The Sites Of Cincinnati

New car dealerships in Cincinnati are just waiting to get you on the road for your next adventure and at Superior Cars, the professional staff will have you in a new or pre-owned car in no time flat and ready to see the sites of Cincinnati.

Whether your plans are for a day trip, weekend getaway or extended vacation, Cincinnati offers a variety of entertainment and attractions for singles, adults and families looking for fun morning, noon and night.

Things to do and places to go

  • Kings Island – if theme parks with thrill rides like an 80-mph roller coaster, family rides, entertainment, a huge water park with wave pools and river, 60 dinosaur animatronic exhibits and scrumptious dining options are your cup of tea, Kings Island is the place to be. The park is the Midwest’s biggest amusement and water park.
  • Great Wolf Lodge – adjacent to Kings Island, the lodge is an ideal choice for accommodations. The added attraction of staying at the lodge is access to its 79,000 sq. ft. indoor water park included in the price.
  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens – always a treat to see tigers, lions, bears, fish, reptiles and mammals up-close and personal. Add a self-guided tour to see everything the zoo and gardens has to offer.
  • Cincinnati Museum Center – built in 1933 as the Union Terminal train station, the 10-story building houses the Omnimax Theater, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati History Museum and the Museum of Natural History and Science. The center is a National Historic Landmark.
  • Newport Aquarium – take the 9-minute drive across the river to Kentucky and experience the antics of resident jellyfish, gators, stingrays, frogs, penguins, piranha, lizards, snakes and more.
  • BB Riverboats – while in Newport, book a lunch, dinner or sightseeing cruise along the scenic Ohio River. Enjoy a delicious meal or make reservations for a special cruise to a local winery.
  • Riverwalk – the 4-mile path runs along the Ohio River from Cincinnati to Kentucky providing stunning views of the skyline along with shops, dining, children’s areas, monuments and historical sites along the way.
  • American Sign Museum – take the tour and see the many hand carved wooden, gold leaf and electric bulb advertising signs created from 1870 to 1970.

If buying a new, pre-owned or certified Acura, Kia, Hyundai or Honda is on your list of things to do before setting out to see the sites, stop by Superior Cars and check out their impressive inventory of cars that will make travel time anywhere and anytime a real pleasure.

Check Out These May Cincinnati Events

May events are flocking to Cincinnati, Ohio as people are sure to catch their favorite comedy routine or musical act hit the stage for a night of great entertainment. Whether you live in Cincinnati or you are only passing through to purchase a new vehicle at a  car dealership in Cincinnati, you can stop in at one of these events to have a fun time.

May Events

May 5th: Public Library’s Comic Con

Get your comic books out and ready to the Comic Con held at the public library. You can check out the exhibits, trade comic books, engage in photo ops and listen to discussion panels featuring illustrators and writers. The Comic Con will be on May 5th from 1pm to 5pm at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Visit here for more information or call 513-369-6900.

May 5th: Limp Bizkit

Rock out to your favorite rock and rap band, Limp Bizkit as they take the stage by storm. Sing to your favorite songs on Sunday, May 5th at 8pm as this popular music group will be playing at Bogarts. Get your ticketsnow before they run out of seats.

May 9th: Lyle Lovett

Country-rock enthusiasts will be looking forward to seeing Lyle Lovett play his unique blend of music when he visits Cincinnati this May. Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group will be at the Taft Theater on Thursday, May 9th at 8pm. Findyour tickets today.

May 11th: Tracy Morgan

Have a bunch of laughs as you watch Tracy Morgan on stage as his improv show is sure to leave your sides hurting with laughter. He will be heading to Cincinnati on Saturday, May 11th at Bogarts as you can still get tickets for his 7pm show. Don’t miss out on seeing this favorite TV personality as you can get more information here.

May 15th: Sunset Boulevard

As the weather starts heating up outside, find a place to cool down while watching a great theater performance as you catch Sunset Boulevard on stage. You can watch this performance on Wednesday, May 15th at 7:30pm at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. It will be a great performance as a silent movie star tries to regain her fame and time on the big screen as it leads to tragic results. Find out more information about Sunset Boulevard as well as tickets here.

Have A Great Time In Cincinnati

Don’t miss out on the wonderful events Cincinnati will host this May. Get you vehicle tuned up at your Cincinnati used car dealership so you can drive to your favorite concert event or comedy act.

