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Automotive Consumer Reviews For Seattle, Bellevue, and Tacoma Washington
best month to buy used cars seattle washingtonYou are a bargain hunter - armed with coupons and determination as you stealthily track those elusive discounts. You seek savings; you demand deals; and you never wish to waste your hard-earned dollars. Every purchase is made with the greatest of care.

Why then would your search for a used car prove any different?

As the premier automotive dealer in the Pacific Northwest, Sound Ford Renton believes that every driver deserves power, performance, and savings - which is why we’re pleased to share this recent Popular Mechanics study, which highlights the best months to buy a used car:


November (26.9% More Deals).
December (23.5% More Deals).
January (16.4% More Deals).
October (12.8% More Deals).
February (6.0% More Deals).
September (3.8% More Deals).

These months - which span both the fall and winter - connect drivers to enhanced savings, with dealers trying to free their lots of excess inventories. This creates a flurry of promotions (such as Sound Ford Renton’s current events, which include our Machinist Union discounts, Boeing Employee discounts, and more). The possibilities are endless and the values are undeniable.

Allow us to prove that, offering you the rewards you deserve. Schedule a test-drive today in one of our many used cars and find the perfect price. 
best time to buy used cars seattle washingtonThe holiday season is upon us - with the next few months promising celebrations, resolutions, and family feasts. It will be an endless series of good food and good times, with the entire country joined in revelry.

Sound Ford Renton suggests sparing a few moments during those revelries, however, to consider car shopping - because the holidays prove ideal for those in need of used SUVs, convertibles, pick-ups, and more. Discover the year’s best deals and lowest prices.

According to News Day, North American drivers should plan their used car purchases with care - taking advantage of eight specific events and their equally specific savings:


New Year’s Eve
Christmas
Christmas Eve
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving
Veterans Day
Black Friday

During these holidays, used car prices drop dramatically - due to both seasonal changes (most events occur during the fall and winter) and the arrival of new inventory. Dealerships find themselves suddenly flooded with next-generation powerhouses and they must find ways to accommodate them. This leads to a series of incentives, each tailored to freeing valuable lot space.

Considering a used car? Take note that several key events are on the way - which will lead to deductions, discounts, and more at Sound Ford Renton. Contact us today to learn more.

buy used car seattle washingtonSustainability proves the foe of every new vehicle. Once their tires roll onto the highway, every pick-up powerhouse and sport-tuned speedster experiences a sudden drop in value - leaving drivers to despair as they watch their hard-earned dollars drift away.

As Seattle’s premier automotive dealer, Sound Ford Renton recognizes the frustrations our customers face in the wake of depreciation. This is why we offer a vast selection of used platforms - connecting men and women to the quality they demand and the long-term worth they’re too often denied.

According to a recent Bankrate report, new cars lose a staggering 20% of their total values the moment they leave the lot - and additional 10% within their first year. This siphons away all potential trade-in advantages, forcing drivers to constantly settle for second-rate deals.

Buying a used car spares them this aggravation. The same Bankrate report notes that these vehicles (particularly those between two to five years old) have already stabilized, leading to less overall depreciation and greater overall savings. This allows drivers to secure more wallet-friendly results during trade-ins and avoid those costly MSRP plummets. No longer suffer the burden of a 30% drop.

Allow us to provide you with the used platform you deserve. To schedule a test-drive in our available models contact us today.

used car budget checklist seattle washingtonThere’s dust in your wallet. It puffs out in delicate little waves as you pry open the pockets - and you wrinkle your nose, reminded suddenly that your finances are perhaps not the most steady. You have limited funds and equally limited patience; and now you wonder if you can even afford that used car sitting so prettily on the lot.

The Sound Ford Renton team believes that every consumer should be fully aware of the purchasing process when considering used vehicles. We offer a wide selection of SUVs, pick-ups, sedans, and more - each intended to deliver the best performance and the best value. With those values, however, still comes a series of costs; and we urge every driver to examine their budgets with care before committing to a powertrain.

Thinking about buying a used car in Seattle? Create a financial checklist first:


One: What is your total income?

Two: How much of that income is already allocated to current expenses (utilities, rent, food and beverages, etc.)?

Three: How much of that income is needed for savings accounts, investment plans, and other financial commitments?

Four: How much income remains?

Five: What will be your maximum down payment (20% is traditionally recommended to secure improved interest)?

Six: What additional fees will be required? State licensing, state registration, title?

Seven: How much insurance can you afford?

Eight: How much gasoline will be needed per week?

Nine: Will you incur parking fees per week?

Ten: Will your used car require aftermarket upgrades (not covered by manufacturer warranties)?

By answering these questions, you can more efficiently gauge your monthly expenses - and whether those expenses will prove too great. Should you still find yourself uncertain of whether you can afford a used car, contact the Sound Ford Renton team. We’ll navigate you through every purchase and will also provide financial aid options to ease your concerns.
best used car prices in Seattle WashingtonWe've all heard this said: “New cars depreciate as soon as you drive off the lot.” As it turns out, there's strong data to support that claim. 

