The most desirable used cars in Washington state

It’s no secret that in Washington State, residents are exposed to a wide variety of adverse weather conditions that change within a few minutes time, with little or no notice. Due to the fluctuating climate of what residents and our cars are exposed to daily, what you choose to drive is important. While most areas of Western Washington see little or no snow regularly in the winter, there are many cities in which snow fall is the reality of daily life. Regardless of what area in Washington State you reside in, its important to select a car based on the climate and daily driving conditions you will experience along with your requirements and preferences.
The type of used car you select should depend on a few categories including vehicle requirements, preferences, efficiency, and budget.

If you have children or a family, it’s important to consider the activities they will want to participate in and how much space your vehicle should have for gear and road trips. For single working professionals, you may want a smaller more classic car for commuting with gas mileage that won’t break the bank for your trips into the city. When it comes to seniors and students, reliability and efficiency is key in order to get you from place to place with comfort. Whatever stage in life you may be in at the time of your car purchase, there is a quality used vehicle out there that suits your vehicle demands perfectly.

If there were an official state car brand of Washington, it would with no argument be the Subaru. Subaru, with its all wheel drive system is perfect for any unforeseen and adverse weather conditions or terrain that you can throw at it. Subaru offers a wide range of vehicles perfect for any lifestyle including the WRX, Outback, and Forester. Targeting the outdoor enthusiast, there are no lack of Subaru customers located in the Western Washington area. All Subaru models are equipped with all wheel drive and are built to last, making them the ideal used car to purchase in our area which retain their used car value very well.

While new BMWs are not always affordable to the average car customer, used options are plentiful. The BMW known for superior build quality, performance, comfort, and styling is highly sought after in the city and are just as nice as the brand new options. “There is a wide selection of quality pre- owned BMW’s on the market today that are much more affordable than their new car counterparts” says Mike Carson with Carson Cars. Carson Cars, a family owned and operated dealership, has been in business since 1968 and was voted in 2011, 2012, and 2013 as the Best Independent Car Dealer of Western Washington.
“BMW’s are built to last for a long time and look good while doing it. As one of the world’s leading automakers, BMW is known to manufacture cars that offer superior levels of driver gratification and luxury.” BMW’s uphold their resale value with used options that include technology features that most new cars of other makes don’t even provide.

There are many parts of Washington outside of city limits (and some even inside city limits) that consist of farms and farmland. Down the unpaved dirt or rock roads, reside barns and functional farms to which these residents call home. It is not uncommon as a Washington resident to live on a farm, own cattle, milk your own cows, and run a family business out of your very own ranch. This particular lifestyle requires a very specific vehicle to handle your towing and hauling requirements…a truck. The Ford F150 is the number one selling truck in America, and used F150’s are extremely popular and sought after. Due to their extreme towing ability, bed space, and capability to drive anywhere..the F150 is the “go to ” truck for Washington Residents who desire towing power and reliability.

As diverse as the demographic and weather is in Washington State, there are a large variety of used vehicles on the market today to suit any need. Purchasing a used car in Washington State over a new vehicle is almost always a smarter decision, with a much wider variety of inventory to select from, its much more likely you will find the perfect car to suit your requirements at a price you can afford.

Real Estate: 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Pool Homes in New Port Richey from $200,000

If you’re looking for a great 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Pool Home investment in New Port Richey and have a starting budget of $200,000, then we’ve got just what you’re looking for.
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New Port Richey, Florida is located in Pasco County and within the county is the largest self-governed town with a population of over 16,000 residents. This town is located right between the cities of Port Richey and Holiday and is surrounded by many familiar cities such as Clearwater and Tampa. One great feature of this town is many areas are coastal and set right along the Gulf of Mexico which provides its residents with many diverse types of real estate. The real estate properties of New Port Richey, Florida range from waterfront single-family homes, to those set more inland. The price ranges of homes in New Port Richey are so widespread, that no matter what your budget, you will be able to find a home that not only suits your lifestyle, but your wallet as well. New Port Richey still owns that small town feel and is greatly displayed through the area and friendliness of the citizens. Purchasing New Port Richey real estate is a no brainer!

