Archive for August, 2017

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

Thursday, August 31st, 2017
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Hurricane Preparedness: How to Stay Safe in the Event of a Storm

The devastation surrounding Hurricane Harvey is all too real for Texans. Hurricane season is here, and while you likely know to take precautions for your home, 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. So keep these hurricane preparedness 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. Unfortunately, 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. Furthermore, stay tuned into your radio stations for up-to-date information on the storm.

 

Keep these hurricane preparedness tips in mind in the months to come. 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.

 

Buying a New Vehicle? Here’s What to Do!

Thursday, August 31st, 2017
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Purchasing a New Vehicle? Here’s What to Do!

Buying a new vehicle is a big step! You’ve done the research. You know exactly what you want. But heading to the car dealerships to negotiate is a different story entirely.

The process of buying a new vehicle can be tricky if you don’t quite know what to expect. Here’s what you’ll need to do – start to finish – to drive away in your dream vehicle unscathed.

Step 1: Research!

First of all, these are cars we’re talking about. There are endless options to choose from. So, you’ve definitely got your work cut out for you! Truly think about what kind of features you’re looking for. Furthermore, explore cars within your budget and those just slightly outside your budget. You may be able to work out a great deal!

Step 2: Get pre-approved

Applying for a pre-approved car loan is a great step in the car buying process. You’ll get input into what you can afford, and what kind of interest rate you’ll be looking at. Furthermore, all this can help you decide on a model. And have things like your salary information and other debts at hand to make the process run more smoothly.

Step 3: Consider your trade-in

Determine your trade-in value before you hit the dealership. Consequently, this will offer a clear picture of what your car is worth. Additionally, you can also use this to negotiate. Be honest about your car’s condition. Because some trade-in sites will vary, overall, it’s a smart move to estimate what you’re working with before you really begin shopping.

Step 4: Locate and test-drive the car

You’ve selected a few great models you’re interested in. Finally it’s time to test drive! Hit the dealership where your car is in stock, and get an up-close look at the interior and exterior. And make sure it aligns with what you’re looking for in a new vehicle.

Step 5: Negotiate

Talk to your salesperson about the best deal possible. As a result, you may be able to negotiate based on the value of your trade-in. Also, inquire about rebates and any other offers car dealerships may have available.

Step 6: Review your deal

You’re almost done! Because you’ve selected the new vehicle you love, now you should speak to the finance department to see if you can score a better interest rate from what you’ve already gathered. They can’t offer you a better option than your previous inquiry? No biggie! Fortunately, you’ve already been pre-approved!

Step 7: Inspect your vehicle

Finally, it’s important to do one last inspection. Make sure the vehicle is equipped with everything it should be, and that there are no dents or scratches. Your car should be in fabulous shape when you purchase it. Anything less just won’t do!

 

Are you ready to get started? Your local Ed Payne car dealerships have a wide selection of awesome models to choose from. Visit one of our Valleywide dealerships today with help buying a new vehicle, or contact our maintenance department for vehicle service.

What is a Collision Warning System?

Sunday, August 27th, 2017
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Even the most experienced drivers need a little assistance now and then. Today’s car manufacturers are well aware of this fact, and so they’re hard at work, thinking up new safety features to help us avoid harm. One such feature? A Collision Warning System! They’re found in many of our newest models, and they can make a big difference in the safety level surrounding your drive. These Collision Warning Systems work in tangent with other safety features, creating an unbeatable safe ride. Read on to learn a little bit about Collision Warning Systems and how they can help you drive more safely each time you take to the wheel.

What is a Collision Warning System?

Collision Warning Systems are exactly that – a system that warns you of an impending collision. This relatively-new safety feature is changing the way we drive, and has already come to the aid of many a driver. As time passes, a growing number of car companies are realizing the value in this nifty feature.

The system uses a combination of radar, lasers and/or cameras to monitor upcoming objects and driving speed. Once a collision seems imminent, the collision system will alert the driver, giving them just enough time to prevent it. The benefits of such a system are quite obvious, which is why Payne Auto Group is proud to carry a variety of cars carrying this feature, throughout our Rio Grande Valley dealerships. If you feel like you may be able to benefit from this additional sense of security, speak to one of our trained sales specialists. They can help you locate a car that may be just right for you.

