8 Steps To Buy A Used Car

If you are going to purchase a car for the first time, it can be a difficult task for you. For most people, buying a car is a big purchase. Therefore, you may want to be careful, especially if you are going to consider a used car. Given below are a few steps that you may want to take before making this purchase. Read on to find out more.

Step 1: Set your Budget

First of all, you may want to set your budget. This will help you to create a list of vehicles that fall in your budget range. This step is quite important, which is why you may want to finalize this step after a lot of homework.

Step 2: Do your Research

While you are doing your homework, make sure you don’t rely on your emotions. Instead, you may want to you decide on the features you want in the vehicle. Apart from this, you may want to consider other factors, such as maintenance costs, mileage, replacement parts value and availability, and other relevant factors.

Step 3: Create a list of Vehicles

Now, you should search for the available cars online and contact the owners. Afterward, you should consult an expert or friend for a deeper insight into the type of used cars that can meet your needs.

Step 4: Have the Car Inspected

As soon as you have decided on a car, you may want to contact a trusted mechanic to have it inspected. The inspection service will perform a physical inspection of the vehicle to help you get a much better idea of the physical condition of the vehicle. They will check the vehicle for any noise, especially the noise coming from the engine bay. Apart from this, they will try to find out if the car was involved in an accident.

Step 5: Take a Test Drive

If you are satisfied with the steps given above, you should go for a test drive to ensure the car is exactly what you are looking for. A few kilometers of a test drive can help you find out if you should buy this car or continue your research.

Step 6: Payment Method

If you are happy with the car, you should go ahead and make the payment. It is much better that you pay through a bank so that the record of the transaction could be maintained for legal purposes.

Step 7: Ownership Transfer

Once you have parked the vehicle in your garage, know that the process is still incomplete. It will only be considered complete after the vehicle has been transferred under your name through a legal process. You just can’t drive a vehicle on an open letter.

Step 8: Change Engine Oil, Air Filter and Tire

Before you take your vehicle on a long drive, make sure you change the engine oil, tires and air filter if needed.

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The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee has many new additions to keep the ten-year-old model fresh. For 2021, FCA added new trim options, electronics, wheels, colors and upgraded packages. The 80th Anniversary Edition which is based on the top-end Limited model will also be available in 2021. Which comes with unique exterior & interior upgrades.

Seven trims will be available for the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee, including the base Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, SRT and Trackhawk. The same engine and transmission choices remain, as do the numerous 4X4/AWD systems.

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee 80th Anniversary Edition which is based on Limited trim includes leather seats with Light Tungsten interior accents, 18-inch wheels with Granite Crystal finish and commemorative exterior badging. The Grand Cherokee 80th Anniversary Edition also includes ProTech II Package as standard equipment. And it features Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers and Advanced Brake Assist.

The base Grand Cherokee Laredo model will feature standard 18-inch painted machine cast-aluminum wheels. One step up brings the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen with navigation, power liftgate, vinyl/suede interior, remote start, heated front seats and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The new Sun and Sound Package available on Grand Cherokee Limited includes a dual-pane sunroof and nine-speaker sound system. The Limited X model, includes gloss black exterior details.

Available Exterior Colors for 2021 include Bright White, Diamond Black, Billet Silver, Granite Crystal, Sting Gray, Walnut Brown, Velvet Red, Slate Blue, Sangria, Ivory Pearl Tri-Coat.
Interior colors include Black, Black/Light Frost Beige and Indigo/Ski Gray which is exclusive to the Summit.

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee will be available later this year. Visit Jeep.com for more information.

By Mike Jones

Purchasing a car requires a lot of prior planning. If as the consumer, you are aware of your budget constraints, and all goes well and you find your dream car in the desired budget, there is no better feeling. But one does not have to give up on your car because of limited financial options. There are many options to explore. Here are just a few of them.

  • A personal loan: A personal loan is the cheapest way to buy a car. However, this means having a good credit score. If this need is met, then any bank or finance lender will be able to give a loan. Make sure that valuable assets are not secured against this loan. This is an unnecessary risk.
  • Cash purchase: Cash purchase is just like it sounds. This is where you pay cash for the purchase. This could be sourced from a personal savings or checking account. This could also be as a result of money received through a settlement or even a retirement account. The advantage here, of course, I there would be no debt or accrued interest. A cash purchase is generally the least expensive way to go.
  • Personal contract purchase: In this agreement, the buyer makes lower monthly payments. However, the total cost paid back at the end of the period will be higher than the original cost. Here, as opposed to getting a loan on the entire value of the car, a loan can be borrowed for the face value of the car at the time of purchase Vs face value at the end of the period.
  • Credit card purchase: Credit card purchase is the safest way to purchase a car. This is because it comes with more security. As long as the payments are met, there will be no issues here.
  • Leasing: The last option is to lease the car. The manufacturer is paid a monthly cost for the car inclusive of maintenance costs. A ceiling of mileage usage is decided. At the end of the lease period, the car is returned to the dealer. The ownership remains with the manufacturer. This option only makes sense for short-term requirements.

