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2019

The 2019 Audi S3 Joining the List of Updated Audi Cars

2019 Audi S3 review

One of the latest unveiling done by Audi is their 2019 Audi S3 model. This is a vehicle which will receive a facelift and will be a part of the upcoming slant of vehicles which Audi is both making and updating. Audi has been really busy as of late. We have already announced the coming A4, R8 and Q7 which have already debuted and on their way to their respective markets where they are expected to make all kinds of noise. But the model that we have recently learned about is going to be the S3 which is not really a surprising entry on Audi’s roster, but the way that they announced it took a lot of people aback.

The big reveal actually came at the New York Audi show where Audi portrayed its latest R8 Spyder vehicle. Of course, everyone was more than interested and happy to see the new Spyder car but then Audi went and announced that they are also working on an Audi S3 with a release date scheduled for 2019. Of course, this is only a facelift for the car and a new vernation is not stated and perhaps won’t be seen for quite some time.

The Audi S3 is going to come out in its hatchback or Sportback version, and we are also going to see the sedan and convertible. We are firstly reporting about the hatch, while the other ones are going to be review separately. All in all, you can clearly see from the pictures that the exterior f the car has gained a very beautiful redesign as it features a new styling language and some bits and pieces which have been updated. Inside there are some new pieces of technology and updated equipment which is to be expected with a facelift. When it comes to the engines, they are going to be slightly more powerful but will not change further than that.

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One thing which people in the US are not going to like is that the Sportback S3 is not being sold there. It is exclusively going to be released in Europe. But people who like the luxurious sedan or crave for a convertible option may still get the chance to own one as Audi is making those two variants available for the US customers.

Now without further ado here is our take and our review about the upcoming 2019 Audi S3.

When is the Release Date for the 2019 Audi S3 Model?

For now we are only aware about the details for the 2019 Audi S3 hatchback versions. It is confirmed that the car is going to be available in three-door and five-door variants and will be seen within the upcoming year. The vehicles are going to be released within the third quarter of 2017. But the hatch version only arrives in its respective home market and some other European ones. The hatch is still not going to be offered in the US and people are going to have to find other hatchback variants in the market if they want one. But the sedan and the convertible versions of the S3 will arrive there. But the release date is still not known and we expect these options to be given sometimes next year.

2019 Audi S3 Price List

As for the price of the car, the 2019 Audi S3 is not going to increase too much. Currently only the pricing for the Sportback version is available, while the convertible and the sedan are going to be priced a little bit later. The current S3 models are offered for a price of €40,600 in Germany, which makes them cost about $46,190. The updated versions of the S3 model are reported to cost €42,000 now, which is around $47,780. Of course these prices are given without added options and they could rise if you decide to customize your car and prim it up with the offered equipment. The pricing will certainly not tamper with the popularity of the car as it is mostly in the same range as what the competition is bringing out, so the sales are going to be intact as we estimate it.

Some Novelties for the Exterior Design of the 2019 Audi S3

The 2019 Audi S3 is introducing something relatively new which we haven’t seen from Audi recently. Audi is known for mainly giving very small and secure changes both inside and out when it comes to facelifts. Playing it safe has become their method in recent years that people are saying that it has also gone to very ridiculous levels. But luckily, the introduction of the new design language already seen before in the Q7 car is going to change all of that and it brings the S3 a new look that we can be boastful with.

What they did here is to borrow some sharper and more aggressive elements from the A4 and that way make the body of the car sportier. This is much more noticeable up front with a wider hexagonal grille and newly styled headlamps as well. The ending and the bumper have also been modified so they look entirely muscular compared to the last time and the aggressiveness continues with the larger U-shaped gap which goes under the hood. The headlights also add Xenon elements which come with LEDs while you can also get the Matrix LED technology as optional.

The rear end of the 2019 Audi S3 may seem the same at first glance, but the differences are very much noticeable here as well. The tailgate has a horizontal LED strip and the bumper is completely different. The exhaust system still uses a quad-pipe configuration while the side panels are the same. There are new wheel options and the wheel designs available as well and a total of six body colors to choose from now.