Here are some great 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Pool Homes in New Port Richey from $200,000

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Test drive: 2014 Toyota Corolla ECO nets 36 mpg average

One of the best selling cars in America, Toyota finally redesigned their Corolla compact sedan for the 2014 model year with a focus on making it more appealing to the eye. The sales numbers don’t lie, but is this car really all that? Today we find out.

To our test here, for 2014 Toyota added a more fuel efficient model to the mix of trims called ECO. It has a special version of the standard 1.8 liter four-cylinder along with other tweaks that allow to achieve up to four additional mpg.

The Valvematic 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine has eight more horsepower than the standard one at 140.
It’s more fuel efficient due it its increased range of variable valve timing and it features variable lift for the intake valves.

It’s rated up to 42 mpg highway which is as much as 4 mpg more than the standard Corolla. The only transmission choice in the Corolla LE ECO is a constantly variable transmission or CVT.

The Valvematic engine is much more refined and pleasant to listen to than many of the competitors high mpg models which use direct fuel-injection for their efficiency. The CVT transmission is however still a downer even with its simulated shift points, which are meant to make it feel more like a normal transmission.

The EPA fuel economy for the Corolla LE ECO is 30 mpg city, 42 mpg highway, and 35 mpg combined if you get the standard wheels. With our optional alloys, this drops to 30 mpg city, 40 mpg highway and 34 mpg combined due to the larger 205 section width tires fitted to them.

From the styling standpoint, it received a makeover from the wheels up that gives it Toyota’s most recent design language which is distinct to the company’s heritage. Up front are class exclusive standard LED headlamps and an angular grille treatment.

The ECO model has unique aerodynamic touches like a body color rear spoiler, and under-body panels which smooth air flow. The ECO also gets unique wheel covers over steel wheels or the optional 16” aerodynamic alloy wheels seen here on our test car.

The interior of the LE ECO is similar to the LE. Our LE Premium trim grade gave us a host of features to dress up the cabin including SofTex simulated leather seating surfaces with color keyed accent piping. The dash also received some blue pinstripe accents as well.

The seats are comfortable enough with the driver getting power adjustments and the passenger manual. The steering wheel is manually adjustable for tilt and telescope too. Our tester came with the $850 power sunroof and $1510 Driver Convenience Package.

The latter brings push button start, top end infotainment system with navigation and Entune suite of app capabilities, and remote keyless entry just to name a few. Nice set of features, but at this trim grade some competitors include these things without an optional package

Room isn’t an issue front or rear, with plenty of space in both spots. The rear seats fold down 60/40 to allow increased cargo space. The trunk area is as generous as you can expect in this class with a sizable opening for larger items.

The interior however remains a bit stark and cheap in feel with a good deal of hard plastics, more so than many competitors. At the price of $23,000 and some change I was surprised I still had a hard plastic steering wheel in my hands.

In our testing we achieved 36 mpg combined which is a full 2 mpg more than the window sticker on our car promises. This is always good when you can better the promises but it’s not necessarily better than some competitors.

On the road, the Corolla offers up neutral handling which means not too sporty but not too flaccid. It’s right down the middle of the road when it comes to road feel and ride. Road noise isolation is better than you might expect in this class, offering a quiet highway ride.

Notable is the fact the Corolla still gives you rear drum brakes even in this fully loaded up model, a feature gaffe I think. Nearly all its competitors offer full four-wheel disc brakes even on their standard base models in this century.

Overall, the question of whether the 2014 Toyota Corolla ECO model is worth the extra money comes down to whether you compare this car to other brands or Corolla against Corolla. The additional cost is not that much more than the standard Corolla so why not. If compared against other brands, well many don’t charge extra for their efficiency numbers which are sometimes equal or better.

Atlas Asia Investment Partners Reports 2013 Electric Vehicle Sales Double 2012

Atlas Asia Investment Partners: Sales of electric vehicles in the United States last year are expected to have doubled those in 2012 but there is still a long way to go.

Atlas Asia Investment Partners: Uptake of battery/electric or plug in vehicles in the United States during 2013 is expected to show a healthy uptick on 2012 sales but, in a year where, overall, some 15 million vehicles were sold, the fewer than 100,000 cars sold represent no more than the œproverbial drop in, to boutique investment house, Atlas Asia Investment Partners.

