Volvo

6 Great 2016 Volvo Vehicles

After struggling for years with lower end motor vehicles, many consumers will incline themselves toward the best Volvo vehicles. Drivers are so tired of all of the problems that other models have and they will instead turn to supreme manufacturers such as Volvo. Volvo has been recognized for years as a western icon, a symbol of luxury and something that many people yearn for. Volvo cars capture an innate longing that people have. When an individual steps into one of the vehicles on the 2016 Volvo lineup, they begin to feel as though their inner longings are quieted. They finally have the luxury they have always sought after. But before choosing which Volvo they are interested in, most drivers want to compare Volvo vehicles.

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1. 2016 Volvo XC90

Simplicity is important to most people. When they are using their technology, they want everything to be straightforward. No matter what functions they want it to perform, they need it to be immediately available and instantly accessible. If they want to listen to music, it should always be a few taps away. That is what is offered by the XC90’s infotainment system. Some reviewers have even went so far as to compare it to a smartphone. It has the simplicity and yet high functionality of a smartphone, leaving very little room for frustration. The simple technology of the XC90 has beckoned many people.

2. 2016 Volvo XC70

If you are going to spend a lot of time in your vehicle, you probably need something like the XC70. Reviewers have praised it for its’ interior. It has standard heated seats, so that if it becomes too cold, you can warm up quickly. Similarly, it also has a lush interior that will really captivate the driver and the passengers. The seats have soft touch material and are very comfortable. There is extra legroom and extra headroom (even if you are very tall). The XC70’s interior uses all of the latest technology to provide an optimally comfortable atmosphere.

3. 2016 Volvo XC60

With a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine, the XC60 generates 240 horsepower. Many drivers have been under the impression that only powerful trucks could put out that kind of power. But the engineers with Volvo have developed the extra boost for this SUV. For those who need a little more power, they have the option to upgrade to a 2.0 liter turbo supercharged engine that generates 302 horsepower and has an 8 speed transmission. Test drivers have reported that the XC60 is very fun to drive and has good handling, particularly around corners, and the brakes were very responsive.

4. 2016 Volvo V60

What are drivers going to have to pay for fuel? One day it is $3 per gallon and the next it is down to $1. The oil industry is on the radar of the politician. That is why many manufacturers are generating vehicles that do not run on gasoline. Many of us recognize this problem. We do not know what we will have to pay for gas and seek out a vehicle that has very good fuel economy so that we will not have to worry about it. The V60 gets 25/37 MPG city/highway, which is very good for its’ class. That could make the difference between $20 when paying at the pump.

5. 2016 Volvo S80

Volvo has established itself as the brand that puts a heavy emphasis on safety. They have always been generations ahead of every other manufacturer. The S80 maintains that long tradition. It comes equipped with safety mechanisms such as 5 airbags, traction control, stability control, brake assist, and 4 wheel disc brakes. It also comes with features such as drowsiness monitoring to prevent you from falling asleep at the wheel, a rearview camera, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and much more. It is a vehicle that is intelligent enough to prevent an accident.

6. 2016 Volvo S60

Modern man has high expectations for his automobile. He wants an array of entertainment features. He wants to know that he will have something to occupy his mind and that he will be able to keep his children occupied. With every generation of Volvo, our expectations grow and with every generation, Volvo enhances the driving experience. It comes equipped with Bluetooth, a USB port, HD and satellite radio, eight speakers, an infotainment system, and much more.

February 25, 2016Comments Off on VolvoLineup

Oil Changes

Oil Changes: A Few Things To Remember During Routine Maintenance On Your Car

Manual at home oil changes have become rarer among car owners in the United States, for several reasons: the procedure is relatively cheap at auto repair shops, drivers are less willing to operate on their own cars in modern times, and few people know how to perform an oil change so few are capable of instructing others. Despite their decline in popularity, home oil changes are actually relatively simple to undertake and should only take semi-experienced amateur mechanics about twenty minutes. Here are a few helpful tips to simplify your oil change experience — this is not a step-by-step how-to guide, just a few tidbits of important knowledge:

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1. Gather the proper information about your car

In order to determine which oil types and filter unit to buy, you must know several things about your automobile: the make, model, model year, engine displacement type and suggested oil type. This information should be present in your owner’s manual, but any online or physical car part store will have a tool that you can use to look up oil type and filter size even if you know only some of this basic information.

