Are Used Car Warranties Really Worth the Expense?
The decision to get rid of your existing car isn’t always easy. A lot of times, people are hesitant to trade in or sell their old cars because they enjoy not having a monthly payment or even because the vehicle has sentimental value. However, there are many situations in which it’s going to be better for you in the long-term if you trade up to something new, or even something new-to-you from a used car dealership. 1. Your Family is Growing That tiny compact car you’ve been driving around since your college days might have been plenty big enough for you in the past, but as your life changes and your family grows, that little car might not be enough to accommodate everybody. Perhaps you and your spouse just found out you’re going to have a baby; that’s great news, but you’re probably going to want a roomier vehicle, such as an SUV or at least a mid-sized sedan. 2. Repair Bills Are Piling Up Perhaps your old car is simply starting to cost you too much in repairs to the point that trading it in for something newer is the financially wise decision. Yes, you might pick up a monthly payment by buying a new or used car, but you’ll also be saving on monthly repair bills and enjoy greater peace of mind in knowing that your newer vehicle is more reliable and safe. 3. Your Insurance is Too High That sports car you bought after college sure is fun to drive, but as you begin paying back your student loans and taking on other financial responsibilities (such as buying a house), you might be having second thoughts. Because faster and sportier cars tend to be more expensive to insure (due to their higher risk), you could actually save a lot of money by switching to a safer vehicle that’s less expensive to insure. 4. The Fuel Economy is Awful Finally, if your car is on the older side, there’s a good chance that it doesn’t get the best fuel economy–especially if it’s a larger truck, van, or SUV. Today’s newer vehicles are more fuel efficient than ever, so it could make financial sense to trade your car in for something that’ll save you money each time you fill up. You might be surprised at how much of a difference it can make in terms of your finances to have a fuel-efficient vehicle. To learn more, contact a used car dealership like Peterborough Chrysler Jeep Dodge...read more
Buying a car is an important event, and this purchase may prove to be invaluable to your daily life. As a result, you need to understand the type of care that your new car will require in order to keep it looking and running great. If you have never owned a car before, you may not be sure of what this will entail, which can lead to some errors that may result in expensive repairs to your auto. Fortunately, these tips will make sure that you avoid overlooking some of the more common sources of damage. Avoid Checking The Tire Pressure And Fluid Levels After Driving The Car Most modern cars have warning lights that are designed to alert you to low fluid or tire pressure, but these alerts may sound at times when it is impossible for you to seek the type of help your car requires. Therefore, you should avoid being overly reliant on these alerts, and you should make it a point to check your car’s fluid levels and air pressure of the tires at least once a week. However, you need to make sure that you do these tests before you drive the car. When the car has been in operation, it can take several hours for the fluids to return to their storage tanks, which can lead to erroneous readings. Also, the tires will generate a substantial amount of heat through friction, which can cause the air pressure to increase, which would also lead to incorrect readings. Keep The Exterior Clean And Protected You may assume that washing and waxing your car’s exterior is strictly done for aesthetic purposes, but this is not true because these actions can also play a vital role in protecting the car’s exterior. If the finish and paint become damaged, they can allow moisture to come into contact with the car’s metal body, which can cause rust to start forming. Eventually, this can compromise the integrity of the car’s exterior, and this may cause decreased aerodynamics. Avoiding this type of damage will require you to regularly wash and wax your car’s exterior. A thorough washing should be done every month or two to remove dirt and debris that can cause weak spots in the protective finish. Waxing should be done a couple of times a year, and you will need to make sure to remove the previous coat of wax before applying the new coat. Luckily, there are wax removing soaps that can be used for this task. Ensuring that your new car is kept in as good of condition as possible should not be an overwhelming task. Following these two tips will help ensure you are always getting accurate readings when checking fluid and tire pressure as well as keeping the exterior safe from damage. Contact your dealer, such as Big Sky Dodge Chrysler Ltd in Lethbridge, with any...read more