Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Kia Vehicle Fuel Efficient

Making the decision to purchase a Kia means that you have already decided that you want a more fuel efficient vehicle. Most Kia vehicles have much better fuel efficiency than their competitors, in addition to being less expensive, which means you will not only pay less for the car, but you will pay less to power that vehicle over its life. As with any vehicle, however, over time, a Kia will start to lose its fuel efficiency if it is not properly cared for. Here are some car maintenance tips to make sure your Kia stays as efficient as possible:

Use the Right Oil

car maintenanceHow do you know what oil you need to use in your vehicle? The very best way is to check your owner’s manual and see what it recommends for oil. Kia has carefully chosen a type of oil for your vehicle that will ensure that the engine is properly primed. While it might not endanger your vehicle to use natural oil, for example, if your owner’s manual recommends synthetic or a 50/50 split, or to use 10W-30 motor oil if your engine is accustomed to 5W-30 oil, it might reduce the efficiency of that engine, enough that you will start to notice a reduction in the number of miles per gallon you are getting.

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Whether you change your oil yourself or you take your vehicle in for an oil change, make sure you know the right kind of oil for your car. Most shops will come out and ask you what kind of oil you want them to use in your vehicle. Some might already know what is best for your Kia, but it is still a good idea to know what your manufacturer recommends for your specific make and model.

Replace the Air Filter

Most people do not replace their engine’s air filters often enough. When it is difficult for your engines to get the air that it needs, you are going to see a reduction in the number of miles per gallon that your vehicle receives. Just as a clogged air filter in your home’s air conditioning system makes your air conditioner work much harder to push air into your home, an engine has to work harder when its air filter is dirty, resulting in an engine that provides your car with less oomph.

How do you know when your air filter needs to be replaced? If you bring your vehicle in for a checkup at our dealership or at our sister dealerships in Allentown or Turnersville, just ask us to check your air filter and to replace it if is dirty. If you take your vehicle in for an oil change, most shops will check your air filters as part of the service. In this case, however, you will want to make sure that they are showing you your air filter and not a dirty one that they keep on hand to scam customers.

Buy Better Parts

If your vehicle ever needs a new part, especially in its engine, don’t settle for used parts. One of the most common part replacements most vehicles need is spark plugs. You might try to make a spark plug replacement less expensive by opting for used spark plugs, but if you are going to be using a worn out plug, you’re only going to be making it more difficult for your engine to function properly. The spark plug will not fire reliably and you will have to worry about losing performance and needing to buy more gas, more often. Choose only parts that have been specifically made for your vehicle and which the manufacturer recommends that you use.

Keep Your Tire Pressure at the Right PSI

When your tires are properly inflated, you will not only see less wear on your tires, your vehicle will also be easier to drive and you will see improve fuel efficiency. Most people do not even think about their tire pressure until one of their tires gets very low or they have a flat. You should be checking your tire pressure at least once a season, as fluctuating temperatures could cause the air in those tires to expand or contract, leaving you with overinflated or underinflated tires, both of which will affect your ability to get good gas mileage.

Don’t Neglect Basic Maintenance

Today’s vehicles have become so low maintenance that most people forget that they actually still require at least a little bit of maintenance. This means keeping your tires at the right pressure, changing your oil every six months (or as often as is recommended by your manufacturer), and occasionally having a tune up. Don’t forget to undertake these basic tasks or you might find that you see your vehicle’s gas mileage slowly start to wane.

Once you’ve lost your fuel efficiency, it can be very difficult to get it back. Cars need more than just to be filled up with gas and to have their oil changed occasionally. If you devote a little bit of time and money to taking care of your car, it will take care of you—that means getting better gas mileage and having fewer problems down the road.

Some other tips that can help you maintain your gas mileage include removing extra weight from your car (don’t tote around things that you don’t need to have in your car), using your cruise control at high speeds, and regularly replacing your tires so that you get the best grip on the road.

