Hurricane’s Impact the California Used Car Market

How have hurricanes Harvey and Irma impacted the California used car market? The human tragedy as a result of the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Georgia, and other southern US states is no doubt the most important focus in the aftermath.  Thousands of people are without homes, not to mention basic needs such as clean […]

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Financing FAQ

How we are different: With many changes in the economy over the last 5-10 years in the Sacramento area, we’ve found that a lot of people are in unique situations when it comes to financing a car.  Historically a strong credit score and proof of income have been the most important factors in getting approved […]

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What should I inspect before buying a used car, truck, or SUV?

The used car marketplace can be a scary place. While most car dealers have come a long way since the wild west days of the 1970’s and 80’s, there are still plenty of sellers out there looking to take advantage of unsuspecting buyers. So how can you protect yourself? The best way to make sure […]

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Where is the best place to research my next car, truck or SUV purchase?

Where is the best place to research new cars? Truecar, Edmunds.com, kbb.com, Costco Auto Buying, there are so many different companies that all offer advice for buying a car, and they all make roughly the same promise: “We can save you the most money.” But what’s the difference between them? How can I really get […]

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What is an Auto Broker? Can they save me money?

Simply put, an auto broker works on behalf of you, the car buyer, with the goal of making the car buying process, easier, faster, and more pleasant. Here at Petrol Auto Sales, we offer several different services, from specialty finance solutions for those with challenged credit, to special vehicle requests for those looking for something […]

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What do I need to know before financing my first car?

How old do I need to be to buy a car? You must be at least 18 years old in order to purchase a vehicle. What do I need to have before going into a dealer or a bank? You should have some basic information with your prior to applying for financing at a dealer […]

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What’s the difference between buying private party versus buying from a dealer?

What’s the difference between buying private party versus buying from a dealer? Many people ask, what’s the advantage of buying from a dealer or a private party?  Won’t I pay more if I buy from a dealer?  What protections do I have?  What are all the fees dealers charge, and why?  We’re here to answer […]

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