Thursday, February 28, 2019

Which compact car is right for you?

In the world of compact cars there are tons of things to consider, gas mileage, safety features, performance, speed, and obviously price. Here are some top rated picks to consider from $17k-$21k

2019 Mazda 3
MSRP: $21,000
Transmission: Automatic
Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive 2.5 L/152
MPG: 26 City / 35 Hwy
Engine: Regular Unleaded I-4 2.5 L/152
Few cars at any price point successfully combine style, dynamics, and value, let alone a compact car. The Mazda 3 does, and it does so beautifully. Buyers can choose between a sedan and a hatchback, and a slick six-speed manual transmission and a smooth 155-hp 2.0-liter four are standard. A six-speed automatic is optional, as is a 184-hp 2.5-liter engine. The steering is responsive, and the handling is excellent. If you thought Mazda couldn't improve on the 3's good looks and upscale interior, prepare for the upcoming fourth-generation model, which will go on sale for the 2019 model year with sexier looks, a more luxurious cabin, and an intriguing new engine technology.

2019 Hyundai Elantra:
MSRP: From $17,100
MPG: Up to 32 city / 40 highway
Fuel tank capacity: 14 gal
Dimensions: 182″ L x 71″ W x 57″ H
Horsepower: 128 to 201 hp
By now it has become nearly expected that each new generation of Hyundai products is better than the last. The Elantra sedan is no exception, with the newest model offering the best value yet. Stylish inside and out (more so for 2019, thanks to a snappy refresh), the roomy Elantra can be loaded with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, heated seats, a full complement of active-safety features, and more.

2019 Kia Forte:
MSRP: From $17,790
MPG: Up to 31 city / 41 highway
Fuel tank capacity: 14 gal
Horsepower: 147 hp
Dimensions: 183″ L x 71″ W x 57″ H
With snappy good looks and an impressive list of standard and available features, Kia's sedan offer great value and few compromises. 

2019 Volkswagen Golf
MSRP: From $21,845
Horsepower: 147 hp
MPG: 29 city / 37 highway
Dimensions: 168″ L x 71″ W x 58″ H
Curb weight: 2,963 to 3,023 lbs
All-wheel drive is standard on the Alltrack and optional on the Sportwagen, and every Golf is turbocharged. Common among all Golfs are an upscale interior with Audi-like materials, excellent driving manners, and a usefully large cargo hold. 

2019 Subaru Impreza
MPG: Up to 28 city / 38 highway
MSRP: From $18,595
Engine: 2.0 L 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 152 hp
Dimensions: 176-182″ L x 70″ W x 57-59″ H
Standard all-wheel drive sets them apart in the compact segment, as does their available EyeSight camera-based active-safety features that include adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking.

2019 Honda Civic
MSRP: From $19,450
MPG: Up to 32 city / 42 highway
Horsepower: 158 to 180 hp
Curb weight: 2,762 to 3,010 lbs
Dimensions: 177-183″ L x 71″ W x 55-57″ H
No matter which Civic you choose, the steering is precise, the chassis feels solid, and the suspension delivers sharp handling without a punishing ride. Admittedly, from behind the wheel, each one satisfies.

Citations: Person. (2019, February 25). Every Compact Car Ranked from Worst to Best. Retrieved February 28, 2019, from

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Who Owns Which Car Brands?

Many car shoppers have their mind set on what car brand they want to go for, however, most people don't realize that big "parent" companies own multiple car brands! This knowledge opens the horizons, allowing customers to shop more car brands while sticking with their favorite brands!

Did you know that BMW also owns Mini Cooper and Rolls-Royce? 

Did you know that Nissan is owned by a parent company that also owns Infiniti and Mitsubishi?

Here’s a list the major car corporations and the brands they currently offer:

BMW Group owns BMW, Mini (Mini Cooper), and Rolls-Royce.
Daimler AG owns Mercedes-Benz and Smart (smart cars).
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles owns Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Maserati, and Ram.
Ford Motor Co. owns Ford and Lincoln.
General Motors owns Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC.
Honda Motor Co. owns Acura and Honda.
Hyundai Motor Group owns Genesis, Hyundai, and Kia.
Mazda Motor Corp. owns Mazda.
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance owns Infiniti, Mitsubishi, and Nissan.
Subaru Corp. owns Subaru.
Tata Motors owns Jaguar and Land Rover.
Tesla owns Tesla.
Toyota Motor Corp. owns Lexus and Toyota. And has a stake in Subaru.
Volkswagen Group owns Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, and Volkswagen.
Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (ZGH) owns Lotus, Polestar, and Volvo.

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You can be loyal to your favorite car brand while also broadening your search for the perfect car!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

10 Things to know BEFORE leasing a car!

Want to get the absolute best deal on your leased car? Knowing and understanding the professional terms may help you!


10 Tips and Things to Know Before Negotiating a Car Lease!!! 

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Are advanced automobile safety features worth the extra money?

Safety is a big concern for many car shoppers, but the question remains, which if any of the current safety features are worth it? Some drivers don't like the obtrusive quality of lane-keeping assist (it beeps at you!), while  others call it necessity and even a lifesaver. We must ask ourselves which features we want vs which features are actually worth spending money on? 