Undeniable that plug-in and battery powered vehicles are finding their way into a lot more garages than they used to but several of the high points of 2013 were countered by disappointing developments, said a Atlas Asia Investment Partners analyst alluding to negative headlines that hampered the perception of green vehicles among the buying public.

The most damaging was the run of photos and videos of Tesla’s Model S in flames by the roadside after a highway collision in which a piece of debris had punctured the lithium-ion batteries the cars run on and caused the vehicle to spontaneously combust, the analyst continued.

Lukewarm sales of highly-trumpeted vehicles like the Chevy Volt were followed by heavy discounting which adversely affected resale values for those buyers who’d bought a the full sticker price.

We think the market is there for electric vehicles but buyers remain reticent because the range of these vehicles makes them less attractive than conventionally-powered cars that can be refilled at a gas station. It really is as simple as that, concluded the Atlas Asia Investment Partners analyst.

Atlas Asia Investment Partners says it feels far more bullish about the ongoing development of hybrid cars like the Toyota Prius and on vehicles powered by natural gas.

About Atlas Asia Investment Partners

Atlas Asia Investment Partners is a wealth management firm specialising in asset management services for small- to mid-capitalised companies and high net worth individuals. Our philosophy is to grow and protect our clients’ wealth by investing in profitable investment opportunities and by employing long-term growth strategies, including investment management, financial planning, quantitative research and due diligence to deliver the highest level of customer service.

We always take the time to fully understand your investment objectives, financial goals and tolerance to risk before we are ready to make a bespoke investment plan, as we know that financial planning must be based on a thorough knowledge of your individual circumstances. Our objective is deliver profitable risk-adjusted returns by following a process of rigorous research and due diligence.

The Best Way to Upgrade Interior of Your Pontiac Models

Pontiac models have stolen hearts of many car enthusiasts owing their eye catching designs and matchless finishing. These models are perfect amalgamation of comfort and style. Now, one can also install Pontiac G6 Interior Lights in models, which take visibility experience of drivers to another level. These come in packages including dome lights, map lights, foot well lights, step/courtesy lights and door lights. All these are known for providing aesthetic and eye catching appearance to models. The lightings can be conveniently installed in interior cabins of Pontiac models years including 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Based on hi-intensity light emitting diode technology, the interior lightings are best way to upgrade old and dim factory interior incandescent light lights. These comprise of 100 % direct replacement LED bulbs in three vibrant color options like deep blue, crystal white and red light color. All these colored bulbs come with high power Philips Lumileds along with UV protected polycarbonate lenses, which reflect intense brightness as compared to conventional LED bulbs.

Some of the finest features of installing Pontiac G6 Interior Lights include:

  • Pre-configured with all kinds of LED lights
  • Three times better brightness than stock incandescent interior bulbs
  • Longer serviceable life span
  • High performance with less energy consumption
  • Eco friendliness
  • Less heat emission
  • Easy installation with no modifications

What are purposes behind installing these lights? The interior lights serve following functions in mid-sized Pontiac models:

  • Illuminate pathways

The LED based lights are known for rendering bright and intense beam on dim and dull roads. These enable drivers to experience clearer and safer discernibility.

  • Insure safety of drivers

The inner lights allow drivers to navigate their vehicles safely in all weather conditions. These help in acknowledging their presence and thus, avoid any kind of road accidents to take place.

  • Add style to vehicles

If you want to endow attractive appearance to your vehicles, install these lights today. These proffer varied colors of light, which add charm and elegance factors to models.

  • Easy installation

The lighting are pre-configured and ready to install, which facilitate in hassle free and prompt installation of lights. Additionally, these do not require any change in set up.

  • Cost effectives

The LED interior light sources are available at very affordable market prices. So, one can purchase these without spending much one’s pocket.

Now, you can purchase these lighting systems at various websites. Some of these also allow online order facilities without charging any shipping charges.

