Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Car

A car is a serious financial investment and the initial sticker shock can put some people off of the idea of actually completing the purchase. It is important to remember that like other large purchases, there are many different types of financing available that make it possible to buy the car and then pay it off in more manageable installments. Some buyers will continue to waffle about actually making a purchase, not realizing that the freedom and convenience that comes along with buying a car is worth the expense. Here are ten reasons to buy that car you’ve had your eye on:

1. Ability to go wherever you want, whenever you want – Many cities have great public transportation, but many of those cities also have very specific train and bus routes that only run at certain times of the day and even only on certain days of the week. A car, on the other hand, does not have these limitations. Instead of trying to plan your life around a complicated public transportation schedule, you can just get in your car and go where you want to go, when you want to go there.

2. Freedom outside of your own city – Trying to get from one city to another is one of the most annoying situations when you do not own your own transportation. Instead, you have to rely on the trains, planes, and busses, all of which are much more expensive and which make it difficult to get to a specific destination in that city. If you are relegated to public transportation, you will often have to take several different methods and might still have to end up walking a great distance in order to get exactly where you want to go.

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kia optima3. Reliability – When was the last time that the train in your city was perfectly on time? Or that the bus was not delayed? These might be minor annoyances on the average day, but if you have to be to work by a certain time, it can be extremely annoying that public transportation in this country does not run like a well-oiled machine. These types of transportation are just not reliable. When you buy a car, on the other hand, you have a very reliable way of getting around, especially if you take good care of that car.

4. Comfort – Unless you are willing to pay to sit in first class, you are going to find no better way to travel than in your own car. Today’s cars are designed to be comfortable, even for long drives, which makes them far superior to plastic bus and train seats, which are notoriously uncomfortable. If you are tired of having to sit or stand for long journeys on the train or on the bus, a car is a great alternative.

5. Safety – As a passenger on a bus or on the train, you probably do not want to fall asleep. You could have your bag or wallet stolen, or you might be harassed by another passenger. As a passenger in a car, however, you are much less likely to be attacked or robbed. Because the driver and passengers are the only people in this form of transportation, you are much safer. You are also safer in the instance of crashes—cars are designed to protect their passengers form collisions. Other forms of transportation are not.

6. More stylish – No matter how clean and sleek a bus, plane, or train was when it was first built, after only a few weeks of use, it is going to be dirty and grimy. While there are some types of transportation that are cleaner than others, no type of transportation is as stylish as a well-designed car. Kia, specifically, has a wide variety of stylish vehicles to choose from, making it easy to find one that allows you to travel in style.

7. More personalized – Many drivers treat their vehicles like an extension of their homes. They decorate them and personalize them. Even the type of car that you purchase can be very personal. There are reasons why some people buy a Kia Optima and others opt for the Kia Soul EV. With lots of different types of vehicles on the market, everyone can find a vehicle that fits their personality and helps them achieve the persona they want to achieve.

8. Faster – Sometimes, taking the train is going to be more convenient than driving yourself. But there is no doubt that taking the train from one city to another is going to take far more time than driving yourself from one city to another is going to be. Car travel, except for plane travel (which is the most expensive way to get around), is going to be the fastest way to get where you need to go, almost across the board.

9. Higher quality – One of the reasons many buyer are unsure as to whether or not they should buy a car is because they are afraid that car is going to fail them five years after they purchase it. The truth is that the cars you can buy today are going to be of a much higher quality, get much better gas mileage, and be all around better than the cars our parents could buy when they were our age.

10. Adapts with you – A car can easily follow you through many different times in your life. It is as useful for a student who is just getting his start in life as it is for a married professional. Buying a high quality vehicle from our Kia dealership is a great way to get a car that can adapt with you as your life changes.

Which Kia Sedan Is Right for You?

Kia has a wider variety of sedans and compacts than most other brands. When step on to the lots of other brand’s dealerships, you’ll find two, maybe three different kinds of sedans. Kia has nine different kinds of sedans and compacts, making it easy for someone looking for something very specific to find that thing, but more difficult for someone who is not yet quite sure what they are looking for to find the right vehicle for their needs. Out of the wide variety of sedans and compacts, which one is right for you? Here is a brief overview of all the sedans you can find at our New Jersey Kia dealership:

Optima

The Optima is often considered to be the flagship of Kia’s offerings. It’s one of the most popular and definitely one of the most versatile vehicles on the road. Starting at just over $21,000, there are lots of options for those that both want a great car and want to save on monthly payments. With a combined MPG of thirty, it is gets you where you need or want to go, efficiently. The Optima is the third most efficient vehicle in Kia’s entire lineup, and there are plenty of colors to choose from, too.

