Simple Tricks that Make Keeping Your Car Clean Easy

car cleaningThere is probably nothing as annoying as trying to keep your car clean. No matter how careful you are about removing trash from your car or knocking snow off of your shoes before you get in, your car is going to get a little grimy and dirty inside. Keeping your car clean can make it a much more enjoyable vehicle to drive, but you do not want to spend as much time cleaning your car as you do actually driving it. Here are a few simple tricks that can help you keep your car clean:

1. Use rubbing alcohol to keep your windshield wipers clean. We’ve all experienced it: you turn on your wipers and instead of actually cleaning your windshield, they just push the grime and dirt around, making your window streaky and difficult to see through. This can be such a serious problem that you have to pullover, get out, and actually physically clean your wipers off. Sometimes, even spraying washer fluid does not do the trick. Soaking a paper towel with a little bit of rubbing alcohol and then running it along the rubber part of your wiper will help to remove built up grime that causes that streaking and will prevent it from building up again.

 

2. Use a stiff brush to scrub your carpets. If your carpets are stained and are starting to look a little gross, the best thing you can do is take a stiff brush to them. This type of brush can help to lift of dirt and stains, before vacuuming them up, shampooing them with a machine, or spraying them down with a hose. This step is one of the best ways to get oil and street grime off of your carpeting. When your carpets look clean, the entire car looks cleaner, so do not skip this step.

 

3. Keep a duster in your vehicle and use it at stop lights. Dust starts to build up on your dashboard and console almost immediately. The best way to get rid of it? Keep a duster in your glove box and whenever you are stuck in traffic or at a long red light, break it out and use it to pick up that dust quickly and cleanly. Then, you can just store the duster again, until you need to use it. Your car will look much cleaner when there is not a fine layer of dust over everything.

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4. Pick up a chamois. You’ll be surprised at how many uses you find for the chamois in your car. Not only can you use it to defog the interior of your windshield, it can also be used to quickly clean up any spills or drips that occur while you are driving. You might also want to use it dry off your car after you go through an automatic car wash. Air drying is okay, but you’ll get a much shinier, spot-free finish if you actually get out of the car and towel it off after washing.

5. Do not wash your car on a sunny day. On a very hot, sunny day is the worst time to wash your car. Why? Because the sun and heat will cause the water to evaporate very quickly off of your car, leaving soap deposits and water spots behind. Instead, try to wash your car on a cloudy, warm day, where the car will stay wet until you are ready to thoroughly rinse it. You might also want to wait until the car has cooled down after driving it in order to wash it.

6. Slide your seats forward when you start vacuuming. It can be tempting just to vacuum the part of your floorboard that you can see. You will get a much more thorough clean if you take the time to move your seats forward before you actually start vacuuming. That way, you’ll pick up dust, dirt, and debris hiding under your seats, which may find its way out onto your otherwise clean carpets if you ignore it. Once you are done, slide the seats all the way back to make sure you’ve gotten everything that might be hiding underneath those seats.

7. Keep a trash bag in your car. One of the things that can make your car look messy and unkempt are old receipts, food wrappers, notes, and scraps of trash that get left around your car, simply because you do not have anywhere to put them while driving. Keeping a trash bag in your car, somewhere like under a seat where you can grab it easily and then stow it when you do not need to use it, is a great way to corral all of those tiny pieces of trash and prevent your entire car from becoming a trash can.

8. Use cola to get rid of streaks on your windshield. This may be one of the stranger suggestions, but it definitely works. Start by putting a towel along the bottom of your windshield. This will protect your paint job from the acid in the soda. Then, fill a glass with cola. Pour it over the exterior of your windshield, making sure to evenly distribute it. The bubbles in the soda help to get rid of grime. Once the job is done, rinse very thoroughly with water to keep the acid and sugar from harming your vehicle.

 

Use these tips and it will be fast and easy to keep your car looking great!

What Winter Does to Your Car – And How to Stop the Damage

Winter can be just as hard on your car as summer can be. Cold, harsh weather, and even the dryness that comes along with being parked in the garage, can all damage not just the exterior paint of your car, but the underlying metal components, too. In our part of the country, winter can start in early November and continue on well into what should be spring. How can you prevent your car from being damaged by a punishing winter? Here are some of the ways winter can damage your car and what you can do to prevent that damage:

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Ice Melt and Your Paint

Winter is usually when your car gets its dirtiest, and when there are the fewest number of days when it is safe to wash your car. Ice melt, which helps to keep our roads safe to drive, can be caustic to your car’s paint job, if not routinely washed away. Many counties have stopped using ice melt on the roads, as it eats not just at the road, but also at your car.

