Archive for June, 2017
A notice to Godwin Motors customers:
South Carolina currently charges a vehicle sales tax of 5% with a maximum of $300 on the sale or lease of motor vehicles, boats, aircraft, and motorcycles. This SC sales tax cap of $300 has been in place since 1984. Both Georgia and North Carolina have since removed this cap. Georgia charges the sales tax on vehicles, which is 7 percent in most counties, while North Carolina charges a 3 percent highway use tax.
South Carolina will change this cap to $500 on July 1, 2017 costing you an additional $200 to purchase a vehicle. This can be as much as $9 per month if you are financing your purchase.
The time to act is now! If you purchase a vehicle before July 1 you will enjoy up to a $200 savings.
Have you purchased from Godwin Motors in the past? Did you know about Godwin Motors loyalty program? We lower your interest rate by 3% with each consecutive purchase. That is on average a savings of $600 when financing with us. What does all this mean to you? Purchase a new to you vehicle from Godwin Motors before July 1, 2017 and save up to $800.
View our inventory on the web at www.godwinmotors.com, give us a call at 803.252.8774 or stop by our West Beltline Blvd. lot. Let us help you.
History of Buy Here Pay Here Car Financing
Are you in the market to purchase a car? You have the money, a steady paying job, but not the credit. So you ask a friend for some advice about buying a car. According to your situation, they recommend you to purchase and finance your vehicle from a buy-here-pay-here (BHPH) car dealership, but you have no idea what that is.
BHPH is a method that car dealerships use for people who have little, no or even bad credit. It’s a one-stop shop process where the dealership is also the finance company. BHPH originated in the early 1970s during the savings and loan crisis. Unemployment was escalating and the economy was still in transition from a production based economy to a service based economy. As the prices of vehicles began to increase in relation to income, vehicles became unaffordable. In result, the start of the buy-here-pay-here dealerships were born.
So what does that mean to you? What are your possible benefits?
Godwin Motors has been a BHPH independent dealership since 1985 and is now the oldest buy-here-pay-here in Columbia, SC. Our motto since 1985 has been to provide a quality vehicle with unparalleled customer service. That means, we treat every customer like family. Godwin Motors has always gone the extra mile for their customers helping them out along the way. Our customers come into the dealership to either make payments, get oil changes or new brakes, look at new vehicles, or even rent a car for a weekend trip to a family reunion in the Lowcountry. It is not uncommon to have a client come to purchase their third vehicle, or for a second or third generation buyer to purchase their first car. Here are a list of benefits of buy-here-pay-here dealership, but especially Godwin Motors.
- Finance approval
- Test drive and paperwork can be done in as little as one hour
- Payments made with Godwin Motors
- Not a large out of town corporation
- Godwin Motors reports to Equifax to help build client’s credit when payments are made on time.
- Large selection of quality vehicles types:
- Vans and SUVs
- Financing for bad or no credit with steady jobs and income
- Current bankruptcy (with court approval)
- Past bankruptcy and repossessions can be financed
history of BHPH, you should be ready to start looking for your vehicle. Godwin Motors has new inventory weekly and has a quick and easy purchasing process. So if you’re worried about your credit or that repo you may have had 5 years ago, don’t forget at Godwin Motors, We Finance You, Not Your Credit.
Recommended Regular Used Car Maintenance Schedule
Looking to understand what is a recommended regular used car maintenance schedule on a vehicle? Why does it need to be performed? We purchase a vehicle, but don’t always learn how to maintain them to keep them in good working condition, which is very unfortunate.
If your vehicle doesn’t have a proper regular maintenance schedule, it can break down and…well, die. Having a regular maintenance schedule will help prolong the car’s life span. A car is a constant moving machine just like you and me. And, a mechanic to a car is just like a doctor to his patient. So here is a regular maintenance schedule to abide by:
- Get your oil changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles
- Have your tires rotated (usually comes with the oil change)
- Have your air filter and cabin filter replaced
- Check the level of all fluids (At Godwin Service, this comes with our oil change)
- Replace wiper blades
- Check engine coolant and cooling system for leaks
- Inspect brake wear, belts and hoses
- Check pressure in all tires and exhaust systems & lights
Note that different types of vehicles have different types of maintenance needs. And, depending on the driver and how much the vehicle is driven, your needs might be more or less. Godwin Service, Godwin Motors in-house full service center, provides a courtesy check on your battery and maintenance needs. Godwin Service summer or winter maintenance check includes the above items that retail for $119 separately, for only $79. Keep your vehicle running longer. Visit us at www.godwinmotors.com or call to set up an appointment at 803.252.8774.
Beat the Heat with Kids in Columbia SC
Top Five Summer Activities
- Riverbanks Zoo Waterfall Junction – Splash Pad (Hadley’s favorite)
- Pelican’s Snoballs – The tastiest treats for the kid in all of us.
- SCE&G Beach at Lake Murray – Inland Beach and Picnic Area
- Maxcy Gregg Pool- All of the city pools are quite nice and not expensive.
- Richland County Libraries – No water activities, but plenty of AC and learning.
Luke Godwin – Owner – Godwin Motors, Inc – www.godwinmotors.com
Summer Car Maintenance Tips to Know
Godwin Service will perform all of these summer car maintenance tests and many more for free, whether you purchased the car from us or not. Stop in today or call us to schedule an appointment.
- Get your coolant system pressure tested by a qualified shop to determine if it will hold up to the harsh temperatures of the summer.
- Get your battery and alternator tested. The summer heat really takes a toll on the battery and charging system.
- Check tire tread depth and age. No one wants to be on the side of the road in 100+ degrees changing a tire.
Godwin Motors, Service & Rentals is located at 4032 West Beltline Blvd Columbia SC 29204. Visit us on the web at www.godwinmotors.com or call us at 803-252-8774.
If you have driven down West Beltline Blvd for the last 20 years you have seen a transformation. A once vital hub for New and Used Car stores has given way to demolished buildings, empty parking lots, and dilapidated showrooms. The anchor during this time has been Godwin Motors a 30 year old Columbia Independent Used Car dealership. Godwin Motors original location is 3932 W Beltline Blvd but on January 1 2012 they moved just down the street to 4032 W Beltline blvd rehabbing an old Nissan Dealership and transforming some 2.5 acres of real estate. Since then they have added a Car Rental company at the old location and a new 3600 ft2 car service facility.
Fast forward to February 15, 2016 and you will notice some new demolishing taken place and new construction on the horizon. The City of Columbia purchased 4011 West Beltline Blvd back in 2009, their plan all along was to build a new building and move the water and sewer departments to this location. This long awaited project is finally underway, the old buildings are down and the new building construction should start soon.
Edens Plaza a long standing shopping center of the Belvedere community welcomes the neighbor. Not only will the new water and sewer department bring new folks to the area for its ten or so shops, it will also clean up this half decade eye sore. Members of the Belvedere community look forward to the new construction and believe in is a positive step to revitalize this community and hopefully helping out with the crime. This development may seem like a small step but it is a step long needed on this major thoroughfare in the City of Columbia. This once great community has been overlooked by the City of Columbia for years but now will house one of its busiest departments.