Cadenza

The Cadenza is a jump in price, but it’s also a jump in quality. Starting at around $33,000, this is one of two luxury offerings that Kia provides. The Cadenza has a sharp, clean look, and is perfect for young professionals or small families that want something truly stylish to get around it. At twenty-two miles to the gallon, it is still very efficient, and has great safety ratings.

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At the very top of Kia’s lineup is the K900. This vehicle is packed to the brim with luxurious touches. It has the best technology and styling, and plenty of legroom in both the front and back seats. It is designed to be perfectly aerodynamic and to have one of the quietest rides of all cars on the road. Sleek, there are few vehicles on the road that can rival it. It starts at $49,000, and for good reason. The advanced safety features and stunning design make it a great prestige vehicle for anyone looking for something with both style and power.

Forte

Moving on from the sedans, we have the compacts. The Forte is the first and perhaps most popular of the compacts, starting at around $16,000. At thirty-one miles per gallon, it is also the second most efficient of Kia’s sedan and compact line, beat out only by the Optima Hybrid. The Forte has sporty styling, with the modern, aggressive Kia grill. While it may be less expensive than the Optima, Cadenza, and K900, it definitely doesn’t lack when it comes to luxury. This vehicle has plenty of great features standards, and a variety of trim levels that make it even more attractive.

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If you prefer a five-door vehicle, this variation on the Forte provides just that. It is a little bit larger, which makes it a little bit more expensive and reduces its gas mileage a little. It starts at just over $18,000 and has a combined miles per gallon of twenty-eight. The five door design gives you a little more cargo room, but it’s the styling that most people are after. It has the look of a hatchback, without sacrificing two doors as most designs do.

Forte Coup

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The Forte Coup starts at $18,590 (2016), and definitely kicks things up a notch when it comes to style and power. If you want the sports car experience, without having to pay the sports car price, this is an excellent alternative. It boasts a turbo-charged engine and a two-door design that makes it sleeker and more stylish than just about anything else Kia has to offer. It does all of this without losing the high safety ratings that it shares with the other Fortes.

Rio

The Rio may be the least expensive vehicle in most Kia dealerships, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have anything to offer. It starts at just $14,165 (2016), and, like the Forte, gets thirty-one combined miles per gallon. That makes it extremely efficient, while also having plenty of power. The small size is perfect for first-time car buyers, small families, and commuters, and it looks great on the road. There are three trim levels to choose from, if you want extra technology. All safety features come standard!

Rio 5-Door

There is also a five-door version of the Rio. The differences between the Rio and the Rio 5-Door are largely cosmetic—they share the same direct injection engine that gives these little cars some zip, and they have all of the same safety features. And come in all the same colors. What the five door does have, however, is that fifth door, which gives the vehicle the hatchback appearance that some might be willing to pay a little extra for.

Optima Hybrid

Last, but not least, is the Optima Hybrid. It has everything that the Optima does, except that it is a hybrid. At thirty-eight combined miles per gallon, it is the most efficient of the sedan and compact options, while still being extremely affordable. It starts at just under $26,000, and comes with all of the same technology and luxury that the original Optima does. If you want a vehicle that is as affordable as it is environmentally friendly, this is probably the one you want.

What Winter Does to Your Car – And How to Stop the Damage

Winter can be just as hard on your car as summer can be. Cold, harsh weather, and even the dryness that comes along with being parked in the garage, can all damage not just the exterior paint of your car, but the underlying metal components, too. In our part of the country, winter can start in early November and continue on well into what should be spring. How can you prevent your car from being damaged by a punishing winter? Here are some of the ways winter can damage your car and what you can do to prevent that damage:

Ice Melt and Your Paint

Winter is usually when your car gets its dirtiest, and when there are the fewest number of days when it is safe to wash your car. Ice melt, which helps to keep our roads safe to drive, can be caustic to your car’s paint job, if not routinely washed away. Many counties have stopped using ice melt on the roads, as it eats not just at the road, but also at your car.

