Killing the Slimy Used Car Salesman Stereotype for Good

We all know the type.

Slicked back hair, ugly plaid shirt your grandfather wouldn’t even wear, pants with stains on them that look like they have been ironed over and the overbearing smell of cheap cologne picked up from the corner store – the all too familiar stereotypical used car salesman.

These types of used car salesmen will tell you anything you want to hear about a car you’re not even that interested in and will do anything to convince you that you don’t need see a CarFax or AutoCheck History Report, up to offering heavy discounts on the car if you would just take the car home now and just believe his claim that the car’s, “brakes work most of the time.” Continue reading…

8 Frequently Asked Questions About Buying a Used Car from DriveTime

Here are the top eight most commonly asked used car buying questions asked at our dealerships.

We contacted five of our dealerships to help us out with composing the perfect answers. Shout out to North 45 in Houston, Bell Road in Phoenix, Decatur in Las Vegas, Beechmont in Cincinnati, and Havana in Denver – you guys rock!

Without further ado, here’s our FAQ:

1.      What will my down payment be? Am I able to take the car home today and make payments on the down payment?

You can get approved on and in most cases, know your down payment before you start shopping. And if you have all of the items listed in #3 below, there’s a great chance you can be driving your new-to-you car home today!

DriveTime does not offer the opportunity to make payments on the down payment. However, we do offer a layaway payment program. The DriveTime layaway program allows you to hold the car of your choice for up to 45 days, but you cannot drive the vehicle off the lot until the down payment is fully paid. Layaway payments are also 100% refundable.

2.      Am I approved?

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Laying Down the Law in Legal – DriveTime 2013 Internship Series

Written by: Maddie Schmitt, Legal Intern

I began my internship for the legal department of DriveTime in March of this year. I had never had an internship before, so I was immediately intimidated by the corporate atmosphere. However, after a few days of shadowing the other legal intern and some welcome lunches with my department, I was absolutely sold on the idea of working at DriveTime.

At first it was just because of the free food, but I soon realized there were many reasons I was going to enjoy working here. Continue reading…

Getting Weird in I.T. Like E.T. – DriveTime 2013 Internship Series

Written by: Scott Rozell, IT intern 

As a Computer Science major at ASU, there are many different career paths that can be taken and deciding on which one is right can be a challenge. Or so I thought.

I applied for the DriveTime internship because database development classes had been the most intriguing for me. I wasn’t even sure what DriveTime was when I applied, other than a car company. I figured it would be a good start in finding where I wanted to take my career and get a taste of real world database development. After the first interview in February, I found that I loved the passion that the employees had for learning and improving as well as the overall environment of the office. Continue reading…

There’s Benefits to Working in Benefits – DriveTime 2013 Internship Series

Written by: Lisa Murr, Benefits intern 

Corporate culture at DriveTime is like the makeup of a car; the success of a smooth ride is dependent on every individual part working together. In my three short weeks at DriveTime, I have discovered first-hand the unique corporate culture that defines our team.

As a senior at Arizona State University, I was seeking an internship that would expose me to the corporate world and prepare me for my career post-graduation. Coming into this internship, I fully anticipated getting coffee and make copies all day. Instead, I have been given the opportunity to gain hands-on work experience in the Benefits Department.  Continue reading…