Be Proactive – 9 Tips on Protecting Your Kia’s Engine

car engineYour car deserves a lot of care, especially the engine that is the powerhouse of the house. Most people do not think about the condition of the engine. They just keep the interior and the exterior of the car cleaned and rarely look what is going under the hood. People start the car and head off to wherever they want to go. However, it is not until the engine starts making weird noises that the owner/driver wonders what could have possibly gone wrong. The new noises from your engine might make you to take the car to a workshop where you will surely have to pay a lot.

To keep the engine of your car updated and well maintained, you do not necessarily have to empty your wallets. You can do it yourself at home. All you have to do is make sure you observe the following tips and your engine will run better and smooth.

1.     Check the Air Filter

Just like us, cars need to breathe in oxygen to keep working and running. Every car needs a clean and continuous air flow to keep the engine smooth. Air filters help keep all the dirt, bugs, leaves and other kinds of external junk from getting inside the engine. An air filter usually lasts a long time but that does not mean you stop checking it. Make sure you keep your air filter clean to prevent any debris and dirt getting in. If too much dirt and debris is allowed to get in the engine, it might seize the engine or weaken it, hence wildly affecting the performance and ultimately the driving experience. Check your air filter regularly and replace it with a new one if necessary.

2.     Check the Gas

Petrol has a certain amount of sediment that you cannot see. When you fill up the gas tank of your car, the sediment settles at the bottom. And over a span of years, a significant amount of sediment is collected. However, your engine is safe from the sediment as the fuel filter of your car lets very less or no sediment get in the engine if you keep your fuel at least nearly half full. If you choose to drive your car with very less fuel, the junk collected at the bottom of the tank will get sucked to and the fuel filter might fail. Once the fuel filter has allowed too much junk to get in, your engine might have to be fully checked.

3.     Replace the Fuel Filter

As mentioned above, the fuel filter keeps the junk in your gas tank from getting inside your engine and just like the air filter, the fuel filter has to be regularly checked. If the fuel filter already has a lot of junk collected in it, it would be best to get a new one so your car not only gets a smooth flow of fuel but also a clean one.

4.     Change the Engine Oil

One of the most important things you can do to keep your engine in mint condition is to check and change the engine oil whenever necessary. Engine oil helps in keeping the engine and its parts well lubricated so that less friction is created. This will also help in generating less heat. A permanent damage can be caused to your engine if the oil is unchecked. It is better to know exactly after how many kilometers or miles does your car needs the engine oil to be changed. Similarly, oil filters have to be checked regularly too. They collect the junk in from the oil inside the engine and keep the engine clean and well lubricated.

5.     Check the Cooling System

To keep the engine cool, you will have to make sure your cooling system works just fine. The system includes the radiator, water pump, radiator fluid and thermostat. Check the level of coolant in the radiator daily to make sure your car does not heat up while driving. Also keep an eye on the heat gauge while driving. If even after checking the coolant, your car gets heated up, you might have to get it checked.

6.     Check for Leaks

Due to the immense heat and pressure, engine hoses, usually made of rubber, tend to get cracked and therefore leak the oils that your engine needs. Be sure to check under the bonnet regularly to see if the engine is leaking any oil or not. The seals which keep your engine from leaking oil often get old and start leaking oil. Make sure you get such seals and hoses replaced with new ones. You can also smell the leaks but also look under the car and see if there is any fluid on the pavement.

7.     Check the Engine Belts

Engine belts are there to keep the fan, alternator, AC and various other things in your car running. Usually the belts last a long time but you have to make sure you do not have any cracked ones. As belts run the whole time you keep your engine on, they get a lot of wear and tear. Look for any visible cracks and get them changed if necessary.

8.     Maintain Speed

Your car will give you a better mileage and will run smoothly if you go easy on the start and stops. If you drive in the city you will have to stop every few minutes which will put more pressure on the engine. Make sure you maintain your speed, RPM and acceleration. Stick to the highway if possible.

