to
performance and punctuality. Driving an unreliable vehicle or relying on public
transportation to get to work can cause stress that will affect your work, or
result in breakdowns or car troubles which will make you late for work.
Purchasing a new car will ensure that you get to work on time, and save you the
stress of dealing with bus schedules.
Relocating to a new area means that you aren’t yet
familiar with public transportation schedules, the safety of the area, or the
easiest route to work or the store. Owning an efficient, reliable vehicle will
allow you to explore your new town safely and comfortably!
Is now the perfect time in your life to buy a new ride?
If so, visit our website to browse our
How to Find the Best Car Insurance Policy for
Let’s be honest, shopping for car insurance
is not a very fun task. Here at Rock Solid Auto, we want to help you out and
make this an easier process for you! Whether you’re looking for the bare
minimum state required insurance policy or would prefer to find the cheapest
deal on bumper-to-bumper coverage, we have some tips for you on comparing and
shopping around to find the best insurance policy for your budget. Continue reading
to learn what they are!
The Starting Point
There are many insurance companies, both
national and local, so be sure to do some competitive research before just
solely looking into the auto insurance giants like Allstate, Geico,
Progressive, and State Farm. Sometimes local insurance agencies offer a better
Find Out Your State’s Requirement
You may not be aware that
every state has a different policy when it comes to auto insurance. In fact,
each state has a minimum insurance requirement that forces every active
motorist to carry a minimal level of insurance on their vehicle just to ensure
that any driver can cover the cost of damage if an accident were to occur. If a
driver is caught driving without insurance, a hefty ticket and fine will be
The most important part of
landing the best and most affordable auto insurance policy is to spend some
time shopping around. It will be well worth it in the long run when you end up
saving a hefty sum of money each year.
Most car insurance companies will post their
rates online and even have price comparison tools available to prospects. Use
these resources carefully and compile a spreadsheet of quotes in order to see
which one will best fit your needs–and budget. Keep in mind that many of these
online tools require the following:
1. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
2. Driver’s license number of each driver on your plan
3. Driving record information
Ask for Discounts
Once you’ve done your
research and shopped around a bit, try asking the insurance representative
about any discounts you may be eligible for. Some of these discounts may be
applied if you are a good student or safe driver, have completed a driver’s
education course, have safety devices implemented in your vehicle, or have
multiple drivers on your plan. There are also many other discounts offered
individually by insurance companies that are hidden, so be sure to ask!
Although these tips are not exactly a direct
step-by-step guide to saving money on car insurance, they should give you a
good idea on how to begin your search for the best auto insurance plan and
Have any other car insurance shopping tips? We would love
to know them! Comment them below.
to Save Money in 2019
to save more money in 2019? We want to help! Continue reading to learn some
tips that might help you save a good amount of cash throughout the next year!
to re-evaluate the monthly subscription services you actually use the most, and
which ones can go. Take Netflix for example- you can always pause your
membership and come back later.
check the label on your clothes (sounds simple, right?). The only garments that
actually need to be dry cleaned will say “dry clean only”. There are usually
instructions about how to clean at home. Usually, you can hand wash items with
baby detergent. And when you would like a good press- on say your work pants-
then treat yourself and send them in to the dry cleaners!
can save a lot more money by finding the best sales on clearance items all year
long, and hiding items for your friends and family. Look at all the after
Christmas sales that are going on right now!
Buying all name-brand
store-brand items often taste the same, and actually have the same ingredients.
Next time you’re shopping, look down on the bottom shelf because that’s where
the cheapest store brands are hiding.
Paying for clothing at
don’t do it! Ask a store employee if they know when the next sale will be, and
come back another day.
Paying ATM withdrawal
to plan a weekly budget of the cash that you will need. Go to your bank’s ATM
so you can make a withdrawal and skip the fee. Most stores will let you get
cash-back for free.
time to take control of your money.Spend wisely and put some away for a rainy day.
You’ll be amazed at how much will be there to start off the next new year! Have
any more tips to save money? Drop them in the comments below!
