Why should I buy a used car?

used-carBuying a new car is great. You don’t have to worry about the quirks that come along with an older car that someone else has already driven. But there are plenty of reasons to buy a used car, especially when you have the option of buying a certified pre-owned vehicle from a brand like Kia. Buying used doesn’t always mean buying a car with problems. There are lots of reasons someone would sell their car back to a dealership. Trade-in programs are one of the biggest reasons—it makes buying a new car less expensive. Here’s what you need about buying a used car:

1. You’ll spend less on a car. You can save thousands of dollars by purchasing a car that has already been used. You might even be able to buy the same care that you were going to purchase new off the lot, in an older model year. New cars depreciate in value and they depreciate quickly. A survey of car buyers found that people who buy used spend around $13,000 less than those who bought new cars. Take this, for example. You could buy a car, drive it around town for a few hours, and then bring it back to the lot. That car is no longer new, even though you have owned it for only a few hours. If you were to sell it back to the dealership, they would have to sell it as a used car. Because of this, they would have to sell it at a much lower price than what you paid for it, only a few hours ago. If you drive that same car for three years, it is worth only a little over half of what you paid for it originally. Those numbers sound rough when you are buying a new car, but if you are thinking about buying a used car, they mean you can pick up a car that is perfectly functional, for much less than you would have to pay for the new version of that same car.

 

2. The car will probably be just as reliable. One of the biggest misconceptions about used cars is that they are always going to be less reliable than a new car. While this is likely true if you buy a ten year old car off of a lemon lot, when you buy a certified pre-owned vehicle, you are buying a car that has been thoroughly inspected, tuned, and is ready to hit the road again. Thirty years ago, it would be difficult to find a vehicle that was five years old that was just as reliable as a brand new car. Luckily, you are not trying to buy a car in the 1980s, you are buying one in the 2010s, when vehicle are built to be much more durable and last far longer than their predecessors. Most new cars have at least fifteen years in them. If you buy a car that is three years old, you’ll pay a fraction of the price of a new car and you will still have over a decade of driving time on that car. The average car drives for about eleven years without any major problems. They just last longer, which means you will pay less for repairs and get more miles than you would have ever before.

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3. A certified pre-owned vehicle can be just as high quality as a new car. In order to qualify for one of these programs, a vehicle usually has to be in “like new” condition. This means that they have a low mileage, they were properly cared for by their owners, and they have had the maintenance they need in order to continue functioning properly. You probably will notice little difference between vehicles in a certified pre-owned program and brand new vehicles. Many of these vehicles are the ones that were leased previously or even were rental cars before they were sold to the dealership. Of course, there will always be some vehicles on used lots that are not in this excellent condition, but if you are looking for an even cheaper option to just get you around town, you might not need something that is in “like new” condition. Even if the vehicle is in one of the CPO programs, you might still want to check their VIN to make sure they have not been in any serious accidents.

 

4. Vehicle history reports make it easy to know where this vehicle has been. It is important to note that a vehicle history report only contains the information about a vehicle that has been actively reported, but this is a good way to find out if the vehicle you are considering buying has a clean history and if it has ever been in an accident. This takes away much of the fear that can come along with buying a used car and not knowing where it comes from or who drove it before you. In these reports, you will learn how many owners the vehicle has had, where the vehicle has been registered, if that vehicle has ever been in an accident or was flooded or repaired, and a validation that the number of miles on the odometer is the number of miles that should be on the odometer. With this information in hand, you can make an extremely informed decision and you won’t have to worry about whether or not you are actually buying a lemon when you are being promised a vehicle in like new condition.

How Can I Know I’m Buying the Right Kia for Me?

right-decisionBuying a car is one of the biggest decisions that most people make and because most brands do not have return policies (at least not return policies like most other industries provide), many people put off buying a vehicle simply because they are not sure that they are making the right choice for their needs. How can you be sure, after just a little bit of research and a few test drives that you are making the right choice for you and your needs? The key is to work with a dealership that you can trust to have your best interests at heart. Instead of worrying about making a buck, they are concerned with helping get you into the right vehicle. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Figure out what you want a car for. Most people just want a car because it is the best way to get around, especially if you do not live in a big city. This might be your case, too. But in order to make sure that you are buying the right vehicle for your needs, you need to know what exactly you want that vehicle for. Are you going to drive around a lot of people (friends or family)? Are you going to be toting a lot of gear for sports or art projects? Or do you plan just on using your car for long distance trips and running errands? While many Kia vehicles can serve a number of different purposes, a sedan might work better for some buyers who just need a car to do grocery shopping or go on road trips, while an SUV is the better option for drivers that routinely need more space.

