The Process of Buying a Kia, from Beginning to End

When it comes time to purchase a new vehicle, you might not be sure where to start. Here’s everything you need to know about buying a brand new Kia, from beginning to end:

CFPB Expands Supervision to Nonbank Auto Finance Companies1. Decide to buy a car. While you can certainly car shop even if you are not totally sure you need or want to buy a car, making the decision as to whether you actually are shopping to buy or just shopping to see what is available can save both your time and the time of the salespeople you are going to be working with. When you are a serious buyer, you can have a serious conversation with the salespeople about your buying needs. When you are not as serious, you might prefer simply to browse on your own and to let the salespeople help the more serious buyers on the showroom floor.

2. Know how you like to shop. Many people, when they shop for a new car, prefer to have a salesperson with them for the entire time. They want to know everything there is to know about the vehicles on the lot, from someone who works on that lot. Others people prefer to peruse the lot on their own, look up information online about the vehicles, and only talk to the salesperson when they are actually read to test drive a few of the cars.

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3. Make a list of the most important features for you. Are looks just as important as what is under the hood? Is safety the most important feature? There are brands that are going to be able to offer you everything, from looks to safety to power and beyond, but you have to know what your priorities are before you start shopping or you are going to find it is impossible to narrow down the models you want to buy. Make a list of what features your perfect care should have. How important are those features? What are you willing to compromise? What are you not willing to compromise?

4. Do a little bit of online research. If you spend some time looking at the websites of the dealerships in your area, you are going to get a good idea of what is available to you immediately. In general, most dealerships have the ability to get you whatever model you want, but you might have to wait a little bit longer for that vehicle. Look on the websites of the brands that you are interested in. There are probably a few vehicles in each lineup that you can cross off of your list immediately. They might be too expensive, are simply not be the kind of vehicle you want, or do not have the features that you need.

5. Make a list of the vehicles you want to see. Once you start visiting dealerships, it can be helpful to have a list in hand of the vehicles that you want to see and potentially test drive. Save a little bit of room under each vehicle, so you can write down what you did or did not like about that vehicle, from how it looks, to its price, to how it drives, its technology, its safety features, etc.

6. Consider how much you want to pay. You might not necessarily have to have a hard and fast budget, but you should have at least a general idea of how much you are willing to pay for a vehicle. Not only will this be useful for negotiating, it will help you narrow down which vehicle you actually want to look at. It could also help you eliminate some brands entirely. For example, if you are interested in buying a SUV, but you want to pay less than $25,000 for it, you might want to look at Kia’s lot, but you probably will not find what you are looking for on a GMC lot.

7. Talk to the salespeople about your needs. If you are having trouble picking a vehicle that is right for you, you are going to want to spend a little bit of time at least talking to someone on the lot who really knows and understands the vehicles on that lot. When you talk to one of our salespeople about what you need in a car, they will be able to match you up with the right Kia for you and your lifestyle. For some, a sedan is going to be the best choice. For others, a SUV or a crossover is going to be more functional. You might not know exactly what is going to work for you until you have talked to someone who is knowledgeable about cars and the car buying process.

8. Choose your vehicle. Once you have done your research, looked at your options, and selected the vehicle for you, it is time to pick the car you want to buy. After test driving, there will probably be one or two that you like the best. If there is more than one clear standout from the rest, you might benefit from making a pro and con list to determine which vehicle will ultimately be the best for you. Do not forget to factor in safety features, style, warranties, and brand offers when you are making this list. You might like two vehicles equally, but find that one brand offers a better warranty that makes buying from that brand the better option.

