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When it comes right down to it, giving your car a thorough detailing is a way to not only add to its value, but give you a better feeling about the wheels you’re cruising around town in. A good detailing involves a few tricks that the average car owner may not know about.

Always Use Two Buckets For Washing

By having one bucket filled with clean water and another with clean suds, you avoid mixing the grime that’s on your car with your fresh soap. Always rinse your sponge or glove off in the clean water bucket before loading it up with suds. Getting your car spotless is a good idea before taking it for trade to any one of the Chapman Arizona dealerships.

Microfiber Towels Reduce Scratching

Microfiber is the greatest invention in the last 20 years for the serious detailer. These soft cloths sop up water with great efficiency without scratching the finish. When you go to wash your towels, make sure to wash them separately from everything else. Otherwise they may catch lint and reduce their effectiveness.

Trim is Job No. 1

Always apply a cleaner and protectant to your exterior trim before waxing your vehicle. The protectant will not only make your trim look like new, but also will repel the wax that often leads to fading or stain. You can also mask off your trim before waxing for a truly professional approach.

Apply With Buffer, Remove With Towel

When using wax or rubbing compound, apply the paste with a buffer then use a towel to remove the dried haze. Using a buffer to remove product often leads to swirls or damaging the clear coat of your vehicle.

Clay Bar Removes Contaminants

Clay is the perfect ingredient to remove paint contaminants. You can buy a system at the local auto parts store that includes a spray lubricant, clay bar and towel. Once you wash and dry your car, you rub it with clay to remove unwanted materials.

Another Good Use for Grocery Bags

Once you’ve cleaned your car thoroughly, put your hand in a plastic grocery bag and run it over the surface of the vehicle. This method amplifies any bumps or left over imperfections, which are important to remove prior to waxing.

Go Both Ways When Cleaning Windows

If you are constantly frustrated by finding streaks in your already clean glass, go ahead and start drying the exterior in a vertical direction, then drying the interior on the horizontal. This way you’ll know which side of the glass still needs attention.

Brush Your Seats First

Before applying any chemical stain remover to your seats, give them a good going over with a stiff brush. This can either loosen or remove many stains. The same goes for your carpet before vacuuming.

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1.Do Some Research on Dealerships

If you just can’t stand the thought of some white-shoed salesman in plaid pants asking you “what’s it going to take to get you in this car today?”, the first step is to investigate which dealerships are still operating in a 1950s business model and which ones are aware it’s a whole new world in the car sales industry. Look for reviews online at sites like Yelp, or ask friends, relatives and neighbors if they’ve had any positive buying experiences. Modern car dealerships, like the ones in the Chapman Arizona family, recognize that consumers have a lot of information at their fingertips and don’t have time for any nonsense. If you happen to make a mistake and get sucked into a time warp dealership, feel free to get up and walk out.

2. Get Your Credit Pre-approved

Although car dealerships do have good relationships with many different lenders, walking in with a pre-approval from your bank or credit union gives you a worst-case scenario. By knowing exactly how much car you are approved for, you can bypass wasting time looking at more expensive models. Conversely, you might be able to step up and get some nicer features than you were expecting. Most car dealerships have relationships with the bigger banks and credit unions, so they may be able to do the processing in-house. The dealership may also be able to get you a better deal with someone else, lowering your interest rate and monthly payments.

3. Research Your Old Car and New Model

With sources like KBB.com and Edmunds.com, you can arm yourself with the knowledge of what your old car is worth and what your new car sells for in your area. The only caveat is that trade-ins can vary greatly from the online quote, based on inventory and sales history. Print out a sheet with your research so you have it handy during negotiations when buying new or used cars in Phoenix. Share your research and expectations with your Chapman Arizona salesperson so they can get you the best possible deal..

4. Examine Contract Before Signing

Although reputable car dealers aren’t going to try and pull anything over on you, mistakes do happen. Look over the contract closely before signing and make sure the price, interest rate, payment and length of loan are all what you agreed to. When you’re in the finance office, chances are you’ll be pitched an opportunity to buy an extended warranty. Do a little research beforehand and see what third-party vendors charge for similar warranties to make sure you get a fair price.

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Hackers Show No Mercy on Mobile Platforms

As automakers offer more and more connectivity with the Internet through special apps and audio systems, they must be aware of the damage that can be done if hackers decide to suddenly take interest in that mobile platform. The coming proliferation of self-driving cars and other technological advancements are providing a target for motivated hackers to see exactly how much damage they can do. Cyber security has not been a major concern for automakers thus far, but they would do well to make it a top priority in years to come.

Internet Connectivity a Major Attraction for Sales

Automakers are rushing to bring new and more powerful connectivity to their vehicles as a major incentive to attract more buyers. More and more autos are offering mobile hot spots as an attractive option, inviting disaster if a hacker decides to try and bypass off-the-shelf security systems. Along with worrying about breaking into their car, owners will soon be worrying about someone else taking control of their pilotless vehicle while heading down the highway at 65 miles per hour. A more common problem will be hacking into the Wi-Fi network and stealing passwords that could result in identity theft. All dealerships, including those at Chapman Arizona, will be faced with a challenge and an opportunity to upsell more sophisticated security systems.

Security Depends on the Type of Chip Installed

Tesla is at the forefront of providing security for its technologically advanced electric drive vehicles. They incorporate the sophisticated NIVIDIA chip as the basis for computer operations. Qualcomm chips are used in all the GM vehicles, with players like Intel and LTE also making headway in the auto industry. Foreign chipmakers like Hi-Sense may offer a cheaper alternative, but it comes at the risk of possibly introducing pre-programmed malware into the system.