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2. Get a good idea of your budget. Nothing conjures up buyer’s remorse faster than buying a car that you cannot ultimately afford. When deciding to buy a car, you will want to take a look at your finances, to make sure that you are capable of making the requested down payment and making your monthly payments. Whether you decide to buy or lease, there will still probably need to be some money put down for the vehicle and there will definitely be monthly payments that you need to make. You can talk to a salesman at our dealership to get a better idea of what you can afford or you can look on Kia’s website and use their payment calculator to determine how much the vehicles you are looking at are likely to cost you every month. This is also a good way to reduce the number of vehicles that you actually want to look at. You can eliminate the vehicles that you know are absolutely out of your price range.

3. Choose a color. While you probably spend more time looking at the interior of your vehicle than the exterior, you are probably going to regret buying a car with an exterior color you hate, just to get an interior that you like. The color of the vehicle you choose says a lot about you and the vehicle itself. White is professional and stylish, while black is sleek and classic. Red and blue are a little bit more fun, while colors like green or yellow are a little more quirky. One of the reasons many people buy a vehicle they do not love the color of is because the color they do want is not on the dealership’s lot when they arrive to buy a vehicle. Don’t let a salesman talk you into buying a vehicle that is not the exact color you want it to be. Most dealerships have the capability to find that car at a neighboring dealership and get it for you within a couple of days, if not hours.

4. Consider your neighborhood and your environment. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is buying a sedan when you live in a rural area that is often plagued by muddy roads. While a sedan might look great in your driveway, if it is always going to be difficult to get out of your driveway and out onto a paved road, you are probably going to regret that decision eventually. Considering where you live and its environment is an important part of buying a vehicle. If you cannot use that vehicle for half of the year because of the terrain and its conditions, it is probably a good idea to buy a different vehicle that is more rugged. This goes the other way, too. While an SUV might be the style you are looking for, if you live in the city, you might never have an opportunity to utilize all of the expensive features you have paid for and you might eventually regret paying for them.

5. Consider your future. Are you planning on getting married or having kids in the near future? If so, a small sedan with a cramped backseat might not be the best option. On the other hand, if you are not planning on expanding your family any time soon, a minivan or an SUV might providing you with too much room, room that you simply do not need. Taking a little bit of time to think about how this vehicle will serve you as your life changes over the next few years is a good way to make sure you are buying a vehicle that is really going to fit your needs not just now, but in the future, too.

Trading a Car In? Here’s What You Need to Know

Trading in a car that you no longer need or no longer want is a great way to reduce the price of buying a totally new vehicle. That said, many people avoid trading in their old car, simply because they do not know if their old car is worth any money or how exactly to go about broaching the subject with the dealership or dealerships they are considering buying from. If you are interested in trading in your current vehicle, here’s what you need to know about the process:

1. Bring the vehicle when you are test driving. As you visit different dealerships, trying to decide which one you are going to buy from, bring the vehicle that you are considering trading in. Not only will this allow you to make the transaction if you decide that you are ready to buy a new car (instead of putting off the deal because you have to go home and get the older vehicle), it will also give the dealerships you are working with some time to look the vehicle over and determine how much it is worth.

2. Get an estimate before you go. A good way to get an estimate of the value of your older vehicle is to look online. There are several tools, including one from Kelly Blue Book, that will allow you to put in the make and model of your vehicle and then account for any wear, tear, and damage, before providing you with an estimate for how much that vehicle is worth. This should not be taken as a hard and fast value for your car, as your vehicle might be in better or worse shape than you think it is or the dealership you are working with might be willing to offer you more (or less) than the vehicle is worth, depending on how close you seem to buying.

trading-car3. Clean the vehicle. Before you take that car anywhere, make sure that you have cleaned its interior thoroughly and that you have washed the exterior. Appearances do matter when it comes to valuing a car. A dirty car will appear older and less valuable than a new vehicle. A car that is littered with trash or that needs extensive cleaning inside will probably put a dealership off of buying it from you. If the interior upholstery is stained, remove those stains as best as you can before trying to trade it in to a dealership. Remember, the less work they have to put into this vehicle before they can sell it, the more they are going to be able to give you for it.

4. Have the vehicle checked out. Is it really worth your time to pay for one last tune up before your take that vehicle to be valued by a dealership? The truth is, it depends. If the vehicle is in relatively good condition, but it needs a new fan belt, for example, it might be worth your time to pay for that repair yourself, so when you take the car into the dealership, it is not squeaking and squealing, which could cause the dealership some concern. If the repairs are going to cost you more than a couple hundred dollars and the car itself is only worth a couple thousand, it is probably not worth paying for the repairs. If your car that is worth seven thousand dollars, however, requires a hundred dollar repair, it might be worth the money.

