Are You Dealing with Weak Airflow?

By sarah | Posted in Car Information on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 at 7:55 PM
weak airflow

The South Texas summer heat is no joke. Add a broken A/C to the mix, and you’re in for a world of hurt until you get your vehicle to the mechanic’s. While there are plenty of things that can go wrong with your car’s air conditioning, weak air flow is a common one. And an ultra-annoying one, at that!

There will be heat, and sweat. There may even be tears.

But not to worry. Once you determine what’s causing your weak airflow, you can get to work on a fix.

Your vehicle may be experiencing weak airflow due to the following:

  • Mildew or mold may have built up in your evaporator core. This can occur due to residual moisture during the air conditioning’s cooling process. Because of this, it may be hard for air to reach your vents.
  • You’ve got a loose hose. This can happen to the blower hose that supplies the blower unit with air.
  • Your ventilation fan is burnt out. If it’s not blowing, then you won’t be getting the air you need.
  • Broken seals. Whether your core case seal, blower house seal or evaporator core case seal, an open seal can rid you of air flow, and compromise your entire A/C system.

It’s a scorcher out there, so if you feel your air conditioning system isn’t working like it should, get help immediately. Our Ed Payne service department can help get you fixed up and ready for the road right away. Call us to schedule a service appointment, or stop by one of our car dealerships. Whether you’re looking to buy new or used, we’ve got a wide selection of vehicles to choose from. From Ford, to Chevrolet, to GMC and Buick, there’s no shortage of vehicles in our RGV car lots. Take a test drive, or simply browse our extensive stock today!

 

Let’s Talk Towing!

By sarah | Posted in Trucks on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 at 3:28 PM
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In the realm of trucks, towing capacity is everything. But did you know there’s a right way and a wrong way to tow? Here are a few dos and don’t for towing in your new truck.

DO

Confirm Your Truck’s Capabilities

All trucks have different towing capabilities. You should definitely consult your owner’s manual before tacking any particularly heavy duty towing jobs.

Secure Your Components

Make sure all of your trailer’s parts are secure and intact, or you could be in for a world of trouble if things fall apart as you drive. Better safe than sorry!

Distribute Weight Carefully

When loading your cargo, make sure it’s distributed evenly. This will make the trip easier on your tires, and your vehicle in general.

Reverse with Caution

Backing up in a truck with a trailer can present a challenge for even for the most seasoned drivers. Your trailer will steer in the opposite direction of your vehicle. Take this into account when you drive.

DON’T

Forget About Your Tires

Don’t attempt to tow if your tires aren’t fully inflated.

Don’t Drive Recklessly

Avoid slamming on the brakes while you are driving, or tailgate or speed while you are towing. 

Don’t Overestimate Your Truck

Don’t try to tow more than your truck can handle.

Don’t Forget About Balance

Don’t pack your trailer unevenly.

 

Follow these do’s and don’ts and you’ll be ready for towing in no time. Additionally, if you’re looking for a shiny new truck to do it in, stop by one of our Payne dealerships, located conveniently throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Whether you’re in Weslaco, McAllen, Edinburg or Rio Grande City, our Payne car dealerships have a wide selection of models to choose from. With us, you’re sure to find just what you’ve been looking for. Schedule a test drive with us today! 

 

 

A Look Inside the 2017 Ram 1500

By sarah | Posted in Trucks on Monday, August 14th, 2017 at 10:21 PM
Ram 1500

We in South Texas take our trucks seriously. When it’s power you crave, you can’t go wrong with a Ram. Our Ram trucks sit at the height of power and durability. Capable of handling any load you carry, the 2017 1500 is a truck for the ages, and one that will fit perfectly among those busy South Texas streets. Whether you’re on the hunt for looks, performance, or comfort, you’ll find all that plus more in our ultra-spacious Ram 1500 trucks. Furthermore, the 2017 Ram 1500 is backed by a 5-Year/100,000-Mile Diesel Powertrain Limited Warranty for diesel-powered vehicles, and a 5-Year/60,000-Mile Gas Powertrain Limited Warranty for gas-powered models. How’s that for assurance?

