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.
What’s the best way to find and buy a good used car?
Know what you can afford
You shouldn’t spend more than a quarter of your income on car payments, as a general rule. So, buy with your head and not with your heart. That’ll prevent you getting over your head later on. Decide your budget, and then stick to it. When you’re ready, use our online application to get financing.
Make a wish list
Once you know what you can afford, make a list of cars that fit the bill. Keep an open mind. You should have some secondary options that you will be willing to settle for in case you discover that your first choice doesn’t actually meet your needs or fit your budget.
Check prices and reviews online
Gather all the information you can about the models you’re interested in. Besides checking car review sites, online forums are a great place to learn about specific features and issues with specific cars straight from owners. Then, use our online appraisal tool to get the true market value of the car you want.
Check the inventory at Car Web Inc.
Use our online inventory search to sort by make/model, year, mileage, price, body style, MPG or color. With our extensive inventory, you’re sure to find something that fits your needs. Can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? Give us a call at 855-395-7506 and we’ll help you find it.
Check the vehicle history report
Click online or call us for the free Carfax report of the car you’re interested in. You can use the vehicle’s VIN to get an even more detailed report online. We include a free Carfax vehicle history report with every vehicle to instill confidence in our customers, because an informed customer is a happy customer.
Don’t just kick the tires! The only way to know for sure if a car is the right one for you is to take it for a spin. Try to make up a route that simulates what your usual driving routine is like (i.e., if you you do a lot of highway miles, get the vehicle up to highway speed and see what it’s like).
All that’s left is a little painless paperwork, and then you’re ready to relax and enjoy your “brand-new” used car!
How to go about trading in your used car near Washington D.C.
Step 1: Find out the value of your trade
Click here to get the true market value of your car instantly. It’s important to be accurate on all of the options equipped in your car and to be honest about the condition level. Most well-maintained cars fall into the “clean” category. When in doubt, err on the side of caution.
Step 2: Get a dealership quote
Give us a call at 855-395-7506 to set an appointment for appraisal of your car. Try to schedule your appraisal when it’s not too busy, like on a weekday morning, and we’ll have you in and out in a hurry. Keep in mind that the trade-in price you’re offered might vary depending on our inventory and how likely it is that the car will sell well.
Step 3: Negotiate or close the deal
We’ll give you our best offer on your used vehicle. If you intend to buy your next vehicle here at Car Web Inc, you can bet we’ll sweeten the deal for you. You won’t likely get a higher offer elsewhere. We encourage you to do your research and to check for our special promotions by calling 855-395-7506. Remember, there’s always room to negotiate.
Frequently asked questions
- Do I need to clean my car? Now, it’s not necessary to have your car professionally detailed when bringing it in for appraisal. But please throw out those old fast food wrappers or soda cans. Other than that, keep in mind that a little dirt doesn’t change the value of the car.
- Do I need to repair my car? Sometimes people get dings and dents repaired or put on a fresh set of tires before an appraisal. That’s not necessary. We can make repairs to the car at a much better value, so it won’t likely add value to your trade-in.
- Why is the offer less than I expected? People often attach sentimental value to their cars and assume they’ll get the highest value on the appraisal site. The truth is online appraisals are averages; some people get offered more, some less. Rather than fuss over the old car’s value, let’s focus on getting you a great deal on your new car!
Where to pick your own Christmas tree near Fredericksburg VA
Pretty soon it will be time to deck the halls for Christmas. We’ve made a list of all the best places nearby to pick out the perfect pine. There’s nothing like a fresh-cut tree — just remember to check for wildlife!
Belmont Christmas Tree Farm
7533 Belmont Road
Spotsylvania, VA 22551
You-choose-you-cut tree, precut trees, wreaths, boughs, garlands, trees tied, tree shaking, trees baled, saws provided, restrooms, picnic area and farm animals.
Miller Farms Market
12101 Orange Plank Road
Locust Grove, VA 22508
Precut trees, living trees to plant later, wreaths, boughs, garlands, decorations, trees tied, fresh honey, fresh eggs, gift shop and picnic area.
Ralph’s Christmas Trees
7519 Belmont Road
Spotsylvania, VA 22553
You-choose-you-cut trees, saws and twine provided, shaking, wrapping and loading.
