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Great Used Cars

Best Used Luxury Small Cars Under $20K in 2021

Are you looking for an affordable, used, luxury small car? There are plenty of options available, depending on our current inventory. Check out the top 5 used luxury small cars under $20K below for more information.

2009 Audi A3

2009 Audi A3

The 2009 Audi A3 is a sleek-looking hatchback with a well-made cabin and sports car-like performance.

SCORE:
9.2

AVG PRICE PAID:
$7,085 – $10,249

MPG:
18-22 City / 25-30 Hwy

2013 Audi A4

2013 Audi A4

The used 2013 Audi A4 features a striking, well-built cabin, a robust engine, and an agile yet comfortable ride.

SCORE:
8.8

AVG PRICE PAID:
$12,945 – $21,974

MPG:
17-24 City / 26‑32 Hwy

2009 Lexus IS

2009 Lexus IS

The highly-ranked 2009 Lexus IS is a decent handler with an upscale interior.

SCORE:
8.7

AVG PRICE PAID:
$9,161 – $10,671

MPG:
18-21 City / 25‑29 Hwy

2015 BMW 2-Series

2015 BMW 2-Series

The 2015 BMW 2 Series is one of the highest-ranked luxury small cars.

SCORE:
8.6

AVG PRICE PAID:
$19,154 – $26,280

MPG:
19-23 City / 26‑36 Hwy

2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a compelling 2009 midsize car with a good blend of sportiness and comfort, as well as an upscale, comfortable interior.

SCORE:
8.6

AVG PRICE PAID:
$7,767 – $8,903

MPG:
Up to 18 city / 26 highway

To check out what we currently have on our lot, feel free to browse our inventory or contact us with a vehicle request. We look forward to speaking with and serving you soon!

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Budget Vehicles

Great Value: The Best Used Cars Under $15,000

When shopping for your next used vehicle with your lifestyle needs and budget in mind, the price point of $15,000 and below is a great range to be in. You are bound to find a car that will fit your exact needs. Whether you’re a city driver, a first-time buyer, or someone that just wants a smooth sedan or hatchback, this budget vehicle can tick off all of your boxes!

While you have lots of options to choose from, here’s a list of 5 exceptional vehicles with average prices below the $15,000 threshold (* based on data from September 30th, 2020).

  • Kia Soul
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Nissan Sentra

At Thrifty Car Sales of Coopersburg in Coopersburg, PA we have many of these vehicles available for purchase over the course of time. Since our inventory is always changing & expanding, the time to search and buy is now! Feel free to check out our under $15K inventory today or find the perfect match for what you’re looking for here. We look forward to hearing from you.

*Disclaimer: Numbers based on prices on carmax.com from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020, and September 1, 2019, through February 29, 2020. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features, and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.

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Uncategorized

Wheel Alignments & Everything You Need To Know

Having trouble driving straight? Fear not! Your driving abilities likely haven’t deteriorated, but rather your tires may require realignment. All drivers should spend time ensuring their wheels are aligned. While tires are unlikely to fall out of alignment on new vehicles, most drivers will eventually require their tires to be adjusted back into proper alignment.

Bad tire alignment can be caused from a multitude of factors, most of which from driving conditions and behavior. Poorly maintained roads are the main culprit for throwing wheels out of alignment. However, running over potholes and hitting curbs may also throw your vehicle’s alignment off.

Tire misalignment causes uneven wear and tear on your vehicle’s tires and dramatically shortens your tires’ lifespans. Your vehicle’s computer systems don’t read for tire misalignment so you won’t receive warning indicators. The best way to ensure your wheels are correctly aligned is through regular vehicle check-ups. A vibrating steering wheel and off-centered drifting while driving straight are additional signs to get your wheels checked.

A technician may perform a 2-wheel alignment or a 4-wheel alignment to your vehicle. 2-wheel alignment is also known as front-end alignment and only focuses on the front wheels. A 4-wheel alignment is when all four wheels are adjusted–typically required of all-wheel-drive vehicles. Tire alignment expenses aren’t traditionally very high, ranging from $50 to $100. However, tire alignment is usually paired with tire rotation services which will increase overall expenses.

Proper wheel alignment equates to optimum drivability: your tires’ lifespan will increase, your car will drive smoother, and your vehicle will consume less energy, saving you money at the gas pump. Make sure to have your vehicle routinely inspected by a technician to guarantee a safer driving experience for you and the drivers around you.

Looking to get your wheels aligned? Schedule your service today!

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SUVs

Top 10 Used SUVS for 2021

SUVs are suited for nothing less than the road ahead, no matter what driving personality you have. From familiar urban commutes to treacherous off-road trails, their powerful engines and substantial cargo space enable an uncompromising marriage of adaptability, versatility and comfort.

