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5 Things you should be doing before buying a used car
1. Check the average price of the car.
While the price might sound right, it could be overpriced for many different factors including: Mileage, Year, Exterior damage, Interior damage, Aftermarket parts, Worn tires, and the list goes on. Use Kelley Blue Book to find out more.
2. Ask for the car’s VIN and run a vehicle history report.
This report will show you if the vehicle has been in an accident or had flood damage, assuming such incidents were themselves reported. We recommend using VINcheck as its a free VIN lookup history report, and has a lot of valuable information.
3. Ask for the vehicle’s title and service records.
This will give you the best sense of how well the car has been taken car for or perhaps not. Avoid buying a car that has been in a serious accident or required major repairs like an engine overhaul or transmission rebuild.
4. Check if the vehicle has been recalled.
Consult the National Highway Traffic Administration’s database of recalls, and check if the vehicle is on the list, don’t buy until the seller can prove the recall issue has been resolved.
Take the car on a thorough test on small roads you’re familiar with and on the highway to see how it performs on entrance ramps and at higher speeds. Turn off the radio and listen for rattles or squeaks. Make complete turns then do a “figure eight” turns and listen for anything out of the ordinary.
Driving in winter weather can be scary specially if you haven’t had the chance to drive due to the location where you live such as Texas, or Florida. But If drive up north during the months of January, February, and March you will encounter ice, snow, and slush on the roads. With the following tips we assure you will learn how to drive and learn things you need to do to prepare.
Winter Driving Tips:
- Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.
- Avoid driving while you’re tired.
- Make sure your tires are properly inflated.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full.
- Avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather. (if possible)
- Do not use cruise control driving in wet, icy, or snowy conditions
- Look and steer where you want to go.
- Watch weather reports prior to a long-distance drive. If you must leave, let others know your route, destination and ETA time of arrival.
- Pack blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication in your vehicle.
- If you become snow-bound, stay with your vehicle. Don’t try to walk in a severe storm. It’s easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing snow and become lost.
- Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or place a cloth at the top of a rolled up window to signal distress. At night, keep the dome light on if possible.
- If possible run the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and to conserve gasoline.
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids.
- Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
- Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road.
- Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can.
We want to thanks Chelsea and Zack for being brave in front of the camera. This not only helps us, but it helps others in need of an Auto Body Shop for any repair they might need. The experience you had, we want every customer to have. As a family own and operated business with expansion to hire and contribute to the state we are proud of what we do and how we do it. Customer service being our number one priority as well as safety in your vehicles. Also being a Gold Standard I-Car certified shop you can trust every repair to get you home or your destination safely..
GMC Sierra Repairs
We love to share what our customers are saying on a daily basis. Not all customers share a video testimony, is not an easy task. But we do receive Google Reviews and we are thankful for that.
Here is a short and sweet testimony review on the GMC Sierra. Thanks to our real customers real reviews, others are able to see and trust our work. As you might know, we are a family owned and operated business facility we treat our customers with the highest service possible. We take care of your car as if it were our own. Repairs are done with experienced technicians in that specific field whether it might be sheet metal department, paint department, or detail department. We are confident that they do a great job and we oversee the work to make sure it is phenomenal as we promise our customers.
That’s right Summer is not over yet, with the rising temperatures this week I thought it would be helpful to share a few tips to help you stay cool in your vehicle.
Here are 3 things you need to be doing this Summer:
1.- Find a Parking Spot with Shade
I’m sure you have left your vehicle for a long time in the sun, and when you try to get it everything is hot, the seats, the wheel, even the arm rest! We have all done it, but is it good for your car? It its Not. You wont notice the difference in a short term but long term you will notice that fabric will start to crack, paint will start to chip or fade, and it lowers the value of your vehicle. Instead take your time and find a shaded spot, look out for trees, buildings, or parking structures if available. Now lets say you can’t find a shaded spot at Walmart and its noon right where the sun is above you. What do you do? Well glass windows insulate heat inside, so it’s important to get the hot air out. Better yet, allow hot air to escape by leaving the windows slightly open while parked. Slightly now, the opening should be less than the width of a person’s arm so no one can get into your car.
2.- Use a Sun Shade
Purchasing a sun shade, or a UV heat shield, is a great investment for those who can’t escape parking outdoors on hot days. Not only do they reduce interior temperature, but sun shades protect the car’s interior from harmful sun rays that penetrate windshields.
3.- Use Your Bottom Vents
Lets continue the scenario from tip 1, You get back in your car that’s been parked outside for a long time, what do most people do? They either blast the AC on or open all windows. I’m not saying those actions are incorrect but there are better ways to clear out the hot air inside.
First thing you should do is to turn the knob to fresh air then turn your AC on BUT turn the knob so the bottom vents work only, as hot air rises it will push air upwards, and of course open your windows to release that air into the atmosphere. Wait a few minutes then close the windows, turn the fresh air knob to circulating mode, then adjust your AC to keep you cool.