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Cars Get Cold Too

How To Check Your Antifreeze

It may not cross most people's minds, but checking your car's antifreeze protection level is an important part of regular maintenance. Anti-freeze helps protect your car from damage caused by cold weather, and keeping it at the proper level could save you from costly repairs down the road. In this article, we will show you how to check your car's antifreeze protection level and what to do if it needs to be adjusted.

What You Need

Before you begin, there are a few items you need for the job:

  • An anti-freeze tester: These are usually sold for just a few dollars at any auto parts store.

  • Paper towel or rag: This will help keep the anti-freeze off of surfaces like paint that could get damaged.

  • Ziplock bag: This will help keep dirt out of your anti-freeze tester while you’re not using it.


Step 1: Locate The Reservoir

The first step is to locate the reservoir where your car’s anti-freeze is stored. This is usually in the engine compartment, and it looks like a plastic container with a lid on top (as seen in Figure 1). There should also be a warning label telling you not to open the lid while the fluid is hot – so always make sure that your car has been sitting idle for at least two hours before proceeding! 

Step 2: Testing The Anti-Freeze

Now that you have located the reservoir, insert the end of your tester into the fluid (you may have to use a straw attached to the bottom of the tester). Then pump up and down until about half of the fluid has been drawn up into the glass chamber on top (Figure 2). Now look at how many “balls” are floating on top of the fluid; this number tells you how well protected your car is against extreme cold temperatures (see Table 1 below). Once done testing, pour any remaining liquid into its original container, then wipe off any residue with paper towel or rag. 


Step 3: Storing The Tester

After testing, take a ziplock bag and store your anti-freeze tester in it until its next use. This will help keep dust and dirt off of it when it’s not in use! And don't forget - always remember that antifreeze is poisonous so make sure none gets on any surfaces outside of its original container!   


Checking your car's antifreeze protection level doesn't have to be difficult or complicated; with these simple steps anyone can do it themselves! With regular testing every few months, you'll know exactly how well protected against extreme cold temperatures your vehicle really is - potentially saving yourself hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs down the line!


Cramped In Your Car - You Haven't Seen This Yet!

Need More Legroom?

The car in the video above is an extreme example, but it's not uncommon for people to feel cramped in their cars, especially if they're on a long road trip. Your family could be expanding, or you might just need more room to store things. Whatever the reason, we have the right car for you.


Whether you're looking for a sedan, SUV, or minivan, we have options for you. If we don't have it in stock, we'll activate our network of sources to find it for you.




It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's A Flying Car!

Expecting To See Superman?

Flying cars have been a staple of science fiction for many years now, and it seems that we may finally be on the verge of seeing them become a reality. In the past few years, there have been a number of companies working on developing flying cars, and it seems that 2025 could be the year when they finally take to the skies.


According to an article by DriveSpark Alef Aeronautics is taking pre-booking for their flying car set to debut in 2025. It is dubbed the Model A. If you're a fan of old cars then you may be familiar with Ford's Model A  The Model A is the designation of two cars made by the Ford Motor Company one in 1903 and one beginning in 1927: (Wikipedia)

Unlike the original Model A, Alef's version is a slick futuristic looking car with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities. With parking at a premium in many cities,  the ability to take off and land vertically could be a game-changer. Alef isn't the only company working on flying cars. Uber has also been working on developing flying cars as part of their "Uber Elevate" project. They hope to have a fleet of flying cars operating in select cities by 2023.

While the idea of flying cars is certainly exciting, there are still a number of challenges that need to be overcome before they can become a reality. For one, there's the issue of regulations. It's going to take some time for the government to figure out how to regulate flying cars.  There's also the question of whether or not people will actually want to use them. After all, flying cars are going to be a lot more expensive than regular cars.

The expected price for the Alef Model A is reported to be $300,000. This will keep it out of reach for most people. But, as flying cars become more common, it's possible that prices will come down. Only time will tell if flying cars will take off (pun intended). But, it certainly seems like we're on the verge of seeing them become a reality. So, keep your eyes to the skies, because you may just see a flying car in the next few years.


In the meantime you might need a new car, and you don't want to spend $300,000 we have a large selection of affordable used cars. Check out our inventory today!


Is It Time To Change Your Oil

When to Change the Oil In Your Car?

The #1 rule is to read  your car’s owner’s manual and follow their recommendations. The manufacturer knows your car best and what’s required to keep it running properly. The old rule of thumb was to change your car’s oil every 3,000 miles or every 3 months, whichever came first.

But with today’s advances in motor oil, that’s no longer necessary. Depending on the type of motor oil, your car’s driving conditions, and other factors, you can now go 5,000 to 7,500 miles before an oil change.

What Do The Numbers On The Quart Of Oil Mean?

The numbers on the can refer to the weight or thickness of the oil. The higher the number, the thicker the oil. Thicker oils are better at resisting heat and shearing forces, which is why they're used in high-performance engines.

Viscosity is the oil’s resistance to flow and it’s important because it affects an oil’s ability to lubricate. The thicker the oil, the better it will lubricate, but thick oil doesn’t flow as easily and can cause engine parts to run less efficiently.

How Often Should You Check The Oil Level?

Most cars have oil sensors that will give you a low oil warning when the level gets low. It's still a good habit to check your oil at each fill up to make sure the sensor is working.

What the sensor doesn't tell you is if your oil is dirty and needs to be changed. So, it’s a good idea to check your oil level regularly. Checking your oil only takes a minute and could save your engine.

Which Oil Type Should I Be Using?

Again check your owner’s manual for the type of oil recommended for your car.

If you have an older car, it might require conventional motor oil. Newer cars often require synthetic motor oil, which has special additives that provide better protection against engine wear, extreme temperatures, and sludge buildup.

High mileage oils are designed for vehicles with over 75,000 miles. These oils have special additives that can help prevent leaks and oil consumption in worn engines.

 

Not Sure You Should Keep Your Car

You've Lost That Loving Feeling

Deep down inside you know It’s time to trade in your old car for a newer one. Perhaps the car you are currently driving is starting to show its age. Maybe your kids have been begging you for a while or you’ve been wanting to get a bigger car.

Whatever the case may be, now is the time to make the switch and we want to help you. Here are four reasons why you should trade in your car to our dealership:

1. Get a Fair Price for Your Trade-In

Our team of experts will appraise your car and give you a fair price for it – no haggling necessary. We want your business, so we’ll make sure you get a fair price for your trade-in.

2. Get a Great Deal on a New Car

When you trade in your car, you’ll be able to take advantage of our great deals on a newer car. We have a wide selection of the latest models, so you’re sure to find something you love.

3. Get Rid of Your Old Car Hassle-Free

Don’t worry about what to do with your old car – we’ll take care of everything for you including the paperwork. All you have to do is bring your car to us and we’ll take it from there.

4. Get the Upgrade You Deserve

Finally let all your hard work payoff. You deserve a better car and we can help you get it. Trade in your old car and upgrade to something new, better, and more luxurious. You’ll be glad you did.

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