I want to give y’all some tips. Next time you’re in Pasadena or South Houston, and you’re looking to buy a car at one of the hundreds of dealerships that are on Spencer Hwy. Here’s a tip. Try to purchase your vehicle from one of the dealerships that has a service department. There are some advantages if you purchase from a dealership that has a service department. So advantage number one, is they probably have some type of process in place to get all their vehicles inspected before it’s placed on the front line. So at King of Cars, we have a full service department. And before we put a vehicle on the front line, it goes through an entire make ready process. First, we drive the vehicle into the Bay, we put it on the lift and we raise it and we do an 89 point inspection. We check 89 things on the car.
It could be from all the fluid levels to any leaks, to your suspension, to brakes, to tires, you name it, we check out the entire car. We’re actually looking for things to replace on the car before we sell it to a customer. A lot of these dealers, they don’t look for things to buy to fix the car, they’re trying to save as much money as they can. So literally wherever they buy it from, they bring it to their lot, they detail it real quick and they’ll just put it on the front line. It might need an oil change, the oil change might be super black, but they’re going to sell it just like that. We’re going to take the time out and we have a whole process set up where every vehicle comes in and we’re going to try to get the vehicle ready for you so that you don’t have to do anything except maintain it from there on out.
Now, does that mean we’re perfect? Nope. There are going to be some items that might be overlooked or some items that might fail after the fact that we did our inspection and probably just from sitting on the lot for a few weeks. But the thing is we do our due diligence and make sure that the vehicle is ready for you to buy so that you can just maintain it moving forward, so that’s your first advantage.
Your second advantage is after you buy the vehicle, most likely that dealer is going to be there to back you up in case any major repair or just regular maintenance needs to be done on the car. So for instance, again, at King of Cars, since we have a full service department, we got qualified technicians. We offer a free warranty on every car.
So if you drive out the lot and something major happens, we’re going to ask you to make an appointment with our service manager. Bring that car in and we’re going to give you top priority. If we have outside repair cars that we’re working on, we’re going to put those to the side and our customers get our first priority. We’re going to check that car out as soon as possible and if whatever’s wrong with it is covered under warranty, then you don’t pay anything except your deductible. We repair the car and you get it back as soon as possible. Now let’s say one of the items is not covered under warranty. Another advantage is we offer all of our customers a reduced labor rate.
Reduced labour rate
Our labor rate is so low, it’s $45 an hour. If you go out and compare our labor rate to any mom and pop service shop, which is probably going to be around $90 to $100 or even at the manufacture dealership like Chevrolet or Dodge or any of these dealerships, they’re all between $150 to $200 per labor hour.
We’re only at $45 and that’s only for our customers. We don’t make no money off of that. We pass on our costs to you and that’s just to pay our technicians. So that’s another advantage that you get is you get reduced labor rate for all of your service. In addition, the parts, you’ll be able to buy those at our wholesale price. We get reduced pricing for all of our parts since we purchase a lot of parts and we pass that over to you as well.
In some rare circumstance where you can’t afford the repair on your car well guess what? We’re still going to be there to help you out. You can apply for financial assistance and you might be able to qualify to get the repairs financed in your loan. So there’s a lot of advantages if you purchase a vehicle from a dealership that has a full service department. So next time you’re driving down Spencer Hwy at all these 80 to 100 dealerships that you see and you’re searching for a car, take my tip or my advice.
Make sure that the dealership has a service department because it’s going to create a more convenient experience for you with less hassle, less stress. And overall, you know that if they have a service department, most likely they have processes in place to have the vehicle checked out and maintenanced before they put it out on the lot for sale. Anyways, that’s my tip of the day. If you want more information on our service department or about King of Cars, visit us online, www.kingofcarstx.com. You can give us a call at 713-472-KING. And if you have any questions or comments, make sure you leave those below. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and I’ll talk to y’all next time.