Three Ways to Pay Less for Auto Insurance

Auto insurance is a nuisance. If you’re a safe driver, then you wind up paying every month for the possibility of things that might never happen. Of course, you don’t want to drive without insurance. So, if we have to pay insurance for our new or used car, we might as well pay less for it. Here are some ideas to help:

Install Another Airbag

An airbag or an anti-theft device or anti-lock brakes or, well, anything else that you can afford to install in your car in order to make it a little safer to drive, or just safer to leave parked outside. Insurance companies love when you do this since it means that you’re improving their odds of not having to pay for repairs or replacing a stolen car, and they’ll show it in your rates.

Take a Defensive Driving Course

You can go to the local DMV or look online to find a great defensive driving course in your area. They’re not usually expensive to attend, and you not only lower your insurance rates, you also become a better driver, you become more aware of things that you might not have been attuned to prior, and that can be very rewarding in the long run.

Keep a Maintenance Record

Keeping your car in good condition and keeping a record of it can be a big help in keeping your insurance rates down. Every oil change and tire rotation is proof that you’re not only a safe driver, but a responsible car owner, and that can be a big help in earning you discounts with your insurance provider.

Of course, all of this starts with asking your insurer what sort of discounts they offer the day you drive off the new car dealership in Cincinnati. Make a note of what sort of discounts they offer and if they don’t seem like something you’re willing to try for, then simply switch insurers.

There’s No Place Like Home. Cincinnati Reds Opening Day is Almost Here!

Some consider it the official start of spring. It is baseball’s opening day and believe it or not, it is quickly approaching. For those at our Superior auto dealerships in Cincinnati, it can’t get here fast enough. The disappointing end to last season along with a persistent winter has us all ready for the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd. A filled Great American Ballpark will be a welcomed sight for all.

Opening Day is special throughout all of baseball, but nowhere is it as special as here in Cincinnati. It is special in part because the Reds have not hosted opening day only 4 times in their lengthy history. For 2013, the Reds will again be opening at home. This time opening day has a new twist as the Reds and Los Angeles Angels will meet in the first inter-league opening day game in baseball history. There are those who anticipate the season could end with this very same matchup as both teams could make it to the World Series. That would also be history.

This year’s opener will take place on Monday April 1st, following the traditional opening day parade. The parade steps off at noon and will feature former Reds star George Foster. First pitch is scheduled at 4:10pm. The Angels bring superstar Albert Pujols to Cincinnati along with former Red Josh Hamilton.

The Reds have locked in some key players and the 2013 season is as anticipated as any other. Off-season acquisitions that included outfielder Shin Soo Choo have ramped it up even more. It should be a fun year down by the riverfront and we hope to see you there.

If baseball has you thinking springtime, it may also have you thinking about getting a new car. We invite you out to Superior Acura, Superior Hyundai North or South, and Superior Kia. If you are thinking pre-owned, the place for used cars in Cincinnati is Mike Albert Direct.

Yes, warmer weather will eventually arrive for good. The smell of hot dogs and freshly mowed grass is almost upon us. The sound of cheering crowds and vendors hawking peanuts and popcorn is just days away. It is opening day in Cincinnati, Ohio and there is no place like home.

New Car Vs Used Car: Which Is Best For You?

It’s time to get a car as your old clunker has breathed its last exhaust fumes. As you head out to your Cincinnati car dealer, one question on your mind is whether you should buy a new car or a used car.

This eternal debate plagues almost every car buyer. In the end, choosing the right vehicle for yourself will be based on a number of different factors.

Budget: It goes without saying that you should buy a vehicle that fits into your budget and financing loan. Most people on tight budgets go for used cars since they are normally cheaper than new. But, nowadays, don’t be surprised if you find a new car that is actually cheaper than some used cars. If you are looking at average-sized used cars, check out the new subcompacts as you can find a small car costing $10,000 less than a larger used model.

Safety: New technologies and stringent vehicle safety laws have ensured that new vehicles are equipped with the latest safety features. If you are worried about keeping your family safe behind the wheel, go for a new car. If your budget only allows for a used car, pick one that is less than 5 years old so you will still have some of the same important safety features.

Maintenance: If you are the type of person who doesn’t mind getting under the hood and puttering around to fix your vehicle when something minor happens, then go for a used car that you can customize to your preferences. But if you aren’t car-savvy and don’t want to spend time sitting at a mechanic’s shop, go for the new car that will require less maintenance except for the regular service tune-up.

Warranties: Most warranties cover new vehicles for up to three years, and extended warranties will cover a few extra years or miles driven. You’ll also have the luxury of protection for certain parts and maintenance for new cars. If you choose to purchase a used vehicle, you may be able to get the original warranty if buying a certified pre-owned or you may get a lesser warranty and add to it. It’s better to go through used car dealerships in Cincinnati to have a better chance of getting some type of warranty versus just buying a car directly from the owner.