Drive Safer: Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Kia Vehicle

If you choose to buy a vehicle from our Kia dealership (or one of our partner dealerships in Turnersville and Allentown), you are already making a decision that could make you a much safer driver. All Kia vehicles are equipped with safety features that not only protect the driver and passengers in the event of an accident but actually also make those accidents easier to avoid. These range from back up cameras to lane diverging alerts to predictive braking systems. Here are some tips that will help you make the most of these safety features in your new kia:

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1. Put away the cellphone. This is something that might be difficult, especially for younger drivers. We’re so used to checking out cellphones these days that if we don’t do it every five minutes, we start to feel disconnected from the world. Even just looking down to check your text messages when you are at a stoplight is not a good idea. Make it a habit to not just put your cellphone in a cup holder while you are driving, but to actually put the cellphone away, where you cannot hear it or see it.

2. Slow down. Especially in areas where the speed limit is already low, it is important not to speed. Not only is speeding in a residential area very dangerous, for every mile an hour you are going, you have a 5% higher chance of dying in an accident. That means that if you are going 60 in a 55 zone, you have a 25% higher chance of dying if you are in an accident than if you were going the speed limit. Speed limits are not arbitrary—they are carefully calculated based on the road and its surroundings.

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3. Don’t drive while drowsy. Driving while tired can be just as dangerous as driving while drunk. Even if you know the road well, if you are drowsy, your reflexes are not as fast as they might need to be in order to avoid hitting another vehicle or a person. You might even find yourself nodding off, which can lead you to causing a serious accident, even if yours is the only car involved. This is especially important if you are going to be driving at highway speeds, as falling asleep or not paying attention while driving at this high rate of speed can have disastrous and even deadly results, no matter how impressive your vehicle’s safety features are.

4. Wear your seatbelt. The seatbelt is one of the oldest and most common safety features and you are going to find them in every single vehicle that you can purchase. It might sound cheesy, buy wearing your seatbelt can save your life. When in an accident, a seatbelt restrains you so that you are not thrown from the vehicle. While you might think that you can brace yourself before impact, the truth is that the speed at which most serious accidents occur ensures that individuals not wearing their seatbelts are going to be in for much more serious injuries than those who did wear them.

5. Slow down in bad weather. Bad weather doesn’t just mean snow (though if there is snow on the road and the road is not just wet, you should slow down significantly). Bad weather means rain, sleet, hail, fog, dirt, and smoke. If visibility is reduced, slow down. If the road has the potential of being slick under your wheels, slow way down. Just about any type of weather can cause a dangerous driving situation, so pay attention to the conditions and adjust your driving habits accordingly.

6. Don’t tailgate the vehicle in front of you. There are only a few outcomes of tailgating. In general, when you tailgate someone, it is because you think they are going too slow. It’s very rare that this person is going to suddenly realize that they are going too slow and pick up the pace, simply because you are riding their bumper with your vehicle. If they do happen to notice that you are tailgating them, they are probably just going to get annoyed, which means that they will continue driving slowly and might even slow down. This is a situation which can be very dangerous for you, as the tailgater, as you might not have time to slam on your breaks, if the person in front of you slams on their breaks. While most Kia vehicles do have advanced safety features that automatically apply the brakes if the vehicle sense that the car in front of you is suddenly slowing down, your vehicle is not going to be able to completely compensate for how close you are to the other car.

7. Pay attention to what the people around you are doing. One of the biggest mistakes you can make while on the road is to assume that everyone else is paying as much attention to the road as you are. Assuming that everyone else is doing their best to avoid getting into an accident and therefore letting your guard down is a good way to get into an accident. Take the time to pay attention to what the cars around you are doing. If the car in front of your is swerving in the lane and it is pretty obvious that they are texting or doing something else that distracts them from the road, it’s a good idea to get as far away from this driver as you possibly can.

How to Take the Stress Out of Buying a New Car

Buying a car is a big purchase, even if the vehicle itself is fairly inexpensive. This is one of the largest purchases that most people will make and they do not want to make the wrong choice or feel pressured into purchasing a specific vehicle. Buying a new car should be fun and exciting, not stressful! If you are feeling stress or anxiety about this purchase, there are ways that you can soothe these fears and prepare yourself to make sure you are making the right decision.

1. Shop at a dealership you trust. When you buy from us or our Burlington or Turnersville dealerships, you know you are working with salesmen and with dealerships that you can rely on. We are proud of the vehicles that we sell and we are excited to help you find the vehicle that fits your needs. When you trust the people you are buying from, it will be much easier to find a car that you are ultimately happy with. There is nothing worse than driving your car home and wondering whether or not you made the right decision. We will help you make sure that you did!

