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Should I Purchase an Extended Warranty for My Vehicle?

Should I Purchase an Extended Warranty for My Vehicle?

By Tom Torbjornsen

Tom Torbjornsen, Western New York’s automotive expert from Towne Automotive Group here, hoping you had a great weekend and drove safely! And now for my weekly automotive tip: People are always asking me if an extended warranty is worth buying, to which I respond, “Sure, providing you follow these tips.”

Make sure you know who is offering the warranty. Is it the car manufacturer or a reputable after-market company? Make sure you know who it is that's underwriting your policy. After your first mechanical breakdown is not the time to find out who your underwriter is!

Tips for Taking a Vehicle for a Test Drive

Tips for Taking a Vehicle for a Test Drive

By Tom Torbjornsen

Tom Torbjornsen, Western New York’s automotive expert here, hoping you had a great weekend and drove safely! And now for my weekly auto tip:

When road testing a vehicle you’re considering buying, the vehicle test drive route should consist of secondary, highway, city and if possible rural roadways to see how the vehicle performs under all conditions representative of your real world daily driving experience. Here’s what to observe when driving the vehicle:

Getting the Highest Trade-in Value for Your Vehicle

Getting the Highest Trade-in Value for Your Vehicle

By Tom Torbjornsen

Tom Torbjornsen, Western New York’s automotive oracle here, hoping you had a great weekend and start to the holiday shopping season! It is indeed holiday shopping season and the store parking lots are full! Please be courteous to other drivers and park in a manner so as not to block other drivers from entering their vehicles. Just a friendly reminder that you share roadways and parking lots with other drivers, so be courteous please! And now for my weekly auto tip:

Examine a Pre-owned Vehicle Closely Before Buying

Examine a Pre-owned Vehicle Closely Before Buying

By Tom Torbjornsen

Tom Torbjornsen, Western New York’s automotive guru here, hoping you and your family had a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday! Well, we had our first snow this weekend and as usual, people had to be re-educated on how to drive in the snow! Slow down and give yourself ample time to stop. Keep a safe following distance from the car in front of you and get those snow tires on if you haven’t already.

Following up to last week’s post about flood cars entering the market, here are some in-depth tips on what to look for when going over a pre-owned vehicle before buying:

Beware of Vehicles Damaged by Hurricane Sandy

Beware of Vehicles Damaged by Hurricane Sandy

By Tom Torbjornsen

Hello Western New York! It’s Tom Torbjornsen, your automotive guru, hoping you all are well and wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving! Drive carefully and defensively this weekend as some people may celebrate the holiday a bit too much and drive under the influence. And, be sure to check back here each week for my new automotive column.

Ford Friendship Express Applications Available Now

Ford Friendship Express Applications Available Now

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Ford Dealers of Western New York are continuing their annual tradition of providing “new wheels” to local nonprofit organizations in need of transportation. Today, the group announced that applications are now available for the 2013 Ford Friendship Express program.

“The Western New York Ford Dealers are excited to announce the call for applications for the Ford Friendship Express program,” said Scott Bieler, chairman, Ford Friendship Express selection committee. “For nearly two decades, the annual program has helped area nonprofits carry out their missions and better serve our community.”

The following items are important program details for eligible organizations looking to drive away in a new Ford van:

School Bus Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

School Bus Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

Rural/Metro offers tips to parents, kids and drivers to ensure a safe return to school

Buffalo, NY (August 30, 2012) – As summer draws to a close and thousands of students across Western New York head back to school, parents can help their children make the return smoothly and safely.

Buffalo-based Rural/Metro Medical Services and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offer parents these six school bus safety tips to share with their kids:

Walk, Don’t Run

Just as there’s no running in the hallways at school, no running to the bus stop either. Leave 5-10 minutes early so you’re not rushed and use sidewalks whenever possible. Otherwise walk on the left, facing traffic.

Safety at the Stop