Dashboard Lights and Their Meanings

Making sense of your car’s dashboard warning lights can be a little confusing, especially if more than one comes on at once. Fortunately, some lights are more common than others, effectively reducing the amount of lights you need to know. Here some common dashboard lights and their meanings from us here at Pollard Used Cars in Lubbock!

  • Battery/Charging Alert – Easily identified by the picture of a car battery, this dashboard light means there’s a problem with the vehicle’s charging system. The voltage level is below normal which calls for inspecting the battery terminals and alternator belt. The problem could lie with the battery itself. Inspect and replace it if necessary. If the problem persists, contact your local dealership service department.
  • Gas Cap – Everyone forgets to close their gas cap after filling up at the pump. Fortunately, the gas cap dashboard light if there to remind you to do so. If it isn’t tightened properly, the Check Engine light may also turn on. Simply tighten the gas cap. If the light doesn’t turn off, check to see if the cap is damaged in any way.
  • Lamp out – This dashboard light looks like a picture of the sun. It simply means that there’s an exterior light, like a headlamp, that isn’t working properly. Problems range from a burnt out bulb to an electrical problem. Replace any dead bulbs and contact the dealership if the problem persists.

Spring Maintenance Tips

Get an oil change
Get a spring oil change to ensure your engine operates at peak performance

Spring is arriving in full force which means now is the time to take care of any maintenance you put off! Winter can be harsh on a car, especially one parked outside, but spring is no lightweight. Take the time to properly prepare your car for rain and warmer weather. Here are a few useful spring maintenance tips from us here at Pollard Used Cars of Lubbock!

  • Wipers – Even warm climates face a little snow and rain over the course of winter. As a result, your windshield wipers likely saw a fair amount of use in the past season. Both a safety and convenience feature, windshield wipers should be replaced every six months. Inspect your wipers and replace them if necessary!
  • Oil – There are few fluids in a car that play a more important role than oil. Oil lubricates, protects, and cools the engine, making it a vital part of your daily driving routine. Cold weather tends to cause oil to thicken while warmer temperatures cause it to thin. As you can imagine, that isn’t good for its viscosity. Get an oil change to ensure your engine operates at peak performance.
  • Lights – Heavy rains mean using your headlights to ensure other drivers can see you from a distance. You could easily find yourself in trouble due to a lack of properly functioning headlights. Take the time to inspect your headlights and replace any burnt out bulbs!

How to Test Drive a Car

Car salesman handing keys to woman

Getting behind the wheel of a new car is always exciting but don’t let that get in the way of spotting potential problems. Knowing how to properly test drive a car is a pertinent part of determining if it’s right for you. We here at Pollard Used Cars know exactly how to test drive a car to expose any potential problems.

  • Size – Upon getting in the car, make sure you have plenty of room. Ensure there’s enough leg, head, and shoulder room for yourself as well as in the backseat. If you’re sitting too low or too high for your own comfort, it may be wise to consider finding a different vehicle. Keep your family’s needs in minds too. For example, a two-seater sports coupe probably isn’t going to work out well with a family of four.
  • Capability – Buying the vehicle you need should always take precedence over what you want. Drivers who work in construction will likely make better use of a truck than a compact sedan. If you’re constantly transporting animals, an SUV, minivan, or crossover will work better than a standard car as well.
  • Ride – Take the vehicle along different stretches of road at a variety of speeds to ensure the ride is comfortable. Too many bumps or the inability to climb a hill steadily could be turnoffs for many drivers.

Best Valentine’s Day Places to Visit in Lubbock, TX

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner but there’s still time to plan the perfect Valentine’s date! While an evening’s activities will vary by the couple, dinner is certainly on the menu. Lubbock has quite a few great eateries that make a special occasion out of February 14th. We here at Pollard Used Cars have a few recommended Valentine’s Day places to visit in Lubbock, Texas.

  • Ohana Japanese Steak House – The family-friendly atmosphere of the Ohana Japanese Steak House makes for the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner date. Serving delectable dishes of sweet and sour food, the restaurant is widely regarded as the best sushi joint in Lubbock.
  • Stella’s – Originally founded in 1973 in New York, Stella Rizzo created a name for herself as one of the finest Italian eateries in the business. Her son moved the restaurant to Lubbock. It quickly became a local hotspot known for its live entertainment, Italian cuisine, and lounge area, all of which make for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day.
  • Harrigan’s Prime Grill – Created as a hangout for friends and family, Harrigan’s Prime Grill has grown to become one of the most welcoming restaurants in Lubbock. The friendly staff and warm welcome are just the appetizer to the incredible food!