A Very Good Interior

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You would expect more to happen and change for the inside of the 2019 Audi S3, but the car has mostly transferred the look of the current vehicles. You might think that this is bad but in the case of the S3 model it is not. The car already had a pretty decent looking inside and the setup was not dated at all and because of that had an advantage compared to many other competing models. We would like to see some element crossover from other Audi brands, but it does not matter as the vehicle still looks good on the inside this way.

The additions that have been added may be small, but are very helpful in making this car into a very good model. The designers have updated the steering wheel and also improved the leather for the seats while adding a heating and a massage option. A more important addition is the use of Audi’s virtual cockpit which replaces the traditional gauge cluster with a 12.3-inch TFT screen that comes with various display modes and shows you a lot of information that way.

The infotainment system is also updated and will use a smartphone layout to allow much easier use. You can operate most of the controls using a rotary knob and make it much easier for you that way. LTE connectivity is also offered and uses a Wi-Fi hotspot and it allows you to use most of your devices that way. All in all, the cabin may seem similar to before but as we said it is not a bad thing. The more interesting part of the update is the entire technological update which comes with it.

What is new for the Powertrain of the 2019 Audi S3 Car?

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In fact, the powertrain of the 2019 Audi S3 has been transferred as well. The model will continue to use the same 4-cylidner, 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine but will get an output increase. More power results in a total output of 310 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque for the newest vehicle. The update allows the car go gain 10 horses more and also adds 15 lb-ft of twist added. As far as your transmission choices go, you will be able to choose between a seven-speed S Tronic automatic and a six-speed manual. The model will also include some technological features like Quattro all-wheel drive system, Electronic Stabilization Control system and also have fixed dampers, all standard.

0-60 mph and Top Speed

We are still waiting for the official specs for the 2019 Audi S3 to be released. As far as the acceleration and top speed is concerned, we do have some speculations that we can base our thoughts on. The S Tronic  version swill most likely be able to speed up to 60 mph in about 4.7 seconds while if you chose the automatic one, the time will go down to 4.9 seconds. Both versions will certainly have the standard top speed of 155 mph, which is probably going t be limited for all trim versions.

Fuel Consumption Ratings

The same way as the new stats are not available for the 2019 Audi S3, it goes the same for the fuel economy of the car. They have yet to make these specs public and we are waiting patiently for them. But they did not make the vehicle too much fuel efficient so the ratings will probably stay close to the ones that are available now. This is not going to tamper with the vehicle’s popularity as the ratings were pretty decent so far. The vehicle is able to consume 21 mpg within the city while the consumption on the highway goes to 28 mpg. The combined ratings for consuming fuel are about 24 mpg as the EPA states.

The Dimensions and Size of the 2019 Audi S3

With the redesign and the facelift that was given to the 2019 Audi S3, we immediately saw that there were not going to be any changes in the size of it. The designers have also announced this before the release and they only concentrated on updating the car. The new design language was also well incorporated and well-appointed into the look of the new car, but the changes in the size were decided against off so it makes the car similar to before. The vehicle is still 175.8 inches long, the wheelbase is 103.6 inches, the height is 54.8 inches and the width remains at 70.7 inches. On the inside the passenger volume is kept to 87 cu ft and the cargo space is 10 cu ft.

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2019 Audi S3 Safety

When it comes to the safety equipment for the 2019 Audi S3, most of it is carried over. The updated version will use the currently used equipment and technology so you will get a pretty similar car like the last time. But there are going to be certain updates and new additions so the car is not going to go without some updates even for the safety. The newly added equipment includes  Rear-Cross Traffic Warning,  Active Lane Assist, a  pedestrian monitor,  Pre-Sense Front warning, Traffic Jam Assist, a Stop&Go feature and Adaptive Cruise Control. There are some pieces of technology that are going to be useful here when it comes to slower traffic where it is also hard to move and where one needs to be careful as well. Audi is making sure that people have help in all fronts.