To help you decide which SUV is right for you, please review our list of the ten best SUVs for 2021.

  1. Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento offers a feature-packed interior, variety of engines, and three rows of seating for expanded passenger capacity. A 3.3L V6 engine is built into the 2018-19 Sorento models while a 185 hp 2.4L four-cylinder engine comes standard.

The mid-level Sorento offers Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay™, cruise control, seven-passenger seating and a rearview camera, while also offering some high-end features such as adaptive cruise control and leather seats.

  1. Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V offers both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive and 39.2 cu ft of cargo space behind the second passenger row. A 184 hp 2.4L four-cylinder engine is also packed into this peppy and powerful SUV. The Touring trim features leather seats and a 330-watt premium sound system.

Automatic climate control, cruise control and Bluetooth® streaming come standard with base-level CR-V models.

  1. Toyota RAV4

Redesigned with a focus on active lifestyles, the 2019 and newer RAV4 models boast a 203 hp 2.4L four-cylinder engine, manual climate control, a seven-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth® audio and a rearview camera. While driving, experience heightened safety measures when you take advantage of the RAV4’s adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and forward pre-collision braking systems.

The RAV4 Adventure trim features a dynamic torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system while the RAV4 XLE Premium package contains an 800-watt JBL® sound system and wireless charging capabilities.

  1. Ford Explorer

Three rows of seating and 151.5 cu ft of passenger space? Sounds like the 2017-2019 Ford Explorer models have room for the whole crew! Ford boasts four trim levels and three engines in their collection of Explorer models. The interior capabilities span a breadth of features, including a 10-way power-adjustable driver and 6-way power-adjustable passenger front seats, a reverse-sensing system, a 4.2-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth® and automatic headlights.

  1. Jeep Cherokee

An SUV on the outside but a Jeep on the inside. The 2017-2019 Cherokee models have a multi-terrain 4×4 system and locking front and rear axles to keep your tires from spinning in slick conditions. Listen to your favorite audio tracks with an optional eight-speaker Alpine sound system. Scroll for the information you need at a moment’s notice with the in-dash seven-inch multi-view display.

  1. Ford Escape

The Ford Escape features three engines and trims to choose from. Access the Ford SYNC® system through a 4.2-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth® and voice control to keep you connected through its wide array of apps and functionalities.

But the Escape contains much more than a touchscreen. The 2017-2019 models project audio through a six-speaker audio system and drivers can maintain optimum safety while in reverse with a rearview camera.

The front-wheel drive 2017-2019 Ford Escape model is the most fuel-friendly option, equipped with a turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine. Drivers can expect an estimated 23 mpg in a city and 30 mpg on a highway.

  1. Jeep Grand Cherokee

Embark on roads less traveled with the Jeep Grand Cherokee and its 5.7L V8 engine. And with 105.4 cu ft of passenger space and seating for five, you’ll never have to do it alone.

But the adventure doesn’t stop there. Automatic headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control and a seven-inch touchscreen will keep you on the road long past your destination.

  1. Jeep Compass

The Jeep Compass is the final–and arguably most stylish–Jeep model on this list. The Limited trim features leather seating with power memory cushioning, an 8.4-inch navigation system, along with all features built into the standard model listed below.

The standard Compass model includes a six speaker audio system, a five-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth® front and second row USB charging ports and air conditioning with air filtration.

  1. Chevrolet Equinox

The 2018-2019 Chevy Equinox combines the bold, modern look and feel of a sedan with an SUVs unbeatable functionality. Practicality is engineered into every aspect of the Equinox, with a kick-activated tailgate, under-floor rear storage and up to 63.5 cu ft of cargo space. Travel further between fuel stops with a 1.6L turbo diesel four-cylinder engine and experience an estimated 32 mpg. An all-wheel drive option is also available for improved performance in poor terrain.

The standard 2017-2019 Equinox models boast a rearview camera, heated and power-adjustable outside mirrors, LED daytime running lights and a seven-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth®.

Teach safe driving habits with the Equinox’s built-in Teen Driver technology. When the designated key is used, maximum speed limits can be set and a built-in app tracks basic driving statistics.

  1. Nissan Rogue

Adaptability, versatility and comfort are the prime focal points of the 2017-2019 Nissan Rogue model collection. Utilize the vehicle’s 39.9 cu ft of cargo space, an adjustable set of shelves and a hidden in-floor well.

The Platinum Reserve Interior Package includes luxurious indulgences, such as a panoramic sunroof and quilted leather seating. The Nissan Rogue has three trims and two hybrid options to choose from.

