Archive for the ‘Drive’ Category

How to Make the Most Out of Your Test Drive

Friday, September 21st, 2018

If you’re thinking of purchasing a new vehicle, the test drive is one of the most important things you should do before the big purchase. A lot of people skip the test drive taking what they read on paper or what their salesman has said as the final word.

If you’re comparing two vehicles, they may seem the same on paper, but can drive completely differently. It’s important that you don’t take the test drive as a quality check. A new car is going to be of high quality or come from a very reliable brand. Don’t make the mistake of not test driving a car or test driving the car as a quality check, as that’s not the point of a test drive.

It is also important in a test drive to drive the car how you would normally drive it. That means no extreme accelerating or hard braking, as that can harm a new car that’s not “broken in” yet. When test driving a car, you should drive it like you own it. Meaning you should do everyday tasks, like getting on and off the highway, 3-point-turns, testing the parking features.

Another thing you should test out while on the test drive is driving at night. This can give you a chance to see how the headlights function and other night-mode features the vehicle might have. It’s also important to see how the vehicle drives on long stretches of road, to get a good idea of how the drivability functions. You should also ask to take the car home to test out more features and see how the vehicle fits in your life.

Don’t forget to check out the creature comforts a vehicle has to offer! It’s important to focus on how the car drives, but it’s equally important to test out what the car has to offer on the inside as well. Always test out the entertainment features and cargo space to see if the car you’re interested in is worth it. Try connecting to the Bluetooth, testing the cup holders and install a car seat and load a stroller.

When test driving a new car, compare it to your current vehicle. If you’re looking to upgrade, it’s important that the new vehicle you’re considering is better than your current vehicle. Also, take someone else with you on the test drive to gain a different perspective on the vehicle. Having someone else in your test drive can help you weigh the pros and cons of the vehicle from a passenger perspective.

And finally, before coming to the dealership for your test drive, always make an appointment! It is extremely important if you want to test drive a certain vehicle to secure an appointment for that vehicle. Dealerships see potentially hundreds of people a day, all of whom might be interested in the same vehicle you are. Once you make your appointment, come with a list of specifications. It’s best to show the salesman helping you with exactly what you’re looking for so that they can help you find something that matches your interests.

In conclusion:

  • Make an appointment for your test drive
  • Show up with a list of specifications you’re looking for
  • Drive the car like you would normally drive your vehicle
  • Test out the entertainment features
  • Take someone with you on your test drive

Get the most out of your test drive today! Visit Payne Auto Group and check out our inventory and schedule a test drive today!

Safe Driving: Ditch These Common Distractions!

Sunday, September 17th, 2017
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Cell phones are a part of everyday life for many of us, but they can be a major source of distraction. Especially when driving! But that’s not the only distraction a.k.a. hazard you’ll encounter on the road. There are plenty of other things that can take your attention away from driving, and these can all lead to a major accident if you’re not careful. Ditch these distractions the next time you get behind the wheel to ensure safety at every turn.


Did you know texting while driving is now illegal in the state of Texas? Not only can you get a ticket, but you are also putting lives at risk when you distract yourself this way while behind the wheel. Just. Don’t. Do. It!

Talking on hand-held devices

Any time your mind is anywhere other than the road, there’s a risk for danger. Even if you’re using Bluetooth connectivity to go hands-free, talking on the phone can still be a distraction, especially during heavy traffic. Wait to use the phone after you’ve reached your destination. You’ll be glad you did!


Eating on the road is inevitable sometimes, but that’s not to say it can’t distract you from your driving. It’s best to pull into a parking lot to get your munch on.

Reaching for items

This is a big one. Whether you’re reaching down for the phone you just dropped, or are reaching behind to get something from the backseat, taking your hands off the wheel and eyes off the road is always a no-no.

Applying makeup/shaving 

Harmless as it may seem, applying makeup as you drive can be a major distraction, and one that’s totally not worth it! The same goes for shaving for men. Leave it for the bathroom, folks!

Operating music devices, such as iPods

You’re doing a great thing by not texting and driving, but looking at your phone as you select music can be just as dangerous. Get your playlist in order before you take off to ensure you’re not distracted as you drive.


Are you in the market for a new or used vehicle? Payne Motors can help! We’ve got a wide selection of models from Ford, Chevy, GMC and so much more. Stop by for a test drive today!

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. 