…and that’s not all. Some features included in the 2017 Ram 1500 are:

  • High-Strength Steel Frame
  • Hydroformed Tubular Front Frame Unit
  • Eight Ultra-Tough Crossmembers
  • Four-Wheel Disc Antilock Brake
  • Unsurpassed Diesel Powertrain Limited Warranty
  • Available AllSecure® Central Locking System
When it comes to performance, you’ll have to look hard for a truck that does more than Ram. Additionally, these trucks embody the pinnacle of capability, and you’d be hard pressed to find a job they can’t do. From the RamBox Cargo Management System, to wheel-to-wheel side steps and remote keyless entry, all aspects of the 2017 Ram 1500 have been carefully selected to make for an unsurpassed ride.

Are you ready to take a test drive in the Ram 1500 today?

Our Payne auto dealerships are home to a wide selection of stunning cars and trucks. Whether you’re shopping new or used, you’re guaranteed to find just what you’re looking for when you visit one of our South Texas car dealerships. Try your hand at a sporty Chevy Camaro, or opt for power when you try a Ram truck. There’s no shortage of incredible vehicles to choose from when you’re shopping at Payne Auto dealerships. Call us to schedule a test drive today!

Mat About You: Choosing the Right Floor Mats for Your Vehicle

By sarah | Posted in Car Information on Saturday, August 12th, 2017 at 10:27 PM
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With the first tropical storm of the season rolling in, there’s one thing you can be sure of: muddy shoes. And with muddy shoes comes trouble for your vehicle’s floor mats! Floor mats, much like seat covers, are built to protect your car’s interior. Dirty floors can affect the value of your vehicle, so it’s best to keep them as clean as possible, always. So whether you’re looking for fashion or function, there’s a wide range of floor mats to choose from. Which one is best for you will depend on several factors, like climate, and how often you drive your vehicle.

All-Weather Floor Mats

For a safe bet against all the elements, you might opt for all-weather Floor Mats. From mud, to snow, to heavy rain, all-weather floor mats are built from sturdy materials to ensure your the utmost protection for your car’s floor. Some vinyl all-weather mats have upturned edges to make sure water, dust and grime don’t exit the mat. Furthermore, these also come with spikes in the back to ensure they don’t slip. Anti-slippage mats are important, as they can block your pedals, which is a major safety hazard.

Fabric Floor Mats

The most affordable mats you’ll find are made of fabric. Most will come with a rubber back to prevent them from slipping. With a variety of colors and sizes to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect ones for your ride. Additionally, these can be washed easily, though their lifespan is shorter than others made from different materials.

3D Floor Mats

Superior in aesthetic, 3D mats are expensive, but worth the price if a sleek look is what you’re going for. These come in several shades, so matching to your vehicle’s interior should come easy. You’ll have to clean these regularly, as they’re made of polymer.

Rubber Mats

Rubber car mats are a wise choice if durability is what you need. These mats should last longer than typical car mats.

On the hunt for a new or used vehicle? We’ve got ’em, plus so much more! So visit one of our Rio Grande Valley dealerships to check out our wide selection! 

 

Hurricane Preparedness: How to Stay Safe in the Event of a Storm

By sarah | Posted in Car Information on Friday, August 11th, 2017 at 8:30 PM
hurricane preparedness tips

Hurricane season is here, and while you likely know to take precautions, did you know the same applies to your car? You should always be prepared in the event of an emergency. With our South Texas weather as unpredictable as it is, the time to act is now! Keep these safety tips in mind the next time you hit the road during hurricane season.

Have a Plan

Think of a meeting spot for your family members to gather in the event of an emergency where phone lines are down.

Keep a Full Tank

It’s important to have an escape route, and keeping your car filled up will leave one less worry in the midst of chaos. Not only may gas stations be closed during a hurricane, but power outages may affect your ability to pump, as well.

Know Your Surroundings

Be aware that certain roads or bridges may be closed off due to heavy rain and flooding. Opt for an alternate route that will get you to safety. When it comes to evacuation routes, though, be sure to follow directions exactly.

Be Prepared

Keeping an emergency kit in your good car is wise — hurricane season or not. So have it stocked with flashlight, batteries, first aid supplies and other important items.

Be Early

Evacuations are hectic. Give yourself enough time to get to your destination safely.

