Why You Should Buy a New Car

In a recent US survey, the average age of a car on the road is 11 years old. 11 years ago, the Apple iPhone didn’t exist, Google was just starting to become the powerhouse that it is today, and cars were still being made and offered with technology from the late 20th century. These days however, cars are going through a hi-tech revolution and here are a few reasons why you should upgrade to a new vehicle today.

Vehicle Lighting

Seeing in the dark, and being seen, is vital to your safety and the safety of others. A modern car can be equipped with the latest in headlight technology that makes traditional halogen headlights look like candles in lanterns. HID Xenon headlights are becoming standard feature on most cars & trucks. New LED headlights that are brighter still, are quickly becoming hot options for mainstream vehicles such as the Buick Encore and the all-new 2018 GMC Terrain.

Vehicle Safety

The safety of vehicles has come a long way since the vehicle as a concept was introduced. Even 10 years ago, most vehicles were struggling to receive a perfect score from the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). Now cars are achieving better than perfect scores not only due to their crash structure but also the preventative crash features such as automatic braking.

Fuel Efficiency

We may not be in the oil crisis of the 1970’s anymore but that doesn’t mean that fuel prices won’t go up in the coming years. Today’s vehicles are more fuel efficient than ever before thanks to improvements in aerodynamics, auto start/stop features, turbocharging, and smaller but still powerful engines. 20-30% improvement in fuel efficiency over vehicles from just 10 years ago is not that uncommon and General Motors is investing billions of dollars in developing fuel efficient diesel engines that can achieve up to 4.5L/100km on a highway in the new 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel.


Let’s face it, vehicles are not getting any simpler. In fact, it’s the opposite. However due to the fact that vehicles these days are computers with wheels, it means that they can be updated with the latest software from manufacturers. The all-new 2018 GMC Terrain is among the first GM vehicles to have this capability and in the future if there are new features or improvements to fuel economy, they can be done with a simple click of a mouse… or tap of the touchscreen.

There are also many other great tech features to consider like vehicle security and integrations such as bluetooth. Performance is important, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice style and comfort.

Vehicles have come a long way in the last decade and who knows how much they’ll progress in the next 10 years. One thing’s for certain though, they will continue to become safer, more efficient, and we may even be removed from the driving equation due to autonomous features.

Eagle Ridge GM – Coquitlam, British Columbia

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