Archive for July, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About Synthetic Blend

Monday, July 31st, 2017
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As a car owner, you’ve likely dealt with your fair share of oil changes throughout the years. This is par for the course! Oil changes will pop up every few months, and there’s really no getting around them. You can, however, make good choices for your vehicle by keeping a sufficient knowledge of oil in your mind. So you’ve come looking for knowledge on Synthetic Blend oil changes, huh? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Our Ed Payne dealerships are home to a skilled team of sales professionals who are highly knowledgeable in all things automobile. So let’s break it down for you:

What is Synthetic Blend?

Let’s get you started with a bit of information on this type of oil change. Synthetic Blend is a type of engine oil that fuses non-conventional, high performance fluid supplements with conventional oil. This mixture creates a chemical blend which supports added resistance to oxidation. Oxidation normally causes the oil to thicken, form acids and lose lubrication value. These results ultimately endanger the life of not just your engine, but other vehicle parts as well.

Other advantages of using a synthetic blend oil for your vehicle include protection against long engine running times. It can also help with conservation in unstable or severe temperatures.

This sounds like a pretty great oil change, right?

It is.

Debunking the Myths

But there are some myths that have been floating around regarding this type of oil change. First, the most common untruth we hear in regard to getting a Synthetic Blend oil change is that when you switch to using this type of oil, you can never switch back. Not many people are sure where, and when this myth started. We can assure you that this is 100% not true!

Although it is recommended, and seen as good practice, to keep to one type of oil when getting your engine serviced, you would want to make sure that the oil your putting in your car is one that will benefit you and your model in the best way possible. Just for added measure, Synthetic Blend oil changes are more often done in vehicles that regularly carry heavy cargo and/or are consistently run at high RPMs.

Myth #2

The next biggest myth is that synthetic blend oil can’t or shouldn’t be used in older vehicles. That’s like saying that my grandma can’t learn to use an iPhone (She can, and she just opened her own Facebook account.) The main reason behind this fable was that since synthetic oil is seen as smooth, or “slipperier,” it would not work well with the vehicle’s seals thus causing leaks. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The only thing this oil change will do is strengthen the engine protection.

Now to sum everything up: a Synthetic Blend oil change is basically a combination of non-conventional and high performance fluid additives that are mixed with conventional oil to create better protection for heavier engine loads and temperatures.

Looking for more information about a new or used vehicle? Stop on by one of our Ed Payne Auto Group dealerships throughout South Texas. We carry a wide selection of stunning models to choose from, including brands like Ford, GMC, Chevrolet, Fiat and more! 

Enhance Your Car’s Performance with These Cool Add-Ons

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

You love your new car, but that’s not to say it couldn’t use a few upgrades here and there. If you’re the type of driver with a thirst for adrenaline, you may be wondering what you can do to give your car a bit of a boost. Performance-enhancing add-ons can make all the difference in the look, sound and power of your vehicle. Here are a few options to consider when you’ve got a need for speed.

Performance Ignition

For an overall improved performance, consider a performance ignition. This will enhance throttle response, and make for a smoother idle with its multi-spark capabilities.

Performance Suspension

Performance suspension will lower your ride to improve both handling and its riding characteristics. Giving your vehicle a more aggressive look, performance suspension is ideal if you’re a fan of putting the petal to the metal.

Performance Exhaust

The performance exhaust enhances both performance look and sound. Increasing both horsepower and torque, a performance exhaust is a wise choice if you’re serious about speed.

Performance Carburetor

A performance carburetor offers better fuel milage, additional horsepower and extended engine life. So this is definitely a worthy investment if you’re planning on doing more with your car than just cruising.

Air Intakes

Air intakes offer excellent air filtration for your vehicle, proving the most effective way to increase both horsepower and your acceleration.

Haven’t quite decided which vehicle is best for you? We can help! Stop on by one of our Rio Grande Valley auto dealerships to check out our latest inventory. From Ford, to Chevrolet and GMC, our Valley auto dealerships have plenty of brands to choose from. Test drive a model today!

Heed These Headlight Warnings!

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
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Headlights are important, and not just because they help you see at night!

Headlights are important for alerting other drivers when you’re on the road, and they can be used to signal others to help them with their driving, as well. Unfortunately, sometimes headlights fail, just like a variety of other car parts. And when they do, it’s important to fix the issue. Pronto!

