Buying a Car as a College Student

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Whether you commute to school or live on campus, having a reliable car is extremely useful in college. Plus, buying a car as a college student is a good way to establish credit and learn about managing your finances responsibly.

If you’re thinking of buying your first car during your college years at Texas Tech or another nearby university, be sure to put a lot of forethought into your needs. Use your research skills to think about the tech tools you want, your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, and the price of auto insurance, and compare your checklist to your budget.

Some resources recommend sticking within a $10,000-$15,000 budget if you’re buying a car as a college student, since this will allow for cheaper car insurance premiums, plus smaller monthly payments. There are many excellent used cars that are within this price range, at Pollard Used Cars, we can help your find a vehicle that fits your budget.

Once you know your budget and are ready to shop for an auto loan with a good loan agreement. Many institutions will offer auto loans to college students, knowing that it’s a prime time to begin building a credit score. Just be sure to shop around, and save up as much as you can so you can afford a decent down payment on your new car.

Looking to get behind the wheel of a reliable used car? Our team at Pollard Used Cars will be happy to help.

Spring Family Activities in Lubbock

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Spring is just around the corner, and if you’re in the Lubbock, Texas area, you’re in luck — there’s never a shortage of great things to see and do around here. Whether you’re a lifelong resident or just passing through this spring, here are some of our favorite family activities in Lubbock.

Science Spectrum Museum

The Science Spectrum Museum is packed with interactive exhibits that kids and parents will both love. Kids will learn a ton at this awesome museum while adults will enjoy a huge number of educational displays and the awesome Omni theater.

National Ranching Heritage Center

The National Ranching Heritage Museum spans 19 acres, giving families a perfect opportunity to spend some time together outdoors this spring. The center features winding trails, an indoor museum, and a chance to experience the local history like never before.

Joyland Amusement Park

Joyland Park will be open once again for spring and summer, so it’s time to plan your family’s trip. This great little amusement park is packed with great rides and attractions that make for a wonderful day out with the whole family.

Prairie Dog Town

Located in beautiful Mackenzie Park, Prairie Dog Town is a classic Lubbock attraction that is a must-see for everyone coming through this spring. The park offers a unique chance to see the famously social prairie dogs interact. Bring binoculars and a camera and get ready to make plenty of lasting memories.

At Pollard Used Cars, we’re proud to be a part of Lubbock’s fun, vibrant community.

Benefits of Buying Used from a Car Dealership

Buying Used from a Car Dealership | Lubbock, TX

When shopping for a used car, it can be tempting to go with the first option that you find from a private seller, but it’s important to understand the benefits of shopping with a reputable dealer before you invest in your next vehicle. At Pollard Used Cars, we can ensure that you get behind the wheel of the perfect car for you.

Options

One of the best reasons to shop for a used car at a dealership is the fact that you’ll have so many more options to choose from. This lets you shop around and compare models until you find one that fits your needs and budget perfectly.

Reputation

While many private sellers are perfectly honest people, there aren’t standard quality control practices in place for individuals who privately sell their vehicles. This means you can never really be sure what you’re driving away with. At Pollard Used Cars, we let out reputation speak for itself so you can roll off our lot with confidence. Plus, we’ll give you a comprehensive vehicle history report, so there are no secrets about your vehicle.

Financing Benefits

Finally, when you shop at a dealership, you can rely on an expert financing team to help you get a great deal on a loan to pay for your vehicle.

At Pollard Used Cars, we’re excited to help you find the perfect vehicle for your lifestyle.

Holiday Family Activities In Lubbock, TX

Family Holiday Activites in Lubbock, TX

Lubbock is home to over 250,000 people and Pollard Used Cars is proud to do business in this thriving city. Its nickname “Hub City” comes from its reputation as a center for the economic, educational, and healthcare needs of the surrounding counties. If you and your family are in Northwest Texas for the holidays and you’re looking for something memorable to do in Lubbock, these activities will provide cheer for all.

Santa Land

Santa Land runs every year from December 10-23 from 6-10 p.m. This 62-year-old Lubbock tradition is free for everyone and offers hot cocoa, as well as other holiday treats available for sale. The evening begins with a reindeer sleigh bringing Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus to the brightly and beautifully lit scene to hear the Christmas wishes of the local children.

Taking a picture of Bo, the Santa Land Elf on the Shelf, and sending it to the Lubbock Parks and Recreation Facebook page can even enter you to win a $500 gift card to United Supermarkets.

Pancho Clos

The Maggie Trejo Supercenter and the American GI Forum run this holiday program every year in Lubbock. Pancho Clos is a Hispanic Santa Claus who visits the event to listen to the dreams of the children attending. Families in need are provided with goodies and holiday cheer.

Lubbock offers no shortage of delightful ways to make holiday memories with your family. At Pollard Used Cars, you can find the perfect vehicle to enable your next holiday road trip.

Problems with Buying Used Cars Online

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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

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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.