8 Ways to Protect Your Vehicle’s Engine

Protect your engine Terrell TXIf you’ve just purchased a car, you probably want to do everything in your power to keep that new-car feel for as long as possible. One way to do this is to protect your engine. By performing a few procedures and taking precautions, you’ll be able to extend the life of your car for years to come.

Get a Regular Oil Change

Changing your oil is one of the easiest and most important things you can do to help your engine last longer. Experts recommend that you change your oil about every 5,000 miles to prevent permanent damage to your car. Continue reading

4 Auto Maintenance Tasks You Shouldn’t Skip

automaintenanceWhether you lease or own your vehicle, one of the most important things you can do is perform regular maintenance on it. Performing routine maintenance items will not only greatly reduce the risk of serious vehicle problems but will also improve the overall driving and handling of your vehicle while saving you money in the long run. But, what maintenance tasks should you perform on a routine basis and when should you do it? Here’s a list of regular maintenance items that you shouldn’t skip.

Check Fluid Levels

Why is it important to regularly check oil, transmission and engine coolant fluid levels? If they are low, or even worse empty, it can lead to engine failure due to overheating. Checking them every few months or so will make sure that those levels stay well above the low point. If you do happen to notice that those fluid levels are low, add the required fluid immediately. If you aren’t sure how to check fluid levels yourself, bring your car into a trained professional who can do the checks for you. Continue reading

How to Lengthen the Life of Your Used Car

howtolengthenYour used car is an investment, but if you don’t take proper care of it, it’ll almost be as if you were throwing your money away. Fortunately, there are simple ways you can keep your car running and looking like it did when you drove it off the dealer’s lot, for years after purchasing it.

Clean the Engine

Most people are well aware they need to clean the outside of their cars, but they often overlook cleaning the engine. Do that every few years to get rid of the accumulated sludge. Being proactive and getting rid of that gunk could prevent the car from overheating and help you avoid emergency trips to the mechanic.

However, be aware that the electrical parts and the air intake should not be touched when cleaning the engine. An auto parts specialist or friend who knows a lot about cars could make sure you don’t start cleaning a part that must be protected from moisture.  Continue reading

How to Detail Clean Your Used Car Like a Pro

detailcleanCars that are fresh from the dealer’s lot tend to have a sparkling, clean look. They don’t stay that way on their own, but if you know the right way to clean your ride, and do it consistently, the vehicle will look great for years to come. Keep reading to learn about cleaning tips that’ll make it seem like your car just came back from a professional detailing service.

Survey the Vehicle and Split the Task

If there’s one thing about detailing, it’s that you can’t rush the process. Instead, plan to do a meticulous job. When you take your time, your careful attention to detail will be obvious in the results. Before getting started, evaluate the inside and outside of the car to find out how dirty each is.

That way, it’ll be easier to see how big of a job you have on your hands. It’s a good idea to do the inside of the car on one day and the outside on another, so you won’t get overwhelmed and become hasty in your desire to finish.  Continue reading

4 Ways to Prep for Springtime Driving

springtimedrivingNow that warmer temperatures will soon be on the way, it’s the perfect time of year to start getting your car ready for spring. Keep reading to learn how to get started.

Thoroughly Wash and Wax the Vehicle

Winter weather can wreak havoc on a car, especially if you’ve driven it through snow and ice, or across roads treated with salt. Prepare your car for the weather to come by washing the exterior, including the undercarriage. If you have a pressure washer, it’s worth using one on a low setting to reach some areas of the car that may be otherwise hard to access.

After cleaning the car, apply wax. If you do not have a garage to use while doing it at home, keep in mind that some self-service car washes can put wax on the car as a final stage. This approach is not ideal compared to waxing the car by hand, but it’s better than not using wax at all. While you are washing and waxing the car, look for signs of rust. If you notice them, take care of the rusty spots right away. Even small ones can quickly get worse and severely interfere with your car’s structural integrity. Continue reading

Love Your Car with These Care Tips

loveyourcarWhile Valentine’s Day is typically a time to shower your sweetheart with affection, it’s also a good day to show your car some extra attention. Consider a few of these car care tips so you can give your vehicle some love this Valentine’s Day.