Ice melt, sometimes called brine, is usually a mixture of water, salt, and magnesium chloride. It’s widely used because it is really great at lowering the freezing point of water, making it harder for water to freeze on the roads, and eliminating ice and snow. The mixture is highly acidic, however, and has been routinely pointed to as one of the major causes of road wear.

As often as there is a warm day, take advantage of the warmth, run out, and get a professional car wash—one where they spray the underbody of the car. Washing away the brine as quickly as possible is the best way to prevent it from corroding your paint.

Rock Salt and Your Car

Rock salt, like ice melt, can be very damaging to your car, in a variety of different ways. Rock salt can even be more damaging to your paint, as it doesn’t just get in chips and dents to speed up the rusting process and eat away at your paint, it can actually cause the chips in your paint.

Salt is also used to clear roads of ice and snow, and because it can provide traction while also keeping the road clear, it is preferred in some communities. The salt is very corrosive. It can ruin asphalt just as readily as it ruins your car’s paint and metal components, for the same reasons that here by the Atlantic Ocean, our cars rust faster than those of people who live far away from the ocean.

Like ice melt, the best way to deal with rock salt is to wash your car as often as possible, in a car wash that either automatically cleans the undercarriage of the car or gives you the option of doing it yourself. Getting rid of as much of the salt residue as possible is the only way to prevent the rust that will inevitably follow salt deposits.

Cold Weather

Can cold weather really damage your car? Yes, it can. Most of our cars have a myriad of rubber components, ranging from the windshield wipers to vital belts and hoses around the engine. Rubber can be seriously affected by cold weather (as it can by hot weather). Cold stiffens rubber, making it less pliable, and therefore, less functional and more likely to rip, tear, or break. Many people will notice that their windshield wipers are less effective during the winter. This is because the cold rubber cannot conform to the shape of the windshield.

The newer the rubber components are, the less affected they will be by colder weather. That doesn’t mean that you need new hoses and belts every single winter, it just means that you should have these components checked out before cold weather sets in. If they are already stiff and cracked, they are probably not going to be helped by colder weather.

Cold weather can also be damaging to the metal parts of your car. If any of them have cracks that can be invaded by water, it is possible that expanding freezing water can turn those cracks into full failures. Regular maintenance can help to prevent this.

Something else that cold weather does to your car? Kills your battery. An old battery that may have been functioning perfectly fine in the winter can die overnight in the freezing cold of winter. There really is no way to prevent this, and at some point, not even jumping the battery will revive it. Testing your battery before cold weather sets in can be a good way to know whether or not it is going to make it through frosty weather. Buying and replacing a battery is one of the easier repairs and is something that most car owners are capable of doing on their own.

Did you know that it can actually get cold enough to freeze the gasoline in your tank? It might not get cold enough this year to freeze the gasoline itself, but if there is any water in your gas tank, that could definitely freeze and cause you problems. A good way to avoid either of these two issues is to keep your tank more than half full. Not only will this prevent you from running out of gas if you are trapped in a long line of slow-moving cars on the interstate, it will also help to prevent any freezing liquids from damaging your gas tank.

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

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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.

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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.

Why You Should Bring Your Kia Back to Our New Jersey Dealership for Service

Regularly maintaining your vehicle is a big part of keeping it running smoothly and making sure that it has a long, functional life. When it comes time for a regular checkup or for a more significant repair or maintenance service, you have essentially two options. First, you have the option of taking your vehicle back to the dealership. Second, you have the option of taking it to an independent garage.

While you can get great service at an independent garage, you may be more likely to get better service for your Kia when you bring it back to our Kia dealership. Not only do we know Kia vehicles better than just about any independent shop, we also know you and your needs better than any other garage will. Here are just a few of the reasons you should bring your Kia back to our New Jersey Kia dealership when it needs service:

Our Staff

Working with staff that are familiar not just with cars in general, but with your Kia specifically, can be of a major benefit to you. They know the common problems associated with each model year, they know what advancements have been made across generations of different models, and they have a more direct connection to the parts that your vehicle may eventually need.

Finding a service station that you trust your car entirely to can be difficult, but it is less difficult when you return your vehicle to a dealership. You know you can trust them to provide you with the very best service, as they are representing not just themselves as technicians, but the dealership as a whole and the brand at large.

The training for technicians that do not work at dealership service departments is considerably less make specific than the training given to mechanics that doo work at the service departments of dealerships. When you want care that is specifically tailored to a Kia and how they are built and should be maintained, you are far more likely to find a technician at our service station who knows and understands your car.

