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

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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.

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 Myths To Consider When Buying A Car

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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.

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.

What Are the Perks of Buying a Car With a Higher Trim?

Some people come in looking to buy the “right” car. Others are looking for the cheapest car. Kia has vehicles that will cater to both of these types of buyers, but for those that are looking for the “right” car, you might not be able to find all of the perks that you are specifically looking for in the most basic trim.

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What is a “trim?” Basically, a car’s trim is what level of features it has. For example, a basic trim (at least for Kia) will have many great features, including power windows and cruise control, but it might not have the most advanced infotainment system and definitely won’t have features like heated seats. What exactly comes with each car will vary from model to model, and it might even vary within the trims themselves, depending on what we’ve ordered or what another nearby dealership has ordered but wasn’t able to sell. Here are some of the most popular perks that you get when you pick a vehicle that has a higher trim:

  1. kia optimaPower-folding mirrors – These might not seem like a big deal, until you have them on your vehicle. Especially if you have to park in a garage or in a tight parking spot, there’s nothing better than being able to fold in your mirrors so you don’t have to worry about scraping them on the wall, a pole, or another car.
  1. Satellite radio – Satellite radio is pretty much standard on every vehicle now, but you will often get a better infotainment system (touchscreen, more options, more available connections), when you purchase a vehicle with a higher trim. This can make it much easier to access to media that you want to access.
  1. Back up camera – This is by far one of the most popular features that people want on their vehicles today, especially when purchasing one of the larger vehicles. Not only can this feature make it much easier and safer to back out of your driveway, it also simplified parallel parking and prevents you from ever hitting a child or animal that is too short to be seen through your back windshield but could still be harmed by your vehicle.
  1. Push button start – Another customer favorite, this feature allows you to start your car from inside the house—a great feature for the extreme heat of summer or cold of winter. You don’t even have to go outside to start your car cooling down or heating up, and because it doesn’t require you to put your key in the ignition or leave the doors unlocked, it’s much safer than actually going outside to start your car and leaving it running in the driveway.
  1. Navigation – While many Kia vehicles will come with OnStar, which can be used to navigate in a pinch, higher trim levels will give you a built in navigation system that works just like the navigation on your phone. Basically, you’ll be guided by a voice and show the path on a screen in your console, both of which can be a great perk for the directionally challenged.
  1. Blind spot detectors – This is still fairly new technology, but is technology that could save a life—both yours and the lives of others on the road. What this feature does is monitor your blind spots and if you try to change lanes while there is something in your blind spot, the vehicle will alert and will prevent you from hitting the vehicle or motorcycle that you would have otherwise hit.
  1. Sunroofs – Sunroofs are a great feature on any vehicle, and they usually only come on limited edition or very high trim level vehicles. If you’re a fan of the sun roof, whether for letting a little extra sun into your car on a warm day or for cruising under the stars at night, you can definitely get them, but they’ll very rarely be standard on a vehicle.
  1. Upgraded seating material – Most higher trims also come with better upholstery. This may be premium leather or just a more expensive type of cloth, depending on your preferences. While not everyone is a fan of leather, many find there is nothing more luxurious than beautiful leather seating in their favorite vehicle. This is definitely a luxury, but when you purchase a Kia, it’s usually a luxury you can afford.
  1. Power lift gates – Instead of having to actually get out of your car and pop the trunk, you can do it from a button inside your car. This feature is standard on most sedans, but might not be on SUVs and vans, which have a much larger lift gate. Why bother with a feature like this? Anytime you’re packing the car and your hands are full, it’ll be much easier to be able to press a button and have the gate open for you than having to put everything down to open it manually.
  1. Heated and ventilated seats – For both cold and warm days, this feature is one of the most sought after out of all of the premium features offered in higher trim levels. Heated seats will keep you warmer on cold days and ventilated seats will help keep you cool, even if temperatures are rising outside.
  1. Slide and stow seats – In SUVs and vans, being able to “slide and stow” extra seats if you need to haul something large or want a nice flat area for luggage or even for an animal, is a major perk. While some models may have this feature standard, most higher trim levels have better slide and stow features.

Kia’s Recent News and Awards

Kia is growing. We’re not only one of the fastest-growing automotive brands—we’re also one of the U.S.’s biggest brands. The reason? We don’t have to look any further than our vehicle line-up. It’s an exciting line-up that continues to evolve. Our new vehicles have impressed the auto industry and, most importantly, thrilled drivers.

