Thursday, April 30, 2015

Negotiating the Price for a Used Car

It’s easy enough to get sales talked into buying a used car for more than what it is actually worth. However, you can avoid this—and get the best possible deal--by following these simple tips.

Never Fall in Love with a Car

One of the first things you need to remember is to not to fall in love with a car at first sight. Keep in mind that there are other used cars that might be better suited to your needs. Treat cars as commodities rather than people, and simply don’t settle for one specific model.

Do Your Research

The price you’ll pay for the purchase will ultimately depend on how much you’re willing to shell out, so before actually buying a used car, you need to set a budget. You can then check out online guides like the Kelley Blue Book to see the kind of used cars you could get for your budget, and limit your choices among those models.

Negotiating One at a Time

When negotiating with a dealer, it’s advisable to first settle on the price of the vehicle, then separately discuss trade-in or financial terms. Do your research before negotiating so you can make a realistic offer.

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Safety Features of the 2015 Subaru WRX STI

Safety is always a concern with any vehicle, and drivers would like to feel that they are driving a vehicle that contains at least the standard safety features set. The 2015 Subaru WRX STI is a safe car, quite safe in fact that it has earned the Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.

The following are the star safety features of this model:

Stability control – reduces engine power and applies the brakes when it senses that the handling limits have been exceeded.

Front, side, knee, and overhead airbags – there are airbags all around the cabin to protect the driver and passengers in a collision.

Anti-lock brakes – modulates the brake pressure if it senses that a tire has stopped rotating under extreme braking. This allows the tire to rotate.

Pretensioners – automatically tightens the seatbelts during a collision so that the occupant stays securely in place. 

The WRX STI is based on the Impreza, which had earned the Top Safety Pick rating, as well. It should come as no surprise that this model followed suit, and even added some other worthy features, including knee airbags. It also has been designed for improved road visibility, which helps a driver’s view range that it will be hardly likely for him to miss danger signals on the road, such as a pedestrian or an animal in his path. No wonder, as the Top Safety Pick, the WRX STI performs excellently on crash tests and scores high on a range of other safety tests, making it truly a safe vehicle to drive, overall.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Best Used Cars: 2 Subaru Models to Choose From

Looking for the best used Subaru car models to buy? Consumer Reports, the leading product-testing organization already did the math and released its report to help consumers like you narrow down your choices among the range of Subaru models. The best two Subaru models that they named are the 2011-2013 Subaru Impreza and the 2009-2010 Subaru Forester.
2011-2013 Subaru Impreza
The Subaru Impreza is a compact car that has ample space for a very comfortable drive. This model has shown its reliability for years based on years of testing. It has an all-wheel drive and automatic transmission which makes for smooth maneuvering, great handling, and over all excellent driving experience.
2009-2010 Subaru Forester (non-turbo)
On the other hand, the Subaru Forester is an SUV-type vehicle that is on equal terms with the Lexus RX in terms of quality and reliability. Like the Impreza, the Forester also has an automatic transmission and excellent handling, making it a perfect ride for different terrains.
Both the Subaru Impreza and the Subaru Forester are tried and tested in the field, scoring high on the safety scale like any other Subaru models. If you’re looking for a safe car for your teenager or a second family car, both models come highly recommended. Best of all, they belong to a category of sensibly priced cars. Be sure to look for these models on the showroom of your local dealerships.