Relationships

Finding and building a trusting relationship with a mechanic is extremely important. When you have a mechanic that you know and trust, you will be able to leave your vehicle with him whenever it needs maintenance or a repair, without fear that you are going to be scammed or cheated.

Taking your car back to the service department at your dealership means you already have a pre-existing relationship with that dealership. You wouldn’t have bought from that dealership if you didn’t trust them and if you didn’t think that they could provide you with the very best service. This should extend to the service you can expect to receive from their technicians and mechanics.

Because you already have a relationship with this dealership, you can know that you are more likely to get service that you can rely on, especially because that service is backed by both the dealership’s brand and the car manufacturer’s brand.

Convenience

Unlike many corner shops, who have to adhere to a first-come, first-serve policy, if you show up at your dealership with a serious issue, the relationship you’ve built with that relationship and with the mechanics may mean that they can schedule you for an emergency repair.

Most dealerships also have better amenities and better services for those that have to sit and wait for maintenance or a repair, or who have to leave their vehicles overnight or for any stretch of time in order to get the repair they need. Some dealerships even have special warranties and guarantees for their repairs, allowing you to rest easier, especially if you have need of a major repair, along with loaner cars that you can borrow if your car is going to be in the shop for a few days.

Warranties

Especially while your Kia is still under warranty, you are going to find it much more beneficial to bring it back to the dealership, rather than to take it to another garage, and because Kia has one of the longest and most enduring warranties, you may find that bringing your car back to your Kia dealership is the best way to get the least expensive repairs for years to come. Many of the checkups, repairs, and replacements may be covered by your warranty, which will be honored often only at a dealership.

Recalls

If your car has a recall notice, the only way you may find out about it is by taking your vehicle in to the dealership, who will have a constantly updated list of potential recalls and who might need to have a part replaced or repaired when they bring their car in for service. While some independent garages may get these recall notices, your Kia dealership will have that information sent directly to them and the computer will send the technician an alert about a recall as they are performing diagnostics. It’s much easier and simpler to have these issues remedied when you bring your vehicle in to the dealership.

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Parts and Service

While it is possible to find an independent shop that has access to the same parts and can provide the same service as your dealership, it is going to be much easier to simply take your Kia back to the dealership, which has a direct connection to Kia and can therefore easily get whatever parts you need and install them correctly and efficiently.

10 Fall Driving Hazards for Kia Owners to Avoid

driving hazardsFall is a great season—it’s no longer too hot to enjoy time outside during the day and it means the beginning of the holiday season. Because fall isn’t winter, most people do not consider this to be a dangerous time of the year to drive, but the truth is that fall can actually be just as hazardous as winter, especially here in New England. If you want to drive safely during this season, here are ten fall driving hazards you should be aware of:

1. People going back to school. In the summer, roads are usually clearer than they are once kids start back to school. Not only are parents trying to get their children to the bus on time, they are also dropping their kids off at school and then trying to get to their own places of work without being late. Back to school traffic means there will be more pedestrians in both suburban and city areas, and there will be more people on the road. Being aware of this increased traffic can help you plan your route to avoid it.

2. Leaves falling on the road. What’s dangerous about leaves on the road? Anyone who has ever stepped on a patch of wet leaves knows that wet leaves are slippery. Fall means a large accumulation of leaves on the road increased rains means that the leaves are more likely to be slippery. This can mean that your car can slide through these piles of leaves when you are trying to brake. Wet leaves on the road can be almost as dangerous as ice on the road, so be careful and look for accumulations of leaves while driving.

3. Early morning fog. Fall usually brings with it cooler temperatures, and that means fog in the morning. While fog will generally start to burn off once the sun comes up, if you have an early start in the morning or the sun never came out from behind the clouds to burn the fog away, you might be facing a foggy drive to work. Luckily, every Kia vehicle as the appropriate lights to help you see through and be seen in the fog.

4. Frost. As temperatures start to drop, frost will start to collect on the windshields of cars. Your Kia will have an excellent defroster to get your windows clear, but making sure you can actually get your windows clear before you need to leave for work will take some planning. Stepping outside to turn on your car five to ten minutes before you actually need to leave is a great way to make sure that you windows will be clear of frost by the time you are on the road, without any need to scrape the windows.

5. Ice on the road. Ice is usually believed to be just a winter hazard, but the truth is that if it is cold enough to ice up your windows, it is cold enough to ice up the roads. Any area of the road that is often shady, along with bridges, is more likely to accumulate ice during a cold night and is less likely to have that ice burn off by the time you need to be on the road. By aware of shady and cold spots on the road so you do not run the risk of sliding or spinning out.

