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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

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.

What is Adaptive Cruise Control?

Monday, November 5th, 2018
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Summertime is the ideal time to schedule a road trip. But driving for long stretches of road can be exhausting! There’s nothing fun about a frozen leg after 12 straight hours of manning the wheel. Aside from a strong cup of coffee, and maybe some good music, there isn’t much you can do to lessen the blow of constant driving. Cruise control is a major plus when you’ve got miles of road ahead of you. And you don’t need to be a frequent cross-country driver to realize the benefit of cruise control, either! There are cool, new features to learn with each new vehicle. We want to get you geared up for summer. We’re going to dive into Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). We’ll learn what it is, and how it can help you next time you hit the road for a long drive this season.

Are you ready to roll? Read on!

What is ACC?

You may be surprised to find that Adaptive Cruise Control goes by many names. Some of these include active cruise control, intelligent cruise control, autonomous cruise control, or radar cruise control. This type of smart cruise is quickly gaining traction among the automobile crowd for a variety of reasons. It slows and speeds up automatically, and keeps in pace with the car directly in front of you. It also allows the driver to set a maximum speed, and radar sensors monitor traffic ahead. The system then instructs the driver to stay 2-4 seconds behind. It’s perfect for long trips with stop-and-go-traffic, and those rush hour roads that seems to never end. Adaptive Cruise Control is in line with self-driving cars of the future. It’s intended to help you better evaluate the road in a way that’s easier and safer than ever before.

Are you in the market for a new or used vehicle? Payne Auto Group‘s got you covered! We’ll help you find exactly what you’re looking for! We’ve got a wide selection of new models to keep you happy! 

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!

 

Sound Systems: Which Vehicles Hold the Best One?

Monday, October 15th, 2018

For all those audiophiles out there, making sure your vehicle can match your sound preferences without having to upgrade to an aftermarket system, is a big deal! Buying a new car is an investment, an investment you want to work for you!

In this article, we’ll outline some vehicles that come equipped with the best factory sound systems!

Chrysler 300

Since 2011, Beats by Dre has been outfitting the Chrysler 300 with this sound system. The sound system includes 10 premium speakers, a trunk-mounted dual-voice coil subwoofer and a 12-channel 552-watt amplifier. Limited and 300C trims offer an optional 19-speaker Harman/Kardon setup.

Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander also is a stand out for audiophiles. The Outlander is equipped with Premium Rockford Fosgate Audio. This system “pumps up to 710 watts through nine speakers including a 10-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer with Punch Control to deliver deep, rich bass and crystal-clear highs.

It also encompasses the latest audio technology such as Digital Signal Processing, DTS Neural Surround, PremiDIA-WIDE Surround, and Dolby Volume.” [X]

Volkswagen

Fender has proudly been featured in select Volkswagen models like the Passat, Beetle, Tiguan, Atlas, and Golf.

The Beetle and the Atlas boast a 12-speaker Fender Premium Audio system, featuring a center channel speaker and third row speakers, gives all passengers a full, complete listening experience.

The Golf, Passat and the Tiguan‘s 9-speaker system deliver uncompromising clarity regardless of volume, distinct mid-range tones and powerful bass response, all without distortion.

It’s easy to see how Fender and Volkswagen want to bring the best sound quality they can for potential buyers.

Conclusion

As vehicles become upgraded, so do their sound systems. Newer models come better equipped for entertainment purposes. If you’re looking to upgrade check out our inventory!

 

4 Tips for Improving Gas Mileage

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

With gas and diesel prices spiking, many people are turning to the Internet to find tips for improving gas mileage. If you don’t drive a fuel-efficient vehicle, your gas mileage might be a constant thought in the back of your mind.

In this article, we will talk about how to improve gas mileage so you can stay away from the pump longer!

Properly Inflate Tires

Did you know that properly inflated tires can reduce fuel consumption by up to 3%? Making sure your tires are properly inflated keeps your gas mileage looking great!

It is recommended to check your tires on a weekly to monthly basis. Not only does keeping your tires properly inflated help with fuel consumption, but it also reduces uneven wear and tread.

Lighten the Load

It seems like simple math when you think of how much effort it takes to pull heavier things. An extra 100 pounds increases fuel consumption by 1–2%. This especially comes into play when you’re in stop-and-go traffic.

Lightening the load in a non-hybrid car can come in various forms. You can go as far as removing seats from the vehicle to just cleaning out the vehicle of useless items.

Don’t Idle

Not only is idling your car bad for the environment, but it’s also bad for your wallet too! Idling your vehicle for two minutes is equivalent of driving a mile. You can waste almost a gallon of gas if you leave your car idling for more than an hour.

Maintain Your Vehicle

This one seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised what a simple oil change or spark plug replacement can do for your car! Some of the things you can do for your vehicle to increase gas mileage are:

Conclusion

There are many little things you can do to improve your vehicle’s fuel economy. As gas prices go up, keep in mind some of these tips to help improve your mileage!

If you’re looking to upgrade to a fuel efficient vehicle, check out our inventory and schedule a test drive online!

