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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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!

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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.

Best Kia Vehicles for Young Professionals

professionalBeing a young professional can be exciting, but it can also mean long hours and late nights while you are trying to establish yourself in your chosen profession. Buying a car is often part of just starting out in life, but deciding which one specifically to purchase, especially if your life is still in flux, can be difficult. How do you know what vehicle is going to function just as well for you in three years as it does right now? The key is to buy a vehicle that is versatile. Luckily, Kia has a wide variety of those in its lineup. Here are the best Kia vehicles for young professionals:

The Kia Optima

The Optima is probably Kia’s most versatile vehicle and one of its most popular. It is designed to be both stylish and fun to drive, which makes it a great option for younger drivers. It’s also armed to the teeth with the best technology optima has to offer, as well as a number of great safety features, which could be a selling point for those who have long commutes and spend a lot of time on the road. This is a mid-sized sedan, which makes it larger than some of Kia’s other sedans, for more storage space and leg room. You certainly won’t sacrifice sportiness, however, if you choose the Optima.

The Kia Soul

The Soul is, without a doubt, the most unique vehicle in Kia’s lineup, which should make it the perfect choice for anyone who wants a car that marches to the beat of its own drum. It has everything that makes a sedan great, while being extremely unique-looking. On a less-aesthetic level, it is a fun-to-drive, engaging vehicle with plenty of technology and advanced handling. If you want to turn heads and to drive a vehicle that no one else at the office is going to be driving, this is the one for you.

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The Kia Sportage

If you are looking for a vehicle that is as stylish as it is versatile, the Kia Sportage is a great option. Not only is the Sportage getting a few incredible updates this year (including being the first to get Kia’s updated UVO3 infotainment system), this vehicle is affordably priced, starting at just over $22,000. This makes it comparable to many entry-level sedans for most other brands, but gives you the functionality and look of a SUV.

If you find yourself often needing to haul stuff or people around, this is the vehicle for you. While some brands might opt for a more utilitarian design, the Sportage is sporty without being drab, and is still tons of fun to drive.

The Kia Forte

The Kia Forte is routinely among the cars listed as being the best for those just starting out in their careers—and for good reason. It’s stylish, there are plenty of different color options, which makes it customizable, and it gets great gas mileage. It is also less expensive than most other vehicles, starting at just under $16,000, which makes it much more accessible than even the cheapest sedans from most other brands.

The Forte has a lot going for it. Despite its relatively small size, it still has a roomy interior, a high quality infotainment system, and a sporty design that makes it a great choice for someone who does not want a sedan that looks like something their mother would drive. One of the best reason to pick a vehicle like this is to be able to get more vehicle for a lower price. The low entry price makes it possible to upgrade to a higher trim level and get more features, while still paying less than you would for other vehicles.

The Kia Rio

The smallest and least expensive vehicle in Kia’s lineup, the Rio still has plenty to offer. Not only does it have a combined MPG of thirty-one, it starts at just over $14,000. You cannot find a sedan, even a sub-compact, from any other brand, at that price. They just don’t exist. If you need a car and you want to buy a new car, but you can’t find anything that is affordably priced, this is a great alternative. You will be looking at very low monthly payments, or a shorter payment track, giving you the flexibility to pay off your vehicle quickly.

The Rio comes in two different configurations. There is the standard Rio, which has four doors, and the Rio 5-door, which is essentially the same as its four-doored alternative, except that it is a hatchback. This gives the Rio an even sportier appearance.

The Optima Hybrid

Last, but not least is the Optima Hybrid. It looks almost exactly like the Optima, but it has one important improvement: gets a combined MPG of thirty-eight. This means that if you have a long commute or you just want to protect the environment, you could seriously reduce your impact on the environment, simply by buying this vehicle.

What is especially impressive about this option, is that, despite being a Hybrid, it is still reasonable priced, starting at just under $26,000. This is not a price point you are going to be able to find from most other brands. If you want to purchase a vehicle that protects the environment or allows you to use less gas, you are probably going to see yourself with few options that start under $30,000. Kia does it and provides with a stylish, eco-friendly option that any young professional would be proud to drive.

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.

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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.

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.