Ice melt, sometimes called brine, is usually a mixture of water, salt, and magnesium chloride. It’s widely used because it is really great at lowering the freezing point of water, making it harder for water to freeze on the roads, and eliminating ice and snow. The mixture is highly acidic, however, and has been routinely pointed to as one of the major causes of road wear.

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As often as there is a warm day, take advantage of the warmth, run out, and get a professional car wash—one where they spray the underbody of the car. Washing away the brine as quickly as possible is the best way to prevent it from corroding your paint.

Rock Salt and Your Car

Rock salt, like ice melt, can be very damaging to your car, in a variety of different ways. Rock salt can even be more damaging to your paint, as it doesn’t just get in chips and dents to speed up the rusting process and eat away at your paint, it can actually cause the chips in your paint.

Salt is also used to clear roads of ice and snow, and because it can provide traction while also keeping the road clear, it is preferred in some communities. The salt is very corrosive. It can ruin asphalt just as readily as it ruins your car’s paint and metal components, for the same reasons that here by the Atlantic Ocean, our cars rust faster than those of people who live far away from the ocean.

Like ice melt, the best way to deal with rock salt is to wash your car as often as possible, in a car wash that either automatically cleans the undercarriage of the car or gives you the option of doing it yourself. Getting rid of as much of the salt residue as possible is the only way to prevent the rust that will inevitably follow salt deposits.

Cold Weather

Can cold weather really damage your car? Yes, it can. Most of our cars have a myriad of rubber components, ranging from the windshield wipers to vital belts and hoses around the engine. Rubber can be seriously affected by cold weather (as it can by hot weather). Cold stiffens rubber, making it less pliable, and therefore, less functional and more likely to rip, tear, or break. Many people will notice that their windshield wipers are less effective during the winter. This is because the cold rubber cannot conform to the shape of the windshield.

The newer the rubber components are, the less affected they will be by colder weather. That doesn’t mean that you need new hoses and belts every single winter, it just means that you should have these components checked out before cold weather sets in. If they are already stiff and cracked, they are probably not going to be helped by colder weather.

Cold weather can also be damaging to the metal parts of your car. If any of them have cracks that can be invaded by water, it is possible that expanding freezing water can turn those cracks into full failures. Regular maintenance can help to prevent this.

Something else that cold weather does to your car? Kills your battery. An old battery that may have been functioning perfectly fine in the winter can die overnight in the freezing cold of winter. There really is no way to prevent this, and at some point, not even jumping the battery will revive it. Testing your battery before cold weather sets in can be a good way to know whether or not it is going to make it through frosty weather. Buying and replacing a battery is one of the easier repairs and is something that most car owners are capable of doing on their own.

Did you know that it can actually get cold enough to freeze the gasoline in your tank? It might not get cold enough this year to freeze the gasoline itself, but if there is any water in your gas tank, that could definitely freeze and cause you problems. A good way to avoid either of these two issues is to keep your tank more than half full. Not only will this prevent you from running out of gas if you are trapped in a long line of slow-moving cars on the interstate, it will also help to prevent any freezing liquids from damaging your gas tank.

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.

How to Keep Your Pets Safe in Your Kia

dog on carIf you like to travel with your dog or cat, they need just as much protection as a child does—sometimes more. Children often understand, especially as they get older, that while in the car, they are supposed to sit down and stay still. Dogs and cats on the other hand, may try to roam. You may be lucky; maybe your dog will sit on his seat and stay still and quiet while in the car. My dog will pace back and forth on the backseat before trying to first, lick the face of whoever is driving, and then climb into their lap (she is a fifty-pound collie mix).

If you want to keep a dog or cat safe during a car ride, whether you are taking them on a road trip or you are just driving to the vet, here are some tips and items that will help:

  1. A pet restraint – Just like a child, a dog or cat can benefit from being restrained while in the car. While this isn’t a law yet, it soon may be. Unlike a person who may be able to brace themselves in the event of an impact, a pet will have no concept of preserving himself during an accident. Luckily, there are lots of different types of restraints, including ones that still allow them some degree of freedom to move around the seat and others that keep them buckled down.