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9.     Clean the Spark Plugs

To make sure your engine is protected the whole time, clean or change the spark plugs. As they get used a lot, they can cause a lot of damage to the engine if they are left unchecked. They use the electric charge from the distributor to generate a spark which is used to ignite the fuel. Also, make sure you get the wires changed so the distributor can easily send electric charges to the spark plug.

A Guide to Driving Your Kia Safely

safe-driving-tipsWhen you are driving on the freeways and open roads with the music up and the windows up, it is often easy to forget that you are travelling in quite the speed in a chunk of steel and metal. Although cars come equipped with plenty of advanced safety technologies, amenities, and features, nothing can make the difference between life and death – then to be extra alert and watchful while driving.

A simple distraction can result in you losing control of the vehicle and resulting in a crash. All around the world people die because of crashes and auto accidents. Therefore, it is only wise to practice safe driving and follow your state’s guidelines. Look below at these basic rules for safe driving:

Never Drive When Drunk

According to a study conducted by NHTSA, it was revealed that almost 30% of major automotive accidents in the US are caused by drivers being drunk on alcohol. Most of these deaths could easily have been prevented, if drivers more wary about their actions and simply hadn’t sit in the driver seat while drunk. Alcohol is linked to several impairments that can lead to serious car accidents.

It lowers inhibitions and reduces coordination and reaction time. It also blurs your vision and results in confusion. To avoid driving drunk and saving your own life, consider asking a sober friend for a ride or consider calling a cab. If you are planning to drink at a party or get-together, always make sure you have a designated driver who can get you home safely.

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Avoid Speeding at All Costs

The old adage “Speed Kills” still goes true in today’s time, yet majority of people hardly pay any attention to the speed they are travelling at. Yes, it is easy to give into road rage and drive like a maniac. However, if you do not want to end up in a car crash, it is imperative that you be more responsible. Drive safely and at a stable speed.

According to NHTSA, 31% of all fatal crashes were caused by over-speeding in 2008. Almost 11,674 lives were lost because of this very factor. Over-speeding can increase the chances of a crash by almost 50%. Therefore, it is only wise that you take your time and obey posted speed limits. Even on long journeys, try your best to maintain a stable and reasonable speed.

Avoid All Types of Distractions

One of the main causes of accidents in the US resulting in more than 2,600 nationwide deaths per year is using cell phones while driving. In fact, these numbers may still be low, as the usage of cell phones behind the wheel has only increases. People get involved in texting and talking while driving, which most think not a big deal, until they end up in an accident.

However, it isn’t just cell phones, which are responsible for creating distractions. Interacting with passengers, fiddling with electronic devices, applying makeup, and eating while driving are all linked to diverting a drivers’ attention. All of these can result in potentially deadly accidents. The only tip to avoid distractions is to keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road!

Don’t Drive Drowsy

According to a study conducted by Virginia Tech, it was revealed that almost 20% of all accidents are caused by drowsiness, which is caused by sleepiness. The results are rather predictable, if a driver is too tired to fall asleep while driving. Even on a straight road, a sleeping driver will eventually bang into another car, roadside, ravines, utility poles, and trees, which can turn this simple mistake into a deadly scenario.

The solution is to get better and more sleep at night. Avoid driving when you feel drowsy because of sleepiness, as it will only make you lazy, distort your vision, or cause confusion. If you feel extremely sleepy, pull up to the side of the road and take some time out to get back to normal.

Always Wear Your Seat Belt

This may sound a bit cliché, but nevertheless SEAT BELTS SAVE LIVES! When worn properly, you can prevent yourself from being injured, regardless of the intensity of the accident. The seat beat keeps your body intact in the event of a collision, preventing you and passengers from being thrown out the windshield. NHTSA revealed that majority of accident fatalities and deaths are a result of passengers and drivers not wearing seat belts. Bear in mind that you always have a chance of surviving, if you are wearing a seat belt at all times when driving.

