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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!

It Never Hurts to Get a Second Opinion

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You wouldn't think twice about getting a second opinion from a medical professional when faced with a serious diagnosis from a doctor. So why sign thousands of your hard-earned dollars away on the dotted line to a car dealership before making sure that "unbelievable offer" really is all it says it is?

Car Leasing Concierge's FREE Car Price Check will take any previous price quote you've been given and double-check the numbers against our Fleet Pricing to see if it really IS a great deal, or much more often than not, show just how much more we can save you -- anywhere from HUNDREDS to THOUSANDS of dollars!

We want ALL our clients to be educated consumers, and invite you to experience a better way to lease or buy a new car today!

Learn more by visiting Car Leasing Concierge's website at http://www.carleasingconcierge.com, or call 1-800-886-1950.

Best Luxury Cars For Women Buyers 2016

The BMW Series 6 Cabriolet

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.

Mothers Know Best

As auto manufacturers begin to identify the demographics of their consumer targets, mothers are increasingly asked what’s most important to them when purchasing a vehicle. Is it selection, price, vehicle safety? Most likely. But to many, it’s about how they are treated by sales professionals.

Women (and mothers) too often in particular have felt overlooked or pressured as potential buyers by dealerships’ past marketing and selling techniques. Oftentimes the final decision on selecting the new family vehicle will rest with mothers, and they want to have their voices heard, and find a simpler way to buy or lease a car.

Car Leasing Concierge knows our clients lead busy lives that require helpful solutions for their lifestyles. As hard-working moms, we realize you'd rather spend more quality time with your children than at an auto dealership!

No need for stress when you work with the best!

No need for stress when you work with the best!

Car Leasing Concierge helps you bypass the dealer, saving you valuable time and unnecessary stress. We help you feel secure throughout the purchasing or leasing process with our personalized service. Your family's needs are always our expert staff's top priority, and as an added convenience, we'll even deliver your vehicle to your door!

At Car Leasing Concierge, we're not here to sell you a car; we're here to help you purchase one.

To learn more on how we can assist you and your family, visit http://www.carleasingconcierge.com/first-class, or call 1-800-886-1950.