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Buying vs. Leasing a Volvo in 2021: Which One Is Right for You? These Are the Key Differences Between Buying and Leasing a Volvo Car!


So, you've finally decided to make a move on your new Volvo car. Now for the big question: buying or leasing? There are vital differences between the two that can dramatically affect the value that you get out of them. Depending on your finances, driving needs, and overall preferences, the value you get out of buying a new Volvo car can vary.


Let's take a look at some of the key differences between buying and leasing a Volvo car! Buying

To get the obvious out of the way: buying a car means that you own it outright. Once your name is on the dotted line, you're free to do whatever you want with your new vehicle.


If you're the kind of person who enjoys customizing their cars, this is a no-brainer. Having total ownership means that you're able to make whatever modifications you want to your vehicle. If you're planning to make adjustments for off-roading (or just really love neon interiors for some reason), owning your car gives you the freedom to do so.


Additionally, you'll be able to sell your vehicle whenever you want. Whether you pay off the entirety of your new Volvo loan or decide to upgrade after you've paid off a certain amount, you've got plenty of flexibility there too. Buying a car is generally more straightforward of a process than leasing one, especially if you're worried about your credit score. While buying may be a bit more expensive upfront, you offset that initial cost with lower interest rates and plenty of refinancing options. Ultimately, the vehicle becomes less expensive to have the longer that you own it.


Leasing

While leasing a Volvo car is a comfortable, easy-to-navigate process, it does come with more considerations than buying one. By signing a lease, you agree to make monthly payments in order to drive a new Volvo car for a set period of time. Although the month-to-month cost is often lower than buying a vehicle, you have to either return the car or buy it outright for a prorated amount.


If you're looking to drive a new Volvo for an affordable price, then leasing is your best bet. You'll always be driving a recent model that's covered by a generous warranty and potentially eligible for free oil changes and other scheduled services. You also won't have to worry about maintaining your car's value--although you'll want to make sure that you keep it clean and scratch-free!


Leases will also come with a fixed amount of miles, with additional charges incurred if you go over them. Depending on how much you drive, this can be a massive consideration. If you anticipate consistently going over the lease's allocated mileage, then you'll quickly lose the savings versus buying it outright. Conversely, you're not awarded credit for unused miles, so you want to make sure you'll be driving enough to justify the amount you're paying.


Care by Volvo

If neither of these options sounds exactly like what you need, there's actually a third one: Care by Volvo. This revolutionary new service streamlines many of the advantages of leasing a car without the same commitments. If you're looking for a practical short-term Volvo lease, Care by Volvo might have the best value for you.


Similar to leasing a vehicle, Care by Volvo gives you temporary ownership of a vehicle that you're expected to return at the end of your contract. While leases are almost always for fixed amounts of time, this option allows you to pay on a month-by-month basis, with the option to end your agreement at any time after 5 months.


This subscription cost includes factory-scheduled maintenance, along with protection for both excess wear and wheel replacements, meaning that you won't be out-of-pocket for most vehicle repairs. You'll also benefit from pre-selected car insurance coverage, which saves you the headache of navigating the insurance world.


Care by Volvo is an excellent option if you're working temporarily in an area, or want to stay flexible ahead of potential driving changes in the near future.



If you'd like to learn more about which Volvo option is best for you, then swing by Keystone Volvo in Berwyn today!


There's a reason that Keystone Volvo Cars of Berwyn is the premier Volvo Dealership for the Berwyn, Bryn Mawr, King of Prussia, Malvern, Norristown, Plymouth Meeting, Philadelphia, Bala Cynwyd, and West Chester areas. Our selection of affordable new and used Volvos features amazing incentives and competitive financing to make sure that nothing stands between you and your next dream car! Whether you're ready to live in your new Volvo car or just want more information, visit Keystone Volvo in Berwyn today!



Maintenance on an Electric Volvo Car vs Internal Combustion Engine

A snapshot of maintenance checklists: Electric Volvos vs the standard internal combustion engine.


The popularity of electric vehicles (EV) is on the rise, and we can all understand why. With car manufacturers' research and ingenuity, many EVs perform just as well as gas-powered vehicles. And with the overall savings and benefits to the environment, electric Volvos are a true contender on any car lot.