 

Looking for car care tips? Our Ed Payne auto service blog has them, plus so much more! If you happen to be in the market for a new or used vehicle, we can help! Just stop by one of our RGV dealerships. We’ve got a wide selection of sleek new and used cars and trucks to choose from. Whether you’re on the hunt for Ford, Chevy or GMC, come on by and we’ll be glad to help you find just what you’re looking for.

 

Summer-Guard Your Car Battery with These Simple Tips

By sarah | Posted in Car Information on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 at 6:20 PM
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If you’ve been feeling the heat lately, you’re not alone. Your vehicle also takes a beating during the scorching hot months, especially your battery! According to the Car Care Council, it’s summer temperatures that can spell danger for your car battery. In fact, overcharging and excessive heat are two of the main causes of short battery life.

How does heat impact your battery? Heat causes a battery’s fluid to evaporate, which damages your battery’s internal structure.

There are a few things you can do to get the most bang for your battery life. Some of these include:

Check your battery regularly. If it’s the type of battery that requires topping off, just add distilled water if necessary.

Dirt becomes a conductor, which can spell danger for your battery. Keep the top of your battery clean to ensure it stays working for as long as possible.

Consult your owner’s manual to get familiar with what type of battery you have. This will give you good insight into how to clean your battery properly.

Clean your battery connections to rid it of corrosion, paint or rust.

Be sure the battery’s plates are covered by the fluid, which will help prevent sulfation.

Heat can cause the solution inside your battery to expand and consequently overflow. Avoid overfilling your battery.

Does your vehicle need service? Our skilled team of mechanics at Ed Payne Auto’s Weslaco is ready to tackle all your car care needs? Stop by one of our Rio Grande Valley car dealerships to check out our wide selection of new and used models. We carry brands like Ford, Chevrolet, GMC and so much more. Call to schedule a test drive, or just stop on by to see what we’ve got.

Car Care 101: How to Wash Your Rims

By sarah | Posted in Car Information on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 at 8:29 PM
how to wash your rims

You take pride in your vehicle, so you wash it regularly and take it in for routine maintenance. But one thing often overlooked during a car wash is rims. You’ll need to give your rims a good scrubbing to keep them looking as sleek as the rest of your vehicle. What’s more, debris like brake dust can harm your wheels over time. Now quite sure how to wash your rims? Here are a few tips for getting those rims nice and clean in no time.

How to Wash Your Rims

Washing your wheels before the rest of your vehicle makes sense, because they’re often the dirtiest. Dirt and debris is likely to come flying out. A good rim cleaning is almost impossible without the right supplies, though. You’ll need a soft bristled brush to really get into the nooks and crannies, ensuring no corner goes unturned.

First, rinse off your wheels using a fire hose nozzle to get rid of remaining loose dirt and dust. Use an alloy wheel cleaner, then a soft bristled wheel brush and get to scrubbing!

Take care to clean the entire rim. The lug nuts may be surrounded by brake dust, so you can use a lug nut brush to really get in there if you need to. As a good rule of thumb, make sure the wheel is wet whenever you take a brush to it to prevent scratches! Once you’re all done, rinse the wheel, then dry them using a gentle microfiber towel.

 

Looking for a new or used car or truck? Not to worry. At Ed Payne’s Rio Grande Valley dealerships, we’ve got a wide selection of models to choose from. Whether your persona preference is Ford, Chevy, GMC, or Dodge, we’ve got plenty to feast your eyes on. Stop by one of our Weslaco, Rio Grande City, Brownsville or Mission dealerships today!

Car Care 101: The Skinny on Seat Covers

By sarah | Posted in Car Information on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 at 8:24 PM
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Your vehicle’s seats are a good indicator of the overall health of your car. How are yours looking? Seats can take a beating after years on the road. From spills, to rips and tears, lackluster seats won’t be doing your car – or its resale value – any favors. This is why seat covers are so important. And not all seat covers are made the same, either. Some utilize different materials, while others are made with a focus on style, rather than protection. Here are a few things to know about seat covers, and how they can make a big difference in the look of your vehicle.

