What Are the Perks of Buying a Car With a Higher Trim?

Some people come in looking to buy the “right” car. Others are looking for the cheapest car. Kia has vehicles that will cater to both of these types of buyers, but for those that are looking for the “right” car, you might not be able to find all of the perks that you are specifically looking for in the most basic trim.

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What is a “trim?” Basically, a car’s trim is what level of features it has. For example, a basic trim (at least for Kia) will have many great features, including power windows and cruise control, but it might not have the most advanced infotainment system and definitely won’t have features like heated seats. What exactly comes with each car will vary from model to model, and it might even vary within the trims themselves, depending on what we’ve ordered or what another nearby dealership has ordered but wasn’t able to sell. Here are some of the most popular perks that you get when you pick a vehicle that has a higher trim:

  1. kia optimaPower-folding mirrors – These might not seem like a big deal, until you have them on your vehicle. Especially if you have to park in a garage or in a tight parking spot, there’s nothing better than being able to fold in your mirrors so you don’t have to worry about scraping them on the wall, a pole, or another car.
  1. Satellite radio – Satellite radio is pretty much standard on every vehicle now, but you will often get a better infotainment system (touchscreen, more options, more available connections), when you purchase a vehicle with a higher trim. This can make it much easier to access to media that you want to access.
  1. Back up camera – This is by far one of the most popular features that people want on their vehicles today, especially when purchasing one of the larger vehicles. Not only can this feature make it much easier and safer to back out of your driveway, it also simplified parallel parking and prevents you from ever hitting a child or animal that is too short to be seen through your back windshield but could still be harmed by your vehicle.
  1. Push button start – Another customer favorite, this feature allows you to start your car from inside the house—a great feature for the extreme heat of summer or cold of winter. You don’t even have to go outside to start your car cooling down or heating up, and because it doesn’t require you to put your key in the ignition or leave the doors unlocked, it’s much safer than actually going outside to start your car and leaving it running in the driveway.
  1. Navigation – While many Kia vehicles will come with OnStar, which can be used to navigate in a pinch, higher trim levels will give you a built in navigation system that works just like the navigation on your phone. Basically, you’ll be guided by a voice and show the path on a screen in your console, both of which can be a great perk for the directionally challenged.
  1. Blind spot detectors – This is still fairly new technology, but is technology that could save a life—both yours and the lives of others on the road. What this feature does is monitor your blind spots and if you try to change lanes while there is something in your blind spot, the vehicle will alert and will prevent you from hitting the vehicle or motorcycle that you would have otherwise hit.
  1. Sunroofs – Sunroofs are a great feature on any vehicle, and they usually only come on limited edition or very high trim level vehicles. If you’re a fan of the sun roof, whether for letting a little extra sun into your car on a warm day or for cruising under the stars at night, you can definitely get them, but they’ll very rarely be standard on a vehicle.
  1. Upgraded seating material – Most higher trims also come with better upholstery. This may be premium leather or just a more expensive type of cloth, depending on your preferences. While not everyone is a fan of leather, many find there is nothing more luxurious than beautiful leather seating in their favorite vehicle. This is definitely a luxury, but when you purchase a Kia, it’s usually a luxury you can afford.
  1. Power lift gates – Instead of having to actually get out of your car and pop the trunk, you can do it from a button inside your car. This feature is standard on most sedans, but might not be on SUVs and vans, which have a much larger lift gate. Why bother with a feature like this? Anytime you’re packing the car and your hands are full, it’ll be much easier to be able to press a button and have the gate open for you than having to put everything down to open it manually.
  1. Heated and ventilated seats – For both cold and warm days, this feature is one of the most sought after out of all of the premium features offered in higher trim levels. Heated seats will keep you warmer on cold days and ventilated seats will help keep you cool, even if temperatures are rising outside.
  1. Slide and stow seats – In SUVs and vans, being able to “slide and stow” extra seats if you need to haul something large or want a nice flat area for luggage or even for an animal, is a major perk. While some models may have this feature standard, most higher trim levels have better slide and stow features.

How to Learn to Drive as an Adult

 

kia dealershipWhile most people learn to drive when the law first allows them to get a learner’s permit, many people put off learning to drive until they are adults. This may be because they have plenty of public transportation and no need to drive, because they do not have the resources to pay for driver’s education courses (which are required by some states in order to get a license), or they do not have access to a car they can practice on. Any of these situations may result in an adult who does not know how to drive but wants to learn to drive, now that those situations have changed.

If you want to learn to drive, we here encourage that! Learning to drive as an adult is much easier than learning to drive as a teenager. If you are taking the steps towards learning to drive and buying your Kia, here are some tips to jumpstart the process:

1. Gets your learner’s permit. Not all states require adults learning to drive to have learner’s permits. Some will have an age threshold that once you cross, all you have to do is go into the MVD and take the driver’s test. Before you start this process, it’s important to figure out what steps you need to take to make sure you are following the right procedure. Even if your state does just allow you to take the driver’s test, without logging any official hours, it is still a good idea to practice and maybe even take a driver’s education class before taking that test.

