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Does the Brand of Gas You Use Matter?

Many car owners have wondered to themselves on occasion “Does the Brand of Gas I Use Matter?”

Maintenance_139We’re here to tell you that the answer is yes. The reason being that some brands contain more detergent additives that can prevent carbon deposits from forming inside your engine.

These are the so-called Top Tier brands that use considerably more detergent additives than is required by the EPA. Several vehicle manufacturers recommend using Top Tier gas so they and their dealers don’t receive complaints from owners about poor performance or fuel economy caused by carbon deposits, fouled fuel injectors or other issues.

Most major oil companies have adopted the voluntary Top Tier standards for detergent additives, including Shell, ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, Phillips 66, Texaco and Valero, among others.

The vehicle manufacturers claim that using other brands of gas over time can allow carbon deposits to form in combustion chambers, which can cause engine knock or pinging (premature fuel ignition), and on intake valves, which can impede valve operation.

This doesn’t mean you should never use anything except Top Tier gas, although using Top Tier gas as often as is practical and economically feasible is a helpful. If you choose to use other types of gas in your vehicle, periodically adding a fuel system cleaner should do the trick.

Which Body Style is Right For You?

Forget the number of models available, the number of body styles alone can be overwhelming: coupes, sedans, station wagons, crossovers, SUVs. How do you decide what you need?

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Coupe/Convertible: If you want a car that makes a statement about you, coupes and convertibles are typically the most expressive designs, but restricted access to the back seat (if the car you are considering even has one) seriously limits their practicality.

Sedan: If there are kids in the picture or in the near-future plan, four doors are a likely requirement. Even if children are small enough to ride comfortably in the back seat of a coupe with any regularity, consider the difficulty of constantly climbing into and out of the back seat to tend to a child before committing to just two doors.

Hatchback: If you add another door—bringing the total to five—you’re looking at hatchbacks and station wagons, which offer SUV-like space without the dynamic and fuel-economy compromises of heavier vehicles. As manufacturers get increasingly creative and design ever more stylish hatchbacks—their roofs are sleeker than wagons’—the market is warming to the segment.

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SUV/Crossover: Jack up the ground clearance of a hatchback or station wagon, and you have a crossover or an SUV. Do you need that ground clearance? Probably not. When was the last time your road didn’t get regularly plowed or cleared? Sure, it happens—most often to those in the northern part of the country, and that’s a few times a winter—but the fuel-economy penalty of opting for a taller and heavier vehicle is something that affects you every time you start the car.

Those who tow regularly already know they need something with that capability. But if you need a truck only to tow a few times a year, perhaps renting in those instances is a better alternative to living year round with the fuel-economy penalties of a truck.

Minivan: Those with large families—or dreams of such—often resist the practicality of the van, but if you routinely haul five or more people, there is no vehicle short of a school bus that will better accommodate six, seven, or eight passengers. A jumbo SUV like a Chevrolet Suburban or Ford Expedition EL has more cargo space, but passengers will find greater comfort in a minivan.

2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Who could say no to an incredible vehicle like this 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited?

  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • 5 Person Seating Capacity
  • 6 Speakers
  • Sunrider Soft Top
  • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
  • Plus SO Much More!

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Ready to hear the rest of the specs? Interested in taking this beauty for a test drive? Check out our website or feel free to stop by to see us in person today!

 

New Rules of Car Buying

OLD RULE: Spend a Saturday kicking tires on dealership row to decide what you want.

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NEW RULE: Stay home, do your research online, and only visit dealerships for test drives.

ADVICE: There are many ways to research new vehicles online, from magazine websites to the automakers’ own sites. Consume the info, take notes, make a spreadsheet if that’s your thing—but do it before you head out to shop. When you reach the dealership, make the test drives count.

OLD RULE: Stretch your budget to get a nicer car by leasing.

NEW RULE: Consider a lightly used car, especially a certified pre-owned (CPO) one.

