Myths About Buying a New Car

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Car buying is a major investment. As such, when buying a new car, you need to be on top of your game. Have a budget and stick to it and only buy from a recognized dealer.

Additionally, it’s important to steer clear of common myths and misconceptions about car buying. Trend Motors has been in the industry a long time and we’ve heard many myths that could derail the buying process and possibly even cost you more in the long run.

You’ll get a better deal if you’re paying in cash

There is a common belief out there that if you’re paying in cash, then the dealer will take you more seriously and might even give you bigger discount. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Unless a manufacturer is offering cash only incentives, dealers are traditionally more inclined to finance the vehicle because they make more money when you finance or lease.

Things work better if you bring your own financing

Again, this is way off the truth. Bringing your own financing isn’t very different from paying in cash. The dealer’s commission may increase if they arrange the financing giving them more incentives to help you.

A lower price means you’re getting the better deal

It isn’t uncommon for buyers to think that a lower price means they’re getting a great deal. Don’t just focus on the price of the car, instead consider the whole deal (down payment, interest rate, term) when looking at the cost of the car.

You’re likely to get a better deal at the end of the month

This is sometimes true. If you come in at the end of the month when a manufacturer’s agent needs just that one sale to hit a certain target, they are likely to accept a lower offer than normal. The problem is that most agents hit their targets early within the month and some don’t even work with targets. In these two latter cases, no matter the time of the month, the price will remain the same.

Winter/Snow Versus All Season Tires: Know the Difference

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While safe driving should see you through most obstacles you might face on the road, extreme weather conditions typically require special intervention. Severe winters, in particular, pose all kinds of handling challenges to even the best drivers.

To help you drive safely throughout the year, the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) has developed a special category of tires known as winter tires to be used when those snowy conditions set it. The rest of time you can use your all-season tires. But as soon as you see snow and ice outside, for improved efficiency and your own safety, you’re advised to take out the all-season tires and install winter tires.

“But how exactly are they different?” you might ask. The following is a detailed comparison of the two to help you understand their differences;

Winter Tires

All-Season Tires

Are designed specifically to provide better braking performance in icy and snowy conditions. Are designed to provide stable handling and even tread wear in dry and lightly wet conditions.
Perform particularly well in winter conditions including snow, ice, sleet, slush and cold dry roads. They offer traction in winter conditions, but not as effectively as special winter tires.
These tires are made from specially prepared tread rubber that remains flexible even in low temperatures for better vehicle control. The tires aren’t made from special tread rubber, often resulting in average vehicle control in extreme winter conditions.
Tire tread compounds are selected with the wet, icy weather in mind, and feature biting edges for greater traction and a sturdier grip. Tires designed for comfort and longevity. They feature asymmetric tread for excellent grip in dry conditions and above-average traction in lightly wet conditions.
These tires have a Severe Snow Conditions symbol (usually a mountain/snowflake) on the sidewall. All-season tires don’t bear the mountain/snowflake or any other heavy snow/winter effectiveness symbols.

Two Quick Rules To Remember

  • Always use four matching tires

Using winter tires at the front and all-season tires at the rear or vice versa can result in what is known as “split personality” where the front and rear wheels aren’t in communication. This is very dangerous.

  • Never use winter tires in the summer

The reason for this is that the tread on winter tires is softer and wears out faster on warm driving surfaces. Additionally, soft rubber on dry pavement results in poor handling and suspect responsiveness. This too is a huge risk.

 

Volkswagen Tiguan and Touareg Towing Capacities

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The Volkswagen lineup features both the VW Tiguan and the Touareg, highly rated SUVs. Both vehicles are designed to be stylish and practical. However, these two vehicles have their differences, and their towing capacities reflect this perhaps better than anything.

VW Tiguan

The Tiguan is a fun, sporty SUV that comes with high-level bluetooth connectivity and a Sport mode that allows it to be a fun and simple vehicle to drive. The different trim options all include a powerful 2.0 liter Turbo engine. The VW Tiguan features a towing capacity of 2,200 pounds, which is roughly the weight of an ultralight travel trailer or a single-horse trailer with some additional weight such as saddles. This towing capacity comes from 200 horsepower and 207 pounds of torque.

VW Touareg

The Touareg is a large, robust SUV with the option of a panoramic sunroof and significant internal capacity. There is sizable power in the Touareg’s 3.6 liter V6 engine, which supplies 280 horsepower and 266 pounds of torque. All told, the Touareg is able to tow 7,716 pounds of cargo. Provided you use the proper hitch and tongue setup, you could quite reliably and safely haul a 2-horse trailer with full tack and saddles for both animals, or a mid-size camper using the Touareg.

Exceeding the Towing Capacity

It is important to pay careful attention to the towing capacity that your vehicle possesses, and match it to your intended haul. Attempting to put more weight on your towing setup may seem to be okay for a short trip, but over even a fairly short time this can go very badly. Even going over by a small amount can make your SUV difficult to steer and reduce the effectiveness of your brakes. This will present danger to you and your passengers, so it is not advised. If you exceed the weight limit and drive carefully, your tires will still fail more quickly due to the extra strain. Further, your engine will more likely overheat, which will cause your drivetrain to prematurely fail. Also, braking with too much weight will strain your brakes.

Fun and Functionality

The VW Touareg is designed to tow larger loads, such as for extended camping trips and moving construction supplies. The VW Tiguan is designed to steer more enjoyably and to tow smaller loads, such as a motorcycle or jetskis for pleasure trips. Both vehicles do very well at their intended purposes.

Should I Sell My Car Privately or Trade-In at the Dealer

Before purchasing a new car, you may need to dispose of the one you have. If so, you have two options. You can sell your car yourself, or trade it in as a down payment for your next car. The difference between the private sale and trade-in value of your car can be thousands of dollars. This is money in your pocket if you have the time and patience to sell your car yourself. There are several things to consider in making the decision.

Do you own it? If you do, you will get more in a trade and will have more latitude with a private sale if you still owe money on your car. If you are upside down, that is, you owe more than your car is worth, trading will be the only way you will get into a new car. This is one of the many benefits of trading your car in as opposed to a private sale.

With a trade in, you can be in a new car a few hours after driving onto the lot. If you take the “I am going to sell my car” avenue, it will take time. It could also take money if the car needs a tune-up, new tires, a new battery, or any other mechanical repair. You will be able to get more for your car if it looks good, runs well, and does not break down during the test drive.

What is your car worth?

You need to know this so that you know what it is worth in a private or trade-in sale. Cars are valued differently from city to city and the value of your car can be found at NADA, KBB, for free, or Black Book for a fee. Here you will find the private selling price and trade-in price that values your car based on its age, condition, and mileage. This information will help you if you sell privately or trade your car.

What is best for you?

There is no doubt that you can get more for your car if you sell it yourself, but it can also be a lot of trouble and danger because you do not know who you are dealing with. You may get less for your car if you trade it in to a dealer, but it is more convenient and less time-consuming.

As you consider your options, know that Trend Motors will buy your car even if you don’t buy ours.  When you sell your car to us, you eliminate the risks associated with posting your car for private sale and inviting strangers to your home to look it over.  It also gives you peace of mind knowing that our check will clear once the transaction is complete.