What Features Your New Car Needs to Have

car featuresIf you’ve never bought a car before, you might not know what features you want your new car to have. How do you determine what you really need in a car if you’ve never owned one before? When you visit
our Kia dealership (or our sister dealerships in Burlington and Allentown), you will find helpful salespeople that are just waiting to answer your questions and help you find the right car for you. Still, having a good idea of what you are looking for in a vehicle even before you come to our showrooms can be helpful. Here are some of the most important features for your new car:

1. Cruise control – Are there still vehicles on the market that do not come with cruise control? While every model will boast cruise control, some brands’ lower trim levels will not include it standard. They may offer you the ability to add it aftermarket, but, from our experience, this is never a good option. It will be buggy and neigh unto useless from the moment it is installed. Luckily, when you shop with Kia, you will be able to find cruise control even on the lower trims of all of our models. This is just a small bit of software that controls your electronic throttle to give you a little more speed or ease off the speed to keep you going a constant speed on the road. Kia also has a system called adaptive cruise control, that actually sense if there are obstacles (like cars going at a slower speed than you are) in front of you and automatically slows your speed to match that obstacle’s.

2. Four wheel drive – This is a situational feature. If you are an avid outdoorsman who wants to be able to handle any kind of terrain, four wheel drive is probably a necessary feature for you. Even if you just live at the end of a dirt road, you might find that you need four wheel drive to get to work on a rainy morning. There are lots of uses for four wheel drive, but the average commuter will not encounter them on a daily or even yearly basis. That said, if you know that you are frequently in situations where you need four wheel drive, it can definitely be a great feature to look for as you shop for vehicles. Even just cities that get lots of rain and occasionally have flooding might require four wheel drive, allowing you to get around, even when the streets are slick or packed with debris.

3. Heated seats – Do you live somewhere where it gets cold? If so, then you probably want to have heated seats. This might be considered a luxury by some, but it is a necessity for others, especially those who are easily chilled and find that a car’s heaters do not necessarily bring the cabin up to an acceptable temperature fast enough. Seat heaters might not be at the top of your list, but if you get cold and you want to be able to get warm as quickly as possible, this is a great feature.

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4. Towing hitch – Do you ever need to tow anything? If so, you might want to look out for a vehicle that has a towing hitch. Even sedans can tow things nowadays, but if you are going to be doing a lot of towing (if you have a trailer, for example, that you take out every weekend to go camping), you probably will want a sturdier vehicle that is designed for towing. Just about every brand will have a vehicle that has the wherewithal to tow. On the other hand, if you can’t imagine a situation wherein you would need to tow something, you might want to mention this to your salesperson and let them know you don’t want to pay the little bit extra that these tow hitches add to the price of a vehicle.

5. Automatic transmission – Just about the only brand that offers manual transmission standard these days is Jeep. Every other brand is probably going to offer just automatic transmissions or manual transmissions only on special order form the factory. Automatic transmissions are more fuel efficient and are easier to drive. While some people prefer shifting their gears manually, it’s almost always better to let the car take care of the shifting. Unless you are shopping at a brand that still offers plentiful manual transmissions options, the automatic transmission is probably going to be your only option and you won’t have to worry about requesting it specifically.

6. A third row of seats – Do you have a large family (or children that often need to be separate from one another) or lots of friends that you like to drive around? If so, you might want to look for vehicles that have an extra row of seats. Some models will have this option available, depending on which trim level you are looking at. A third row of seats can be a great way to get more people into your car safely or to separate squabbling children and given them all their very own space.

7. Navigational system – Just about every brand is now offering a navigational system in their vehicles, which can be extremely useful for finding your way around unfamiliar neighborhoods or in states and cities you’ve never been to before. While you might have an app on your smartphone that does this, too, a navigational system built right into your vehicle is the best way to get that vehicle where you want to go.

The Best Kia Models for College Students

studentWhen you are going off to college is the perfect time to buy a new car. This car will follow you through your college experience and make it much easier to get around your new town. With a car comes freedom, and especially if you are going to school somewhere far away from your home, having a car makes it much easier to travel back and forth and to get where you need to go, even if you are unfamiliar with the city or town where your university is.