Ford, Volvo and Chevrolet are just a few of the car brands incorporating Collision Warning Systems to their vehicles. And with more and more affordable models to choose from, you’re sure to find one that’s just your style.

Looking for a new vehicle? We’ve got you covered! Visit one of our local Payne Auto dealerships for more information about our latest selection of new and used models. Don’t forget to ask your salesman about the newest safety features! We’ve got a wide collection of tech and safety-savvy vehicles ready to drive. Or if your car needs a little work, don’t hesitate to contact our service department to schedule an appointment. At Payne, we can’t wait to help you find just what you’ve been looking for. 

Truck Accessories to Spice Up Your New Ride

Saturday, August 26th, 2017
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So, you’ve just purchased a new truck.

Congratulations!

Nothing says power like a heavy-duty truck, and while your new ride is certainly capable of plenty, a few add-ons can’t hurt. You want your truck to reflect your personality, and whether it’s an extra hint of function or luxury you’ve got your eye on, there’s something available just for you.

Luckily, there are plenty of Chevrolet truck accessories that can improve both the look and feel of your shiny new ride. Whether it’s more storage, or a protectant against the elements that you’re hunting for, don’t settle for anything less than the best. Here are a few awesome Chevrolet truck accessories you may want to consider once you get comfortable in your new ride.

Grille Guards

Grille guards protect your truck’s front end while keeping scratches in check, giving it a heavy-duty look ideal for driving in South Texas. They also provide low-speed pushing power to your truck’s front end.

Storage Boxes

Trucks are great for storage, but we can’t possibly blame you if you’re looking for something extra. Consider a tool or storage box to keep your equipment secure as you drive. Today’s waterproof designs ensure they’re safe and sound, wherever you go.

Ladders, Racks and Ramps

A lot of people choose trucks for their towing capabilities. Make this easier on your truck with a ladder or ramp.

Tonneau Covers

Perfect for harsh weather, tonneau covers can help keep rain, snow and other debris out of your truck bed as you drive.

Step Bars

You may be able to get in and out of your Chevrolet truck easily, but can your passengers? Consider a step bar to give your guests a little boost.

We hope you love your new Chevrolet truck. Heck, we know you do!

If you haven’t yet purchased one, stop by one our Ed Payne Rio Grande Valley dealerships to check out our wide selection. We’ve got brand new models from brands like Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, Dodge and so much more. Stop by and visit us today!

Breaking Down Tire Tread Damage

Saturday, August 26th, 2017
Tire Tread Damage

Your tires are the life force of your vehicle. Unfortunately, because of this, they’re bound to take a beating. In fact, plenty of factors can cause tire tread damage, and they can all wreak havoc on both your tires and your wallet. A simple tire replacement can usually fix the issue of tire tread damage. But how can you avoid it altogether before it adds up to a costly repair?

It’s important to determine whether your tire tread damage is the result of driving, environmental conditions, or simple wear and tear. All this digging is in hopes of avoiding a recurrence in the future. Luckily, there are a few ways to distinguish tire damage so you can minimize the chances of a repeat. Look out for these tell-tale signs of tire tread damage, then ask your mechanic to help you decode yours.

Three Types of Tire Tread Damage

Uneven Tread Wear

This is often caused by improper inflation, misaligned wheels, damaged tires, and/or problems with suspension parts. Uneven tread wear can be the result of going too long between wheel alignments, and avoiding routine tire rotations.

Excessively Worn Tread

Excessive wear and tear typically occurs when the tread is worn down to the tread-wear indicator bars that can be found in your tires.

Tread Break-Up

This is defined as breaks in the casing that are caused by sudden, and sharp deformations in the tires. Normally, the deformations are the results of driving over an angular object at high speed. Unfortunately, this type of damage will worsen due to over inflation and overloading.

Not much can be done for your tread or tires if any of these damages occur. So the only solution would be to replace your tires. But knowing how to identify these types of impairments can help you remain safe out on the road in the future. It’s always a good idea to familiarize yourself with the type of tires you’re driving. This can make it easier to find a replacement.

For more information about tread damage, check back with our Ed Payne Service Blog. If you’re in the market for a new or used vehicle, stop by one of our Ed Payne RGV dealerships to speak to a professional. You can also schedule an appointment with our service department to get your vehicle in tip-top shape, just in time for fall.

