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- Concord
2007 Toyota Camry
05/13/2014
Easy going place, i came in test drove the car, even got to take it home. came back and bought it. Donnie was a good sales person!
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05/13/2014
Called last year Natasha was very patient and came in for my Valentines present and bought my car.
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Tanya Neal
- Charlotte
2005 chevrolet Trailblazer
05/13/2014
Ride Now Motors was the best experience ever with amount down to payments a month to quick service, got me in quicker then me being in an convenient store. Eddie and Donnie also had me laughing from the time i walked into Ride Now Motors. Everyone made it easy, comfortable and fast. Just want to say thank you. I'm recommending everyone to look no further, Ride Now Motors is it...
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Wakeisha Peele
- Charlotte
2005 Jeep Cherokee
05/13/2014
I have bad credit, i wasn t for sure they was going to finance me. They were very professional. I found the vehicle i like and payments i could afford. I will tell my friends about Ride Now Motors.
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- Charlotte
2011 Toyota Camry
05/13/2014
I really enjoyed the service that I was giving, an most of all i really enjoy my new car....
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- Charlotte
2005 Ford expedition
05/13/2014
FROM THE VERY BEGINNING MS.TERRY WAS VERY HELPFUL AND POLITE.SHE HELPED ME SCORE A NICE TRUCK FOR MY FAMILY.I WOULD RECOMEND RIDE NOW TO EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO PURCHASE A VEHICLE. WESLEY DUNBAR
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6353 E. Independence Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28212
(704) 295-1585
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5104 Hwy 74 West Monroe, NC 28110
(704) 291-9990
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WELCOME TO RIDE NOW MOTORS, USED CARS FOR CHARLOTTE NC

Ride Now Motors is a Charlotte used car dealership. We buy, sell, and trade quality used cars. At Ride Now Motors, our buy here pay here financing program can get you an auto loan approval for a used car, truck or SUV - even if you have no credit, bad credit, bankruptcy, collections, or any other derogatory credit. At Ride Now Motors, we can get you outside lender for financing or we can get you in-house financing.


Our job is to gather all the information required to get you the used car and financing you deserve. We know that trying to find a particular used car can be tiresome, and instead of you driving all over town or making dozens of calls, we do the hard work for you. With up to 300 used cars in stock at our two locations in Charlotte and Monroe, the choice of used vehicles is rarely better. If we don't have exactly what you are looking for we do have a used car finding program available.


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Making Your Car Last

 

Let me ask you a few questions; has your car started making strange and/or different noises?  Has it become a little less quieter than usual?  Does it drive a little rougher than it used to?  Has the engine light, or any other lights suddenly popped on?  Are you spending more and more time and money at repair shops?  Are you tired of searching the phone book for a trustworthy repair shop?  Finally, are you willing to get your hands dirty?  If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions; then don’t go anywhere because we’ll show you how to make your car last.

Contrary to popular belief, taking care of your car so that it’ll last longer isn’t as difficult, time-consuming, or expensive as it’s made out to be.  It only becomes all of those things when you fail to do them.  There’s only one primary thing that you have to do to extend the life and durability of your car—stay on track with your routine maintenance.  There are several key areas of routine maintenance that you should focus on; tires, engine care, and parts.

 

Routine  Maintenance

So what exactly is routine maintenance?  Routine maintenance is the mileage or time-based intervals to have your car serviced.  Routine maintenance includes; oil changes, tire rotations, transmission flushes, and so forth.  Typically, your owner’s manual will list the recommended mileage to have different services performed on your car.

 

Engine  Care

The engine is the most important part of your car; consider it as the ‘heart’ of your car because all the crucial parts are connected to it; the transmission, your fuel system, alternator, starter, wiring, cooling system, all your hoses, belts, and pumps.  There are several major categories that fall under engine care.  If you maintain these areas and stay on schedule with your service intervals, you should have no problems taking care of your car’s engine.

