Best Newly Released Audiobooks for Summer Road Trips

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Anyone who has been on long summer road trips knows that a little entertainment goes a long way. This year, try one of our favorite new audiobooks for your next long drive.

We Hunt the Flame: Written by American Muslim author Hafsah Faizal, this fantasy novel has been inspired by the rich and varied legends of the Middle East. A story full of political intrigue that explores, this book explores the lives of royalty and assassins. “We Hunt the Flame” has a runtime of 11 hours, which fits nicely into a multi-state road trip.

Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered:  Written by the hosts of the very popular podcast My Favorite Murder, “Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered” is an introspective look into the author’s own lives. Co-authors Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark talk about their deepest fears as well as give some self-care tips on how to keep yourself safe. The audiobook is narrated by its authors and runs 6.5 hours.

Red White & Royal Blue – If romance is more your style, then consider the critically acclaimed “Red White & Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston. When protagonist Alex Claremont-Diaz becomes first son living in the White House, he’s involved in a political scene with England’s Henry, Prince of Wales. Forced to play nice in the fallout, an unlikely romance blooms. Running 12 hours, this romance will keep your heart fluttering and your mind engaged.

Need a reliable car for your next road trip? Come to Pollard Used Cars.

Sell Your Vehicle Privately or Trade it in? The Pros & Cons

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If you’re looking to upgrade your vehicle, you’re likely wondering if you should try to sell it yourself or trade it in at the dealership. In order to make the best choice for your circumstances, it’s key to understand the pros and cons of each option.

Pros & Cons of Selling Your Vehicle Privately

Sometimes, if you sell your vehicle privately, you’ll fetch a higher selling price than what you’d get at the dealership. However, you also have to put in the time and effort of finding a buyer, meeting with them and having them take your vehicle for a test drive. Then, you’ll have to go through the prickly business of paperwork and getting them to pay you. This process will definitely delay your ability to buy a new vehicle.

Pros & Cons of Trading In Your Vehicle

Ultimately, trading in your vehicle is significantly easier and more convenient than trying to sell it yourself. Trading in your vehicle is quick and easy, and you can negotiate the value of your vehicle at the dealership — it helps to research the value of your car through guides like Kelley Blue Book. In addition, there may be tax benefits to trading in your vehicle. For instance, if you are trading in your vehicle and purchasing a new one, you may only have to pay sales tax on the difference between the trade-in value and the new car’s price.

Want to learn more about trading in your vehicle? Come visit us at Pollard Used Cars.

Bang For Your Buck: How to Choose the Best Used Car

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Buying a used car might seem daunting, but with so many excellent options out there, it’s sure to be a rewarding experience. Here’s how to choose the best used car and make the most of your budget.

Research models

Before you start shopping around for used cars, do some research on different makes and models. Consider what you want from a vehicle — like good fuel efficiency, towing capability, safety features — and start there. Read about different segments and model years to get a good idea of what might work for you.

Check the market value

Once you have your eye on a couple of models, take a look at Kelly Blue Book to get the market value of each make, model, and year. This will help you make confident offers and avoid being overcharged.

Find a dealership with options

Shopping at an experienced used car dealership like Pollard Used Cars gives you access to all kinds of different models, and provides you with the expert guidance of an experienced team.

Get the history

With the VIN number of a vehicle, you can use a resource like Carfax to get a vehicle history report on any used vehicle. This will give you insight on any repairs, accidents, or major events in the vehicle’s history, so you can be informed before committing to a purchase.

Take a test drive

Before signing any papers, be sure to take your winning vehicle on a thorough test drive. Go at different speeds, and pay attention to the feel of the acceleration, brakes, handling, and shifting. Listen for any unusual noises and watch for any strange smells. If the car handles well, move on to the amenities. Check the sound system, heated seats, power moon-roof, and other features to make sure everything is functioning.

Come to Pollard Used Cars for a huge selection of quality vehicles.

New Year’s Auto Resolutions: Save Money and Improve Resale Value in Lubbock, TX

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Many people have already made their New Year’s resolutions. But it’s not too late to consider making some auto-themed goals for 2019. By adopting some of these auto resolutions for your vehicle, you can improve its reliability, resale value, and overall condition.

According to Green Living, you should start by getting your car’s body in shape. For example, you can measure tire pressure to maintain properly-inflated tires, schedule regular tune-ups, and change the oil approximately every 5,000 miles.

Next, try being a fuel-efficient driver. Not only can you reduce your carbon footprint by driving more slowly and cautiously, but you can also save money at the pump. It turns out that speeding can lower fuel economy by up to 35 percent. Try not to make hard stops, and avoid accelerating too quickly. Additionally, clean out your vehicle’s interior, if you haven’t in a while. The extra weight might affect gas mileage.

