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.
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.
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.
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!
Be Alert 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.
Tire Pressure 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!