Snead’s Asparagus Farm
18294 Tidewater Trail
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
You-choose-you-cut trees, tree reservations, saws, twine, baling and burlap provided.
721 Courthouse Road
Stafford, VA 22554
You-choose-you-cut trees, precut trees, wreaths, boughs, garlands, mistletoe, decorations, trees tied and baled, free trimmings, free cider, gift shop, refreshments, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, bounce house, pony rides, farm animals, birthday parties and school tours.
If you live in or around Washington D.C., now is the time to switch to winter tires and Car Web Inc. in Fredericksburg, Virginia is here to serve you!
Now is that time of year when the experts say you should look at making the switch to winter tires. If you live in or around Washington D.C., head to Car Web Inc. in Fredericksburg, Virginia where our service department will help you and your family buy snow tires! Making the switch to winter tires is perhaps one of the most important automotive investments you can make in order to protect you and your family from the unpredictable winter weather.
Our service department at Car Web Inc. in Fredericksburg is here to answer any questions you might have in making the switch to winter tires. Even more, we have the selection you’re looking for to buy snow tires near Washington D.C. for any make or model vehicle. With winter tires, you’ll be able to safely navigate the slush, ice, freezing rain and snow that accumulates during the unpredictable winter season. Head to Car Web Inc. today to switch to winter tires today before the hectic holiday season is upon us.
As you can see from our website, Car Web Inc. in Fredericksburg, Virginia serves Washington D.C. with dependable automotive sales and service. Our team looks forward to serving you and your family in making the switch to winter tires in order to keep you safe this winter season. Contact our team or swing by our dealership to get started today!
At Car Web Inc. in Fredricksburg, Virginia near Washington D.C., we honor those that serve with military discounts on vehicles for service men and women!
Car Web Inc. in Fredricksburg, Virginia is your go-to used car dealer near Washington D.C. with over 25,000 square feet of indoor showroom! If you’re look for a used Toyota, Chevy, GMC or Cadillac automobile in the Virginia, Maryland and DC-Metro area, you’ve come to the right place! As a family owned-and-operated company specializing in the pre-owned automobile industry, we believe in treating our customers like family. Even more, we honor those that serve with military discounts for service men and women!
If you are one of the 1.43 million active-duty military personnel in this great country, we invite you to shop for your next car, truck or SUV at Car Web Inc. in Fredricksburg! Regardless of you and your family’s automotive needs, you’re sure to find what you are looking for in our extensive current inventory. And with over 20,000 cars sold in the last 17 years serving Virginia, Maryland and Metro-DC area, Car Web Inc. is your trusted source for a pre-owned automobile.
Once you’ve found the vehicle of your choice, our financing team will walk you through your options to see if buying or leasing is the best fit for you and your family. Our military discounts on vehicles is very fair and honestly the least we could do for the service and sacrifice you make on our behalf. Search through our current inventory and contact our team at Car Web Inc. to schedule a test drive today!
If you’re looking to buy or lease your next vehicle, head to Car Web Inc. and value your trade today with automotive professionals you can trust!
Car Web Inc. in Fredricksburg, Virginia is your source for dependable car sales and service near Washington D.C. If you’re ready to start shopping for your next car, truck or SUV, head to Car Web Inc. and value your trade on your existing car today! We will help you get the most for your trade and set you up for success in buying or leasing your next vehicle. Regardless your driving need, you’re sure to find what you’re looking within our current inventory at Car Web Inc.!
Using Edmunds.com, our financing team will help you get the true market value of your car. Head to our website and use our easy and convenient online form to value your trade of your existing car, truck or SUV. From there, you’ll be able to make an informed move regarding the sale or trade-in of your existing vehicle. If you’re looking to trade-in your current car, our sales team looks forward to helping you get behind the wheel of your next car, truck or SUV within our current inventory.
Feel free to browse around online or head to our dealership today. Car Web Inc. is located in Fredricksburg, VA and has over 25,000 square feet of indoor showroom to serve Washington D.C. and beyond. From sales and service to financing and more, there’s no better used car dealer near D.C. than Car Web Inc.!