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Choosing the right vehicle for you!

When in the market for a new (to you) car, the options can feel overwhelming. There are a few things to consider that may help you narrow your search! From deciding which size will properly suit your lifestyle, to considering your budget and doing a little extra research of your own, there is no need to stress. After all, it will all be worth it when you take home the perfect vehicle.

Which size fits your lifestyle?

When considering the size of the vehicle, try to plan ahead for the next few years. Are you planning on starting a family soon? Do you frequently drive more than one friend around? Or maybe you want a vehicle that will hold you, and only you. Any which way, it will impact the decision you’re about to make!

If it can suit your needs, a smaller car is a solid choice. From better gas mileage and lower average prices, smaller models won’t break the bank. (They are also amazing for parallel parking and driving around tight places. Take it from a VW Beetle owner!)

If you frequently drive friends around, or have/plan to have more than two family members, it’s probably best to opt for a vehicle with more than two doors. Otherwise, two-door sedans or hatchbacks are great options for more affordable and smaller, yet spacious, vehicles.

For larger families of 4 or more, SUVs, minivans, or vans are wonderful choices. These options are also great if you frequently transport larger items like furniture, as many models feature seats that fold into a roomy floorspace. (Additionally, if you love the outdoors, consider taking one of these vehicles camping! With that much space, you could sleep comfortably in the back and skip the hassle of a tent.)

Additionally, for frequent transportation of larger or soiled items you wouldn’t want in the nice interior of your SUV, consider a pickup truck. (You’ll become extremely popular with your friends who need help moving things, too!) For hauling trailers and oversized loads, consider looking into the heavier duty models. Some pickups even include four-door options, so you can bring your loved ones along with you for the ride.

Consider your budget.

Money is one of the biggest deciding factors of purchasing a vehicle. A good rule of thumb for budgeting is that a car payment should be 15% or less of your monthly income. You want to be sure that you leave enough in the bank for rent/mortgage, food, bills, and, of course, fun!

If you’re considering a new car, really think on it. Is it necessary? There are many reasons to buy used; the main one is depreciation of value! After just three years, a new vehicle loses, on average, 50% of its worth. You can use that depreciation to your advantage, however, by purchasing a pre-owned vehicle. The price will be much lower, and you can frequently find newer models for much more affordable prices simply because they’ve been re-sold. If you need more convincing, you can check out this article by CarGurus!

Lastly, if you’re thinking long-term, consider the fuel efficiency of the car you’re purchasing. Hybrids are great options for short daily commutes, while an economy-sized 4-cylinder is likely a great option for longer daily commutes. If diesel is cheaper where you live, consider the fuel type that the vehicle takes, as well!

Finally, research, research, research!

Check out car review websites and read up on consumer reports. The individuals who have already purchased and driven the cars will be the most brutally honest!

When you know what vehicle you’re looking for, check out your local car dealerships. (Hey look, you’re already here!) You can check out the reviews on to determine which sales representative may best suit your needs before you even schedule an appointment.

When you’ve done your comparison shopping, you can stop by dealerships in person to test drive the vehicles that sparked your interest and determine whether or not one of them is the right choice for you!

(We would love to help you with your car journey. Feel free to contact us at 888-272-1692 or check out our inventory to see if you find anything you like.)

Why you should trade in your car to a dealership

Trading in your vehicle can be a difficult decision. There are many reasons why you should trade your car in to a dealership instead of trying to sell it yourself, and here are a few of our most important ones.

The first reason: save on taxes on your new purchase! If you’re purchasing a vehicle at a dealership, you don’t pay taxes on the value of your trade-in. This brings the final price of the vehicle down even further than your trade-in amount.

The second reason: you’re saving your own time. If you value each hour of your free time at perhaps $15 an hour, and you spend even 10 hours of your time dealing with potential buyers, you’ve saved about $150 worth of your time. If you value your time at a higher price per hour, you’re saving yourself that much more.

Additionally, with each passing day, your car is losing value. If it takes you months to sell your car, you’re putting more mileage on the odometer and more wear on the parts.

The third reason: you’re keeping yourself safe. If you trade in your vehicle to a dealership, you don’t have to invite strangers to viewings, or risk your life in a terrifying test drive of your car. With payments, you never know if a stranger will try to rip you off or provide you with fraudulent information. A dealership will keep your information secure and will keep to their word on contracts. You aren’t gambling with when you’ll get paid!

If you want to see what your car is worth, feel free to use our True Cash Offer from Accutrade. If the price seems right to you, you can bring your car in and it will be a guaranteed purchase.