Don’t warm up your car — no matter how inconvenient a cold vehicle interior might seem. Idling your vehicle increases the risk of theft. It also increases the wear and tear on the vehicle’s engine as well as other key parts (like the tires, transmission, and bearings).

Finally, check the tire pressure regularly. Tires typically lose pressure when its cold out, which means your car might be riding on low tires. By maintaining optimum tire pressure, you can extend the life of your tires and improve the vehicle’s fuel economy.

Jumpstart your New Year’s auto resolutions by calling us at Pollard Used Cars to schedule a maintenance appointment.

The Importance of Checking Tire Pressure

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Tires are an important vehicle part to maintain. Besides checking the tire tread, you should also check the air pressure regularly. Because air pressure changes with temperature shifts, seasonal changes may mean your tires are over- or under-inflated.

According to U.S. News & World Report, you can find the right tire pressure for your car on the driver-side door jamb behind the seat. There should be a chart that lists optimum tire pressure. It’s important to note that this may vary from the number listed on the tire itself. If there’s a discrepancy between the two numbers, follow the chart on the door jamb.

For every 10-degree drop in temperature, the air pressure will drop by 1 psi. The opposite is true in warm weather; the hotter the temperature, the more pressure. Tires may also simply lose pressure over time.

You can easily check and fill pressure with a tire-pressure gauge, but many new cars will also automatically alert you when the tire pressure is low. Most gas stations will have air pumps, if you don’t have one yourself. It’s important to fill tires because underinflated tires will tend to cause added friction, leading to blow outs and reduced fuel economy. Overinflated tires can ride improperly, also causing blowouts or uneven wear.

If you need help with tire maintenance, contact us at Pollard Used Cars to schedule a service appointment for your vehicle.

Is Kelley Blue Book Accurate?

Kelley Blue Book in Lubbock, TXWhen buying or selling a car, two questions we tend to ask are “how much is my car worth” and “how much should I be paying?” One of the sources to turn to is Kelley Blue Book. But should you take Kelley Blue Book’s word at face value?

Websites like Kelley Blue Book, Edmunds, and NADA have car value estimators that claim to give you an accurate estimate of how much your car is worth. These websites are a good starting point, as they’ll give you a ballpark number for your vehicle’s value. However, they shouldn’t be the only estimators you rely on.

While they provide estimates for your vehicle, it’s not a guarantee. Kelley Blue Book tracks prices of cars being bought and sold in order to determine the value of an identical car. However, this calculator does not account for the issue of supply and demand. The calculators also don’t consider the true condition of a car, which doesn’t always fall neatly into categories like “Excellent” or “Fair.”

In order to get the most accurate estimate of your auto’s worth, it’s best to get an additional opinion from a reputable dealership such as Pollard Used Cars. Visit us at your convenience so one of our experienced staff members can appraise your vehicle.

5 Best Cars for New Parents

Buying a car for yourself is one thing, but buying a car for your family is another. Often you have a different set of concerns than if you were simply buying for yourself, including space, safety, and functionality concerns. To help you choose the perfect car for your family, here are our top five cars we recommend for new parents.

  1. Honda CR-V: Honda CR-Vs excel across the board and routinely leads its segment. It offers safety, reliability, and great cargo space to families.
  2. Nissan Murano: The Murano is as stylish as it is family-friendly, offering great power, space, and high-quality construction that will withstand the wear-and-tear of families.
  3. Chrysler Pacifica/Pacifica Hybrid: The Pacifica has been making waves since its release, offering tons of features and space that families desire. The Pacifica Hybrid will take your environmentally-friendly lifestyle to the next level, as it offers a 33-mile all-electric driving range and 84 MPGe on the highway. This vehicle also gives your family room to grow.
  4. Chevrolet Malibu: The Malibu is sleek, roomy for a sedan, and offers great performance. It easily doubles as a family and professional vehicle.
  5. Subaru Crosstrek: Subaru has gained a loyal legion of fans thanks to its standard all-wheel drive, high-quality equipment and performance, and modern tech. The Crosstrek gives you a bit of everything.

Stop by Pollard Used Cars to find your next family-hauler. We’ll be happy to set you up with test drives of these five models as well as other well-rounded, safe vehicles for transporting your children.

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*Pacifica Hybrid: 33-mile total electric driving range: EPA estimate with fully charged battery. Actual mileage may vary. 84 HWY MPGe: EPA estimated miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe). Actual mileage may vary.

