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The decision to lease or buy a new vehicle can be difficult to make. There are pros and cons to each, and it depends on personal preference and lifestyle.

If you are looking for low monthly payments and like to have a new vehicle every few years, then leasing may be for you. Leasing is when you pay for the depreciation of the vehicle over the lease term and not the full sticker price of the vehicle. Here are the pros and cons:

Pros

  • Lease payments are typically lower than loan payments.
  • You can return the vehicle at the end of the lease, pay any end-of-lease costs and move on to the next vehicle.
  • The vehicle’s future value doesn’t affect you financially.

Cons

  • If you want to end the lease early, early-termination fees can be almost as costly as finishing out the lease term.
  • You have no equity in the vehicle.
  • You are limited to the number of miles you drive on the vehicle. This can vary anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 miles per year.
  • At lease-end, you may have to pay for anything that isn’t considered normal wear and tear.

If you plan on keeping your vehicle for years to come and like taking road trips, buying a new vehicle may be your best option. When you buy a new vehicle, a loan is financed through the car dealership for the price of the vehicle plus tax. You then have monthly payments, with interest, to pay the dealership’s financial institution. Loan term options can be anywhere from 36 to 72 months, and monthly payments are split up evenly amongst the length of the loan.

Once the loan term has ended and you owe no remaining payments, it belongs to you. You can keep the vehicle for as long as you want or sell or trade it whenever you desire. Here are the pros and cons:

Pros

  • You own the vehicle and can keep it for however long you want.
  • You can sell or trade in the vehicle at any time.
  • You can put as many miles on the vehicle as you like.
  • The vehicle can be modified or customized however you please.

Cons

  • Loan payments are typically higher than lease payments.
  • You are responsible for selling or trading the vehicle when you are ready.
  • Over the course of a loan term, the vehicle will depreciate and will be worth less when it comes time to sell or trade.

Please visit Clint Bowyer Autoplex in Emporia, Kansas or call us at (620) 343-6723 for more information. We look forward to helping you make this decision. Meanwhile, don’t forget to check out our new vehicle inventory here, which includes both lease and buy options.

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The weather in Kansas can be unpredictable, so it’s important to get your vehicle prepared for winter. That last thing you’d want is to be stranded in the cold or snow. Regular vehicle maintenance will help catch minor problems and prevent them from becoming bigger problems.

Tony Molla, vice president of communications at Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), recommends the following car care tips:

Replace dirty filters
Change oil and oil filter as specified
Check engine and drivability problems
Check heater and defroster
Replace old windshield wiper blades
Have battery checked
Inspect all lights and bulbs
Examine tires and tire tread
Have brakes checked periodically
Check transmission
Carry an emergency kit with extra gloves, blankets, flares, sand or kitty litter, tire chains, a flashlight, cell phone, cell phone charger and snacks

For more tips, visit the ASE website. Schedule service at Clint Bowyer Autoplex in Emporia, Kansas and check out our current service specials here.

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The 2017 Toyota Corolla is the perfect compact car for driving around the Emporia, Kansas area or for your next roadtrip. It stands out with a stylish and sporty design, advanced safety features and impeccable performance.

The exterior of the 2017 Toyota Corolla has a redesigned, sportier front fascia and standard Bi-LED headlights. The headlights not only look great, but they also use less energy compared to standard lights. The new Corolla also includes a rear spoiler and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the 2017 Toyota Corolla also has an innovative design. The fluid dashboard includes piano-black accents, a large touchscreen and premium materials. There is also plenty of cargo space with 60/40 split rear seats and a large trunk.

The 2017 Toyota Corolla looks great, but more importantly, it will keep you safe. It includes eight standard airbags and the Toyota Star Safety System™. According to Toyota, the Star Safety System™ is “an advanced integration of active safety technologies designed to enhance traction, braking and more.” It keeps you safe in the case of an accident and helps prevent accidents from happening in the first place.