Be Extremely Careful in Bad Weather

When it comes to driving on icy roads, heavy rain, in a snowstorm, or through fog, it is imperative that you be extra cautious and careful. In extreme weather conditions, it is advised that you always wear your seat belt, maintain extra space between cars ahead, be careful around curves, and drive below the speed limit, if necessary. Consider delegating some duties to other passengers. However, if the weather continues to worsen, do not take the risk of continuing to drive. Instead, find a safe place until the weather clears out.

Don’t Follow Other Cars Too Closely

Whenever driving on the freeway or on open roads, make sure that you are maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles on the road. Don’t drive bumper-to-bumper, as if the driver in front of you makes a sudden stop or turn, it can be extremely difficult for you to slow down or break in time. According to a research conducted by automotive experts, it was revealed that is best to follow the “three-second rule” of driving behind another car.

Keep Your Vehicle Safe

This goes without saying in order to keep you and your family safe while driving, always make sure that your vehicle is maintained properly. Even the simplest of problems like underinflated tires can result in a serious crash. Therefore, make it a habit to inspect your vehicle for any problems before driving. Additionally, try your best to get your car analyzed by a professional mechanic every month. This way, you can get any issue repaired before they lead to an accident.

Therefore, now that you are familiar with the tips mentioned above, driving safe

How to Properly Test Drive a Kia

The only way you are really going to know if a vehicle is right for you is if you come down to our lot and test drive one or many of our Kia vehicles. Especially if you have not driven many different types of vehicles, you need to get a feel for how they drive, how they accelerate, their road noise, etc., in order to be able to determine which one you want to buy. Here are some things to look for when it comes to test driving your Kia:

1. Can you get into and out of the car without hitting your head? Does the vehicle have enough clearance for you to comfortably get in and out? You might not think that having to stoop to get in and out of your vehicle is that big of a deal, but if you are continuously hitting your head, it is going to become very annoying, very quickly. Once you have purchased the vehicle, you are stuck with it, you cannot change how tall the vehicle is and how easy it is to get in and out of, so carefully evaluate this aspect of the car when you first sit down inside of it.

2. Do you have enough leg room? Leg room is going to either be one of the biggest inconveniences or biggest conveniences of your new vehicle. If you have enough leg room, plenty of room to spread out, you do not have to worry about feeling cramped. If you or your passengers are constantly battling for leg room, on the other hand, your car is going to become a very uncomfortable place, where people do not want to be. The back of your vehicle is going to be one of the most important places to make sure you have enough leg room.

driving kia3. Is the steering wheel high enough? Nothing is more uncomfortable or makes a vehicle more difficult to drive than a steering wheel that does not have the proper alignment. While most vehicles make it easy to adjust your steering wheel so that you can put it higher or lower depending on your preferences, you will want to buy a car that will actually let you adjust your wheel as far as it needs to go in order to be comfortable for you to drive.

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4. Are the seats comfortable? This is why you should do a longer test drive than just circling the block to see how the vehicle handles. Sitting in the car for five minutes is not really going to give you a good idea of how comfortable or uncomfortable the seats are. You want to sit in the seats not just at low speeds, but at high speeds, too. Think about whether or not the seats provide you with enough room in the hips area, if their design seems like it will be comfortable for long car rides, and if they are high enough off of the ground that you will not have to bend your knees excessively when sitting.

5. Do you understand the gauges? If you have only ever driven one other car, you will likely have to get used to new gauges anyway, but that does not mean that you should not instantly be able to find your speedometer, gas level, and other relevant gauges on your dashboard. While driving, make sure that it is easy to find out all of the most important information, and that the gauges are easy to read. Most new cars come with digital speedometers that tell you exactly how fast you are going, but if your still uses an analog gauge, can you actually tell how fast you are going with just a quick glance?

