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Tips for buying a car during coronavirus
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Buying a Car During Coronavirus: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Batteries can be drained even when the car is switched off if electrical items remain active (alarms, for example). Taken to the extreme, this could mean your car will fail to start just at the moment you need it. If your car is parked on property you own, you can overcome this danger by plugging into a “trickle charger,” which keeps the battery charged via a conventional wall socket. Failing that, you should start your car and run it for 15 to 20 minutes once a week or so. That will top off the battery as well as circulate fluids around the engine. Running the air-conditioning at the same time will help prevent mold from developing within your system.
- When a car’s brakes aren’t used for a prolonged period, they can begin to rust on the surface. This in turn can make them noisy and cause them to seize. To prevent this from happening, roll the car backward and forward a few times. If you’re parked on private land and it’s flat, you can also leave the emergency brake off to prevent it from seizing. Be sure to leave the car in gear to prevent it from moving.
- By rolling your car a few meters you can help prevent the tires from developing flat spots.
If a consumer needs to replace their vehicle, and concerned about their job security and financial well-being, a lease is a great option to keep monthly payments low. Consumers should also look at the used vehicle market. With used vehicle prices falling, vehicles sitting on dealer lots, consumers may find a great deal on a used vehicle that has already depreciated.
Vehicles that will get a minor update, such as the Chevrolet Traverse, may get pushed back to 2022. While there may be a model year 2021 vehicle, the timing cycle for minor product updates may get pushed back as both automotive companies and suppliers stop production. Automotive companies will do what they can to avoid delays. However, when plants shut down for 3-5 weeks, they can still stay on track for most model launches. However, if production delays extend for months, it may be harder to stay on track.