The 2017 Toyota Corolla has incredible aerodynamics and gets an EPA-estimated 40 highway mpg. Its CVTi-S transmission aides in the amazing fuel efficiency and also provides a smooth and easy-to-control drive. Experience the 2017 Toyota Corolla and take a test drive at Clint Bowyer Autoplex in Emporia, Kansas today! View our current inventory here.

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Clint Bowyer has recently been promoting the HighwayHero™ app from Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. The app enables drivers to become better and smarter on the road by providing tips on how to improve and monitoring bad driving habits. Clint Bowyer told FoxSports.com, “It literally scores your driving. It tracks your driving. All these things that it does are great safety tools for everybody.”

HighwayHero™ is able to automatically detect when driving starts and stops by using your phone’s sensors to measure your vehicle’s driving dynamics. It provides trip summaries, maneuver details and useful feedback to help you become a better driver. Drivers are able to measure their achievements and phone distractions to see how they’re doing and how they can improve.

Become a better driver and download the HighwayHero™ app today!

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Drive around Emporia, Kansas in an affordable, midsize crossover. The 2017 Dodge Journey is perfect for any adventure you and your family or friends take! It has amazing performance, stylish designs, innovative technology and plenty of safety and security features.

In the 2017 Dodge Journey, you can travel up to 512 highway miles per tank. The standard 2.4L 16-valve four-cylinder engine and available award-winning 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine both give you an EPA-estimated 25 highway mpg. The 2017 Dodge Journey has incredible traction with the available all-wheel-drive system, perfect for any weather Kansas brings you. In addition, this Dodge Journey has a towing capacity of up to 2,500 pounds.

Not only does the 2017 Dodge Journey perform great, but it looks great, too. The exterior has a distinctive front fascia, a crosshair grille, sculpted fender flares and available black headlamp bezels. Inside, this Dodge Journey has great cargo space with in-floor storage, fold-flat seats and an in-floor cooler. Everything about the 2017 Dodge Journey is luxuriously crafted.

Technology helps make your drive more enjoyable, and the 2017 Dodge Journey does not lack in that department. It includes an available award-winning Garmin® GPS Navigation system and the available Radio 8.4 NAV with an 8.4-inch touchscreen. The Radio 8.4 NAV system includes SiriusXM® Traffic and SiriusXM® Travel Link to provide real-time traffic updates, live weather updates, movie showtimes, sports scores and gas station locations and pricing.

Finally, the 2017 Dodge Journey will keep you and your passengers safe. The available ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera and available ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System are great tools for navigating parking lots and avoiding collisions. This Dodge Journey also includes a protective frame, seven advanced airbags and active front seat head restraints to reduce the risk of head, neck or spine injuries in the case of a collision.

The 2017 Dodge Journey is safe, reliable and affordable. Take a test drive at Clint Bowyer Autoplex in Emporia, Kansas or view our inventory here.

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Go on your next adventure in the 2017 Jeep Cherokee Sport! The 2017 Jeep Cherokee Sport has great features, including a 2.4L MultiAir® 2 Engine, Uconnect® 5.0 and much more.

The 2017 Jeep Cherokee Sport is modern and sleek with an aerodynamic exterior. No matter where your adventure takes you, the Jeep Cherokee Sport will get you there in style. It also includes rear and front independent suspensions for a great driving experience as well as a nine-speed automatic transmission. With the 2017 Jeep Cherokee Sport, you will get an EPA-estimated 31 highway mpg.

Not only does the 2017 Jeep Cherokee look and perform great, but it is also sure to be a comfortable ride. The interior is sophisticated and versatile and includes folding 60/40 split second-row seats for plenty of cargo space. It also includes the Jeep® brand cargo management system with handy hooks and a removable grocery bag holder.

Additionally, the 2017 Jeep Cherokee Sport is built for any condition with its Selec-Terrain® traction control system and includes more than 70 standard and available safety and security features. Test drive a 2017 Jeep Cherokee Sport at Clint Bowyer Autoplex in Emporia, Kansas or browse our selection here.

