Why You Should Consider Buying A Used Car During Tax Time

Buying a Used Car | Hickory, NC
Buying a Used Car | Hickory, NC

There’s no arguing that tax time can be stressful, but E-Z Way Auto Sales may be able to offer a bit of relief by doing what we do best — giving the people of Hickory, North Carolina, great deals on the area’s best used cars. Here are a few reasons why tax season may be the ideal time to pick up a premium new-to-you ride.

More money, more options

The decision to buy a car is a significant one and requires spending some extra time assessing your finances to see how much you can afford. If you’re due for a tax return, you may be able to give yourself some extra financial flexibility. With a welcome infusion of funds, you can contribute a higher down payment on a used car that will ultimately lower your monthly costs. Or, you could snag a model with the luxurious features you’ve always wanted and richly deserve.

Sell us your car, and get yours for less

At E-Z Way Auto Sales, we’re proud to offer exceptional used cars at remarkable prices. We’re also thrilled that customers like you in Hickory are happy to sell us your old vehicle. In exchange, we can apply the value of the trade-in toward a purchase and help you save much-needed money.

If you’re looking for a newer model — and want to add the sum of your tax return to the value of your trade — we’re here for you.

Deal or more deal?

In addition to the everyday deals at E-Z Way Auto Sales, you may be able to take advantage of incentives that are unique to tax season. For more information on current programs, don’t hesitate to call our friendly, hometown staff in Hickory at 828-394-0047 or one of your neighbors in Lincolnton at 704-533-9469.

Tax time may be arduous, but you can use it to your benefit by affording a great used vehicle at E-Z Way Auto Sales.

Helpful Tips for New Drivers

New Drivers - Hickory, NC

If you’re new to the ways of the road, it’s easy to get so caught up in the excitement of having a ride of your own that you don’t pay attention to its basic care. If you want to keep your car running like new for years to come, follow these tips for new drivers.

Pay attention to weird noises                  

Get in the habit of looking over your car before leaving the driveway and again when you get home. This will help you learn what your car looks, acts, and sounds like, and it will be easier to catch problems early. The sooner drivers get their car to the garage for service, the smaller the bill is likely to be. Some important things to watch for are proper tire pressure, unusual noises, lights that don’t turn on and any other changes you notice over time.

That light is not a decoration

Today’s cars and trucks have a whole array of warning lights and symbols that appear on the dashboard to warn you of impending problems. The car’s owner’s manual will have a complete listing of warning lights and what they mean, and many manuals can now be accessed through the manufacturer’s app on your phone. Once you know what the problem is, make sure to address it as soon as possible.

Stick to a routine maintenance schedule

Even if your car looks and sounds fine and there are no warning lights on the dash, you need to take it to the shop for regular maintenance like oil changes, tire rotations and fluid fill-ups. Trained mechanics will often identify problems that might develop in the future during these seasonal check-ups.

If you want some more tips from the experts — or to find the perfect car for the new driver in your life — don’t hesitate to contact us at E-Z Way Auto Sales, right here in beautiful Hickory, NC.

Why is Changing Transmission Fluid Important?

Is Changing Transmission Fluid Important

One of the more vital fluids that your vehicle needs is transmission fluid, but it doesn’t seem to get the same attention as your engine oil. Like engine oil, transmission fluid is essential for your vehicle’s health, and like engine oil, it degrades and disappears over time. Is changing transmission fluid important? Absolutely. Here’s why.

As you might guess, transmission fluid serves a similar purpose as engine oil. It helps lubricate the transmission’s gears, enabling smoother movement. It also helps to regulate the temperature of your transmission, preventing overheating. Having dirty transmission fluid or too little transmission fluid can result in significant damage to your vehicle, and transmission failure is one of the more costly problems to have to fix.

Because of this, it’s important to know how to check your transmission fluid. If you’ve driven your car over 100,000 miles, chances are quite good that you’re due for a fluid change. If you notice symptoms like grinding, rpm spiking, and sudden inconsistencies in shifting, do not hesitate to have your transmission fluid inspected and changed if necessary.

