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Here at CarHop we have helped tens of thousands of people get the credit they need to buy the car they deserve. Check back frequently to find out the latest news here at CarHop.

CarHop Opens New Colorado Store

Good news! Today CarHop has opened its doors in Pueblo, CO, and we couldn’t be more excited!

Since 1996, CarHop has helped thousands of people get back on the road and driving while also giving them a great opportunity to improve their credit history. As CarHop’s 5th store in The Centennial State, the new location will serve residents of Pueblo and people from the surrounding area. 

“Pueblo is a great community, and we’re excited to now be a part of it,” said District Manager James LaDue. “We’ve already been able to help many people in the great state of Colorado get back on the road, and we’re looking forward to helping many more in Pueblo!”

People with credit issues that may have prevented them from buying a car in the past will now be able to buy a vehicle with payments that fit their budget. They will also benefit from CarHop’s 3-Day Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee, a great 18 month/18,000 mile warranty, and its optional Platinum Rewards program for additional savings and benefits including an extended vehicle warranty.

View the Pueblo store page here, or better yet, stop by! CarHop’s new store is located at 3130 N Elizabeth St, Pueblo, CO 81008. 

CarHop Now Serving South Dakota!

We’re happy to announce that CarHop has opened its first location in the state of South Dakota, located in Sioux Falls!

Since 1996, CarHop has helped thousands of people get back on the road and driving while also giving them a great opportunity to improve their credit history. As CarHop’s first location in The Mount Rushmore State, the new location will serve residents of Sioux Falls and people from the surrounding area.  

“We’re very excited to be open in South Dakota,” said District Manager Daryl Gerardy. “Not only is Sioux Falls the largest city in the state, but it’s diverse, has a great economy and is steadily growing, which makes it a great place to help people drive!”

People with credit issues that may have prevented them from buying a car in the past will now be able to buy a vehicle with payments that fit their budget. They will also benefit from CarHop’s 3-Day Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee, a great 18 month/18,000 mile warranty, and its optional Platinum Rewards program for additional savings and benefits including an extended vehicle warranty.

View the Sioux Falls store page here, or better yet, stop by! CarHop’s new store is located at 1221 S Minnesota Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.

CarHop Now Open In San Diego!

(April 25, 2013) CarHop is proud to announce that we are now open in San Diego, our 5th California based store! CarHop’s additional stores in the Golden State are located in Hayward, Vallejo, Richmond and Sacramento.

Since 1996, CarHop has helped thousands of people get back on the road and driving while also giving them a great opportunity to improve their credit history. The new location will serve residents of San Diego, National City, Chula Vista and the surrounding area.  

“CarHop has already been able to help many Californians get back on the road,” District Manager Mark Stewart said. “So it just made sense to extend our reach into San Diego. It’s a great city and we think we’ll be able to help a lot of its residents get in the car they deserve.”

People in the area with credit issues that may have prevented them from buying a car in the past will now be able to buy a vehicle with payments that fit their budget. They will also benefit from CarHop’s 3-Day Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee, a great 18 month/18,000 mile warranty, and its optional Platinum Rewards program for additional savings and benefits including an extended vehicle warranty.

View the San Diego page here, or better yet, stop by! CarHop’s new store is located at 1800 National City Blvd, National City, CA 91950.

CarHop Opens 4th Wisconsin Store

(April 9, 2013) - We’re happy to announce that today CarHop opened the doors to its new store in Appleton, Wisconsin!

Since 1996, CarHop has helped thousands of people get back on the road and driving while also giving them a great opportunity to improve their credit history. As CarHop’s 4th location in the Badger State, and 56th store nationwide, the new location will service residents of Appleton and the surrounding area, from Oshkosh to Green Bay.  

“Appleton is a great city, and we look forward to helping citizens throughout the growing Fox Cities area get rolling in their very own vehicles,” District Manager Larry Anderson said. “We’ve already helped many other Wisconsin residents at our locations in the Milwaukee, Madison and Eau Claire areas. We hope to help many more in Appleton.”

Fox River Valley residents with credit issues that may have prevented them from buying a car in the past will now be able to buy one with payments that fit their budget. They will also benefit from CarHop’s 3-Day Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee, a great 18 month/18,000 mile warranty, and its optional Platinum Rewards program for additional savings and benefits including an extended vehicle warranty.

View the Appleton store page here, or better yet, stop by! CarHop’s new Wisconsin store is located at 2485 W Wisconsin Ave.

CarHop Opens 2nd Utah Location

(Ogden, UT – March 20, 2013) – We’re excited to announce that CarHop has opened a second location in the Salt lake City area, located in Ogden. CarHop’s first Utah location opened in Murray earlier this year.

CarHop focuses on helping car buyers with poor or no credit get approval for auto financing when they have been turned down for loans by banks or traditional car dealers. The new store location will allow CarHop to continue its mission of Helping People Drive® by serving residents of Ogden and people from the entire Salt lake City area surrounding area. 

“Since the beginning our mission has always been to help people drive, and the Ogden store is all a part of accomplishing that mission,” District Manager Bea Swanson said. “And we’re excited about the opportunity to better establish ourselves in the state of Utah.”

