Q: How can you sell cars for less than any other dealers?
A: We operate our business with the lowest overhead possible to reduce costs to you. We never buy a car until it is sold with a deposit in place thus avoiding the high costs of keeping an inventory of very expensive vehicles. Do us both a favor and shop around for your best deal, then contact us for a better deal.
Q: What are your Hours of Operation?
A: We are available from 9AM to 6PM EST Monday through Friday. (Saturdays and Sundays by appointment for deliveries only). If you call at another time, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible. You may also e-mail us with your inquiry or submit a REQUEST FOR QUOTE. You can reach Gary White after hours on his cell phone at 313-770-8453.
Q: What if I want to buy a vehicle that is not in your current inventory?
A: We have sources across the country and can usually find what you are looking for at a very competitive price. Erickson Motor Cars has been in this business for many years and has established a vast network of the most reliable and reasonably priced wholesalers, brokers and dealers.
Q: When do I need to put down a deposit and is it refundable?
A: After you've made the decision to purchase a specific car that we've presented to you, we will fax you a Buyers Order Once you sign that buyers order, you'll send your deposit. This deposit is 100% refundable contingent upon your approval of an inspection of the vehicle (prior to shipping), and the terms of the financing or leasing you might arrange with a lender (should you require it). If you are not completely satisfied with the car or the terms, your deposit is 100% refundable. HOWEVER, any vehicle you order to be built to your advance specifications will require a non-refundable deposit and will show non-refundable on your buy order and once you commit to a vehicle and it is shipped, your deposit becomes non-refundable.
Q: Where is the inspection done, who does it, and who pays for it?
A: We buy cars everywhere, so the car we sell to you may be anywhere in the United States. The inspection must be done near to where the car is.
Who does the inspection is up to you. Most people have us set it up, however, you can arrange your own inspection, you can go where the car is and see it yourself, or you can send someone. If we're making the arrangements for inspection, wherever possible, we will send the car to an authorized dealer of that make. For example, if you're buying a Porsche, we'll send it to a Porsche dealer, if it's a Mercedes, we send it to a Mercedes dealer, a Ferrari goes to a Ferrari dealer, etc. If an authorized dealer is not in the area, we will find a qualified inspector.
The cost of the inspection is your responsibility. You pay for the inspection for two reasons. First, the inspector should be working for you, with only your best interests at heart. Second, by paying and getting a written report, you now have recourse against the inspector or dealership, should they miss, or inaccurately report, something (though this very rarely happens). Inspection costs typically range between $50 and $200 depending upon the car and the inspector.
Q: How do I pay for my car?
A: There are three options for payment: You can pay by certified check/wire transfer, we can arrange financing/lease for you or you can arrange your own financing or lease.
Q: What else do I need to buy a car?
A: The only other things we require are a copy of your drivers license and insurance.
Q: How do I get my car?
A: While getting the car is your responsibility financially, we are happy to arrange the shipping for you. Alternatively, you can pick up your car yourself or arrange your own shipping.
Q: Are there any cars that you don't sell?
A: While we can sell any car, our specialties are high line and exotic imported cars. A huge selection of new and used Corvettes and other American sports cars are also available such as Vipers, Prowlers, Shelby Series I etc. All of our contacts, and all of our expertise is with those cars. Typically we would not even know who to call for a Honda, Toyota, Ford, or other mainstream makes. If you're not sure whether the car you want is within our purview, visit our website and view our inventory, or call us at 313-770-8453.
Q: Do you accept trade-ins?
A: Absolutely. We're happy to take virtually any car, truck, or motorcycle you have to trade, and we'll give you a fair wholesale price, based on condition and miles. As a wholesale dealer, we cannot give you a retail price for your car. However, many states offer sales tax "trade in credit" which helps raise your trade-in value (check with your state). Under this rule, if you trade a vehicle into a dealer, you only pay sales tax on the difference in price between your trade-in and the car you are buying. This sales tax credit may be substantial, and bring you closer to a retail price on your trade. For example, if your trade is worth $50,000 and the state you're in offers the trade in credit, and the state has a tax rate of 7%, then you will save $3500 in sales tax on the new car. So, it would be the same as you selling your car to a retail customer for $53,500.
Q: What about sales tax?
A: You pay sales tax in the state in which you register the car. The amount of sales tax you pay depends on the rate in that state. Nearly every state has a different sales tax rate, and in some cases it even varies from county to county. As we are Michigan based, if you are registering the car in Michigan, we are required to collect sales tax and do the registration for you. If you are out of state you can pay the tax directly to your state, or elect us to do it for you.
Q: Can I get information about the history of the car I'm about to buy?
A: Yes. We run an AutoCheck report on every car. AutoCheck contains a complete title history detailing every change of ownership and verifying that the vehicle has a clean title, accurate odometer, and has had no reported accidents. In addition, we examine the service records and contact the dealers that did the service, to glean any pertinent information about that vehicle.
Q: Is there a warranty provided with my purchase?
A: Usually. We do not warranty the cars we sell, but you do receive the balance of the manufacturers warranty, if any. For most cars, we can sell you an extended warranty for as long as 4 years/48,000 miles. Prices and availability vary depending on the car. Call us to check if your dream car qualifies.