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Vickie Vadakin
- Charlotte
2006 Dodge Charger
The service they give is awesome. I have now bought two dream cars from them. They worked with me to get me into the car I wanted. Thank you guys again.
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Perry Mcknight
- Mount Holly
2004 Dodge Ram
my experience with ride now motors in Monroe was excellent. they where very helpful in listening to what i was looking. within my budget. they showed me what they had and i made my decision in buying a dodge 1500 truck. and i love it. thanks guys at ride now motors.
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Elsa Banegas
- Pineville
2007 Honda Pilot
pues si tienen bonitos carros y me gusto laatencion. muchas gracias por ayudarme con mi nuevo carro. gracias a Jose y a Diana en Monroe, Ride Now Motors.
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Eugene Reed
- Charlotte
2010 chevy camaro
This place is the best Freddie worked tirelessly with the banks to get me in the car of my dreams with not so good credit while Ryan the sales man did not hesitate to assist me in helping me pick this hot ride out thank you ride now team for a great job
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Mary Shaw
- charlotte
2009 Honda Civic
This was the best experience ever. This is my first time buy a car and I was very nervous and I didn't know what to expect. I saw the dream car I wanted and I was able to drive off with my car today. I love the staff they were very helpful. I love it.
Ride Now Motors
6353 E. Independence Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28212
(704) 994-5533
Weekdays: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday: Closed
Ride Now Motors
5104 Hwy 74 West Monroe, NC 28110
(704) 312-7444
Weekdays: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday: Closed


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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Warning Signs  of  Car  Trouble


How much and how often do you depend on your car?  Easy answer isn’t it?  You depend on your car quite a bit every single day, right?  Your daily tasks, needs, wants, and responsibilities would be incredibly hard to meet if you didn’t have your car, wouldn’t they?  Take into consideration all the things you typically do in a single day; take the kids to school, go to work, if your lunch hour is long enough, you run errands on lunch, pick the kids up from school and/or any after-school programs, attend doctor appointments, go to the grocery store, and finally—run more errands—quite a bit for one day.  Most non-married Americans, and even some married couples, only have one car, which is the heart that keeps them alive day-to-day.  Can you imagine how much more difficult it would be to complete these daily tasks if your car was down for repairs and you had to rely on public transportation?

Many people seem to be under the notion that when their car malfunctions; it comes from nowhere with no warning signs—that couldn’t be further from the truth.  Your car will almost always let you know when a problem is developing that will require mechanical work and sometimes immediate attention.  The problem is; many people ignore a car’s warning signs until its too late, which is usually the same time an unexpected engine failure occurs and leaves the owner stranded roadside.  Today we’ll be discussing how to recognize your car’s warning signs and to when your car is trying to tell you something’s wrong.  Despite the unfortunate reality that your car may need repairs, a positive is that in most cases, you don’t have to be an ASE Certified Mechanic to know when something’s wrong because your gives you obvious signals.


Service  Engine  Light

This is the number one warning sign something is wrong with your car—your engine light will come on.  DO NOT ignore your engine light simply because you may not visibly notice any difference in your car’s performance—find out right away what’s wrong and remember the ‘Service Engine’ light doesn’t come on for nothing.  Most part stores can use an OBD II Scanner to read the DTCs in your car’s system.  Some OBD II scanners will be able to indicate exactly what the problem is while others will give you an ‘idea’, and at least point you in the right direction.  There is no charge for a parts store attendant to check the DTCs and it only takes a couple minutes, and may also save you a lot of money.


Fluid  Leaks

Fluid leaks are a clear indication of a possible or developing problem, and it’s good to know what kind of leak you may have.  Here’s a color chart to help.

Fluid                                       Fluid Color

Coolant/Antifreeze                 Green (most common), Pink (DEXCOOL)

Power Steering                       Clear, Bright Red

Transmission Fluid                Dark Red

Motor Oil                                  Dark Black, Light Brown

Brake Fluid                              Clear


Sluggish  Performance  &  Drivability

If you have noticed decreased acceleration, or slow and sluggish acceleration, it could indicate a transmission problem, poor fuel circulation, a hole in the muffler or exhausts, as well as host of additional mechanical issues—do not ignore this sign.


Troubled  or  Slow  Starts

If your car isn’t starting the same there’s a good chance something is wrong.  This could be the result of a bad or failing battery, a failing starter or alternator, a bad ignition, a failing fuel pump or fuel filter, and clogged fuel injectors.  There are several other possible mechanical failure that could trigger a slow starting vehicle, but those listed are among the most common.



