Here’s How You Can Keep Your New Car Clean

Keeping New Car CleanWhether you buy a brand new car or a used one, either way it’s new to you. When you acquire a “new” vehicle, you have the tendency to treat it well. What are some tips for keeping your new car clean?

Start a Schedule

First, set aside an hour per week to clean it. It’s important to schedule this time in/on your calendar. Why not pick the same day of the week and time each week to do so? For instance, every Sunday night at 7pm you’ll mark on your calendar, “clean my vehicle.” If you don’t write it down somewhere, you’re probably going to forget to do it– so writing it down really helps keep you accountable. If you hate cleaning your own vehicle, make an appointment with someone who will do it for a small fee.

Priority List

Next, make a list of what you need to do; this list might include vacuuming the floors and seats, wiping all the surfaces to get the dust off, and shaking stones and debris out or off the floor mats. Every time you or someone cleans the vehicle, you can check off items on the list so you know you didn’t forget to do anything important. Keep records of what was cleaned and when so you have paperwork to prove you cared enough to clean it– and this gives you something to not only look back on, but be proud of, too.

Organization Plan

Also, do your best to organize the things in your vehicle so they make sense to be there… for instance, if it’s summer, you don’t need an ice scraper and winter gloves in there. Only keep things in the vehicle that you plan on using during the next two months. Otherwise, you’re just accumulating a whole bunch of stuff that’ll make your interior look like you’re a hoarder– and a messy, unorganized one at that. Your vehicle should not be a storage unit.

“House Rules”

Finally, if you really want to keep your vehicle clean, institute a “no food in the car” rule and make everyone follow it– no exceptions. This means you won’t be finding stray French fries in between the seats, and you won’t have any smelly fast food wrappers wrappers making the vehicle stink. As hard as this may seem to do, it could end up being the best decision you’ve made in order to keep your vehicle clean for the coming years!

If you’re looking for reliable new car dealership in North Newport, AR, stop by George Kell Motors today.

The Benefits of Gap Coverage After Purchasing a New Car

GAP Insurance Coverage The second you drive a car off a dealership lot, it decreases in value by more than 10 percent. It continues to go down in value over the course of the next year, and after 12 months, it’ll be about 20 percent less valuable than it was when you first bought or leased it. Yet, if you financed or leased the car, you’ll likely still owe a lot more than what it’s worth. That’s where GAP, or guaranteed asset protection, insurance can help. Here are 3 big benefits of GAP insurance coverage.

GAP insurance covers the big gap between what a car is worth and what you still owe on it.

When you first purchase or lease a car, there is almost always going to be a big gap between what the car is worth and what you owe on it. That gap can really come back to bite you if you’re ever involved in an accident that leaves your car totaled. Your insurance company is only going to pay what the car was worth at the time of the accident, not what you owed on it. That means you could be on the hook for several thousand dollars if you don’t have GAP insurance. GAP insurance will fill in that gap and prevent you from having to pay a fortune to replace your car.

It doesn’t cost much to purchase GAP insurance.

Many people decline GAP insurance coverage without realizing the affordability of the coverage. You can usually purchase GAP insurance coverage for less than $1,000 over the life of your car. You might even be able to find some GAP insurance coverage for just a couple hundred dollars. That small investment could pay off in a big way if you’re ever in a bad accident.

It’ll give you one less thing to worry about if your car is ever totaled.

If your car is totaled during an accident, you’re going to have so many things to worry about. From injuries to medical bills, there will be so much on your mind. Why worry about the gap between what you owe on your car and what your insurance company says it’s worth, too? GAP insurance coverage will give you a peace of mind you wouldn’t be able to enjoy otherwise.

When you purchase a car from George Kell Motors, we can tell you all about GAP insurance coverage and how it could save you. Call us at 870-495-2620 to see how easy it is to get GAP coverage with any new, used, or leased Buick, Chevrolet, or GMC vehicle.

 

Questions to Ask Your Car Dealer

Questions to Ask a Car Dealer

Questions to Ask a Car DealerBuying a new or used can be an exciting, yet uncertain process. Sometimes, buyers are not sure what they should inquire about after walking on a lot. To avoid the stress that comes from searching for a car, prepare yourself to ask the right questions when speaking with a car dealer. Check out a few of the questions that should be on your list below.

Do you have the car I want to buy?

Do your research to determine which type car you want to buy. Then, when you arrive at the dealership, ask them if they have it in stock. If they don’t have it in stock and they’re unable to order it for you, head to a different lot. There is no point in staying at a lot that doesn’t have the car you want. The only thing it’ll do is confuse you and having you second-guessing your original decision.

How many miles does the car have on it?

If a car dealer does have the car you want, ask them how many miles it has on it. Even if it’s a new vehicle, there’s a chance it has been used for numerous test drives. If it has more than a certain amount of miles on it, a dealer might be willing to give it to you at a discounted rate. Used cars with high mileage on them should also be priced lower.

