Buying your dream car should never be rushed since this is probably one of the most expensive items you will buy in your lifetime. In fact, you need to make sure that you are making the right choice and buying a car that suits your needs.
Basically, there are a lot of things you must look into and it’s important that you take enough time to consider all your options. Sadly, people seldom look at the differences in purchasing a dream car and what it takes to maintain it in a good condition.
So before you get caught up in the idea of cruising around in your dream car, it’s important that you understand some critical things about luxury cars.
Just because you are purchasing a high-end car doesn’t mean that it will be reliabile. The truth is that many cars depreciate so rapidly because they’re not the most reliable cars out there, and come with expensive repairs. Same token, if someone didn’t take care of their car, it could come back to haunt you down the line.
While you should absolutely get the car inspected by a mechanic before signing on the dotted line, the truth is that it will probably have some issues over time. As such, it’s important to make sure that a premium vehicle comes with a good warranty otherwise you will be digging deep into your pocket to cover the cost of repairs.
If you’re buying a foreign car, be prepared to pay more in the long-term. Because even if your vehicle was built here in the US, spare parts may have to shipped from overseas, which can get costly when you factor in shipping and taxes. That’s why it’s not uncommon to hear people talking about how their luxury car is sitting in a garage for several weeks while waiting for an important part to arrive.
If you dig deeper into the automobile industry, you will realize that car companies make more money from selling spare parts than from the actual car sales. This is because most car parts are sold at a premium and vehicle owners have no choice but to buy when a car breaks down.
Do you want a new or a used car?
If you know anything about new cars, you probably understand that driving a new car off the showroom makes it lose a few thousands in resale value. If your ego can allow it, why not let someone else take the depreciation hit and buy it down the line?
The best time to buy a used car is when the economy is doing well since most people rush to buy new vehicles. This makes the prices of used cars to be significantly lower. But when doing this, you should consider getting a car that is still covered by its factory warranty.
At the same time, try to work with a reputable dealer who has been doing business for a long time. It is always important to avoid dealers with no track record, as they will leave you with tons of regret if/when the car breaks down.
What is the best time to make a purchase?
With most used cars, pricing is determined by the seasons. For instance, buying a convertible in the summer will cost you a lot more than it would during other seasons. At the same time, a 4WD truck is likely more expensive when it starts to snow than if you bought it during the summer. For pickups, contractors are grabbing them in the spring, which makes the demand go up. As such, if you buy when the car out of season, you can end up saving a lot of money.
For most new cars, the prices can be greatly influenced by fuel prices. When fuel prices shoot up, most people will rush to purchase hybrids since they don’t want to spend a lot of money on gas. If this happens, you should run in the opposite direction and get yourself an SUV. In addition, try not to show the salespeople at the dealership that you are in love with a specific car, because they can and will use that knowledge against you.
Figure out your budget
This is the most important aspect when getting your dream car. If you really love that Ferrari but you can barely meet the payment requirements, you may be setting yourself up for ugly debts. When considering your budget for a car, take some time to think about the available options to finance the purchase. If you have some significant cash with you at the moment, you can opt to make a down payment and then be left with affordable down payments.
You can talk with your bank and see if they can offer you a good deal with their car loans. At the same time, you can get an online auto repair loan where the collateral will be the car you have purchased. Nevertheless, you need to ensure that you are in good financial standing to afford the loan payments.
Alternatively, you can decide to lease the vehicle for a couple of years and you can end up saving a lot of money.
While you might be obsessed with a specific car, it’s always important to consider everything that make the car great, and not just make an emotional decision in the spur of the moment. Sure, it might look good and be priced right, but look deeper and make sure you’re making an informed decision. Otherwise, you could be in for a rude awakening down the line.
2018 BMW 640i Gran Turismo Blurs The Line Between Coupe And Wagon
BMW seems determined to change the definitions for automotive segments. All of their even-numbered X vehicles, for example, are “sport activity vehicles”–not quite crossovers and not quite coupes. The new BMW 640i Gran Turismo is along that same vein, being not quite a four-door coupe and not quite a station wagon. It’s something in between that.
The BMW 640i GT is, regardless of what segment it fits within, a beautiful car. For a week, we drove the Gran Turismo and were glad to see that it wasn’t the odd mashup the old 5 Series GT had been. This new GT is based on the 6 Series sedan, so it’s a bit larger and more powerful.
The 2018 BMW 640i Gran Turismo is powered by the same 3.0-liter turbocharged six that is in the 640i Gran Coupe. That engine produces 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Power runs to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive is standard. The GT needs that power, as it’s fairly bulky, weighing in at over 4,200 pounds at the curb. It’s size and weight are balanced by a long wheelbase of 121 inches, though, and the engine produces its power early in the RPM band, making for quick acceleration.
From zero to 60 mph, the BMW 640i GT sprints to speed in about five seconds. That’s a pretty fair shake in anyone’s book. Handling in the 2018 640i Gran Turismo is also good, thanks to that long wheelbase and bulk, which translate to predictable glides through turns and easy power delivery thanks to AWD. There are better, faster options for fast driving and cornering, of course, but given its size and versatility, the GT does very well for itself.
Where this new BMW really shines is in everyday driving. The 640i GT is really comfortable, confident, and easy to live with. It gives enough feedback on the road to remain engaging, but doesn’t insist on spirited driving at all times or that the driver and passengers feel every road bump and crevice. It’s smooth and well-balanced. Add on the Dynamic Handling package and it gets even better, with more road-hugging (still sans the jarring) and steering appeal.