A good seat cover will protect your seats from:

  • Spills
  • Stains
  • Fading
  • Tearing
  • Dirt
  • Crumbs
  • Pet hair

Typically, you’ll encounter five different types of car seats when shopping. Some of these include:

Leather – Comfortable and sleek in appearance, leather is a great option for seat covers, though not the most affordable

Nylon – A durable option that comes in a variety of colors, so you can be sure to match your car’s interior

Faux vinyl – Soft and reasonably priced, faux vinyl looks like suede or leather but is more affordable

If you’re looking for something on the luxurious side, sheepskin covers are a fantastic option. Not only are they soft and durable, but they also act as a natural insulator, which will help to keep you cool during both hot and cold temperatures. A gentle solution of soap and water can go a long way in keeping your seats pristine.

On the hunt for seat covers that are heavy-duty? Heavy-duty seat covers for trucks will add a dose of style to your cabin. Many of these utilize extra-thick fabric for added comfort.

Looking for a new or used vehicle? Our Ed Payne auto dealerships, located conveniently throughout the Rio Grande Valley, have a wide selection of models to choose from. Stop by and visit us today!

Inside the 2018 Corvette Carbon 65

By sarah | Posted in Car Information on Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at 2:53 PM

The Chevrolet Corvette has been churning out good times for drivers for decades. The new breed is no exception. At Payne, we now carry the 2018 Corvette Carbon 65 – a monster of a machine ideal for navigating those South Texas streets with style. With only 650 numbered vehicles globally, the exceptional Corvette Carbon 65 combines a range of all-new parts to create a sports car that promotes power, comfort, and a personalized driving experience simply unmatched. From new carbon-fiber rear spoilers, to a Ceramic Matrix Gray exterior and a carbon-fiber rimmed steering wheel. There’s no shortage of bells and whistles on this killer new model.

“Corvette is one of the most storied names in Chevrolet and sports car history, with a heritage few can match,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president Chevrolet Marketing. “The new Carbon 65 Edition honors that legacy, while offering customers another unique, special-edition model that personalizes the ownership experience.”

According to Chevrolet, the Carbon 65 Edition package will include:

  • Grand Sport 3LT and Z06 3LZ trim options
  • Ceramic Matrix Gray exterior (blue top on Convertibles)
  • Unique fender stripes and door graphics
  • Black wheels with machined grooves paired with summer-only tires* (Cup-style wheels for Grand Sport and Blade-style wheels for Z06)
  • Blue brake calipers
  • Visible carbon-fiber ground effects, hood section and roof (Coupe models) or tonneau inserts (Convertible models)
  • New visible carbon-fiber spoiler (all models) and quarter intake ducts (Coupe)

Stop by one of our Payne Weslaco auto dealership to check out this stunning new model. If you’re looking for something else, we’ve got a wide range of new and used cars and trucks to choose from! 

Negotiating Your Car Loan: How To Do It

By sarah | Posted in Finance on Friday, August 4th, 2017 at 5:32 PM
car loan

Car loans are tricky business. Between interest rates and credit scores, it can be almost impossible to know if you’re getting a good deal. If you purchased a new or used vehicle in the past few years, and are unsatisfied about how much you are paying in interest, it may be time to renegotiate. Here are a few tips you can use for a good shot at a good interest rate.

Shop the loan separately from the car

You can start the loan application process before you even consider your vehicle. Consider credit unions, reliable online lenders, banks and your auto insurance company. Compare rates so you have a solid selling point once you hit the dealership.

Consolidate your applications

It’s common knowledge that your credit score takes a hit with each credit inquiry. But did you know that consolidating your applications can help? Submitting all of your car loan applications within a two-week period will ensure they count as just one inquiry. Keep this in mind while you shop around!

Read the fine print

You should always thoroughly read over any contract you’re signing, and this is especially true for car loans. Your lender is not obligated to give you the best interest rate you qualify for. Be sure you are dealing with one you can trust, and always ensure you understand the conditions before you enter a binding agreement.

Do your math

If your payments don’t add up to the interest rate you’ve negotiated, beware! You should always double-check the math on this type of deal, as mistakes can happen, and they can happen at your expense. Use an online auto calculator as a good start.
Ready to get that car loan? Our Payne Insurance Group may be able to help! Visit one of our Payne dealerships, located all throughout the RGV, to talk to a trained specialist about a car loan.