The Latest in Eco-Friendly Models

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint is important, especially in regard to your vehicle. While your preferred vehicle may not be the master of fuel economy, there are steps you can take to alleviate the damage. Aside from “greenifying” your car, you can choose also choose an eco-friendly option the next time you’re in the market for a new one. Our South Texas car dealerships carry a range of models, some of which rank among the most eco-friendly on the market. From the FIAT 500C, to the versatile Ford Focus Electric, here are a few eco-friendly options to consider:


It sure is a nifty little ride. The FIAT 500C includes a 1.4L I-4 101hp engine, a 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), driver knee airbag, electronic stability, side seat mounted airbags, cruise control and so much more! Not only is it a joy to ride, but it’s carbon footprint is minimal in respect to cars. Take this bad boy for a test drive at our Weslaco dealership.


If you’re looking for affordability, the Ford Focus is a fantastic option. The electric version is about as eco-friendly as cars come. Aside from its spacious interior, critics have voted the Ford Focus among the best looking small cars on the road. And the eco-friendliness of this car can’t be denied. Additional features include Xenon headlights and LED taillights, dual-heated front seats, push-button start, and a perimeter alarm system. Sounds good, huh?


Plenty of power wrapped up in a small package, the Chevrolet Volt is a great option if you’re hoping to go green. With a wide range of features, it’s become a favorite among the Chevy lineup. And if space is a concern, don’t worry. The Volt’s got plenty of it, and its functionality isn’t too shabby, either!


In the market for a new vehicle? Visit one of our various South Texas car dealerships to view our latest in eco-friendly models! 

What are the Benefits of Rear-Wheel Drive Systems?

Thursday, June 1st, 2017
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Why Buy a Car with Rear-Wheel Drive?

Shopping for a new vehicle can be tough process. This is especially true when you’re not quite sure what to look for. At Ed Payne Motors, we’re here to help. Our previous post discussed the different types of driving systems you’ll find throughout our various Rio Grande Valley car dealership locations. Today, we’ll dive a little deeper into what a rear-wheel drive system can do, and whether or not it may be a wise choice for your next vehicle purchase.

In a vehicle with rear-wheel drive, the vehicle is driven by — you guessed it — the rear wheels! This type of drive system is commonly found throughout our extensive range of trucks, as it can accommodate higher engine outputs and higher vehicle weights. With better balance, and thus, better handling, RWD is ideal for drivers who crave power and performance in their vehicles. In fact, the vast majority of luxury sports cars run on a rear wheel drive system. While this type of system may not be ideal for certain weather conditions, such as in heavy snow, the South Texas climate is perfect for exploring what RWD can do.

Some other benefits of RWD include:

  • Increased traction with acceleration
  • Improved cornering response
  • Superior braking performance
  • Rugged durability

To find out if a rear-wheel drive system is right for you, contact your local Ed Payne Rio Grande Valley car dealership and speak to a trained sales representative who can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

What’s a Drivetrain?

Friday, May 12th, 2017

So, What’s a Drivetrain?

Something many of us too often ask ourselves when we’re out on the road is, “Can my car handle this type of driving/area?”

Well, that all depends.

Most of the time, we really don’t know the answer to the question, so we assume that it probably can withstand a few bumps here, and there. However, what ends up happening is that we do a lot more damage to our vehicle than intended. When this happens, we ultimately pay the price in terms of no longer having a working part, or having to pull a pretty penny out of our savings account. We believe it’s time we learned how, or what, our car can really handle. A vehicle’s drivetrain is a good indicator of what kind of terrain it can navigate. “What are the different types,” you ask?

First of all, we aren’t going to explain everything in this one post. Instead, we’re going to break this up into separate sections so that we can place more information into each segment. For this post, we’re going to label the types of handling that you can find in all vehicles. However, that’s not to say that each of these are present in each individual car. Rather, there are certain cars that come a specific, or number of handles.

So let’s kick this off by labeling the types of drivetrains you’ll encounter when purchasing a new or used vehicle:

  • Front-Wheel Drive
  • Rear-Wheel Drive
  • All-Wheel Drive
  • Four-Wheel Drive

Be sure to check in next week as we go through what exactly these types of drives bring to you, and your vehicle! Until then, check out other auto car tips and tricks on our blog, or schedule a maintenance appointment at your local Ed Payne Rio Grande Valley car dealership.