Buying a used car is one of those things that makes the average person lay awake at night. It is not that finding and buying a used car is tough, it is that we make it tough on ourselves by not thinking logically about the purchase. When you are looking for a Used Honda Civic, it is important that you don’t just take the time to look at what is out there, but also that you take the time to think through the process that is in front of you. Before you drive to Okotoks, your Southern Calgary Honda dealer, you need to make sure that you consider the following three things, as it will make things easier on yourself:
1. Don’t Put A Time Limit On Your Purchase
One of the most important things that you can do when you are looking for a Honda Civic in Calgary and area, or any other type of car, is to not put a time limit on how long you are going to look for a car. The best way to end up with a car that is not right for you is to feel like you have to buy a certain car because you need it by this date or this time. Because a car is such an important purchase, it should not be something that you rush into, even if “rushing into it” means settling on a car after six weeks of looking. If you aren’t100% sure about the car you are buying, you are settling on it.
2. Do Internet Research Before You Head To The Lot
More and more people are buying cars online. Of course, not everyone feels comfortable with the idea of buying a car online, meaning that some are not going to take the time to look at what online dealers have listed. Even if you don’t plan on buying a car online, you should at least take the time to research different cars that are available. By the time you hit the lot you should be an “expert” on the cars that you are considering; you should know what to look at when you end up hitting the lot.
3. Take Advantage of Fair Market Value Pricing
It’s quite simple. Fair Market Value Pricing provides the most competitive prices on all pre-owned vehicles, all the time.
Technology Meets Common Sense: The pre-owned Fair Market Value Pricing is achieved by polling over 20,000 pre-owned websites every hour to ensure that every single customer receives real-time Fair Market Value Pricing on every pre-owned vehicle we sell.
Don’t Get Stuck in Pricing Games: Artificially inflated pre-owned prices in the hopes of winning a “negotiating” contest with customers is not a business practice in Okotoks. We believe every customer deserves to be treated like family and friends, and we bank on our service more than price. Of course, we understand that everyone wants the best price. Therefore, we have adjusted our pricing models to ensure that every client gets the best service, with the best prices, with the best value – all based on Fair Market Value.
Save Time & Money: For a complimentary “Fair Market Value Pricing” matrix on any of our pre-owned vehicles we have in stock, just ask our Sales Consultants and they will involve you directly with the Sales Managers. No back and forth. No negotiating. No waiting. Just a simple, easy, family oriented fun experience – that you deserve.
Click HERE to browse our pre-owned vehicle inventory. We guarantee best prices for any Honda in Calgary and area. If you don’t try, you won’t know.
When it comes to an elegant mid size sedan, there are a few cars that can compete with the Honda Accord. The 2014 Honda Accord was named best new sedan under $25,000 and 2014 promises much the same in value and quality. For years, Honda’s have been known as best Japanese cars in the market, and millions are currently on the roads. They are safe, reliable and affordable. Owning a Honda can save citizens thousands of dollars in gas savings and repairs. When it comes to purchasing a new Honda, South Calgary has a dealership that offers savings that no one can currently match.
In 2013, the Honda Accord received numerous accolades, just as past generations of the vehicle have. We fully expect the 2014 to follow right along and even top sales in the future. The 2014 Accord is a mid-size luxury sedan, that few other cars can compete with. The sleek body has been trimmed, but have no fear, the inside is just as roomy, if not more than ever.
The 2014 Accord also promises great gas mileage, with the hybrid edition earning up to a 4.0 l/100 km city rating. The engine is built to impress as it seamlessly glides through 3 modes saving you valuable energy consumption. The Accords shifts to electric only mode at low speeds but switches to all power consumption in times when speed is needed.
In South Calgary Honda Accords are saving many people in costly repairs as well. Honda’s have long been known as reliable cars, but the cars of the future are built with even more precision, using the latest in technology, giving them a huge advantage over many competitors. Speaking of technology, new Accords are stocked with Honda LaneWatch. This is a great new system that guards against blind-spot collisions. You can also expect to enhance your driving experience with HondaLink, with is a multi-view rear camera, that not only protects you and your vehicle, but others as well.
With so many great options, owning a Honda Accord should be at the top of everyone’s bucket list. If you or someone you know is considering the purchase of a new Honda Accord, your Southern Calgary dealer is the cream of the crop when it comes to sales. With rock bottom pricing and a knowledgable sales staff, you can not beat the experience. Remember, you haven’t really owned a new car, until you have owned a new Honda….only from Okotoks Honda.
Finding a right car for your teen can pay off in the long run, even though it can be difficult to balance the wants of your teen with more practical values. Thanks to Felix Green for referring this awesome article to us – which summarizes some excellent key points in the article listed below.