Think of all the things
your hands touch over the course of the day: A grocery cart, the handle on the
door, that $10 bill in your wallet.
It’s important to wash your hands regularly to prevent the spread of
disease. If you are unable to use soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand
sanitizer. Proper hand washing is one of the best things you can do to protect
yourself and others from illness.
A good night’s
rest can allow your body to build up its natural defenses
against disease. And your body is fueled by the food that you eat, so quality
nutrition can help you fight off the flu virus.
Staying home and resting is preferable to struggling
through the daily routine, as it helps you recover and prevents the spread of
the disease to your coworkers and their families.
The flu is a droplet-borne
illness, so those coughs and sneezes spread diseases.
Cough into a sleeve, elbow,
or tissue that you throw away immediately, rather than into your hands.
Sanitizing surfaces like
doorknobs, desktops, keyboards, and other often-touched
We hope this helps! Do you have any other methods to
avoid the flu? Comment them below!
3 Reasons to File Your Taxes with Rock Solid
Tax season is almost
upon us, are you ready?! Rock Solid Auto Center can file your taxes for
you for FREE! If you choose to file with us, we will even allow you to use your
guaranteed refund as a down payment the same day. In fact, we have helped
hundreds get into the car of their dreams using their tax refund!
sure? Continue reading to find out the benefits of using your tax refund
on one of our great quality vehicles!
Lower Car Note
By using your refund
as a down payment on a vehicle, you are ensuring a lower car note. Many
customers choose to make a down payment on a vehicle because of the monthly (or
weekly) savings they see on each payment. It’s simple, the more money you put
down on the car, the less your car note will be!
This will allow you to
save more money so you can spend it on other enjoyable things.
Using your tax refund
as a down payment is also a great investment in the long run! Instead of using
your money on other things that won’t matter in a couple of years, you can
invest in something that will that will retain its value if you take care of
No matter what you
choose, any vehicle is useful!
If your credit history
isn’t the best, spending your tax return on a used car is a great way to kick
start the credit rebuilding process!
Here at Rock Solid
Auto Center, we are a Buy Here Pay Here Establishment. That means we finance
everything in house and are able to work with people from all credit
backgrounds. Once you get approved, car payments can help you rebuild your
credit just within a couple of months!
5 Things That Can
Lower Your Credit Score
It can be a very
disappointing event when you get disapproved for a bank loan or credit card. You feel a sense of rejection, a slap of embarrassment; all because of
a credit rating. If you are not aware, there are several things that can affect
your credit score. Continue reading to learn what things can decrease your credit
score so you can avoid them!
1: No Credit History
Believe it or not,
having no line of credit, decreases your credit score! For instance, if you
have a credit card and pay it off each month, your credit score takes a hit
because there is no line of history. This also happens if you pay cash or use
your debit card for everything. Credit lenders want to see how you manage your
money and if you can handle paying back amounts. If you have little or no debt,
they won’t know if you’re a good credit risk or not. Buying a used car and
making the monthly payments on time, every time can raise your credit score
2: Late Payments
Missed or late
payments can really mess up your credit score. Missed payments ALWAYS show up
and significantly drop your credit score each time it happens. It takes awhile
to recover from these mistakes, but sometimes catching up on payments or paying
off the entire balance will convince lenders to remove the late or missed
3: Hard Inquiries
Whenever a person
checks your credit score, a note is made by the credit reporting agency. Hard
inquiries often lower your score up to twenty points. They can happen when you
apply for a credit card, apply for a job or apply for a loan. If you constantly
try to get more credit, lenders view it negatively.
4: Decrease in Payment
If your income
suddenly drops one month, it immediately gets picked up from your credit agency
and decreases your score. This is because the credit amount you are given is
based off of your annual income. Lenders use a debt to income ratio to
calculate your credit amount. When your income drops suddenly, a healthy ratio
now looks poor. The only way to change this is to increase income or reduce
5: Filing for Bankruptcy or Foreclosure
Initially, these will
not affect your credit score. Instead, they give you a clean slate. However,
you will have zero credit for the first seven years after filing. However,
there are credit card companies that specialize in working with people who have
gone through these financial difficulties.