Noises are very good warning signs and will not steer you wrong.  You know when you hear a squeaking near your front tires, it’s time for new brakes.  If your car suddenly sounds like an airplane has landed in your driveway, you probably have an exhaust leak or a hole in your exhaust/muffler.  A thudding sound can mean anything from a flat tire or bad CV joint/axle to severe engine trouble—pay attention to the noises your car makes.


Vibration  &  Pulling

Vibration and pulling are also excellent warning signs.  If you’re experiencing any level of vibration and/or pulling it could mean that you need an alignment, bad brakes and/or rotors, bad tires, or additional suspension-related issues.  Nonetheless, do not take these things lightly, and have your car inspected by your mechanic as soon as possible.


The moral of the story is simple—don’t ignore your car’s warning signs!




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New Innovative Car Features


The world of cars and the automotive industry is one of constant change, growth, and technological evolution.  Think about it; we’ve gone from carburetors to fuel injection and from fuel injection to DFI.  Generators were replaced with alternators, coil packs and DIS replaced distributors, and those old, rear drum brakes are a thing of the past thanks to rear disc brakes.  Have you stopped and thought about solar-powered vehicles and Hybrids?  How advanced is the technology for those?  Now, there have even been several tested prototypes and concepts for flying cars!  Every year, the automotive world amazes and embraces us with a new technological advancement.

Have you taken a look at some of the aftermarket stereo systems available for cars today!?  Stereos are fitted with television screens, USB ports, remote controls, touch-screen capabilities, compatible for playing DVD and/or CDs, and let’s not forget their streaming capabilities like XM, Sirius, and Pandora—absolutely incredible! Even the tires and rims on cars have changed dramatically over time.  Remember, in the ol’ days, Rally tires were the thing to have!? Not anymore, we’ve graduated to the fancy, custom, chrome rims and rubberband-thin low-profile tires.  Look at all the different design patterns and types of custom, chrome rims available today—some of them are even painted or equipped with colorful ‘inserts’ that further enhance their appeal—and who can forget ‘Spinners’?—Those were insane!  Well, today, we’ll look at more innovative features of today’s cars.


Park  Assist

Perhaps one of the biggest innovative we’ve seen more recently in cars today that’s spreading like wildfire is the new Park Assist feature.  Remember how everyone hated the parallel parking portion of your road test for your driver’s license?  Remember how everyone still hates to parallel park today, no matter how long you’ve been driving?  And remember how we all used to say we wish the used car could just parallel park itself?  Yeah, well, um—now it can.

Park Assist, IPAS (Intelligent Parking Assist System), or APGS (Advanced Parking Guidance System), as it’s commonly referred today, allows the car to actually steer itself in parallel parking using an in-dash video screen, and through a series of cameras, sensors, and a drop of information from the driver.  While this truly innovative feature has seen recent success and positive feedback; it isn’t as new as most consumers would think—Park Assist has actually existed for more than 10 years, 12 years to be precise.

Japan, headquarters to Toyota, was the first to develop and employ the Park Assist feature and technology via their 2003 PriusThen, in 2006, an updated version was unveiled to a small market outside of Japan for the first time—no, the U.S. was not included in that small market.  Finally, in 2009, the United States and other parts of Europe and Asia were allowed in on the secret.  Today, major automakers such as Ford, Mazda, and Dodge, all utilize the Park Assist feature in their vehicles.


Pedestrian  Night  Vision

No, this isn’t something from Call of Duty, but you can say the automotive industry has definitely learned something from the military.  Not only have they learned from it, they’ve also implemented it into their vehicles.  Much like the Park Assist feature, this technology isn’t necessarily new; it’s just now becoming well-known, advertised, and accepted by and to the public. 

Cadillac first engineered the Night Vision feature in 2000, then, in 2005 and 2010, Mercedes improved it and offered it the E-Class.  It was also available in the 2009 BMW 7-Series.  The Night Vision feature marks an approaching pedestrian in red on an in-dash monitor.  If the car gets too close to the pedestrian, a second indication and/or alarm will flash on a Heads-Up display equipped within the vehicle’s front windshield.  Pretty cool, huh!?


Automotive  Wi-fi  Hotspots

Okay, you can’t say you didn’t see this one coming, especially with all the technological advances the automotive world has spewed out within the last 5 to 10 years—this was only a matter of time.  This one is pretty cut-and-dry.  Autonet Mobile, the first network of its kind, allows your car to become a ‘hotspot’ by mounting a router in a secured and discreet location within your car.  It allows 3G internet access with no regards to cell towers or tunnels.  Ford and Chrysler have already jumped on this feature with their UConnect Web and Ford Works Solutions Systems as they, like the rest of us, highly anticipate the arrival of full-fledged internet and web-surfing capabilities from a car.

