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6 Tips For The Ultimate Summer Road Trip

Hitting The Open Road

“Road Trip”: depending on what stage in life you’re at, the term can either conjure up images of hitting the open road with friends, free as a bird; or it could conjure up images of being locked in a car for hours with restless children, decidedly not free as a bird. In any case, road trips can be a lot of fun provided that you have two things: a fun car to drive, and ample preparation. Figuring that we already have you covered for that first part, we at AUTO ONE Group want to offer up six tips for planning the perfect summer road trip.

Lease An Amazing Car

Of course, we have to talk about the car. It’s not an impassive or unimportant part of the road trip by any means; on the contrary, it is perhaps the most important aspect, capable of giving you either a smooth ride or a bumpy one. Not only do we have the best lease deals in Vancouver and Toronto and Halifax, but we also have the finest selection of luxury and sports cars, meaning that you can choose one according to your needs. Want an SUV chock full of infotainment bells and whistles to keep the kids occupied? We’ve got you covered. Want a slick speed-demon that you can roll the top down on? We’ve got you covered.

Download A Road Trip App

You could chart your trip out the old fashioned way, by drawing on a map and then having your passenger seat unfold it whenever an important junction approaches. Or you could just download a road trip app. According to Condé Nast Traveler, the best apps for road trip travel are Roadtrippers and iExit.

Get A CAA Membership

Listen, accidents happen, as do mechanical problems and flat tires – for these times, look into getting a CAA membership, if just for the roadside assistance. If you’re reticent to pay the CAA membership cost, at least stock a spare tire, an emergency kit and a phone that you can charge in your car.

 

Pack A Cooler & Eating Supplies

For long periods of driving, you’re going to want refreshments (no, definitely not those kinds), and so it’s wise to pack a cooler. You also never know what kind of supplies your food stops will have, so pack napkins and cutlery (or the plastic or metal variety, doesn’t matter) just in case.

Pack Some Solid Entertainment

If you’ve opted for a car that doesn’t have a whole lot in the way of backseat TV monitors, etc., consider bringing a tablet or phone that your riders can keep busy with. Pro-tip: you can buy headrest mounts for iPads, so that they function the same as an in-car monitor.

Get A Maintenance Check

You’ve enjoyed the open road, felt the wind on your face and knuckles as you drove from town to town taking in the crisp Canadian scenery. When it’s all over, you’re exhausted. And your car may well be exhausted too. You’ve gone through all the trouble to find the vehicle of your dreams so it only makes sense that you take care of it – a quick trip to the auto body shop is all you need.

With summer nearly here, there’s no better time to start planning your road trip. Come visit us at AUTO ONE Group and we’ll help secure your dream car. One last tip: make sure you have a phone with a good camera, because you’re going to look good driving one of our cars.

5 Benefits Of Leasing A Luxury Car

Undoubtedly, one of life’s greatest thrills is stepping into a sleek new luxury car, revving that impeccably constructed engine and taking to the back roads with the window rolled down. Being Canada’s premier luxury car dealership we may be a little bit bias in this regard, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Luxury cars are a joy to drive. Unfortunately, many believe that they simply don’t have the means to drive a luxury car, and while that might be true of ownership, it’s certainly not true of leasing. Leasing a luxury car can be surprisingly affordable, and it’s with that overarching benefit in mind that we explore a few more benefits of leasing a luxury car.

Worry-Free Driving

For those inclined to fret and sweat over the state of their car, one of the ultimate benefits of leasing a car has to be the fact that it’s pretty much worry-free. Most new car warranties extend past the lease term, meaning your luxury car is under warranty the entire time it’s under your possession – trade your car in for a new lease? That’s another new car fully under warranty. Hopping from lease to lease, you never have to worry about your warranty running up. Couple that with the fact that you’re driving your car during the best years of its life, and you’ve got the makings for a stress-free vehicle experience.

Better Car For Your Buck

Compared to car loans, leases have lower monthly payments, and there’s no sizeable, upfront down payment. That means that you’re able to afford a better car on a lease than you would on a purchase – sometimes a much better car. If you’re in the market to lease a new vehicle then come and chat with us about what you can afford; we have a feeling that you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Less Depreciation

It’s a well-documented perk of leasing that you don’t have to shoulder the full price of depreciation for a car, as you would with buying. Instead, you’re only responsible for the depreciation occurring during your lease term. You don’t have to watch as your one-time investment dwindles to a fraction of what it once was; you simply hop over to a new car, saying goodbye to that past depreciation.

Variety Is The Spice Of Life

Think about the next 15 years of your life: would you rather drive two different cars, or five different cars? The answer is pretty clear. You want to experience as much variety as you possibly can, and leasing allows you to do that, all while driving the latest cars, with the latest technology, safety and fuel-efficiency features.

No Hassle Afterwards

With a bought car, when you’re done driving it – either you’ve grown tired of it or driven it into the ground – there begins the arduous task of having to sell it or trade it in. Just to make some money back against your original investment. With a lease, on the other hand, when the term is over you just hand the keys back to us (or, if you’ve become attached to the car, buy what’s left of the value from us). You can then either choose to lease a new car, or walk out the door. There’s really no hassle involved at all.

As you can see, leasing a luxury car comes with a long list of benefits. Sure, you don’t “own” the car, at least not in the traditional sense, but the benefits, we believe, outweigh that one underlying con. If you’re looking to feel the thrill of driving a brand new luxury car, come talk to us about our awesome lease agreements.