Base 2017-2019 Nissan Rogue models include a 170 hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine and CVT, a seven-inch touchscreen with Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay™, a rearview camera and rear cross-traffic alerts with blind spot-monitoring.

This list of SUVs contain the size and power for most journeys. Find which vehicle is best for you and go where life takes you in an SUV.

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Trade

Sell My Car in Coopersburg, PA

If you’re looking to sell or trade in your vehicle, you owe it to yourself to stop off at the car buying center at Thrifty Car Sales of Coopersburg, PA! We’ll give you a fast, secure and fair deal for your vehicle. At the end of the day, we want to give you the best deal possible so you can get back on the road in a newer, better vehicle of your own!

Selling a car can be a hassle… but we do our best to make it easy and painless! If you’re from Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton or the surrounding areas, you owe it to yourself to give Thrifty Car Sales of Coopersburg’s car buying center a try. Sell your car today!

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Maintenance

Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Wiper Blades

Wiper Blades
Checking the windshield wiper

Safe driving begins and ends with strong windshield visibility. Your windshield is the main outlet to the world around you while inside your vehicle. Maintaining sustainable visibility stems from the condition of your windshield wipers. Windshield wipers should be replaced every six months unless signs of poor performance become evident beforehand. Ensuring you can see your surroundings protects you–the driver–but also those around you. There are several things to look for when deciding if your wiper blades should be replaced.

Closely observe the condition of the rubber on the wipers. Ensure the entirety of the rubber is one smooth, cohesive piece. If the rubber is cracked, split, broken or otherwise shows blemishes or imperfections, replacing your wiper blades is imperative. Additionally, if the wiper blades exhibit a rounded look, they are too worn and require replacement.

Another indication of deteriorated windshield wipers is the efficiency of film and grime removal. If your wipers fail to remove any dirt, that is another indication of deteriorated windshield wipers. Cleaning your wipers with a paper towel may provide a temporary solution. But if the problem persists, purchasing new wipers is the safest option.

Apart from visual discrepancies, observe the sounds your wipers make. If a chattering or dragging sound can be heard due to the wipers making contact with the glass only some of the time, it may be time to get new wipers for your vehicle.

Perhaps the most obvious symptom of worn windshield wipers is the overall contact they make with the windshield. Wipers can become damaged for a multitude of reasons. Make sure both wipers are coming into contact and cleaning the glass. If the metal frame of the wiper is bent, it won’t make proper contact with the window and therefore neglect moisture in the corners or in the middle. Even if the frame is bent but still cleans the windshield, it won’t be long before it fails to do so.

Paying close attention to the condition of your wipers’ rubber and metal components will help inform the best time to replace your windshield wipers. Watch out for streaks across your windshield and any chattering or dragging noises produced by your wipers. If none of these symptoms occur, the standard timeframe for wiper blade replacements is six months. The owner’s manual will describe in detail the type and length of wiper blades for your vehicle. Maintaining clear visibility is important for your safety and the safety of others.

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Maintenance

When Should I Get An Oil Change?

Oil change
Oil Changes are important for a long vehicle lifespan.

Your vehicle’s oil change is necessary, but when is the right time? An important question with varying answers, so let’s attempt to simplify. Before improvements were made to fuel-delivery systems, engine materials, manufacturing methods and oil chemistry, 3000 miles were the typical barometer for an oil change. However, modern engines today can drive upwards of 7500 or 10,000 miles before an oil change is required.

Several variables come into play when determining the proper interval for your next oil change. If you own a new vehicle and do not want to jeopardize your powertrain warranty, follow the oil type, mileage and time frame recommendations listed in the owner’s manual. Most of the time, drivers will take their vehicle to a dealer for routine inspections and maintenance. During these appointments, oil changes are typically provided.

If your vehicle is out of warranty, the answer becomes more vague. Recommendations vary depending on driving conditions, such as the time of year and where your vehicle is driven. Severe driving conditions include short trips of five or less miles in normal temperatures, short trips of 10 miles or less in freezing temperatures, stop-and-start driving in hot temperatures, long distance driving at low speeds and frequent driving on dusty, muddy, salty, sandy or gravel terrain. Service providers recommend shorter oil change intervals, which are typically between 3000 to 5000 miles. While this never hurts your engine, it does result in more frequent expenses with your local dealer. Checking your oil level once a month using the dipstick is encouraged, especially with older vehicles. Many newer vehicles use synthetic oils for a potential 10,000 to 12,000-mile interval range before requiring an oil change. Older vehicles use petroleum-based oil, which provides users with a choice if they own an older model. Synthetic oils offer greater support for longer distance traveling and more resistance against temperature breakdowns. But they also cost more than petroleum oils. You’ll have to determine which option makes more financial sense. Changing your oil at the proper interval is reliant on many moving parts, most of which are specific to you and your vehicle. For new vehicles, follow the recommendations outlined in the owner’s manual in order to avoid breaking a powertrain warranty. Modern vehicles typically last 7500 to 10,000 miles before requiring an oil change. Used vehicles have varying intervals for oil changes depending on your personal driving habits and patterns. Many dealers suggest changing your vehicle’s oil every 3000 to 5000 miles. For additional questions and information regarding your oil’s life span, consult with a local car dealership for servicing details and assistance.