2. Find someone who will let you practice on their vehicle every day. Learning to drive, like learning to just about anything else, is about building hand-eye coordination and muscle memory. The more opportunities to actually drive that you have, the more comfortable you will feel behind the wheel and the less likely you are to make a mistake during your exam. Practicing as often as possible is the only way to build your skills and prepare for your test (if your state requires you to take one). Find someone who will let you drive their car and will help give you some instruction. Learning to drive isn’t as intuitive and it might seem at first, so some encouragement and tips can be helpful.

3. Consider taking a driver’s education class. This might be something that your state requires, but in most states, once you turn eighteen, you are no longer required to take a class in order to take your driver’s test and get your full license. Even if this is the case, you might still consider taking a class. These classes are designed not just to teach you how to operate a car (in fact, some classes might not even get you inside of a car), but also to learn to rules of the road. Learning these rules is an integral part of learning how to be safe driver.

4. Consider hiring a private driving instructor. If you don’t have a friend who is available to let you practice in their car and give you lessons, a good alternative is to hire a private driving instructor. This is a teacher who will usually bring their own car and teach you how to drive (both the mechanics of operating a car and the laws and customs of the road. A private driving instructor can be a powerful resource, especially if you might feel awkward taking a driver’s ed class that might be filled with fifteen and sixteen-year-olds.

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5. Get your own car. If you are having difficulty finding a car to practice with and you are learning to drive because you need a car to get you to and from work or other locations, purchasing your own car, before you have your full license, might be a good idea. If you don’t have your full license, you probably won’t be allowed to test drive the car yourself, but bringing an experienced driver along on your car buying escape can be a good way to get a sense of whether or not that car is right for you. Kia vehicles are often the perfect choices for first-time buyers and inexperienced drivers, as they have a wide variety of safety features.

6. Understand that driving is not really that big of a deal. One of my best friends from university didn’t start learning to drive until she was twenty-four. Because I’d grown up in a rural area and my parents wanted to make sure we could “get into town” on our own if there was ever an emergency, I’d been driving for more than twelve years by the time she started learning. Part of the reason she avoided learning for so long was because she feared the entire process; other drivers, piloting a car, knowing what to do, etc. In reality, driving is all about paying attention to the road and building the muscle memory so that your body knows what to do in a car. It’s not as hard or as big of a deal as it’s often made out to be.

7. Just jump in! No matter the reason you’ve put of learning to drive until now, it’s time to set aside the excuses and the fears and learn this very useful skill. While not everyone lives in a part of the country where a car is absolutely necessary, knowing how to drive could prevent an emergency. All it takes is practice and practicing can be fun!

20 Things You Should Always Keep in Your Kia

Whether you have just bought your first car and want to make sure it is properly outfitted or you are heading out on a summer road trip and want to have all the essentials before you are miles from civilization, here are the twenty things you should always keep in your Kia:

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1. A paper map of your tristate area. Don’t be duped into think you’ll always have service or that your phone will always have a full battery. It may seem archaic, but you will be happy to have that paper map when you’re lost and your phone has no reception.

2. Change and a few bills. Whether you’re the kind of person who gives money to people on the side of the road or you’re likely to have to pass a toll booth in your travels, having change and a few dollar bills on hand is always a good idea.

kia car3. A compact umbrella. This is a fact of life: it will rain at the most inconvenient time. If you have an umbrella, a little rain won’t get in your way.

4. A couple bottles of water. Put most of them in your trunk, but have one or two stashed in your Kia’s extra cup holders for when traffic stacks up or you have to wait on the side of the road.

5. Jumper cables. Not all new cars come with jumper cables. Many do, but if yours didn’t you’re going to want to go out and get a set. Not only will they save your car’s life if your battery dies (if you leave the dome light on all night, for example), but they give you the opportunity to be a Good Samaritan if you see someone else struggling with a dead car.

6. A roll of toilet paper. My sister-in-law always keeps a roll of toilet paper in her car, and it was a blessing when she was helping me move into my new apartment and we hadn’t done any grocery shopping yet. Plus, it will undoubtedly have plenty of other uses.

7. Granola bars. Keep a box of your favorite granola bars in your glove compartment or trunk. Why? Because going hungry in standstill, rush hour traffic is never a good idea.

8. Your registration. When it arrives in the mail, don’t just leave it on your kitchen table. Put it in your glove compartment. You might be a model driver, but that doesn’t mean you’ll never be pulled over.

9. A mini first aid kit. Even if you don’t anticipate ever getting carsickness or cutting your finger on the road, it’s better to be prepared than wanting in your time of need.

10. A spare phone charger. Especially if you commute to and from work, you’re going to want to be able to charge your phone at the beginning and end of each day—just don’t text and drive, okay?

