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2018 Best 5 Compact Utility Vehicles!

2018 Best 5 Compact Utility Vehicles for everyday use, Sun, Snow, Surf, Shopping!

March 19, 2018 by Car Leasing Concierge.

Not long ago, utility vehicles were commonly associated with high gas expenses and environmental concerns. However, as gas prices climbed, the Goliath's (RIP, Hummer) were outpaced by the Davids, the small, fuel-efficient car segments.

Now, consumers are shifting their preferences again, this time toward a cross between the Davids and Goliath's, Compact Utility Vehicles (CUV's). This rising segment marries the practicality of passenger cars with the utility of SUV's resulting in a top choice for many car buyers. CUV's are perfect for everyday commutes during the week and weekend adventures for small families. Although these vehicles are compact, they ride higher than sedans, making them easy to get in and out of and especially easy to lift kids out of car seats. With spacious cargo capacity, these utility vehicles tend to hold more than traditional sedans. Read on to learn more about the top 5 searched CUV's for 2018.

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2018 Honda CR-V

MSRP Range*: $24,150 – $34,050

Best MPG (City/Hwy/Cmbd): 28/34/30

Engine(s) Offered: 2.4L 4-Cyl (184hp/180lb-ft); 1.5T 4-Cyl (190hp/179 lb-ft)

Notable Features:

Available in FWD and AWD

NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating with 0 reported recalls

 

 

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2018 Jeep All-New Wrangler

MSRP Range*: $26,995 – $40,495

Best MPG (City/Hwy/Cmbd): 17/25/20

Engine(s) Offered: 3.6L V6 (285hp/260lb-ft)

Notable Features:

AWD only

Available in 2-door or 4-door

Enhanced ease of removing the windshield, tops, and doors for 2018MY

 

 

2018 Mazda CX-5

MSRP Range*: $24,150 – $30,945

Best MPG (City/Hwy/Cmbd): 25/31/28

Engine(s) Offered: 2.5L 4-Cyl (187hp/186lb-ft)

Notable Features:

Available in FWD and AWD

Standard Smart City Brake Support and Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring

 

 

2018 Nissan Rogue

MSRP Range*: $24,800 – $32,530

Best MPG (City/Hwy/Cmbd): 26/33/29

Engine(s) Offered: 2.5L 4-Cyl (170hp/175lb-ft)

Notable Features:

Available in FWD and AWD

Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

 

 

2018 Toyota Rav4

MSRP Range*: $24,510 – $36,250

Best MPG (City/Hwy/Cmbd): 34/30/32

Engine(s) Offered: 2.5L 4-Cyl (176hp/172lb-ft); Hybrid 2.5L 4-Cyl (194 net hp)

Notable Features:

Hybrid trims available

Available in FWD and AWD

Toyota Safety Sense™ – P is standard on all trims

Adventure trims extend towing capabilities to 3500lb

 

Max Cargo Volume and Towing Capacity for the Top 5 CUVs

Wondering how much our Top 5 CUVs can hold and haul? Here we’ve ranked them according to cargo space and towing capacity. If you’re not one to travel light, it looks like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 are mighty good picks.

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New Car Buyers' Checklist

Don't let your wallet get taken for a test drive!

Unlike going to a car dealer - which often leaves you with an uneasy feeling inside - more buyers are trusting the ease and transparency of Car Leasing Concierge's QUICK and EASY process that allows you to buy or lease any new car, truck or SUV without having to go to a car dealership.

Below are scenarios that you'll not only want to avoid, but will NEVER HAVE TO EXPERIENCE when you use Car Leasing Concierge!

Imagine sitting in a car dealership: the scent of new cars, stale donuts, burnt coffee and free popcorn mixes with the hustle and bustle for a sensory overload. Excitement is in the air! You're giddy and you're also anxious. You've picked out the model you want—and the dealer just happens to have it in stock. You think you've agreed to a price, and you think that only a stack of papers to satisfy your bank and your state's department of motor vehicles stands between you and a happy drive home in a shiny new ride.

But wait! The dealer still has plenty of opportunities to take a few more bucks from your already thin-feeling wallet. And while there are certainly some great car dealers out there, consumer confidence remains low.

A recent survey by industry auditing firm Total Dealer Compliance (TDC) found that 70% of adults surveyed said that they believe new car dealers are unethical. TDC's ultimate goal is to have dealers display a code of ethics in their showrooms, but the firm admits such a move would be a mere baby step towards improving the overall experience.

