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Peak Kia North Donates More Than 100 Face Shields To Mountain View Elementary

Donation of Personal Protective Equipment Assembled at Kia’s U.S. Plant is Latest Element of Kia Motors’ Accelerate The Good Program

To aid in the fight against COVID-19, Peak Kia North in Windsor, Colo. has donated more than 100 face shields for use at Mountain View Elementary. This delivery is the latest element of Kia Motors’ Accelerate The Good program, which includes national and local level initiatives implemented in response to the pandemic. Each of Kia’s 757 retailers nationwide is making similar donations to the hospital or medical facility of their choosing, totaling more than 75,000 face shields across all 50 states.

“Kia has really stepped up in this time of need and we are honored to do our part and by helping Mountain View Elementary in the fight against COVID-19 by providing badly needed face shields to educators here in Windsor,” said Jeffrey Taylor, Owner of Peak Kia North. “We are grateful for the hard work and dedication these educators exhibit every day to support our community.”

The latest face shield deliveries are the latest in a series of initiatives Kia Motors America implemented in response to COVID-19. The program, called Accelerate The Good, previously saw Kia donating $1 million to multiple non-profit partners that assist homeless youth nationwide, including Covenant House, StandUp for Kids, and Family Promise. The $1 million donation was designed to help homeless youth in all 50 states receive much-needed shelter and care needed during this time. In addition, earlier face shield donations – more than 300,000 thus far – were made to hospitals and medical facilities in hard-hit metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, and New York City.

Read this story in the Greeley Tribune.

Peak Kia North Driving Second Chances Campaign Donates $4,700 to Larimer Humane Society

Peak Kia North has donated $100 to the Larimer Humane Society for every vehicle sold during the month of December, resulting in a $4,700 contribution to benefit the “Give HOPE” initiative, a Larimer Humane Society effort to provide second chances to thousands of homeless, lost, abandoned and ill animals in need across Northern Colorado.

“On behalf of our entire team at Peak Kia North, we can’t express enough how grateful we are to be able to give back to our community and an organization near and dear to the hearts of our staff and our customers,” said Jeffrey Taylor, Owner of Peak Kia North. “We’re thrilled to know our contribution made possible by the Driving Second Chances campaign will help to give many area animals a new lease on life.”

Peak Kia North invited those seeking a new or used vehicle to take advantage of the “Driving Second Chances” promotion for potential buyers to help make a positive impact with their purchase. All vehicles sold during December 2019 qualified for a $100 donation to be provided to Larimer Humane Society.

“Larimer Humane Society is thrilled to have partnered with Peak Kia’s Driving Second Chances campaign as part of our Give HOPE initiative,” says Tylor Starr, Marketing and Community Outreach Program Manager for Larimer Humane Society. “Car buyers can feel proud knowing that their purchase from Peak Kia is helping provide more than 6,500 animals a second chance at a warm bed, a full belly, and a safe home-between- homes. Because of community members and business partners like Peak Kia, we will be able to continue giving animals love, care, and most importantly, hope.”

For more information about the Larimer Humane Society ‘Give HOPE’ campaign, visit www.larimerhumane.org/help-the-animals.

Kia Telluride Wins “Triple Crown” of Prestigious Automotive Awards

2020 Kia Telluride is Award-Winning SUV

SUV Captures 2020 NACTOY Utility Vehicle of the Year, MotorTrend SUV of the Year and Car and Driver 10Best

IRVINE, Calif., January 14, 2020 — The Telluride is Kia’s winningest and most awarded vehicle in the past year and the first sport-utility vehicle to win the “Triple Crown” of the auto industry’s most prestigious accolades: 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year from North American Car of the Year (NACTOY)1MotorTrend SUV of the Year; and a Car and Driver 10 Best.

The sweep caps an incredible 2019 for the Telluride, which captured not only the three most illustrious automotive industry awards, but also numerous “Best of” honors and top accolades from other prestigious online, print and video outlets.

“Winning this ‘Triple Crown’ of prizes is a spectacular achievement for the Telluride,” said Michael Cole, president, Kia Motors America (KMA), “and also for Kia Motors America. This is not just the unprecedented achievement of a terrific vehicle, but it’s also a high-water mark for the brand and places Kia at the forefront of global automakers.”

