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.
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.
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.
With cold winter days on the horizon, now is a great time to get your vehicle winter-ready. Follow these winter vehicle care tips to keep your vehicle running smoothly throughout the season.
Check your tires regularly
When the temperature outside drops, your tire pressure can
also lower. As such, you should regularly check your tire pressure to ensure
your tires are properly inflated. You should also inspect your tire tread routinely
since tread is important for having traction on slippery roads.
Level off your antifreeze
Antifreeze or coolant is what prevents your engine from
freezing on frigid days. That’s why it’s important that you make sure you have
enough antifreeze in your vehicle. You should also check that there are no
leaks in the engine, which could cause your antifreeze to drain.
Ensure you have optimal visibility
You need to have enough visibility when driving, especially
during winter snowstorms. Replace your wiper blades before the weather gets too
cold if they are not working properly or they’re leaving streaks. You should
also replace any light bulbs that are out in your headlights or taillights.
Stop by our service department at Steve Austin’s Auto Group before winter begins to have any components replaced or repaired as necessary.
Few things are as unpleasant as sitting in a car that’s been baking in the summer sun for hours. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to keep your car cool, no matter how intense the heat is.
visor or sunshade
This is an oldie but a goodie. A simple
sunshade or visor placed over your windshield will work wonders to keep your
car cool. For additional heat protection, lay a sunshade in your rear window.
towel over your steering wheel
Leave a hand towel over your steering wheel
when it’s parked. This little trick should help to keep the temp down so you
don’t have to touch a scalding-hot steering wheel.
If you can snag a spot under a tree or behind
a building, do so. Keeping your car out of direct sunlight is the best way to
keep it cool.
your windows open
Leaving your windows open just a crack can
enhance ventilation and drastically cool down your car. Just make sure that a
hand can’t fit in so you don’t make it easier for car thieves.
We at Steve Austin’s Auto Group hope these tricks help keep your car cool this summer. We invite you to come take a test drive at our dealership and find the vehicle that’s right for you.
Even as temperatures rise to uncomfortably
hot, there are still ways to keep your car cool. Direct sunlight is a large
part of what heats up the inside of a car, so learning tricks to keep your car
out of the sun will help you stay cool all season.
the Seats and Steering Wheel
Every surface of a car’s interior can become
uncomfortably hot from the sun’s summer rays. Leather surfaces are especially
hot to the touch. You can avoid this pain all together by keeping blankets or
towels in your back seat and using them to cover surfaces like seats and the
steering wheel when your car is parked.
If you can keep your car out of direct
sunlight, you’ll be able to keep its interior temperature down. When you want a
cool car to return to after a long day, finding a shady parking spot is worth
Sometimes there isn’t any shade around when
you’re about to park your vehicle — that’s when a sunshade comes in handy.
Sunshades fit across the inside of the windshield, shading the front seats from
the sun, and in some case reflecting the rays to keep the interior as cool as
Contact us at Steve Austin’s Auto Group if you need a new vehicle with a working air-conditioning system, or schedule a maintenance appointment to fix your vehicle’s dysfunctional system. We’re here to help make your summer drives more comfortable.