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!




Dieselgate: How VW Found Themselves in Hot Water with No One to Blame


Volkswagen Group has found themselves in serious hot water with the EPA for serious transgressions, and may have to recall or fix at least 482,000 diesel vehicles in what’s being called Dieselgate. Why is there yet another “gate?” Haven’t we all learned from the New England Patriots Spygate, and Deflatgate that cheaters eventually get caught? Well now VW is the next one to find out.


VW is accused of cheating on EPA emissions testing and has actually admitted to doing so on 11 million vehicles worldwide. The engine in question is the Type EA 189 common rail diesel, which VW put into several makes and models worldwide, including Volkswagens, Audis, Skodas and Seats.


VW actually installed what the EPA is calling a “Cheat Device” which is an engine management software which only activates once the vehicle’s EPA emissions testing has begun. While not being tested the cheat device deactivates and allows the vehicle to run at 40 times the current emission standards.


As of right now no recalls have been issues yet contrary to some early reports and no fines have been doled out, however VW Group has already set aside 7.2 billion dollars to prepare. The EPA is continuing to investigate the matter and determine the course of action they’ll take against VW.


This infraction is a huge deal, much bigger than any recall. If Volkswagen knowingly installed devices, which let them break the law this could lead to record fines, punishments and even criminal charges against those found responsible.


VW dealers have already been issued a “stop sale” on all 2015 and 2016 TDI models, and the VW stock has begun to fall.


All we can do now is let the EPA continue its investigating and see what the future holds for VW in America.



The Time Old Battle of Buying New or Used

New Vs. Used Cars

No matter what the situation, deciding on a new car can become a very stressful situation. One of the many questions that comes up during this process is whether to get a new or used vehicle. Now there is no right or wrong answer to this question, all one can do is simply weigh the benefits of each and figure out what is best for them when it’s decision time.

The Benefits of Both


The first obvious benefit of buying a new car is that it isn’t used. So that means there’s no wear and tear on it, the car hasn’t been mistreated by a bad driver and it won’t have any unbearable odor on it. With a new car, you can also get it made to order in terms of the interior and exterior of the automobile. It will also have higher fuel efficiency and lower emissions as cars are being made now to run better and release fewer toxins in to the air. A newer car will also come with the most up to date safety systems to keep you and your passengers safe. When it comes to a used vehicle, its price will be a lot lower than if it were new which will be easier on the car buyers’ bank account. Your insurance rates will be lower as well because when cars get older they become less expensive.


George Kell Motors offers a wide variety of new and used Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles. Well work with you to get you the best price for your new automobile. For more information on our vehicles and prices, please contact us today!



Lemon or Cherry?

Purchasing a New Car

So you’re in the market for a used car, you’ve already narrowed down your selection to a couple vehicles and you’re ready to purchase. Before you buy though, how do you tell if this car is going to be a Lemon or a Cherry for you? Here are a few tips which could prove to be invaluable.


When I go to buy a car I look at it like I’m about to get into a long term relationship. I know, “sounds crazy” you might say but hear me out first.


Before getting into a relationship it’s always important to go on a couple dates first to make sure the chemistry is there. The same goes with a car. You need to go test drive the car before you buy it. What might look great in a picture or sound awesome in a vehicle review might wind up being the exact opposite for you. Until you get in the car, gripping the steering wheel and putting some miles on it you’re not going to know if it’s the right car.


When you get in make sure you check for blind spots, the seats feel comfortable for you, the car controls are easy to use, and check the cars trip computer. Many times the trip computer also calculates average gas mileage. This will give you a real world driving mileage rather than going off of the inflated window sticker numbers.


When I’m inside the vehicle I also like to check for excessive wear and tear. This is usually a good sign that the car was not well-maintained. If the previous owner couldn’t take care of where the site all the time, how would they properly care for what’s hidden under the hood?


I also like to do a visual inspection of the car. I know many people purchasing vehicles aren’t mechanics and may not be gearheads. However there are somethings to check for that you don’t have to be an expert about cars to notice.


I always check the door, hood, and trunk gaps on the car. This is the space in between the different body panels on the car. If they are uneven then it’s a good sign that the cars been in an accident. During this inspection process I also like to open up all the doors, hood, and trunk to check for any paint drips or imperfections. This could be another good indicator that the car was in an accident and the poorly repaired.


Finally, always ask to see the vehicle maintenance records. This is undoubtedly the best way to tell if a car is going to be a lemon or a cherry. If you can establish a regular maintenance schedule for the car then it’s obvious to tell the car was well cared for and the previous owners care about cars.


If you check off that all these items look good and that you feel comfortable and confidant behind the wheel, then go for it. Pull the trigger!



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.



How to Keep Your Car in Great Condition

Tips on Cars


Keeping a car in great condition is kind of like keeping your own body in great condition. You don’t have to exercise a car, feed it food, or dress it in attractive clothing, but you do have to “take care of it.” A car is a reflection of the owner. Ideally, you want it to sound, smell, look and feel good daily.


Preventative maintenance is the key to keeping a car in great condition. Get little problems taken care of long before they become costly big problems. That means having the oil (and oil filter) changed regularly– typically every 3 months or 3,000 miles. Get the tires rotated, the wheels balanced, and pay for an alignment every so often. Have a mechanic check and top off fluids. It doesn’t hurt to have the vehicle professionally inspected on a yearly basis– much like people should go to the doctor for yearly check-ups, vehicles need check-ups, too.


The average person doesn’t look underneath their car, let alone open up the hood and know/check all the engine parts to see if everything’s fine. However, the average person may hear a weird noise coming from their wheels, brakes, or engine. They may smell an odd odor that could indicate there’s something wrong with the radiator, oil system or engine. Again, it’s a smart idea to take the vehicle to a professional mechanic and have them check/repair the car to take care of problems before they get out of hand.


Practical things you can do to maintain a great looking car include getting it washed and cleaned often (at car washes or with a hose and soap in your driveway), avoiding eating/smoking in the car’s interior so it won’t stink (and you won’t find old bits of food rotting under the seats months after you dropped them), and keeping it in a garage or under a carport roof when not in use.


By the way, if you’re looking for a new or used Chevrolet, Buick or GMC vehicle, check out George Kell Motors in Newport, Arkansas. You’ll find clean, fresh, attractive cars and trucks for sale at George Kell Motors.