Car Care 101: How to Replace Headlights

Friday, August 25th, 2017
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We don’t have to tell you that headlights are an important part of your vehicle. Headlights burn out from time to time, and you’ll need to get these replaced quickly in order to keep driving safely. While you can certainly employ the help of a mechanic to change our your headlights, the process is fairly straight forward. You can even do it yourself, if you have just a few minutes and your car’s owner’s manual in tow. Here’s how to replace headlights, from start to finish:

Research!

Firstly, you should look to your vehicle’s owner’s manual before tackling this headlight job. It should give you a basic set of directions for how to get started.

Get the Right Bulb

It’s vital that you use the correct bulb when changing out your headlights. Not all bulbs are created equal, and you’ll need to use the one that’s designed for your vehicle.

Be Careful

Headlights are delicate. Take extra caution when detaching them, as broken wires can bring on a new set of problems you’ll need to fix.

Use Grease

Using a small amount of dielectric grease at the bulb’s base will help it get proper electrical contact. So this will help you get the most bang for your buck out of your bulb.

Take Aim

Headlights are only effective if they’re aimed properly! A number of factors can cause headlights to lose their balance and accuracy. Once you replace your headlights, park them in a garage and test the lights to ensure they’re working as they should.

Now that you’re well versed in how to replace headlights, you can get to work! And if you’re hoping to purchase a new or used vehicle, we can help! Our local dealerships have a wide selection of high-quality vehicles to choose from. Whether you’re looking for Ford, Chevy, Dodge or GMC, our local dealerships are bound to have exactly what you’re looking for. 

Car Care 101: Your Guide to Oil Grades

Thursday, August 24th, 2017
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Changing your car’s oil can present quite the task for a beginner. This is why so many people enlist professional help to get the job done. Over time, you may have heard your mechanic talk about oil grades. You may be wondering what oil grades are, and which is best for your vehicle. Here’s a little information about oil grades to help you navigate your next oil change in stride.

What are oil grades?

The first thing we all should know is that there are a variety of oil grades. Oil grades help identify oil by its viscosity at different temperatures. Oil operating temperatures can range from a cold start in the winter to normal conditions in the summer. These days, engine oils are created to be “multi-grade.” This means they contain preservatives and additives, giving oil a certain viscosity when it’s cold, and another when it’s hot out.

Which oil grade is best for me?

To single out the best grade for your vehicle, you’ll need to know what the letter and numbers mean. Let’s begin with the letter. All grades will have the letter “W” in it, which stands for Winter. The numbers will tell you the low and high temperatures at which the oil in the bottle can protect your vehicle’s engine. We’ll take the grade 10W-30 for example. The 10 in front of the W is the cold temperature grade. The 30 is the high temperature grade so to read it in total would be to say that the oil has an average low above 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

Still kind of fuzzy on the whole idea? It’s okay. Here is another example. If your vehicle requires motor oil with a 5W-30 marking that means that the oil is best used for an average low of below 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

I hope this cleared the air so that you can have a better understanding of what the oil grade tells you as well as knowing what it provides to your vehicle’s engine. If you have any questions feel free to leave us a comment, and we’ll have it answered as soon as possible!

If you’re in need of an oil change, or even a new vehicle, we can help! Your local Ed Payne auto dealerships are located throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Our extensive range of vehicles is among the biggest in South Texas. Stop by one of our dealerships to test drive a new or used model today.

Auto Financing 101: Learn About These Leasing Benefits

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
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Auto Financing 101: Learn About These Leasing Benefits 

A car purchase is one of the most important purchases you’ll ever make. It’s a decision not to be taken lightly! This decision is so important, in fact, that many people instead choose to lease a vehicle. A lower level of commitment proves beneficial to different people for different reasons, largely dependent on how much they earn and how often they drive, among other things. You may be wondering if leasing a vehicle is right for you. Here are a few leasing benefits a vehicle in lieu of purchasing one:

No Down Payment

While some promotional lease deals may require a down payment, for the most part, you can cruise by on a lease without one. Instead of a down payment and monthly payment thereafter, you’ll only need pay the first month’s payment and tag/registration fees. This is a major perk for drivers on a budget!

Lower Payments

You’ll almost certainly be facing lower payments than with buying. This is because a lease requires that you only make payments on the portion of the car that you use. This is one of several leasing benefits, and one that many people find to be the biggest reason for doing so.