ü  Oil Change – Changing your oil regularly is the most effective way maintain the life of your engine. Forget the traditional 3,000 miles/3 months rule, it no longer applies.  Today’s engines are designed to go approximately 5,000 to 10,000 miles in between oil changes.  Despite the higher cost, semi and full synthetic oils are the best because they burn slower and have additives that prolong the life of your car.  A semi-synthetic/high mileage oil is better for cars with 75,000 miles or more while full synthetic oils are recommended for newer engines with 75,000 miles or less.

ü  Serpentine Belt – Your serpentine/drivebelt will hardly ever need to be replaced.  Most manufacturers recommend replacing it approximately every 100,000, which means you may only replace it once or twice while you own your car.  The only other time you would replace it is if it becomes severely frayed and cracked, and if chunks are missing.

ü  Flushes – Stay current on your flushes. Most transmissions are flushed every 30,000 to 100,000 miles, check your manual.  Radiator flushes are typically every 50,000 miles, engine flushes can range between 20,000 to 30,000 miles, while fuel system cleanings are approximately 60,000 to 75,000 miles.

ü  Hoses – There’s not a known interval for replacing hoses such as your radiator hoses, however, you typically want to replace them after swelling or if they become dry-rotted, cracked or slit.

 

Tire  Care

Tires are another essential part of your used auto.  Tires have a direct effect on fuel economy, ride comfort/discomfort, and steering and braking, as well as overall safety.  Here are the focus areas for tire care.

ü  Proper PSI – Having the right amount of air pressure in your tires will increase your fuel economy, make your car’s load lighter, and give you a smoother ride. Warmer temperatures (80° and up) automatically inflate tires 2 to 3 PSI, while cooler temperatures (40° and below) automatically deflate tires 2 to 3 PSI, so compensate and keep the proper air pressure in your tires.

ü  Tire Rotations – Most manufacturers recommend rotating your tires every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Rotating tires evens out the tread wear, reduces balding, and prolongs the life of your tires.

ü  Wheel Alignment – If you’ve noticed your car pulls to one side, it could be sign that you need a wheel alignment, and/or your tires are going bad.

ü  Seasonal Tires – Change your tires according to the season. In spring and summer, you can use summer tires because their rubber has been designed to stick to warmer surfaces, usually 80° or higher.  In the winter, switch to a set (all 4 tires, not just 2) of snow/winter tires because they’re equipped with sipes and tread designed to cut through snow and ice, and their rubber is designed for lower temperatures of 40° or less.

 

Replacing  Parts

There are a few parts that it wouldn’t hurt to replace regularly such as your fuel filter, air filter, and PCV valve.  For a mechanic, the fuel filter shouldn’t take anytime at all, and the air filter and PCV Valve you can do yourself with practically no tools in just a few minutes.  Changing these parts will increase fuel economy and also give you a smoother ride.

 

When you are financing a used auto, it is very important to ensure that you take care of the vehicle for the length of time you will be making payments on the used car. A small monthly investment into preventative care will likely result in not only a more reliable vehicle, but also one with a higher re-sale value at the end!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How  to  Establish A  Monthly  Budget

 

In today’s working class, which is practically every able-bodied adult, everyone wants to earn, save, or invest enough money to do more than simply, ‘get-by’, right?  The plague of this never-ending cycle otherwise known as ‘paying bills’, never seems to loosen its grip upon the people of the United States.  The U.S economy has stumbled since 2008, when the current recession began; making it more difficult for the working class to earn a living and provide for their families.  Statistics and reports have shown a steady increase in unemployment rates across the country, corporate downsizing, layoffs, and overseas outsourcing, and as of June 2014, the National Deficit was a reported $17.6 trillion dollars!