2. Make sure you have the right supplies — both tools and materials

Oil changes can be accomplished with a relatively limited set of tools and materials. However, missing even one of the following items can doom you to an embarrassing and potentially costly mid-change call to a car parts servicing branch. Before you start the procedure, make sure you have:

  • Safety glasses
  • Rags
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Socket wrench set
  • Funnel
  • Basic materials (oil, filter, filter gasket)
  • Container/drain pan for old oil

Having the necessary tools and materials lined up before you start will save you lots and time and frustration, and will certainly make all subsequent oil changes much easier. 3,000 miles comes around more often than you’d think, and the next time an at home oil change beckons, you won’t be lacking in preparation!

3. Drain and Dispose of Your Car’s Oil Properly

Drainage and disposal are not ancillary procedures: if they are not done correctly, the entire oil change was not done correctly. In order to properly drain the old oil from your automobile, the engine should be left running for a few minutes beforehand so that the oil is warm and flows out more easily. It is equally important to turn the car off after raising it, either with a jack or with steel ramps — an active engine and disengaged wheels could make for a messy situation.

Oil disposal should also be accomplished with an eye toward the environment. There are hefty fines and possible even community service waiting for drivers who empty their old oil onto the street or ground. Luckily, many car service providers, gas stations and even some dealerships allow drivers to bring in oil to be disposed of properly. Simply drain the old oil from the drain pan into a safely sealed container and drop it off at an approved facility — it’s that easy.

4. Exercise Safety and Caution

The oil exiting the car will likely be very hot, meaning that you should be wearing thick work gloves for the entire procedure. While re-inserting the oil into your car, you should always use a filter to make sure that no oil spills and your hands and car parts stay relatively oil free. Excessive oil waste is wasted money and potentially time, particularly if so much oil is wasted that there isn’t enough to fill the tank. Ensure that you are using jack stands IN ADDITION to a jack, and also make sure never to run the car while it is elevated — wait until the jack stands or ramps have been removed before gently running the car engine to get everything circulating again.

5. Check and Double Check Every Part of the Process

Although oil changes are relatively easy, forgetting to rescrew the oil cap or purchasing the wrong filter can be a catastrophic error. Make sure to take your time and, if you are a novice mechanic, ask for advice and guidance the first few times through the process. Knowing how to perform an oil change is one thing, but no one is immune from thoughtless errors. Take your time, accept guidance and keep it simple — you’ll be replacing filters and draining oil by the liter in no time!

February 25, 2016Comments Off on Oil ChangesVehicle Care and Maintenance

GMC Trucks

The All-New 2016 GMC Truck Lineup

The new 2016 mid-size GMC Canyon provides a comfortable ride, fuel-efficient engine options and numerous high-tech amenities. The all-new Canyon is bigger, more fuel efficient and offers better handling than previous models. This is also the first mid-size truck to offer an available turbocharged diesel engine. The versatile GMC Canyon much easier to maneuver compared to larger full-size trucks.

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The new 2016 full-size GMC Sierra All Terrain X is a truck that delivers superior off-road performance and upscale styling. The Sierra All Terrain X is a special edition GMC model that provides new upscale amenities and firm handling. This truck has been developed for off-road enthusiasts that also want a distinctively sophisticated truck. The V8 engine provides remarkable power, while the interior has been praised for its comfort and overall design.

The new 2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD is a heavy-duty truck that was designed to push the limits of performance. This full-size pickup is a true workhorse when it comes to hauling, pulling and towing. In a recent heavy-duty truck performance test, the GMC Sierra 2500HD outperformed its competitors in terms of all-around performance. Overall, this redesigned Sierra delivers upscale styling and commanding performance.

Performance

The GMC Canyon comes in a choice of three engine types. The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, the 3.6-liter V6 engine makes 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque and the 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine makes 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. The Duramax diesel engine achieves an EPA 31 miles per gallon on the highway, which is the best fuel economy available in any truck.

The GMC Sierra All Terrain X comes with a 5.3-liter V8 engine that makes 365 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Besides being able to deliver remarkable power, the All Terrain X boasts GMC’s Z71 Off-Road Suspension, which is a package that includes off-road Rancho dampers, a rugged underbody shield and an advanced hill descent system that utilizes the anti-lock brakes to provide an even and controlled ride while driving down steep hills. The All Terrain X comes standard with four-wheel drive and an Eaton rear differential that automatically sends power to all wheels in order to provide optimal traction in all weather conditions.