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Sorento
2016 Kia Sorento Receives NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating
CBS News: 5 of the Safest Cars on the Road

K900
Autobytel: 10 Best New Sleeper Cars for 2015

Sedona
Las Vegas Review Journal: Top 5 Vehicles for Long Road Trips
KBB: 10 Most Affordable 3-Row Vehicles

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Kelly Blue Book’s KBB.com: 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000
MotorTrend: 15 Cars With Small Exteriors Yet Surprisingly Large Interiors

May

Sedona
2015 Kia Sedona earns NHTSA 5-star Safety Rating
Ward’s: 2015 Kia Sedona Named to 10 Best Interiors list

Optima
Chicago Tribune: Top 14 Vehicles of the 2015 New York Auto Show

Soul
Autobytel: Best Small Cars For 2015

Rio
Autobytel: Ten Cheap Cars that Look Good

Other Recent Awards

KIA MOTORS EARNS BEST-EVER RANKING IN 2015 J.D. POWER INITIAL QUALITY STUDY

2015 KIA SOUL EV NAMED “BEST VALUE IN AMERICA” AWARD WINNER BY VINCENTRIC

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2015 KIA K900 AND SOUL NAMED AMONG BEST CARS FOR FAMILIES BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

 

KIA SPORTAGE RANKS HIGHEST AMONG SMALL SUVS IN 2015 J.D. POWER VEHICLE DEPENDABILITY STUDY

KIA SOUL EV WINS 2015 MOTORWEEK DRIVERS’ CHOICE AWARD

KIA SOUL – WINNER OF A 2015 MOST POPULAR ON EDMUNDS.COM AWARD

K900 WINS 2015 URBAN CAR OF THE YEAR AWARD FROM DECISIVE MAGAZINE

Benefits of Buying New over Buying Used

Buying a New Car New Jersey

It’s very tempting to buy a used car. We have a great used lot that has lots of excellent vehicles on it—some are Kia vehicles, others aren’t. There’s no doubt that in many situations, the right thing to do is to buy the used the car. However, in the long run, there are plenty of reasons to opt for a new vehicle, rather than to pay nearly the same price for a car that has already been driven by someone else. Here are just some of the benefits of buying a new car over a used car:

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No Shady History

While there are websites that both you and your dealership can use to check on a used car’s history, those websites will only show you the information that has been reported on that VIN. There are many situations in which accidents and repairs are not reported on that vehicle, meaning that neither you nor your dealership will know about them. While this is usually not a huge a problem (it’s relatively rare that a serious problem does not get reported one way or another), it is possible for a used to car to come with a shady history.

One of my best friends posted of Facebook just last week about how excited she was for the used Toyota Corolla she’d just purchased. The next day, she was posting about how she had to turn the car over to the police and get her money back because they’d discovered the car had been stolen and the VIN changed. There is a much smaller chance of that happening when you buy new than when you buy used.

Longer Life

If a car only has twenty years of to live (this is a generalization, many cars, when properly maintained, will run perfectly for far longer than twenty years), and you buy a five-year-old used car, you may only have fifteen years with that car. However, if you bought a new car, you’d have the full twenty years. While the lower price may sometimes justify this trade-off, because you can never really know everything that happened to or was done to that car while it was owned by someone else, in general, the new car is the more cost-effective investment.

Better Features

Even in just the last two years, car technology has advanced so quickly that the difference between a Kia you could buy in 2013 and a Kia you can buy on our lot today is staggering. There are cars with parking assist, with backup cameras, cars that will actually break for you or avoid danger, that will warn you when you’re leaving a lane, that have advanced entertainment features, etc., etc. Many of these features were available on a car two years ago, but you would have had to pay through the nose for them.

Today, many of the features that were considered luxury are now the standard. This means that if you buy a car that is two years old, you probably will be lacking most of the newer features. For some, this may be a bonus. Maybe you don’t want a touch-screen infotainment system. If you do, however, you’ll still have to pay the higher prices to get the higher trim model on the used lot. Or, you could just buy the new car that has all of those features standard.

Reliability

Today’s cars are also more reliable than they were even five years ago. You have far higher likelihood of having to deal with a serious car issue sooner when you buy used than when you buy new. New cars are unlikely to give you any trouble at all in their first four years, and only minor issues after that, if you keep them well-maintained. Older cars are more prone to breaking down, draining batteries, having engine issues, etc. It’s a difference in how cars are made and in how much that car has been used before it gets to you.