It is always good to discuss finance options with car dealers and your bank before purchasing a car. Always analyze all the options before arriving at a decision. This way you are armed with the best options available to you based on your specific situation.

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Top Jeep Off Road Modifications by Hanna Serrano

Are you a Jeep owner? This model, as we know, is already attractive and functional sans any upgrade. But it definitely won’t hurt to add some mods to make it more off-road worthy.

Here are some of the upgrades that you can consider purchasing for your Jeep Wrangler:

The weather can be very much unpredictable when you go off-roading. Protect yourself from the blazing heat of the sun or shield yourself against the rain by installing either a soft top or a hard top. A soft top is usually made of a heavy duty fabric or vinyl. While a hard top is usually made of fiberglass.

Winches are also popular when it comes to Jeep owners. This functional upgrade can be used in recovering a stuck vehicle and to tow a helpless vehicle home.
Mud tires. This upgrade can definitely give a Jeep an aggressive look. This type of tires allows off-road enthusiasts to handle better in harsh road conditions. However, it is usually more expensive than your regular tires.

Performance suspensions are also a must-have when you want to take your Jeep off-roading. Though Jeeps are typically outfitted with tough suspensions, it won’t hurt to replace it with heavy duty shocks, struts, and suspension lift kits.

Air Intakes/Snorkels are also essential to Jeep owners. This type of mod can definitely boost your Jeep’s performance by improving its airflow. Snorkels also allow your rig to wade through deep waters without stalling.

Nerf bars are also a must-have. This exterior upgrade allows passengers to easily get in and out of the vehicle, particularly those outfitted with lift kits.

Brush guards and fender flares are also two of the most popular Jeep upgrades. A brush guard provides added protection to your rig’s front end. It can also be used to mount off-road lights and winches. While fender flares protect the sides of the vehicle from harsh elements like mud and other debris.

Skid plates are also essential to Jeep owners. This metal plate cover serves as undercarriage protection from tough road elements such as rock, sand, and mud.
Performance chips are also a popular Jeep upgrade. This engine mod is proven to boost the horsepower and fuel efficiency of a vehicle.

It won’t be difficult to boost the appearance and performance of a Jeep. As I have said earlier, this type of vehicle is known to be tough and efficient without any upgrades to it.

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Every year around this time we always have so much to cover but this year is special. This year Nissan revealed their Xmotion Concept, an earth-shattering compact SUV, further increasing their hold on the SUV market. Here’s everything you need to know.

The six-passenger, three-row concept takes the modern looks from Japanese culture and fuses them with American-like craftsmanship. It’s a perfect blend of the western and eastern cultures it draws inspiration from. Inside the Xmotion is where the magic happens. At first glance, you may think it’s a little over the top, but we can assure you that the Xmotion’s design was no accident. Every aspect of the design has a purpose.

The Xmotion concept may look a little over the top at first, but like we previously said, everything in this vehicle has a purpose. The futuristic-looking exterior features headlamps shaped like the letter U, and can we talk about that grill? We love where the design is going and would like to see these changes in next year’s lineup.

It’s riding on massive 21-inch aluminum alloy wheels with some pretty rugged looking tires. The aggressive design of the wheels and tires contrast the futuristic design of the exterior perfectly. In addition to the good looks, the Xmotion concept features a retractable roof used to create more storage space while on the road.

When you first step into the Xmotion concept you may notice the three-rows of seating. This is Nissan’s new “4+2” layout, which features side by side seating rather than bench seating like most vehicles built today. This is all thanks to the Xmotion’s long wheelbase and location of the wheels and tires. You may have noticed just how far they have been pushed into each corner of the vehicle. Like we said before everything has a purpose in the Xmotion concept.

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When was the last time you saw real wood in a Nissan? The Xmotion concept has raised the bar and given us expectations to meet come the near future. The center console features a traditional Japanese wood joinery technique called kanawa tsugi. It’s often found in religious shrines and temples. The instrument cluster design is based on another traditional wood joinery called kigumi. The design offers a feeling of safety, the structure feels and looks robust and sturdy.

Inside the Xmotion are seven screens. No matter where you’re looking there’s probably a screen not too far. This includes multiple screens in the instrument cluster, as well as screens in the ceiling, and center console display. Here’s the kicker, you can control the infotainment system and other displays with eye movements, gestures, and voice commands. The folks over at Nissan want you to focus on driving, that means every feature needs to be safely accessible while you’re driving 75 Mph on the freeway. In addition to controlling your car with simple eye movements and gestures you can also used the advanced graphical user interface to make changes while on the road. We’ll have an opportunity to learn more about the capabilities of the Xmotion the further we get into the NAIAS.

