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Driving Tips That Can Save Your Life

Monday, December 31st, 2018

Driving is a necessity for a lot of people in the world today. Whether it be going to work, school or anywhere in between, you can see plenty of vehicles on the roads getting to where they need to be.

As more people drive to their destination, the more dangerous it can be on the roadways. Here are some quick tips that can keep you and your family safe on the roads, no matter where you go!

Check Blind Spots

Checking your blind spot may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many accidents a year are related to drivers not checking their blind spot! The first thing every driver must do is adjust their mirrors. When positioned correctly, side mirrors help eliminate the blind spot in your vehicle. Though most modern vehicles have blind spot monitors, it is always safer to check your blind spot yourself.

Don’t Brake During a Blow Out

If you experience one of your tires blowing out while you are traveling, DO NOT slam on the brakes! Although your first instinct might be to stop your vehicle, doing this may cause your car to fishtail or even flip over. What you should do instead is apply pressure to the gas pedal until the vehicle stabilizes and then guide your car to a safe zone with your foot off the gas and brake pedals. The drag from your tire blowing out will stop the vehicle eventually. Afterward you can change the tire or call for help.

Always Carry a Safety Kit

It is important to always keep a safety kit in your car. Your car safety kit should have some of the following:

  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight & extra batteries
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Road flares
  • Blankets
  • First Aid kit
  • Water & non-perishable food
  • Old cell phone with charger
  • Portable battery charger

Having a safety kit in your vehicle can help during times of car trouble. Including an old cell phone in your kit can help in emergencies, as phones can still connect to emergency services without being connected to an active phone contract. There are many things you can put in your safety kit, and it is completely customizable for you.

Conclusion

Being a safe driver is paramount to keeping you and everyone around you safe. Always be aware of your surroundings and never make any rash decisions.

Happy and safe driving from the Payne Auto Group

Ally: Drive With Confidence at Payne!

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Ally is teaming up with Payne Auto Group to provide a limited warranty promotion for all used vehicles!

When you buy from Payne you are buying with CONFIDENCE! Receive 3,000 mile or 3 months (whichever comes first) warranty on your used vehicle. What does that mean?

  • This COMES STANDARD ON EVERY USED VEHICLE
  • Available when financing through ANY BANK
  • Exclusively at Payne
  • No qualifications required except to purchase at Payne
  • Available with ANY used car purchase from Payne
  • Basi Power Train Warranty Extended

And now with Ally, you’ll find even more coverage on all used vehicles offering coverage on the following:

How to Care for Your Headlights

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Caring for your headlights is like caring for your eyes. are really important features of any vehicle and it is imperative you keep your lights clear and working.

In this article, we’ll outline some tips on how to properly care for your vehicle exterior lights.

Inspect Headlights

The first thing you must do is inspect your lights. How dim are they? Is the plastic foggy and yellow? Is one of the lights out?

It’s important to assess the damage if there is any before you go out and pay for supplies or go to a mechanic.

Buy Supplies

Once you assess the damage, go out to buy supplies. There are plenty of YouTube videos out there with DIY hacks on how to clean up your headlights. Whether it be a simple bulb change to actually cleaning the headlights, it is important to follow the correct steps to ensure you don’t damage your vehicle.

Conclusion

Keeping your lights clear and working is essential to safe driving.

If your vehicle is in need of service, schedule an appointment online at any of our locations!

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Winter

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

As the summer weather ebbs away and the air becomes crisp, you realize that winter is coming. 

Just as you prepare your home for the winter, you should prepare your vehicle as well! In this article, we will outline tips on how to properly winterize your vehicle.

Replace Fluids

It is very important to refill or replace the liquids in your vehicle.

  • Coolant – Making sure the right mixture of antifreeze and water will prevent freezing in your vehicle’s radiator.
  • Oil – As the temperatures drop, the oil in your car can expand and become thick. Some mechanics will recommend switching to a thinner oil if your area’s temperatures drop below freezing.
  • Wiper fluid – Make sure you replace your wiper fluid with freeze-resistant fluid

Check Tires

There are four kinds of tires you can choose from when it comes to seasonal tires:

  • All Season Tires – These are the most common and are perfect for areas that have mild winters.
  • All Weather Tires – These tires maintain good handling in both cold and heat and can be left on all year around.
  • Studded Winter Tires – These tires are only allowed from October 1 through April 30. The metal studs in the tires are used to help gain traction through icy areas.
  • Winter Tires – These tires are best used in moderate winter areas as they are made to trek through packed snow and rough ice. They are made from a compound that stays soft in cold conditions to help reduce tire problems due to the cold temperatures.

Check the Battery

Your battery can also be negatively affected due to cold winter temperatures. Be sure to look over your battery, battery cables, and battery fluid for any cracks or leaks. If your battery fluid is low, you can refill it with distilled water. If you notice you’re having a hard time turning your vehicle on, you may need to replace your battery.

Prepare an Emergency Winter Kit

It is always important to store an emergency kit in your car just in case. In this kit you should keep:

  • A flashlight
  • A blanket
  • Gloves and a hat
  • Batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Ice scraper
  • Road flares
  • Jumper cables

Of course, you can always add to your winter kit with essentials tailor made for your family.

