Category: Auto

Use Discretion When Buying a New Car

Buying a new car is exciting. I remember the feeling of going with my father to the car dealership for the first time. I had this weird thing for a while where I didn’t want anything to do with a car that someone had already owned and had driven around in. Instead, I wanted a brand new car, something that hadn’t yet absorbed anyone else’s smells or bad driving habits such as smoking or owning a pet.

I am not the only person who has felt like this however. There are plenty of people who go out and purchase a brand new car for the very reasons that I already stated. However, does this mean that they’ve made the right decision? Probably not. In fact, you should never base your decision to purchase a new car or a used car on the fact that someone may or may not have owned it prior to you. The fact of the matter is that while someone may not have ‘owned’ your car outright, someone still had to drive it at some point. There is no way around that.

Instead, when you are looking to buy a new car, the sorts of things that you should be focused on initially is how much money you have set aside for a new car in your life. Often times, those of us who opt to purchase a new or used car do so based on our current income or financial situation. There are some new cars that you can purchase for relatively cheap. However, often, these cars do not come with quite as many features as a slightly older used car. For example, I recently came across a used 2007 Honda Accord that had leather interior, power seating, a sunroof and premium sound with only 30,000 miles on it. Compare this to 2010 Honda Civic Coupe at the lowest end which may be comparable in price but contain less features.

Purchasing a car can be (and often is) a relatively seamless process. However, you want to make sure that you have all of your cards in order before you head out to the dealership. The worst thing that you could do is go to the dealership alone and let the salesman or saleswoman convince you to buy a car that, in the end, you really cannot afford. Granted, while not all salespeople are like this, there are a large amount of salespeople out there who won’t think twice about trying to get you into a more expensive vehicle because doing so will mean an increase in the commission that they make.

If you have figured out that you are going to be purchasing a new car, then you will no doubt want to bring someone with you who has been through the process of purchasing a car from a dealership and who can act as a sort of buffer between you and the salesperson. Don’t walk out of a dealership with a car that you don’t feel comfortable with all because the salesperson managed to convince you that it was the ‘car for you’. Instead, use your discretion and make sure that you do your homework ahead of time before you walk out the door.

Why Fall Is the Best Time to Buy a New HVAC System

f you can believe it, the humid days of summer are officially behind us.

That means cooler air and no more air conditioning, but it also means your furnace is up to bat.

Fall is that magical time of year where you’re in-between systems, and that means it’s the perfect time to invest in a new one. If you know your HVAC system is getting up there in age, there has never been a better time to do some investigating. Here are a few reasons you should look into replacing your HVAC system this fall:

1. The worst time to replace either your air conditioner or furnace is when you need it the most. Nothing is worse than desperately calling your local contractor on a 20 degree day hoping they have an opening to come see you. If you don’t think your furnace will keep you warm all winter long, it’s time to call in the experts. Since fall temperatures bring milder weather, you won’t experience any downtime on your system when you need it the most. The same is true for spring and your AC unit.

2. When you aren’t rushing to make a decision you get the chance to sit down with your contractor and really make the best decision possible for your home. There are rebates, warranties, and guarantees to consider when purchasing a new system and the added time of a non-emergency replacement allows you to consider this investment from every angle. Your contractor is there to answer any and all questions you might have and it’s best to take that time to ask everything you’ve been wanting to.

3. Buying a new system will mean you’re getting a system that’s more energy efficient, which, over time, saves you money and headaches. But, that doesn’t mean you can ignore your system just because it’s new. In order to get the longest life you can out of your new system, you need to have it maintained. It’s important to remember that your HVAC system is a lot like a car. You wouldn’t drive a car 100,000 miles without getting its oil changed, so you shouldn’t run your HVAC unit for a season without having it looked at by a trusted professional.

4. Buying a new system in the fall allows you to shop around for the best deals, make sure you are working with the right HVAC professional, and replace your system on your terms and not because you got stuck in the middle of a snowstorm.

Zipf-Air started as a one man shop and has continued to grow through the years. With over 100 years of combined experience installing and troubleshooting HVAC systems, Zipf-Air has earned an outstanding reputation within the heating and cooling industry. We are dedicated to providing the best equipment and services to St. Louis and the surrounding areas by providing exceptional service and installation for quality conscious customers.

Buying Your Perfect Car

Too many times when people want a new car they dash out shopping at new car dealerships, see one they like, take it on a test drive with the salesman, drive around the block, get excited about the look and feel of the car, and before you know it are signing the contract. Next, thing you know that car is sitting in your driveway or garage.

Of course, they are excited about having a new car, however; in a couple of days, they may begin to question their decision. They may even begin to complain that the payments are too high and they cannot afford them, the car does not give them leg room, and the ride is not all that comfortable. One last complaint that is often heard is the gas mileage is terrible for their new car.

Does this sound like something you have said or done in the past? If so, you are in good company as 9 out of 10 car buyers agree. The worst part of the entire decision is that you are going to have to live with your impulse purchase for the next 4 to 7 years. Before you, head out the door to find the new car of your dreams you should invest just a couple of minutes to answer the following questions to learn what is important for you in your next vehicle.