11. A flashlight. LED is usually the best way to go—they use less battery and are therefore last much longer in your trunk or stuffed under the seat. They’ll also be your savior when you’ve dropped your phone under your seat or have lost an earring down the crevice between seats or especially when you have to change a tire in the dead of night.

12. Ice scraper and small shovel. Those who buy cars during the summer often forget these two essentials and don’t remember to buy them until their car is already buried in snow.

13. A package of sand or road salt. Not only can you use these two things to get traction if you’re stuck in a particularly icy or muddy spot, the weight of them in your trunk can help to prevent sliding and slipping on icy or snow roads.

14. A multi tool. At some point, you will probably need a pocket knife, a pair of pliers, or even a wire cutter. Having a tool that has all of these components is the best way to be prepared.

15. Hand wipes. My mother uses a hand wipe every time she gets into the car, especially after grocery shopping or walking around the mall. She’s a germaphobe, but that doesn’t mean that everyone should have some hand wipes in their car, just in case.

16. A pair of sunglasses. No matter the time of year, you’re probably going to be on the road just as the sun sinks into that perfect spot that is just barely eclipsed by your visors. A pair of sunglasses will ensure you can still see, even if it seems like the sun’s mission is to blind you.

17. A bag for trash. It could be a sandwich bag or a plastic shopping bag, or a trash bag—something to put straw wrappers and receipts and all the other detritus cars seem to accumulate throughout the week. Now, you won’t have to scoop everything up, it’ll be confined in a little bag you can just throw away.

18. A blanket. Just like you’ll want water and a snack if your car is sidelined on a summer day, you’ll want a blanket if your car breaks down in the winter. Also good for impromptu picnics.

19. Paper towels. The durable, garage version, not the flimsy kitchen version—for cleaning up spills and cleaning your hands after changing a tire.

20. Your owner’s manual. A surprising number of people take the owner’s manual out of their Kia. Don’t do it—it’ll tell you how to jump your car, replace a tire, and even just change the time on your radio clock.

Kia Buying Checklist

Buying a car and making sure it’s the right car can feel like a daunting task. When you buy a Kia from our lot, you’re guaranteed to get a great vehicle, but that doesn’t mean you’ll always get the right car for you every time. Here is a checklist to help you ensure you’re picking the perfect Kia for your needs:

1. Make a list of your car needs and wants. Needs are things that the vehicle absolutely must have. If you have four kids, you’ll need seating for four kids. Wants are the things that it would be nice for the vehicle to have, like a DVD player or advanced infotainment system. The wants can be further split into deal-breakers and non-deal-breakers.

kia for sale2. Bring your license and insurance information. We won’t be able to let you test drive any of our vehicles if we can’t see your driver’s license or insurance info. If you’re driving here in the car you already own, you’ll probably have both of these things already. If not, make sure to just slip them into your pocket before leaving.

3. Look at the brand models online. This is by no means necessary, but it can be a great way to narrow down your choices before you even come to our lot. If you look at the models online, you’ll be able to eliminate vehicles that don’t meet your needs and you’ll be left just with finding one that fits your wants. If you don’t have a good idea of what you want or need, coming to the lot and looking at every model is a good way to find out.

4. Ask to see the car’s features. You don’t have to be car-savvy to understand most of what makes a car good. Any of our salespeople will be able to tell you which mechanical features are important. Inside the car, even before you set out on a test drive, have the salesperson show you the radio, the infotainment system, and any other features that the car has. Some of our higher trim models will have unique features like lane alerts and automatic braking. Hearing about these features and any others the car has before you get out on the road enables you to give them more attention.

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5. Only drive models you are actually interested in buying. Some buyers come to our lot and want to test drive every single model. That’s great! We’re happy to oblige. However, we don’t want buyer to get frustrated because they’ve given themselves too many choices or overwhelmed because they’ve looked at too many vehicles. If you know that you want an SUV, there’s no point in test driving every single sedan on the lot, unless you realize that what you actually really need is a sedan, not an SUV.

6. Inspect the trunk. Looking at cargo space is vitally important, even if you don’t think you’re going to end up need to pack your car full very often. At some point you might want to move or help someone else move, and having the trunk space to do this can be great. If you regularly have to tote around large items, it is best to look for a Kia that has seats that fold down to give yourself more room or for one of our vehicles that is specifically designed to allow you to haul all your gear.

7. Sit in every seat. While you’ll probably do most of the driving, you’ll probably also have people sitting in the passenger and back seats. The comfort in those seats might not be nearly as important to you as the comfort of the driver’s seat, but it will be important to the people who have to regularly sit there. Is there enough leg room? Are the seats themselves comfortable? Are you able to move the seats? Are there enough seats for your family?

8. Get in and out of the car a few times. You want to make sure that you have enough clearance to get in and out of the car without banging your head and enough room to get your knees in without banging them on the steering wheel or on the dashboard. While you might fit in the car perfectly fine once you’re in, is getting in and out easy enough?

