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3 Smart Ways to Use Your Tax Refund   Feb 19th, 2019 

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

Having high-interest 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.

2: Save

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  Feb 13th, 2019 

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 down car.

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.

New Job

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.

New House

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 inventory today!

 

 

 
 
 
How to Find the Best Car Insurance for Your Budget   Feb 6th, 2019 

How to Find the Best Car Insurance Policy for Your Budget

 

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 deal.

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 written.

Shop Around


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 rates possible.

Have any other car insurance shopping tips? We would love to know them! Comment them below.

 

 
 
 
Tips to Save Money in 2019  Jan 25th, 2019 

Tips to Save Money in 2019

 

Trying 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!

Monthly Subscriptions

Try 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.

Dry Cleaning

Always 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!

Buying last-minute gifts

You 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 items

Most 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 full price

Just 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 fees

Try 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.

It’s 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!

 

 
 
 
4 Ways to Avoid the Flu   Jan 21st, 2019 

4 Ways to Avoid the Flu

Flu Season is officially upon us and here at Rock Solid Auto Center, we want to make sure you’re prepared! Continue reading to learn 4 tips to avoid sickness this flu season!

 

1. Wash Your Hands

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.

2. Maintain a Healthy Diet and Get Plenty of Rest

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.

3. Cover Your Mouth

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.

4. Clean Frequently

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 Auto Center  Jan 11th, 2019 

3 Reasons to File Your Taxes with Rock Solid Auto Center

 

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!

Still not 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.

Great Investment

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 your vehicle!

No matter what you choose, any vehicle is useful!

Improves Credit

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!

What are you waiting for? File your taxes with Rock Solid Auto Center for FREE today! And remember, if you choose us, you will be able to file and drive away in a great quality vehicle the same day! To learn more, please visit our website or call 480-222-2010 
 
 
5 Things That Can Lower Your Credit Score  Jan 4th, 2019 

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 significantly.

 

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 payment note.

 

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 debt.

 

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 480-222-2010!

 

 

 

 
 
 
5 Misconceptions about Buy Here Pay Here Dealerships  Dec 20th, 2018 

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!

1. BHPH dealerships are not regulated

Many 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.

2. BHPH charge sky high interest rates

Finance 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.

3. Banks do not charge late fees but BHPH lots do

Although 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.

4. There is no guaranteed warranty

Many 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!

5. Inventory shortages and issues causes repossession

The 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.

As 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!

 

 
 
 
Three Holiday Gifts for the Long Commuter   Dec 20th, 2018 

Have you procrastinated on gift shopping this year? No worries, we have your back! If you know someone that has a long commute, these three gifts are perfect!

 

VIZR

$39.99
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.

 

Spotify Gift Card

$30.00
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 imagine.

 

Audible Subscription

$14.95/month
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.

 

We hope this helped! If you have another gift in mind, please comment below! We wish you a very merry Christmas!

 
 
 
Six Games to Play On Your Holiday Road Trip   Dec 20th, 2018 

About to embark on a long holiday road trip to see family? We have your back! We came up with a list of six games that will make your trip go by much faster! Continue reading to learn what they are!

 

Rock Solid Auto’s favorite road trip games:

Game #1: I Spy. 

This road trip game is simple enough to play with passengers of all ages. One person picks an object either inside or outside of the car and then gives a clue about it to get the other passengers to decipher what it is. “I spy with my little eye something that is…” Whoever guesses first wins!

Game #2: The Movie Game. 

If you’re riding with movie buffs, you’ll love this game. The first person states the name of an actor or actress. The next person has to name a movie that the actor or actress is in. The next person has to state a DIFFERENT actor or actress that was in that particular movie, and so the game goes. Whoever gets stumped is out.

Game #3: Fortunately, Unfortunately. 

In this road trip game, one passenger kicks things off by saying something that’s fortunate, stating “Fortunately…” The next person has to counter them by coming up with something unfortunate about the fortunate situation and say “Unfortunately…” The game keeps going until someone can’t come up with an idea and then they’re out. Every time you run out of ideas you get a strike and at three strikes, you’re out.

Game #4: 20 Questions. 