Broken headlights are never something you want to gamble on. Broken headlights can not only land you a ticket, but they can also land you in the hospital if you’re not careful.

Here are a few headlight warning signs to alert you that something is amiss with your precious beams. Read on to find out how to spot the signs!

Dim Headlights

Headlights that appear dimmer over time are one of the first indicators that you’re headed for a headlight replacement. Furthermore, dim headlights can’t possibly provide the proper illumination you need to drive at night. Therefore, take care of the issue before your headlight goes out completely. This can keep you out of a bind!

Flickering Headlights

Flickering headlights are not a good sign. You might have a bad harness, or a bad connection. There are a variety of things that can cause headlights to flicker. So get your car checked out to ensure there’s not a larger issue to blame for the flickering.

Hazy Headlights

Oxidation from things like salt, humidity and UV rays can result in staining, yellowing or contamination of your headlights. Get these replaced immediately! They can make a huge difference in visibility, and the general aesthetics of your vehicle.

Headlight is Out

This one is a no-brainer. If your headlight is out, it’s time to get it replaced! And if one bulb is out, it may be wise to replace the other, as well. Different levels of dimness isn’t great for driving at night. And you don’t want to have to replace the other shortly after you just replaced its brother. Kill two birds with one stone and keep your headlights consistent at once.

 

Stop by one of our Payne dealerships to check out our incredible selection of new and used vehicles! We’ve got models from brands like Fiat, GMC, Ford, Buick and so much more! Our friendly staff is eager to help you drive away in the vehicle of your dreams. Stop by or contact us by phone to schedule your appointment today!

How to Clean Your Leather Seats in 3 Easy Steps!

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
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Nothing cheapens the look of a new vehicle like dull, dirty leather seats. This is why it’s so important to maintain the freshness of your leather. What’s the point of purchasing a gorgeous new vehicle if its interior is going to be lackluster? Luckily, there are several methods to keeping your leather seats looking as brilliant as they did the day you purchased your vehicle. With a few tools and a little patience, you can get your leather seats looking shiny and new again in absolutely no time. Read on to find out how!

Step 1:

Your seats are bound to have accumulated some dirt over the months. Remove any surface dirt using a vacuum before you begin cleaning.

Step 2:

Select a water based, pH balance solution as a conditioner for your car. Gentle solutions like these are ideal for delicate leather and other materials.

Step 3:

Use microfiber towels to gently buff the cleansing conditioner into the leather. Gently buff until it becomes shiny and like new.

 

Voila! Cleaning leather doesn’t have to be complicated, nor does shopping for a vehicle! Our Ed Payne McAllen, Mission, Brownsville and Rio Grande City dealerships have a wide variety of stunning models to choose from. Whether your personal preference is Ford, Chevy, Fiat or GMC, you’ll find just what you’re looking for when you visit Payne Group’s auto dealerships.

Car Care 101: The Benefits of Waxing Your Vehicle

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
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Just like flossing your teeth, you know you should be waxing your car, but it’s something you may often overlook or flat out refuse to do! But even once you dedicate yourself to waxing your car routinely, there are still a few things you need to know. How often should you be waxing, anyway?

As a good rule of thumb, you should be waxing your car once in the summer, and once in the winter. Whether or not this is the right amount for you depends on several factors. Some of these include how often you drive, and how prone your vehicle is to dirt. There are plenty of benefits to waxing your vehicle, beyond aesthetics. Here are a few ways waxing will keep your vehicle healthy and happy.

Benefits of Waxing

Protection

Your car needs protection against stuff like bugs, acid rain and other materials. Waxing can help with this. It creates a barrier between your car’s paint and objects that may come flying your way.

Easy Washing

Did you know that a coat of wax can make washing your car way easier? It’s true! Wax keeps stuff like bugs and dirt from making contact with your car’s paint. When your wax is removed, so is all that gunk you’ve been carrying around. This cuts down on the need to wash your car as often.

Smoothes Surfaces

Paint chips happen, especially when you’re flying down the freeway at high speeds and tiny rocks are flinging themselves at your windshield. Wax smoothes your car’s paint surface, reducing friction. This means that smal debris is likely to slide right off your car, which helps reduce the chance of those annoying little chips we hate to see on our car’s surface.

Soften Scratches

While waxing won’t completely remove scratches from your car, it can indeed help fill some of them in a bit. Wax works well to fill shallow scratches, so consider this method in lieu of removing them completely, which may strip your clear coat.

