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3 Key Things To Know Before You Buy A Car

What Is A Good Deal On A Car

Everyone wants to get the best deal on a car they can, It's human nature and makes financial sense. However, getting that deal isn't always up to the car dealership. Your budget, credit score and trade-in value all play significant factors in what you actually pay for your car.

Know Your Budget

Most people think a budget is what you can afford monthly, but it also determines what cars and the features will have. A car that you like may have several trim levels with different features, but they will come at a higher price. So know your budget and research cars and trim levels that fit in it.

Know Your Must Haves

If you've done your research then you probably have an idea of what you're looking for. But It's important to know your must-haves in a vehicle. For some people, it might be four-wheel drive or a sunroof, but for others, it might be heated seats and remote start.

Know Your Can Do With Outs

After you know your must haves, you can start looking at what you can do without. It all ties back into your budget and what you're willing to spend. If you're not worried about having the latest and greatest features, then you can probably get by with a base model vehicle.

With your budget, must have, and do with outs in mind, head to a dealership and have a conversation with the salesperson. They will be able to guide you to a vehicle that fits your needs best. You will then have a better understanding of what a good deal on a car looks like.

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Do We Really Need Car Touch Screens

What started out as a way to view your car’s rear view camera soon started displaying everything from your radio, temperature controls and everything in between. They’re in almost every new car on the market, and their prominence is only going to increase in the coming years. But do we really need car touch screens?

The answer, it turns out, is a resounding yes… and no.

On the one hand, car touch screens make it easier than ever to control your car’s various systems. You can change the music, turn on the AC, and even adjust your seats without ever taking your hands off the wheel.

On the other hand, car touch screens can be dangerously distracting. Especially if you are not that familiar with where  all the controls are. It can take your eyes off the road for vital seconds that could mean the difference between life and death.

While touchscreen displays can be distracting, many car manufacturers are trying to design them in a way that minimizes driver distraction. Some features that are being implemented include:

- touch screens that can disappear into the dashboard

- voice controls

- heads-up displays that project images onto the windshield

- gesture controls

Ultimately, it is up to the driver to decide if a car touch screen is right for them. If you can use it without taking your eyes off the road, then it can be a valuable asset. But if you find yourself constantly fumbling with the controls, it might be best to stick with good old-fashioned buttons and knobs.

Get a new car each month Think Netflix.....

Automakers are constantly searching for ways to reach younger consumers whose shopping and transportation habits have been shaped by Silicon Valley giants like Uber Technologies Inc. and Airbnb Inc. To add to the growing list of auto makers who are offering "monthly subscription services" BMW is following in the footsteps of General Motors which launched its Book subscription service in January 2017, and Care by Volvo, which combines lease, insurance and maintenance into one monthly payment.

Subscription services allow consumers to flip between different car models as often as they want, instead of committing to one vehicle that they buy or lease. The monthly payments are usually higher than traditional lease contracts, because they cover things like insurance and maintenance.  Basically think Netflix - you pay a monthly fee and can drive whatever you want whenever you want.  To me that sounds pretty cool - but is probably also expensive - so make sure you read the fine print and understand what you are committing to before you sign on the dotted line!  

Hot cars on a cold day

Its a cold snowy day today but maybe you are itching to get out of the house.... skip the mall and the movies and head over to the Colorado State Fairgrounds Palace of Agriculture in Pueblo, CO and check out the custom car show going on there today from 9am to 9pm and tomorrow from 9am to 4pm.  There will be a great collection of custom cars from Pueblo and the surrounding areas.  Get out and enjoy the day in spite of the cold!  For complete details on the Kool Kustom Kar show click here.

Canon City in the Spring

Looking for something fun and different to do this Spring?  Check out Canon City and the Blossom Festival this weekend!  The festival starts this Thursday May 4th and runs through Sunday May 7th.  It features local school band competitions, a parade, street vendors, and a variety of other activities that will showcase the local area and Colorado in general.  Here is a link to the event website with all the information you should need to go have a great time exploring Canon City in spring time here in Colorado!


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