9. Check to see if the steering wheel and driver’s seat positions work for you. Most Kia vehicles come with plenty of adjustments, so it’s not difficult to find a position for the seat and steering wheel that works for you. You will want to make sure, before buying a car, that it is easy to get the seat into a position that allows you to see, reach the pedals, and reach the steering wheel, while sitting in the position that is most comfortable for you. Some people like to be closer to the wheel, while others like to have legs and arms fully extended.

10. Ask to try all different types of roads. You’ll want to see how the car handles on surface streets and on the highway. Every driver is different—some like more get-up-and-go, while others prefer a vehicle that eases to a stop and into motion again. Driving around just surface streets is usually not enough to really feel how a car drives.

Using this checklist as you drive is a great way to make sure that you find a vehicle that meets your needs. Don’t feel rushed or that you have to hurry through the process. You can always come back more than once if you need more time to decide or want to test drive more Kia vehicles!

Avoiding Lemons: How to Buy the Best Used Car

The best way to avoid buying a lemon is to avoid the lemon lot. Still, depending on where you’re shopping, it’s still possible to find a lemon on a used car lot, even if it’s surrounded by reliable, functional cars. One of the perks of shopping on our used car lot is knowing that all of those cars have been serviced and certified—so you’ll never buy a lemon. Here are some other ways you can make sure you’re not purchasing a very used car.

1. Ask to see the car’s history. It’s surprising how many people will buy a used car without asking to see its history. Every used car has a history, and even if the only thing on that car’s history is routine maintenance, at least you’ll know that whoever owned the car before you actually took care of it. If there is absolutely nothing on the car’s history report, that isn’t any reason to panic. Those reports only show what is actually actively reported on those numbers, so it’s unlikely they’ll have a record of every single thing that has ever happened to that car.

2. Look for damage. Some cars will come onto a used lot with a little bit of damage. They get discounted because they’re not in pristine shape. Sometimes, a car will show up on a used lot that looks pristine, but has actually been in a major accident. What’s wrong with having a car that’s been in a major accident? If it’s ever in one again, the occupants of that vehicle are more likely to be hurt, because the car’s frame may not have its original structural integrity. Evidence of repainting or uneven painting can be a good indication that the car has had massive body work done.

best used car3. Inspect the engine. Even if you’re not a car maintenance expert, you probably know what a clean, functional engine should look like. When you buy a vehicle from a used lot like ours, it will already have a maintenance check and be completely ready to go. If you’re not sure, you can always have it inspected again.

4. Check the mileage. Today’s cars are built to last and many will run perfectly smoothly even after 100,000 miles of asphalt. You’ll still want to take a look at the mileage. A two-year-old car that has hundreds of thousands of miles has probably been driven hard. This means it also should have had regular maintenance. If it hasn’t, you might want to stay away. However, an older car with low mileage probably means it didn’t see much action and will still have decades of good miles on it.

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5. Research used car prices. Once you’ve found a used car that you want to buy, ask for the make and model and model year and run a quick search for similar cars. You can probably get a good idea of what cars like that are being sold for in our area. A used car is almost always a better deal than buying a new car, but if you don’t check the prices yourself, you might not be getting as great of a deal as you otherwise would. Don’t be afraid to take a moment and step out to make sure that car is properly priced and the seller isn’t trying to sell a used car for more than its worth.

6. Look for out-of-state titles. If you’re not buying a car from a certified used car lot like the one at our Kia dealership, you will probably want to be wary of out-of-state titles. Sometimes, criminals will steal cars and then they will ship them across state lines, where it is more difficult for the police to track them. Some people will also submit a car for salvage, but the buyer will transport it into another state to sell it, instead, as crossing state lines can “wash” the title of that salvage indicator.

 7. Ask the dealership to run a warranty check. If you take the VIN to a dealership that sells the make of the car you want to buy and ask them to run the number for you, they should be able to tell you if any work has been done on that vehicle that was covered by the warranty. For example, if the engine, transmission, brakes, etc. have been replaced within the warranty period, this could tell you that the car has an issue with that component or just that the car has a new transmission, engine, brakes, etc.

8. Watch out for cars that have no record of regular maintenance. Some people simply do not take their cars in for regular maintenance. While this is fine when the car isn’t experiencing any problems, it can devastating in the long run. Regular fixes and tuning can prevent more serious problems from occurring in the future—which is when you are going to be driving this car. Most people save the receipts from their oil changes and checkups, so ask to see them.

9. Consider purchasing an extended warranty. If you’re purchasing a car that still has some of its warranty left, you may not want to extend your warranty quite yet. However, if you’re buying a car that is already out from its warranty, you might want to consider purchasing a new one or an extension to ensure that you can benefit from this program. If you purchase a Kia that is less than ten years old, you’re likely to still have plenty of time left on your warranty.

Graduating? Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Buy a Kia and How to Do It

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Graduating from college is a huge achievement! Even if you are going to go on and get a higher degree, this is the beginning of the rest of your life—real adulthood! Don’t let that scare you, adulthood is just as fun as college, and there are fewer rules. Right after graduating from college, buying a car is one of the biggest “adult” things that you can do.

