The Importance Of A Test Drive

Test Drive Buying a car involves several steps; first, you have to decide what your budget is and what type of vehicle you are looking for. Next, you want to visit a car dealership and touch base with a sales representative.

The salesperson will likely walk you around the new or used car lot to show you vehicles that may interest you or are within your budget limitations.

Before you actually sign any paperwork, you want to do one very important task, and that is to take the vehicle for a test drive.

Usually, your salesperson will suggest you take the car around the block, on the thruway, or even overnight. This step is crucial to getting a first-hand idea of how the car drives, how comfortable you are in it, and what features are going to be included.

Ideally, you want to do a little preparation in anticipation of a test drive so that you know what to keep track of when driving an unfamiliar vehicle for the first time.

Do some homework: if you have a particular car in mind, read up on it before heading to the dealership. Read up on mileage, how well it travels, safety ratings, how it handles in varying weather conditions and so forth.

Consider bringing a friend: you don’t necessarily need someone to help you make the final decision, but it is nice to have a second opinion. Maybe there was a specific noise you didn’t hear that your friend did, which would warrant a second test drive.

You want to make a mental note of the vehicle specifics. Here is a guide:

–       Are the controls easy to use? (manual or automatic)

–       Are the seats comfortable and provide proper back support?

–       Do the display screens easily display the gauges?

–       How well does the climate controls work?

–       Does the radio, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connectivity and voice activation work properly?

–       How is the navigation system?

–       Do the window and doors open and close properly?

–       How well do the brakes stop the car?

–       Any unusual movements while driving or stopping?

–       Are there any rattling noises coming from underneath the vehicle?

George Kell Motors is a reliable car dealership. We have a variety of new and used vehicles on our lots. We encourage all customers to test drive a vehicle before purchasing. If you need assistance with finding your ideal car, visit George Kell Motors today.

3 Signs It’s Time For a New Vehicle

New Car


Are you one of those vehicle owners that strives to coax every last mile out of your vehicle? Certainly, it’s understandable that you want to maximize the value of your investment and drive your beloved car that you likely have an attachment to.


However, all good things come to an end, and eventually, your vehicle will provide you with clues that it’s time to invest in a new car, truck or SUV. Let’s take a look at three warning signs that signal it may time for a new car.


Random Lights Keep Flashing On Your Dashboard


Whether it’s a “service” light, a “check engine” light or some other light alerting you that your car needs a professional to look at it, these lights could signal your car is on its last legs, and that the cost to repair underlying issues simply may not be worth your time, energy and effort.


You Keep Turning the Radio Up to Avoid Hearing Noises From Your Vehicle


As your vehicle ages, it may start making funny noises that annoys you to no end, especially on long commutes. If you find yourself constantly turning up the volume to the music in your car just to avoid hearing the creaking sound coming from beneath your car’s hood or floorboards, then you may want to invest in a new vehicle so you can enjoy the tranquility of driving a car that runs like a well-oiled machine.


Friends and Relatives Keep Asking You the Same Question


Of course, that question is “when are you going to get a new car?” When you hear that question over and over again, it’s a sign that it’s time to upgrade.


And you know what? It’s likely you deserve that new vehicle. Life is too short to not enjoy the luxuries of life, so really enjoy that new car whenever you decide to purchase it.



Tips for Saving Up for a New Vehicle

Buying a New Car

Whether it’s your first new vehicle or your fifth, there’s nothing like hopping into the front seat of your new car to drive it off the lot. For many, buying a new (or pre-owned) vehicle isn’t something they do very often, and that’s really what makes it so exciting.


Unfortunately, for most of us buying a new car means saving up a significant amount of money for that new car. And that’s often the hardest part. It’s not too difficult to find the vehicle you want in your driveway, but it can be extremely difficult to save enough to actually drive it home.


Today we’re going to offer some tips for saving up for a new vehicle. Let’s get to it!


  1. Determine how much money you want to spend on a monthly payment


For starters, you’ll want to determine how much money you want to or are willing to spend on a monthly payment. Once you figure out how much you want to spend and how much you want your down payment to be, you can start saving smartly! 


  1. Decide when you want to buy the car

Now that you know how much you want to spend on the down payment and monthly payment, it’ll be easier for you to figure out when you want to buy the car. Give yourself some time so you’re not making any rash decisions.


