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Dirty Trick Free Zone: Episode #11- Summer Vacation

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In today’s episode of the Car Dealer Dirty Trick Free Zone, I talk  about summer. I was thinking about summer a lot today becuase New England is a beautiful place to live and I truly enjoy each of the four seasons but summer is very short. I think that because summer is so short that many of us forget to take summer vacations.

This weekend my family and two others are going on a camping trip and I can’t even explain how excited I am. Camping is one of those trips that can be   cheap, fun and easy to plan so I suggest trying it out over the summer.

Take my challenge and set a time for a summer vacation right now and make it somewhere you have always wanted to go. I would love to hear what you end up planning so email me directly at jillcares@keycars.com. My name is Jill Merriam, owner of Key Hyundai of Manchester and Key Hyundai of Milford and I am the dealer for the people.

Dirty Trick Free Zone: Episode #10- Understand your credit before going to the dealership

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In today’s epidsode of the Car Dealer Dirty Trick Free Zone, I talk  about the importance of understanding your credit before going to a dealership.  This is one of the best tips that I believe I can give to everyone out there who is interested in buying a car.

So you’ve made the decision, you want a new car, well now what? To me the first step should be knowing and understanding everything about your credit. You should know your credit better then the dealer does so make sure to understand and study your credit score and the componets that make up your score. I think that looking at your credit is often like stepping on the scale. If you don’t look then you don’t have to face it but more often then not it’s really not as bad as you may think it is. It is that fear of knowing that really gets in the way.

When you understand and know your credit, this puts you in a great position when going to the dealer. It gives you the option of choosing where to finance and knowing where your rate should be around.

I would love to hear any tips you have about buying a car and if you have any questions feel free to contact me at jillcares@keycars.com! My name is Jill Merriam, owner of Key Hyundai of Manchester and Key Hyundai of Milford, and I am the dealer for the people.

Dirty Trick Free Zone: Episode #9- Women’s Car Buying Guide

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In today’s episode of the Car Dealer Dirty Trick Free Zone, I talk about why women are intimidated when buying a car. Being around the car industry for my whole life I really understand that the car buying process can seem complicated and intimidating. As a woman in the car indusrty I also understand that women feel an apprehension when entering into the car buying process. I have  helped many of my freinds, family and acquaintances feel more comfortable purchasing a car by offering my knowledge, experience and expertise.

Some of the reason women may feel apprehensive when buying a car is that we may not always cleary explain what exactly we want and are less likely to be straight forward. The truth is that it is important to go into the car dealer and realize you don’t need them to be your friend and you don’t need them to like you. What you need is straight forward and honest answers about the car you want for the value you want it at. If you don’t feel like you are being treated the way you believe you should be, then just walk out.

I believe  that it can be both a learning and freeing experience to make a car purchase on your own. If anyone has any questions feel free to email me at  jillcares@keycars.com I would love to be able to lend my advice and answer questions. 

My name is Jill Merriam, Owner of Key Hyundai of Manchester and Key Hyundai of Milford, CT and dealer for the people.

Dirty Trick Free Zone: Episode #8- What you need to know about leasing

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In today’s episode of the Car Dealer Dirty Trick Free  Zone, I talk about what you should know when leasing a car. As a car dealer and an expert in the automotive industry I love to answer any questions about the car buying or leasing process. One of the most frequent questions that I get asked is about leasing a car.

One thing to understand about leasing is that like every other trend, it goes in and out of fashion. The leasing market goes up and down and currently we are in an active leasing market becasue used cars are scarce.

Another imporant aspect to understand is that a lease is really nothing but a financing mechanism and you should know if it is the right option for you. The price is what is negotiable when leasing a car and a good resource to use is a leasing calculator. Please let me know if there is anything you want to know about leasing or buying a car, we love your comments!

My name is Jill Merriam, owner of Key Hyundai of Milford and Key Hyundai of Manchester, and I am the dealer for the people. To find out is leasing is right for you visit my  website at http://keycars.com

Dirty Trick Free Zone: Episode #7-How much money could you save in a year?

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In today’s episode of the Car Dealer Dirty Trick Free Zone, I talk about my daily cup of coffee. I’m a early riser, usually waking up around 5 am every morning, and from the moment I start my day I often finds myself focused completly on my first cup of coffee.  For me my cup of coffee has really become an addiction andI like to wait as long as possible to get it so I can savour and enjoy it for as long as possible. The other day I got to think about how much money I would save over a year if I cut back or stopped drinking  coffee every morning. When I took the time and added it all up I couldn’t believe that the total amount spent could add up to a family vacation! So think about it, how much would you save in a year?

My Name is Jill Merriam, owner of Key Hyundai of Manchester and Key Hyundai of Milford, and I am the dealer for the people.

Dirty Trick Free Zone: Episode #6- Planting A Garden

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In today’s episode of the Car Dealer Dirty Trick Free Zone, I talk  about my hestiation to planting a garden this year.  With the weather being pretty unpredictable over the last few months I have  really questioned whether or not to plant my garden. The land is ready to be planted and I still am having second thoughts about starting the garden up. One day recently, after talking to some of my friends at my son’s bus stop, it jumped into my head that I need to just go ahead and do it. I think it is important to  share the message that if there is anything you are hestitaing about you should just go ahead and do it!

My name is Jill Merriam, owner of Key Hyundai of Manchester and Key Hyundai of Milford, and I am the dealer for the people. Feel free to email me directly at jillcares@keycars.com or visit us on the web at http://keycars.com

Dirty Trick Free Zone: Episode #5 – What Should You Do if Your Check Engine Light Comes On?