1. Anti-Lock Brakes:  When you need to quickly stop in a car with traditional brakes, those brakes often lock, causing the vehicle to skid With anti-lock brakes, however, the system automatically "pulses" the brakes for you, keeping the brakes from locking up. (Standard Feature on Most Cars)
2.Backup Camera:This feature makes it far easier to back u. You don't have to turn your head and using your mirrors. Backup cameras can save lives, especially the lives of small children (or pets) who may not realize the dangers of standing near a moving vehicle.
3. Rear Cross-Traffic Alert: You're probably familiar with this situation: You're backing out of a tight parking spot, you can't see what's coming and you roll backward ever so slowly. Then, it happens: A car quickly comes up behind you, and you consider yourself lucky that you didn't collide with it. With rear cross-traffic alert, this situation is a thing of the past. The feature warns you if a vehicle is coming up from behind while you're backing out of a parking spot, taking guesswork and uncertainty out of the equation. Although we could do without some other modern safety features, this one is worth every extra penny.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? Yes, but don't expect it to catch everything. As the name implies, the sensors will spot objects crossing from the sides of the vehicle. If something or someone is directly behind the vehicle, you won't get the alert.
4. Lane Departure Warning/Lane Keep: These two systems both work to keep you in your lane. Lane departure sounds a warning or buzzes your seat or steering wheel to inform that you are crossing the white lines or unintentionally leaving your lane. Lane Keep meanwhile, will gently steer you back into your lane if you drift out of it. When lines are faint or the system has trouble detecting lines, the system can be switched off.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? Yes, but to get the most out of it, make sure to get a system with lane keeping assist, not just the warning. If the car's camera can no longer see the painted lanes, or if you veer out to make room for a cyclist, it will trigger an alert. Some may find the beeping annoying and choose to mute the alerts. That's why the lane keeping function, with its noiseless, more subtle physical cues, is more useful.
5. Blind Spot Detection: Blind spot detection picks up what you might have missed and also warns you are vehicles approaching from the rear by shining small orange or yellow lights in your door mirrors.
SHOULD YOU GET IT? Yes, but you must regularly use your turn signals to get the most out of it. Some systems will activate the warning light when a vehicle is in your blind spot, but the warning tone or vibration will only occur when your turn signal is activated.

6. Safety Exit Assist: As seen in the recently revealed Hyundai Sante Fe SUV, Safety Exit Assist temporarily stops kids from opening the back doors when vehicles and bicycles are approaching from behind. It’s an extension of the blind spot monitor and has the potential to be one of the most sought-after features for parents of young children.
7. Auto Night Vision: Night vision is a feature that can warn drivers of bicycles and pedestrians on dark streets at night, and smart headlights that lower their hi-beam automatically towards oncoming traffic. Car night vision is a sensor that, when activated, will help you stay aware of persons, vehicles, or animals that are out of reach of your headlights. Many of the newer automotive infrared systems are advanced to the point that their algorithms determine whether a hot spot ahead is living or moving to alert you of any possible danger.

8. Forward collision warning: If you come up behind a slower or stopped vehicle and don't show signs of braking, the forward collision warning system will alert you that an impact is imminent. 
SHOULD YOU GET IT? Yes. Distracted driving is at an all-time high, and this system can serve as an extra set of eyes to prevent an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends the technology.
9. Automatic emergency braking: This system will become a standard feature on nearly all cars and light trucks by 2022, thanks to an agreement among most carmakers and NHTSA. If the vehicle senses an imminent collision, the system will automatically apply the brakes to avoid or minimize an impact.

SHOULD YOU GET IT? Yes. The fact it is becoming a standard feature soon speaks to its importance.

The Consensus
Safety features may cost more but they may save you money, inconvenience and even your life. Get them, but don't allow the safety features to make you lazy, you must continue to check your mirrors and brakes, not just assume your car is going to do all the safe driving for you!

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Understanding the miles you need for your lease! (Tips & Tricks Thursday!!!)

Tips and Tricks Thursday!!!!

Underestimating miles you’ve driven before you lease
It’s common for leasing contracts to have a driving maximum of 10,000 miles to 15,000 miles. If you exceed those limits, you could be charged an additional 10 cents to 30 cents per mile at the end of the lease.
So when it comes time to turn in the car, you could end up owing a substantial amount — on a car you’re no longer driving.

To AVOID THIS EXTRA FEE, examine your driving habits before choosing your lease terms. If you know you’ll probably drive more miles than the agreement allows, you could ask for a higher limit. Get the amount of miles that you need!

Monday, February 18, 2019

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Wantagh Car Guy finds any car for less without the BS!

Danny Sandoval of Wantagh, NY got into the car lease business after owning his own massage therapy practice in Freeport. After repeatedly hearing horror stories from Hispanic and African American clients who were being treated for auto-accident injuries about how they were being taken advantage of in the car business, he knew he had to do something.
He opened My Own Car Guy on Merrick Road in Wantagh in June 2017. “It would always bother me to hear what these folks are paying for their cars, knowing their socio-economic status or just from hearing their stories about their struggles, I knew that they were paying more than they should be for cars.” As a man of Spanish heritage himself, Sandoval’s family immigrated from Guatemala, and knowing he could save people money, he knew he had to do something to affect change.

Sandoval’s company receives discounts from dealerships in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. He helps his clients get the best price possible despite their circumstances, “but I didn’t like the fact that people struggling because of credit issues or income, or whatever the case was, they were paying more than the average educated person,” he said. “That’s what struck me the most.”

Sandoval’s company My Own Car Guy not only saves clients money, it also saves them the hassle of shopping around and bartering with dealerships. He can set up test drives and gets cars of any make and model from the dealers he chooses that are offering the best deals every month. After the client fills out an application, Sandoval and his team finds the car with wholesale discounts and offers clients the car at a lower rate while still offering all the incentives, rebates and warranties that are available, without the hassle of “haggling and aggravation associated with a new-car purchase.”

My Own Car Guy’s business, which depends on referrals, has only positive reviews on Yelp and Facebook. According to Sandoval, he has a good relationship with police officers, teachers and Facebook mother groups. Eliminating the headaches, the haggling and the games is “something that makes me feel good every day,” Sandoval says.
My Own Car Guy storefront in Wantagh, NY