Russ Darrow Tips : 20 Ways to Save at the Pump

Posted on June 17, 2015

With gasoline prices reaching new heights on a weekly basis, perhaps the most important information you can have is how to make your gas last longer and how to find the lowest prices. Here are some handy tips that might help take some of the sting out of your next visit to the pump.

    1. Fill up on weekdays - Prices usually rise on the weekend, so the best times to buy gas are typically Tuesday afternoons or Wednesday mornings.

 

    1. Track your mileage - Have your car checked if the average miles you get per gallon continues to decrease over time. To calculate your mileage, note the odometer reading and number of gallons purchased each time you fill up. Divide the number of miles traveled between fill-ups by the number of gallons purchased.

 

    1. Look for discount gas cards - Shell, Gulf, BP-Amoco, Exxon-Mobile, and others have rebate programs that offer as much as 5 to 10 percent off the gas you buy!

 

    1. Avoid running on empty - When your car is on empty you’re actually using more gas because your vehicle is running less efficiently. Fill your gas tank when you have half a tank or a little less.

 

    1. Less is more - Don’t carry around items you don’t need. For every 100 pounds of weight in your car, fuel economy decreases by one to two percent. Put heavy items in the trunk instead of on a roof rack, which creates drag and eats up gas.

 

    1. Look around - Find the places near you that offer the cheapest gas and shop there first.

 

    1. Consider checking into these great online resources: Cheap Gas, Gas Buddy, and Gas Price Watch.

 

    1. Avoid idling - Shut off the engine if you have to sit in your car for more than one minute.

 

    1. Check your tire pressure - Under-inflated tires require more energy to roll. More energy means more gas. When it’s time, consider replacing worn tires with low-rolling resistance tires.

 

    1. Slow down - Driving at posted speed limits saves fuel and saves lives. Each 5 mph over 60 mph is like paying an additional 10 cents per gallon. Use cruise control to maintain your speed.

 

    1. Avoid gas stations near freeways - Research shows that prices are often higher there.

 

    1. Don’t upgrade - Unless your owner’s manual suggests using a higher grade, buy regular gasoline. Costlier high-octane gas does not improve the performance of your vehicle.

 

    1. Avoid topping off - When you top off your tank, the pump doesn’t have enough time to really activate, resulting in short bursts of fuel that may short change you from the amount of gas that you are purchasing.

 

    1. Maintain your car - Change your oil, spark plugs, and air filter on schedule. Always go to a repair shop if your “Check Engine” light comes on - a faulty oxygen sensor could be the cause, lowering your mileage significantly.

 

    1. Tighten gas cap - Tightening the gas cap on your car will prevent gas from evaporating and escaping into the air. If you’ve lost your gas cap, buy a new one as soon as possible.

 

    1. Combine trips - Several short trips taken from a “cold start” can use twice as much fuel as one trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm. Carpool whenever possible.

 

    1. Choose your vehicle wisely - If you own more than one vehicle, remember to drive the one that gets better mileage when you have the option.

 

    1. Choose your route wisely - Take the route with the flattest terrain and fewest stops. Try to avoid traffic jams and stop-and-go traffic.

 

    1. Avoid sudden stops and starts - Erratic acceleration and braking can waste up to 50 cents a gallon.

 

  1. Limit air conditioning - Your A/C consumes fuel. At lower speeds, open the windows or sunroof to stay cool. At higher speeds, use the car’s fan instead. Open windows create drag that reduces mileage. 
       

Russ Darrow Toyota in West Bend Now Offers Service on Sunday

Posted on June 5, 2015

Russ Darrow Toyota, located at 2700 W. Washington St. in West Bend, will open its service department for the first time this Sunday, June 7! Hours will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The dealership will also offer “opening day” specials, including Russ Darrow Group gift cards and enrollment in the organization’s Rewards Card Program to receive discounts, complimentary services, and points towards the purchase of a vehicle.