 

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  1. Barrier between back and front seats – If you have a dog, small or large, that wants to ride in the front seat, even if both of those seats are occupied, you might want to consider getting a barrier that makes it impossible for him to climb into the front seat. These partitions are usually secured to the front two seats, and are high enough that even large dogs will not be able to climb over them. Dogs often try to climb into your seat because they are nervous in the car, but this means that you are likely to become distracted while trying to either keep them in the back seat or find room for them in the front seat.

 

  1. Travel in the crate – If your dog or cat is crate trained, this can be a great way to safely transport your pet. Not only are they less likely to feel nervous when they are in a familiar crate, they are also less likely to be hurt if there is an accident. A crate is much easier to secure, especially in the cargo space of your vehicle, than a dog or a cat in your backseat or in the copilot seat. If your pet is not familiar with a crate, but you know that they are going to need to travel in one, if you are moving, for example, start a few months before hand to acclimatize them to the idea of a crate. This won’t work for every pet, but it can provide some safety for some pets.

 

  1. Child lock your windows and doors – If your pet likes to stand on the armrests in order to see out the windows while you are driving, it is probably a good idea to use the child locks on those windows and doors. That way, they won’t step or tug on the wrong button or handle and create a very dangerous situation. Just remember to turn those lock off when you are going to have people in your car again.

 

  1. Take more frequent breaks – This is especially true of you are on a road trip, but is true of any trip longer than three hours. Even if you can sit and drive for five or six hours without needing to take a break your dog or cat can’t. They will want to get out and stretch their legs every few hours. They also likely will need to go to the bathroom every few hours. Doing this, even if they are not asking to go to the bathroom, will prevent any messes from occurring inside your car.

 

  1. Consider sedation – Not every pet parent wants to resort to sedation, but for some, it may be the only way to keep your pet safe and happy on a long trip. If you have a dog that gets car sick or a cat with serious anxiety issues, riding in a car for a long time can be stressful—not just for your pet, but for you, too. There are lots of safe ways to mellow your pet out a little bit, if you know that they get nervous in the car. Our vet told us that half an antihistamine tablet (the medication our dog already took for his extreme allergies), would help to mellow him and his sister out when we were moving with those two dogs. Talk to your vet to make sure you are giving your pet the right dosage of the right medication.

 

  1. Bring plenty of water – Not just for you, but for your pet, too. Dogs pant and get thirsty more often when they are nervous. Cats may not exhibit the same behavior, but that doesn’t mean that they are getting dehydrated. Not only should you bring extra water for your pet, bring something that they are comfortable drinking out of. In a pinch, you can always pour some water into your hands and let them drink out of your hands, but a collapsible bowl or Tupperware is a great alternative.

What to do if…. – Common Car Problems and What to Do

The first time I ever got a flat tire, it was while my car was parked at my house. At some point, I’d run over a construction nail, but the tire didn’t start deflating until I’d gotten home and parked the car. At least I wasn’t stranded somewhere when I had to change a tire for the first time. The driving school I attended didn’t teach us how to change a tire—I only had the owner’s manual to rely on. Luckily, I had the manual in my car and the instructions were thorough. Not every is as lucky. Here are some of the most common car problems that regular drivers encounter and what to do if you encounter them:

The Flat Tire

You can probably feel and hear when you get a flat tire. The car starts to wobble and there’s a loud thump as the tire goes around. If you’ve never changed a tire before, this might seem difficult, but the process is actually pretty easy. Your manual will have detailed instructions customized for your vehicle, but in general, you take out your spare, you put the jack under a metal part of your car near the wheel you need to replace, and remove the nuts, take of the wheel, and replace the nuts, then slowly lower the car back onto the road. If you don’t have a full-size spare, drive immediately to the closest place you can get your tire repaired.

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Annoying, but not necessarily dangerous—though you could be pulled over and given a ticket if a cop notices that you’re driving at night and one of your headlamps is out. If your light is starting to go out or is already out, your blinker may blink extra fast. Like changing a flat tire, the instructions for how to replace bulbs in your lights will be in your manual. If you don’t feel you’re car savvy enough to do this task, you can usually find someone at a car parts store who can do it for you for a small fee.

Your Battery Dies

There’s nothing more annoying than getting into your car, turning the key, and hearing nothing but clicks. If your electrical systems are not working, that probably means that your battery is dead. The best way to fix the issue is to get a jump from a kind stranger or to call a friend or family member to come jump the car or pick you up. Jumping a car is neither as difficult nor as scary as it initially seems—just follow the steps in your manual and you’ll get your battery working again. Keep in mind that this might be an indication that you need a new battery or that you’re leaving lights or other electrical systems on.