Despite popular belief, the U.S. has not recovered from the recession; little progress has been made to be quite honest.  Because of a dilapidated economy, many people have resorted to alternative means of supplementing their income, unfortunately, these means only places them farther into debt.  Reluctantly, many people chosen to ‘cash-out’ their 401Ks as an alternative source of income, sadly, this is only a temporary solution that consumes all retirement savings.  Others have taken out repeated payday and title loans, whose interest rates are astronomical as Wikipedia explains how a $100 14-day loan can have an interest rate anywhere from 391% to 3733%!  There are also heavy repercussions for defaulting on a payday or title loan; it can severely damage your credit, you can be legally sued in a court of law, and you could even lose your car.

With the economic status as defunct as it is, many working class Americans, the middle-class more specifically, have realized now, more than ever, the importance and necessity of budgeting and adapting to ‘get-by’ with ‘less’.  For some reason, the word ‘budget’ and/or ‘budgeting’, causing a lot of people to cringe.  Why?  Because when you budget, you have to place financial restrictions upon yourself, you have to differentiate ‘wants’ from ‘needs’, and you can no longer indulge or splurge on those wants—and the truth is, no one likes the thought of having to do that, and no one wants to do that.  So now the question is; how do you create a monthly budget?

Find  Motivation  to  Budget

Well, first of all, you start by getting yourself in the mindset of doing the things mentioned in the last paragraph.  Find a source of motivation; maybe you’re trying to buy a new house or car, or maybe you know your kids are depending on you to provide for them—whatever it is, find a reason to get and stay motivated and self-disciplined.  If you know why, you've decided to start budgeting, and if you have a specific goal as the end result, you’re more likely to see it through and be successful.

 

Why  A  Monthly  Budget?

The reason for budgeting on a monthly scale is because that’s how 90% or more of the working class operates, society itself actually; on a month-to-month basis.  Think about it; you pay bills monthly, your job pays twice per month, businesses calculate their annual profit and loss by monthly totals—this is simply the way America functions, we’re a ‘monthly’ country.  Therefore, you need to be able maintain month-to-month.

 

Set  Your  Goals

Although a goal can be a source of motivation, it is not the same as motivation.  Your motivation is your ‘driving-force’, so-to-speak, your ‘goal’, is what you’re actually working to accomplish and achieve by budgeting.  It’s a good practice to set long-term and short-term goals.  An example of a short-term goal would be buying that new car, or a late model used car, in one year.  Always remember you can modify your goals as needed, and you should always know ‘why’ you’re working towards a goal, and lastly, your goals are always priority.

 

Be  Aware  of  Your  Income

Before you can create a budget, you have to know how much money or income will be available to you each month.  The best way to get that amount is to base your budget upon your Net Income.  Your net income is essentially the amount of your paycheck after taxes and deductions.  Once you have that figure, you can then begin planning your budget.

 

Planning  Your  Budget

Split your net income between ‘fixed expenses’, such as a monthly car payment, and ‘variable expenses’ such as grocery shopping totals, which may vary.  Monitor these expenses to determine what adjustments can or should be made, and what works best for you.  It’s always a good idea to maintain some type of savings in cases of emergency.

 

Track,  Track,  &  Track

Always track your spending.  This can be a major headache, a migraine actually, but there are plenty of software programs to assist you in accomplishing this.  Most Android and iPhones even have apps that can help you as well.  And if all else fails, simply hold on to your receipts.

 

Customizing  Your  Budget

Budgeting doesn't have to viewed as a punishment, there are perks to it, afterall, it is ‘your’ budget, so tailor it to your measurements until it fits ‘you’, that is, unless you’re the husband, then ‘she’ sets the rules.  Keep in mind, you can only customize the ‘variable expenses’ portion of your budget—the ‘fixed expenses’ are labeled that for a reason.  An example is; maybe you cut back on dining out and going to the movies so you’ll have extra cash for the new HD flat screen TV—do what works best for you.

