Buying a new car can be prohibitively expensive, and as new models keep getting more reliable year after year, buying used continues to be an excellent option. Still, you never quite know what you’re doing to get, and it pays off to know what to look for when buying a used car.
- Check the exterior and interior. The condition of the car will play a large role in determining its value. Check for exterior repairs and inspect the interior upholstery. Don’t be deterred if the car has gotten into a minor fender bender, but expect trouble down the road if you find dirty or rusted parts.
- Check the tires. How tires wear can tell you a lot about the condition of the car. Look for feathering on the tire surface, which is sign of poor alignment and can be caused by worn steering and suspension components.
- Look under the hood. There are many things to look for there, but a few that should have top priority. Check that there is foam residue on the oil filler cap and no dark brown oil stains on the engine block. Either of these will lead to major repair bills in the future.
- Test the features. If having functioning lights, air conditioning, music playback, parking sensors, and a backup camera all matter to you, test them. Having to fix one or two items may be acceptable, but the cost of fixing a host of minor issues really adds up.
- Test drive it. Arguably the best way to know the condition of a car is to test drive it. Listen for unusual sounds, such as clunks when turning, and give the
One of the best ways to buy used is to shop at E-Z Way Auto Sales, whose business depends on selling only high-quality used cars. Test drive one today!
No driver likes paying more than they have to for fuel, and conserving fuel is easier than you might think. With just a few minor adjustments, you can significantly increase your car’s fuel economy. Check out these fuel efficient driving tips to get the most out of every drop of gas!
Sometimes saving fuel is as easy as simply relaxing a little behind the wheel. Stressed drivers tend to hit the gas more and drive more aggressively. As a result, fuel efficiency suffers. According to Ford, choosing to relax behind the wheel and drive more smoothly can increase fuel economy by up to 33 percent. Your brakes and tires will last longer with more relaxed driving, too!
Speeding uses more fuel than simply maintaining the speed limit. Fuel economy tends to decrease dramatically when driving at more than 50 mph. Instead of hitting the gas, leave a few minutes earlier in order to slow down. Even slowing down just 5 mph can result in significant savings over the life of the vehicle.
Close the Top
Hitting the highway in a convertible doesn’t mean getting bad fuel economy. Closing the top when traveling at high speeds lowers wind resistance and increases efficiency. You’ll also experience less turbulence and reduced noise.
Another way to get better fuel economy is to keep your car in good shape. For the best service, schedule an appointment at E-Z Way Auto Sales!
We have experienced some extreme weather in recent months, from hurricanes to unseasonable snow. To feel more prepared for the next dose of stormy weather, take a look at these quick tips for driving in the rain.
Pay attention to the wind
Even if you drive a larger vehicle, you should stay aware of the wind. Heavy gusts can come out of nowhere. Pay attention to weather forecasts, turn down music or other media, and keep two hands firmly on the wheel. Some areas that are particularly susceptible to heavy wind will have road signs posted to warn you, so stay on the look-out!
Drive slowly but don’t crawl
Lower your speed when rain and wind start to escalate, but be aware that not everyone on the road (especially the freeway) will do the same. If you feel that visibility is so bad that you cannot safely operate your vehicle, find the safest place to pull over, put on your hazard lights, and stay in the car until the weather improves.
Make sure your lights are on
The minute you turn on your wiper blades, you should turn on your lights. This helps other cars see you when the rain might otherwise make it difficult.
Increase your following distance
When driving in the rain, make an effort to increase the space between yourself and other drivers. An extra second can be the difference between a close call and a collision.
From all of us at E-Z Way Auto, we wish you safest travels all year long.
If you are not someone who is passionate about cars, it is probably easier to take your car in for routine maintenance than get your hands dirty under the hood and risk breaking something. But, inquisitive minds still might wonder why we need to replace spark plugs, get the oil changed, etc. We at E-Z Way Auto Sales hope to shed light on some of those topics. We’ll start with an easy one: why you should get your car’s tires rotated.
Tire rotations should go hand-in-hand with every oil change—or at least every other. A good rule of thumb is every 5,000 miles. Why should they be rotated and at this frequency?
Tire rotations are all about the longevity of your tires. By the nature of the way you drive, your front tires will wear differently from your rear tires (and left vs. right). By regularly rotating them, you are ensuring the even wear of your tires. Doing so will keep them on the road longer and keep you safer behind the wheel.
Rotating the tires yourself is possible, though not recommended. You’ll need tools like an impact wrench, a torque wrench, a jack stand, and a hydraulic floor jack—plus the know-how. Because of that, it is recommended that you bring your car in to service departments like Tech 3 Automotive for routine maintenance. If it’s been a while since you’ve had the tires rotated, call them to schedule an appointment.
Servicing a new car is crucial to keeping it looking better and lasting longer, so make sure you stay on top of the maintenance schedule and address these needs.
Check Oil Level and Quality Each Month
Most modern vehicles only need oil changes every 5,000 miles or so, but it’s still a good idea to check the actual level and quality of the oil at least once a month to make sure there are no leak and the oil isn’t too dirty.
Keep Up with Tire Pressure
Improperly inflated tires can lead to a whole host of problems, from reduced fuel economy to uneven tread wear. Make sure you break out the pressure gauge regularly and keep your tires inflated.
Wash Your Vehicle Regularly
Washing your vehicle doesn’t just keep it looking nice. The accumulation of dirt and grime can cause lasting wear-and-tear, especially if you live in an area where salt accumulates on the undercarriage in the wintertime.
Have Routine Inspections Every Oil Change
Whenever you go in to have the oil changed, you should have a professional look over your vehicle. Things like checking battery charge, inspecting brakes, checking fluids, changing filters, and other routine maintenance should be performed regularly.
Follow these simple guidelines for servicing a new car to keep it in like-new condition longer. Here at E-Z Way Auto Sales, we inspect every vehicle before we put it on the lot to sell to you. Check us out today!
Need to do some winter car prep to stay safe in the colder months? Here are some suggestions.
Keep a Winter Emergency Kit On Hand
Inevitably, winter emergencies happen. No matter how much you service and maintain your vehicle in advance, it doesn’t hurt to have some supplies on hand, like blankets, a flashlight, and water bottles.
Check the Tires Regularly
Properly inflated tires get better traction, which means better grip on icy roads. Additionally, make sure your tread isn’t too worn down.
Maintain Coolant and Oil
Oil changes are always a given, so make sure you’re flushing it on schedule. The coolant helps maintain engine temperature, so keep an eye on that, too.
Make Sure the Heat Works
You might try to skip on paying up for repairing a broken HVAC system, but in a harsh winter, heat isn’t just a luxury, it’s crucial to your safety. The HVAC system runs your defroster, too, so make sure your heat works properly.
Switch to a Winter Wiper Fluid
Road salt, ice, and snow get grime all over your windshield, which makes windshield wiper fluid crucial to maintaining visibility. Switch to a winter-grade fluid so it doesn’t freeze.
If you need any help on winter car prep, don’t hesitate to call our Sales team at E-Z Way Auto Sales on more suggestions.