National Drive Electric Week 2021

WHY CONSIDER AN EV?

It’s a performance vehicle that will save you money. IQautos.com carries one of the best selections of BMW i3 Electric Vehicle Hatchbacks anywhere in the country. The BMW i3 is made with cutting edge technologies and they even have a range extender model which includes a small generator that allows you to drive an extra 75-85 miles when your battery gets to 3% appx. We can walk you through the process of owning an electric can and make everything from financing to shipping easy as 1-2-3. Call one of our team members to find out more or to schedule a test-drive today. (tony@IQautos.com or 770-422-5070)

Benefits

  • Instant torque allowing you to quickly speed up and merge onto the freeway

  • $1.24 per eGallon (U.S. Average)

  • Latest technology such as driver assist lane tracking, emergency braking, and over-the-air updates

  • Less maintenance

  • Safer. EVs are ten times less likely to catch fire than conventional cars

  • And, of course, they’re better for the environment, even when accounting for their manufacturing carbon emissions and when using electricity from coal plants.

WHAT IS AN EV?

An electric vehicle is any vehicle that can drive on electricity derived from a power plug. An all-electric vehicle (sometimes called a battery electric vehicle or BEV) drives solely on power from the plug.

A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is a car that can take both electricity (from plugging in) and gasoline. Usually, they run on electricity first and then draw on gasoline later. That way, you are driving electric around town and only use gasoline for long trips.

Plug-in vehicles offer a quiet, smooth and powerful ride. An electric motor provides full torque from a standstill and completely changes the experience of getting onto a fast-moving highway. Watch the following video for a taste of driving electric.

EV DRIVING EXPERIENCE VIDEO ON YOUTUBE!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=DkQILbx4Gas&feature=emb_logo

HOW DO I CHARGE AN EV?

Most people recharge overnight in their garage, carport, driveway or work to meet their daily driving needs. There are also many public chargers for longer trips and other exceptional circumstances.

There are many ways to find public chargers, including PlugShare, which helps you find the charging station that works for your vehicle.

WHAT DOES AN EV LOOK LIKE?

EVs look like any other car. They come in all shapes and sizes, as you can see in the few examples below.

To see all EVs available in your state, visit PlugStar.com.

All-Electric EVs

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    Tesla Model 3
    263-353 miles per charge

  • Chevrolet_Bolt__BEV_2021
    Chevrolet Bolt EV
    259 miles per charge

  • Hyundai_Kona_Electric__BEV_2021
    Hyundai Kona Electric
    258 miles per charge

  • KIA Nero EV
    Kia Niro EV
    239 miles per charge

  • Jaguar_I-Pace__BEV_2020
    Jaguar I-PACE
    234 miles per charge

  • Nissan_LEAF_PLUS_BEV_2021
    Nissan LEAF
    150-226 miles per charge

Plug-in Hybrid EVs (electric + gas)

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    Honda Clarity Plug-In
    48 miles per charge

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    Toyota RAV4 Prime
    42 miles per charge

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    Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
    32 miles per charge

Attend a National Drive Electric Week event to learn more.

I'M INTERESTED! WHERE DO I START?

It’s time to test drive one! You know the basics, so now comes the fun part of browsing vehicles, test driving the ones you like, and finding how many purchase incentives are available in your area. Call an IQautos team member to answer any electric vehicle questions you might have at 770-422-5070

  • Talk to real EV owners

  • Attend an online or safe, in-person event

  • Watch an EV parade

  • Watch virtual test drives

Visit IQautos.com to browse current models for sale and to discover cost savings.

You can also check out additional resources below to learn more about EVs.

How Can I Sell or Trade-in My Car

How to Sell a Car at IQautos.com We Are Here to Help You Sell or Trade-in Your Car – 6 Things to Know

Whether online or in person, when you sell your car you need to know how to price your vehicle, sell it safely, create a car advertisement, negotiate pricing, transfer the title and more. Call IQautos to speak to a team member at 770-422-5070 or you can email tony@IQautos.com for a quick quote on what your car is worth.