But how does general maintenance of an electric Volvo differ from that of a gas-powered vehicle? We'll break down some of the major differences and answer many of your initial questions.


Many cars will have the same maintenance check points for systems such as tires and brakes, interior safety mechanisms, and cabin heating/cooling elements. We'll focus on the maintenance of the engine - since that's the system with the most differences for an EV and a gas-powered vehicle.

What Is an EV … and BEV, HEV, PHEV?


Electric Volvos come in all shapes and sizes. And the engine configuration is one more option within many car manufacturers. Let's start with basic definitions.

  • EV and BEV: Electric vehicle and battery electric vehicle - These cars do not have a combustion engine and therefore do not require gasoline. They run on battery power that is rechargeable at home or many public charging stations.
  • HEV: Hybrid electric vehicles - HEVs use both a combustion engine and an electric motor with energy from a battery. The battery is charged by regenerative braking.
  • PHEV: Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles - As the name suggests, these vehicles can be plugged into a specialized outlet in order to recharge the battery. There are two kinds of PHEVs: extended range electric vehicles (with an electric motor to generate movement and combustion engine to create electricity) and parallel PHEV (using electric motor and combustion engine for movement).

For routine maintenance, any hybrid vehicle will follow a maintenance schedule similar to a gas-powered vehicle due to the combustion engine. EVs and BEVs are strictly electric vehicles and have their own list of maintenance check points.

Maintenance for a Gas-Powered Vehicle

A combustion engine has many moving parts requiring sufficient fuel and lubrication to keep the parts moving smoothly and efficiently. Check with your car manufacturer or your car's owners' manual for specific maintenance for your vehicle.


Here's a list, by timeline, of gas-powered engine maintenance.


(Every 1,000 miles) Check oil levels (and add if necessary)


(Every 3,000-5,000 miles) Change the oil


(Once a year or 20,000 miles) Change the engine's air filter


(Once every two years or 40,000 miles) Change the transmission fluid Change the radiator fluid Replace spark plugs Change the differential fluid


(Once every five years or 70,000 miles) Replace the serpentine belt



Maintenance for an EV/BEV Volvo


The list of maintenance is smaller on an EV than a gas-powered vehicle. Be sure to check with the car manufacturer to obtain a full list of suggested and required maintenance for an EV.


EVs do not have a combustion engine, so they do not need radiator fluid, spark plugs, timing belts, fuel filters, oil, or oil changes. Fewer moving parts and a lack of oil changes dramatically increases their lifespans.


Here's a list, by timeline, of EV engine maintenance.


(Every 7,500 miles)

Check coolant levels for battery Check the power inverter, accessory power, and charger modules


(Every five years) Drain and replace all vehicle coolant levels


(Every seven years) Check the battery pack, especially if it's not retaining a full charge


There's significant time and financial savings over the life of an EV over a gas-powered vehicle. In addition to these savings, making the switch to an electric vehicle also comes with a variety of additional benefits, including improved handling, better safety, and a smoother drive.


If you'd like even more reasons to fall in love with an electric Volvo, then swing by Keystone Automotive in Berwyn to learn more!


There's a reason why we're the top electric vehicle dealership for Berwyn, Cicero, Forest Park, Lyons, and Maywood! With our premium selection of new Volvo cars, used Volvos, and certified pre-owned Volvos, we've got something for everyone! Between our affordable prices, competitive financing, and gorgeous Volvo incentives, your next dream car is just one call away.




Here's What You Need to Know to Install a Home EV Charging Station

The Benefits of Having an EV Charger Installed at Your Home. It won't be long before public charging stations are on every street corner like gas stations and those people that flip signs with an easy-going flare the rest of us may envy. But the most practical and cost-effective way to charge your EV is at home. All electric cars come with charging units that plug into a standard 120-volt three-prong plug- which is totally serviceable but can take quite a while to charge. This is why many EV owners are choosing to upgrade their home charging to Level 2.


