9 Great Things about Owning a Kia Vehicle

There are lots of different car brands to buy from. When you’re searching for a vehicle to buy, they might all start to blend together. What really makes on brand different from another brand? Does it really matter which brand you ultimately buy from? It does matter. What each brand has to offer you is going to vary based on that brand and its commitment to making quality products. Here are nine of the best things about buying a Kia:

1. Good value for the price – Looking at Kia’s lineup of vehicles, one of the first things you will notice is that most of them are less expensive than comparable vehicles from other brands. You get everything you get when you buy from another brand, but you get it a lower price. This goes for our higher-end, luxury vehicles too. This provides you with two options, you can either buy a lower priced vehicle and save your money or you can spend the same amount you would have spent at another brand, but you will get a better car, with more features, than you would have gotten had you chosen a different brand.

2. Better warranties – There is just about no other brand in the industry right now that can offer you a better warranty than what you get when you choose Kia. Kia had one of the very first ten-year, 100,000 mile warranties and is still offering great warranties to their buyers. The length of these warranties proves how much Kia believes in their vehicles, especially when you consider that most vehicles, at most, have a five year warranty, with some brands offering as few as three years for a warranty.

kia optima hybrid3. Environmentally friendly options – If you want to buy an environmentally friendly vehicle, Kia is a great brand to purchase from. Not only do our sedans and SUVs have some of the best gas mileage in their classes, we also offer a Kia Optima Hybrid and a Soul EV that are both actually affordable and will save you gas—or make it possible to never buy gas again. If you’re interested in something a little more environmentally friendly, whether you just want to save at the pump or you want to do your part to protect the environment, we have a great option for you.

4. Premium styling and design – When you buy a less expensive car, you might think that you are going to buy something that looks and feels cheap. The opposite is actually true when you own a Kia vehicle. Just as much time has gone into perfecting the design and styling on our least expensive sedan as goes into perfecting our most expensive, premium vehicle. There are also options like the Soul, which have no rivals on the market. If you’re looking for something that looks totally unique, a Kia vehicle can provide you with exactly that.

5. Lots of options – When you buy a Kia vehicle, you do not just have a wide variety of different models to choose from, you also have a huge variety of individual options on those vehicles. If you want better material on your seats, you can usually get it. If you want a particular color, you can get that, too. One of the jobs of our Kia dealership is to make sure that you get exactly the vehicle you want, with all of the features you need, right down to the perfect color.

6. Futuristic styling – We’ve all seen cars that are only a few years old and already look outdated. Instead of following trends, Kia opts to choose clean, modern styling that is sure to look just as great on the first day you purchase your car as it does ten years later. We use the very best technology and the very best styling, both inside and out, so that your vehicle stands the test of time.

7. Better quality – There are lots of brands that cut corners to save money, but continue charging high prices for their vehicles. Kia does the opposite. Instead of cutting corners, they perfect each aspect of each vehicle, and then cut the price so that the driver gets the very best possible value of their car, without having to sacrifice quality. Over the years, Kia has won award after award, praising this company for their high quality vehicles. If you’re looking for something that is going to be able to grow with you as your life changes, Kia is a great option.

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8. Versatile – Whether you need a car for summer road trips or you need something for commuting or you need something for running errands around town, there is a Kia vehicle that is right for you. In fact, the same vehicle could be perfect for all three of these uses. Instead of playing only a single role, instead of only being useful for families and having no function for single professionals, Kia strives to be as versatile as possible, offering as much as possible to as many different drivers as possible.

9. Safer – Kia has worked hard to make sure that their vehicles adhere to the very best safety standards and that they have the most modern and technologically-advanced safety features in the business. From features that help you stay in lane, to those that actually slow down or stop your car for you if you are approaching an obstacle too quickly, you will be safer driving one of these vehicles than driving anything else!

Why buy the 2017 Kia Sportage?

kia sportageThe all new Kia Sportage is about to roll into our showroom (it might already be here!), and it’s no secret that we are excited about what this new Sportage has to offer our buyers. Since the early days of its inception, lots has changed about its design and functionality, and we think this is the best Sportage ever. We know that our buyers are going to love this SUV as much as we do. Just in case you’re still on the fence, here are ten reasons to buy the Kia Sportage:

1. The cockpit is all new. During the design of this new version of the Sportage, special time and attention was given to making sure that the driver has everything he needs easily within reach. This includes a newly designed steering wheel with a flat bottom, as well as a center console that has been tilted so it is easier for the driver to see. There is more room for the legs and it’s going to much easier to control your infotainment system from the driver’s seat, especially because of the call and radio control buttons located right on the steering wheel.

