Posts Tagged ‘Tires’

Tire Repair Kits: What To Know

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

In the past, automakers equipped vehicles with a full or small spare tire. Nowadays, automakers are opting for a small tire repair kits instead. Though, having a tire repair kit in your vehicle isn’t such a bad idea.

There are many tire repair kits out on the market today and each does different things. In this article, we will outline the various tire repair kits and what each of them does.

Aerosol Inflators

Aerosol inflators are used to pump a sealant into a flat tire, plugging small punctures from the inside. Aerosol inflators have grown in popularity due to the easy-to-use nature and readily available nature of the product.

Pressurized-can sealers, such as the ubiquitous Fix-A-Flat, are one-time-use products that have a dispensing tube that screws to a tire’s air-inflation valve. These sealers can both patch a hole and inflate the tire. [X]

Tire-sealant kits combine a portable 12-volt air compressor and a replaceable container of sealant. More and more new cars supply this kind of kit in lieu of a spare tire. [X]

It is important to note that aerosol inflators should only be utilized for very small holes in the tread of the tire. These products should not and cannot be used to fix holes more that 6mm big or for tears on the sidewall of the tire.

Another thing to note is that once you use these products, you must take your vehicle to a professional soon. Typically at 100 miles or so after use, go by what the instructions on the product state. The professional must clean out the residue from the product left behind on the wheel and inside the tire.

Tire Plugs and Patches

The biggest pro of using a tire plug is the cost. Tire plug kits are some of the cheapest on the market today. Tire plugs are made of short strips of leather covered with a gooey, unvulcanized rubber compound. When forced into a nail hole, the plug fills the hole and the rubber goo vulcanizes under the heat of driving to fully seal the repair. [X]

Tire patches, on the other hand, are usually done by professionals as the patch goes on the inside of the tire. This fix is generally the most reliable when it comes to tire repair and the strongest and most effective repair. Though, unless you have the tools to remove the tire from the rim, you cannot patch a tire yourself.


There are a few options out there if you want or need to plug a small hole in your tire. There is always the professional option and Road Side Assistance if you’re in a real pickle.

If you want to get your tires examined, please schedule an appointment online with our Service Center!

Winter Tires vs. All-Season Tires

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

As the season’s change, so should your car! Preparing your car to work in winter weather is essential to your safety. As the rain, sleet, and snow start coming, it’s important to keep your tires in tip-top shape. Winter tires and all-season tires are both viable options when preparing your vehicle for the colder weather. But what’s the difference between the two? In this article, we’ll outline both winter and all-season tires and which would be better for you.

Winter Tires

Winter tires are specially formulated to work in harsh winter conditions. This means that winter tires excel at navigating through snow, sleet, and other freezing temperatures. As the temperature drops, the weather affects the tread on rubber tires, making them less pliable and more susceptible to skidding. Around 45°F (7°C), the rubber on regular tires becomes less effective. Winter tires are made of a more flexible rubber that doesn’t get affected by the cold temperatures, making them perfect for traveling through snow. Winter tires also have a deeper tread depth and biting edges, making it easier to avoid snow buildup and easier to drive on ice.

All-Season Tires

Most vehicles are outfitted with all-season tires when they leave the factory. All-season tires are formatted to work in a variety of weather elements, such as rain, heat, and snow. Although this is a blanket remedy, meaning that all-season tires do not excel in harsher elements. This means that all-season tires work best in mild-weather conditions, such as rain and light snow. All-season tires offer a moderate tread depth, a longer tread life, and performs well in wet and dry conditions.

So, Which is Best?

It really depends on what weather you encounter the most of! If you live in an area that sees extreme winters that carry a lot of snow, winter tires are best for you. If you live in an area that has mild winter conditions, then all-season tires would work best for you.

If you’d like to schedule a service appointment to get new tires for your vehicle, please visit our website!

Auto Finance 101: Which Down Payment is Right for You?

Monday, October 9th, 2017
down payment

You’ve chosen the perfect vehicle, and now all that’s standing in the way is the small matter of payment. If you’re financing a new or used vehicle, the issue of down payments will arise. But just like many aspects of selecting a vehicle, down payments can be complex! Is a down payment necessary? How much will it be? And how is this amount calculated? Here are a few things you should know about down payments before you drive off in your new or used car or truck.