Area-residents who have credit issues that have prevented them from buying a better used car in the past will not only have access to obtaining a vehicle of their own, but they’ll be able to take advantage of CarHop’s 3 Day Money Back Guarantee, an 18 month, 18,000 mile warranty, and have the chance to enroll in CarHop’s great Platinum Rewards program.

View the Ogden store page here, or better yet, stop by! CarHop’s new Utah store is located at 3685 Riverdale Road, Ogden, Utah 84405.

CarHop Store Changes Locations

After seven years of helping St. Cloud, Minnesota residents drive, the CarHop store on 14th Ave South has moved to a new location. But not to worry, it hasn’t gone too far, just about a mile and a half south to be precise.

The new St. Cloud location is at 2225 Roosevelt Rd. The store will continue CarHop’s mission of Helping People Drive® by proudly serving residents of St. Cloud and people from the surrounding area, just as it has always done.

CarHop focuses on helping car buyers with poor or no credit get approval for auto financing when they have been turned down for loans by banks or traditional car dealers. So if you live in the St. Cloud area and need a better used car, stop by; we’d love to see you at our new location! Or apply online today!

It’s Good To Be In Allentown!

(Allentown, PA – Feb. 28, 2013) – Great news! CarHop has opened a new location in the great city of Allentown, Pennsylvania, and we couldn’t be happier! Allentown is CarHop's third Pennsylvania-based store.

CarHop focuses on helping car buyers with poor or no credit get approval for auto financing when they have been turned down for loans by banks or traditional car dealers. The new store location will allow CarHop to continue its mission of Helping People Drive® by serving residents of Allentown and people from the surrounding area. 

“CarHop first came to Pennsylvania in October of 2012, and since then things have gone great,” said District Manager Jeff Hofer. “We’ve already helped a lot of people in Carnegie and Pittsburgh, and look forward to helping many more in Allentown.”

Area-residents who have credit issues that have prevented them from buying a better used car in the past will not only have access to obtaining a vehicle of their own, but they’ll be able to take advantage of CarHop’s 3 Day Money Back Guarantee, an 18 month, 18,000 mile warranty, and have the chance to enroll in CarHop’s great Platinum Rewards program.

View the Allentown store page here, or better yet, stop by! CarHop’s new Pennsylvania store is located at 2215 Lehigh St, Allentown, PA 18103.

CarHop Opens In A New State!

(Murray, UT – Feb. 20, 2013) – We’re excited to announce that CarHop has just opened in a brand new state – Utah! The new store is located in Murray.

CarHop focuses on helping car buyers with poor or no credit get approval for auto financing when they have been turned down for loans by banks or traditional car dealers. The new store location will allow CarHop to continue its mission of Helping People Drive® by serving residents of Murray, Salt Lake City and people from the surrounding area. 

“We are excited to offer our program and services to the folks in Utah, and look forward to helping people drive in another new state,” said District Manager Bea Swanson. “We are confident that the opportunity we lend to our customers will be successful in the Salt Lake City area and will provide a much needed service to the wonderful community here!”

Area-residents who have credit issues that have prevented them from buying a better used car in the past will not only have access to obtaining a vehicle of their own, but they’ll be able to take advantage of CarHop’s 3 Day Money Back Guarantee, an 18 month, 18,000 mile warranty, and have the chance to enroll in CarHop’s great Platinum Rewards program.

View the new store page here, or better yet, stop by! CarHop’s new Utah store is located at 4338 S. State Street, Murray, UT 84107.

Refunds Help People Drive!

It’s CarHop’s favorite time of the year – tax season! That may sound odd, but it’s true. We love tax time because we get to make getting back on the road even easier for our customers.

At CarHop, your tax refund can help with a down payment on a better used car, van or SUV. No more pinching pennies until you finally save up enough money for a down payment. On top of that, we’ll work with you to get you approved with the lowest down payment possible, low monthly payments and one of the best warranties in the business.

CarHop understands how important your tax refund is to you, so we make sure that you still have a big chunk of your refund left to spend on other things! And if you’re still waiting for that refund but you’re just itching to drive, no worries, we can still get you in a car today, just pay later!

New customers aren’t the only ones who can benefit from our tax time offer, current customers can too! Using your tax refund to pay off any portion of your balance will lower your car payments, leaving you with more cash every month. The more you pay now, the more you save later!

To make the best of your tax refund, give us a call or stop into one of our locations today!

Glad To Be In Spokane!

(Spokane, WA – Dec. 19, 2012) We’re glad to announce that CarHop has opened a new store located in Spokane, Washington!

CarHop focuses on helping car buyers with poor or no credit get approval for auto financing when they have been turned down for loans by banks or traditional car dealers. The new store location will allow CarHop to continue its mission of Helping People Drive® by serving residents of Spokane and people from the surrounding area. 

“CarHop opened its first Washington-based location in 2007, and they’ve treated us well ever since,” VP of Sales Mike Anderson said. “Opening a location in Spokane will help expand CarHop’s reach, making our services more available to those who need them.”

Area-residents who have credit issues that have prevented them from buying a better used car in the past will not only have access to obtaining a vehicle of their own, but they’ll be able to take advantage of CarHop’s 3 Day Money Back Guarantee, an 18 month, 18,000 mile limited warranty, and have the chance to enroll in CarHop’s new Platinum Rewards program.

