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E15 Fuel Advisory

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 06, 2014

DO NOT USE E15 (Ethanol 15%) Gasoline in your vehicle unless you have a late model vehicle designated for E15 or FFV (flex fuel vehicle) usage.

Click here for a full report from Fox News & AAA Auto Club

Several Manufacturers including: Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, BMW, Toyota, Honda, Chrysler, Hyundai & Kia all have issued statements warning that use of E15 will VOID your factory warranty coverage. This will damage the engine, emission systems and the Federal Emissions Warranty will be void as well.

E85 only has an Octane Rating of 84, which is too low for most performance and luxury automobiles. Low Octane causes engine detonation which is highly destructive to GASKETS, HOSES & the internal components of Automobile Engines.

If you have already been using E15 and suspect your vehicle has sustained engine damage, call damagemax.com. Damagemax.com will buy any E15 engine damaged vehicle. Damagemax.com will buy any car, anywhere regardless of miles or condition. Damagemax.com specializes in engine damaged vehicle purchases. If you have a vehicle with a bad engine from E15 usage, call damagemax.com for an immediate cash offer.

Visit www.damagemax.com or call (888) 629-2137 to speak with a purchase consultant.

We Total Any Car

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 31, 2013

You just had a fender bender and the good news is everybody's okay. The bad news is that your insurance company came up with an estimate of $3800 to fix your vehicle. $3800??? You can't believe it's that much to fix the car because it still drives great – even after the accident. The airbags didn't even go off, it just looks pretty ugly and you don't want to be seen driving around in it a wrecked car. Sounds unbelievable right? Wrong! This happens every day, almost 70,000 times per day to other people. Half of them will not get insurance reimbursement and the other half will have no say in what happens. We total any car, even if your insurance carrier won't! Let's face it, $3800 in damage is probably not enough damage to total a late model vehicle and the insurance company will be forced to repair it which turns out to be your loss & their loss. What makes matter worse is that you will be going into your wallet for the heavy deductible you opted for to save a few bucks on your monthly insurance bill. Plus, you are going to be without a vehicle for a few weeks while the car is repaired and you have no rental reimbursement as part of your coverage. Is there a better alternative? YES! We Total Any Car at DamageMAX.com and we make it fast and easy. DamageMAX.com gives you the power of choice and an alternative not available to you through any insurance company. We Total Any Car by buying your wrecked vehicle on the spot, as-is, where-is and we pay to tow it away. DamageMAX.com will total any car, anywhere. Make it easy on your self and call DamageMAX.com and we will total your wrecked car or wrecked truck on the spot.

Call (888) 629-2137 or visit www.damagemax.com for an immediate cash offer for your wrecked car or truck.

How Do I Get More For My Used Car?

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 20, 2013

By Michael P. Lasini

ATLANTA, Sept. 19, 2013 - - I have been in the automobile industry since I was crawling. In the interest of brevity skip the part about my childhood!

My first real job was spinning wrenches while I was in high school. After getting my degree, I worked for two OEMs, two auction houses and several car dealers. Now I’m my own boss, buying direct from consumers. Our websites serve consumers that want to sell their car quickly and easily, without the waiting room and all the paperwork.

Every day consumers ask me, “How do I get more for my used car?” The simple and honest answer is… “You can’t!” There are lots of online sources with tips on how to “present” your car in the best light or “finding the right venue” to sell the vehicle. Taking the right pictures (right angle/light), listing the vehicle with all the features and disclosing all the damage and mechanical issues DOES NOT get you more for your car. It simply increases the chances of finding a buyer that wants the type of vehicle that you have in the condition that your vehicle is in currently. These are SELLING TIPS, they should also include that you should NEVER EVER try to hide anything when selling a vehicle to any party. This makes for an especially bad experience when you sell a vehicle to the public. These buyers come to your residence or place of business – they know where you live!

These are simple strategies to help sell the car. But they don’t increase its value! In fact, the only thing you can do to increase the value of a vehicle after years of use and miles is to recondition it yourself.