Many graduates will put this off until they are much older, but the truth is that right now, when you are just starting your career and establishing your work habits, is the best time to buy a car, especially from a manufacturer like Kia that has the best warranties on the market and the best cars at the most reasonable prices. Here’s why now is the perfect time to buy a Kia and how to do it.

Why Now?

Why not now? Buying a car is intimidating. The prices listed online are high compared to any other purchase you’ve had to make—but remember, you are not paying the full price of the car outright. You are going to be making installment payments. Because you have to get a loan (the dealership will usually arrange one for you) in order to buy a car, you will be building credit, which is extremely important for a young person who is going to be trying to buy a house, apply for other loans, or obtain lines of credit in the near future.

Now is perfect time because right now is when you are starting the second stage of your life. You are no longer a student, you are now part of the workforce. Having your own car can be an asset as a busy professional. You are not confined to the schedules of public transportation and having your own mode of transportation makes it possible for you to run errands, go grab lunch, and even carpool with your coworkers.

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Kia offers great financing plans on reasonable priced vehicles. Especially if you are interested in a subcompact, you can find great options like the Kia Rio, that are extremely inexpensive and enable you to get on the road quickly and affordably—especially because great gas mileage comes along with smaller, lighter vehicles. Even if you do want a larger vehicle, Kia is still the best place to find the most cost-effective vehicles on the market.

How to Buy a New Car for the First Time

You might have accompanied parents on car buying trips in the past, and they might be accompanying you on your first car buying trip. It’s important to remember that every dealership is different and not every Kia dealership in NJ is going to have the same stock on their lot. Doing a little bit of research beforehand can help you find a dealership that either has exactly what you want or is willing to order it from another lot. Here are some tips to help you find the right car:

1. Think about what you will be using your car for. If you are just going to be commuting from home to work and running small errands around town, you will probably want a subcompact or a sedan. These can be as good for carpooling as they are for running errands and they have the best gas mileage out of all gas vehicles. However, if you are planning on needing to drive around more than three other people or are looking for a car that will take you on adventures, as well as to and from work, a crossover or SUV might be more ideal for your needs. Think about what your car will be used for and then carefully consider which vehicle will meet those needs.

2. Research warranties. As a young professional, the last thing you want to be worrying about is maintenance for your vehicle. That’s why Kia is a great option, no matter what kind of vehicle you decide you need. Kia has some of the best warranties on the market. This, paired with the low-maintenance promise of their vehicles, makes it easy and inexpensive to take care of your vehicle. While warranties won’t cover all repairs, whatever the warranty doesn’t cover, a good insurance policy should cover.

3. Look at the used lot, too. While buying a new car is usually the most popular choice for most new buyers, looking at the used lot may allow you to find a high quality car, in a recent model year, at a much lower price than you would have to pay for a new vehicle. When looking into buying a used car, it is extremely important to test drive the vehicle and research that exactly vehicle’s history. While not all people sell their cars back to the dealership because they have an issue, some people do, and you do not want to pick up a used car that will start causing you problems in a few months.

4. Go on lots of test drives. When you come to our New Jersey Kia dealership, we encourage our buyers to test drive any and all cars before they make any final decisions. We may even encourage you to test drive a model you had not considered, simply so you can compare it to the other models. Test driving will allow you to get a feel for the car and find the one that has the features that you like best.

Buying a car as a new graduate doesn’t have to be difficult. Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to find the ideal vehicle for you!

KIA MOTORS AMERICA STATEMENT ON TAKATA AIRBAG RECALL

KIA MOTORS AMERICA STATEMENT ON TAKATA AIRBAG RECALL

Kia vehicles do not use recalled Takata Corporation supplied airbags.

Customers looking for additional information on the Takata airbag recall can read below or visit:  http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/2014/Vehicle-owners-with-defective-airbags-urged-to-take-immediate-action

Vehicle owners can call our Safety Hotline: 1-888-327-4236

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags. Over seven million vehicles are involved in these recalls, which have occurred as far back as 18 months ago and as recently as Monday. The message comes with urgency, especially for owners of vehicles affected by regional recalls in the following areas: Florida, Puerto Rico, limited areas near the Gulf of Mexico in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Louisiana, as well as Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Hawaii.

“Responding to these recalls, whether old or new, is essential to personal safety and it will help aid our ongoing investigation into Takata airbags and what appears to be a problem related to extended exposure to consistently high humidity and temperatures. However, we’re leaving no stone unturned in our aggressive pursuit to track down the full geographic scope of this issue,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman.

Consumers that are uncertain whether their vehicle is impacted by the Takata recalls, or any other recall, can contact their manufacturer’s website to search, by their vehicle identification number (VIN) to confirm whether their individual vehicle has an open recall that needs to be addressed. Owners that have been contacted by their manufacturer should contact their dealer’s service department and make arrangements for the repair. In addition, consumers can sign up for NHTSA recall alerts, which go out before recall letters are mailed by the manufacturers to the affected owners.