Less Maintenance

Since you’ll be leasing your vehicle for a much shorter time period than when you buy one, you’ll ultimately be faced with less maintenance. Sounds good, doesn’t it?! Even so, many people lease their vehicle for the same amount of time as the manufacturer’s warranty. This ensures repairs are taken care of by the company, and not the leaser.

 

Interested in leasing a new vehicle? Ed Payne’s Brownsville, Weslaco, McAllen and Mission car dealerships have a wide variety of new and used vehicles to choose from. Speak to one of our sales representatives about the benefits of leasing or used vehicle from our Ford, Chevy, GMC or Dodge car lots today.

Help! My Car Won’t Start!

Sunday, August 20th, 2017
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You’ve showered, gotten dressed, grabbed your keys and headed out the door. The only problem?

Your car won’t start!

Major bummer! Nothing can ruin your day quite like a vehicle that won’t start, but it does happen. It may even happen before a big meeting, or as you’re trying to get your child ready for school. There are many reasons why your car may not be starting, but with so many components to your vehicle, how can you be sure which it is? It may be your engine, or it could be your transmission. What if it’s your carburetor? If you’re met with nothing but heartache when you try to start your car, there’s an underlying issue that needs addressing. While it may take a trip to the mechanic’s to get to the bottom of it, here are a few things it could be:

Broken Starter

If your car won’t start, it would make sense that something’s wrong with (you guessed it) the starter! This one little motor has a big job, in that it gets your vehicle to start in the first place. If you hear a clicking noise when you try to turn your engine on, your starter may very well be the source of trouble. Get it repaired or replaced immediately to get your vehicle starting like new again. Our Payne dealerships can help!

Dead Battery

This one is pretty common. So common, in fact, that you may have encountered it a few times in your life already. A dead car battery can happen for many reasons, one of which is hot, dry weather. You’ll know a dead battery is to blame when you turn your key and don’t hear a peep. Once you’ve figured this out, it’s time for a jumpstart! Take extra caution when jumpstarting your vehicle. You may want to consult your owner’s manual as a guide. Typically, all you’ll need is a set of jumper cables and a working engine to get the job done.

Empty Gas Tank

It isn’t the first time it happens, and it certainly won’t be the last time. You slipped up and let your car’s gas tank get to the point of no return. No worries! Filling up your tank with some gas will get it up and running in no time. Get your car off to the side of the road if it stops suddenly.

 

Car won’t start? We can help! Our service department is ready to help get your car going again, in no time. Call us to schedule a service appointment, or stop by to browse our current selection of new and used Chevy, GMC and Ford vehicles all over the RGV! Our huge stock of new and used automobiles ensures you find just what you’re looking for, each and every time you visit one of our local Ed Payne dealerships. 

Car Care 101: 3 Tips to Help You Get Geared Up for Fall

Saturday, August 19th, 2017
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The fall season is nearly upon us! It’s been a fun summer, but now it’s time to get geared up for the months ahead. Aside from cooler weather, getting prepared means getting your car ready for the elements. Here are a few simple tips to get you started with your fall time car preparations.

Opt for a Vehicle Inspection

A full vehicle inspection is a wise idea to start the season off right. Doing so will give you a good idea of what you’ll need to replace immediately, or at least keep on your radar. Whether brakes, wipers or your engine, you’ll want everything working properly once that unpredictable South Texas weather creeps up.

Check Your Tread

There are few things more important for your car than tires! Therefore, a tread check is in order if you want to make sure your tires are running smoothly through fall. Tread depth should be at least 2/32”. Anything lower, and you’re risking an accident. Use a penny to measure tread depth. This is one of the simplest ways to determine if your tires are good to go. If you happen to live in a snow-filled area, consider purchasing winter tires. These can make all the difference in traction while you drive.

Examine Your Wipers

South Texas weather is erratic on its own. Add rain to the mix, and you could be in for a world of trouble if you’re not prepared. Prior to fall, make sure your wipers are in working order. You don’t want to be caught without them in the event of a storm. Take our word for it!

 

Need help getting ready for fall? Our Payne Service Department can help! From tune-ups to tire rotations, and oil changes in between, there’s nothing our skilled mechanics can’t handle. So Call us to schedule an appointment today!