2. Do research before visiting dealerships. If part of your stress stems from the fact that there are so many different choices, even within the same brand, you can save yourself a little bit of stress by doing research before you actually start visiting dealerships. This might enable you to not only eliminate certain models, but entire makes. If you go online and look at a certain brand’s lineup and discover that they don’t have any vehicles that you are interested in test driving, you can cross that dealership off of your list and move on to the brands that are offering you vehicles you want to look at in person.

buying a car3. Look for dealerships offering incentives or deals. The monthly car payment might not actually be that worrisome for you, but that doesn’t mean that looking for a dealership that is offering a deal, discount, or incentive isn’t a bad idea. Some brands will actually offer you discounts if you already own a vehicle from that same brand. Others might be running specials where they offer extra money on a trade in vehicle. Many dealerships have specialized offers on certain models. Take a little bit of extra time to see if the brands that you are interested in buying from are offering one of these specials.

4. Decide on your budget before you get to the dealership. If you want to avoid even looking at cars that you know you can’t afford, decide before you get to the dealership what the very ceiling of your budget is going to be and then do not budge. If you are not sure how much the vehicles you are looking at are going to cost you from month to month, it is worth your time to use the payment calculators that every single brand has to get a good idea of what you are likely to pay, were you to buy that car. Make sure, if you have a tight budget, that you take car insurance and the cost of gas and repairs into consideration when deciding how much you want to pay.

5. Pick the right time to shop. There’s no “best time of the year” to buy a car. Every brand runs sales almost year-round and each individual dealership will over different incentives at different times. You probably will end up paying about the same for a car no matter what time of year you decide to buy. That said, if you want a less stressful buying experience, it is worth your time to pick the right day of the week to shop. If you can shop during the week, when most people are going to be at work, there will be fewer people on the lot and less competition for the attention of the salespeople.

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6. Look for loans before you go. Most dealerships offer their own financing for their buyers, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t shop around to see what sorts of loans and rates are available. Unless you are able to pay cash for a vehicle, you should spend at least a little bit of time familiarizing yourself with the loans that local lenders offer, as it is likely with one of these lenders that your dealership is going to work in order to finance that car for you. If you know what rates are considered fair, you’ll be much more prepared to negotiate when it comes time to buy.

7. Contact the dealership before visiting. If you know exactly what vehicles you want to test drive, it might be worth your time to call or email the dealership before you show up, asking if they have those models in the colors and with the features you need, so that they have them prepared for you. You’ll also establish a personal connection with the dealership, so when you show up, they already know who you are and you will probably already have a salesperson available and ready to help you find the perfect car.

8. Know when to walk away. If you are not one hundred percent ready to buy a car, the experience is going to be stressful, no matter what you do. If you really are not ready, be ready to walk away and take a few days to think about the purchase and which vehicle really is going to be the best for you and your lifestyle.

Ask Our Dealership: Common Car Maintenance Questions Answered

You can drive a car and not be an expert in their inner workings. That what our dealership’s maintenance department is for! But if you do want to be a more contentious car owner, you might be looking for a little more information about your vehicle to make sure you are driving it and caring for it the right way. Here are some of the most common car questions we are asked and their answers!

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My owner’s manual says that normal gas is fine. Wouldn’t it be better to put premium gas in my car?

car maintenanceThere are just about no consumer vehicles that need premium gasoline. There are some engines that are graded only for this higher octane fuel, but it is very unlikely that you are driving one of those vehicles. If you look in your Kia vehicle’s owner’s manual and it says that the regular unleaded gasoline is the gas of choice for your vehicle, there is no need to splurge and buy the more expensive gasoline.

So, why is premium gasoline even an option at the pump if you are not supposed to put it in your car? There are some engines that are graded to function better when they have higher octane gasoline in them. Every engine uses a combination of oxygen and gasoline to power itself. The gas that you put into your vehicle is compressed in your engine by a cylinder and is then ignited by a spark plug. The higher octane gasoline you use, the more compression the gas can take before it is ignited.

Your engine is probably graded to provide the amount of compression that regular unleaded gasoline can take before ignition, not for the higher amount of compression that premium gas can withstand. So, while using premium gasoline certainly won’t harm your engine, your engine probably doesn’t need it, and so buying it is just an unnecessary expense. And because gas prices are already so high, there is no real need to pay even more for “better” gasoline, when your vehicle doesn’t need it.