Buy Used, Not New

Written by sales representative Tyler Harness

Everyone wants a new car, but what if you could get the same quality at a cheaper price?

The three reasons you should consider a used car instead of a new one are:

  1. Avoid depreciation

  2. Spend less money

  3. Get the same quality car

First, you need to look at your future. If you buy a new car, you lose thousands of dollars the moment you drive off the lot. Emmet Pierce, writer for the Simple Dollar wrote “CARFAX, which tracks the histories of automobiles, says that new cars typically lose 10% of their value immediately after purchase. During the first year, the value can decline by another 10%. And on average, new cars lose 60% of their value within five years,” (2018).

A new car takes its biggest depreciation in the first two to three years., a site used by many large car dealerships across the U.S, stated “On mainstream vehicles, expect your new car to lose at least 30 percent of its value in the first two years of ownership,” (2016).

Matt Smith, writer for Cargurus, another site used by car dealerships to advertise their vehicles to consumers, stated “While some models handle depreciation better than others, most shoppers can expect a new car to lose up to 50% of its value within three years of rolling off the lot,” (2019).

Now that you’ve learned why buying used is a better investment for your future, let’s look at why it’s great for your pockets right now.

The price of a vehicle is usually marked down from retail price based on age, mileage, and the “used” condition of the car.

When you buy a new car many dealers add things like pinstripes, or “anti-rust” coating that get your attention. However, those things can be done at home for less than the dealership charges, and they do not actually add to the value of the car.

If you finance a used vehicle, you’re monthly payments will be lower, and used cars have much more affordable insurance.

Pierce quotes Carole Walker, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, with another the reason new cars have more expensive insurance is because of all the electronic gadgetry. "Many newer models are increasingly expensive to repair because of all the new technology," (2018).

By buying a cheaper car, you can shop a higher class. Pierce gave the example “A Mercedes or BMW that would be out of your price range when new might be affordable to you after it's been on the road for a year or two,” (2018).

You are less likely to buy a lemon brand (Pierce, 2018).

Pierce said, “Mechanical problems don't always surface until new models have been on the highway for several years,” (2018).

For peace of mind, you can check the vehicle’s history records for its service history, damage or accidents by using Carfax or Autocheck.

DealerRater recognizes JT Auto Mart Corporation

Sanford, NC - January 22nd, 2019 – JT Auto Mart Corporation has been awarded a 2019 DealerRater Consumer Satisfaction Award, an annual recognition given to auto dealerships that deliver outstanding customer service as rated by online consumer reviews. DealerRater, the world's leading car dealer review website, created the Consumer Satisfaction Award program to let online car shoppers instantly spot dealers that provide high-quality customer service.

Consumer Satisfaction Awards are given to the top 10 percent of U.S. new-car dealers based on their PowerScore™, as well as top independent and Canadian dealerships that receive at least 25 annual reviews and maintain a minimum average PowerScore™ rating of 4.0 out of 5.0. The PowerScore™ is determined using a Bayesian algorithm that factors the dealership’s average DealerRater consumer rating and the total number of reviews written about the dealership during the 2018 calendar year.

"We'd like to congratulate JT Auto Mart Corporation and all of our Consumer Satisfaction Award winners," said DealerRater General Manager, Jamie Oldershaw. "DealerRater's extensive review database allows shoppers to identify dealerships that are providing excellent customer experiences, and it's clear that J T Auto Mart Corporation stands out amongst its peers in the U.S."

JT Auto Mart Corporation has achieved consistently high scores on the DealerRater website, placing it among the top dealerships nationwide. Online shoppers visiting JT Auto Mart Corporation's dealer page will find a "2019 Consumer Satisfaction Award winner" badge on their profile to instantly recognize it as a high quality dealership.

DealerRater features more than four million dealer reviews, and has a reachable audience of more than 32 million car shoppers each month. "Our awards program was more competitive than ever this past year, with thousands of dealers across the U.S. and Canada competing to win our coveted Dealer of the Year award," says Oldershaw. "The Consumer Satisfaction Award is one way for today's shoppers to instantly recognize quality customer service regardless of brand or region."

About DealerRater
Founded in 2002, DealerRater, a Company, is the world's leading car dealer review website that connects consumers with the right person at the right dealership. The site offers nearly 5 million sales and service reviews across 42,000 U.S. and Canadian dealerships, including a network of more than 5,000 Certified Dealers. DealerRater content has a reachable audience of more than 32 million consumers across the web each month. By offering a product suite that allows qualified dealerships to manage their reputations and achieve higher SEO rankings, DealerRater supports new customer connections by growing online presence. 

About Dealership
JT Auto Mart
3132 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Sanford, North Carolina 27332