Checking a Used Car for Water Damage

Jason Simpson of AZ currently functions as the owner of JDS Enterprise, LLC, a used automobile dealer located in Glendale, Arizona. In addition to providing a full-service car buying experience to Arizona customers, Jason Simpson of AZ has complied with the U.S. Department of Transportation in their efforts to keep water damaged cars off of the market.

Cars that have been caught in a flood will demonstrate serious issues within the engine and the car’s electrical system. Unfortunately, the lack of cosmetic damage can make it easy for a disreputable seller to pass off a water damaged car to an unsuspecting buyer. The first step to take when buying a used car is to run the VIN number to see if it has been registered as a flood damaged vehicle. If the car does not register as having been flooded, there are additional steps the buyer can take to ensure this fact.

Any used car with new upholstery or mismatched carpets and upholstery should give a buyer significant concern. Rust is another telltale sign of water damage, particularly in usual places like door hinges or along the trunk. Rust inside the car, such as under the gas and brake pedals, can also indicate a history of flooding. Testing the car’s features should be a must for any pre-owned vehicle shopper, especially if water damage is a possibility. Any electrical malfunctions can be evidence of flooding, particularly if wires running beneath the dashboard are brittle, another sign of water damage.


Jason David Simpson of Arizona: Tips on Spotting Flood-Damaged Vehicles

Jason Simpson of AZ owns New Deal Used Cars in Glendale, one of the largest independently owned used car dealerships in Arizona.

Used car prices are expected to increase slightly in the months following Hurricane Sandy, which destroyed at least 250,000 used cars. Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed over 300,000 vehicles, caused a 3 percent increase in used car prices. Those currently in the market for a used car should be aware that many flood-damaged cars appeared in lots across the country following Hurricane Katrina.

To avoid purchasing a flood-damaged car, begin your search at a reputable dealership. Thoroughly inspect the car before buying, though obvious signs of damage have probably been removed. Good places to check for water damage are the engine compartment, which is difficult to clean, and under the seats, for rusted metal parts. The smell of mold or mildew is a sure sign of flood damage. If you need a second opinion, you can always take the vehicle in question to a mechanic for a professional inspection.

Overview of Salvaged Vehicle Titles and Implications for Car Buyers

New Deal Used Cars owner Jason Simpson sells a variety of automobiles at his used-car dealership in Glendale, AZ. Among his dealership’s stock, Jason Simpson of AZ includes approximately 150 vehicles priced under $10,000, but he avoids selling salvaged vehicles.

Some smaller dealerships may sell automobiles with “salvaged” or “restored salvage” titles, which means an insurance company or the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) deemed its repair cost to be greater than its value. However, a salvaged title does not necessarily mean a vehicle no longer works or runs improperly.

A car or vehicle may have a salvaged title for many reasons, including theft recovery or extensive damage from fire, water, collision, or vandalism. Stolen vehicles missing for an extended period of time may receive a salvaged title after being purchased from the owner’s insurance company and, if found, undergoing repairs to replace or fix missing or broken parts. Depending upon state regulations, the car may then be sold with a salvaged title.

In Arizona, after the proper repairs are completed, the vehicle will require registration with the MVD and the issue of a restored salvage title. The process also requires a Level III inspection by the department, in which experts examine the vehicle to ensure its functionality and safety.

Regardless of repairs made to a vehicle, having a salvaged or restored salvage title significantly decreases its value. Provided the car underwent proper repairs, it can be ideal for a buyer needing to save money. However, it may become difficult to resell should the buyer wish to do so at a later time.

The Early Years of the Corvette By Jason David Simpson of Arizona

The first Corvette model, a convertible, was introduced as a concept show car at the 1953 GM Motorama show in New York. The car was so popular with visitors that thousands expressed interest in purchasing a Corvette. Chevrolet took the requests to heart, beginning production on the 1953 Corvette just six months later in Flint, Michigan, with a design virtually identical to the Motorama prototype.

The iconic car’s design evolved over the years; 1955 models included a new V8 engine, while 1956 saw the new body style that many consider the most beautiful Corvette of all time. Commonly referred to as the Sting Ray, the second-generation of Corvettes spanned from 1963-1967 and included such new features as AM-FM radio, air conditioning, headrests, and a telescopic steering wheel.

About the author: Jason Simpson owns and operates JDS Enterprise, LLC, a used-car dealership in Glendale, Arizona. In his spare time, he participates in the Arizona Corvette Enthusiasts club. Active in the community, he gives his time to various charitable causes, including Big Brothers Big Sisters and the American Red Cross.

Christ’s Church of the Valley opens new campus in Scottsdale, Arizona

By Jason Simpson of AZ

Christ’s Church of the Valley draws more than 19,000 people each week to services in Peoria and Surprise, and church leaders say that many of them come from Scottsdale. A new church campus, led by former NFL player Travis Brown, will make their drive much shorter.

The Scottsdale campus has two buildings, including an auditorium that will seat about 750 people. Brown has said that more than 800 people have already expressed an interest in joining the church.

Brown says that the church wants to attract people who may not go to church or who have misconceptions about it. The church’s neighborhood groups, small weekly gatherings based on geographic location, offer opportunities for people to meet their neighbors, talk about the Bible, and get involved in their communities.

Christ’s Church of the Valley is non-denominational. It regularly hosts events where people are encouraged to get to know each other and have fun and provides service projects where people can help improve their neighborhoods.

About the author:
Jason Simpson is the owner JDS Enterprise, LLC, which operates New Deal Used Cars in Glendale, Arizona. He regularly attends Christ’s Church of the Valley.

The Best Cars to Buy Used in Arizona

Buying a new car is not always feasible, especially in today’s economy. Used cars are often a better financial option, though they may come with some wear and tear. Fortunately, there are a variety of cars that are built to last, getting you from point A to point B without any hassle. Here is a list of several long-lasting vehicles, and the best place to find them in Arizona.

Hyundai Elantra. Garnering high marks for dependability over the course of three years’ ownership, the Hyundai Elantra stands the test of time with its solid build, gas mileage, and acceleration.

Nissan Altima. Nissan is known for building reliable cars, and the Altima is no exception. As a mid-size sedan, it offers enough room for family trips, and is an attractive car for an affordable price.

Ford Taurus. High ratings for reliability and safety make the Ford Taurus a steal if you buy it used. It tends to have a poor resale value, which is a buyer’s advantage; you get a dependable vehicle that works well with your wallet.

Honda CR-V. An SUV with an affordable price tag, the Honda CR-V boasts strong crash test ratings, reasonable gas mileage, and a smooth ride. It is also an attractive and functional vehicle, offering plenty of cargo space and leg room.

If you are in the market for a used car, look no further than New Deal Used Cars in Glendale, Arizona. The company’s owner, Jason David Simpson, knows which manufacturers make cars that remain reliable for decades, rather than years. Using his extensive experience, Jason Simpson brings the best used cars available to Glendale, pricing them at $10,000 or less. Jason Simpson’s Arizona used car dealership has been in business since 1992, and is now the largest independent dealership in the state.