7.8 Million Affected U.S. Vehicles, by Manufacturer, Impacted by CY 2013 and 2014 Recalls Involving Takata Airbags

Note: The list below corrects the list that accompanied our October 20 advisory, which incorrectly included certain vehicles. The numbers cited for potentially affected vehicles below are subject to change and adjustment because there may be cases of vehicles being counted more than once. Owners should check their VIN periodically as manufacturers continue to add VINs to the database. Once owner recall notices are available, owners can retrieve a copy from SaferCar.gov, or will receive one by U.S. mail and are advised to carefully follow the enclosed instructions.

BMW: 627,615 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2000 – 2005 3 Series Sedan
2000 – 2006 3 Series Coupe
2000 – 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon
2000 – 2006 3 Series Convertible
2001 – 2006 M3 Coupe
2001 – 2006 M3 Convertible

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Chrysler: 371,309 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2008 Dodge Ram 1500
2005 – 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
2006 – 2008 Dodge Ram 3500
2006 – 2008 Dodge Ram 4500
2008 – Dodge Ram 5500
2005 – 2008 Dodge Durango
2005 – 2008 Dodge Dakota
2005 – 2008 Chrysler 300
2007 – 2008 Chrysler Aspen

Ford: 58,669 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2004 – Ranger
2005 – 2006 GT
2005 – 2007 Mustang

General Motors: undetermined total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2005 Pontiac Vibe
2005 – Saab 9-2X

Honda: 5,051,364 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2001 – 2007 Honda Accord)
2001 – 2002 Honda Accord
2001 – 2005 Honda Civic
2002 – 2006 Honda CR-V
2003 – 2011 Honda Element
2002 – 2004 Honda Odyssey
2003 – 2007 Honda Pilot
2006 – Honda Ridgeline
2003 – 2006 Acura MDX
2002 – 2003 Acura TL/CL
2005 – Acura RL

Mazda: 64,872 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2007 Mazda6
2006 – 2007 MazdaSpeed6
2004 – 2008 Mazda RX-8
2004 – 2005 MPV
2004 – B-Series Truck

Mitsubishi: 11,985 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2004 – 2005 Lancer
2006 – 2007 Raider

Nissan: 694,626 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2001 – 2003 Nissan Maxima
2001 – 2004 Nissan Pathfinder
2002 – 2004 Nissan Sentra
2001 – 2004 Infiniti I30/I35
2002 – 2003 Infiniti QX4
2003 – 2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45

Subaru: 17,516 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2005 Baja
2003 – 2005 Legacy
2003 – 2005 Outback
2004 – 2005 Impreza

Toyota: 877,000 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2002 – 2005 Lexus SC
2002 – 2005 Toyota Corolla
2003 – 2005 Toyota Corolla Matrix
2002 – 2005 Toyota Sequoia
2003 – 2005 Toyota Tundra

When Is the Best Time to Buy a New Kia?

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Just about any time is a good time to buy a new Kia, but there are some times of year better for car shopping than others. With the wide variety of Kia vehicles to choose from, having enough time to fully review each car is essential, and the specific time of the year or month may reveal sales that can help mitigate the cost of buying a new car—even though Kia vehicles are already some of the most cost-effective on the market. Whether this is your first car buying experience or your tenth, here’s what you need to know about when to buy a new Kia vehicle:

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Shop During the Week

If you hate battling big crowds on a car lot, shopping during the week, instead of on the weekend, is always a good idea. Even our attentive staff can only help so many people at a time, especially if every shopper wants to test drive multiple cars. Most people shop during the weekends, but there are far fewer people on the buying lot on a week day. This means you are guaranteed individual and undivided attention—which is great for the thorough buyer who wants to test drive every vehicle before making a decision.

Quarterly Sales

Most manufacturers offer monthly or quarterly sales to help clear out “old” cars from the lot, in order to get newer models in. These “old” models aren’t actually old, they’ve just been on the lot for a few weeks or months. Manufacturers, in order to help get these vehicles off the lot and make way for new vehicles, will allow dealerships to make better deals or will have special sales in order to bring buyers onto the lot. This means an even better deal on a reasonably-priced Kia.

Last Year’s Car

Most manufacturers roll out their new models for the next year in the middle of the summer. For this year, that means new 2016s will start to appear in New Jersey Kia dealerships as early as July, but usually in August. This makes summer the perfect time to start looking for a car, as manufacturers become eager to get rid of those “old” 2015s. They will usually have some sort of out-going model sale that makes it possible to get a brand new Kia, at a much lower price than the “new” 2016s that will show up on the lot in a month or so.

While some buyers feel that shopping last year’s model (which is really this year’s model), will leave them with a limited supply, we can almost always find the exact vehicle you want, in the right trim and color, without too much trouble. Summer is almost unanimously believed to be the best time to buy a car, which is especially good for new graduates looking to buy their first car.

