Five Tips for Finding Your Perfect Pre-Owned Car

As a car buyer, there are many choices to be made. A good place to start is deciding if you want to go with a new or pre-owned vehicle. Buying new means you get that new car smell, a fresh odometer, and the comfort that comes with knowing you have been the only owner. However, buying a new car isn’t for everyone. Buying used can be a great experience that will save you some money if done right. Here are five tips to keep in mind when searching for a pre-owned car that will be reliable, worth your money, and an all-around good vehicle.

  1. Check the title, and be very picky about the title status of the car. A car title is a legal document that states ownership of the vehicle. It also can be a major indicator of your car’s history.

Clean title: A clean title for a used car means that even though it is being sold as used, it has had no major physical issues with the car. The car is clean from major accidents, body and mechanical work, etc.

Salvage title: A salvage title for a used car means the car has been damaged beyond 75% of its original value. While the car may have been cleared to again function on the road, the original damage was bad enough that it will never reach clean title status again. Watch out for these, as their price is usually drastically lower than clean title vehicles.

Rebuilt/Reconstructed title: A rebuilt/reconstructed title is issued to salvage vehicles that have been repaired to be completely operational. These cars have undergone extensive rebuilding and inspection to return to the road. These cars are also much less expensive than clean title cars, but they can be a risk, as unexpected issues from the rebuild can come up, resulting in unexpected and potentially expensive trips to the shop.

  1. Make sure to get a car with a reasonable amount of miles on it.

The rule of thumb for most used cars is that the more miles they have, the less expensive they will be. If you are looking for a car to last you 5+ years, go with a car with less than 100,000 miles. If you are only looking for a car to get you through 2-5 years, a car with no more than 150,000 miles should last.

  1. Look for makes that are reliable through 200,000+ miles.

Some makes are more reliable than others, and those cars will easily last longer. Buying an unreliable make with 100,000 miles on it, means that car is most likely to only last another couple thousand miles at the most. A car from a reliable make with over 100k miles already on it, means that car could last you through 250k miles.

  1. If it’s available, check the vehicle’s history.

Unlike checking the title status of the car, a vehicle history is much more detailed. A vehicle history should tell you if it was regularly serviced, as well as went in for oil changes and basic checkups. This will tell you what kind of condition the car is in on a deeper level. A car with regular checks is one that has healthy mechanics under the hood. This will lower your chances of running into unexpected mechanical issues after purchase.

  1. Try and buy from a car dealership.

If that is not possible, be careful when buying from a private seller. Private sellers may seem like an easier option, as they occasionally may run cheaper. However, buying from a dealership ensures that you’ll have a regulated purchasing process. Some private sellers may withhold information and sell you a car with known problems without disclosing that information. A dealership has their reputation on the line, and they inspect their used cars to make sure they are worthy of their lot.

If you’re on the quest to find the perfect pre-owned vehicle, come visit us at Cutter Auto. Our no-pressure team will help you find your new dream car. Check out our website, where you can find all of our new and used inventory. Happy driving!





7 Struggles Hawaiians face

Everyone on the mainland thinks living in Hawaii is all beaches and rainbows. While much of life does consist of those things, us Hawaiians struggle too because not every day is a day in paradise.

  1. People on the mainland think you live on the beach or in a grass hut.

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  1. Hiking here means you could die. NBD. (Looks safe enough?)


3. Flip-flops? What’s a flip-flop? Oh, those are actually called slippers… be sure to leave them at the door!


4. Getting weird looks when tourists see you eating spam and loving it. (Hello, it’s actually quite good.)


5. Your favorite band is going out on tour? Yeah, definitely not coming to Hawaii.



6. Traffic anywhere on the mainland got NOTHING on traffic here.

7. And lastly, those days you actually have to wear a shirt.


One thing’s for sure though, us Hawaiians have to stick together! That’s why if you need a new car or to fix your current one, we are here to help at Cutter Auto!

Top 10 Songs to Put on Your End of Summer Playlist

It may be mid-August, but that doesn’t mean that summer is over! While you still have a few more weeks of summer sun and bliss, make the most of it by playing these great tracks from your car on the way to the beach.

According to Billboard, the top ten summer songs are:

10) “Summer Nights” – John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

9) “Hot Fun in the Summertime” – Sly & the Family Stone

8) “Surfin’ USA” – The Beach Boys

7) “Summertime” -DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

6) “Endless Summer Nights” – Richard Marx

5) “Surf City” – Jan & Dean

4) “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini” – Bryan Hyland

3) “Wipe Out” – The Surfaris

2) “Summer in the City” – The Lovin’ Spoonful

1) “California Gurls” – Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg


There’s nothing better than a solid driving playlist, so this refreshing mix of classic oldies and funky contemporary tunes will help you soak up every last bit of that Hawaiian sun. You’ll have the whole chain of islands dancing right along with you as you cruise down the highway to any of our Cutter Auto Sales locations. Drive safely!

