Should You Buy Used or New from Steve Austin’s Auto Group?

Used Cars | Bellefontaine, OH

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.

Buying Used

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.

Buying New

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.

Tips for Cleaning Your Used Vehicle

Cleaning Car Interior | Bellefontaine, OH

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.

Get Winter-Ready with These Winter Vehicle Care Tips

Winter Vehicle Car Tips | Bellefontaine, OH

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.  

How to Keep Your Car Cool When Parked

Chevy Silverado

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.

Use a 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.

Drape a 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.

Park in the shade

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.

Keep 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.

How to Keep Your Car Cool This Summer

Summer

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.

Cover 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.

Park in the Shade

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 the effort.

Use a Sunshade

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 possible.

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.