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While we know that any of our Kia models will be great for a new college student, there are some cars in our showroom that are going to be better for younger drivers. Whether you are going off to college for the first time or you are in between semesters right now, now is the perfect time to buy. We’ve picked these five vehicles specifically because they are fun to drive, stylish, and safe. They are also affordable, which makes them ideal for college students who might be strapped for cash. Here are the best Kia models for college students:

1. The Kia Soul This vehicle is perfect for the college student that loves to stand out. There are simply no other vehicles on the market right now that look like the Kia Soul. This vehicle is all about attitude, with unique styling that makes it perfect for your unique student. While it’s true that style is important, safety and functionality are just as important, especially to your parents. On these fronts, the Kia Soul still succeeds. It has some of the best safety features in the industry and an interior that is focused on the driver. This means that everything you need is within reach and that you can easily tune the radio or adjust your settings, without taking your eyes off of the road. It is one of the most affordable models in our showroom, despite the angular, unique styling and the range of great safety features and it also boasts up to 31 mpg. It is inexpensive to purchase and it is also inexpensive to drive. While it is a compact care, you will never feel claustrophobic in this vehicle!

2. The Kia Forte This is the smallest vehicle in our showroom, but it definitely does not lack the power that most young drivers are looking for. It prides itself on being zippy, and with up to 37 mpg, it is going to be a very economical choice. It is also one of the least expensive options, which, especially when buying your first car, can be a huge bonus. It’s a great starter car that can easily adapt to your life after graduation. The Forte comes in a number of different varieties, including the standard four door design and a hatchback variety, which gives you just a little bit more storage room and a different look to the vehicle overall. This can be the ideal choice for anyone who wants a high quality sedan or hatchback, but doesn’t want to pay the high prices other brands are demanding even for their cheapest options.

3. The Kia Sorento A sedan might feel like the most obvious option for a young driver, but sometimes they just do not provide enough room for the student that often needs or wants to drive around large groups or haul gear. This is where the Kia Sorento comes in. Still much less expensive than your average SUV, the Kia Sorento provides much more seating (up to eight people) and also provides you with much more power. If you are a student who also likes to get away from the university on the weekends, either to hike or camp or just explore, this could be the very best option for you.

4. The Kia Sportage An SUV, especially one as economical as the Sportage, can be the perfect vehicle for a college student. You’ll have a little bit more room, which is always appreciated when driving around friends and roommates, and the bold styling of this vehicle is certain to turn heads. As great for hauling skis as it is for toting art supplies, you cannot go wrong when you choose this vehicle. It starts at just over $20,000 for the most basic trim, which comes with all of the safety features and infotainment features that you need. Higher trim levels will give you more features. While it does not get as stellar gas mileage as one of the sedans might, it still gets up to 30 mpg, which could still help you save at the pump.

5. The Kia Optima The Optima is one of the most popular cars on our lot and across all Kia dealerships. Why? Because the Optima is so versatile. It is styled to be both bold and sleek, without losing any of the practicality of a traditional sedan. It is bigger than the Forte, so those who need a little bit more cargo space and leg room might want to choose the Optima over something smaller like the Forte or the Rio. You’ll find luxury accents and plenty of safety features, so that you always feel like you are safe on the road, in addition to having fun while driving. It gets up to 37 miles per gallon, so you do not have to worry about paying through the nose for gas as you go on weekend adventures.

What You Get with the 2016 Sorento Trim Levels

Some of the biggest changes in all of Kia’s lineup were made to the 2016 Kia Sorento. This vehicle is the perfect mix of extra seating and sport, so it’s as great for families as it is for those that like adventures. It’s the ideal choice for many buyers who find that sedans are too small but minivans are too big. And while there is always the Sportage, the Sorento offers a little more space and a few more features.

What the Sorento really has over vehicles of the same size from other brands is the price. Most crossovers of the same size start at $30,000 and above, while the Sorento starts at around $25,000, depending on the trim level. That makes it just as affordable as most sedans on the market. But what exactly does the Sorento have to offer and what can you do with it? Here is a brief overview of the 2016 Kia Sorento trim levels and why you should pick this vehicle.

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2016 Kia Sorento L

This is the lowest trim level that Kia offers, but that doesn’t mean that you aren’t going to get your money’s worth. Unlike lots of other brands, you still have features like durable wheels, cruise control, and air conditioning with this trim level. Let’s take a look at the features:

  • Cruise control – It’s still surprising to most people when they look at vehicles from other brands and find out that the basic trim level does not come with cruise control. They can add it—but aftermarket solutions are rarely as functional as preinstalled ones. That’s why Kia always offers even the lowest trim level with cruise control standard.

