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Three Tips for Finding Your Perfect Car

Buying a new car is a big decision, and sometimes finding the perfect car to meet your needs (and wants) can be overwhelming. To help you get started, we’ve outlined a few tips for finding your perfect car.

Vehicle Features

Before looking at any specific car, determine the features and equipment on your must-have list. If you simply can’t live without back-up sensors, a navigation system, or a third row seat, narrow your shopping list down to only vehicles with those features. Cutting out car that don’t meet these minimum requirements will save you time, and possibly keep you from falling in love with a car that doesn’t fit your needs. If you need space to get half the team to the soccer game, a convertible probably won’t do.

Resale Value

Think long-term. Although the car you’re looking at right now might be your dream car, chances are it won’t be the car you want to drive forever. You’ll want to consider how many years you plan to keep the car, and what kind of mileage and wear-and-tear you think it’ll endure. This can be incredibly difficult to predict, but it’s worth considering. If you want a mini-van that you plan to run into the ground, resale value might not be as important as a sports car that you plan to keep in tip-top shape. Features like energy-saving technology and new safety devices can cost more up front but also add to the resale value.

Car Insurance Premiums

Don’t under-estimate insurance expenses. In addition to your monthly vehicle payment, you will also be paying a hefty sum to make sure you’re covered in case of an accident. Not only will your past driving record, age, gender, and education play a role in your insurance costs, but the type of car you purchase and the safety features it offers can affect your insurance payment as well. Larger trucks can often cost more to insure because they can cause more damage in an accident, along with sports or performance cars that tend to be driven more aggressively.

Find more on these and other car-buying tips at MSN Autos.

Stop by Tom Naquin Chevrolet today to learn more and find the perfect car for your lifestyle!

Winter Weather Driving Tips

With the winter months underway, snow and ice are bound to litter the streets of Elkhart Indiana. And, although the safest way to drive in severe winter conditions is to avoid driving altogether, that is not always an option.

Below are a few Winter Weather Driving Tips from Tom Naquin Chevrolet Cadillac Nissan.

  • Allow additional travel time for your trip
  • Share your planned route, destination, and estimated time of arrival with others
  • Always have at least a half of a tank of gas
  • Be sure your vehicle maintenance is up-to-date
  • Keep blankets, necessary medication, food, water, hats, and gloves in your vehicle
  • Brush off snow and completely scrape or defrost ice on all windows
  • Turn on your headlights
  • Triple your typical following distance from about three to nine seconds
  • Drive slowly, especially when accelerating or decelerating
  • Brake lightly
  • Avoid quick acceleration and braking on hills, rather build speed on a flat surface prior to the hill
  • Do not use cruise control
  • Do not pass snowplows and keep your distance from them
  • Use caution on bridges and overpasses or untraveled roadways
  • Practice driving for winter weather in a snowy but open parking lot