Buying Guide

3 Tips For Test Driving Your Next Vehicle

Only Test The Best

People don’t take their choice of cars lightly, and for good reason – you’re going to be seeing a lot of your car over the next few years, so you want to make sure that it’s the perfect fit. And “fit” is the way to look at it. Sure, there are fantastic cars out there that have racked up a whole trophy case full of awards, but that doesn’t always mean that they’re the correct car for you. You, like everyone else (including reviewers), have a specific set of needs and tastes, and the only way to make sure those are met is by taking the car for a test drive.

We’re not saying you shouldn’t do your homework beforehand – you absolutely should – but the test drive should be where you make your final decision. Think of it like getting a pet: you can have a breed in mind, even a colour, but until you meet the little ball of fur, and interact with it, you won’t know if you’ve clicked. With that in mind, here are three tips for test-driving your next vehicle.

Inspect The Outside

At our exotic car dealership we see a lot of pre-owned cars, and we make sure that every single one is in great condition, with a transparent record and third party safety inspection. Even still, you’re absolutely encouraged to have a walk around the vehicle, being as thorough as you need to be with your own personal inspection. What you’re also looking at is whether this car looks good to you. Now, that may seem trivial, but it’s really not – people take in a car first with their eyes, and in order to fully enjoy a vehicle, you have to like the way it looks. Not many people would buy an ugly sweat just because it’s warm (except for around the holidays, maybe), so why would you buy a car for purely functional reasons?

Is The Inside Working For You

By all means, ogle the beautiful leather interior in our luxury cars. But the other thing you’re looking for, as you step into your test-drive, is whether the interior features work for your lifestyle. Do you like the fact that it has two doors, or would you be better suited by a four-door vehicle. Is there enough storage in the trunk for your lifestyle, or do you need more room? Even something as small as the number, and placement, of cup holders can come under scrutiny. Not everything has to be perfect, but you should be able to make a compelling case to yourself that this is the right car for you.

How Does It Drive?

When you lease a car in Toronto or another big city, chances are you’re going to be doing a lot of tight manoeuvring, and so you want to test how it handles. Test how it brakes, how it takes corners, and how it reverses (is there a backup cam? That’s definitely a bonus for city driving!). Most importantly, test how comfortable it drives. There’s not really a hard-and-fast metric for testing comfort other than your own gut feeling, so you’ll have to listen to your instincts on this one.

Once you’ve tested your car and given it your personal seal of approval, the best way to lease a luxury car is to talk to one of our representatives about tailoring a lease agreement that works for you. Just like finding the right vehicle, getting the right lease is of key importance, which is why at AUTO ONE Group we don’t believe in a “one lease fits all” approach. As mentioned, this decision will be a big part of your life, so make sure you get the car, and the deal, that works best for you.

Trying To Lead A More Flexible Life? Try Leasing!

Be An Easy Rider

For many, New Year’s resolutions may now be only a distant memory – you aren’t working out every single day as you might’ve hoped, and that salad-only diet lasted less than a week. But the broader goals are often the ones that tend to stick with us, and one of the more popular “big” goals around the turn of a new year is to try and be more flexible.

But what does that mean, being “more flexible”? Well, it means that you’re not as locked in to doing things a certain way, not as bogged down by meaningless long-term responsibilities, and that you remain more open to all the possibilities life has to offer. It’s not an especially easy resolution to implement, but at least as far as your vehicle is concerned, leasing AUTO ONE Group luxury cars can help a great deal.

When you go the traditional route of buying your car, you’re locked into that responsibility for, on average, about seven years. That’s a long time to be stuck with the same vehicle, especially given the rapid advances being made in the automotive industry these days. And when those seven years are up, you’re tasked with having to sell that vehicle, often for a small fraction on what you initially paid. If you grow tired of your vehicle, or you just start seeing new cars on the road that you’d rather drive, there’s not much you can do about it. As you can see, it’s a pretty inflexible setup.

Leasing, on the other hand, is perfect for those wanting to maintain an “open relationship” (to use some contemporary parlance) with your car. With a lease here at AUTO ONE Group, you’re only entering a short-term commitment, after which you are free to buy the car (if you’ve grown attached to it), walk away (if you’ve decided this whole “driving” thing isn’t for you) or, as many people do, lease another, newer, better car. A lot of people choose the third approach because it allows them to frog leap from new car to new car, always driving the automobile world’s cutting edge offerings for the same price (or lower) that it would’ve cost to buy. That’s what a flexible setup looks like!

Speaking of flexible, here at AUTO ONE Group we don’t subscribe to a one-lease-fits-all policy, instead working hard to tailor-make a leasing plan that works for you and your lifestyle. No matter your income or tastes, we’ll work to ensure that you’re seated in the absolute best car for the absolute best price. You can chat with our representatives and lease experts about make, model, lease term and excess mileage, in order to craft the perfect deal for you. Driving a nice car shouldn’t mean that you enter some rigid agreement; we keep things as flexible as possible for you.

And we understand that life changes. You might take up work somewhere else, or have a child. Leasing allows for much greater flexibility in these endeavours – your lease term is short, meaning that leaving the city isn’t as big of a deal as it would be if you’d bought; and once the lease term is up, if you’ve added a member to the family, you can easily upgrade to a four-door SUV. We’re out to make sure that you get a flexible, fun, affordable lease, and you can learn about our dealership as well as our lease program highlights in the link provided, to get a better sense of who we are.

Life isn’t always flexible. Work might make you come in on one of your off-days, and the doctor might make you cut down on salt. But at least as far as your vehicle is concerned, you know that everything will be free and easygoing.

