Congratulations! You’ve just purchased a car from Lugo Auto Group and although we know you’re cool for doing so, it’s also important to keep cool during the hot summer! Did you know that using A/C in very hot conditions can reduce fuel economy by as much as 25 percent for a conventional vehicle? Here are a few tips to help you save gas and money while making you feel cooler!
Park smart! If you park in a shady spot, the interior will start out cooler and the A/C will have less work to do. If the cabin is warm, roll down the windows and let the hot air escape before you rev up the A/C.
Recirculate! Recirculate enables the A/C system to pull air only from within the cabin. When activated, the A/C will have to chill only the cooler air within the car. You’ll save on gas, too: Once the interior reaches the set temperature, the A/C compressor will turn off, reducing the load on the engine.
Pre-Cool is not cool! Avoid running the A/C while idle. Wait until you’re already cruising before you turn on the A/C to optimize airflow. In an electric or hybrid, pre-cooling reduces the battery life, so either avoid the practice or stay plugged into the charger when you do it.
Change your cabin filters! The cabin air filters remove dirt and dust from the air that comes out of the vents. Dirty filters restrict the airflow in the vehicle. Schedule air filter replacements according to your owner’s manual, which is probably every year or two, or every 15,000–20,000 miles.
How do you find the right vehicle that will exactly fit your needs for years to come? It will take some research and planning! When you know the kind of car you want, you can then decide whether you want to buy a new car or buy a used car. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Think about financing your purchase or lease. The general rule is that your monthly new-car payment should not exceed 15 percent of your monthly take-home pay. A used car will be less expensive, but the same rule should apply. You’ll also want to factor in an additional 7 percent of your monthly income to cover fuel and insurance costs.
- Assess your needs! Consider the type of driving you do (highway, surface streets, off-road). Think about how important fuel economy is to you and evaluate your daily commute. Safety features, cargo capacity, and how many passengers the vehicle can accommodate are practical considerations to keep in mind.
- You should test-drive the car the way you would drive it during your everyday life. Don’t be distracted and take your time looking everything over. Turn off the stereo so you can listen to the sound of the engine.
- Estimate long-term ownership costs before you committing to a purchase. These include depreciation, insurance, maintenance and fuel costs. Edmunds has a great evaluation tool: True Cost to Own® (TCO®), which presents this information in an easy-to-read format. It can help you make a smart decision up front that can save you thousands of dollars over the life of the car.
- Review other comparable vehicles in the same class to make sure you haven’t overlooked an even better choice. In today’s ever-changing marketplace, new cars are always hitting the showrooms, and there may be one that you’ve never even considered!
Now that you’ve done research that makes you feel confident, it’s time to become a car buyer! If you reside in Sacramento, visit Lugo Auto group to shop a wide selection of vehicles: https://www.lugoautogroup.com/carfinder.aspx
The revamped 2017 Elantra marks the sixth generation of Hyundai’s compact sedan, and it returns in prime form to battle against other best-selling rivals like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra. As with the rest of Hyundai’s lineup, the Elantra boasts stylish looks, premium amenities and a class-leading warranty that includes 10 years/100,000 miles for the powertrain. The standard 2017 Hyundai Elantra has a good blend of refinement, eager driving manners and efficiency, while a forthcoming Eco model promises even greater fuel economy. A late-arriving Sport model gives the Elantra something it lacked in standard and Eco trims — brisk performance and nimble handling. All Elantras offer sophisticated design and surprising features at a great value.
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Just one year after introducing an all-new Civic sedan and coupe, Honda isn’t resting. Instead, it’s doubling down on this best-selling compact car. The 2017 Honda Civic lineup expands with a stylish and practical hatchback, and Honda is broadening its appeal to driving enthusiasts with the availability of manual transmissions for the up-level turbocharged engine in standard models as well as the new performance-focused Civic Si and Civic Type R variants. All these factors help the Honda Civic maintain its benchmark status as it fights competitors ranging from longtime-archrival Toyota Corolla to newer nameplates like the Chevrolet Cruze and Kia Forte. With its variety of models, excellent-yet-efficient driving manners, and an enviable history of reliability and resale value, it’s little wonder the Civic was crowned KBB.com’s 2017 Best Buy Award overall winner.
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The 2017 Nissan Altima follows the lead of such cars as the Hyundai Sonata, Chrysler 200 and Ford Fusion by remaking itself with more styling, a better interior and more cutting-edge features, all while keeping its price low and its reputation for quality high. Unlike many competitors, the 2017 Altima sedan offers buyers a choice between a fuel-efficient 4-cylinder and a more potent V6. No turbos or diesel engines here, just proven stalwarts that offer exceptional efficiency and longevity. While not as roomy inside as a Honda Accord or Kia Optima, the Altima is comfortable place for four adults, and its interior is both stylish and sophisticated. However, there is no hybrid model, and Nissan’s infotainment systems feel a bit behind the times.
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Did you know that driving drowsy can be just as dangerous as driving drunk?
Be sure to get enough sleep before hitting the road – and make sure you pull over if you’re too tired to drive! Your safety is always more important than making good time.