The Serra Auto Park Blog

The 5 Used-Car Buying Tips You Need Before You Start Shopping

 


Buying a used car can be nothing short of a nightmare.


Vehicles that look great in pictures turn out to be less-than-pristine in real life.


How can you navigate this potential minefield?


With preparation and patience, you CAN find a vehicle that’s just right for you.


Here’s what you need to know.


1. Research the kind of vehicles you’re interested in

You can find a lot of vehicle information on the internet.


Search the specific make, model, and year (if you have one in mind) you’re looking for.


Look at car-enthusiast forums and take note of…

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The Must-See 2019 Vehicles Available This Summer

 


It’s the most wonderful time of the year.


Not Christmas, though it may be just as exciting for vehicle enthusiasts.


The 2019 models are hitting the dealerships.


Here’s what you should be watching out for this summer.


Acura RDX

The latest version is equipped with a roomier interior and is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.


The 10.2-inch infotainment screen is situated on the dash, while the touchscreen control is between the seats.


Starting price: $37,300

Chevrolet Silverado

This second best-selling vehicle in America is slimmed-down for 2019.


Though it’s 450 pounds lighter…

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Electric VS Gasoline: Choosing the Vehicle That’s Right for You

 


If saving the planet is on your radar, you may be considering purchasing an electric car.


But, is that the best choice?


Before you make any vehicle purchase, you need to be well-informed.


Here’s a look at the differences between electric and gas vehicles.


Selection

Though there are more electric vehicles on the market than ever before, you’ll still have a wider variety to choose from if you go with a gasoline-powered car.


Range

Most gasoline vehicles have a range of 250-300 miles before they’ll need a refill.


If you drive about 30 miles a day, that…

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Serra Auto Park is a 2018 CarGurus Top-Rated Dealer

 


Serra Auto Park has big news to share.


We’re proud – and pretty excited – to tell you that we have been named a 2018 CarGurus Top-Rated Dealer.


What does this mean for you?


It means you’re getting a transparent shopping experience when you work with one of our Serra Auto Park dealers.


You can trust that you’ll receive outstanding – and award-winning – customer service.


It’s a great honor to be recognized among the top-performing dealerships.


But the best part about receiving this prestigious award is that it means we’re fulfilling our promise to you, our customers – to…

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It’s All About You: Serra’s Long History of People Pleasin’

 


Albert M. Serra had a motto.


It formed the basis for Serra Automotive as it was just beginning and is just as true today.


“Take care of the customer and your employees, and the rest will take care of itself.”


Let’s take a look back at the history of Serra and why it’s still at the top of the heap after all these years.


Where it all began

The year was 1973. With just one Chevy store, Albert M. Serra started his foray into auto sales.


Within five years, Al Serra Chevrolet was among the Top Five dealerships…

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The Quick Guide to Hybrid Vehicles You Didn’t Know You Needed

 


Hybrid cars are no longer the new kids on the block.


After more than a dozen years on the market and across all the different car manufacturers, there are now 33 hybrid vehicles.


Let’s take a look at these affordable and fuel-efficient cars.


What makes a vehicle a hybrid?

A vehicle is a hybrid if it uses more than one form of energy to drive.


In the case of today’s hybrid vehicles, they have an internal combustion engine, a gas tank, one or more electric motors, and a battery pack.


Hybrid terminology

Here are the hybrid words and…

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People Pleasin’ Plus: Serra’s Work With Habitat for Humanity

 


Giving back is just what we do.


Serra Auto Park has a long legacy of being active in our communities and doing our part to make a difference.


This is the second year in a row that we’ve worked with Habitat for Humanity of Summit County. This time we had two teams comprised of 10 Serra employees, as well as some of their spouses who kindly pitched in.


Team One

This group of workers was stationed in Copley.


Their job was to put trim around the windows and doors of the Habitat house.


They weren’t afraid to get…

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Do’s and Don’ts to Get the Most Out of Your Test Drive

 

The test drive.


Once you’ve narrowed down your list of prospective vehicles, it’s time to take the frontrunners for a spin.


Maybe you’ve never considered it before, but there are some rules of etiquette you should follow when you’re trying out a possible new car.


Here are some dos and don’ts

DO make an appointment

Making an appointment certainly isn’t a requirement, but it’s a good idea.


When…

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5 Reasons Your Vehicle Owner’s Manual is Vital

 


There are two types of people in the world.


One kind of person gets a new vehicle and studies the owner’s manual as if they’ll be tested on it.


The other kind tosses the manual in the glove box, never to be seen again.


Your owner’s manual actually has a lot of vital information that you’ll need to keep your car in good working order.


Buying a new car is a significant investment that you’ll want to protect.


Here’s what you’ll find when you crack open this important guide.

1. Setting everything up…

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The Best 5 Ways to Protect Your Vehicle from Theft

 


Having your car stolen probably isn’t something you think about that often.


But, it’s more common than you think.


Unfortunately, a vehicle is stolen every 44 seconds in the United States.


The bottom line is this: If you have a vehicle, you need to think about protecting yourself from theft.


Here’s how.

1. Keep your keys close

You might think you’re being tricky by hiding a spare key in your wheel…

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