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.

Celebrate Halloween at Home

Halloween at home - Hickory, NC

Not even unprecedented times can stop the spookiest season of the year. Halloween is here, and even if things are a bit different, you can still celebrate at home in style for 2020. With the right plans in place, Halloween in Hickory will be a treat for the whole family.

Carve jack-o’-lanterns

It just wouldn’t feel like Halloween if you didn’t carve out some time for making jack-o’-lanterns. Take a fall afternoon and make the trip north to Johnny Wilson Farm or south to Red Wolf Farm to pick out a pumpkin or 10 — just be sure to maintain safe social distance, wear your mask, and wash your hands.

Once you get your great gourds home, you can set about carving the scariest and silliest faces you can come up with. If you have young children, be mindful of the risks of letting them carve their own — let them draw the faces on and carve the pumpkins for them if possible. Or, if you want to avoid seeds and pulp altogether, try painting your pumpkins instead.

Share a scary story

What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than to share scary stories with the family. You can be as imaginative and creative as you want. Whether you’re reading stories out of a book in the comfort of your living room or making up a story as you go around the fire pit in the back yard, this is a great way to get everyone together to get good and scared.

You’ll find even more thrills if you turn to the silver scream screen for a midnight movie marathon. Pick out a few classic, audience-appropriate horror movies and put together a schedule for movie night. Be sure to pack in an intermission or two for a visit to your home concession stand, where you can pop some popcorn or even bake homemade pretzels or cookies.

Break out the decorations, heavy sweaters, and pumpkin spice flavor, because Halloween isn’t going anywhere. If you’ve got places to go this season, E-Z Way Auto Sales in Hickory, North Carolina, is your home for scary good deals on high-quality pre-owned vehicles

How to Care for Your Unused Car

Unused Vehicle - Hickory, NC

Cars are meant to be driven, and sitting unused for long periods of time isn’t likely to be beneficial for your ride. If you’ve been driving less than usual, or if you have a second car that you don’t use often, check out these tips for keeping your idle vehicle in good shape.

Take a short drive

Taking your unused car out for a 20-minute drive each week is the No. 1 way to care for it. This will help charge up the battery, preserve moving components, protect the tires from flat spots, and keep rubber parts from drying out. Make sure you actually get your vehicle moving — just letting it idle doesn’t have the same effect, and can even be dangerous if done in an enclosed space.

Get protection from critters and crud

If you park your vehicle outside, make sure you clean it regularly so the exterior isn’t damaged by bird droppings or bad weather. You should also take care to park away from bushes or garbage cans, which can attract North Carolina wildlife that might want to make a new home in your engine compartment. If you haven’t started up your vehicle recently, you may want to tap on the hood to scare away any four-legged intruders.

If you experience any problems with your car after long periods of disuse, why not upgrade to a new one? Our sales staff here at E-Z Way Auto Sales in Hickory will be happy to find a vehicle that fits your lifestyle at a great price.

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.

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.

Why You Should Consider Winter Windshield Wiper Blades

Winter Windshield Wiper Blades
There are different types of windshield wiper blades that are better for certain seasons. Here are some reasons to consider winter windshield wiper blades.

Although a simple part of vehicles, windshield wiper blades are essential for maintaining visibility on the road and therefore elevating everyone’s safety. In case you didn’t know, there are actually different types of windshield wiper blades that are better for certain seasons. Many producers of auto parts make windshield wiper blades made specifically for wintertime, but you may wonder if they’re really worth it. Here are a few reasons why you should consider winter windshield wiper blades.

  • Winter blades are tested to perform in low temperatures If you expect to be regularly driving in cold winter weather, winter wiper blades are worth considering. These wipers are tested to perform in even sub-zero temperatures, helping you navigate in the coldest of road conditions.
  • Insulated, flexible design: Even in cold weather, winter wiper blades will reliably perform. They’re more insulated and flexible than standard wiper blades, allowing them to properly combat snow, ice, slush, and salt.
  • Convenience: Wiper blades should be replaced after the summer months anyway, since hot weather dries them out and causes them to crack. If your wiper blades are dry or cracked, they will streak or skip and reduce visibility. Because you generally need to change wiper blades in the fall anyway, it’s the perfect time to swap them out for winter blades.

If you’re concerned about installing your wiper blades, schedule a service appointment at E-Z Way Auto Sales. We’ll equip winter blades and give your car an inspection while at it!

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!

Why It’s Important to Change Your Oil

Car Service

Car Service

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.