Once you purchase a vehicle, whether new or used, it’s important that you properly care for it so that it can last as long as possible. Here are some tips for how you can extend your used car’s life and drive it for years to come.
Keep Up With Maintenance
Bring your used car into the reliable service center at
Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio, to keep it in good working
order. Regular oil changes, brake inspections, filter changes, and other
routine maintenance will allow you to get a lot more use out of your car.
Check The Fluids
You should check your car’s oil, coolant, and other fluids
at least once a month. Check your owner’s manual for instructions on how to
inspect the fluids yourself or bring your car to Steve Austin’s Auto Group for
Pay Attention To Noises
If you notice an unusual noise as you are driving, don’t
push it to the back of your mind. Get it checked over by a trained technician
at the dealership. Catching a problem early on can keep your pre-owned car
running for longer.
Have The Tires Rotated
To prevent your car from needing frequent tire replacements,
make sure to check the tire pressure periodically and fill up the tires as
needed. Also, get them rotated as often as your owner’s manual indicates or
about every 6,000 miles.
If your used car is due for service, make an appointment at Steve Austin’s Auto Group, and our staff will be happy to assist you.
It’s wintertime once again in Bellefontaine, Ohio. That means it won’t be long before you’ll need to break out the salt to keep your driveway clear of ice and snow. But did you know that using salt can actually cause rust damage to your vehicle? If you want to keep the new Chevrolet, Buick, or GMC you’ve purchased or leased from Steve Austin’s Auto Group in tip-top condition, try one of these safer alternatives to driveway salt.
Think of how hot the sand gets at Indian Lake in the summer.
When sunlight hits the sand, it heats up easily, making it a great option for
de-icing your driveway in the winter. What’s more, sand helps promote traction
when driving, making it easy to get up and go on an icy day.
Nothing hits better on a cold morning than a piping hot cup
of coffee. Before you toss out those grounds, consider the fact that they’ll
also help absorb sunlight and provide traction much in the same way that sand
does. Not only are coffee grounds healthier for your car and the environment,
but they’ll also help give your driveway a nice java smell in the process.
There are many other safe alternatives to driveway salt to consider, but there’s one ideal choice for all your winter service and maintenance needs in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Whether it’s addressing rust damage, changing your windshield wipers, or getting a routine oil change, the experts at Steve Austin’s Auto Group are here for all your needs.
GMC has some fantastic family vehicles on the market, with options for parents and teens alike. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Consumer Reports, the GMC Terrain is one of the “best choices” for teens to drive. Whether your teen is driving in Bellefontaine, Ohio, or across the state, you can have peace of mind when they’re behind the wheel of the Terrain.
Consumer Reports teamed up with the IIHS to develop a report
on the best models for young drivers, especially if you’re sticking to a
budget. 2014 and 2016 to present Terrain models made the list in the midsize SUV
segment. To land on the list of “best choices”, the Terrain had to score “good”
ratings in different IIHS tests. It also needed to have electronic stability control
and high Consumer Reports’ reliability grades.
The Terrain is also worthy of making the list thanks to its wide
array of safety features. The 2021 model, for example, comes standard with
Automatic Emergency Braking, the Following Distance Indicator, Front Pedestrian
Braking, Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning.
It also has the Teen Driver system, which includes an in-vehicle report card so
you know how your teen is driving on the road.
Be sure to give us a call at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio, if you’re interested in getting a new or used vehicle for your teen.
The question of buying used or new is a familiar one for many drivers. Is it better to purchase a shiny, freshly assembled vehicle with the latest tech, or a used vehicle that costs you less? The answer to this question will differ for each driver, so we’ve assembled the top benefits of used and new vehicles to help you determine which option best fits your wants and lifestyle.
The biggest perk of buying a used vehicle is the money
you’ll save. Even if the pre-owned vehicle you’re eyeing is from a more recent
model year, it will still have a much more affordable price than it did when
new. Another positive is the vehicle’s resale value. If you choose to sell your
used vehicle after a few years of ownership, the resale value will likely be
close to the amount you initially paid to own it.
By purchasing a new vehicle, you can enjoy a number of
fantastic benefits. First, you’ll have access to the latest technologies and
conveniences, which can help you stay connected and comfortable on the road. Shopping
for a factory-fresh vehicle also means you don’t have to worry about its condition
or age, and you have a wide variety of financing options to choose from.
If you’re in the market for a used or new ride, give us a call at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio, to learn about the current options in our inventory.
When you’re tired of your old car and want to upgrade to a newer model, you have to figure out what you’re going to do with your old ride. Do you sell it online? Do you leave it parked at Grandma’s house? We think your best option is to put that car toward the cost of your new one! Steve Austin’s Auto Group wants your trade-in, so we’d like to explain how to trade in your vehicle to us.
Why Trade-In Your Car?
Trading in your car to a dealership, like Steve Austin’s
Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio, is a convenient way to get rid of it.
Private sales through online marketplaces or front lawn displays take a lot of
effort, from posting the listing to answering every inquiry to filling out all
the paperwork to transferring the title.
If you trade in your car to Steve Austin’s Auto Group, we’ll do the work for you. All you have to do follow a couple of simple steps, and the value of your old car is then directly applied to the cost of your new car. It’s that easy!
Advice For Training In Your Car
When you’re ready to trade in your car for a new one, bring
the following items to Steve Austin’s Auto Group: the original vehicle title,
proof of ownership, current registration, all key copies and proof of
insurance. These are all you’ll need to transfer ownership to us and save money
on your auto loan.
