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How to not get scammed by a used car dealer?

Tips for Avoiding Used Car Dealership Scams

Here at Show Me Auto Mall, we pride ourselves on integrity and trustworthiness. We know that a satisfied customer is much more likely to be a return customer. That’s why we want to let you in on some scams that happen in the industry and show you how to avoid them.

Here’s how to not get scammed by a used car dealer. Read the rest of this entry >>

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If you want to up your technology access while keeping your vehicle, check this out

What is Amazon Echo Auto?

Being able to connect one’s smartphone to the infotainment system in a vehicle is one of the most exciting developments in the automotive industry. While this has been a boon to buyers of new vehicles, there are a lot of used car buyers shopping for something affordable at Show Me Auto Mall who are looking for something that can fulfill this need. So, what is Amazon Echo Auto? Basically, Amazon came up with a way to take all of the capabilities of the Amazon Echo digital home assistant and implement it into their daily commutes. Drivers simply need to download an app for their phones and install the Echo Auto unit in their vehicles. We’ll go through some of its features. Let’s see what this is all about. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Do you have enough coverage in your car insurance policy?

Is car insurance required in Missouri?

Buying a vehicle can be a very exciting time in a person’s life, but there is an aspect of the buying process that is often glossed over — obtaining car insurance. Not only is car insurance required in Missouri, but there are hard limits on how much coverage a driver needs to have. A few of the product experts working in the Show Me Auto Mall showroom reached out to various industry sources to put together this guide to basic car insurance questions our customers might not think to ask. This blog isn’t the same as consulting a licensed insurance agent. Everyone has different circumstances. To find the best insurance solutions for you, consult with a licensed insurance agent. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Are you using premium gas? Are you sure it’s necessary? It might not be

Should I be using premium gas in my car?

Whenever someone buys a different vehicle, there is always a small learning curve where they have to figure out how to get the best possible performance and fuel efficiency results. One of the most common questions we hear in either of the Show Me Auto Mall showrooms is, ‘Should I be using premium gas in my car?’ The answer, unfortunately, isn’t necessarily always cut-and-dry. Most high-volume models from automakers are built from the ground-up to run on regular-grade gasoline. Premium gas is normally reserved for cars and trucks that have high-performance engines. Let’s take a look at a few things you might need to know. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Are you using the right oil in your vehicle to help it run for as long as possible?

Is synthetic oil ok to use in high mileage cars?

Show Me Auto Mall is home to a huge inventory of pre-owned vehicles spread across our locations in Harrisonville and Belton. We try to have something on-hand that will work with just about everyone’s needs and budget. Mostly we want to make sure the vehicles that our customers are taking home are as reliable and problem-free as possible. That leads us into one of the most common questions we hear in our service department, ‘Is synthetic oil ok to use in high mileage cars?’ Like many things in the automotive industry, there isn’t a simple yes or no answer to be had. We spoke with some of the expert technicians in the Show Me Auto Mall Service Department to listen to what they had to say. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Getting the best fuel economy doesn’t mean shifting your own gears anymore

Do cars with a manual transmission get better gas mileage?

There are a lot of things to consider when shopping for a new pre-owned car, truck or SUV. For a lot of buyers, this means getting a vehicle that will burn as little gas as possible. Customers on this particular path are often quick to ask, ‘Do cars with a manual transmission get better gas mileage?’ Well, like most things in the automotive world, this myth was once true but so many things have changed. If you’re the type that likes the feeling of running through the gears, by all means, look for a stick shift. However, if convenience is your game, you can rest assured an automatic gear-changer will serve you well. Let’s take a look at some outdated myths. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Do you know when you should walk away from a deal?

What are the signs I shouldn’t buy a used car?

Show Me Auto Mall has a unique business plan within the retail automotive sales industry. We specialize in the sales and service of high-quality, reliable and safe pre-owned cars, truck, vans and SUVs. Our inventory available at our two locations is filled with all of the top automakers a customer could reasonably want to see. We’ve previously covered why buying a used car could be a better deal than shopping at a new car dealership. Today we want to turn that focus inward and answer a question that should be on the minds of every person who is looking at the secondary vehicle market, ‘What are the signs I shouldn’t buy a used car?’ If our service team has done their job (and they always do) you should never come across anything that is discussed below. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Let us make the case why buying used is going to be a better deal for you

Why should I buy a used car versus a new car?

Buying a vehicle is always going to be a risk. Sometimes people are just unlucky. However, the inventory of pre-owned cars, trucks and SUVs available at the Show Me Auto Mall locations in Harrisonville and Belton are closely inspected to ensure buyers are getting the safest and most reliable vehicle possible. One of the most common questions we hear in our showroom is, ‘Why should I buy a used car versus a new car?’ This is an excellent question and we love discussing the advantages of doing business with us versus franchised new vehicle outfits. Let’s take a closer look at why your next vehicle should come from Show Me Auto Mall. Read the rest of this entry >>

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We can help with tough credit situations but there are some things you can do, too

How do I get a car loan with bad credit?

Show Me Auto Mall is a special dealership in a few different ways. First and foremost, we have one of the largest and most diverse inventories of pre-owned cars, trucks, minivans, hatchbacks and crossover SUVs spread across our Harrisonville and Belton locations. The other way we stand apart from our competition is how we’re able to help people get a safe and reliable vehicle that they can comfortably afford – even if they have a less-than-perfect credit situation. There is hardly a day that goes by where someone doesn’t walk into one of our showrooms to ask, ‘How do I get a car loan with bad credit?’ We have relationships with several lenders that can help out with that, but there are still somethings you can do to help your own cause. Let’s take a look. Read the rest of this entry >>