With a maximum towing capacity of 14,500 pounds and a maximum payload of 3,534 pounds, the new GMC Sierra 2500HD is one of the most powerful trucks on the road. This truck is available with both a 6.0-liter V8 engine that makes 360 horsepower and an impressive 380 pound-feet of torque and a 6.6-liter diesel V8 makes 397 horsepower and an incredible 765 pound-feet of torque. The improved Allison 1000 transmission is designed to tame the high torque capability of the 6.6-liter Duramax engine.

Styling

The Canyon was designed to be both efficient and maneuverable. The exterior styling makes a powerful and lasting impression with its sculpted frame and unique attention to detail. The LED-signature front lights, chrome grille and chrome mirror caps and door handles give the Canyon a flashy appearance. On the interior, the Canyon is finely crafted with premium materials a numerous amenities. The comfortable and quiet cab has been redesigned with aluminum trim, soft-touch materials, stain-resistant seating and numerous driver-centric features.

The bold exterior of the Sierra All Terrain X boasts glossy black 18-inch wheels over rugged Goodyear Duratrac tires. The muscular styling is further characterized by its black chrome grille, LED running lights and handy black sport steps. For a truck, this GMC has an unexpectedly upscale interior. The cab is filled with first-class materials, real aluminum trim highlights and tailored surfaces. A heated leather steering wheel and heated seats keep occupants warm during the cold winter months. This truck was also designed with a valved exhaust system, robust door seals and a high-tech noise cancellation system to keep road noise from penetrating the cabin.

The high-strength steel body of the GMC Sierra 2500HD gives it a rugged and power appearance. Its fully-boxed frame rails make it stand out from other heavy-duty trucks on the road. A bright chrome grille, standard LED front lights and detailed wheel arch moldings contribute to unparalleled refinement. The interior sports real aluminum trim, numerous available technology packages and superior comfort features.

Safety

When you compare these three GMC models to other trucks on the road, their state-of-the-art safety features truly make them stand out from the competition. Advanced technologies like Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Safety Alert Seat help prevent accidents from happening. These innovative technologies create peace of mind while driving any of these GMC trucks.

February 25, 2016Comments Off on GMC TrucksLineup, Pickup Trucks

General Vehicle Maintenance

Basic Car Maintenance That You Can’t Skip

Taking care of your car can extend its useful life for many years. The best part is that taking care of your car doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. All you need to do is bring it your local service center to have the work done for you. In some cases, you may be able to get a tire rotation or oil change for free when done at the dealership.

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The Importance of a Regular Oil Change

You should aim to change your oil once every 5,000 miles or whenever your owners manual says it should be changed. Depending on the make and model of car that you have, it may be possible to have this done once every 10,000 miles or more. While your mechanic or car dealer may suggest that you get your oil changed every 3,000 miles, this is more a tactic to make money as opposed to proper car maintenance.

However, it is important that you get your oil changed at regular intervals to protect the engine and keep your warranty intact. You may be required to get the oil changed at least once a year even if you don’t hit the mileage threshold for getting this done. If you fail to change the oil, it could become start to clog up the pistons and other engine components. In severe cases, this gunk could cause the engine to seize.

Why Rotate the Tires?

Ideally, you will have the tire rotated each time you have the car inspected or the oil changed. It only takes a few minutes for this to happen, and you allow the tires to wear evenly, which makes it easier for them to last for their entire useful life. Uneven tire wear could increase the odds of a blowout or reduce your car’s gas mileage. It may also make it harder to brake in snowy or icy conditions. Like getting your oil changed, rotating your tires may enable you to retain your warranty if you have one.

A System Check Ensures All Electrical Components Work Properly

Even if the car is gassed up and you have four properly inflated tires on the car, it still isn’t going anywhere unless the electrical components work. Checking the electrical components regularly ensures that you won’t suffer from a poor alternator or weak battery while you are on the highway or while you are driving in a rural area. If you see that a warning light has gone on, you should take the car in for service right away. A professional can diagnose the problem and keep a minor issue from becoming a major problem in the future.