Another great road trip game for passengers of all ages is “20 Questions”. One person has to think about something and the other passengers have just 20 questions to figure out what it is. If you go over 20 questions, the person thinking wins!

Game #5: Did you hear that?

This is a great game for passengers who are up-to-date on current events, news, and popular culture. You state “Did you hear that ____ happened?” and the next person has to decide if it’s true or not. If they say “That didn’t happen” and they’re right, they get two points. If they say “That didn’t happen!” and they’re wrong, you get to steal one of their points and get two of your own. If your statement is untrue and they say “Tell me more”, you get two points. Whoever has the most points at the end wins!

Game #6: I’m going to a picnic. 

This is another engaging game for younger passengers. You start out by stating “I’m going to a picnic and I’m bringing ____.” Your item of choice should begin with A. The next person says “I’m going to a picnic and I’m bringing ____” and not only do they have to state the item that starts with A, they have to come up with their own item that starts with B. And you work through the whole alphabet!

Shop all of our road trip options today!

Check out our selection of road-trip-ready vehicles today! Choose Rock Solid Auto and we have you on the road in time for the holiday season!  

 

 

 
 
 
First-Time Car Owners Maintenance Tips  Nov 27th, 2018 

Congratulations! After months of budgeting and saving, you just bought your first car. Now, all you need to focus on is maintenance.

Keeping up with car basics is essential for first-time car owners to keep your car on the road for as long as possible.

Here’s what you should keep in mind:


Tire Pressure

Don’t get stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire! Keeping your tires properly inflated is one of the most important maintenance tasks. Ideally, you’d check your tire pressure once a month and before any long road trips. The best thing to do is keep a tire gauge in the car so you can do a quick check yourself. By checking your tire pressure regularly, you can find problems in your tires before they blowout in the middle of the road.


Oil Change

Make sure you change your oil regularly. When your engine is not well lubricated by new oil, it can produce friction and heat, which can cause permanent damage to your car’s engine. How often you have to change your oil depends on the model and year of your car. Some models need oil changes every 3,000 miles while others can go 10,000 before they need one. You also have to keep in mind what kind of oil to use. If you have an older car with high mileage, it’s recommended you use the high mileage oil to keep your car running smoothly.


Car Battery

Your car’s battery will start to decline in performance after an average of four years. If you’re wondering about the state of your battery, a good indicator of the state of your battery is how quickly the engine turns over. If the battery seems labored when you start your car, the battery may be nearing the end of its life. To check the voltage of your battery, you can get a digital multimeter and inspect the battery once the car is turned off and the engine is cool. Another sign of decline is corrosion. The white, chalky substance forming around the battery means it’s time to get a new battery.


Coolant System

The coolant prevents your engine from overheating. Monitoring the coolant is crucial if you want your car to last for years. To check the coolant, check your owner’s manual and look under the hood when the engine is turned off and cool. The coolant reserve is usually a white or clear container. Try not to get this container mixed up with the wiper fluid container. If the coolant is near the “full” line, you’re good to go!

Getting your first car can be liberating and exciting! By following the tips above, you’ll make the most out of your first car and hopefully drive it for many years to come.

 
 
 
Benefits of Routine Maintenance  Nov 27th, 2018 

Why Should I Have Regular Maintenance on My Car?

 

Cars are a lot of work and are pretty expensive. In fact, most cars tend to get more expensive as repairs start to stack up. However, if you take care of your car routinely, you will discover that it is not nearly as expensive in the long run! Continue reading to learn the many benefits of regular maintenance!

 

Benefits of Routine Maintenance

Routine Maintenance can help extend the life of your car. A tune-up can help catch problems before they really become problems. Having a professional take some time to give your car a once over can also provide some really good insight into the overall health of your car. Belts, spark plugs, fluid levels, all of these little parts are vital to the health of your car and fixing them before they break can save future headaches. 

If you plan on getting a tune-up the next question might be, “Well how often should I get it done?” That has a bit more complicated answer. In general, it’s always good practice to check your owner’s manual when trying to find out how often repairs need to be done or oil changed, things like that. It’s a solid place to start to find out what the recommendation is for any part of your car, but if you can’t find it or want a general rule then about every 60,000 miles is a good time to start thinking about heading into the shop. 

