Buying a Ford Car or Truck Near Clayton, North Carolina

If you are from Clayton, North Carolina you know just how much it has grown over the last several decades. What was once a very small North Carolina town is now an extension of Garner and Raleigh. Raleigh has grown into Garner and is making its way into Clayton. When Highway 70 needs a by-pass, you know the area is growing. With that being said, if you want to buy a brand new Ford F150 or a Ford car in Clayton, what are the options?

Anyone from Clayton knows of Matthews Motors and Shumaker Motors but understand that these are used car dealerships. They are not going to have the brand new 2018 Ford F-150 models in the fall of 2017. They could have 2016 and 2017 models that are used, but they are not going to have the newest model Ford vehicles available today.

There are a few Ford dealerships that are close by. These include Classic Ford in Smithfield, Capital Ford in Raleigh, Kenly Ford in Kenly and Performance Ford in Clinton. When looking to get the lowest price on a newer model Ford F150 pickup truck or any type of Ford vehicle, we strongly suggest looking at multiple dealerships. While Performance Ford seems to always give the best customer service and some of the best offers there are always opportunities throughout the state.

Also note that buying a used car a Shumaker Motors or Matthews Motors is an option. That said, buying a used car from a used car dealership is a completely different animal altogether. These types of dealerships do not have the maintenance staff that a Ford Dealership has; nor do they have the inventory. While they may be able to get you something close to what you are looking for, they won’t be able to special order the color and trim you desire.

Do not feel as if driving 100 miles round trip is a waste of money. Most of the time, this trip ends up being well worth it because you can use it as leverage when trying to negotiate a lower price for an F150 or Expedition. You can tell Kenly Ford that Capital Ford is willing to offer you the same vehicle for $2000 less. Most of the time, they will be willing to negotiate with you to meet or match the price. If you live 50 miles away they may beat the price because they know you have to drive to get the vehicle.

When it comes to trade ins or getting money for your current vehicle, this is something else you will have to consider when it comes to working with different dealerships. It may be the case that Classic Ford wants to give you $14,000 for your trade in while Performance Ford is willing to give you $15,500. When all is said and done, you want the loan amount to be the lowest possible number to save you money.

Not only do you want the  loan amount to be the lowest possible number, you also want the interest rate to be as low as possible. Many used car dealerships are not willing to give you the 1.9% or 2.9% interest that a new car dealership is willing to give you. This is something to consider before making a decision to buy from a used car dealer in Clayton, North Carolina.

If you current reside in Clayton, NC where do you buy a new Ford truck or car? Do you drive up to Raleigh or south to Smithfield?

Buying a Car or Truck in Pikeville, North Carolina

Living in Pikeville, North Carolina is not the most exciting thing for many. That said, there are thousands that love this North Carolina town and call it home. Situated in Wayne County, just east of Interstate 795 and north of Goldsboro is Pikeville. There isn’t a whole lot in the town other than a Hardee’s, Pizza Inn, Mini Mart, Dollar General and Autozone. In the town of Pikeville, you are not going to find a large auto dealership. There is always Collier Motors but this is a used car, buy here, pay here lot. If you want a new model vehicle, you are going to have to take a road trip.

Some will trek down to Goldsboro where they will find a few Deacon Jones dealerships as well as Toyota of Goldsboro and Chevrolet of Goldsboro. If you are looking for the lowest prices, it is best to shop around at many different car dealerships in the surrounding area. Note that there are dozens of Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Toyota and Nissan dealerships within an hours drive. If you can save a few thousand dollars by negotiating at a dealership that is 50 or 100 miles away, it is well worth it.

If you travel south on 795 to NC 117 you will make your way into Clinton, North Carolina in less than an hour from Pikeville. This is where you will find a number of great dealerships including Performance Ford and Performance CDJR (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram). With these dealerships being less than 50 miles away, they will be a great way to compare prices with other car dealerships near Pikeville, NC. The best advice we can give is to get a quote from three or four dealerships before deciding on an amount you are willing to pay for a vehicle. Once you do this, you can shop around and look at a number of options.

Let’s say you are shopping for a used Ford F150 and are willing to spend $30,000. By shopping around at several Ford dealerships in Central North Carolina you may find that you have to buy a 2015 or older model. You may also find that you are going to end up have a car payment well above $500 a month if you don’t have any money to put down. These are all things to consider before walking into a car dealership close to Pikeville and demanding that you want a Ford Pickup Truck.