Watch for Special Sales

Every dealership is going to have its own special sales, discounts, or offers, on top of manufacturer discounts. If you’re looking for one of these deals, you’re going to have to pay attention to your favorite dealerships. They’ll usually advertise on their website or even by television commercial, but in reality, the best way to find out what promotions we’re running is to stop by the dealership. Sometimes, we have a special offer that we don’t widely advertise.

Don’t Rush into a Purchase Because of a Sale

The last thing you want to do is rush into a purchase just to take advantage of a time-sensitive sale. There will always be another sale or another offer. We want you to be absolutely sure that this vehicle is the right one for you before you make the decision to buy. One of the reasons it’s impossible to buy a car online (as much as some people would love that), is because you have to actually come down to the dealership and sit in and drive the car before you can really know whether or not it is the right one for you.

Shopping when there are fewer people on the lot can give you more time to experience the car and to think about whether or not it’s the right one for you. Weekdays and poor weather usually mean there will be fewer people on the lot. Even though summer is widely believed the best time to shop, many buyers will wait the extra month or two until the brand new model year vehicles are on the lot. If you don’t want the newest model year, or don’t really see any difference between the 2015 and the 2016, summer will be an especially good time for you to shop.

The Best Time for You

The best time for you to go car shopping is when you actually have time to go car shopping. Anyone who has tried to buy a new car knows that the process is, not by design but by necessity, time-consuming. Even if you know exactly which models you want to look at, you still have to look at all of them and take them for test drives. There’s then the decision process and signing. Prepping the car and getting you a temporary registration also takes some time.

All of this means that the best time to buy a car is when you have the time to go through the whole process. If a weekend is the only time you have a gap in your busy schedule, don’t worry! We are willing to work with you to get you into your brand new Kia!

Summer-izing Your Kia: How To

Summerize Your Kia

No matter where you and your Kia are going this summer or even if you’re just staying here in New Jersey, doing a little prep work before the heat and rain of summer arrives is always important. Summer means warmer weather and harsher weather. While your Kia is built to withstand even the harshest weather conditions, giving it an extra little attention before it arrives can mean a much smoother summer season. Here are some tips to make sure your Kia is as ready for summer as you are:

1. Check the cooling system.

As temperatures rise, your Kia will rely more and more on its cooling system. This means that you probably want to flush your cooling system and refill it before the danger of overheating becomes real. If you want to do this yourself, make sure that you do not take the cap off of your radiator until it and the engine is completely cool. Most Kia vehicles take a 50/50 split of antifreeze and water but check your user manual before refilling the coolant. If you don’t feel comfortable flushing and refilling your system, make sure to bring your Kia into our New Jersey maintenance team.

2. Change your oil and filter.

If you’re planning a road trip this year, it’s important to change your oil before you go. Oil should be checked and changed about every 3,000 miles, though higher quality oil and a high quality system can increase the number of miles your car can go it needs a check or a change. Changing your oil and filter is something that most people can do without professional help, however if you have any concern about what kind to use or if your car is due for a change, taking it into a professional is always a good option.

3. Clean your lights.

Even though summer means longer days and shorter nights, you’ll still want to make sure that your lights are clean and still functioning properly. When it’s dark, turn your lights on and get out of your car to check their brightness and cleanliness. If they are covered with bugs or dirt, give them a thorough cleaning with soapy water and a soft cloth. Additionally, if the lamps have become filmy, use a headlight abrasive to clear the composite off again. If one of the lights is dimming, replace it or have it replaced when you bring your vehicle in for maintenance.

4. Rotate or replace your tires.

Summer can be especially hard on tires. The heat and sunlight can blast a tire, stiffening the rubber and making it more susceptible to popping or shredding. If you have had the same tires for several years, it is time to rotate them or even get them replaced. You can check the tread on your own tires with a penny. Put the penny into the tread, with Lincoln’s head facing you and into the tread. If his head is covered, even just a little bit, you have enough tread. If not, it’s time for new tires.

5. Check your brakes.

All brakes in all vehicles are designed to wear out over time. If your feel your brakes shaking or wobbling when you step on the brake pedal, that is a good indication that you need new brakes. Additionally, if you can hear them squeal when you brake, this usually means it is time for new pads. Some Kia vehicles will even alert you when they need new rotors or brake pads. Even a small problem can quickly bloom into a very large and costly one, so have any brake issues checked and corrected immediately.

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6. Check your battery.

Like with your brakes, if you are having a problem with your battery, your Kia will likely let you know. If you want to check it before going on a long driving trip, take your vehicle into a maintenance center and have them test it with a voltmeter. If you do not believe that your battery needs professional attention, summer is the perfect time to make sure that your vehicle’s battery leads are correctly attached to the battery. When the car is off, scrape any corrosion off of the posts and connectors. Clean the battery and the connections, and then retighten them, to ensure a good connection.