 

 

 

 
 
 
What is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?   Nov 27th, 2018 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Availability & Features

Smartphones have become such an ingrained part of our society that it’s only natural they’ve become a part of our daily driving experience as well. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are the two most popular third-party smartphone integration services. These apps allow drivers to display a simplified version of their phone’s operating system on their dashboard display. We’ve broken down everything you need to know about Apple CarPlay and Android Auto availability and features.  

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow drivers to make calls, write texts, play music, listen to podcasts and utilize navigational features. Accessing these features are made simple: After plugging in your device (after installing the relevant app for Android Auto users) the phone’s operating system will appear on compatible displays.

To keep drivers’ attention on the road and their hands on the wheel, voice-activated controls are standard for both services. Various third-party apps such as Spotify, Stitcher, Pandora, At Bat, Slacker Radio and Audible are available in addition to both systems’ default configuration. Texting is handled through voice-to-text transcription software.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Vehicle Model Availability

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both supported by over 400 models each. Full compatibility lists can be found on the Apple and Android websites. Apple CarPlay made its debut in 2014 and Android Auto followed soon after in 2015. For drivers who own vehicles that are not supported, it is also possible to install a third-party display that does support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. These aftermarket units are available through Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony, JVC, Clarion, Alpine and Panasonic.

Here at Rock Solid Auto Center, we have many vehicles in our inventory that feature both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If you are interested, please browse our inventory toda 
 
 
How to Improve Your Credit Score With Rock Solid Auto Center   Oct 31st, 2018 

Cash is slowly becoming a thing of the past. We live in a world of credit, and maintaining a good credit score can mean the difference between having the necessities of life and struggling to get by. There are many factors that contribute to your credit score and trying to understand them all can be a daunting task. One thing is for certain, if you are one of the many people with a credit score that is considered poor or if you have no credit history to speak of, it is time to get back on track.

At Rock Solid Auto Center, helping people fix damaged credit is priority number one. Because we are so committed to credit maintenance and repair, we have compiled some quick tips on how to get a less than perfect credit score back on track.

 

Pay Off as Much Debt as Possible

The most obvious tip is to pay off as much outstanding debt as possible without adding new charges. Outstanding balances can bring a credit score down. While paying off your debt in one big swoop may be unrealistic, increasing your monthly payment even by just a few dollars can make a significant difference.


Avoid Closing Unused Accounts

Avoid closing unused accounts. Getting rid of old accounts might make you less likely to use credit, and it also wipes out part of your credit history. People with little or no credit history will face the same challenges as those people with poor credit.


Check your Credit Score

Keep an eye on your credit report. Everyone makes mistakes – even the credit bureaus! There may be inaccurate information on your credit report that is contributing to a low score. Each of the main credit bureaus maintains a dispute department. If something doesn’t look right, report it.

 

Create a Budget

Create a personal budget and stick to it. Being disciplined with your finances will help avoid the pitfalls that helped lower your credit score to begin with.

 

These tips are just a few things you can do to help improve your credit score.

Establishing new credit so that you can re-establish a solid payment history can be hard with a tainted credit score. This is where we can help the most!

We help people with little or no credit get into quality used automobiles regardless of their history. When you purchase a vehicle from us, you not only get a reliable vehicle but you take the first steps in showing a positive payment history. Working with the professionals at Rock Solid Auto Center is a double win situation!

 

 

 

 
 
 
Five Things You Need In a Car Emergency Kit   Oct 31st, 2018 

No matter if your car is used or new, you need an emergency kit in it. In the unfortunate event that you have an on-road emergency, you need to be properly prepared to handle the situation. Here are five things that every vehicle should have in its safety kit.

 1: Jumper Cables

Have you ever been in a hurry and accidentally left some light on in your car? It happens to everyone! However, a dead battery will certainly put you in a very compromising situation. Keep a good set of jumper cables in your trunk for these forgetful moments.

2:  Flashlight

A flashlight could be your best friend if you break down on the side of the road, especially if your phone is dead! Whether you need to change a tire or inspect the engine, the flashlight will be able to provide the necessary illumination. A flashlight will also become an indispensable asset if you are forced to walk for help.

