Why Minivans Are Out and Crossovers Are In

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Have you noticed lately that crossovers seem to have surpassed minivans on the road?  It seems families, women, and other drivers have changed their automobile of choice to the crossover.  InTexas, many families choose the crossover as their main point of transportation.  eCarOne inCarrollton, Texas has some great crossover vehicles like the Honda CRV.  Our dealership is known for its luxury vehicles and its competitive pricing.  There are many reasons the crossover has become more popular than the minivans like aesthetics, no sliding doors, and availability of all shapes and sizes.  You can read msn.com’s full article to see the top five reasons for the crossover popularity.

Need a friend? How about GasBuddy?

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In today’s economy couponing, grouponing, and saving money is the rage.  One of our greatest expenses is gas.  Unfortunately it is hard to cut from the budget, unlike eating out or gym memberships.  Purchasing gas is necessary to get from one place to the next.  So how can we save money when it comes to filling up the tank?  The iPhone has come out with an application that can help you to research and find the best deal on gas – GasBuddy.  The GasBuddy application can be downloaded for iPhones as well as many other mobile devices.

The application is set up so that you can provide specific criteria, such as location and preferred grade and it will spit out a map to the location perfect for you based on what you find important – cost or proximity.  This is a perfect application to have when you are out and about in Carrollton and in need of a fill up.  Once you get your car gassed up for a great price you can head over to eCarOne and take a look at some of our luxury used cars.  We have some great fuel-efficient options as well at our eCarOne dealership in Carrollton, Texas.  Gas Buddy is only $2.99 – but when used correctly you can quickly get your money back plus more!

8 Smart Splurges for Your Car

Cars are expensive and can quickly lose their value.  There are a few items and add-ons you can do for your car that could be worth the expense.  At eCarOne in Carrollton we have luxury used cars that already include some of these upgrades.  Come see for yourself all the different luxury used vehicles we have available. 

Replacement Tires

While tires may all appear the same, they are the single most important things you can purchase to affect the safety, handling, and ride of your car.  In order to determine which tires are best for your car you will need to do some research.  Start by looking at top traction and temperature ratings – this will tell you how well the tires will stick to wet roads and run at high speed under a heavy load. 

Built-In Navigation Systems

Why spend money on a built-in navigation system when you have one on your cell phone?  Safety.  Not only does the built-in navigation allow you to keep your eyes on the road it also sometimes provides a screen for a backup camera, and a display to control your music and more. 

A Nicer Towel

No matter how you choose to wash your car, the drying cloth you choose to use can make a difference.  Using a microfiber cloth rather than your recycled bath towels can save time, laundry, and reduce the risk of scratching your paint.

Safety Options

Newer cars have government mandated safety features included but there are still many options that can improve your safety while driving.  A few examples are blind-spot information systems, collision advance systems, and high-intensity discharge xenon headlights.

Windshield Wiper Blades

New cars usually have ‘beam-type’ windshield wipers and spending a few extra dollars to upgrade will allow you a better view of the road and decrease the chance of the blade freezing up in the cold winter months.

Synthetic Oil

When getting your oil changed, choosing synthetic oil can help the driver who wants the best for their car and also the driver that can’t remember to get their oil changed on time.  The synthetic oil allows a margin of safety to avoid engine damage if you do go past your needed oil change.

Factory-Installed Sound Systems

Not too long ago factory-installed sound systems were not the way to go.  It could easily find better sound for less money.  Carmakers have improved their systems so by choosing the factory-installed system and splurging for higher-cost options to get the best sound.

Car Clubs

When you get a flat tire, lock your keys in your car, or run out of gas, your membership to a car club can buy you peace of mind.  Even if you never use the tow or roadside service, there are other benefits for discounts off the road too.

To get your luxury used car or see about getting some of these useful add-ons come out to eCarOnein Carrollton, Texas today.

The Infiniti QX56 at eCarOne in Carrollton, Texas

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The luxury Infiniti SUV is known as the Infiniti QX.  This vehicle truly reflects the ‘bigger is better’ idea.  The QX56 has a V8 engine, excellent towing capabilities, and a comfortable cabin.  This is no ordinary SUV for the rugged outdoorsman the Infiniti QX56 provides luxury transportation to the rough terrain. 

You can easily fit a large group of 7-8 passengers comfortably in the QX56.  It would be the perfect choice for visiting any of the lakes in Texas while at the same time capable of pulling up to a upscale restaurant in downtown Dallas.  This SUV has it all and at eCarOne in Carrollton, Texas you can get your hands on a luxury used Infiniti QX56 today. 

Read in more detail about the Infiniti QX56 and come out to our Carrollton luxury used car dealership today.

Go Green with these Helpful Sites

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There are many ways to ‘go green’. Going green can help you to save money while making our world a better place. You can change out all your light bulbs to be more efficient.  You can install a low-flow shower head or take shorter showers to reduce your water use.  The list goes on and on.  ‘Driving green’ is another way to help the environment – but what exactly does ‘driving green’ mean?  eCarOnehas provided some helpful sites below that can get you started on your journey to ‘go green’.

