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Great deal on my Elantra GT hatchback
I got a good deal on my Elantra gt hatchback. Jag was super nice and showed me everything about the cars I liked. Got a good car on my budget. Also all the staff were super nice. I highly recommend key west ford.
Excellent Service
Went in looking for my first car, came out with an awesome deal today. Peter took the time and effort to help me out to make sure I got the car that I wanted. Michelle did a great job with the financing of the vehicle. Both of you two did an amazing job and I thank you for you help today!
Easy going, not pushy and personable
Allan was great! He knew that my wife and I were interested in purchasing a Pre owned vehicle and was instrumental in helping us find what we were looking for. He listened to our needs, instead of telling us what we wanted to hear. He was personable and friendly. We never felt pressured into purchasing something that didn’t fit our needs. I would highly recommend Allen to anyone who is looking for a great experience during a car search. His knowledge is second to none and his attitude is great!
Great Service
Bought my first car today with, Jeff Upton. He answered all my questions and helped me find the perfect SUV. Michael Nokes was also there helping Jeff out and explaining what to look for in a used car and the pros and cons that come with it. Great to deal with, very friendly and kind, Michelle and Nick helped me with financing and they were great, and patient with me. Answered all my questions and concerns with detail. Loved them, so kind and so friendly. I couldn't have asked for a better experience with my first major purchase!
Purchase car
Jag was super help full and well knowable of the cars he did great job to explain everything and at the end help to set up Bluetooth and navigation system I am really thankful to Jag for this experience Great service and for sure will come back afin
Great sales and communication
I bought a used 2016 mustang gt just recently from Lino. He was very helpful, friendly and answered all my questions. I also spoke in great length with Michael Nokes the sales manager. He was easy to get along with and a general overall nice guy. I would definitely recommend key west ford to anyone looking for a brand new or used ford. Lino didn’t pressure me into buying that first day I arrived. You will feel comfortable dealing with him and Michael nokes.
Excellent service and follow through
We were window shopping for a new vehicle in the near future. Tom showed us exactly what we wanted and made the deal happen today. We are exceptionally happy with his service and would recommend friends and family go see him at Key West Ford!
Very helpful, knowledgeable staff that made it easy to decide on a vehicle. We are happy with the experience and would definitely recommend this dealership.
Best attention to my needs & very respectful 😊
Jag and the team are very hospitable. They all made me feel as tho’ I was their guest. I was lucky that they had exactly what I needed in the lot and I was given the best deal I could have hoped for. Thank you, Jag !
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2013 nissan leaf kirkland bellevue tacoma washingtonHey Patrick,

I have my eye on a pre-owned Nissan Leaf and I’m trying to decide how to finance it. What is the difference between pre-computed versus simple interest loans?


Hi Ariel,

That’s an awesome choice for a car. I can see why you are so eager to get rolling (pun intended!). These two types sound confusing but are actually perfect for customizing schedules depending on whether or not you aim to pay it off early or not.

A pre-computed loan means that each deposit made for the life of the note is calculated out exactly. So, if you have a five-year plan it will always be that amount every month. However, this type of borrowing is not ideal if the aim is to pay off the car in less time, because you will not save on interest.

If you are aiming to fluctuate regular deposits and maybe complete the note early, a simple loan is the way to go. This method of lending re-calculates the interest based on the outstanding debt on a daily basis. It will save money if you are able to contribute extra each month.

Hopefully, you know which is right. Let me know if you have more questions. 

2018 nissan maxima for sale kirkland seattle tacoma washingtonHello Patrick,

I’m all set to buy a new Nissan Maxima, but financing is making my head spin. Can you explain the difference between secured and unsecured auto loans?


Hi Scott,

Thanks for reaching out for such an important decision. I have good news for you: the difference is pretty basic. It essentially boils down to what happens if you fail to pay.

First, let’s discuss a secured loan. What this means is that the lender needs collateral in order to fund the purchase. Usually, there is a lien put on the vehicle being purchased, but sometimes another car or a house can be used instead. Regardless, the borrower will get that item repossessed if they cannot adhere to the schedule.

An unsecured one, on the other hand, does not require any assets be put up against the value of the money lent. If payments are not made, legal action is the only way for the lender to recoup their loss. This type tends to have a higher cost and interest rate, due to the added risk on the bank’s side.

