Know Your Tires: Summer vs. All-Season

Winter Haven drivers don’t have to worry about the snow, sleet, or ice that can affect other areas of the country. But they should know the different tire options available to them for safety and performance purposes. FIAT of Winter Haven is here to help and answer all of your questions concerning the difference between summer tires and all-season tires, as well as the benefits and limitations of each.

All-Season Tires

All-season tires provide exceptional performance in both wet and dry conditions. Made for the average driver, these types of tires have a moderate tread depth and rubber compounds that are manufactured to provide a longer tread life than summer tires. They are offered in a plethora of sizes, types, models, speed ratings, and load capacities.

Benefits of all season tires include:

  • Greater performance in both wet and dry conditions
  • Longer tread life
  • Acceptable performance in wet weather

Since all season tires are designed to be used year-round, they will cost you a pretty penny. And they do not offer the same off-roading capabilities as winter or off-road tires do.

Summer Tires

These tires are great for high-performance vehicles, offering both speed and agility. They offer better cornering, braking capabilities, and increased responsiveness. This is attributed to their specialized tread pattern and rubber compounds, enabling more precision on the road.

The benefits of summer tires include:

  • Less grooving
  • Maximum road-holding performance
  • Improved speed and agility

Summer tires are ideal for people who want a more responsive, quicker car. Though they have great grip, they do not provide the best handling during wet conditions as all season tires can.

If you want to check out our tire selection, stop by our FIAT parts department today to see what we can do for you.

The Difference between Buying and Leasing

Many Winter Haven, FL drivers in search of a new car often find themselves in the same predicament – should they buy or lease a new FIAT vehicle? Costs aside, it’s all a matter of priorities. Here are some of the differences between buying and leasing a car, along with the benefits and drawbacks of each from your trusted auto experts here at FIAT of Winter Haven.

Leasing a FIAT Vehicle

Leasing a car is a lot like leasing an apartment – you don’t own it, but you get to use it for a pre-agreed upon amount of time. Some of the advantages of leasing include:

  • Driving a better car for less money
  • Paying lower sales tax
  • Lower repair costs
  • Lower monthly payments with a low – or no – down payment

The disadvantages of leasing include:

  • Your mileage is typically limited to 12,000 miles per year
  • Leasing is more expensive than buying in the long run
  • Excessive wear and tear charges can add a nasty surprise when your lease is finally up

Buying a Car

When you purchase a vehicle, it’s yours for as long as you decide to keep it. Some of the perks of buying a FIAT vehicle include:

  • You can modify the car as you please
  • It is more economical over the long term
  • You can drive it as much as you like
  • You have the flexibility of selling it whenever you want

Drawbacks of buying a car include:

  • Monthly payments are higher
  • Once the warranty expires, you are responsible for the repair costs

In a nut shell, buying gets you more car for less money over the long run. If you are interested in buying a new car, visit FIAT of Winter Haven today!

Enjoy the Beautiful Weather in the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

With beautiful weather forecast for the next few weeks, Alfa Romeo of Winter Haven invites you to take your prized sports car out for a drive. While you’re out, stop by Harry’s Old Place on Cypress Gardens Road for amazing fresh seafood, or if you’re in the mood for a beautiful getaway not too far from civilization, take a ride to Little Manatee River State Park, just south of Tampa. Maybe you’ll want to just cruise around the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes. With a forecast of mostly sunny and near 80°, the coming days should be delightful no matter where you go.

In fact, it should be the perfect weather to show off your bright and beautiful Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Convertible.

Don’t have one? Then come to the Alfa Romeo of Winter Haven showroom and check out the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Base Spider on our showroom floor. Its eye-popping Giallo Prototipo exterior color is the perfect yellow for a bright and sunny day by the lake. You’ll be equally impressed by its elegant black and yellow interior and fine leather seats. You can check it out online, too, at Alfa Romeo USA, where you can read more about the race-inspired performance of this fine sports car.

The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is sure to exceed your expectations with 237 hp, 258 lb-ft of torque, 136 hp/liter, and an incredible top speed of 160 mph. Not only that, but the 4CSpider engine offers an all-aluminum design with four valves per cylinder, a new-generation turbocharger, ultra-high pressure direct fuel injection, and a dual-core intercooler that cools intake air before it reaches the turbocharger. At Alfa Romeo of Winterhaven, we really think you need to take a look at this amazing car! Stop by Alfa Romeo of Winter Haven at 190 Avenue K SW in Winter Haven today.