Don’t Forget the Annual Tune Up

Once a year, you should ask your mechanic or service center professional to give the car a full tune up. This generally involves checking and tightening the brakes, checking fluid levels and ensuring that your air conditioning and heating system works properly. You may also ask that your engine fluids are flushed and that your battery is tested to make sure that it still creates another power to run your car. Finally, you may also ask that engine oil and other fluids are topped off before the winter begins.

Check for Rust and Damage Throughout the Year

A small ding can turn into a larger dent if you don’t get it fixed right away. This is because it may expand and contract as the temperatures change throughout the day and as the seasons change. For many people in colder climates, it is possible to have high temperatures above freezing and low temperatures below freezing, which only speeds up the expansion and contraction. Rust can eat away at the car and make its way to the interior. It can rust through brake lines and eat through your gas tank. Therefore, it is important to look for and take care of these issues as soon as possible.

Your car represents your ability to get to work to make a living or get to school to earn your education. It may also be the only thing that can get you to the doctor when you’re sick or if a loved one is sick. Therefore, you need to take care of it to ensure that it is always there for you when you need it.

February 25, 2016Comments Off on General Vehicle MaintenanceVehicle Care and Maintenance

Dodge Trucks

The Rugged 2016 Dodge Truck Lineup

Dodge has long been known as an automaker that builds rugged and dependable trucks. Its lineup of 2016 Ram trucks continue a legacy of muscle and legendary capability. The Dodge Ram 1500, Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 are the three main pickups that this automaker has to offer.

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Dodge Ram 1500

The new Ram 1500 is one of the most popular full-size trucks on the market. It boasts a winning blend of powertrains, an upscale cabin and a smooth ride. Its easy-to-use interior features also make it an incredibly intuitive truck to drive.

Performance

The Ram 1500 comes in 12 different trims. This truck can truly be tailored to meet any truck buyer’s unique needs. The potent base engine is 3.6-liter V6 that makes 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. The most powerful gas engine is a 5.7-liter V8 that makes 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. An available 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V6 makes 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Furthermore, the diesel engine can achieve up to 29 miles per gallon. When properly equipped, the V6 diesel model can tow 9,210 pounds, while the V8 gas model can tow 10,640 pounds.

Styling

The Ram 1500’s streamlined exterior has been engineered to be rugged and aerodynamic. The chrome grille utilizes Ram’s Active Air® Grille Shutters to reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency at highway speeds. The class-exclusive Rambox Cargo Management System provides a storage compartment that is built directly in the side rails. On the interior, the Ram 1500 comes with a bright 7-inch color monitor that allows the driver to view real-time information about the truck’s performance. Furthermore, the interior has been elegantly designed to withstand the toughest wear and tear.

Safety

Standard equipment includes four-wheel antilock brakes, hill-start assist, stability control, trailer-sway control, front-seat airbags and full side curtain airbags. The Uconnect Access feature includes an emergency telematics system that calls 911 at the press of a button.

Dodge Ram 2500

The Dodge Ram 2500 is a popular choice for heavy-duty truck buyers because of its sophisticated interior, smooth ride and tremendous towing capabilities. This truck was designed to provide robust performance in a wide variety of conditions.

Performance

The Ram 2500 is available in three advanced engines. The base engine is 5.7-liter V8 that makes 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, the Ram 2500 can be paired with a 6.4-liter V8 that makes 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque, or a 6.7-liter diesel turbocharged diesel that makes 350 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque.

Styling

The large and tough exterior of the Ram 2500 combines both muscle and versatility. This Dodge is also loaded with the Rambox Cargo Management System with AllSecure remote security system so that owners can lock and unlock the cargo box at the push of a button. When you compare this Ram to other heavy-duty trucks, it is clear that the competitors have failed to include convenience features like the Tailgate Lift Assist, Power Side Exterior Mirrors, Park Assist and box rail caps. The interior includes an 8.4-inch touchscreen, work-grade vinyl seating and built-in under-seat storage compartments.

Safety

This Ram’s standard equipment includes antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat and side curtain airbags and an advanced tire-pressure monitoring system. The ram 2500 also includes the Uconnect Access system.

Dodge Ram 3500

The Dodge Ram 3500 is one of the most powerful and rugged trucks on the road. Its boasts best-in-class towing, best-in-class payload and best-in-class diesel torque. Furthermore, this heavy-duty truck is available in six unique trims.

