Why Oil Changes Are Important

change-engine-oilWhen you come to Allentown Kia to get an oil change, we are always happy to do it. Getting an oil change is important, but people often don’t do it as often as they should. The thing is, people will get the oil changed, and then they will see the little tag on their car telling them when to get their oil changed again. Some follow that guideline, while others just do it when they find the time.

It is extremely important that you ensure you get your oil changed whenever you can because failure to do so can cause severe problems for your car and it can lead to your car having many problems down the road.

When you come to Allentown Kia, we love to see you and we love to talk to you. We want to help ensure that your car runs great for the future because we don’t want your car breaking down. Whether you come to Allentown Kia, Burlington Kia or Turnersville Kia, we want you to have a well-functioning car, and that comes down to ensuring you get those oil changes that are going to save your vehicle.

How do oil changes save your vehicle? Here are a few reasons:

  1. One of the biggest things that oil does for your vehicle is that it maintains the engine lubrication of the vehicle. Every part on your car needs to be lubricated or it is going to seize up. These components are going to wear down, and they are going to heat up, and that is going to happen a lot faster if you don’t make sure you keep the oil maintained. Each car is going to need a certain type of oil, and it is important that is done properly.
  2. Engine components also heat up. They heat up the more you use them and the longer you drive. Oil will keep the friction from becoming too bad and it will ensure that your engine parts do not overheat. If you maintain clean and sufficient amounts of oil, it prevents friction rom causing any sort of overheating.
  3. As you drive, particles and sludge begins to build up in your engine. These dirt particles can be a serious problem to your engine and they can lead to the engine’s life span decreasing because of increased corrosion. These particles eventually become sludge and that sludge will cause a severe decrease in performance in your engine components. To keep this from happening, you need to ensure you keep your oil clean and change it often.
  4. Gas mileage is important in the day and age when gas prices are high. The worse your engine lubrication, the worse your gas mileage is going to be. According to the Department of Energy, you can actually improve your gas mileage by two per cent with frequent oil changes. Add in proper tire pressure improving performance to three per cent, and you have five per cent improved mileage by just doing those two things. If it costs you $50 each time you fill up, then that is $2.50 every time you fill up. If you fill up eight times a month, that is $20 a month, $240 a year. That is no small number.
  5. Most importantly, oil changes done on a regular basis are going to improve the vehicle longevity. Don’t get us wrong, we love seeing you at Allentown Kia, and we want to see you often but we don’t want to see you losing your vehicle before you should because the oil wasn’t maintained. We want you to have a vehicle you love, for as long as you have it.

Now that you know why you should be changing your oil, the next thing to talk about is how often you should come in to Allentown Kia and have your oil changed. We don’t want you coming in too frequently when you don’t need to, but we also don’t want you having to wait too long to get your oil changed.

Usually, most places will recommend that you change your oil ever few thousand miles. Originally, owner manuals said that you should change your oil every 5,000 miles, but Consumer Reports did a study and found that there was little need to change your oil between 3,000 and 7,500 miles.

In general, you will want to make it a personal choice about when you get the oil changed. You should get an oil change done every few months, especially if you are driving a great deal. In general, make sure you get an oil change at least once every four to six months, and you should get a change done every 5,000 to 10,000 miles if possible.

When you come to Allentown Kia, we will make sure that you get exactly what you need for your oil change. Not only are we going to do an oil change for you, we are going to make sure that you get everything your car needs. You are going to get everything done on your vehicle from the oil change to various other fluid changes. We will also make sure that your vehicle is going to run great after the oil change, and you are going to have a vehicle that runs great because of the oil change.


A vehicle is a wonderful thing. It can get you from point A to point B and it can do it in a way that ensures you get where you need to go in an efficient manner. The thing is, you need to make sure that you drive your vehicle in an efficient way and oil changes are a big part of that. It is important you get those oil changes, but get them on a good schedule to ensure you don’t do it too often or too little. You can always ask our expert staff at Allentown Kia as well about when is the best time to get that oil change done.

Driving During The Christmas Season

driving-safely-on-christmasAs we approach the Christmas season, families get ready to get out onto the road. Here at Burlington Kia, many of our employees and their families are going to be hitting the road and getting out to visit loved ones. That means more cars on the road, often during winter driving conditions, and that is why driving safely during the Christmas season is so very important.

When you head out onto the road, whether it is in a vehicle you bought at Burlington Kia or not, you want to make sure you are safe. You could be visiting family, you could be coming home from a Christmas party, or you could be working on Christmas. No matter what the circumstances, we want to make sure you are safe.