2. The engine has been fully turbo charged. What does this mean? It means that this year’s Sportage is going to be much more fun to drive than any other previous incarnation. It features more than 240 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque, making it one of the most powerful four cylinder SUVs on the market. There are even more powerful engine options available for those who want something with even more get up and go.

3. The cargo space has been expanded. The longer body of the Sportage means that there is not just more leg room for passengers (with nearly five inches added over previous models), but also that there is much more room for hauling items. The cargo capacity is over fifty cubic feet, which makes it easy to help your friends move, tote around large items, gear up for camping, and more. You can fold down the rear seats to really get the most out of your Sportage’s storage area.

4. Every Sportage has three driving modes. If you are interested in occasionally optimizing your drive for power and occasionally optimizing it to help protect the planet, you are in luck. The Sportage, no matter which trim level you choose, has three driving modes. These are Normal, Sport, and Eco. The Eco mode will provide you better fuel economy while the Sport mode will give you more powerful acceleration. This gives you more control than ever before over how you drive.

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5. The body is stronger. When it comes to safety features, especially with SUVs, you want a body that is made of high strength steel. This is exactly what the Kia Sportage’s body is made from. The 2016 model was only 18% steel, while the 2017 model is 51% steel, the highest rating in Sportage history, making it the strongest, too.

6. You’ll have a better ride and better handling. During the redesign leading up to the 2017 model, emphasis was put on improving both the quality of the ride and how the vehicle handles. There are more and better shock absorbers on the rear suspension. The front struts have been reworked so that they are more adaptable to how to road changes and shifts underneath the wheels. You cannot go wrong with this vehicle. It is going to be more fun to drive and the ride for your passengers is going to be much, much smoother.

7. The fog lights have been improved. Complete with new LED fog lights, seeing in low visibility driving conditions is going to be easier than ever before. The introduction of the ice cube set up, with four LED lights in a square shape on either side of the vehicle doesn’t just provide the Sportage with a unique appearance. It also makes it much more effective at cutting through fog, snow, and heavy rain, so you’ll be safer on the road, even if you have to drive during bad weather conditions.

8. This is one of the first models with the brand new infotainment system. The 2017 Sportage is one of the first vehicles on showroom floors to have the UVO3, which is Kia’s new and improved infotainment system that comes with a high quality touch screen, navigation, USB ports, and the ability to store music right in your car, completely eliminating the need for external MP3 players plugged or synced to yur car.

9. The exterior has been totally redesigned. In order to make sure that the Sportage keeps up with the Optima and the rest of Kia’s streamlined designs, the exterior of the 2017 Sportage has undergone a redesign. It’s one of the most unique-looking vehicles in our lineup and on the road. It still looks sharp and powerful on the road, while also being made to look even sleeker. You’re going to love how this vehicle looks as you drive it.

10. You can actually afford it. SUVs are traditionally some of the most expensive vehicles on a dealership’s lot. They’re often at least ten thousand dollars more expensive than the average sedan. This is not true of the Kia Sportage. Despite all of the improvements and the streamlined features, the Sportage starts at just under $23,000, which is about what you can buy a mid-sized sedan for from other brands. If you want something bigger and with a little bit more power, this is definitely the better choice.

9 Tips for Driving with Kids in the Car

One of the biggest distractions on the road is not your cellphone or trying to tune your radio, but the children in your car. Whether they are screaming their heads off about nothing in particular or are distraught because one is poking the other, kids in your car can be a big distraction, especially if you are the only adult in the car. Here nine tips to help you make driving with kids in the car a little bit easier:

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1. If you need to discipline a child, pull over first. You do not want to be trying to pull two children apart or discipline a child while also trying to focus on the road and pilot a car. If you have kids in the car and you need to talk to them or do something in the backseat to keep them call, pull off to the side of the road before doing anything. Especially if your child is demanding immediate attention, do not try to argue or reason with them while driving. They do not understand what is required of a person while they are driving and will not understand why they cannot talk to you or get your full attention right now.

