Sometimes it’s easy to forget that your car needs regular maintenance. A lot of people just go about their routine with their car and forget to take care of it. It takes time and money to get used car service, but it actually saves you time and money in the long run because a good mechanic will see problems before they become major issues and stop your car.
No one enjoys the inconvenience of a car breaking down. Although you can’t prevent every issue, you can pay attention to your car and know when it needs service. A regular oil change is a good opportunity for your mechanic to inspect the belts and tires on your car to see if they need to be replaced. Uneven tire wear is a symptom of a bigger problem. Catching it early means that you can get it fixed before other parts wear out and break down.
Build a relationship with a good car repair shop so that they, too, notice when something is different with your ride. Enjoy the confidence that your car is up-to-date with fluids and filters to get the most performance out of your vehicle. Ask your mechanic about weatherizing your car to be ready for changing seasons. The winter temperatures are hard on your battery. Warm summer temperatures stress your air conditioning system.
Find the used car service at a reputable dealer and know that your car is being well taken care of. Ask your mechanic what you should be doing to maintain your vehicle throughout its life. It not only makes sense for your peace of mind while you’re driving your car, it holds its value when you’re ready to trade it in. It’s easy to forget that your car needs service when it runs fine. Keep it running fine by taking time each month to check the fluids and tires. Maintain your car to peak performance with the help of a good car shop.
No matter how great your car is, it’s not going anywhere without quality tires. And with both new and used cars, tires are among the most expensive component to replace. For that reason, you’ll want to learn a few useful tips for learning how to get as many miles as possible out of your tires.
Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated
During the warmest and coldest months of the year, it’s essential that you keep a close eye on your tire pressure. You can check your owner’s manual to see how much your tires’ PSI value should be at any given moment. Depending on where you get air for your tires, there might be a gauge you can use to measure your pressure before you add more air. It’s best to check your tire pressure at least once a month.
Store Your Tires the Right Way
If you switch to winter tires because you live in an area where it snows, take care how you store your regular tires. Specifically, you want to protect your tires from the sun’s UV rays while they’re in storage. You should also know that ozone can eat away at your tires. Finally, storing your tires in a place where the temperature remains constant better ensures the tire’s sidewall and rubber are protected from damage.
Balance & Rotate Your Tires
Take a glance at your car’s manual to see how often you should have your tires rotated. Whether you have front- or rear-wheel drive determines which tires get more wear, and you want all four of your tires to wear evenly, which is where rotating comes in.
On a related note, you should also make sure the mechanic checks to see if your tires need to be balanced when they’re being rotated. Poorly-balanced tires lead to uneven wear and dangerous vibration.
Be sure to check with your dealership for more info on getting the most out of your tires. An upcoming tire sale could be a great way to save money while enjoying your used car.
There are a lot of places to take used cars to get serviced but perhaps the best place to go for your oil changes, tire rotations, and annual tune-ups is the dealership. Here are a few of the best reasons to take your car back to the dealer for service.
Work with Specialists
One of the best reasons to take cars to get serviced at the dealership is because their technicians are often considered specialists. Some specialize in certain makes and models of cars, but you will usually have your car checked out by someone who is certified and professionally educated to work on it.
Build a Better Relationship
Another reason to take your car to the dealership for service is because you will have the opportunity to build a long-lasting relationship with the dealer. You have regular service and repairs done by technicians you trust, and when you need a reliable used car in the future, you don’t have to even question where you’re going to go to purchase it. You’ve already got someone that you know is going to give you a good price on a great vehicle.
Preserve Your Warranty
Going to a local repair shop might seem more convenient, and they might give you really good pricing, or what seems to be a fair deal. However, it’s important to keep in mind that many times auto repair shops will use aftermarket parts during repairs that void your manufacturer’s or extended warranty. By going to the dealership, you know that they will do the repairs with parts and processes that fall under warranty if applicable.
We know that you have a lot of choices as to where to turn when your car needs service. From repairs to tire rotations, oil changes to tire pressure checks, the dealership is typically going to be your best option in terms of value and lasting service.