Here at Rock Solid
Auto Center, we will work with you even if you have a bankruptcy or foreclosure
on your credit report. Instead of solely looking at your credit score, we will
look at other factors. For more information, please visit our website or give us a call at
Buying a car is a very big decision to make. So, before
purchasing a car, there are some things you have to consider, such as finances
or payment plans. Although there is a certain way that Buy Here Pay Here
dealers function, there are also some very common misconceptions about them as
well. Busting these myths will help you see the advantages of a dealership like
Rock Solid Auto has to offer! Continue reading to learn 5 misconceptions about
Buy Here Pay Here dealerships!
people think Buy Here Pay Here is an unregulated industry. However, BHPH
dealers can only operate with significant laws and regulations binded to them.
The regulations that BHPH dealers have to deal with are both on the federal and
state level. This is very similar to traditional dealerships. BHPH dealers
actually help you by protecting you on several aspects; they ensure operational
ethics and quality of a consumer’s purchase, amongst many others.
and lending generally institutes higher interest rates to those with bad
credit. The BHPH industry isn’t the only industry that does this. Think of it
like the bank; however, unlike banks, BHPH dealers do not charge sky high
interest rates. Some believe that they will be charged 30 percent APR or higher
by BHPH dealers. Contrary to this belief, most BHPH dealers usually only charge
10 or 20 percent APR. Of course this number depends on factors, but it focuses
primarily on the purchaser’s financial ability.
many people think that BHPH lots or dealers will impose additional charges as
well as repossessions for late payments, this is actually very far from the
truth. While some BHPH dealerships do implement rules similar to this, it is
not entirely true for all BHPH dealers. In fact, BHPH dealers do charge late
fees, but they are significantly smaller compared to other lending companies.
In this case, the bank.
people think that Buy Here Pay Here vehicles do not have warranties. This makes
potential buyers afraid to purchase cars at BHPH dealerships since
they will not have protection. However, at Rock Solid,we do offer free oil
changes as well as offer as a warranty on all of our vehicles!
goal of many Buy Here Pay Here dealerships is to help each customer reach the
end of their loan and get everything paid off. Furthermore, here at Rock Solid
Auto, we understand that working with a customer is more important than getting
vehicles repossessed as quickly as possible. Although repossession does happen,
it doesn’t happen to every deal made. It is actually the last option the dealer
has to make and is usually done due to multiple failed payments. Many believe
that their cars get repossessed because BHPH dealerships do not have a lot of
cars in their inventory. However, as discussed, it is not the case.
you can see, Buy Here Pay Here dealerships like Rock Solid Auto Center are
respectable establishments. Our main mission at Rock Solid is to help those in
the community that don’t have the best credit (or any credit at all) find a
vehicle that fits their lifestyle needs. For more information, please visit our website today!
VIZR is the perfect gift for drivers who rely on their phone for navigation
whenever they are on the road. This product makes driving safer by allowing the
driver to keep their eyes on the road instead down at their phone. VIZR sits on
the vehicle’s dashboard and will display navigation, trip statistics, and even
a high-tech view of your driving with fighter jet mode from your phone while
still allowing the driver to see the road through the display. VIZR works in
all cars and trucks and is compatible with any smartphone.
Give the gift of music with a 3-month subscription to Spotify Premium. Every
road trip needs a throwback playlist and with Spotify Premium users are able to
piece together their ultimate music lineup with almost any song they can
Sometimes it is just too early to blast music on the way to work or school but
driving in silence can make a commute drag. Give the gift of sound and books
combined this holiday season by gifting an Audible subscription. With this
subscription listeners get credits for 1 audiobook and 2 Audible original
titles per month. Don’t use up the credits one month? Unused credits roll over
each month, meaning you never lose out on new books.
this helped! If you have another gift in mind, please comment below! We wish
you a very merry Christmas!