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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.


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 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.


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!


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


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.


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.


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!

5 Awesome Car Care Tips

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
car care

Cars are complex. Anyone who’s ever heard a funny noise or felt a sudden jerk can attest to this. And even if you’ve been driving for decades, you still may not know all there is to know about car care. And that’s OK! We’re all in this together. While we’ve certainly covered plenty thus far, there are a few basic car care tips that simply must be followed. Keep these handy tips in mind the next time you hit the road. Whether it’s for a long, road trip, or a short trip to the grocery store, these will help you on your way toward a smooth ride.

Car Care Tips


Always check and change your oil. If you don’t, then expect your engine to easily fall apart. Consult your car’s owner’s manual for recommendations. Times are changin’, and the old 3,000 mile rule doesn’t always apply!

TIP 2 

Flush your cooling system, and change your coolant ONCE per YEAR! Doing this will keep your coolant system in good shape, and will ensure the prevention of corrosion and deposits from building up inside your cooling system.


Change out any other kind of oils that are in your car. Here, you’re basically looking at oils such as transmission and others of the like. These do need to be changed out according to service spans.


Keep your car clean! Like the saying goes, “You better baby your baby.” It can be tempting sometimes to treat your car like an on-the-go trash can. But in keeping your vehicle clean, you ensure that your car looks brand-spanking good but that you also rid your vehicle of any kind of harmful dirt, or grime that can seep into the parts that are inside.

TIP 5 

Everything that moves in your vehicle needs to be greased. If not, then how do you expect your vehicle to survive for the next 3-4 years? Schedule regular maintenance appointments to ensure your car is in tip top shape for years to come.


Stay tuned for more tips, or if you’re in need of maintenance, give us a call! If you’re looking into purchasing a new or used vehicle, stop by 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 is a HEMI?

Friday, September 1st, 2017

You may have heard the word “HEMI” uttered often around the automobile world, but unless you’re a connoisseur of cars, you may not be entirely familiar with what it is.

In short, a HEMI is a type of engine; and a glorious one, at that.

It is cylindrical in shape, hence the name “Hemi” – short for “hemisphere”. This type of engine was first used in passenger cars, and gained their fame for their impressive horsepower. Over time, these engines became synonymous with ruggedness, and such it has remained for decades.

Benefits of HEMI

When you’re talking HEMI, you’re talkin’ power!

These engines are built differently by sheer design, meaning they do things your typical engine simply can’t. For instance, their hemispherical head reduces imbalances in fuel’s temperature. This helps in a faster loss of heat, which means good news for your engine. HEMIs also boast larger valves allows for more efficient airflow, which helps  your engine.

Some of today’s top models boast HEMI engines, rendering them forces to be reckoned with on the road. In fact, a variety of brands, like Fiat and Alpha Romeo, have been incorporating HEMIs into their designs for more than 50 years. Much like the brands themselves, the reliability of the HEMI has stood the test of time. While not everyone will benefit from the boost of a HEMI, there’s no denying they’re good for a sweet ride.

World’s Fastest Car?

In fact, it’s said that the world’s fastest car runs off a HEMI, but are we really surprised? The powerful Dodge Demon is said to churn out an insane 840 horsepower, courtesy of a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V-8. It’s so fast, this car shuns passenger seats in leiu of speed. Be on the lookout for this bad boy in the coming months. But if you simply can’t wait, there’s the less-speedy but still powerful Dodge Hellcat.

The good news? Your local Payne Auto dealership is home to a wide variety of HEMI-powered cars and trucks. Ideal for navigating that rugged South Texas terrain, these powerful cars and trucks will take you where you need to go, and look good while doing it.


Are you in the market for a new or used car or truck? Ed Payne car dealerships has them. Stop by one of our Valleywide dealerships to view our latest selection of models from brands like Chevrolet, Ford, Fiat, Mitsubishi, Dodge and more! Or contact us to schedule a maintenance appointment with our skilled repairs staff. 


Let’s Talk Towing!

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

In the realm of trucks, towing capacity is everything. But did you know there’s a right way and a wrong way to tow? Here are a few dos and don’t for towing in your new truck.


Confirm Your Truck’s Capabilities

All trucks have different towing capabilities. You should definitely consult your owner’s manual before tacking any particularly heavy duty towing jobs.

Secure Your Components

Make sure all of your trailer’s parts are secure and intact, or you could be in for a world of trouble if things fall apart as you drive. Better safe than sorry!

Distribute Weight Carefully

When loading your cargo, make sure it’s distributed evenly. This will make the trip easier on your tires, and your vehicle in general.

Reverse with Caution

Backing up in a truck with a trailer can present a challenge for even for the most seasoned drivers. Your trailer will steer in the opposite direction of your vehicle. Take this into account when you drive.


Forget About Your Tires

Don’t attempt to tow if your tires aren’t fully inflated.

Don’t Drive Recklessly

Avoid slamming on the brakes while you are driving, or tailgate or speed while you are towing. 

Don’t Overestimate Your Truck

Don’t try to tow more than your truck can handle.

Don’t Forget About Balance

Don’t pack your trailer unevenly.


Follow these do’s and don’ts and you’ll be ready for towing in no time. Additionally, if you’re looking for a shiny new truck to do it in, stop by one of our Payne dealerships, located conveniently throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Whether you’re in Weslaco, McAllen, Edinburg or Rio Grande City, our Payne car dealerships have a wide selection of models to choose from. With us, you’re sure to find just what you’ve been looking for. Schedule a test drive with us today! 



Are You Dealing with Weak Airflow?

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
weak airflow

The South Texas summer heat is no joke. Add a broken A/C to the mix, and you’re in for a world of hurt until you get your vehicle to the mechanic’s. While there are plenty of things that can go wrong with your car’s air conditioning, weak air flow is a common one. And an ultra-annoying one, at that!

There will be heat, and sweat. There may even be tears.

But not to worry. Once you determine what’s causing your weak airflow, you can get to work on a fix.

Your vehicle may be experiencing weak airflow due to the following:

  • Mildew or mold may have built up in your evaporator core. This can occur due to residual moisture during the air conditioning’s cooling process. Because of this, it may be hard for air to reach your vents.
  • You’ve got a loose hose. This can happen to the blower hose that supplies the blower unit with air.
  • Your ventilation fan is burnt out. If it’s not blowing, then you won’t be getting the air you need.
  • Broken seals. Whether your core case seal, blower house seal or evaporator core case seal, an open seal can rid you of air flow, and compromise your entire A/C system.

It’s a scorcher out there, so if you feel your air conditioning system isn’t working like it should, get help immediately. Our Ed Payne service department can help get you fixed up and ready for the road right away. Call us to schedule a service appointment, or stop by one of our car dealerships. Whether you’re looking to buy new or used, we’ve got a wide selection of vehicles to choose from. From Ford, to Chevrolet, to GMC and Buick, there’s no shortage of vehicles in our RGV car lots. Take a test drive, or simply browse our extensive stock today!