Save Money When You Buy Your Next Car

As a former car salesman for over 17 years, I have had a lot of experience with buying and selling cars.  There are many factors involved in determining the actual car you buy, where you buy it, when you purchase it, and at what price you pay for it.

There are two basic vehicle purchase scenarios.  One, is the traditional route of going to an automobile dealership and dealing directly with the salesperson and, two, is the more and more popular method of buying “online” and basically, by-passing the sales person until it is deemed absolutely necessary to visit the showroom.

Lets follow the traditional route for this article.  Many prospective buyers of this scenario come into the showroom to “look around” , ask a lot of questions, and ask for exact pricing.  At this point in the buying process, this consumer seems to have no idea what they are looking for, whether their selection will be a Toyota, Honda, Chevy, or Ford; whether it might be a used or new car, whether to choose a sedan or SUV, whether they have considered financing type, and when they want to buy the car.

I am mentioning all of this because all salespeople are paid almost entirely by commission, and since they are paid on commission, their income is based primarily, on how many units they sell each month.  Sales managers set monthly quotas for each salesperson.  Therefore, a salesperson is entirely focused on the buyers who have a good idea which car they are interested in and who tell you that they are looking to buy a car fairly soon.

A salesperson’s job is to demonstrate one or two vehicles, and they guide the customer into selecting the “right” car for them, based on their needs and budget.  But, the customer should come in to the dealership with a fairly good idea as to which vehicle they would like.  The salesperson encourages the customer to take the car for a test drive and points out the features and benefits of the particular model.  Upon return, it is customary to “negotiate” a “fair price” for both the customer and the dealership.

So, when shopping for a car, do your research first.  When you are serious about purchasing a car, make sure to have a good idea as to which model and trim level you want.  Tell the salesperson that you have been shopping and you have decided on the 2018 Toyota Camry LE, for example.  When you come into the dealership with this information, the salesperson will take you seriously.  It becomes mainly a question of test driving the car and negotiating a final price, and, it is the salesperson’s job to sell themselves, sell the dealership and to sell the car.

So, knowing what you want is the first step in insuring yourself that you are getting “a good deal” on the car you are buying.  Do your research, first, before coming in to the showroom.  You’d be surprised what a difference that makes in simplifying the buying process and saving you money.

Remember for your auto parts, please shop online from Amazon.com, Tirerack.com, and Vividracing.com.

Thank you.

Kreativecars.com

The Evolution of 4-Cylinder Engines

Four cylinder engines became popular in the 1970s and 1980s, primarily because of several major gasoline shortages.  Prior to that, American manufacturers traditionally offered V6 and V8 engines in their cars as American consumers were accustomed to powerful, gas consuming cars.

It wasn’t  until Toyota and Honda imported “econo boxes” into this country, starting in the 1970s, did American manufacturers realize that they had better change their thinking regarding engine size and fuel economy.  Toyota introduced the Corolla and Camry and Honda countered with their Accord and Civic.  The “sub-compact” Toyotas and Hondas all came with small block, lightweight 4-cylinder engines.

The Toyotas and Hondas were extremely popular, and, within a few years, captured up to 30% of the American auto market.  Their cars were in demand because they offered consumers an alternative from the large, heavy gas guzzling V6 and V8 cars that were the only cars on the market up until this time.  The imported Toyotas, Hondas, and Nissans were very reliable, low maintenance and, because of their small 4-cylinder engines, were much more fuel efficient and they were fun to drive!

Because of the tremendous sales gains of the imported cars in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, GM, Ford and Chrysler revamped their small car line-ups to compete.  Chevrolet introduced the Vega, Citation, Chevette and Cavalier.  Ford came out with the Pinto and the Maverick, while Chrysler offered the Plymouth Valiant.  What do these new American made cars have in common?  One, they were more compact in size and two, they all featured small displacement, more fuel efficient 4-cylinder engines.