Also note that Raleigh, North Carolina is about an hour drive from Pikeville. You can scour some of the Raleigh area car dealership websites to see what prices are available. Always remember that the price you see on the website is usually never the price you pay for the car or truck you plan on buying. When they add the dealer admin fee, taxes, title and tag along with other insurance and fees, you could be paying 10% to 20% more than the price listed.

This is the exact reason you should look at multiple options before deciding on a new or used car today. You can work with the dealership to determine a walk out the door price so you won’t have to negotiate every time you walk into a Ford, Chevy, Nissan, Dodge or Honda dealership in North Carolina.

Note that some dealerships have discounts for recent graduates, first time car buyers, firefighters, police officers and veterans and military members. If you have a special circumstance, you may find that you can get a discount or a special on a new or used car purchase today. It never hurts to ask. If you are in Pikeville, NC, look at your options and figure out what options are available before signing anything. Once you sign, you are going to have to start paying on that vehicle and could end up losing money as soon as you drive it off the lot.

How Do I Know If I am Buying a Hurricane Harvey or Irma Flood Car?

If you are in any state in the Southeast (North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Texas) there is a chance that buying a car in September or October 2017 could be very risky. There are thousand upon thousands of “flood cars” that are going to be solid at rock bottom prices. There is the possibility that a shady used car dealership will buy these vehicles for pennies on the dollar at an auction and then resell them in another state for a huge profit.

There is only one way to combat this – check the Carfax. Most reputable car dealerships will allow you to look at the Carfax of any used car for free; before you make the purchase. If a car dealership is reluctant to let you look at the Carfax it is time to walk away and go to another dealership. There are way too many great car dealerships to deal with a sketchy one that is trying to sell you a Hurricane Harvey flood car.

Car dealerships like Powers Swain in Fayetteville, NC  give you the benefit of knowing a used car has gone through the “stress test” because it is certified pre owned. Many used car buyers feel more comfortable buying a certified pre owned vehicle because they know that authorized dealership mechanics have looked at the vehicle and have “ok’d” it to be sold.

If you are buying from a used car lot or a “buy here, pay here” lot, there is a good chance only one mechanic, if any, have looked at the vehicle. If that one mechanic is well versed in GM or Chevy vehicles he may not be well versed in Audi, BMW, Mercedes or other European brands. Before deciding on the cheaper car, remember that you often get what you pay for. If you want to save $2,000 or $3,000 by purchasing a car from a shady used car lot, you may find out that it is a flood car that has damage that can never be fixed.

Unfortunately, there are few ways to spot a flood damage car if a used car dealer has cleaned it up. There are the obvious tells in that the interior carpet is wet or there are rust marks on the vehicle but other than that, a car dealer can make the vehicle look like it is almost brand new.

This is another concern for those shopping on Craigslist after Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. If you are thinking about buying a used car on Craigslist  you would be well advised to do your research on flood cars. Even if you are in Virginia or North Carolina, vehicles can travel across country very quickly; especially if someone knows they can make $5000 or more.

Have you noticed any flood cars in your part of the United States? Where have you noticed them? Are local used car lots in your area offering super low prices after the hurricanes?

Can You Buy a Used Cop or State Trooper Car in North Carolina?

If you are looking to buy a used cop or state trooper car in the state of North Carolina, you are in luck. There are two dealerships in Clinton, North Carolina that specialize in upfitting cop and state trooper vehicles which in turn allows them to get used cars to sell to the public. Both Performance Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram (CDJR) and Performance Ford can assist you in finding a used cop or state trooper car. You can find more about their law enforcement vehicles here.

You may also want to look for other used Ford or Dodge vehicles while you are in the area. There are very few dealerships in the state of North Carolina that “upfit” police cars such as the Dodge Charger Pursuit and the Ford Interceptor. If you follow the different vehicles that have been used by Dodge and Ford for law enforcement cars over the years, you know how awesome it would be to actually drive one of these as your own car.

Have you been in a cop car and are interested in purchasing one? Would you be willing to do some extra search for the chance to drive a Dodge Charger Pursuit or a Ford Interceptor?

Note that these vehicles that are for sale by Performance CDJR and Performance Ford do not have the lights nor all the bells in whistles inside the vehicle. You are not going to be able to act as a cop or state trooper. That said, you will get a vehicle that has the same engine and everything under the hood is the exact same as a cop car.