10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a New Car

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Buying a new car is exciting! The entire car shopping experience can be a whirlwind, and unlike other purchases that can be returned after fourteen days if you changed your mind about the item, you usually cannot simply return your car to the dealership if you change your mind about that vehicle. This means that you want to be very, very sure that you are making the right decision when you buy your car. Here are the ten questions you should ask yourself before you buy your new car:

1. What am I willing to pay for a car? Before you even step foot in a dealership, you should already have an idea of what you can afford. Knowing what your budget is can help the salespeople in that dealership show you the right vehicles and help you pick a financing plan that is right for you. You can think about this both in the terms of monthly payments and the overall price of the car. Can you afford a $400 per month car payment? Would you prefer to stay under $300? Again, make these decisions before you start test driving.

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2. What is the most I can pay for a car? This question is slightly different from the previous question. There is often a difference between the prices displayed on a manufacturer’s website and the prices posted in the windows of the actual vehicles on the lot. You might think you would be paying around $20,000 for a vehicle and then show up and find the vehicle you want to buy is actually $25,000. Are you willing to pay more in order to get the vehicle that you really want, even if it means a longer loan term or a higher per month payment?

3. Where am I going to be able to get this car serviced? Like most people, you probably want to take your car back to the dealership in order to get it serviced. Is there a dealership near your home? Is there a service station conveniently located? While this may seem trivial when you are first purchasing your car, it can be a huge inconvenience when you actually need to have your vehicle repaired. Buying from a brand that doesn’t have a dealership near you might not always be a great idea.

4. Am I willing to pay these fees? Most cars purchases come along with a number of fees. If you look at the sticker on the window, you will see a long list of fees that you will have to pay, on top of the price of the car. If you pay attention to what these fees are, you might find some that the dealership is willing to remove (along with the service related to those fees).

5. Is this the car I want to be driving in five years? You might be buying a car with the full intention of trading it in on a new vehicle three years from now. It is more likely, however, that you are buying this vehicle in order to drive it until it no longer works. It can be tempting to buy a trendy vehicle in a bright color, but you will want to think critically about whether or not that car is going to stand the test of time. You might love it now, but will you still love it in five years?

6. Does this car make me happy? Can a car make you happy? Of course it can! When you find the right car, you will fall in love. It has all of the features you need, at a price you can afford. Before jumping in and buying anything, make sure that the car you have selected makes you happy. When making a big purchase like this, you shouldn’t settle.

7. Am I going to negotiate? There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking the dealership if this is the very best price that they can offer you. Most salespeople are more than willing to haggle with you a little bit. You want to buy the car, they want to sell you the car—most of the time, they are willing to compromise in order to get you to make a purchase. If they aren’t willing to negotiate, however, you need to decide whether you are going to walk away or just meet their terms.

8. Am I going to test drive? The answer to this question should always be yes. Do not buy a vehicle until you have test driven it. How else are you going to know if it drives how you want it to drive?

9. Does this warranty work for me? When you buy from brands like Kia, you are probably getting a stellar warranty that makes it possible for you to get just about any issue fixed, free of charge, for years down the road. However, other brands do not offer warranties that are as comprehensive. Ask yourself whether or not this warranty really covers what you need it to cover, before you put any money down on that vehicle.

10. Does this car need any aftermarket add-ons? Back in the day before cruise control came standard on just about every vehicle, my little sister paid to have it adding on after she purchased the car. In hindsight, it might have been better to go up a trim level and not have to deal with a quirk aftermarket cruise control system. Carefully consider what you are willing to deal with and whether paying a little more to have it standard on the vehicle is worth your money and time.

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.

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!