If you’re in the market for a high-quality used vehicle, visit EZ Way Auto Sales. We only stock the best vehicles possible to ensure that you can get right on the road without a worry.

Tips and Tricks for Reducing Windshield Glare

reducing windshield glare

With the onset of the fall season, you’re more likely to experience windshield or window glare as you’re driving due to the sun setting and rising earlier. Nevertheless, there are plenty of ways to reduce glare. From treating your windshield to changing your driving habits, there are several ways to minimize this irritating occurrence.

Glare can be both dangerous and annoying. According to The News Wheel, using white vinegar on your windshield after you wash it thoroughly can actually get rid of residue on the surface of the glass. Just be sure to use white vinegar, as it evaporates more quickly and won’t leave a sticky mess like some other varieties.

Keeping your wipers clean is important. Not only should you keep your windshield washer reservoir full, but also periodically wipe down the blades to get rid of dirt and grime. If you haven’t replaced your wipers in over a year, it’s a smart idea to do so to prevent an issue on the road.

You can change your driving route to get rid of unwanted glare. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west, so if you can avoid these directions at a particular time of day, you might be able to reduce the need for any anti-glare action. Depending on your commute, the reroute shouldn’t drastically increase your driving time.

Finally, consider tinting your windows if all else fails. To avoid any errors in the tinting process and to make sure you don’t cross the legal threshold for darkness, always to go a professional for window tinting services.

If glare is making your commute less pleasant or less safe, stop by EZ Way Auto Sales and ask our knowledgeable staff for advice or the best place to go for a professional window tinting.

How to Make Your Used Car Last Longer

Make Your Used Car Last Longer
If you plan on having your used car for a while, there are some practical strategies for extending its life. Here are four tips to make your used car last longer.

Whether you plan on selling your used car or keeping it until it dies, there are some practical strategies for extending its life. Here are four tips to make your used car last longer.

Keep it clean

Regularly wash and wax your used car. This will help prevent debris like dust and road salt from accumulating on its undercarriage. It’s also important to wax your vehicle a few times a year to help protect the exterior from small dents and scratches.

Stay on top of routine maintenance

One of the most important ways to prolong your car’s life is to follow its routine maintenance schedule. This can be found in the owner’s manual. Regular upkeep items include oil changes, air-filter replacements, and brake-pad replacements.

Monitor fluids

Regularly examine your vehicle’s fluids to make sure they are clean and replenished. And make sure to check the brake, power steering, coolant, and transmission fluids, as well as the engine oil. This will help your car’s parts run smoothly and prevent damage due to dirty fluids or a lack of fluids.

Be vigilant about unusual noises

Bring your used vehicle to E-Z Way Auto Sales if you notice that it’s been making a weird sound while you’re driving. If you hear a ticking, rattling, or sputtering sound, this could indicate a serious problem with one or more of your car’s systems. Even if it turns out to be a small problem, it’s best to fix it while it’s still small before it turns into a larger problem that’s more expensive to repair.

Call us at E-Z Way Auto Sales if you have any questions about maintaining your used vehicle. We’re here to help you make the most of your pre-owned ride so you can enjoy it for many years to come.

Five Reasons to Buy an SUV

Reasons To Buy An SUV
Now, families want more space and versatility. If you are still hanging onto your sedan, but want to try something new, here are five reasons to buy an SUV.

You have probably noticed how SUVs and crossovers are taking over American roads. Not too long ago, the family sedan was the staple of the highway. Now, families want more space and versatility. If you are still hanging onto your sedan, but want to try something new, here are five reasons to buy an SUV.