Four cylinder engines have become more and more popular.  They are more refined and sophisticated and starting around the late 1990s and early 2000s, every manufacturer featured 4-cylinder engines as standard equipment in their sub-compact and compact models, and some mid-size and luxury models offered 4-cylinder versions as well.

As a result of advanced technology, the 4-cylinder engines in today’s cars are more powerful, are quieter, have higher displacement, more horsepower and torque and, at the same time, have considerably higher EPA fuel economy ratings.

Over the past fifteen or twenty years, Ford, Chevrolet (and GM),  Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Hyundai, Kia and others have developed “state-of-the art” 4-cylinder, turbo-charged engines.

Turbo-charged engines use turbo chargers that force extra compressed air into the combustion chamber, which enables the engine to crank out more power when needed.  So, when you push down hard on the accelerator, the turbo charger “cuts in” and as a result, the engine produce more horsepower and torque, thus giving the driver more power to accelerate when needed.  Another interesting fact associated with these turbo motors is that they offer nearly the same fuel economy as the traditional, inline 4-cylinders.  Two examples of the new, improved turbo-charged engines are; one, Ford’s ecoboost 4-cylinder turbo, which produces V6 power and two, Mazda, which features their Skyactiv advanced 4-cylinder design, that generates higher horsepower and torque.  Because of more efficient engine design and auto aerodynamics, Mazda’s engine runs smoother and with less stress on their turbo charging system.

In conclusion, the gas shortages of the 1970s and 1980s sparked a “revolution” in the development of 4-cylinder engines.  Toyota and Honda were the leaders in lightweight, small block 4-cylinders cars introduced in to the U.S. during that time.  This major market switch to 4-cylinder engines represented major changes in : (1) engine technology, (2) auto manufacturing and, (3) consumer demand for cars, and was the most important development in the evolution of 4-cylinder engines.  More efficient and more powerful 4-cylinder engines have become the hallmark in the automobile industry.

Remember for your auto parts, please shop online from Amazon.com, Tirerack.com and Vividracing.com.

Thank you.

Kreativecars.com Admin

Observations On Current Auto Exterior Design

Is it just me or have the auto designers gotten together and compared notes regarding auto exterior design?  Have you noticed that many of the major brands have incorporated similar design “cues”?

Design Cue 1:  Sculpted Side Body Panels

Upon close examination, you will notice that every auto brand – as of 2018 – has sculpted side body panels (doors).  Here is an example:

 

Design Cue 2:  Front End Styling

Lexus and Toyota emphasize the “radical” or “far out” front end design.  The 2018 Toyota Camry and Avalon have blacked-out front grills in the shape of a large “shark’s mouth”, giving the car a “mean”, almost menacing effect.  The 2018 Ford Focus, 2019 Hyundai Veloster, 2018 and 2019 Audi A6, 2018 and 2019 Audi A4, 2019 Chevrolet Cruz, and 2018/2019 Honda Accord are a few of the many models that tout this popular styling trend.

 

 

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Car Care

After-market car care products can always prove challenging when first buying your car. Choosing the right products for your car helps in keeping your vehicle in excellent conditions. After purchasing your vehicle, the logical step is getting and using the right tools and chemicals that give it a perfect shine. Car applicators, sponges, car vacs, brushes, dusters, and leather care products keep the interior looking its best.

There is a various advanced level of car care far beyond those old stand-bys. Polishing utilizing a gentle, high lubricity formula that’s easy and safe for all paint types is the best. The latest clear coats can be used on daily basis to remove grime, dust and loose contaminants. You can establish a relationship with a reputable car shop if you are not versed as to what products are right for your vehicle.

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Tesla Roadster 2020

The Tesla Roadster 2020 is the world’s first all-electric premium gaming car, and the 2020 model shows you do not have to be eco-conscious. This high-end,  two-digit performance engine, is the best in its class. This is the second model year of the all-electric two-seater sports car. As part of the 2020 model, adjustments have been made to respond to some feedback from the 2019 model.

