For many, buying a car for the first time can seem like a daunting task. But with a little bit of preparation, shopping for just the right car is fun and easy. If you’re ready to buy a car but are not quite sure where to start, check out these tips for buying your first car and get ready to learn how much fun car shopping can be.
Establish a budget
Before anything else, you should spend some time figuring out what you can realistically afford to pay for your new car. This helps you narrow down your search later on and also helps you avoid unsustainable monthly payments. When establishing your budget, make sure you factor in the cost of insurance, maintenance, and monthly payments.
Decide what you really need
Once you have an idea of how much money you can spend, you should decide what you truly need in a vehicle. Once you think about the features you absolutely need in your new car, you’ll be able to narrow down your search even more easily.
Do your research
Researching new cars is easier than ever before. There are ample resources online that will help you narrow down your search to a few possible options in no time. Just make sure you don’t spend too much time looking into cars that don’t meet your needs or are out of your budget.
Don’t rush the test drive
When you finally go to the dealership to test drive your potential new car, don’t rush the test drive. Buying a new car is a big investment, so it’s best to spend time during the test drive really considering if this one is the car for you.
Here at LaSorsa Chevy Buick, we are more than happy to help you pick out your first vehicle.
There’s no better time during the year for a road trip than summer. With the kids out of school, long summer days present the perfect opportunity to hit the road and explore the country both near and far. Not all road trips are created equal, however, so you will want to plan out the particulars of your road trip to make it the best it can be. For instance, it matters what kind of vehicle you set out in, and we think that Chevys are perfect models for road trips.
Suburban for Space
The 2018 Chevy Suburban is a large SUV that will have the whole family sitting comfortably in its spacious interior. The Suburban offers seating for up to nine passengers and a maximum cargo capacity of 121.7 cu-ft. With the Suburban, you’ll have more than enough room for all your luggage and outdoor adventure gear.
Equinox for Features
The 2018 Equinox is smart from tip to tail, designed to meet your needs at every turn. The Equinox features a tech-smart interior with an advanced infotainment system that will keep everyone connected and entertained while on the go, while its ten available state-of-the-art safety features will give you additional peace of mind while driving.
Cruze for Efficiency
The 2018 Cruze offers plenty of smart features – like an available built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi® – along with great efficiency, making it a great choice for road trips. With its advanced 1.6-liter Turbo-Diesel engine, the Cruze boasts up to 52 mpg on the highway.*
*Cruze: EPA-estimated MPG highway for Cruze Diesel Sedan with 1.6L 4-cylinder Turbo-Diesel engine and manual transmission. EPA-estimated 47 MPG highway for Cruze Diesel Sedan with automatic transmission.
At LaSorsa Chevy Buick GM, we believe that owning a car is an experience that should feel rewarding and fulfilling. Instead of feeling like buying a new car or getting your vehicle serviced is taking a chunk out of your wallet, why not help it go the other way around?
With the LaSorsa Chevy Buick GM Rewards program, you can do just that. The program allows you to earn points by doing just about anything related to owning a car, even things you would probably do anyway—from getting an oil change and leasing a new vehicle to using your car’s built-in OnStar® 4G Wi-Fi hotspot and enrolling in paperless billing. Simply signing up for the program will earn you 1,000 points!
Once you’ve built up points, you can redeem them at LaSorsa Chevy Buick GM to save money on the things you want. For instance, your GM reward points can earn you discounts on your next oil change or help purchase genuine GM parts. You can even use them to buy hours of pre-paid OnStar® Hands-Free Calling or a whole month of 4G LTE Wi-Fi data.
Signing up for the rewards and redeeming them is easy. To learn more about the program and how exactly it can benefit you, just ask any one of our associates at LaSorsa Chevy Buick.
At LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick, we couldn’t be more proud of the men and women who serve in the military. That’s why we are grateful that our dealership offers the GM Military Discount. The discount, which can result in substantial savings on a new or used Buick or Chevrolet, is available to Active Duty members, National Guard members, Reservists; retirees of the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps; and veterans who are within 12 months of their discharge date.
Finding a GMC Military Discounted vehicle to suit your lifestyle is easier than you think. There are so many options! Both used and new models of numerous GM SUVs; midsize, heavy-duty and light-duty pickup trucks; cargo and passenger vans; and crossovers from 2017 and 2018 are privies to the discount whether you choose to buy or lease. Eligible vehicles are listed here.
Even if you’re stationed overseas, you can take advantage of the program when you take delivery of your new ride stateside. Plus, spouses can benefit from the discount. In total, eligible consumers can apply the discount to two vehicles per year.
If you’d like to learn more about the GM Military Discount and how it can help you see some serious savings, call or visit LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick.
If you’re looking to hit the tough terrain and set out on those off-road adventures you’ve been dreaming of, you should take a look at the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. Equipped with numerous off-roading capabilities and a comfortable interior cabin, this mid-size pickup is earning a reputation for packing a lot of desirable features and technology into its sleek and rugged exterior. In fact, it was named Cars.com’s Best Pickup Truck of 2018 in January and was just named a 2018 Autotrader Must Test Drive Award winner this March.
The 2018 Autotrader Must Test Drive Awards considered a variety of vehicles and named twelve winners. The Colorado ZR2 was the only pickup truck chosen, after Autotrader’s auto experts reviewed its “interior comfort and materials, available technology features and ride quality.” Autotrader gave high praise to the ZR2, stating that the “ZR2 is a true off-road machine, rugged, and ready for almost anything you can throw at it.”