  1. Cargo space. Most SUVs easily beat the cargo space in the trunk of a sedan. You can get even more space by folding down the back seats for a large, flat loading area.
  2. Room for passengers. Sedans max out at five passengers. If you need more space than that and don’t want a minivan, an SUV is your only choice. It is easy to find a well-equipped model with three rows of seats for six, seven, or even eight passengers.
  3. Capabilities. While some sedans have minimal towing abilities, an SUV is practically guaranteed to be able to tow more.
  4. Better handling. If you ever want to drive off-road or through deep snow, you can get great handling capabilities with a four- or all-wheel drive SUV.
  5. Safety. While sedans can be equipped with advanced safety features, they will still always lose in a head-on collision with a larger vehicle. Get the advanced features and safer size when you choose an SUV.

Stop by E-Z Way Auto Sales to see our expansive collection of used SUVs. You’re sure to find your dream ride!

Spring Car Care Tips

Spring Car Care Tips
Make sure your car is ready to roll this spring. Here are a handful of spring car care tips that will leave your car ready for the warm spring weather!

Are you planning a family road trip through North Carolina once spring arrives? Make sure your car is ready to roll first. Here are a handful of spring car care tips that will leave your car ready for the warm spring weather!

Clean the interior

If you’re like most Americans, you don’t want to linger in the cold once you get home. As a result, fast food trash and other debris has likely built up in your car’s interior. Get a trash bag and clean it out. Once you can see the floor again, take a few minutes to sweep up crumbs and debris.

Wash the exterior

Road salt can do significant damage to your car’s paint and undercarriage if left unchecked. Taking an afternoon to wash your car’s exterior can help prevent the salt and debris from eating into the paint. Once it’s squeaky clean, apply a coat of wax to further protect the paint.

Check the tires

Your tires are arguably the most important part of your car. They’re the only part of the car that makes contact with the road. As the temperature rises, so will the air pressure in your tires. Check the tire pressure once a week to make sure it’s still at optimal levels. While you’re checking the pressure, inspect the tires too. Take a close look at the tread wear. Keep an eye out for any bulges or other signs of damage to the tire.

If you have any additional questions about caring for your car, contact us at E-Z Way Auto Sales.

Most Efficient Non-Hybrid SUVs

Most Efficient Non-Hybrid SUVs
Although some SUVs are gas guzzlers, others offer great efficiency. Check out some of the most efficient non-hybrid SUVs currently on the market!

Although some SUVs are gas guzzlers, others offer efficiency on par with midsize sedans. Check out some of the most efficient non-hybrid SUVs currently on the market!

Nissan Rogue

One of the most efficient non-hybrid SUVs is also one of the most popular. The Nissan Rogue earns up to an EPA-estimated 26 city/33 highway mpg.* Although a hybrid version is available, the standard Rogue remains the more affordable choice for drivers of all ages.

Toyota C-HR

It should come as no surprise that the Toyota C-HR earns excellent fuel economy, up to an EPA-estimated 27 city/31 highway mpg.* The subcompact crossover is one of the newer models in the industry. As a result, it features modern styling, innovative technology, and an upscale interior.

Subaru Crosstrek

There aren’t many efficient SUVs that come with all-wheel drive, but the Subaru Crosstrek is the exception to the rule. Even with standard all-wheel drive, the Subaru Crosstrek is rated for an EPA-estimated 27 city/33 highway mpg when equipped with the seven-speed automatic transmission.*

Chevrolet Equinox

The Chevrolet Equinox received a full redesign for the 2018 model year. Thanks in part to its new design, the updated model earns up to an EPA-estimated 28 city/39 highway mpg when equipped with a 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine.* Models equipped with the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine earn up to an EPA-estimated 26 city/32 highway mpg.*

There are many excellent cars to choose from when efficiency is at the top of your priority list, even when buying used. Check out our lineup of efficient used cars at E-Z Way Auto Sales.

5 Things to Look For When Buying a Used Car

Buying a Used Car

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

Fuel Efficient Driving Tips

Fuel Efficient Driving Tips

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!

Relax

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!

Slow Down

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!