Learn more about Nissan‘s vision below.

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It is the best time of the year for all truck enthusiasts, and that is because of the Detroit Auto Show! Ram has finally decided to unveil the all-new 2019 Ram 1500. One of the biggest surprises is this beast has lost 225 pounds, and this was made possible by the use of high-strength steel in the frame and a few other component updates. A few of the other upgrades include the logo update, tailgate material update, and the addition of an eTorque mild-hybrid boost.

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We know you are probably wondering what’s under the hood, and this vehicle won’t disappoint. The base version of the Ram 1500 will utilize the 3.6L Pentastar V6 at 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. The new eTorque mild-hybrid tech comes standard on the V6 models. This new feature replaces the usual starter and alternator with a 48-volt motor. The motor will take care of starting your engine, charging when you need it, and a little extra torque when you need it most. This is a benefit for customers whose primary location will be in the city. Ram plans on offering the new 1500 in Tradesman, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, Limited, Bighorn, and Rebel trims.

Hemi’s aren’t going anywhere and will be available both with and without the eTorque system. With 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque, the 5.7L Hemi will make quite the impression on the task at hand. Did we mention the eTorque motor can get up to a 130 lb-ft boost? Whether you go with the 5.7L or the 3.6L, both include a new eight-speed automatic transmission with over 40 shift maps. In addition to upgrading power and torque, the 2019 Ram 1500 was redesigned with aerodynamics in mind. You will notice this when you first see the new air splitter at the truck’s nose and the new grille shutters.

You may have noticed the huge 14.9-inch front rotors in the images above. The smallest wheel size available on the new 2019 Ram 1500 is 18 inches. Even if you are towing 12,000 lbs. you won’t have to worry about braking. In addition to the massive rotors, there’s also the addition of a new electronic parking brake, as well as electric power steering.

When you first hop inside the newly refreshed pickup, you may be surprised at the available 12-inch touchscreen display. Standard issue Ram 1500’s will come with an 8.4 inch display. Also available is an optional 360 degree view camera, 900 watt stereo system, and 5 standard USB ports. There are additional convenience features for your safety, such as adaptive cruise control, a lane departure system, and forward collision mitigation.

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Although the new 2019 Ram 1500 is as luxurious as ever, there’s no need to worry about performance. Throw 2,300 lbs. of whatever you want in the bed or haul 12,700 lbs. wherever you need it. Need extra storage? The RamBins are back on the new model, and they received a 5.5 inch increase in length. That means more storage for all your needs. With a fully packed truck, you are probably expecting to hear some road noise. Not with the new side frame mounted active tuned mass modules, which are electronically controlled shake weights that help reduce vibrations from the road. Also available is the self-leveling air suspension feature for an additional cost.

We expect to see the new Ram 1500 at dealers later this year. Unfortunately, pricing is still unknown, but you will be the first to know when we find out! Watch the official reveal below!

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When you look at the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, it is easy to say that not much has changed. Jeep has a pretty firm grip on the SUV market with little to no competition in the off-road market. So what can the folks over at Jeep do to make sure their SUV can hang with the other brands? Throw as many new tech features into the vehicle as you can, obviously. The new available features improve the quality of life for every past and current Wrangler owner.

We are expecting a full feature update for the new 2018 Wrangler at the Consumer Electronics Show. Attendees even have a chance to take one of the 4 available Wranglers for a spin. The most formidable update would have to be to the Wrangler’s connectivity. The 2018 Wrangler now has Apple and Android watch support. This means you can unlock your doors, remotely start your vehicle, or even flash your headlights all from your watch!

Uconnect is also receiving an update to better serve its drivers. The Drive ‘n Save feature will monitor your driving patterns and send the information to auto insurance agencies to help reduce your rates. Don’t worry; this is an optional feature. If you have kids getting ready to drive, keep an eye out for the new Family Alerts system. This will allow you to monitor your child’s location and drive data via Smartphone app. With even more parental features available, the Wrangler may be a hot commodity for new and experienced drivers alike.

The Amazon Echo and Echo Dot were a hot commodity this holiday season. You may be happy to know that Jeep has recently announced that their new model year vehicles will support Amazon Alexa. You will be able to activate a number of features with your voice, such as turning on the engine, inputting directions, or even checking the fuel without being inside your vehicle. We expect to see more features announced later this week.

Amazon Alexa Support is now available on select models!

