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Why You'll Enjoy Driving the Kia Optima

The Kia Optima is a popular vehicle in its class, and you can learn more about it from the folks at Kia Downtown Los Angeles. The Optima has a blind spot collision warning system that alerts you to the presence of cars that you may not be able to see yourself.

This can minimize your chances of getting into a crash while driving in Los Angeles. If a car is in your blind spot, the Optima will provide both audible and visual warnings to keep you aware of what is happening. The Optima has an advanced braking system that makes…

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Your All-Access Pass To The Kia Soul

The Kia Soul has won the hearts and minds of the public to some degree. This subcompact SUV is very popular among people of all ages. Consumers can expect to receive good fuel efficiency, superior styling and additional comfort features.

The Kia Soul can be purchased with a 2.0-liter engine or 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. Both engines are snappy, but the turbocharged engine can deliver up to 201 horsepower. The interior of this machine is small and cozy, but up to five persons can seat easily. The Kia Soul has a passion for fun, and it comes in various…

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Save Money on Your Upcoming Car Purchase

If you're on a budget and looking for a new vehicle, you don't have to be overwhelmed with the sticker prices that you see. The automobile industry is still one of the places that you can negotiate the price that you're going to pay for something. In addition to negotiating the purchase price of a vehicle, you can also inquire about other discounts that a dealership is providing.

While dealerships may offer discounts on vehicles during certain times of the year, there are manufacturers that will also provide options to save. You can explore our KIA incentives…

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What's the Best First Car for Your Teen?

Teens can sometimes have unrealistic expectations for a first car. While it isn't necessarily flashy or exciting, an excellent first car for new drivers would be an SUV or even a pickup truck. Solidly built, dependable and with plenty of safety features, a larger vehicle has all of the things teens need when they first start driving.

Look for a vehicle that includes safety features like electronic stability control, which can assist an inexperienced driver to maintain control of their vehicle when turning sharply or on a slippery surface.  

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Tips on Refinancing vs. Trading in Your Car

When you have difficulty paying off a car loan, it could be that you are in over your head and need to lower your interest rate immediately. There are several options to lower these payments. The best option for most car buyers is a trade-in. When you trade in your vehicle, you are asking that the dealer purchase the car from you and place your equity in another car. This works out to lower your payments if you trade in for a car that has a lower price tag, such as a different make and model or a used vehicle…

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Spring is Here: Time to Get the Car Ready

Car maintenance is important after a cold winter spent driving on chemically treated roads. Look in your owner's manual to see what maintenance is scheduled, and work with a mechanic to see if your vehicle needs any further work. You will want to have all of your fluid levels checked, as well as the belts, engine and air conditioning.

Take the time to remove any trash in your car, and give the interior a good cleaning. Remove winter items that can be stored in the house, and vacuum the floors and upholstery. Wipe down every surface, paying special attention…

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Consider a Dash Cam for Your Vehicle

A fun reason to have a dash cam in your car is to keep track of all of the road trips that you take. You can then post those videos to websites to show other people how to navigate along roads to reach the same destinations.

One of the benefits of a dash cam is that it can capture still images along with a video. This means that you can have pictures to look back on specific things on the road that you might have missed while traveling. It also allows you to show other people a few details of…

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What To Do About Motion Sickness

Whether you're taking a long road trip or simply driving around town, it can be frustrating to suffer the symptoms of motion sickness. Motion sickness occurs because of an imbalance in the inner ear. The good news is that there are ways to stop it from occurring.

One tip is to avoid any form of travel that you know causes your symptoms to flare up. For instance, if you don't tolerate being on water, it may be a good idea to skip that boat tour or cruise to the Bahamas. Instead, take a flight to your destination or…

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Car Features That Dog Owners Will Love

The people at KIA Downtown Los Angeles love dogs as much as anyone. Therefore, we want to let you know what to look for if you want to travel with your canine companion. Ideally, your vehicle will have a backseat climate control feature that makes it easy for your pet to stay cool in hot California weather.

Furthermore, the car should have a seat that is as low to the ground as possible. This makes it easier for your dog to get in and out of the car without putting too much strain on their joints.  

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Steering and Knowing the Terms

Sometimes you are going to have to know certain performance-related terminology when it comes to vehicles. One of the most important aspects of driving is steering. You need to have control of your vehicle when it comes to directions so that you can get to where you need to be safely.

One set of terms that you have to think about is oversteer and understeer. Oversteer is when the vehicle turns more than the command of the driver. The understeer term deals with the opposite which is basically when the vehicle turns less than what the driver commands. 

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