Performance

The Ram 3500’s base engine is a 5.7-liter V8 that makes 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, a 6.4-liter V8 that makes 410 horsepower 429 pound-feet of torque, or a 6.7-liter turbocharged diesel that makes 385 horsepower and up to 900 pound-feet of torque are also available. The diesel model can tow up to an incredible 31,210 pounds and includes a class-exclusive smart diesel exhaust braking system.

Styling

The Ram 3500 is Dodge’s biggest and most commanding truck. Its huge grille and numerous standard convenience systems make it bold and technologically advanced. The hydroformed steel frame is one of the most robust and durable frames on the market. On the interior, the Ram 3500 includes an 8.4-inch full-color center touchscreen, Hotspot Voice Command, upfitter switches, trailer brake control system and numerous storage compartments.

Safety

The Ram 3500 includes antilock brakes, plenty of airbags, traction and stability control and a tire pressure monitor as standard equipment. Since this Ram is one of the biggest trucks on the road, it is also seen as one of the safest trucks on the road.

February 16, 2016Comments Off on Dodge TrucksLineup, Pickup Trucks

Vehicle Storage

The Complete Vehicle Storage Guide

If you’re planning to store your automobile in a garage or underneath a protective cover, you must follow a few steps to preserve the engine and other important mechanical components. You can implement many of the procedures without hiring a mechanic.

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Use a Proper Cover

During a summer or winter project, you must park your vehicle in a garage in order to protect the internal components from the elements. If your home lacks a garage, you may want to park the automobile in a local storage facility.

Clean the Vehicle

By washing your car before its stored away, you’ll protect the paint and the finish. Water stains are harmful because they can slowly peel or crack automotive paints. If you want long-lasting results, consider adding a coat of wax at the end of the cleaning process because it will give the automobile an extra layer of protection while it’s stored away.

Change the Oil

If you only need to store your car for one week, you won’t need to change the oil. However, if a vehicle won’t be used for more than a month, oil-related maintenance procedures must be implemented.

Fill the Tank

Before a long session, you must top off your gas tank. This strategy is very beneficial because it keeps moisture out of the fuel container. To achieve the best results, pour a fuel stabilizer into the gas container as well. The chemicals in the product will prevent engine problems and rusting. If you buy a commercial-grade fuel stabilizer, the gas in the engine won’t deteriorate within 12 months.

Charge the Battery

When a battery sets for an extended length of time, it will slowly lose its charge. This is why someone must run the engine every other week for several minutes. If possible, the individual should run the air conditioner for a while as well so that the components will continue to produce fresh, clean air.

Other steps must be taken if you can’t find someone who can start your engine regularly. Disconnecting the battery is a simple solution because you won’t need any special tools. However, after the line is detached, you’ll lose the time and any stereo settings. If you don’t want to reset the systems in the cabin, invest in a battery tender. This gadget connects your battery to a wall outlet; although it’s not a powerful device, it transfers enough electricity to keep a car battery properly charged.

Ignore the Parking Brake

You shouldn’t use your braking park while your vehicle is stored away. The biggest issue is that the rotors could fuse together if they don’t move for an exceeded length of time. This is why you should use a tire stopper to keep your car stable and secure.

Avoid Flat Spots

Ensure that all tires are properly inflated according to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure level. If improperly inflated tires remain in one spot for several weeks, flat spots will develop in the storage location.

If you won’t use your vehicle for more than a month, considering removing the tires to prevent flat spots. To complete this task efficiently and efficiently, you may want to hire a mechanic who knows how to secure a vehicle on four jack stands.

Keep Critters Away

During seasonal projects, you must follow several steps to keep critters and rodents out of the storage location. In some communities, rats and bugs cause huge problems because they like to hide in gaps. This is why you’ll need to cover your air intake components and the exhaust pipe with a piece of steel wool throughout the winter. Rats typically nest in automotive components more often when the temperature drops because the narrow crevices keep them warm.

Important Considerations

When you’re ready to use your car again, raise the hood and inspect the equipment thoroughly. If a rodent has chewed on the wires, belts, or hoses, replace the damaged components before you start the engine.

Next, examine the windshield wipers carefully by lifting the blades; you’ll have to replace the blades if they are brittle or cracked. Then, drive the vehicle around your property to check the brakes. Braking problems usually occur after rust builds up on the rotors.

