Problems with Buying Used Cars Online

Buying Used Cars in Lubbock, TX

In the past few years, websites that sell cars almost exclusively online have begun to grow. These sites let you search through cars, buy one online, and deliver it to your house. While this might sound appealing, there are a lot of potential problems that you could run into. There are also some distinct advantages to buying a used car in-person.

When you buy a car online, this leaves at risk because you can’t do a test drive before you buy it. And, while there may be plenty of pictures and even videos of the car online, nothing can beat looking at a car with your own eyes. You might be able to spot defects not visible in a picture or video.

Online car sites also have a risk of being fraudulent. Thousands of people each year are swindled out of their money by false claims and deceptive practices. Plus, you’ll most likely have to pay shipping costs to get the car to your home. This could inflate the cost of the car beyond what you thought you were going to pay.

We recommend only buying cars that you can test drive in advance. When you buy from a dealership, you get the advantage of knowing the dealership has a long-established reputation. Here at Pollard Used Cars, we only sell high-quality vehicles that you’ll feel confident buying.

What To Do In Amarillo, TX

 

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Amarillo is a thriving, growing city in the Texas Panhandle. Home to nearly 300,000 Texans, the “Helium Capital of the World” is under two hours north from Pollard Used Cars. If you just bought a used car from Pollard and you want to road-trip to celebrate, check out this list of what to do in Amarillo:

Cadillac Ranch

This free attraction is on the western side of Amarillo, right off Interstate 40. Old, graffiti-covered Cadillac vehicles are stuck nose-first into the ground of a field, artistically arranged. The old cars aren’t just for looking; you’re welcome to take one of the many spray paint cans and make your mark on the attraction.

US Route 66

US Route 66 pays homage to the road-trippers of the past by maintaining the old buildings and signs. Fun, quirky restaurants such as Bracero’s, which is in a converted Route 66 garage, or the Golden Light Cafe, which dates back to the 1940s.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

The second-largest canyon in America, after the Grand Canyon, can be found 30 minutes south of Amarillo. Palo Duro Canyon descends 800 feet, stretches for 120 miles, and reaches a width of 20 miles. Be sure to hike on the Lighthouse Trail and partake in some horseback riding.

There’s plenty of fun to be had around Amarillo. Before you hit the road, you can find the perfect road trip vehicle at Pollard Used Cars in Lubbock, TX!

Tips for Extending the Life of Your Used Vehicle

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Buying a used car is a great way to make the most out of any budget. Used cars can be efficient, reliable, and long lasting, especially when you take care of them and provide regular maintenance. Extending the life of your used vehicle can be as easy as following these steps.

Get Oil Changes

Oil is an extremely important part of your car’s well-being. It keeps the engine lubricated, allowing it to run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Getting regular oil changes is a big part of what helps your used car last for a long time.

Check All Fluids

In addition to engine oil, your used car has many other important fluids. Check these fluids regularly, including the transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. Staying aware of the fluid levels can help you keep an eye out for leaks or other things that could cause long term damage.

Protect Your Car From The Elements

If you don’t protect your car from the elements and wash its exterior regularly, it can rust and corrode. If possible, keep your car in a garage or under a car port. Wash your car regularly, especially during winter, where road salts can quickly lead to corrosion.

Of course, buying a quality used car also helps you get the most for your money. Find the perfect used car for your lifestyle at Pollard Used Cars.

Lubbock Road Trips: Cadillac Ranch

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It’s not too late to get in a last-minute summer road trip — or too early to start planning a journey for fall. If you’re eager to hit the open road, we at Pollard Used Cars have a unique suggestion for you. The Cadillac Ranch, located on Route 66, is a vibrant art display that immortalizes a legendary design feature of Cadillac — the tail fin.

In 1974, entrusted to the creative hands and artistic vision of artists from San Francisco, 10 Cadillac vehicles found new purpose as a public work of art on the land of Stanley Marsh 3, a billionaire determined to get his neighbors talking. The group of artists, collectively known as The Ant Farm, arranged the classic automobiles in a west-facing line. The artists then buried half of each vehicle, nose-first in the ground.

Although the display of Cadillac vehicles has weathered the elements, the artistic expression of tourists who couldn’t resist tagging it and the outright thievery of onlookers who couldn’t leave without a part of the sculpture as well as lost most of its signature tail fins, Cadillac Ranch continues to attract people from all over the world.

If you’re ready for a road trip to the Cadillac Ranch or just want to conquer your commute in a new ride, visit Pollard Used Cars to get a closer look at our incredible inventory.

Take Your New Car on a Texas BBQ Road Trip

2018 Ford F-150 in Lubbock, TX
Hop in your ride and start exploring Texas to find some tasty barbecue!

At Pollard Used Cars, we want to help you find the perfect car for all of your adventures. If you love barbeque, you should take your new car on a road trip to these amazing Texas BBQ spots.

4-T’s Bar-B-Q & Catering – Forney

Head about five hours east and you’ll find this tasty, husband-and-wife-owned BBQ place known for its hickory-smoked brisket and unique sides like pork belly burnt ends. To round out the meal, order a homemade pecan pie for dessert.

Smolik’s Smokehouse – Mathis

Start heading south and you’ll bump into this smokehouse in Mathis. This family-owned establishment has been around for decades. You can grab BBQ classics here, as well as burgers and Czech sausage. If you want to bring home some of those irresistible flavors, you can visit the attached bakery and meat market.

The Smoking Oak – Mercedes

To get here, venture as south as you can go — right along the border to Mercedes. This spot is only open Thursday through Sunday and its hours are until 4 p.m. or whenever the meat is sold out. The limited hours are worth it — the BBQ here has the perfect blend of sweet and spicy. Plus, you can get a delicious pound cake for dessert.

Payne’s Bar-B-Q Shak – Burnet

On your way back up to Lubbock, be sure to make a pit stop at Payne’s, which offers a true small-town experience. Serving food out of a modest trailer, this place has an authentic family-owned feel and serves top-notch brisket.

Ready for a road trip? You can find a reliable vehicle at Pollard Used Cars.

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.

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.

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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.

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