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Please click on my Available Vehicles above for a complete listing (and pictures) of my current inventory.
Please don't overlook my page on Collision Detection.
I will do everything possible to announce any flood damage, any structural damage or salvaged titles. I give full disclosure on all vehicles; mechanical and structural. I also encourage you to do your due diligence. Please get a second opinion from a mechanic of your choice.
I show my cars by appointment only, this allows me maximum efficiency of my time, which helps me to sell vehicles cheaper. Please call my cell number listed above, as I am not always at the dealership.
I am available to take calls from 5:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
I believe that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior as well as yours. We are saved by Grace alone. I hope that my website and my business reflect my personal mission of serving Jesus. We are members of St. James Lutheran Church, Lafayette, IN, a Missouri Synod Lutheran church. I would like to take the opportunity to welcome you to our church. We also have Sunday morning classes that explain what we believe. Because our dealership is located close to Purdue University we have the opportunity to meet many international students and faculty. Another Lutheran church on campus is University Lutheran. It has a mission program that focuses on international students from China and everyone is welcome. We support Life Care Services (located next to the campus) and Matrix (located in Lafayette). Both organizations support young mothers in choosing life and assist them through their pregnancies and beyond. Lifecareservices.org and Matrixprc.org are the websites for both of these wonderful organizations.
I have been involved in different aspects of the car retail business for the last 23 years. I sold new cars in Illinois (GM and Cadillac) for one year. I moved to Indiana in 1993 to run a small car lot for one year, I then worked for Subaru from 1994-1999 and learned many aspects of the manufacturing of automobiles. Since 2001 I have been self-employed in the car business working through two other dealerships and I have opened my own dealership in Otterbein, IN on September, 2008. My wife Barb has been employed by Purdue University for 22 years and maintains my website and much more. Our son Adam lives in Lafayette, IN and is also employed by Purdue University as an electrian. He recently was married and we now have a 2nd daughter-in-law who also works at Purdue. Our son Aaron also live in Lafayette, is married and has 2 children (third is on the way). Aaron is self-employed and has two businesses; plankwood.co and wabashlumber.com.
I have a page on collision detection that I feel is very important. It's easy to analyze whether a vehicle has been in an accident once you have been shown and learn a few basic tips. I feel it is very important for customers to learn how to qualify a car for a previous accident because Car-Fax and Autocheck often do not have the information on accidents on their reports. In other words, I've seen cars that have been in major accidents but the accidents are not documented on Car-Fax or Auto-Check. These services are still a bargain for a private car buyer because they cost very little and have much information, just don't trust them completely. AutoCheck and Car-Fax are two sources of information, but the best source is a visual inspection of the vehicle including the use of a paint thickness gauge, which I talk about on my website. I think it's important to use every tool available to qualify potential buys and I would love to have the opportunity to walk you around the vehicle and show you what I look for. A car is not a great deal if it's been in a previous accident, fixed and you are not aware of it. Often, the only way I get beat on price is when my competition is selling previously damaged cars and you don't realize it.
This is one brand of paint meters, there are many more. You can buy one of these for approximately $330.00. I never know what the paint specifications are from the manufacturer, so I use this meter on every panel of a vehicle to look for consistency in paint thickness. For example, most cars will have about a 5 mil paint thickness on each panel. So when I see a panel that has 10 mils of thickness, I have a pretty good idea that the panels has an extra layer of paint. Someone with a really good eye probably doesn't need this meter, but on rainy, frosty or snowy days I consider it a very helpful tool. I realize the cost is too much for most people and for that reason I will allow you to use it on my vehicles or rent it to you to use to check out my competition.
This picture indicates where the VIN stickers are located on the bumper of a 2009 Hyundai Sonata. Please go to my page on Collision Detection Tips to see where all the VIN stickers are located on a 2009 Hyundai Sonata and other cars.