Are you on the hunt for a new or used vehicle? Stop by one of our McAllen, Mission, Brownsville or Rio Grande City dealerships to view our wide selection of cars and trucks from beloved brands like Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, Mitsubishi and more! Whether you’re on the hunt for a new vehicle, or simply need service with your current one, contact us to find out how we can help.

Car Care 101: Get Your Wax On!

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
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We’re in the midst of a hot, hot summer, and there’s no better time to get your car looking all shiny and new again! A good wash every now and then during the summer time is a wise idea, but you can also take a few extra steps to elevate the look of your vehicle. We’re talkin’ wax! You may often overlook a good waxing when you’re cleaning the interior and exterior of your car, but you’re missing out! Not only does a wax make your car look shinier, but it also serves as a protectant against dirt, grime and the sun. Here are a few tips to get your car looking sleek and shiny as can be.

Here’s what you’ll need…

You’ll need a few things before you can get started. An electric orbital buffer, which can be bought for about $40, buffing pads and a buffing compound are just a few things you’ll need. You can also purchase a waxing kit, which will include car polish, microfiber cloths and car wax. While a high-speed angle grinder can give great results, perfecting the technique can take practice. This is why an orbital buffer is a better option for beginning waxers.

Get started by applying some buffing compound to any spots on your vehicle that appear heavily weathered or scratched. Spread the compound evenly over the area using a buffing pad. Take care not to let the compound splatter on other surfaces, like chrome, glass or rubber. Turn on the buffer and work it in circular motions across the area, holding the pad flat all the while. Work a panel at a time until the surface appears bright, glossy and like new.

You can follow this same process for wax, too! Apply a generous amount of wax using a clean buffer pad, then pulse the trigger of your buffer over the surface. Once you’re done, use a microfiber cloth to get rid of excess wax. It’s really that simple!

Are you looking to purchase a new or used vehicle? Ed Payne’s Rio Grande Valley auto dealerships have them! From GMC, to Ford and Fiat, our Rio Grande Valley auto dealerships have just what you’re looking for.

Car Care 101: Let’s Talk Upholstery!

Monday, July 24th, 2017
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Accidents happen, especially to your car’s interior! You spend quite a bit of time in your car, driving to and from work, and running errands all around town. It’s only inevitable that you’ll encounter some mishaps from time to time. These take form in spills. Spills can be a major bummer, and they can definitely alter the look of your car’s interior. Here are a few ways to maintain your car’s cleanliness as you’re wiping up spills and the like.

Clean Spills Quickly

Do not (we repeat) DO NOT let stains set. This will only make it harder to get them out. Address any spills immediately, using a mild cleaner.

Use Glass Cleaner

Glass cleaner is a great solution for cleaning your vehicle’s upholstery. It works well on most fabrics, and won’t leave behind a soapy residue like other cleaners.

Clean Vinyl Properly

Different materials require different care. If you’re dealing with vinyl, use a damp rag and baking soda to get the job done.

Deep Clean Your Carpet

Your vehicle’s carpet may require a deep cleaning from time to time. While you can definitely pass this part off to a professional, you can also purchase a carpet cleaner and get to scrubbin’ yourself!

Dry Leather Thoroughly

Materials like leather need to be dried thoroughly to look their best. Use water to clean off spots, then pat with a towel to get rid of excess moisture. Using the appropriate cleaners for each feature of your car will ensure it looks prim and polished for years.

Are you ready to shop for a new or used car or truck? Stop by one of our local auto dealerships to check out our wide selection of vehicles from Ford, Chevy, GMC, Dodge and more. Our friendly staff will help you find just the type of vehicle you’re looking for. Visit one of our local auto dealerships today! 

An Inside Look at the Ford Lariat Edition

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017
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Ford trucks are synonymous with power. When it comes to luxury, you can’t go wrong with a Lariat. You may have come across the Ford Lariat series, and are wondering if it’s the right truck for you. Before you make this important decision, there are a few things you should know about the Lariat, and how it can make your driving experience that much more enjoyable.

The Ford Lariat is just one part of Ford’s full-size F-series trucks, which includes the F-150, and models like the F-250, F-350 and F-450. The Lariat, introduced in 1978, was intended to add a bit of luxury to these rough and rugged trucks, which are more popular than ever.  Its features were upgraded within just a few years of its launch, from a simple swap of headlights, to a plush interior, optional power windows, and a number of others. Additionally, the Lariat edition boasts a number of innovative safety features for optimal reliability. All of these combine to create a truck that strikes a fine balance between luxury and ruggedness.