If you drive, you reach 227 miles in all-electric mode. As you approach the flush, you can recharge the batteries (which are lithium particles) with a powerful re-interface component. This process can take up to 3.5 hours. This car weighs less than 3,000 pounds. Has a 240p electric motor that pulls the gaming car up to 60mph for 4 seconds and is incredibly quiet in a purely electric state. The Roadster has a smoother look, a less appealing side, and a lighter look. Read more »

Automotive: Engine Maintenance

Just like the heart is crucial for the survival of living creatures, so is the engine to moving vehicles. Without it, mobility is impossible. Engines are subject to wear and tear. Again, just like the heart, they are not made to last forever. However, they need taking care of for them to serve you better and for longer periods. Any car’s peak performance and lifespan depend on the engine’s current condition. As such, it is important to do regular engine maintenance to ensure its always working at its best.

To properly look after your car’s engine, you need to keep its fluid requirements fresh and clean. Ensure you change the engine oil frequently before it gets dirty. While Dirty oil may seem harmless and work normally, it drags down the overall engine’s performance which has an effect on its lifespan.

You should also keep your engine from overheating by ensuring the temperatures are within proper limits.

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The Audi Q7 Is A Leader In Luxury SUVs

A pioneer in the luxury SUV class, the 2010 Audi Q7 accompanies three distinctive motor alternatives, every one of which is certain to satisfy their proprietors. The main motor alternative inside the 2010 Audi Q7 is a 3.6 liter, six chamber motor which produces 280 torque. This motor accompanies a programmed transmission and all-wheel drive. The six-chamber motor can go from 0 to 60 mph in only 8.2 seconds, however, has peripheral fuel proficiency of 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the expressway.

The following level motor up on the 2010 Audi Q7 costs an extra $4,000 and is a 3.0 liter six chamber motor which produces 225 pull. The 3.0-liter motor likewise accompanies a 6 speed programmed transmission and all-wheel drive. While at the same time the 3.0 liter V6 delivers less torque, it keeps running off of diesel fuel and shows signs of improvement fuel proficiency than the 3.6-liter choice. The 3.6 liter V6 diesel motor can go from 0 to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds and gets 17 miles for every gallon in the city and 25 miles for every gallon on the expressway.

Albeit a few pundits have recommended enhancements on the FX50’s payload and traveler region, they say that the magnificent motor tends to compensate for those issues. The survey of this vehicle at Edmunds.com says this, The 2010 Infiniti FX50 might be light on reasonableness, however, its noteworthy execution, one of a kind styling and innovative highlights make for an engaging general bundle.
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Ceramic Coating

Waxes provide a superficial protection to the car’s surface, as they cannot shield the cars from scratches. Ceramic paint coatings give ultimate protection to your car. The revolutionary benefits of nano-particles are available through a premium-quality ceramic paint. The nano-particles form unbreakable bonds with the car’s surface and the thick coating prevents the grainy molecules from scratching the car’s surface. This thick coating can thwart the attacks of damaging chemicals and can remain on the surface for many years. Unlike the car waxes, the ceramic coating can protect the glasses from any unsightly marks. It does not just offer paint-protection. It provides all-around protection to your car.

It is impossible to remove the scratches or swirl marks after the application of ceramic paint protection. The auto-detailer needs to apply layers of car-clay onto the entire car before polishing. It is essential to clay the glasses before the application of ceramic paint coating on these areas.

The application of ceramic paint-coating is a manual application process and the auto-detailers use foam applicators to evenly spread the paint-coating. A few drops of ceramic paint-coating are used each time and the auto-detailer spreads the coating in a thin layer. It is essential to properly smudge the coating after each application to avoid clumping. The ceramic coating is applied in similar fashion onto the windshield, lenses, hubcaps and other areas of the car. The auto-detailers use microfiber cloths to keep the level of the coat equal all over the car’s surface and remove any clumping. Many auto-detailers use a special light to find out the heavily coated areas at end of this process.
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