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Car Buying Tips for Beginners

February 6, 2016
Buying a new car can be more than a little intimidating. How do I get the best deal? What if the salesperson doesn’t take me seriously? What if I make the wrong choice? These questions and more run through your head as you arrive at the dealership… or worse, as you’re stuck at home too anxious to even shop. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, it can be really exciting! However, you do need to know that car sales are, almost 100% of the time, final. That means you can’t return a car because it doesn’t ride as smooth as you thought it would, or because it’s missing the navigation system you assumed was there. There are no return loopholes for your misassumptions. This brings me to my first tip: Be informed. Do your research! Generally, barring an emergency, people aren’t in a rush to buy a new car. It’s a long, delicate process. Spend time researching makes and models online. Talk to friends and family about the cars they own and how they run. Read reviews and consumer reports. Test drive, test drive, test drive! This doesn’t mean you can’t still be a little unsure when you go in to buy (definitely listen to the salesperson’s suggestions), but having a good idea of what you want makes for an easier experience. Timing is everything. When you buy can make all the difference. The last week of the year is always a good option. Dealerships don’t have to pay taxes on any cars they get off the lot before Dec 31st, so they’re generally willing to negotiate. The end of a model year is also a great time to buy. When newer models are starting to roll in, you’ll likely find specials and sales on the older models. There’s even a strategy for which day of the week to shop. If you visit the dealership on a weekday, you’ll get way more personal attention than you would on a busy weekend. This is great if you have lots of questions. Don’t overbuy. It’s easy to get carried away when buying a new car. You’ve gone without for years, and now you want all the bells and whistles. However, the fanciest car might not be right for you. Remember, more tech upgrades and features means more potential repairs and glitches. Also, are you tech-savvy enough to utilize all the intricate and expensive features? Your perfect car might be sitting two rows away with 5,000 miles on it. These are just a few of many car buying tips, but it’s a great place to start. I’d wish you luck on your car search, but you don’t need it!
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Signs of a Bad Transmission

May 16, 2014
Don’t wait till the last moment! Look for the warning signs of a bad transmission before it’s too late.

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1. Noises: If you’re hearing a clunking or whining noise, it’s usually a sign that you have an issue with your vehicle. Listen to what your car is trying to tell you.

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2. Leaks: Red fluid on your driveway could mean two different things: you ran over some road kill or a troubling transmission.

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3. Smells: Have you ever smelled that gross burning smell? That usually means low fluids, which is a result of overheated transmission fluid.

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4. Hard time shifting: If your car is a manual and you’re having a hard time shifting it could be a warning sign.

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5. Check engine light: Last but not least, if the check engine light comes on.

Make sure to seek repairs as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of these warning signs.

Auto News, Dealership Events

McCarthy Toyota Grand Opening Celebration!

May 15, 2014

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You DONT want to miss this event! Come celebrate the grand opening of the new McCarthy Toyota dealership. If you crave BBQ as much as I do, then you are going to love the BBQ  competition, plus more free food. Feel free to bring your family, because there’s going to be live music and face painting. If you’re looking for a car, then you’ll want to check out the deals on the new and used vehicles. During the event you will receive a 39” TV with every vehicle that you purchase!

Did I mention the various prizes at the event? You could win a 50” flat screen TV, a two year lease on a 2014 Toyota Corolla S2, Royals tickets, or an autographed Jamaal Charles helmet!


Location: 3110 West Broadway Boulevard

Sedalia, MO 65301

Date: May 17th

Time: 9:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.

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Why Won’t My Car Start?!

April 24, 2014

It’s a cool brisk Saturday morning and you’re excited to go shopping for yourself. You deserve it after a brutal week at work. Walking towards your car, you’re already thinking about all the stores you want to hit up.

“Maybe I’ll buy those cute strappy sandals from that boutique,” you think as you open the car door.

Hopping into the drivers seat you place the key into the ignition and… nothing! Thinking there might have been a fluke, you try it again. Dread washes over you when you realize that, yes, your car won’t start.

“I have to get those cute strappy sandals,” you yell out loud.

No worries, I’m here to help solve the mystery of why your car won’t start.