6. What is the visibility like? How easy is it to see out of the car? Can you lift or lower the seat to give yourself better visibility? If the seat is too low in the car and you cannot lift it, you are probably going to have a harder time seeing if there are vehicles in your blind spot and, just in general, seeing road hazards around you. If this is the case, that car simply is not for you, no matter how much you love the other features. If you do have good visibility, however, that car could be perfect for you.

7. Can you reach the pedals easily? Stepping on the brake or the gas pedal should be second nature. It should be done automatically and you should not have to fumble in order to make sure that you are actually getting the right foot on the right pedal. Most vehicles come with adjustable pedals, so make sure that the vehicle you are test driving does, and that you are able to put those pedals in a position that is comfortable for you and matches your driving style.

8. Take a route similar to your driving needs. One piece of advice for getting the most out of your Kia test drive: make sure that on your test drive, you drive at speeds and in traffic conditions that are similar to how you typically drive. If, for example, you take a highway when you commute to your work, you will want to test potential vehicles out on the highway. A test drive that takes you in a wide variety of different road directions is always a good idea, but make sure you specifically take a test drive that matches your normal driving conditions.

Nighttime Driving Tips to Keep You and Your Kia Safe

night driveGrowing up in a rural town, there was very little to do at night or on the weekends. Like in all small towns, the sidewalks rolled up at 8 p.m. We did a lot of driving—not just to get to activities in other parts of the county (for a long time, the nearest movie theater was a forty-five minute drive away)—but also as an activity itself. Sometimes we’d stop at the gas station, get a couple sodas and a bag of chips, and just drive around the countryside looking for the shine of a coyote’s eyes in the headlights.

Driving at night is vastly different from driving during the day—anyone who has been behind the wheel in the dark knows this. It’s the most dangerous time of day to drive, especially if you are new to driving. Here are some tips to make driving at night safer and easier:

1. Buy a car with LED headlights. You can easily tell the difference between LED headlights and standard headlights. Most standard headlights have a yellowish cast, while LEDs usually have a bluish cast. They are brighter, making it easier to see the road, the shoulders, and anything in the road, farther off. The further you can see in the dark, the safer you will be. Luckily, most new cars today are equipped with LED headlights. They are less likely to burn out, cheaper, and make driving at night much safer.

2. Learn not to overdrive your lights. What does it mean to overdrive your headlights? It means that you are driving faster than your brain can process what is actually being illuminated by the lights. Speed limits are selected for daytime driving conditions, when the world is lit by the sun, and you can see for miles down a flat road, giving you minutes (or at the very least, seconds) to react to something you see in the road. Overdriving your lights means you’ll only have a split second to react to a hazard, which is usually not enough time to make the right decision to keep yourself and your passengers safe. Slow down so that you have at least four seconds between the edge of your lights and when the car gets to that location.

3. Use your high beams. Yes, it’s annoying when someone comes around their corner in the opposing lane with their high beams on—that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use them. High beams can greatly extend the distance you can see, especially during clear conditions. They might not be as effective during rain, snow, or fog. If there is moisture on the road, high beams will sometimes bounce away from the car, instead of reflecting back in to give you more visibility. Use your best judgement—if you can see better with them on, put them on. If visibility is worse, turn them off. And try to remember that they are on. You don’t want to be the one driving around, blinding everyone else.

4. Avoid staring into an oncoming car’s headlights. As humans, we are naturally inclined to look towards the light. This, however, can be very bad for nighttime drivers. While headlights probably won’t blind you, they can ruin any night vision you may be developing. Once the car is passed, your eyes will have to adjust to the darkness again. You can avoid this problem by looking at the shoulder as a car passes you.

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5. Pay special attention to animals. Animals are more likely to approach the road and attempt to cross during the night than they are during the day. Because they are harder to see at night, humans are more likely to hit them. A phenomena called change blindness is often the culprit. On the road, you are looking for car-sized objects in your way, not animal-sized objects (this is also sometimes the reason motorcyclists are hit with a vehicle). You’re prepared for a vehicle, but not for a deer. Keeping a special eye out for smaller hazards at nighttime can keep you safe.

