Common questions about
The Car Buying Process

How Do I Apply For An Auto Loan?
You can work with the financing department at Flint Hills Auto over the phone or in person to get approved for financing, but it’s especially convenient to set the process in motion ahead of time by filling out our online application.
Can I Finance A Used Car?
Yes, you can finance the purchase of a used car with a loan! Lenders may place some restrictions on the model year and mileage of the vehicle, but used car loans are common. Flint Hills Auto can get you pre-approved for financing so that you can shop our inventory of pre-owned vehicles with confidence.
Why is the Ford F-150 So Popular?
The Ford F-150 has been the best selling truck in America for the last 43 years and the best overall selling vehicle for 38 years for more than one reason. Whether it’s the reasonably affordable price, the availability of impressive upgrades, or a design that was built Ford tough, the Ford F-150 was designed with every driver in mind.
What is the difference between the Hyundai Tucson and the Hyundai Santa Fe?
There are a few differences between the Hyundai Tucson and the Hyundai Santa Fe but the most notable difference is their size. The Tucson is labeled as a compact crossover SUV while the Santa Fe is a midsize SUV. The Hyundai Santa Fe is larger and offers more interior space. 
Do I Need A Good Credit Score To Buy A New Car?
You don't necessarily need a good credit score to buy a new car. The definition of a "good" credit score varies, but in general a higher credit score can translate to better interest rates and approval for larger car loans. However, even buyers with a "bad" credit score might qualify for certain types of loans. The finance department at Flint Hills Auto helps customers identify the best possible financing options.
What is GAP Insurance?
Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) insurance provides coverage that covers the difference between the value of your vehicle and the actual amount of money you owe on the loan. For example, if an SUV from 2015 worth $10,000 is involved in a collision and the owner still owed $12,000 on the loan, then this coverage could cover the $2000 "gap" that automotive insurance might not pay for.
What Are The Hours of Operation at Flint Hills?
Flint Hills Auto is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 7:00 pm. Our dealership is open on Saturday from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm. Please note, our service department is open Monday through Friday at 7:30 am and closes at 6:00 pm. On Saturdays, the service department is open from 8:00 am until 1:oo pm.
Where is Flint Hills Auto?
Flint Hills Auto is located on the east side of Manhattan, KS just across the Blue River. Our address is  7920 E, US-24 Manhattan, KS 66502.
Should I Take My Car To The Dealership For Service?
The service department at your local car dealership is one of the best places to take your vehicle for maintenance and repairs. The Flint Hills Auto Service Center is a great example. Our dealerships service team knows exactly how to fix all types of Ford and Hyundai vehicle, has access to certified parts, and can offer a level of value and service that big national tire and brake shop chains can't match.
Can Flint Hills Auto Fix My Car?
Yes! The Flint Hills Auto Service Center can handle everything from routine oil changes to major car repairs. It's easy to schedule an appointment online and get in and out quickly.
What Is The Flint Hills Auto Warranty?
Flint Hills Auto is proud to offer a Free Lifetime Warranty on all new cars and most used cars we sell. Our warranty covers 100% of parts and labor with no maximum term for mileage. Visit our Free Lifetime Warranty page to learn more.
What Is The Bronco Sport?
The 2021 Bronco Sport is a new compact crossover SUV that's entirely different from the Ford Bronco. Although they have a shared heritage, the Bronco Sport will be its own vehicle.
How Much Does A Ford Ranger Weigh?
The Ford Ranger weighs more than 4000 pounds. The popular 2020 Ford Ranger SuperCrew 4x2 has a curb weight of 4232 pounds. The SuperCab 4x4 can weigh 4354 pounds or more and tows up to 7500 pounds!
What Is The 2021 Ford Bronco?
The 2021 Ford Bronco is a rugged new 2-Door & 4-Door SUV designed for outdoor adventures. The new 2021 Ford Bronco is available for pre-order and goes on sale in early 2021.
What Is The Best Truck Brand?
Ford is considered to be one of the best brands of trucks, at least according to buyers! The Ford F-150 remains one of the most popular, best-selling trucks in America. Flint Hills Auto has a large inventory of new Ford trucks and used trucks of every kind for sale at our dealership in Manhattan, KS.
Is It A Good Time to Buy A New Car?
Right now is a great time to buy a new car. Drivers who are shopping for a new car might be surprised to find out that they can find some great deals and save a lot of money.
Do New Vehicles Come With A Warranty?
Yes, every new Ford and new Hyundai vehicle comes with a manufacturer’s warranty. The Flint Hills Auto Free Lifetime Warranty extends the manufacturer’s powertrain warranty for as long as you own your vehicle!
What Are The Advantages Of Buying A New Car?