The 8 Best All-American Road Trips For Your Kia

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School is just starting to let out, which makes now the perfect time to start thinking about road trip destinations. If you are looking for a road trip packing list or how to get your Kia vehicle ready for the long-term adventure that is a road trip, check out our other blog posts. If your Kia is clean, outfitted, and had its spring checkup, you are ready to choose your route and hit the open road. Here are just eight of the best all-American road trips—some that start in New Jersey and some that might need a pre-road trip adventure before the trip itself can actually begin:

1. See the East Coast.

Start out in Ashbury Park and head south on the Garden State Parkway. Weave your way down the coast towards Outer Banks in North Carolina and don’t forget to stop and see Cape May, and The Claridge Hotel. Before you leave New England, make sure to stop at the Shipwreck Museum in Delaware, and then take the US 13 into Virginia. If you’ve got kids along or just love marine life, there’s the Aquarium and Marine Science Center in Virginia, which is always great fun. Once you get to North Carolina, check out the barrier islands and the location of Wright Brothers’ first flight in Kitty Hawk.

2. Cross the country.

If you’ve never driven across the entire United States, this summer might just be the perfect time. New Jersey is a great starting point, and how long the entire trip takes you really depends on how many things you want to stop and see. The best road trips are flexible—you can stop and get out and visit that weird little museum you just saw a sign for or stop and eat at a dodgy, but busy, diner on the side of the highway. If you do decide to drive across the entire country, consider heading southwest, instead of making the shortest trip across the northern states. Once you leave Ohio, cities will be few and far between, but if you head south, truck stops and highway pullouts are better equipped for long-term travelers.

3. New Jersey to New Orleans.

While you can get to New Orleans after you’ve finished seeing the East Coast, you can also make a more direct line for this party city, making stops in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Mississippi before hitting Louisiana. There are few things as American as the bourbon you can find in Kentucky or the Mississippi River. You’ll see the some of the country’s greatest rural areas, as well as some of the most up and coming cities in the South. Stop by Nashville or Memphis for some music history before continuing on for some Cajun cuisine.

4. Experience the best of the American west.

If you’ve only ever visited California, you’re missing out. After the hustle and bustle of the East Coast, there’s nothing more amazing than the wide open spaces you can find in any state along the Rocky Mountains. Once you’ve made it to Texas, start winding your way through New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. Most of your roadside attractions will be geological attractions or remains of ancient civilizations. There’s nothing better than western sun during the summer!

5. Tour the state parks of the east.

If you are looking for a great family road trip, this is definitely the one. The kids will love exploring the outdoors and the promise of being able to get up and walk around in the fresh air after driving for hours can make even the longest drives of your trip bearable. Start with Arcadia in Maine, and then weave your way through the east, stopping at Biscayne, Congaree Swamp, Cuyahoga Valley, Dry Tortuga, the Great Smoky Mountains, and ending up at the Everglades. There will plenty of nature and wildlife to admire and after purchasing an unlimited yearly or lifetime pass, entrance to all of these parks will be free!

6. Tour the lighthouses.

If you go north, instead of south, from New Jersey, you’ll find yourself in lobster and lighthouse country. If you take whichever highways and side roads keep you close to the coast, you’ll be able to see the lighthouses from the street, so you’ll know where to pull off and explore. Try to hit some in the early morning while the fog is rolling in and others in the afternoon to experience the restaurants and fishing villages that usually accompany these lighthouses. Some will be open for visits, others won’t, but they’ll all be fun! Mystic, Connecticut is a good place to “start,” ending up in Bar Harbor, in Maine.

7. Experience true southern barbecue.

If you’d like to have a real impetus to keep moving, why not make food your goal? The south is full of delicious barbecue, and if you start in South Carolina and take the “trail” west towards Texas, you’ll be able to experience every variety that the country has to offer. You might want to keep your favorite breed of barbecue to yourself, however, because South Carolinians and Texans alike are fiercely defensive of their flavor, cooking method, and presentation.

8. Go where the wind takes you.

This road trip is only for the truly adventurous at heart, who don’t mind getting a little lost and flying by the seat of their pants. Instead of planning a specific route, why not just get in your Kia and drive? If you’ve made the proper preparations, you don’t have to worry about the destination. Flip a coin when it comes time to decide which way to turn. Let each person in the car have a turn to decide which way to go or where to stop. Just make sure that you aren’t so lost that you can’t get back home when the trip is over.