How to Rotate Your Tires

It’s extremely important to keep your vehicle’s tires in the best shape possible, to ensure that your vehicle keeps on operating smoothly and safely. One way of doing this is to routinely rotate your vehicle’s tires.

Why rotate your vehicle’s tires?

Tires wear down at different rates. For example, front tires typically carry more weight than rear tires, wearing down more quickly. Drivers also tend to turn one way or another more quickly, which leads to uneven wear over time on one side. Rotating the tires ensures your car’s tread wear down more evenly, which will extend the life of the entire set.

How often should you rotate the tires?

Rotate your vehicle’s tires a few times a year, or every 5,000 miles if you do a lot of driving. An easy way to remember to perform this service is if you rotate the tires each time you get the vehicle’s oil changed.

How to rotate your vehicle’s tires

Rotating your vehicle’s tires is easier than it may sound. Here are some basic steps to carry out this upkeep.

  1. Engage your car’s parking brake for safety
  2. Loosen all wheel lug nuts
  3. Lift up one wheel with a jack and remove the tire
  4. With jack or cinderblock in place, lift opposite diagonal tire and swap it with the already raised tire
  5. Repeat for the two remaining tires
  6. Remove all blocks and the lower vehicle

If you’d prefer to leave the tire rotation up to a professional, simply contact us at Pollard Used Cars. We’ll be happy to schedule a maintenance appointment for your vehicle.

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Tips for a Better Used-Car Shopping Experience

Whether this is your first time buying a car or you’re a seasoned professional, everyone can benefit from learning how to make car shopping more fun and less stressful.

According to CU Insight, one of the first things you should do is online research. Start with the type of vehicle you’d like to buy (SUV, pickup, sedan, hatchback), and narrow it down to the make, model, and year if possible. You should also create a list of your top picks, so you have a range of options to choose from.

Next, shop during the week rather than on a weekend or during a holiday. It will also likely reduce the time you spend at the dealership, since there will be less time spent waiting for the staff to finish serving other customers.

Don’t be afraid to bring a friend. You may want a second opinion before buying, so having a friend with you may prevent buyer’s remorse. Bring someone who will be honest with you, but also someone that won’t slow down the process.

Bring the title and other paperwork from your current car if you plan on trading it in. Coming prepared with paperwork will ensure a prompt vehicle application and financing process.

Call your insurance ahead of time. It’s illegal to drive off the lot without proper insurance, so if you’re buying a new car, you may need to let your insurance know ahead of time. Although some insurance companies might be able to fax or email you a new insurance card the day you buy, others will require more time.

Budget beforehand. Calculate your monthly income and expenses, and then decide how much you’re able to spend on a monthly car payment. Before committing to buy any vehicle, consult with the dealership’s finance department to make sure that you can afford it.

Get plenty of sleep the night before you visit the dealership, and bring water with you the day of the visit. You may be shopping for a while, so it’s important to stay rested and hydrated. This will keep you optimistic and engaged during the purchasing process.

If you have any questions about financing your next vehicle, stop by Pollard Used Cars.

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How to Care for Your Vehicle’s Headlights

Most drivers have a good understanding of basic DIY car care. Regular maintenance — even seemingly small and simple things like changing windshield wipers — can make a big difference. Learning about headlights and what they need for optimum performance is one DIY maintenance niche you don’t want to ignore!

When to Replace Headlights

Did you know that your headlights dim naturally over time? And as they do so, your nighttime visibility suffers. The lifetime of a headlight depends on the type of headlights. For instance, xenon high-intensity-discharge lights last longer than halogen headlights. If you notice your headlights dimming, you should replace them for best visibility. If not, consider always having a spare set of headlights on hand in case yours burn out.

How to Replace Headlights

You can check your owner’s manual to find which headlights your car needs. Pollard Used Cars sells all brands of cars, and each will have its own requirements. Employees at an auto parts store will also be able to look up your vehicle by make and model to find the right fit.

The owner’s manual will also help you find instructions for changing your vehicle’s headlight, which is a process that also varies slightly. You’ll access your headlights under the hood, and may need to remove a dust cover and/or a clip holding the bulb in its place. Gently wiggle the bulb from its place, holding it on the housing rather than the glass, and replace with the new headlight bulb.

Other Tips

Even if your headlights are brand new, it won’t matter much if they’re dirty on the outside. Get in the habit of cleaning off your headlights along with your windshield every time you’re at the gas station.

For more tips on car care, stop by Pollard Used Cars; our dedicated service professionals will be happy to help you ensure your car is running at its highest potential.

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