1. The Different Ways to Sell a Car

When selling your car, you need to determine whether to trade in the vehicle at a dealership, or sell it for a cash offer from IQautos. The value of your car will vary depending on which method you use. IQautos offers a transparent buy figure that is good whether you buy a car from us or not. You can send your info here and one of our IQautos team members will contact you with a quote for your car: https://iqautos.com/trade

2. Gather the Documents You Need

The selling process begins with gathering all documents related to your car, such as vehicle title, service records and the original sales paperwork if it’s still in your possession. While you likely know the basics – the VIN # will be the best thing to look up info on your vehicle, however make sure to have the year, make, model and current mileage – you also need to know your car’s trim level and the features that came with your specific vehicle.

3. How to Prepare Your Car to Sell

Addressing anything broken, from cracked windshields to noisy exhaust pipes will help you prepare your car for selling. That is, unless you plan to sell your car “as is” at a reduced price. Another way to prep your car is to get it professionally detailed. This is one more way to reassure potential buyers that they’re getting a clean car. A professionally detailed car could help you increase the sales value.  IQautos does not require your vehicle to be detailed or made to be perfect, however we do need to know about things such as broken windshield, curbed wheels, ripped or fading interiors, electronics not working, body work needed, engine or warning lights, dents/dings, and body work needed. 

4. How to Choose the Right Sales Price for Your Car

The value of your car depends on its actual condition. Consider getting a mechanic’s assessment to identify any problems, then decide whether to get them fixed before selling your vehicle.

Use web-based tools that can help you determine the value of your car, such as our PERSONALIZE YOUR PAYMENT tab on any vehicle on our website.  

Next, check local listings, such as those on Autotrader, for similar vehicles with similar equipment and options to see what other cars are selling for in your area.

Don’t forget that regular maintenance, new tires and brakes can raise the value when selling your car.

A past accident or needed repairs can lower the value of a car you intend to sell.

5. Advertising Tips and Tricks

Listing your car for sale on Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader will help you reach the largest possible audience. If you want to sell your car quickly and get top dollar, you want to get it in front of as many shoppers as possible.  IQautos will make you an offer to take it off your hands without having to deal with all the sales and meeting prospective buyers.  (Call 770-422-5070 or tony@IQautos.com)

A detailed description and an array of clear, crisp photos of the car’s interior and exterior help your car advertisement stand out to buyers. When writing, highlight the most in-demand features and why you’re selling the car. 

6. Tips for Selling a Car Safely

When selling your car to a private party, follow these expert strategies for safe transactions. Search out a safe place to meet potential buyers, such as well-trafficked retail or restaurant parking lots with security cameras. Check your auto insurance policy to ensure it covers test drives and take a photo of the potential buyer’s driver’s license.

It’s also safer to bring a family member or friend when selling the car to a private party. Also, be sure to choose only legitimate forms of payment such as a cashier’s check or online options from reputable banks.

You also want to keep track of paperwork, from the title transfer to the bill of sale and a release of liability. If you don’t have the car’s title, find out how to sell a vehicle without a title.

Is Buying on Cars and Bids Worth It

Cars and Bids, you've probably heard of them.  It's a website created by YouTube video curator Doug Demuro.  Doug has built up a library of vehicle reviews for all kinds of cars from BMW to Mercedes-Benz, Mini Cooper to Subaru, and Audi to Volvo to name a few.  Along the way, Doug decided to start https://carsandbids.com/ in 2020.  According to Doug DeMuro, “Basically everything that’s exciting, fun, interesting, or quirky is welcome here – as long as it comes from the modern era.” The goal is for anyone interested in this area of the market to come to Cars & Bids first to buy (and sell). 

Well, for the average car buyer, Cars and Bids is simply not the best way to buy.  IQautos is going to present to you why you should be weary of purchasing a vehicle from a new website like this. 

1) To start, say IQautos listed a 2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i on Cars and Bids for $30,000.  Assume 10-20 people bid on the vehicle and it goes up in price to a final successful auction bid of $35,500.  Well, that is not the price you are paying.  Cars and Bids will then proceed to automatically charge your credit card a 4.5% final bid fee ($1,597.50!)  To put this into perspective, most states in the US have sales tax to register the vehicle that is in the 3-7% range.  Cars and Bids is charging you more to buy the car on their website than some states even charge for sales tax.  (Here is what residents of most states pay in sales tax AL 3-4%, GA 6.6%, SC 5% with $500 max, NC 3%, FL 6%, TN 7%, VA 5-6%, you get the point.  