Here are the tips to make sure you drive safe during the Christmas season.

  1. If you are coming off a Christmas party and heading home, you may have had a couple of drinks. There is nothing wrong with having fun at a Christmas party, but there is something wrong with drinking and driving. This is why you need to make sure you have a designated driver on hand to drive you home.
  2. If you don’t have a designated driver, then before you go to any Christmas party, you need to ensure you have cab numbers in your pocket. That way you can call a cab before you leave the Christmas party and you won’t have to worry that something bad is going to happen.
  3. If you are a driver, and you are sober, there is still a danger when you are driving during the Christmas season and it doesn’t come from the weather. According to the US Department of Transportation, you should stay off the roads between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m. during the Christmas season because that is when drunk driving accidents are the most likely to happen.
  4. Before you drive anywhere during the Christmas season, because of the risk of bad weather, you should have your car serviced. We would be happy to do this for you at Burlington Kia, or our other dealerships of Allentown Kia and Turnersville Kia. We can ensure that your tire pressure and tread level are proper, that your oil has been changed and that all the important fluids are at their proper levels in your car. Remember, a car that is well-maintained is a car that is going to be safe. This is very important, especially when driving conditions are not the best.
  5. Naturally, you want to make sure you pay attention to the road conditions before you go anywhere. If you feel that chains are recommended when driving, then put chains on, or ensure you have good winter tires.
  6. Tailgating doesn’t get you anywhere faster and when conditions are icy, you are only setting yourself up for rear-ending someone. That can cause severe injury to you and to the other person, and set up years of financial headaches.
  7. Speaking of accidents, you should always watch your speeding when you are on icy roads during the Christmas season. We love to see you at Burlington Kia, but we don’t want you to come in with a damaged car. It is important to remember that it will take you 10 times as long to stop a car on an icy street than a dry one. Give yourself enough room to stop for the safety of you and everyone else on the road.
  8. When you are travelling to see family, you probably want to take a lot with you. There are presents, your own family, luggage and much more. That can begin to add a lot to the car and that can also mean you run the risk of overpacking your car. When you pack up the car too much, you are creating a lot of blind spots for yourself. You won’t be able to see behind you when you look in the rear view mirror for one. In addition, you will also run the risk of loose items in the car becoming dangerous objects that are flown around the car if there is an accident. The air bag can help when you are in a rear-ender, but it won’t help if a suitcase flies from the back of the car and hits you in the head.
  9. Driving with family can also mean a lot of distractions. Those distractions can add to the danger of the road when you are not paying attention to it. To combat this, always make sure you have something for everyone to keep their minds occupied. Put a movie on the car, or have the kids use their tablets. Whatever you can do to keep them occupied, you should do it. It will make the family happier, it will make you happier and it will make the entire trip much safer.

You are important to us at Burlington Kia. We want you to be safe and we want you to drive this year without worry of an accident. We want all our customers to have a great holiday season and that means making sure that they are safe this holiday season. We don’t want you coming to us with a damaged car, because that means someone was hurt. We don’t want you to be in a situation where you and your family are in danger on the road either.

The best thing to remember when you are driving this Christmas season is that you should pay attention to the road, pay attention to the conditions of the road, and ensure you always give yourself time to get to your destination. Remember, it is fine to get somewhere fast, but it is better to be late than never when you are getting to a family gettogether. Your relatives would rather you were five hours late, than not arriving at all and that is something very important to remember.

Fall Road Hazards: What to Avoid

When most people think of a dangerous time of the year to be on the road, they think of winter. The truth is that every season presents its own dangers and challenges for the road. If you are going to be driving a lot during this fall season, here are some of the biggest fall road hazards that you should watch out for:

1. Traffic – You might not think of traffic as a hazard, but especially if you are driving distractedly, traffic can be very dangerous. There is usually an increase in traffic during the fall, first, because people have returned to school, which means more drivers on the road in the morning and afternoon as parents take their kids to school or teenagers and young adults drive to school. There is also going to be higher than average pedestrian traffic, especially if you have to drive through school zones during your commute. Many pedestrians, young children especially, will step out into traffic without looking both ways to make sure the road is clear, which puts the onus back on you to watch for them and avoid them.


fall-road-hazards2. Leaves – Can leaves on the road actually be dangerous? If you live in the northeast, where there are always plentiful fall colors, leaves falling from trees can present a serious challenge to drivers. The make roads slippery and a pile or mass of leaves can hold on to moisture for days or even weeks after the most recent rain. This means that even if it has not rained recently, the leaves might still be slippery. If you are going to fast or taking a turn too sharply, a pile of wet leaves could be just as slippery as ice on the road. In addition, leaves can hide other hazards on the road, like pools of water or potholes. Instead of zipping through every pile of leaves, make sure to slow down and approach them in the same way that you would approach ice.