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We are excited to present Humor For Hunger along with the Emporia Gazette and Brickyard 20 Ale House on Friday, December 16! Humor For Hunger is a comedy night to benefit Food For Students in Emporia, Kansas. It will be a fun night filled with loads of laughs, so you won’t want to miss out!

Food For Students provides a bag of food each week to school children who do not have enough food over the weekends. About 450 bags are given away each month, and 100 percent of all cash donations go toward the purchase of food. To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/emporiafoodforstudents.

Humor For Hunger will feature comedians Chad Thornsberry, Matt Holt and Shawn Brennan. General admission tickets are $20 and go on sale Tuesday, November 1. They can be purchased at Clint Bowyer Autoplex, Brickyard 20 Ale House and the Emporia Gazette.

Humor For Hunger will be held at Brickyard 20 Ale House (402 Merchant St) in Emporia. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the show starts at 8 pm. Stop by and see us at Clint Bowyer Autoplex in Emporia, Kansas to get your tickets early!

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The 2017 Toyota Camry is the perfect mid-size sedan for driving around the Emporia, Kansas area. It gets great gas mileage with an EPA-estimated 24 city, 33 highway mpg. It also features a bold exterior, sporty interior, innovative technology and amazing performance.

The exterior has an aggressive design with striking hood lines and a sport mesh front grille. It also features available LED headlights to help light up the road as well as LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL). To complete the design, the 2017 Camry includes 18-inch alloy wheels and an available duel exhaust system with chrome tips.

The style continues in the interior with front sport seats and race-inspired paddle shifters for available manual shifting. The center stack also includes easy-to-access features, such as available navigation and dual zone climate control. Not only is the interior stylish, but it is also roomy. According to Toyota, they have “sculpted cutaways in the seats and interior panels to help provide more knee and leg room for passengers front and rear.”

The 2017 Toyota Camry includes a great variety of technology features. It has available wireless charging, which Toyota says “lets you simply place your Qi-compatible device on the nonslip surface to charge up wirelessly.” The new Camry also includes a trip information screen with details about your cruising range, average speed, elapsed time, fuel economy history and much more.

Finally, the 2017 Toyota Camry would not be complete without amazing performance. It has an impressive available 3.5-liter V6 engine with 268 horsepower as well as Electric Power Steering (EPS) for breathtaking handling. The 2017 Toyota Camry also features a wider track to improve handling and high-speed control and vortex generators to maximize efficiency and keep it quiet inside the cabin.

See the 2017 Toyota Camry for yourself at Clint Bowyer Autoplex in Emporia, Kansas! Take a test drive or view our inventory here.

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The 2016 Toyota Camry is the best in its class, being named the best midsize car for the money in the 2016 U.S. News and World Report as well as receiving a NHTSA 5-star overall safety rating. The Toyota Camry ranks above and beyond the competition in many areas.

The 2016 Toyota Camry and Malibu 1LT are the only vehicles in their class with standard rear seat airbags, knee airbags and heated exterior mirrors; however, only the Camry was chosen as a Top Safety Pick + by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Camry also has amazing fuel efficiency with a combined EPA-estimated 28 mpg.

The 2016 Toyota Camry also stands out with its excellent reliability and complimentary maintenance (Toyota Care). More than 90 percent of Camrys sold in the last 10 years are still on the road today.

Visit Clint Bowyer Autoplex in Emporia, Kansas today and test drive a Toyota Camry today! View our inventory here.

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We are proud to be a sponsor for the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce’s Emporia Area Stock Car Auto Racing (EASCAR) Night! Join in on the fun on October 8, 2016 from 5 pm to 11 pm at the Anderson Building at the Lyon County Fairgrounds.

EASCAR Night is a community watch party of the Charlotte NASCAR race. You can watch the live action on a big screen and cheer on your favorite driver! Attendees will pick a driver and have the chance to win great prizes throughout the evening. Tickets are $40 per person, and you must be 21 years of age or older to attend. The event will include complimentary dinner, snacks, drinks, a commemorative ticket and a lanyard.

For more information, call the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce office at 620-342-1600. You can also learn more, register and pay for the event here.