Looking at a Chevy Cruze? Try a Kia Optima, Rio, or Forte

Kia Forte Vs Chevy Cruze

It would be ridiculous to say that Kia is the only company that makes high-quality cars. You already know that there are plenty of other manufacturers that put serious time and detail into their vehicles. If we didn’t believe other brands made great cars, we wouldn’t buy them off of our customers and sell them on our used lot. We also find, however, many buyers come to Burlington Kia and Turnersville Kia wanting to know how our vehicles compare to another brand’s and why they should choose ours instead of another brand’s.

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If you’ve stopped by Chevy’s webpage or their lot to look at their sedans and compacts, here is a detailed comparison of Kia’s models of the same size and in the same price range.

Kia Optima vs. Chevy Cruze

The Cruze does start off at a lower price point, though Chevy’s basic “LS” model does lack some of the features that Kia’s basic package on the Optima will offer. For example, cruise control is not available in the lowest trim options for the Cruze, but is standard on all Optima trims, even the most basic version. In order to get some of the more basic features with Chevy, you will have to bump up to the second or third trim, which puts the prices of this vehicle on par with the Optima.

There’s also something to be said, we think, for a company that offers its buyers a standard trim package that puts their vehicle in the 21st Century. Both Chevy and Ford remove cruise control and power windows from many of their lower trim packages and require the buyer to bump up to the next highest trim in order to get those necessary features.

The Optima also has more color choices to choose from, both for the exterior and interior of the vehicle. While Chevy is always expanding their color options, Kia now has more options for the buyer looking for a specific color, both inside and outside the vehicle.

Chevy does beat Kia when it comes to gas mileage, due to the Eco-Boost engines, but these engines are not standard in the Cruze, which means that the car you will likely be purchasing will not have the advertised 42 combined mpg, but will instead have fuel economy more in the low 30s. The Optima has a combined 27 mpg, which isn’t Kia’s best mileage, but will definitely help you save at the pump compared to many other vehicles.

Kia Rio vs. Chevy Cruze

Like the Optima, the Kia Rio has Cruze beat when it comes to what’s included in a standard package. While the Rio is technically a compact, which some people would think doesn’t necessarily put it in the same category, it is comparatively sized and priced, which makes it a great alternative for buyers who come to our lot looking for something similar to the Cruze.

Where the Rio has Chevy beat is both in price and combined MPG. The Rio starts at just under $14,000, which makes it the ideal option for someone looking for a functional little sedan for running errands or commuting. Because its starting price is so low, many buyers choose to spring for a higher trim package, which makes this car even more functional, including benefits like a backup camera and an even more powerful engine.

The Kia Rio also offers 37 highway mpg and incredible safety ratings, which makes it a great buy, despite what other vehicles you might be looking at. The Rio is definitely one of Kia’s best values, and especially for first-time car buyers who are wary of locking themselves into car payments for the long-term, this lower-priced option can be a great way to get a beautiful, reliable vehicle (with one of the best warranties on the market), without having to get financing for $25,000.

Kia Forte vs. Chevy Cruze

In between the Rio and the Optima in Kia’s lineup is the Forte. Starting just shy of $16,000, this compact car is often the first our salespeople will point out when someone tells us they’ve been over to Chevrolet and seen the Cruze. They start out at similar prices and have many of the same features. Of course, like all Kia cars, the basic trim package will have more of the most essential features than Chevy’s L or LS trim can provide for the Cruze.

A combined 31 mpg put the Forte nose to nose with the Cruze when it comes to gas mileage, and while there are limited color options for the Forte, most buyers find that they can find a paint color they like, especially if they choose the EX trim (which has far more options than the LX).

The Bottom Line

It’s important to shop around when you are looking for a car. If you’ve settled on a sedan, you are probably looking at all of the sedans that both we and our competitors offer. It’s important to remember that while shopping around is great, you shouldn’t let flashy deals blind you to the aspects of car buying that are actually important. For reliable, beautiful vehicles, Kia is definitely one of the best options. We have a wide variety of sedans and compacts to choose from that are competitively priced, so it’s easy to get the car you want.