3. Fog – While there might have been fog during the summer, fog is far more common during the colder mornings and days of fall. Fog will gather in the low places around large bodies of water or in between mountains and can reduce visibility to just a few feet, depending on how thick the fog is. Especially if you only encounter thick fog a few times a year, it can be difficult to understand how to drive in it. The two biggest things to remember are to slow down, so that you are able to see and react to anything in front of you with this reduced visibility and to not turn on your high beams. Your car might have a fog lights setting—choose this setting if you do have it. It is important for you to have your lights on so you can see and other vehicles can see you, but your high beams will just reflect off the fog and produce glare.


4. Frost – It might not completely freeze at night yet, but it might still be getting cold enough for the ground to collect frost. You’ll most commonly find slippery frost on your lawn, but with enough buildup of frost on the road, it can be just as slippery as if it was completely iced over. In some areas, you might actually start to see your roads iced in the early morning, even if it is completely melted and dry once the sun is up. Be particularly wary of bridges and overpasses, as these areas are the first to freeze and become icy during colder weather.


5. The sun – The sun can be a problem when you are trying to drive during all times of year, but you are more likely to be on the road while it is going down more often during the fall, because it starts to set around six or seven and will only set earlier and earlier the later in the season it becomes. This sort of sun glare can make it very difficult to see what is going on while driving. If you feel that you are being blinded by the sun, it might be time to invest in some sunglasses or to use your sun shades more strategically. While you likely will not be able to completely block out the sun, you should be able to shield yourself from it enough that you can get home safely.


6. Low tire pressure – As the temperatures start to drop, the air in your tires will contract, which lessens their tire pressure. Why be worried about this? Because underinflated tires can become a potential hazard. If you have a new vehicle, it will probably tell you when your tires are underinflated, making it easy to know when you need to go to a gas station or service shop and have them filled. Older vehicles, however, will not have these warnings. It is a good idea to check your tire pressure and make sure all of your tires are at the PSI prescribed in your owner’s manual.


7. Animals – If you live in an area where wildlife is common, you have probably already started to see deer, elk, and moose on the sides of the road. As the temperatures drop in the mountains, they might be coming down in search of food. These creatures, while fun to see during your commute, can be as much a road hazard as ice. When you see an animal on the side of the road, slow down—not just to get a better look, but to make sure you have time to react if they dash out into the road.


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How to Make Driving More Comfortable

drivingYou don’t just want your vehicle to be beautiful—you want it to be comfortable, too. Especially if you spend a lot of time in your car (whether you live in the country and have to drive to get into the city or have a long commute to work or school every day), you want your vehicle to be as comfortable as it can possible be. Plus, right now, before the weather starts to take a turn for the worst, is the best time to hit the open road and take a late-season road trip. Here are a few tips for making sure your ride is comfortable, no matter how long you have to be in the car:

Buy the Right Car

If your car does not start out comfortable, it is going to be very difficult to make it comfortable in the future. Buying the right car is the first step of making sure that you are comfortable during long drives. All Kia vehicles are designed to be extremely comfortable for both driver and passengers. There is no worse vehicle than one that is comfortable for the driver by very uncomfortable for the passengers. If the backseat is not as comfortable as the front seat, you might want to look for a different car.

When purchasing a car with comfort in mind, be sure to sit in the backseat along with the front seat. This is especially important for families of more than two people. If your children are often going to be sitting in the backseat of the vehicle, you want to make sure that it is going to be comfortable. As a person who, as a child, had to endure many summers road tripping in the back of my parent’s Ford SUV, I can attest that your passengers will be much happier if your backseat is comfortable.

What makes a backseat comfortable? On top of making sure that the seats are both soft and supportive, you will want to make sure that you have enough leg room, even if the person in the front moves their chair backwards. Many vehicles are designed to look like they have plenty of leg room, until you are actually sitting in the car and realize that in order for the person in the front to be comfortable, they have to move their seat back, which interferes with the comfort of the people in the back of the vehicle.

During your test drive, do not be afraid to ask the salesperson to pullover and test out all of the seats. You will also want to make sure that you can easily adjust the mirrors, seat, and steering wheel, so that you can see behind you and have the best position for your hands on the wheel. You might not notice it during your test drive, but if it is impossible to get your mirrors, seat, and wheel into the right positions for your height, you will always be uncomfortable while driving.

