30 Year Celebration!

As we have already stated in a previous post we are 30 years old! Tommy Parker started this business January 6, 1983.  He has worked many hours and made many deals with lots of customers over the years and now he wants to say “THANK YOU” to everyone who has every bought a car from, thought about buying a car from or who may buy a car from him in the future.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 16, 2013! Come down to Parker’s Used Cars and check out our huge selection of vehicles as well as enjoy some good food, games and give aways as we celebrate our 30th year.  More information will be posted as to time and prizes in the next week.  We will have Dan E. Lockamy broadcasting live on 92.9 the Eagle from 11 AM until 1 PM.  We will also have our finance manager Carl Broady on hand to handle any financing questions you may have.

Check us out on Facebook as well at https://www.facebook.com/parkersused.cars for updates on times and what types of prizes we will have.

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“Summerizing” your vehicle

Everyone generally thinks they only need to “winterize” their vehicle when the weather starts getting cold.  But in reality, it really helps when you “weatherize” your vehicle every season, which lately seems hard to determine what season it is.  To weatherize your vehicle, it is important to always keep a check on the antifreeze levels as well as some other important fluids.  You need to check your oil levels in between oil changes (which are generally recommended every 3,000 – 4,000 miles).  Have the mechanic check for these other items as he is changing your oil: transmission fluid and even the fluid in your battery.   Also, have your brakes checked.  Sometimes we take for granted that we only have to change our brake pads when they start squealing.  That isn’t so.  It wouldn’t hurt to have the mechanic check the brake pads when they change your oil.  This way you can keep an eye on those pads that do wear down over time.  Tire pressure also becomes an important issue when the weather changes.  As the air outside gets cooler or hotter, the air pressure in your tires also change.  It is recommended that you check the air pressure in your tires at least once a month.  It is also a good practice to check air pressure in your tires before going on a long trip.  Don’t forget, you also need to check the air pressure in your spare as well!  Don’t just assume that the air pressure is good, you need to do it using a tire pressure gauge.  These are generally inexpensive and can be found at any store that sales automotive supplies.  If your vehicle is getting ready to hit that 100,000 mile mark, consider having a professional change your timing belt.  If it breaks it can really cause some major problems.  Although this doesn’t cover everything you should check on your automobile ever so often, it does hit some important areas.  Safety comes first when traveling or even just driving daily back and forth to work.  You never know when something can happen and by always being prepared, some of those bad things can be avoided.  Wishing everyone safe travels this summer season!

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30 Years And Growing!

Parker’s Used Cars has been in business for 30 years this year! We want to say THANK YOU to ALL of our customers from years past all the way to the one that just bought a car today for your business.  Without customers like you we would never have been able to make it.  We pride ourselves on good customer service and making sure that the customer comes first when it comes to selling a vehicle or even assisting after their purchase should the need arise.  We want to encourage everyone to tell your friends about us and make sure they tell us that you sent them because word of mouth is the most valuable adverstising there is.

ALWAYS know that if you or someone you know is ever in the market for a new-used cars, then Parker’s Used Cars is the place to come.  We have bank and special financing available.  If you don’t see it on our website, give us a call, we may have it in stock and just don’t have it posted.  Or if we don’t have it, we can probably get it for you.

We are open 7 days a week.  The only day that we do close is Christmas Day.  It is well worth the drive on a Sunday afternoon just to come and take a look at everything we have to offer.  We have several exotic type vehicles like a 1999 Plymouth Prowler and a 1966 Chevrolet Impala as well as more modern vehicles like a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado or even a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu.

Again, we appreciate your business and the opportunity to service those in our community.  Keep an eye on our Blog or our Facebook page for more information.

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How to Shop for a Vehicle

Finding the right vehicle can be a daunting task and individuals often end up making decisions that are either not practical and/or affordable.  Making the wrong decision can lead to unforeseen expense and complications down the road.  Below I have outlined a series of questions for you to consider to help make choosing the right vehicle easier.