What Is An “Exotic” Car, And What Makes Them Special?

Rarity + Quality = Exotic

Even among car geeks, there’s some disagreement as to what exactly constitutes an exotic car. Does it need to be from another country? Are limited edition cars from big manufacturer’s considered exotic, or is the designation only for small, boutique manufacturers? Do exotic cars necessarily have to be good cars, or could you say that the Citroen Pluriel, for example, is an exotic car because of its rarity over here in North America?

There is a lot of conflicting opinion (after all, most of the discussion is happening over the internet, which isn’t exactly known for its peaceful agreements) but most people agree that rarity and quality are the two main defining features. Lots of people point to Lamborghini or Ferrari as benchmarks of the exotic car, which might seem to suggest that it’s more often foreign cars that are exotic, but most people would also agree that a Dodge Viper (an American made car) is exotic. As Canada’s best exotic car dealership we at AUTO ONE Group feel like we have the definition, and it’s not far off from the consensus: rarity + quality = exotic.

Let’s look at a few examples. Ferrari is routinely one of the first brands that comes to people’s minds when they think of an exotic car, and it’s because their quality is nearly unparalleled (you’ll notice that a lot of exotic brands also make racing cars), and their production numbers are relatively small compared to other car manufacturers. Their Ferrari 458 comes with a direct fuel injection V8 engine, dual-clutch 7-speed Getrag gearbox, reaching a huge top speed of 340km/h and a 0-60mph of just under three seconds. Pair that with the fact that it looks like a supercar, with its sloping aerodynamic design, and you’ve got a bona fide exotic car. You can watch this Top Gear clip to get a good sense of why people love this car.

Or take the oft-mentioned Lamborghini as an example. As the leading exotic car leasing specialists in Toronto we’ve sourced a number of “Lambos” for people, who are always blown away by how they perform. These slick, fast and futuristic cars are born out of Lamborghini’s tireless concept car development. Their current Huracán, for example, was named supercar of the year by Top Gear, owing in large part to its impressive 5.2 L naturally aspirated Audi/Lamborghini V10 engine and a 0-60 of 2.5 seconds.

These cars are obviously not easy to find, nor, for most, are they all that easy to afford. But if you give us a call here at AUTO ONE Group, we can help with both those problems. With our exotic vehicle sourcing one of our sales reps will meet you for a consultation, after which they’ll work diligently to find you a number of choices based on the criteria you give. And as for the price tag, once they’ve found the exotic car you want, they’ll work with you to create a custom lease (or sales or finance option) to make sure you can afford it. Because our leases work on in-house capital, we’re able to offer the best possible leases out there.

Whether your idea of an exotic car matches ours, you’ll be able to find exactly what you want. There is absolutely no shortage of amazing cars out there – from BMW, Mercedes, Audi and the luxury lot, to Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and the more “exotic” type – and we’re determined to help you drive one. Come visit our dealership today and let us know: what do you think of when you think of an exotic car?


Looking For A Perfect Valentine’s Gift? Lease A Luxury Car!


It’s nearly that time of year again – rose and chocolate stocks are on the rise, and restaurant reservations are filling up faster than a tank of gas. With Christmas soon to be a distant memory, we’re called upon to once again to show our significant others just how much we care about them, and while you could go the chocolate and flowers route (again), there are plenty of other, less orthodox gifts that are perfect for valentines.

“Being With You Is A Great Luxury”: Now there’s an idea for a card. Attach that to one of our AUTO ONE Group luxury cars and watch your loved one melt in front of your eyes. It’s a huge gesture, and one that seems like it should cost an arm and a leg, but it doesn’t have to if you lease the car. Without the prohibitively large down payment, and without the steep monthly fees associated with luxury car ownership, you can afford to punch well above your weight class, offering that special someone a car they’d only previously dreamed of owning.

Another great benefit, when you lease a luxury car rather than buying it outright, is that the car is usually still under warranty, meaning that your partner won’t have to fret over unexpected, post-warranty repair costs. And because you’ve leased the car for a set term, you only have to eat the cost of the vehicle’s depreciation for that term, rather than the whole cost of depreciation. This all amounts to a fairly reasonable Valentine’s Day gift, albeit one that you’ll continue to pay monthly over the course of a few years.

It works very well if you’re in a relationship where you share money, that way you can offer than the initial gift of a dazzling luxury car, with a tacit understanding that the two of you will share the monthly costs going forward. But even if you don’t share money, and you’re willing to pay for a gift monthly for that special someone in your life, this is a great way to score some serious relationship points. Working with one of our knowledgeable representatives, you’ll find the lease agreement that suits you most comfortably.

And if the car you want isn’t in our inventory, we offer classic and exotic car sourcing. Maybe your partner is a vintage car kind of person, and you figure that nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like a cherry red ’69 Ford Mustang – we’ll work meticulously to source that car for you. We understand how important this decision is, and dedicate ourselves to making sure that you’re 100% satisfied with both your vehicle and the lease agreement to which it’s attached.

Furthermore, even though you’ve given your partner the car, there’s no reason why you can’t partake in driving it every once in a while. It can be as much a gift you give to the both of you than a gift you give them. If the two of you have ever talked about owning a nice car one day, or upgrading the car you have now, this is a perfect opportunity to do so, and we think when you check out our dealership you’ll fall head over heels (in the spirit of Valentine’s Day!) with on of our luxury cars.

Whether you’re looking to impress a new love, or you just want to treat your long-time spouse to a beautiful new car, this February 14th replace the flowers with horsepower and lease a luxury car with AUTO ONE Group.