Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Get Your Car Road Trip Ready for Summer Fun


By Brian Rose
KAUFFMAN TIRE
With one of the biggest travel weekends of the year upon us, it’s officially summer road trip season! This Fourth of July weekend, AAA projects over 41.9 million Americans will travel for the holiday – the highest number since 2007. Of those, over 85 percent of Americans will be traveling via car. 
Before you brave the holiday traffic, make sure your car is road-ready with these tips from Brian Rose of Kaufmann Tire
1.     Penny Test: Start where your car meets the road, your tires! Proper tread depth is crucial to maintaining control on the road, particularly during unexpected summer downpours. Testing your tread depth is quick and easy, and all you need is a penny. With this video demonstration from Michelin, simply hold Lincoln’s body between your thumb and forefinger and stick the penny upside down into the grooves. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, you’re below the legal and safe tread amount, and it’s time to get new tires.
2.     Pressure Check: Tires don’t carry the weight of your vehicle, the pressure inside them does. Underinflated tires offer less traction, can reduce fuel efficiency and wear out prematurely. Don’t forget to check the air in your spare!

3.     Check your fluids: A quick look under the hood can go a long way to ensure your car stays healthy. Be sure to check all fluids, including your engine oil, coolant and transmission fluid.

4.     Test your battery: According to AAA, dead batteries are one of the most common reasons for stranded motorists. The intense summer heat can kill an older battery, so be sure to test it and make sure it’s in working order.
5.     Carry an emergency kit: Even the most experienced drivers will come up on unexpected detours, especially with summer road construction. Carrying an emergency kit in your car with items such as jumper cables, a first aid kit, flashlight, batteries and extra water will ensure you’re prepared for any unpleasant surprises on the road.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Heading on a road trip?

The Buick Encore might be just the vehicle for you, if you've got a small crew without too much to carry.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

How to Avoid Buying a Lemon


In the market for a used car? Follow these tips to avoid buying something you'll regret.
- Obtain a vehicle history report. Getting a glance at a car’s registration records can tell you if it has been stolen or brought in from another state or country by unscrupulous sellers who have “washed” the title or scrubbed the salvage status that shows a car has been totaled and then rebuilt.
Carfax is the most popular used car report provider. For $40, Carfax checks a vehicle’s registration, title information, odometer readings, total loss accident history, frame-structural damage, accident indicators, service and repair information, vehicle usage (use as a taxi, rental, or lease vehicle) and recall information. If you’re considering several vehicles, you can get five reports for $50 or an unlimited number within six days for $55.
Or if you're buying from a dealer, it's possible that the dealer will provide you with a free Carfax report.
- Check for liens. Check to see if any liens exist on the vehicle to ensure you won’t find your vehicle being repossessed due to bad debt by the previous owner. You can check for liens by calling the Department of Motor Vehicles and providing the car’s make, model, year, and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
- Get the car professionally inspected. You can get a top-to-bottom inspection (usually called a 150-point inspection, or something similar) from any reputable garage or car dealer. Services like Carz Inspection and Carchex will send an inspector to the car wherever it is for a curbside inspection and test drive. At $125 or more, that’s a pricey option, but it’s worthwhile if you have no other way of getting it looked at by a pro.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Dealers Having to Adjust to Competitive Pressure of Online Car Shopping



Auto dealerships are still trying to figure out how to handle the Internet's impact on the car-shopping process.
It's estimated that about four in five shoppers now do most of their preliminary car browsing online, and many of those try to secure the best price on their vehicle before they even set foot in a dealership.
That presents a challenge for dealers who need to keep the bottom line as high as they can on their inventory of vehicles.
How much of your vehicle shopping process is handled online?

For more information, check out:

http://www.dmv.org/buy-sell/used-cars/buying-online.php

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Beat at the Beach in a Buick





The Beat recently got to take a trip to the beach in a new Buick Enclave, the small crossover SUV that Buick is positioning as one of its entry-level vehicles. The Enclave is good on gas and provides good practical space, despite its relatively compact size.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mercedes-Benz, Apple Team Up on Whiz Bang Technology


Got an Apple Watch and a Mercedes-Benz? You might be able to control the latter with the former.
The German automaker says its has an app that lets drivers set a destination in their Apple Watch and the destination will be entered into the car's infotainment system.



Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/mercedes-benz-mb-companion-app-news-specs/#ixzz3amrUlHlB

Thanks, Digital Trends

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Takata Airbag Recall Expands


Japanese airbag maker Takata has expanded its recall of vehicles with faulty airbags to 34 million, U.S. regulators reported. The expanded recall covers a number of brands, including Toyota and Honda. 

READ MORE

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tips for Selling Your Car



Planning to sell your car this spring or summer? Follow these quick tips to make everything go smoothly.

  • If you still owe money on the car you are selling, determine the payoff amount. If the sales price that you get for your car doesn't fully cover the amount you owe, you'll probably have to pay the balance separately.
  • Determine how much you can expect to get for your car. Estimate trade-in versus private sale price and check out used-vehicle guides such as Kelly Blue Book to identify a reasonable starting price.
  • Have your car fully detailed and get any needed repairs done. This can make a difference in how much buyers are willing to pay for your vehicle. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

33rd Annual Atlanta International Auto Show Opens



The 33rd annual Atlanta International Auto Show is underway at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta, with a number of automakers showing off their latest and greatest wares.
The event, which opened Wednesday, runs through Sunday, March 29.
As usual, there are a wide range of types of vehicles on display, such as family vehicles and sports cars.
And the show isn't just about the new stuff. Classic car enthusiasts will find a nice selection of older models on display.

To see a few photos from this year's show floor, please follow douthitrob on Instagram.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Auto Show Returns to Atlanta


Atlanta Daybook Presents - Atlanta International Auto Show Ticket Giveaway


The Atlanta International Auto Show will celebrate its 33rd anniversary when it returns to the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) from March 25-29, 2015. It is produced by the Metro Atlanta Automobile Dealers Association (MAADA).
Not only is the Atlanta International Auto Show the largest annual consumer event held annually at the GWCC, it is also one of the nation’s great auto shows, attracting many of the world’s major automotive manufacturers during its five day run.
There will be over 400 new and preproduction vehicles on display on the 400,000 square foot show floor. At press time, the following manufacturers have agreed to participate in the show: ACURA, AUDI, BMW, BUICK, CADILLAC, CHEVROLET, CHRYSLER, DODGE, FIAT, FORD, GMC, HONDA, HYUNDAI, INFINITI, JEEP, KIA, LEXUS, LINCOLN, MASERATI, MAZDA, MINI, MITSUBISHI, NISSAN, RAM, SCION, SUBARU, TOYOTA, and VOLKSWAGEN.
The following 2016 pre-production vehicle are also scheduled to be on display: ACURA ILX, BUICK CASCADA CONVERTIBLE, FIAT 500X, FORD EXPLORER, HONDA HR-V, KIA RIO, KIA SORENTO, MAZDA6 and MAZDA CX-5.

Today Only (Friday, March 20), Atlanta Daybook will be giving away 40 pairs of tickets, valid for the two opening days of the show:
Wednesday, March 25, 12:00 noon - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 26, 12:00 noon - 9:00 p.m.
Want to be our guest?
Simply click here to visit our Contest Page 
Or visit our Facebook page, and follow the directions on our Giveaway tab
And if you haven't already, please like our Facebook page. (not necessary to win)

This event will once again take place in the C Building of the GWCC. This is a perfect location, since the exhibition area is located on the street level of Northside Drive, where there is plenty of available public parking and a shorter walk to the facility. Those who wish to take a test drive merely have to sign up in the lobby area and then go outside to visit their manufacturer of choice. It doesn’t get easier than that!
At press time, the following manufacturers will be participating in Ride & Drive events: CHEVROLET, CHRYSLER, DODGE, FIAT, FORD, JEEP, KIA, LINCOLN, MAZDA, RAM, and TOYOTA.
Jeep will once again present Camp Jeep, a unique, interactive, off-road experience, to consumers. The Jeep Test Track is an interactive adventure zone where professional 4x4 drivers allow riders to experience a Jeep’s on and off-road capabilities. It features a thrilling, “can’t miss” hill climb where passengers experience the Jeep’s traction capabilities while climbing the 18-foor high, 35 degree Jeep Mountain.
PARKING:
The Georgia World Congress Center is offering a $3.00 discount off public parking on March 25 & 26 ONLY in their Yellow or Gold Parking Lots on Northside Drive. To receive this discount, attendees must tell the parking attendant that they are attending the Auto Show.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Right Time to Go Car Shopping

Here are a few tips for timing your car shopping so you get the best deal.