Every brand’s selection of vehicles will have their own positive and negative aspects. We think that Kia is the best not only because of their high-quality cars, but also because of the excellent warranties they offer their drivers. So, if you’ve looked at the Chevy Cruze, it’s time to stop by our New Jersey Kia dealership and see the Optima, Rio, and Forte.

Summer-izing Your Kia: How To

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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.

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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.

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.

Why Spring Is the Perfect Time to Buy a Kia

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The groundhog might have said six more weeks of winter, and though we just had our “Snowmageddon 2015,” spring is right around the corner. Here at Kia Dealers NJ, we are getting ready to open up a new facility for the Burlington Kia Store and are starting our spring cleaning process, just like most of you are. Spring is a great time to buy a new car, especially at our New Jersey Kia dealership. If you are looking for a new car, here are eight reasons you should buy a Kia this spring.

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1. Easier to get the model you want.

The new 2016 models will start rolling onto our lots in late summer, and early fall. If there is a 2015 that you are in love with, spring is the perfect time to buy one, before they start to be pushed out by newer models. Each model year brings slight changes to the style, color options, and technology available in our Kia vehicles, so if you want a 2015 model, spring is the perfect time to buy.

2. You’ll have your tax refund in hand.

Having a little bit of extra cash in the bank can make it easier to get the vehicle that you want. Once you find the car that you love, you won’t have to worry about whether or not you can make the down payment. Your tax refund may be more than enough to cover that down payment, or at least offset it. And because we have great financing options, after-tax season is a great time to make a car purchase.

3. A Kia makes a great graduation present.

With financing options and individualized payment plans, buying a Kia vehicle is now more affordable than ever. Many parents at least want to help their graduate buy a car, as a reward for completing either high school, university, or a post graduate degree. A car can help that child move into the next stage of his or her life, and a Kia is a great investment in that future. Kia offers the best warranties and protection programs out of any other manufacturer, and all of the models are built to last. It’s the most worry-free car purchase you can make. You’ll be secure knowing that even if something does go wrong, that car is covered.

4. Shopping early has its advantages.

Most people save their car buying for the summer or fall, as those new models hit the lot. While this is great if you want one of those new models, shopping early in the year does have its advantages. Kia vehicles are loaded with new technology ever year, but if you’re not interested in having a touch screen navigation system in your vehicle, shopping early in the year will mean being able to find a more basic model, before all of the older models are cleared off the lots to make room for the newer ones.

5. More attention from our salespeople.

Because more people shop during the summer and fall months, for those who hate shopping on a crowded lot or have lots of questions and need lots of help when picking a Kia, shopping during the spring definitely has its benefits. Fewer people on the lot means less competition for you—you don’t have to worry about that other couple who’s looking at the same Optima. While we always try to give each person our undivided attention, with fewer shoppers, the entire buying process will be faster and more convenient for you during the summer.

6. Break in the car before winter.

One of the disadvantages of buying a car in winter is having to spend those first months driving in the year’s most dangerous conditions. When you buy in spring, you have almost a full year before any snow falls, which gives you plenty of time to learn your Kia’s quirks and get used to how your particular model behaves, before you have to deal with any real inclement weather.

7. Great time to buy used.

The winter usually brings an influx of used vehicles onto our lot, as individuals trade in their old cars to offset the cost of buying a new car for the Christmas season. That means, come spring, our used showroom will be ripe for the picking. Especially when you shop at our New Jersey Kia dealership, you’ll find high-quality used vehicles—all year long, yes, but especially in the spring. If you want to buy a new car, but don’t want a “new” car, spring is great for shopping used.

8. Less expensive.

If you buy a car at the beginning of winter, you will also usually have to buy a set of snow tires and make sure that your vehicle is fully outfitted for the onset of winter—which can be expensive. On the other hand, if you buy during the spring, you usually don’t have to buy any extra accessories, until the end of the year. You’ll already have brand new windshield wipers (because the car is brand new) and you won’t need snow tires for at least eight months.

Buying a car is a big decision, whether you can pay cash, or whether you choose our most flexible payment plans. Kia endeavors to make the decision as easy as possible, by making sure that their cars have the guarantees and warranties to cover just about everything. Spring should be a time of new things and new experiences; buying a Kia is a great way to gain mobility in your life, without the worry that usually comes along with car buying.

