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.
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.
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
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.
Traffic can ruin everything from a road trip to a work commute, but don’t let it ruin you! Here are some tips on how to deal with the traffic in New York without losing your mind, from us at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick.
This may seem obvious, but you need to breathe! If the cars in front of you aren’t going anywhere, take a deep breath in and out. Practicing deep breathing can help reduce your anxiety and slow your heart rate down.
If you’re going to be in traffic for a while, then you’ll want to get comfortable. Make sure that you are cool or warm enough, whether that means blasting the A/C or opening the windows. If you run into traffic often, you can get a seat cushion or seat cover to help keep you comfy.
Blast Your Favorite Tunes
You know those songs that you can’t resist singing along to? Make a playlist of your favorite songs and call it “Traffic Tunes.” That way when you’re stuck in traffic, you can sing along to your favorite music and pretend you’re on “The Voice.” It’s a great way to distract you from the stress of traffic.
Take a deep breath, crank the tunes in your Buick, and kiss that traffic stress goodbye!
Drivers who live in cold climates already know what freezing, thawing, and refreezing can do to roads. New potholes pop up once the snow finally melts away. Potholes can cause significant damage to your vehicle over time, so it’s in your best interest to avoid them whenever possible. Here are some tips for surviving pothole season from us here at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick!
The easiest way to survive pothole season is to simply be alert while driving. Keep your eyes looking at the road and slow down or go around potholes. There’s nothing worse than a bump and loud clunk that signifies you hit a pothole hard. Hitting a pothole at low speeds will significantly reduce the impact it has on your vehicle.
Maintaining proper tire pressure can protect your car from damage when going over potholes. Underinflated tires may rupture or burst when the vehicle hits a pothole. In the same way, overinflated tires can take damage from potholes as well. Maintain the manufacturer-suggested tire pressure for best results.
Do Your Part
Help reduce potholes in your area by reporting them to the proper authorities. After all, a pothole can’t get fixed if those in charge of repairs don’t even know it’s there!
Driving in the big city can be a big pain. However, if you have the right vehicle, it doesn’t have to be. We’ll talk about three Chevrolet models that will make driving in the city easier and more enjoyable than ever.
With the Chevrolet Equinox, buyers will get a compact crossover with smart looks and a great overall value. There is a spacious backseat that both slides and reclines for extra comfort. Everyone will appreciate the smooth ride. With the four-cylinder engine, the Equinox is expected to get an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city.*
When it comes to city driving, nothing does the job better than the compact Chevrolet Sonic. It is available as either a sedan or hatchback and delivers excellent fuel efficiency with an EPA-estimated 29 mpg in the city* with the available turbocharged engine.
Just because you drive in the city, that doesn’t mean you don’t want sophistication. The Chevrolet Impala gives you just that. The spacious interior is great for passengers and the large trunk is ideal for big shopping sprees in the city. There is plenty of technology to keep you connected on the road ahead, including 4G LTE Wi-Fi.
Stop by LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick and check out these and other great city-friendly Chevrolet models.
*Actual mileage may vary.