January is the Best Time to Buy a Car—Here’s Why

January is the perfect time to buy a car. With your tax refund on its way, special deals, and vehicle turn around, you can save some serious money when you shop for a car at this time of year. Read on to learn more about reasons to buy a car in January.

The best time to buy a car is January largely because December is when most people trade in their vehicles. According to The Street, these cars don’t become available until the new year, which means there is a surge of used vehicles on the market. That means there is a wide selection, better pricing, and lower demand. These are the perfect conditions to buy a car.

A surge in supply also means that the number of sales tends to increase in January. Plus, many vehicles become a “year older” when the new year hits. For example, the 2016 model year will be old news in the minds of many buyers when the new year comes around. If you hunt for special deals, you’re bound to find a truly affordable car in January.

Finally, now that it’s January, you can finally do your taxes. With a hefty refund on the way, you can confidently splurge for those premium features like leather seating, in-car connectivity, and Wi-Fi without worrying about spending too much. If you’re looking for a new vehicle, there’s no better time to buy than now.

Signs You Need New Brakes

The braking system is responsible for your safety under normal driving conditions and that means it needs to be in tip-top shape at all times. While that likely isn’t new information to any driver, there’s no clear mileage marker to indicate when you need new brakes. Fortunately the brakes themselves can give you an obvious sign they need attending to. Here are a few tell-tale signs you need new brakes.

  • Unresponsiveness – If your brakes are just unresponsive or the pedal sinks to the floor, there could be a problem in the system. There could be an air leak in the hose or brake fluid could be leaking. Either way, you will want to make a service appointment as soon as possible.
  • Vibrations – A vibrating brake pedal is far from normal and is a clear sign for worry. While there isn’t anything to worry about when the anti-lock brakes are engaged during hard braking, vibrations under normal circumstances could be a sign of warped rotors. Common causes of warped rotors include towing or driving down steep hills.
  • Pulling – If your car pulls to one side when braking, there isn’t much to worry about but it definitely warrants a visit to a dealership’s service department. The brake linings could be wearing unevenly or there could be something in the brake fluid. Make an appointment to find out!