February 25, 2016Comments Off on Vehicle StorageVehicle Care and Maintenance

Nissan

A Closer Look at the 2016 Nissan Lineup

Nissan has always been one of the places that people look to obtain a new or used vehicle. Nissan has a history of manufacturing affordable vehicles that provide amazing fuel efficiency and a wealth of safety features and technological goodies. The 2016 lineup is one that many people will find appealing. Nissan has something for everyone. The following are some of the top Nissan vehicles of 2016. Interested consumers can compare these vehicles and then choose the one that best suits their budgets and their personal needs.

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The Nissan Versa

The Versa is a vehicle that is in the economy or compact class. It is perfect for either a college student, a first-time buyer or a person who has to commute many miles to work. It even fits well with the frequent vacationer. The best thing about the Versa is its price. The company made it affordable enough to cover all economic classes of people. Another positive element that the Versa bears is its amazing fuel efficiency. The vehicle can get up to 40 miles per gallon on the highway, which is one of the highest fuel efficiencies on the market.

The Nissan Frontier

The Frontier is one of Nissan’s pickup trucks. Pickups are excellent for helpful consumers, frequent movers or entrepreneurs. The Frontier comes with a four-cylinder motor to save on fuel costs. The little motor still packs a little punch, however. Consumers can get up to 23 gallons on the highway, which is fair. The Frontier seats up to five people, as well. Families can feel secure traveling in the spacious pickup. Another reason that consumers will love the Frontier is the cute and contoured body with its vibrant coats of paint. Drivers can choose bright shades such as Cayenne Red and Glacier White.

The Nissan GT-R

The GT-R is for a person to which money is no object. It is for the muscle car enthusiast with the champagne taste. The new GT-R comes with a powerful 3.8-Liter V6 motor that cranks out more than 545 horsepower. The car has two doors, four seats and a multitude of safety gadgets so that the drivers and passengers know that they will be safe. The car accommodates the need for speed while simultaneously providing the utmost protection for the people inside of it. The GT-R has an Advanced Air Bag System along with other features like supplemental air bags and the Tire Pressure Monitoring System. The ride is definitely a fun one to experience.

The Nissan Juke

The Juke is a crossover SUV vehicle that just screams the word fun. The first thing that people notice about the Juke is its attractive design. Its casing is like no other vehicle on the market today. It has a contemporary feel with an alluring combination of colors. Users can choose fun colors like Red Alert, Solar Yellow and Cosmic Blue to express themselves. One unique treat for Juke buyers is that they can use the Color Studio system to create a vehicle that they will adore wholeheartedly.

The Nissan Quest

Nissan carries a few vans for the heavy hitters. Heavy hitters are people who use their vehicles to accommodate other people or to perform work that sustains them. People who transport other people to hospitals and schools are great candidates for vans. The Quest is a huge van that has enough room to fit seven people in it. Aside from being an extremely spacious vehicle, the van also packs 260 horsepower in its engine and a number of additions and accommodations. Passengers will never be bored while they travel in the Quest. They will be able to enjoy features such as Wi-Fi and the DVD entertainment system.

Schedule a Test-Drive Today

Many additional Nissan vehicles are available for consumers to purchase. The previously mentioned vehicles are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Nissans on the market. An interested person can contact a nearby facility and request a test-drive. A test-drive is an experience that prospective buyers take when they want to get an up-close-and-personal look at a vehicle. A salesperson at a local dealership will most likely be delighted to take someone on a test-drive in any of the Nissans in the new lineup. The consumer can schedule by telephone or online means. The test-drive is usually the last step before someone speaks with the finance department to work out a deal to take the vehicle home.

February 25, 2016Comments Off on NissanLineup

Auto Mechanics

Before Your Used Car Purchase, Have a Mechanic Inspect the Vehicle to Avoid Major Repairs

When you’re searching for a used car, it makes sense for you to do a basic check before taking it to a mechanic for a full inspection. You don’t want to take every single car to a mechanic until you’ve checked it out for yourself first because that could be incredibly expensive.

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There are benefits of a mechanic checking out the vehicle before you purchase it. He’ll be able to find problems with the engine or transmission that might make you rethink the car purchase. While some problems could be a quick fix, you don’t want to be saddled with costly repairs on the car. An inspection will also tell you whether the previous owner stuck with a routine maintenance schedule, which can prolong the life of any vehicle.

