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.
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.
- Engage your car’s parking brake for safety
- Loosen all wheel lug nuts
- Lift up one wheel with a jack and remove the tire
- With jack or cinderblock in place, lift opposite diagonal tire and swap it with the already raised tire
- Repeat for the two remaining tires
- 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.
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.
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.
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.