  1. What will be the primary use of the vehicle?
    Asking this question helps to narrow the scope of possible vehicles greatly.  If this will be a daily driver then you will want to consider how many passengers or the amount of cargo that you will need to transport on a regular basis.  You may then determine whether a car, truck, SUV or van would be your best investment.  If the majority of the time you will be transporting 1 to 4 passengers and small cargo then you would probably be best served with a small to mid-sized sedan or SUV.  However, if you  have a large family or several regular passengers then you most likely be better off with a larger vehicle such as a van or full sized SUV.  If you need to haul both passengers and heavy cargo then a full sized pickup truck would be your best choice.
  2. How do I find the right balance between cargo and passenger room?
    This is a question that you need to consider carefully.  If the ratio between room needed for passengers and room needed for cargo varies widely on a daily basis then you should look into a vehicle that is a versatile as your daily needs.  For those with high passenger and cargo demands I would recommend a full size SUV,  or van.  These types of vehicles allow for passenger room to be converted into cargo room by either folding down seats or removing them all together.  Most full size SUVs have third row seating which can accommodate up to 7 or 8 passengers.  If your passenger and cargo needs are relatively static then you may want to consider a 4 door truck.  If you plan on towing heavy cargo then you will want to ensure that the vehicle that you are interested in has a towing package included.  Towing packages allow the vehicle to accommodate pulling heavy loads by adding horsepower, changing gear ratios and providing extra braking capacity.   If you often drive in areas where traction is an issue you should consider a vehicle with 4 wheel drive or full time all wheel drive.
  3. What make and model should I purchase?
    Deciding which make and model to purchase can be very confusing.  Often times folks rely on personal experience with a particular manufacturer and/or the experiences that their family and friends have had.  This not altogether a bad mode of decision-making.  In addition to considering personal experience, I urge consumers to read reviews and ask the dealer questions about their experiences with particular makes and models which you may be considering for purchase.   Safety ratings should be always be a major concern when considering a new vehicle.  These ratings can be easily found online from sites such as IIHS and SafeCar.gov.  Also, be aware that certain makes and models are more expensive to maintain; you should verify what routine maintenance fees as well as milestone maintenance (these are maintenance repairs that are usually associated with mileage)  fees will are before buying any vehicle.
  4. What about fuel economy?
    These days high gas prices are on everyone’s mind.  Once you decide the type and size vehicle that you need I recommend reviewing the miles-per-gallon of each vehicle that falls into your scope.  Better fuel efficiency means more money in your pocket.  Here is a handy side-by-side fuel economy comparator from  the U.S. Dept. of Energy.
  5. What trim level should I buy?
    The trim level of a vehicle should ultimately be the last question you should consider when purchasing a vehicle.  The amenities provided by higher trim levels and luxury brands are non-essential to the function and utility of the vehicle but can definitely make the time you spend in your vehicle more enjoyable.  You should make the decision about luxury trim packages based upon what you can afford and always compare several vehicles to help you decided which one comes with the features that you want and what you can live without.

Granted, there are many factors that go into the decision making process when it comes to purchasing a vehicle.  Some factors are more important to one buyer than they may be to another.  The questions proposed above are intended to help serve as general guidelines to help make your next vehicle purchase more satisfying for you, the consumer.

Written by Mike Tatum


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Seasonal Maintanence

As the weather begins to turn cooler and Autumn sets in it is a great time to think about winterizing your vehicle.  Here in South Carolina we are fortunate enough to have fairly warm, snow-less winters but none the less it is still important to keep your vehicle up to snuff for adverse winter conditions.  Below I have outlined a checklist to make sure your vehicle doesn’t leave you stuck out in the cold this winter.