What are the Competing Vehicles?

First of all, the very reason for releasing the 2019 Audi S3 vehicle is to get it fresher and keep it competitive in the market. Nowadays, it is near to impossible to keep your vehicle in the top if you do not constantly come up with great new ideas for it and update it with the latest technology or equipment. Either way, Audi has realized this and wants to keep its vehicle in the very top. The competition is trying to do the same so the race will always continue and only small details will determine who gets up on top in the end. All in all, vehicles that are going to be the closest rivals in the segment include the Volkswagen Golf R, which has a similar engine to the S3 and boasts comparable performance, and the Ford Focus RS, which has already given us its latest version which is also the most powerful hatchback in the market.

 

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2019

Some Excellent News for the 2019 Chevy Equinox Brand

2018 Chevrolet Equinox review

The next iteration of the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox has been announced, and it is actually the next-generation model.

The second generation of the Equinox car has been released back in 2010 and it was a great looking model. It was refreshed for the 2016 model year but it is now time for the vehicle to gain an added expansion as they are going to introduce the next generation model.

This news became very interesting as it was an unexpected feature. The model has not lived a long life after the update has happened but will now already be upgraded with a number of expansions which are going to address the entire car.

The newt 2019 Chevy Equinox will of course address the interior and the exterior. These will mean the changes and upgrades added for the design of the car and also the interior setup.

The car is going to upgrade the inside with numerous inclusions which will help with the comfort and usability and also infotainment. But the design is also going to be tweaked up a bit.

Safety is another concern and they have also announced changes and additions done there. It will take care of the people and the car as well much better.

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What is the most important factor for the third-generation Equinox is the engine lineup. This is going to be the first Chevrolet car to have an all-turbocharged, multi-engine lineup released for the North American market. This model also marks the first introduction of a diesel engine for this model to make its way to American soil. It is going to bring more versatility for the drivers and interested parties.

The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is going to compete in the compact SUV segment. This is due to the changes made to the dimensions of the car. The most notable part is the increase made to the cargo which now expands even further compared to the last time. The Equinox has been classified as a midsize model in its last incarnation and will now become a compact one.

The Chevrolet Equinox has been the second best car in the segment currently, and the makers want to usher in on the success that the car has had so far. This is the main reason for the introduction of the new-generation model.

This is also the reason for the lack of any big exterior changes. There was a small gap between the last update and the introduction of the new generation model. Now when Chevy released all the newest details about the car we are excited to learn the release date and read the review about it.

When is the Release Date of the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox Set?

The new 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is going to be released in 2021 even though it is labeled as a 2019 model. They are going to push this one out pretty early and it will be offered for June 2021, as the details of the release date have already been leaked.

But this is great for the new Equinox as the popularity of the facelifted version is still fresh. This one seems to be even better than the last one so there is going to be no problem to market the new one and sell it.

The model might even make new records when it comes to sales.

2019 Chevrolet Equinox Price

Speaking of the price for the new 2019 Chevrolet Equinox, the price range is already familiar. Because of the small changes made for the exterior of the car the model is not going to be priced so much higher than the current one.

But there are still lots of improvements which have influenced the price and not to mention the new engine lineup which is being introduced here.

The official price now stats that the model is going to be offered for $24,475, as a base MSRP price. It is about a $1,400 increase compared to before and will be just enough for the fans to appearance the affordable price here. You should check some reputable Chevy dealerships for more detailed info on the price.

When compared to other cars in the segment, things are not much different so the price of the 2019 Equinox is going to be very much appropriate.

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2019 Chevrolet Equinox Exterior Changes

The exterior design of the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is going to change. But the changes are not as big as you would hope or expect them to be. The exterior will put on some muscles, but the front end is changing more than the rear.

The hood is more muscular and the front fenders as well but the back ones are still a bit smallish. The upper grille is now in contact with the radiator grille and is significantly larger and has a different kind of a mesh. The position of the air dams is also changed and the fog lamps are wider. The given changes will add some more character to the appearance of the new Equinox model.

