What are the best car dealerships near Chicago?

By Product Expert | Posted in Accolades, Community, FAQs on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 at 9:51 PM
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Award-Winning Car Dealerships in the Chicago Area

The automotive landscape is more competitive than ever these days. This is good news for the consumer, as dealerships climb over one another to offer the best free coffee, the fastest complimentary wi-fi, and of course the most pleasant, pain-free car shopping/buying/service experience possible.

One way to tell which dealership will deliver all of the above to the max is by looking at awards received. Continental Motors, a conglomerate of dealerships serving the whole Chicago area with many top brands, have been the proud recipients of a wide array of awards over the years. Read on below for an overview of the acclaim we’ve received for our tireless effort in delivering a top-notch experience to all customers.

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Where can I find historic gas stations near Chicago?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, FAQs on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at 7:54 PM
Cartoon of a vehicle driving up route 66 past unique buildings, including a gas station.

Historic Gas Stations in the Chicago Area

Though these days one typically finds just a few brands of gas stations dominating the market, there are many more from years past that have since faded into the folds of history. Those who have frequented the Chicago area for longer than others may remember names like Sunoco, Sinclair, Gulf, Esso, Enco, Clark, Purple Martin, Texaco, City Services, Marathon and more.

Though these brands no longer service the area, the remains of what once was can still be discovered. This is particularly true along Route 66, a highway known for its historical significance. Read on to be introduced to some of the historic gas stations in Illinois.

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How much does a car cost in Chicago?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, FAQs, General Automotive on Friday, February 21st, 2020 at 7:28 PM
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Chicago Vehicle Cost-to-Own Rates

The payments made to a dealership are just part of the hit to one’s bank account that buying a car provides. In addition, there are the necessary recurring insurance payments, along with fuel costs, maintenance costs, and possibly other expenses like parking.

These monthly expenses are different depending on where one lives. You may have heard horror stories (or conceived them yourself) about the expenses of a vehicle when living in a big city. So how much does it cost to own a car in Chicago?

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How many cars are in Chicago?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, FAQs on Thursday, February 20th, 2020 at 10:48 PM
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Number of Chicago Commuter Vehicles

For out-of-towners who come to Chicago, one of the things they can’t help but note is the traffic. Namely, that there’s a lot of it. Even for residents, the amount of vehicles in the city can continue to blow minds when one stops to consider it.

As much as we find it intriguing, we’ve found it difficult to count all the vehicles and come up with an accurate number. So we’ve turned to the internet, and there, we’ve indeed found the answers we so desperately sought. So, how many vehicles are in Chicago?

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Where can I buy new Audi models near Chicago?

By Product Expert | Posted in Audi on Thursday, January 30th, 2020 at 10:15 PM
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New Audi Inventory near Chicago, IL

Colloquially understood to be the luxury wing of Volkswagen, Audi has a lot of dedicated fans in the Chicago area. Looking at these tasty machines, it’s not hard to see why: they boast delectable performance, upscale interiors, and that meticulous German build quality. Where can one find new Audi models near Chicago for lease or purchase?

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When does spring start in Chicago?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, FAQs on Monday, January 20th, 2020 at 9:59 PM
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Spring Weather in the Windy City

Even if we look up when spring starts on the calendar, the reality of when the weather truly “feels like” spring can be very different depending on where you are in the country. Due to its midwestern locale, Chicago has a “unique” climate all its own (and that’s putting it nicely). When does spring really start in Chicago?

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Where can I buy the 2020 Toyota RAV4 near Chicago, IL?

By Product Expert | Posted in New Model, Toyota on Sunday, December 15th, 2019 at 9:47 PM
Dark gray 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road trim parked in a rugged desert.

2020 Toyota RAV4 at Continental Motors

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 marks another excellent entry in one of the crossover segment’s most vaunted model lines. Rugged good looks, capable performance, practical utility and cutting-edge tech again combine to make a compact SUV that just keeps getting better. This year’s model starts out at an MSRP of $28,850 and comes in ten different trim levels if you include the hybrid ones (which we certainly do).

Understandably, many drivers are practically frothing at the mouth with the thought of the 2020 Toyota RAV4. Where can one alleviate their rabid symptoms and get their hands on a 2020 RAV4 in the Chicago area? Read the rest of this entry »

What is the Illinois trade-in tax?

By Product Expert | Posted in Local Happenings, Used Cars on Thursday, December 5th, 2019 at 10:43 PM
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Most people, when buying a new vehicle, trade-in their old one. This helps them get some credit based on the value of the old ride that they can then put towards the price of a new.

But as we know all too well, the government likes to take a cut of any transactions that occur, especially if those transactions are in the multi-thousands of dollars. Is there a tax on vehicle trade-ins in Illinois? Read the rest of this entry »

Where can I get my car ready for winter near Chicago?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, General Automotive, Safety, Service & Parts on Sunday, November 24th, 2019 at 10:02 PM

Winter appears to have come early this year, and it’s not showing any signs of pulling back. While we’d like to be optimistic, we’ve learned to expect the worst when it comes to the midwestern cold. The complete leapfrogging over fall that winter pulled off has left drivers scrambling to get their cars ready for ice, snow, and freezing temperatures. Where can one get their vehicle ready for winter near Chicago? Read the rest of this entry »

Where can I find the 2020 Mazda CX-5 near Chicago?

By Product Expert | Posted in Mazda, New Model on Thursday, November 14th, 2019 at 9:46 PM
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New 2020 Mazda CX-5 near Chicago, IL

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 has recently made its arrival on dealership lots, and it’s been a real joy to both see and experience. Mazda fans are having a tough time keeping themselves together in daily life; they’re practically foaming at the mouth to get their hands on a 2020 CX-5. Where can you test drive, lease, and/or buy one of these crossover SUVs in the Chicago area? Read the rest of this entry »