Steps to Installing your Home EV Charging Stations

First, you'll need an electrician to install a dedicated 240-volt line in your garage or wherever you think you'll be parking your car. This is just like adding an outlet for a washer or dryer. Obviously, this is an extra investment, but you'll be saving yourself time and money in the long run. Level 2 chargers take only around four hours to "fill" an EV's battery. Whatsmore, many states offer incentives to make home installation more affordable. There are even apps to let you know if your power company is offering any discounts during off-peak hours. There are two charging systems you can get for your home: a hard-wired, wall-mounted unit; or portable, electrical vehicle service equipment (EVSE). The wall-mounted unit will cost more (and you'll have to have that installed as well) but they tend to be more durable. They're made to withstand the elements as some local codes may require you to have a fixed-mount unit. If you're having the new line and a station installed- just be sure it's where you want it. Most charging cables are 15-25 feet long, so depending on where you'll be parking, where the car's port is, etc., you'll need to take that into account. An EVSE is portable. So, yeah, that's the plus. Nowadays, almost all EVSEs will handle either Level 1 or 2 charging (just make sure you've got that 240-volt line if you're using Level 2). Again, they may not last as long, but they cost less and you can take them anywhere. And that's all you need! A little more of an investment will have you charging at home quickly and easily. Now to just look into how to flip signs while looking cool…




Volvo Cars Will be Fully Electric By 2030!

The Future of Volvo Electric Vehicles Is Looking Bright!


New Volvo Cars have always been synonymous with cutting-edge innovation. Since the Swedish automaker first opened its doors almost a century ago, Volvo has constantly pushed the envelope in key areas like safety, accessibility, and luxury. Now, Volvo is making massive commitments to the future of electric vehicles with a pledge to go 'fully electric' in the next ten years.


This ambitious 2030 deadline comes as Volvo has cemented its role at the forefront of the EV and PHEV world with recent models. Recent Volvo plug-in electric vehicle models include the 2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge, along with the S90 Recharge and V60 recharge. Every entry in this all-star lineup has challenged the notion that PHEV vehicles require making sacrifices in drive power, price, or comfort by providing drivers with all-star drivetrains and premium interiors. 


There's a lot of reasons to be excited about regarding the future of electric vehicles. Many of these models are already more efficient than their combustion counterparts in both driving range and cost of fuel. In fact, some New Volvo Cars can already get more than 300 miles on a single charge AND cost less on average to 'fuel' with a recharge. You can expect these gaps to widen further as automotive brands like Volkswagen continue to invest in electric vehicle technology. 


Although 2030 might seem like a long way away, Volvo is already moving fast. In addition to this fully-electric commitment, Volvo is also aiming for electric vehicles to represent half of all total sales by 2025--with PHEV cars accounting for the other half. Volvo drivers can already enjoy instant-classics like the XC60 Recharge or the S60 REcharge, and it's not hard to imagine this lineup expanding even further. 


With all of the exciting announcements that Volvo has made, drivers can expect to start coming pretty fast. Eyes are already turning to their 2022 lineup, and we'll likely be hearing more specifics about their roadmap to an all-electric lineup at trade shows this summer. In the meantime, visit Keystone Volvo for even more reasons to get excited about these developments in Volvo electric vehicles. 


There's a reason that Keystone Volvo Cars of Berwyn is the premiere Volvo Dealership for theBerwyn, Bryn Mawr, King of Prussia, Malvern, Norristown, Plymouth Meeting, Philadelphia, Bala Cynwyd, and  West Chester areas. Our selection of affordable new and used Volvos features amazing incentives and competitive financing to make sure that nothing stands between you and your next dream car! Whether you're ready to live in your new Volvo car or just want more information, visit Keystone Volvo in Berwyn today!



Plug-In Hybrid vs. Electric Vehicles

Eco-Friendly Luxury Vehicles Available at Keystone Volvo Cars of Berwyn 


There's a lot of buzz surrounding electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Almost every major automotive company has been unveiling electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids, and Volvo is at the forefront of that push towards renewable energy with optimal safety features to boot.  


But what does it all mean? Which option is the most environmentally friendly? 


Plug-in Electric Hybrid Vehicles (PHEVs) 


As their name suggests, these vehicles run on a combination of internal combustion engine power and a rechargeable battery. Most PHEVs will use energy from the vehicle's rechargeable battery first, meaning that it's possible to recharge between commutes without ever having to use fuel. Volvo's plug-in hybrid models include the V60 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid, XC60 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid, S90 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid, S60 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid, and the XC90 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid


True to the name, these cars plug into a charging station, and it's worth investing in a PHEV home charging station when you get one. 