Russ Darrow Toyota features a full-service maintenance and repair department for all makes and models, plus express service with 30 minutes or less oil changes. Comforts and amenities to enhance the service experience will include a lounge with free WiFi, a television, a childrens’ play area, and refreshments.

“We understand that our customers’ lives are filled with activities every day of the week,” said Mike Darrow, President and COO of the Russ Darrow Group. “We hope that expanding our service hours to Sundays will help ease some of their stress and add convenience to their routines.”

Customers may call 888-235-9552 to schedule a service appointment or online at
www.russdarrow.com.

Russ Darrow Group, headquartered in Menomonee Falls, is Wisconsin’s all-time volume auto retailer since 1965. Celebrating its 50th year in business It owns and operates dealerships in Milwaukee, Appleton, Green Bay, Greenfield, Madison, Waukesha, Wauwatosa, and West Bend, representing Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Toyota, Scion, Honda, Nissan, Kia, Mazda, and Mitsubishi. With more than 700 employees, the company also operates a nationwide fleet and leasing business and has its own in-house financing company. For more information on Russ Darrow Group’s complete offerings of automotive sales, selection, and service, visit
www.russdarrow.com.

       

Russ Darrow Tips : Fuel 101

Posted on April 27, 2015
Atomically, the gas we pour into our tanks is a mix of hundreds of hydrocarbons, derived from crude oil. It's distilled in refineries to create motor and jet fuels, diesel, lubricants and other products. In fact, only 19 to 20 gallons of each 42-gallon barrel of oil becomes gasoline. Gasoline is ignited by a spark in an engine cylinder. As it expands, it pushes down pistons to make your engine run. The burned gas, ejected through the engine's tailpipe, contains carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons, all of which are noxious air pollutants.


Each gallon of gas represents about 124,000 British thermal units, which is roughly equal to the amount of electrical energy the average U.S. family consumes in a day. Only an average of 15 percent of that energy is actually used to move your car — engine and drivetrain inefficiencies eat up the rest.

Gas at the pump is rated by its octane grade, which denotes a gas mixture's ability to prevent engine knocking. It works out like this:

  • Regular has octane ratings of 85 to 87, the lowest anti-knocking ability
  • Midgrade is rated 88 to 90
  • Premium is 90 and above and mostly needed for high-compression engines
Ethanol

Generally speaking, regular unleaded gas in the U.S. contains no more than 10 percent ethanol (designated at pumps as E10). Beyond that ratio, engine modifications are required to keep exhaust pollution at acceptable levels. Specially modified engines in flexible-fuel vehicles can burn E85, which is 85 percent ethanol. Engines that run E85 are specially manufactured to deal with the high alcohol content in the fuel.

At best, ethanol can produce less pollution than gasoline, and at worst, it can be dirtier than gasoline. Much depends on the entire life cycle of ethanol production, going all the way back to farm tractors putting seeds in the ground. A lot of oil can be burned to create a gallon of ethanol that will extend fuel supplies and potentially burn cleaner than gas.

 

Diesel

Like gas, diesel is distilled from crude oil and comprised of hundreds of hydrocarbons, including the carcinogen benzene. But diesel differs from gas in significant ways.

Diesel doesn't need a spark to explode in an engine's cylinders the way gas does. Compressing diesel and air alone is enough to ignite the mixture and power the engine. With more potential energy (139,000 Btu per gallon), diesel pushes a vehicle 20 to 40 percent farther than gas. Diesel creates more greenhouse gases than gasoline, but its greater efficiency means it produces 10 to 20 percent less of the pollutants per gallon than gas.

Its exhaust differs from gasoline's, too. There are more particles in diesel's exhaust, which can be seen as soot on tailpipes and adjacent bumpers. Fine and ultra-fine particulates have been linked to increases in asthma and lung cancer. Diesel fuel also has comparatively high sulfur content. Sulfur combines with trace metal alloys to act as a lubricant in engines, but it creates acid rain when burned.