6. Pay attention to the behavior of other drivers. You are more likely to encounter a drunk driver at night than you are during the day. It’s not always easy to spot a drunk driver. They may be driving along perfectly fine, but when a car appears in the opposing lane, they suddenly swerve towards them (they are drawn toward the light). They are not always swerving all over the road, though they may run stop signs and stop lights. Simply be more aware of what other drivers are doing and drive defensively to protect yourself and your passengers.

7. Take a nap if you are tired. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving, and drowsiness can sneak up on you. It’s more common at night, when the body has environmental triggers (like darkness) telling it that it is time to sleep. Pay attention to your body. Have you been sitting too long? Are your eyes starting to feel heavy? Pulling over, getting out, and jogging around your car may help a little, but if you are really tired, pulling over and taking a nap is the best solution. This is true, of course, only if the area is safe enough to do so. Calling someone and talking to them while you drive, or talking to your passengers is also a good way to stay awake if you feel yourself start to get drowsy while driving and are not in a safe place to stop.

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:

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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.

 

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.

10 Ways to Boost Your Kia’s Gas Saving Power

If you’re looking to save gas and you own a Kia, you’ve already made one great gas-saving decision. Kia vehicles always get great gas mileage for their class, and with lots of different styles to choose from, you’re sure to be able to find a model that fits your needs. Gas prices may have dropped a little in recent months and have since leveled off, but that doesn’t mean that saving a few bucks at the pump is ever a bad thing. You can boost your Kia’s gas saving power by following some of these ten simple rules:

1. Carpool – Do you and some of your coworkers live in the same neighborhood? Do you all drive to work separately? You could easily save some gas by setting up a carpool, driving all together in one car, instead of each taking separate cars. You might only have to drive once a week depending on how many people you can draft into your carpool! This is a great way to connect with people in your office and to save gas (and the environment!).

2. Stop tailgating – Driving behind someone who is going really slow is annoying, but not only does the psychology of tailgating almost never pan out in your favor, it can also really kill your gas mileage. Tailgating usually involves a lot of braking and speeding up again, which uses more gas than just going at a consistent speed. Instead of driving like you’re in a derby, why not give other cars some space so you don’t have to be constantly breaking and flooring the gas pedal. You’ll see your gas meter drop much more slowly.

kia gas saving power3. Don’t speed up to beat a yellow light – Not only is this dangerous (if, for example, you don’t beat the yellow light), it can also eat away at your gas mileage. Just like with tailgating, stepping on the gas pedal in order to get your Kia to zoom forward uses far more gas than gliding to a stop as the light turns red. You might be in a hurry and your Kia has plenty of power and zip to get you across that intersection, but trying to beat a yellow light is almost always more dangerous than it is profitable.

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4. Don’t idle – If you are going to be sitting and waiting for a while, don’t be afraid to turn off your vehicle. Idling can kill your gas mileage and actually consume lots of fuel while your car is just sitting and waiting there. While you might want to leave your car on if it is very hot or very cold and you need your air conditioning or heater, you don’t have to leave your car on if you don’t need climate control. Whether you’re sitting waiting for a train to pass, at a really long red light, or just waiting to pick someone up, consider turning off your car instead of idling.

5. Go the speed limit – Not only will going the speed limit prevent speeding tickets that can be costly, it can actually help you conserve fuel. Studies have shown that those who consistently drive over the speed limit use up their fuel faster than those who go the speed limit. Cutting back on this habit might be a good way to save fuel.

6. Use an app or your Kia’s navigation – Most apps that provide you with directions that allow you to find the shortest route from where you are to where you need to go. Getting from point A to point B with as little extra driving as possible can help you save plenty of gas. If your Kia has a navigation system, use it to avoid sitting in traffic behind accidents or trying to circumvent construction.