Your Alternator Is Dead

The symptoms of having a dead alternator are the same has having a dead battery—your car just won’t start and none of your electrical systems will light up. If jumping your car doesn’t work, but the car is still acting like you have a dead battery, your battery might just be too dead to revive (not just mostly dead, but all dead), or you have a real problem with your alternator. Calling a tow truck and having the alternator checked out and maybe even replaced is usually the best course of action here.

Squeaky Brakes

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Squeaking is how your brakes tell you that they need to be replaced. If you can hear your brakes squealing as you glide to a stop, it’s time to have them checked out. You can change your own brake pads, or you can bring your car into our service department to have them professionally looked at. Because there are a lot of moving parts when it comes to your breaks, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. Your rotors might be worn, your pads might be worn, there might be uneven wear that is causing uneven friction, etc. Most of the time, problems with brakes can be solved simply by installing a new set of pads, but if you do this and the problem persists, it might just be best to let a professional take a look.

There’s A Puddle under the Car

Unless you live in an apartment complex and do not always park in the same spot, it is generally pretty easy to tell if your car is leaking something. Oil is pretty easy to identify—it looks like oil. It leaves a big oil stain on your concrete. But that’s not the only thing that your car might be leaking. Among the fluids it could be leaking are brake fluid and antifreeze, too. You don’t want to lose too much of either of those two fluids. Antifreeze is usually green, while brake fluid has a slight amber tint and will be slightly oily. It is pretty corrosive, so if your car’s drips are eating a hole under your car, this could be the cause. Unless you know exactly where the leak is coming from and how to fix it, take your car in for an inspection and a repair.

Overheating

Most cars, especially new ones, do not overheat for no reason. It usually indicates that they’ve used up their coolant or that the coolant has leaked out. If you suddenly notice that your car is running hotter than it usually is, don’t ignore it until it becomes a serious problem. Have this issue checked out by a professional, too.

10 Things All Car Owners Should Know

car tipsOwning a car is a responsibility—I’m sure all of our parents told us that when they first handed us the keys to a car, whether that car was just the family car or a car specifically for us. We’re all older and wiser now, and if you’re bought yourself a Kia, you’ve already take one great step to stay safe on the road. Here are ten things that all car owners should know that they won’t teach you in driver’s education:

1. When your oil needs changing – One of the biggest benefits of buying a new Kia from our New Jersey dealership is the ability to get a car that will tell you when it needs an oil change. These cars have advanced monitoring and diagnostic features that will send a signal up when your oil is getting low. In general, however, knowing that most cars need an oil change every 5000 to 10,000 miles, or every three months, depending on how often you drive and how far you drive, can prevent you from driving off on a long road trip and having it ruined by a break down.

2. What your check engine light means – When my check engine light flipped on, just as we were leaving New Jersey, I was first, worried and second, annoyed. It had to turn on now? While we were leaving the state on a road trip? Your check engine light doesn’t always mean that disaster is eminent, however, which is something I wish I’d known at the time. What it does mean is that the diagnostics systems have detected a problem and that you should have the car looked at as soon as possible. If the light is flashing, this usually indicates a more serious problem than if the light is simply solid.

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3. How to replace the windshield wipers – I was away at college the first time I needed to replace my windshield wipers and I was so pathetically bad at it that my attempts to remove the old ones and put on the new ones attracted the attention of my dorm’s RA, who came out and showed me how to do it and gently chided me for not looking in my car’s manual for the instructions. Knowing how to do this quickly will prevent you from losing a windshield wiper when you need them the most.

4. What’s under the hood – You don’t have to know what everything under the hood is, but you should know, at the very least, where the oil goes, where your radiator is, and what your normal fluid levels look like. When I bought my first Kia, I was lucky enough to buy it from a salesman who wanted to make sure I knew what a pristine engine and correct fluid levels looked like. This information will help you quickly diagnose a problem if your vehicle is giving you trouble.

5. Your ideal tire pressure – I recently took my car to have its oil changed at a local quick-oil-change shop. When they were done changing the oil, they told me that they had checked my tires and inflated them all to 32 psi. Great—except that my tires are supposed to be at 38 psi. Knowing what your tire pressure is supposed to be can prevent you from driving around on tires that are either too low or too high. Both of these situations can be dangerous. You can find the right tire pressure for your Kia vehicle in your owner’s manual.

