Posts Tagged ‘Cars’

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

Checking Your Automatic Transmission Fluid

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Transmission fluid is one of the most important fluids you need for your vehicle to run smoothly.

If your vehicle hesitates when your automatic transmission shifts gears, check the transmission fluid level before you let any mechanic start talking about servicing or adjusting your transmission or selling you a new one. To check your automatic transmission fluid, look for a dipstick handle sticking out of your transmission. This is located toward the rear of an in-line engine on vehicles with rear-wheel drive as shown here:

There are several types of fluid for the transmission. Each is made for a specific type of automatic transmission. Newer transmissions from the major automakers require different fluid than older ones. Because so many different kinds of transmissions are around these days, check your owner’s manual or dealership to find out which type of fluid your vehicle requires.

A faulty transmission and one that’s just low on fluid share many of the same symptoms! If your vehicle hesitates when your automatic transmission shifts gears, check the transmission fluid level before you let any mechanic start talking about servicing or adjusting your transmission or selling you a new one. Obviously, adding transmission fluid is a lot cheaper than replacing the whole transmission system! For more info on regular maintenance, check out this monthly checklist for your vehicle.

If your vehicle is in need of service, schedule an appointment online at any of our Service Centers.

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!

The 50th Anniversary Unveiling of the 2019 Mustang Bullitt

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

The year is 1968 and the movie Bullitt has premiered to the masses. Starring Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, and Jacqueline Bisset, this thriller is about taking down mob bosses, car chases and justice. Thus began an era of coveting the Mustang GT that Steve McQueen drove in Bullitt and an opportunity to give people that exact opportunity.

Chase scene from 1968 “Bullitt”

Bullitt was the first movie that filmmakers tried to create a realistic car chase scene without projectors and green screens. The stunt driving was all done for real (Steve McQueen actually drove a majority of his scenes) and everything was shot in real time. The cars were on display. Steve McQueen’s character pushed his 1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT 2+2 Fastback to its limits, creating the most iconic car chase scene of all time.

The car chase scene in Bullitt also wasn’t scored, leaving the audience with roaring engines and the suspense of the chase scene.

 

 

 

 

Fun Fact: During filming, both cars in the chase scene (the 1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT and a 1968 Dodge Charger 440 Magnum) reached up to 110 mph as they raced through San Francisco!

Fast forward to 2018 and Ford is still paying homage to Bullitt with the 50th Anniversary unveiling of the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt. Ford premiered the new 2019 Bullitt in Sausalito, California and encouraged journalists covering the event to drive around the same streets the Steve McQueen did in Bullitt.
Like the original 1968 model, the 2019 Bullitt is standard. In fact, all iterations of the Bullitt are standard vehicles only. The Bullitt’s engine is also equipped with a 5.0-liter TI-VCT naturally-aspirated V8, with 480 hp @ 7,000 rpm horsepower and 420 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm torque. The 2019 Bullitt makes itself known when you decide to cruise around.

The 2019 Bullitt also impresses on the inside with some incredible creature comforts. Some of those are:

  • 9-speaker sound system with amplifier
  • B&O™  Premium Sound System with 12 speakers including CD Player, HD Radio™, and subwoofer in the trunk.
  • Voice-Activated Navigation System with pinch-to-zoom capability

Overall, the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt is here to impress, and it is an incredible addition to the Ford family. Steve McQueen would be proud!

To test drive the 2019 Bullitt for yourself, check out our website at Payne Weslaco Ford!

How to Clean Flood Damage from Your Vehicle Interior

Monday, September 24th, 2018

The Rio Grande Valley has been subject to flooding this year. With flooding comes a terrible loss of property, one of which could be flood damage to your car.

After the rain has subsided and the flood waters have gone done, recovering your car should become one of your main priorities. The earlier you start recovering your car from the flood damage, the better. There are a few things you must do to ensure you clean your car out properly.

Survey the Damage

When the weather permits and the flood water has subsided, survey your vehicle for damage. Open up your vehicle and remove everything that isn’t attached. This means removing papers, trash, car mats and other various items you have in your car.

Next, determine how bad the damage is. Press down on the carpets and seats to see how saturated with water they are. Flood damage can wreak havoc on a car’s interior, causing mold, rust and other problems dangerous to you and your vehicle. Take a wet/dry vac to remove out any standing water and to vacuum the interiors.

If your vehicle is completely saturated with water, you may have to go in and remove all carpet and the seats. This can help you spot detail and help your car dry out faster.

Create Air Flow

Once you have your vehicle stripped down to the basics, it’s now time to really air out your car. Increase the airflow going through your vehicle by setting up a fan on one side of your vehicle. To help things go faster, you can set up multiple fans around your vehicle to get the airflow going.

You should leave the fans going for at least a day in order to ensure proper ventilation and drying. Another thing you should consider is using compressed air to get water out of tight spots. This can help reduce rusting and mold in smaller and tighter spaces that a wet/dry vac can’t get to.

Deodorize Your Vehicle and Spot Treat

Once your vehicle is thoroughly dry, it’s time to deodorize. Ideally, you should go back in and shampoo your carpets and upholstery. Although this may seem counterintuitive to get things wet again, shampooing your upholstery and carpet can kill lingering bacteria that can breed mold.

There are also other deodorizing products that can help, not only with the smell but with keeping away excess moisture. Baking soda is a great product to use when spot treating your vehicle.

Conclusion

Overall, treating a flood-damaged car is hard work. There are many alternatives to treating your vehicle, such as making a claim through your insurance or taking it to a professional to clean out your vehicle.

If you want to get the damage to your vehicle surveyed by professionals, please visit our Collision Center!

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!