The ZR2 not only performs well on rough, off-road terrains, but also is a great vehicle on paved roads, giving you exceptional handling, control, and ride quality. The pickup seamlessly combines its mid-size build with state-of-the-art off-road capabilities, giving drivers both agility and intelligent control technology. It offers higher suspension than the standard Colorado, wider tracks, functional rocker protection, and more.
Now is the perfect time for spring cleaning, even if the season is still a bit away. Whether you’re wiping down your car or airing out your home, there are a number of things you can do to get rid of the dust, dirt, and gloom of the wintertime.
You can easily refresh your car’s carpeting with a few household materials, according to Progressive. First, remove your floor mats and give them a good power wash, hanging them to dry when finished. Next, use a combination of distilled white vinegar and hot water to scrub out any stains in the carpet. Finally, use a wet/dry shop vacuum to remove any extra salt or residue left from winter.
A combination of 50% distilled white vinegar and 50% tap water is also an ideal mixture for window cleaning, either in the home or in your car. If the glass is grimy, we recommend washing with soapy water and rinsing before spraying. By simply applying the vinegar-water solution to windows and wiping away, you’ll have a streak-free shine. Some auto experts also suggest using clean newspaper to wipe away any possible glare.
Washing and waxing is important as well, but be sure to pay attention to other details. For example, you should get new wipers in the spring, as they’re usually worn out from winter. Scrubbing headlights can sometimes remove gunk that builds up over time, and tire cleaning is great for a little added shine.
If your spring vehicle cleaning also involves getting rid of that old winter beater, then come by LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick, and we’ll be happy to get you behind the wheel of an excellent new car — and this time, the cleaning is on us.
Buick has always been a luxurious brand, but with the introduction of an all-new, high-end trim level, the company presents a new standard of luxury. The Buick Avenir trim adds elegant details to its design, both inside and out, plus additional standard technology and safety features.
The Buick Avenir trim debuted less than a year ago in the 2018 Buick Enclave. It’s been a big hit for drivers looking for a reliable family vehicle that will absolutely stand out. The second Avenir vehicle that will arrive at dealerships like LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick is the 2018 Buick LaCrosse sedan. This should be available by the end of February 2018.
Buick plans to continue adding the Avenir trim to one model at a time. There’s no news on what model might add the luxurious trim next, but representatives have suggested that it may eventually be available across the whole lineup. It will be exciting to see just how Buick implements added luxury into every one of its vehicles in the near future.
To learn more about the Avenir trim, you can stop in to see a Buick Enclave Avenir at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick in person—or stay tuned for some Avenir-centric advertising during the upcoming men’s basketball tournament this season.
Cars for city driving are different from cars you would buy elsewhere. While people in rural and suburban areas would opt for spacious, tough, and practical vehicles like SUVs and pickups, city drivers should opt for small rides that fit in tight parking spots and provide good fuel economy without compromising on versatility.
Sedan and hatchback options in the Chevy Sonic give drivers the option of versatility. The Sonic also gets high dependability ratings from J.D. Power.
The subcompact Spark has an affordable price tag as well as tons of technology and features, including standard safety that will keep your family secure.
The new Cruze provides drivers with both hatchback and sedan options, as well as a new choice in the engine lineup – an incredibly efficient turbo-diesel engine.
This long-awaited EV wows drivers with an impressive 238-mile battery range*. With its compact, aerodynamic design and fun technology, it’s a greatchoice for city drivers.
The Bronx can be a tough place to drive a car, so beat the traffic with a car from us here at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick. We know that cars for city driving cater to a different demographic, so we can help you find a vehicle that best suits your lifestyle.
*Your actual range may vary based on several factors including temperature, terrain, and driving technique
The holidays are right around the corner, one reason we at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick have compiled a list of the top gifts for car lovers this year. Whether you’d like to get something fun or practical, there’s a gift out there for nearly anyone interested in automobiles. Nothing shows you care like finding the perfect present.
One of the most popular car-related presents this year, according to Best Products, is the Omaker Car Mount Holder. Even if you don’t get this brand, you may consider a mount for a smartphone that allows you to easily access directions on the go. Look for a design with a locking pivot point, a suction cup, and a clip attachment.
Next, consider seat protectors. For those with children or pets, seat protectors will definitely come in handy. They come with easy-to-clean materials that are often heat resistant and color-safe, protecting both leather and cloth. Some even come with pockets for added storage.
Also, consider a car care kit. Meguiar’s Complete kit is one of the best to get, though it may set you back over $50. It comes with special cloths, sponges, waxes, and more. While it may not be a glamorous gift, most car lovers will enjoy a good car care kit.
Finally, any car lover will enjoy a new set of tools. You can start with a wrench kit or work your way up depending on how much you’re looking to spend. While some people are finicky about their tools, you may be able to find the perfect gift by speaking with your local auto parts store about new tools. These are just some of the many great gifts for car lovers to keep an eye out for this Holiday season.
Here in New York, winter can arrive suddenly without much warning. That is why it is so important to winterize your car. Follow these simple steps below to get your car ready for the cold and snow.
Your vehicle’s fluids are what keeps everything running smoothly. Make sure all fluids are clean and at the proper level. Pay particular attention to your coolant, oil, and washer fluid.
Those four pieces of rubber that keep you in contact with the road can quickly become useless if they are worn too thin or damaged. Check your tread depth and you can even switch to winter tires, which do a better job of cutting through snow and staying soft when temperatures drop.
Any starting troubles can become exacerbated in the winter. Check your car’s battery, cables, and terminals.
In case you do get stuck on the side of the road, you want to be prepared. Pack an emergency kit with items like a blanket, extra gloves, a small shovel, flashlight, high-energy snacks, water, and other emergency items.
Here at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick, we want to help you get through the winter. Schedule a service appointment with us today and let us do the work for you.