Trading In vs Selling Your Used Car

You’ve had your car for a few years now, maybe more than a few years, and you’re thinking about getting into something different. That something different could be used, new or certified pre-owned, but no matter what, you have to decide what to do with your current vehicle. Setting aside donating your vehicle to one of many reputable charities, as well as passing it on to your recently-licensed son or daughter, you’ll need to decide whether to sell in privately or trade it in to the dealership where you buy your next vehicle. Here are a couple of things to consider as you make up your mind.

The Money
All things being equal, you will most likely get more money by selling your car yourself. When you trade in a car at the dealership, you will be given the wholesale price as set by an industry standard for your make, model, year and mileage. You can look this up yourself as well if you know which guide your local dealerships tend to use. This is not a situation to get emotional about; remember, this is a business transaction. You can always test the trade-in waters and then decide to sell your car yourself, or the opposite as well. Finding out how much a dealership is going to give you for you trade is a good first step; just like looking in your bank account to see how much you’re willing to put down in cash. From there you can make an informed decision about the next vehicle you want to buy.

The Time (and timing)
It will take all of 15 minutes to trade-in (AKA sell) your current conveyance at the dealership. They will usually have a person who assesses all of the possible trade-ins that come in and they’ll check it out while you’re taking a look at what they have on the lot. Except for the tinge of pain you might feel when you think back to what you originally paid for the vehicle and what you can get for it now, the process is basically effortless. On the other hand, selling your car yourself will take time. Time to advertise it, time to talk to people who are possibly interested, time to show it to people who are definitely interested, and time to make the final transaction. If you have a plan on when you want to buy a new car, you might not end up selling your current one until after you buy the new one; and then you obviously can’t use that money for the down payment.

Two more things to think about are the people and the taxes. On the money side, you may lessen your taxable sales amount by trading in your car depending on how your state handles such transactions. On the people side, to be blunt, you may have to deal with individuals you’d rather not if you sell it yourself. So there’s a bit to think about; find your comfort zone and enjoy the search for your next ride!

October Events in West Palm Beach, FL

There are few things better than the fall in West Palm Beach, Florida. The crowds of summer have dwindled at least slightly, the weather is warm but not hot, and there are a ton of events and activities around the city for people of every age group. Singles, couples, and families young and old can attend outdoor concerts, food festivals, and most importantly, Halloween-inspired activities sure to send chills down the spine of even the bravest souls. Getting scared on Halloween is a rite of passage and with the holiday falling on a weekend this year, event staffs are sure to double-down on the thrills and frights.

Before you go out and have your heart skip a beat at one of the many spook-fests, there’s another annual October activity that’s been going on in West Palm Beach for over 40 years, and that’s Oktoberfest, which runs from October 9th to October 18th. This year is the 42 nd anniversary of the event, held at the American German Club of the Palm Beaches on Latana Road in Lake Worth. The festival includes food, drink, traditional German dancing and singing, as well as craft vendors and a carnival for kids of all ages. Entry is only $8 and children are free when accompanied by an adult.

Have you ever wondered what goes on at a zoo at night after everyone’s gone home? Are you willing to find out during the Halloween season at Palm Beach Zoo? If you are brave enough, you can join the zoo staff for a specially themed family overnight, the Spooky Snooze program on October 17th and 18th . The event includes pumpkin painting, animal encounters, a night time tour, and snacks, too. The overnight at the zoo is for parents and children age six and up who are ready and willing to meet the creatures of the night. The zoo is located on Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach and the event includes a continental breakfast in the morning to round out your stay.

If you’d like a great family Halloween activity without the stay over, check out this season’s version of Nights at the Museum at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. The theme is Spooky Science, of course, and is a great evening activity for parents and kids of all ages. The museum has a lot of treats, and even some tricks for those who are interested in having some fun and learning some science secrets as well. The event includes activities, entertainment, science crafts, exhibits and planetarium shows and the opportunity to view the incredible Florida night sky from the areas only public observatory. The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is located on Dreher Trail North, in West Palm Beach, and tickets range from $6 to $12, with kids under three getting in free.

West Palm Beach is full of day, evening, one-time and ongoing events this month so gather your friends and family and get out and see what our south Florida home has to offer.

A Look at the 2016 Toyota Tundra

If you immediately think of fuel-sipping hybrid sedans when you hear the word Toyota, the 2016 Toyota Tundra just may be enough to change your mind. While Toyota is not as well known for trucks as its American rivals, the iconic Japanese nameplate has been making inroads in this popular market.

