As more and more high-tech features are packed into new cars every year, these gadgets and gizmos quickly filter down into the late-model used car market. Now, when you buy a pre-owned car, you can expect to get a lot more for your money in terms of advanced features. Let’s take a look at some of the new technologies that might be available on used cars in 2016. Read the rest of this entry
Grab your party hat and noisemaker (and maybe some of those glasses shaped like the number 2016) and get ready to ring in the new year at these local events. Read the rest of this entry
If every car has four wheels, then all-wheel drive must be the same as four-wheel drive, right? Not so. All-wheel drive is a feature in some cars, minivans and car-based crossover SUVs. It means power can automatically be sent to any or all of wheels depending on where slippage is detected. Sometimes all-wheels drive-systems just send 80 to 100 percent of the power to the front wheels or the rear wheels by default, and only drive the other wheels on loose surfaces.
Four-wheel drive is a feature for trucks and serious off-roaders. Four-wheel drive is optimized for severe conditions. These vehicles will often have mechanical features like a high and low gear range and lockable differentials. They’ll usually let you manually switch between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, with two-wheel drive being the norm for road use. Most drivers should only have a need for all-wheel drive.
What’s the difference between leather interior and leatherette interior?
Leatherette is an artificial fabric that is substituted for real leather in vehicle upholstery because of cost, suitability and ethical concerns. Many people can’t tell the difference between real leather and the faux leatherette interiors in modern cars. Lots of entry-level luxury cars now use the synthetic material exclusively. The quality and durability are about the same, as are the look and feel. In fact, more people prefer the synthetic material than ever before because it doesn’t require maintenance to stay looking its best, and many car buyers may not want to have animal products used in the manufacture of their car. Other folks still prefer cloth because of its breathable comfort on long trips (i.e., the back of your legs won’t stick to the seat when you get out of the car).
What’s the difference between a coupe and a sedan?
Most of us have always thought of two-door cars as coupes and four-door cars as sedans. Unfortunately, many manufacturers now make cars they claim are four-door coupes or two-door sedans. What gives? Technically, the definition of a coupe or sedan depends more on the interior volume of the car. Smaller cars are coupes and bigger ones are sedans. This makes sense because smaller cars usually have two doors and bigger cars usually have four. For the sake of simplicity, we’ll stick to the old-fashioned way of describing our inventory. Two-door cars will be listed as coupes and four-doors will be listed as sedans.
Put a great used car deal on your Christmas shopping list
Everyone knows the best time to buy a used car is at the end of the year, when dealerships are discounting vehicles to meet their annual sales goals. It’s true. Buying at the end of the calendar year is smart. Even when sales have been great the other 11 months of the year, every dealership, including us, is pushing to exceed those sales goals. That gives smart shoppers a chance to take advantage and find some bargain year-end prices.
No matter what kind of vehicle you’re looking for, the end of the year is a great time to head down to the dealership. December is always one of the best sales months for us, and that’s because it’s usually when discounts are at their absolute highest. You’ll see the average list prices on highly desirable used cars drop up to 10 percent, sometimes even more. It’s a great time to buy.
Historically low interest rates
Another key reason to buy this December is that interest rates may soon go up. It’s likely that this will be the last December when car buyers will be able to enjoy historically low interest rates. The Federal Reserve will raise interest rates as early as this month. At that point, car buyers will have to shop carefully to find the right car and the right car loan. It’s best to lock in financing at today’s rates.
Wrap it up!
The good news is there’s still plenty of shopping days left to research our inventory, apply for financing and drive home with the car of your dreams. Whether it’s a Christmas gift for someone you love, or you’re treating yourself, you should be able to find the vehicle you want here at Poulin Auto Sales. If not, contact us and we’ll help you find a perfect match. Make this the year you get to wrap one of those giant red bows around a one-of-a-kind gift in the driveway.