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 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!

 

 

 

Give Your Tires the Attention They Deserve

Tires

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.

 

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.