To help you navigate your way through the car buying process, Car Leasing Concierge has put together a list of unethical tricks we've seen dealers try to pull, some of which may really surprise you. No automaker is immune to these tricks since dealers operate independently—and they're likely to stay that way, as any effort to create showrooms run by automakers has been squashed by dealer lobbying groups in many states.

1. You're handling what? Dealer handling fees!

Money and power. Senior gangster in shirt and suspenders counting money and smiling while sitting at the table

Profit margins—the difference between what the dealer paid the manufacturer for the car and what they're charging you—are lower than ever on new cars. On some models-- especially less expensive cars or those that have sat around in a showroom for a long time-- the dealer may truly be making just a few hundred dollars! That could translate into a very slim profit for the dealer once the salesperson's commission has been paid out.

To make up for this, many dealers now charge their own, flat rate fee. It's sometimes called a handling fee, or processing fee, and in some markets it can be upwards of $800! Ostensibly, this fee is there to help the dealer recoup a few bucks for filing registration paperwork on behalf of you.

If you live in a metro area where dealer handling charges are the norm, it may be hard to avoid paying this hefty fee. That's why Car Leasing Concierge is such a breath of fresh air - no added fees means happy customers, and no dealer add-ons!

2. Sound the alarm! Dealer-installed alarm systems

Your new car may very well have an alarm system installed at the factory by the automaker. That alarm is probably pretty decent—but, if you find yourself parking in unsavory areas, you may consider adding an aftermarket alarm. And even if you don't mention this to the dealer, their finance department could offer one at a cut rate price.

As The Truth About Cars pointed out, an entire cottage industry exists that creates alarms that are, at best, simply ineffective. Depending on how they're installed, they could actually be a massive hinderance since dealers may not properly tap into a car's electrical wiring. If you're presented with an "offer" to buy one of these alarms, do your research.

Some unsavory dealers automatically install alarms on every car in their inventory! Run, don't walk, away! Even if you talk your way out of paying for the alarm, you're still saddled with a car that has been questionably modified in a way that very well could violate its factory warranty!!

Car Leasing Concierge will always listen to your needs - there is no pressure for an alarm system, unless it is something that YOU want for your new vehicle!

3. Protecting nothing: Absolutely useless add-ons

A dealer may offer you some genuinely useful accessories—quality rubber winter floor mats and window tint come to mind. But then there's pinstriping, rust-preventing undercoating, paint sealant, door edge guards, etc.. We've even seen fabric protection listed as a dealer-installed item on a car with leather seats!

Almost none of these features serves any purpose whatsoever, and combined they can add hundreds, if not thousands, to the manufacturer's suggested retail price. So while the dealer may knock $800 off of a car's sticker price, they're making that—and more—up by charging you $1,000 for a useless "protection package."

By that same token, some automakers use distributors to service certain regions. To bolster their bottom line, those distributors also add options. While this practice isn't as egregious as it used to be, you should still be very, very wary of anything not installed at the factory.

4. Read the paperwork

When it comes down to signing on the dotted line (since there is a mountain of paperwork ahead of you), read everything closely. We've heard (and experienced) no shortage of horror stories centered around sitting in the finance office. Check carefully to make sure that the vehicle identification number (or VIN) of the car you're signing on is the one you test drove and decided to buy. Read any disclosures carefully; dealers are required by law to tell you anything out of the ordinary they might know about the car you're ready to buy (maybe it has had some paint work done because someone scraped it on a test drive).

And that low interest rate may not be as simple as you think. Dealers and banks work closely together, so it's worth asking the finance team if they're getting a kickback—or a referral fee—by sending you specifically to the financial institution to whom you'll be writing (a lot of) checks to in the near future. Also, you can always ask what, on top of the principal and interest, you'll be paying for over the course of the loan since there may be additional charges not clearly spelled out in the terms.

Car Leasing Concierge helps you avoid all of the above by not only delivering your vehicle directly to you at your home or office, but also the necessary paperwork, so you don't waste hours of your day sitting in a dealer's finance office!

5: Above and (too far) beyond: Recommended service intervals

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You've already bought your dream ride and, a few months later, it's time for an oil change. A quick look through the owner's manual (read it!) to the maintenance guide (also read it!) shows that, at 5,000 miles, you're due for an oil change and a tire rotation. But when you pull into the service bay, the friendly adviser whips out a chart of additional maintenance "recommendations." The dealer wants to change the differential fluid, flush the coolant, install new wiper blades, and-- our favorite-- replace the air filter. Suddenly a $50 visit has become a $500 wallet-grabber and you're left thinking that the cheap-to-maintain car you just bought is going to cost you a grand a year in basic maintenance.