2. Keep your eyes on the road. One of the worst things you can do while driving is to try to keep one eye in your rearview mirror and keep the other eye on the road in front of you. While driving, actually driving should be your primary focus. You might feel likely you need to repeatedly check on your child in the backseat, but the best thing you can be doing to keep them safe is to keep your eyes on the road and pay attention to the most demanding thing on your plate: driving forward.

family car3. Tell your child to wait. If they are trying to demand your attention right now, while you are trying to drive, it is time for you tell them to wait. While they might not understand how demanding driving is, they should understand what you mean when you say that you need them to wait until you have gotten where you are going before you can pay attention to what they are saying or what they are doing. This might incur a tantrum. You might just have to listen to the tantrum while you finish your drive. They might actually tire themselves out by the time you get to your destination and they will be much more pleasant to be around.

4. Distract them with something. A vehicle that has a built in DVD player and a headphone jack is a great opportunity to distract your children while driving. If they are too engrossed in their favorite television show, you will not have to worry about them fighting with one another or throwing a fit while trying to get your attention. If you can find something to distract them, even just a tablet or a book or a toy, you will have a much more pleasant driving experience.

5. Bring lots of toys. If you can pile their favorite toys in the seat next to them, they will probably be distracted for long enough for you to get to your destination. Especially if you have more than one child and they like to play with certain toys together, now is the ideal time to make sure that they are have plenty of things to distract themselves with. When they are not paying attention to your or what is going on beyond the window, you will probably have a much more pleasant driving experience.

6. Set some rules. If your child is old enough, it is worth your time to sit that child down and to talk about some rules of the road. This will keep both of you safer. When they understand that you cannot pay attention to them while you are driving, they are less likely to expect that you are going to. Setting ground rules before getting into the car for the first time and reminding them of the rules at each subsequent trip will make driving better for all involved.

7. Don’t talk on the phone and drive. This is important for every driver, but especially for drivers with kids in the car. The cellphone is a major distraction, even if the car is coming through your car’s infotainment system. Your primary goal right now should be to get your child to the destination safely. Talking on the phone, even if you are not holding that phone up to your ear only adds another distraction, making driving even more dangerous.

8. Use mirrors. If you need to check on your child, do it by looking in your rearview mirrors. If you have put your child in a rear-facing seat, you might want to put a mirror on the headrest of the seat that they are strapped into, so you can monitor them without having to turn around in your seat and look at them. Even during the calmest drives, on the calmest days, turning in your seat to look into the back of your car is extremely dangerous.

9. Keep a car kit just for your kids. This might be a collection of snacks that they can eat if they are starting to get hungry a fussy, along with an emergency toy and some water or juice. These are simply things to keep your kid happy when they are on the verge of a tantrum.

 

For more great tips or to look at some of the best vehicles for families, come visit our Kia dealership, at any of our three locations!

How to Get Your Car Ready for Summer

summer vehicle tipsYou likely already know that you need to take steps to get your vehicle ready for seasons like winter, when the cold temperatures and harsher weather can take a toll on your vehicle. But what about season like summer? Like winter, there are extreme temperatures and harsh weather, both of which can damage your vehicle or make driving dangerous is your car is not properly prepared. Here are some tips for getting your Kia ready for summer:

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1. Take off the snow tires or prep your all-weather tires. Most people do not spend very much time thinking about their tires—but they should. The tires are one of the most important parts of your vehicle. They impact its safety and how well it performs. Right now, before summer gets here and you hit the road for your summer road trips, is the perfect time to make sure that your tires are ready to go. Check to make sure they are inflated properly. If you have snow tires, switch them out for normal tires. Rotate your tires to make sure that all four wear evenly. And take a little extra time to make sure your spare is still in proper working condition.

2. Have your brakes checked. When was the last time you went in and had your brakes checked? Many shops will do this service while your oil is being changed, but if they don’t, make sure to make a special appointment to have them checked. The water and cold that comes along with winter could wreak havoc on your brakes, cracking them, wearing them, and making them prime for failure. Don’t wait until you start to hear your brakes squeal or feel them shudder and slip. Check them before you start to experience any serious problems with them.

