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People with vehicles they are not using, do not need anymore or wish to part with ought to think about stopping in at Meyer Motors, 107 Plaza Ln., Plymouth.

The GMC-Buick dealership has always carried a good supply of pre-owned vehicles but it has stepped up its interest in seeking out good used vehicles to purchase. The reason for that is obvious—the shortage of new vehicles caused by computer chip shortages and other factors has vehicle owners hanging onto their used wheels even longer than in the past.

“These times have forced us to get more creative and see these opportunities,” said Paul Francis, an experienced sales and leasing consultant with Meyer Motors.

Francis said Meyer Motors seeks out pre-owned vehicles in several ways, including scanning listings on online marketplaces and reaching out to owners if they are in about a 30- to 40-mile radius of Plymouth. “We want it to be comfortable for people to make the drive here,” he said.

Simply spreading the word that Meyer Motors is in the market for good pre-owned vehicles is another way they are adding to their inventory. Francis said it is not only possible but has happened that people will stop in at Meyer Motors unannounced and leave with a check for their car, SUV, truck or other type of vehicle. Meyer Motors will give the person a ride home if necessary or they can arrange their own transportation back home.

Before the deal is finalized, a few things have to first happen, Francis said. They will ask the vehicle owner a few questions about the vehicle, then get the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), the mileage and any other pertinent information. That information will be used to come up with some comparable value numbers for the vehicle. They also will take it for a test ride to see if they notice anything out of the ordinary.

If all that checks out, Meyer Motors will make a cash offer on the spot and the vehicle owner can leave the lot with a check in hand if they accept the offer. “It’s handy, especially for them,” Francis said of vehicle owners. “It can usually be a quick process.”

Francis acknowledged that pre-owned vehicle prices are up significantly from what they were a year or two ago, but he also issued the caution that those prices can fluctuate rapidly based on a variety of factors including the price of gas.

To help people get an indication of the value of their vehicle(s), Meyer Motors offers a third-party tool on its website (https://www.gomeyermotors.com) which allows people to find out a value range for their vehicle by simply plugging in the year of the vehicle, the make/model and the mileage. Francis cautioned that the figures provided are not an offer from Meyer Motors, but he also added that his experience in the short time they have used the tool is that the figures are very close to the eventual settled offer.

A goal at Meyer Motors is to have a balanced inventory of vehicle types and costs for its customers, so Francis said they look less at the year a pre-owned vehicle was made and more at its condition and mileage. He said they like to have a selection of vehicles for under $15,000 as well as a nice selection of higher-end pre-owned vehicles. “Sometimes that can be easier said than done,” he said.

While Meyer Motors sells new and pre-owned GMC and Buick products, Francis said they also purchase other makes and models of pre-owned vehicles to try to provide that good selection.

After purchasing a pre-owned vehicle, Meyer Motors’ mechanics also go over the vehicle in detail to do a safety inspection and repair or replace anything which needs it.

“We’re always looking for more at this point,” Francis said of pre-owned inventory. “We feel we can’t get them quickly enough. We’ve had good success. More often than not we’ve been able to come to terms. It’s been a fun process.”

He also said the process provides an opportunity to create another relationship with a customer who may come back to see Meyer Motors the next time they are in the market for a new or used vehicle.

To talk to someone at Meyer Motors about the possibility of selling them one or more vehicles, call them at 920-893-1851 (direct extensions can be found on their website) or stop in at their Plymouth location.

Meyer Motors is part of the Sheboygan Sun’s Preferred Business Sponsor program.

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