Is it helpful when I try to replicate the sound my car is making to the mechanic when I take it in?

Many people feel a little embarrassed when they try to replicate the noise their vehicle makes with their own mouth. Don’t worry, your mechanic is not laughing at you. The sound that you are making can actually give our maintenance department a lot of really good information about what is going on with your vehicle and what we need to do to be able to fix it, especially if there is nothing in your vehicle’s diagnostics and there are no dashboard lights on.

If you don’t feel comfortable trying to replicate the noise, it is still useful to try to describe the noise to our mechanics. Is it high-pitched? Does it sound metallic, like metal on metal? Is it a low rumble? A squealing sound? Your vehicle can make lots of weird noises and we know all too well that you might be having a problem out on the road that we just cannot replicate when we have your vehicle in the shop. Gathering as much information as possible from you, the person who spends the most time with this car, is very helpful, no matter how we get that information.

How do I know if my vehicle actually needs maintenance or if the shop is trying to scam me?

Unfortunately, there are some mechanics who will try to take advantage of individuals who do not know every much about cars. They will tell them that something is wrong with their vehicle and will hope that you, as the driver, will not be able to tell whether or not that is something that is actually wrong with your vehicle. Whether your car breaks down and you have it towed into the shop or whether you are simply taking that vehicle in for routine maintenance, you might be told that there is something wrong with your car that is not actually wrong with your car.

But, how do you know if you are being taken advantage of or if you really do need that repair? First of all, you should only take your vehicle to a shop that you trust. Our maintenance department is staffed only by the best mechanics, who have both extensive training and who are more than willing to sit down with you and explain in great detail what is wrong with your vehicle.

If you can’t bring your vehicle into our dealership’s maintenance department, you will want to look for a mechanic who has the right credentials and accreditation. Look for or ask to see their certificates. Watch out for secret fees, too. Do they charge you just for diagnosing your vehicle? If they do, they night also be willing to charge you for work they never intend on doing. Work only with mechanics that give you an itemized invoice that clearly shows what you are paying for.

If you’re not sure that your vehicle needed a certain service, ask them to tell you why they did that service and to show you the results. Learn a little about your vehicle and what type of maintenance it is likely to have. Learn a little bit about car maintenance and what certain issues sound and feel like when you are driving. The more involved you are and the more educated you are, the less likely you are to be scammed.

Why buy from a local Kia dealership?

When it comes time to buy a new car, you have a wide variety of options for buying that car. Even if you know what brand and even what make and model you want to buy or buy from, you still likely have a few options for purchasing that vehicle. Ten years ago, your only option was to buy a car from your local dealership. Today, you can search for the vehicle you want to buy online and buy it off of a mega-lot somewhere. But is that really the best option? Most shoppers will have a better experience and will get into a car that is better for their lifestyle if they shop at a local dealership than if they go to one of those mega-lots. Here’s why you should shop with us:

local dealership1. Our salespeople are friendlier. When you shop for a car, you might not want a salesperson hovering over your shoulder the entire time, especially if you are not quite sure what type of vehicle you want to buy yet. Others will walk onto the lot already knowing which two cars they want to buy and will ask immediately to do test drives of those vehicles. No matter what type of car shopping you are or at what stage of the car shopping process you are, you want to be able to shop your way, knowing that you have total control over the process and that you are going to be met by smiling faces that are excited just to help get you into a car that fits your needs.

2. Our salespeople are more knowledgeable. Buying from a huge dealership that deals not with one or maybe two brands of cars, but every brand of car, from all over the world, is going to ensure that the salespeople that you buy from are not going to know as much about the cars you are trying to buy as they would if their dealership sold only a few different brands. When you buy from us, you know you are buying from people that live and breathe Kia. We take care to make sure that we know as much as possible about not just the make, but the individual models and trim levels that we offer, so that we can answer your questions satisfactorily.

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3. We have more experience with this brand. A sales team that has worked with our brand for a long time will already know the questions you are going to ask and will have answers prepared for those questions. We have worked with our brand for a long time, so we know its quirks, its strengths, and its faults. We know exactly how to find the right fit for you and your lifestyle, just by talking to you about what type of car you need and what you plan to use your car for.

