Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Gasoline Prices Remain Relatively Low



Last week, gasoline prices dropped again, to their lows not seen since April, as a result of declining oil prices. In Georgia on Sunday, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $2.39, down 4 cents from the prior week, according to AAA. Analysts have said low fuel prices are likely to remain in effect through the end of the year.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Free Child Safety Seat Check


safety seat

The Dunwoody Police Department’s Certified Child Safety Seat Technicians will help you safely and correctly install your child's safety seat FREE! The event takes place Saturday August 15 from 10am to 2pm at Freedom Orthopedic and Rehab located at 6840 Peachtree Industrial Blvd (SOUTH ACCESS ROAD) Atlanta, Ga. 

It could save your child’s life. Enjoy free refreshments, bounce house, music, a visit from the Chick-fil-A cow and more fun activities!
Please bring the following items with you:
• Child safety seat
• Child (if possible)
• Child safety seat manual
• Vehicle in which child safety seat will be installed
• Vehicle manual
Click here for more information on this beneficial program.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tips for Recent Grads Who are Buying a Vehicle



If you're a recent college graduate, you might be thinking of buying a vehicle. Shopping for a new or used car can be fun, but can also be a little intimidating. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you embark upon your car-shopping adventure.
What’s your budget?
The first step to smart car shopping is setting a budget for yourself — and if post-grad life is the first time you’re away from home and supporting yourself, this could be a new concept. To make sure you aren’t spending more than you make (and thus racking up debt), you want to take careful stock of what all of your expenses are and consider how much cash you have to spare to spend on a car. Though you may be tempted by models out of your price range with all the latest features, you should set a budget before you start shopping and be sure to stick to it.
What will a car cost?
When you’re setting your budget, it’s important to remember that a car will cost you more than just the sticker price. You’ll also have to insure it, pay for gas, pay for maintenance, and pay for repairs. Costs for all of these can vary depending on make and model — some will recommend using higher quality fuel, others will have higher repair costs and thus higher insurance rates — so be sure to keep that in mind when you’re shopping.
Before you make a final decision, it’s a good idea to check with your insurance company about what it will cost as well as doing some research on repair and maintenance costs for that particular model.
Can you get a deal?
Many car dealerships offer discounts or other incentives to encourage recent grads to buy. If you’re buying a new vehicle, be sure to keep any potential discounts in mind as you weigh the cost.
Do your research in advance
Once you’ve figured out how much you can afford, it’s time to start looking at models. Whatever you need a vehicle for, you’ll want something that suits your needs. If you’re commuting to work every day, you may want something with good gas mileage (or a hybrid) to keep your ongoing costs down. When you find a model you’re happy with, be sure to check for similar models from other manufacturers — many make cars in the same class and prices can vary wildly between manufacturers.
Can’t afford new? Buy used!
Though you may want to buy a brand new car with all the bells and whistles, a slightly older vehicle may fit your pocketbook more easily. Most cars depreciate rapidly, meaning their value drops the moment you drive them off the lot. Though that’s bad news for new car owners who want to protect their investment, it’s good news for used car buyers who can get a significant discount on cars that are a few years older. When buying used, though, you want to be sure to give the vehicle a thorough inspection to be sure you aren’t getting a lemon.
There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to buying a new or a used car, so be sure to weigh your options and do the math to be sure the vehicle you’re looking at is the vehicle that makes the most sense for you.
How will you finance your car?
It can be difficult for recent graduates to finance a new car purchase due to lack of credit history (though a car loan can be a good way to build credit for the future). Still, you may find some financial institutions, dealers, and even manufacturers willing to offer special student rates for recent graduates. If you can’t find any deals and are having trouble being approved for a standard loan, talk to your parents about co-signing for you, which can help give your credit the boost it needs.
Whatever you do, take the time to shop around for financing before you decide to make a purchase. Though a dealer will offer their own financing, it won’t necessarily be the best deal — but you won’t know that unless you’ve taken the time to compare offers and check rates on auto loans from different lenders.
-PFCU

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.