While it was once true that the typical down payment for a new vehicle hovered somewhere around 20%, that is simply not the case now. Many factors will determine which is the right down payment for you and the vehicle you’ve got your eye on. These days, many drivers are putting forth no more than a 10% down payment to purchase their dream car, while others offer a down payment of somewhere in the middle. You’ll need to ask yourself several questions before finding the magic number.

What down payment can you afford?

A down payment of 20% may be impossible with your current income. That’s OK. Dealerships offer a wide range of finance options to make sure you don’t sign up for more than you can handle. Payne is one of them! Contact our finance department for more info.

Will you purchase GAP Insurance?

If you’ll be purchasing GAP insurance for your new vehicle, you can probably get away with a down payment of about 10%. This is because GAP insurance will cover the cost of your vehicle should it be totaled. Car insurance is a whole other ball game, so you’ll want to consult closely with your dealership’s finance department about this issue.

What is Zero Down?

Got good credit? You may be in for a pleasant surprise with zero down. This means that you’re not obligated to give a down payment. A couple of drawbacks to this include higher monthly payments and probably, higher finance charges. You won’t have to save up for months, though, meaning you’ll get your new car sooner than expected. If you do go down the Zero Down route, consider GAP insurance to cover the difference. This is a great option for first time buyers!


Ready to take a new vehicle for a spin? Visit your local Ed Payne auto dealership to view our wide selection of new and used models! Or if you need service on your current vehicle, call us to schedule an appointment!

Car Care 101: Ding and Dent Removal Tips

Saturday, October 7th, 2017
dent removal

When it comes to your car, dents and dings are bound to happen. It’s all part of life, even more so when you’re a frequent driver always on the go! But these dents and dings don’t have to ruin your day, annoying as they may be. There are a few simple, affordable ways to rid your car’s exterior of these tiny little bummers. Follow these steps for a DIY solution to get rid of those imperfections in no time. Learning these handy little tricks will ensure you don’t let a little ding get in the way of smooth ride.

DIY Dent Removal

Step 1: Evaluate the Damage

Most dings and dents can be fixed easy, with little hassle, but there are those that require more extensive intervention. If paint is missing, or the metal happens to be creased or crumpled, you may have to take your vehicle to the dealerships to let the pros handle the rest.

Step 2: Thoroughly Wash and Dry the Area.

This will help clear off any particles before you begin the suction method. You want to make sure you’re working on a clean, clear surface.

Step 3: Use a Suction Cup

This can be highly effective in snapping dents back into place. A dent puller is great for removing shallow dents. Simply push the suction cup into the middle of the dent, taking care to get good suction. Next, push the handles together to lock the dent puller. Then pull the dent out, using a firm and steady pull.

Step 4: Hammer Time

You can also hammer dents out, another common method. A rubber mallet and an old towel are all you need to do this. Wrap the mallet in the towel, then slowly work to tap the ding into place. Hammer the dent from the inside of the metal.

Having some issues with dent removal? No problem. Payne Auto Group can help! Visit our service department for body work. Or browse our selection of new and used inventory from brands like Ford, GMC and Chevy. Here, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for.

Winter Tires vs. All Season Tires: Which is Best for You?

Friday, October 6th, 2017
winter tires

Many vehicles come outfitted with all-season tires upon purchase. There are lots of reasons for their popularity. Some include their good tread life, sufficient fuel economy and overall smooth, quiet ride. They’re great for everyday performance, and these tires are built to drive under a number of conditions. Light snow and rainy, wet roads, are no match for all season tires.

All season tires are a great option for navigating South Texas, but there are big benefits to winter tires. Winter tires are designed differently to operate smoothly under harsh weather conditions.

Here are some benefits:

Tread Rubber

In winter tires, the tread rubber compounds are designed more flexible. This means they grip the road better than your typical all season tire. During very cold temperatures, the tread rubber on all season tires actually stiffens. It renders them less effective at providing good traction.

