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.
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.