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5. Bring your records of maintenance. When trading in that vehicle to a dealership, bring along proof that you have taken care of that car. There is a huge difference between a car that only had an oil change every five years and one that had one every six months like clockworks. Vehicles that have been taken care of are going to be much more valuable than vehicle that have been driven into the ground. A vehicle that has been carefully looked after might have another fifteen years on the road, while one of the same make, model, and year might only have two or three more years if it was not cared for.

6. Don’t try to play games. Don’t first get a quote for the new car you want to buy and then mention that you have a vehicle to trade in, hoping that it will somehow give you some leverage. Trade ins will be one of the first questions that most salespeople will ask you, because of how the can affect the entire car buying process. If you are willing to trade in a car, you are offering the dealership something of real value, something that they want. Don’t hide the fact that you are thinking about trading your older car in. Tell them outright that you have a car that you want to have traded in and that you have done some research about the value of that car. Again, keep in mind that what you find online does not necessarily apply to your vehicle. Many 2002 Mazda Protégés will be worth $4000, but yours might only be worth $2000, depending on its condition.

7. Close the deal. Once you and the salesperson have agreed on a price for your trade in and a price for the new car that you are going to buy, it’s time to close the deal! You might negotiate the two prices separately or they might simply give you a certain amount of a discount in return for the vehicle. It all depends on how the dealership operates. Most dealerships are more than willing to take trade-ins, so if you have an old car that you essentially want to replace with this new car, trading it in is a great way to offset the price of that new car!

An Overview of the 2017 Kia Cadenza

The Cadenza is all new! Even more refined that earlier models, this sedan is one of the last few great large sedans. The market used to be completely saturated with sedans of this size, but over the last decade, fewer and fewer car makers are focusing on this type of sedan and are instead making smaller, lighter vehicles, though not always with cheaper price tags. Now, large sedans like the Cadenza make up only about 2% of the total vehicle market, and though those numbers are expected to decline, there is no denying that the Cadenza is still a great buy.

What can you expect from the 2017 Kia Cadenza?

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  • A lighter, more rigid, and stronger steel body that both makes the car safer in an accident and more fuel efficient.
  • A more sophisticated and stylish interior that has been hand-crafted.
  • An eight speed automatic transmission that makes your vehicle more fun to drive and more efficient to drive, too.

This year’s Cadenza is intended to be an affordable luxury vehicle, complete with the technology that you have come to expect from Kia and the bold design that makes it stand out on the road. This is only the second generation of the Cadenza, and we are seeing mass improvements over what was already a very luxurious, stylish, powerful machine. The stronger body and the enhancements made to the powertrain improve handling and control, making this a vehicle that you will love to drive.

The biggest draw of the Cadenza, however, is the appearance. This is a car that oozes refinement. It was designed with the intention of injecting a little more flair and beauty into a segment of the car industry that has been seriously lacking of late. Every part of the Cadenza has been improved, including the interior.

The Elegance of the Exterior

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The exterior of the Cadenza was designed at the brand’s design studio in California, where some of the most iconic vehicles in the lineup have been designed, including the Soul. With an effort to make the Cadenza as high end as possible, there was a focus on making it look modern and making it look confident. The core concept behind the exterior design was following a straight line. The designers wanted it to be simple, but they also wanted it to be powerful. This was the best and the simplest way to embody both of those concepts.  With just a single contour, over the entire length of the car, the Cadenza is the embodiment of sleekness. Even the placement of the headlights has been carefully considered, to make the car just as striking during the day as it is at night.

Looking at the vehicle head on, you will see the brand new fascia. While the Cadenza still sports the signature nose grille that every Kia has, this vehicle has cut it into a hexagon, creating much more visual interest. The grille itself is concave, curving in towards the engine, which makes the vehicle almost look like it is smiling. There are actually two different grilles available of the Cadenza, one for higher trim levels and one for lower trim levels. On the lower trims, the grill comes with the same grille that most of the other Kia vehicles come with. The higher trims have an entirely different grille, made out of blades that are attached to the vehicle vertically.

The taillights have a piano key affect, which make use of the vehicle’s emergency braking system, which flash when you are braking abruptly. With a z-shaped lighting pattern, you are sure to capture attention, even while driving at night. The vehicle has been highlighted with chrome details, especially on the lid of the trunk and the side mirrors, for just the right amount of flash.

A little bit wider and a little bit shorter, the 2017 model is the same length as the 2016 model, though the interior has been redesigned to ensure that leg room is maximized.

The Comfort of the Interior

Comfort was at the top of the list when redesigning the interior of the Cadenza, but that does not mean that it is not beautiful. Pains were taken to make sure that even higher quality materials were used than in the 2016 Cadenza and the designers carefully expanded the view of the interior space. The dashboard flows seamlessly into the door panels and real stitching is carried throughout the vehicle. Leather is used not just on the seats, but all over the cabin, to give it a truly luxurious feel.