Electric Vehicles

Other Volvo models such as the Volvo XC40 Recharge are pure electric. This means that they don't include a combustion engine at all - they run solely on battery power. They get pretty impressive mileage, with some able to comfortably drive more than 300 miles on a single charge - saving you hundreds of dollars in fuel each year. 


The lack of a combustion engine also makes electric Volvo vehicles more comfortable. Driving tends to be quieter and more responsive. Drivers looking for safe and sustainable electric vehicles should strongly consider seeing Volvo's innovations in electric vehicles.


If you'd like to learn more about Volvo's electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles, come to Keystone Volvo Cars of Berwyn today! Whether you're looking for a reliable weekend vehicle or want to make the commute more comfortable, we've got something for you. Keystone Volvo Cars of Berwyn serves Broomall, King of Prussia, Norristown, Phoenixville, and West Norriton with the best selection of Volvo cars, crossovers, and SUVs in the area. 




Volvo Stages Extreme Crash Tests for More Authentic Accident Results

Volvo's Extreme Crash Tests Help Educate First Responders on Passenger Extrication


Volvo has been a leader in the automotive safety realm and shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to finding new ways to make vehicles safer. Just when we thought Volvo couldn't possibly out-do themselves, they went ahead and took 10 brand-new Volvo vehicles and dropped them 98 feet from a crane. 


Real-life auto accidents aren't necessarily best represented in a controlled environment, such as in lab crash tests, which is why Volvo decided to take things up a notch. Volvo worked in conjunction with Swedish first responders to learn how to extract passengers and drivers from totaled vehicles in the shortest amount of time. By recreating the most extreme scenarios of car accidents at high speeds, they can determine how Volvo cars bear the impact and how fast they can extricate a person using the Jaws of Life. Having these extreme crash tests educates first responders on how to best use the Jaws of Life on a totaled vehicle - without wasting precious time. 


Using late-model Volvos allows first responders to become familiar with the latest in automotive design and technology - and how it looks after sustaining a horrific crash. Along with this initiative, Volvo has an Accident Research Team in Sweden that investigates Volvo-involved accidents to ascertain the cause and effects of the crashes. The data collected from these investigations is used to improve safety features and vehicle design. 


Volvo always finds a way to outdo itself year after year. The investment in vehicle safety is nothing short of impressive and it shows that Volvo is a brand that's to be trusted. Come to Keystone Volvo Berwyn to learn more about what the Volvo brand has to offer. We're the premier Volvo dealer for cities near Broomall, King of Prussia, Norristown, Phoenixville, and West Norriton. Whether you're looking for new or used Volvo cars, crossovers, or SUVs, we've got something for you. 



Shop Certified Pre-Owned Volvos in Berwyn

Looking for a High-Quality Volvo That Won't Break the Bank?


If you're in the market for an affordable, high-quality Volvo car, crossover, or SUV, then it's hard to do better than one of the Certified Pre-Owned vehicles at Keystone Volvo in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. Our inventory of used and certified pre-owned Volvos means that we've got a great car for every driver's price range.


The Certified Pre-Owned Volvo program allows drivers to get Volvos from model years between 2017 and 2021 for a dramatically lower price than if they were purchased new. This doesn't mean that you'll be getting a bargain bin vehicle, however. Every single one of our certified pre-owned cars is required to pass a rigorous inspection before it can be listed for sale. 


This 172 point inspection covers both vital elements to ensure that the car is functioning properly, and checks to ensure that the driver can expect a clean and comfortable vehicle from the moment that they first get behind the wheel. Safety is Volvo's utmost priority, and we work to ensure that all of the innovative safety features of your vehicle are working perfectly. We also check all of the mechanical systems to ensure that there aren't any unpleasant surprises waiting underneath the hood. Finally, nobody likes dealing with mysterious stains on their upholstery, so we also ensure that the interior is so clean that it's indistinguishable from a factory model. 


Purchasing a certified pre-owned vehicle is a great way to make a recent Volvo model fit comfortably within your price range. In fact, our certified pre-owned program holds our cars to such a high-quality standard that the only way you'll be able to tell it's pre-owned is from the incredible price. Additionally, all of our certified pre-owned vehicles come with a 5-year Unlimited Mileage Warranty!