 

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Driving ‘Green’

 

The 21st century has never been a ‘greener’ world—every time you turn around you’re hearing “green this”, “green that” from everything from the fruits and foods we eat to the cars we drive; it has to be ‘green’.  Every time we turn on the TV or radio, we’re seeing and hearing commercials for saving the Earth, reducing pollution, and living—‘green’, right?  But it’s much easier said than done, or is it, what can one person, you, what difference can you make, especially with bouncing gas pump prices?  Well, this is today’s discussion, how to drive ‘green’.

First, let’s look at being ‘green’.  What does it really mean to go ‘green’.  The new definition of ‘green’ simply means utilizing resources and alternatives in as many aspects of everyday living as we possibly can to limit consumption of the planet’s more natural and irreplaceable resources.  Again, this means from the foods we eat, hence the growing popularity in ‘organic’ foods, to using ‘paperless’ or electronic/e-billing options, to the type of cars we drive, such as the growing popularity with Hybrids, or how and how much we drive.  It is our hope that by going ‘green’, we will preserve and protect the Earth; for example, if everyone turned to e-billing, no more trees would be cut down to make paper.  So what can you do become a ‘green’ driver? Let’s take a look.

 

Driving  Green – Reduce  Vehicle  Weight

You’re probably thinking how in the world to you reduce the weight of car, right?  This is actually really simple—remove any extra crap you don’t really need or use while you’re driving.  If the trunk of your car is bogged down with a lot of extra stuff like heavy tools and sports equipment, take that stuff out!  The heavier your car is, the more it will require and consume.  Naturally, the lighter your car is, it will have an easier load and travel farther with the same or less amount of fuel you were using before.  Remember this; you’re losing 2% of fuel for every extra 100 pounds of weight added to your car.  That may not seem like much, but when you’re filling up two or more times a week, you’ll know why.

 

Driving  Green – Tire  Pressure

Believe it or not, tire pressure also plays a critical role in how much of a load is placed on your car and how much fuel it consumes.  When your tires are properly inflated, it lightens the load of your car, and therefore increases your fuel efficiency.  Know the rule of thumb for tire pressure; lower temperatures 40° or less, will automatically deflate your tires 2-3psi, so you should set them 2-3psi higher than the requirements.  Warmer temperatures, 80° or higher will automatically inflate your tires 2-3psi, so set them 2-3psi lower than requirements.

 

Driving  Green – Freeways,  Stop & Gos,  60mph

Constant stop-and-gos that usually occur during ‘city driving’ or ‘street driving’ will quickly decrease fuel economy because every time you stop at a traffic signal or stop sign, or car is to rebuild the momentum to begin moving again, and this consumes additional fuel.  It’s best to drive the freeway whenever possible because it greatly reduces the chance of constant stop-and-gos, which saves fuel.  The EPA has reported that your car reaches its maximum fuel efficiency at approximately 60mph, but that fuel efficiency drops 6% for every 5mph over 60mph, so keep your freeway speed to 60mph.

 

Driving  Green – Carpool

Yes, we know, you’ve heard this one before; well that’s because carpooling has proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce overall air pollution, traffic, and releasing of vehicle emissions.  The concept goes like this; when people carpool, less vehicles are on the road, people are saving fuel because they’re driving their car less than normal, and the less vehicles that are on the road, there will be less vehicle emissions released into the air/atmosphere, which will ultimately help in the fight in reducing pollution and saving the Ozone Layer.

 

Driving  Green – Mid-Grade  &  Premium  Fuel  Only

That’s right, pay a little bit more at the gas pump per visit, and use the mid-grade fuel or premium fuel.  Again, you’ll spend a little more at the pump per visit, but you’ll also save a great deal more in the long run and have fewer trips to the pump.  Mid-grade and premium fuels are better and safer for the environment, as well as your car, and they burn slower, which means your gas will last longer, and you spend less at the gas pump in the long run.

So there you have it, 5 great ways to start driving ‘green’, however, if you’re a true environmentalist, or just someone who has decided to fully pursue this; you can also purchase a Hybrid vehicle or vehicles equipped with EcoBoost engines.

 

 

 

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