Grandma had the right idea

If you really want to preserve the value of any vehicle, think of Grandma’s couch. Chances are she had plastic covers on the cushions. Those menacing little grand kids she loved with their blow pops and cool aid never stood a chance of staining that couch. If people only took the same approach to their vehicle during the ownership, the effects of use and wear would be minimal.

“MUST DON’TS” for maximizing used car value

Damaged FX4

Don’t wreck it: that’s right folks, nobody wants to buy your wrecked car and CarFax is going to make sure of it! Accident history pretty much guarantees that Kelly Blue Book (KBB) is not in your future – no matter how good the repair. If your car has multiple accidents or structural damage, you are a step above selling a salvage title vehicle literally and your audience is very limited. Accident history usually hurts vehicle value by up to 17%.* Frame/structural damage is nearly twice the impact. Most frame damage vehicles are adjusted downward $1,500-2,500 at the wholesale level.

Don’t let it get stolen: lock it up and keep it safe. If your vehicle is stolen and recovered, pray it’s a total loss because theft history is another brand that will impact the value negatively. CarFax has made hay with their brand over accidents, flood and theft cars by showing the absolute worst cases with vehicles being crashed or abused then stripped of parts. Theft history amounts to a 10% hit in vehicle value* In addition to the history, 15 states require that if a vehicle is stolen and purchased (paid out) by your insurance company the vehicle MUST have a salvage title brand. This devastates the value as a salvage title vehicle will be worth only 40% of the same vehicle without one*.

Don’t smoke in it: not to beat up on our friends that smoke, but there are fewer and fewer of you around these days and many of you don’t even smoke in your own car because you don’t like the smell of smoke (# truth). A vehicle that has been heavily smoked in is worth 12-15%* less than the same vehicle without smoke odor.

Don’t skip the floor mats: Should you spend the $115 for floor mats or destroy the carpet in the vehicle that requires the seats and half the interior parts be removed to replace it? See story above about: Grandma’s couch. Floor mats protect your investment.

Checking Engine

Don’t skip maintenance: this means maintain your vehicle religiously. If you can remember 3 things: clean air, clean gas and clean oil, the engine and transmission will last a lot longer than expected and the condition of your vehicle will be better than other vehicles like it when you decide to sell it. Change the oil, the air filter and the gas filter as recommended. Wash and wax the vehicle regularly. The first thing people notice about your vehicle is the paint. If it is dull or the clear coat is peeling, it’s a lot of money to restore that factory shine.



KBB Vehicles are not born, they are raised like kids

Common sense escapes us and we don’t make time to take care of things that we depend on. Automobiles are machines and machines break down! They will break down unless you maintain them regularly. Everyone wants to buy a really nice, clean vehicle that was owned by a little old lady that never really drove it anywhere but to the grocery store and church on Sunday – right? The truth is… that is about the only type of owner that will produce or “raise” a KBB Grade Used Car. Everybody wants KBB for their vehicle when they want to sell it, but few people “raise” a KBB car. Raising means caring for, protecting, maintaining and keeping it safe and out of harms way. 

Getting your vehicle ready for sale

Car for Sale

We buy thousands of vehicles from online leads before touching or seeing the car. These purchases are based on seller description and digital images. You would be amazed at how many people don’t even wash their vehicle before they send us pictures. We recommend at bare minimum that you pay for a full professional detail. This will run from $100-150 and will include wash, wax, buffing (possibly wet sanding), carpet shampooing and interior and engine bay steaming and detailing. This will be the best money ever spent on the vehicle and will yield the highest return for your dollar. Mechanical repairs should be made if the vehicle is not in good/safe working order but do not enhance the value. A new transmission simply means that it won’t break down anytime soon, however, it does not make the same car worth more. Same thing applies for a new engine – in fact a new engine makes people think the car was abused to the point the engine failed. It does not enhance the value at all.