As long as the bills get paid on time, it comes down to what is the best fit.

Let me know if there are any more problems I can research for you!

2018 nissan frontier for sale kirkland bellevue tacoma washingtonDear Patrick,

I love my mechanic, but he charges an arm and a leg to replace my windshield wipers. I am a single mom on a budget and this seems like a way I can save money. Is it hard to change the blades on my Nissan Frontier without help?


Hi Anna,

Good thinking! Buying and replacing them yourself is a great way to shave off added cost to a tune-up bill. There’s also more positive news: this process couldn’t be simpler!

  • First, ease the arm backward so it sticks out from the windshield at roughly a 90-degree angle.
  • Next, rotate the wiper so that it is parallel with the glass, essentially forming a T.
  • On the backside of the mechanism, you will discover a release tab. Unsnap it (it’s a very simple metal hinge) to loosen the blade.
  • Pull it downward and it should easily come free.
  • Finally, just repeat the steps in reverse to install the new blade and lock it into place. Be sure to test out the wipers when you are done by spraying fluid and running it a few times to make sure everything is secure.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.
2018 nissan murano new seattle tacoma kirkland washington
Hey Patrick,

I just got a sweet 2018 Nissan Murano, but I feel like auto insurance is a waste of money. What’s the worst thing that could happen if I am not covered?


Hi Jay,

Thanks for reaching out! I hate to be a scold, but people really should invest in a policy. It’ll pay off in the long run, trust me.

First, it’s the law in America that all drivers be covered. There are endless options and there is sure to be an agency that fits your budget and needs.

Still not convinced? If you get in an accident without it in Michigan, for example, the penalty could be up to a year in jail. In Delaware the fine for this infraction can be as high as $2,000. Many states will add points to a license, suspend driving privileges, or even impound a car. That’s not getting into the all the out-of-pocket headaches if you get sued by another vehicle owner.

Clearly, it’s in everyone’s best interest to always keep a valid form of insurance. It isn’t worth the risk.

Hope this inspires you to seek coverage. Let me know if there are any other questions.

2018 nissan altima for sale seattle tacoma kirkland washington
Hi Patrick,

I am so mad at myself! I was drinking coffee in my new Nissan Altima and hit a pothole. Now I have a stain on my beautiful leather seats. Are they ruined?

Hi Darlene,

I am sure you must feel awful, but have no fear! Keeping things spotless is much easier than you would guess. A lot of this has to do with the fact that cowhide for cars is designed to take a beating.

  • First, choose a cleaning solution specifically for interiors like this. Most auto stores will offer a wide selection. The most important part is that you should also buy a leather and upholstery scrub brush. These are made with gentle bristles that won’t damage the material.
  • Follow the dilution directions on the bottle.
  • Find a portion of the seat to test everything on before tackling the big stain. I like to use the front end of the passenger side, which is usually out of sight.
  • Once you are certain this is the right combo, simply scrub out the coffee according to instructions and dry.
  • Everything should look as if it’s never seen a drip of java.

Let me know how this works!
most common nissan car insurance questions seattle washingtonDear Kiera,
My friend borrowed my Nissan Murano last week, and he had a little fender bender. Is the accident covered by my insurance?
Thank you!
I'm sorry to hear about the accident (and I hope your friend is doing well).

While I can’t answer questions about specific coverage, I can certainly point you in the right direction. You’ll be happy to know that it’s likely the insurance company will treat the incident much the same as if you had been behind the wheel.
 Generally, designated drivers (yourself and anyone who takes your car for a spin with your permission) are protected.