7. Maintain your Kia – Cars that are cared for properly use their gas more efficiently than cars that don’t get the proper care. Maintenance like making sure your air filters are clean and that your tires are filled to the right PSI will ensure that your Kia makes the best possible use of its fuel. Having tires that are inflated to the right PSI is especially important, as underinflated tires are not just dangerous, they actually require your car to use more fuel to make them go.

8. Clear out the junk – If you have a lot of “stuff” in your car—books, bags, luggage, workout equipment, stuff you put in your car and have never taken out—you could be toting around hundreds of extra pounds of weight that could be killing your gas mileage. If you start to notice that your car requires more and more fill-ups, it might be because you are carrying around a lot of extra stuff that you don’t need to be.

9. Make sure to replace your gas cap – While you might remember to close the cover, if you haven’t screwed your gas cap on tightly, you might be losing gas fumes through the cap. That means you’ll be paying for gas that your car never actually gets to use and contributing to pollution.

10. Use your climate control less. Unless it really is too hot or too cold to go without your A/C or heater, don’t use them. Because your car has to work harder in order to fuel these systems, it will consume more gas when you are using the air conditioning or heater, which can eat up your gas and reduce your overall gas mileage.

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!

Which Kia Is Right for Me?

Kia Soul EVWith so many different models to choose from, it can be difficult, especially for first time buyers, to find the Kia that is perfectly right for their needs and life. While coming to the dealership and sitting in and test driving the different vehicles is the best way to figure out which vehicle is for you, getting an idea of each model beforehand can help you narrow down your choices. Here are Kia’s models and some basic information about each to help you decide which you want to test drive.

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Kia Optima

Starting at $21,690, the Kia Optima is definitely one of the more popular choices among buyers. It has the right features, at the right price point to make it a common pick. With 27 combined miles per gallon, it can help a buyer save money on gas. Available in a range of colors, with a range of different trim packages, a very basic model still looks expensive, while a tricked-out Optima can rival vehicles from luxury manufacturers.

Kia Cadenza

Starting out at $34,900, this sedan has a combined miles per gallon of 22. This car’s draw is power and style. Available in a range of deep luxurious colors and with premium interior materials, the Cadenza is a great pick for anyone look for a mid-priced luxury sedan.

Kia K900

The $54,500 K900 is Kia’s answer to the luxury sedan. Solidly built to be responsive and safe to drive, the K900 is a great option for anyone looking for a vehicle that is as great for running errands as it is for picking up your boss for a client dinner.

Kia Sorento

What’s great about the Kia Sorento is not just its price, but its style and excellent MPG. Buyers with family or friends that often find themselves driving around like the Sorento because it has plenty of leg room and storage space, so even long road trips are comfortable. It’s somewhere in between a minivan and a crossover, so it can get you where you need to go, without everyone feeling crammed into a small space. This vehicle is perfect for anyone who needs more space than a sedan can offer.

Kia Sedona

Though the Sedona is the only minivan in Kia’s lineup, it’s definitely one of the best minivans on the road today. Affordable, with plenty of storage space and seating for the whole family and all of their book bags or luggage, the Sedona goes where you need it to go and does what you need it to do.

Kia Soul

One of Kia’s most unique offerings, this crossover starts at just $15,190. While it is not the least expensive vehicle on the list, it does have 26 combined mpg, and the shape and colors available for this vehicle make it one of a kind. Anyone looking for something truly unique will love the Kia Soul.

Kia Sportage

The Sportage, starting at just $21,900, is popular amongst buyers who want a rugged, inexpensive, but still luxurious vehicle that is as reliable as it is sporty. The trim options make it possible to transform this vehicle into the ultimate camping machine or into a useful and elegant commuting car.

Kia Rio

Kia is one of the only car manufacturers to have both a complete line of sedans and a complete line of compacts. The Rio is available in both the four and five door models, and because it is starting at just $13,990 and has 31 combined mpg, this is a popular pick for first-time buyers or just someone that wants an inexpensive, reliable, stylish car that gest them where they need to go. Most drivers report both the four and five door models as being responsive, zippy cars, with great maneuverability. Smaller than the sedans, this Rio might not be ideal for buyers who often need to drive around more than three other people.