Conclusion

If your vehicle needs service, create an appointment online for any of our Service centers!

Keeping your vehicle winter ready is keeping your family safe, Regardless!

 

Safe Driving Tips for Halloween

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Safe driving is imperative! Especially on Halloween! Navigating the streets as children trick or treat is something that every safe driver should be extra vigilant about.

If you’re taking your little ones out for a night of trick or treating, be sure to follow these safety tips!

Motorists

If you’re planning on hitting the roads on Halloween night follow these safe driving tips:

  • Drive 5 below the speed limit in residential neighborhoods
  • Watch out for children as they walk on the street, medians or other walkways close to the road
  • Keep an eye out for trick or treaters in dark costumes, as you may not see them on the road
  • Always yield to pedestrians
  • Eliminate distractions like your cell phone or loud music in the vehicle
  • Always use a designated driver if you plan to drink

Conclusion

Halloween should be a fun and exciting time for everyone who plans to participate. But with fun comes safety and it is important to stay vigilant while on the road.

Review these safe driving tips to keep you and your family safe this holiday!

Happy Halloween from the Payne Auto Group!

 

What To Do if Your Engine Stalls

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

The engine is the most important mechanical part of any vehicle. The engine converts gas into motion and helps get the car running. It’s like the heart of the vehicle, making sure everything runs smoothly.

Though, without proper maintenance, your engine can stall and leave you stranded! Some of the reasons why your engine may have stalled could be:

  • An empty gas tank
  • Coolant sensor reading as hot
  • Bad battery
  • A bad fuel pump

It is very important that you keep up routine maintenance on your vehicle to avoid engine stalls and other mechanical failings.

What to Do if Your Engine Stalls

In the case that your engine stalls while you are driving, first you will lose power steering and power brakes. The first thing to do after turning on your hazard lights is to apply the footbrake and steer yourself out of traffic if you are in traffic. Next is try restarting your vehicle. If you cannot restart it on your own, call a friend for jumper cables. If the jumper cables do not work, then you should call a tow truck or roadside assistance for help.

If your vehicle stalls while you are idling, such as if you are at a stoplight, first you should turn on your hazards. Put your vehicle in ‘park’ and try to restart your vehicle. If that does not work, call for roadside assistance to help get your vehicle out of the way. You should not get out and try to push your vehicle out of the way by yourself.

Conclusion

It is always important to assess the situation before making any decisions. Never attempt to move your vehicle by yourself and always call for assistance when needed.

If your vehicle needs service, schedule maintenance online at any of our Payne service locations.

New or Used Vehicles: Why Both Are Great Options

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

So you’re in the market for a vehicle, but don’t know if buying new or used is right for you. In this article, we’ll outline all the major pros of buying a new or used vehicle!

Pros of Buying New

Buying a new vehicle has many advantages and it comes with that “new car smell!”  Buying a new car comes with a lot of advantages, such as a guarantee that the vehicle is new and not used by any other individual.

Warranties are also something to look consider, as a new car often comes with a time-frame warranty. There is always the option to purchase a warranty for a used or Certified PreOwned vehicle, but when buying a new car, the new car comes with a warranty. Financing is also available for newer vehicles as they have not hit their depreciation yet.

New technology and safety features are also common with new cars. If you’re interested in connectivity or advanced safety features, a new car will have those features compared to a used or older model. This means that you will always have the latest and up to date features and tech.

Pros of Buying Used

Buying used may hold a lot of advantages for a lot of people. Buying used can open up a lot of different doors for many people. A used car can still be a newer model or even a luxury brand.

Due to used cars generally being less expensive than brand new cars, a buyer may be able to splurge on a nicer or newer used vehicle.

Depreciation also works in buyers favor here too. Some models depreciate as much as 40% as fast as the first year it’s been released. With a used car, a buyer doesn’t have to worry about depreciation once they roll off the lot.

Cheaper insurance is also a factor in buying used as used vehicles don’t need Gap Insurance to cover the vehicle. Tax and registration fees are generally lower for used vehicles as well.

Overall

Buying a new or used vehicle have a lot of benefits that really depend on what you’re looking for. Whether you’re looking for a new car with the latest tech, or an affordable car with great benefits, check out our new and used cars on our website and schedule a test drive today!

Car Care 101: What is a Catalytic Converter?

Sunday, October 15th, 2017
catalytic converter

A “catalytic converter” might sound like some kind of space gadget, but it’s actually an important part of your vehicle. It’s also one that you don’t want to neglect over the course of your car’s lifespan.

What does it do?

Your car’s catalytic converter reduces vehicle emissions, converting them into non-harmful gasses. A faulty catalytic converter is an issue for several reasons. For one, you won’t pass your vehicle inspection. Secondly, it can most certainly impact the way you drive. Here are some ways your car will alert you that there’s an issue with your catalytic converter, which will help you get the issue fixed before it turns into a bigger one.

