5 Reasons To Buy a Used Car at Florida Fine Cars

New or used. That is the question and when it comes to car shopping there is a world of difference between the two.

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Craig Grunewald, Florida Fine Cars Finance Manager

Florida Fine Cars veteran finance manager Craig Grunewald explains why it makes sense to buy your next car used at Florida Fine Cars, a family-owned used car dealer known for its impressive selection of quality used cars.NewFCCLogo

Remember, used car shopping has evolved with the growth of the Internet and used car dealers have been forced to up their game: transparency, honesty, and total disclosure are what car buyers experience when they shop at Florida Fine Cars.

Here are Grunewald’s top 5 reasons why buying a used Florida Fine Cars vehicle is the ONLY way to go:

  1. Depreciation. It’s the No. 1 reason why everyone should buy used. New car values drop an estimated 30 percent in the first year. According to Edmunds.com, a car loses less than that in years two, three and four combined. That means a car buyer who purchases a car in its second year and owns it for three years saves a ton of cash, Edmunds.com notes. “(Customers) should save that money (they would lose the first year) and instead buy a used vehicle,” Grunewald said. “A used vehicle depreciates much less.”
  2. Cost. A used vehicle has already depreciated so there won’t be as much sticker shock upfront. A used vehicle simply costs less than a new one. You automatically get more bang for your buck when you buy used instead of new, Grunewald said.
  3. More for Less. Cars are all about image and when a customer buys used instead of new, dreams CAN come true! A make and model that would normally be out of a car buyer’s range suddenly becomes attainable because it costs so much less used. “Someone could walk into a dealer wanting to buy a Honda and realize that a used Mercedes is the same price as a new Honda,” Grunewald stated. “A customer can own a make and model that they would never aspire to own otherwise.”
  4. Perfect Payments. Finding the right size payment is a challenge most car buyers face. Too much car translates into too big a payment. But with a used car, obtaining an affordable car payment is much more likely because the car itself will be much more reasonably priced.“People are always worried about the payment. Used cars have already been depreciated so you are buying the car for less. When comparing to a similar car new, the payments will be much less,” Grunewald pointed out.
  5. Warranties. When it comes to protecting your used car, no worries. Extended warranties can be purchased for most used vehicles, providing used car buyers the same sort of added peace of mind they might have when buying a more expensive new car that is under factory warranty.

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,500 quality used cars for sale priced thousands below retail at its three locations. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach near Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in Hollywood and Miami. 

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Photographers Make Florida Fine Cars Picture Perfect!

NewFCCLogoEver wonder how those detailed photographs of the interior and exterior of every car for sale at Florida Fine Cars make it to the web site?

Meet Abantu Marshall and his team of talented car photographers, who spend eight hours a day, every day, carefully photographing the Florida Fine Cars used car inventory. The detailed pictures of everything a prospective buyer would want to see are available at the click of a mouse because of them.

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Florida Fine Cars photography director Abantu Marshall oversees the photography of all the cars on the company website.

“Photographing cars is hard work,” said Marshall, as he scanned through a series of interior car shots that had just been uploaded to the computer where he reviews them. “A simple car like a Nissan Altima that doesn’t have that many special features may take 20 minutes to shoot 30 pictures. But a fully-loaded Mercedes E350 might take 30 minutes and 60 pictures.”

That’s a lot of pictures.

Consider this: photographers at Florida Fine Cars’ Miami store usually photograph around 25 cars a day. If they shoot about 40 photos per car, that’s 1,000 pictures a day, which then have to be uploaded to the Florida Fine Cars website.

“That’s a lot of pictures,” Marshall conceded. “I enjoy it because I learn something new every day whether it is something about lighting or maybe about the car itself.”

Marshall’s photographers typically take eight exterior shots including the front, the back, both sides and every corner. Interior shots include doors, seats, steering wheels, controls, odometer, radio and seat controls.

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Florida Fine Cars Miami photo team, left to right: Alfred Butler, Larry Jackson, Darrel Laidley, Maiko Alcidas , Willis McKnight, Abantu Marshall (supervisor)

 

It can be tedious and shots sometimes have to be redone if they are not taken on the correct angle or if they are blurry or poorly lit.

“If a shot has to be redone, it has to be redone. When it comes to pictures, we are looking for perfection,” Marshall said.

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Florida Fine Cars photo director Abantu Marshall reviews photos that were uploaded to the company website.

And in the case of used car buying, a picture truly is worth a 1,000 words.

On this day, photographer Willis McKnight is busy shooting a Nissan Altima. Although his subject never moves, it’s not always easy getting the right shot at the right angle. But when he gets it just perfect, he knows HIS photos truly contribute to the sale.

“When a customer comes in, they already know what they want. They have already seen the details up close (by looking at the online photos),” McKnight said. “We help bring them in!”

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Photographer Kito Alvin prepares a car for a photography session.

While McKnight photographs the Nissan, Marshall and Darrel Laidley are busy picking fuzzy dandelion seeds off the jet black ragtop of a hot white 2015 used Chevrolet convertible Camaro. The seeds apparently floated in a breeze.

 

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Florida Fine Cars photographer Willis McKnight preps a used car for a photo shoot in Miami.

“You never know who may have a big screen and these imperfections would show up,” said Marshall, as he examined the car’s convertible top for any fuzzy seeds. “It would look terrible.”

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Photographers Lee Casas and Johnson Calvaire  take thousands of car photos every week for the Florida Fine Cars website.

As Marshall and his crew photograph the used car inventory, they keep detailed notes on any rubs, scrapes or scratches. They mark down the imperfections and send their notes to management. Repairs are made, if deemed essential, before the cars go up for sale.

The turntable is the diciest part of their job.

To make it easier to photograph each car from different angles, Florida Fine Cars installed rotating turntables that can be operated with hand controls. The system allows the photographers to quickly and easily move the vehicle they are shooting to a different angle with the push of a button.

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Florida Fine Cars Miami photographer Darrel Laidley takes a detail shot of the interior of a car.

But a prolonged squeeze of the hand control can send the car spinning around too quickly. It’s accidentally happened in the past and the results were damaging.

“It could turn at an inappropriate time,” McKnight acknowledged. “It gets touchy.”

Maria Rivera and Marisela Briceno take most of the photos at Florida Fine Cars West Palm Beach.
The pair are all smiles when it comes to talking about their work.

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Florida Fine Cars West Palm Beach photographers Maria Rivera (left) and Marisela Briceno pose with the cameras they use to get their job done.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Rivera said.

“We love it,” Briceno added.

McKnight said his work is rewarding.

“You feel proud. You feel good. Especially when you have a customer come in and say ‘I love the photos,’” McKnight said.

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,500 quality used cars for sale priced thousands below retail at its three locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach near Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike in Hollywood and Miami

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