One of the best aspects of the 2017 Cadenza is the ability for buyers to customize the interiors of their vehicles. You might want to add Nappa leather trim to your quilted seats. You might select to have all of your seats in a dark, rich brown leather. You might select, instead, the premium White Package.

Many of the components in the cabin have been 3D printed, expertly made, with an emphasis on ergonomics. The lowering of the seats ensures that the driver feels firmly planted in the vehicle and gives the interior of the vehicle a much sportier appearance. Even the heating elements in the vehicle have been redesigned to make sure that the heat is dispersed throughout the car much more evenly.

The Bottom Line

Packed with the very best technology that Kia has to offer, along with modern, beautiful, and functional styling, the 2017 Cadenza is a force to be reckoned with.

Do I really need all these safety features on my Kia?

kia-safety-featureCars today are far safer than they ever have been before. In the early days, when cars were little more than carriages with engines attached to them, they were incredibly dangerous, for both pedestrians and drivers. Over the decades, efforts have been taken to make cars as safe as they possible can be, protecting more and more people from dangerous situations. Today’s vehicles are equipped not just with airbags, but with a huge variety of safety features that don’t just keep you safer in the event of an accident, but actually make an accident less likely.

But do you really need a car with these high tech safety features? Haven’t we been getting along fine without them for the past couple of decades? The truth is that airbags and seatbelts are not enough to really protect you on today’s roads. Kia has worked tireless to outfit their vehicles with, yes, the best seatbelts and airbags, but also many other features that make them some of the safest vehicles on the road today. Here are just a few of the features that you can expect when you buy from Kia:

1. A high tensile steel body – A lightweight steel body might not sound like it is great for crash safety (heavier vehicles take less damage in the event of an impact), high tensile steel is lighter, but even more rigid than other metals used to make car bodies today. Why is that important? Because a rigid car body will crumple when it is struck. This means that the vehicle itself absorbs as much of the energy of the crash as possible, instead of transferring it to the bodies inside that vehicle. This type of body is actually designed to protect its driver and passengers, while also improving fuel efficiency (lighter cars use less gas to go).

2. Airbags – Every vehicle today is equipped with high quality air bags. They are required by law and can actually do a lot to protect you and your passengers from harm when your vehicle is involved in an accident. What makes a Kia airbag different? Unlike some vehicles that only put airbags in the front part of the cabin, Kia has installed airbags in the front and on the sides of all passengers. Airbags are designed to protect the body in a crash. They can prevent the individuals in that car from smashing their arms, knees, and most importantly, heads into the hard components of that vehicle. They are an absolutely necessity for any and all cars.

3. Seatbelts that tense – What good is a seatbelt if it simply unspools and lets your body fly forward in the event of a crash? The seatbelts in your Kia can sense when your vehicle is braking sharply and will put tension on the strap, so that you are held against the seat. This ensures that when the airbags deploy, the person is not leaning too far forward and will not be whipped backwards by those bags. More control is afforded to how the person contacts the airbags, which makes them much safer to use.

4. Autonomous emergency braking – Self-driving cars might be the way of the future, but they are not yet available to the mass market. The autonomous emergency braking system in our Kia vehicles is a great alternative that is designed to keep you safe. A camera is mounted to the windshield of the vehicle. It senses the other cars in the road and the lane that your vehicle is supposed to be in. If your vehicle is coming up too quickly on another vehicle (for example, if someone cuts in front of you or slams on their brakes), the car will take over, putting on the brakes to help you avoid hitting the vehicle in front of you.

5. Tire pressure monitoring – A vehicle with improperly inflated tires is a danger not just to itself and its passengers, but the other vehicles on the road, too. All Kia vehicles come with a tire pressure monitoring system, which will tell you not only that a tire is not properly inflated, but which tire it is. A low tire can be dangerous, no matter the driving conditions. Even on perfectly dry roads with great visibility, you might still experience sliding and wobble related to having low tire pressure.

6. Vehicle stability management – If you find yourself on bumpy roads, this system is designed to automatically protect you and your vehicle. It sense the conditions on the road and adjusts the steering wheel and the brakes to make sure that you are getting the best control out of your vehicle. If you often worry about poor road conditions or have to deal with bumpy roads, this system has you covered.

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7. Emergency stop signal – It can be difficult to tell just how fast the car in front of you is slowing down. When you drive a Kia, the people following you will never have to worry about this. When you brake abruptly, your taillights will blink rapidly, letting the drivers behind you know that you are slamming on your brakes, so they can take appropriate action.

