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36,000 Mile
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36,000 Miles Warranty

We offer a 3 Year/36,000 Mile Warranty on most repairs. Better than most dealerships in the area.

ASE Certified
Master Techs.

ASE Certified technicians

The reason we have an amazing warranty is because of our amazing ASE certified Master Technicians.

4 Tips Before You Buy A Car

Buying a car can be very frustrating, but needs to be planned properly. Here are some quick tips before you make your purchase.

new vs used car

1. Know your budget

Right now is the best time to buy a 2018 vehicle because the new 2019 cars are coming out. Once you set your down payment and monthly payments. Next…

2. What do you want the car to do for you?

Is it for work, vacation, take the family around, etc…
How many seats do you need? How many miles are you going to drive every month?

3. Know your credit score.

Do not be surprised when you walk in. Obviously, the better the credit score, the better off you are.

4. Compare multiple cars.

Do you need great gas mileage? The Ford Fusion is an excellent choice. If you need a van, there are multiple vans to choose from. Do your homework on Toyota Land Cruiser, Chevy Tahoe, and Dodge Caravan.
If you’re going to buy a Caravan, make sure it does NOT have a Fiat engine.

Now that you know those things, start to shop around online. There are websites where you can compare cars such as the Chevy Tahoe vs the Toyota Land Cruiser. Typically the Land Cruiser is $10,000 – $15,000 more. So, save the $10,000 – $15,000 for repairs as needed. If you’re thinking of buying a 2-year-old car, you’re better off buying a new one.

Test Drive

Rent the car you’d like to buy and take it on a long trip to Santa Barbara or Palm Springs. Drive it there and have your significant other drives back. Make sure the seats are comfortable, you don’t have any blind spots, etc.
The more bells and whistles you add on, the more expensive it’s going to be in the long run. Do you really need the navigation? On some vehicles, it can be an additional $4,000. Buy yourself a smartphone, best navigation in the world.

Now you’ve done your homework, you know your credit score, budget, and test drove the car. Now its time to buy the car. Go to 3-4 dealerships to find the best deal. Do Not let them drag you inside. have a credit application ready to hand them. Tell them how much you are willing to put down. Also, it is important to get a 10 year/ 100,000 mile extended warranty that anyone can work on with a $100 deductible. In addition, how many years you want to make payments for. Lastly, negotiate low monthly payments.

E-mail me at franciscosfonsecahb@gmail.com with any of your questions or connect with me via Facebook or Instagram. I will respond within 24 hours. Looking forward to speaking with you!

Get
Directions


Get Directions

We are located at 7662 Slater Ave in Huntington Beach. We’ve been in the area for over 30 years.

Free Pick Up
& Drop Off

Free Pick Up & Drop Off

Can’t Get a ride? At Francisco’s Automotive we have 3 full time drivers that can come get you from work, school or home.

Call us with
your questions


Call Us

Call francisco with any automotive related question (714)375-2661

36,000 Mile
Warranty


36,000 Miles Warranty

We offer a 3 Year/36,000 Mile Warranty on most repairs. Better than most dealerships in the area.

ASE Certified
Master Techs.

ASE Certified technicians

The reason we have an amazing warranty is because of our amazing ASE certified Master Technicians.

New vs. Used Car Huntington Beach

I hear a lot of people tell me they want to purchase a used car that is 1-2 years old. If you buy a used car with 30,000 – 40,000 miles, replacing all the fluids can cost you up to $1,000 if you change all of them. Not including replacing tires plus missing the 3year/ 36,000-mile warranty. If you buy a used car that’s 2 years old, then you might be paying the same amount money as a new car. If you buy a new car at the right time, plan your purchase, and do your homework you should be just fine. You must ask questions like, why is that person selling a car that is 2 years old? Does it have any hidden problems?

Used car franciscos automotive huntington beachWhen you purchase a new car, you don’t spend any money on repairs on the 1st 3 years or 36,000 miles. What is that worth? It can save you $500 to thousands of dollars on some models. Not to mention peace of mind. Why would I lead you to get a new car when a used car would bring me more business? My business does fine and I do not want a headache that comes with someone dumping a problem car into my shop.

Write it down on paper, the price of the new car and the price of a used one, and what it will cost you over the next 3 Years. Connect with me on Facebook, Linkedin, or Instagram and let’s work on your purchase together!

Get
Directions


Get Directions

We are located at 7662 Slater Ave in Huntington Beach. We’ve been in the area for over 30 years.

Free Pick Up
& Drop Off

Free Pick Up & Drop Off

Can’t Get a ride? At Francisco’s Automotive we have 3 full time drivers that can come get you from work, school or home.

Call us with
your questions


Call Us

Call francisco with any automotive related question (714)375-2661

36,000 Mile
Warranty


36,000 Miles Warranty

We offer a 3 Year/36,000 Mile Warranty on most repairs. Better than most dealerships in the area.

ASE Certified
Master Techs.

ASE Certified technicians

The reason we have an amazing warranty is because of our amazing ASE certified Master Technicians.

Looking into buying a car?

 

     When you’re buying a car, you have to plan the purchase of the automobile. I know people that got up in the morning intending to buy a car and later that evening they come back with a car. Most of us spend more time purchasing a pair of shoes than we do buying a car. We spend 1 or 2 days trying on the pair of shoes, making sure they fit correctly, etc.

     The first thing you want to do is write down on paper what you want the car to do for you? Is it to take your family on vacation? To take you back and forth to work? Both? How much do you drive? How much do you spend on gas on a monthly basis? If you are buying a car for your kids, what is important, safety or gas mileage? I know some people that buy their kids a smaller car because of better gas mileage. Put your kids in the biggest car you can buy! All my kids drove tanks ( Jeep Suburban). Unfortunately, a couple of my kids were in accidents, but thankfully they survived because they were driving tanks.