Now, If you, just like many out there, worry about the kind of car your teen will drive, you’re not alone – especially in this age of distractions behind the wheel. In a survey commissioned by USAA, 81 percent of parents put reliability first when choosing a vehicle for their teens, followed by a high safety rating. The good news is that teens also want cars with the latest safety features. Here are features parents and teens should look for in a vehicle:
- Newer cars with newer technology. While a used car may seem budget-friendly, it may lack the technology that could save your child’s life.
- The right size. Avoid full size sport-utility vehicles, which have higher rollover rates and can prove tougher to maneuver; and tiny cars, which may offer less protection in a crash. Moderate-size vehicles like a Honda Civic, Accord or CRV may offer more stability with easier, more predictable handling.
- Sedan style. High-performance sports cars may beckon your teen, but steer clear.
- Crash-test ratings. Check the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Picks each year on its website.
- Accident history. If you’re in the market for a used car, get a vehicle history report. Okotoks Honda can easily provide this to you, above and beyond all normal documentation you get when you purchase a Used Vehicle from our franchised store.
- Unbiased mechanic’s signoff. Have an Okotoks Honda Service Excellence-Certified mechanic check the vehicle so that you we can proudly offer you a fully approved AMVIC Mechanical Fitness Form, Okotoks Honda Safety Inspection and all applicable Service Records for your Honda.
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We’ve heard them all before – on the news, on the radio, on the web. Stories upon stories about how customers in Calgary and surrounding areas who have/are purchasing vehicles from Kijiji, Private Sales, Craigslist or other 3rd party sites/lots. And, although the savings appear to be there, most clients have encountered numerous issues; whether it be vehicles affected by floods; vehicles in previous accidents; lack of info pertaining to the vehicle or even customers being placed in uncomfortable situations. Nevertheless, with these situations occurring, we thought we would shed the light of why purchasing used vehicles from franchised dealership seem to be a better option versus the risks of getting a better deal through third-party options.
1. The AMVIC Police
Did you know that AMVIC (Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council) can only protect customers who buy from registered dealerships? Alberta’s Consumer Protection laws only apply to sales between consumers and licensed businesses.
In their words:
“AMVIC has the authority to investigate complaints involving about automotive businesses and registered salespeople. AMVIC does not have the authority to investigate or become involved in issues arising from private sales.” For more information regarding this matter, read their official press release here.
So, in lament terms, the above means that when you deal with a non-registered seller, you are at your own risk if everything isn’t as promised.
The next question to ask is: “Why does AMVIC only protect customers against registered dealerships?”
Franchised and registered dealerships are fully bonded, and must maintain the high standard of professional conduct that AMVIC ensures that we follow. This gives you complete confidence that we are not re-selling stolen vehicles and all of our vehicles are completely roadworthy and guaranteed free of any liens. If they aren’t, we are held legally accountable according to government guidelines.
2. Certified versus Non-Certified.
Honda Canada has worked hard over the past 15 years to rank the Honda Civic as the Best-Selling Car in Canada for 15 years running, meaning that any old Civic should do the job, right? Not really. Gotta think again.
Honda Canada doesn’t throw their name around lightly, and not all used Honda vehicles are certified. They are only available from qualified franchised Honda dealerships, and have to pass through a very specific Honda Canada mandated inspection and reconditioning process by factory-trained technicians – this cannot be provided by curbside or privately owned lots.
Honda Certified vehicles come with an extra year of powertrain warranty, have gone through a 100-point mechanical and appearance inspection by approved technicians, and come with a 7 day or 1000 km exchange privilege, and complimentary CarProof and available service history report.
3. Okotoks Honda Stamp of Approval
Okotoks Honda has been the Calgary, Okotoks, High River and surrounding area since 1992, and we’re proud to be trusted name in the community. Our Okotoks Honda guarantee includes our own 3 month/5000 km warranty on your vehicle*, a full tank of gas, full CarProof report, AMVIC and Okotoks Honda Mechanical Fitness Form and we make sure that on top of adhering to all legal and manufacturer standards, that we uphold our own high standards.
Above and beyond all the work that goes into making your vehicle is road-worthy, detailed and ready for you to enjoy, we work ever hard to ensure that you maintain your Honda Service maintenance with us.
We understand that things go wrong sometimes, since we’re all human. So, if for whatever reason, you haven’t received the best experience YOU deserve, come talk to us, no matter which way- phone, online, Facebook, Twitter – our friendly and knowledgeable staff will do whatever we can to ensure you are satisfied with your experience. The Foothills community has helped us get to where we are today, and unlike other 3rd party sites, sellers and lots that shut their doors at any moment, we’ll be here for you – always.
Whatever you need may be, please don’t hesitate to call us at 403.842.1100 or online at www.okotokshonda.com