3. Time for a car wash. During the winter, and even during the spring, it can be difficult to find the time to have your car washed. If you still have deicer and road grime on your car from the winter, give your car a thorough washing, both inside and out. While the automatic car wash might do some good, a hand wash is usually a better option, as it will ensure that you really do get all of the dirt and grime off of your vehicle. Pay special attention to your wheels and to the underbody of your vehicle.

4. Have your oil checked. Depending on how often you drive your vehicle, you might need to have your oil checked every three months or every six. Your vehicle will likely tell you when it needs an oil change, but it’s still a good idea to check. Check not just its level, but the color, too. If the oil is black and grimy, it’s time for it to be changed. If it is amber, it is still good. Make sure your oil is filled to the right fill marks.

5. Check your coolant levels. While your vehicle uses coolant all year round, it is most important during the hotter months of the year. Low coolant during the summer months could make it impossible for you to drive your vehicle. You should be able to see the container when you lift the hood of your car and there should be marks on the container that show you what level your coolant should be. Refill the coolant or take your car to a shop where they will refill it for you. This will probably need to be done at least once a year, for most vehicles.

6. Check your power steering fluid. Are you starting to feel that your vehicle is a little less responsive to your navigation? Is it starting to groan when you turn the wheel? Even if it is not doing either of these things, don’t be afraid to take a look at your power steering fluid. This is one of the most important fluids in your vehicle. Look in your owner’s manual to make sure you are using the right type of fluid or, alternatively, take your vehicle in to your dealership or a maintenance shop to top it off for you.

7. Test your battery. Batteries might be more likely to fail during the winter, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have any trouble with them once temperatures start to rise. If you are familiar with the composition and construction of your battery, you might want to open its lid and check its fluid level. At the very least, look at your battery and make sure that is no discharge or any kind of leakage from the battery’s top. Many vehicles, especially new Kia vehicles, will have sealed batteries, which means you cannot open them up. In this case, you can take your vehicle to our maintenance department and ask them to test your battery to make sure it is still in prime working condition.

8. Change your windshield wipers. This small, very simple piece of maintenance is one of the most overlooked. Your windshield wipers should be changed at least once a year. After the harsh conditions of winter, it is likely that the rubber on your wipers is cracked or has become rigid, making it difficult for the wipers to adequately clean your windshield. Most summers bring heavy rainfall, which means you are going to want to have wipers that work properly to clear water, road grime, and mud from your windshield.

7 Things You Don’t Want in a New Car

When looking for a new car, there are lots of things that you do want. For example, you should be looking for a vehicle that has great safety features and gas mileage. You already likely have a long list of things that you are looking for in a vehicle. But do you have a list of things that you absolutely do not want in a new car? Here are some of the things you should be aware of:

1. Too much room ­– You can’t have too much room in a vehicle, can you? The truth is that, especially if you are used to driving a sedan, a huge SUV might not be the ideal choice for you. If you do not actually need that much room for any reason, there is no reason to by a gigantic car. Keep in mind that the bigger the vehicle is, the lower the gas mileage is going to be and ultimately, the more expensive that vehicle is going to be to maintain. Make sure that you consider your lifestyle and what you need in a vehicle before you buy the biggest one on the lot.

2. Not enough safety features – Today, the average vehicle comes with plenty of safety features, ranging from seat belts to air bags. Again, it is important to consider your lifestyle when buying a car. If you never plan of having anyone in the backseat of your vehicle while you are driving, you might not care about side curtain air bags. If you have little kids sitting back there, however, you should be very concerned with what safety features are included on the trim level you are purchasing. Don’t skimp on safety features just because it saves you money.

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thinking to buy a car3. Manual transmission – Many of us grew up driving manual vehicles. Today, you might be able to find manual transmissions as an added feature on otherwise automatic vehicles, but it is likely very difficult to find a vehicle that strictly has a manual transmission. There is nothing wrong with manual, but it is unlikely that this is a feature that you are going to be specifically looking for in a new car, simply because automatic transmissions are easier to drive and have been streamlined to be more efficient than your average manual transmission vehicle.

4. Cut corners – When you get into a vehicle, you do not want to feel like the interior of that vehicle is cheaply designed or cheaply made. Most people spend hours a week in their vehicle. Those who have an hour long commute on either end of the workday might spend as much time in their car as they do awake at home. This means that you should only buy a vehicle that feels very high quality. When you look at your vehicle, from the outside or the inside, you should not feel like any corners were cut during the design and construction process. If you do, it’s time to look at a different model or a different brand.