In the end, both a new car and used car will get you to your destination if you shop around and find the best vehicle for your budget. Keep your options open and select the vehicle that has the features you want.


How To Change A Flat Tire

Imagine you are driving along the open road, when all of a sudden you hear a strange noise, and your car starts shaking and just feels weird. You pull over and discover that you have a flat tire. But you don’t know how to change it, so you have to wait hours for a friend or roadside assistance to come help you. Or maybe get up to go to work or school in the morning and discover that your tire has gone flat again. This time you have to take the bus, because you still don’t know how to change a flat tire. Wouldn’t you rather learn how to change a flat?

Get Your Tools Together

In order to change a flat tire, you need a jack, a spare tire, a pump to inflate the tire, and the proper lug wrench. If it is dark, you may need a flashlight. New cars come with all of these, but they may be missing or in the wrong place. Go check now.

Find A Safe Spot

If you are in your driveway or garage, simply make sure you have enough space. If you are on the highway, pull over to a flat, level place on the side of the road. If you pull onto an incline, you will not be able to jack up the car. Turn on your hazard lights (the ones that blink red) to let other drivers know you are stopped.

Loosen The Lug Nuts

If you need to, remove the hubcap first. Not all cars have one, so you may be able to skip this step. You can then begin to loosen the lug nuts with the right lug wrench. If you have the one that came with your car this should be easy to figure out. Do not take the nuts comepletely off.

Jack Up Your Car

Following the manufacturers directions, place the jack directly under the car. Turn the crank until its under a sturdy part of the frame. Check to make sure it is in the right place, and then continue to jack up the car until it is about six inches off the ground.

Remove the Old Tire and Replace It

If the car is properly off the ground and the lug nuts are sufficently loosened this should be easy. Before you put the new tire on, make sure it is properly inflated. Then you can easily put the tire on. Re-tighten the lug nuts. Then lower your car, by lowering the jack using the reverse motion you used to raise it.

Now you know how to change your tire. Congratulate yourself.

What To Do When The Check Engine Light Comes On

The check engine light tells the driver that there is something wrong with the emissions system. It does not have anything to do with the mechanical operation of the engine. A check engine light means that any one of the sensors is either bad or is giving the computer an erroneous reading. A Cincinnati Acura, Hyundai, Honda or Kia dealer uses computers to query the vehicle’s computer. The vehicle’s computer sends the codes to the dealer’s diagnostic computer so that the dealer can figure out the problem.

Keep in mind that the sensors use wiring, so just because a code points to a specific sensor, it doesn’t mean that the sensor is bad – it could mean the wiring to or from the sensor is bad, which is rare; or it could mean that the sensor is giving erroneous readings because of the malfunction of another part in the vehicle.

When the engine light comes on, that means the vehicle’s computer – the PCM or ECM – has stored a code. The code could be a hard or a soft code. A soft code will turn the check engine light on and off. A hard code will not allow the check engine light to go out until the code is cleared by a diagnostic computer. If the problem is not repaired, but the code is erased, the computer will reset the code and turn the check engine light on once again.

Actions to Take When the Check Engine Light Comes On

The check engine light should always come on for a few seconds when you start the vehicle. This is to alert you that the light is working. If the light does not go out, take notice of any irregularities with the way your vehicle is running. Check to see if black smoke is pouring out of the exhaust. Check to see if the vehicle runs rough or if it doesn’t seem to have enough power to get out of its own way.

If your vehicle is drivable, take it to your Cincinnati car dealer to have it checked. The dealer will be able to tell you what is wrong and will be able to repair the problem.

When certain sensor s malfunction or are caused to throw a code because of another problem, the vehicle may go into “limp home mode.” This means that the vehicle will get you a short distance so you are not stranded. It may not start once you shut it off. If the vehicle is not running smoothly, it is best to not take a chance and to call a tow truck to get you to a certified car technician for repairs.

Knowing Your Blind Spot Can Save Your Life

The open road can be dangerous. Every day there are an average of 17,589 auto accidents and 3,700 die each day as a result of these crashes. It is estimated that one person dies every 13 minutes as a result of automobile accidents. But by knowing and being aware of your blind spot and learning how to compensate for it, you can avoid being a part of these static.

With rearview cameras and special mirrors, most drivers tend to believe that the infamously dangerous blind spot has been eliminated. But the truth is that most cars still have a blind spot, even if it is a tiny one. Each car has a different blind spots, which is why it is important to check for them every time you get into the car.