Efforts to reduce sulfur in diesel have added to pump prices, but so has increasing demand in the U.S., Europe, India and China. In fact, according to the Department of Energy, diesel in the U.S. has topped regular gas prices for a few years because of its popularity and environmental regulations.

Biodiesel

Vegetable oils, animal fats and waste grease can be processed into a fuel called biodiesel that can be mixed with or even replace traditional diesel fuel in engines.

The big advantages of biodiesel are that it's renewable, nontoxic, biodegradable, produced domestically and less polluting than diesel.

Among its disadvantages are its price, which is currently higher than diesel, lower fuel economy and poor performance in cold conditions. It also emits more polluting nitrogen oxides than diesel. And, of course, it's difficult to find. There's a cottage industry in selling kits to "brew" biodiesel at home.

Hydrogen

 

Produced by separating hydrogen atoms from other atoms, hydrogen can be burned in internal combustion engines or used in fuel cells to power electric motors. Burned directly, the only pollutants it creates are nitrogen oxides, and it produces no pollution when used in fuel cells.

Of course, separating hydrogen from whatever it's combined with often results in pollution. The process involves steam, pressure, heat, electricity, sunlight or some combination of the five. Raw materials include coal, natural gas, biomass and water.

Hydrogen packs a smaller energy wallop than gas, which means more hydrogen is needed to push a car the same distance as gas. While strides are being made in terms of compact storage in vehicles, there's no hydrogen distribution network.

 

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Should I Lease or Finance?

Posted on December 2, 2014

Leasing is becoming a popular choice amoung consumers. As a matter of fact according to Edmunds.com, more than one-fourth of new vehicle purchases in 2013 have been leases. Lower monthly lease payments available to consumers are playing a big role in this shift.

Russdarrow.com recognizes the importance of not only finding the right vehicle for you but also the right way to purchase that vehicle. We have available to you a Finance department and sales staff that is trained to consult you by asking you the right questions. By providing you with a well rounded consultation we are better able to help you find the vehicle you want at the price you need.

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Russ Darrow | A History of Giving Back

Posted on October 28, 2014

Supporting the Russ Darrow Group is supporting your community. We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community at large. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others-for their sakes and our own.

The Russ Darrow Group strives to exemplify the best of businesses that feel a strong commitment to the communities they serve. The Darrow family encourages the Russ Darrow Group team to a high standard of involvement, giving generously of their time and resources to support countless individuals, groups and organizations that represent all walks of life.

Established in 1965, the Russ Darrow Group has become Wisconsin's all-time vehicle sales retailer. We employ over 600 staff members at our 17 Wisconsin locations and corporate offices. In 2012 we enjoyed a wonderful association with many local charities and community organizations throughout the state and here are a sample of these events and groups...

  • YMCA Healthy Kids Day
  • Ann's Hope Foundation Annual Run
  • Oshkosh Irish Fest
  • Disney-Strawberry Fest in West Bend
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive
  • Operation Kid Safe
  • Washington County Fair
  • Wisconsin State Fair
  • Milwaukee Air & Water Show
  • Zoo Ala Carte
  • West Bend Fishing Tournament Series
  • Slinger Speedway Memorial Go-Kart Event
  • Rock the Green in Milwaukee's Veteran Park
  • Milwaukee NARI
  • American Cancer Society Breast Cancer research
  • Boys/Girls Club
  • 6th Annual Veteran's Golf Outing
  • Rally for the Cure
  • Zoological Society
  • Kettle Moraine YMCA
  • Salvation Army
       

The Russ Darrow Rewards Card

Posted on October 24, 2014

At the Russ Darrow Group, we believe that satisfying our customers is our most important job. Our goal is to develop a long-term relationship with you and your family. As a member of our Rewards Card Program, you are entitled to valuable discounts, complimentary services, and Exclusive Membership Status. Our Rewards Card Program is our way of saying "Thank You!"

