Category: Technology

Protection Plan Options For Your Used Vehicle Purchase

Every car buyer looks for reliability in a vehicle purchase, but even the most reliable and well-built vehicles can suffer unpredictable damage from accidents and wear-and-tear. While most new car purchases typically include some type of warranty coverage, used cars generally do not unless a seller or dealership(like us) offers some type of promotion. Many cars will not qualify for warranty coverage, but if a used car seller offers extended warranty protection on a used vehicle, it may be worth considering. Warranty Options For Used Vehicles Most used vehicle purchases will not offer any kind of warranty except perhaps a free year or two of oil changes and inspections, but that does not mean warranties are completely unavailable for used vehicle purchases. Some insurance carriers offer extended warranties (also commonly called vehicle service contracts) for used vehicles, but these carriers generally restrict which vehicles qualify for warranty coverage. While it … Read More

Autonomous Vehicles Are Here To Stay

Less than a decade ago, the thought of a self-driving vehicle was still a far-off possibility in the minds of most Americans, but in just a few short years several vehicle manufacturers, software engineers, and experts in artificial intelligence (AI) have come together to create autonomous vehicles. Companies like Tesla and Google are spearheading the autonomous vehicle boom, and now self-driving cars are appearing all over the country. Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have also invested heavily in autonomous vehicle technology, potentially offering customers all over the country rides from robotic drivers. Autonomous vehicles hold tremendous potential to create very positive changes on American roads, including eventually removing human error from the list of causes of traffic accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported over 37,000 traffic fatalities in 2016 alone*, and the vast majority of those fatal accidents were due to human error. Autonomous vehicles not … Read More

Will Using Aftermarket Auto Parts Void Your Warranty?

Chances are, if you’re considering making modifications to your vehicle, you’ve noticed the wealth of aftermarket parts available. While aftermarket parts may be easier to obtain, cheaper or longer-lasting than OEM, or may have the performance you desire, are you risking voiding your warranty? The answer can be a bit more complex than a yes or no. Can Car Manufacturers Require You To Use Factory Parts? If you look in your car’s manual, you’ll likely see the suggested OEM part – usually complete with the part number – listed as the only replacement option for most parts. Some manufacturers even go so far as to list a brand of oil, brake fluid, and antifreeze they claim you should use to maintain your car. Many people take the manufacturers at their word, and insist on manufacturer’s parts, but can the manufacturers really void your warranty for aftermarket replacement parts? According to … Read More

Benefits of Coupes and Hatchback Cars

Coupes and hatchbacks are some of the hottest compact cars on the market today. With added features for comfort and a price tag for almost any wallet, they make sense for someone looking for an economical car. Here’s a look at some of the features of coupes and hatchbacks and how they stand up against the bigger model sedan: What Is a Coupe? A coupe is a closed-body vehicle with either two or four seats. The coupe does not exceed 33 cubic feet of rear interior volume, and the body of a coupe has two doors and a sloping roofline. People often call coupes sporty cars, although manufacturers are changing the definition of sporty cars recently with larger models. Coupes are typically for people who don’t have large families and who like to think economically. Comparing a Coupe vs. Sedan Most people consider the difference between a coupe and a … Read More