4. We have the ability to offer better financing options. Some of these huge car lots will offer you a “no haggle” price. They want you to just walk onto the lot, pick a car on your own, and buy it. When you deal with a local dealership, you are working with people that really understand you and your needs and are willing to work with you, whether that means a little bit of haggling to get a car you really want and are willing to but today into your price range, or whether it means helping you find a vehicle that you really love that already is within your budget. While you absolutely can come with your own financing options, most local dealerships will also offer you financing through the dealership itself.

5. Local dealerships care about the community. You are not buying from people that you will never see again. In fact, you might be buying from people that you actually know. We don’t just sell cars, we really care about the community and we care about keeping the vehicles in those communities running smoothly. That’s why we also encourage our customers to bring their Kia vehicles back when those vehicles need service—not just so they can take advantage of the warranty, but also so that we have the opportunity to continue building the relationship with our customers that sustains our business.

6. We handle all of the paperwork. Whether you are buying a brand new Kia or whether you are buying a used vehicle from us, you get the same service. Even if you come to the lot intending to buy a used car, we will take care of all of the paperwork—you cannot say the same thing about buying a used car off of a lemon lot. This means that the car buying experience is much easier. Those who buy used cars are often worried about the kind of service they will get and whether or not they can really trust that they are buying a great vehicle. With us, they absolutely can.

7. We make the process as easy as possible. When you can actually talk to someone about what you need out of a vehicle, you are much less likely to buy a car that you regret purchasing down the line. We actually take the time to listen to what you need and what you expect out of a vehicle and then to direct you to the cars on our lot that meet those needs, whether they be brand new Kia vehicles or whether they be pre-owned vehicles.

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

The first time I saw a check engine light, I was driving home from university at the beginning of one summer, with my little sister in the passenger’s seat next to me. I’d never seen the light on my dashboard before and I immediately panicked. The little light that looks like an engine obviously meant that my vehicle was going to explode if I continued driving it, right? And I was still two states away from home!

After consulting my owner’s manual, I discovered that while it did not offer a direct explanation for the check engine light, the light was not actually trying to tell me that my vehicle was about to self-destruct. Instead, it told me to take my car in to the dealership as soon as possible. I wasn’t ecstatic that the light didn’t give me any information about what was wrong with my car (for example, when the tire pressure light comes on, I know that one of my tires has low pressure and needs to be refilled). Still jittery, but at least not panicking anymore, I did exactly that.

They looked over my car, looked at its diagnostics, told me that they couldn’t find anything wrong, and just turned the light off. That was disconcerting, but ultimately, there was nothing else to do. I still wonder, to this day, what made that light turn on. If you’re wondering the same thing, here are a few of the most common check engine light explanations:

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1. Your oxygen sensor needs to be replaced. Your car likely has a computer in it, did you know that? One of the functions of that computer is to monitor how much of your fuel has been burned, using an oxygen sensor. If this sensor is not working properly, the computer in your vehicle is not getting the right information. The sensor can get covered in debris and sludge in your busy engine and becomes less able to determine how much fuel and oxygen is being used, which will, in turn, decrease your fuel economy and make your car emit more dangerous gasses.

 

2. Your gas cap is faulty or loose. Your gas cap isn’t anywhere near your engine, right? So why would a loose gas cap cause your check engine light to come on? This is what the technicians at my dealership told me was the likely cause of my check engine light. When you do not screw it back into place properly or there is an issue with the gas cap, vapors created by your fuel will leak out of this area, which can wreak havoc on your entire fuel system. You’ll again see more emissions and less fuel economy. This is one of the most likely causes, especially if you do not feel like your vehicle is driving strangely or that there is anything else wrong with it.

 

3. You need new spark plugs. Your spark plugs are integral to the function of your vehicle, and if they are not working properly, your car is going to tell you about it by switching on your check engine light. You need functioning spark plugs in order to be able to start your car. When these plugs start to fail or misfire, you can feel it when you start your car. Pay attention and see if your car jolts a little bit when you accelerate. Your plugs are simply going to fail—it’s what they do. This is why you need to take your vehicle in to the dealership if your light comes on.