The headlights are also going to change, making them thinner and sleeker. The improvements made for the new model are going to make it more modern and a little bit aggressive than the last time.

The side of the car does not provide as much as character as the front end does. The only addition is a small contour line which follows the wheel arches. The cladding to the bottom is toned down a bit and the entire side of the car is kept mostly similar to the previous one. But it does look a little bit boorish and not as exciting as you would expect it to be.

The changes to the rear end of the car are a lot larger. The roof slopes down a little bit and it is what gives the Equinox a kind of a crossover look. There is also a new pillar which is going to separate the rear quarter glass part. This gives us a much cleaner look for the car and it also gives more depth to it. The main idea is to diminish the SUV-like details and make this car more of a crossover. They do manage to succeed in that and they have changed most of the lines of the car successfully. The taillights are also smaller and the overall rear fascia seems to be a bit smaller than the front end of the car. The wheels are going to be the same ones and it appears that they have not changed them a bit.

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Inside the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox

The inside of the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox will add a number of changes. But unfortunately, it is a step down compared to the previous model. The car that we used to have had a very stylish dashboard and the center stack was also bigger. This time the style of the dash has been toned down and does not look as much and at the same time makes the majority of the interior additions smaller. It does seem a bit upright compare to last time and the new additions include an eight-inch MyLink infotainment system and has silver surroundings for it. In our opinion it is not a step towards a better car as it mainly looks dumbed down and lesser than the last model.

The center console has not changed so much and it uses the same gearshifter and the added cup holders as the last version. The storage compartment is actually a little bit taller and wider, which helps with additional storing. The steering wheel has also gone through several changes and they mainly include adding a different trim to it and a new button layout. The gauge cluster is also updated and the infotainment center also gets a different kind of a shape and look. The gauges are actually spread further from each other and makes it a little bit more open compared to the last time.

There is new fabric added, namely one which includes new denim-style seat fabrics. Also the rear seats can now fold into the floor which expands the rear cargo area. The Equinox is now going to be on a par with all the other models in the market with an Apple CarPlay and Android which add a MyLink systems and also a OnStar 4G LTE hotspot.

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Powertrain Ability and Specs

There are plenty of things to be happy about the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox. This model is going to be the first SUV in the compact segment to offer a diesel engine, while it also provides a turbocharged multi-engine lineup for the first time in North America. A 1.5-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder is going to make 170 horsepower and will also provide great fuel consumption ratings. The other gasoline engine is a 2.0-liter four-banger which makes 252 horsepower and you may choose between those two.

Next we have the diesel variant, the 1.6-liter turbodiesel, making 136 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. This engine adds a special feature, called variable-geometry turbo and stop/start technology, which will help provide better fuel consumption stats and help with the engine more this way.

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0-60 mph and Top Speed

The new specifications for the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox and its acceleration ability is not going to differ that much compare to the current engine. The model is going to get to 0-60 mph in a standard 8.9 seconds and will also be able to achieve a top speed of 124 mph.

Fuel Ratings for the New 2019 Chevrolet Equinox

The newest and calculated fuel economy for the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox will make a lot of things more interesting. This makes the new Equinox a very satisfying car now and brings us a very respectable offer than the previous model had. The new lineup of engines makes it a lot easier of the car to consume less and the starting 1.5 liter makes consumes 31 mpg combined, while the 2.0 liter uses up 28 mpg combined. When it comes to the diesel variant it is the most lucrative one with an EPA score of 40 mpg.

Expansion in the Size of the Car

The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is not going to be competing in the crossover SUV segment instead of the midsize one compared to before. This gives room for a lot of changes which are supposed to happen and it is ultimately going to go down to the size of the car. The changes that have been introduced will make the car larger and longer a little bit. So the new 2019 version of the Equinox will be 183.1 inches long and will have a wheelbase of 107.3 inches. The height is 65.4 inches and the width is 72.6 inches. It will also add a significant improvement for the cargo which will amount to 63.5 cubic-feet when the rear seats are down.