What will the payment terms be for it?

Before you agree to purchase a car from a dealer, make sure you know exactly how much you’re going to be paying for it every month. There can be charges on the backend that can drive the cost of a car higher than you want, so know what’s in your budget and discuss it with the dealer accordingly.

Does the car come with a warranty?

Any car that you buy should come with some sort of warranty on it. Even if the warranty only lasts a month, you shouldn’t be on the hook for making repairs to a vehicle a week or two after you buy it. You should also have the option of purchasing an extended warranty. Inquire about the cost of getting one before signing on the dotted line.

Buying a car shouldn’t be a huge hassle. George Kell Motors can make the car-buying process easy and reduce the stress you feel when shopping for a vehicle. Call us at 870-495-2620 today to find out about the new and used cars we have on our lot.

Reasons to Make Your Next Vehicle a Chevy

Buying a Chevrolet Vehicle The name “Chevy,” as it relates to vehicles, is pretty much a household name in the USA. Some have said Chevys are as American as apple pie.

Do you remember the classic Don McLean hit song, “American Pie?” It has the lines: “So bye-bye, Miss American Pie. Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry.” The Chevy name has made it into songs by Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bob Seger, Motley Crue, Snoop Dogg, and even Taylor Swift. Now that is impressive! It says a lot about a brand when the brand name makes it into so many pop songs over the span of several decades.

So if famous singers and rappers like Chevy, how about you? What are some good reasons to own a Chevy?

The Benefits of Buying a Chevy

First, there’s Chevy’s reputation. It has been a company making American vehicles for Americans for well over a century. That longevity proves they’re on to something good. Chevy earned its excellent reputation through hard work, making good quality vehicles that millions of Americans have loved throughout the decades.

Next, you’ve got to hand it to Chevy– they win a lot of awards. In 2013, for example, Chevy received more J.D. Power Initial Quality awards than any other automotive brand. Chevy has also done well with safety scores– beating out Ford and Toyota with more 5-Star Overall vehicle scores. Chevy utilizes safety features like “Forward Collision Alert” and “Lane Departure Warning,” along with rear vision cameras, side blind zone alerts, and advanced airbag systems. Obviously, Chevy cares about safety.

Did you know Chevy was one of the first automakers to develop an all-electric car? Meanwhile, Chevy offers a wide variety of vehicles to the public– something for everyone. If you’re looking for a full-size pickup, a SUV, a midsize sedan, a compact car, or something with muscle, Chevy’s got your needs covered.

George Kell Motors proudly sells Chevy vehicles at our location in Newport, Arkansas. Please visit us at 3808 South Van Dyke Road in Newport during normal business hours to see all the Chevys on the lot! We offer 2018 Chevy Bolt EVs, Camaros, and for truck lovers, the Colorado. We also have plenty of pre-owned models for sale. Call 870-495-2620 to talk to a salesman today.

 

Steps to Take When Buying a New Car

Test Drive

Test Drive There are more than 6 million Americans who purchase new vehicles every year. If you’re thinking about doing it soon, there are steps you should take to ensure you get the right car, truck, or SUV. Take a look at those steps below.

Figure out what kind of vehicle you want.

Do you have a growing family that could benefit from a minivan, or are you a single person who wants to splurge on the sports car you’ve always dreamed about buying? Either way, you should take the time to do your research and figure out exactly which car you want. You can go and check some cars out at dealerships or look around online to find out about the features associated with certain vehicles. It’ll make it easy to narrow down your search.

Try and get pre-approved for a loan.

Rather than waiting until you visit a dealership to get approved for a loan, you should get pre-approved so that you know exactly how much money you must spend on a vehicle. This will cut down on the amount of time you have to spend working out the terms of a loan later. It’ll also help you avoid the disappointment that comes along with applying for a loan at a dealership only to be turned down.

Track down the car you want and test drive it.

After you have your pre-approval in place, you should find a local dealership with the car you want in stock and test drive it. A car might have everything you want from it on paper, but it might not always feel comfortable to you once you’re actually behind the wheel. By taking a car for a test drive, you can make sure it’s what you want.

Negotiate the best price for the car.

Prior to agreeing to buy a car, you should see if you can negotiate a better price for it. There are many car dealers that will work with you to get the best price possible. You might also want to consider trading your current vehicle in to bring the price down or putting down a larger down payment to get more favorable loan terms. There are ways to get the price you want on a vehicle.

Are you in the market for a new car right now? George Kell Motors would love to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Call us at 870-495-2620 to inquire about any of the new cars we have on our lot.

How to Save Up for a New Car

Saving for a New Car

Saving for a New Car There are two “big” purchases people generally make: their house and their car. Houses typically cost more than $100,000, while cars may range between $15,000 and $60,000 depending on what you want.