3: Duct Tape

A lot of people wouldn’t think to have this handy tool in your car, but if you’re in a tight spot, it could be a life saver! If your coolant hose or a fan belt breaks, duct tape can be used to make temporary repairs.

4: Basic Tool Set

A basic tool set will come in handy for making minor repairs. For example, you may be unable to crank your vehicle due to a loose battery terminal. By using a socket wrench, you should be able to re-tighten the connection in no time.

5: Road Flares

If you break down, road flares can be used to make your vehicle much more visible to the oncoming traffic The brightness of the road flares will also enable a tow truck to quickly locate your car.

Here at Rock Solid Auto Center, we hope that you never break down or need an emergency kit, but odds are it will happen to you at least once in your life. Keep safe by being prepared!

 
 
 
Extra Costs to Consider Before Purchasing a Vehicle   Oct 15th, 2018 

When you’re ready to great used vehicle, make sure you understand the financial impact on your household budget. Not only will you be responsible for making the monthly payments, but you’ll have the monthly operational costs to deal with. Combining all of the costs of owning a car will help you understand what kind of budget you’re working with to spend on a used car. Buying just the right car for you means buying within your budget.


Fuel Costs

How much will you be driving this car? Do you have a two-hour commute to work and back every day? Or do you work from home and only drive down the street to the market occasionally? If you drive a lot of miles each month, a car that gets 16 miles to the gallon could cost you hundreds of extra dollars each month in fuel. A small economy car or a hybrid could be more beneficial for your budget to afford the gas for a two-hour work commute, so this is something to consider before you head down to your dealership.


Regular Maintenance

Expect to take your car in every three or four months for an oil change and a check of all the fluids. If the car you buy is still under manufacturer warranty, you may want to take it in to the dealer for the recommended maintenance check-ups.


Tire Maintenance

If you are on a tight budget when buying a used car, make sure the car has a good set of tires. They can give you a few years of use before spending hundreds of dollars on a new set of tires. With older tires, you may soon have to deal with the cost and stress of fixing a flat tire or replacing them altogether.

Routine maintenance of the tires adds little cost to the car ownership. Make sure they are inflated properly and if you spot any signs of nails in the tires, as well as cracked or split sidewalls, take the car into a shop to have them inspected.


Repairs and Tune Ups

A number of things can make your car run rough. From dirty fuel injectors to faulty spark plug wires, there are a number of reasons you may take your car in for a tune up. Remember, keeping your car running well gives you better gas mileage, thus saving you money, and it also provides you with the peace of mind of knowing you have reliable transportation.

Simply driving your car, starting and stopping, hitting potholes and dodging other road hazards wears down your brakes and suspension. These normally don’t fail suddenly, but when you start to have a problem with them, it’s best to address the issue quickly for your own safety. As with the regular maintenance, saving s little money each month toward these repairs will keep you from scrambling to find a few hundred dollars for a brake job.

Take all of these factors into consideration to create an estimate of the overall costs of owning a car. This way you’ll know how much money you need each month to drive it and keep it in good repair. When you head to Rock Solid Auto Center once you’ve calculated your budget, you will be able to pick your car and price plan without any hassle. When you can afford to drive and maintain your car each month, you’ll be much happier with it for years to come!

 
 
 
3 Reasons Why You Should Never Buy A New Car   Oct 15th, 2018 

While there are benefits to buying a brand new car, it might not be the smartest financial choice. Before you think a car with only 10 miles is the better deal, here are three arguments why you should never buy a new car!

 

 

1.You'll Pay More

 

Buying a great car does not have to complicate your financial life! If you have good credit and you're able to qualify for a new car loan with no hassles, banks may compete for your business and offer the best rate possible.

 

But even with low-rate auto financing on a new purchase, a new car will be more expensive than an older version of the same car. Not only because of the higher sale price, but you'll also pay more in other areas. Brand new cars can have higher insurance premiums than used cars as well.

 

2. Faster Depreciation and Negative Equity

 

It’s kind of a trap, but new cars depreciate faster than used vehicles. The sad reality is that the average new car can depreciate as much as 19% in its first year! What does this mean for you? To put it simply, if you buy a brand new car without a down payment, or if your monthly loan payment isn't high enough to compensate for depreciation, you could end up owing more than the vehicle is worth.