Whether you are buying from a private seller or a used car dealership, you should do your homework on the vehicle. You can start with the make and model of the vehicle and see if it has a good record for reliability. Some makes and models have inherent issues too. You’ll want to know what you can expect with that particular manufacturer.

Things You Can Inspect

Before bringing the car to a mechanic, you should narrow down your choices to the best ones prior to spending the money. You might end up looking at a half dozen cars, which is a lot of inspections.

Smells and Leaks

When you start the engine, you’ll be able to smell if there are problems like burning smells coming from the car. You’ll be able to see whether the exhaust is blue or black, which indicates a serious issue. Before moving the vehicle, check under the engine for oil leaks too.

Repair Work

While a repair might not be a reason to dismiss a vehicle from the running, if you’re able to see the repair work that means it wasn’t done properly. Well-done repair work will be completely invisible to the naked eye. Check to see if the doors close properly. Misaligned doors can indicate a frame problem from a serious accident.

Mechanic Check List

The used car will be placed on a lift where the mechanic can thoroughly inspect the vehicle for issues. There are things that the mechanic can check that you wouldn’t be able to see during a test drive.

Hoses and Belts

The mechanic can check all the hoses and belts to be sure that none of them are frayed or cracked and hard. While it’s not a serious issue to replace a hose, some hoses and belts can break, which causes more serious issues and costly repairs.

Fluids, Transmission and Radiator

One of the most important things to check is the engine oil. It should be dark brown or black but not contain any grit. If the oil is light colored, it’s been recently changed, which could be an indication there’s a problem the owner doesn’t want you to know about. The transmission fluid will be checked as well as the coolant in the radiator. A mechanic can see whether there are issues based on the colors of these fluids.

Along with a visual inspection, the mechanic can check the vehicle with his diagnostic equipment. Once it’s been checked, you can request a printed report of any issues the mechanic finds during the inspection as well as his recommendations and pricing estimates on the cost of the repairs. From there, you can make a decision on whether you’d like to move forward with the purchase. Cars with minor flaws might be worth considering, and you can use the report to negotiate on the price of the vehicle. If the costs of the repairs seem too high, you can pass on the vehicle and search for another.

You want the reassurance that comes with a mechanic’s inspection before purchasing your next used vehicle though. Without an inspection, you’re trusting that the seller is being honest and truthful as well as believing that there won’t be trouble down the road with costly repairs. If you don’t have your own mechanic, before your car search, you should find a mechanic you trust to provide inspections and reports that will help you make a smart purchase.

February 25, 2016Comments Off on Auto MechanicsVehicle Care and Maintenance

Leasing a Vehicle

What to Know About Leasing a Vehicle

If you are planning on acquiring a new vehicle, your options are to either buy it or lease it. There are many pros and cons to both, but leasing can help you save money while also limiting the amount of time that you are committed to the vehicle. What are some other factors to consider before you decide to lease a vehicle?

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What to Know About a Lease

When you lease a vehicle, you are paying for the right to use a vehicle for a limited period of time. Your monthly payment pays for the vehicle’s depreciation while you use it, which is why payments are lower. While you are in possession of the vehicle, you get the full warranty and any other protections that you would get if you were the owner of the vehicle.

At the end of the lease term, you can return it to the leasing company with no further obligation to pay for other maintain the vehicle. You also have the option of buying the car at its residual value. Although most people don’t know this, you are entitled to any equity in the vehicle when you turn it in or trade it in for a new vehicle.

This is because the residual value is a projection of how much the car is worth based on how many miles you could put on it. If you drive less than your allotted mileage, the car will be worth more than the residual value, and you are entitled to that money.

Pros of Leasing a Vehicle

Leasing a vehicle could be beneficial to those who are looking for a lower monthly payment or looking to trade in his or her car every two or three years. Most lease terms are for 24 to 36 months, however, some may last 38, 40 or 48 months. Therefore, if you don’t make a lot of money or don’t have a steady income, you don’t have to worry about paying a car loan for five years or more or driving a car that may break down before you can afford a new one.

Leases are also worthwhile for those who want to spend some time test driving a car before committing to it. Just like when you own a car, you can trade in a leased vehicle at any time as long as the numbers work for all sides. You should also make sure that the lease agreement allows you to turn in the vehicle before the lease term expires. However, if you are able to trade in a car before the lease term expires, you can give up your current vehicle and choose something else if it isn’t to your liking.

