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Fun Summer Activities You Can Do at Home

Taking a road trip to a new or traditional location is a common practice for American families when summer rolls around. There are plenty of other activities to take part in that can be done locally, too! Here are a few fun summer activities suggested by us at SouthTowne Hyundai that can make the upcoming months some of the most memorable you’ll ever have.

Drink Iced Tea

You don’t have to travel to get some great iced tea! A common summer beverage, anyone can make their own iced tea provided they have some tea packets and sunlight. Make a pitcher by letting the tea packets soak in water, then place the water in a sunny area. You’ll have a fresh pitcher of tea in no time! Simply refrigerate and add ice or sugar if necessary for a sweet drink to sip on under the summer sun.

Start a Project

Summer marks warmer weather and more sunlight, which means it’s a great time to start a new project. Consider something simple, such as building a chair or bench, if you aren’t good with tools. Those who want a real challenge could try taking on something larger, such as a shed or renovating a front porch.

Use a Grill

Having a family barbeque is a great way to make memories. Start up the grill and invite the neighbors if you’re feeling particularly social!

Snacks for Road Trips: the Dos and Don’ts of Eating on the Road

Any road trip enthusiast will tell you that careful planning can make or break a trip—including the proper snacks. Although it might sound like a silly concept, it is true that many drivers eat while they’re on the road. That’s why we’ve put together a post on snacks for road trips to give you an idea of the dos and don’ts of eating on the road.

According to How Stuff Works, the ideal foods for the roads make you feel full and don’t distract you from driving. They also give you energy and keep you alert. First, bring a mini cooler and keep it within reach. If you have passengers, put them in charge of snack distribution. The best snacks tend to be nuts, granola bars, and bananas. What do they have in common? They aren’t messy and they can be eaten with one hand.

What should you avoid? Obviously, you don’t want to bring messy foods that might distract from the road. Chips make your hands greasy, sandwich and hot dog condiments tend to get everywhere, and foods with pits or that have a lot of fluid can also be a problem, including cherries or peaches.

Other favorites include: fruit leather, jerky, celery and carrot sticks, and good old-fashioned trail mix. For drinks, go light—you don’t want to pull over every five seconds. Generally, you can’t go wrong with water. Avoid sugary drinks that may give you a rush and then a sugar crash. Though there are mixed feelings on caffeine, it is a stimulant, making coffee, tea, and energy drinks a possibility for late nights.

Direct Lending Versus Dealership Lending

What’s the difference between direct lending versus dealership lending? Direct and dealership lending are the two primary financing options for drivers in the market for a new car. Both have their advantages and each will benefit a different type of buyer depending on their financial situation. Check out this short comparison of direct lending versus dealership lending from us at SouthTowne Hyundai!

Benefits of Direct Lending

By getting a loan from a bank, the customer is taking part in direct lending.

One of the primary benefits of direct lending is the ability to compare loan offers and terms from competing financial institutions. By doing so, buyers can know the terms before purchasing a vehicle. Knowing the terms of the loan in advance is a benefit in itself.

Benefits of Dealership Lending

Those getting financing directly from the dealership are taking part in dealership lending. The primary difference between the two is that the dealership can sell the contract to a financial institution after signing.

Fortunately, dealership lending comes with multiple benefits as well. An in-house finance department and working relationship with surrounding financial institutions mean both the convenience of a timely response and only having to fill out a single loan application. Some automotive manufacturers offer special incentive programs through dealerships, further increasing the savings customers experience.

Check out our lending options at SouthTowne Hyundai in Riverdale, GA today. We will work hard to get you the best auto loan in the area.

New Hyundai Kona Teasers Released

The Hyundai Kona prototype has already been spotted in real-world testing, but now the Korean automaker has released the second official teaser. The latest darkened photo offers a more in-depth look at some of the styling cues. While there’s no word on the powertrain just yet, the new model surely won’t disappoint.

Lights

The latest teaser image plays up the Kona’s twin LED daytime running lights above-LED headlights. The upcoming subcompact crossover sticks the styling language found in the 2018 Hyundai Sonata and Elantra GT. The cascading grille design is certainly similar.

Size

The camouflaged prototype spotted earlier made it clear the subcompact crossover would be small. Judging by size, the new Hyundai Kona will likely compete with the likes of the Chevrolet Trax, Mazda CX-3, and Nissan Juke.

Interior

The interior is similar to that of the Elantra GT. A free-standing touchscreen sits in the middle of the dashboard and controls are positioned well throughout the cockpit, just as one would expect from Hyundai.

The new Kona subcompact crossover will make its way to the United States in early 2018. First, it will launch in Korea this summer. The subcompact crossover will also be one of the 30 new or refreshed models Hyundai launches in Europe between now and 2021.

We at SouthTowne Hyundai in Riverdale, GA can’t wait for the arrival of the new Hyundai Kona!

What to Do After a Car Accident

 

The first few moments after a car accident can be incredibly stressful, especially for those who haven’t been driving for very long. Panic and fear can make it hard to remember what to do, and that could hurt you when making an insurance claim. Here are a few tips regarding what to do after a car accident because we at SouthTowne Hyundai are here to help.

Breathe

The first thing to do immediately following an accident is to breathe and try to relax. Panicking will ultimately result in mistakes and a foggy memory. Take a moment to clear your mind before exiting the vehicle. Your wallet, insurance company, and future self will thank you.

Check for Injuries

The next step after remaining calm is to check for injuries. Make sure you don’t have any serious wounds or pain. Once you’ve checked over yourself, attend to any passengers to make sure they’re okay as well. Finally, check on anyone else involving, including the other driver and any bystanders.