NACTOY jurors voted Telluride number one based on months of test drives, comparisons and other evaluations. Criteria for MotorTrend’s premier award are best in safety, efficiency, value, design, engineering and performance of intended function. Car and Driver 10Best winners are the magazine’s top vehicles in an array of categories, including value, driving dynamics and mission fulfilment.

In addition to being the Kia vehicle that has collected the most awards within its first year on the market, the Telluride is also one of KMA’s best-selling vehicles. Since going on sale in early 2019, nearly 60,000 Tellurides have been sold and demand continues to outpace supply. Conceived, designed, and developed in the U.S. specifically for the U.S. market, the Telluride is proudly assembled in West Point, Georgia, and is the first Kia vehicle to be exported from the United States.

Shop Peak Kia North’s Award-Winning Kia Telluride SUV Selection Today! 

Learn more about the MotorTrend SUV of the Year Award here. 

Kia Telluride Wins 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year

DETROIT, Mich., January 13, 2020 — Today, the Kia Telluride was named 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year™ by the distinguished North American Car of the Year jury (NACTOY).1 This first-time honor for the Kia brand caps an unprecedented number of awards for Kia’s three-row SUV from major consumer and enthusiast publications since the Telluride appeared in dealerships early last year.

“We are immensely proud of Telluride capturing North American Utility of the Year™,” said Sean Yoon, CEO of Kia Motors North America. “It solidifies years of effort on behalf of every Kia employee to build vehicles consumers desire and industry experts value. Winning the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year™ is an honor that marks Kia’s arrival in the top tier of the world’s automotive manufacturers.”

NACTOY jurors voted Telluride number one after spending months of deliberation, including test drives, comparisons and other evaluations. To be eligible, vehicles must be all-new or substantially new and must be available at dealerships close to the announcement of the awards. The Telluride prevailed over a field of 12 semi-finalists and three finalists in the utility category.

“The Kia Telluride makes owning an SUV look cool while offering the smooth ride and rich interior of a luxury vehicle without the luxury price,” said Kirk Bell, NACTOY secretary-treasurer.

The Telluride continues to be one of Kia Motors America’s best-selling vehicles. Since going on sale, nearly 60,000 Tellurides have been sold and demand continues to outpace supply. Conceived, designed, developed, and assembled in the U.S. specifically for the U.S. market in West Point, Georgia, Telluride is the first Kia vehicle to be exported from the United States.

About Kia Motors America

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America has been the highest-ranked mass-market brand in initial quality for five consecutive years according to J.D. Power**, and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands by Interbrand. Kia serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly assembled in West Point, Georgia.*

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*The Telluride, Sorento and Optima (excluding Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

** Kia received the lowest rate of reported problems among mass-market brands in the J.D. Power 2015-19 U.S. Initial Quality Studies of new vehicle owners’ experiences with their own vehicle after 90 days of ownership. Visit jdpower.com/awards for more details.

Footnotes

1 North American Car, Utility, and Truck of the Year is a trademark of North American Car and Truck of the Year Corporation.

2 Kia received the lowest rate of reported problems among mass market brands in the J.D. Power 2015-19 U.S. Initial Quality Studies of new vehicle owners’ experiences with their own vehicle after 90 days of ownership. Visit jdpower.com/awards for more details.

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Driving Second Chances: Peak Kia North to Donate $100 for Every Car Sold to Larimer County Humane Society in December

WINDSOR, COLO., – (Dec. 16, 2019) – Peak Kia North in Windsor, Colo. is donating $100 for every vehicle sold during the month of December to the Larimer County Humane Society.  

The campaign, “Driving Second Chances” will benefit the “Give HOPE” initiative, a LCHS effort to provide second chances to thousands of homeless, lost, abandoned and ill animals in need across Northern Colorado.

“As a locally owned and operated dealership, we feel it’s a responsibility of ours to give back to the community that we serve,” said Jeffrey Taylor, Owner of Peak Kia North. “Our Driving Second Chances campaign allows us to give to a cause that is near and dear to the hearts of our staff and our customers and our goal to raise more than $6,000 will help countless animals in need across our area.” 

Peak Kia North invites those seeking a new or used vehicle to take advantage of the “Driving Second Chances” promotion for potential buyers to help make a positive impact with their purchase. Any vehicle sold from now through the end of the year will qualify and $100 will automatically be donated to LCHS.