Reduced Engine Performance

A telltale sign of a damaged catalytic converter is reduced engine performance. Built into your car’s exhaust system, your catalytic converter will certainly display some signs of trouble while driving. These can manifest in things like restricted exhaust flow, or perhaps a leak. These can all impact acceleration, power and even your car’s fuel economy, which are all reasons why you should seek a fix immediately.

Rattling Noise

There are few things more alarming than an odd sound while driving. A rattling noise can certainly signify a damaged converter. You may notice it once you start the vehicle, and it will worsen over time if you ignore it. Head to your mechanic if you hear this dreaded rattling sound.

Check Engine Light

Another dead giveaway of a bum converter? Your trusty check engine light! There’s a reason why cars come with these things these days. Your vehicle’s computer may detect that the converter isn’t operating property, setting off that little light on your dashboard. Get it checked as soon as possible to avoid a bigger problem down the road. You certainly don’t want to gamble on a catalytic converter issue.

Not quite sure how to tackle your car issue? We can help! Our Ed Payne service department can handle any car issue you’ve got, including that of the catalytic converter. Our skilled team or professionals is highly knowledgeable in maintenance, and our latest range of new and used cars. Call to schedule an appointment, or visit one our valleywide dealerships to view our latest models.

New Truck? Listen Up!

Saturday, September 30th, 2017
new truck

You can’t deny the power of a good truck. This is South Texas, after all! And whether your truck is for work or for play, you’ll want to get it right the first time. Before you hit the dealership in search of the truck of your dreams, there are a few things to sort out. First and foremost, what exactly are you looking for? What you’ll be using your truck for will play a large role in which truck is best for you.

Engine Size

How much power do you need? Size and fuel economy both play a role in what kind of engine will suffice. If you’ll be using your truck to haul heavy loads, opt for a powerful V8 engine. If easy driving in a compact truck is what you’re looking for, a V4 engine may do just fine.

Safety Features

As with any vehicle, safety features are important. Some of today’s trucks come with more than ever before. From blind spot warning systems, to automatic braking and lane departure warnings, good driving and high-tech safety are your best lines of defense against an accident.

Cab and Bed Size

What are your plans for your new truck? Evaluating cab and bed size are important for planning ahead. If you plan on driving your family around, a larger cab size is a wise idea. If your new truck is purely for hauling and towing, a large bed will ensure you’re ready for whatever lies ahead. Pay close attention to the specs when deciding which Truck is right for you.

Transmission

Are you a fan of manual or automatic?

The best choice for you will depend on the driving conditions you plan on navigating. If you’re the type of driver who spends plenty of time in traffic, an automatic transmission may be your best bet. On the flip side, a manual transmission can help improve your control over your engine. Although manual transmissions aren’t as effective for towing, they can certainly make for a funner ride.

Not sure where to begin? Our team of skilled sales professionals can help! Visit one of our local Ed Payne dealerships to view our latest selection of Ford, Chevy and GMC trucks, plus so much more! Our South Texas auto dealerships are filled with a wide variety of new and used models, so you can be sure when you visit Ed Payne, you’ll find just what you’re looking for. Stop on by and visit one of our Rio Grande Valley Dodge or GMC dealerships today! 

 

Get Geared Up for the Season with These Easy Fall Car Care Tips

Friday, September 29th, 2017
fall car care

Fall is finally here! Are you prepared? And more importantly, is your car prepared?

Your wardrobe isn’t the only thing that could use a makeover this fall. Your vehicle, whether new or used, could definitely benefit from a bit of a prepping as the autumn season rolls in. Hot summer weather can impact your ride in unforeseen ways, and you want me to be sure your ride is ready to go for the coming months. For this reason and several others, show your car a little extra love before the leaves begin to fall.

Luckily, there is plenty you can do to ensure a smooth ride this September! Follow these easy fall car care tips to get your vehicle in tip-top shape.

Wiper Care

Random storms throughout summer time can put a strain on your wipers, and you want them to be in excellent shape in the event of a busy storm season. You should typically replace your wiper blades every six months, and the end of summer is a great time to do it. Insufficient wipers are one thing you definitely don’t want to gamble on. This is one of the best fall car care tips there is.

Battery Fluid

Scorching temperatures can impact your car battery by causing its fluid to evaporate. Car batteries typically last up to 4 years, but with our South Texas heat as hot as ever, your battery may drain sooner than expected. Have your battery checked to ensure it’s ready to take on those fall drives.

Light Check

Do a thorough inspection of your headlights, taillights and brake lights. Replace those that have burnt out, and feel free to give them a polish so that they look and work their best.

Oil Change

Oil changes are important for several reasons. You should change your oil a minimum of 3 times a year to be safe, and the start of fall will suffice. It’s definitely a job you can do yourself, or leave it to the professionals if you wish. You won’t regret it!

In the market for a new or used vehicle, or need a bit of service for your current vehicle? Your Ed Payne Rio Grande Valley car lots have everything you need to drive away in your dream car today. Whether you’re looking for a used or new vehicle, a car, truck or SUV, our Rio Grande Valley car lots are filled with a friendly team to answer all your questions. Visit us or give us a call today!