  1. Revise your monthly budget


In order to buy a new vehicle, it’s likely that you’ll have to revise your monthly budget. First to save extra cash for the down payment and once you buy the car to make the monthly payments. Just make sure you’re putting money into your savings for emergencies and your future!


  1. Put money in a separate savings account


When saving up for a new car, putting money into a separate savings account will help you keep track of how much you’ve saved. It’ll also help you track how much more money you have to save to meet your goal.


Starting to look for a new vehicle? Stop by our lot in Newport, Arkansas to check out all of the new and pre-owned vehicles we have waiting for you!




Trust In the Experts When Purchasing a Vehicle

Car Dealership

Purchasing a car nowadays, whether new or used, is a big-time purchase. For many of us, it is the BIGGEST purchase of our lives and given recent statistics suggesting that young people aren’t really buying houses as in the generations than came before, the decision to buy a car has gained an even more mythic significance. It’s not, nor should it be, an easy decision to make, which is why George Kell Motors is here to make that decision a simpler one, a decision that rests easier on your soul, which is good, because as this article puts it, “Car shopping is the most important choice you’ll make.”


Leslie Tayne writes, “For many of us, buying a car is one of the biggest purchases we make. While it might only take a couple minutes of browsing the Internet to find the one that’s right for you, figuring out the best way to pay for it isn’t always as easy. Whether you decide to lease, finance or pay for the car in cash, each method of payment comes with its own set of pros and cons.”


Tayne breaks down the various methods of payment, including leasing, financing, and buying. Each method, as you might expect, has its pros and cons, and she does a nice job of illuminating those differences. Regardless of what method you decide to choose, you must know that buying a car nowadays holds a lot more weight in the big scheme of things than it did just a few years ago. It is truly the most important financial decision you will have to make nowadays. Let the professionals help you out.




Give Your Tires the Attention They Deserve


When taking a car off of our lot, customers can rest assured that it’s in great shape and—whether new or old—ready for years and years of driving. Still, in order to maximize the life of a car and the safety of those it carries, vehicle owners need to be aware of how to take care of it with regular maintenance and inspection.


These days, modern automobiles give off an aura of invincibility. It’s true that high-tech components do a great job of making cars safer and more secure than ever before. Still, there are some parts that are so basic and fundamental that they just need some good old-fashioned routine maintenance. Tires—the only part of your car that actually makes contact with the road—are at the top of this list.


So while you can leave much of your worry and concern aside, leaving it to intricate systems of sensors and alerts, the physical nature of your tires calls for you to pay some attention to them.


Everyone knows that tires wear down over time. This can compromise your safety and cost you money on fuel efficiency. What many people don’t know is that tire wear can occur even when they’re not being used very often. While a little bit of wear can actually be somewhat beneficial in ideal driving conditions, rain and snow are a completely different story.


Remember learning about “hydroplaning” back in your Driver’s Ed class? In case you’ve forgotten, hydroplaning is basically when a car begins to actually float on top of water on the ground, causing the driver to totally lose control. It sounds farfetched, but oftentimes the only thing keeping a car from hydroplaning is the treading on its tires. Treads allow water to rush through and escape without sending you on a surprise ghost ride. Similarly, treading allows cars to effectively travel through snow.


To deal with changes in weather, many drivers choose to change their tires seasonally, which is never a bad idea. After all, if you split time between two sets of tires, each one should last much longer. Whether you use winter tires or not, most states require that tires be replaced when they reach 2/32” of remaining tread depth. If you’re unsure, most tires will have indicators in the form of tread wear bars that reveal themselves when it’s time for a new set.


When it comes to tire wear, much depends on what type of car you drive and what type of driving you typically do. The staff at George Kell Motors are happy to help you come up with a tire maintenance plan that’s right for you.


New Car Smell or Vintage Value? A Look at Buying a New Or Used Car

New vs. UsedYou find yourself walking through a lot full of nice new shiny toys, and some used ones as well. The new cars always look the prettiest, but the price one the used cars look just as appealing to you. It’s always a battle of whether or not you should spend some extra cash and go with the latest and greatest, or if you should save some pennies and drive a car that’s a few years behind the times.