Why Coming to the Dealership is Better than Shopping for Your Kia Online

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Most people start their car buying process online, looking at the Kia website in order to find their new car. While the internet is a great place to start, especially if you want to narrow down the list of cars you want to see to ones in your price range and that have the features that you want, coming to the Kia dealership is always the best way to really get a good idea of which Kia is right for you. Here’s why:

1. Test drives

Test driving is really the only way you can be sure you’ve found the right car for you. Looking at the car online is one thing, but you won’t really know how it looks and feels until you’re actually sitting in the car. You may love how a car looks, but if you’re not a fan of how it drives, it’s not the right car for you. And the only way you can really make this determination is by driving it. Additionally, the models on the Kia website are not always the same models that we have on the lot. Each car on our lot comes with unique features and trims.

2. In-person consultations

One of the biggest benefits of coming into our dealership is talking to one of our staff. While you might have a good idea in your head about what kind of Kia you want, our salesmen are trained to listen to what you want in a car and present the make and model that best fits your needs. On occasion, we’ll have someone come onto the floor who is sure that they want an SUV, but ends up walking away with a sedan. Because our staff have intimate knowledge of our cars, they’re more able than a website to help you find the exact right vehicle.

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3. Find cars in your price range

The price that’s listed on Kia’s website is rarely the price that you’ll find at the dealership. We often have our own sales and specials that can make finding the right car even more affordable. And you can’t haggle with a website. You can haggle with us (though we don’t think you will need to). We know that your goal is to find a great car that’s well within your budget, whether you’re looking to buy or lease. While both the main Kia website and our website can give you a good idea of what a vehicle might cost, only when you come to the dealership can we give you a firm number.

4. See what’s feasible

We’re lucky in New Jersey, to never be too far from the things that we need or want. In some places, the cars that they have on the lot are the only cars that the customers can choose from. If we don’t have the right car, in the right trim or in the right color, we will find it for you. We can usually find just about any color and trim and get it to our dealership in a couple of days.

5. More relevant information

While the website will give you plenty of great information about the gas mileage and the engine, when actually looking at cars, one of our staff can tell you about all the other features of that particular make and model. For example, if you want a car with a great stereo system or a quiet ride, actually seeing the car in person and talking to a salesman that really knows those cars is the only way to find one that really fits your criteria.

6. Fewer compromises

The Kia website can only show you a very narrow set of vehicles. In reality, the range of vehicles that come to our showroom and to our lot are diverse and are designed to appeal to a wide variety of buyers. This huge variety to choose from means you don’t have to compromise a great sound system for a quiet ride or more trunk space for a roomier cabin. While we do list all of our cars online, the only way to really see what we have in our showroom and on the lot is to visit us in person.

7. Pictures rarely do the car justice

Even if you’ve already honed in on the exact vehicle or vehicles you want to drive, coming to our Kia dealership can seal the deal. We love working both with customers who aren’t sure what they want and with those that know exactly what they want. If you’ve spent a little bit of time looking at the cars online, it’s still a good idea to come and sit in and test drive them. You won’t get to see all of the little features and quirks of a car until you’re talking with a knowledgeable salesman and physically sitting in the car.

8. Financing and payment plans

Again, there are online calculators that will help you estimate your monthly costs for a specific vehicle, but only when you’re ready to buy, sitting in our showroom can we tell you what your financing options and payment schedule could look like. There are many factors that go into your financing options and payment schedule, and discussing them in person is always the best policy, especially if you want to get a great price and a reasonable payment schedule.

Some people like to do as much car shopping online as they can before coming into our dealership. Others try to cut the dealership out altogether! We still believe that actually coming to our showroom is the best way to get the right car at the right price.

How to Get Your Kia Ready for Spring

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Winter can take a toll on your vehicle, which can extend into spring, if you don’t take a little bit of time to prepare your car for warmer weather. While it may feel that winter is still in full swing here in New Jersey, it will be spring before we know it, and that means it’s time to start thinking about how to get your Kia ready for the warmer temperatures. Here are our ten tips for preparing your Kia for spring.