Automakers Need to Consider the Possibilities

In the rush to be first and fastest with the latest technology, automakers would do well to take a step back and consider the ramifications of a system security breach. Along with compromising customer personal data, the ability of a hacker to actually take control of a vehicle should make buyers at least question what security system is best for a piloted vehicle. According to Patrick Moorhead, an industry analyst, there will be many competitors vying for the auto chip market in the coming years. He says the main question is if all the parties will be able to overcome security issues and regulatory challenges to make connected driving a safe and fun experience.

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While shopping for a new vehicle can be exciting for some, others might find it bit overwhelming with the number of choices and dealerships like Chapman Arizona. Having a good plan in place will help you drive away with the perfect car for you.

Before you go test driving, narrow your choices to 2 or 3 models. Once you have done that you are now ready to see if the real car performs as good as it does on paper.

Get the most out of your test driving day by using the tips below.

Plan The Day

Don’t do more than 3 thorough drives a day. If you want to do 4 or more test drives spread it out over two days.

Notify The Dealer

Call up the dealer and let them know you are coming by for a test drive. This will speed up the process and you will spend less time just waiting. Calling ahead lets the dealer know you are serious about one of their models.

Are you looking for a specific trim or options? Let the dealer know so you can test drive the model closest to the one you want.

Bring The Family

You want to test drive in conditions you will be using the car mostly, if that includes kids, equipment you have to drive around with etc.

Don’t overlook this point. Nothing would be worse than buying a new car and having your tall teens feel cramped in the back seat.

What Are The Key Features That Attracted You?

You chose to test drive this vehicle for a reason. Look over the features that attracted you to this model in the first place. Are the features you want optional or standard. Do you really want to pay extra for that feature? Have someone take notes of the good and bad features of the vehicles you test drive.

Drive On Different Roads

Different road conditions be it highway or city, offers you a chance to see how the vehicle responds in different conditions.

Take Your Time

Do not rush the process and if you feel the dealer is rushing you, go elsewhere. After the test drive you will still have to think about what trims you want and negotiating the deal.

Stick To The Plan

Even if the first vehicle you drove is the best you have ever driven and you fall in love with it, keep on with the process. You might actually find something better or you might just confirm how great the first choice was.

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You are a patriot and you want to buy American for your next car purchase. With that in mind, it might not mean actually buying an American brand.

The vast majority of cars on the market have American-made parts. It boils down to how much of the parts are made in America and how much weren’t. For example a brand like Toyota has around 30,000 parts that come from all over the world. Automakers founded Japan and Asia have factories in America and vice versa. Therefore if you want to be a true patriot and you want to benefit American workers, you might want to consider a non-domestic brand, which employs many American workers.

How American are some of the brands on the market? The Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington D.C. came up with an American Auto Index Table Key that rates the domestic content on a 100 point scale. Some of the results might be surprising.

Honda Odyssey – AU score 78.5

The Honda Odyssey is the highest ranking American foreign vehicle on the AU list. The engine and transmission are made in America. The American content is higher than 27 models of vehicles made by Chrysler and has more American content than many other American vehicle brands. It was tied on the AU list with 3 Toyota brand and placed 9th on AU’s overall list.

Toyota Camry, Sienna and Sienna XLE – AU score 78.5

According to USA Today the Camry was the best-selling sedan in America in the month of March. It has the highest made in America components of any imported sedan on Au’s list. It was tied with the two Sienna minivan models manufactured by Toyota. The Toyota Camry Hybrid was lower down on the list compared to the regular Camry but it was still above many domestic brands.

Acura RDX – AU Score 76

The Acura RDX was just a few places below the Camry and Sienna models on the AU list. The 2 wheel and 4 wheel drive models placed 12th on the AU list. Other imported model that had a similar score as the Acura RDX include from Honda the Accord, Pilot CR-V and Crosstour and from Toyota the Avalon and Tundra.

So if you really want an American car, be sure to do your homework ahead of time before you visit Chapman Arizona. Buying an imported model might be a lot more patriotic that you would have thought.

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Younger Driver Fears Differ From Years Past

Recent research conducted on behalf of Ford shows that Millennials and members of Generation Z fear the actions of other drivers much more than public speaking. The act of getting up in front of strangers to make a speech topped the list of fears for the past several decades, but 88 percent of young people list “other motorists driving dangerously” as the thing in life to fear. “Younger generations are growing up with different fears than their parents or grandparents,” said Kevin Shkolnik, VP of the firm that conducted the research. “Younger drivers are worried about distracted drivers.”

Snow and Ice Top Driving Worries List

Among all the fears of younger drivers, having to maneuver through ice and snow tops the lists of concerns at 79 percent. Fitting a car into a tight parking spot is second at 75 percent, just ahead of backing into traffic (74 percent). Blind spots and getting lost round out the top five fears. The firm Penn Schoen Berland talked to 1,000 young drivers between the ages of 16 and 34. Ford plans on using the responses to develop technology to allay driving worries.

Driver Assist Technology Expanding

Due in part to this research, Ford recently announced plans to continue expanding driver assist technology to its complete lineup of cars and light trucks. “Research like this is important to Ford and other automotive brands because it informs us about the situations that cause consumers the most stress,” according to Ford brand manager Crystal Worthern. “As driver distraction and safety conversations have broadened, we are seeing what technology will help customers tackle their greatest fears.”

Parallel Parking Most Popular Technology

The art of positioning a car between two already parked cars is a challenge that has been baffling some drivers since the invention of the car. Parallel parking assist is the technology most in demand, according to the survey. More than 65 percent of respondents said that technology would positively influence their decision to buy a Ford. In second place at 62 percent is blind spot recognition. Ford already offers those features on some vehicles, but is continuing to expand research and development to make the roads safer for everyone. Other technology currently available includes rearview cameras, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. Stop in at any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships and see which vehicles have the safety technology that is important to you.