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

Road Trip Destinations: Top Places to Camp in Amarillo

Top Places to Camp in Amarillo | Pollard Used Cars | Lubbock, TXCamping is a tradition for most Americans during the summer, and its perfect for young couples, groups of friends, or families. With the right SUV, you can easily fit everything you need to explore the great outdoors, one reason we here at Pollard Used Cars in Lubbock have put together a list of the top places to camp in Amarillo.

According to USA Today, there are several campgrounds that are perfect for most beginners, offering amenities, affordable pricing, and scenic views in nearby Amarillo. Amarillo KOA is one of the most popular in the area, offering spots for RVs, campers, tents, and cabin camping. You get Wi-Fi, showers, and a free shuttle service, as well as bike rentals and a heated pool. The McClellan Creek National Grasslands are a short drive away, offering stunning views.

Check out the Palo Duro Canyon State Park as well. This campground is just 30 miles south of Amarillo, yet it has everything you need. This includes water, electricity, trailheads, and equestrian sites.  The Cactus and Fortress Cliff areas are often called the Grand Canyon of Texas, with 120 miles of treacherous canyons. While it’s more rustic than many other camp sites, many prefer Palo Duro when trying to escape the city.

Finally, visit the Sundown RV Resort. You can find daily, weekly, and monthly rates for RVs. You get full hookups, pull-through access, and high-speed wireless internet. Sundown also has outdoor games, exercise areas, and all your basic amenities. Simply hop in your RV and head down to the Sundown RV Resort.

Top Cars That Retain Their Value

When you drive a new car off the lot immediately after purchase, you automatically lose a significant portion of its value due to depreciation. This is one of the major reasons that so many drivers decide to buy used models—they do not suffer the same major depreciation that new cars do upon purchase.

But if you’re buying used at Pollard Used Cars in Lubbock, how do you know which car to choose? A common way to choose a solid used daily driver is to look at which models retain their value the best. Websites like Edmunds, KBB.com, and more hand out awards every year to models that have the fewest mechanical issues and retain their value the best over three to five year timelines.

Top Cars That Retain Value

If you’re in the market for a used sedan or a used coupe, you’ll want to consider some of the following models, which have frequently won retained value awards in the last few years:

  • Ford Mustang
  • Honda Civic
  • Honda Fit
  • Lexus GS
  • Nissan Altima
  • Porsche Panamera
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Subaru WRX
  • Toyota Camry

Top Trucks, Vans, and SUVs That Retain Value

If you are instead looking for a used truck, used van, or used SUV, take a look at the list of the following models, which retain value better over the years:

  • Audi Q7
  • Chevrolet Suburban
  • GMC Acadia
  • Honda CR-V
  • Honda HR-V
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Lexus GX
  • Ram 2500
  • Toyota FJ Cruiser
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Toyota Tacoma
  • Toyota Tundra

How to Retain Your Car’s Value

Want to ensure a better resale price down the road? Follow these steps to retain your car’s value:

  • Wash and wax it regularly, and store it in a garage.
  • Stay current with all maintenance.
  • Don’t smoke or keep trash in the car.
  • Drive it well, with minimal rapid acceleration and hard stops.

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!

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!

10 Steps to Buying A Used Car

Buying a used car
Searching For The Best Used Car

Buying a car can be fun, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t stressful! Pollard Used Cars is here to take some weight off your shoulders. Here are some important steps to buying a used car.

  1. Calculate Your Budget. Before you look at cars, you’ll need to know what you can afford. Be realistic.
  2. Pick Your Model. Know what make and model of car you want before you go in.
  3. Read Reviews. Read some reviews of the car and do some research before you make the plunge.
  4. Look into CPO Programs. Consider Certified Pre-Owned programs, which give you even more benefits than a used car.
  5. Take Your Time. Don’t rush into choosing a car. Take your time at the dealership.
  6. Read the Reports. If you’re getting a CPO car, you’ll have CARFAX reports to look over.
  7. Inspect the Car. Make sure you look at the car yourself for any flaws.
  8. Test Drive. How will you know if you love it if you don’t drive it?
  9. Be Ready to Say No. Sometimes, you just can’t afford a car or have to walk away for a different reason. Prepare yourself.
  10. Be Ready to Say Yes. And of course, be ready to say yes!

Now that you know for what to look, visit Pollard Used Cars in Lubbock, TX to find the perfect used car!