“We’re excited to be in Spokane,” District Manager Bea Swanson said. “We’ve already been able to help many great people in Washington get back on the road, and we can’t wait to help many more!”

View the Spokane store page here, or better yet, stop by! CarHop’s new store is located at 5033 E Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99212. 

CarHop Opens 2nd Location In Pennsylvania

(Carnegie, PA – Dec. 5, 2012) – Great news! CarHop has opened its second Pennsylvania store, located in Carnegie. CarHop recently opened its first Pennsylvania location in Pittsburgh.

CarHop focuses on helping car buyers with poor or no credit get approval for auto financing when they have been turned down for loans by banks or traditional car dealers. The new store location will allow CarHop to continue its mission of Helping People Drive® by serving residents of Carnegie and people from the surrounding area. 

“In the month and a half our Pittsburgh location has been open, things have gone very well,” VP of Sales Mike Anderson said. “It only makes sense to introduce a new location to the market so we can help even more people drive.”

Area-residents who have credit issues that have prevented them from buying a better used car in the past will not only have access to obtaining a vehicle of their own, but they’ll be able to take advantage of CarHop’s 3 Day Money Back Guarantee, an 18 month, 18,000 mile warranty, and have the chance to enroll in CarHop’s new Platinum Rewards program.

“We’re excited to be in Carnegie,” District Manager Jeff Hofer said. “The state of Pennsylvania has many great opportunities to offer CarHop, and we look forward to offering great opportunities to both Carnegie residents and Pennsylvania citizens at large.”

View the Carnegie store page here, or better yet, stop by! CarHop’s new store is located at 326 Mansfield Blvd, Carnegie, PA 15106.

CarHop Now Open In Pennsylvania!

(Pittsburgh, PA – October 6, 2012) – We are happy to announce that CarHop is now in the great state of Pennsylvania, with a new store located in Pittsburgh!

CarHop focuses on helping car buyers with poor or no credit get approval for auto financing when they have been turned down for loans by banks or traditional car dealers. The new store location will allow CarHop to continue its mission of Helping People Drive® by serving residents of Pittsburgh and people from the surrounding area. 

“CarHop’s mission is simple – to help people drive, and to keep them driving on the road to a better future,” VP of Sales Mike Anderson said. “And expanding our services into new cities and states is all a part of accomplishing that mission.”

Area-residents who have credit issues that have prevented them from buying a better used car in the past will not only have access to obtaining a vehicle of their own, but they’ll be able to take advantage of CarHop’s 3 Day Money Back Guarantee, an 18 month, 18,000 mile warranty, and have the chance to enroll in CarHop’s new Platinum Rewards program.

“It’s not every day that CarHop opens in a new state, so we consider it a huge accomplishment,” District Manager Jeff Hofer said. “And beginning with the great city of Pittsburgh is a great way to get acquainted with the Keystone State!”

View the Pittsburgh store page here, or better yet, stop by! CarHop’s new store is located at 3408 William Penn Hwy, Pittsburgh, PA 15235. 

Hello Sioux City!

(Sioux City, IA – October 4, 2012) – Great news, CarHop is now open in Sioux City! The new store is CarHop’s 4th Iowa location joining our stores in Des Moines, Council Bluffs and Cedar Rapids.  

CarHop focuses on helping car buyers with poor or no credit get approval for auto financing when they have been turned down for loans by banks or traditional car dealers. The new store location will allow CarHop to continue its mission of Helping People Drive® by serving residents of Sioux City and people from the surrounding area. 

“Things have been great since we opened our first Iowa store in Des Moines in 2005,” VP of Sales Mike Anderson said. “We’ve been able to help a lot of good people in Iowa get back on the road, and we hope to help many more with our new location in Sioux City.”

Area-residents who have credit issues that have prevented them from buying a better used car in the past will not only have access to obtaining a vehicle of their own, but they’ll be able to take advantage of CarHop’s 3 Day Money Back Guarantee, an 18 month, 18,000 mile warranty, and have the chance to enroll in CarHop’s new Platinum Rewards program.

“We’re excited to have another store in the Hawkeye State,” District Manager Daryl Gerardy said. “It’s important for us to make our services available to people as much as possible. The more stores we open, the more people we can help!”

View the Sioux City store page here, or better yet, stop by! CarHop’s new store is located at 3220 Singing Hills Blvd, Sioux City, IA 51106. 

Now Open in Sacramento, California!

(Sacramento, CA – September 14, 2012) – We are excited to announce that CarHop has opened its fourth California store, located in Sacramento!

In January of this year, CarHop opened its very first California-based store located in Hayward. The store did so well that CarHop quickly opened additional California stores – Vallejo, Richmond, and now Sacramento! Needless to say, CarHop loves California!

“We think the Sacramento store will make an excellent addition to the market,” VP of Sales Mike Anderson said. “Our other California stores have already helped a lot of people drive, just within this year, and we hope to help many more in Sacramento and people from the surrounding area.”

Area-residents who have credit issues that have prevented them from buying a better used car in the past will not only have access to obtaining a vehicle of their own, but they’ll be able to take advantage of CarHop’s 3 Day Money Back Guarantee, an 18 month, 18,000 mile warranty, and have the chance to enroll in CarHop’s new Platinum Rewards program.