“We are honored by Peak Kia’s support of the Give HOPE campaign. Car buyers can feel proud that when they purchase from Peak Kia, they are also helping more than 6,500 animals who come through Larimer Humane Society’s doors every year,” said Tylor Starr, Marketing and Community Outreach Program Manager for Larimer County Humane Society. “Wintertime can be particularly difficult for animals without a home, making a warm bed, a full belly, and a safe home-between-homes as important as ever. Through the generosity of our community members and business partners like Peak Kia, we are able to give love, give care, and give hope to animals who would otherwise go without.”  

For more information about the Larimer County Humane Society ‘Give HOPE’ campaign, visit www.larimerhumane.org/help-the-animals

About Peak Kia North

Peak Kia North is a certified Kia dealer located in Windsor, Colorado, servicing Fort Collins, Windsor, Greeley, Loveland, Wellington and Severance communities across Northern Colorado. Specializing in new and pre-owned auto sales, Peak Kia North is devoted to helping and serving customers to the best of ability by offering the highest quality sales and service for peak performance needs. For more information about Peak Kia North, visit www.peakkianorth.com or www.peakkianorth.com/inventory to browse inventory.

All-New 2021 KIA Seltos Press Release

Adventure-Ready Crossover Joins Kia’s Bold Utility Lineup

  • Combines modern styling and sophistication with well-engineered capability
  • Right-sized; slots between iconic Soul and sleek Sportage
  • Powered by efficient 2.0-liter or spirited 1.6-liter Turbo four-cylinder engines
  • Available all-wheel drive with torque vectoring
  • Well-appointed interior laden with smart technology to enhance the on-road experience harkens to Telluride levels of refinement

LOS ANGELES, November 20, 2019 – Rugged, refined and right-sized, the all-new Seltos energizes the Entry SUV segment with a personality all its own. As a utility vehicle with an abundance of attitude, the Seltos arrives in the U.S. with modern styling and a penchant for adventure, whether that means everyday driving around town or in the wilderness on weekends. Complementing Kia’s robust SUV lineup, and following on the heels of the Telluride, the Seltos slots between the popular Soul and Sportage models, providing a comfortable and tech-savvy cabin, a choice of two well-tested engines include a spirited 175-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo, and an available all-wheel drive system1 with torque vectoring control and a lock mode to handle more severe road conditions. It is available in five trims: LX, EX, S 2.0L, S 1.6T and SX. Looking at all it has to offer, it’s no wonder the 2021 Kia Seltos is poised and ready to become a true contender in one of the fastest-growing segments in the industry when it goes on sale in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2020. While complete pricing will be available closer to the Seltos’ on-sale date, the LX AWD will have a starting price below $22,000 and the S FWD will have a similar starting price.

Distinctive Design

Similar to Telluride’s design theme, the Seltos is a marriage of bold design and delicate details and stands apart from rivals with its strong, upright stance. The tall front end and 7.2-inch ground clearance translate to a tough attitude and an adventurous spirit. Its assertive presence is spearheaded by Kia’s signature tiger-nose grille that includes unexpected diamond-like detail. Chiseled surfaces and well-drawn lines lead back to a distinctive profile highlighted by a chrome beltline (available on S, EX and SX) that melds into the D-pillar for a streamlined appearance. And the optional two-tone roof gives Seltos an added layer of coolness and character. Other key design cues include:

  • Long wheelbase and hood for a robust and substantial look
  • Harmonized grille and headlamp design featuring full LED “Beat” lighting for a modern appearance (SX)
  • Aggressive lower front bumper design provides a sharper approach angle for adventurous driving
  • Front and rear skid plates and black wheel arch cladding reference off-road abilities
  • Sleek and tapering greenhouse conveys athleticism
  • Eye-catching red wheel center caps hint at performance
  • Tailgate garnish connects rear lamps to create a sense of width and stability
  • Sculpted dual exhaust outlets highlight power and are connected by chrome trim to emphasize premium status
  • Eye-catching 17-, and 18-inch alloy wheels give Seltos an up-level appearance and stance befitting its bold personality

The Seltos’ interior design continues the theme of upscale adventure:

A cabin crafted with meticulous attention to detail helps Seltos punch above its weight class
Wide instrument panel has a high-tech feel with an asymmetrical design that skews toward the driver
Spacious and versatile cabin with generous hip, shoulder, leg and headroom in both rows, offering more interior volume than most rivals
An abundance of cargo space that can be expanded by lowering the adjustable luggage board
INNER SPACE – SELTOS’ HERCULEAN INTERIOR

The Seltos delivers a tremendous amount of roominess and comfort. Even back seat passengers will get to stretch out thanks to the rear reclining feature. And while they’re kicked back and relaxing, you can lower the rear luggage board to increase cargo space. When there’s nobody in the back and you need some extra room for larger items, fold the rear seat down and lift the luggage board for a flat loading surface allowing expansive cargo volume. Whichever way you fold it, split it or lift it, the Seltos is a leader in its class when it comes to space and versatility.

Adventure in Style

The Seltos outclasses its class with an upscale look and feel throughout its well-appointed cabin. Whether it’s a quick trip around town or a longer sojourn “into the wild,” owner and occupants will enjoy premium details and convenience features such as:

Clean and sophisticated gauge cluster – 3.5”-in. OLED (LX, S, EX) and 7-in. Supervision (SX)
Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob (S, EX, SX)
Sliding front console cover (S, EX, SX)
Fractal pattern Bose2 speakers and six sophisticated color themes echo the sound connected mood lighting found in the iconic Soul. The mood light changes color and intensity based on volume level (SX).
Rear air vent and USB charging port for the convenience of backseat passengers (EX and SX)
Two-step reclining rear seat functionality enhances second-row comfort level (standard on all trims)

Well-Engineered Machine

Seltos is engineered to deliver a comfortable, capable and confidence-inspiring experience for both driver and passengers. A number of elements contribute to Seltos’ composed ride and lively driving performance:

2.0-liter four-cylinder MPI engine producing 146 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque, managed by an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) (LX, S and EX)
1.6-liter Turbo GDI engine outputting 175 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) (S and SX)
MacPherson strut front suspension; Coupled Torsion Beam Axle (CTBA) rear suspension on front-wheel-drive models and Multi-link rear suspension on all-wheel-drive models
Strong and rigid body composed of 61 percent advanced high-strength steel and further enhanced with 374 feet of structural adhesives
Choice of three drive modes – Normal, Eco, Sport – each using specific settings for powertrain, drivetrain and steering mapping to provide the desired driving experience
Available active on-demand all-wheel drive1 (AWD) system, similar in technological design to the award-winning Telluride, provides all-weather capabilities and enhanced driving performance with a center locking differential that splits power equally between the front and rear wheels for more severe environments. The AWD system also makes use of torque vectoring, which increases traction by predicting which wheel will best utilize power in a given on-road situation. This enhances stability in corners and gives the vehicle more connection to the road.

Teeming with Technology — Connectivity, Safety, Driver Assistance

Seltos is packed with technology features, including the“Kia Drive Wise” suite of Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems as well as a wide array of standard and optional equipment. Tech highlights include:

Available 10.25-inch high-resolution color touchscreen3 with satellite radio, UVO telematics, navigation and split-screen display.
First time in Kia available 8-speaker Bose2 premium sound system
Apple CarPlay4 and Android Auto5
Available wireless smartphone charging6
Available three total USB charging ports
Available multi-Bluetooth7 wireless connectivity allows two phones to connect simultaneously
Available “Kia Drive Wise” Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS):8
Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW): Under certain conditions, can detect vehicles traveling in the next lane. When a vehicle is detected in the blind spot, an icon flashes in the mirror. A chime will sound if the turn signal is on.
Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA): Builds on BCW by applying brakes to the outer wheel under certain conditions to return the vehicle to its lane.
Driver Attention Warning (DAW)9: Senses inattentive driving patterns and sends an audible/visual warning to alert the driver.
Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with pedestrian detection (FCA): Assists the driver in braking to help prevent a collision or lessen the effects in certain conditions if a vehicle or pedestrian is detected in front.
Highway Driving Assist (HDA)10: Uses federal highway speed limit information from the navigation system and, under certain conditions, will automatically adjust speed to be within the posted speed limit and maintain distance with the vehicle detected in front.
Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS): Designed to alert the driver if the system detects that the vehicle is about to depart from its current lane without a turn signal.
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS): Builds on LDWS by applying slight steering inputs in certain circumstances to help bring the vehicle back into the lane.
Lane Following Assist (LFA): Builds on LKAS. Follows lane markings that the system detects and provides steering inputs to help maintain the vehicle in the center of the lane.
Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA): Uses BCW technology to help detect approaching cross traffic when in reverse. When approaching cross-traffic is detected, the system alerts the driver and applies brakes.
Rear Occupant Alert11: Designed to provide a message in the instrument cluster for the driver to “Check rear seats” in order to help prevent leaving the vehicle with a rear passenger left inside; the message appears when the driver door is opened after a rear passenger door has been opened and closed.
Smart Cruise Control with stop & go (SCC w/S&G): Designed to adapt to the driving environment by automatically applying the brakes, or accelerator, to help maintain a predetermined distance from a vehicle it detects in front. Can bring the vehicle to a full stop and resumes when traffic resumes within three seconds of stopping.
Safe Exist Assist (SEA)12: Can alert the driver or passengers opening their door not to exit the vehicle when the system detects approaching traffic. When detected, a chime sounds.
Seltos is equipped with the UVO13 Link telematics system debuting a number of innovative vehicle features:
Connected User Profiles: Allows customer’s joint access to the vehicle. With a push of a button on the Kia Owner’s app, customers can carry their favorite radio stations with them and have full access to the suite of remote commands.
In-Vehicle Notification Center: Features a unique head unit inbox reserved for important notifications regarding maintenance, warranty, and safety recall information if ever needed.
Next-Generation Connected Notifications: Sends alerts in case of vehicle malfunction regarding light bulb status on headlights or taillights, 12V battery status and low fuel level.
Engine Idle Notification and Automatic Engine Shut Off: Sends an alert if the vehicle has been idling for 10 minutes and turns it off automatically.
About Kia Motors America

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America has been the highest-ranked mass-market brand in initial quality for five consecutive years according to J.D. Power**, and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands by Interbrand. Kia serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly assembled in West Point, Georgia.*

For media information, including photography, visit www.kiamedia.com. To receive custom email notifications for press releases the moment they are published, subscribe at www.kiamedia.com/us/en/newsalert.

*The Telluride, Sorento and Optima (excluding Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

** Kia received the lowest rate of reported problems among mass-market brands in the J.D. Power 2015-19 U.S. Initial Quality Studies of new vehicle owners’ experiences with their own vehicle after 90 days of ownership. Visit jdpower.com/awards for more details.

1 No system, no matter how advanced, can compensate for all driver error and/or driving conditions. Always drive safely.

2 Bose is a registered trademark of Bose Corporation

3 Distracted driving can result in a loss of vehicle control. When operating a vehicle, never use a vehicle system that takes your focus away from safe vehicle operation.

4 Apple CarPlay™ is a trademark of Apple Inc. Requires a compatible Apple device sold separately. Apple CarPlay™ runs on your smartphone cellular data service. Data plan rates apply.

5 Vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires the Android Auto app on Google Play and an Android compatible smartphone running Android™ 5.0 Lollipop or higher. Data plan rates apply. Android Auto is a trademark of Google LLC.

6 Charging system only works with select devices. Refer to the vehicle’s Owner’s Manual for warnings and instructions.

7 The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG Inc., and any use of such marks by Kia is pursuant to license. A Bluetooth® enabled device is required to use Bluetooth® wireless technology.

8 These features are not substitutes for safe driving, and may not detect all objects surrounding vehicle. Always drive safely and use caution.

9 Driver Attention Warning is not a substitute for safe driving and may not detect all instances of driver fatigue or inattentive driving practices. Failure to pay attention to travel conditions and vehicle operation could result in loss of vehicle control. Always drive safely and use caution.

10 Highway Driving Assist is not a substitute for safe driving, may not detect all objects around the vehicle, and only functions on certain federal highways. Always drive safely and use caution.

11 Rear Occupant Alert is not a substitute for one’s attention and may not detect all movement within the vehicle. Always check the vehicle interior when exiting the vehicle.

12 Safe Exit Assist is not a substitute for one’s attention and may not detect all objects surrounding the vehicle. Always pay attention to traffic and to the area around your vehicle when exiting the vehicle.