It's easy! Just present your Rewards Card to the cashier when you visit us for service to receive your exclusive benefits and rewards. Superior service at a great price, all while earning DOLLARS towards your next vehicle purchase at any Russ Darrow Group dealership. You can also check your Rewards Card point balance, get monthly coupons and see your up-to-date benefits online 24 hours a day 

 

Want a Rewards Card? E-mail us to receive one!

       

Russ Darrow Automotive Tips | Avoiding road rage

Posted on October 15, 2014

Navigating through today’s busy highways can be frustrating but avoiding road rage increases your chances of safely getting to your destination. What can be lawfully considered as a ‘criminal act of violence’, road rage most often stems from aggressive driving and careless decisions made while on the road.

Emotionally distraught drivers should take some time to cool off before getting behind the wheel. Driving while angry or depressed may urge you take more risks; putting your life and the life of others in jeopardy.

A lack of sleep makes us easily annoyed, which then can easily turn into feelings of anger and resentment. Carefully consider your lifestyle habits and try to develop a more productive sleep schedule.  This will give you extra time during your commute and makes you less prone to losing your temper.

Listening to relaxing music reduces stress and helps clear your mind of ongoing confusion. A calm driver can think more rationally and to react more quickly to changing traffic patterns. 

 

At the end of the day, simple courtesy is contagious and will definitely make your daily commute more enjoyable.   So stay calm and safe while on the road and come in for more tips on safe driving!

 

 

       

Russ Darrow Automotive Tips | Bluetooth technology

Posted on October 6, 2014

Bluetooth technologies provide reliable wireless connection for variety of devices. Using short-wavelength radio transmissions, Bluetooth technology allows you to create your own personal network of media devices. Simple, standardized protocols allow cell phones, PDAs and even wireless headsets to communicate with the vehicle at incredible speeds.

Bluetooth headsets provide the comfort of hands free communication while on the road. When paired with infotainment systems, drivers can use voice commands or easy access buttons when making, answering and ending important phone calls.  You can even play music from personal media devices through the vehicle’s speakers without worrying about adapters or expensive cables. For older vehicles, Bluetooth enabled kits offer an innovative approach to hands free calling. 

       

Heisman Trophy Coming to Russ Darrow Nissan

Posted on September 23, 2014

The most prestigious trophy in college football is coming to town. The Heisman Trophy, awarded annually to the most outstanding player in collegiate football, will be on display on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Russ Darrow Nissan, located at 11212 W. Metro Auto Mall in Milwaukee. Attendees may take photos with the Trophy.

“We’re honored to host a trophy with the amount of history the Heisman has,” said Mike Darrow, President of the Russ Darrow Group. “As big college football fans, we’re excited to have the opportunity to share the Trophy with the community for a day.”

One of the oldest trophies in all of sports, The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award was first awarded in 1935. The award is voted on and presented by the Heisman Trophy Trust every year in early December. Last year, the trophy was presented to Jameis Winston, a quarterback at Florida State University. The trophy is named in honor of John W. Heisman, a renowned college football player and coach from 1887-1927.

The University of Wisconsin football team has had two players honored as recipients of the Heisman, with Alan Ameche winning the award in 1954 and Ron Dayne earning the honor in 1999. Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball was the most recent Wisconsin player to be a finalist for the Heisman, placing fourth in 2011

       

Russ Darrow Automotive Tips | Drive Smoothly Into Summer

Posted on September 19, 2014

 With summer rapidly approaching, it’s time to get your vehicle in shape for hot weather travel. Take a moment to perform a few quick maintenance activities that will have you cruising the streets all summer long.

“Summer’s hot temperatures combined with low antifreeze/ coolant concentration levels in your vehicle may lead to an aggravating episode of engine failure. To prevent this, perform a cooling system inspection and, if necessary, a flush and fill,” advises Richard Courtney, director of Prestone Products Research & Development and Technical Services.