 

4. Your mass airflow sensor is faulty. This sensor’s job is to tell your car how much fuel the engine needs, based on how much air is in the engine. It is critical to a properly functioning engine and if it does not work properly, you’ll see that your emissions are increased and your gas mileage is decreased. If you do not regularly replace your air filters, you are going to see this becoming a more and more common problem. Replacing your air filters when you get an oil change is one of the best ways to make sure this never happens to you.

 

5. You need a new catalytic convertor. Your catalytic convertor is used to reduce the amount of harmful gas that your car emits. It will convert carbon monoxide into completely harmless gasses, which makes driving a car not as bad for the environment as it used to be before catalytic convertors were used in vehicles. If this part of your car starts to malfunction, you are going to see your check engine light come on. Not driving around for weeks or months with your check engine light on is integral to protecting this part of your vehicle. Issues with your catalytic convertor usually stem from faulty oxygen sensors of old spark plugs—issues your vehicle will already have been trying to tell you about.

 

6. You need a new thermostat. Your car’s thermostat determines the temperature of your engine, opening the valve to let in coolant when it is needed. If this device is not working properly, your check engine light will probably come on. A malfunctioning thermostat will probably lead to overheating and severe engine corrosion, depending on how long you drive with your check engine light on and do not take your vehicle in to be serviced.

 

If your check engine light comes on, the best thing to do is to take your vehicle in to your dealership as quickly as possible. While a check engine light does not always constitute an emergency, this is your vehicle trying to tell you that something is wrong and that the situation is, at the very least, urgent.

10 Questions to Ask Your Kia Dealership When Buying a New Car

When you are shopping for a new car, the salesperson helping you will probably ask you at some point during the process if you have any questions. While you definitely do not have to come with prepared questions, knowing some questions to ask that might not have already been answered by your salesperson can ensure that you buy the vehicle that is actually right for you. Here is a list of questions you might want to keep in mind to ask when you are shopping for a new car at our Kia dealership:

1. What is the best Kia for my lifestyle? Our goal is always to help you find the right car for you. For some, the Kia Optima is going to be the best pick. Others might prefer the Cadenza or the Sedona. It is all about finding the right vehicle for you and your needs. How many seats do you need? What kind of safety features would you prefer? What type of technology do you need? Discussing what you usually use a vehicle for with your salesperson can be a great way to make sure you are getting a Kia that is going to work perfectly for your lifestyle.

2. Should I buy or lease? There is almost endless debate over whether leasing or buying a vehicle is best for drivers. The simple truth is that whether buying or leasing is better depends entirely on the driver himself. If you are likely going to try to sell this car back to our Kia dealership and buy a new one in three years, a lease is usually going to be the better option. If, however, you plan on driving this car into the ground, until its wheels fall off, buying is almost always going to be the best option for you. Again, the best way to know what is right for your particular situation is to actually talk to a salesperson on our showroom floor.

woman asking questions3. How should I pay for this car? Very few people come in and are ready to pay cash for a vehicle, even one as inexpensive as the Kia Rio. In this instance, you have a few different options, including financing through the dealership or through a local lender. Financing through the dealership is usually going to provide you with the best terms.

4. What vehicles are in my price range? If you have a very concrete price range, you might want to ask the salesman you are working with which vehicles are even going to be in that price range, especially if you are interested in a wide variety of vehicles. Keep in mind that not every dealership has every single trim level of every single model in every single color on their lot. If you are looking for something specific, you might want to lead off your car shopping experience by asking what vehicles they have that are actually in your price range.

5. How does my credit history affect my ability to buy? Being upfront about your credit history is usually the best way to make sure that it is not an issue when you are buying a car from us. You do not have to have perfect credit to buy a vehicle. Dealing directly with us will give you a little bit of flexibility when it comes to financing that you might not get if you try to find your own loan.

6. What kind of safety features does this trim level have? When looking at specific vehicles, it can be very helpful to learn about not just what general feature the brand offers, but which safety features are offered specifically on that vehicle at that trim level. When you purchase a Kia, you are going to find that every single vehicle has great safety features.

7. What other fees come along with purchasing? There are usually a few fees that come along with purchasing a vehicle, besides just what is listed on the sticker price. There will be, of course, a down payment that you need to make, but there could also be other fees that you might not know about until it comes times for payment if you do not ask. When negotiating the price of your vehicle, be sure to ask what other fees might be tacked on at the end of the process.