8. Lane departure warnings – Sometimes, if you are not paying attention to the road, either because you are drowsy or because you are distracted by your phone or other piece of technology, you might find yourself drifting out of your lane. This is extremely dangerous. The lane departure warning will make a noise and flash when you are drifting out of lane so you can correct your trajectory.

Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Kia Vehicle Fuel Efficient

Making the decision to purchase a Kia means that you have already decided that you want a more fuel efficient vehicle. Most Kia vehicles have much better fuel efficiency than their competitors, in addition to being less expensive, which means you will not only pay less for the car, but you will pay less to power that vehicle over its life. As with any vehicle, however, over time, a Kia will start to lose its fuel efficiency if it is not properly cared for. Here are some car maintenance tips to make sure your Kia stays as efficient as possible:

Use the Right Oil

car maintenanceHow do you know what oil you need to use in your vehicle? The very best way is to check your owner’s manual and see what it recommends for oil. Kia has carefully chosen a type of oil for your vehicle that will ensure that the engine is properly primed. While it might not endanger your vehicle to use natural oil, for example, if your owner’s manual recommends synthetic or a 50/50 split, or to use 10W-30 motor oil if your engine is accustomed to 5W-30 oil, it might reduce the efficiency of that engine, enough that you will start to notice a reduction in the number of miles per gallon you are getting.

Whether you change your oil yourself or you take your vehicle in for an oil change, make sure you know the right kind of oil for your car. Most shops will come out and ask you what kind of oil you want them to use in your vehicle. Some might already know what is best for your Kia, but it is still a good idea to know what your manufacturer recommends for your specific make and model.

Replace the Air Filter

Most people do not replace their engine’s air filters often enough. When it is difficult for your engines to get the air that it needs, you are going to see a reduction in the number of miles per gallon that your vehicle receives. Just as a clogged air filter in your home’s air conditioning system makes your air conditioner work much harder to push air into your home, an engine has to work harder when its air filter is dirty, resulting in an engine that provides your car with less oomph.

How do you know when your air filter needs to be replaced? If you bring your vehicle in for a checkup at our dealership or at our sister dealerships in Allentown or Turnersville, just ask us to check your air filter and to replace it if is dirty. If you take your vehicle in for an oil change, most shops will check your air filters as part of the service. In this case, however, you will want to make sure that they are showing you your air filter and not a dirty one that they keep on hand to scam customers.

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Buy Better Parts

If your vehicle ever needs a new part, especially in its engine, don’t settle for used parts. One of the most common part replacements most vehicles need is spark plugs. You might try to make a spark plug replacement less expensive by opting for used spark plugs, but if you are going to be using a worn out plug, you’re only going to be making it more difficult for your engine to function properly. The spark plug will not fire reliably and you will have to worry about losing performance and needing to buy more gas, more often. Choose only parts that have been specifically made for your vehicle and which the manufacturer recommends that you use.

Keep Your Tire Pressure at the Right PSI

When your tires are properly inflated, you will not only see less wear on your tires, your vehicle will also be easier to drive and you will see improve fuel efficiency. Most people do not even think about their tire pressure until one of their tires gets very low or they have a flat. You should be checking your tire pressure at least once a season, as fluctuating temperatures could cause the air in those tires to expand or contract, leaving you with overinflated or underinflated tires, both of which will affect your ability to get good gas mileage.

Don’t Neglect Basic Maintenance

Today’s vehicles have become so low maintenance that most people forget that they actually still require at least a little bit of maintenance. This means keeping your tires at the right pressure, changing your oil every six months (or as often as is recommended by your manufacturer), and occasionally having a tune up. Don’t forget to undertake these basic tasks or you might find that you see your vehicle’s gas mileage slowly start to wane.

Once you’ve lost your fuel efficiency, it can be very difficult to get it back. Cars need more than just to be filled up with gas and to have their oil changed occasionally. If you devote a little bit of time and money to taking care of your car, it will take care of you—that means getting better gas mileage and having fewer problems down the road.

Some other tips that can help you maintain your gas mileage include removing extra weight from your car (don’t tote around things that you don’t need to have in your car), using your cruise control at high speeds, and regularly replacing your tires so that you get the best grip on the road.

Drive Safer: Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Kia Vehicle

If you choose to buy a vehicle from our Kia dealership (or one of our partner dealerships in Turnersville and Allentown), you are already making a decision that could make you a much safer driver. All Kia vehicles are equipped with safety features that not only protect the driver and passengers in the event of an accident but actually also make those accidents easier to avoid. These range from back up cameras to lane diverging alerts to predictive braking systems. Here are some tips that will help you make the most of these safety features in your new kia:

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1. Put away the cellphone. This is something that might be difficult, especially for younger drivers. We’re so used to checking out cellphones these days that if we don’t do it every five minutes, we start to feel disconnected from the world. Even just looking down to check your text messages when you are at a stoplight is not a good idea. Make it a habit to not just put your cellphone in a cup holder while you are driving, but to actually put the cellphone away, where you cannot hear it or see it.