To perform a flush and fill, simply wait until the engine is cool, drain out old antifreeze/ coolant fluid and dispose of it properly. Flush out the system with water and fill with a fresh supply of antifreeze/coolant. Try Prestone® Extended Life Antifreeze/Coolant-this formula may be added to any make or model automobile or light-duty truck, foreign or domestic.

If you have recently performed a flush and fill, a top-off may be the only maintenance necessary for your cooling system. Top off with a pre-diluted formula that has the correct mix of antifreeze/coolant concentrate and water. Prestone® 50/50 Ready-to-Use Extended Life Antifreeze/ Coolant may be poured directly into the cooling system for premium quality protection.

 

Once your cooling system is protected, you’ll be on the road in no time. But don’t forget to keep your windshield clear with a summer-specific windshield washer fluid designed to combat seasonal grime. Help prevent bug buildup and other pesky road debris from collecting with Prestone® Bug Wash® Windshield Washer Fluid. The citrus-fresh formula removes bug residue, road grime, bird droppings and tree sap from windshields and leaves behind a streak-free shine for optimal visibility.

       

Russ Darrow Automotive Tips | Defensive Driving

Posted on September 18, 2014

The Benefits of Learning a Defensive Driving Technique

Automobile accidents cause thousands of deaths and millions of injuries every year. The best way to ensure the safety of yourself, your passengers, and other drivers on the road is by learning a popular defensive driving technique.

There are a large number of successful defensive driving techniques to help ensure the safety of all individuals on the road. Being alert while driving is the important defensive driving technique and is connected with all of the others. This means being fully aware of what is going on around you. All too often, drivers concentrate on other objects besides the road. Examples of such distractions are:

• cell phones
• car radios
• applying makeup
• other passengers

Some areas of the United States and other countries have already banned, or are enacting legistlation to ban, the use of cellular phones when driving. Cellular phones are often held with one hand while the remaining free hand is used for driving. Driving with one hand is not the main cause of an automobile accident, but talking on the phone that is the problem. Many individuals are unable to talk on the phone and to concentrate fully on their surroundings while driving.For instance, an approaching vehicle could swerve into the lane of a driver who is talking on a cell phone, and they would probably not have enough time to process and to react to the situation. There are many drivers on the road, with our without cell phones, who would be unable to maneuver their vehicle around an unexpected obstacle. For this reason, staying aware and alert is a the most popular defensive driving technique.

The defensive driving technique of vigilance also involves looking out for debris on the road. Although the majority of roads are safe to travel, sometimes harmful debris can end up on the roadway. A driver of large truck hauling construction equipment could have inadvertently dropped debris. If the driver was unaware that debris fell from his or her vehicle, they will likely keep on moving and the debris will be left on the road. Whether a vehicle hits an object traveling at ten miles an hour or sixty miles an hour, damage is likely to occur. A lucky situation would involve only damage to the vehicle; debris on the roadway can cause vehicles to spin out of control or even to flip over, potentially causing injury to the driver or other passengers.

Animals and people on the road or along the side of the road are often a concern for drivers. This. once again, is another reason why being aware of your surroundings is a successful defensive driving technique. Walkers or joggers alongside the road pose a potential hazard, since the slightest nudge of a vehicle can seriously injure a pedestrian. Depending on the location, many roads have crossways for domesticated or wild animals. It is not uncommon for dogs, cats, squirrels, skunks, or deer to run out in the middle of the road unexpectedly. Although it may be impossible to avoid striking a wild animal, being alert will significantly reduce the risk.

Staying alert and aware of your surroundings is a defensive driving technique that requires little effort. Staying alert is something that should be done regardless of your situation when driving. Popular defensive driving techniques are designed to keep all individuals on the road safe. In addition to preventing injury, applying a defensive driving technique is likely to save you money in the long run. Insurance rates increase with every ticket or automobile accident. Learn a defensive driving technique and see the benefits of being careful.