6. The sun. In the fall, the sun starts to set earlier and earlier in the evening. Once Daylight Savings Time ends (on November 1st in 2015), the sun will set even earlier, usually just as most people are heading home from work. That means that you are likely to encounter serious sun glare either driving to or home from work or errands. Sun glare can make it difficult to see stoplights, road hazards, and even other drivers, especially if their lights are not on. Keeping your windshields clean can make the road much easier to see and wearing sunglasses can prevent the sun from momentarily blinding you.

7. Deer. In most parts of the country, deer are migrating during the fall. This means that more deer are going to be trying to cross roads and there is a highly likelihood of hitting one. Hitting a dear isn’t just dangerous for that deer, it is dangerous for you and your vehicle. Being alert, especially when driving through parts of your town or city where deer are likely to be, is very important.

8. Fewer daylight hours. During the summer, you might be able to wake up, get read, go to work, go home, have dinner, and run errands all during the daylight. The shorter daylight hours in fall means that you are more likely to be driving on dark roads, even just to and from work or school. Being aware of the darkness, driving with your lights on, and watching for pedestrians, animals, and other vehicles is especially important during the fall.

9. Foggy windshields. During fall days, your windshields are more likely to fog up, as temperatures change throughout the day. Making sure that you have your defroster on and that you even have a rag to wipe your windshields clear will prevent the reduced visibility that comes along with these lower temperatures.

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10. Igniting leaf piles. A dry pile of leaves under your car can actually be ignited after you park your car. Avoid driving through or parking on top of dry leaf piles. Clear them out of your gutters and yards as frequently as possible in order to avoid this fall driving hazard.

How to Learn to Drive as an Adult

 

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kia dealershipWhile most people learn to drive when the law first allows them to get a learner’s permit, many people put off learning to drive until they are adults. This may be because they have plenty of public transportation and no need to drive, because they do not have the resources to pay for driver’s education courses (which are required by some states in order to get a license), or they do not have access to a car they can practice on. Any of these situations may result in an adult who does not know how to drive but wants to learn to drive, now that those situations have changed.

If you want to learn to drive, we here encourage that! Learning to drive as an adult is much easier than learning to drive as a teenager. If you are taking the steps towards learning to drive and buying your Kia, here are some tips to jumpstart the process:

1. Gets your learner’s permit. Not all states require adults learning to drive to have learner’s permits. Some will have an age threshold that once you cross, all you have to do is go into the MVD and take the driver’s test. Before you start this process, it’s important to figure out what steps you need to take to make sure you are following the right procedure. Even if your state does just allow you to take the driver’s test, without logging any official hours, it is still a good idea to practice and maybe even take a driver’s education class before taking that test.

2. Find someone who will let you practice on their vehicle every day. Learning to drive, like learning to just about anything else, is about building hand-eye coordination and muscle memory. The more opportunities to actually drive that you have, the more comfortable you will feel behind the wheel and the less likely you are to make a mistake during your exam. Practicing as often as possible is the only way to build your skills and prepare for your test (if your state requires you to take one). Find someone who will let you drive their car and will help give you some instruction. Learning to drive isn’t as intuitive and it might seem at first, so some encouragement and tips can be helpful.

3. Consider taking a driver’s education class. This might be something that your state requires, but in most states, once you turn eighteen, you are no longer required to take a class in order to take your driver’s test and get your full license. Even if this is the case, you might still consider taking a class. These classes are designed not just to teach you how to operate a car (in fact, some classes might not even get you inside of a car), but also to learn to rules of the road. Learning these rules is an integral part of learning how to be safe driver.

4. Consider hiring a private driving instructor. If you don’t have a friend who is available to let you practice in their car and give you lessons, a good alternative is to hire a private driving instructor. This is a teacher who will usually bring their own car and teach you how to drive (both the mechanics of operating a car and the laws and customs of the road. A private driving instructor can be a powerful resource, especially if you might feel awkward taking a driver’s ed class that might be filled with fifteen and sixteen-year-olds.

5. Get your own car. If you are having difficulty finding a car to practice with and you are learning to drive because you need a car to get you to and from work or other locations, purchasing your own car, before you have your full license, might be a good idea. If you don’t have your full license, you probably won’t be allowed to test drive the car yourself, but bringing an experienced driver along on your car buying escape can be a good way to get a sense of whether or not that car is right for you. Kia vehicles are often the perfect choices for first-time buyers and inexperienced drivers, as they have a wide variety of safety features.

