Purchasing a Used Car – Things You Need to Do

Sometimes it may not exactly be a sensible decision for your family to purchase a new vehicle. With the extremely high costs of new cars and the drastic depreciation when they are driven off the lot, you could just end up breaking your bank. This is why used cars are proving to be a more economical and budget-friendly choice. Contrary to popular belief, secondhand cars offer remarkable value to buyers. You can easily find first-owner or two/three year old models that haven’t been driven much. However, while purchasing a used car may seem like a judicious option, you still need to be smart. So, without further ado, look at these tips below for purchasing a used car:

Analyze Your Budget

When it comes to purchasing a used car, it is imperative to figure out what you can afford. Whether you’re planning to finance or purchase the vehicle outright, have a budget set in mind. Also, factor in a little extra money for repairs and maintenance. Checking the Blue Book values and dealer prices is an easy way to determine the accurate budget for a vehicle you want to buy. Once you have determined a fixed budget, stick to it and avoid buying impulsively. Don’t hesitate on walking away from a deal if a car isn’t the right price. There are plenty more fish in the sea.

Do Your Research

After you have analyzed your budget and settled on a fixed amount of spending, begin your research on the car you want to buy. You have plenty of options when it comes to buying a ride. From sedans, coupes, minivans, pickup tracks, to compacts, there is a vehicle for every taste. Consider researching on the best models for each vehicle type. Also, try gaining information about the most common problems with popular models. This helps in figuring out what warning signs you should be look for when you’re shopping around for a vehicle.

Vehicle Condition

Once you have completed your research and decided on a car purchase, it’s time to contact some sellers. Ask them if you can come visit and analyze the vehicle’s condition. You have to check every inch of the car, interior and exterior. Go over the interior upholstery in detail as well as check the condition of the paint on the exterior body. If there are any dents or a minor fender-bender, don’t hesitate on asking the seller to get it repaired or compensate in price. It is imperative that you also check the engine parts by lifting the hood. If there are any rusty or dirty parts, it indicates problems with the engine.

Get a Mechanic’s Inspection

After you have checked out different vehicles and settled on one that you plan to buy, it is vital that you get a mechanic’s inspection. Even if the service engine light isn’t on, used cars could have serious problems lurking under the hood. A seller should be willing to let you get the car checked out by a mechanic. If the seller refuses, it is a clear sign of a shady deal. For each minor problem the mechanic finds, ask the seller to reduce the asking price. In the end, the cost to have a car inspected by a professional will be well worth the price. A mechanic can easily help you in discovering hidden problems, while assisting in figuring out the car’s value.

Vehicle History Report

After you have analyzed the vehicle’s condition by hiring a mechanic, it’s time for you to obtain a CARFAX® history report. This document is crucial for helping you reveal information about service points, title problems, and ownership history. It can even help you in determining whether they car has been in serious accidents. You can get the CARFAX® history report online. The main website has a huge list of comprehensive car reports available to purchase. These reports are pulled from a database that consists of more than seven billion car records.

Take It for a Test Drive

Once you have performed thorough research on the car you want to buy, it’s time for the test drive. Figure out whether it’s comfortable for you to get in and out of the vehicle. Do you have enough leg, head, and elbow room? What features does the car have for infotainment? Bear in mind you will be spending a lot of time in the car, so you need to be completely sure that you’re comfortable. Inspect the vehicle’s drive carefully. Check the touchscreen, lights, tires, audio system, and all convenience features to ensure they are in good working order.

The Leak Test

Upon taking the car for a test drive, make sure to inspect for any kind of leaks. Take a moment to park in a clean area on the road and let the car run for at least 30 seconds. Pump the gas a bit and then move the car to do a visible inspection of any leaking substances. If there is a black fluid on the parked space, this means oil is leaking from the engine. If the fluid is greenish, it means the anti-freeze is leaking, and if the color is pinkish, it means the leak is in the transmission. All of these are clear signs for repair.

Get the Paperwork

Avoid buying a vehicle that doesn’t have a clean title. It is imperative that the used car you purchase doesn’t have any issues with the registration or title. For your protection, it is a wise decision to ask for a bill of sale if you plan to buy the car. Once you own the car, make sure to sign the title and update the registration and tags. Then, drive your new vehicle all over the city and highways!

Look into Certified Pre-owned

If you can’t find a good used vehicle that suits your budgetary needs and transportation requirements, consider looking for certified pre-owned models. These vehicles undergo a rigorous and thorough inspection process from dealers. As a result, they are mostly in very good condition. The exterior and interior of the cars are refurbished to look as brand new. These vehicles also come with extended warranties and roadside assistance.

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So, if you are planning to purchase a used car, make sure to follow the tips mentioned above.

