A Guide to Preparing Your Vehicle for the Summer

summer drive tipsWhen the temperature climbs higher on the outside, things start heating up under the hood of your vehicle. During this weather change, it is essential that you not give your car the cold shoulder. Whether you are commuting daily to work or planning a long road trip, take some time to perform a little routine maintenance. The long days, stronger sun, and beach season demand that you get in shape by hitting the gym.

Similarly, before you get on the highway for an early summer getaway, it is vital to keep your car in tip-top shape. Fortunately, you can use several preventative steps for keeping your engine cool. Below are some useful tips on how to prepare your car for the warm-weather drivers and prevent things from heating up in the engine:

Check Your Tires

As the summer months get closer and the snow on the group begins disappearing, you should have your winter tires replaced. It is important that if your previous tires were worn out, you buy new all-season tires. They deliver better traction in a wider range of roadway conditions, be it slippery roads, gravel-filled roads, or roads filled with potholes and bumps.

However, replacing the tires shouldn’t be your only priority. It is vital that you also have your tires rotated and balanced for improving fuel economy and ensuring a smoother ride. Additionally, don’t forget to check the air pressure. Check your owner’s manual to figure out the right amount of air pressure. This will deliver better handling, while significantly increasing the life span of your tires (over- or underinflated tires may result in drag and excessive wear and tear).

Brake Check

This step goes hand-in-hand when having your tires checked and replaced. Analyze your brakes and figure out whether they require replacement. There are many signs to look for when your brakes are worn out. If your brakes make a squealing or scratching sound, it is a clear sign that the brakes shoes or pads have passed their limit. Similarly, if you notice vibrations, vehicle leaning to the left/right, or delays while braking, it is imperative that you have it checked. Visit a professional mechanic immediately and have your brakes replaced to avoid any sort of problems like less-effective stopping (which could even result in collisions or serious accidents).

Change Your Oil

With the change of season, it is vital that you have your oil changed. Bear in mind that the oil in your engine should always reflect the outside temperature. Therefore, if you haven’t already replaced the oil, give your engine some new life and energy using fully synthetic motor oil that is optimized for good performance. New oil keeps your engine running smoothly and offers great protection in a wide range of conditions. It also improves your fuel-economy, ensuring you don’t have to pay much for gas.

Check Your Fluid Levels

Every car owner has perhaps faced that annoying moment, when they hit the windshield washer and nothing comes out. This can cause serious issues, especially if you are driving in foggy weather with lots of moisture. The windshield might get completely fogged, making it difficult for you to see. Similarly, if the fluid levels of your brake, transmission, and power steering aren’t topped up, you may experience poor vehicle performance. So, before the summer season arrives, make sure to top all fluid levels.

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Check Engine Belts and Hoses for Cracks and Wear

Changes in weather and climate can cause great damage to your engine components, especially belts and hoses. As soon as the winter season starts fading, your belts and hoses might get completely soft. This makes them vulnerable to cracks and extensive wear, especially around places where the hoses are clamped and connected. Have them checked and replaced, if in poor condition. However, do not attempt to touch the belts or hoses, after driving your vehicle (as it may cause serious injuries and burns).

Flush the Cooling System

An excellent method for keeping your engine cool during the summer season is to have your cooling system flushed. You can refer to your owner’s manual for recommendations or advice on how to do it. However, it is preferred that you visit a professional mechanic, so that you don’t damage any other engine component. If the weather is moderate, an annual cooling system flush is good. However, if you’re in a state that experiences extremely hot summers, it is vital that you change your coolant twice a year.

Use a Good Radiator Coolant

During the hot days of summer, your car needs hydration just as your body. Using simple water or the wrong coolant will result in pump and radiator damage. Therefore, it is advised that you consider using a good anti-freeze fluid. These products contain corrosion inhibitors that have a higher boiling point than water. As a result, they do a better job in keeping your engine cooled. Before buying coolant though, it is imperative to read the label to confirm it’s safe for your vehicle’s make/model.

Test Your Air-Conditioning

With the summer months arriving, you will undoubtedly be using more of the air-conditioning system rather than the heater. Therefore, before the mercury gets too high, run a quick test on your car’s air conditioning system. Turn the AC on high to the coldest level and make sure that cool air is coming out of the vents. If you feel the airflow is not strong enough to cool the interior of the vehicle, hear unusual noises, or experience any problems, have your AC system checked for refrigerant leaks or pipe deterioration.

Apply a Protective Coating

Similar as to applying suntan lotion at a lake or beach, it is vital to remember that you car can be damaged by the UV rays of the sun too. Subsequently, do not be hesitant on applying a coating of sun protective layer on your vehicle’s exterior. Also, use a sun polish for the interior of the vehicle to prevent harm from windshield reflections.