  • Split second row – This means that if you are hauling something that just won’t fit in the Sorento’s ample trunk space, you can fold down the seats in a variety of wats in order to make room for it.

  • Bluetooth connectivity – This is another feature that you’ll mostly find only in the higher trim levels with other brands. Kia, however, has it standard for the Sorento. This means that you can play music from your phone and that you can answer the phone and talk directly to car, instead of having to deal with trying to answer to phone and drive one-handed.

  • Stain-resistant fabric seating – Higher trim levels will offer your luxurious leather. That doesn’t mean, however, that you are going to be missing out if you choose the Sorento L. The fabric seating is just as luxurious, and will actually resist stains, no matter what is spilled on them.

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The next trim level includes everything from the basic level, as well as:

  • Automatic headlights – These make it easier to remember to turn on and turn off your headlights—the vehicle does it for you. No more draining your battery or driving dangerously because you forgot to turn your lights off or on.

  • Rearview camera – While backing out of a space does not have to be difficult, it can be, especially if you are new to driving a big vehicle like the Sorento. A rearview camera makes it really, really easy to see what is going on around you.

  • A touchscreen – Interacting with your radio and the car’s systems has never been easier or more stylish than with this great touchscreen control center.

  • A windshield that reduces road noise – Reducing road noise is a big deal for some drivers, who like to feel contained in their vehicles and do not want to be able to hear the road underneath the car or the air whipping past. The windshield in this trim level will actually prevent a lot of that noise from getting inside the car.

  • Options – This trim level has a number of options that can be added to it, some for an additional charge, but others for not additional charge. These might include parking sensors, heated seats, and power seats, among others.

2016 Kia Sorento EX

This level comes with everything listed in the two above trim levels, along with:

  • Upgraded wheels – The other trim levels have 17 inch wheels. The EX trim level has 18 inch wheels, to give you even more grip and maneuverability on the road.

  • Front side glass that reduces sound – If you want an even quieter ride, this is the trim for you. Along with the other features, it also includes front side glass that reduces sound from outside of the vehicle.

  • Leather seats – This is the first trim level out of all five levels that includes this feature.

  • Options – In addition to the features that come standard with this trim level, there is the option to add a Premium Package, which includes keyless entry and ignition, power mirrors, and blind spot detection.

2016 Kia Sorento SX

In addition to what is listen above, this trim level includes:

  • Memory settings for the driver’s seat – This feature enables you to program your seat to remember your preferences, so even if someone else drives your car, you can always find the right position again.

  • Power driver’s seat – So that’s it’s easy to adjust your seat, even if you are already on the road.

2016 Kia Sorento SX Limited

This is the highest trim level available for this vehicle. It’s biggest feature is the 19 inch chrome wheels, along with more impressive leather upholstery, ventilated seats, and heating for the second row of seats, along with a technology package that upgrades your headlights, parking cameras, brakes, cruise control, and safety features.

Is the Kia Sorento or Kia Sportage the SUV for you?

There is no doubt that the Kia Sorento and the Kia Sportage are both great vehicles—the only question is, which one is right for you? We often see companies comparing their vehicles to other automakers, but sometimes it’s beneficial to look at different models within one company. Here is what happens when the 2014 Sorento and Sportage are placed side-by-side.

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2014 Kia Sorento

Overview

The nice part about two Kia’s is you can bypass warranty and safety comparisons. Kia has one of the best warranties in the industry, and it’s the same on both SUVs. Kia also believes that safety is not to be compromised, so you will find the same features throughout their entire lineup. The Sportage did, however, receive an overall 5-star safety award from the NHTSA.

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The 2014 Sorento and Sportage are both popular models, but the main difference you’ll find is in the price—although it’s not much—the Sportage starts around $21,000 and the Sorento starts around $24,000. Another contrast is the Sportage seats five while the Sorento seats up to seven. 

Kia has maintained a fluidity in style, and both models boast sleek lines, eye-catching colors, and aesthetically-pleasing interiors. In the end, it’s hard to go wrong with either the Sportage or the Sorento—it all comes down to needs.