I buy and sell all my own vehicles. This allows me to know lots more about the vehicles that I have purchased because I know the mechanical and structural condition of the vehicle. Often, sales people on car lots really don't know a lot about the vehicles they are selling. I specialize in a few cars and know a lot about these vehicles. For instance; two cars that I think a lot of right now are Honda Accord because of it's quality rating and the Hyundai Sonata because of the inexpensive price. I buy these cars with 4 cylinders, because of their 34 and 33 mpg fuel efficiency.
On Tuesday I am in Indianapolis and on Wednesday and Thursday I am in Chicago. I'm available to show cars any evening after 4:30 and all day on Monday, Friday and Saturday. I'm very happy to take your calls anytime Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but from 9 a.m. to 12 noon my cell phone may go to my voice mail as I am watching cars sell. Please leave me a message
Mechanical inspections welcomed...we will deliver to a mechanic of your choice
Vehicles will often have clean Car-Faxes, but if you check withwww.auto-check.com they can show up frame damaged. The frame damage can be very minor and I believe they can be good cars for someone trying to be conservative if the vehicle has been repaired properly and has a considerable discount on the cost. However, frame damage could be very major also. I suggest that the frame be checked by an auto body shop. These are also the kind of cars that many dealers are trying to sell and do not acknowledge they have frame damage. Please check my page on Collision Detection Tips.
"Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice." Proverbs 16:8
Many people have really low opinions of car dealers and the process of buying cars. I believe this proverb would be a great part of any car dealer' mission statement.
Ibelieve that living in the United States is a golden opportunity. I love the free enterprise system and I believe those that continually strive to improve and offer more product for less money are futuristic and will continue to help make the United States a better place to live.
I would consider it a wonderful opportunity to meet you by phone, on-line or in person. I would like to help you in any way purchase a pre-owned vehicle.
The most important things in order to help you with a purchase is to pick the type of vehicle you desire, then shop and compare often. Be patient, take your time, some dealers may say that this deal won't last long, but the truth is that cars almost always go down in value and it is almost always a buyer's market. Don't be afraid to leave your name, phone number and politely leave a low offer with the seller, but remember some dealers have a high mark-up and this is what they are looking for. Again, the way you can know the true value of a particular car is by doing much shopping and comparing by new and used car dealerships, private sales and on-line sales.
Once you have found that really fair deal, check with the manufacturer's dealership service department to validate the remaining warranty and ask them if they have any information on-line on that particular car. A $50.00 mechanical inspection costs very little when you are considering purchasing a $8,000.00 vehicle. If the deal seems to good to be true, even though you are at a well respected dealer, please take the time to have a vehicle inspection by a car body re-builder to verify that a vehicle has not been in an accident.
I sell most of my vehicles for $500 over my costs. Occasionally I make $1,000 or $1,500 but rarely. I have an average of $500 overhead costs, plus parts needed for the vehicle after I purchase. My $500 overhead is much less than most dealers. My 1.5 acres in Otterbein, IN is worth approximately $100,000. If the property was located on one of the main streets in Lafayette, it would be $100,000 plus. If it was on one of the nicer streets of Indy of surrounding suburb, it would easily be worth several million.
Because of my low overhead cost and no employees I am able to keep my overhead low. I imagine that most large dealers wish they could keep their overhead costs down to $500.
I will show any potential customer all my costs and profits on any vehicle they are interested in purchasing. I realize this not a normal business practice, but so many customers are wary because of used car salesmen reputation for dishonesty. I would like to show you how hard competitive dealers are working for their money.
There might be a few dealers that are making $5,000 to $10,000 profit per car, but I am certain they are not making it off of intelligent buyers that shop around and do their homework.
Please see my pages on information on my current inventory, wholesale prices of other cars, collision detection tips and financing.
Thank you very much for visiting my website. Please contact me at 765-404-9392. If my phone goes to voice mail please leave your name and number and I will contact you as soon as I can.