2. Slow down. Especially in areas where the speed limit is already low, it is important not to speed. Not only is speeding in a residential area very dangerous, for every mile an hour you are going, you have a 5% higher chance of dying in an accident. That means that if you are going 60 in a 55 zone, you have a 25% higher chance of dying if you are in an accident than if you were going the speed limit. Speed limits are not arbitrary—they are carefully calculated based on the road and its surroundings.

3. Don’t drive while drowsy. Driving while tired can be just as dangerous as driving while drunk. Even if you know the road well, if you are drowsy, your reflexes are not as fast as they might need to be in order to avoid hitting another vehicle or a person. You might even find yourself nodding off, which can lead you to causing a serious accident, even if yours is the only car involved. This is especially important if you are going to be driving at highway speeds, as falling asleep or not paying attention while driving at this high rate of speed can have disastrous and even deadly results, no matter how impressive your vehicle’s safety features are.

4. Wear your seatbelt. The seatbelt is one of the oldest and most common safety features and you are going to find them in every single vehicle that you can purchase. It might sound cheesy, buy wearing your seatbelt can save your life. When in an accident, a seatbelt restrains you so that you are not thrown from the vehicle. While you might think that you can brace yourself before impact, the truth is that the speed at which most serious accidents occur ensures that individuals not wearing their seatbelts are going to be in for much more serious injuries than those who did wear them.

5. Slow down in bad weather. Bad weather doesn’t just mean snow (though if there is snow on the road and the road is not just wet, you should slow down significantly). Bad weather means rain, sleet, hail, fog, dirt, and smoke. If visibility is reduced, slow down. If the road has the potential of being slick under your wheels, slow way down. Just about any type of weather can cause a dangerous driving situation, so pay attention to the conditions and adjust your driving habits accordingly.

6. Don’t tailgate the vehicle in front of you. There are only a few outcomes of tailgating. In general, when you tailgate someone, it is because you think they are going too slow. It’s very rare that this person is going to suddenly realize that they are going too slow and pick up the pace, simply because you are riding their bumper with your vehicle. If they do happen to notice that you are tailgating them, they are probably just going to get annoyed, which means that they will continue driving slowly and might even slow down. This is a situation which can be very dangerous for you, as the tailgater, as you might not have time to slam on your breaks, if the person in front of you slams on their breaks. While most Kia vehicles do have advanced safety features that automatically apply the brakes if the vehicle sense that the car in front of you is suddenly slowing down, your vehicle is not going to be able to completely compensate for how close you are to the other car.

7. Pay attention to what the people around you are doing. One of the biggest mistakes you can make while on the road is to assume that everyone else is paying as much attention to the road as you are. Assuming that everyone else is doing their best to avoid getting into an accident and therefore letting your guard down is a good way to get into an accident. Take the time to pay attention to what the cars around you are doing. If the car in front of your is swerving in the lane and it is pretty obvious that they are texting or doing something else that distracts them from the road, it’s a good idea to get as far away from this driver as you possibly can.

How to Take the Stress Out of Buying a New Car

Buying a car is a big purchase, even if the vehicle itself is fairly inexpensive. This is one of the largest purchases that most people will make and they do not want to make the wrong choice or feel pressured into purchasing a specific vehicle. Buying a new car should be fun and exciting, not stressful! If you are feeling stress or anxiety about this purchase, there are ways that you can soothe these fears and prepare yourself to make sure you are making the right decision.

1. Shop at a dealership you trust. When you buy from us or our Burlington or Turnersville dealerships, you know you are working with salesmen and with dealerships that you can rely on. We are proud of the vehicles that we sell and we are excited to help you find the vehicle that fits your needs. When you trust the people you are buying from, it will be much easier to find a car that you are ultimately happy with. There is nothing worse than driving your car home and wondering whether or not you made the right decision. We will help you make sure that you did!

2. Do research before visiting dealerships. If part of your stress stems from the fact that there are so many different choices, even within the same brand, you can save yourself a little bit of stress by doing research before you actually start visiting dealerships. This might enable you to not only eliminate certain models, but entire makes. If you go online and look at a certain brand’s lineup and discover that they don’t have any vehicles that you are interested in test driving, you can cross that dealership off of your list and move on to the brands that are offering you vehicles you want to look at in person.

buying a car3. Look for dealerships offering incentives or deals. The monthly car payment might not actually be that worrisome for you, but that doesn’t mean that looking for a dealership that is offering a deal, discount, or incentive isn’t a bad idea. Some brands will actually offer you discounts if you already own a vehicle from that same brand. Others might be running specials where they offer extra money on a trade in vehicle. Many dealerships have specialized offers on certain models. Take a little bit of extra time to see if the brands that you are interested in buying from are offering one of these specials.