Keystone Volvo Berwyn is your destination for all things Volvo. We're the premier Volvo dealer for cities near Broomall, King of Prussia, Norristown, Phoenixville, and West Norriton. Whether you're looking for new or used Volvo cars, crossovers, or SUVs, we've got something for you.




Let's Compare the Volvo XC90 with the Audi Q7

Find the Right Volvo for You at Keystone Volvo Berwyn


There's a lot of exciting stuff happening in the mid-size luxury crossover market. The Volvo XC90 has been making waves for its sleek design, generous space, and reliable under-the-hood power. Meanwhile, the Audi Q7 has been getting attention for similar things. We figured that we'd compare them in order to show off all of the awesome features available in the newest XC90. 


Engine

Volvo XC90: Supercharge-enabled T6 engine with 316 horsepower. Additionally, a 400-hp PHEV with a T8 engine is available. 

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Audi Q7: A 248-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine with the option of a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that produces 335-hp. 


Safety

Volvo XC90: Five-star crash-test rating from the NHTSA. Top Safety Pick from IIHS. 

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Audi Q7: Has not yet been evaluated by the NHTSA for its 2021 model. 



Interior

Volvo XC90: Intuitive design centered around maximizing passenger comfort without decreasing cargo capacity. 9.0-inch touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Mobile wi-fi hotspot with potential 5G integration. 

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Audi Q7: Minimalist, modern design focused on providing cargo space. 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen that comes standard on new Audi Sedans. Virtual Cockpit digital gauge display, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, along with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration. 



Driver Functions

Volvo XC90: Forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts. Lane departure warning with real-time traffic monitoring. 

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Audi Q7: Automated emergency braking. Optional lane-departure warnings with lane-keeping assist. Optional cruise control with adaptive driving modes. 



Starting Price

Volvo XC90: $49,995

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Audi Q7: $56,045


It doesn't seem like much of a competition to us! As you can see, the Volvo XC90 manages to outperform the Audi Q7 while still offering a lower price tag! If you're looking to add some signature Volvo luxury to your driving without breaking the bank, it's hard to do better than the 2021 Volvo XC90! 


If you'd like to test drive this amazing vehicle, swing by Keystone Automotive today! Check out our selection of premium new vehicles or certified pre-owned cars! Our Volvos are perfect for Pennsylvania drivers, one stop and you'll know why. With a "No Hype, No Pressure" policy, we'll make sure that you find the Volvo that's best for both your driving needs and your budget!



Shop New & Used Volvos at Keystone Volvo Cars of Berwyn

Trust Keystone Volvo Cars of Berwyn to Get You on the Road in Safety & Luxury


If you're in the market for a new or used Volvo car, SUV, or wagon, look no further than Keystone Volvo Cars of Berwyn. Keystone Volvo Cars of Berwyn has been in business since 1957 and is 100% family-owned and operated. Keystone Volvo Cars of Berwyn operates on a "No Pressure, No Hype" attitude to make our customers feel like they can take their time in shopping for a new or used Volvo. The experienced sales staff is committed to optimal customer service and no question or concern is off-limits. 


Keystone Volvo Cars of Berwyn also has an impeccable service and maintenance department to ensure your Volvo car, wagon, or SUV stays on the road. Not only do we have a great team of service technicians, but we also offer plenty of maintenance specials for you to save a few dollars on repairs or routine maintenance. If your Volvo needs any parts, our Volvo parts department is on standby to get you anything you need. 


What sets us apart from other Pennsylvania Volvo dealerships is our Keystone Kash rewards program which allows you to earn money back on parts and services purchases. It's a win-win!


Keystone Volvo Cars of Berwyn happily serves the Berwyn, Bryn Mawr, King of Prussia, Malvern, Norristown, Plymouth Meeting, Philadelphia, Bala Cynwyd, and West Chester areas with the best selection of new and used Volvos. Come to Keystone Volvo Cars of Berwyn today at 497 E Lancaster Ave in Berwyn, PA, and get ready to cruise US-30, US-202, I-476, or I-76 in style. 




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