The Two Ways To Sell Used Cars

Selling used cars is something that has gotten a lot easier as the technology of our society has increased. Before the internet was so readily accessible, a person used to have to take an ad out in the local newspaper, or post signs about the vehicle he or she was trying to sell. The seller would anxiously wait for people to call and ask questions about the vehicle, or set up a time to come out to their home in order to look at the vehicle in person. Unfortunately, putting photos of the vehicle in the newspaper or on lamp-post signs was not really an option for the seller. So, he or she would often get a fair amount of people who were disinterested in the vehicle right from the start.

Today, if a seller is looking to get rid of a vehicle there are two viable options. The first way would be to take the vehicle to a dealership that also sells used cars. This is a particularly good idea if the seller is in the market for purchasing another vehicle. Taking the vehicle to a dealership would allow the seller to work out a trade-in agreement. He or she could sell the car back to the dealership in return for money towards a new car from the same dealership. The trade-in value of the car can often work as the down payment for the newly purchased vehicle.

The second way to get into the used cars business is to post the vehicle on a public website, or a local newspaper’s classified section. These outlets allow for the seller to post photos and all the necessary information a buyer might inquire about. Being able to post pictures and all details will help deter people who are not serious about making the purchase. These interested parties are then able to contact the seller through an anonymous email address first. If the seller is made uncomfortable by anything that the potential buyer has stated in the email, than he or she does not have to contact that person back. Online communication is a lot safer than having potential buyers coming directly to the seller’s home.

Once a solid, upstanding buyer has been found, the seller can invite him or her over for a test drive. They can negotiate the terms of the sale and decide if this is the right choice for the buyer. Going through a dealership, or using an online advertising forum are the two best options for getting used cars out of a person’s driveway, and back on the streets.

6 Important Car-Buying Tips

Having a car is not a luxury. It is a necessity especially if you live in a big city. Though you can find many luxury vehicles available for those who can afford them, buying at least a basic car is needed.

Owning one gives you the freedom to easily move around. But as an owner, you must also be responsible for your auto insurance, auto payments, gas, registration, and repair costs.

Whether you’re thinking of buying a brand new or second hand vehicle, here are some helpful tips:

Always do your homework

Whether you’re thinking of buying a new or used vehicle, it is important to find out as much as you can from a wide variety of sources both offline and online. Find out as much information because it’s the second biggest purchase that you make after your home.

Choose your vehicle carefully

Buying a sports vehicle won’t make sense if you are about to build a family. Therefore, you should work out what the requirements of your next car are. The most important thing to take note is what do you want it for and what you’re going to use it for.

Trust your gut feeling

If you are thinking of buying a second hand vehicle, make sure to never get sidetracked into buying the wrong one. If you feel there’s something iffy about it or your body is telling you that there’s something wrong, walk away.

Also consider the whole cost of owning a vehicle

Look at the bigger picture when selecting a vehicle. There are a lot of things to consider when buying a new or used car. Always keep in mind the costs involved. It’s not just the car but also the repayments if you have loaned money, the fuel economy, servicing costs, insurance, and other costs.

Obtain a discount

Don’t be ashamed to negotiate at the showroom. Big discounts are the norm in most showrooms. Getting about 20% on the price list is common today. Ask for it but you must do your homework first because you’ll be negotiating with a salesman who has several years of experience being a negotiator.

Don’t spend thousands so you can save a few

It is very easy to get obsessed with one aspect of a vehicle’s running costs and you should be very careful not to. Unfortunately, a lot of buyers are willing to spend thousands just to save a few dollars a year.

Finding Best Auto and Car insurance

With California car insurance you can indeed save a lot of money. It is extremely difficult to drive in California without having car insurance. In case of any accidents or other serious mishaps you will have to end up giving lots of fines if you are running your vehicle without car insurance. Thus such a huge compensation with money is surely not possible. Therefore, it is always better and wise to have California car insurance to safe guard your hard earned cash. When you are on the road of California and driving your car so vigorously you do not know where you are going to land up at the end. If you cause an accident in any way you are surely in deep trouble. For such an offense you can have to pay a price of $1000. That is quite a pretty sum of money. However, your miseries do not end over here. Along with money you also have to lose your car license. This is what California traffic rule says. Moreover, you car can be confiscated. Do you want more unfortunate things to happen to you? If your answer is no then go for a California car insurance today.