The average new car loses 10 percent of its value as soon as you leave the dealership, according to Carfax. So a $25,000 car would instantly be worth $22,500 - even if you’ve only made it a mile down the road.

Things get worse after that. According to Edmunds research, the average new sedan loses a whopping $7,419 of its value in the first year of ownership. That’s more than the car loses in the next three years combined.

From a financial perspective, buying used just makes better sense. Cars last a lot longer than they once did (the average car on the road is 12 years old). If you buy a car that is just a couple years old, you’ll get a vehicle in like-new condition with modern technology and features for many thousands less.

If you’re in the market for a quality used vehicle, here are some tips:


-Buy in the “sweet spot”: Edmunds data shows you get the most bang for your buck when you buy a car in its second year and keep it for three years. You’ll buy at a deep discount and sell before too much additional value is lost.

-Consider a certified pre-owned: These gently-used and low-mileage cars have been thoroughly inspected and refurbished. Most come with a warranty lasting up to five years and 100,000 miles for further piece of mind.

-Get a vehicle history report: It helps to know your vehicle’s past. Has the car been in an accident? Is the odometer reading accurate?

If you’re ready to shop used cars, visit our Sound Ford dealership in Renton, Washington or browse our extensive inventory online. If you have questions, we’re happy to help.
used Ford Flex in Seattle WashingtonThe average used car sold for around $18,500 in 2015, but how do you know which makes and models are the best value at that price point?

To narrow down the field, Edmunds put together a list of the top 10 used cars on the market. The list was compiled taking a look at the most popular vehicle segments, with particular attention to sedans and SUVs. Experts considered the desirability of the vehicles, reliability ratings and the availability of used models on dealer lots, among other things.

The Ford Flex made the prestigious list – beating top-selling competitors like the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander – for perks like its space-efficient cabin that can fit adults in all three rows, a car-like driving experience, ample features and distinct styling.

Other vehicles that made the list were:

• Honda Civic
• Mazda 3
• Honda Accord
• Hyundai Sonata
• Kia Soul
• Honda CR-V
• Subaru Outback
• Nissan Murano
• Mazda CX-9

Why else might you love the 2010, 2011 or 2012 Ford Flex?

Technology: Play MP3 files on the state-of-the-art sound system, and chat hands-free with Ford’s voice-activated SYNC system.

Comfort: Enjoy a quiet ride thanks to extensive wind-tunnel testing, and glide over bumps and ruts with the advanced rear suspension.

Safety: Active Park Assist helps you parallel park, while the rear-view camera helps you back up safely. The Flex also has stability control to prevent rollovers, and it comes with the SOS Post-Crash Alert System for assurance if a crash does occur.

If you’re interested in a used Ford Flex, visit us at Sound Ford in Renton, Washington to browse or take a test drive. Or, check out our extensive inventory online.


2014 used Jeep Wrangler in SeattleThe Jeep Wrangler is one of the nation’s most popular vehicles. The Wrangler ranked No. 9 on the list of best-selling SUVs in the first half of this year, falling just behind sister vehicles Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The Wrangler is all about adventure, whether you’re actually off-roading or just cruising around the city streets. We all know this rugged vehicle can handle any terrain - mud, sand, mountains or snow - but it’s also fun to drive. Take the top off on a sunny day and let the wind blow through your hair.

Used Jeep Wranglers - A More Affordable Option

New Wranglers start at about $24,000 and the price quickly shoots up as you add features. The Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon or the Wrangler Unlimited Backcountry can easily cost more than $40,000 with upgrades.

If you’ve always wanted a Wrangler but can’t spend that much, consider a gently used or certified pre-owned (CPO) model. The 2014 Jeep Wrangler in particular is appealing because it offers virtually everything a new model does for thousands less. Most 2014 models still look and feel new.

Jeep CPO vehicles have been thoroughly inspected and vetted. They must be less than 5 years old with no more than 75,000 miles. They offer an all-inclusive warranty for 3 months and a 7-year powertrain warranty. They also come with 24-hour towing and roadside assistance, a three-month subscription to Sirius XM radio, a car-rental allowance and a Carfax vehicle history report.

2014 Wrangler Features and Options

In a recent review, Autotrader praised the 2014 Jeep Wrangler for its rugged off-roading capabilities, powerful V6, the large number of available configurations, the 3-piece removable hardtop and many convenience options.

Some optional 2014 Wrangler features you might appreciate include: a body-colored hardtop, 18-inch painted aluminum wheels, a powered subwoofer, tubular side steps, navigation, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, remote starting, leather interior, heated seats and more.