Yes, these things do need to be done... someday. Today may or may not be that day.

To be certain, wear items like wiper blades and air filters do need to be replaced eventually, and nearly every fluid or oil should be periodically changed. But many dealers recommend service intervals that go well above what the manufacturer suggests—and automakers are cautious about suggesting service in the first place. We put a lot more trust in what a carmaker's engineers have put into a maintenance guide than what a dealer suggests. If you detect any hint of unscrupulous behavior, refer to your owner's manual.

We'll say it one more time: Read the manual. Follow the automaker's recommendations. They built it, so shouldn't they know how to service it?

The bottom line is Car Leasing Concierge saves you from the inconvenience of having to go to the car dealer and pay for all the over-inflated, game-playing prices and extra fees.

Visit our Car Price Check page today to get started!

The 2017 Bugatti Chiron

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The best manufacturers incorporate the history of their brand into their new releases.

The 2017 Bugatti Chiron is a perfect example of paying homage to that which came before - in this case, the Bugatti Type 32, a racer almost a century ahead of its time built in 1923.

In each case, they are the ultimate in limited editions - only 500 2017 Chirons have been made, and only FOUR Type 32s were ever built.

Learn how Car Leasing Concierge can place you in the driver's seat of your own NEW Bugatti at carleasingconcierge.com/bugatti #Bugatti #Chiron #supercars #superluxury #NYC #NY #NewYorkCity #Manhattan #Hamptons #luxurycars #luxurycar #WestchesterCounty #FifthAvenue #MeatpackingDistrict #Soho #Saturdaynight #NJ #CT

No Debate Necessary!

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No matter your politics, one thing we ALL can agree on - saving $ while avoiding car dealerships is a good thing!

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Buy a New Car Without Going to a Dealership!

If it were possible and practical, most people would never set foot in a car dealership when purchasing a vehicle.

A national auto pollster recently surveyed 10,000 people in the U.S. about buying or leasing new cars, and the results show most consumers aren’t exactly fans of the standard car dealership experience. In fact, three quarters said if given the opportunity, they would consider making their entire car-buying process online-- including financing, price negotiation, back office paperwork and home delivery.

For many, purchasing a car at a dealership is too much of a confusing high-pressure process. It’s easy to see how it’s preferable to haggle over prices and options and review the fine print at one’s leisure in front of a screen rather than surrounded by salespeople and their “let me talk to the manager” games. After all, a classic negotiation tactic is walking away from the deal on the table, and walking away from an online offer is as simple as ignoring an email.

For another indication of the degree to which consumers don’t like the traditional car-buying experience, check out a recent survey conducted by another national auto ranking pollster. Of 4,002 consumers polled, only 17 said they like the current car buying process just as it is. The rest said they “want significant changes, particularly in the test drive, deal structuring, financing paperwork and service phases.” Many said they’d like to see the nitty-gritty of deals conducted online rather than in person.

For instance, consumers indicate that they would like to see a big change in the way they go about negotiating the deal structure. Of those who liked the idea of online deal building, over half, 65%, want the ability to start the negotiation on their own terms—preferably online—and 35% would like to remain anonymous until they lock in the deal structure.

Nearly three fourths of consumers, 72%, want to complete the credit application and financing paperwork online. The key factors driving this desire are to save time at the dealership (reported by 72% of those who favor online paperwork) and to have less pressure while filling out paperwork (reported by 71% of those who favor online paperwork).

Let’s not forget that one of the supposed purposes of car dealerships is to provide a place for consumers to kick the tires, test-drive vehicles, and (hopefully) get good insights and advice from employees. Nonetheless, there’s considerable pressure to change the often-maddening experience—to make it quicker, more transparent, less stressful, and less complicated—and become more open to online purchases.

"There aren’t too many things out there anymore that you can’t buy in an online way, and it’s really automotive that’s lagging pretty much every other industry out there until now."

Car Leasing Concierge is changing the way people buy or lease a new car without having to step foot inside a dealership. In fact, it’s a quick and easy process that nearly 90% of corporations and businesses use on a regular basis for their own employees!

Created by former auto fleet directors who've managed some of the Tri-state's largest and most prestigious automotive dealerships for over 25 years, our Direct Fleet Network system has the ability and leverage to deal directly with the manufacturer.

This allows us to offer you below market fleet pricing on most makes and models normally inaccessible to the public. What that means is this is the cheapest way  you can possibly buy or lease a new car, truck or SUV-- regardless of where you got your price from.