There’s a single trim level for the 2018 BMW 640i Gran Turismo, but it’s very well-equipped in its base $70,000 price point. It includes things like LED lighting, 19-inch wheels, keyless everything, rear air suspension for load-leveling and road absorption, a panoramic sunroof, auto-dimming mirrors, and infotainment. That tech is on a big 10.2-inch touchscreen with two USB ports and a wireless charging pad. Not to mention a 12-speaker stereo system. Forward collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning are also standard.
In the upper crust, all-the-goodies model we drove, the price jumps to about $84,000, but adds the Dynamic Handling package, aluminum interior trim, power-adjustable rear seats, 360° parking sensors, automated park assist, seat massage, Harman Kardon/Bowers & Wilkins sound, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, and more.
The 2018 BMW 640i GT has a great feel on the road, is exceptionally comfortable inside, and has a bit more style and versatility than a standard sedan. It’s fastback look is unique and really cool, compared to the standard sedan or a larger hatchback. Cargo space stands at about 45 cubic feet with the rear seats up and about 60 cubes with them folded down.
Seating in the back is great for adults, if there aren’t more than two. Three across is a bit of a squeeze and the center seat doesn’t have much legroom either. Kids will be fine in the back of the BMW 640i GT.
The 2018 640i Gran Turismo is a great vehicle that’s a big step up from the 5 Series-based GT it replaces. It’s nicer to look at, more enjoyable to drive, and uniquely cool in its own right. We’ll take it.
The 2019 Acura NSX Receives Mild Facelift, Better Chassis, And Orange Paint
It has only been a few years since the Acura NSX was finally released, but not content to sit on their laurels, the company has introduced a handful of updates for the 2019 model to make the high-performance supercar even better than before!
Visually, you’ll be able to distinguish a 2019 Acura NSX model from it’s new body-color front grille (in place of the silver one) and high-gloss treatments for the front grille surround, front air intake mesh and rear bumper outlet mesh. High-gloss treatment is also applied to the available carbon fiber decklid spoiler and carbon fiber exterior package – including a front chin spoiler, side sill garnish and rear diffuser.
But that’s not all. The 2019 NSX is also available in a striking new color called Thermal Orange Pearl (shown above). Buyers can further accent the NSX with optional carbon ceramic metallic brakes with orange calipers. Standard brakes can now be fitted with red calipers.
Inside, the 2019 NSX can be optioned with an Indigo blue Semi-aniline leather and Alcantara theme. Buyers can also add a red color option for the semi-aniline (non-Alcantara) power sport seats, in addition to ebony. Additionally, a number of features (navigation, premium audio, front and rear proximity sensors, etc) are now standard options.
What we’re most excited about though is the improvements to the car’s performance, which build on an already impressive platform and turn it up to 11. While the powertrain remains the same (573 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque) engineers modified chassis components, tires and software tuning to make NSX even more responsive to the will of the driver, elevating performance driving in all circumstances, from daily driving to the circuit.
Chassis enhancements include larger front and rear stabilizer bars (increasing stiffness by 26 percent in front, 19 percent at the rear) and 21 percent stiffer rear toe link bushings. Rear hub rigidity has increased 6 percent. Software calibrations to the NSX’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD power unit, active magnetorheological dampers, electric power steering and VSA settings capitalize on this new hardware, as well as the grippier tire setup.
The 2019 NSX rides on new Continental SportContact 6 tires, developed exclusively for the NSX. The new tires feature a revised tread pattern, construction and rubber compound for improved handling performance in all conditions—including wet weather driving. The track-focused Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R remains an optional dealer-installed tire.
So how much will the new model set you back? The 2019 NSX starts at $157,500 (an increase of $1,500 over the 2018 model) with $4,700 in previously optional content now standard. So you’re actually saving money on the 2019 model.
The 2019 BMW Z4 Roadster Makes It’s World Debut At Pebble Beach
Now one year later, BMW returns to Pebble Beach to unveil the all-new 2019 BMW Z4 M40i First Edition, the latest chapter in the history of BMW Z Roadsters. And while it doesn’t look quite as dramatic as the concept, the production Z4 retains the athletic proportions and new emotional design language that takes the classic roadster concept into the world of tomorrow.
The open-top two-seater was designed with sporting intentions, with a central sitting position for the driver, a low center of gravity, and perfectly balanced 50:50 weight distribution.
Vertically stacked headlights, the BMW kidney grille sporting a mesh design, a long clamshell hood stretching over the front wheels, large air breathes on the front wheel arches and the distinctive spoiler integrated into the rear lid all contribute towards the characteristic look of the new BMW Z4.
The BMW Z4 M40i First Edition offers a number of unique accoutrements over a “regular” Z4, including a Frozen Orange Metallic paint job, a textile soft top in anthracite with silver effect, 19-inch alloy wheels in a two-tone design, and black mirror caps. The 2019 Z4 First Edition also includes a head-up display, adaptive LED headlights, two high-resolution digital displays, and a Harman Kardon surround sound system.
Powering the Z4 M40i First Edition Roadster is an updated version of BMW’s turbocharged 3.0 liter inline 6-cylinder engine. While BMW hasn’t finalized output numbers just yet, we expect something around 380HP and 370lb-ft of torque, good for an (estimated) 0-60 time of under 4.4 seconds. A BMW M tuned sports suspension with electronically controlled dampers, M Sport braking system and an electronically controlled M Sport rear differential should make for one fun and exciting ride in the twisties.
The BMW Z4 M40i will arrive in dealerships in the second quarter of 2019, and full details on the Z4 will be announced on September 18, 2018.
What do you think of the 2019 BMW Z4 Roadster?
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