2) On websites like Cars and Bids, you are completely relying on the seller, who you have no idea about, to accurately disclose information on the vehicle they are presenting.  These sellers do not have a business to stand behind their products and once the bidding is completed the sale is final.  You basically have to perform any inspections and all due diligence beforehand.  At IQautos, we are a local dealership in Metro Atlanta that's been in business for 22 years with a 5-Star Google Rating & are #1 on Yelp in our relative area.  We will literally bring our vehicle to your mechanic to have inspected if you desire.  We also allow all our clients a 3-Day Money Back Guarantee to make sure they're comfortable with their purchase.  

3) Cars and Bids does not help you facilitate your funds / financing for any of the vehicles that they are third party to.  Basically, what that means is that they're charging you a 4.5% fee to simply use their website and have no care in the world as to how you pay for the vehicle or what your financial situation is.  Mind you, the average person bidding on a vehicle on Cars and Bids is probably more than capable of arranging their own financing, etc.; however, at IQautos you will have a plethora of financing options to choose from.  At IQautos, you pay 0 extra fees on top of the actual listed price, and we have the ability to customize a loan for you through Capital One Auto Finance without ever pulling your credit.  IQautos is also partnered with one of the best credit unions for obtaining a car loan, iThink Financial Credit Union.  We can get you pre-approved prior to coming out with our credit union that has ultra low rates ranging on 36 months, 48 months, 60 months, 72 months or 84 month loans.  IQautos does all of this seamlessly as it only requires a few extra documents on top of our normal dealership paperwork.  

4) IQautos can help arrange shipping for you with your purchase, in fact if you search from any state in a 1,000 mile radius on IQautos - CarGurus, IQautos will actually give you a transparent price that includes shipping to your home zip code.  Shipping is normally around 50/cents a mile if you leverage our dealership shipping rates.  We ship to all major cities including Atlanta, Augusta, Athens, Macon, Chattanooga, Memphis, Knoxville, Nashville, Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Greenville, Hilton Head, Columbus, Columbia, Charleston, Spartanburg, Anderson, Florence, Savannah, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Hoover, Warner Robbins, Murfreesboro, Franklin, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Chapel Hill, Durham, Fayetteville, Lynchburg, Wilmington, Valdosta, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Gainesville, Dothan, Panama City, Destin, Pensacoloa, Tampa, Orlando, Fort Myers, Clearwater, St. Petersberg, Sarasota, Largo, Bonita Springs, Naples, Marco Island, Estero, Fort Lauderdale, Vero Beach, Palm Bay, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Hollywood, Jackson, Meridian, Biloxi, New Orleans, Houston, Galveston, Bowling Green, Lexington, Louisville, Indianapolis, Carmel, Roanoke, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Lynchburg, Marietta, Alpharetta, Cumming, Sandy Springs, Dalton, Calhoun, Rome, and more!  Get a shipping quote today at IQautos!

5) Title work, IQautos aids and assists in completing all of your out of state title work.  We can send the titles directly to your local DMV, to your bank or credit union or utilize one of our third party title companies to transact your title and tag processing.  If you pay cash or wire funds, we will mail your title directly to you along with any appropriate documents to properly get your vehicle registered.  We also provide a 45-day Georgia Temporary Tag.  Cars and Bids will not do any of this, they will simply charge you a 4.5% fee to put you in contact with the seller of the vehicle that may or may not have any clue on how to help you.  Our office manager and staff of highly trained automotive professionals will be there to guide you through any of your questions.  

6) Since Cars and Bids is not an actual Automotive Dealership, they cannot help you with title work, financing, AND THEY CANNOT HELP WITH YOUR TRADE-IN.  How does this affect you, well say you're purchasing a $20,000 vehicle and you have a $15,000 car your want to trade-in; at IQautos, not only would be help you with your financing and title work, but you would only pay sales taxes on the difference of the vehicle price (-) trade-in value/allowance.  That means, using Cars and Bids, you would have to pay sales tax in GA on the full $20,000 ($1,320 in GA TAVTax based on 6.6%.)  If you traded your vehicle in on a purchase at IQautos, you would only have to pay sales tax on $20,000-$15,000=$5,000*6.6%= $330 GA TAVTax.  That means that you would save $1,000 on a purchase through IQautos with your trade-in if you were a Georgia resident.  This example was just for a $20,000 car, you can imagine how much extra you would save on larger purchases as well.  