Let us know if you have plan to use any of these ideas. All of us at Pollard Used Cars in Lubbock, TX would love to hear about it!

5 Best Car Brands to Buy

Buying a car can be an overwhelming process. Where do you start? How about with the best car brands to buy based on Consumer Reports’ road test scores and reliability ratings.

Lexus

Lexus is an all-around solid choice for a car. Lexus cars drive well and are proven to be reliable. As the company continues to put more emphasis on performance, Lexus vehicles grow in popularity.

Subaru

Subaru’s are stereotyped as popular outdoor adventure mobiles. This isn’t far from accurate. But what makes Subaru a great choice for this—its standard all-wheel drive in every vehicle—also makes it a great car for winter driving.

Audi

Like Subaru, Audi is also known for its all-wheel drive. Add to that the Audi standard for classy design inside and out plus great reliability ratings and you have a well-balanced choice.

Toyota

These are known largely for their reliability. But, in recent years, Toyota vehicles have become especially fun to drive, too. A versatile lineup ensures that consumers will find their right vehicle for their lifestyle.

Mazda

Mazdas are extremely popular across the board. They’re a zippy, fun drive and score great reliability ratings. Own a Mazda and you’ll love it. Test drive a Mazda and you’ll love it.

Come to Santa Land in Lubbock this December

Looking for some family-friendly activities to do in Lubbock this holiday season? Throughout the month of December, you can join Lubbock Parks and Recreation in Mackenzie Park for a Lubbock annual tradition – Santa Land! Starting with an Opening Ceremony on December 10th, Santa Land in Lubbock is a great place to go with your family to get into the spirit of Christmas and celebrate everything the holidays have to offer.

The park is open from December 10th until the 23rd, and is open every night from 6:00pm until 10:00pm. Admission is free for all ages to enjoy attractions such as the massive lit Christmas tree, a holiday village, bonfires, animated displays, and even a hidden Elf on a Shelf that, if found, allows visitors to win their very own iPad Mini 2. At 6:00pm every evening, you can even watch Santa and Mrs. Claus come to Santa Land pulled by tiny reindeer!

Santa Land in Lubbock will also offer hot chocolate and other refreshments at the concession stand, along with live entertainment. Parents are invited to bring their cameras to take pictures of their children with Santa, or you can purchase photos on site. Partake in some Christmas cheer at the 58th annual Santa Land celebration.

The 10 Most Generous Towns in Texas

Most Generous Towns
Smiling Faces in Lubbock, TX

Texas comes in at the 12th most generous state which comes as no surprise since everyone knows that Texans have big hearts. Residents of the Longhorn state gave 3.59% of their total income to charity in 2012. That adds up to a whopping $15,897,192,000 total. Here are the top 10 most generous towns in Texas presented by us here at Pollard Used Cars.

  1. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington took the top spot with 3.77% of the residents’ total income, which comes out to $5,265,147,000.
  2. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown gave $4,949,879,000 to charity in 2012.
  3. Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos comes in with an impressive $1,216,197,000 in charitable donations.
  4. San Antonio-New Braunfels is a major tourist hotspot which means a higher income. As a result, residents donated $1,030,949,000 to charity, equating to 3.29% of their total annual income.
  5. Midland saw a massive $256,496,000 donated to charity, coming in at roughly 4.95% of the city’s total income.
  6. Beaumont-Port Arthur residents donated a generous $186,517,000 to charity in 2012.
  7. Tyler residents donated 5.53% of their income to charity, coming in with a total of $176,004,000.
  8. El Paso gave 2.61% of its total income to charity and that adds up to a whopping $160,755,000 to charity.
  9. Lubbock squeezed by Amarillo with a total contribution of $157,324,000 or roughly 4.46% of the total income.
  10. Amarillo residents gave 4.88% of their total income, coming in with a total of $151,764,000 donated to charity.

We made it on the list, and it is not surprise to all of us at Pollard Used Cars in Lubbock, TX. We have so many nice people come to our dealership every day!