Clean Vents With a Paint Brush

If you want your car to smell clean and fresh, the first step is cleaning out the heating and air conditioning vents. Dust can settle inside these vents and give your car a musty odor every time you use the climate control system. The best tool to clean these vents is a small, simple paint bush. Simply take the brush and run it in and around the vents. You can also use a vacuum to immediately suck up any dust you dislodge as you go. Continue reading

5 Ways to Organize Your Car for the New Year

waystoorganizeyourcarforthenewyeraMany people make New Year’s resolutions related to their personal health. Others concentrate on their habits and lifestyle, vowing to keep their homes or cars neater. If your resolutions include getting your car organized, here are five ways you can bring some order to the chaos.

1. Seatback Organizers

Various companies make seatback organizers that provide pouches, pockets, and holders for objects large and small. Because they attach to a seatback, they blend in, becoming a part of your car’s interior. At the same time, they boost the amount of storage space in your vehicle. Instead of having toys, papers, and cups scattered in the seats and floor, you can put them in your seatback organizer. Most seatback organizers are priced under $75, making it easy to find a style that meets your needs and doesn’t stretch your budget. Continue reading

Used or New: Which is Right For You?

usedornewwhichisrightforyouYou’re in the market to buy a car. Now that you’ve made the big decision, it’s time to decide if you’ll buy new or used. How do you know what one is the right choice for you? While buying a new car might be out of your budget, buying a used vehicle can be affordable, even with some repair expenses. Knowing the pros and cons before purchasing a new or used car can help you spend money wisely and give you peace of mind about your purchase. This guide will help you down the right path of deciding whether a new or used car is right for you.

Car Usage

Before you can choose new or used, you need to decide exactly how your vehicle will be used. For example, will this be the main primary family vehicle? Will this vehicle be used for long commutes? Are you looking for a unique car or one that’s not made new anymore? Think about if you have a particular need or want for the car, such as a four-door that may be easier for pets and children to get into or a car with more storage capacity or mileage. Once you’ve figured out what you want, write it down on a list. From that list, you can start to narrow down the choice between buying new or used. Continue reading

What Painting Your Car Does to Resale Value

whatpaintingyourcardoestoresalevalueWhat’s the first thing you notice about a car? The color. Even before you take in the fact that it’s a sedan or an SUV, and even before you notice how old or new it is, you already know the car is white or red or black or gray. Because of this, a good coat of paint can do a lot for a car’s resale value.

A car’s paint is also doing the important job of protecting the metal beneath from rust and corrosion. Cars manufactured since the late ’70s add a durable clear coat to protect the paint, too, which means a basic paint job can last for decades without fading or flaking away. Because of these factors, it can be a very good idea to repaint your car. Then again, it might be a good idea not to.

Right Colors and Wrong Colors

Plenty of paint jobs are so predictable that they fade into the background. Gray, black, white, and dark shades of red and blue don’t draw anyone’s attention, but then they don’t stick out like sore thumbs, either. This makes them easier to sell, but on the other hand they don’t add anything to the price.

Bright and unusual colors can be very hit-or-miss. Bright red is a classic option, but it can look out-of-place on a large truck or SUV. Yellow and orange shades are a gamble, with the price either dropping because nobody wants a car that color or increasing because the people who do like the color don’t have many choices. Continue reading

4 Tips for Fixing Ripped Upholstery

tipsforfixingrippedupholsteryIt’s never fun to find a tear or a hole in your car’s upholstery. Not only is it going to count against your resale value when you decide to trade in your vehicle but it’s also an eyesore that could lead to stains making their way into the seats and stuffing making its way out. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to fix the situation.

Needle and Thread

If the tear isn’t too bad and you know a thing or two about sewing, then you might be able to solve the problem yourself. You’ll need a curved upholstery needle since you can’t access both sides of the fabric, and you’ll also need some extra-strong thread in the same color as your upholstery. Some liquid sealant to keep the ends from fraying will also help. Once you have everything, just sew the tear closed like you would any other piece of fabric. Continue reading