13 Purchase/lease of a new 2021 Kia Seltos vehicle with UVO includes a complimentary one year subscription starting from new vehicle retail sale/lease date as recorded by the dealer. After your complimentary one year UVO subscription expires, continued access to UVO will require a paid subscription at the then current subscription rate or your use of UVO will immediately terminate. Use of UVO is subject to agreement to the UVO Privacy Policy available at https://owners.kia.com/us/en/privacy-policy.html and Terms of Service available at https://owners.kia.com/us/en/terms-of-service.html. UVO is transferrable to subsequent owner during the original UVO service term. Only use UVO when safe to do so. UVO app is available from the App Store® or Google Play™ Store. Kia Motors America, Inc. reserves the right to change or discontinue UVO at any time without prior notification or incurring any future obligation. Message and data rates may apply. Cellular and GPS coverage is required to use most features. UVO features may vary by model, model year, and trim level. Features, specifications, and fees are subject to change. For more on details and limitations, visit https://owners.kia.com or your authorized Kia dealer. Google and logos are trademarks of Google, Inc. App Store is a service mark of Apple, Inc.

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Kia’s Great Unknowns Scholarship & Deserving Recipients

We believe that greatness comes from unexpected places. That’s why for last February’s Big Game ad, we didn’t write a check to a celebrity—we created The Great Unknowns Scholarship to help the next generation of students who give it everything.

Following through on the promise to help young people in need get a foothold in higher education, today Kia Motors America proudly recognizes the recipients of The Great Unknowns Scholarship. Comprised of 16 college students from across the U.S., the scholarship winners were chosen based on financial need, academic performance and the demonstrable ways they made a difference by giving it everything within their local schools and communities.

The Great Unknowns Scholarship was created to identify students who embody Kia’s “Give It Everything” spirit and help them pursue their academic goals. The call for entries was part of Kia’s 360-degree “Give It Everything” marketing campaign which began with the 2019 Super Bowl spot of the same name, created by Kia’s agency of record David&Goliath.

“Earlier this year, instead of using a high-priced celebrity in our Super Bowl ad, Kia chose to repurpose that money to discover and reward young Americans who embody our ‘Give It Everything’ philosophy,” said Michael Cole, president, Kia Motors America. “We are honored to help these talented and ambitious students further their education and we’re excited to see what their futures hold.”

Colleges and universities of recipients include Harvard University; University of Alabama, Huntsville; New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology; University of Texas, San Antonio; Duke University; and the University of Pennsylvania. Fittingly, fields of study range from economics and computer science to public policy, neuroscience and aerospace engineering.

A video introducing the students and how they “Give It Everything” can be found here and more information on The Great Unknowns Scholarship program and the application process can be found at www.thegreatunknowns.org

Applications will re-open early 2020, so continue to check back in with The Great Unknowns Scholarship program for updates!

Why Buy Certified Pre-Owned?

The benefits of buying a certified pre-owned car are more substantial than you might think. Here are the top reasons why you should buy a certified pre-owned car over a non-certified car.

1. They Come With a Warranty

A common problem with some used cars is that they come with the financial risk if something happens to the car or if you find existing issues later on. However, certified pre-owned cars come with a warranty that softens the financial risk. These warranties can vary, so it’s important to check what they do and do not include before you purchase the car.

2. They Are Inspected

In order to become a certified pre-owned car, a vehicle must pass a multi-point inspection. This is extremely important because it puts the pressure on the dealership to make sure that it passes all of the tests before being sold. This limits the chances of buying a car with many unseen issues.

3. They’re Young and Well-Maintained

As mentioned above, all cars that are a certified pre-owned car must pass multiple tests. Only relatively new, low-mileage, and well-maintained vehicles can pass these tests. This means that you will be able to have the car for a longer period of time before you need to purchase another car. This will save you money in the long run since you won’t need to buy a new car as soon. You will also save money on maintenance costs.

4. They Come With Extras

Depending on the manufacturer, some certified pre-owned cars include no-cost maintenance for a year or more, roadside assistance, trip-interruption reimbursement, and replacement transportation when your car is in the shop.  Also, some manufacturers even offer a chance to return the vehicle within a few days of purchase if you decide it is not the right fit.