4. Decide on your budget before you get to the dealership. If you want to avoid even looking at cars that you know you can’t afford, decide before you get to the dealership what the very ceiling of your budget is going to be and then do not budge. If you are not sure how much the vehicles you are looking at are going to cost you from month to month, it is worth your time to use the payment calculators that every single brand has to get a good idea of what you are likely to pay, were you to buy that car. Make sure, if you have a tight budget, that you take car insurance and the cost of gas and repairs into consideration when deciding how much you want to pay.

5. Pick the right time to shop. There’s no “best time of the year” to buy a car. Every brand runs sales almost year-round and each individual dealership will over different incentives at different times. You probably will end up paying about the same for a car no matter what time of year you decide to buy. That said, if you want a less stressful buying experience, it is worth your time to pick the right day of the week to shop. If you can shop during the week, when most people are going to be at work, there will be fewer people on the lot and less competition for the attention of the salespeople.

6. Look for loans before you go. Most dealerships offer their own financing for their buyers, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t shop around to see what sorts of loans and rates are available. Unless you are able to pay cash for a vehicle, you should spend at least a little bit of time familiarizing yourself with the loans that local lenders offer, as it is likely with one of these lenders that your dealership is going to work in order to finance that car for you. If you know what rates are considered fair, you’ll be much more prepared to negotiate when it comes time to buy.

7. Contact the dealership before visiting. If you know exactly what vehicles you want to test drive, it might be worth your time to call or email the dealership before you show up, asking if they have those models in the colors and with the features you need, so that they have them prepared for you. You’ll also establish a personal connection with the dealership, so when you show up, they already know who you are and you will probably already have a salesperson available and ready to help you find the perfect car.

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8. Know when to walk away. If you are not one hundred percent ready to buy a car, the experience is going to be stressful, no matter what you do. If you really are not ready, be ready to walk away and take a few days to think about the purchase and which vehicle really is going to be the best for you and your lifestyle.

Ask Our Dealership: Common Car Maintenance Questions Answered

You can drive a car and not be an expert in their inner workings. That what our dealership’s maintenance department is for! But if you do want to be a more contentious car owner, you might be looking for a little more information about your vehicle to make sure you are driving it and caring for it the right way. Here are some of the most common car questions we are asked and their answers!

My owner’s manual says that normal gas is fine. Wouldn’t it be better to put premium gas in my car?

car maintenanceThere are just about no consumer vehicles that need premium gasoline. There are some engines that are graded only for this higher octane fuel, but it is very unlikely that you are driving one of those vehicles. If you look in your Kia vehicle’s owner’s manual and it says that the regular unleaded gasoline is the gas of choice for your vehicle, there is no need to splurge and buy the more expensive gasoline.

So, why is premium gasoline even an option at the pump if you are not supposed to put it in your car? There are some engines that are graded to function better when they have higher octane gasoline in them. Every engine uses a combination of oxygen and gasoline to power itself. The gas that you put into your vehicle is compressed in your engine by a cylinder and is then ignited by a spark plug. The higher octane gasoline you use, the more compression the gas can take before it is ignited.

Your engine is probably graded to provide the amount of compression that regular unleaded gasoline can take before ignition, not for the higher amount of compression that premium gas can withstand. So, while using premium gasoline certainly won’t harm your engine, your engine probably doesn’t need it, and so buying it is just an unnecessary expense. And because gas prices are already so high, there is no real need to pay even more for “better” gasoline, when your vehicle doesn’t need it.

Is it helpful when I try to replicate the sound my car is making to the mechanic when I take it in?

Many people feel a little embarrassed when they try to replicate the noise their vehicle makes with their own mouth. Don’t worry, your mechanic is not laughing at you. The sound that you are making can actually give our maintenance department a lot of really good information about what is going on with your vehicle and what we need to do to be able to fix it, especially if there is nothing in your vehicle’s diagnostics and there are no dashboard lights on.

If you don’t feel comfortable trying to replicate the noise, it is still useful to try to describe the noise to our mechanics. Is it high-pitched? Does it sound metallic, like metal on metal? Is it a low rumble? A squealing sound? Your vehicle can make lots of weird noises and we know all too well that you might be having a problem out on the road that we just cannot replicate when we have your vehicle in the shop. Gathering as much information as possible from you, the person who spends the most time with this car, is very helpful, no matter how we get that information.

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How do I know if my vehicle actually needs maintenance or if the shop is trying to scam me?