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

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

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

1.     Check the Air Filter

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

2.     Check the Gas

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

3.     Replace the Fuel Filter

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

4.     Change the Engine Oil

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

5.     Check the Cooling System

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

6.     Check for Leaks

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

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7.     Check the Engine Belts

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

8.     Maintain Speed

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

9.     Clean the Spark Plugs

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

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.

 

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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!

What Are the Perks of Buying a Car With a Higher Trim?

Some people come in looking to buy the “right” car. Others are looking for the cheapest car. Kia has vehicles that will cater to both of these types of buyers, but for those that are looking for the “right” car, you might not be able to find all of the perks that you are specifically looking for in the most basic trim.

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What is a “trim?” Basically, a car’s trim is what level of features it has. For example, a basic trim (at least for Kia) will have many great features, including power windows and cruise control, but it might not have the most advanced infotainment system and definitely won’t have features like heated seats. What exactly comes with each car will vary from model to model, and it might even vary within the trims themselves, depending on what we’ve ordered or what another nearby dealership has ordered but wasn’t able to sell. Here are some of the most popular perks that you get when you pick a vehicle that has a higher trim:

  1. kia optimaPower-folding mirrors – These might not seem like a big deal, until you have them on your vehicle. Especially if you have to park in a garage or in a tight parking spot, there’s nothing better than being able to fold in your mirrors so you don’t have to worry about scraping them on the wall, a pole, or another car.
  1. Satellite radio – Satellite radio is pretty much standard on every vehicle now, but you will often get a better infotainment system (touchscreen, more options, more available connections), when you purchase a vehicle with a higher trim. This can make it much easier to access to media that you want to access.
  1. Back up camera – This is by far one of the most popular features that people want on their vehicles today, especially when purchasing one of the larger vehicles. Not only can this feature make it much easier and safer to back out of your driveway, it also simplified parallel parking and prevents you from ever hitting a child or animal that is too short to be seen through your back windshield but could still be harmed by your vehicle.
  1. Push button start – Another customer favorite, this feature allows you to start your car from inside the house—a great feature for the extreme heat of summer or cold of winter. You don’t even have to go outside to start your car cooling down or heating up, and because it doesn’t require you to put your key in the ignition or leave the doors unlocked, it’s much safer than actually going outside to start your car and leaving it running in the driveway.
  1. Navigation – While many Kia vehicles will come with OnStar, which can be used to navigate in a pinch, higher trim levels will give you a built in navigation system that works just like the navigation on your phone. Basically, you’ll be guided by a voice and show the path on a screen in your console, both of which can be a great perk for the directionally challenged.
  1. Blind spot detectors – This is still fairly new technology, but is technology that could save a life—both yours and the lives of others on the road. What this feature does is monitor your blind spots and if you try to change lanes while there is something in your blind spot, the vehicle will alert and will prevent you from hitting the vehicle or motorcycle that you would have otherwise hit.
  1. Sunroofs – Sunroofs are a great feature on any vehicle, and they usually only come on limited edition or very high trim level vehicles. If you’re a fan of the sun roof, whether for letting a little extra sun into your car on a warm day or for cruising under the stars at night, you can definitely get them, but they’ll very rarely be standard on a vehicle.
  1. Upgraded seating material – Most higher trims also come with better upholstery. This may be premium leather or just a more expensive type of cloth, depending on your preferences. While not everyone is a fan of leather, many find there is nothing more luxurious than beautiful leather seating in their favorite vehicle. This is definitely a luxury, but when you purchase a Kia, it’s usually a luxury you can afford.
  1. Power lift gates – Instead of having to actually get out of your car and pop the trunk, you can do it from a button inside your car. This feature is standard on most sedans, but might not be on SUVs and vans, which have a much larger lift gate. Why bother with a feature like this? Anytime you’re packing the car and your hands are full, it’ll be much easier to be able to press a button and have the gate open for you than having to put everything down to open it manually.
  1. Heated and ventilated seats – For both cold and warm days, this feature is one of the most sought after out of all of the premium features offered in higher trim levels. Heated seats will keep you warmer on cold days and ventilated seats will help keep you cool, even if temperatures are rising outside.
  1. Slide and stow seats – In SUVs and vans, being able to “slide and stow” extra seats if you need to haul something large or want a nice flat area for luggage or even for an animal, is a major perk. While some models may have this feature standard, most higher trim levels have better slide and stow features.

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

1. Test drives

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

2. In-person consultations

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

3. Find cars in your price range

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

4. See what’s feasible

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

5. More relevant information

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

6. Fewer compromises

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

7. Pictures rarely do the car justice

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

8. Financing and payment plans

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

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