Tips on how to read and evaluate whether a car review is valid for you
Forbes released a report last year listing 13 cars to avoid. In this post, we’re going to look closely at the review criteria and provide tips on how to assess each rating. The Forbes criteria consist of the following:
- Consumer Report rating
- Reliability rating
- Overall engine performance and handling
- Interior space
- Fuel economy
- Resale value after 3 and 5 years
- Consumer Report rating
Continue reading “How to Separate Valid From Irrelevant Car Reviews”
You’ve spent several weeks searching for the perfect used car and you’ve found it, or at least you think so. Before you go any further in the purchasing process you should take a step back and ensure that you have thoroughly evaluated your vehicle of choice. Here are two important things you shouldn’t neglect when purchasing a used car or looking at used cars.
Before you buy a used car you should know about the vehicle history. It is important to know the basics, like how many previous owners there have been as well as what kind of maintenance has been performed. Although you can’t judge the reliability of a car solely from its vehicle history, it can often be an excellent indicator.
It is also wise to have a car inspected by a certified mechanic before you think about purchasing it. This can help you validate the vehicle history report. A mechanic may also be able to find and address a potential problem before it surfaces. It is better to know about any mechanical problems now then to find out after you have already purchased the car.
Despite how much you like a particular type of car; you shouldn’t forgo test-driving the vehicle. This is just as important as thoroughly researching the vehicle history. Test-driving a car will help you see how it handles different road conditions. Reading about the car facts is different than seeing them in action on the road. Not to mention by taking a vehicle for a spin, you will have the chance to listen for any strange noises that could indicate a problem.
Just remember that test-driving a car and checking up on its vehicle history is a crucial part of the car buying process. This is especially important since buying a used car means at least one other person has driven it before you.
10 Routine Maintenance Items
If you’re car savvy, you likely spend time inspecting your car every now and then, looking for erosion, rust, moisture and other elements that might affect your car performance. You hear every tick and are totally in tune with how well your car is performing. But what if you’re not an expert, an inexpert even? How many among us drive a car without any knowledge of what really goes on under the hood?
Mechanically inclined or not, we all know that regular car maintenance is a great preventative of future auto repairs. If you’re not up to learning a few tricks and going the do-it-yourself (DIY) route, you need to find a trusted auto shop who will perform the regular maintenance for you. Continue reading “Car Maintenance Checklist for the Inexpert”
Whether buying or leasing a pre-owned vehicle, find your comfort zone with your car payment!
In previous posts, we have talked plenty about how to make the most out of your car buying experience. We have touched on how to manage emotional buying decisions, how to choose the ideal time to buy a car, and what to expect of your salesperson. It’s time to talk about the finances. Continue reading “How to Manage Your Used Car Payments”
Take the stress out of buying a pre-owned car
We all know that shopping for a car is a stressful undertaking. You have access to a ton of resources online on how to manage stress and reduce the risk of making a bad decision. Heck, we have even put out a few of our own helpful tips when shopping for a used car. But enough with the stress talk. Instead, let’s shift focus to the fun part of car shopping. We hope you’re all ears!
Your car shopping experience doesn’t have to be just about fuel economy and safety features. We’re not saying these are not important; they remain a priority. But once you’ve narrowed down your search to a few cars that meet those top requirements, why not shift gear to the fun and exciting audio features you want in your pre-owned vehicle. Continue reading “We’re Bringing Groovy Back”
Your car sales representative must act as your consultant with your interest in mind.
As exciting as it is to get behind a new set of wheels, the process of buying a car is stressful, confusing and somewhat scary. You’ve done your research and decided that you want a pre-owned vehicle. You’ve set a budget and narrowed down your options or honed in on a type of vehicle. Now you need to visit your pre-owned car dealership, take a car (or two) for a test drive and then go through the purchasing process. You expect help from your car salesperson. Whether you choose Global Auto Sales or other dealerships, you must demand from your car salesperson no less than the following 10 expectations. Continue reading “Top 10 Things You Should Expect of Your Car Salesperson”
Is a minivan or an SUV a better choice for you and your family?
Have you ever made an emotional buying decision? Let’s face it; we all have! Buying a vehicle is a big deal. You want to make sure that your emotions are balanced with rational influences so that you make the right decision for you and your growing family. Continue reading “Sedans are out – Minivans and SUVs are in”