Unfortunately, there are some mechanics who will try to take advantage of individuals who do not know every much about cars. They will tell them that something is wrong with their vehicle and will hope that you, as the driver, will not be able to tell whether or not that is something that is actually wrong with your vehicle. Whether your car breaks down and you have it towed into the shop or whether you are simply taking that vehicle in for routine maintenance, you might be told that there is something wrong with your car that is not actually wrong with your car.

But, how do you know if you are being taken advantage of or if you really do need that repair? First of all, you should only take your vehicle to a shop that you trust. Our maintenance department is staffed only by the best mechanics, who have both extensive training and who are more than willing to sit down with you and explain in great detail what is wrong with your vehicle.

If you can’t bring your vehicle into our dealership’s maintenance department, you will want to look for a mechanic who has the right credentials and accreditation. Look for or ask to see their certificates. Watch out for secret fees, too. Do they charge you just for diagnosing your vehicle? If they do, they night also be willing to charge you for work they never intend on doing. Work only with mechanics that give you an itemized invoice that clearly shows what you are paying for.

If you’re not sure that your vehicle needed a certain service, ask them to tell you why they did that service and to show you the results. Learn a little about your vehicle and what type of maintenance it is likely to have. Learn a little bit about car maintenance and what certain issues sound and feel like when you are driving. The more involved you are and the more educated you are, the less likely you are to be scammed.

Why buy from a local Kia dealership?

When it comes time to buy a new car, you have a wide variety of options for buying that car. Even if you know what brand and even what make and model you want to buy or buy from, you still likely have a few options for purchasing that vehicle. Ten years ago, your only option was to buy a car from your local dealership. Today, you can search for the vehicle you want to buy online and buy it off of a mega-lot somewhere. But is that really the best option? Most shoppers will have a better experience and will get into a car that is better for their lifestyle if they shop at a local dealership than if they go to one of those mega-lots. Here’s why you should shop with us:

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local dealership1. Our salespeople are friendlier. When you shop for a car, you might not want a salesperson hovering over your shoulder the entire time, especially if you are not quite sure what type of vehicle you want to buy yet. Others will walk onto the lot already knowing which two cars they want to buy and will ask immediately to do test drives of those vehicles. No matter what type of car shopping you are or at what stage of the car shopping process you are, you want to be able to shop your way, knowing that you have total control over the process and that you are going to be met by smiling faces that are excited just to help get you into a car that fits your needs.

2. Our salespeople are more knowledgeable. Buying from a huge dealership that deals not with one or maybe two brands of cars, but every brand of car, from all over the world, is going to ensure that the salespeople that you buy from are not going to know as much about the cars you are trying to buy as they would if their dealership sold only a few different brands. When you buy from us, you know you are buying from people that live and breathe Kia. We take care to make sure that we know as much as possible about not just the make, but the individual models and trim levels that we offer, so that we can answer your questions satisfactorily.

3. We have more experience with this brand. A sales team that has worked with our brand for a long time will already know the questions you are going to ask and will have answers prepared for those questions. We have worked with our brand for a long time, so we know its quirks, its strengths, and its faults. We know exactly how to find the right fit for you and your lifestyle, just by talking to you about what type of car you need and what you plan to use your car for.

4. We have the ability to offer better financing options. Some of these huge car lots will offer you a “no haggle” price. They want you to just walk onto the lot, pick a car on your own, and buy it. When you deal with a local dealership, you are working with people that really understand you and your needs and are willing to work with you, whether that means a little bit of haggling to get a car you really want and are willing to but today into your price range, or whether it means helping you find a vehicle that you really love that already is within your budget. While you absolutely can come with your own financing options, most local dealerships will also offer you financing through the dealership itself.

5. Local dealerships care about the community. You are not buying from people that you will never see again. In fact, you might be buying from people that you actually know. We don’t just sell cars, we really care about the community and we care about keeping the vehicles in those communities running smoothly. That’s why we also encourage our customers to bring their Kia vehicles back when those vehicles need service—not just so they can take advantage of the warranty, but also so that we have the opportunity to continue building the relationship with our customers that sustains our business.

6. We handle all of the paperwork. Whether you are buying a brand new Kia or whether you are buying a used vehicle from us, you get the same service. Even if you come to the lot intending to buy a used car, we will take care of all of the paperwork—you cannot say the same thing about buying a used car off of a lemon lot. This means that the car buying experience is much easier. Those who buy used cars are often worried about the kind of service they will get and whether or not they can really trust that they are buying a great vehicle. With us, they absolutely can.

7. We make the process as easy as possible. When you can actually talk to someone about what you need out of a vehicle, you are much less likely to buy a car that you regret purchasing down the line. We actually take the time to listen to what you need and what you expect out of a vehicle and then to direct you to the cars on our lot that meet those needs, whether they be brand new Kia vehicles or whether they be pre-owned vehicles.