1. Defend against road salt and other ice-melting chemicals.

In order to keep our cars from sliding all over the road during the winter, the state usually puts down sand, salt, or liquid ice melt in order to help keep the roads from icing over. While this is great for driving, it’s not so great for the metal and composite materials every car is made from. As the weather warms up and there’s less chance that there’s going to be more of these chemicals on the road, thoroughly wash the underbody of your car, just to make sure all of those chemicals, which can aid in rust and erosion, are removed.

2. Give it a spring cleaning.

Winter is a great time to track things in and out of your Kia, from snow to mud to sidewalk salt. Your Kia’s interior has probably taken a beating over the season, and because winter isn’t exactly the best time to get out and vacuum your vehicle or take it through the carwash, now is the time. Vacuum up any debris, clean out the jockey box and side containers, and give everything a wipe down with some glass cleaner. Then, take your car through the car wash or do a detailed hand wash to remove road grime.

3. Check your tires.

Winter is probably the worst season for tires. Sand or gravel on the road can wear down your tread faster than normal driving. As temperatures warm up, the air in your tires will start to expand, which means that they may become over-full. The ideal tire pressure for your Kia vehicle will be in the owner’s manual. Make sure your tires are neither too full nor too empty, and rectify the problem, if one exists. If your tires have worn down over the winter season, it might be time to consider getting new tires for your car.

4. Check your wipers.

Most wiper blades are not made to survive more than a year or so. The cold of the winter and the heat of the summer can dry out and crack the rubber of the wiper, making them ineffective. Spring usually brings plenty of rain to our area, and that means you’re going to want a new set of wiper blades if yours are worn out or damaged from a long winter of use. You don’t want to find out during our first big rain storm that they are no longer capable of keeping the rain off of your windshield.

5. Make sure your fluids are topped off.

If you haven’t taken your Kia in for its yearly oil change, now is the time. You can call our service department and set up and appointment for a checkup, oil change, and to top off your fluids. Winter temperature and weather can cause a car to work overtime, meaning that many of your fluids may be depleted after this season.

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6. Check your battery.

Winter is also the worst season for your battery. The cold can really suck the life out of battery. Just because it’s warming up a little bit doesn’t mean that you can just forget about your battery. If you have a voltmeter, use it to check your battery and ensure that it’s still putting out enough power. If it’s not, you might want to have your Kia checked to ensure the alternator is working properly or if you just need a new battery for the upcoming year.

7. Replace your air filter.

Your air filter is one of the most integral parts of your engine, preventing dust and unwanted substances from clogging up your cylinders. They make sure that your Kia gets the best gas mileage and no matter how well you take care of your car, your air filter will start working less effectively over the years. Spring time is a great time replace your air filter, as spring winds will likely mean there is more dust and pollen in the air, that you don’t want to get into your engine.

8. Check your radiator.

The cap on your radiator should fit snugly, in order to ensure proper pressure in your cooling system. Spring is the perfect time to make sure that your radiator’s cap is still working properly and that your cooling system has the proper pressure. Another cap you should check is your gas cap. If it doesn’t have a snug fit, you’re going to be wasting gas and killing your gas mileage, as plenty of that fuel will just be vaporizing, instead of being utilized.

9. Flush your cooling system.

If you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself, you can always bring your Kia into our service department and we will do it for you. Flushing your cooling system and refilling it will help to prevent rust and get rid of any sediment that may have collected in the system over time. If you’re not sure what kind of coolant to use or the proper ratio of coolant to water, make sure to check your owner’s manual.

10. Check your spark plugs.

Spark plugs take a beating, especially during the winter. The variation in temperature and the increased driving that most people do in the winter can put strain on your spark plugs. If they are dirty, you might not be getting the best firing, and therefore you are wasting fuel. Check and make sure they are clean and ready for use.