Long Term Savings vs. Upfront Savings

The most basic difference between a new car and a used car is this: long term savings or upfront savings. When you buy a used car, you do get a cheaper initial cost. You will probably also spend more on repairs, gas, insurance, maintenance, etc. over the time that you own that car. Gas mileage and reliability both start to drop off as the car ages, so if you buy an older car, you are already much closer to that drop-off date than if you buy a new car.

On the other hand, new cars cost more initially, but they will also save you money on insurance, gas, and maintenance, especially in the first five years. Because you are the one and only owner of that car, you have control over what kind of care it gets, which can seriously elongate the vehicle’s life. If you buy a car that has already been through someone else’s hands, you have no control over what has already been done to that car.

If you’re set on buying a used car, either to save money or simply because you would prefer an order car without all of the bells and whistles, make sure to shop around, test drive, and learn about the individual and model histories of the cars you are thinking about purchasing. If you’re not sure which is a better option for you, come into our Kia dealership and let us discuss the costs and benefits of each for your specific situation.

Graduating? Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Buy a Kia and How to Do It

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Graduating from college is a huge achievement! Even if you are going to go on and get a higher degree, this is the beginning of the rest of your life—real adulthood! Don’t let that scare you, adulthood is just as fun as college, and there are fewer rules. Right after graduating from college, buying a car is one of the biggest “adult” things that you can do.

Many graduates will put this off until they are much older, but the truth is that right now, when you are just starting your career and establishing your work habits, is the best time to buy a car, especially from a manufacturer like Kia that has the best warranties on the market and the best cars at the most reasonable prices. Here’s why now is the perfect time to buy a Kia and how to do it.

Why Now?

Why not now? Buying a car is intimidating. The prices listed online are high compared to any other purchase you’ve had to make—but remember, you are not paying the full price of the car outright. You are going to be making installment payments. Because you have to get a loan (the dealership will usually arrange one for you) in order to buy a car, you will be building credit, which is extremely important for a young person who is going to be trying to buy a house, apply for other loans, or obtain lines of credit in the near future.

Now is perfect time because right now is when you are starting the second stage of your life. You are no longer a student, you are now part of the workforce. Having your own car can be an asset as a busy professional. You are not confined to the schedules of public transportation and having your own mode of transportation makes it possible for you to run errands, go grab lunch, and even carpool with your coworkers.

Kia offers great financing plans on reasonable priced vehicles. Especially if you are interested in a subcompact, you can find great options like the Kia Rio, that are extremely inexpensive and enable you to get on the road quickly and affordably—especially because great gas mileage comes along with smaller, lighter vehicles. Even if you do want a larger vehicle, Kia is still the best place to find the most cost-effective vehicles on the market.

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How to Buy a New Car for the First Time

You might have accompanied parents on car buying trips in the past, and they might be accompanying you on your first car buying trip. It’s important to remember that every dealership is different and not every Kia dealership in NJ is going to have the same stock on their lot. Doing a little bit of research beforehand can help you find a dealership that either has exactly what you want or is willing to order it from another lot. Here are some tips to help you find the right car:

1. Think about what you will be using your car for. If you are just going to be commuting from home to work and running small errands around town, you will probably want a subcompact or a sedan. These can be as good for carpooling as they are for running errands and they have the best gas mileage out of all gas vehicles. However, if you are planning on needing to drive around more than three other people or are looking for a car that will take you on adventures, as well as to and from work, a crossover or SUV might be more ideal for your needs. Think about what your car will be used for and then carefully consider which vehicle will meet those needs.

2. Research warranties. As a young professional, the last thing you want to be worrying about is maintenance for your vehicle. That’s why Kia is a great option, no matter what kind of vehicle you decide you need. Kia has some of the best warranties on the market. This, paired with the low-maintenance promise of their vehicles, makes it easy and inexpensive to take care of your vehicle. While warranties won’t cover all repairs, whatever the warranty doesn’t cover, a good insurance policy should cover.

3. Look at the used lot, too. While buying a new car is usually the most popular choice for most new buyers, looking at the used lot may allow you to find a high quality car, in a recent model year, at a much lower price than you would have to pay for a new vehicle. When looking into buying a used car, it is extremely important to test drive the vehicle and research that exactly vehicle’s history. While not all people sell their cars back to the dealership because they have an issue, some people do, and you do not want to pick up a used car that will start causing you problems in a few months.