6. How to replace your headlights and taillights – This is one of the more complicated processes, but it can prevent you from getting a ticket because you are driving around with burned out taillights or headlights. The specific steps for your car in the manual, and most new cars come with LED bulbs that are much less likely to burn out, but this is still good information to know if you drive your car a lot.

7. Where your spare is – Where does your vehicle keep its spare tire? Is it underneath the body of the car? In the trunk? On the top or back? This may seem obvious, but when you have a flat tire, the last thing you want to be doing is searching for your spare and for the gear that you need in order to replace your tire. Know where all of these items are before you start driving.

8. What’s in your owner’s manual – The first time I cracked open my owner’s manual was because I needed to change the time on my car’s radio for Daylight Saving’s. These manuals are full of great resources. They tell you what all of the lights on your dash means, how often you need service, the brands of parts used in your vehicle, how to change your tire, etc. This information can be integral in an emergency so take some time to familiarize yourself with the manual.

9. How to jump start a car – I got “lucky.” There was a summer when I was a teenager when the car I was driving had to be jumped about eight times. I got really good at jumpstarting cars that summer and it’s a skill I’ve relied on since then. Even the best cars can be stalled by a dead battery. Knowing the basic steps can make getting back on the road much faster.

10. How to get out when you’re stuck – Getting stuck on ice, in snow, or mud can be scary and frustrating. Knowing how to get even the smallest, lightest of cars to move can be helpful. The most effective is the rocking technique. Shifting between drive and reverse and going as far as you can in either direction before you get stuck again will usually help you get out of a sticky spot.

Why Families Should Drive a Kia Sedona

The minivan used to carry a very uncool stigma. Today, with the wide variety of options available, it’s easy for even the coolest of parents to find a van that meets their needs and their style. The Kia Sedona is definitely at the top of that list. With a number of great features, even at the most basic trim level, it is extremely easy to get a car that is functional and stylish. Here are just a few of the reasons that all families should have a Kia Sedona.

1. Plenty of seating – Even if you don’t have a large family, you still might want to have a vehicle that has more than three comfortable seats. When you want to go somewhere with your friends or your children want to invite their friends somewhere, it is always convenient to have a vehicle that has plenty of seats for everyone. The Kia Sedona has up to three rows of comfortable seating, with four bucket seats and a bench that can even be folded down to make more room for cargo. This means that even if you normally only have three of four people to drive around, you can easily tote three or four more, without cramming or sharing seatbelts.

 

2. Comfort – Having climate control for all of the rows of seating makes it easy to keep the entire vehicle cool or warm, especially if each person has their own needs and expectations about that climate. The seats in the Kia Sedona have also been designed to be comfortable, with ample padding and even foot rests in the back bucket seats, so that if someone wants or needs to take a nap, they can get the most comfortable position possible.

kia sedona3. Great for road trips – Road trips were always the highlight of the summer during my childhood, and partly because as a family of five, we had a great van with three rows of seating. That meant that we all had our own space. If we’d been crammed into the back of a sedan, we probably would have been at each other’s throats the entire time. The extra space, the dual moon roofs, the reclining seats, etc. are all perfect for even the most extended of road trips.

4. Great safety – When choosing a vehicle for your family, especially if you are going to be driving that vehicle until your children are old enough to drive, you want to focus on picking something safe. One of the best ways to do that is with the Kia Sedona. The Sedona was the 2015 IIHS Top Safety Pick, making it one of the safest vehicles on the market, and with a wide variety of safety features, including airbags for the second and third rows of seats, it is definitely a great choice if you want to get an extreme safe and still versatile and stylish vehicle.

5. Expert design – What pushes people away from minivans is the frumpy styling that usually comes along with them. The Sedona bucks the trend, not just in interior design, but also exterior design. It looks more like a crossover than a minivan, so even though it has the traditional sliding door and long-body construction, its design sets it apart completely from the rest of the minivans being offered up by other brands. The minivan often feels like an afterthought in most brand’s lineups, but not Kia’s.

6. Easy in and out – Any parent will tell you that getting kids in and out of the car can be time consuming and difficult. The Sedona makes it easy with power-sliding doors that are also equipped with built-in sensors that detect if something is blocking the door. That means that the kids can easily open and close the doors themselves and there is no danger of getting a hand, foot, or leg caught in the door, since the door itself will sense and stop moving if there is an obstruction.

