Car Cleaning Tips for a Like-New Car for the New Year

For many, New Year’s Resolutions usually involve kicking bad habits or shedding a few pounds. However, you might consider taking better care of your car this year. In addition to regular service and maintenance, you can also resolve to clean your car more often. That’s why we at Pollard Used Cars have created a list of car cleaning tips for the New Year.

A clean car feels like a new car, especially when you do a thorough job. According to Family Handy Man, one of the best ways to clean the interior is to get your hands on a brush to get the dirt, dust, and mold out of the vents. With the vacuum hose next to your brush, knock free any dust from the inside of the vents. This will help your car smell like new.

Next, get a clay bar kit. Clay bars lift some of the grit and dirt that collects in the paint that can’t be removed with a simple wash. After washing, rub your car with a special clay bar kit (e.g., Meguiar’s Smooth Surface Clay Kit) in a back and forth motion. This will give your car a glass-like finish.

Finally, deep clean carpets and upholstery. You can condition leather if you have it with special lotions found at any auto parts store, but you may need to buy or rent a small carpet cleaning system (e.g., Rug Doctor) for deep cleaning fabrics. With this tool you can lift years of dirt and stains from seats and the floor. These are just three things you can do to really clean your car in 2018.

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Holiday Travel Tips

Flying during the holidays can be a rough experience, especially if you have connecting flights to make. Crowds and, as a result, delays can make for a stressful travel experience, but there are several things you can do to make your holiday travels easier in the coming weeks. Here are a few helpful holiday travel tips.

Make a Plan

Making a plan and sticking to it is crucial to ensure everything goes smoothly this holiday season. Stopping to shop at the airport or seeing the sights when you’re already on a strict schedule won’t do you any favors. By making a plan, you’re essentially ensuring you can make your flight.

Leave Some Time

While making a plan for the holidays is important, it shouldn’t be air tight. A minute-by-minute plan could be ruined by a short delay. Instead, leave blocks of time to account for any delays or distractions. Doing so will help reduce your stress as you travel to your destination this holiday season.

Utilize Technology

Streamlining your holiday travels is as easy as getting an app on your smartphone. Many airports have maps and layouts that can help get you to the proper gate as quickly as possible. Some airlines even allow passengers to access their ticket information through an app as well.

We here at Pollard Used Cars of Lubbock wish you Happy Holidays and safe travels!

Holiday Travel Tips

What is a Trim Level and Which One is Right for You?

If you’re looking to buy a car, you’ve probably noticed that there are a lot of options out there. Even if you’ve narrowed it down to a specific make and model—a Toyota Camry or a Honda Civic, for example—you’ll still have to decide on what trim level you want. But what is a trim level, anyway, and how do you decide which one is right for you?

A trim level is a set of features that come on a car. Generally, models are broken up into multiple trim levels, each with a particular set of features. “Higher” trim levels typically cost more but include additional or upgraded features while “lower” trim levels have fewer features and are more affordable.

Automakers use different names for various trim levels. For example, if you’re interested in a Chevrolet, the LTZ trim will always include more than the LS. For Honda, the EX trim will always be higher than the LX.

Different trim levels aren’t necessarily “better” or “worse.” Rather, having the option of multiple trim levels allows you to find the balance of price and features that work best for you.

To learn more, stop by Pollard Used Cars today and find the car that’s just right for you!

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Fuel Efficiency Tips

Gas prices tend to be at their higher during summer which means now is the time to drive more efficiently. Check out these money-saving fuel efficiency tips from us here at Pollard Used Cars of Lubbock.

Don’t Idle

There are few good reasons to leave your car idling in the summer heat. First, it wastes fuel and essentially achieves 0 mpg in your driveway. That’s not good. While 10 minutes of idling may not seem like much, it adds up and you’ll certainly feel it in your wallet when it comes time to fill up.

Slow Down

Speed limits are there for your safety, but they also help drivers get the most out of their fuel. Efficiency decreases by around seven percent for every five miles over 50 mph. Seven percent may not seem like much, but tearing down the highway at 80 mph essentially means you’re losing out on 35 percent of your efficiency.

Slow down and take your fuel economy into account. Many vehicles come equipped with some kind of mpg measurement system that displays your average and instantaneous fuel economy. Use it to your advantage this summer!

Reduce Weight

Excess weight, such as large suitcases, can dramatically decrease fuel economy. Remove unnecessary weight, especially if your car is feeling particularly sluggish when accelerating. Odds are that weight was making a huge dent in your fuel economy as well.

Fuel Efficiency Tips

Spring Maintenance Tips

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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

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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.

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.