There is no single, set-in-stone way to go about the used car buying process, but most shoppers start with a whole lot of good-old fashioned online research. With the multitudes of online resources (some more reputable than others), finding the right vehicle information can be fraught with unnecessary challenges and stressors.
But take a deep breath – your friends at E-Z Way Auto Sales are here with a few tips to help you successfully (and succinctly) research used cars online.
Use Reliable Websites
Avoid personal blogs and non-professional sites. A few reliable go-to sites are Edmunds.com, AutoTrader.com, and CarsDirect.com. These sites process the most up-to-date, insider information directly from the auto industry and present it to consumers in a clean, easy-to-read style.
Resist the Impulse to Be Impulsive
You might stumble upon what seems to be the perfect make and model at a sublime price, but don’t take the plunge right away. Bookmark the page with the vehicle information and do some more research on model’s history, its resale value, known mechanical issues, and seller information. Patience pays off, we promise!
Don’t Share Personal Information
If any seller – especially an independent or private seller – asks for your personal information (e.g. social security number, home address, date of birth, etc.), say NO. There is no need to share personal information until the point of sale.
If you still want to know more about how to research used cars online, give us a call! One of our helpful representatives is waiting to assist you.
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.
Routine maintenance is crucial for keeping your vehicle safely on the road for as long as possible. Be sure to regularly have your engine, tires, brakes, and battery inspected, and don’t forget your regular oil changes. Depending on your which vehicle you’ve purchased from E-Z Way Auto, your oil might need to be changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, though some vehicles can make it up to 7,500 miles.
Here are a few reasons why it’s important to change your oil regularly:
Oil serves as lubricant for your car’s engine, which has several moving parts that can create a lot of heat. Keeping them properly lubricated with oil keeps your car’s engine from overheating.
Further, oil naturally removes dirt, engine wear particles, and sludge that would otherwise build up in your engine and cause damage. Over time, the oil becomes dirty and needs to be replaced. If you don’t replace this oil, your engine will grow increasingly dirty and will be prone not just to overheating, but other kinds of damage as well.
Getting your oil changed is also a win for fuel economy. Good engine lubrication leads to better mileage on the road. A regular oil change, though it may cost you $20 to $30, could save you even more in fuel costs.
If your car is in need of an oil change, stop by E-Z Way Auto or give us a call to schedule a service appointment.