“We’re very excited to be expanding our services in California,” District Manager Bea Swanson said. “Another store means that we are able to help even more Californians drive, and we’re proud of that!”

View the Sacramento store page here, or better yet, stop by! CarHop’s new store is located at 4903 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95841. 

Proud to be in Richmond, California!

We’re proud to announce the opening of CarHop’s third California-based store, located in Richmond! Previously this year, CarHop opened in Hayward and Vallejo.

“Our services have been well-received in California, and that’s why we’ve opened three stores in The Golden State since January 2012,” VP of Sales Mike Anderson said. “It’s important to us that we help as many Californians drive as possible, and that begins with making our services available by opening new stores in areas where they’re needed.”

Unlike new car dealerships, which cater to customers with high credit scores who are able to handle high monthly payments, CarHop offers same-day financing decisions with little down and low monthly payments. And unlike many used car dealerships which sell cars “as is,” CarHop includes an 18-month, 18,000 mile limited warranty on all of its vehicles.

“CarHop’s core mission is to help people drive,” District Manager Bea Swanson said. “And that’s what CarHop has proudly done since 1996, and we’re excited to continue that mission in Richmond.”

You can view Richmond’s store page here. Or better yet, stop by! CarHop’s new store is located at 12300 San Pablo Ave, Richmond, CA 94805.

New Store in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin!

We’re proud to announce that today (July 17), CarHop opened its third Wisconsin-based store, located in Chippewa Falls!

“Wisconsin is a great state to be in, and that’s why we’ve opened three stores in America’s Dairyland since March 2012,” District Manager Larry Anderson said. “We’re confident that Chippewa Falls will be just as successful as our Madison and Milwaukee stores.”

Not only will people in the Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls area have access to better used vehicles with low down and low monthly payments, they’ll also be able to take advantage of CarHop’s 18 month, 18,000 mile limited warranty, one of the best warranties in the business.

“In the short amount of time we’ve been in Wisconsin, we’ve already been able to help many customers get back on the road,” Store Manager Ben Dryden said. “And we look forward to helping even more people in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls and Menomonie.”

You can view the Chippewa Falls store page here. Or better yet, stop by! The new store is located at 2022 Hallie Rd, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.

CarHop Opens 2nd Store In Wisconsin!

We’re proud to announce that on May 21, 2012, CarHop opened its doors to Milwaukee, WI!

“Every new store CarHop opens helps towards accomplishing our mission,” Vice President of Sales Mike Anderson said. “And that mission is – Helping People Drive®, and Changing Lives℠. Our new Milwaukee store allows us to help even more people get back on the road, and we’re proud of that.”

It was just back in March that CarHop opened its first store in the state of Wisconsin, located in Madison. Wisconsin is a great state to be in, which explains why this second store has opened so quickly! And the new store location will allow CarHop to continue its mission of Helping People Drive by serving residents of Milwaukee and people from the surrounding area. 

“We’re happy to say that this is our second store in the Badger State,” District Manager Peter Desouza said. “And we’re ready to help people get back on the road with a vehicle that best fits their needs, and to give them an opportunity to improve their credit, and their future.”

View the store page here. Or better yet, if you live in the area, stop by! CarHop’s new store is located at 7259 North 76th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53221.  

CarHop’s 14 State Milestone

On March 20, 2012, CarHop opened a new store in Madison, Wisconsin. The store opening means that residents of Fitchburg and Madison can now come to CarHop for help with getting a vehicle. But it also means that CarHop is now open in 14 states! Wow!

We’ve come a long way. CarHop’s humble beginnings started with just one store in Lincoln, Nebraska, and one dream – to help people drive, and to change lives. Since then, CarHop has opened many stores throughout the country. But the ambitious dream that started it all remains the same, and that will never change.

If your poor credit is getting in the way of owning a vehicle and you live in or around the Madison and Fitchburg area, why not stop by? Our associates will be happy to see you! The store is located at 3045 Oregon Road, Fitchburg, WI 53713. Or click here to visit the Madison store page! 

CarHop Now Open in Vallejo, CA!

We are very excited to announce that on Saturday, March 31, 2012, CarHop opened its second California-based store, located in beautiful Vallejo! CarHop’s first California store opened in Hayward on January 5, 2012.

The Vallejo community has been anticipating the opening of this store, and the residents seem to be eager to get back on the road. So it’s great to get the ball rolling with helping Vallejo drive, and also people from the surrounding area.

“After opening the store in Hayward, we quickly learned that there are a lot of Californians who need help getting a vehicle,” Vice President of Sales Mike Anderson said. “So CarHop is eager to offer that helping hand, and Vallejo is the perfect location to extend our services.”

Vallejo residents aren’t the only people excited about the new store; the employees are excited too!

“It’s definitely exciting to open a second California store, and the Vallejo community has welcomed us with open arms,” District Manager Bea Swanson said. “We’ve already been able to help a lot of Californians drive, and we look forward to helping many more!”

So if you live in the Vallejo area and need a better used vehicle, stop by our new store, located at 1401 Sonoma Blvd, Vallejo, CA 94590. Or you can call the new store at 707-638-0548. For more information, visit the Vallejo page on www.carhop.com.

CarHop Comes to Wisconsin!