5 Fun Facts About FIAT

5 Fun Facts About FIAT

  1. Headquartered in Turin, Italy

It first came to light in 1899 when a group of investors decided to create a manufacturing company on their own. In fact, today Brazil sees FIAT as the car market leader and the second most cars from FIAT are produced in Brazil itself, Italy produces the most.

  1. FIAT Didn’t Manufacture Cars at First

In the past, FIAT manufactured carriages, railway engines, tractors, military vehicles and aircrafts. During World War II, FIAT was involved in the manufacturing of military vehicles and machinery for the Italian Army, Regia Aeronautica and eventually for the Germans.

  1. FIAT Won the European Car of the Year award

In 2008, the FIAT 500 became the second FIAT model to win the award. The first award was given to the FIAT 124 in 1967.

  1. FIAT Owns Many Different Subsidiaries

FIAT is also a parent company to many different subsidiaries. The businesses that FIAT owns include:

  • Alfa Romeo

  • Chrysler

  • Dodge

  • Ferrari

  • Iveco

  • Lancia

  • Maserati

In January 2014, FIAT decided to create another company merging the assets of both Chrysler and FIAT groups, now called FIAT-Chrysler Automobiles.

  1. FIAT 500 is the Most Popular Model

The model is so popular that you are more likely to see one on the road every day than you are any other FIAT model. Wherever you are in the world, you will find at least one annual car event dedicated just to the FIAT 500.

Top Places to go Four Wheeling in Hawaii

Top Places to go Four Wheeling in Hawaii

  1. Skyline Trail—Maui

Skyline trail is about seven miles of difficult terrain and is part of the world famous Haleakala National Park on Maui. The terrain is known to be very rough, and vegetation is almost nonexistent, so be careful when going on this famous trail.

  1. Mauna Kea Access Road- Big Island

This is by far the longest trail that the Big Island can provide at 32 miles. This unpaved road is hardly ever maintained and whoever made it had never heard of a compass. It changes direction constantly,from east to north then to the west sides of the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve. Mauna Kea Access Road is known for its breathtaking views and the thrill of passing over aged lava flows.

  1. Mokuleia Firebreak Road- Oahu

This trail is only four miles long but is still very worth the short rugged drive. Mokuleia Firebreak Road is known for its incredible views of the Waianae Mountain Range. Been on this trail before? There are many different trails or roads that branch off of the main road so you can always experience something new with every trip.

  1. Ainapo Road- Big Island

This 16-mile unpaved and rarely maintained trail, passes through the Kapalapa Ranch before entering the Kapalapa Forest Reserve, letting your mouth drop in awe at the beauty around you. Though Ainapo Road is only 2200 ft and rarely offers a view of the island, it does offer opportunities to observe the different native birds and other wildlife of Hawaii.

Where do you like to go four-wheeling? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page!


The New Alfa Romeo Giulia Is Here!

The Alfa Romeo Giulia was revealed this past Wed. in Milan, Italy while Andrea Bocelli’s angelic voice sang opera in the background. The launch of this new vehicle—along with others to come—is a big step for FIAT Chrysler Automobiles. The brand is about to see big, positive changes in the popularity of their brand with the release of this new vehicle.

The CEO of FCA, Sergio Marchionne, announced that they will be spending around $5.6 billion dollars to develop eight new models that the world has never seen before by 2018. FCA plans to design their new vehicles by connecting with Milan’s roots with technical and performance breakthroughs. “The Giulia represents the beginning of the rebuilding of the Alfa Romeo brand,” Marchionne said.

Marchionne states that several hundred engineers worked on the design of the Giulia and is also working on the other seven designs at a secret location in Milan, Italy. “We needed a team to think outside of the box to think from a clean sheet of paper. We needed people who could create a fresh approach,” Marchionne said. “Alfa Romeo is different because it has been through an intense purification process.”


Do you think the new Alfa Romeo designs will boost the brand? Let us know in the comments or our Facebook page!

Tips to Stay Awake While Driving

The 2013 Traffic Safety Culture Index by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says 28 percent of drivers reported being so tired that they had a hard time keeping their eyes open while driving their cars during the prior month.That is a surprisingly huge number and quite frankly, scary! We want you safe on the road, so we compiled a few tips to keep your eyes open and your mind focused on the road without dozing off.