Kia Forte

The Kia Forte rivals the Rio for gas mileage, but is a little bit bigger and has a few more features. There are two other versions of the Forte available, including the Forte5, and the Forte Koup, both of which have even more features than just the base model. These cars are designed to turn on a dime, follow instruction, and have lots of safety features that make them perfect for young and old drivers alike.

Kia Optima Hybrid

While most manufacturers are now offering a hybrid model, none are offering a hybrid starting at just $26,000. The hybrid version of the Optima gets up to 38 combined mpg and comes with all the same features as the non-hybrid Optima. It’s an ideal pick for anyone looking to save money on gas and lessen their impact on the environment.

Kia Soul EV

Kia is one of the only manufacturers to have a commercially available, completely electricity powered vehicle. The Soul EV looks and acts just like a Soul, but because it is powered just by electricity, not by gas, it is the most environmentally friendly choice.

Which One Is Right for Me?

It’s easy to get caught up in the design and flash of buying a new car. Having too many choices can leave you stymied. In order to narrow down your choices, think about what you are going to use this vehicle for. Are you going to use it just to commute to and from work? To errands around town? To road trip during the summer? To drive around your friends and family? The more space you need, the larger the vehicle should be, like a SUV or crossover.

However, if you just want something small and manageable, at a great price, a sedan or compact is likely going to be a better choice.

The Ten Most Common Car Repairs

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Luckily, with the incredible Kia warranties and the high quality of Kia’s cars, taking care of your car will be relatively easy. If you bring it in for its routine checkups, have the oil changed regularly, and give it a wash every now and then, your Kia will take care of you. But our cars are not invincible. Parts will eventually need to be changed and every day wear and tear can cause your car to need repairs over the years. Luckily, if you are handy with a wrench, there are a few repairs you can do yourself.

If you prefer to have a professional look at the issue and make any necessary repairs, bring your car in to our service department is always a good bet. Here are the ten most common car repairs, how to identify the problem, and what to do if you see something that needs to be fixed.

1. The flat tire.

One of the easiest problems to spot—your tire looks flat, devoid of air. Most Kia cars come with a spare tire, changing kit, and instructions in the manual. It’s not as difficult as it looks. All you really have to do is jack up the car (your manual will tell you where to place it and how high it needs to be, as well as what other precautions to take), take off the hubcap (if your wheel has one), undo the nuts and bolts, slide the wheel off, put the spare on, retighten those nuts, and lower the car. Your next stop should be the repair shop to see what’s wrong with your tire and get it fixed.

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2. Headlights and taillights go out.

This change is usually not as straightforward as changing a tire, but it is as easy to recognize. Either a cop will let you know (by pulling you over and giving you the directive to get it fixed), or you’ll notice that one of your headlights isn’t working when you’re driving around town.

There should be specific instructions for this in your Kia ownership manual, and you can just ask someone at the car parts store to help you find the right size of bulb. If you don’t feel comfortable changing them yourself (you have to be careful not to touch the bulbs), our service department can change them out for you.

3. Dead battery.

Not necessarily the easiest problem to identify, but if your power locks or lights don’t work and the car won’t start, your battery is likely dead. The short term solution is to get someone to help you jump it. The long term solution is get a new battery installed.

4. Misfiring spark plugs.

Spark plugs are an integral part of your engine’s system. If they are not working properly, you’ll feel it when you idle, start your car, or accelerate. Replacing the spark plugs is usually something best left to someone who is familiar with how to install them and make sure they are properly connected.

5. Missing a mirror.

Did you scrape your mirror off on the side of your garage? Were you driving through a national park and a bear came up to your car and stole your mirror? No matter how you lost that mirror, they are actually pretty easy to replace. You can get an exact match from your New Jersey Kia dealership, or if you don’t mind the mismatched aesthetic, just get a generic one and mount it where the old one used to be.