7. Replace your windshield wipers.

Just as winter cold can stiffen your windshield wipers and make them useless, summer heat can make them too pliable or dry out the rubber, making them crack and break. When the monsoons hit, you will want fresh windshield wipers to keep your windshield clear and your driving safe. Also, make sure that your windshield wiper fluid is filled. With higher winds, dust, dirt, and road grease, you will want plenty of fluid to help keep your windshield clean and clear.

8. Check your air conditioning system.

Summer is the worst possible time for your air conditioning system to fail. Your car may let you know about any issues with your air filters, but having them checked out and replaced, as well as having the entire system checked, is a great way to make sure that even if you want to drive across country in the blistering heat of summer, you’ll have a reliable air conditioning system the entire way.

Getting your Kia ready for summer doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult. Even if you are not planning to take your vehicle out of the state this summer, make an effort to prepare your car for the summer heat and you’ll ensure a longer, happier life for your car and a safer driving experience for you.

15 Things All Parents Should Have in Their Kia

Depending on how much your child likes to ride in the car—some kids start wailing the moment they see a car seat, while others love the adventure that goes along with hopping in a car—driving your kids around can be a little stressful.

If your family is anything like my family is, you might spend long hours in a car driving to grandma and grandpa’s every summer. In order to make these road trips (or even just running errands around town) easier, we have a list of fifteen things every parent should put in their Kia.

1. Blankets

Naps. Need we say more?

2. Towels

Again, the utility of having towels on hand is self-explanatory, but most new parents are not prepared for just how destructive a spilled cup of soda can be on carpet and upholstery. The best solution is to have towels ready to sop up anything that spills as soon as it spills. And because young kids are prone to carsickness, having a few towels around to mop up any accidents is a great idea.

3. Wet wipes or baby wipes

Even if your kids are beyond the diaper and bathroom accidents stage, wet wipes or baby wipes are still an essential to keep on hand. Nothing cleans hands faster, and they can even be used to clean smudges off of dashboards or sanitize something if you’re in a pinch.

4. A diaper bag

While you might have a diaper bag that you carry around on a regular basis, there’s nothing wrong with having a backup that always stays in the car. This makes sure you never run out of diapers, wipes, bottles, and maybe even a spare set of clothes, just in case a real disaster occurs.

5. An umbrella

Not only will you be happy you have an umbrella in the car when you get caught in a rainstorm on the way to the store, you child will be grateful you remembered an umbrella just for him, when it really starts to come down. While most kids don’t mind playing in the rain, if you want to keep your car clean and dry, having an extra umbrella that never leaves the car is the best way.

6. Toys

If your kids get upset when they don’t have a stuffed animal but are prone to forgetting to bring theirs along, having a spare that stays in the car is a good way to tide them over until they can get home to their favorite toy. Plus, your kids might find something fun in the concept of having toys that they only get to play with when they’re in the car.

7. Hats

If yours is an active family that likes to stop and see the sights or get out and hike, making sure you have a spare visor or hat in the car is a great way to prevent sunburn and the crankiness that can come along with it. Whether you’re headed to the beach or are just driving to grandma’s make sure there’s a hat tucked in the trunk of your Kia.

8. An escape tool

While it’s unlikely that you will ever have to use it, having a seatbelt cutter and window breaking tool in your car is still essential. While you might be able to get out of your seatbelt quickly, you might not be able to undo the car seat buckles as quickly. This means that you need a tool that will not only help you get out of your car faster, but also gives you a way to make your own escape route, if you need one, should be a part of every parent’s Kia kit.

9. Extra sun screen

You never know when you might need some! Keeping it in the car is the best way to make sure that you have plenty of sun screen no matter where you are or where you’re going.

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10. Hand sanitizer

Like baby wipes, keeping hand sanitizer in your car is a great way to keep everyone’s hands clean. Whether you just came in from the store and want to clean off any germs he might have picked up from the cart or doors, or you’re road-tripping and want an easy way to clean hands before a meal, hand sanitizer is the way to go.

11. Water bottles

Research suggests that you shouldn’t just leave plastic water bottles in your car, as the bottles themselves can break down and contaminate the water, having some safe plastic or metal water bottles on hand, that can be filled at a sink or water fountain, can keep your kids hydrated.

12. Tissues

Whether they have a runny nose, a bloody nose, a crying fit, or some other unplanned mishap in the car, keeping a pack of tissues in the jockey box or trunk ensures you always have something to wipe the odd nose or hand, if need be.

13. An extra set of clothes for the whole family

Rolled up and stowed in a bag under a seat, you can fit an extra change of clothes for every member of the family easily into your car. If someone has an accident (or everyone has an accident), you have the perfect stop-gap.

14. Snacks

Unless you are going to keep MREs in your Kia (not recommended), there are no snacks that will be good indefinitely, but there are things like granola bars and trail mix that will stay good for a few months.

15. First aid kit

Nothing is more essential for driving or traveling with kids than a first aid kit, especially one that contains anti-motion sickness medicine, baby aspirin, and Band-Aids. It’s always better to be prepared than to have to stop at every gas station until you find one that sells Band-Aids.