Tread Depth

Deeper tread depths on winter tires reduces snow buildup, which offers better traction while driving over snow. What’s more, the tread patterns on winter tires are designed to channel slush and expel water.

Biting Edges

Winter tires have a larger number of high sipe densities and biting edges. This helps them stick to the road during harsh conditions. In fact, they contain thousands of little slits to provide traction on ice.

The better tire will depend largely on your typical driving conditions. All season tires may be just perfect for South Texans. But the power of winter tires during bad weather shouldn’t be ignored.

Need help with your tires? Not to worry, Payne is here to help! Our South Texas new and used car dealerships have everything you need to navigate these streets in style. Stop by and visit us, or contact our Service Department for maintenance. With Payne, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for.

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.


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! 


Make Your Last Summer Road Trip a Good One With These Helpful Tips

Thursday, September 7th, 2017
summer road trip

There’s nothing quite like a road trip to put a cherry on top of your summer.

As fun as they are, though, no summer road trip is without its hassles.

Don’t let a few bumps in the road (literally) hinder your good time. From messy cars, to those endless “are we there yet?”s, your last summer road trip will likely be your most fun. Here’s what to do to ensure your summer road trip is nothing but good times.

Have a plan

Not only is driving and fishing around on your phone, dangerous. It can scare the heck out of your passengers, too! It’s best to have a plan any time you hit the road. Program your GPS before take-off, and always be ready to go with a full tank of gas.

Stock up on entertainment

There’s nothing worse than road trip boredom setting in, and setting in hard! There are books and magazines, sure. But tuning into your favorite show on the road can’t be beat. Luckily, plenty of models we carry come equipped with innovative tech equipment. From clear television screens, to features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, there’s no shortage of fun on the road.

Keep it organized

Your car is likely to get dirty after a road trip, just like your kitchen is a mess after a good home cooked meal. But that doesn’t mean you’re going to stop cooking altogether! From fast food drinks, to empty chip bags and magazines, it’s almost impossible to keep a clean vehicle during a road trip. Fortunately, many of today’s modern models come equipped with ample storage space and compartments to keep things organized as you drive.

Safety first

Safety should be your first priority any time you hit the road. It’s even more important when your entire family is in tow. Luckily, many of today’s most popular vehicles are well equipped with innovative safety features.


Need a little maintenance before you hit the road? Our service department can help! Contact us to schedule your appointment, or stop by one of our Rio Grande Valley dealerships to check out our latest selection of new and used models.

Wheel Alignments: Why You Need One

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
wheel alignments

Car maintenance is never ending! There’s always something to do in regard to keeping your vehicle afloat. Wheel alignments are one of those overlooked maintenance projects that often fall on the back burner. Unfortunately, ignoring routine wheel alignments can wreak havoc on your car’s suspension system. Read on to learn more about wheel alignments and why you shouldn’t ignore them.

What are they?

Wheel alignments serve an important purpose in making sure your tires make contact with the road properly. Your car’s suspension system is filled with springs and other parts, which have to work just so in order to keep your wheels running smoothly. Wheel alignments ensure all four of your tires are working as they should. Your vehicle just won’t run the way you want it to without wheel alignments.

What are some benefits?

More even tread wear, smoother steering, and better gas mileage are a few things you’ll gain from routine wheel alignments. Getting your wheels alignment checked regularly costs less than constantly replacing tires. This type of maintenance can go a long way in extending the life of your wheels, and your car’s suspension system in general. Improper alignment can lead to more car issues than one.

How do they impact safety?

Improper alignment is not only bad for your wheels. It’s also a safety hazard. Proper alignment ensures your car handles better. Your car may pull to one side, or in the opposite direction you’d expect when alignment is off. This can mean trouble for you (and your passengers) as you drive.

A good rule of thumb dictates an alignment check about every 10,000 miles. You may need one more often if you frequently drive on rougher roads.

Are you in need of a wheel alignment? Payne Auto Group is here to help! Call to schedule an appointment with our service department. We can handle anything you throw our way. Or take a look at our wide selection of new and used vehicles. We may have just what you’ve been looking for! 