4. Go on lots of test drives. When you come to our New Jersey Kia dealership, we encourage our buyers to test drive any and all cars before they make any final decisions. We may even encourage you to test drive a model you had not considered, simply so you can compare it to the other models. Test driving will allow you to get a feel for the car and find the one that has the features that you like best.

Buying a car as a new graduate doesn’t have to be difficult. Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to find the ideal vehicle for you!

KIA MOTORS AMERICA STATEMENT ON TAKATA AIRBAG RECALL

KIA MOTORS AMERICA STATEMENT ON TAKATA AIRBAG RECALL

Kia vehicles do not use recalled Takata Corporation supplied airbags.

Customers looking for additional information on the Takata airbag recall can read below or visit:  http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/2014/Vehicle-owners-with-defective-airbags-urged-to-take-immediate-action

Vehicle owners can call our Safety Hotline: 1-888-327-4236

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags. Over seven million vehicles are involved in these recalls, which have occurred as far back as 18 months ago and as recently as Monday. The message comes with urgency, especially for owners of vehicles affected by regional recalls in the following areas: Florida, Puerto Rico, limited areas near the Gulf of Mexico in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Louisiana, as well as Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Hawaii.

“Responding to these recalls, whether old or new, is essential to personal safety and it will help aid our ongoing investigation into Takata airbags and what appears to be a problem related to extended exposure to consistently high humidity and temperatures. However, we’re leaving no stone unturned in our aggressive pursuit to track down the full geographic scope of this issue,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman.

Consumers that are uncertain whether their vehicle is impacted by the Takata recalls, or any other recall, can contact their manufacturer’s website to search, by their vehicle identification number (VIN) to confirm whether their individual vehicle has an open recall that needs to be addressed. Owners that have been contacted by their manufacturer should contact their dealer’s service department and make arrangements for the repair. In addition, consumers can sign up for NHTSA recall alerts, which go out before recall letters are mailed by the manufacturers to the affected owners.

7.8 Million Affected U.S. Vehicles, by Manufacturer, Impacted by CY 2013 and 2014 Recalls Involving Takata Airbags

Note: The list below corrects the list that accompanied our October 20 advisory, which incorrectly included certain vehicles. The numbers cited for potentially affected vehicles below are subject to change and adjustment because there may be cases of vehicles being counted more than once. Owners should check their VIN periodically as manufacturers continue to add VINs to the database. Once owner recall notices are available, owners can retrieve a copy from SaferCar.gov, or will receive one by U.S. mail and are advised to carefully follow the enclosed instructions.

BMW: 627,615 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2000 – 2005 3 Series Sedan
2000 – 2006 3 Series Coupe
2000 – 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon
2000 – 2006 3 Series Convertible
2001 – 2006 M3 Coupe
2001 – 2006 M3 Convertible

Chrysler: 371,309 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2008 Dodge Ram 1500
2005 – 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
2006 – 2008 Dodge Ram 3500
2006 – 2008 Dodge Ram 4500
2008 – Dodge Ram 5500
2005 – 2008 Dodge Durango
2005 – 2008 Dodge Dakota
2005 – 2008 Chrysler 300
2007 – 2008 Chrysler Aspen

Ford: 58,669 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2004 – Ranger
2005 – 2006 GT
2005 – 2007 Mustang

General Motors: undetermined total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2005 Pontiac Vibe
2005 – Saab 9-2X

Honda: 5,051,364 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2001 – 2007 Honda Accord)
2001 – 2002 Honda Accord
2001 – 2005 Honda Civic
2002 – 2006 Honda CR-V
2003 – 2011 Honda Element
2002 – 2004 Honda Odyssey
2003 – 2007 Honda Pilot
2006 – Honda Ridgeline
2003 – 2006 Acura MDX
2002 – 2003 Acura TL/CL
2005 – Acura RL

Mazda: 64,872 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2007 Mazda6
2006 – 2007 MazdaSpeed6
2004 – 2008 Mazda RX-8
2004 – 2005 MPV
2004 – B-Series Truck

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Mitsubishi: 11,985 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2004 – 2005 Lancer
2006 – 2007 Raider