 

5. A bad warranty – When buying a new car, you should be just as concerned about your warranty as you are about the power and design of the vehicles you are looking at. A bad warranty, one that only covers certain parts of the car or only for two years, should send you running for the hills. Cars break down. They start to develop problems. This is not something that you should have to pay for in the early years of owning your vehicle. Only buy from a brand like Kia that offers the very best warranties on the very best vehicles. We can afford to offer better warranties on our vehicles, because we know that our vehicles are going to last longer than vehicles from other brands.

6. A high price – Obviously, you do not want to pay more than you have to for a vehicle. There are some brands that overprice their cars or that offer a very cheap car with a basic trim level that actually does not even provide you with power windows. This can make it very difficult to take these brands seriously and to want to purchase a car from them. You’ll see that their models start at just over $15,000, but you cannot find a vehicle on their lot that you would purchase that is less than $20,000. This can be some serious sticker shock, but you might still feel obligated to purchase, just because you have been on their lot for so long. Luckily, there are still brands, like Kia, that offer vehicles at low prices, that come with the standard features that you actually need, including advanced safety features and power windows.

7. Weedy driving – The biggest thing you should avoid when buying a new car? Buying a car that is not actually fun to drive. If you buy a vehicle that puts along the road, you are going to dread your commute. While you might still dread a long commute even when you have a vehicle that is fun to drive, you will, at least, enjoy driving a vehicle that you love. Don’t buy a car that you do not look forward to driving. It should be powerful, with enough pep to get you where you need to go, without making you feel like you are not in control.

 

Avoid these seven things when you are buying a car and you are sure to purchase a vehicle that you absolutely love!

The 8 Biggest Car Buying Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

right or wrongA car is likely one of the larger purchases you are going to make in your lifetime. As with any large purchase, the fear of making the wrong choice or getting a bad deal can make it impossible to actually make a purchase, even if you know essentially what you want to buy and where you want to buy it from. Here are eight of the biggest car buying mistakes and how you can avoid making them as you start looking for your car, whether it is the first car you’ve purchased or the tenth:

1. Buying from a dealership that you do not trust – Many people still have the mental image of a slimy cars salesperson when they step onto a lot. They are afraid that they are going to be bullied into buying a car, even if it is not the vehicle they want, or they are going to be forced to pay more than they wanted to pay. You can eliminate this problem by buying from a dealership that you trust and that you know will help you find a car that works for you, not just find a car that they can unload on you.

2. Not test driving the car enough – The salesperson you are working with will likely recommend that you take any car you are thinking seriously about for a test drive. Don’t just drive the car around the block and then bring it back to the dealership. You need to see how it behaves on a wide variety of different road conditions, including the highway. You might like how it drives on the surface streets, but hate how it drives at speeds over fifty miles an hour. Try to take it on a route that you might often be driving (or one similar), to see how it will act under your normal driving circumstances.

 

3. Guessing what your trade in is worth – The car that you are trading in likely has some sentimental value. Because it is likely at least a few years since you purchased that car, you might not have a good idea of what the trade in is actually worth anymore. Even if you bought that vehicle for $20,000, it is not going to be worth anywhere near that amount of money. The only people who can really tell you what that vehicle is worth is a car dealership, that has an expert who can evaluate your car based on its mileage and condition.

4. You make a panicked decision in order to get a special deal – The last thing you want to do is to jump into a car purchase without carefully thinking about whether or not the car you are buying is the vehicle that you actually want. The salesperson might be offering you a one-time deal, and you think that you have to make the decision right then or you will not be able to buy the car. If your mind is not fully made up, if you are not completely sure that this is the car you want to buy, do not buy it until you have to make the decision!

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5. Not talking to your insurance agent – When you buy a car, you are going to need to add it to your insurance policy (or purchase auto insurance for the first time, if you are buying for the first time). Don’t neglect making a call to your insurance agent. If you are concerned about what you will have to pay for certain types of vehicles (some vehicles are more expensive to insure than others), or you want to make sure that you have the right kinds of insurance, including gap insurance, make the call before you make the purchase.