Top Ten Reasons Kias Are Great for New Drivers

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The day has come, your little guy or gal is turning sixteen, and it’s time to start looking into getting them a car. While it might seem, at first, that buying your teenager a car is an unnecessary gift, if they have a car of their own, they’re able to get themselves and their friends around town, they can run errands for you, and when you’re tired of driving, your teen will likely be more than happy to take the wheel of their very own car. Driving is a responsibility and a privilege, and if you’re nervous about allowing your teenager to have his very own car that he can zip around town in, you’ll find comfort in buying him a Kia. Here are the top ten reasons Kia cars are great for new drivers.

1. Advanced safety features.

Every Kia is equipped with top-of-the-line safety features that makes driving much, much safer. Even if your new driver is the safest person on the road, you have to plan for the recklessness and inattention of other drivers. This is where a Kia comes in. With advanced safety features, your new driver will not only be protected if they make a mistake, but also if other drivers makes a mistake. There are also a number of features that just makes driver safer overall, like lights that turn with the road and a parking assist system.

2. Excellent safety ratings.

Again, your new driver might never be the cause of a crash—but that doesn’t mean they will never get in one. New drivers, especially, might not know what to do in the event of a crash, but that’s why Kia is equipped with some of the most advanced safety systems. Kia cars are built to take the energy of a crash. Protecting the driver is the first priority, and that’s what you want when you’re looking for a car for a loved one.

3. Stylish exteriors.

Let’s face it, your kid wants a car that is as stylish as it is functional. He or she doesn’t want to be cruising around town in a dump—they want to look cool. You’re in luck when you buy a Kia. Whether you opt for an SUV or a compact sedan, you are sure to find a car that they love the look of, just as much as you love the safety features.

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4. Stylish interiors.

Again, your kid wants something cool, as well as functional. Kia cars are expertly styled and extremely functional, with enough cup holders for everyone to enjoy a soda, as well as an intuitive design that puts everything your teen needs right at her fingertips. She won’t be fumbling for the radio or the climate control in a Kia, they are right where she expects them to be, so she doesn’t have to take her eyes off the road. While having a “cool” car might not be as high on your list for your new driver as having something safe and reliable, some cars can do both.

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5. Great fuel efficiency.

One of the biggest benefits of purchasing a Kia is the exceptional fuel efficiency—that means that having your teen run errands or get himself to and from school is going to be far less expensive than if you bought from another brand. Adding another gas bill to your budget might be daunting, but when you purchase a Kia, you don’t have to budget that much per month to keep his tank full.

6. Excellent warranties.

Another great reason to choose Kia is the range of great warranties offered on all of their vehicles. These warranties far outstrip those offered by any other brand, making most issues during those first five to ten years of driving not really that big of deal. This is a great program for drivers who might still be learning the ropes and for whom a little trouble is inevitable.

7. Reliable.

When purchasing a car for a new driver, how reliable that car is should play a major factor in your purchasing decision. Having an unreliable car is a problem for any driver, but particularly for a new one. Plus, if this car is for your teenager, you will feel much better about letting them drive on their own when you know that their car is not going to break down on them on their way to school. Having a reliable vehicle is vital, and Kia makes some of the most reliable cars on the road.

8. Advanced technology.

If your new driver is tech savvy and wants to take as much advantage of their smartphone and apps as possible, a Kia is a great choice. Many models allow you to wirelessly connect a smartphone to the entertainment system, allowing the driver to play their own music stored on the phone or even use apps like Pandora in order to play whatever they want, whenever they want. The advanced technology, of course, ranges beyond the entertainment system, with advanced sensors and alerts that let you know immediately if something is wrong with your vehicle.

9. Affordable.

You don’t want to pay more than you have to for a safe, reliable, stylish vehicle. You’ll find that compacts like the Kia Rio start as low as $14,000, making them an extremely affordable choice when it comes to purchasing a car for a young person. Even a larger car like a Sportage will be less expensive than most sedans from other brands.

10. Great standard features.

One of the roadblocks most new car buyers find when purchasing a car is that brands start off with a very basic model that has almost no features—some may not even have power windows! Every Kia comes with a wide variety of features standard on all of their vehicles, so you don’t have to spend thousands more than you intended to, just to get the features you need.