ADVICE: Leasing gets you into a nicer car than you probably thought you could afford, but it comes at a cost. You’re not actually buying anything when you lease; you’re paying the difference between the sale price and the car’s forecasted end-of-lease residual value plus interest and fees. A wise alternative is to buy a relatively new used car, letting the original buyer pay the initial chunk of depreciation, which is the biggest hit on a percentage basis.

OLD RULE: Play it safe and only buy on a carmaker’s quality reputation.

NEW RULE: Consider the flattening trend in new-car-quality surveys. It may not be worth paying extra for a brand because it has the highest quality score.

ADVICE: J.D. Power’s quality awards and the surveys that create them are frequently used by automakers as advertising cudgels. But what those proud carmakers often don’t mention is that quality is up across the industry.

OLD RULE: Look for last year’s model to get a killer deal.

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NEW RULE: Wait for a redesigned model. The rapid pace of technology means it’s likely to offer more features and better fuel economy.

ADVICE: This is where doing your research pays off, as any deal on a leftover from last year needs to be weighed against other factors. The first is whether the discount is greater than the loss of value the car has already suffered while it was waiting for you to drive it home. When it comes time to trade it in or sell it, the car is still going to be that one-year-older model, which will make it worth less.

OLD RULE: Buy a new car when your old one wears out.

NEW RULE: Start shopping before you need a new car to make a more informed decision and save money.

ADVICE: For most people, cars are the second-largest purchase they’ll ever make after their home, and similar care should be taken in the buying process. Not feeling pressured to close a deal means you can take advantage of opportunities that arise at the end of the month or the end of the quarter. That’s when dealers can get desperate to move the metal, either to secure bonuses from the automaker for meeting sales goals or to avoid paying inventory costs.

OLD RULE: Cash is king. Offer to pay cash to get a better deal.

NEW RULE: Arrange your financing through the dealership.

ADVICE: The dealer can often get you financing as good or better than your local credit union or bank can, with the dealer still making something off the markup, or “reserve,” on the interest rate. If the dealer can earn a profit on that end of the deal, you may be able to negotiate a lower price on the car.

Experience the All-New 2016 Ford Focus RS for Yourself!

2016-ford-focus-rs-1-e1475512606126So, you think good things can’t come in small packages? Well, think again. “The Ford Focus deserves a look if you’re in the market for a fuel-efficient compact that comes with an extra helping of style, technology, comfort, =and a fun-to-drive nature,” reports Kelley Blue Book. Take a closer look at the all-new 2016 Ford Focus RS.

With its head-turning style and modern good looks, the 2016 Ford Focus RS has all the right moves. Don’t let its compact size fool you – the Focus RS delivers plenty of athleticism and power. This sleek hatchback features a rear spoiler, optional sun/moon roof, performance tires, aluminum wheels, and a choice of four exterior colors. The Focus RS has an overall length of 171.7 inches, overall height of 58.4 inches, overall width of 71.4 inches, and a wheelbase of 104.3 inches.

The 2016 Ford Focus RS’s well-designed cabin has been the recipient of rave reviews. Edmunds says, “The 2016 Focus has a handsome, high-quality interior that can be fitted with impressive technology features.” Left Lane News reports, “The Old World influence is clearly evident in the Focus’ classy cabin, which charms with high-quality materials and a distinctive design.” Standard features include rearview camera, Ford’s SYNC voice-control system, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio with premium sound system, and MP3 player. Available features include blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, and the new SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen. Standard safety features include driver air bag, side head air bag, 4-wheel ABS, brake assist, passenger air bag, side air bag, front disc and rear drum brakes, electronic stability control, child safety locks, and traction control.

The 2016 Ford Focus RS is powered by a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that produces an astounding 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive and a smooth six-speed manual transmission come standard. With exhilarating acceleration, agile handling, and top-of-its-class performance, the 2016 Focus RS delivers a truly exciting driving experience.

Yes, the 2016 Ford Focus RS packs a whole lot into a small package. “The RS offers a level of power and performance previously unknown in a domestic compact,” praises Kelley Blue Book. Experience the all-new 2016 Ford Focus RS for yourself: visit City Ford Sales for a test drive today!