JelMAC’s Car Dealer Advice Blog

The Myth of SUV Gas Efficiency
May 24, 2007, 11:02 am
Filed under: car buying, car buying advice

Over the past few years, the media has been quick to point the finger at SUVs for being gas guzzlers. Unfortunately, this has caused buyers to lose some interest in these, the most versatile of all vehicles.

What everyone in the media fails to bring up is the fact that SUVs don’t inherently guzzle gas… rather, the drivers demand more from an SUV than they do from a small sedan, and that’s why more gas is used.

There was an article written a few months back from a member of 9Rules which stated that a 6-cylinder Honda Accord and an 8-cylinder Dodge Durango will get the same exact gas mileage per cubic foot of useable interior space. The conclusion was that if you actually use an SUV to haul family and cargo, you’d have to drive 1.5 Accords to carry the same load, and your gas mileage would be no better than if you’d just used one Durango.

Now obviously we aren’t always hauling 5 passengers or a dining set around in our SUVs, but remember the other advantages of an SUV when you think about that subpar gas mileage:

  • Commanding view of the road
  • 4-wheel drive capability in bad weather
  • Ground clearance for snow or off-road situations
  • Towing capability
  • Greater safety in low-speed collisions

The fact of the matter is, SUVs are asked to do a lot more than sedans, and that’s why the gas mileage is worse. You’ll find that any 4-cylinder, front-wheel-drive SUV will give you great gas mileage, as long as you drive it like you would a small car. But that’s not why people buy SUV’s, and as much as we all like to have our cake and eat it too, it just doesn’t work that way.

The answer is simple: if you usually drive without any passengers, have no need to tow or haul anything, aren’t concerned about getting around in inclement weather, and don’t care about having a commanding view of traffic, then an SUV is an extravagance, and it would indeed be a waste for you to own one. But, if any of those items are a concern for you, then keep in mind how much your SUV can do for you when you’re thinking about that MPG number.

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Keep Your Eyes Peeled: The Altima Coupe Is Coming!
May 17, 2007, 12:41 pm
Filed under: car dealer, nissan, north jersey

Our Nissan Of Bergenfield store is excited to announce that the 2008 Altima Coupe will be in our showroom within weeks! This thing is smokin’ hot, as evidenced by the fact that we’ve already had a handful of pre-order purchases on the vehicle. For those of you who haven’t seen the eye candy yet, check out NissanUSA for details.

And make sure to stop by our store in June to see and test drive the Altima Coupe!

UPDATE! See the first Altima Coupe go through the assembly line in this video!

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New Chrysler Ad Campaign
May 9, 2007, 7:09 am
Filed under: car buying, car dealer, chrysler, north jersey

On Monday, Chrysler leaked out its new advertising campaign, with the tag line “Engineered Beautifully”. The spots are set to air in line with the debut of the Sebring Hardtop Convertible, and the term “engineered beautifully” is definitely the perfect way to describe this car.

Check out the ad below, and then check out the Sebring Sedan and Convertible at Chrysler Of Paramus!

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Dealer Dictionary: “Demo”
May 4, 2007, 10:50 am
Filed under: car buying, car buying advice, car dealer, north jersey

Today’s Dealer Dictionary word is Demo, also known as a Demonstrator Model.

A Demo is a new vehicle that a top-level Manager has taken out of inventory to drive for promotional purposes: to demonstrate the vehicle to friends, family, and the general public. They are usually driven for a few thousand miles and then offered up for sale as a “Demo Model”. So what does this mean to you?

What makes the Demo an appealing choice for many consumers is the fact that dealers are authorized to discount Demo models due to the accrued mileage. While the vehicle is basically still brand new (Demo models have never been registered or titled, and the factory warranty date only begins once the consumer titles the vehicle), it may have 3 – 5,000 miles on the odometer, allowing for a lower selling price.

Usually, Demo models are well-equipped vehicles, and this is where consumers can take advantage. While your budget might allow for a car with leather and a sunroof, but no Navigation system, you could opt for a Demo version of the vehicle you’re interested in, and get a car with Nav at a price comparable to one without. Again, you’re still purchasing a new, unregistered vehicle… the only difference is that these cars have a couple thousand miles on the clock. Some consumers even swear by Demos, as they feel better knowing thier car probably has all the kinks out, and there is much less worry about the vehicle having any mechanical issues from the factory.

So keep the Demo Model in mind when shopping for your next car! Here are some of the models currently being demonstrated at the JelMAC Auto Group:

  • Nissan Murano
  • Nissan Altima
  • Nissan Altima Hybrid
  • Nissan Maxima
  • Dodge Durango
  • Dodge Nitro 
  • Chrysler Aspen
  • Chrysler Town & Country
  • Chrysler 300
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Hyundai Azera

Shoot us an email if you’d like to know more about any of these Demos. Happy shopping!

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