All you have to do is when you find the exact make and model of the vehicle you want to buy or lease-- along with the best price you've been quoted-- simply go to our Car Price Check Page and enter in the information. We'll then match your numbers against our fleet pricing to see how much more we can save you from the inconvenience of having to go to the car dealer and pay retail. It's that simple!

As an added bonus, we'll not only place you directly in the driver's seat of your new vehicle without setting foot inside a dealership, but also deliver it right to your home or office.

Drive the best luxury car lease deals at Car Leasing Concierge and Get the deal you want, your way today!

Delivery is available to the following areas:

NYC-- Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx; All of Long Island, including the Hamptons; Greater Hudson Valley - Westchester, Orange and Rockland Counties; New Jersey - Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris and Passaic Counties; and Fairfield County, CT.

For inquiries, please contact us at 1-800-886-1950, or email info@carleasingconcierge.com.

 

 

2016 Top Rated Convertibles

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Burnt out from car dealerships driving you in circles?

At Car Leasing Concierge, we clear the smoke!

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Today is #GlobalRunningDay Why not celebrate with a 2016 Toyota 4Runner? Sure to win any race. Visit our Car Price Check page today to reach the finish line!

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Best Luxury Cars For Women Buyers 2016

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Women buyers have far too often been an overlooked market by automakers, but in 2016, manufacturers are taking into account their tremendous consumer buying power, offering new luxury models that have a unisex crossover appeal, and specifically tailor to a woman’s wants and needs.

Besides wanting their own “toys” to play with, women hold the keys to the decision making when purchasing their next family car.

These savvy buyers are seeking a perfect combination of safety, performance, and reliability - cars that get them to where they need to go in style, with looks that are sure to turn heads.

Here are some of the top rated luxury models popular with women buyers today.

Acura MDX

Acura MDX

For women with safety in mind, the new Acura MDX provides a full suite of features as standard. Auto emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control are all fitted under the umbrella of AcuraWatch, which uses a millimeter wave radar and monocular camera to detect other cars and lane markings on the road.

Jaguar F-Type R

The Jaguar F-Type R

The legendary British brand recently unveiled its futuristic edition, Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. Offering 14 color variations, engine and final finish, the convertible coupe boasts a V6 engine that can map a distance of 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds. No shrinking violets need apply! The coupe includes an electric power steering system, six-speed manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive. The car also includes an excellent Jaguar navigation system, allowing the car to be linked to a special app that can remotely start the engine and pre-warm the car.

Cadillac XT5

Cadillac XT5

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 takes elements from the former SRX design and smooths off the edges for a sleeker, less masculine, and more modern feel. While the SRX had a more aggressive grille, with straight lines and sharper tai llights, the XT5 has shorter overhangs both front and rear and more rounded edges, with a new interpretation of the vertical tail light that hints at the Cadillac fins. The end result is a contemporary design, with a high-end buyer in mind. A true luxury offering from a classic brand.

BMW Series 6 Cabriolet

BMW Series 6 Cabriolet

The BMW Cabriolet of the 6 Series is a power-fed convertible that features the all-wheel drive system with a choice between two engines – the six-cylinder 640i or the eight-cylinder 650i.

Offering a compact comfort zone, the car fuses the beauty of its exteriors with futuristic power drive tech specs. We think this model is a perfect treat for those little black dress night-on-the-town, or a summer’s weekend drive up a coastal highway.

Audi A5

Audi A5

The Audi A5 boasts almost every power and heated accessories you can think of, including dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, satellite radio, and Bluetooth. Optional add-ons include a crystal-clear Bang & Olufsen sound system, navigation, and iPhone integration. The latest-generation infotainment controller is also employed, making it easy for moms on the go. As an added bonus, new Google Earth and Street View mapping provides some of the clearest, most beautiful renderings we've seen on a GPS.

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At Car Leasing Concierge, our clients’ peace of mind is our highest priority.

Women don’t want to go to dealerships feeling like they’re not being listened to, or taken seriously by aggressive salespeople.

By removing dealers from the equation, we listen to your needs!

We’ll treat you like a VIP- providing the best Luxury car lease deals and personalized assistance that’s second to none.

As an added bonus, we’ll even deliver your vehicle to your door.

Your only job is to sit back, relax, and enjoy your new car!

To learn more on how you can experience A Better Way To Lease or Buy A New Car, visit  http://www.carleasingconcierge.com, or call 1-800-886-1950.

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