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2014 Kia Sportage

Trims and Features

The 2014 Sportage is just like its name—a sporty vehicle that supports an active lifestyle. While you might not be able to haul around seven people, there is more than enough room to transport everything you need to have a little fun. The Sportage comes in three models, the LX, EX, and SX. The LX and EX both get 21 City/28 Highway MPG, while the supercharged SX gets 20 City/26 Highway MPG. Unlike its more family-oriented comparison, the features on the Sportage will appeal to those constantly on the go—usually to the mountains, desert, or ocean. Here are some of the Sportage’s key features and options:

  • HID Projector Beam Headlights
  • Fold-AwayRearCenter Armrest
  • Aluminum Scuff Plates
  • Sport-oriented accessories: mud guards, side steps, tow equipment, bike, kayak, ski, or cargo attachments.

The 2014 Kia Sorento is geared more towards family. It hints at kids, carpools, and making the drive more convenient and comfortable. You’re looking at three rows of seating with a second and third row that folds down for extra cargo space. MPG comes in at 20 City/26 Highway. There are four models, the LX, EX, SX, and the luxurious Limited. Here are some of the Sorento’s key features and options:

  • Second row sunshades
  • Premium Nappa Leather seat trim
  • Dual-Zone climate control
  • Privacy glass
  • Power liftgate with programmable height adjustment
  • Flexsteer and heated steering wheel

Both the Sorento and the Sportage have common features and options as well. You can expect choices like panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated seats, push button start, rear camera display, EcoMinder, UVO, Infinity audio systems with surround sound, navigation system with LCD display, power driver’s seat, and much more.

The Kia Sorento and Sportage both have incredible perks—so which one would you choose? The best way to find the right Kia SUV for you is to go look and test drive one in person. There are no wrong choices in this comparison.

Why the 2015 Kia Sorento is the SUV to Buy

The market for midsize SUVs is rapidly growing as more consumers are looking for vehicles that will meet their many needs. In the race to become the most popular SUV manufacturer, Kia is jumping into the lead with the 2015 Kia Sorento. Below, we’ll look at a few of the reasons that the Sorento might be the perfect vehicle for you.

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Choose it for the Size

Sporty sedans are fun to drive but aren’t especially practical. Mid-size SUVs are a great middle point between the fun of a small car and the practicality of a large SUV or minivan. With enough space to transport your groceries from the store or camping equipment for a long weekend, the Sorento works with you and your needs.

Updated for the New Year

Each year, Kia makes strides in improving the performance of the Sorento. 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque make the 2015 model more powerful than ever. The option of a four cylinder of V6 engine is new to the model as well.

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Power steering may be standard, but the Sorento takes it to a new level. The SUV has a speed sensitive electric power steering to make driving smooth. Driver controls offer the option of comfort, normal, or sport modes. Along with an improved suspension system, the ride has never been more comfortable for the driver or passengers.

Combining Logic and Luxury

While many of us search for SUVs for their extra space and durability, there is no reason to give up luxury amenities. The Kia team has put just as much effort into designing the new Sorento as updating the technical specs. The new design is the perfect mix of rugged and modern, moving away from the look of boxy SUVs to give car lovers a new option.

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The Amenities you’re looking For

With so many options on the market, it was time for Kia to step up the game for the 2015 Sorento. They came through by improving the interior of the SUV. Featuring a more comfortable and roomy interior, the materials used now offer a fresh look and feel. On the outside, Kia has made the switch to LED lights for 2015. 

Technology in vehicles is becoming the norm. Enjoy Bluetooth capabilities and satellite radio, as well as features like automated climate control to keep passengers comfortable.

An Edge on Competitors

As the demand for mid-sized SUVs grows, so does the competition. The 2015 Kia Sorento holds its own in the market. While the Sorento is small in stature, it is the only vehicle of its kind on the market that continually offers third row seating. While the seats can be concealed for extra storage space, the additional seating is a great asset for families. Improvements in appearance, power, and gas mileage keep Kia at the top of the list when it comes to choosing a model.

Are you ready to take on the challenge of choosing your next vehicle? Visit Burlington Kia to test drive the 2015 Kia Sorento in South Jersey