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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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

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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Car Cleaning Tips for a Like-New Car for the New Year

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.

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