8. Are there any aftermarket additions to this vehicle? Sometimes, a brand might install a piece of technology on a car after it is technically finished. While it is less common for this to happen these days than even five years ago, you might still want to ask, especially if the dealership has installed an aftermarket alarm or other similar part, which might start to cause you trouble that a part installed during normal manufacturing would not.

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9. What are my warranty options? Before you start the purchasing process, it is time for you to ask about your warranty options. When you are dealing with a brand like Kia, you are going to have a great warranty options, making buying one of these vehicles a no-brainer.

10. Can you get me this other car? Most dealership have only a limited stock, but this does not mean that they do not have the ability to get you the model that you want in the color that you want. This might take a few days, but you’ll only know for sure if you actually ask. Whether it is strictly a matter of color or whether you want a specific feature that they do not have on any of their models, ask if they have the ability to get you the car that you really want.

How to Get Your Teen Excited about Driving

While most teens are probably chomping at the bit to get their driver’s license and do some driving, there are other teens that are going to be reluctant to get behind the wheel. Whether they just have no interest in driving or they are actually afraid of the entire concept, it will be more difficult to get some teens excited about driving than others.

Having a teen driver in your household can be nerve-wracking, but they can also be a big help. My parents loved having a new chauffer for the other kids. They leapt at the chance to send me on errands once I could drive by myself. While teenage drivers are the most likely demographic to get into an accident, simply because they are the most statistically impulsive and have the least amount of experience on the road, a teen driver can benefit your household and provide them with the independence they are probably craving.

If you have a teenager who doesn’t seem very excited about getting behind the wheel, here are some tips for encouraging them to learn to drive:

1. Give them a car. Hear us out—you don’t have to buy a new car or even really give them a car that is for their use exclusively. That said, when they feel some sort of ownership over a vehicle, they are much more likely to be willing to learn to drive it. When they have no vehicle to drive, it probably does not make much sense to the average teenager to invest the time and money in taking a driving course. Again, you don’t actually have to buy them a car (though a reasonably priced used vehicle could be the perfect option as an “extra” car for your family that your teenager mainly uses), but giving them at least symbolic ownership over a vehicle can encourage them to learn to drive. If you are interested in buying a car that is almost exclusively going to be used by your teenager, look for inexpensive, safe sedans. Kia has a variety of inexpensive options that are ideal for new drivers. They are both fun to drive and come with plenty of safety features that will help keep your teen safe on the road.

2. Stop playing the taxi driver. When you’re always on call to drive your teen wherever they want or need to go, there is no impetus for them to actually get their driver’s license. If you as a parent ever feel like you are taxiing your kids around and one of those kids is old enough to be driving themselves, stop playing the taxi driver. Most teens will naturally want to drive themselves instead of constantly being driven around by a parent, but others will need a little more encourage. It’s much easier to simply ask your mom for a ride somewhere than to put in the time and effort to get your own license. It’s not as cool, but especially if some of their friends already have licenses and they don’t have to ask for a ride very often, there might be dwindling cause for your teen to get their own license unless you refuse to be their taxi.

3. Make it easy for them. If your teenager is already inundate with your activities, they might be putting off getting their license not because they want to, but because they simply do not have time in their schedule to get their license. Some schools solve this problem by offering a driver’s education class during school hours, but if their only option is to take an after school driving course, they might find that they have difficulty finding one that fits their needs. Shop around for driving schools and find one that provides them with the training that they need, at a time that works for their schedule. If necessary, let them opt out of one of their other after school activities for the couple of weeks it takes for them to take driver’s education. For the teen that’s just too busy to learn but who could benefit from having their own license (you won’t have to shuttle them from activity to activity anymore), this might be your only option.

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4. Take away the fear. I had a friend who did not get her driver’s license until she was twenty-three, because she was afraid of the whole concept of driving. And, objectively, I understood her fear, even though I had been driving since I was fourteen. Cars are big and they get into crashes and there are lots of things that can go wrong while you are driving. You could be the best driver in the world and you simply cannot account for other people on the road not paying attention or actively acting in a dangerous way. The truth is, however, that most people will never be in a serious car accident. Many people drive for decades and are never in even a minor accident. The only way to beat the fear that your teen has of driving is to get them to drive. Put them in the driver’s seat and make them drive circles around a parking lot until they are familiar with your vehicle and how it works. Take them out on a deserted road, only when they are completely comfortable with driving in a parking lot. Getting rid of the fear of driving is going to take some time, but immersion therapy is the best way.