  1. Drive with a Passenger

When you can, drive with a passenger. This will give you the opportunity to talk and stay alert and also the option of taking turns driving. If you’re planning on driving through the night, take a friend with you so you can rest your eyes for a couple of hours.

  1. Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds require focus to get the seed out of the shell. This will keep your mind busy instead of letting it drift off into space. Research shows that eating sunflower seeds while driving is much more effective than drinking an energy drink.

  1. Take a Break

Every 100 miles or two hours, pull over and stretch. This will clear your mind and get rid of any aches your body may have from the long drive.

  1. Listen to Music

Don’t just listen to any type of music, listen to music that keeps you moving or singing along. Soft or classical music can cause you to become drowsy. This is the perfect excuse to blast that Taylor Swift song that has been stuck in your head.

  1. Pull over

If all else fails and you don’t think you can make the drive, pull over. It’s better to be safe than sorry when you’re sleepy and driving at night. Tip: Wal-Mart does not monitor their parking lots at night, so feel free to camp out in a parking space for the night until you’re fully rested.


Do you have any tips that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page!

Best Places to Surf in Honolulu

Tourists from all over the world come to Honolulu for the culture, environment, and most importantly, the surfing. But where do the locals say are the best places to surf? After some intense research, we believe we’ve come up with the perfect list.

  1. Kawela Bay

Kawela Bay (also known as Turtle Bay) is one of the most secluded beaches on Oahu. It’s not known for its large waves, but if you’re a beginner and just want to test out the waters, this is the perfect place to try. It’s also one of the best places on the island to do some snorkeling, offering visitors the chance to catch a glimpse of a honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle).

  1. Waimea Bay

Waimea Bay is a legendary surfing location on the North Shore. It was an influential surf spot during the dawn of big wave surfing back in the 1950s. If you’re looking for some great barrels to test out your surfing nerves, check out Waimea Bay.

  1. Sunset

Sunset beach is probably one of the most popular surfing locations in Honolulu, which means you’ll probably see a lot of tourists. Sunset beach makes up for it though with big waves, beautiful scenery, and the fact that it is the longest stretch of rideable surf spots in the world.

  1. Banzai Pipeline

Banzai Pipeline is not for the light hearted. In fact, it’s one of the most dangerous surf spots in the world. But it’s popular amongst the pros because of the powerful waves and large barrels. If you think you can handle a little danger, check out Banzai Pipeline.

Where is your favorite place to surf? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.

Best Cars for Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse

  1. Dodge Challenger Hellcat

Until the movie “28 Days Later” came out in 2002, zombies were pretty slow and easy to escape. Just in case zombies end up being the next Usain Bolt, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat is your best chance of escaping their crazy agility skills. With the power of 707 horses, the walking dead won’t be able to keep up.

  1. Jeep Wrangler

Perfect for the survivor on the run, there is no limit to where you can go in the Jeep Wrangler. Does the road end right when you’re trying to escape from a squad of zombies? Not an issue in the Jeep Wrangler! Whether it’s rocky terrain or a grassy field, the Jeep Wrangler is perfect for a post-apocalyptic world.

  1. Ram 3500

Not only does this beast have the best diesel engine compared to all other trucks, but when you flip the Ram into electric generator mode it generates enough electricity to power four average American homes! You’ll be able to crash this beast into a sea of zombies and still go home and cozy up at the end of the day with all the electricity you’re creating.

Do you think another car should’ve been added to this list? Let us know on Facebook or in the comments!

Waipahu Schools Experience

We recently had the experience of working with Waipahu Schools in helping them receive the benefit of having air-conditioning units in their schools. The hot season is approaching and we understand how difficult it  can be being both a teacher and a student in a humid classroom. We were able to enable the installation of air-conditioning units in 12 classrooms at Waipahu Elementary, Kaleiopuu Elementary, August Ahrens Elementary, and Honowai Elementary schools.

Jarrett Cutter was able to meet Ahrens Elementary first-grade teacher, Genciana Aczon, as shown above. Jarret Cutter stated “Standing in classrooms during the middle of the day was challenging, and watching children sit in front of fans, many with sweat dripping down their faces, was really disheartening.”

We’re so grateful that we were able to have this experience with the schools and know that we’re better helping the next generation of students in their studies.

Thank you to everyone that helped us with this wonderful project, Fujitsu Hawaii for donating several air-conditioning units and exhaust fans; KM Electric for doing the electrical connections; and Airmasters Hawaii for installing the units. We loved working with everyone on this project and for helping make Hawaiian schools a much better place for our children.

See more pictures and the article written by Star Advertiser here.

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