At howstuffworks.com you can obtain 10 Green Driving Tips that can help keep money in your wallet. 

Learn to keep up your car’s appearance by washing your car the eco-friendly way from MSN Autos. 

Educate yourself on the most fuel-efficient cars of 2012. 

To speak to a sales guy at eCarOne to further discuss ‘driving green’ stop by our Carrollton dealership – we would love to visit with you.  

KBB 2012 Brand Image Awards

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Kelley Blue Book, the leading provider of new car and used car information, honors automotive brands that capture the most positive consumer attention. There are 12 categories that are recognized and Ford took home four of the awards including: Most Rugged Truck Brand, Best Exterior Brand -Non-Luxury, Most Family-Friendly Brand, and Best Interior Design Brand – Non-Luxury.  The only other US make to win was Cadillac with the Best Interior Design Brand – Luxury and Best Comfort Brand.

 

Below you can see the remaining categories and their winners:

·       2012 Best Value Brand: Honda

·       2012 Most Trusted Brand: Honda

              ·       2012 Best Exterior Design Brand – Luxury: BMW

·       2012 Best Performance Brand: Porsche

·       2012 Coolest Brand: Porsche

·       2012 Most Prestigious Brand: Mercedes-Benz

 

eCarOne in Carrollton, Texas carries all of these great brands and more.  Our luxury used vehicles are all priced competitively and our Texas sales team is outstanding. Come out to Carrollton, Texas today and test some of these Image Award Winning brands

 

Parker App for iPhone

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There is nothing worse than driving around trying to find a parking spot only to have it taken by someone right in front of you.  Good news, there is an application that can help!  The Parker app gives you a rooftop view of the local street situation and tells you where the parking places are.

Pretty cool huh?  With the cooperation of Departments of Transportation electronic sensors have been installed in certain areas to detect whether parking places are occupied or empty.  Within the app you can choose a city and a map will show you the number of open spaces within the area.  It is color coded to show if there are fees for meters or commercial parking garages.  In some instances, you can even pay for parking directly from the app. And once you’ve started a meter ticking, Parker will not only time it for you and remind you when it’s about to run out, but will use your iPhone‘s built-in gps predict whether you have enough time to walk back to your car before the meter expires.

If you are our driving in major metropolitan areas often, then this app will help save you lots of time and frustration.  In fact, you can use your new Parker app to find your next parking spot at eCarOne inCarrollton.  We would love to show you all the luxury used cars we have available.

Wax On Wax Off

          Beautiful weather is upon us and the local car washes are packed.  Everyone loves a clean car on these gorgeous sunny days.   AOL Autos DIY Garage has put together a step-by-step video showing us how to perform a ‘perfect car wash’.  You will be surprised to know that you should not use dish soap or sponges on your car – a common mistake made among many ‘do it yourself car washers’. 

 

 

          This is a great way to save some money, enjoy the beautiful day and guarantee that your car is washed the way you like it.  If you have any questions about maintaining your car or any other great tips ask your local luxury used car dealership, eCarOne in Carrollton, Texas.DIY Garage – Car Cleaning, AOL Autos

5 Reliable Luxury Sedans

1. Lexus GS

The Lexus GS models were designed for performance.  These cars are all based with double wishbone front and rear suspension, large-diameter four-wheel disc brakes and allow wheels. These 5-passenger vehicles are known for quality and high performance. The Lexus GS is a great choice for a pre-owned purchase.

 

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2. LexusLS

The LS series brought luxury to many American auto buyers.  J.D Power and Associates have rated the LS 430 the most reliable luxury sedan for 2001 – 2006.The Lexus vehicle also ranks highly when it comes to fewest number of defects after 3 years of ownership.

 

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3. Infiniti M35

The Infiniti M35 includes some great amenities such as standard satin-finish rosewood trim.  Some special high-tech details include intelligent key with push button starting, rear view monitor, adaptive front lighting system, intelligent all-wheel drive, Bluetooth wireless connection, Bose Surround Sound, and rear active steering.

 

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4. Acura RL

The Acura RL has Xenon headlights and integrated fog lights. The engine includes 225 horsepower output and safety includes OnStar. The all wheel drive system and traction control earned the Acura RL the “Tech Car of the Year” in 2005.

 

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5. BMW 530i

All BMW vehicles have excellent quality, safety, and style.  In 2001 530i was named Consumer Reports’ highest car rating ever.In 2003 the BMW M5 was released with a 400 horsepower engine.This vehicle is a fast car.

eCarOne in Carrollton is a luxury used car dealership that carries these and other great luxury cars.  Visit us today and get behind the wheel of a reliable luxury sedan that you will love.

Rain, Rain, Go Away

          We are entering the spring shower time of year.  It can be a major distraction when your windshield wipers are worn down and can’t get the job done.  Watch the video below featuring AAA’s John Nielsen to better understand how to take care of your windshield wipers so that you can have a safer and better driving experience

 

 

          Visit your local eCarOne dealership in Carrollton for more tips and instruction on taking care of your vehicle.