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Buying a New Car? Top Tips for Buyers

Buying a new car can be pretty exciting. However, it can also be a nerve wracking experience since there are so many options when you start doing your shopping.

While the car you choose is up to you, there are some simple ways to make sure that you end up with the right vehicle and simplify the buying process in the meantime. Use this guide to help you when you’re buying a new car, especially if you’re a first time buyer or it’s been a long time since you’ve purchased any sort of vehicle.

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Know Your Budget

When it comes down to buying a new car, perhaps the most important and seemingly obvious thing you need to think about is how much money you can really spend. However, when you get into a dealership like a Dodge dealer it can feel pretty enticing to think you spend a little bit more than is actually prudent.

Before you go into a dealership, sit down and determine how much money you can put down and what type of payment you can afford to make. Don’t forget to think about average insurance costs, either.

In general, the more your car costs the more your insurance is going to cost you if you want total coverage.

Seek a Loan

Most people need a car loan when they are purchasing a new vehicle. While many dealerships offer loans with somewhat attractive rates, you might be better off when applying with your bank or a lender that you already have accounts with.

Ideally, you’ll want to secure a loan before you start shopping if you’re going to be buying right away. That way you’ll know what you can afford and you won’t waste time looking at things that aren’t in your budget.

Get Your Price

Before you decide to do anything further with a particular dealer, make sure you get the final price for your car. Most of the time this is going to require some haggling on your part and even checking around online and in other dealerships to make sure the price is acceptable.

Once you have a final price from the dealer, then you can go ahead and talk about financing options and whether or not you can use something like a trade-in on a previous vehicle to help you pay for your down payment or part of the total value of the car.

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Summer Tire Care Tips

Road travel tends to peak during the summer months. Due to the hot weather, tire care remains one of the most important facets of car maintenance. Here are some tips for keeping a set of Pittsburgh tires in tip-top condition.

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Optimum Tire Pressure
Maintaining the optimum air pressure in a tire will help to extend its longevity. Unfortunately, millions of drivers forget to check their tire pressure on a regular basis. Low tire pressure is especially hazardous when traveling on the highway. Driving on a tire that is under-inflated by 30 percent will gradually destroy its structural integrity. The likelihood of experiencing a tire blowout rises substantially. Purchasing a high-quality tire gauge will enable the car owner to keep tabs on the tire pressure.

Excessively Low Tread Depth
It is critical that the tires maintain an adequate tread depth. Low tread depth is an indication that the tires are in drastic need of being replaced. Slick tires are especially dangerous when driving in rainy weather. The lack of tire tread reduces the vehicle’s traction and increases the time that it takes to come to a complete stop. A good way to extend tire life is to have the tires rotated at every oil change interval.

Inspect for Irregular Tread Wear Patterns
Irregular tread wear patterns are never a good sign. Some of the things that can cause abnormal tread wear patterns include improper wheel balance, a bad wheel alignment, and worn suspension components. Obtaining a wheel alignment about every 12,000 miles will help to avoid irregular tire wear patterns. A vibrating steering wheel is typically caused by an unbalanced tire.

Periodically Inspect the Spare Tire 
Most motorists fail to inspect the condition of their spare tire. However, a deflated spare tire could be disastrous in the event that the motorist experiences a flat tire while driving.

Apply Tire Dressing
In an effort to enhance the appearance of their vehicle, some car owners apply tire dressing to the sidewalls of their tires. When selecting a tire dressing, make sure that it offers UV protection.

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The Luxury Car Industry – How the Economy Has Changed Over the Past 10 Years

The word luxury has always had a certain mystical aura about it. Any time you purchase a luxury item whether it’s a Hermes bag or a BMW 6 Series, it has the psychological effect of making you feel like you belong in an elite class.

However, luxury is not just about owning a pricey item , but rather the overall experience of acquiring and using the item- from the minute you step into the dealership, to the service you receive post-purchase. When cars first came on the market, simply owning a car demonstrated wealth and status. But as cars became an affordable household item, specific makes and models of cars were created to target the wealthier population where a person’s social status was defined not so much by the fact that they had a car, but by the make of car they drove.

Luxury in a car was defined by its size, the space available, and the level of comfort it provided. Other factors associated with a luxury car aside from a higher price tag, are things like the engineering mechanisms inside the car; the style, the design, and the options offered which are all of a superior quality.

However, the era of the luxury car has changed significantly over the years and the distinction between luxury and affordable is becoming blurred, as features that were once only available on higher end cars are now being offered in lower end cars as well. They are known as the Premium Compact Segment cars, a new category of cars that blend both worlds and is aimed at people who want to have a ‘luxury’ brand without paying the high price tag.

Premium cars like a BMW 3 Series or Audi A4 are popular because aside from being a ‘luxury’ brand, they are seen as a symbol of upper middle class success. Some luxury car companies are stand-alone, such as the likes of BMW and Mercedes, while others are part of a subsidiary of a more affordable brand, like Lexus and Toyota. These cars are great because while they offer similar features they are more affordable in every way, for instance, maintenance and car insurance for a Mini Classic is cheaper than for the Wolseley Hornet, the luxury version of the Mini Classic.

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The introduction of low-end versions of luxury cars, often with a similar look and feel, has enabled the common man to afford something he can be proud of and this has had a positive effect on the economy. The last two decades has seen a noticeable slump in the automotive industry, but over the last few years with some restructuring and revamping, the industry seems to be on track for bouncing back successfully.

This change in the industry over the last decade is also a positive factor for manufactures and distributors who provide electrical content, parts and automotive interiors to car companies.

The challenge now is to maintain the momentum of car buying which might become more difficult as prices rise, salaries shrink and jobs are cut. But luxury companies like Mercedes are tackling those issues by producing cars like the GLK, which is very competitive price wise when compared to SUVs like the Ford Explorer, but comes with the prestige of a Mercedes or the 1 Series BMW hatch back, which was rolled out last year.

As the current owners of premium cars age and go into their late 30s and 40s, they will be progressing within their chosen careers and will look to upgrade their premium cars for the pricier, more luxurious, flagship cars like the Mercedes E-Class or the BMW 7 Series.

In summary, the future looks bright for the luxury car industry.

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