6. Change your oil.

One of the most essential routine fixes your car will need. Those who are auto-savvy can change their own oil without a problem, but those who might not be as adept prefer to leave the oil change to the professionals. Most repair shops will perform a speedy and inexpensive oil change, and may even throw in a checkup for free.

7. Replace your belt.

You can hear it when you start your car: the annoying squeak of a frayed, damaged belt. This belt is what keeps your car moving forward, so if it’s starting to squeak and it looks cracked, it’s time to have it replaced. This is especially important as we coming into our cold New Jersey winters, as the freezing temperatures can crack that belt even further. While you can replace this belt yourself, our service department can also take care of this repair.

8. Your alternator is dead.

If you go out to your car, tried to turn it on, and it won’t even respond, there’s a good chance that you have a problem with your alternator. If you’re good with electronics and feel comfortable pulling the old one and putting in a new one, you can make this repair yourself. On the other hand, you might prefer to have a professional take a look at it, to make sure it really is the alternator and not just a dead battery.

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9. Your radiator is leaking.

Is there a puddle of antifreeze under your car when you move it out of your driveway? This probably means that you have a leak in your radiator. While these problems can sometimes be patched, it’s usually a good idea just to replace the entire radiator, rather than hope that a patch holds out and no more leaks occur. Taking out an old radiator and putting a new one in can be a complicated process, but for those who are familiar with their Kia, it is possible.

10. Worn brake pads.

The pads on your brakes are designed to wear down. If you’re starting to hear squeaking when you brake, this likely means that you are in need of new pads. You can buy them at the parts store and install them yourself, or bring your car in to the service department and we’ll make sure that’s the only problem with your braking system.

Happy Driving!

Best Car for New Drivers

When you are finally sending your little one’s out into the real world, one of the biggest concerns parents have is about letting them drive. What are the best cars for new drivers? Lucky for parents these days there is so much information available about new cars and so many options among car dealers. Here are some of the best cars for new drivers available today.

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best-car-for-new-drivers-burlington-kia-burlington2015 KIA Forte: All KIA cars are a great fit for new drivers, but the 2015 KIA Forte has got so many of the bells and whistles which parents should look favorably upon. For starters, the 2015 KIA Forte has got loads of safety features to put parents’ minds at ease. Four-wheel ABS brakes, passenger airbag, head airbags, front fog/driving lights, dusk sensing headlights, tract control, signal mirrors, and stability control are all great additions which parents should be pleased about. The 2015 KIA Forte also has audio controls on the steering wheel, an overhead console, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, trip computer, power heated mirrors and a rear defogger. Your young drivers will never need to move from their seat or let go of their steering wheel to still control all of the features included. The 2015 KIA Forte also comes with a speed proportional power steering, a tachometer, auto transmission, and a tire pressure monitoring system so that your new drivers will be able to take control of their driving without leaving you chomping at the bit.

best-car-for-new-drivers-burlington-kia-burlington2015 KIA Optima EX: Another one of the best cars for new drivers is the 2015 KIA Optima EX. This car comes standard with many of the same features as the Forte; the 4-wheel ABS brakes, head and passenger airbags, front fog/driving lights, dusk sensing headlights, stability control, traction control and signal mirrors just to name a few. The 2015 KIA Optima EX also comes with interior air filtration, trip computers, a center console, universal remote transmitter, compass, steering wheel controls and so much more. Even something as simple as the intermittent window wipers and tinted glass can be all the difference for a new driver who doesn’t really know their way around the roads as well as experienced drivers do.

Of course, in order to really find the best cars for new drivers, you need to get out and test drive them! The KIA dealership in Burlington New Jersey has got so many great models of new and pre-owned cars to choose from that you really need to stop in and just see what they have to offer. Their helpful, friendly sales staff will do their very best to get you and your new young driver into the best model vehicle for their long term driving success! Come on down and see what we’ve got for you!