6. Putting too much emphasis on the monthly payment – If you are only looking at how much you will be paying on a monthly basis and not at how much you are paying over the life of your vehicle, you are missing the bigger picture. You want to know how much you are going to have to pay in total, not just from month to month. While lower monthly payments might look good at first, this usually also means that you will be paying a higher interest rate, over a longer length of time, making the vehicle more expensive in the long term. Ask for a calculation of your total costs, not just your monthly costs.

7. Not doing any independent research – Today, you have lots of resources for research. You can find lists of the safest vehicles on the road, can log on to brand websites and read about the special features or options available on different vehicles, you can read blogs, or even see what a dealership like ours has on the lot before you even come to visit us. Doing a little bit of independent research will make it much, much easier to find the car that you want and will probably shorten the entire car buying experience.

8. Picking something flashy instead of something practical – It can be very tempting to buy the sports car, when what you actually need for your lifestyle is the more sensible sedan. Luckily, Kia offers a wide variety of different vehicles that are both stylish and functional, so you do not have to choose between the two. You should still be mindful, however, of how you are going to use your car and what type of vehicle might be best for those needs.

Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Car

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a New Car

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Buying a new car is exciting! The entire car shopping experience can be a whirlwind, and unlike other purchases that can be returned after fourteen days if you changed your mind about the item, you usually cannot simply return your car to the dealership if you change your mind about that vehicle. This means that you want to be very, very sure that you are making the right decision when you buy your car. Here are the ten questions you should ask yourself before you buy your new car:

1. What am I willing to pay for a car? Before you even step foot in a dealership, you should already have an idea of what you can afford. Knowing what your budget is can help the salespeople in that dealership show you the right vehicles and help you pick a financing plan that is right for you. You can think about this both in the terms of monthly payments and the overall price of the car. Can you afford a $400 per month car payment? Would you prefer to stay under $300? Again, make these decisions before you start test driving.

 

2. What is the most I can pay for a car? This question is slightly different from the previous question. There is often a difference between the prices displayed on a manufacturer’s website and the prices posted in the windows of the actual vehicles on the lot. You might think you would be paying around $20,000 for a vehicle and then show up and find the vehicle you want to buy is actually $25,000. Are you willing to pay more in order to get the vehicle that you really want, even if it means a longer loan term or a higher per month payment?

3. Where am I going to be able to get this car serviced? Like most people, you probably want to take your car back to the dealership in order to get it serviced. Is there a dealership near your home? Is there a service station conveniently located? While this may seem trivial when you are first purchasing your car, it can be a huge inconvenience when you actually need to have your vehicle repaired. Buying from a brand that doesn’t have a dealership near you might not always be a great idea.

4. Am I willing to pay these fees? Most cars purchases come along with a number of fees. If you look at the sticker on the window, you will see a long list of fees that you will have to pay, on top of the price of the car. If you pay attention to what these fees are, you might find some that the dealership is willing to remove (along with the service related to those fees).

5. Is this the car I want to be driving in five years? You might be buying a car with the full intention of trading it in on a new vehicle three years from now. It is more likely, however, that you are buying this vehicle in order to drive it until it no longer works. It can be tempting to buy a trendy vehicle in a bright color, but you will want to think critically about whether or not that car is going to stand the test of time. You might love it now, but will you still love it in five years?

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6. Does this car make me happy? Can a car make you happy? Of course it can! When you find the right car, you will fall in love. It has all of the features you need, at a price you can afford. Before jumping in and buying anything, make sure that the car you have selected makes you happy. When making a big purchase like this, you shouldn’t settle.

7. Am I going to negotiate? There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking the dealership if this is the very best price that they can offer you. Most salespeople are more than willing to haggle with you a little bit. You want to buy the car, they want to sell you the car—most of the time, they are willing to compromise in order to get you to make a purchase. If they aren’t willing to negotiate, however, you need to decide whether you are going to walk away or just meet their terms.

8. Am I going to test drive? The answer to this question should always be yes. Do not buy a vehicle until you have test driven it. How else are you going to know if it drives how you want it to drive?

9. Does this warranty work for me? When you buy from brands like Kia, you are probably getting a stellar warranty that makes it possible for you to get just about any issue fixed, free of charge, for years down the road. However, other brands do not offer warranties that are as comprehensive. Ask yourself whether or not this warranty really covers what you need it to cover, before you put any money down on that vehicle.

