Most car shoppers have a pretty good idea of what vehicle they are looking for when they start the shopping process. While some prefer the latest technology and safety defenses of a new vehicle, others prefer the affordability of a used one.
A current trend for consumers is cross-shopping for used cars, which involves comparing both new and used cars at the same time. According to Jumpstart Automotive Media, this trend is growing. Cross-shopping for used cars is up 19% when compared to last year. This is for both luxury and non-luxury segments. The jump in the luxury segment alone rose 36% when compared to last year’s statistics. Used cars are starting to rival new cars thanks to their value and solid build.
The survey also asked participants to share what they considered their most important shopping tools. At the top of the list for used-car shoppers was vehicle history, used car values, and financing options. Certified pre-owned shoppers wanted vehicle history, being able to search local inventory, and used car values. New car shoppers stated that searching local inventory, browsing expert car reviews, and researching vehicle information were some of their primary purchasing tools.
With these trends, used cars should start retaining their values for longer. For more information about which used vehicle might best suit your needs, stop by Pollard Used Cars.
The Dallas Auto Show spotlights some of the toughest trucks to grace the industry. This year, Ram blew the competition away with the return of a Texas truck buyer favorite: the 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star edition. Even though it’s only available in Texas, this model incarnates reliability and luxury in an assertive profile.
The Ram 1500 Lone Star edition made waves with an upscale appearance marked by bright front and rear bumpers, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and a standard bright grille surround with billet inserts. Inside, the Texan pickup showed off a leather-wrapped steering wheel and split rear bench seat.
Available in two- and four-wheel drive powertrains, the Ram 1500 Lone Star boasts a signature interior badging and tailgate. The upscale pickup will feature a 3.6-liter V6 engine with eTorque or a 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 engine.
“The hard-working appeal of the Ram Lone Star has made it a favorite among Texas truck buyers,” said Mike Manley, head of the Ram Brand. “Trucks are an important part of Texas life, and Ram trucks are proven to last. Ram’s long-lasting reliability has helped the Ram 1500 cement the highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup.”
The 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star edition is available in Black and Sport appearance packages. Drivers have the option of adding other luxury features, such as 20-inch aluminum wheels and Blind-Spot Monitoring.
To celebrate the Ram 1500 Lone Star revival, test drive one of our Ram models when you stop by Pollard Used Cars.
St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect opportunity for a night out on the town with your friends, coworkers, or significant other. If you are looking for a good time, consider heading out to a local pub. Below are the best bars to visit on St. Patrick’s Day in Lubbock.
But remember — even though we at Pollard Used Cars are big fans of driving, it is NEVER okay to drink and drive. On this special holiday, please have a designated driver (and buy them a delicious Irish dinner) or take a taxi, Uber, or Lyft.
Best Bars in Lubbock
- Louie Louie’s Piano Bar: Looking for great music on your night out on the town? There is no better place than Louie Louie’s Piano Bar.
- Flippers Tavern: For great food and good beer, Flippers Tavern provides an amazing atmosphere and is the top rated bar in Lubbock on Yelp. Be sure to try the Crawdaddy Queso and Chips and get your signature dog Flipper Style.
- O’Reilly’s Irish Pub: Don’t forget — St. Patrick’s Day is all about Irish culture. Enjoy a pint of Guinness at this authentic Irish pub in Lubbock.
- Lantern Tavern: If you love craft beer, then you’ll want to check out the Lantern Tavern. Even better? It’s dog-friendly!
We at Pollard Used Cars wish you and yours a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Let’s say you’ve had a vehicle for a few years, and now you’re ready to move on to something new. You probably want to go to a dealership and turn in your old ride to put the cost towards your next vehicle, but you might be unsure how the trade-in value of your old car will be determined. According to the experts at CarsDirect.com, different factors go into determining how much the dealer will pay for your vehicle such as:
The year of your car will play a big role in its trade-in value. Typically, older cars have less value than newer ones.
Make and model
Some brands and nameplates hold their value better than others. For example, sports cars will usually sell for more than a sedan from the same brand.
If your vehicle has been well-maintained and/or has low miles on the odometer, it will likely sell better than a more damaged car that has been driven a lot.
Some cars are just more popular than others. Dealers know that more popular vehicles will sell faster, so they’re willing to pay more from the get-go.
If you have a used vehicle and you’re wondering what kind of trade-in value you can get for it, don’t hesitate to contact us at Pollard Used Cars in Lubbock; we would be happy to assess your vehicle’s trade-in value.
It might be getting closer to fall, but that doesn’t mean much in Lubbock, Texas! In Lubbock, there’s quite a few days of hot weather left. Here are some great places to beat the heat in Lubbock.
One way to beat the heat and have fun is to spend some time at a waterpark. Lubbock Water Rampage has a wave pool, lazy river, kiddie pool, and more. Joyland Amusement Park has plenty of fun, too, with a water park that’s great for all ages.
Ice Cream Shops
What’s better to beat the heat than a sweet treat? Holly Hop Ice Cream Shoppe has fun, unique flavors. If you’re more of an Italian Ice person, check out Blue Oasis, a shop with both ice cream and Italian ice.
Enjoy a refreshing day on the beach by visiting one of Lubbock’s lakes. Buffalo Springs Lake and Llane Estacado Lake are two places where you can cool off and appreciate Lubbock’s natural beauty.
You can always escape the hot weather by hibernating inside! Enjoy a cool, dark movie theatre like Alamo Drafthouse Cinema or Cinemark Tinseltown USA. (Plus, they also have cool, refreshing treats).
If you need a car to escape the heat in, just come down to Pollard Used Cars today.
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.
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.
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!
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.