     Once again, write down what you want the car to do for you and ALWAYS have an exit strategy. How long do you plan on keeping the car: 5 years, 10 years, 20 years? Next, write down if you plan on buying a new or used vehicle and what your budget is. If you plan on buying a used car that is 2-3 years old, I can prove to you that buying a new car is cheaper, in the long run, most of the time. If you are thinking of buying a used car that’s $2,000 – $3,000 then you are buying someone else’s problems. A nice used car will cost around $10,000. Now, I’m going to follow up with a series of blogs that will show you step by step on how to buy a used car, but if you have any questions please contact me via Facebook, email, or call me at (714) 375-2661.

Get
Directions


Get Directions

We are located at 7662 Slater Ave in Huntington Beach. We’ve been in the area for over 30 years.

Free Pick Up
& Drop Off

Free Pick Up & Drop Off

Can’t Get a ride? At Francisco’s Automotive we have 3 full time drivers that can come get you from work, school or home.

Call us with
your questions


Call Us

Call francisco with any automotive related question (714)375-2661

36,000 Mile
Warranty


36,000 Miles Warranty

We offer a 3 Year/36,000 Mile Warranty on most repairs. Better than most dealerships in the area.

ASE Certified
Master Techs.

ASE Certified technicians

The reason we have an amazing warranty is because of our amazing ASE certified Master Technicians.

Keeping Cool this Summer

 

Summertime is here and it’s getting hot. Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Seal Beach might only be 90-degrees, but it seems like 100 degrees for us. Irvine, Westminster, Garden Grove, and some of the inner cities can get to 100 -110 degrees. If you go to the desert, it can get up to 120 degrees. Around here, your air conditioning might seem ok, on a hot day it might not seem that bad.

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Get
Directions


Get Directions

We are located at 7662 Slater Ave in Huntington Beach. We’ve been in the area for over 30 years.

Free Pick Up
& Drop Off

Free Pick Up & Drop Off

Can’t Get a ride? At Francisco’s Automotive we have 3 full time drivers that can come get you from work, school or home.

Call us with
your questions


Call Us

Call francisco with any automotive related question (714)375-2661

36,000 Mile
Warranty


36,000 Miles Warranty

We offer a 3 Year/36,000 Mile Warranty on most repairs. Better than most dealerships in the area.

ASE Certified
Master Techs.

ASE Certified technicians

The reason we have an amazing warranty is because of our amazing ASE certified Master Technicians.

4 Ways to Save Gas

The price of gas is creeping up again and if you’re anything like me, every mile matters. For example, let’s say your car gets 20 miles per gallon, and if you can get an extra 2 miles per Gallon, that a 10% increase. For every $10 you spend, you get an extra dollar. Every $100, you get an extra $10 and so on. This is very simple to do if you follow these steps.

 

Tire Pressure

According to the Auto Club, you can lose 1-2 miles per gallon by having low tire pressure and a dirty air filter. Tire pressure is not only important for gas mileage but is also very important for preventing tire wear. If you don’t have the proper tire pressure, you can lose 25%-50% of life from the tire. Imagine how much money you are wasting! Keeping those tires properly inflated can save you not only gas mileage but can also save you money on tires.

Another reason why fuel efficiency is a problem is that of excess weight, and I’m not talking about your mother in law. I’m talking about those golf clubs you use once a month, a trunk full of books, etc. Frankly, any unnecessary items you’re leaving in your car, get rid of it. Plain and simple!

Alignment

For Huntington Beach residents ( Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley as well), potholes are a problem which can cause your vehicle to come out of alignment. This might not seem like it can affect your gas mileage, but believe it or not, it can affect it gradually. Also, it will wear out your tires quicker. In another segment, I will talk about how to buy tires.

Air Filters

Now let’s talk about air filters. When you replace your air filter, it allows your car to breathe which makes your car more fuel efficient. Some cars like Ford, Toyota, and GM have what’s called a Mass Air Flow Sensor, which detects air coming out of your engine. The sensor tells you whether you’re at sea level, or at 10,000 feet of elevation by measuring the air flow into your engine. If you do not replace your air filter regularly, it can cost you in the long run. A filter can be easily replaced. However, cheap filters release lint which can stick on the mass air flow sensor causing the sensor to give a false reading. That can decrease your gas mileage by more than one way. I recommend purchasing a factory air filter. There’s a reason why some filters cost $5, you are not saving money by purchasing a cheap air filter. In the long run, it’s costing you a lot more money.

Time Management

Every morning I take the same route to work. There’s a light that I approach that no matter what I do, it’s going to be a red light when I get there. I will never arrive at the light when it’s green. As I pass the stop light before it, I begin to take my foot off the gas. As I’m slowing down, I see the same person racing by me to the red light stomping on his brakes as I roll to the line. sometimes I arrive at the light and I’m still rolling when the light turns green, but I’m using less gas and fewer brakes. The compound effect starts to take place as everything adds up, not only are you saving on gas, you are also saving on brakes and tires! How much money can you save?

For those of you who know who Andy Rooney was, on his show he once said, “ Plan your day.” Layout the route you’re going to take. For example, on Mother’s Day, I went to the supermarket, the flower shop, and the pet store,( keep in mind they’re all in in the same lot) on three separate occasions because I did not plan properly. With all these tips you will not only be saving gas and increase your gas mileage. You will lengthen the life of your tires saving you even more money. Just imagine how much extra time you save! Follow us on Facebook and post your questions on our page. I will comment back in a timely manner.