10. Does this car need any aftermarket add-ons? Back in the day before cruise control came standard on just about every vehicle, my little sister paid to have it adding on after she purchased the car. In hindsight, it might have been better to go up a trim level and not have to deal with a quirk aftermarket cruise control system. Carefully consider what you are willing to deal with and whether paying a little more to have it standard on the vehicle is worth your money and time.

10 Myths To Consider When Buying A Car

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Getting Your Kia Ready for Winter: Cleaning and Organization Tips

Now that it is officially fall, it’s time to start looking forward to winter. Winter means a break from school and fun family holidays, but it also means harsh weather conditions and difficult driving. Driving a Kia means you have plenty of safety features that can make driving on cold days much less dangerous, but that doesn’t mean that your car doesn’t need a little bit of preparation in order to be read for colder weather. Here are some cleaning, organization, and maintenance tips that will make sure you and your Kia are ready for winter:

1. Clear out anything left in the car from the summer. If you are still toting around pool toys, swimsuits, or luggage from summer adventures, it’s time to take those things out of your car. While you might want to weight the trunk of your Kia down with other items, use the fall to make room in your vehicle for winter gear like hats, heavy jackets, shovels, ice melt, snow scrapers, blankets, and more. This gear will not only help you clean off your car when it is covered in snow, it will also keep you safe and warm if you are ever stuck away from home on a snowy night. As a third benefit, it can start to weight the rear of your car down, which will help to prevent sliding and slipping on snowy or icy roads.

2. Put a bag of sand in your trunk. Why bother with a bag of sand in your trunk? Not only can you use it to give your car some traction if your tires are stuck in mud or snow, it will also give the rear of your car some much-needed weight. Most cars carry the majority of their weight under the hood, which keeps the front of the car from slipping and sliding. Adding extra weight to the rear of the car can have the same effect. Adding a few bags of sand to the trunk of your car, along with some ice melt and shovels, just in case you ever need to dig yourself out, can provide more than enough weight to keep your Kia gripped to the road.

kia3. Clean off summer dirt and pollen. During the summer, most cars collect dirt, pollen, mud, and road grime. If allowed to stay on your car during the oncoming snows, the cold weather and wetness can actually grind that dirt and grit into your car’s paint job, causing micro scratches that dull your paint job and invite chipping and rust. If you’ve had adventures in your Kia this summer, now is the perfect time to get rid of all of that dirt, before the moisture at the end of the year has the opportunity to damage your vehicle’s surface.

4. Clean out the dirt and pollen from the inside, too. Cars also accumulate dust, dirt, and pollen inside the vehicle. During the spring, summer, and fall, you might be able to air out your vehicle simply by rolling down the windows when you drive. This doesn’t always work in the winter. Not only will it be too cold to drive around with your windows down, there is always the danger of leaving your window down and returning to find your car full of snow or sleet. Taking a few moments to clean out your vehicle’s interior, even by just running a wet wipe over the dashboard, arm rests, and other plastic or composite components can make your car a much more pleasant place to be in the winter.

 5. Suck it up. Fall is also the perfect time of year to give your car a thorough vacuuming. This will help to remove any lingering dust and grit that could be plaguing your car’s carpeting and upholstery, and will also help to remove pollen that can linger on in your car for months after the spring and summer are over. You’ll have a fresh clean car that is ready for the winter snows.

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6. Clean your windshields inside and out. Having clean windshields is perhaps more important during the winter than during any other time of the year. During the winter, the days are shorter, and that means more driving in the dark, when dirty and smudged windshields are very dangerous. Grab your favorite glass cleaner and some paper towels and make sure that the interiors and the exteriors of your windshield are free of dirt, fog, smudges, etc. New cars, especially, will see a build-up of grime on the interior of the windows, that can only be removed by heavy duty glass cleaners and a thorough wipe down. Doing this can prevent glare from streetlights and passing cars from blinding you while driving in what are already dangerous conditions.

7. Have your vehicle serviced. Before winter is the perfect time of year to have your car thoroughly checked out by our qualified service department. We’ll perform any necessary tune ups or repairs that should be made before colder weather hits. It is especially important to have your windshield wiper fluid refilled (as this can help melt and break up ice on your windshield), your wipers checked for efficacy, and your batter checked. Cold weather and the snow and ice that comes along with it effect these three things most often. It’s also a good idea to check the tread on your tires to make sure it is deep enough to handle a little snow on the road.