       

Russ Darrow Automotive | Car Buying Tips

Posted on September 9, 2014

Buying a vehicle is an exciting yet challenging experience. It gives you a sense of independence and security, but can also be stressful if you go in without doing some initial research. If you’re thinking about buying new or used, the following information should make the whole process easier.

New vehicles normally require less maintenance and usually offer a warranty of at least 3 years. Additionally, your state’s lemon laws guarantee compensation if you have persistent problems with a new vehicle. Complimentary roadside assistance is offered with most new vehicles giving you even greater peace of mind, as well as various other types of warranties and incentives.

 

Used vehicles attract many consumers with lower cost and greater selection of models. Buyers purchasing a used vehicle can avoid depreciation costs associated with many new cars.  On average, a new car loses 11% of its true value after leaving the dealership. Certified pre-owned vehicles offer the price and selection of a used vehicle with a more extensive warranty; making it a popular choice for many consumers. Visit your local dealership to determine the type of vehicle that’s right for you, your family, and your budget.

       

Russ Darrow Automotive Tips | Roadside assistance

Posted on September 4, 2014

If you’ve ever been stranded on the side of the road, you know the importance of roadside assistance. While shopping for coverage, consider plans that cater to your personal needs without accumulating out of pocket expenses. While benefits may vary,   larger companies might offer quicker response times and can offer a greater amount of incentives to attract your business.

Add on plans may require additional cost to consumer’s existing membership. Some policies cover a specific vehicle while others cover the cardholder as well as the vehicle they’re using. Always determine the number of miles allowed for each tow to avoid an unexpected repair bill later.  A few insurance companies treat roadside assistance similar to insurance claims. A frequent number of requests could result in higher premiums so always read the fine print before accepting an agreement.

Stand alone plans are usually offered by auto clubs with benefits catering to individuals as well as families with teen drivers.  Inquire about the cost of a basic membership and the number of people covered by your plan.  The average response times for a call as well as the number of tows allowed are important questions when making a decision.

Overall, roadside assistance can invaluable help in times of need. Carefully consider all available options so you can choose the one that’s right for you.

 

Some dealerships even offer complimentary roadside assistance when buying a new or used vehicle.  Come in today to see what kind of roadside assistance we have to offer. 

       

Russ Darrow Automotive Tips | What You Should Do After An Automobile Accident

Posted on September 2, 2014

So you’re driving down the street with your family and/or friends and suddenly you and another vehicle hit each other and now you are in a state of panic in the driver seat. Here are a few guidelines to help you through with your troubling problem.

 

Stay clam. After an automobile collision, a person can feel up to a varying and multiple amounts of emotions that may affect the way he or she can handle the current situation. It is best to clam yourself down by using whatever methods work best for you such as taking deep breath or counting to some arbitrary number. Once you are in a clam state you are better able to handle the situation.

 

Check for injuries. Depending on the seriousness of the automobile collision, there may be people injured. If it is a minor injury, try to assist the injured person however for more serious injuries, call an ambulance.

 

Call the police. Once the people are safe call the local police and update them with the current facts. Give them facts and not some ambiguous information such as “I wasn’t speeding” and instead respond with a concise answer like “I was driving at 40 miles per hour”.

 

Write everything down. Get the information of anyone directly involved in the accident such as their names, driver license numbers, date of births, addresses. You should also take down the cars’ license number and state that issued the license of the cars involved in the accident as well as the license number and state that issued the license of cars nearby as the police can track them down to use as witnesses.

 

Call your insurance agent. The sooner you call your agent the better it is for you. They will give you information that will help you get over this problem and get you back onto your life.

 

Don’t sign any document that is unfamiliar. Signing something without knowing what it is, is an insanely moronic practice to begin with so it should apply here as well. Even the police explain to you what you are signing, which is usually an automobile collision and also your insurance agent explaining what you are signing as well.