If you’re ready to take a look at the 2014 Wrangler, stop by Sound Ford in Renton, Washington for a test drive or browse our extensive selection of used vehicles.

used luxury cars in Seattle washingtongThink you need to shell out a fortune to drive a luxury vehicle? Not so fast…

If you’re willing to consider a used or certified pre-owned vehicle, you can ride in style for a surprisingly affordable price. Buying a luxury car that is just a couple years old shaves many thousands off the cost without sacrificing features or style.

Unless there’s been a major redesign, most luxury models don’t change that much from one year to the next. The body styles, technology, performance and gas mileage are similar if not identical.  Side by side, many people would have trouble telling them apart.

And when you buy a certified pre-owned (CPO) luxury model, you can buy with new-car confidence. CPOs have undergone rigorous testing, inspection and repair to ensure they meet the program’s high standards. To boot, they come with an extended warranty.

So which used luxury models offer the best bang for your buck? The experts at Kelley Blue Book came up with this list of the top 10 certified preowned luxury cars for less than $30,000. All vehicles on the list are the 2012 models. 

10. Volvo S80 

9. Infiniti EX   

8. Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class  

7. BMW X3  

6. Infiniti G  

5. Cadillac CTS 

4. Acura TL
 
3. Audi A5 

2. Lexus ES   

1. BMW 3 Series  

If you’re ready to upgrade, come visit our Sound Ford dealership for a test drive. We carry a wide selection of luxury used vehicles to serve our Greater Seattle customers. Or, feel free to browse our inventory of used vehicles online



Used 2012 Cadillac SRX in SeattleSUVs are rising in popularity once again. The largest U.S. automakers reported a 15 percent jump in SUV sales in 2016, while sales of large and mid-size sedans fell 11 percent over the year. 

With gas prices back down to sane levels, consumers are once again appreciating all the perks SUVs offer: increased safety, comfortability and versatility. SUVs are ideal for large families, road trips, hauling and off-road adventures.

If you’re in the market for a used SUV, make sure you check out the 2012 Cadillac SRX. In a recent review, Autotrader praised the 2012 SRX for its power, performance, features, design and much more.

Here are four reasons you just might fall in love, too:

High-tech features - Luxury features come standard with the SRX. Look forward to Bluetooth phone connectivity, SiriusXM radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker Bose stereo, OnStar with turn-by-turn directions and so much more.

Optional luxury features include a 10-speaker DVD audio system, a two-screen rear-seat DVD entertainment system with headphones and a navigation system with a 7-inch touch screen.

Sleek design - No one designs vehicles with more attention to detail than Cadillac. This 2012 SRX is beautiful, both in form and function.

In addition to a sleek and attractive interior and exterior, distinct finishing touches include Sapele wood interior trim, a heated leather-and-wood steering wheel, rain sensing wipers, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel with remote audio controls, heated power front seats, chrome roof rails and more.

Affordability - The 2012 SRX offers luxury at an affordable price. List prices vary based on features and condition, but they start as low as the mid-30s. The SRX is also more fuel efficient than larger SUVS, getting up to 24 miles per gallon on the highway and 17 miles per gallon in the city.

Safety - The 2012 Cadillac SRX earned a highest-possible five-star crash rating from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Safety features include anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes; traction and stability control; and dual front, overhead and front-seat side airbags.

If you’d like to learn more about the 2012 SRX or view quality Cadillac used vehicles, contact the friendly sales staff at Sound Ford in Renton, WA or stop by for a test drive.

used ford mustang for sale seattle washingtonThe sight proves impossible to resist - a gleaming collection of chrome and steel, all bundled together in a fastback profile. You hurry across the dealer lot, hand already fumbling for your wallet. This V6 performer will soon be yours. It’s tailored to every dream, promising staggering speeds and roaring engine revolutions.

It doesn’t, however, promise space - and this realization only comes when you’ve signed the bottom line, with sudden memories of your family rushing back. This tiny two-seater won’t accommodate them, and you wince with your mistake. It will be a... long drive home.

As simple truth defines the shopping experience: not every car is the right car. Sound Ford Renton offers a diverse selection of used platforms - including coupes, convertibles, SUVs, pick-ups, and hatchbacks. Each of these boasts distinctive values but these value don’t always translate to daily life. This is why scheduling a test-drive is so vital.

Never purchase a used car without first driving it. You must carefully assess a variety of criteria - including performance capabilities, economy, cargo storage, seating configurations, and safety features - before making a decision. Examine how a specific vehicle will adapt to your needs and understand its purpose. Is it for the office, family errands, or off-road adventures? Will it serve as the primary transport for a single individual or will it instead cater to multiple drivers (including teens)?

By identifying the specific requirements this car must fulfill, you can better determine whether a test-drive is successful or not. Avoid impulse purchases at all costs. 

Let us help you find the ideal used car. Visit Sound Ford Renton today and discover our selection of Mustangs, F-150s, Explorers, Escapes, and more.