The highly anticipated, much talked about 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco was revealed at the 2011 New York auto show. Not only does the 2013 Malibu Eco boast an impressive 38 MPG rating, but the Malibu also delivers big time when it comes to new features and style. For instance, the 2013 model contains a new four-cylinder engine, evolutionary styling as well as MyLink entertainment and communication system. Set to hit dealerships early next year, the 2013 Malibu, undoubtedly, has improved each and every year, and the ‘13’ model is no different.
Something for Everyone
Although many may think auto shows are only for auto experts, the 2011 New York IAS definitely had something for everyone, from sports cars to budget rides to mainstream vehicles. Depending on the time of the year, there is usually a specific trend that is blatantly obvious at Auto Shows around the globe; this year’s, without any doubt, was fuel efficiency.
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco
If you happened to make it to the 2011 NYIAS, then you would’ve seen a plethora of fuel-efficient sedans, which may be a good sign for consumers with gas prices on the rise. Speaking of fuel efficiency, the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco was in attendance.
Nearly three weeks ago, the 2011 New York International Auto Show took place and people are still talking about it. And, understandably so. With the Big Apple as the backdrop for the event, Auto manufacturers from all over took to the showroom and revealed their newest and coolest products to the masses. From 2012 production cars to mind blowing concepts, the 2011 New York IAS was the place to be. Oh, you say you couldn’t attend? No problem. Here at Sterling Chevrolet we have it covered.
Step #9: Reviewing and Signing the Paperwork
After choosing the car, accepting the fees/taxes that require payment, the next and final step is to review and sign the contract for the car. Whenever you’re signing a delicate document such as a contract that binds you to a specific item/person, close examination is required. A car contract is no different.
When signing the contract, you will be offered many extra luxuries, all of them optional. Among them , however, is the extended warranty (Recommended highly). The warranty is essential because not only does it provide peace of mind for the buyer, but it also the safe and smart thing to do.
Step #10: Inspecting and Taking Possession of your New Car
You’ve crossed the t’s and dotted the I’s. The contract is complete. What’s next? Take the keys and speed off the lot? It’s almost that simple. There are a few things you should check before driving off. First, take a couple walks around the sparkling new car to ensure there aren’t any scratches, dents, or dings. Secondly, look inside to see if there is anything missing that you may have paid for. If everything’s in order, the only thing left to do is to drive home and enjoy your new car.
Step #7: Keeping in Mind: Budget
Everyone wants to get the most out of their money. Who could blame you? However, what you must remember is that it will benefit you as well as the salesperson if you’re upfront about how much money you’re willing to spend. If not, it will ultimately cost you. In the end, it will hurt if you do not have a set budget in mind. We all want that fancy, fast, and shiny new sports car, but is it worth overextending your budget and taking out several loans? Of course not. The salesperson will always appreciate a smart buyer. Do your homework.
Step #8: Closing the Deal
So, now you’ve chosen the car you want and you’re ready to make that purchase. Not so fast. It is important to account for the related expenses that come with the car. For instance, besides the base price, you will have to pay sales tax as well as various other fees. If you happen to be a first time buyer, be sure to ask the salesperson about the fees/taxes you’re responsible for. It’s always important to be on the same page.
Step #5: Internet vs. Traditional Car Buying
For a very long time, there was only one way to purchase a car: you had to meet face to face with a car salesman at the actual dealership. However, with the advent of the internet, nearly every dealership now has an internet department.
The internet department allows you to browse the inventory of a specific dealership from the comfort of your own home. Furthermore, the customer can also phone the dealership to talk to the internet manager for more assistance. Additionally, one of the huge positives of shopping online is that more often than not, you’re going to get a lower price.
Yet, not everybody prefers the online method. When purchasing a new vehicle, many of us are looking for a more personable experience. For instance, whether it’s your first car or your third, buying a car, is a big deal. Surfing online from a remote location tends to make some feel unsafe and insecure about such a big purchase. Therefore, many of us prefer to walk onto a car lot, take a test drive, and work with a human being one-on-one.
Ultimately, the decision is up to you: online is more quick and efficient, whereas, traditionally buying is a more personable, lively experience.
Step #6: Trading in your Old Car?
If you’re trading in your old car, there are a few things you need to account for. For instance, car websites such as Edmunds.com and KelleyBlueBook can give you an estimate of how much your old car is worth. This is known as the TMV (True Market Value) of your vehicle.
Since it’s your priority (at least it should be) to get the maximum value for your old car, you shouldn’t simply visit one dealership and settle with their price. Be smart. Visit several to see what the majority of the dealerships are asking for. Furthermore, it never hurts to visit a dealership from which you already purchased, they’d be more willing to meet your price rather than a dealership you’ve never been before.
Step #3: Pricing
We all know money doesn’t come easy, especially in these economic times. It’s more important now than ever to stretch every last penny. So remember, while prices may-not be negotiable at your local supermarket, they certainly are at a car dealership. Remember, car sticker prices may say one number but there may be room for leeway. However, in case the price is non-negotiable, there is always financing, leasing, and incentives available.
Step #4: Car you want to buy
Although balancing your budget may prove to be difficult, narrowing down which car you’d like to buy is perhaps the hardest thing to do. There is a good chance you’d want all of them. And, who could blame you? That being the case, it is important to access your needs before you visit/call a dealership. For instance, if you’re a parent, chances are you’ll be looking for a Minivan. Or, perhaps you’re a frequent traveler, so a more fuel efficient car would be the best bet. This is perhaps the most important step because nobody wants to get stuck with a car they don’t really like.
Step #1: Starting Out
Buying a new a car can be the most rewarding as well as the most challenging experience. Knowing what car you can afford and which car best fits you and your family can be difficult to discern. No worries, though. ‘Cause we are here to help. If you follow these ten insightful steps, you are guaranteed to have a stress free, pleasant car buying experience. What more could you ask for?
Step #2: Using Incentives and rebates
Being knowledgeable about incentives and rebates when purchasing a vehicle can come in handy. It can be the difference between paying $15,000 versus paying $20,000. Incentives are offers that reduce the price you would originally pay. Additionally, rebates are the most commonly used type of incentive.
Incentives and Rebates allow for the reduction of Manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Furthermore, “if the car you wish to purchase has an MSRP of $20,000 and it has a rebate of $2,000, you will pay $18,000 for the car (minus any other incentives the dealership may be offering).” (Edmunds.com)
Environmental damage is one of the most common reasons for a trip to the body shop. Unfortunately, there is little you can do to prevent it. (Though, parking the car in the garage instead of the driveway helps)
What is it?
Simply put, environmental damage is a chemical change in the car’s paint and tone color, usually triggered by three main environmental factors: acid rain, tree sap, and bird droppings. How do body shops remedy this problem?
Car Repair Welding
There are three main aspects (Car Repair Welding, Mechanicals, Fit & Finish) of vehicle repair after a car accident, each serving its own equal significance. For example, Car Repair Welding is utilized when trying to bring the vehicle back to its original structure. The employees at the body shop will use several different welding techniques and equipment to do so.
Perhaps the most important act of repair is the mechanicals. For instance, depending on the damage of your vehicle, your mechanic may have to work on/repair the steering assembly as well as the wheels. Pertaining to the structural integrity of the car, this may be the most important.
Fit & Finish
Similar to the Welding repair, the Fit & Finish stage is where the body shop does everything in its power to bring it back to its original appearance (i.e. painting, buffering).