Gather Information

While you should always call the police, even for minor accidents, it’s equally important to gather the other driver’s information as well. Make sure to get their name, insurance company (or agent), and a copy of the police report. Having that information ready to go will expedite the claims process.

New Hyundai Electric SUV Coming 2018

 

Tesla has become a major player in the electric car segment, but now Hyundai is offering premium competition. The South Korean automaker revealed plans to bring an electric SUV to the market in 2018. The new Hyundai electric SUV will kick off plans to release a full range of electric vehicles.

Hyundai Electric SUV
2017 Hyundai Ioniq EV

It’s no secret that Tesla holds almost all the cards and generally dominates the competition when it comes to electric vehicles. Few competitors have been able to hold a candle to the lineup. Hyundai is looking to change that by rolling out new electric vehicles on an entirely new platform.

Other automakers have fallen short when it comes to long-range electric offerings. That’s why the new Hyundai electric SUV will boast an impressive 186-mile range. That will set the standard for the entire line of electric vehicles planned in coming years.

Hyundai’s new electric SUV won’t face Tesla alone. It will be joined by a sibling with Kia badging released around the same time. The Genesis luxury brand will see a plug-in hybrid SUV in 2019 and an electric luxury car in 2021.

“The electric-vehicle platform will require high up-front investments, but we are doing this to prepare for the future,” said Lee Ki-sang, head of Hyundai-Kia green car operations.

We at SouthTowne Hyundai are ready for the arrival of the new Hyundai electric SUV!

Car Spring Cleaning Tips

Springtime is just around the corner, so you might want to get a start on some spring cleaning. Why not start with your car? Here are some car spring cleaning tips for you from us at SouthTowne Hyundai.

Car spring cleaning
Scrub a dub dub!

Wash Lights

Start on the outside by scrubbing those headlights and taillights. They can get foggy and dirty during the winter, so scrubbing them will help your visibility.

Clean Out the Trunk

A lot of things can get haphazardly thrown in the trunk. Take the time to finally donate that bag of clothes or move the ice scraper to the basement.

Wax the Outside

Get a bright and shiny look going into spring by washing and waxing the exterior of your car. Waxing doesn’t just make your car look nice; it also helps seal your paint, protecting it from water spots and wear and tear.

Vacuum

Take that vacuum to the inside of your car. Don’t miss a spot – get under the mats, all the nooks and crannies, and all over the seats.

Clean Underneath

The bottom of your car can get pretty mucky, especially with mud or rain that can come with winter. Take a hose to the underneath or your car to give it a good washing.

The Revolutionary Hyundai Fuel Cell Concept

Hyundai is all about innovation. That’s why the brand’s always coming up with new ideas. The Hyundai Fuel Cell Concept debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and it’s a glimpse of the future.

Hyundai Fuel Cell
Keep reading to find out what’s in store for the Hyundai Fuel Cell

The FE Fuel Cell Concept is a next-generation car that is hydrogen-powered and ready to impress. This concept comes from many other revolutionary eco-concepts up Hyundai’s sleeve. The “FE” part of the Fuel Cell Concept’s title stands for “Future Eco” and represents the environmentally-friendly future of Hyundai vehicles.

The FE Fuel Cell Concept starts with an innovative, flowing design on the outside. This isn’t only stylish, but it helps increase aerodynamics. On the inside, there are innovative features like the internal air humidifier, which recycles water that’s produced to create a cleaner car interior.

This all-new Fuel Cell concept is more revolutionary by boasting technology that makes it 20% lighter and 10% greater efficiency than the previous Fuel Cell Concepts.

There is plenty of innovation everywhere in this car, even where you wouldn’t expect it! The FE Concept has portable battery packs that are charged by the car’s own energy – to charge your devices! Talk about convenience.

Keep your eyes peeled for more information about what Hyundai has in store by following SouthTowne Hyundai.

Why You Should Take a Road Trip

 

It’s one of the most American things that you can do. With one of the best highway systems in the world, taking a road trip across the country has never been easier. However, many people get too caught up in their work life to enjoy all that the country has to offer. Here’s why you should take a road trip.

 

It’s Easy

One of the best things about road trips is that it is one of the easiest ways to take a vacation. You don’t have to buy a plane ticket, check bags, or leave your car at the airport. You simply fill up your car with gas and take off.

 

Road Trips Fit the Budget

One of many people’s main concerns about taking a vacation is that it will break the budget. However, road trips can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be. You can rent an RV or stay in luxury hotels, but you can also just take your car and camp around the country. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg.

In American culture, it can be difficult to pry yourself away from your work and take your vacation days. However, that’s exactly what you should do. Schedule some time off, get in your car, and drive.

Should You Lease or Buy Your Next Car?

 

When you decide that you’re going to get a different car, it’s an exciting time. However, it can also be quite overwhelming. With all of the different options out there, it isn’t always clear what the best route is for you. One choice that you will have to make is whether you want to lease or buy. Here are the differences.

Leasing

When you agree to lease a car, you are essentially agreeing to rent that car for a set period of time. At the end of your contract, you do not own the car. You make a set payment each month, and then at the end some dealers give you the option to buy.

This choice makes sense for people who want to drive a nicer car than they can afford.

Buying

The primary benefit to buying a car is that you own that vehicle. When you decide that you no longer want to drive your car anymore, you can sell it and make some of your money back. Generally, buying is the more financially sound decision.

Whatever way you end up deciding to go, make sure that you do your homework and are well-informed before making your decision.