Therefore, now that you are familiar with the tips mentioned above, preparing your vehicle for the summer won’t be a problem.

Getting Your Tires Rotated at Turnersville Kia

tire rotationWhen you get car maintenance done, you often think about getting the oil changed, having the fluids flushed and even your tires inflated to their proper point. You may get some other things checked but one thing people forget about more than anything else is getting their tires rotated.

Coming into Turnersville Kia, or any of our other dealerships like Burlington Kia and Allentown Kia, you are going to be getting the best service possible. Our staff know what they are doing and they want to make sure that you get the best service possible because we want to provide the best service possible. Providing the best service means that we provide total service when you come into our dealership. Total service means providing everything including making sure that the tires are rotated.

We all know that tires need to be rotated, but most people do not get it done and most people typically ignore it.

First, let’s address what is tire rotation. Well, it is just as the name suggests. You are taking tires and you are shifting their positions around the vehicle. The tires in the front may go to the back, or switch sides, and vice versa. It is a very simple procedure done on a vehicle that doesn’t take very long, but it can be very important for your vehicle.

When you drive, the weight that is on the front axle and the back axle is very different because of the weight of the engine. This means that there is uneven wear on your vehicle’s tires. Front-wheel drives have the engine in the front, but also the transaxle in the front, and that adds to the overall weight differential. When you brake and steer, further weight shifts are put on the vehicle. This additional stress causes the front tires to wear out a lot faster, so you want to make sure you get tire rotations done.

When you turn, the outside front tire is going to wear out faster, and right turns are going to be tighter than left turns and those are going to cause further wear on the one tire. When you are parking, the tires of the right side of the vehicle are going to be bumped and rubbed against the curb.

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When there are mechanical problems with the vehicle, that can also cause uneven wear on the tire. If the alignment is off and that is causing the vehicle to turn, the driver will often have to correct by steering against that tendency to turn the vehicle. This in turn causes even more wear on the vehicle.

So, when you have regular tire rotation, you are helping to prevent increased tire wear from becoming a problem. The more a tire wears, the greater the chance that the tire could go flat, or blow out on the road while you are driving. You don’t want that to happen.

Most car manufacturers recommend that you rotate your tires about every 5,000 miles to 8,000 miles. Generally, the same amount of time that you get the oil changed, you get the tires rotated. At Turnersville Kia, you can get this all done at one place by our expert staff. We will ensure that you get everything you need done, including the important tire rotation.

When you bring in your vehicle for a tire rotation, we are going to typically take the back tires and move them to the front, and front tires are going to move to the back. If the tires are unidirectional tires, then we are going to rotate front to back, on the same side to ensure that the rotation direction is maintained on the tires. If a full-size spare tire is part of the tire rotation, then we will have to use more complex tire rotation patterns. In addition, if there are snow tires, then we will do the same as there is more that goes into the rotation than just moving tires from front to back and back to front.

Interestingly, if the maximum traction is needed, the best tires on the vehicle should actually be kept at the rear of the vehicle. This helps to ensure that the vehicle has greater traction when in difficult conditions.

Another interesting thing is the fact that some vehicle manufacturers actually recommend that you do not rotate the tires at all. These are typically manufacturers like BMW. These tires are designed to have different sizes based on where the tire is located on the vehicle, or they have unidirectional rotation tread, which makes rotation impossible. It should be noted that Kia vehicles do not do this, so tire rotation is very important.

Why should you come to Turnersville Kia then? Well, we are extremely good at what we do. Our staff are experts and they have decades of experience with maintaining vehicles. This doesn’t just apply to doing tire rotations, but to a wide variety of maintenance including total fluid changes and more. When you bring your vehicle into us, you know that you are going to get the best service possible. We are going to make sure that your vehicle is going to leave our dealership running better than it was before. We will ensure that the vehicle you are driving runs great, feels great, and that comes down to tire rotations and much more.

Tire rotation may seem like something that is not needed, or something that doesn’t need to be done when there are so many other things you can do with your vehicle. The truth is that getting your vehicle’s tires rotated is incredibly important and something that must be done on a regular basis. Doing something like that is going to help ensure that your vehicle is not going to break down, blow out a tire, or have severe problems down the road. Don’t discount getting your tires rotated. When you need it done, the best place to go is Turnersville Kia.

Top 7 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Used Ride

car questionsBuying a car is a huge investment that requires considerable financial planning and research, before walking into a dealership. New cars with the latest features and technologies tend to be incredibly expensive, especially if you want a vehicle like an SUV, crossover, or minivan for accommodating your family. Where some have the cash reserves to buy a new ride, others may face significant trouble. This is where buying a used ride proves to be a smart choice.