Another consideration should be the features the car offers. For example, a backup camera could make backing out of parking spaces or your driveway much easier, without having to crane your head around to see if there is anything behind you. Blind spot detectors and lane divergence warnings are two more great features that help you drive without worry.

Maintain Your AC/Heating Systems


You might need to “flush” your air conditioning system every time the people at your oil change shop tell you to, but you should have your system regularly inspected and maintained. Air conditioning and heating systems seem to malfunction at the most inopportune times.

Especially because the weather is cooling off, now is the perfect time to make sure that your system is in proper working order, so that when you need to defrost your car or heat it up so that it is comfortable to be in, you do not have to worry about whether or not it will actually start. If not cleaned, dust, bacteria, and even fungus can start to build up and grow in your system, which could give it a nasty smell every time you turn it on, which is definitely not going to make you comfortable.

Get Your Maintenance

There is nothing worse than driving and realizing that something is wrong with your car. If it is time for an oil change, get an oil change. If you need to have your tires rotated, have your tires rotated. You do not want to be in a position where you cannot get to your destination because you have not been taking proper care of your car. Regularly check your coolant and windshield washing fluid levels, at the very least. Winter may be on its way, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t need coolant to keep your engine from overheating. Check for leaks in your system by looking at the ground underneath where your car is parked.

Adapt to Changing Weather

There’s no need to speed during periods of bad weather. The fall often comes with unpredictable weather, which can making driving a hassle. You can make driving more comfortable by just slowing down during periods of bad weather. Most people do not think of rain as particularly dangerous, but it can be if you are going too fast. The same goes for fallen leaves on the road. Many don’t realize that these leaves can be very slick and slippery, especially if you are speeding.

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Fall Maintenance Checklist from Your Kia Dealership

checklistWinter is quickly approaching, which means that now is the perfect time to make sure that your vehicle is in prime working condition. The last thing you want to do is have to have your car serviced during the winter months. This checklist will help you make sure that your vehicle is completely prepared for winter:

1. Check your heating. While it might still be warm enough during the day that you are not relying on your heater very much, in about a month, you will start to need to use your heater every single day, just to keep your vehicle comfortable. This makes right now the perfect time to make sure that your heating system is working properly. Turn it on and if it smells funny or seems to stutter to a start, take it in to our maintenance department to have your system cleaned out and maintained.


2. Check your wiper blades. The heat of the summer can do serious damage to the rubber blades of your windshield wipers. If you have not gotten new blades in the last six months, now is a really good time to replace them. You might even want to consider getting wiper blades that are specifically designed to deal with heavy snowfall. These blades are thicker and more durable, so they can sweep snow off of your windshield, making it even easier to clean off your car.

3. Check your lights. As winter approaches, the days are going to shorten. You might find yourself driving to work in the dark and home from work in the dark. You might never have occasion to get in your car without also needing to turn on your headlights. This makes it more important than ever before to make sure that your lights are still bright. Your vehicle will probably alert you when one or more of your lights are going to die, but there is no harm in checking your lights and replacing the bulbs if they are not sufficient.


4. Check your tires. Winter in most areas of the United States means heavy snowfall, which can mean dangerous driving conditions, especially if your tires are worn. If you have a set of snow tires, now is the time to put them on your vehicle, rather than waiting until the first heavy snow of the year. Alternatively, if you have all-season tires, now is a good time to make sure that they still have enough tread to be functional. Bald tires can be dangerous even on perfectly dry roads but they will certainly lead to more slipping and sliding when the roads are packed with snow and ice.

5. Check your brakes. You want to have reliable brakes coming into the winter season, when you are probably going to be relying on them more than ever before. Your braking system is the most important safety feature on your vehicle. If you have not had it checked recently or you are starting to hear squealing or feel rocking or shaking when you brake, have a professional look at your brakes and replace any of the components if they are not working properly or have bene worn down.

6. Keep your tank full. While it’s unlikely that it is going to get cold enough to freeze the gas in your tank, it is always a good idea to keep your tank above half full. This will prevent moisture from getting into any of your line and freezing, which could cause them to burst and require you to make costly repairs. Plus, it means you will never be short on gas if you ever find yourself sitting in traffic on cold, snowy highways where there are few chances to get off and get gas if you are low.

7. Check your battery. Batteries are more prone to die during the winter, which means that you should check to make sure that yours is in good health as winter starts to approach. You can often have your battery checked for free at auto parts stores, but if you want to have it checked by someone you trust, bring your vehicle to our maintenance department. If it is not putting out the right voltage, it is a good idea to have your battery replaced as soon as possible. You do not want to be stranded on a snowy evening with a vehicle that will not start.