Shop early in the week. Most consumers shop on weekends when dealerships are full and salespeople are busy. By avoiding the crowd, you can get the salesperson's undivided attention.

Make your offer late in the day. If you've done your homework, know exactly what car you want and are ready to make a reasonable offer, visiting the dealership near closing time may save you time and money.

Shop at the end of the month or quarter. Dealers and salespeople have monthly and quarterly sales goals they must meet to qualify for certain bonus levels. So the end of the month (or the quarter) is a good time to go shopping.

Although you can't predict whether the dealers or salespeople have made their sales goals, it's still worth checking to see if they're hungry to make some real deals.

Get deals on outgoing models. Manufacturers typically roll out new models in late summer and fall, and dealers need to make room for incoming inventory. This often creates a great deal of price flexibility. Though a shorter supply of outgoing models may limit your choice of colors and options, manufacturers frequently offer additional sales incentives, bringing their prices down even further.

Snag year-end savings. As the new calendar year approaches, dealerships are trying to meet sales quotas that could reduce fees and taxes on year-end inventory. Plus, salespeople are trying to meet sales goals that may trigger holiday bonuses. On top of that, incoming newer models may be in greater supply, making their pricing more flexible.


Watch the season. Statistics show that springtime may not be the best time to buy a new car: More people are out and about as winter weather clears, and tax refund checks are warming consumers' pockets. With summer days ahead, more shoppers are looking for their next new car, which means dealers don't need to offer quite as many discounts to entice buyers.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Chevrolet Traverse Honored by Automotive Media

The Southeast Automobile Media Organization recently honored the Chevrolet Traverse with its Best-in-Family-Vehicle Category award. The Traverse is a crossover SUV that has a smooth ride, nice comfort features and it gets pretty good fuel economy.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Few Tips for Chilly Weather Car Care



It's pretty cold across a good portion of the country these days, including below normal temperatures in our Georgia home base. So, make sure you follow a few tips to avoid auto problems in the chilly weather.

-- In order to avoid a gas line freeze, keep your gas tank above half full. When you run your vehicle on gas fumes in the dead of winter, condensation can build up and this leads to fuel line freeze-up; the end result is no-starts!

-- Make sure your battery terminals are clean and sans corrosion (white powder around the nodes or the clamps), so that your car will start without hesitation.

-- Use a winter blend windshield washer fluid, it contains more alcohol and has less water, so a freeze up is pretty unlikely.

--Switch to low-viscosity oil in winter because it will flow more easily between moving parts when it’s nippy outside. 

--If you have an older car you shouldn’t have to idle in the cold more than 30 seconds to get her going. The best way to warm up a newer vehicle is to drive gently at the start.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Four Steps to Negotiate Your New Car Purchase

Buying a new car can be a white-knuckle ride.
Emotions run in the red, salespeople push for breakneck decisions and financing comes with tricky twists and turns.
But here are four steps to help you negotiate the course safely and cross the finish line with a deal you are happy about.
Stick to the plan. Before you start negotiating, decide what you want, how much you can pay and stick to it. During those fast-and-furious talks, a salesperson may urge you to add anything from extended warranties to a high-end sound system. Don't end up with a pricy case of buyer's remorse.

Square up. Auto dealers use a worksheet called a "four-square" when they negotiate your transaction. To avoid being boxed into a corner, figure out each worksheet component before you sit down to deal and keep all the details, except the total purchase price, close to the vest.
  • Total purchase price. This is the only one of the squares you should discuss with the dealer. Know the new vehicle's base price, add-ons and other potential charges.
  • Trade-in value. Find the value of your old ride; decide whether you're better off selling it yourself. Only discuss the trade-in after finishing up your purchase price negotiations.
  • Down payment. Strive for 15–20% of the total price, if possible.
  • Monthly payments. Remember, these can be influenced by other factors such as loan term or interest rate, which can make you lose sight of the actual purchase price. Keep your total transportation costs — loan payments plus fuel, insurance and maintenance — around 10 to 15% of your take-home pay.


Pick your battles: Sticking to the plan is good, but consider being flexible on minor details like color, trim and less-expensive options if they give you negotiation room. When a lower payment's at stake, do you really care whether those seat covers are taupe or rainstorm gray?

Get preapproved: If possible, show up with a preapproval from a lender of your choice. That way you know how good a deal you're getting, and you're not relying that the dealer will get you the best financing package.
-USAA