We are excited to announce that today (March 20, 2012), CarHop opened its first Wisconsin store!

The new store, located in Fitchburg, will allow CarHop to continue its mission of Helping People Drive® by serving residents of Fitchburg, Madison and the surrounding area.  

“At CarHop, Helping People Drive isn’t just something we say, it’s something we do,” Vice President of Sales Mike Anderson said. “Expanding the availability of our services, especially in a state we haven’t been in before, is all a part of Helping People Drive. So we’re excited to help the many people who live in the Madison, Wisconsin area.”

Residents of Fitchburg, Madison and the surrounding area who have credit issues that have prevented them from buying a car in the past, will not only have access to obtaining a vehicle of their own, they will also have the opportunity to take advantage of CarHop’s 3 Day Money Back Guarantee, and an 18 month, 18,000 mile limited warranty – one of the best warranties in the business. And that’s why we’re so happy to be in Wisconsin!

“It’s great to be in Wisconsin,” District Manager Peter Desouza said. “We’re excited to show residents in the area how we can help them drive, and give them the chance to get back on the road to better credit.”

So stop by CarHop’s new store; you will be welcomed with open arms. The store is located at 3045 Oregon Road Fitchburg, WI 53713. For more information browse www.carhop.com.

Helping People Drive Today, Changing Lives Tomorrow

You may be well aware of CarHop’s mission – Helping People Drive®. It is what CarHop does every day, and that will never change. But CarHop is now including an additional message in our mission, and that is – Changing Lives℠.

The purpose of this new messaging really comes down to the fact that CarHop helps people get back on the road in not one, but two ways:

  1. Helping people get back on the road in a better used vehicle – Helping People Drive
  2. Helping people get back on the road to better credit – Changing Lives

Until now, only the first way of getting people back on the road was represented in our mission. But we feel that it’s important to emphasize the second way we help people as well.

CarHop provides people with the opportunity to improve their credit scores by reporting customers’ on-time car payments to credit bureaus. Not every dealership provides this opportunity to their customers, and it really is a shame, because if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. At CarHop, we not only want to help a customer get into a vehicle, but we want to help them work on a long-term solution with their credit, which can ultimately change lives. 

  • Improved credit can help you qualify for a wider variety of loans like cars or houses, which means more financial opportunities to better your life.
  • Since people with bad credit typically end up paying significantly higher amounts in interest, rent, or down payments on loans, a better credit score means you may save loads of money.
  • Good credit increases your likelihood of being hired for a better job.

There are daily accounts of people turning their lives around after working with CarHop. For example, there is Bruce and Sarah B. who were bankrupt when they came to CarHop. Then after two years of on-time payments, their credit score sky-rocketed to a 720, which allowed them to buy a house to call their own. Then there is Robert P. who after working with CarHop, was finally able to fulfill his life-long dream of owning a Cadillac.  

So remember, CarHop helps people drive today, and we help change lives by providing people with the chance to work on their credit, so they can have a better tomorrow.

Hello Rochester, Minnesota!

We have great news for car buyers in Minnesota and the surrounding area – CarHop has just opened in Rochester! The new store opened its doors on the morning of January 23, and it is CarHop’s 9th Minnesota-based store.

“We’ve been able to help change the lives of numerous Minnesotans by helping them drive, and getting them on the road to better credit,” Mike Anderson, VP of Sales said. “Being the third largest city in Minnesota, the new Rochester store only further increases our accessibility to those who need our services, allowing us to provide help to even more Minnesotans.”

If you live in or around the Rochester area and you need a car but lack the credit and financing, come on by! We’ll be happy to meet you, and we’ll be happy to help you.

“At CarHop, we take pride in lending a helping hand to people when they need it the most,” Store Manager Jordon Whitney said. “So we’re very excited to have the opportunity to extend that hand to Rochester citizens, and people in the surrounding area.”  

If you’d like to stop by, CarHop’s new store is located at 1503 Hwy 52 N, Rochester, Minnesota 55901. Or if you prefer, you may call the store at 507-322-4400, or apply online for financing today!

CarHop Opens Store in Greeley, Colorado

We’re proud to announce that CarHop has opened a new store in Greeley, Colorado! This is CarHop’s 4th store in the Rocky Mountain State. Located on 10th Street, the Greeley store opened its doors on January 18th, 2012. 

“The opportunity to reach out to new communities is always exciting,” District Manager Larry Anderson said. “This new CarHop store means that we can now offer people with credit issues who live in and around Greeley, a chance to drive, to improve their credit and to change their lives for the better.”

If you follow CarHop news, you may have noticed that we have opened a lot of stores lately. Expanding our services and making CarHop available in new towns and markets is all a part of the pursuit of our ongoing mission to help people drive!

“We’ve already been able to help change the lives of a lot of people in Colorado,” Store Manager Mark McNally said. “The opening of our new store in Greeley will only make our services more available to the people who need them.”

CarHop’s new store is located at 3803 West 10th Street, Greeley, Colorado 80634. If you live in the Greeley area and have been turned down for a car loan in the past, call the Greeley store at 970-373-2839 or apply online for financing today!

 

CarHop Opens First California-Based Store

Look out California, here we come! We are proud to announce that on January 5th, CarHop opened its first California-based store in Hayward, California! But what does that really mean? It means that we can help even more people drive!   