8. Make sure you have your cold weather essentials. These are your jumper cables, flashlight, snow brush, and ice scraper. These are the items that you need to make sure that your car will turn on and is safe to drive, even if your battery does die. It is very important for you to have a snow brush and ice scraper. While your windshield wiper blades and defroster can do plenty to clear your windshield, only these tools can really allow you to make sure your car is completely clean and safe to drive.

9. Stock a few bottles of water, a blanket, and nonperishable snacks, just in case. You never know when you might be stuck somewhere with your car and cannot leave for a few hours. It might be on the highway, behind an accident up ahead or your car might get mired in a snow drift and you have to wait for someone to come pull or dig you out. In this instance, you will want to have some snacks, water, and a blanket to keep you warm in your vehicle.

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Car Buying Doesn’t Have to Be Scary! Here Are 9 Tips for Making Car Buying Fun

A car is one of the biggest purchases that you will make in your lifetime. This can lead many people have anxiety about this purchase. While they might be perfectly capable of affording it, the sheer size of the purchase is often enough to make some people incapable of making a decision. Car buying doesn’t have to be scary, especially when you show with us! Here are nine tips that will make choosing and purchasing your car much easier:

1. Don’t bank on your emotions. When first shopping for a car, it can be tempting to look for vehicle that you like the appearance of and to disregard its safety rating, comfort, or features. Safety rating should be one of the primary factors you look at when buying a car. While it is important to get a car that you actually enjoy driving, it is just as important to look for a vehicle that is going to protect you when you are in an accident. Don’t let your emotions trump your need for a safe, functional vehicle.

2. Make a list of desired features. If you already know what you are looking for in a vehicle, you will make your car shopping experience much, much easier. Seat warmers might be a necessity for you, but completely optional for someone else. You might have no need for a backup camera, while this might be something that someone else will not buy a car If you have specific features that you are going to be looking for, make a list of them.



3. Do your research. Every brand now has a website where you can go to see their vehicles and to get an idea of what features are available and their starting prices. It’s important to remember that most of the models at your dealership are going to be more expensive, because they come along with additional fees. Doing your research allows you to eliminate vehicles or even entire brands that do not offer you something that you want or can afford.

4. There is no “right time” to buy a car. Many guides will tell you that the best time to get a good price on a vehicle is at the end of the month or the end of the summer or just after Christmas. The truth is that just about every dealership runs sales and specials just about all the time. You are not necessarily going to get a better deal by waiting until the end of the month. Many guides recommend this because they claim that salespeople will be more desperate to meet their quota and will give in to negotiating. This may be true in some regards, but it’s also true that the salespeople might have already met their goals or quotas and will have no impetus to give you a better deal.


5. Make sure they have the cars you want to look at. If you have done your research, you should be able to walk onto the lot and tell the salesperson which vehicles you want to see. While they might not have the exact trim or a vehicle with the exact features that you want, they should have something analogous that you can test drive while they get the vehicle you do want to buy from another dealership. If you look at the dealership’s website and you already know they don’t have the car you want to see, you could call ahead to see how quickly they could get it for you.

6. Keep in mind that a lower monthly payment doesn’t necessarily mean a cheaper vehicle. When you finance through the dealership, you might be given the option to look at a few different options, some that will offer you a lower monthly payment. In some instances, because of interest, you might actually end up paying more for a car, even if you have a lower monthly payment.

7. Last year’s model will probably be cheaper. If you have to have the newest model year that the dealership has on their lot, you are probably going to pay more than if you opted for an older (but still new) vehicle. Many dealerships, for example, might have their 2017 stock already on the lot, along with some of their 2016 stock. If you are willing to not get the latest design and features, you might be able to get essentially the same vehicle at a lower price.

8. Consider whether or not you are going to buy again in the near future. If you are planning on buying another vehicle in the near future, you might want to consider buying something cheaper this time around. On the other hand, buying a vehicle that has better value, even after being driven for a few years, could make it a better option if you are planning on trading it in the near future.

9. Don’t be afraid to call ahead. While summer is generally the busiest time for most dealerships, the dealerships you are planning on visiting might still be very busy. Calling ahead, first to make sure that they have the vehicles you want to look at and then to schedule test drives for those vehicles is a good way to make sure that you get personalized attention when you do actually arrive on their showroom floor.


These tips can make this big purchase a little bit less scary and a whole lot more fun! Buying a new car should be exciting! Come visit us or one of our sister dealerships in Allentown or Turnersville.

Why should I buy a used car?

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

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


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


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



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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