Nissan: 694,626 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2001 – 2003 Nissan Maxima
2001 – 2004 Nissan Pathfinder
2002 – 2004 Nissan Sentra
2001 – 2004 Infiniti I30/I35
2002 – 2003 Infiniti QX4
2003 – 2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45

Subaru: 17,516 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2005 Baja
2003 – 2005 Legacy
2003 – 2005 Outback
2004 – 2005 Impreza

Toyota: 877,000 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2002 – 2005 Lexus SC
2002 – 2005 Toyota Corolla
2003 – 2005 Toyota Corolla Matrix
2002 – 2005 Toyota Sequoia
2003 – 2005 Toyota Tundra

Taking Care of Your Kia’s Tires

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If your Kia is one of the new models, you can be sure that the vehicle itself will let you know if there is something wrong with one of your tires. Like most new cars, recent model-year Kia vehicles will let you know if you’re low on air in one of your tires or if you have a flat tire. Tires don’t, however, refill themselves, check their own tread, or even know when they need to be rotated—not yet anyway.

Because your tires are the only part of your vehicle that touch the road, they are one of most integral parts of the vehicle. They need to be well-maintained and properly filled in order to keep you and your passengers safe. Tires are one of the parts of your car that are designed to wear out. Depending on how frequently you drive and where you drive, your Kia’s tires may be in need of some attention. Here is everything you need to know about checking your tires.

How to Check Air Pressure and Refill Tires

You might be able to ignore that “low air pressure” warning on your dash for a few weeks without anything apparently negative happening to your vehicle. Under-filled tires can actually seriously affect your gas mileage and this makes the tires themselves more susceptible to damage. This is something my mother learned in her Kia Optima when she grazed a curb—her under-filled front tire was able to be folded and pinched by the movement, which made a small rip in the tire, out of which the air in the tire started to leak.

Keeping proper air pressure in your tires will make your vehicle much safer to drive, as well as optimizing its gas mileage and improving its handling. If you start to notice that your Kia is wobbling or is less responsive than usual, it may be because your tires are low on air. Here are the steps to checking and refilling your tires if they are low on air:

1. Get a tire pressure gauge. Most cars do not come with a tire pressure gauge, but one can be purchased from just about any gas station or grocery store. There are a wide variety of different pressure gauges, ranging from the vintage, round pressure gauges my father gave each of his children as a “car-warming present,” to very modern, sophisticated machines that will read the tire’s air pressure out to you.

2. Know what PSI (pounds per square inch) your tires should be at. Some Kia vehicles have the correct tire pressures listed on a sticker in the driver’s door jamb. All cars will have the PSI listed in the owner’s manual. This is the number that you want your gauge to read when you test the tires. If the number is higher, the tires are too inflated and you need to release some pressure. If they are not inflated enough, they will need more air.

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3. Use your gauge to test your tires. If you have never tested a tire before, it may take a few tries to get the hang of the gauge and the little port on each tire. All you have to do is press the gauge against the tire and it will tell you the PSI inside that tire. If the readout shows something impossible, like 3 PSI or 100 PSI, clear the gauge and try again. If your tires are overinflated, you can usually use the gauge to release air, too.

4. If your tires need air, go to a pressurized air station. Most gas stations will have a self-serve pressurized air station. If you do not feel comfortable using the station, you can always bring your Kia into our service department. We will gladly fill your tires to the proper PSI.

5. Regularly check your tires’ levels. It is natural for your tires to become depressurized over time. It is not normal, however, for one tire to lose pressure faster than the rest of the tires. If you are noticing that one or more tires is almost always in need of air pressure, bring your Kia into our service department so we can make sure your wheels and tires are properly mounted.

6. Make sure to replace the dust caps after you have checked and filled your tires. And don’t forget to check your spare tire!

How Often Do I Need My Tires Rotated?

When you go in for an oil change, you may occasionally be asked if you want your tires rotated. How do you know if you need your tires rotated? Like most automotive service, tire rotation depends largely on how often you drive and how far you drive. If you regularly drive more than 10,000 a year, you should probably have your tires rotated every year, when you get your oil changed.

Why bother with this at all? This allows your tires to be worn evenly, so no two tires take the brunt of the wear, prolonging the life of all four tires. If it’s time to have your tires rotated, feel free to bring your Kia into our service department—this is one of those maintenances that should be done by a professional.

When Do I Need New Tires?

