Buying your first car

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Shopping for your first car, can be lots of fun.  It can also be frustrating to find one that fits both the needs and the budget, especially if you are a recent college grad.

“I’ve been pricing and looking around for used vehicles, because I can’t afford to buy new,” says a 21 year old, who has already been to a number of dealerships.

“I just need something to get around, since the city is widespread.”

A little leg work and due diligence will alleviate the stress of shopping for your first set of wheels, and ensure you’ve covered all the bases before signing on the dotted line.

What to look for

Assessing need over desire is an important factor in determining the vehicle that’s right for you.

Questions to ask yourself while shopping should include: Do you plan to drive in the city only or will you be driving long distances? Are you carrying passengers regularly or plan to drive mostly solo?

With rising gas prices, look for vehicles that are economical in fuel consumption.

Buying used over new costs less, but you need to be comfortable with buying a car someone’s previously driven.

Do your research

You can verify the condition and history of a used car by getting a vehicle history report online with the vehicle identification number (VIN), which is listed on the car’s ownership papers.

That will give you information such as previous owners, average mileage, servicing records, past accidents, whether airbags were ever deployed, if it has suffered frame damage.

Be sure to keep insurance in mind when you’re shopping for your vehicle. There are many details that insurance companies take into consideration when deciding your rate.

For instance, a sports car will be more expensive to insure than a four-door sedan. The number of miles on the engine, year of the model, and city you live in since it all comes into play when getting the car insured.

Take the time to compare quotes by calling at least three insurance companies, or use online comparison sites to get the best price.

How to finance

Whether you choose to buy new or used, how you’re going to finance the purchase is crucial.

There are two options when using credit to pay for the vehicle. You can either get financing through the dealership, or go directly to your bank and apply for an auto loan.

It’s your choice in the end where you want to get a loan, but the manufacturer can offer attractive loans at low percentages based on new car promotions.

If you do have good credit, buying new can present a variety of benefits, including zero per cent financing promotions for a determined number of months, as well as a manufacturer’s warranty.

Typically new car interest rates are lower than used, but in the end the vehicle is more expensive overall.

Pre-purchase checklist

If buying new

-Assess your monthly budget to gage your price range.

-Check the dealership for promotions.

-Research vehicles for the features you need.

-Compare financing and loan options.

-Investigate insurance based on vehicle desired.

-Only take feature upgrades if they are right for you.

If buying used

-Verify the vehicle history report using the vehicle identification number (VIN).

-Make sure it will pass certification.

-If buying “as-is” get it looked over and appraised by a certified mechanic.

-Get insurance quotes based on year of car and miles on the engine.

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Turbo Camaro Coupe Concept Car

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A big surprise awaits visitors to the Chevrolet exhibit during the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. It’s the Turbo Camaro Coupe concept car based on a character in the new high-velocity 3D comedy from DreamWorks, ‘Turbo’.

In the movie, the storyline is about a snail obsessed with speed, and the Camaro is instrumental in transforming him into a racer.

Camaro Concept Car - 002Camaro Concept Car - 003The Chevrolet Camaro on display in Chicago is fully customized and is equipped with a supercharged 700+ horsepower V-8 topped off by an outrageous intake assembly for supercharger housing. Body modifications include rockers and fender flares in a wide body design configuration, a front splitter, rear diffuser and a GT concept rear wing spoiler. Lighting the way are custom front and rear LED lighting with multicolor halo effect for the front headlamps. The body is painted black with a vinyl chrome wrap, dark tinted to look like black chrome.

Camaro Concept Car - 004Camaro Concept Car - 005Tire and rim sizes are 24 inches by 10 in. front and 24 in. by 15 in. rears. Check-out the five-inch diameter rear exhaust outlets, two per side. Underneath, are special adjustable coil over strut assemblies and adjustable rear springs and shock assemblies.

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The National Corvette Museum & Motorsports Park

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“Since 1953 the Corvette has been America’s Sports Car. The National Corvette Museum was established as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit foundation with a mission of celebrating the invention of the Corvette; preserving its past, present and future; and educating the public about Corvette.

Corvette enthusiasts from all over the world kindly and lovingly refer to the NCM as their home … Their Mecca.”

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A New Venue for High Performance

NCM Motorsports Park

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With over one mile of frontage on Interstate 65 and located across from the National Corvette Museum (NCM) and the Corvette Assembly Plant, the Motorsports Park will be one of the most centrally located and easily accessible driving facilities in the country.

The Park will be situated on 184.05 acres that the NCM has purchased and had rezoned. The Museum has an option to purchase the adjoining 221 acres that may be used for future park development.

The track will be designed by professionally accredited track consultants in accordance with accepted professional design standards.

The top priority of the NCM Motorsports Park will be education and safety.

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Doug Fehan, Corvette Racing Program Manager – “A track at the National Corvette Museum would not only be a great benefit to the racing team, but also for clubs, enthusiasts and organizations planning their own driving events.  The possibilities and the potential for this project?  Limitless!”

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Check the NCM Website for events, newsletters, and corvette information

Click Here to go to The National Corvette Museum Website

The National Corvette Museum located in Bowling Green, KY is a not-for-profit foundation.  As the largest car museum in the world dedicated to a single model, the NCM is committed to preserving the Corvette’s past, present and future.  It’s strength comes from over 19,000 members.

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If you are looking for a destination when in Kentucky….

“We especially invite you to visit us in person (in Bowling Green, KY) and experience first hand the passion and the excitement of America’s Sports Car, the Chevrolet Corvette. The GM Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant, the only place in the world where Corvettes are made, is located across the street from the National Corvette Musuem at I-65, exit 28.”

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