iPhone Apps for your Vehicle

There are thousands of apps available to iPhone users, so many in fact, that you can get lost trying to find ones that are useful to you. Not to worry, we’ve done some digging and have found 5 usefully car apps to possibly make life a little less stressful, and maybe even, a little more fun.

  1. GasBuddy (Free)
    GasBuddy is pretty simple yet very effective. It locates the cheapest place to fill up in a short radius. While a few gas stations don’t appear on the screen, prices are usually 100% accurate. This app lives up to its name; plus it doesn’t cost you a penny. 83 Ratings = 5 Stars
  2. Honk ($0.99)
    Parking tickets are a thing of the past with Honk, which helps you keep an eye on your parking meter. In addition to a programmable alarm (2, 5 or 10 minutes remaining), Honk can refresh your memory if you forgot where you left your car. This precious app will ensure that your future downtown stints don’t leave a sour taste in your month. 11 Ratings = 4.5 Stars
  3. Dynolicious ($12.99)
    How does all that tuning translate on the road? Using the iPhone’s built-in accelerometer, Dynolicious calculates your vehicle’s 0-100km/h acceleration, quarter mile time, horsepower total, lateral Gs, and other performance metrics. All you have to do is to create a profile for your car and voilà! 26 Ratings = 4.5 Stars
  4. Car Minder Plus ($2.99)
    Your car will love you with this app. Manage all your car maintenance needs, log repairs, track fuel economy, and look up when a service is due. Manage multiple cars, and get the most out of each of them.  57 Ratings = 4.5 Stars
  5. Garmin/Navigon/TomTom (0$ to $59.99)
    There is something for everyone, with prices ranging from 0$ to nearly $60. And believe me, it’s a significant upgrade over Google Maps. You can find various points of interest, plan long trips with multiple stops, and get clear turn-by-turn directions… we are in road trip season after all!

Did we miss any? Let us know if you use a vehicle app that you love.

LaSorsa Chevrolet
3510 Webster Ave.
Bronx, NY 10467
(800) 743-1788

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Leasing VS Buying Vehicles

 

 

Leasing is growing in popularity, and represents a viable alternative to buying.

Why? Because it costs less.  You’re basically paying for the estimated depreciation of the vehicle over the lease period, rather than paying for the whole value of the car. Of course, all you’re getting is the use of the car during that period, rather than actual ownership of it in the end.

Here is a quick rundown of some advantages and disadvantages to leasing rather than buying:

Advantages:

  • A lease costs less than a purchase, you only pay a portion of the vehicles cost
  • Monthly payments are lower
  • No large down payment. When the lease begins, you pay the first month’s payment, title, taxes, registration, banking fees, and a security deposit.
  • You don’t have to worry about selling the car when you no longer want it.

Disadvantages

  • You don’t own the car.
  • You aren’t able to customize the vehicle or make modifications to it as you could if you bought it.
  • There are additional charges for excessive mileage (for example, more than 15,000 miles a year) and any damage to the car.
  • Generally, you will need to have the maximum insurance coverage limits.

The decision to lease or buy will always depend on your personal circumstances. If your objective is to one day be rid of car payments and you want to own, buying a car may be the best option. If, however, if your goal is to drive a new set of wheels every four years and minimize your monthly costs, leasing a car may be a good alternative.

Stop by the dealership, let our finance team help you make the right decision.

LaSorsa Chevrolet
3510 Webster Ave.
Bronx, NY 10467
(800) 743-1788

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