When buying a new vs. a used car, there are always different pros and cons to weigh. A new car is always going to have better reliability, as it is new. You shouldn’t ever have to worry about things failing or breaking down like a used car would, or at least has a better chance of doing. You’ll also have that new car smell which is an added bonus, rather than having whatever leftover smell included in the used car you’re buying instead.


On the side of pricing, you’re obviously looking at a lower price, interest rate, resale value, etc. when it comes to buying a used car. Sure, the resale value by the time you’re done driving it will most likely be next to nothing but you won’t be paying as much for it as a newer, more updated of its kind. Either way, when weighing all of these options it really comes down to what your preference is and how you feel about the overall comparison between new and used vehicles.



Automatic vs. Manual Transmissions

Automatic vs. Manual Transmission

What’s the difference between automatic and manual transmissions? Well, for starters, manual transmissions require more action on the part of a driver. One foot is used to step down on the gas pedal, while the other foot is used to operate the clutch. Then, the driver uses his or her hand to move the gearshift/stick, manually adjusting the gears until the vehicle reaches the desired speed.


If you’ve never driven a manual transmission vehicle, it takes some time to get used to before it’s a no-brainer. Many people prefer automatic transmissions because they do the gear shifting automatically– drivers only need one foot (no clutch, just gas), and the only “shifting” involved means taking their hand to move the stick from park to drive. Easy!


Companies who are worried about “the bottom line” want to maximize their profit, so it’s not uncommon for them to have a fleet of vehicles with manual transmissions because– compared to automatics– they utilize the engine’s power more efficiently and are more “fuel efficient.” In other words, they save gas, which saves money.


To fix an automatic transmission that’s having problems is a little more complicated than fixing a manual one. Automatics are more labor intensive, with more moving parts than manual transmissions and therefore cost more to repair.


Regardless of whether you prefer automatic or manual transmissions, George Kell motors can help you find just what you mean. As the premier auto dealership in North Newport, AR, George Kell has something for everyone.


If you have any questions, please contact George Kell motors today.



5 Reasons to Buy a Vehicle from a Dealership


Thanks to advances in technology, searching for a new car has never been easier.  In addition to local new and used car dealers, consumers can also find private sellers online, such as on Craig’s List or other sites.


Though the pictures you see from private sellers online may look pristine, and you may be intrigued by the listing price, are you really confident in what you’re buying?  How do you know the car is in “great condition,” and won’t break down 4 weeks after you purchase it?  Moreover, how much could you possibly know about the seller’s reputation?  Do you really want to make such a large and significant investment with so many unknowns?


For most people, the answer is a resounding no.  Most consumers prefer to purchase from a reputable car dealership; let’s look at 5 reasons why:


1)      Dealerships have standards they must adhere to; meaning unlike private sellers, they can’t just sell you anything with four wheels and metal.  Instead, they must follow the implied warranty of merchantability, which essentially makes it illegal for dealers to sell vehicles that can’t reasonably function. Conversely, private sellers or someone with an ad online do not have to adhere to such standards and can sell you damaged goods. Buyer beware.


2)      Reputations.  A car dealership’s reputation is vital to their survival.  As such, any reputable dealer will treat their customers well, and maintain favorable business practices in order to keep their strong public standing.  Meanwhile, a private seller does not have to worry nearly as much, if at all about such things, while dealerships are putting major time, energy and effort towards having strong customer relations.


3)      Selection.  Sure, you can take a look on Craig’s List or in the classified ads of the newspaper and find a bunch of options to choose from, but it’s nothing like the array of options you’ll find at a dealership.  Regardless of whether you want a brand new car or a used vehicle that is still in prime condition, most dealerships will have just what you need.


4)      Customization.  With private sellers, what you see is what you get.  Conversely, dealerships can customize the features of your car to suit your needs – you want a built in GPS system? Done. You want power locks, power windows and a sun roof? Done.  Point being, the choice is up to you.


5)      Warranties.  Worst case scenario happens, and after a few weeks, you find that your car is not running as it should.  If you bought it from a dealership, it is likely under a warranty, and you can bring it in and have one of their expert mechanics look at it.  If you found the car online, good luck A- trying to track down the person that sold your car and B- convincing them that they need to do something to rectify the situation.


As you can see, there are many short and long-term advantages to buying your car from a dealership.  If you’re in the North Newport, AR area and are in the market for a new vehicle, be sure to check out George Kell Motors.