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Safety and New Equipment

We mentioned that the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is going to have better safety. This is mainly due to the fact that GM does not usually offer optional equipment and offers a lot of stuff to protect the passengers. The model will have a surround vision camera, a safety alert seat, Forward Collision Alert with Distance Indicator, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure, Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Change Alert with Blind Zone Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

What is the Competition Doing?

When it comes to the competition of the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox, it is going to change a little bit due the fact that the car is going to be slotted into the crossover segment. The stellar sales which the Chevy Equinox exemplified last year will probably continue as the fans did like what they saw last time which probably means that they are going to like the newest offer. The model is going to compete now against models like Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V. It will be interesting to see the Equinox find its way into the newest setup of cars and how everything goes with each other. Some interesting times are going to be in front of us now.

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2019

6 Reasons Car Ownership Is Becoming More of a Financial Strain

6 Reasons Car Ownership Is Becoming More of a Financial Strain

Taking public transportation, carpooling, and even relying on ridesharing services have become a way of life for some Americans out of necessity rather than environmental consciousness. For those living in major cities and parts of the U.S. where owning a car is a requirement rather than a necessity, forgoing owning a vehicle can be quite liberating.

The reality is that the vast majority of adults rely on their vehicles because it just isn’t possible for them to do without. Some will share a car. Others will keep pumping money into their old beaters just so that they can make it to work.

It may seem like business as usual, but for millions, car ownership is starting to be a burden rather than a sign of financial prosperity. Here are the six factors that are causing automobile ownership financial strain on the vast majority of drivers.

1. Salaries in the U.S. Have Remained Stagnant

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If you have been waiting for your employers to give you a substantial raise then you are not alone. Rents have gone up, along with the price of gas, food, entertainment, and clothing. Likewise, the price of a new vehicle has steadily risen over the last 10 years.

Some consumers have combatted increasing new car prices by looking at less expensive vehicles with fewer bells and whistles. Then there is another segment of drivers that have completely refused to consider buying another vehicle until their current rides conk out. Whatever the case, the root cause is the same.

With salaries in the U.S. remaining almost totally stagnant for a lengthy period, it is becoming harder for consumers to buy new cars and keep up with the monthly payments.  

2. Auto Finance Loan Terms Have Gotten Longer

When calculating the price of a new car purchase, loan companies and consumers work together to get to a number that everyone can agree on. For the majority of drivers, it is all about getting an affordable monthly car loan installment payment. To help offset the fact that salaries haven’t budged in years but yet new cars continue to get more expensive, the average auto loan term has increased.

Instead of motorists looking forward to loan terms that run from 48 to 60 months, they can look forward to paying for their new cars for anywhere from 72 to 84 months, on average. This means that it is taking car buyers an extra year or two to pay off their auto loans. At the same time, they aren’t getting a break on maintenance and repair fees.

So, imagine still making payments on a car that is six to seven years old and then you still need to come up with thousands for major repair costs.

3. Drivers Are Holding on to Their Cars Longer

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Consumers don’t need to do more than look at a couple of auto dealership website to learn the going rate on new cars. As drivers have to contend with wildly fluctuating gas costs, many have decided to hang onto their cars for longer than they first expected.

People have come to realize that they are getting less when they trade in their well-maintained vehicles and paying more when purchasing new cars. So, there is little incentive in giving up a vehicle that you own free and clear with no car payments due just for the privilege of driving a newer model.

4. Used Cars Have Become More Expensive

When a driver wanted to get a good deal on a decent running vehicle, the logical solution used to be to purchase a previously owned vehicle. And used cars are still the most popular choice among buyers. So, what’s changed? The value of used cars has gone way, way up.

They’re retaining more value because there are fewer used cars listed for sale on the market at any given time. There are more auto shoppers looking to purchase a smaller pool of cars, which in turn has inspired a lot of auto dealers to jack up prices.