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQtyT7VlW_k] In today’s episode of the  Car Dealer Dirty Trick Free Zone, Jill Merriam talks about what you should do if your check engine light comes on.  Today’s cars are driven by multiple computer systems as well as a sophisticated emissions system.  There are tons of things that can trigger a check engine light, from something as simple as the gas cap not being tightened (triggers an error in the emissions system) to major issues such as true engine failure.  Your best bet is to go to a certified mechanic and have them diagnose it.  All dealerships have a diagnostic computer that we can plug into your car’s computer and pull out codes.  Those codes tell us where the problem is and help us to diagnose and fix the problem.  When your check engine light goes on, you should immediately schedule an appointment to have it looked at.  You don’t need to stop driving your car unless you notice that it’s acting funny.  If the light is blinking, you need to immediately stop driving your car and get it taken care of. 

For more information about maintaining your car, you can visit http://www.hartfordhyundaiservice.com/.  My name is Jill Merriam.  I am the owner of Key Hyundai of Manchester, CT and Key Hyundai of Milford,  CT.  My goal is to help demystify the car buying and car service and maintenance process.  You can reach me directly at jillcares@keycars.com

Dirty Trick Free Zone: Episode #4 – How to Buy a Used Car and the Value of Carfax

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O68eNQBJVzU&feature=player_embedded]  In today’s episode of the Dirty Trick Free Zone, Jill Merriam talks about how to buy a used car without getting ripped off.  

The reality is with the advent of major pricing tools like cars.com and autotrader.com the customer is a lot less likely to get ripped off on price than in the past.  In fact, the balance of power has really shifted from the dealer to the buyer.

I think a much more important question is where you buy your used car from.

Carfax can be a starting point, but it by no means paints an entire picture.  Carfax pulls accident data from insurance companies and registration data from state DMVs.  So, the reliability of Carfax is only as good as the data that they are given.  And, all that Carfax does is let you know whether the car has been in a major accident or not.  Like I said, a good starting point, but doesn’t speak at all to the mechanical reliability of the car

There are a few different questions that you,as the consumer, should ask the car dealer before you purchase a used car from them. First ask to see the repair orders. It is important to know what the car needed to have done and what they have already done to the car.   At Key Hyundai, every single car that we buy to resell goes through an hour and a half inspection and the technician writes up every single thing he sees wrong with the car.  We then recondition it completely before we sell it to you.  So, you maybe able to find a cheaper car if you drive 100 miles into the Bronx, but if you save $500, only to have it break down on you next week, what’s the use? 

If you are at a dealership trying to buy a used car and they won’t show you a repair order with the work that was done on the car before it hit their lot, feel free to walk away. 

My name is Jill Merriam, I am owner of Key Hyundai of Manchester and Milford, CT and dealer for the people.  You can learn more about my dealerships at http://keycars.com and http://jillforthepeople.com

Dirty Trick Free Zone: Episode #3 – Silly Bandz Craze vs. Hybrid Craze

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9-2k9bLzvs]  In today’s episode of the Dirty Trick Free Zone, I talk about the Silly Bandz craze and how it relates to crazes in the automotive industry.  Most of my social research takes place at my Kindergarten’s bus-stop.  The other day, there was a flurry of conversation about Silly Bandz.  For those of you not in the pop culture know, Silly Bandz are rubber bracelets in different shapes that the kids are going crazy for!  So, why is a car dealer talking about Silly Bandz?  Well, I think that it’s in interesting study in crazes and fads.  And, there is no industry more affected by crazes and fads than the auto industry.  Just about a year ago, gas prices skyrocketed and everyone wanted out of their SUVs.  The prices of SUVs plummeted and you couldn’t give them away.  Hybrids were like gold and we couldn’t keep Hyundai Accents and Hyundai Elantras in stock.  Everyone said that America’s desire for better gas mileage cars is here to stay.  Well, that wasn’t true.  The minute gas prices fell below $2.00 a gallon, American’s flocked back to SUVs.  The prices of SUV’s has gone back up.  The movement to better gas mileage cars is now just another craze gone by the wayside. 

My name is Jill Merriam, I am owner of Key Hyundai of Manchester, CT and Key Hyundai of Milford, CT and the Dealer for the People.  My goal is to simplify the car buying process.  If you have any questions, please reach out to me at jillcares@keycars.com

Dirty Trick Free Zone: Episode #2 – Jill’s Own Toddler and Tiara Experience

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2nyHSQLHec]   This weekend my four-year old daughter, Carly, had her very first dance recital.  I was really apprehensive about the whole thing after hearing nightmarish stage mom stories and watching Toddlers and Tiaras.  I have to say, though, with the exception of a few difficult, frantic moms, the whole thing worked out well. 

Carly takes tap and jazz so she performed two dance numbers on the stage.  Once I checked my cynicism at the door, I realized that it is actually a great life lesson for these girls.  They have to get themselves ready, be on time and not be afraid to go on stage in front of a lot of people.  It’s great preparation for the real world.  In fact, it’s not too dissimilar to what I have to do each day.  I get up, put on work appropriate clothes, go to Key Hyundai and I have to “perform” in front of all our employees and customers in order to be successful.  I guess the moral of the story is to look to the positive in every situation and learn from whatever you are doing. 

My name is Jill Merriam, I am the mom to two great kids and the owner of Key Hyundai in Manchester, CT and Milford, CT.  You can learn more about us at http://keycars.com or http://jillforthepeople.com