 

Negative equity isn't the worst thing to happen if you plan on keeping the car until it's paid off. But if you're the type of person who trades in vehicles every two or three years, negative equity can increase the cost of your next vehicle. If the dealership gives you $19,000 for your trade-in, yet you owe $22,000, the $3,000 difference doesn't just go away.  You have to pay it when the dealer tacks the negative equity onto your next car loan. So instead of a sale price of $27,000 for your next vehicle, you end up financing $30,000.

 

On the other hand, if you skip the brand new car and buy a vehicle that's one or two years old, you'll be able to get the car at a price that's more comparable to its actual value, and possibly avoid an upside-down loan.

 

3. You Get More for Your Money

 

Since cars depreciate rapidly within the first year, buying used is an opportunity to get more for less!

 

For example, you can buy used cars that are less than a year old and save thousands of dollars! Here at Rock Solid Auto Center, we already have great quality vehicles that are in perfect condition! It’s like buying a brand new car, without the brand new price tag.

 

In summary, buying used is the way to go! It saves you money in the present and future, and is also the most practical method. To browse our inventory visit our website or call 480-222-2010 for more information!

 


 
 
 
3 Fun Fall Activities To Do In The Mesa Area   Sep 27th, 2018 

Although the weather may not feel like it, it’s officially Fall! When it comes to outdoor events, festivals, and celebrations, October is one of the busiest months of the year in the Tempe area! Continue reading to learn three fun things to do in October!


2nd Friday Night Out in Mesa


Live music, entertainment, and prize giveaways take place on the second Friday of every month on Main Street in Downtown Mesa. This outdoor street party features a different theme every month and in 2018, the October theme is "Nightmare on Main." You can expect over 40 artist and vendor booths alongside creepy costumes and decorations to transform this tranquil town center into a spooky market and street fair. Visit the 2nd Friday Night Out website for more information on performances, vendors, and this year's themes!


6th Street Market in Tempe


Head over to Downtown Tempe for a family-friendly, free outdoor market every Sunday in October. Featuring dozens of vendors of arts and crafts, live music, and local cuisine for sale, 6th Street Market offers a great way to spend a casual Sunday morning near Phoenix.

The first 6th Street Market this year will take place on October 14, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (and every Sunday thereafter until April 14, 2019).


Race for Maggie's Place in Tempe


If you're looking to give back to the local community, you can take part in the annual 15K, 10K, 9K, or 5K runs at Tempe Town Lake on Sunday, October 7, 2018. The annual  "A Race for Maggie's Place" event is a fundraiser for a shelter for pregnant women and those with infants. Also featured in this year's event are a Kids' Dash and a Diaper Dash for toddlers as well as a 5K walk and a Stroller Push for families and disabled participants.


We hope you enjoy these events! Also if you know of any other fun Fall events, please drop them in the comments below!

 
 
 
Top-Rated Used Car Brands  Sep 27th, 2018 

Here at Rock City Auto Center, we specialize in providing a great quality selection of used vehicles. Overtime we have learned what the best used car brands are based upon customer satisfaction. Continue reading to learn the automotive brands that we feel have the best reputation for long-term reliability.

Toyota

This automaker is one that continues to impress year after year. Not only are Toyotas extremely reliable, but they always score above average on road test satisfaction. When shoppers think of a vehicle that can easily last a decade, Toyota is the first to come to mind.

Honda

Though its reliability has somewhat declined in the past couple years as newer models were released, used Honda models continue to hold a strong reputation as the vehicle that just won’t let you down. Honda is also known for its affordable pricing and safety features.

Kia

You may have noticed that there are more and more Kia vehicles on the road, and you might just think that’s because they are affordable. However, in recent years, Kia has made giant leaps to outrank competitors, while also providing better overall satisfaction.

A decade ago, Kia didn’t have the best brand reputation, so you might want to steer clear if you’re considering a much older model. Despite this, we have seen the brand rise in ranks since 2014, so it’s certainly one to watch if you’re looking for a vehicle just a few years old.

Interested in purchasing a used vehicle from one of these brands? We can help! Here at Rock City Auto Center, we have a large selection of vehicles from all brands. Browse our inventory on our website or call us at 480-222-2010 to schedule a test drive today!