Why Is My Car Shaking?

Why Is My Car Shaking?  This is a very common question among car owners.

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The good news is that your Kia is going to last you decades if you take good care of it. The bad news is that at some point during those decades of driving your Kia, you are probably going to encounter some shaking. No matter how careful you are, your car is still a car, with lots of moving parts, and eventually, those parts are going to wear down and need replacing.

Because you can’t see most of your car’s most active parts (they’re hidden by your wheels and by the hood), you might not even realize that they are worn down. Shaking, whether during driving or braking, is a good indicator that something is wrong with your car. You may not even notice the vibrating at first, when it is very subtle, but eventually, you will begin to feel the car shaking as you drive down the highway or come to a stop at a light and know that it needs some attention.

But why do our cars shake? What kinds of problems can cause this vibration? Here are five of the most common reasons that your car is vibrating and what you can do about them.

1. A problem with the engine.

While you might not be able to tell at first, the shuddering may be coming from your engine. This can happen in a number of different situations, including during acceleration, when you hit or exceed a certain speed, or after a few minutes or hours of driving. This is likely because your engine isn’t getting the air, spark, or fuel that it requires.

If it is the engine that’s shaking, you will likely be able to feel where the shaking is coming from. When the shaking comes from your engine area, your car is likely trying to tell you that it is in need of some new spark plugs, which can ensure that your engine gets the oxygen, fuel, or spark that it needs to run smoothly. Having your spark plugs checked to make sure that they are all in working order and that they are connected correctly could solve this problem.

Another reason your engine might be shaking is because of clogged or dirty filters. If your air or fuel filters are mucked up, the engine isn’t getting what it needs.

2. A problem with the axle.

One of the most common causes of a vibrating car is a bent axle. This is one of the many rotating parts that can be damaged during a collision (though it may be something as simple as hitting a particularly deep pot hole). If it is bent or somehow bumped out of alignment, it will likely still turn, but it will create a shaking sensation, rattling the entire car as it goes.

In that same vein, if the axle’s joints are starting to wear out, either from long-term use or because it lacks the proper lubricant, road grime can creep up into your axle and damage it, again causing that rattling as you drive.

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3. A problem with the brakes.

Does your car only shake when you use the brakes? While some shaking is natural during an emergency braking situation (if you have antilock brakes), the brakes should not shake as you come to a gradual stop. This could indicate worn rotors, misaligned calipers, uneven wearing on your pads, or completely worn away pads.

The older your car is, the more likely it is to have a bent, worn, or warped rotor. The same goes for the calipers and the pads. If your pads are worn down, they will have a difficult time gripping to rotor. If the rotor is unevenly worn, the entire brake system will shake as it attempts to pull the car to a stop. Air in the fluid lines, missing pads, and grooved rotors can all cause brakes to shake and rattle the car.

4. Your wheels are wobbling.

If your wheels are wobbling, you likely feel the vibrations throughout the entire car, but most intensely through the steering wheel. Most people assume this is a problem with the alignment and just get their wheels realigned. While this may solve the problem in some instances, it does not always solve the larger problem, which is an issue in the wheel’s hub.

If the wheels are wobbling at the hub, it may point to a number of different culprits, ranging from damaged wheel bearings or a wheel whose “runout” is not entirely circular (meaning that it does not spin in a perfect circle when rotating). In these instances, a new wheel usually solves the problem.

5. Your tires are having issues.

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Tires are the most common cause of any shakiness or vibration in your car, and the solution is usually fairly simple. If your car is vibrating only when you get up to a certain speed, it may mean that your tires are out of balance, and simply having them balanced can solve the problem. This may also be caused by uneven tire pressure, so check your pressure and make sure they are all at the correct level, as dictated by your manual.

Additionally, if your tires have uneven wear on the tread or have a separated tread, they can shake and wobble while driving around. In some instances, what seems like a tire problem, may actually be a bent rim or other wheel problem. If the tires seem to be the cause of your car’s shakiness, make sure to bring your Kia into our service department for maintenance or necessary replacements.