6. Understand that driving is not really that big of a deal. One of my best friends from university didn’t start learning to drive until she was twenty-four. Because I’d grown up in a rural area and my parents wanted to make sure we could “get into town” on our own if there was ever an emergency, I’d been driving for more than twelve years by the time she started learning. Part of the reason she avoided learning for so long was because she feared the entire process; other drivers, piloting a car, knowing what to do, etc. In reality, driving is all about paying attention to the road and building the muscle memory so that your body knows what to do in a car. It’s not as hard or as big of a deal as it’s often made out to be.

7. Just jump in! No matter the reason you’ve put of learning to drive until now, it’s time to set aside the excuses and the fears and learn this very useful skill. While not everyone lives in a part of the country where a car is absolutely necessary, knowing how to drive could prevent an emergency. All it takes is practice and practicing can be fun!

Kia Buying Checklist

Buying a car and making sure it’s the right car can feel like a daunting task. When you buy a Kia from our lot, you’re guaranteed to get a great vehicle, but that doesn’t mean you’ll always get the right car for you every time. Here is a checklist to help you ensure you’re picking the perfect Kia for your needs:

1. Make a list of your car needs and wants. Needs are things that the vehicle absolutely must have. If you have four kids, you’ll need seating for four kids. Wants are the things that it would be nice for the vehicle to have, like a DVD player or advanced infotainment system. The wants can be further split into deal-breakers and non-deal-breakers.

kia for sale2. Bring your license and insurance information. We won’t be able to let you test drive any of our vehicles if we can’t see your driver’s license or insurance info. If you’re driving here in the car you already own, you’ll probably have both of these things already. If not, make sure to just slip them into your pocket before leaving.

3. Look at the brand models online. This is by no means necessary, but it can be a great way to narrow down your choices before you even come to our lot. If you look at the models online, you’ll be able to eliminate vehicles that don’t meet your needs and you’ll be left just with finding one that fits your wants. If you don’t have a good idea of what you want or need, coming to the lot and looking at every model is a good way to find out.

4. Ask to see the car’s features. You don’t have to be car-savvy to understand most of what makes a car good. Any of our salespeople will be able to tell you which mechanical features are important. Inside the car, even before you set out on a test drive, have the salesperson show you the radio, the infotainment system, and any other features that the car has. Some of our higher trim models will have unique features like lane alerts and automatic braking. Hearing about these features and any others the car has before you get out on the road enables you to give them more attention.

5. Only drive models you are actually interested in buying. Some buyers come to our lot and want to test drive every single model. That’s great! We’re happy to oblige. However, we don’t want buyer to get frustrated because they’ve given themselves too many choices or overwhelmed because they’ve looked at too many vehicles. If you know that you want an SUV, there’s no point in test driving every single sedan on the lot, unless you realize that what you actually really need is a sedan, not an SUV.

6. Inspect the trunk. Looking at cargo space is vitally important, even if you don’t think you’re going to end up need to pack your car full very often. At some point you might want to move or help someone else move, and having the trunk space to do this can be great. If you regularly have to tote around large items, it is best to look for a Kia that has seats that fold down to give yourself more room or for one of our vehicles that is specifically designed to allow you to haul all your gear.

7. Sit in every seat. While you’ll probably do most of the driving, you’ll probably also have people sitting in the passenger and back seats. The comfort in those seats might not be nearly as important to you as the comfort of the driver’s seat, but it will be important to the people who have to regularly sit there. Is there enough leg room? Are the seats themselves comfortable? Are you able to move the seats? Are there enough seats for your family?

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8. Get in and out of the car a few times. You want to make sure that you have enough clearance to get in and out of the car without banging your head and enough room to get your knees in without banging them on the steering wheel or on the dashboard. While you might fit in the car perfectly fine once you’re in, is getting in and out easy enough?

9. Check to see if the steering wheel and driver’s seat positions work for you. Most Kia vehicles come with plenty of adjustments, so it’s not difficult to find a position for the seat and steering wheel that works for you. You will want to make sure, before buying a car, that it is easy to get the seat into a position that allows you to see, reach the pedals, and reach the steering wheel, while sitting in the position that is most comfortable for you. Some people like to be closer to the wheel, while others like to have legs and arms fully extended.

10. Ask to try all different types of roads. You’ll want to see how the car handles on surface streets and on the highway. Every driver is different—some like more get-up-and-go, while others prefer a vehicle that eases to a stop and into motion again. Driving around just surface streets is usually not enough to really feel how a car drives.

Using this checklist as you drive is a great way to make sure that you find a vehicle that meets your needs. Don’t feel rushed or that you have to hurry through the process. You can always come back more than once if you need more time to decide or want to test drive more Kia vehicles!