 

 
 
 
Benefits of Purchasing Your Vehicle at a Buy Here Pay Here   Sep 27th, 2018 

Here at Rock Solid Auto Center, we are a proud Buy Here Pay Here used car dealership. However, we understand the social stigma associated with such places. We want to set the record straight! Continue reading to learn the many advantages of purchasing your next vehicle at a Buy Here Pay Here.

1. It’s Okay If You Have Bad Credit

We’re here to help you purchase your perfect 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. You pick the car, you pick the financing program, and you drive away! We hate haggling over prices. At Rock Solid, you're in control of the car buying experience.

 

 2. We Can Help Repair Your Credit

Credit challenges can result from a variety of circumstances such as divorce, unemployment, a new baby, etc. We understand these situations and treat our customers with respect while reviewing their needs. 

 

We can also help you increase your credit score! As long as you pay on time, every time, your credit score will eventually increase.

 

3. We Will Save You Time 

Instead of waiting awhile for a car loan to process, you can buy your car and get it financed here. Literally everything is handled by us, which makes the process much more efficient and faster.

4. Flexibility

We 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 totally understand that the benefits of a Buy Here Pay Here may not be for everyone. However, for those that are struggling to find financing elsewhere due to low credit scores, dealerships like Rock Solid Auto Center can be highly advantageous. We offer quality used vehicles, budget management and affordable financing.  To learn more about what a Buy Here Pay Here dealership like ours do for you, give us a call at 480-222-2010!

 
 
 
3 Reasons Why Your Check Engine Light Might Be On   Sep 18th, 2018 

Have you ever been driving down the road and all of a sudden your check engine light comes on and starts dinging? If you have ever experienced this situation, you might remember the panic that set in as you tried to figure out what was wrong with your car and how much it would cost to fix it. 

 

Here at Rock Solid Auto Center, we don't ever want you to experience this situation! Continue reading to learn the three most common reasons why your check engine light might be on and how to fix it.

 

1. Gas Cap

 

The gas cap seals the fuel system and helps maintain pressure within the fuel tank. However, if your vehicle has a loose, cracked, or faulty gas cap, that seal is broken. The broken seal can cause fuel to evaporate, which throws your entire exhaust system out of whack and cues the check engine light.

 

Luckily, this is one of the easiest items on this list to fix. First, check to make sure your gas cap is on tight. If this was in fact what triggered the warning, your check engine light should go off after you drive for about 10 – 20 miles. If the cap is missing or cracked, you can purchase a new one at an auto parts store for about $3.

 

2. Spark Plugs 

 

Engines don’t just run on gasoline; they also need electricity! This is where spark plugs come in. Spark plugs connect to wires that lead to the ignition system. Electricity is created by the alternator and sent to the plugs, which create arcs of electricity. This is what ignites the fuel in your engine’s cylinders, creating the combustion that pushes the pistons down and actually turns the engine.

 

When the plugs fail, they misfire and you’ll feel a little jolt in the vehicle’s acceleration. The check engine light may also come on. Replacing spark plugs is relatively cheap and easy, and will have a big impact on your vehicle’s performance.  

 

 

3. MAF (Mass Airflow Sensor) 

 

The mass airflow sensor measures the amount of air entering the engine. Its reading helps determine how much fuel is needed to efficiently run the engine. In addition to triggering the check engine light, some other signs that your MAF sensor isn’t properly working can be:

·             Decreased gas mileage

·             Rough idle

·             Trouble starting

·             Engine stalling

 

Most MAF sensors fail because an air filter needs to be replaced, or a filter wasn’t installed properly the last time it was replaced. To prevent sensor failure and other engine related issues (like damage to spark plugs, oxygen sensors or the catalytic converter) air filters should be changed once a year.

 

 

In conclusion, if your check engine light does come on, get it checked ASAP. Don’t just ignore it. Also, you need to get it professionally checked out to be sure the issue won't lead to further damage. Here at Rock Solid Auto Center, we have a full-service department that always gets the job done efficiently and correctly! To schedule an appointment, visit our website

 
 
 
3 Reasons Why Your Check Engine Light Might Be On   Sep 18th, 2018 

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