Things To Consider When Buying A Car

The decision to buy a new car is often made out of necessity. For some, a growing family requires a larger vehicle with more seating. For others, a new job may require a car with more cargo space, or perhaps a longer daily commute could inspire the want for a vehicle with better fuel efficiency. However, even if the decision to buy a car is made of out necessity, it should not be a decision that is rushed. There are many things to consider when buying a car, including the decision to purchase a new or used vehicle.

How Will You Drive Your New Car?

One of the most important factors in selecting a new car is how the car will be used. If the primary focus of the car will be transporting family and friends, then the number of seats will be a central influence. Additionally, think about where you drive your car the most, as well as where the car will be parked. In Northern Colorado, is it not uncommon to spend time driving off-road nor is it uncommon to sit in traffic on I-25. Also, the weather can prove to be rather unpredictable, including hail storms and heavy snow. How often you must drive in these conditions will inform the type of car you buy.

How Much Car Can You Afford?

Another key element in purchasing a vehicle is how much you are willing to spend. Are you willing to make monthly payments, or do you want to pay for the vehicle all at once? Have you been saving for a downpayment? How strong is your credit history? These factors will determine your ability to receive a favorable interest rate on a new car. Additionally, new cars often have more manufacturer and factory incentives than used cars. These can lower the cost of buying a new car. On the other hand, if you desire to purchase a car without going into debt, then a used car or truck may be the more practical choice.

If you are in the market for a new or used car, contact Peak Kia North today.

How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Changing the oil in your car is one of the most important parts of regular auto maintenance. However, despite being such an essential task, there is much disagreement on how often to change the oil. The traditional view is that the oil must be changed every 3,000 miles. With advances in both engines and motor oil, some experts recommend changing the oil every 10,000. With such a large discrepancy, how can you be sure?

What Type of Driver Are You?

Another reason many people are unsure of how often to change their oil is each car is different and driven differently. A farm truck and a minivan both require oil changes, but it would be surprising if they both needed them at the same mileage intervals. Additionally, cars that are used in heavy stop-and-go traffic will require different care than cars that see more open roads.

New Technologies and Advances in Motor Oil

The best way to determine how often your car needs an oil change is directly from the manufacturer. The owner’s manual will provide the most accurate assessment of how often to change the oil. For older vehicles, the 3,000-mile standard is the safest choice because these engines were designed to use traditional motor oil. In recent years, technological advances have allowed for huge leaps in both engines and synthetic oils. This means newer vehicles will likely have 7,500- or 10,000-mile intervals suggested for oil changes. If you have misplaced the owner’s manual to your car, there is a good chance it is available online.

When It’s Time To Change Your Oil

Perhaps just as important as changing the oil regularly is checking to make sure your car has the proper amount of oil. This should be done before any long trip, and it is also a good idea to check the oil in your car with each full fill up at the gas station. If your is ready for an oil change, contact the service department at Peak Kia North today. Our expert technicians are prepared to service every make and model.