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New Tire Agent website allows buyers to finance their tire purchase

A new app and website will help buyers finance their tire purchase

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According to Consumer Reports, the average tire costs $137. Opting for a premium set of wheels can be even more, with varieties going north of $300 and $400 rather quickly - and that's per tire. There's also taxes, fees, and installation costs to be factored in.

As the economy constrains as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic it's likely the many individuals have less cash on hand than they usually do. Traditionally, when that is the case, Americans turn to credit card spending, wracking up balances with high interest rates for the convenience of paying later for what they need today. However, when low credit scores and lack of a steady income interfere with getting life's necessities, many often put off purchases and hope for the best.

Having a tire go down doesn't work like that. There's no way around having a flat.

Tire Agent app The Tire Agent website allows buyers to finance their tire purchase.Photo courtesy of Tire Agent

Tire Agent is a startup website that aims to make "online tire shopping easy and financially accessible for every customer, accommodating all budgets and credit scores." The site includes a proprietary tire financing platform, PayPair, which is designed to match customers of any credit score (including poor credit and no credit) with a variety of lenders, financing, and leasing companies to cover the cost of new tires.

Repayment can take place over three, six, or 12 months.

Currently, the platform offers more than 50 tire brands and 20 wheel brands for sale. It also is able to recommend tires based on three categories: premium, best warranty, and greatest value. During the checkout process, Tire Agent helps users find a nearby installer and shows the cost of installation upfront.

Tire Agent has a network of over 600 tire distribution warehouses. The company is partnered with15,000 installation centers across the United States. Customers have the option of having their tires and wheels shipped to their home, shipped to a FedEx pick up location, or shipped directly to one of Tire Agent's partnered installers.

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The new Porsche Boxster 25 years celebrates the anniversary of the convertible's debut.

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Twenty eight years ago, a convertible concept car made its debut at the 1993 Detroit Motor Show. The production version of that car launched in 1996 with hardly any changes. It was the Porsche Boxster. Now it its fourth generation, Porsche has sold more than 357,000 of the coupes.

To commemorate the anniversary, Porsche is selling the Boxster 25 years, a limited edition model that takes design notes from the original Boxster and applies them to the current edition. All Boxster 25 years models are based on the Boxster GTS.

Porsche Boxster 25 Years

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The model features a copper-like shimmering brown Neodyme paint color in the front apron, side air intakes with mono bar, lettering, and two-tone 20-inch alloy wheels. The original car was colored GT Silver Metallic and the special edition will be offered in that paint color as well as Deep Black Metallic and Carrara White Metallic.

Porsche script is featured own the fuel filler cap and there are high-gloss tailpipes on the car's sport exhaust system. The windscreen surround is finished in a contrasting black color.

The Bordeaux leather interior sits below a red fabric convertible top that bears the Boxster 25 lettering. Both are also available in black. The car's cabin also has an interior package in Aluminum, 14-way electrically adjustable sports seats, door sill trims with "Boxster 25" lettering, and the heated GT multifunction sports leather steering wheel.

Each model is powered by a 4.0-liter flat-six engine that has a top speed of 182 mph. There's a PDK gearbox and standard Sport Chrono package, Porsche Active Suspension Management sports suspension, and Porsche Torque Vectoring with mechanical limited-slip differential.

The Boxster 25 years is available to order now and will roll into dealerships from the end of March 2021. Just 1,250 units will be allocated.

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Buick has redesigned their flagship Enclave model for the 2022 model year.

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A more aggressive body design is on tap for the 2022 Buick Enclave. The model, which has undergone a complete redesign, was shown this week ahead of a full debut.

The body of the 2022 Enclave features piercing LED headlights with an LED light signature. Fog lights dominate the lower front fascia while the clamshell of the hood closes further down the face, presumably to enhance aerodynamics. Sculputed body panels emphasize the length and stance of the three-row SUV.

Hard plastic, which typically serves as a sensor panel for safety technology, is not shown on the grille of this model, meaning that the technology may continue to be concealed in the Buick's front emblem.

2022 Buick Enclave Avenir The 2022 Buick Enclave Avenir will ride on new wheels and have a fresh back end design.Photo courtesy of Buick

2022 Buick Enclave Avenir

Chrome accents feature heavily on the Enclave, which is shown in the top-tier Avenir trim level. The model also wears a new wheel design.

New taillight design goes further to emphasize the width of the seven-seat Enclave.

Engine and transmission information has yet to be revealed. The 2021 Enclave comes standard with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive is available. Buick has made the 2021 model capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds. It is expected that the 2022 model will follow in those footsteps.

Though not shown in the photos released by Buick, the Enclave is expected to have a more refined interior. It's not unreasonable to assume that they model will include the over 10-inch infotainment touch screen that made its debut in the 2021 Buick Envision, as well as diamond-quilted leather upholstery, massaging seat functionality, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

It's also possible that the model will get GM's Super Cruise hands-free driving functionality, which is being expanded throughout the lineup.

Pricing for the model has yet to be announced. The 2021 Enclave is listed with a starting MSRP of $41,195 with the destination and delivery charging included and tops out just over $57,000.

The 2022 Buick Enclave will go on sale later this year.

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