New Car or Upgrade the Old One?

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Not exactly a road warrior, the Chevy Cobalt is one of many vehicles that could benefit from more power, readily available thanks to quaility aftermarket parts.

Not exactly a road warrior, the Chevy Cobalt is one of many vehicles that could benefit from more power, readily available thanks to quaility aftermarket parts.

For several weeks over the summer, consumers traded in their old cars for new ones, taking advantage of the federal government’s cash for clunkers program. That three billion dollar effort produced record sales for several automakers, while saving consumers between $3500 and $4500 on qualified trade ins.

New or Update Used?

If you missed “cash for clunkers” you aren’t likely to see the program reintroduced any time soon. It was very costly and a headache for all concerned. Instead, car buying consumers will have to hope that manufacturer incentives make purchasing a new car affordable for them otherwise holding onto their current ride may be the best choice.

Should you keep your current car? And, if so, what can you do to make it last longer and perform better? That’s easy – follow the maintenance schedule as outlined in your car’s maintenance manual and consider upgrading your car with quality aftermarket parts. Yes, one of the complaints of car owners is that their current ride doesn’t deliver quite the amount of power they want. It isn’t always an ego thing either, rather drivers want their cars to perform at optimum levels, something most cars do not do thanks to factory restrictions.

Saving Money Regardless

Buying a new car will likely cost you around $25,000 while keeping your current car maintained should only set you back no more than one or two thousand dollars annually. Of course, if you do most of the car maintenance yourself, then labor costs is one expense you won’t have to incur. Shop around for quality aftermarket parts and you’ll save big.

What parts are worth considering especially if you want more power? There are several, actually, including the following which you can probably handle yourself:

Cold Air Intake System – By installing a cold air intake, you can send cooler outside air into your car’s engine. Denser cold air means your engine can produce more power.

Cat-Back Exhaust System – Formally known as a catalyst back pressure exhaust system, a cat-back helps relieve back pressure in your car’s exhaust. Less pressure means more power – drivers also enjoy a sportier “note” emanating from the exhaust.

Performance Air Filters – The same air filters used by race car drivers can be used in your car too – allowing air to freely flow into your engine. Moreover, they’re reusable which means fewer paper filters clogging up our landfills.

Exhaust Headers – Headers improve air flow from engine to exhaust while relieving back pressure. Enthusiasts will often use headers with cat-back exhausts in a bid to maximize performance.

Computer Programmers – Chips and programmers can help improve timing, perfect fuel deliver and alter shift points on automatic transmissions.

More complicated aftermarket parts include supercharger systems, nitrous power and ignition systems. FYI – if you don’t know what you’re doing, then caution is advised. You don’t want to use any part that could possibly damage your car or revoke your car’s warranty.

Shop ‘n Save

Quality aftermarket car parts can help you get the most out of your ride without paying major money for a new car. In addition, choosing the right parts can increase performance and squeeze out improved fuel economy, while increasing the resale value of your ride.

Adv. — For more information about new cars, visit Autos Express. Check out Auto Purchase Loans for details on how to finance your new car purchase.

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