In short, buying from a reputable car dealership that has been in business for 22+ years has significant advantages over buying a vehicle from Cars and Bids.  IQautos is able to provide you with a full circle of products and purchasing options all while making your purchase stress free.  IQautos does not charge you any extra fees or dollar amounts to simply buy a vehicle.  We have transparent pricing that includes our dealer fee.  Most dealers actually add $799-$1,299 in extra, bogus, add on fees to pack their profits.  

IQautos has redesigned the car shopping experience around the customer. Forget the painful traditional dealership model, where it requires an in-person visit, multiple dealership personnel, and most of a day to make a purchase. How about one expertly-qualified car geek to guide your entire shopping experience and the dealership visit is optional? At IQautos we call them a Genius, and they’re here to help you, not sell you. Wouldn’t you rather deal with an extremely knowledgeable decision-maker that handles everything from general questions and trade appraisals, to financing, warranty coverage, and nationwide delivery?

Watch our YouTube Video 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhMZfypam84&feature=youtu.be

- Tony Lopez (15 Years at IQautos) 
Call me at 404-313-3232 with any automotive questions. 



The 2017 BMW X5 SUV - Things To Know

Having been around for 20+ years, the BMW X5 is a staple in the SUV world, or SAV (Sport Activity Vehicle), as BMW would call it.  For 2017, the flagship BMW X5 received a new X-Line trim that features a more sporty look with an updated 19" wheel package, along with several cosmetic differences.  Tech wise, the 2017 BMW X5s have started to receive wireless charging, wifi hot spot accessibility, and version 5.0 of the iDrive infotainment media system.  These, along with a few new colors are the biggest changes for the 2017 models.  

The BMW X5 comes in both a RWD (sDrive) and an AWD (xDrive) to accompany it's plethora of powerful engines.  BMW brings back their classic, bread and butter inline 6-cylinder turbo charged engine for the 2017 model as their 35i engine option.  This seems to be the consensus pick among most BMW owners as it brings a great combination of efficiency, performance, luxury, and build quality.  

BMW's X5 offers seating for seven (3rd row option) with high-tech on and off road capabilities. With great styling as well as a host of refinements throughout its development, the package is hard to ignore. The X5 is a strong competitor, offering a wide range of options not found on the Acura MDX, Lexus RX 350 or Mercedes M-Class.  Some of those features include: (blind spot detection, lane departure, heads-up display, active driving assistant, speed limit info display, Apple CarPlay, WiFi hotspot, wireless charging, and side & top view cameras,) 

The 3.0L inline 6-cylinder turbocharged engine in the sDrive35i and all-wheel-drive xDrive35i makes 300 horsepower. The xDrive50i is fitted with an all-aluminum twin-turbo 4.4L V8 with variable valve timing and direct injection. It features what BMW calls a "reverse flow" setup, with its twin turbochargers situated within the valley between the cylinders. It makes 445 horsepower and 450 foot-pounds of torque. Powering the xDrive35d is a 255-horsepower 3.0L inline-6 diesel engine. The Variable TwinPower turbocharged engine also produces 425 foot-pounds of torque and delivers an EPA-estimated 26 mpg on the highway.

Also, for those wanting to take advantage of their state's EV (electric vehicle) perks, BMW has a X5 xDrive40e model which is a plug-in hybrid.  This model is capable of driving on the fully charged battery along for about 20 miles.  It does take a few hours to charge up, but if you have a charger at your house or work, it can be very convenient and fuel efficient for you.  Also, in states like Georgia, you have the ability to buy the EV license plate as mentioned that gives you access to the toll lanes for free and HOV lanes with only one person in the car.  
https://dor.georgia.gov/alternative-fuel-vehicle-license-plates-faq

Approximately 90 lane-miles of HOV lanes operate on I-75, I-85 and I-20 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the following areas:
I-75 inside I-285 (Cobb, Fulton, and Clayton Counties)
I-75/I-85 (Downtown Connector)
I-85 between Brookwood Interchange and I-285- DeKalb County
I-20 east of I-75/I-85 (Downtown Connector) - Fulton, DeKalb Countie

Our current BMW inventory can be viewed here:
https://iqautos.com/newandusedcars?clearall=1

Feel free to call or message us with any questions if you're interested in a newer 2017 BMW X5.  If we don't have what you're looking for, we have access to thousands and thousands of off-lease BMWs and we'd be happy to try and find your dream X5.   Learn more here -->https://iqautos.com/inventorycloud

Thanks for reading! 

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