New cars offer buyers the advantage of owning a vehicle with the latest technology, long-term reliability, and upgraded safety features. Flint Hills Auto is the best place to buy a new car, because we offer low pricing and a Free Lifetime Warranty on every new vehicle.
Do Pre-Owned Vehicles Come With a Warranty?
Our Free Lifetime Warranty covers every pre-owned vehicle 10 years or newer, with less than 125,000 miles at the time of purchase. You can find details on the Free Lifetime Warranty page on our website.
What Are The Advantages Of Buying A Used Car?
Used cars offer the chance to enjoy the features and benefits of a newer car at a lower price point. When you buy a qualifying used car from Flint Hills Auto you can also enjoy the benefits of our Free Lifetime Warranty.
Which Car Dealership has the Best Deals?
The car dealership with the best deals are often the ones with the best incentives specific to your area and the type of vehicle you want. Check online resources to get a ballpark figure of what the car you want has been going for near you, and then visit a few local dealerships armed with this information to see what kind of deal you can get.
Is it Better to Buy or Lease a New Car?
The best decision to buy vs lease a new car isn’t the same for everyone. For those who want to drive a brand new car every year or two, leasing makes more sense. For those who want the best overall value and lower long-term costs, buying is the way to go.
How Can I Find the Best Deals on New Cars?
The most effective way to find a good deal on a new car is to take advantage of special sales events that offer deep discounts, as well as finding individual vehicles that are deeply discounted at local dealerships like Flint Hills Auto. If all Ford F-150s are $10,000 off MSRP for a limited time, you generally won’t find a better deal on one during that time period. Or you may look on our website and see that one specific new F-150 is $15,000 off MSRP simply because we are offering a great deal. The best way to get a good deal on a new car is to avoid gimmicks and look for real savings.
Should I Buy a New Car or a Used One?
When debating between buying new or used, there are many things to consider, such as your budget, how much you drive, and how long you plan to keep the car. It’s important to also keep in mind the type of warranty that will be provided and the long-term cost of the car rather than just the purchase price.
Can I Buy a Car Online?
While you can buy a car online, most car buyers find it’s a less stressful experience when you’re able to deal face-to-face with someone and to know exactly where to go should you have an issue. Many local dealerships, including Flint Hills Auto, keep their inventory updated online, and can complete the trade-in and purchase process entirely online or over the phone. This allows you to start your search online, while still getting the personal attention of a traditional dealership.
What is the Best Full-Size SUV to Buy in 2020?
When considering your best choice for an SUV in 2020, you’ll want to look beyond just the price. The truth is that well-appointed SUVs can be found at various price points. For example, the always-popular Ford Expedition has a starting price of $52,810 while the stylish, 8-passenger Hyundai Palisade starts at $31,775. Both of these vehicles offer impressive tech, performance, and style, and their differing price points make each vehicle a good fit for different needs of different families.
When is the Best Time of Year to Buy a New Car?
The quotas of dealerships dictate the best time of year to buy a new car. Most dealerships have monthly, quarterly, and yearly goals to hit. There are different special prices and promotions all throughout the year, such as holiday-related sales events in December. In addition, you can get great deals on the previous year’s new models when the current year’s new models arrive, typically in the fall months.
Should I Buy a New Vehicle or Keep My Old One?
If you’re wondering if you should buy a new ride or keep your current vehicle, there are a few things to consider, including the amount you spend on maintenance, the reliability of the car, and how much you’re able to budget for a new car. If your current vehicle is often in need of repairs, it may be time for an upgrade.
What Are The Maintenance Costs of New Cars?
There is no single dollar amount that covers the maintenance costs of all new cars; it depends on the type of vehicle. On average, vehicle maintenance costs will be around $1,000 per year for factory, non-exotic vehicles, such as a Ford Explorer. Your local dealer will be able to pinpoint the maintenance costs of the specific vehicles you’re interested in. Keep in mind that as the car ages, the maintenance costs will typically increase.
Is Car Insurance More Expensive for New Cars?
Whether car insurance is more expensive for new cars vs used cars depends on the overall value of the vehicle. For example, a 20-year-old Porsche may cost more to insure than a brand-new compact car, like a Hyundai Sonata. That being said, when insuring a new and used car of similar make and model, it will generally cost more to insure the new car. Once you’ve narrowed down the cars you’re considering, you can call your current insurance agent to ask how the cost of your insurance will change after purchasing.
Which Cars Have the Best Gas Mileage?
The cars with the best gas mileage are generally hybrid and electric vehicles that continue to grow in popularity—and with good reason. The prices of these cars have come down over the last several years while the performance continues to improve. Consider the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid as examples. The Ford Fusion, which starts at just $28,000 offers mileage of 43 highway / 41 city. The Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid is even more impressive with a starting price of $35,000 and incredible fuel economy of up to 109 highway / 97 city.


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