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Flex  Fuel Vehicles  in  the  HOV  Lane


Flex  Fuels  &  FFVs  101:

Flex fuel “this”, flex fuel “that”, we’ve all heard the term, but what does it really mean?  What is a “Flex Fuel”?  What does a Flex Fuel do?  A Flex Fuel is a blended fuel that provides better fuel efficiency than a single fuel product.  The most common and productive Flex Fuel is comprised of 15% gasoline and 85% ethanol; better known as E85.  Ethanol has been proven to be more environment-friendly, renewable, has a high-octane, reduces carbon monoxide, greenhouse gases, and other emissions; burns cleaner, and contains 35% oxygen.  Other studies have shown that Methanol, M85, can be a suitable Flex-Fuel as well.  Nonetheless, E85 has shown to be much more successful as a Flex Fuel.  Flex Fuels are sometimes confused with Bi-fuels, which are stored in two separate tanks within a vehicle and consumed one at a time.  The engine of Flex Fuel Vehicles, FFVs; are specially designed to use more than one fuel; the combined fuels are stored within the same fuel tank.  The United States and Europe own the world’s largest inventory of FFVs; the U.S is estimated to have approximately 25 million FFVs in current use, ranging from motorcycles to light duty trucks, or pickup trucks


Riding  the  HOV  Lane:

What is an HOV Lane?  No, it’s not some military codename for God-knows-what.  HOV is the acronym for ‘High-Occupancy-Vehicle’, and ‘lane’ simply refers to the good ol’ fashioned, ‘carpool-lane’.  Why the name change?—Beats me; maybe HOV lane just sounds more 21st century; nonetheless, the purpose of the HOV lane has not changed.  HOV lanes were designed to reduce traffic and harmful vehicle emissions such as exhaust fumes; which contributes greatly to air pollution and ultimately further damaging the Ozone Layer.  So how do HOV lanes work?  The original 20th century carpool lanes were designated highway/freeway lanes specifically for use by vehicles carrying a minimum of two or more passengers.  The concept was; if more people would commute together, it would reduce the number of vehicles traveling on the highway/freeway, and in the process, also reduce the release of harmful vehicle emissions and air pollution previously mentioned.  Perhaps now we see how Flex Fuel Vehicles can have a successful effect on the HOV lane.  HOV lanes are usually additional lanes added onto expressways rather than pre-existing lanes that were converted into an HOV lane.  Today, law enforcement officers and state highway patrol officers are becoming increasingly strict in ticketing violators illegally using an HOV lane by issuing fines in excess of $500.


Flex  Fuel Vehicles  in the  HOV  Lane:

Now that we know what Flex Fuels, FFVs, and HOV Lanes are; we can begin to farther examine and explore the positives of FFVs using HOV lanes.  Nowadays, more and more auto manufacturers are designing and building various types of Flex Fuel Vehicles which can include; Hybrids, public transportation vehicles such as buses, hotel shuttles, commercial vans, and cabs.  Motorcycles and mopeds are also on the rise as FFVs.  HOV lanes are usually marked or labeled as ‘HOV+2’, ‘carpool’ or with a ‘diamond’ emblem.  HOV lanes and Flex Fuel Vehicles are not limited to the United States; FFVs and HOV lanes are in wide use and increasing across the world in places like; Canada, Europe, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand—this is a global effort.

In some states, such as Maryland; residents are encouraged to purchase Flex Fuel Vehicles and use HOV lanes through incentives.  These incentives range from receiving exemptions on Emissions inspections, discounts for buying a Flex Fuel Vehicle, state and federal tax credits, and unlimited access and usage of HOV lanes, even if they’re traveling alone, as well as auto insurance discounts for driving “Green Vehicles” and Flex Fuel Vehicles.

In closing; we can summarize that Flex Fuel Vehicles using HOV Lanes positively effect “environment-friendliness”, efforts, adheres to the Clean Air Act, reduces traffic congestion, increases fuel economy, encourages consumers/residents to “think-green”, and may even reduce the cost of fuel.  The bottom line is—FFVs in the HOV lane has been a successful campaign.

Ø  Fun Fact – The Ford Model-T was actually the first Flex Fuel Vehicle!



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