The same goes for Los Angeles auto insurance too. In this case again a mishap on road can indeed be fatal. Moreover in Los Angeles the rate of auto insurance is increasing leaps and bounds each day. The prices of gas are becoming too unaffordable and thus more and more people are trying to save money by finding out ways to curtail the cost of auto insurance. One way you can reduce the rate of auto insurance is by restricting your auto drive within strict miles. You should not drive for too long a way. There are several companies who are taking into account the number of miles being covered by the auto. The more miles covered the higher the insurance rate is going to be. So it is always wise to drive lesser miles in order to save yourself from excessive Los Angeles auto insurance.

After having an idea about Los Angeles auto insurance it is time to gather some information on Los Angeles car insurance and its impending danger on common men. In Los Angeles cars have become an essential part of daily existence. Thus it is necessary for you to keep in knowledge the ways by which you can secure your car and make use of your insurance policy in case of any accidents on road. However, when you are planning to buy a Los Angeles car insurance you can either directly approach a company offering easy car insurance or you can also meet an insurance agent or a professional broker to get in hand a valid insurance for the kind of automobile you are having. So always try to secure your on road possession through a proper insurance policy.

Luxury and Excellence in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep has outdone themselves for the 2014 model year with the new Grand Cherokee. The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a luxury SUV that contains many of the best elements of past Jeep products with new and innovated ideas. Jeep has focused their attention to detail so that the standards are unbeatable.

The interior of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a new level of wonderful. No matter where you are sitting in the SUV, you feel enveloped in luxury and quality. Every detail of the interior has been tweaked, trimmed and accented to shine above all that came before it. From the stitching in the detail to the workmanship on the headliner, there is nothing that has gone untouched and improved on.

It really does not matter, inside or out, what angle you are looking at this magnificent vehicle, you will see the changes and notice the differences. The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee boasts strength and exhumes confidence. Jeep knew the need for advanced lighting and created a signature LED accent headlamps as well as daytime running lamps. The new HID headlamps are extraordinary in that they swivel on winding roads to follow the drivers steering and make it easier to see the roads.

Power does not come cheap and with the price of gas being the top concern with any vehicle on the road, Jeep has recognized a need and met it with the EcoDiesel V6. Not only is the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s engine fuel efficient but gives you that efficiency with performance that is outstanding. Jeep has taken into account your needs as well and created it with towing in mind. This Cherokee has adapted the eight-speed transmission that will allow you to accelerate quicker, have smoother shifting all the while maintaining a great fuel economy.

Above all the other wonderful additions to the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the safety and security features are beyond awesome. This Cherokee features blind spot monitoring which is always a concern no matter how long you have been driving but even a bigger concern for that new driver in your house as well as a backup camera that allows you to see clearly if there is anything behind you when you put your car in reverse. To prevent accidents from happening there is a “forward collision warning” and if you are involved in an accident there are all the normal airbags as well as side curtain airbags. An emergency 911 call button will signal assistance almost immediately if you do happen to have an accident.

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is top of the line in a midsize SUV and has outdone itself at every turn. The developers have executed the improvements like no other vehicle and have rolled them out in one awesome machine. Whether you are having a night on the town or going off-road touring, you will ride in comfort and style like no other midsize SUV can offer. It has been a long time since a vehicle of this magnitude has hit the market with all the changes that this one has.

Porsche announces it has solution to 911 GT3 sports coupes fire problem

Everyone knows that Porsche are “hot” cars, but nobody realized just how hot until two of its 2014 911 GT3 sports coupes burst into flames. As a result, the company has alerted owners of all 785 of the produced cars in February telling them to stop driving them immediately via phone calls and e-mails. In addition, dealers were instructed to stop all orders.

“This was not a recall but a proactive safety measure,” stressed company spokesman Nick Twork, who added that the automaker is also working with the NHTSA regarding the issue. No injuries related to the engine fires have been reported.

In the meantime, Porsche’s executive officer Matthias Müller stated that they “now know the reason-solution to the technical problem, and will be announcing the results to its customers first,” during a recent press conference near the company’s headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.

For more information drivers can contact Porsche at 800-767-7243.