What To Do In Amarillo, TX

 

Route 66 | Pollard Used Cars | Lubbock, TX

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

Oil Change | Pollard Used Cars | Lubbock, TX

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

2017 Ford Escape | Pollard Used Cars | Lubbock, TX

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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!