Sometimes, it may be obvious that your Kia needs a new tire. If you’ve discovered a nail embedded in the tire, it’s definitely time for a new one. However, it is probably far more likely that your tread has worn down and the tires themselves are no longer great at gripping the road. Most tires last 30,000 to 50,000 miles. If you’re not sure if you need new tires, bring your Kia in and we’ll let you know if your tires are too bald to get you around safely.

Summer-izing Your Kia: How To

Summerize Your Kia

No matter where you and your Kia are going this summer or even if you’re just staying here in New Jersey, doing a little prep work before the heat and rain of summer arrives is always important. Summer means warmer weather and harsher weather. While your Kia is built to withstand even the harshest weather conditions, giving it an extra little attention before it arrives can mean a much smoother summer season. Here are some tips to make sure your Kia is as ready for summer as you are:

1. Check the cooling system.

As temperatures rise, your Kia will rely more and more on its cooling system. This means that you probably want to flush your cooling system and refill it before the danger of overheating becomes real. If you want to do this yourself, make sure that you do not take the cap off of your radiator until it and the engine is completely cool. Most Kia vehicles take a 50/50 split of antifreeze and water but check your user manual before refilling the coolant. If you don’t feel comfortable flushing and refilling your system, make sure to bring your Kia into our New Jersey maintenance team.

2. Change your oil and filter.

If you’re planning a road trip this year, it’s important to change your oil before you go. Oil should be checked and changed about every 3,000 miles, though higher quality oil and a high quality system can increase the number of miles your car can go it needs a check or a change. Changing your oil and filter is something that most people can do without professional help, however if you have any concern about what kind to use or if your car is due for a change, taking it into a professional is always a good option.

3. Clean your lights.

Even though summer means longer days and shorter nights, you’ll still want to make sure that your lights are clean and still functioning properly. When it’s dark, turn your lights on and get out of your car to check their brightness and cleanliness. If they are covered with bugs or dirt, give them a thorough cleaning with soapy water and a soft cloth. Additionally, if the lamps have become filmy, use a headlight abrasive to clear the composite off again. If one of the lights is dimming, replace it or have it replaced when you bring your vehicle in for maintenance.

4. Rotate or replace your tires.

Summer can be especially hard on tires. The heat and sunlight can blast a tire, stiffening the rubber and making it more susceptible to popping or shredding. If you have had the same tires for several years, it is time to rotate them or even get them replaced. You can check the tread on your own tires with a penny. Put the penny into the tread, with Lincoln’s head facing you and into the tread. If his head is covered, even just a little bit, you have enough tread. If not, it’s time for new tires.

5. Check your brakes.

All brakes in all vehicles are designed to wear out over time. If your feel your brakes shaking or wobbling when you step on the brake pedal, that is a good indication that you need new brakes. Additionally, if you can hear them squeal when you brake, this usually means it is time for new pads. Some Kia vehicles will even alert you when they need new rotors or brake pads. Even a small problem can quickly bloom into a very large and costly one, so have any brake issues checked and corrected immediately.

6. Check your battery.

Like with your brakes, if you are having a problem with your battery, your Kia will likely let you know. If you want to check it before going on a long driving trip, take your vehicle into a maintenance center and have them test it with a voltmeter. If you do not believe that your battery needs professional attention, summer is the perfect time to make sure that your vehicle’s battery leads are correctly attached to the battery. When the car is off, scrape any corrosion off of the posts and connectors. Clean the battery and the connections, and then retighten them, to ensure a good connection.

7. Replace your windshield wipers.

Just as winter cold can stiffen your windshield wipers and make them useless, summer heat can make them too pliable or dry out the rubber, making them crack and break. When the monsoons hit, you will want fresh windshield wipers to keep your windshield clear and your driving safe. Also, make sure that your windshield wiper fluid is filled. With higher winds, dust, dirt, and road grease, you will want plenty of fluid to help keep your windshield clean and clear.

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8. Check your air conditioning system.

Summer is the worst possible time for your air conditioning system to fail. Your car may let you know about any issues with your air filters, but having them checked out and replaced, as well as having the entire system checked, is a great way to make sure that even if you want to drive across country in the blistering heat of summer, you’ll have a reliable air conditioning system the entire way.

Getting your Kia ready for summer doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult. Even if you are not planning to take your vehicle out of the state this summer, make an effort to prepare your car for the summer heat and you’ll ensure a longer, happier life for your car and a safer driving experience for you.