“We’re very excited to be in California,” Mike Anderson, VP of Sales said. “And we’re really looking forward to offering our services to Hayward, Oakland, and the entire Bay area. Many customers tell us we change their lives and lend a hand when they need it the most. That is a tradition we are proud of and will never outgrow.”

Branching out into a new state is a huge milestone for CarHop. Ever since we opened our first store 16 years ago in Lincoln, Nebraska, CarHop has been committed to Helping People Drive. Expanding our services by opening stores in new markets and new states allows CarHop to continue its pursuit of that mission.

“It’s really great that we have the opportunity to offer our program to a new market,” District Manager Bea Swanson said. “We can’t wait to show people who we are, and how we can help them drive! We’ll do everything we can to get them approved, provide customers with a chance to improve their credit, and change their lives for the better.”

Our new store is located at 22220 Mission Blvd, Hayward, California 94541. So if you live in the area, why not stop by? We’d love to meet you! Or if you want to chat and see what we’re all about, call the Hayward store at 510-931-4445.

CarHop Replaces Customer Vehicles Damaged by Joplin Tornado

In the wake of the devastation caused by the tornado that hit Joplin, MO on May 22, CarHop is helping customers in Joplin rebuild their lives by replacing vehicles damaged in the disaster. To further help the community in Joplin, CarHop is donating $5,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in relief efforts.

“With all that has happened here in Joplin, our highest priority is ensuring that our customers are taken care of,” Store Manager Jared Harnar said. “In a time like this, the last thing a person should need to worry about is their vehicle. We just hope our efforts can ease that burden a bit.”

Although CarHop’s Joplin store, which opened in 2008, narrowly avoided damage itself, many customers and employees were affected by the disaster. As a company that strives to put its customers first, CarHop—whose mission is “Helping People Drive!®”—is focused on “Helping Joplin Drive” as the community recovers.

“The Joplin community is really coming together which is especially important in times like these,” District Manager Jeff Hofer said. “We want to do everything we can to focus even more on helping our customers when they need it the most.”

For CarHop customers in need of assistance, please call the Joplin location at 417-623-0828. For more information about CarHop, please visit www.carhop.com.

CarHop Opens Fifth Washington-Area Store in Bremerton, WA

We are extremely excited to announce the Grand Opening of our newest store location, which opened in Bremerton, Washington on May 27. The Bremerton location is CarHop's fifth Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area store.

At CarHop, we focus on helping car buyers with poor or no credit get approval for auto financing when they have been turned down for loans by banks or traditional car dealers. In pursuing our mission of “Helping People Drive,” we have already opened successful stores in 12 states across the U.S. and, as the fifth Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area store, the Bremerton location will strengthen an already prominent CarHop presence in the state of Washington.

“We are so excited to be expanding our business to the peninsula,” District Manager Bea Swanson said. “There is just such a great opportunity to help people drive in the Bremerton area.”

Unlike new car dealerships, which cater to customers with high credit scores who are able to handle high monthly payments, CarHop offers same-day financing decisions with little down and low monthly payments. And, unlike many lower-end used car lots and buy here, pay here locations which sell cars “as is,” we include an 18-month, 18,000 mile limited warranty on all of our vehicles.

“It’s great to know we’ll be giving the people of Bremerton a chance to own and drive their own vehicles even if they have less than perfect credit,” Store Manager Jason Foss said. “On top of that, we’re in a great location for our customers. It just feels good knowing we’ll be helping people drive every single day here.”

CarHop’s Bremerton store is located at 6001 Auto Center Way, Bremerton, WA, 98312. If you're in the area, stop in and say hi!

CarHop Opens New Store in Portland, Oregon

For the second time in the past week, CarHop is celebrating the Grand Opening of a new store. Our new Portland, Oregon location opened on March 31, making it our first store in Oregon.

The Portland location will provide a passionate and energized CarHop presence in the state of Oregon and, as always, it will allow CarHop to continue pursuing its mission of “helping people drive.”

“I’m excited to be opening our landmark store here in Oregon, especially with the great team we’ve assembled,” District Manager Bea Swanson said. “CarHop just continues to grow and it is a privilege to help people drive in a great state like Oregon.”

Helping our customers is always a priority, which makes the opportunity of this new location so exciting.

“In this economy, it’s wonderful that our unique program can help people who might not otherwise have a chance to finance a car in this area,” Swanson said. “On top of that, our store is centrally located in Portland to make it easy for customers to stop by and see us.”

CarHop’s Portland store is located at 8555 SE 82nd Ave.  CarHop is in its 15th-year of "Helping People Drive®" and helping change the lives of its customers.

CarHop Opens New Store in Duluth, Minnesota

We celebrated the Grand Opening of our new store in Duluth, Minnesota, on Friday, March 25. The Duluth location is our 8th store to open in Minnesota. 

Our new Duluth location will further strengthen the CarHop presence in Minnesota and will let us continue to pursue our mission of "Helping People Drive."

"We are truly excited to be opening a new CarHop store in Duluth," CarHop District Manager Lee Schwierjohann said. "Helping so many people overcome credit issues and getting them driving again feels great, and we're happy to provide that opportunity now in Duluth."