5. They Are Usually Backed by the Manufacturer

Most certified used programs are managed and supported by the vehicle’s original manufacturer. This is extremely helpful because it means that you are able to receive service at any of their franchised dealership service departments. So, if you are on the road when something happens, help won’t be too far away.

At Peak Kia North, we offer a variety of certified pre-owned cars. Stop by today or browse online to check out all of the options we have to offer.

 

5 Things to Look For In a Used Car

Buying a used car is a great option if you’re looking for something with a smaller price tag that can get you from point A to point B. We know that buying a used vehicle can be nervewracking, especially if you aren’t a car expert, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are 5 things to look for when shopping for a used vehicle:

Under the Hood

Before you get in a used car and take it for a test drive, take a look under the hood. While you may not be a mechanic, you can at least check for things that might be red flags. Is the engine bay clean and free of oil splatters? Do you see any corrosion on the battery or wires? Those can be signs that the vehicle is not in great working condition. You can also check rubber materials like belts and hoses for cracks by giving them a little squeeze. If everything under the hood checks out, you can move on to the next thing.

Exterior Condition

Take a lap around the vehicle to spot any damage that may decrease the value of the vehicle or that may be a concern. Misaligned panels or large gaps may indicate that the car has been involved in some sort of accident. If this is the case, you can certainly ask a dealer for a vehicle history report. During this lap, it is okay to have the car running so you can check that headlights and brake lights are functional before taking the car for a spin. Don’t forget to check the tread on the tires and any scuff marks on the wheels – and check under the vehicle for potential rust.

Interior Condition

Inside the car itself, you should look for any obvious signs of damage. Look for rips or tears in the upholstery and any stains. You should also check that the AC and heater work properly by turning them on. Turn the windshield wipers on and test that any controls for the turn signals or headlights are also in proper working condition. If the seat adjustments are electronic, test those, as well as your windows and mirror adjustments. Last, check the odometer to make sure that the mileage is the same as what the seller has told you.

Mileage

There is not a simple answer to the question, “what is good mileage for a used car?” because it all really depends on how well the vehicle was maintained. It is good to remember to use caution when purchasing a car with high miles because engine parts are not made to last forever. However, if the previous owner maintained the vehicle well, the car may still have a lot of life left to live. Keep in mind that 100K city miles are harder on a vehicle than 100K highway miles.

Vehicle History Report

A vehicle history report will help you identify problems you can observe by looking at the car. You will be able to see any accidents the vehicle has been in and if there have been past issues with the title. You can get a vehicle history report from the dealership you are purchasing the car from or online using the VIN number. This will help you determine if everything the seller has listed about the car is accurate.

With these five things in mind, you can buy your next used car with confidence! The team at Peak Kia North is committed to providing the best experience to every customer that walks through our doors. With the largest selection of used cars and trucks, and certified pre-owned vehicles, we are certain you will find your next vehicle at Peak Kia North. Check out our inventory today!

When to Trade In Your Car

When you’re considering purchasing a new vehicle, you are also probably considering whether you should trade your car in or sell it yourself. We understand that this is a hard decision to make, so we will walk you through when you should trade-in your car.

You Don’t Want the Hassle of Selling

Selling your car privately can be a hassle. You have to clean it and prep it for someone to buy. You also have to deal with the anxiety of meeting total strangers who may want to buy your car. When you trade in your car, the dealership will take care of all the cleaning and preparation for sale.

Trade-In Value as a Down Payment

When you want to use the value of your current car towards your next vehicle, trading in is a great option! Dealerships can easily value your trade-in then allocate that amount toward your next purchase. You can even value your trade right on the Peak Kia North website! This is the best way to ensure that the value of your current car helps pay for your next car.

You Still Owe On Your Current Car

As long as you are not behind on your payments, most dealerships will allow you to transfer the remaining loan amount to the new car’s loan. Before you make the trade, you should take into consideration the equity of the car. Talk to the dealership’s finance department to learn more about your options if you still owe on your trade.

Trading your car in is a great way to get into your next car. Maybe you’re starting a family and need a larger car or you have seen the all-new Kia Telluride, and you just can’t wait to buy one. Whatever the situation, trading your current vehicle for a new one can be a great option. Value your trade-in on our website and check out our current inventory online!