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.

Best Cars for New Parents (2019 Chevrolet Malibu pictured)

*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.

How to rotate your tires

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.

better used-car shopping

Cross-Shopping for Used Cars is a Growing Trend

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.

cross-shopping for used cars

Texas Favorite Returns with Release of 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star Edition

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.

2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star Edition - 2019 Ram 1500 pictured

Best Bars to Visit on St. Patrick’s Day in Lubbock, Texas

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.

bars to visit on St. Patrick’s Day in Lubbock

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!

What is a trim level - Honda Civic

How the Trade-In Value of Your Car Is Determined

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:

Age

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.

Condition

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.

Popularity

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.

Trade-in value for the Toyota 4Runner

Best Places to Beat the Heat in Lubbock, Texas

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.

Waterparks

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.

Lakes

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.

Movies

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.

Beat the heat in Lubbock

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