And Lee isn’t the only person excited to be helping people.

"What we do for our customers here at CarHop is amazing and it's great that we will be able to serve even more car buyers," Duluth Store Manager Mickey Peterson said.  "We know that CarHop says yes when others say no, and we’re excited to prove that to our customers here in Duluth."

Unlike new car dealerships, which cater to customers with high credit scores who are able to handle high monthly payments, CarHop offers same-day financing decisions with little down and low monthly payments. And, unlike many lower-end used car lots which sell cars "as is," CarHop includes an 18-month, 18,000 mile limited warranty on all of their vehicles.

Our new Duluth store is located at 328 E Central Entrance, Duluth, MN, 55811. CarHop is in its 15th-year of "Helping People Drive®" and helping change the lives of its customers.

Why Good Credit Matters (and How CarHop Can Help)

If you’ve ever struggled with credit issues, you know bad credit can be a major burden in life. Whether you hope to own a home, want to be able to buy nice things or need to get a new car, bad credit can keep you from doing those things. Here are some reasons why good credit matters and how auto sales and finance dealers like CarHop can help you fix your bad credit.

Many people who struggle with credit issues find it very hard to get over the challenges they face. Because many major purchases depend on a good credit history, bad credit can keep people from buying the things they need and want in life. This is why good credit can be so important.

Without good credit, it is almost impossible to buy a home or purchase major electronic equipment (such as TVs, stereos, computers, etc.). Bad credit can also be keeping you from getting a better job. Finally, credit issues can keep you from getting a vehicle – no matter how badly you might need one.

Luckily, getting a vehicle from CarHop can actually help you improve your credit. CarHop report your credit score to all three national credit bureaus monthly. Each of these payments helps show that you deserve good credit. Consistency is key when it comes to rebuilding credit, and unlike many buy here, pay here dealers, CarHop promises to report your credit.

Although buying your vehicle through CarHop won’t fix your credit overnight, it can be a way for you to get driving again fast while also helping to improve your bad credit. Of course, improving your credit will take dedication, time and good financial decision-making until it is back in order.

As you can see, good credit is important for a variety of reasons. If you are in need of a new vehicle and suffer from bad credit, consider CarHop, where nobody works harder to get you approved®! Although payments on a CarHop vehicle are only one way to help get your credit score better, they can certainly be helpful and can make a big difference in your financial future.

Tips To Help You Get Approved for Used Car Financing

When it comes to getting approved for used car financing, many car buyers are unprepared for what they will need to have with them in order to get the approval they are hoping for. With CarHop, most car buyers can be approved for financing, even when they have poor credit or no credit at all. But in order to make the application process even smoother and faster, CarHop customers can take certain steps to be prepared.

In some cases, simply knowing what to bring and having it ready during the application process can help you get approved in just an hour. Here are some tips that should help you cover your bases and get you approved fast for used car financing.

  • Have your driver’s license with you. By having your driver’s license with you when you go in to apply, the CarHop crew can easily verify that you are who you say you are.
  • Bring a recent pay stub or proof of income. Like most “buy here, pay here” dealers, CarHop needs to see proof that you are making a consistent income so we know that you’ll be able to keep up with your payments.
  • Have a cash down payment and/or trade title ready. Almost every used car sold will need a down payment of some sort, so having an appropriate amount ready before going in to buy your car will make the process a much smoother one.
  • Bring a recent phone or utility bill. Having a recent bill with you will show the folks at CarHop that you really do live at the residence you claim to be living at, which is important when applying for auto financing.
  • Have proof of a bank account. If you have a bank account, bringing proof of that bank account will help the process go faster.
  • Have 12 references ready. Even if you have poor credit or no credit at all, having 12 references of friends and family can serve as a type of character check in place of a credit check.

Overall, these are just a few of the steps you can take to help the used car financing process go more smoothly and efficiently. Remember: the more prepared you are, the faster it will go, and Nobody Works Harder To Get You Approved® than CarHop!

Celebrating 15 Years of Helping People Drive!

Throughout 2011 CarHop is celebrating an exciting milestone – our 15th Anniversary. Since selling our first car on February 15, 1996, CarHop has grown both in numbers and in the impact we’ve had on our customers, our communities and our own team.

Since opening our first, little lot in Lincoln, Nebraska, CarHop continues to open new stores across the United States. Even more inspiring is the fact that we continue to add new, excited employees to the hundreds of energetic and passionate CarHop employees already working hard and Helping People Drive® every day. Oh, and did we mention the thousands and thousands of overjoyed customers who prove how hard CarHop works to help people drive and make their dreams of owning a car come true?

Needless to say, we don’t plan on slowing down. With innovative improvements like a new mobile website to better serve customers and a steadily expanding reach nationwide, CarHop continues to provide an unmatched service for our customers.

We’re proud to celebrate our 15th Anniversary and we look forward to the next 15 years and beyond. Thanks everyone!

How Can You Get A Car With Bad Credit?

For many hardworking men and women, bad credit can have a bad effect on your life. No matter the reasons, bad credit can add stress and difficulty to an already stressful financial situation. And for some people, bad credit makes getting a new vehicle very difficult. Here are some reasons people develop bad credit and some ways you can get a vehicle, even if your credit is less than perfect.