Other enhancements: bumpers that are scratched and scarred from parking lots can be reconditioned. This is a judgment call but can make a significant difference in the sale price. Interiors are very important and if your carpet is worn or heavily stained, replacing the carpet and torn seat covers will go a long way to improving your final sale price.

If you choose to sell it yourself, remember a few things:

  1. You can get more, but it’s a lot more work. What is your time worth and how many Saturday’s do you want to burn trying to make that extra money?
  2. Pick a good venue to list your car for sale. Some choose the newspaper classifieds, we recommend AutoTrader.com as they have the largest audience available. Stay away from Craigslist.com - it is free and worth every penny you paid…
  3. Safety first – if it doesn’t sound right, it probably isn’t. Don’t invite people to your home or place of business you don’t know. Never meet anyone at a location at their request. Always get their phone number and email address and see if they are who they represent themselves to be. Use social media and the internet to verify their identity. Know who you are talking to before you meet them.

If you don’t want to sell the car yourself or trade it in at a dealer, visit www.CarBUYERUSA.com or www.DamageMAX.com and we make it easy for you to sell your car.

About the author

Mr. Lasini is a leading expert on damaged vehicle remarketing and direct to consumer car buying. He spent more than a decade leading commercial sales at Manheim, the world’s largest automotive auction company. He was co-founder of Total Resource Auctions, Manheim’s salvage auction subsidiary. He served in sales and marketing positions at Nissan North America and well as at several automobile dealerships.

About DamageMAX.com & CarBUYERUSA.com

DamageMAX.com is the leading direct-to-consumer damaged and inoperable car buyer. Sister company CarBuyerUSA.com is the leading B2B and direct to consumer vehicle buyer. Both companies assist consumers that need to quickly sell their vehicle for guaranteed money without visiting a car dealership or even leaving their home. DamageMAX buys cars in any condition, specializing in consumers that don’t wish to repair their vehicle after a collision or mechanical failure. CarBuyerUSA buys vehicles directly from consumers, but also serves as the market maker for online vehicle marketplaces that are unable to connect buyer and seller at the market clearing price.

*Derived from whole car and damaged vehicle data. Sources include Manheim MMR, DamageMAX and CarBuyerUSA.

Sell Your Wreck and Keep the Insurance Check

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 04, 2013

Stop ! Don't throw good money away fixing that old car you just wrecked. Even if its covered by insurance, that is YOUR money and it is most likely better spent on a new vehicle.

Sell your wreck to DamageMAX and take the repair check from the insurance company and go get a new vehicle! You have cash! Cash is KING and it's time for something new. Why repair a vehicle with lots of miles on it? Put that cash into something newer with a lot more life left in it.

DamageMAX pays top dollar for wrecked vehicles.

Sell DamageMAX your wreck and keep the insurance check.

Call 888-629-2137 or visit DamageMAX.com for a no obligation quote. You have everything to gain and if costs you nothing to educate yourself.

DJ Harrington Named Spokesman for DamageMAX

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 07, 2013

Renowned automotive industry veteran will represent the leading buyer of damaged vehicles at industry events and on television, radio and the internet

ATLANTA AND NEW YORK – DJ Harrington was named spokesman for DamageMAX, the leading buyer of damaged vehicles. Dr. Harrington will represent DamageMAX at industry events, in advertising campaigns and on the internet. Known as the "CAR-diologist" DJ has over 50 years of automotive industry experience.

Dr Harrington chose to represent DamageMAX because of its many benefits to damaged vehicle owners: "For years I have worked with car dealers and body shops - 9 times out of 10 they unable to assist consumers that can't afford to, or simply don't want to repair their wrecked vehicle. DamageMAX solves this problem for the consumer as well as collision repair facilities and automotive retailers." Dr. Harrington added: "DamageMAX will buy your wrecked vehicle and give you the freedom to go get a new vehicle – fast." A motor vehicle accident happens nearly every second in the United States. Many of these drivers may be better off selling their damaged car AS-IS than opting for repairs. DamageMAX can help with the decision and will even buy the damaged car if it is in the consumer's best interest.