#1. Dead Battery- My first thought would be check to see if you left any lights on in your car. Even the smallest light can drain your battery if left on for too long. If you have a battery tester then that is great! If you do believe that your battery is dead then try jump starting your car. If your car starts right away, most likely the problem was just a dead battery. You can always get it replaced or have someone clean the connections. Over time battery connections can become dirty or corroded. Bad connections can make it difficult to start your car as well.

#2. Faulty Fuses- Hope that it is just a faulty fuse. It’s easy to get them replaced! You can tell when a fuse is blown, because the fine wires in the casing will be broken and there will be discoloring. (Few cars have faulty fuses related to starting systems, but your car might be one of them)

#3. Ignition Switch Problems- Your ignition switch could be the problem if it wasn’t your fuse or your battery. One sure sign that it could be the ignition switch is if you turn your key and the red warning lights on your dash don’t ever light up.

#4. Bad Starter- If you’re getting current to the starter but it just keeps spinning, it most likely needs to be replaced. I would recommend having someone help you test this, seeing as it could be slightly dangerous to do own your own.

There are some other reasons why your car won’t start, but hopefully this will help eliminate possibilities! So you can get back on the road and buy those cute strappy sandals!


Easter Egg Time!

April 18, 2014

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I have always loved the Easter season! This year I wanted to get a little bit creative with my dyed eggs. I have searched the Internet looking for the most unique and fun ideas, and here they are!

#1. The first one is a great way to make a mini terrarium inside an Easter egg. What’s a terrarium, you ask? Terrariums are glass containers filled with plants and flowers, and are fantastic mobile planters that can be hung around your home. Learn more on how to make these darling eggs here:

#2. I just love this idea of making graffiti eggs. This blogger decorates these eggs with acrylic paint. I have also seen some bloggers paint eggs with watercolor. Learn more with this link:

#3. Looking for a little glam this Easter season? Check out these gold flake eggs! So easy to do as well. All you need is dipped dyed eggs wrapped in gold flake paper.

#4. Last but not least are these darling marbled eggs. “How?” you ask! You can achieve this look with nail paint! Just like marbling finger nails with water and nail polish, the artist was able to achieve those stunning eggs with the same logic and idea.

Which method will you try this year?

Car Culture, Car Reviews

My Top Cars for Summer Adventures

March 28, 2014
I might be jumping the gun on this, but I can’t stop thinking about summer! Picnics, hiking, swimming, tanning and road trips are just a few of my favorite summer activities. And summer activities and cars are meant to be together, just like French fries dipped in a chocolate milkshake (What? Tell me you do that too!) So to help you get excited for summer, I’ve come up with my top three cars for summer fun!

1. 2014 Nissan 370Z Roadster

Can’t you see yourself driving around town in this hot sports car!? The Nissan 370Z Roadster is meant for the adventurer that seeks luxury!

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2. 2014 Toyota Prius C

It’s time for some fun road trips this summer, and the 2014 Toyota Prius C can take you anywhere you want to go! Don’t worry about spending too much money on gas when you get 53 city/46 hwy mpg!

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3. 2015 Chevy Colorado

Need to haul your things for a campout? This 2015 Chevy Colorado is for the active person inside all of us!

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What is your favorite summer vehicle?
Car Culture

