How To Choose The Right Vehicle

So you’re ready to choose your next vehicle! Whether you have gotten the most out of your current vehicle and it’s time for a trade, you have a new driver in the family, or your previous ride has been totaled, there are countless models to choose from today.

While some shoppers around Harlingen TX and the rest of the Rio Grande Valley find the experience exhilarating, there are many who are terrified by it.

What if you make the wrong choice?

 What if your new vehicle does not actually suit your needs and those of others in your household?

 What if you fall prey to slimy sales gimmicks or dishonest tactics people so often warn against when buying a new vehicle?

The process can be daunting for many of us. Fortunately, there are some guidelines and helpful questions to consider for every type of shopper in the Harlingen area to ensure your next vehicle is the right one.

Before ever driving up to a showroom or browsing online, making a list of what you need from a vehicle will help establish some guiding boundaries. What will the vehicle be used for primarily and who will need to use it most?

To aid this first step, look at your calendar. Avoid the “If I had this type of vehicle, then I could…” type of thinking that gets customers in trouble. A new vehicle is not going to change your lifestyle—let your current schedule dictate your purchase.

It’s All About the Benjamins

Actually, it’s about keeping enough Benjamins to make your payments and maintain your new vehicle. The area where customers really get themselves in a bind is a budget…or lack thereof. This is another guardrail that will keep you from regretting your purchase down the road.

Beyond just the purchase price, consider financing costs, fuel prices, and the average maintenance cost to own the vehicle you choose. A friendly and knowledge sales team like the one at Charlie Clark Nissan Harlingen will help customers understand the full price of owning a vehicle before they buy.

Get a Feel for the Vehicle

Once you have narrowed down your options following an assessment and creating a budget, the real fun begins—and you should let yourself enjoy the process from this point forward as a reward for being prudent!

Make sure to spend an adequate amount of time test driving a vehicle you are considering. While like makes and models will be similar to one another, each individual car is unique. Therefore, shoppers around Harlingen TX are wise to drive the exact vehicle they are looking to purchase long enough to know if it is the right one or not.

In the end, the dealership makes all the difference. For the best car buying experience, call Charlie Clark Nissan Harlingen at 956-303-7624 or browse the inventory and get in touch online today!

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Ways of Owning an EV (Electric Vehicle) for Apartment Dwellers | Charlie Clark Nissan Harlingen Blog

There are plenty of benefits associated with owning an EV, and as gas-powered vehicles are slowly phased out, eventually if you own an automobile, it will be an EV. Not only are EVs much better for the health of our planet, they offer plenty of convenience too as, unlike gas-powered vehicles, they can be ‘powered up’ at home.

But not everyone has the option of charging their EV at home, as not everyone owns a house with a convenient parking and charging location. Plenty of people live in apartments and condominiums and have to park their vehicle wherever they can find a parking place. This dissuades such people from owning an EV, as they can only charge their vehicle at places that could be miles from where they live, and there’s always the risk of their EV running out of charge as they journey to the nearest convenient charging station.

So, this begs the question – what are the most convenient ways of owning an EV for apartment dwellers where a charging station or docking point cannot be arranged?

The Government is Looking at Ways of Making EV Charging Station Installation Easier

The good news for apartment dwellers who wish to own an EV is that your government is already thinking of you. The best way to encourage the use of EVs is for multi-unit dwellings such as an apartment block to have designated parking spots, some of which will have EV charging stations. Laws have been passed and legislation is being considered to make it easier for building owners to install EV charging statuibs. Indeed, some laws may make it a necessity that any multi-unit dwelling has at least the potential and ability for charging stations to be installed.

Of course, you may think that the obvious solution is for an apartment owner to apply to be allocated a dedicated parking place, and then pay for the installation of an EV charging point themselves. That, however, comes with another heap of issues. Apartment ownership is much more fleeting than home ownership. What happens if a tenant pays for a dedicated parking place and the installation of a charging point and then – due to a change of circumstances – is forced to move out six months later?

An Apartment Building with EV Charging Stations will Make it More Attractive to Potential Tenants

The onus, therefore, as many people argue, is for building owners to install charging stations. When it comes to getting their apartment rented, having dedicated parking spots and EV charging stations makes rental more attractive to potential tenants. Low-level charging stations are not actually that expensive to install, and an EV left to charge overnight at even a low-level charging station should have enough power come the morning to get any EV owner to any fast charging station within a 100 mile radius.

Of course, multi-unit dwelling does not always mean that a single person owns the entire unit and then rents out each individual apartment. Often tenants each own their individual apartment and then have shared ownership of the unit. In situations like this, the installation of a charging station becomes a little more complicated as the cost of installation is usually seen as a group expense, and not an individual one. However, if the installation is seen as a benefit to the whole group for the attraction of future owners and not just the owner of the EV who desires the installation, then agreements can be reached.

The new 2019 Nissan LEAF e+ has a 62 kWh battery pack and an EPA-estimated range of up to 226 miles. Sales in the U.S. are expected to begin in spring 2019.

Here at the Charlie Clark Nissan Harlingen showroom, we always have a decent selection of EVs and hybrid vehicles available for purchase, so please check out our inventory. If you want to learn more, then you can always contact us at (956) 423-6975 or online through our contact form.

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2018 Nissan Kicks cargo space with the rear seats down

As compact as the Kicks may be, it’s still able to provide its owners with an impressive amount of cargo space. With its rear seats upright and occupied, the basic cargo space of the 2018 Nissan Kicks is 25.3 cubic feet.
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What are the 2018 Nissan Kicks fuel economy ratings?

The all-new 2018 Nissan Kicks is available now at Charlie Clark Nissan Harlingen! Before its release, Nissan told us a lot about the Kicks, such as its innovative color studio, which allows for unparalleled customizations. We also learned that the Kicks offers a full host of must-have features and technology systems including Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.
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What are the 2018 Nissan Kicks performance specs and features?

If you’re the proud owner of a Nissan vehicle, then you already know that every model is fully capable of delivering an amazing driving experience. You don’t need an obscene amount of power in order to get excited while behind the wheel.
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