Searching for a new car brings an information overload that can often be a little much to take in at one time. When shopping, list the factors that are most important to you and fill in the data for each model yourself. Here are the factors most- and least-important to potential car buyers, according to Consumer Reports.
Survey respondents listed these top 5 factors as most-important when making a new car purchasing decision, in this order:
Less important to consumers are the car’s brand, environmental concerns, design/styling, manufacturer stability and technology/innovation.
As far as manufacturer incentives, car shoppers find a long warranty, low interest rate and a discounted price to be more important than special programs like job-loss protection or free gas.
To many, there’s nothing like owning and driving a brand-new car. But when the time comes for maintenance, the same vehicle which brought so much joy flips a U-turn by inspiring sudden bouts of anxiety, worries and stress. Volkswagen’s here to alleviate all three with two words: Carefree Maintenance.
What all does the program cover? Click here for the Carefree Maintenance Brochure. The maintenance schedule for each of Volkswagen’s models is slightly different, though most will have a 10k, 20k and 30k service intervals since they exclusively use synthetic lubricants.
Every 2010 Volkswagen available comes with Carefree Maintenance, including a no charge Courtesy Vehicle Check (see below). Carefree Maintenance covers all regularly scheduled maintenance for three years or 36,000 miles, at no charge. Those three words are sure to make you happy. It’s what the people want.
Volkswagen’s Courtesy Vehicle Check includes:
*Check and adjust tire pressure
*Check belts and hoses
*Check all fluids
*Check interior and exterior lights
*Clean and check wipers
Read that again: GM will begin selling brand new cars with 60-Day Money Back Guarantee. In a semi-unprecedented move, the General will surely help bring traffic to showrooms in the post-Cash for Clunkers era. The program begins early next week, Monday, September 14th and expires November 30th, 2009.
The money-back guarantee builds on the current 100,000-mile/5-year warranty which GM offers on their new vehicles. The program will be available to buyers of 2009 and 2010 model-year Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and Cadillac vehicles, and covers vehicles that are financed or bought for cash. The only exclusions are medium-duty trucks and leased vehicles.
Volvo has always had their customers’ best interests in mind, and that might be true now more than ever with their Safe + Sound plan. This extensive coverage plan includes a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty that covers complimentary factory scheduled maintenance, normal wear and tear item replacement and their class-leading “Volvo on Call” roadside assistance program.
A few of the most notable models that qualify for this plan are the compact yet stylish S40, the sporty S60 and the ultra-luxurious S80. Just think that you could be driving one of these fine European machines and not pay a dime for standard maintenance or brake jobs for five whole years! The thought of it is almost enough to get our rear ends out of these chairs and down to the nearest Volvo dealership.
You could take home a sporty S60, with its 257-horsepower turbocharged T5 engine and superior handling with its Dynamic Chassis load distributing system. Or you could experience ultimate luxury and safety with the S80, with its available 311-horsepower V8 and all-wheel drive, high-performance audio system and onboard refrigerator complete with two crystal wine glasses.
Bottom line: Volvo is offering one of the best coverage plans we’ve ever seen and they also make some of the safest, most exciting and luxurious cars available. How can you go wrong? Hurry to your Volvo dealership, as this offer won’t last forever.
Click here to see instant pricing on the Volvo S40, S60 and S80.