Buying a Car 101

June 19, 2013
carbuying3 You know what always scared me about buying a new car? The commercials. You’d see this gorgeous car being driven down a closed course on your TV, showing off all the perks of the vehicle — a V8 engine, 271 horsepower, 490 mile range… whatever the works may be. Suddenly you’re envisioning yourself in this car, along with all the adventures you’ll have in it. Driving to the beach. Camping. A night out on the town. But five seconds into your daydream, the voice-over starts. A man is talking a mile a minute, and you catch words like “down payment” and “APR”; at the bottom of the screen is fine print that you’d need a a microscope to read. Your daydream comes crashing down. There’ll be no driving along the beach, no night on the town with your closest friends as far as you’re concerned — especially if it means deciphering the details on the bottom of your TV screen. But buying a car can’t be that bad, can it? Especially if so many people have them. I’ve come up with a little cheat sheet to help out all you newbies in the car-buying world. Today I’ll focus on buying a brand new car. 1. First off, think about your budget. While I don’t want to say settling is the only answer, you definitely don’t want to jump over the moon and buy the first bright red convertible you see. Have a price cap in mind and do not go over it. Self control is extremely necessary when purchasing a brand new car. 2. There are certain questions to ask yourself before purchasing a car: -Will you need to haul heavy equipment? -Do you need a family-sized car? -Will four-wheel drive be necessary according to your location? -Are you going to travel a lot? Be sure to mention all these points when talking to your salesperson. 3. Car price. It can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. There are three prices you’ll deal with: average price, dealer price, and sticker price. I. The average price is good to know so you don’t end up paying way more than anyone else did. Ask away and keep that number in the back of your mind. II. A little trickier to get is the dealer price. If you are able to find it, negotiate up from that number rather than working down from sticker-price. *Keep in mind the dealer will add on dollars for options like air conditioning, CD-player, anti-lock brakes, etc. 4. Do your research. You are buying a car — ideally one that you will have for a loooong time, so you need to know what other people are saying and not just what the salesperson in front of you is telling you. Look at magazines and websites like MotorTrend magazine,, Automobile magazine, and
FUN FACT: Dealers profit from you buying cars (Way to go, Captain Obvious — yes I know… but wait for it). Here are the ways they profit from you: A. The negotiating price for the trade-in. B. The negotiation price for the new car. C. Scams in the business office post-negotiations.
5. Fundamentals — AKA bring your drivers license (particularly if you’re going to test drive). 6. Up next is credit history knowledge. I cannot stress this enough: make sure you bring your credit history, in the flesh, with you. All the flashy commercials you see on TV are generally ideal for people with stellar credit history. This doesn’t mean none of the deals will apply to you, but don’t expect to get a cheap-o car just because of something you saw on TV. Your credit score will reflect the car dealership’s faith in you. Simply put, the better your credit score, the easier the car-buying. 7. Another necessary document is your proof of insurance card. You’ll need this especially if you’re applying for a car loan at the dealership. If you don’t have full insurance on a vehicle before walking onto the lot, make sure you contact your insurance company immediately after the purchase, with the car’s year, make and model, VIN, and number of miles on the car. Once your company has received all the necessary paperwork, and you’ve made the payment, they can send proof of insurance to the dealership and you can take your new car home. 8. Itty-bitty details that’ll save you in huge ways: -Know the competition. Dealerships don’t like it when someone else sells the same car for a lot cheaper, so if you’re aware of any deals at other dealerships, toss your knowledge out there and see where it gets you price-wise. -They can’t run a credit history check on you without your permission. In fact, it’s illegal. -Don’t give the dealer your Social Security Number. -It’s best to buy a new car the last two weeks of December, or between July and October, so hold out for those dates and you’ll get the best price. -APR means Annual Percentage Rates. The low rates posted during commercials are, like I mentioned earlier, usually only for people with perfect credit, OR they only last for a certain period of time before they go up. -Most car buyers these days make an initial down payment (a nice chunk of money), and then finance a balance (AKA they make monthly car payments to pay off the rest). -Look for the best interest rate… seriously. And read the fine print. Some dealerships will only have a low interest rate for the first year and then it’ll shoot up. Keep an eye on these guys.
Dealership Events

What would you change about the car buying process?

January 11, 2010
Okay … here’s your chance to influence the process of buying a car. If you could change one aspect, one thing, one step about the car buying process, what would that be? Is it the amount of time spent in the finance office? Is it to install the no-haggle policy at all stores? Is it to get rid of plaid pants and greased back hair? Think long and hard about this because here’s the thing: The whole purpose behind this project is to find out what you think and take those suggestions back to the McCarthy dealerships. For the past (almost) 2 months, I have been asking questions and posting polls. I truthfully want to know how to do business better … as the saying goes, ‘help me help you.’ So tell me what you would change about the car buying process?
Dealership Events

Choosing a dealership: Is it like choosing a spouse?

November 24, 2009
Honesty, trust, good communication, respect and service. All of these qualities seem to be a common thread when making a decision; whether it be choosing a hairstylist, buying a car or picking your husband. It’s about a relationship! What is the number one reason you choose to go to a particular dealership when buying a car? Is it location, price, reputation? Or is it honesty, service, knowledge and respect? I went around Kansas City and asked this very question. Here’s some of what KC had to say about choosing a dealership. [youtube][/youtube] What is your number one reason for selecting a particular dealership? And, did the last store you bought from do anything special? Would you go back?