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Used Car Blog

Can I Get a Car for $500 Down?

Saving up for a down payment is one of the biggest hurdles of buying a car. It may not seem like it, but putting money down can have perks, such as borrowing less from a lender. But for some people, putting down less may be more practical. How low can you go? Here at Hawthorne…

Why Is Eating and Driving a Bad Idea?

Eating and driving at the same time is an extremely dangerous activity. But many drivers don’t think twice about it. A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that as many as 80% of distracted driving accidents, and 65% of near misses, are caused by drivers eating behind the wheel!1 Unlike cell…

What Are Self-Financing Car Dealerships?

A self-financing car dealership can be your best option when it’s difficult to obtain a loan. These businesses are advertised all over Southern California. But can they really help you afford a car, and is this the best way to purchase your next vehicle? How Does Self-Financing Work? Otherwise known as an in-house or buy…

Does Gas Quality Matter?

Gas is a significant expense for any vehicle owner. Some types of gas are more expensive than others. While it usually won’t hurt to use the cheapest fuel, depending on your car, there are some differences in the types of gasoline sold. If you’ve been wondering, “Does gas quality matter?”, here is an explanation of…

How Do I Know What Gas Is Best for My Car?

Not knowing what gas is best for your car can leave you scratching your head at the gas station. No one wants to be in that situation. But with different types of gasoline, it’s important to know which one your engine requires. The vehicle’s owner’s manual usually says what type of fuel to use. It…

How to Jump a Car: Hawthorne Auto Square Guide

Jumping a car battery is a skill any driver can master. Getting stuck doesn’t mean you have to be stranded for hours. With the aid of another helpful driver, you can be back on the road in minutes. This guide on how to jump a car will help you get driving again and bring the…

Is It OK to Buy Used Tires?

Tires last a long time, so we don’t often think about budgeting for a new set. They are also expensive. Used cars can save a lot of money, so what about used tires? There is a large market for pre-owned tires. While they’re appealing if you’re on a budget, are you better off going used…

Drawbacks to Purchasing a Vehicle from a Private Seller

When purchasing a used vehicle, you can buy it from a dealer or a private seller. A seller may be intent on closing the deal quickly, giving you negotiating power, and doesn’t have any overhead to cover. You might get a good price, but do you know how to buy a used car from a…

Checklist for Buying a Used Car for the First Time

If you’ve never had a car, buying a used one can have many perks. Cars depreciate in value over time. This means you can get a higher trim level or more features at a better price. But whether you’re buying your very first car or have decided to purchase your next vehicle at a used…

What Is the Difference Between Make and Model?

A vehicle is typically named using its make and model. Examples include Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, or Honda Civic. There’s a significant difference between both terms. It’s important to understand this when you’re shopping for, selling, or appraising a car. To help you along, we’ll explain the difference between make and model in more detail….