Fuel Saving Tips: 10 You Might Not Have Considered

Even though gas is cheaper today than it was even a year ago, many people are still looking for ways that they can cut the costs at the pump. If you’re not worried about the prices of gas right now, you might still want some tips up your sleeve to make sure that you keep this section of your budget under control. Here are ten of the best fuel saving tips you might not have thought of:

1. Buy a car that has better fuel economy. If you are driving a fifteen-year-old junker, you are probably not getting very good gas mileage, even if the rest of the car is working relatively well. Older cars are heavier and many were not built with a concern about how much gas they were using. When you switch your old junker in for a brand new Kia, for example, you will be buying a car that has much better gas mileage. You’ll see your trips to the pump decrease. Instead of having to go every single weekend, you’ll only have to go every other or perhaps only once a month!

2. Unload your vehicle. What do you have in your trunk? Have you put things in your trunk and forgotten to take them out? Hundreds of pounds of stuff could accumulate in your trunk and backseat if you are not careful, weighing down your vehicle and making it have to work much harder to propel itself forward. When you unload your vehicle, you’ll make it much easier to get where you want to go, so your car will use less gas getting there.

3. Get your checkup. If all you ever do is get your oil changed, you are probably not giving your car enough attention. Like any machine, it needs regular maintenance to remain in proper working order. If you don’t give it the maintenance it needs, not only are you eventually going to see a catastrophic breakdown that is going to be very expensive to repair, you are also going to see a steep decrease in your gas mileage, even if you started out with a brand new car that has great fuel economy.

fuel saving - kia cars4. Don’t idle. Do you go out in the morning and turn your car on so it can warm up in the winter? Do you turn it on and leave it alone for a few minutes to cool off in the summer? Even if you only idle for a few minutes every day, you are going to be using up precious gas and not actually going anywhere with it. While idling is sometimes going to be inevitable (like in unforeseen traffic or at stop lights), don’t actively choose to idle.

5. Walk instead. You might a car to help you get around, so why would you walk? Because walking to close-by destinations is not only better for your body, it’s also better for your fuel economy. Short, slow trips around town will significantly hurt your gas mileage, so much so that it is actually worth your money to put on your shoes and walk down to the corner store, instead of getting in your car and driving.

6. Work from home one day a week. This isn’t an option for everyone, but if your job is largely computer based or is something you can do just as well from your kitchen table as you can from your desk in the office, consider asking your boss if you can work from home once a week instead of coming in. This would be contingent of your ability to actually get done what you need to do, but if your boss agrees, you could save yourself a whole commute’s worth of gas!

7. Don’t buy premium gas. Unless you are driving a high octane racing machine, your vehicle does not need the premium gas. If you are buying the more expensive gas because you think it is going to help your car perform better, it just isn’t. Unless your owner’s manual tells you to only buy the premium unleaded fuel, your car is designed to run on plain old regular gas and is getting absolutely no benefit from the extra money that you are spending.

8. Get rid of extra accessories. Does your vehicle, for example, have a roof rack that you never use? If the answer is yes, you might find it prudent to remove the roof rack. This will make your car lighter, which will make it more fuel efficient. If your car has other extra accessories that you do not regularly use, don’t be afraid to remove them.

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9. Learn to stop better. When you see a red light ahead, do you continue to drive at full speed towards it and then brake only when you absolutely have to? Or do you coast to a smooth stop at the white line? If you do the first, you are wasting gas. If you do the second, you are saving it. Not only will this tip help you save gas, it will also help your brakes live longer, more functional lives.

10. Check your tire pressure. Having tire pressure that is too low could be costing you precious miles when it comes to fuel economy. The more work that your vehicle has to do to propel itself forward, the more gas it is going to use. When your tires are underinflated, it has to work harder. This doesn’t mean, however, that you should overinflate your tires to get better gas mileage, as this is just as dangerous.

Why buy the 2017 Kia Sportage?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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