  1. Check your engine coolant.  Anti-freeze breaks down over time and looses it’s effectiveness.  Take your vehicle to your mechanic and have your coolant strength and level checked or you can easily check it yourself at home by checking the level on the dipstick and measuring the concentration by testing the specific gravity of the coolant solution using a simple bulb tester that can be purchased at any auto parts store.  As a rule of thumb, you should have your coolant flushed every 2-3 years.
  2. Check all belts and hoses.  Belts and hoses wear out over time and become more susceptible to failure during periods of extremely high or low temperatures.  Inspect your belts and hoses for small cracks.  Make sure all hose clamps are snug with no leaks and not rusted.
  3. Check your tire pressure.  Colder temperatures reduce your tire pressure so as the weather continues to cool remember to check your tire pressure regularly.  Proper tire inflation guarantees that you have the best possible traction and also improves your vehicle’s gas mileage.
  4. Check your windshield wiper blades and windshield washer fluid level.  Being able to effectively clear precipitation and debris from your windshield drastically improves your ability to see clearly and thereby operate your vehicle safely during adverse driving conditions.  Find the best blades and fluid suited to your climate; if you are unsure ask your local auto parts specialist.
  5. Check your vehicle’s battery.  Cooler temperatures reduce your battery’s chemical potential in turn, diminishing the power it is able to produce to start your engine.  Have your vehicle’s battery tested and make sure that the terminals are free from corrosion and that the cables are snug.  If corrosion is present be sure to clean it off using a stiff bristled brush and a solution of water and baking soda.
  6. Make sure your heater and defroster are working properly.  Ensure that both the heat and A/C work and that the vents flow freely.
  7. Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle.  At a minimum, you should have a first aid kit, flashlight, flares, snow brush, ice scraper, tools to change a tire and a blanket.  It isn’t a bad idea to make your kit more comprehensive by adding a portable air compressor, tire chains (for snowy climates), non-perishable food and water and a shovel.


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Welcome to Parker’s Used Cars’ Blog!

Hello all,

Welcome to Parker’s Used Cars blog site on WordPress.   As an introduction allow me to describe who we are and how buying a used car from Parker’s is unique and pleasant experience.  To do so, I feel it is necessary to give you the some history about our used car dealership.

Mr. Parker started selling used cars in 1983, nearly 28 years ago, with a very, very limited inventory of only two vehicles.  He began by working out of a small wooden building beside his home in Blenheim, SC.  For many years he stuck with the used car business always trying new ideas to make his dealership and inventory unique.  Whether he was seeking out new financing options for his customers or customizing cars for sale in his inventory he has always sought innovations that would improve business and customer relationships.

Mr. Parker’s keen business acumen and perceptive sense of market direction provided him with the fruits of success to grow tremendously through the years.  As a result of his tireless efforts, Parker’s Used Cars boasts one of the largest used car inventories in the region.  Up until now this was all done the old-fashioned way, drive up traffic and marketing using conventional print, radio and television.

A few years ago, Mr. Parker realized that the direction of the market was changing and that if he wanted to stay competitive he must develop a web presence.  Seeing that used car sales over the Internet were really beginning to take off he began listing his inventory on AutoTrader and later launched his own dealership website, http://www.parkersautos.com.  Since the launch of the site we have seen a steady growth in traffic and received a great deal of business as a result.

Today, we have around 250 used cars, trucks, SUVs, vans and motorcycles listed at any given time.  By offering such a diverse and high quality inventory Mr. Parker has been able to attract a large amount of traffic on the website as well as walk-ins.  As of late, through increased Internet marketing Parker’s Used Cars is getting lots of attention.  Transforming from a locally known used car retailer to a regional used car powerhouse.

Besides having the inventory, Mr. Parker knows people.  He has a knack for working with people and finding the middle ground to make a deal work for his customers.  Dedicated sales and finance staff help our customers every step of the way from the time they submit an inquiry over our website or drive onto the lot until they sign the bill of sale; our team of professionals are here to make the buying process move quickly and smoothly.

Within the next few weeks we will be rolling out a platform update on our website that will further enhance the customers’ shopping experience and empower them with several new tools to become more acquainted with any car we have listed and the ability to request detailed information and ask questions with a live representative with a single click.

We offer several different financing options that allow us to tailor loans to our customer’s needs.  Pre-approval application services are also available on our website as well as other services that allow you to calculate loan payments and value your trade-in. Come out and find the used car that you want and often times you will be able to drive home in it that very day with financing in place.

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