Besides, with the state of the economy, price of gas, and cars losing their value the minute you drive it off the lot, shelling out that extra cash for a brand new car is rather unwise decision. Used cars can be just as fuel-efficient, safe, and secure. It also saves you from tossing your cash into the car’s fuel tank. You can easily buy a vehicle in good condition from renowned dealers like Allentown Kia for under $20k or even $10k! However, it is imperative that you do all your homework before reaching a final decision.

So, look at these top 7 questions to ask before buying a used ride (from dealers or private sellers).

1.      “Can you tell me why you’re selling this car?”

If you’re buying a used car from a private seller, it is imperative that you ask them why they want to sell the car. Used car dealerships often do not know the reason, but all private sellers you find through car classifieds, Craigslist, or eBay are bound to provide you an answer. It’s sometimes rather interesting to learn about why a person might want to sell a particular car. Mostly, people sell their old cars for cash, but some vehicle owners might have registration issues, unpaid taxes, etc. Make sure you know if the price is fair and understand what you’re getting into.

2.      “How many miles has it been driven?”

If the mileage is lower than say 5,000 per year or higher than 20,000, make sure to ask why. Bear in mind that car mileage plays an important role in determining the value of a used car. However, don’t think that high mileage necessarily means the vehicle is in poor condition. If mileage is high because the owner had long highway commutes, it’s actually better than stop-and-go driving and short trips. Low mileage is good, but not a guarantee of proper vehicle care. In addition, odometers of cars can be tampered with. This is why you must always ask about mileage.

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3.      “Will you allow a test drive? “

When it comes to purchasing a used vehicle, it is highly advised for you to take a test run. This should go without saying that if you do not drive a car; you never know what issues/problems it might be give after you purchase it. Used car dealerships shouldn’t have any problem in letting you test drive the vehicle around town to get a better idea. Private sellers, however, might be a little hesitant of the idea. This is why you must ask them to accompany you on the short test drive. This is essential for noticing problems, while also ensuring if the car is a good fit for you.

4.      “Will you allow me to make my own inspection?”

Most dealers like Allentown Kia ensure that each vehicle added into their inventory undergoes a rigorous and thorough inspection process to highlight any existing/potential issues and fix them immediately. Therefore, if any vehicle doesn’t meet the quality standards, they aren’t added to the list. However, not all dealers or private sellers follow the same protocol. This makes it crucial for you to bring your own licensed and trusted mechanic to conduct a thorough visual and mechanical analysis of the vehicle’s condition, engine, features, accessories, chassis, and other vehicle parts. This way, you can ensure the car you’re buying is in good condition, or requires certain repairs, which should be reflected in the overall price of the car.

5.      “Is there a warranty on the car? “

If you are planning to buy a used car from a dealership, look for certified vehicles. Dealerships like Allentown Kia offer a 172-multipoint inspection process on vehicles that are under five years of age and have been driven for only 20,000 miles. Most of these cars can be purchased with extended warranties and roadside assistance. However, if you’re buying a used car from private seller, unless there’s an existing factory warranty, the car is typically sold as-is. This makes it crucial for you to find out whether the car you’re buying has warranty or not.

6.      “What is the vehicle’s history? “

Regardless of whether you are buying from a dealership or private seller, it is imperative that you ask for a complete vehicle’s history. Private sellers might have trouble providing you with the vehicle’s history. This is where you have to use the assistance of sites like Autocheck and CARFAX® to get a complete history report using the VIN# of the car. When you purchase from dealerships though, you do get a complete history report, minus the hassle.

7.      “Are you the original owner of this car?”

If you want to leverage quality, then make sure to ask this question from private sellers. It’s always best to choose a vehicle that is first-owner. If a car has been used by different owners over a short period of time, consider looking for another vehicle. First-owner vehicles guarantee that the vehicle is driven by only one person, meaning it would be better maintained. Dealerships like Allentown Kia offer an entire inventory of first-owner vehicles. Make sure to check the list out and find a vehicle that best suits your needs and requirements.

Also, make sure to ask about what features the car comes equipped with, does it have complete maintenance or service records, and if the car has ever been in an accident (think twice about buying a vehicle that’s been in a serious crash).

A Guide to Driving Your Kia Safely

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

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

Never Drive When Drunk

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

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

Avoid Speeding at All Costs

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

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

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Avoid All Types of Distractions

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

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

Don’t Drive Drowsy

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

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

Always Wear Your Seat Belt

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

Be Extremely Careful in Bad Weather

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

Don’t Follow Other Cars Too Closely

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

Keep Your Vehicle Safe

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

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

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.

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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.

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  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

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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.

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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.

 

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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.