Tips For Keeping Your Car In Pristine Condition

Vehicle Maintenance Owning a vehicle is a big responsibility. As is the case with a new house and a new baby, you want to protect it and keep it healthy and strong for as long as possible.

It is not impossible to keep that new car shine after you’ve driven it off the dealership lot.

There are tips and tricks for keeping your new car in great shape mechanically and in maintaining its aesthetic appeal.

• Dirt and grime can build up and cause your car’s paint to look dull. Regular washes will help keep the paint looking vibrant.

• Every other wash you will want to give your car a coat of wax. The wax is what gives a vehicle a nice shine.

• In the wintertime, salt and snow can damage the under parts of your car. An underbody will prevent rust build up caused by salt, snow and trapped dirt.

• You will want to keep your car covered in the winter months as well as in the summer’s heat. If you don’t have a garage, a carport works well.

• Keep your tires clean and at optimal air levels.

• Make sure you get any chips or scrapes buffed, re-painted or just looked over sooner rather than later. If caught early, those kinds of marks can be taken care of. The longer you wait, the better chance of an unsightly dent becoming permanent.

• Find a trusty mechanic to take your vehicle for routine maintenance like oil change, tire rotation and just an overall check with surely help keep your care in pristine shape. There might not be issues you’re aware of and a licensed mechanic will be able to check that all systems are working properly.

George Kell Motors Inc. has a fantastic inventory of new and used vehicles, as well as a staff of knowledgeable and dedicated mechanics. For more information, contact us today.

Tips for Extending the Life of Your Vehicle’s Battery

Car Battery Dealing with a faulty car battery is no joke. If your car isn’t running, and your battery has died, you could be stuck in any number of unsavory places and have to rely on a kind stranger with jumper cables to bail you out. While it’s important to make sure your car receives regular service to prevent your battery from deteriorating to this point, there are also a couple of things you can do on a regular basis to make sure to extend you car’s battery.

A clean, properly installed battery works best, so if you notice rust or build up, clean it out before it causes bigger problems. Batteries have lots of spots that are prone to corrosion, so wipe it down periodically and use a wire brush where necessary. If you’re not sure how to properly clean your battery, ask your mechanic to show you.

A charged battery is the healthiest kind of battery. Though your battery charges while your car is running, if you leave your car alone for a few days, your battery can deplete very quickly. If you won’t be driving your car for a few days, especially during very hot or very cold weather, make sure to at least turn it on and let the engine run for a few minutes, if not drive it around the block, each day. That’ll keep your battery fully charged and working properly.

If you ever find yourself with a dead battery in need of a jump, it’s best to jump your battery when it’s warm. If you can, leaving your hood open for a while with the sun shining down on the battery to warm it a bit can make the stress of jumping the battery less impactful. You should never jump a battery that’s so cold it could be frozen.

If you’re having trouble with your car’s battery, make a service appointment at George Kell Motors. Our trained technicians are experts when it comes to the cars we sell, and will be happy to help you out with whatever trouble you’re having with your car.

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.

 

 

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 Credit.com 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.

 

 

 

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!

 

 

Tips For Improving Your Credit

Credit Application

 

One of the considerations when looking to purchase or lease a new or used automobile is how good your credit is. Your credit score can influence the interest rate, loan amount and repayment period you may qualify for, and keeping up on your credit and working to improve it is one of the main ways that you better position yourself to get into the car you have your eye on.

 

If you don’t know your credit scores, finding them out is a key first step. Knowing where you stand and finding out if you have any errors or problems on your report can help you plan your way to improving your score. By law, you can receive a free copy of your credit report from each of the three credit bureaus – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion every 12 months. The federal government offers this on its website, AnnualCreditReport.com.

 

Next, you’ll want to pay attention to your payment activities and history. Ensure that you continue to pay your balances or minimum payments on time and, if possible, work to pay down any outstanding debts. Credit bureaus factor both on-time payments and a debt-to-income ratio, so keeping your account current and reducing your debts will, in turn, improve your score.

 

Bankrate.com also recommends being aware of how applying for new credit can impact you. Every time you apply for new credit lines, like credit cards or personal loans, it leaves an inquiry on your credit report. This can lead to a small decline in your score for up to a year. However, with larger expense loans, like auto, mortgage and student loans, that often involve receiving multiple credit checks, lenders will ignore the repeat inquiries during a small window leading up to your loan. This window spans between two weeks and 45 days, depending on the lender’s scoring software, so try to do your loan shopping in a small window right before you intend to buy.

 

In addition, lenders also look at the length of your employment and how long you’ve lived at your current residence. They will also factor in your reported income versus your rent or mortgage obligations and other monthly payments to determine how much of a loan you can qualify for, further driving the point that doing all you can to minimize other outstanding debts will only serve to improve the likelihood of being approved for the vehicle you want.

 

 

Reasons to Choose a Truck When Shopping for a Vehicle

George Kell Motors of Newport, Arkansas, sells trucks—lots of them. Why are trucks popular? There are so many reasons.

 

If you’re a tall person, over 6’, little cars can be very uncomfortable—you’re squished in. However, trucks typically have the right amount of space for tall people to sit comfortably.

 

Trucks allow the driver to sit up high above the road. The advantage is that drivers can see over cars and know what’s up ahead—better sight-lines. Cars that are low to the ground have no idea how long the traffic jam ahead is, but people in trucks usually do.

 

Do you haul stuff around, like wood, sheetrock, tile, bricks, tools, or boxes of stuff? A truck’s bed is great for hauling all sorts of stuff around town, from chests of drawers to fishing poles. You can cover your truck bed to keep the rain out, or leave it open which allows for transporting tall items that otherwise wouldn’t fit in a car.

 

Want to go off-road, muddin’ and such? Trucks are bigger, stronger and made for tougher road conditions than, say, a Prius. Whether you’re in the mountains, on dirt roads, or in a typical town, trucks are versatile with where they can go.

 

Boaters love trucks. Why? Because trucks are strong enough to properly trailer boats. Want to take your fishing boat to the river or lake? Trucks are good for that. Speaking of trailers, trucks are also the vehicle of choice for taking campers to and from campsites.

 

Today’s trucks have better amenities than ones from the old days. With air conditioning, kickin’ audio systems, and more comfortable seats, today’s trucks are enjoyable to drive.

 

George Kell Motors has a good selection of new and pre-owned Chevy Silverados and GMC Sierras—great trucks for life in Arkansas and the surrounding states. Consider buying a truck for your vehicle needs.

 

 

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.