Car Technology: What Benefits You The Most

Friday, October 5th, 2018

Technology is key! In this day and age, it takes more than what’s under the hood to get consumer’s attention! When people go out to buy a new vehicle they want it to be an extension of their technology. Smartphones have become quite the game changer in our world. People want to stay connected when they travel, so they’re looking for a vehicle that can branch that connection.

But with all this new technology coming out, what is more than just “bells and whistles?” In this article, we will be outlining what technology to keep an eye out for when buying a new or used vehicle!

Connectivity

Connecting your phone to your car can be extremely helpful when it comes to receiving alerts, listening to music, or using voice navigation. One vehicle in particular that excels in connectivity is the 2019 Chevrolet Sonic.

In fact, the 2018 and 2019 Chevrolet Sonic feature the same technology specs that really hit home with the modern buyer. The Chevy Sonic comes with:

  • 7-inch touchscreen display that features apps such as OnStar, NAV, Audio, Weather, Sirius XM, and factory apps such as text and voice calling.
  • 4G LTE data connection
  • Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • myChevrolet MyLink which is an app that turns your compatible mobile device into a command center. Start or stop your engine and lock or unlock your doors with the tap of a finger. You can even send destinations to your vehicle’s available navigation system, view diagnostic information and set parking reminders from almost anywhere!
  • Collision warning, lane departure, rear parking sensors and a slew of other safety features.

Connectivity is a huge factor when it comes to vehicles being produced in this day and age. Our technology is an extension of ourselves and to be able to always be connected is a real deal maker for a lot of people. The 2019 Chevrolet Sonic is a great vehicle when it comes to connectivity. With everything the 2019 Chevy Sonic offers, it’s no wonder people love it!

Sound

Technology isn’t just limited to connectivity! A great sound system is also something that vehicle buyers are interested in. When it comes to a booming sound system, the 2018 Chrysler 300 does not disappoint.

Since 2011, Beats by Dre has been outfitting the Chrysler 300 with this sound system. The sound system includes 10 premium speakers, a trunk-mounted dual-voice coil subwoofer and a 12-channel 552-watt amplifier.

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander also is a stand out for audiophiles. The Outlander is equipped with Premium Rockford Fosgate Audio. This system “pumps up to 710 watts through nine speakers including a 10-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer with Punch Control to deliver deep, rich bass and crystal-clear highs. It also encompasses the latest audio technology such as Digital Signal Processing, DTS Neural Surround, PremiDIA-WIDE Surround and Dolby Volume.” [X]

Audiophiles can expect quality from these two cars.

Safety

Safety tech is also really high on the list of things people want in a new vehicle. When toting around town, you want to keep you and your family safe.

The 2018 Ford Expedition is excellent when it comes to safety features. Some of these features include:

  • Automatic emergency breaking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Active park assist
  • 360-degree camera
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Trailer back up assist

The 2018 Expedition also comes equipped with front, side and overhead impact airbags. Which ensures you and your family are safe from any impact.

These safety features for the 2018 Expedition are some of the best in its class. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently gave the 2018 Expedition a five-star Overall Vehicle Score. This is the highest NHTSA rating that a vehicle can achieve, and the Expedition is the only SUV in its segment to earn this honor.

Conclusion

Overall, technology within cars has been steadily improving throughout the years. Every year safety features, sound systems and connectivity features get more and more integrated within newer cars.

Stop by any of our locations or schedule an appointment online today to test drive the vehicles mentioned in this article! Shop online 24/7 at our website!

What Does Horsepower Actually Mean?

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

History of Horsepower

Did you know that “one horsepower” doesn’t actually equal the power of one horse?

Scottish engineer James Watt (yes, the same guy who the energy label “watt” is named after) decided to use the term horsepower to compare the output of steam engines to that of a workhorse. Eventually, the term was expanded to include that of pistons, turbines and other electric gears that are found in vehicles.

But what does “one horsepower” equal? According to Watt, horsepower is meant to equal the “amount of power that a horse can sustain for an extended period of time.”

Although James Watt’s original formula for horsepower can’t quite measure everything a car engine can do today, car manufacturers still use horsepower because it’s a consistent unit of measure. Horsepower today can’t tell us everything we need to know about a vehicle, but it can be useful in comparing models.

How We Use Horsepower Today

What we use horsepower to measure today is a vehicle’s acceleration. High-performance models, like the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro, always make sure to let the competition know how much horsepower their models get. Though, as said earlier, there’s more to a car than just horsepower. Torque is also a big factor in high-performance vehicles.

Horsepower is how fast you can go, torque is how far you will go. Essentially, torque is a force and horsepower is the rate at which the engine does work.

When it comes to seeing how fast a vehicle is, different factors matter. You need to look at top speed, acceleration, torque, power, gearing, RPM’s and a whole slew of other factors that work together.

When searching for a high-performance vehicle, horsepower is only one factor you should look at. Think of the vehicle as a puzzle where all the pieces work together to create a bigger picture. Overall, power is what really determines performance.

If you’re looking for a high-performance vehicle, please visit our website: Payne Auto Group

 

 

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!