Since the market for pickup trucks has been on fire in recent years, this move by Toyota should play out quite well for the automaker. The 2016 Tundra is Toyota’s entry in the lucrative full-size pickup truck market segment, and it is an impressive entry indeed.

In addition to the fact that the Toyota Tundra is a full-size workhorse, the Tundra model is also notable for the fact that starting in 2016 this popular full-size pickup truck will be available with a diesel engine. The only thing hotter than the market for pickup trucks is the market for diesels, and this pickup truck model is expected to score big on both counts.

For the 2016 model year, the Toyota will be available with a V-8 diesel engine, providing plenty of power for work, play or everyday commuting. Making the entry into the diesel market even more impressive is the fact that renowned engine maker Cummins will be supplying the diesel power plant for the new Tundra.

In addition to its impressive new Cummins diesel, the 2016 Toyota Tundra comes with a choice of four different engines. The base engine produces 270 horsepower and 278-lb-ft of torque, and it comes paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. This engine gets a respectable 16 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway – comparable to other pickups of its size and power.

While ordinary drivers are unlikely to put it to the test, the 2016 Toyota Tundra goes from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, making it a tad faster than previous models. The 2016 Tundra is rated for a top speed of 112 mph – again something that most drivers will probably not put to the test.

The market for full-size pickup trucks has been growing steadily for the past several years, and the recent drop in oil prices is only expected to fuel the popularity of this vehicle class. If you are in the market for a new full-size pickup truck, the new 2016 Toyota Tundra is definitely one to consider. The fuel economy and the available diesel engine are certainly points in its favor, as is its excellent ratings for horsepower and torque.

Before you buy a new full-size pickup trucks from rivals like Ford, Chevy or Nissan, you owe it to yourself to at least test drive the 2016 Toyota Tundra and see what it has to offer. Toyota has long been known for its commitment to quality and customer service, and the 2016 Tundra is a worthy addition to the stable of this popular Japanese carmaker.

Toyota 2016 Sienna – Best New Car for Families

Already an award winner, the 2016 Toyota Sienna has been named the best new car for families according to Car and Driver. In a highly competitive niche, this is not small feat for a minivan to achieve. Moreover, this isn’t merely a best family van or family SUV category; this category is for best overall family vehicle. If you are in the market for a new family trickster, there are some incredibly good reasons to check out the stylish 2016 Sienna.

It’s Got Pep
One reason the 2016 Sienna has drivers excited is due to its innate pep. You won’t have to sigh in disappoint over any sluggish pickup. This family car has get-up-and-go energy that adds to the pleasure of driving it. Its powerful V6 engine with its 6-speed automatic delivers a robust drive experience from start to finish. Power aside, the 2016 Toyota Sienna also features improved stability that makes it ideal for handling in inclement weather–an important feature for any model billed as a family vehicle.

Look Out for These Improvements
Toyota hasn’t made a slew of dramatic changes for this Sienna update, but the changes it has made to the exterior and interior make a world of difference. For one, the 2016 Sienna features a redesigned grill and bumpers that enhance its style. New headlights and taillights offer an updated look for the Sienna’s exterior. These design changes, while adding to the vehicle’s performance, definitely enhance its good looks. With the largest cargo area in its class, the 2016 Toyota Sienna also offers some positive interior changes that are sure to impress car shoppers. An increased emphasis on interior aesthetic appeal gives this car a much-needed boost in the style department.

First Choice for Families
The next-generation Toyota Sienna boasts some exceptional features that make it the ideal family vehicle, so it’s no huge surprise that it has been named the best of the best in family cars for 2016. As a top safety pick, the 2016 Sienna provides families with the innovative safety features they’ve come to rely on in best minivan designs. Great fuel economy is another reason this vehicle scores points with industry experts. For families that rely on their vehicle each day, exceptional fuel efficiency is a must.

With room for seven, the 2016 Sienna provides a spacious interior whether you’re taking a family road trip or carting half the soccer team to practice. Toyota has also installed an emergency brake feature, an emergency aid kit, safety child locks, and zone automatic climate control for enhanced comfort.

Comfort, performance, and fuel economy are just some of the reasons the 2016 Toyota Sienna has been named best family car by industry experts. By getting to know the vehicle’s onboard technology and other standout features, you may decide that this family minivan is setting new standards for the family vehicle niche.