Ford Lariat Features

Some of today’s Lariat editions include features such as:

  • Rear privacy glass
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • DVD player
  • Dual climate control
  • Self-dimming mirrors
  • Sony navigation system
  • Remote Keyless Entry System
  • SecuriCode™ keyless entry keypad, driver’s side
  • SecuriLock® passive anti-theft system
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System™
  • Remote Start System

Are you interested in a Ford Lariat edition? Guess what! Ed Payne’s got ’em! Stop on by one of our McAllen, Weslaco, Rio Grande City or Mission auto dealerships. Here you’ll get the opportunity to view our wide selection of sleek Lariat editions, plus so much more. 

 

Help! My Brakes Are Squeaking!

Friday, July 21st, 2017
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Squeaky wheels rank high on the list of the world’s most annoying sounds. Sadly, you’ve probably encountered this wretched noise at least a couple times by now. Squeaky wheels are more than an annoyance – they’re a clear indicator something with your car isn’t quite right. Here are a few things your car may be trying to tell you with squeaky wheels:

Underinflated Tires

This is a common cause of squeaky tires. If underinflated tires are indeed the issue, you’ll likely hear a squeal during sharp turns or corners. Underinflated tires are unfavorable for several reasons. Not only do they perform poorly in inclement weather, but they can also reduce your tires’ traction. Fill your tires with air if you believe this is the issue, and invest in a tire gauge to help you determine the proper amount. Doing this will help you avoid quite the headache later on.

Uneven Tread Wear

It’s normal for tire tread to deteriorate over time. If you hear squeaking and squeeling, it may be your tread wear that’s to blame. In addition to odd noises, you may also notice braking and turning has become more difficult. Treading keeps your tires firmly on the road, so it’s important to monitor this to keep safe.

Loose Wheels

If your hearing odd noises coming from your wheels, loose wheel covers or lugs may be to blame. This cause is less common than the others, but it is a possibility. It’s a simple fix, but you’re better off having a mechanic tighten the lugs and wheels, and examine your car for structural damage.

 

Are you looking for a new or used vehicle? Ed Payne’s auto dealerships can help! We’ve got a vast selection of new and used cars and trucks to choose from. Stop on by one of our auto dealerships to view our latest inventory.

Mustang vs. Camaro: Who Will Reign Supreme?

Thursday, July 20th, 2017
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It’s a rivalry as old as time: Mustang vs Camaro. For decades, Ford fans and those with an affinity for Chevy have gone head-to-head, claiming their respective vehicles are bigger, better, faster than the other. While the answer is down to a matter of taste, there are a few notable differences between the two cars, although each boasts its own range of benefits. Can’t decide between these two monsters? Don’t worry!

Here are a few things that may help narrow things down for you:

V8 Camaro Specs:
Horsepower: 455 horsepower @ 6,000 RPM
Torque: 455 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM
Displacement: 6.2L
Curb Weight: 3,750 lbs
0-60: 4.1 seconds
1/4 mile: 12.3 seconds
V8 Mustang Specs:
Horsepower: 435 horsepower @ 6,500 RPM
Torque: 400 lb-ft @ 4,250 RPM
Displacement: 5.0L
Curb Weight: 3,800 lbs
0-60: 4.4 seconds
1/4 mile: 12.8 seconds

 

The Ford Mustang definitely has undergone a major makeover throughout the decades. Today’s breed is more modern than classic Mustangs, with thin headlights and tail lamps with a three dimensional look. Today’s Camaros, meanwhile, boast a completely different look than their predecessors, with a sinister look that demonstrates definite ruggedness.

The Camaro boasts significant advantages in both torque and horsepower – reflected in its higher pricetag. You get what you pay for, and if power is important to you, you simply can’t go wrong with Chevy.

If its a V8 you’re striving for, fuel economy isn’t quite your strong suite. But there are definitely some differences between the Mustang and Camaro in this arena. The Camaro’s 6.2L engine can drive 17 in the city, 28 on the highway, and an estimated 20 mpg combined. The Mustang, on the other hand, gets 16 city, 25 on the highway, and 19 mpg combined.

 

Are you ready to see and feel the difference? Stop by and visit us! Our Ed Payne Weslaco dealerships have Ford, Chevy and much more to choose from. Test drive both options to find your best fit today!