7. Adjustable seats – No other minivan on the market has the adjustability that the Sedona has. The second row of seats can be adjusted in an almost infinite number of ways. They can be moved both closer and farther apart, they can be leaned back, footrests can be kicked up, and there are even adjustable armrests so the passenger can decide exactly how they want to sit. If you need more space to get into the third row, you can slide the seats forward, or if the passengers need more leg room, you can slide the seats back again.

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8. Easy open for full hands – The sliding doors can be controlled from the fob, as can the liftgate, which also has an easy-open feature, which is great for parents who might be carrying groceries or children in their arms. You don’t even have to wave a hand, all you have to do is have your key in your pocket. It’s the smartest liftgate on the market and is a much easier open than any of the Sedona’s competitors.

9. Fabric that resists stains – Whether you get the trim level with fabric or whether you choose leather, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to clean and how resistant the fabric is to stains—which is great for families with small children that are prone to making messes, even when they are trying to keep the vehicle lean. The fabric is actually designed to repel moisture, so that spilled coffee, soda, and just about anything else won’t actually soak in and cause a stain on your seats.

Why You Should Bring Your Kia Back to Our New Jersey Dealership for Service

Regularly maintaining your vehicle is a big part of keeping it running smoothly and making sure that it has a long, functional life. When it comes time for a regular checkup or for a more significant repair or maintenance service, you have essentially two options. First, you have the option of taking your vehicle back to the dealership. Second, you have the option of taking it to an independent garage.

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While you can get great service at an independent garage, you may be more likely to get better service for your Kia when you bring it back to our Kia dealership. Not only do we know Kia vehicles better than just about any independent shop, we also know you and your needs better than any other garage will. Here are just a few of the reasons you should bring your Kia back to our New Jersey Kia dealership when it needs service:

Our Staff

Working with staff that are familiar not just with cars in general, but with your Kia specifically, can be of a major benefit to you. They know the common problems associated with each model year, they know what advancements have been made across generations of different models, and they have a more direct connection to the parts that your vehicle may eventually need.

Finding a service station that you trust your car entirely to can be difficult, but it is less difficult when you return your vehicle to a dealership. You know you can trust them to provide you with the very best service, as they are representing not just themselves as technicians, but the dealership as a whole and the brand at large.

The training for technicians that do not work at dealership service departments is considerably less make specific than the training given to mechanics that doo work at the service departments of dealerships. When you want care that is specifically tailored to a Kia and how they are built and should be maintained, you are far more likely to find a technician at our service station who knows and understands your car.

Relationships

Finding and building a trusting relationship with a mechanic is extremely important. When you have a mechanic that you know and trust, you will be able to leave your vehicle with him whenever it needs maintenance or a repair, without fear that you are going to be scammed or cheated.

Taking your car back to the service department at your dealership means you already have a pre-existing relationship with that dealership. You wouldn’t have bought from that dealership if you didn’t trust them and if you didn’t think that they could provide you with the very best service. This should extend to the service you can expect to receive from their technicians and mechanics.

Because you already have a relationship with this dealership, you can know that you are more likely to get service that you can rely on, especially because that service is backed by both the dealership’s brand and the car manufacturer’s brand.

Convenience

Unlike many corner shops, who have to adhere to a first-come, first-serve policy, if you show up at your dealership with a serious issue, the relationship you’ve built with that relationship and with the mechanics may mean that they can schedule you for an emergency repair.

Most dealerships also have better amenities and better services for those that have to sit and wait for maintenance or a repair, or who have to leave their vehicles overnight or for any stretch of time in order to get the repair they need. Some dealerships even have special warranties and guarantees for their repairs, allowing you to rest easier, especially if you have need of a major repair, along with loaner cars that you can borrow if your car is going to be in the shop for a few days.

Warranties

Especially while your Kia is still under warranty, you are going to find it much more beneficial to bring it back to the dealership, rather than to take it to another garage, and because Kia has one of the longest and most enduring warranties, you may find that bringing your car back to your Kia dealership is the best way to get the least expensive repairs for years to come. Many of the checkups, repairs, and replacements may be covered by your warranty, which will be honored often only at a dealership.