DamageMAX leverages the experience of industry insiders to bring cutting edge advice that will get our customers back on the road,” said Michael Lasini, founder of DamageMAX. “Until now there has not been a good option for consumers with damaged cars, but DamageMAX will buy any damaged vehicle, anywhere in the United States. Our mission is to help consumers make a fast, educated decision and minimize their financial exposure. Many consumers fall victim to tow and storage yards that assess daily charges and hefty administrative fees. For years, consumers without physical damage insurance coverage have had no alternative but to pay out-of-pocket or simply abandon the vehicle in favor of relief from these exorbitant charges. DamageMAX is a game-changer and friend of the consumer”.

About DamageMAX

DamageMAX is the leading buyer of damaged vehicles in the United States. DamageMAX's website, DamageMAX.com is the first consumer friendly FREE information website dedicated to helping automobile owners make informed decisions about their damaged vehicle. DamageMAX taps the experience of dozens of industry experts to bring the cutting edge advice that will help vehicle owners quickly recover from motor vehicle accidents and get back on the road!

"DamageMAX buys your wreck and you keep your repair check"

About D.J.

D.J. Harrington is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Phone Logic, Inc. an international training company based in Atlanta, Georgia. D.J. serves as a consultant and trainer to over 1,000 privately owned businesses throughout the country, training personnel at all levels of the company – from the operator to the customer service reps, to the sales staff and the president of the company – over an 800 number, 52 weeks a year.

His years as a sales trainer and motivator for a variety of companies have provided D.J. with an outstanding background which be brings – along with his energy and dynamic personality – to every clinic and seminar.

D.J. is a recipient of the Vicom Group Video Training Award. He is a motivator, entrepreneur, and keynote speaker. D.J. has been a member of the Georgia Speakers Association and the National Speakers Association since 1993, and a recipient of the coveted award of Certified Speaking Professional (C.S.P.). C.S.P. is a level achieved by fewer than 3% of all national speakers.

DJ Harrington “Car-diologist”

How to Sell Your Wrecked Car by Yourself

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Step 1: Don't Do It

Step 2: Contact DamageMAX.com at 888-629-2137 or info@DamageMAX.com for instant offer!

Why?

 

Problem

Solution

 

SCAMS

Craig's List can't guarantee payment and vehicle pickup

DamageMAX guarantees top dollar payment and free pickup - you never have to leave home!

BUYERS

Who's looking to buy a wrecked car from a consumer?

DamageMAX only buys wrecked cars!  We know what we're doing, unlike the amateurs!

TIME

You wait for someone to show up (maybe) and they don't have a check!

DamageMAX BUYS NOW with electronic payment or cashier's check!

LIABILITY

Did you do the paperwork right?  Will buyer sue you?

DamageMAX BUYS "AS-IS" and understands your vehicle's problems

WEIRDOS

There are lots of unsavory characters in the wrecked car universe

DamageMAX will never come to your home - we price the car off your word and your pictures

It is a lot of hard work to sell anything - especially a wrecked car. Why go through all the hassle when DamageMAX.com can pay maximum value for your damaged car now? Our offer is instant and guaranteed. Save yourself a lot of time and trouble - let the damage vehicle experts at DamageMAX buy your wrecked car and pick it up free.

If you have comprehensive insurance coverage and your repairs are covered, you have the right not to repair your vehicle. You may request the settlement check and not repair the vehicle. If you wrecked your vehicle and simply just don't feel comfortable driving the car again, please consider selling your damaged vehicle to DamageMAX. DamageMAX will buy your wreck and you keep the insurance check! Thought you could not have your cake and eat it too? Not so with DamageMAX!

DamageMAX will buy your wreck and you keep the insurance check!

DamageMAX pays MAXimum value for your Damaged vehicle.

Call 888-629-2137 or email info@damagemax.com for an instant quote!


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