 

Call your lawyer. The sooner you get into contact with your lawyer, the better it is for you. They can clarify any legal ramifications that you may questions about relating to your automobile collision so that you may better understand the current situation that you are in.

 

 

Ask questions. Though the police, your insurance agent and your lawyer may give you information, they will assume that you will know about everything in-between if you don’t ask any questions. Even if you are remotely confused about something it is better to ask now rather than finding out how it can hurt you later.

       

Car Buying Tips | Russ Darrow Automotive Group

Posted on August 28, 2014

Shopping for your next vehicle is and should always be exciting and enjoyable experience. Before you even decide on a vehicle, conduct an honest self evaluation to figure out how much you can afford.  Having a detailed budget allows you to negotiate confidently with your salesperson without going beyond your means. 

As we all know, in the end, it all comes down to money. How much money do you have to spend now and how much money will you have to spend in the future? If you’re struggling to keep up with bills and other monthly payments, now may not be the best time to purchase a new vehicle.  You may want to consider using cash to buy a quality used vehicle or continue saving up for that dream automobile.  Leasing might also be a great option to pursue in this situation.

If you can afford a new vehicle, having a secure job status and limiting other monthly expenses will make the process a whole lot easier.

If you’re financing a vehicle, research your taxes and finance rating through your ZIP code. Create a target for your monthly payment. This should be no more than 20% of your monthly income and should not include gas, insurance or expected maintenance on the vehicle. When setting your loan term, remember that shorter terms usually have higher payments while longer terms may require paying more in interest.  

 

If trading a vehicle, consider the value of your old vehicle as payment towards the cost of the new vehicle. If you’re using a cash down payment, try to put as much down as possible. This will lower the cost of your monthly payment and the loan amount. Following these simple tips will ensure you get the best deal on your next set of wheels, and will help to ensure you will be able to afford the vehicle you have picked out.

       

Buying vs. Leasing | Russ Darrow Automotive Group

Posted on August 28, 2014

If you’re shopping for your next vehicle, you’re probably deciding whether you want to buy or lease. Reasons for buying a new car include lower finance rates and the comfort of being the first owner of the vehicle.  New car buyers tend to have more freedom when choosing luxury and convenience features. For example, they can upgrade from cloth to leather seating and even add a premium entertainment system, while still keeping monthly costs manageable. After completing payments on the vehicle, new car buyers will have something of value that they can either sell for a profit or keep for years to come.

 

Likewise, leasing a vehicle offers substantial benefits.  One of the most attractive benefits is being able to get into a more luxurious vehicle for a lower price. Lessees need not worry about expensive repairs or costly depreciation associated with new car purchases. Once you have kept the car in good condition and obeyed the terms of the lease, you can simply hand over the keys and walk away at the end of your lease. Many lease contracts offer a buyout option allowing you to pay cash for the vehicle or continue making payments until you own it if you decide you do in fact want to keep it. Self-employed individuals can even write off their lease payments as a business expense if it is used for business purposes. 

       

New vs. Used Car Buying | Russ Darrow Automotive Group

Posted on August 28, 2014

Buying a vehicle is an exciting yet challenging experience. It gives you a sense of independence and security, but can also be stressful if you go in without doing some initial research. If you’re thinking about buying new or used, the following information should make the whole process easier.

New vehicles normally require less maintenance and usually offer a warranty of at least 3 years. Additionally, your state’s lemon laws guarantee compensation if you have persistent problems with a new vehicle. Complimentary roadside assistance is offered with most new vehicles giving you even greater peace of mind, as well as various other types of warranties and incentives.

 

Used vehicles attract many consumers with lower cost and greater selection of models. Buyers purchasing a used vehicle can avoid depreciation costs associated with many new cars.  On average, a new car loses 11% of its true value after leaving the dealership. Certified pre-owned vehicles offer the price and selection of a used vehicle with a more extensive warranty; making it a popular choice for many consumers. Visit your local dealership to determine the type of vehicle that’s right for you, your family, and your budget.

       
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