It is also helpful if you clean the car beforehand and
remove any belongings from the trunk, glovebox and other storage places.
If you have any questions about the process of trading in your car to us, please call us anytime. We’re happy to make the transaction simple and clear for you.
A car that’s free of clutter, dust and debris looks better and lasts longer. Here are a few tips for cleaning and revitalizing the look and feel of your used car.
Care For Upholstery
Your car seats will look like new after a thorough vacuuming and wash using a shampoo that’s specifically designed for car upholstery. Pay particular attention to the headrests. If there is a stain that you cannot remove manually, use a portable spot cleaning machine.
Wash The Mats
Over time, dirt, mud and water will soak into your car’s floor mats. If you ignore this mess, the appearance of your interior will suffer. Pull out the mats, apply shampoo, and use a power washer to blast away the grime. If your cleaning efforts are not enough to renew the mats, consider replacing them.
Wipe Down Surfaces
Wipe down your steering wheel, dashboard, cupholders and other hard surfaces, including your door handles with a cleaning solution or wipes safe for car interiors. Use appropriate wipes to wipe down leather seats.
Clear The Air
The cabin air filter absorbs dust and smoke, and over time,
it can become overloaded and ineffective. A new air filter will help improve
your cabin’s air quality. You can replace the filter yourself or trust the job
to the experts at Steve Austin’s Auto Group.
At Steve Austin’s Auto Group, we offer high-quality used vehicles in Bellefontaine, Ohio. For all your car shopping and maintenance needs, be sure to contact us.
Your pets are just as much a part of your family as your kids are, so of course, you want to bring them along on family vacations. To make the most of each drive with the whole family, consider one of these great GMC models for pet owners.
2020 GMC Terrain
The GMC Terrain is a small SUV that’s loaded with convenient
amenities and is surprisingly spacious. There are 29.6 cubic feet of cargo
volume behind the second row and 63.3 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the
first row, so you and your pet can spread out.
2020 GMC Acadia
The Acadia is more spacious than the Terrain with three rows
of seating and ample cargo space. Plus, it comes with smart features, like the
available Hands-Free power programmable liftgate, which makes it easy to get
your pet into the SUV.
2021 GMC Yukon
The GMC Yukon has plenty of room for all your passengers, thanks
to its sizeable interior. Utilize up to 122.9 cubic feet of cargo volume, and
keep everyone cool and content with the tri-zone automatic climate control.
To find out more about how these SUVs can benefits road trips with your entire family, give us a call at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.
When you hit the road, whether it be for a quick trip around Bellefontaine, Ohio, or a full-blown road trip across the country, it’s wise to have different solutions for keeping your family entertained. If you’re looking for a couple of new ways to occupy your children in the car, consider these family-friendly games.
Not only will this game encourage your kids’ creativity, but
it will also almost certainly make you laugh. The rules are simple: you start
by saying one to three words, then pass the continuation of the sentence off to
your backseat passengers, who will take turns adding a few words to the story.
By the end, the story will have turned in directions you never imagined, and
you’ll have covered numerous miles without realizing it.
A good old-fashioned singalong
It doesn’t matter if your kids are into musicals, animated
movies or classic rock, singing along with a song you all love is a fun way to
pass the time. Consider bringing along a variety of music so you can cater to
everyone’s tastes. If you have older kids, turn the singalong into a game by having
each family member sing a line from a different song. The last word of your
song’s line should then be the first word of another family member’s line, and
No matter where you’re headed, laughing and passing the time with your family is an experience to be treasured. If you think your car needs service before your next road trip, don’t hesitate to contact us at Steve Austin’s Auto Group.
General Motors has announced that many of its 2021 models are receiving wireless Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® capabilities. Vehicles with these capabilities will make it more convenient for you and your family to enjoy smartphone connectivity.
CarPlay® and Android Auto™ enable you to connect your phone to your vehicle’s
touch screen and utilize your favorite smartphone features on the go. As such,
you can send and receive messages, listen to your playlists and access
wireless integration in 2021 GM models, you can use all these features by
taking advantage of Bluetooth® technology instead of plugging your phone into a
USB cable. In the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer, you can have wireless smartphone
connectivity by simply opting for the available Technology Package.
vehicles that will offer wireless Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® capabilities
include the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe. In addition, the new GMC Yukon and
Yukon XL as well as the Buick Encore GX will have these impressive capabilities
We at Steve Austin’s Auto Group are excited to add 2021 Chevrolet, GMC and Buick models to our dealership located in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Contact us if you’d like to learn more about these new models and the innovative technologies that they will offer.
The seven-passenger 2020 Cadillac XT6 has earned itself a spot on MotorTrend’s list of the safest SUVs for the 2020 model year. The editors compiled this impressive list by looking at the vehicles with the top crash scores and safety ratings.
Thanks to its
Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
and its 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, the 2020 Cadillac XT6 proved itself worthy of being on the list.
On top of
having these fantastic ratings, the midsize SUV also comes standard with a
comprehensive suite of driver-assist technologies. These include Automatic
Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Front and
Rear Park Assist, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross
there are plenty of available safety features, like Reverse Automatic Braking
and Rear Pedestrian Alert, to give you added peace of mind. However, the 2020
XT6 has more to offer than just its protective technologies. It also boasts a
variety of entertainment options and a powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine that
generates 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque so you can have fun drives.
The 2020 Cadillac XT6 is a great option for active families. Contact us at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio, to learn more about the midsize SUV and the other family haulers at our dealership.