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Can you believe it has already been six model years after the Jeep Cherokee’s last redesign? The current design has been quite controversial since it was released years ago. Whether you like it or not, Jeep has learned from the past, and it really shows in the newly redesigned 2019 Jeep Cherokee. This news is unexpected, as we are not too far from the Detroit Auto Show, which is where we had expected the new Jeep to be unveiled.

You are probably wondering what else could have changed with the redesign. While we don’t have a complete list of updated features, we do know Jeep intends to use more premium materials in their updated design, as well as new fuel-efficient powertrain options. You have also probably noticed the old headlamp design has been replaced with a more aggressive look. Just like the current lineup, the Cherokee will be available in a number of trims, including a Trailhawk version. We aren’t expecting any major changes to the interior except for the possible Amazon Alexa support. We will have more details when the North American International Auto Show arrives in Detroit later this month.

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Subaru of America announced their newest release, the 2019 Subaru Ascent, at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 28th, 2017. The new family-oriented SUV expands on Subaru’s strengths while delivering a completely new experience behind the wheel. There’s more than enough space for the entire family and the new SUV even has new safety features on board.

You can take your pick of bench seating or captain’s chairs in the second row. Yes, that means the all-new Ascent comes in 7-seat and 8s-seat configurations. Naturally, the new Subaru also comes with the manufacturer’s renowned All-Wheel Drive system. When the Ascent hits dealers, you’ll have the choice between the base, Premium, Limited, and Touring trims. We’re expecting to see the new SUV hit dealers at some point this summer.

Every trim on the Ascent includes standard three-zone automated climate control to ensure every passenger is comfortable during their ride. Ambient and footwell lighting can also be added as an available option.

The all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent is the largest Subaru in the lineup. It’s also the only Subaru with nineteen cup holders and eight USB charging ports. The all-new Ascent ensures all your devices stay charged and all your cups remain secure, no matter how long the trip.

The 8.7 inches of ground clearance allows for comfortable entry both in the front and rear. You also won’t have to worry about filling up too often because the Ascent provides more than a 500-mile range on a single tank. Under the hood, you have an all-new 2.4-liter BOXER engine. The engine produces 260 horsepower and 277 lb.ft. Did we mention the Ascent can also tow up to 5,000 pounds?

Check out this quick overview of some of the available features on the new 2019 Subaru Ascent!

When it comes to technology, you’ll be pleased to learn that the Ascent offers the latest STARLINK multimedia system with a multi-touch high-resolution display. Yes, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available, among other apps. Pair your phone wirelessly via Bluetooth connection. For the first time ever in a Subaru, in-car Wi-Fi will be available. The speeds are limited to an LTE connection, but this should be plenty for all the devices in the SUV.

STARLINK connected Subaru Ascents have access to remote engine start on models with a push-button start, Anti-theft vehicle immobilizer, child safety functions, over the air updates, and more!

Included in every 2019 Ascent is the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure, Pre-Collision Braking, Pre-Collision Throttle Management, and even a new EyeSight Assist Monitor which gives the driver a heads-up display of all the previously mentioned warnings. Other advanced safety features like Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, and more!

You know if it has a Subaru logo on the front of it, it’s going to be a safe vehicle. Within the walls of the all-new Ascent included are Frontal Airbags, standard front side pelvis & torso airbags, side curtain airbags which offer front and rear coverage, as well as a driver’s knee airbag.

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During the month of September, we made our pledge to the Subaru Loves Learning initiative by working with the Thirman L. Milner School in Hartford to increase attendance rates! How would a car dealership help increase attendance rates, you may ask? It all started with a single phone call to the school at the beginning of September to offer our assistance in any way we can. That’s when we learned about Milner’s Family Initiative, The Positive Behavior Incentive System, which has been very successful over the last few years. Through this program, students, parents/guardians, and teachers are building a more cohesive community. The incentives offered through this program encourage both students and their parent/guardian to take a major role in being accountable for their student’s academics, attendance, and overall behavior.

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We learned that the school’s first incentive of this school year was going to be a free ticket to the Big E for any student with perfect attendance and exemplary behavior, and that’s not all. Those same students also received an additional ticket for their parent/guardian if they were interested in coming. An incentive-based system that rewards students and parents/guardians for good behavior is something Bertera can get behind. We were then presented with the challenge of making this incentive even sweeter for the students involved. That’s when we learned that the school was only able to fundraise for the tickets and a limited amount of rides. We knew what had to be done, so we contacted the Big E and they were kind enough to help us provide one hundred eighty Midway Magic Passes to distribute to every single student with perfect attendance. These passes allowed the Milner students access to virtually every ride at the fair! Seeing the children’s smiles and hearing the laughter truly made all of this worth it! We’re so glad to have been able to be apart of such a wonderful school program. All of us here at Bertera look forward to our partnership and future endeavors with The Thirman L. Milner School.

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