Each insurance policy covers different things:
  • Liability insurance (required by most states) follows the driver, regardless of whether you're behind the wheel of your own vehicle or a friend's. That means you're probably protected under your own policy. But, if the car is regularly available to you, coverage may be excluded.
  • Collision coverage deals directly with the vehicle. This means your carrier will help take care of the cost of damage done to the car during an accident or vandalism. 
  • Comprehensive insurance takes care of most things but often requires many pre-conditions (for example, you must name approved drivers). If such stipulations aren't met, damage to your vehicle may not be covered.
Ultimately, each policy is different. The best thing to do is reach out to providers and go over the specifics of your coverage.
I hoped that help to quell some of your anxieties! Let me know how it goes.
most common nissan car maintenance questions seattle washington
Dear Kiera,
I read online that I need to change the oil in my 2018 Nissan Frontier every 3000 miles. Is that true?
There's a lot of conflicting information out there to answer - what should be - a fairly simple question. But it's mostly quick repair and oil change shops that advocate the 3,000-mile theory. Ultimately, you should read your owner’s manual or ask a trusted mechanic for the best information. That being said: the consensus of auto professionals is that the number sits somewhere between 5,000 - 7,500. This may seem like quite a gap, but remember it's just a rule of thumb.
There are a few different things outside of the make and model that affect how long you can go between oil changes. The frequency of use is a large factor. If your car is mostly for looks and the occasional joy ride, you’ll be able to stretch it a bit longer. If you’re a daily commuter, however, you’ll want to follow the manual’s recommendations closely. Age also plays a role. As your vehicle creeps up in years, you may find you have to take it into the shop a little more often.
I hope that helps, Stephanie! Let us know if you have any more maintenance questions about your Nissan Frontier.
most common nissan car maintenance questions seattle washingtonDear Kiera,
Do I really need to buy a car-specific glass cleaner? Can’t I just clean my car windows with the same thing I use in the house?

At first glance, it may seem like a waste of money to buy a glass cleaner specially formulated for your car - but just imagine your newly detailed 2018 Nissan Altima with streaked windows and peeling tint. A sad thing indeed.
According to Glass Doctor, many over-the-counter cleaners contain ammonia. This harsh chemical tends to streak, which can create a glare - a serious problem if the sun hits your windshield at just the right (or wrong) time and place. It can also eat away at the vehicle tint, causing it to peel over time. Last but certainly not least, using the wrong solution can corrode the plastic and rubber pieces on your vehicle. This is particularly problematic as it could cause the parts holding the window in place to weaken.
So, leave the household glass cleaner for chores at home and opt for one that’s ammonia-free and formulated specifically for vehicles, especially if you have tint on your windows.
We’re here to help! Contact us if you have more questions about the best way to care for your Nissan.
most common nissan car truck questions seattle washingtonDear Kiera,
I’m thinking about getting a 2018 Nissan Sentra and have been looking into financing options. What exactly does it mean to lease a vehicle?
In a nutshell: when you lease instead of buying a vehicle, your payments go toward a portion of the actual cost of the car. Because you’re not charged for the total price, your monthly installments are lower. If you like the brightest new toys or don’t have a large deposit at the time of purchase, then this alternative may be the best bet for you.
Leasing may mean lower monthly costs, but it isn’t without drawbacks. Reading the fine print, therefore, is crucial. The most glaring disadvantage is that, after you finish the payments, you have no property to show for it. Although you can purchase after the term of your agreement, the price is locked in and there’s no chance for negotiations. Another thing to consider is your driving style and distance. If you’re hard on your car or you enjoy taking long trips, you can incur extra mileage and wear-and-tear fees. These add up quickly!
All in all, leasing is a great option that allows you to get a bit more bang for your buck up front. Though it offers some advantages and freedoms over buying, it all depends on what you value in car ownership.

Need further information, Allie? Contact me and I'll walk you through the leasing process.

most common nissan car truck questions seattle washingtonDear Kiera, 
Which is better for fuel efficiency? Running the A/C or rolling down the windows?
This question gets asked quite a bit and, unfortunately, there isn't a one-size-fits-all answer. Driving conditions instead define every output.

Let’s take a look at the 2004 study by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Using a sedan (like the Maxima) and an SUV (such as the Armada), they put both both methods to the test; and, my, were they surprised.

According to their findings, running the A/C while driving does indeed decrease fuel economy by 5-10%. These results, however, only apply when traveling down city streets. Once you rev onto the highway, rolling down the windows can send your gas mileage plummeting. They came to the conclusion that, when speed exceeds 45 mph, air resistance created by the seemingly more economical approach accounts for a 20% decline. 
In a world that places increasing emphasis on efficiency, it seems everyone is looking to improve fuel economy wherever possible. A good rule of thumb is to try to reserve most of your driving for the cooler parts of the day; namely, in the morning or late in the evening. Ultimately, keeping the windows rolled up and the A/C turned off is the best way to save gas.

I hope that helps, Sam! Let us know if you notice any change in your economy!