Here are just a few common causes of bad credit:

  • Job Loss – Losing your job and needing to pay expenses with a credit card can be one of the easiest ways for bad credit to build up.
  • Divorce – A divorce may leave you stuck with legal fees, housing you cannot afford, or being stuck with your ex's bills or debt.
  • Illness, Accident or Death – Whether you yourself are sick or in an accident, or there is a death in the family, having to pay large bills at an unexpected time can really hit your credit score hard.
  • Bad Spending – Sometimes people just spend too much. Whether it's shopping (clothes, computers, TVs, etc.) or other poor spending decisions, bad credit can sneak up on anyone.

So once you've fallen into a hole of bad credit, how can you get yourself out to buy a new car? To get a new job or to get to work, people need a vehicle for transportation. But to get a new vehicle, credit problems can be difficult to overcome. For many people, this can be a difficult circle to get out of.

One solution is to get a new car through an auto sales and finance dealer such as CarHop. CarHop specializes in automobile financing for people who are suffering from bad credit or have never established any credit at all.

Not only does CarHop give customers with poor credit a chance at getting the used vehicle they need, but CarHop also helps them build their credit score back up by reporting consistent payments and making a commitment to see customers succeed.

It is always important to research your options before buying a vehicle, but if you are struggling with poor credit or no credit at all,  an auto sales and finance dealer like CarHop may be your best option. Not only does CarHop offer fair payments, but we also include an 18-month, 18,000 mile limited warranty to go with your new used vehicle.

So keep CarHop in mind if you are looking for a vehicle and have less-than-perfect credit. We might just be the answer you're looking for.

More Consumers Labeled as High Credit Risks

The number of Americans in the lowest credit-score categories has risen by 2.4 million in the past two years, according to a report by The Associated Press on data from credit-score firm Fair Isaac. Some 25.5% of U.S. consumers — nearly 43.4 million people — score 599 or lower on the 300-to-850 credit scale; a score below 600 indicates a poor credit risk.

So what does that mean for car buyers? More people are looking to dealers like CarHop who specialize in financing autos for people with less than perfect credit. If you are one of the 2.4 Million Americans who has seen a dip in their credit score over the last few years, an auto sales and finance dealer like CarHop may be just what you need. CarHop can finance and approve people in just about any credit situation. 
The number of Americans in the lowest credit-score categories has risen by 2.4 million in the past two years, according to a report by The Associated Press on data from credit-score firm Fair Isaac. Some 25.5% of U.S. consumers — nearly 43.4 million people — score 599 or lower on the 300-to-850 credit scale; a score below 600 indicates a poor credit risk.

Breaking the Cash Car Cycle

Considering buying a used car for cash?  Looking for a better vehicle than you have now, but don’t believe you have the cash or credit to achieve it?  Here are a few key questions to help you break the cash car cycle.

Who is responsible for the repairs?

Vehicles purchased for cash are commonly sold “as is” and instantly shift full responsibility from the seller to the buyer of the vehicle, including any and all repairs.  For example, if a vehicle purchased “as is” breaks down five minutes after purchase, the seller would have no legal responsibility to take the vehicle back or assist in repair costs unless the vehicle included a warranty or a guarantee of some kind.

Ask Yourself:  How soon until your current (or next) used vehicle needs repairs?  Who is responsible for paying for those repairs?

Solution:  Make sure the vehicle you purchase includes written warranty covering the more expensive repairs and/or guarantees the vehicle for at least a couple days after purchase. 

How can I improve my quality of vehicle?

When you buy a vehicle for cash, the vehicle is only as good as the amount of money you have at that moment.  When that vehicle breaks down, the next vehicle you buy is only as good as the amount of money you have at that moment…and the cycle continues.

Ask Yourself:  How do I get a better vehicle?  Since I can’t know when my vehicle will break down, how will I have the cash I need to buy a better vehicle?

Solution:  Apply for a vehicle loan.  By making smaller payments over time, you may be able to purchase a better vehicle than you can with cash alone. 

What if I can’t get approved?

What if I can’t get approved for a vehicle loan because I have bad credit (or no credit)?
Perhaps you are going to the wrong type of auto dealerships.  Most auto dealerships specialize in financing only people who have strong credit, but there are options that can help you get approved.

Ask Yourself:  Have I gone to the wrong dealerships?  Have I given up on (or avoided) getting a loan because of my visits to a few dealerships?

Solution:  There are dealerships that specialize in working with people who have credit issues.  Search on the internet for search words such as “bad credit auto loan” to find resources that can help you.  You may also be able to trade in your current vehicle to help you get approved.

How can I improve my credit and get a vehicle at the same time?

Buying a vehicle for cash provides no opportunity to build your credit and will most likely cause the issues above to continue with each vehicle you purchase. 

Ask Yourself:  Do I want to improve my credit?  What would I be willing to do to improve my credit and break the cash car cycle?  

Solution:  As long as the car loan you take has payments that fit in your budget, financing a vehicle will provide you a great opportunity to improve your credit.  If you can, find a company that reports the payments you make to the credit bureaus. This ensures that every vehicle payment you make also helps to boost your credit score.

If the questions above fit with your car buying experiences, consider the solutions offered in this article to help you improve your vehicle and your credit so you can break the cash car cycle.