Brake Fluid: What You Need to Know

Friday, September 1st, 2017
brake fluid

Your vehicle’s brakes are serious business. Getting behind the wheel with faulty brakes is a major gamble, and can endanger not only you, but everyone on the road. Like many car features, brakes require routine maintenance to work their best. Among this maintenance is the matter of brake fluid.

Brake fluid is responsible for applying pressure on your brakes, as your brake system is equipped with four brake rotors. This is what allows your car to come to a stop in mere seconds.

Insufficient brake fluid is a problem for more reasons than one. You definitely want to solve the problem before it’s too late! This  problem will manifest themselves in a few ways.

Indicators of low brake fluid may include:

Brake Pressure

Have you noticed that coming to a full stop requires you to press on the brake more roughly than usual? Having to press down hard on your brake pedal, or worse, all the way to the floor, can indicate a problem. Granted, there are several issues that can cause braking difficulty. But low fluid may very well be the culprit.

Pump Pressure

Adequately lubricated brakes shouldn’t require several pumps to be effective. If you find yourself pumping more often than usual, you may have a lack of brake fluid on your hands.

Other Indicators:

Your dashboard may be trying to tell you something if you suddenly find that the brake light has lit up like a Christmas tree. One other indicator is a noticeable leak of break fluid underneath your car.

If you’re unsure about how often to replace your brake fluid, consult your owner’s manual. And don’t hesitate to get your fluid checked if you notice something amiss with your brakes.


Need help with your brakes? Our Payne Service Department can help! For brake fluid replacement and other issues, call us to schedule an appointment.

Buying a New Vehicle? Here’s What to Do!

Thursday, August 31st, 2017
buying a new vehicle

Purchasing a New Vehicle? Here’s What to Do!

Buying a new vehicle is a big step! You’ve done the research. You know exactly what you want. But heading to the car dealerships to negotiate is a different story entirely.

The process of buying a new vehicle can be tricky if you don’t quite know what to expect. Here’s what you’ll need to do – start to finish – to drive away in your dream vehicle unscathed.

Step 1: Research!

First of all, these are cars we’re talking about. There are endless options to choose from. So, you’ve definitely got your work cut out for you! Truly think about what kind of features you’re looking for. Furthermore, explore cars within your budget and those just slightly outside your budget. You may be able to work out a great deal!

Step 2: Get pre-approved

Applying for a pre-approved car loan is a great step in the car buying process. You’ll get input into what you can afford, and what kind of interest rate you’ll be looking at. Furthermore, all this can help you decide on a model. And have things like your salary information and other debts at hand to make the process run more smoothly.

Step 3: Consider your trade-in

Determine your trade-in value before you hit the dealership. Consequently, this will offer a clear picture of what your car is worth. Additionally, you can also use this to negotiate. Be honest about your car’s condition. Because some trade-in sites will vary, overall, it’s a smart move to estimate what you’re working with before you really begin shopping.

Step 4: Locate and test-drive the car

You’ve selected a few great models you’re interested in. Finally it’s time to test drive! Hit the dealership where your car is in stock, and get an up-close look at the interior and exterior. And make sure it aligns with what you’re looking for in a new vehicle.

Step 5: Negotiate

Talk to your salesperson about the best deal possible. As a result, you may be able to negotiate based on the value of your trade-in. Also, inquire about rebates and any other offers car dealerships may have available.

Step 6: Review your deal

You’re almost done! Because you’ve selected the new vehicle you love, now you should speak to the finance department to see if you can score a better interest rate from what you’ve already gathered. They can’t offer you a better option than your previous inquiry? No biggie! Fortunately, you’ve already been pre-approved!

Step 7: Inspect your vehicle

Finally, it’s important to do one last inspection. Make sure the vehicle is equipped with everything it should be, and that there are no dents or scratches. Your car should be in fabulous shape when you purchase it. Anything less just won’t do!


Are you ready to get started? Your local Ed Payne car dealerships have a wide selection of awesome models to choose from. Visit one of our Valleywide dealerships today with help buying a new vehicle, or contact our maintenance department for vehicle service.