Recalls

If your car has a recall notice, the only way you may find out about it is by taking your vehicle in to the dealership, who will have a constantly updated list of potential recalls and who might need to have a part replaced or repaired when they bring their car in for service. While some independent garages may get these recall notices, your Kia dealership will have that information sent directly to them and the computer will send the technician an alert about a recall as they are performing diagnostics. It’s much easier and simpler to have these issues remedied when you bring your vehicle in to the dealership.

Parts and Service

While it is possible to find an independent shop that has access to the same parts and can provide the same service as your dealership, it is going to be much easier to simply take your Kia back to the dealership, which has a direct connection to Kia and can therefore easily get whatever parts you need and install them correctly and efficiently.

10 Myths To Consider When Buying A Car

If you’ve never bought a car before (or it has been a long time since you bought your last car) the entire process might be a mystery to you. Instead of just winging your way through the car shopping experience and believing what past car buyers have told you about the process, get informed about car buying. Here are ten of the biggest car buying myths and the truth behind those myths.

1. Buying a car on a rainy day means you will get better service. You are likely to get great service no matter when you come to our dealership, but some people still say that if you shop on a day when it is raining, you are unlikely to see many other buyers on the lot. The truth is that everyone has heard this advice. That means that everyone who is trying to buy a car is trying to do it on a rainy day, which means you are not going to find the lot empty.

 2. Don’t tell the salesperson what type of car you want to trade in before they have priced your new car. Some people think that hiding their trade in vehicle until after they have already cemented the price of their new car is a good way to get the salesperson to give them a better deal on that trade in car. The truth is, however, that all salespeople use the true value of your trade in in order to formulate a trade in price for you.

3. Don’t tell your salesperson you are actually planning on leasing. For some reason, many car shoppers have heard that they can get a better deal on a lease if they pretend that they are actually planning on buying a car and at the last minute tell the dealership they actually want to lease, or that salespeople will inflate a car’s price if they find out that someone is leasing. The problem with this myth is that most vehicles have set leasing prices.

 4. You need to be prepared to walk out on your salesperson. This myth dictates that you will only be able to get the price on the car that you want if you are prepared to drop everything and walk out if they do not give you that price. In the day of the internet, however, when it is very easy to get price guarantees online before you ever show up at a dealership, there is no need to haggle and persuade most salespeople to give you a great deal—you can be sure that you are already getting one.

 kia-picanto5. You have to read every single word in your contract. It’s unlikely that you are going to have the time to do this and even less likely that it is necessary. A dealership is not asking you to sign away your soul. Most car buying contracts are extremely standard—you agree to pay the price of the car and they agree to give you the car. If you feel so uncomfortable in the dealership that you feel like this is a necessity, you are probably buying from the wrong dealership.

6. Demand only to work with the manager. The sales manager is not the only person in the dealership who is able to give you a good price on a vehicle. In fact, every salesperson is bale to give you a great deal. Every dealership has a number of specials and deals for their customers, and every salesperson is authorized to negotiate on price. There is usually no reason to demand to speak only to the sales manager.

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 7. Bring a cashier’s check with the amount you’re willing to pay. This is one of the oldest car buying myths that needs to stop being spread around. There is no way that a dealership is going to take kindly to people who behave like this, especially if the number on your cashier’s check was formulated not by the dealership, but by the buyer. Have you taken into account all of the fees and taxes that come along with buying a car? What if the dealership was actually willing to take a price lower than the one on your check?

 8. The internet has all the best deals. While the internet does have some good deals, you can’t buy a car online (yet). This means that the best and most relevant deals are where you can actually buy a car—at a dealership. Many dealership are running deals and specials that they never post online. Looking for a great deal on a car? Visit the dealership to find out what kinds of deals they have on that particular day.

 9. You should get your own financing. This may speed up the car buying process (slightly), but it may not actually be better for your dealership and they may not even be willing to sell to people that insist on finding their own financing. Many dealerships have special deals and partnerships with banks in the area to give you better rates than you would be able to get independently.

10. Buying at the end of the month means the sellers are desperate and will give you a better deal. While it’s true that some dealerships may give you a better deal on stock still on their lot that they want to sell before the month ends, it’s also true that if they have already sold off all of that stock, they are unlikely to have any special deals for getting rid of those cars. Instead, try align when you buy a car with the best deals and discounts.