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Maintenance

What Your Check Engine Light Might Be Telling You

Your vehicle’s Check Engine Light (CEL) is never a positive indicator. Identifying the reason for its illumination can vary from a minor obstruction to imminent critical vehicle damage. If your CEL is steadily lit, your engine sensors have identified suspicious behavior, perhaps with an engine component or sensor. But if the light is flashing, the issue with your engine could cause immediate damage and it is imperative to pull over immediately. The recommended action is to visit a vehicle service center to get the light turned off, regardless of the severity of your engine’s issue.

An at-home option for previewing potential engine problems can be conducted with a code reader, which can be purchased at an auto parts store or online retailer. Most code readers allow users to turn off or reset the check engine light. It is important to note that a code reader does not repair any issue with your engine and that, oftentimes, the light will turn back on later. But a code reader can present users with a code which can be searched for on the internet to decipher its meaning.

Causes for your Check Engine Light’s emergence on your dash can vary in severity (and cost). Common solutions may include replacing ignition coils, spark plugs, oxygen sensors, converters, fuel injectors, and/or thermostat. There is always a chance the light turned on because of a temporary problem caused by weather conditions. In this case, the light should go out by itself in a short period of time. But it is important to address these potential issues immediately to prevent larger (and costlier) problems down the road. Additionally, the CEL must be turned off in order to pass state vehicle inspection.

The Check Engine Light can potentially lead to a hefty vehicle expense and may discourage drivers from getting their vehicles serviced. Troubleshooting at home with a code reader is a viable option but primarily serves as a starting point and not a long-term solution. Visiting a service center will provide a more comprehensive diagnosis of your vehicle’s engine and help prevent further (and more severe) damage to your engine and vehicle. When your Check Engine Light is illuminated, place the safety of yourself and others first and get your vehicle serviced.

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Tires

The Importance of Tires and Maintenance

Tires serve a vital role to your personal safety and your vehicle’s performance. Since tires are the only component making contact with the ground, they are prone to endless damaging situations. Driving on worn tires increases risk for poor input response. Handling, steering and braking are all directly tied to the quality of your tires. Poor tire performance equates to poor vehicular performance and a higher risk of losing control. In order to preserve your safety and the safety of others, paying close attention to your tires’ age and tread are promising indicators on whether or not you should get new tires.

Checking your tires’ expiration date is the first way to gauge your tires’ lifespan. Tires are typically expected to last six years. It is also common for tires to last longer than that, but tires should not be driven on for more than a maximum of 10 years. Rubber weathers away simply due to the environment around your vehicle. Regardless of your vehicle’s quality, tires can age and require replacements in a much shorter period of time. Printed on your tires’ sidewalls is a 16-digit tire identification number. The last four digits represent the tire’s age by detailing the week and year of its manufacture (for example, “1219” would signify the 12th week of 2019). 
Inspecting your tire tread is the second option for determining the quality of your tires. When tire tread reaches 2/32 of an inch, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends replacing the tire. Furthermore, many tires have tread wear indicators which become visible when the tread wears down. They will create a noise while driving to prompt you to check your tires. 

Uneven tread wear is another sign for tire replacement. If you notice tire tread indicators are visible in some spots but not in others, your tires have unevenly worn down and require replacement. Tires can unevenly wear down due to improper inflation and failing to ensure your vehicle’s alignment and suspension are in order. If you experience problems with handling and/or excessive vibration, consider checking your tire tread.
Lastly, if you can observe physical damage to any of your tires, such as punctures, bulges, blisters, cuts and/or cracking, a replacement is most certainly necessary. Consider making a habit of regularly scanning your tires for visible damage. 

A tire’s age and tread thickness are two easy ways to determine when to replace your tires. Checking the expiration date of your tires by acknowledging the manufacture date will give an indication of your tire’s expected lifespan. Closely monitor the tire tread for proper thickness while also looking for tread wear indicators. Excessive vibration and difficulty handling your vehicle are other signs to replace your tires. Indicating problems with your tires could save your life and the lives of drivers around you. Be safe and replace your tires.

Schedule your service today at Thrifty Car Sales of Coopersburg to ensure your car & tires are road ready!