Spring in to Get Your Car Ready for Summer

Spring in to get your car ready for summer

The spring season is upon us, and with the snow gone and warmer temperatures on the horizon, there’s a lot to look forward to for car owners. One of the first spring rituals is washing all the winter salt and grime off your car, followed by giving the interior a thorough cleaning. Looking ahead to summer, there are weekend getaways, road trips, and trips to the beach that will put a lot of miles and stress on your car.

Aside from a thorough wash, there are a few things to check on the exterior of your vehicle. The winter can be particularly tough on your wiper blades, tires, and paint job. If your wiper blades appear warped or cracked, it’s time to replace them before a minor rain shower becomes a major visibility hazard.

Varying temperatures can take a toll on your tire pressure, and the ice and snow can wear down tread on your tires more than normal. If your tires are low on tread and don’t hold pressure, it’s time to look at repairing or replacing them. Lastly, you’ll want to do a complete inspection of your paint job; filling any chips or cracks in your paint now can prevent the problem from spreading and save your vehicle from rusting.

As a standard rule, a change in seasons means it’s time for another oil change. A good oil change will also include a check and fill of all fluids under the hood. Much like winter can take a toll on your wipers, the colder temperatures can impact all your hoses and belts; check them for cracks or warping now, as a replacement is much less expensive than future problems that failure could lead to.

On the other end of the weather spectrum, you can prepare for hot summer days by checking your air conditioning system now. Hot temperatures can also be worse for your car’s battery than the winter. Monitoring your power system can keep your car starting easily the first time all summer long.

Along with these seasonal checks, you should stick to the maintenance schedule based on your car’s mileage. This includes regular maintenance on brakes, transmission, spark plugs, and more.

As a family-owned dealership, our team at Ballas Buick GMC knows firsthand the wear and tear a car can endure over the course of a summer. As a full-service dealership, we work with families for the lifetime of their vehicles and know how checking a few key spots every spring can keep you on the road through summer and save time and money in the long run.

If you are looking for a new complete car care partner for your vehicle, it’s best to consider a family-owned center that understands your needs and can also keep your car running in optimum condition. You can make a service appointment online today, and be ready for your summer trips without worrying about surprise issues ruining your adventure.

Tips & Questions When Purchasing A Vehicle

If you are thinking about buying a vehicle you probably have a long list of questions. The simplest and probably most important question is: should you buy new or used? There are advantages to both options, but depending on what you are looking for, when you want your vehicle and your financial situation, one option may be better than the other.

 

What you can expect when buying new:

You can customize a new car. Looking for a certain color? Special features? You can build your dream vehicle just the way you want or dealer can search for one with the right combination of options, interior and exterior colors.

Your car doesn’t have a history. Obviously if you buy your car new, you are the only owner. A new car hasn’t been in any accidents or wear and tear, and it comes with a clean history. A new car has only been driven off the assembly line and around the dealership’s lot.

A new car can require less maintenance. A new vehicle won’t need maintenance for a long time. After several thousand miles you will probably only need an oil change and tune-up.

 

What you can expect buying used:

You can buy a certified pre-owned vehicle.  All pre-owned vehicles must go through a strict evaluation and meet premium manufacturing standards to earn the certified title. If you buy a certified pre-owned vehicle from a dealership, you often have more choices and better financing options. Plus, you can take your car to the dealership’s automotive repair center for maintenance or repairs.

Used vehicles have improved liability. Used vehicles do not have the same warranties as new ones, but there are still many warranty options.  Buyers of certified pre-owned cars from an authorized dealer can purchase a late-model used car and get the balance of the original warranty.

Used vehicles get better insurance rates.  Insurance rates are affected by the age of a car, used vehicles tend to have less expensive rates.

A used car holds value.  With a used vehicle you do not have to worry about your car depreciating as soon as you drive it off the lot. You can relax when it comes to first paint chips and door dings because it is likely the first owner has already taken care of those accidents.

No matter what kind of car you decide to buy, the vehicle experts at Ballas Buick GMC can help you decide what is the best option for you. Their Certified Pre-Owned Program ensures you get the best value for your money. Before you buy Ballas Buick GMC ensures that their vehicles go through a strict evaluation and after you buy the incentives keep coming. 24/7 roadside assistance, 3-day/150 mile customer satisfaction guarantee, manufacturer backed warranties and other advantages will reinforce your decision.

 

For more information or to see what Balls Buick GMC has in stock, visit: www.ballasbuickgmc.com.