Cons of Leasing a Vehicle

There are several negatives that may need to be considered before leasing a vehicle. First, you could be stuck with a vehicle that you don’t like for up to four years if you are unable to trade in your vehicle before the end of your lease term. While you may be able to transfer the lease, the lender is going to expect that the new lessee has the credit score and income to fulfill the rest of the lease.

You are also responsible for any excess damage that occurs while you are in possession of the car. If the interior is dirty or the leather seats are scratched, you may need to pay for that. The same is true if there are dings, dents or scratches on the vehicle because of extreme or unusual driving habits.

Most leases only allow you to drive 10,000 to 12,000 miles per year. If you go over that amount, you have to pay a set fee per mile. While you may be able to pay for extra mileage ahead of time, it could push the cost of the lease above what you can afford at the moment.

Before you lease, it is important to know what you are getting yourself into and whether it is your best option. If you drive fewer than 10,000 miles a year, a lease may allow you to get a great vehicle at a price that you won’t find with other new or most used cars.

February 25, 2016Comments Off on Leasing a VehicleBuying a Vehicle

Buying a Used Vehicle

5 Things to Consider When Buying a Used Vehicle

Purchasing a used vehicle can provide great value for your money. Instead of buying something that will depreciate as soon as you drive off the lot, you buy something that will hold its value both now and for years to come. Furthermore, you have a good chance of finding something from a recent model year that comes with most or all of the features that you are looking for. What should you consider choosing a used vehicle to purchase?

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Has the Car Been Properly Maintained?

Performing maintenance on a vehicle as specified by the owners manual can keep a car running for up to 100,000 miles or more. Rotating the tires, changing the oil and having the brakes serviced at regular intervals becomes even more important as the car gets older. Typically, a dealer will perform a full inspection before you complete a purchase, but you should have it checked out by a mechanic and ask for documentation that the car has been kept in good condition if you buy from a private party.

Is There a Warranty Remaining?

The original manufacturers warranty remains in effect regardless of who owns the car. This means that you will get the balance of any warranty when you purchase the car whether you are the first, second or third owner. Most new car warranties are good for three or five years, which means that you may not have a warranty if the car is older than that. However, you could purchase an extended warranty or service agreement if you need the car to run for many years to come. If you are curious as to whether there is a warranty or not, you can check the vehicle history to see when it was manufactured.

Is the Vehicle Part of the Current Generation?

Automakers will update their vehicles from time to time in an effort to make them more attractive to buyers. However, if you have a car that is from a previous generation, it won’t be worth as much when you attempt to resell it. While this shouldn’t be your main concern, it could be something to take into account if you are trying to decide between a car from the 2014 model year or the 2015 model year. These small details are why you need to research each car that you are interested in before heading to the dealership or negotiating a deal with a private party.

Should You Buy From a Dealer or Private Party?

If you are in the market for a used vehicle, your two choices are to buy from a dealer or buy from a private party. When you buy from a dealer, you know that you are getting something that has been inspected and repaired prior to purchase. While you may pay more, you also may be entitled to a warranty and entitled to free or discounted maintenance at the dealer’s service center.

You will also be able to talk to someone who understands which cars meet the criteria you establish when buying a vehicle. The biggest advantage of buying from a private party is that you will pay less for the vehicle of your choice. However, you may not know how well the car has been treated, and there may be no warranty or other any guarantee if you don’t like the car.

When you buy from a dealer, that dealer may have to conform with lemon laws and other consumer protections that are put in place. Therefore, you may get three days or 300 miles to return the vehicle with no questions asked. When you acquire your vehicle from a private owner, the sale is considered final even if you run into problems after you pay for it.

Ensure the Title Is Valid and Clear

Before you can own the car, you will need to title and register it in your name. If there is a lien on the title or any other issue related to it, you may not be able to put the car in your name and drive it legally. You also won’t be able to get it insured or have the right to sell it or trade it in when you are through with it.

Buying a used vehicle can save you money while still allowing you to buy the car that you want. As long as you do proper research and investigate a vehicle’s maintenance records, you can get something that is affordable, safe and reliable.

February 25, 2016Comments Off on Buying a Used VehicleBuying a Vehicle