What are some tips for saving up to buy a new car?

Set a Budget

First, consider a “realistic price” that you can truly afford. Oftentimes, people want to buy a vehicle that’s out of their price range, and they end up buying something they can’t truly afford. Long story short: this doesn’t work out well in the end. Therefore, if you can be realistic about your budget and your wants/needs, then you can pick a price point that makes sense. For instance, if you’ve already saved some money toward the purchase of a new car and you’re also actively saving money right now, pick an amount to spend on the new vehicle and realize that you’ll probably need to put 20% down on a brand new one or 10% on a used one if you plan to finance your purchase over time.

Decide What is Most Important

Next, make a list of your wants versus your needs. For example, you might need “great gas mileage” (especially with rising gas prices) and you might want a “rear spoiler.” Generally, look for a vehicle that meets your needs, and if you can get some or all of the wants for the right price, consider yourself lucky. A great way to budget for the purchase is to take your monthly income and divvy it up: 50% to needs, 30% to wants and 20% to savings and/or debt repayment(s). Remember to add the cost of car insurance to your overall budget– insurance typically costs between $500 and $1,200 per year for a vehicle.

Trim at the Margins

In order to save for your big purchase, start cutting out small purchases from your daily life. Instead of paying $4 for a coffee at Starbucks, use the coffee machine provided at work and make your own. When you go through the supermarket checkout line, don’t get that $2 candy bar on a whim. If you shop online, only buy true bargains, rather than buying anything and everything you **think** you want. Have a garage sale or list items on craigslist to sell. Charge people for your services such as tutoring, babysitting, or cutting hair.

Devote a Savings Account to Your Purchase

Finally, set up a savings account devoted to the big purchase. That way the money is separate from other purposes. You might also want to set up “automatic transfers” to this account to ensure money goes into it from, say, your weekly paychecks.

Looking to buy a vehicle? George Kell Motors in Newport, Arkansas, has some great deals. Contact George Kell Motors  at 870-495-2620 for more information.

Should I Buy a Minivan or an SUV?

SUVS vs Minivans

Do you have a growing family? If so, you will probably need to upgrade your current family car soon and purchase something that can hold everyone in it. That will typically leave you with two choices—an SUV or a minivan. Moreover, while SUVs have become increasingly popular in recent years due to the stigma that is sometimes attached to minivans, you should think long and hard before buying one over the other, as there are plenty of pros that come along with each. Let’s take a look at the advantages of buying SUVs and minivans.

The Case For SUVs

SUVS vs MinivansIf you have an active family that enjoys venturing out into the world and taking bikes, kayaks, and other equipment along with you, then an SUV might be the best option. SUVs are the perfect choice for those families that enjoy an adventure and plan on towing things around with them. They are also ideal for those who live in areas that deal with inclement weather. Most SUVs are equipped with four-wheel drive and other safety features that make dealing with bad weather much easier.

The Case for Minivans

Most minivans aren’t any better in the snow than the average car. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy lots of perks with a minivan. Outside of the fact that minivans are often more affordable than SUVs and get better gas mileage than them, they also usually have more cargo space in them. Believe it or not, U.S. News & World Report has also given minivans the nod over SUVs when it comes to seat comfort and interior refinement. So even though you might not necessarily want to take a minivan on a camping trip or a ride up to the mountains, you will find it to be very comfortable for your daily commute and family outings.

The truth is that only you can decide if an SUV or minivan is better for your family. If you want to check out a bunch of them for yourself before making your decision, George Kell Motors can show you a range of new and used vehicles. Call us at 870-495-2620 today to speak with someone from our sales department.

What Are the Benefits of OnStar Vehicles?

OnStar Vehicles “enabled” with OnStar help keep you safe, connected and ready for the road ahead. OnStar is a tool of convenience, providing several services to ultimately make your driving experience less stressful. It is commonly found in/on GM cars and trucks. Several vehicles for sale at George Kell Motors are equipped with OnStar. It’s worth a visit to 3808 South Van Dyke Road in Newport, Arkansas, to test drive an OnStar vehicle and experience OnStar in action.

Emergencies

OnStar services can help you in an emergency. For example, push the OnStar blue button to speak with a live advisor 24/7. Thanks to the automatic crash response feature, OnStar can even send help when you’re unable to ask for it.

Should you need help finding your vehicle if it’s stolen, OnStar will do that; there’s even a theft alarm notification that can be sent immediately to you (via text, email or phone call) if your car alarm should go off. Did you know OnStar can use GPS to find your vehicle and help the police get it back? Advisors might even be able to send a signal to slow the vehicle and/or prevent it from restarting.

Directions

When you’re out on the road, OnStar can help you find your way anywhere with turn-by-turn directions. There’s also the “AtYourService” feature to help you discover the value in the places you go, finding you deals at hotels, restaurants, etc.