What most people don’t know is that your blind spot isn’t something you have only when you are driving. Because of the way your eyes are positioned, people naturally have two blind spots in their vision. This means that if you are staring straight ahead, and someone walks in front of you, their will be two different points when they will be invisible to you. If you keep this in mind while you are driving, you can reduce your chance of having a vehicle literally sneak up on you and blindsided you.

The first thing you need to do is to take a good look around the car before you get in. Make a mental note of all the scenery and objects around the car. Then get in the car and check for all the things you observed before. Adjust your mirrors so that you can see behind you and to the side. Try to to eliminate as much of your blind spot as possible. If you are too short to see properly over the vehicle raise your seat as necessary.

If you have a rearview camera, learn to use it. The camera is no good if you find it disorientating. You should also remember to adjust your mirrors properly, even with the camera. While the camera can be a helpful addition, it is not a replacement for your mirrors.

By properly adjusting the mirrors in the car, and your seat height you can all but eliminate your blind spot while driving. However, you still need to be careful when driving. Make sure to turn your head and look for cars in every direction when making a turn or merging into lane or onto the road.

If you faollow these steps, you can be a good safe driver, and help reduce your chances of being in a dangerous accident.

Which Kind Of Car Wax Is Best?

Which kind of car wax is the best?  The purpose of waxing your car is to give it a layer of protection from the sun and rain to keep your paint and clear coat strong.  Choosing the right kind of wax sounds easier than it is.  With new high performance waxes, liquids, pastes, and everything else on the market, it may make you second guess what you need for your car.  So which one is the best?

Well, the first thing you should know is that a higher price does not always mean higher quality or protection.  Consumer Reports just tested a batch of waxes and wax agents for cars and they found out that the lower priced waxes perform just as well as the ones that are described as maximum performance.  If you are unsure about what kind of wax will best protect your car, you may be looking for a higher price and think that it is a higher quality, but just remember that is not always the case.

With new liquid waxes on the market, the ease of use makes people think that it is not doing as good of a job protecting your car.  Well here’s some more good news.  In the tests, the liquid waxes had a negligible difference between the pastes that take more work to apply and use.  In fact, if you are an owner of a car with a darker paint job, you may do more damage with paste based waxes because it may cause micro scratches in your paint while application.  So what it all comes down to is ease of application and a better price.  Both of these things well not make much of a difference in the amount of protection they provide.

Waxing your car before the long fall and winter months will really help keep your car looking good all year long.  If you are looking for a new car that already looks great, then come into Superior Cars.

How To Drive On Snow And Ice

Not all of us have the benefit of attending a Winter Driving School. Let’s face it, almost every year is like a winter driving school anyway. Sometimes winter driving tip is actually to not drive at all, but since that isn’t always a viable option, it will be in your best interest to learn how to correctly drive on snow and on ice. After all, as much as we want it to be, not ever day can be a “snow day” in Cincinnati. The video below has some really good points and tips to remember.

Get a grip. It pays to have the right tires on your Cincinnati car, truck or SUV. There is a difference between the tread on summer tires and winter ones. If you want to “get a grip”, having the right set of tires on your vehicle is paramount when it comes to keeping control on the snow and ice.

Make sure you can see. Two things here. If you have bad, or old wiper blades, you are going to have a hard time seeing. Also, you can put some de-icer in your windshield wiper resivoir. If you can’t see, you are just compounding your problems and ability to navigate safely in foul weather.

Run the air-conditioner. Running your A/C may sound backwards, but  it will remove condensation and frost from the interior of windows Set the temperature on “hot” and make sure it’s fresh air you are circulating.

Check your lights. This is a no-brainer. Use your head lights so you can see and others can see you.

Give yourself a brake. It’s easy use antilock brakes: Stomp, stay and steer. Stomp on the pedal as if you were trying to break it off. Stay hard on the pedal. Steer around the obstacle. After you “Stomp”, the ABS will begin to cycle and you will feel pulses in the pedal and probably hear the system working. You might have the urge to “pump” you brakes, but resist this urge, the brakes are, in fact, already pumping.

Too much steering is bad. Over-correcting, or over-steering will probably lead to an accident. What happens is as you come off of the ice onto the asphalt your tires will grab and ultimately redirect your car…usually into a barrier, or another car. Keep your wheels straight, you can’t steer on ice.

Remember, ice amplifies bad driving techniques! Learn how to drive safely before it starts snowing and icing over. You’d better hurry, Winter is right around the corner…literally. However, if you do end up in a fender-bender, you know that you can always bring your Honda, Acura, Kia or Hyundai into your Superior Automotive Group location.