For someone who needs a good running vehicle in a hurry, it can be quite hard to find a car that is within their price range. Other factors can go up or down for drivers, like auto insurance and gas costs, but the fact of the matter is that used cars are the only practical option for people living on a strict budget.

5. Auto Insurance Costs Continue to Rise

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Auto insurance is required for drivers across the U.S., with very few exceptions. Even buying the minimal coverage amount can run as much as a couple of hundred dollars each month, particularly for drivers living in metropolitan areas.

Drivers have to be concerned with getting tickets and getting into accidents because it could result in their rates going up. And unlike car payments, there is no guarantee that your auto insurance won’t unexpectedly go up even if you demonstrate safe driving practices.

Seeing a significant bump in car insurance costs can put a consumer behind the eight-ball, setting off a domino effect. Consider payday loans online and retain active insurance on your vehicle. 

A payday loan can save a car owner from financial ruin if used intelligently. Ideally, you should pay back a payday loan as soon as you can to avoid paying excessive interest costs or getting into a cycle where you have to keep borrowing more money.

6. Auto Financing Requirements Have Tightened

Several years ago, the only real requirement for auto loan financers was gainful employment. Yes, you can still walk into a reputable dealership and qualify for financing but do you want to pay 19% interest on a car that you aren’t even in love with?

The top reason that car ownership has become so much of a financial strain on the average American is that interest rates have increased. In order to get a favorable interest rate, you have to have a minimum of a 750 credit score. And if you are a consumer who doesn’t have a lot of credit cards or a mortgage, it can be almost impossible to have an impressive credit rating.

While most motorists haven’t yet reached the point of buying old non-working vehicles and fixing them up themselves, the idea isn’t too far fetched.

Buying a car is expensive and maintaining it isn’t any easier. Sometimes, car owners have to take out payday loans just so they can pay for repairs and afford to keep their vehicles gassed up.

Whether you have a car already or are looking to buy soon, be fully aware of the financial strain you may experience.  

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2019

What to Look for in a Luxury Car

What to Look for in a Luxury Car

Whether you are investing in a luxury car for day-to-day use, or plan to use your luxury car for special occasions, it is important to understand the major considerations that you need to think about when making such a large investment.

If you are unsure about the basic elements that you should look at when investing in a luxury car, this guide will help you to live your life in style and get the best luxury car for you.

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Personalization

Current trends have put personalization at the forefront of extra elements which you may want to consider when buying a luxury car. When investing a large amount of money in a luxury vehicle, many people want extra elements, with a vehicle that incorporates their own designs and wishes. To do this, you should consider investing in a personalized car, with companies helping you to design and create custom vehicle builds from your own imagination.

At E.C.D Auto Design, their custom Defender 110 allows you to have a modern and luxury experience while indulging in your personal style. This allows you to combine both the ultimate road experience with your own flair for the luxurious.

Value

However, whether you are buying a new or second-hand luxury car, it is important that you know its value before purchase. This will allow you to get the best deal on your car and ensure that your luxury car is worth the money that you are investing into it.

You can do this by checking the car’s residual value rating, which is created to tell sellers and buyers how much the car is worth. This will allow you a reliable basis on which to discover the performance and the experience that you will get from your car, ending in the ability to buy a top-of-the-range luxury vehicle.

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Price

Luxury comes with a hefty price tag, and it is important that you take this into consideration before buying your vehicle. By looking through the classifieds for the type of luxury vehicle you are searching for, you will be able to compare prices and understand what the best price for your desired car is, allowing you to buy your dream car without unexpected strain on your bank balance.

You can also check the price by visiting multiple showrooms, as this will mean that you get an unrivaled face-to-face experience from which you will be able to gauge the value of your vehicle.  

Warranty

Although owning a luxury car may be many people’s dreams, luxury cars can come with extreme maintenance bills if you are looking for a vintage or second-hand car.

If this is the type of car that you are searching for, then you should check the warranty of your car and enquire whether it comes with any maintenance packages or insurance. This will ensure that you are not left with any unwanted bills only a few months down the line, and can enjoy your car at its best for many years to come.

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