Archive for December, 2015
As more and more high-tech features are packed into new cars every year, these gadgets and gizmos quickly filter down into the late-model used car market. Now, when you buy a pre-owned car, you can expect to get a lot more for your money in terms of advanced features. Let’s take a look at some of the new technologies that might be available on used cars in 2016.
Hands-free driving — Autonomous cars have been a hot topic in 2015. Expect to hear more about them in 2016. More car makers are quickly adding features that bring cars closer to being able to drive themselves. By the end of 2016, you’ll see some of these features available on cars on the lot: lane-keeping and automatic lane changing, adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitors.
Cameras everywhere — Rearview cameras are a great convenience feature that has become standard on many late-model cars. But some carmakers have found even more use for cameras lately. They can be installed to monitor blind spots, watch the sidewalk for pedestrians at crossings, or even simulate an overhead bird’s-eye view of your whole vehicle to monitor all directions at once. All of this can be displayed on your car’s dash-mounted screen.
Monitoring teen drivers — If you’re buying a used car for a first-time driver, you might be interested in new teen driver safety features. Nosy parents can now get on-screen data reports of everything their kids do when driving, including, speed, distance, whether seat belts are on, where they’ve been and even how loud the volume on the stereo was. You can even set speed limits and proximity limits on some cars.
Mobile apps — A big feature to hit new cars in 2015 was connectivity for smartphones. Many cars now have options to connect your Apple or Android phone to the infotainment system and use your favorite apps on the car’s touchscreen. These indispensible features will begin to become commonplace in the used car market next year.
Open says me — Lots of new cars, especially in the hugely popular crossover segment, have hands-free functions to open doors or the tailgate/trunk. These can use the car’s remote control keyfob, but more commonly you don’t even need to press a button. Simply by waving your foot under the trunk (or even just standing near the trunk or door you want to open with the key fob in your pocket) you can open the car without setting down your load.
Grab your party hat and noisemaker (and maybe some of those glasses shaped like the number 2016) and get ready to ring in the new year at these local events.
Ride in the New Year
11 a.m., Central Park Fun-Land, 1351 Central Park Blvd., Fredericksburg
This festival event features outdoor thrill rides, and arts, crafts and food vendors. $30. Website
New Year’s Eve Gala
6 p.m., Riverside Center, 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg
This event features a dinner performance of “MAME,” DJ and dancing, party favors and champagne. $105. Website
New Year’s Eve Comedy Show
7 p.m., Cool Cow Comedy, 620 Caroline St., Fredericksburg
This event features comedy by Stewart Huff. $45-$60. Website
New Year’s Eve Beer Dinner
7 p.m., Spencer Devon Brewing, 106 George St., Fredericksburg
This event features a four-course meal with beer pairings and a beer toast at midnight. $85. Website
New Year’s Eve Party
9 p.m., Spencer Devon Brewing, 106 George St., Fredericksburg
This event features snacks and Champagne Ale in champagne flutes. $25. Website
New Year’s Eve
Hard Times Cafe — Four Mile Fork, 5099 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg
This event features a DJ and live music. Website
New Year’s Eve
9 p.m., Deutschland Downtown, 411 William St., Fredericksburg
This event features live music and dinner specials. Website
Leatherette is an artificial fabric that is substituted for real leather in vehicle upholstery because of cost, suitability and ethical concerns. Many people can’t tell the difference between real leather and the faux leatherette interiors in modern cars. Lots of entry-level luxury cars now use the synthetic material exclusively. The quality and durability are about the same, as are the look and feel. In fact, more people prefer the synthetic material than ever before because it doesn’t require maintenance to stay looking its best, and many car buyers may not want to have animal products used in the manufacture of their car. Other folks still prefer cloth because of its breathable comfort on long trips (i.e., the back of your legs won’t stick to the seat when you get out of the car).
What’s the difference between a sunroof and a moonroof?
When you’re looking at the options list to compare vehicles, you might wonder what the difference is between some of the listed features. They seem similar, but why do different manufacturers use different terms for certain features. We hope to clear up some of that confusion in this blog. Let’s start with the sunroof. Or is it a moonroof? What’s the difference?
The sunroof is a feature that debuted way back in the 1930s. It’s a panel made of the same material as the roof of the car that can be opened to let in some sunshine and fresh air. They were designed to blend in with the body of the car when closed. The point was that you had to completely open the sunroof panel to let in the light.
Most modern cars, however, have what we would now call a moonroof. A moonroof is a panel of tinted glass that can usually open to let in the fresh air. It can also usually be covered with a sliding panel to completely block out the sun. The point is that it is made of glass and not metal. Why is it called a moonroof? Who knows. Maybe just because the word “sunroof” was already taken.
What’s the difference between a coupe and a sedan?
Most of us have always thought of two-door cars as coupes and four-door cars as sedans. Unfortunately, many manufacturers now make cars they claim are four-door coupes or two-door sedans. What gives? Technically, the definition of a coupe or sedan depends more on the interior volume of the car. Smaller cars are coupes and bigger ones are sedans. This makes sense because smaller cars usually have two doors and bigger cars usually have four. For the sake of simplicity, we’ll stick to the old-fashioned way of describing our inventory. Two-door cars will be listed as coupes and four-doors will be listed as sedans.
Put a great used car deal on your Christmas shopping list
Everyone knows the best time to buy a used car is at the end of the year, when dealerships are discounting vehicles to meet their annual sales goals. It’s true. Buying at the end of the calendar year is smart. Even when sales have been great the other 11 months of the year, every dealership, including us, is pushing to exceed those sales goals. That gives smart shoppers a chance to take advantage and find some bargain year-end prices.
No matter what kind of vehicle you’re looking for, the end of the year is a great time to head down to the dealership. December is always one of the best sales months for us, and that’s because it’s usually when discounts are at their absolute highest. You’ll see the average list prices on highly desirable used cars drop up to 10 percent, sometimes even more. It’s a great time to buy.
Historically low interest rates
Another key reason to buy this December is that interest rates may soon go up. It’s likely that this will be the last December when car buyers will be able to enjoy historically low interest rates. The Federal Reserve will raise interest rates as early as this month. At that point, car buyers will have to shop carefully to find the right car and the right car loan. It’s best to lock in financing at today’s rates.
Wrap it up!
The good news is there’s still plenty of shopping days left to research our inventory, apply for financing and drive home with the car of your dreams. Whether it’s a Christmas gift for someone you love, or you’re treating yourself, you should be able to find the vehicle you want here at Car Web Inc. If not, contact us and we’ll help you find a perfect match. Make this the year you get to wrap one of those giant red bows around a one-of-a-kind gift in the driveway.