Phone Calls

For those who like to stay connected while in and out of their vehicle, OnStar not only provides hands-free calling, but also 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot options to turn your vehicle into a reliable mobile hub.

Finally, OnStar lets you know the status of your vehicle’s health with advanced diagnostics. It can tell you when maintenance is needed for things like the transmission, engine or brake system. Furthermore, it’ll tell you when tire pressure is low and/or you need an oil change. The “Smart Driver” feature will teach you how to drive smarter and get more out of your vehicle.

Prices vary based on the services you choose, and you’re not required to purchase all of them. Ideally, OnStar services help people in case there’s an emergency and/or helps limit the risk of having an emergency, and that’s why so many people utilize OnStar.

Tips for Keeping Your Car Smelling Great

New Car Smell That “new car smell” is something a lot of people like, so much so that you can go to Wal-Mart or other stores and buy a hanging “tree” with that scent for your car whether it’s old, new or somewhere in between.

What are some tips for keeping your vehicle smelling great?

 

1) Keep it clean. At least that’s what Captain Obvious says. As much as you like eating McDonald’s in your vehicle, inevitably some fries are going to end up somewhere down on the floor in between the seats in a hard-to-retrieve place. Add to that other food items that mysteriously end up in various hidden parts of the vehicle, and you’ve got rotten, moldy, smelly old foodstuffs stinking up your car, van, SUV or truck. Ugh! Long story short: put all your trash in a trash bag that can be taken out of the vehicle and emptied so you don’t end up with junk strewn about, stinking up the place.

2) Forget about smoking in there. As much as you want to smoke in your vehicle, here’s the thing: it stinks. Maybe not to you, but to every single person who doesn’t smoke, there’s a foul odor associated with smoke-filled places and spaces. Sure, you could keep the window open and smoke, but then ashes get everywhere and the vehicle will still stink!

3) Mats are better than rugs. When water gets on rugs, mildew and mold can happen. With mats, though, water can’t linger like it does on rugs. Either way, the dryer you can keep the interior of your car, the better it will smell. Do this test: leave “old” water in your kitchen sink for a week, and see how that smells. Yeah. It’s not good; same thing for lingering old water in your car.

4) Don’t let pets roam free. Contain your cat or dog in a carrier while they’re in your vehicle. That way, if they “accidentally” have to relieve themselves, they’re not doing it on your upholstery.

5) Febreze often. Thank goodness for Febreze and other air fresheners. Let them neutralize odors, right?

It’s also a good idea to vacuum regularly, shake out floor mats often, wipe down dashboards, clean vents, remove stains before they become ingrained, and steam clean if needed.

No one wants a stinky car. Do whatever it takes to make sure yours smells good.

Tips for Saving For a New Car

Saving for a New CarThe key word for today is: intentional. If you want to save money for a new car you have to be intentional about it. So, instead of just thinking about saving money you actually have to do it. How can you accomplish this?

Ways to Save Up For a New Vehicle

First, set a goal. This goal should be very specific. For instance, you could write down on a piece of paper that you want to set aside $200 per week for the next 6 months such that you’d have $4,800 saved in half a year’s time. Put this sheet of paper with your goal up on your refrigerator in the kitchen or on your bathroom mirror so you’ll see it every single day for the next six months.

Next, buy yourself a “piggy bank” and literally put cash into it on a daily basis as your “car fund.” You could also call the bank your “car jar” if you’d like. The physical act of making a deposit each day toward your dream will get you into the good habit of saving money… and thinking about the end goal over time. Once a week count the money you’ve saved and keep a running tally so you know how you’re doing– getting closer to the end goal! You should tell some trusted friends about what you’re wanting to accomplish because they can become “accountability partners.” Have them “check-in” with you weekly to ask how you’re doing with saving money. It can be a very powerful thing to have others asking you how you’re doing since they’ll keep you motivated, encouraged, and on-track to reach your goal.

Also, think of ways you currently spend money that you could change over the course of the next few months such that the money goes toward the car fund. For example, if you go to the local doughnut shop every weekday and spend $8 on a coffee and doughnut, daily, then you could cut down to once a week as a treat, right? Or, if you’re like most people, do you go to the grocery store and buy impulse items at the checkout that you don’t really need? Stop doing that! Here’s some great advice for those people who see a lot of things in stores they think they want to buy: take a picture of it rather than buy it. Instead of having items at home collecting dust, you’ll have pictures to remember the interesting things you saw without having the expense of buying them and storing them at home… this one tip can save you a lot of money!

Finally, when you do save enough money to shop for the vehicle you might like, come visit George Kell Motors at 3808 South Van Dyke Road in Newport, Arkansas. There are plenty of cars and trucks to choose from at George Kell Motors.