Lubbock Halloween Attractions For 2016

Lubbock Halloween attractions
Fun, Scary Places In Lubbock

October is a delightfully spooky time of year. If you love getting your adrenaline pumping and getting your wits scared out of you, here are some of the best Lubbock Halloween attractions. These are sure to send a chill up your spine.

  • Nightmare on 19th This is one of the best haunted attractions in the area. It has not just one, but four unique haunted houses, making it the only haunted theme park in the area. With the purchase of one ticket, you can go through Blood Moon Manor, The Wastelands, City of the Lost, and Clowntown 3D.
  • The Blackness Haunted House. In nearby Plainview, see if you have what it takes to conquer The Blackness in an abandoned produce factory haunted by old Dom.
  • At’l Do Farms. If you’re looking for something more family-friendly, head out to At’l Do Farms for a corn maze, cow train, corn cannon, and hay bale maze. After the sun sets, take a hayride to see over 150 expertly carved pumpkins.
  • Trapped! Escape the Room. For a thrill of a different sort, gather your best friends and see if you can solve the mystery and escape the room within an hour.

Which Halloween attractions are you planning to see around Lubbock, TX? Tell of us at Pollard Used Cars. We would love to hear about it!

10 Tips to Make Your Used Car Last Longer

Make Your Used Car Last Longer
Going Down The Used Car Checklist

Keeping a car up and running for years to come is easier in today’s world than ever before. Still, there are some things you can do to ensure your car lasts as long as possible. Here are 10 tips to make your used car last longer!

  1. Maintain – The most obvious way to make your used car last longer is to properly maintain it. The oil and oil filter need changed on a regular basis but don’t forget about the other fluids and filters. Forgetting to change the brake fluid, for example, can lead to a totaled car.
  2. Cool – The oil plays a role in keeping your car cool so be sure to attend to it regularly. The cooling system and coolant level should be maintained as well. If the engine gets too hot, it can literally melt.
  3. Pressure – It can be easy to wave the tires off as something you can attend to later. Even so, make sure the tires are properly inflated. Doing so will increase the car’s fuel economy and offer improved handling and safety.
  4. Warning – Keep an eye on the dashboard warning lights. Catching sight of a warning light or gauge is the easiest way to spot a problem.
  5. Tune Up – Whether it’s a dealership or private mechanic, have your car checked up on every year or so to ensure it’s in proper working order.
  6. Cover – Parking in a garage or under a cover will help preserve your car’s paint, ensuring it looks good on the road for years to come.
  7. Clean – Regularly washing and waxing your car can help slow or completely stop cosmetic damage. Don’t forget the interior!
  8. Drive – Having a lead foot is one way to drive while practicing good driving habits is another. The latter will reduce the amount of wear and tear and fuel used while on the road.
  9. Schedule – Check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer-suggested maintenance schedule. Following it is your best bet to an odometer with six digits.
  10. Inspect – Take a few minutes out of your day to walk around your car. Look for dings, dents, scratches, and other problems. Look closely at the tires and open the hood to see if you can spot any obvious problems.

If you want any more Used Car tips, stop by Pollard Used Cars in Lubbock, TX and we will help you out.

K-9 Splash Fest

K-9 Splash Fest
This Pup Is Making A Splash

Summer is hot to us humans, especially here in Texas, so imagine how it feels to our beloved canine companions. Luckily there’s a way for both you and your lovable ball of fur to get cool this August. In case you haven’t heard, K-9 Splash Fest takes place within the coming weeks!

K-9 Splash Fest is essentially a pool party for dogs and is sponsored by the City of Lubbock Parks and Recreation Department. As you’ve likely guessed, this year’s wet event takes place at Clapp Pool located in Lubbock on August 14th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Owners and dogs alike can hop into the pool and swim a few laps – just make sure to keep a close eye on your canine! Dogs can compete in three different contests: Diving, Swim Suit Competition, and Retrieving, all of which are incredibly enjoyable to watch. Prizes are awarded in each event.

While dogs get in for free, owners must have proof of their canine’s vaccinations or tags and keep their pets on a leash. Dogs that are overly aggressive or in season will not be admitted to the K-9 Splash Fest event due to safety concerns.

Have further questions or concerns? Contact the event planners at 806-775-2670.

We here at Pollard Used Cars can’t wait to see you at the K-9 Splash Fest!