When Do You Need New Brakes?

Signs You Need New Brakes - Chip Wynn Motors
If Your Vehicle Shows These Signs, You May Need New Brakes

One of the most important safety features on your car is your brakes. That is why keeping them in prime working condition is extremely important. Here are four signs that you need new brakes.

  • Squealing sound when stopping.

    If you hear a high-pitched squealing sound when you step on the brakes, this could mean your brake pads are wearing thin. Most pads have a built-in safety device, called an indicator, that will make this sound to let you know the pads are getting thin.

  • Reduced stopping power.

If it takes longer to come to a complete stop or it feels like you have to press your brake pedal down further, this could indicate a leak in your braking system. Look under your car to see if there are any puddles of fluid forming while you are stopped.

  • Vibrations.

If you feel any vibrations while braking, this could mean your brake rotors are warped.

  • Pulling.

If your vehicle pulls to one side while braking, this could be a sign your brake pads are wearing unevenly or your brake fluid is dirty.

If you notice any of these issues while braking, be sure to check them yourself or have a professional take a look.

Choosing Motor Oil: Which Is Right for You?

Choosing Motor Oil In Paducah, KY
Changing The Oil Is Important To Your Car’s Health

Choosing Motor Oil

Changing your oil regularly is one of the best ways to maintain your car. However, there are several types of motor oil now on the market. In particular, you’ll have to choose between various viscosities, a measure of thickness, and between regular and synthetic oils. Below are some tips on choosing motor oil that’s right for your car.

Does It Meet The Standards?

One of the steps in choosing the right oil, according to Popular Mechanics, is to make sure it meets the standards of the American Petroleum Institute (API). Oils that meet API standards are marked on the label of the container. You should also check to see that your oil has passed the Energy Conserving test, a test measured by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

Types Of Oil

Next, choose between conventional or synthetic oils. Most conventional oils are made from a combination or recycled oil and refined petroleum. This type of oil has been in use for years, and it lasts roughly three months or 3,000 miles. Synthetic oils are specially designed in laboratories, and they often contain more durable compounds and detergents. These last about five months or 5,000 miles.

Viscosity?

Finally, choose the right viscosity, or thickness.  There are two numbers that show you this. For instance, 10W-30 can be broken down like this: “10” is the thickness at 0 degrees Fahrenheit (“W” stands for winter) while the “30” is the thickness at 212 degrees Fahrenheit. So, 20W-50 has more viscosity than 10W-30. You typically want thicker oil so it better coats the engine, but oil that is too thick will slow movement. The 5W rating is usually recommended for winter, while 10W is good for summer.

We at Chip Wynn Motors hope this helps. And remember, a simple oil change can keep your used car running longer.

Things to Do in Paducah This Summer

Things To Do In Paducah, KY
Some Great Festivals Are Happening This Summer

Things To Do In Paducah

There are tons to do in the Paducah area, including festivals and events. There are several activities in the area that celebrate the city’s culture and heritage, including things like the Dogwood Trail celebration, QuiltWeek, Lower Town Arts & Music Festival, Barbecue on the River, and more. Below are just some of the many fun things to do in Paducah.

Lower Town Arts And Music Festival

According to the Paducah website, the Lower Town Arts and Music Festival will be held from May 19 to 20 this year. The purpose of this festival is to create awareness in the area, providing support and exposure for a number of local artists. Many places in Paducah sponsor the event to help musicians, painters, and more get a start.

Cinema Sisters Film Festival

The Cinema Sisters Film Festival will be held from May 26 to 28. Supporting the LGBTQ community, this festival is held in the downtown area, and several dining and shopping locations will be available within walking distance.

Riverfront Rod Run Festival

Finally, check out the Riverfront Rod Run festival. This auto show welcomes hot rods, custom builds, classics, muscle cars, and trucks through 1972. There will also be classic motorcycles for you to see, a great way to see some truly memorable rides.

Here at Chip Wynn Motors we can’t wait for summer. These are just a few of the many great activities in Paducah.

Springtime and Easter in Paducah

Springtime is full of lovely reasons to celebrate, from new blooms to the smell of fresh rain. Easter in Paducah is just one of many ways to spend time with the family this year and enjoy the new season.

 

2017 Easter Egg Dash

Bring the kids out on the evening of Tuesday, April 11th for a free Easter egg hunt. Children 10 and under will be split into their age groups, then race to find over 15,000 candy-filled eggs scattered across Noble Park Baseball Fields. No Easter is complete without an egg hunt, and this excellent community event is happening right next door to Chip Wynn Motors.

 

Easter Crafts

Spend Easter weekend getting your hands dirty with some traditional Easter egg decorating. There are so many ways to get artistic with eggs, from watercolors to glitter to temporary tattoos. Take a trip to the craft store and pick out your tools, then spend the afternoon making your egg-shaped masterpieces.

Easter in Paducah

Easter Baskets

Nothing says Easter morning like an Easter basket filled with treats. Skip the store-bought version this year, and make custom Easter baskets for your friends and family. Whether you make it sports themed or build the actual basket out of boxes of candy, your recipient is sure to appreciate the thoughtful, personalized gift.

Benefits of a Good Credit Score

They say that age ain’t nothing but a number. Credit scores, on the other hand, are extremely important numbers that affect many potential endeavors in the adult world. There are lots of reasons to work towards a good credit score. May this list be the inspiration you need to improve yours.

 

Better Loan Approvals

Lenders like banks, credit unions, and even dealerships like Chip Wynn Motors use your credit score to determine how likely you are to pay back debt. Thus, the better credit score you have the better loan options you’ll get.

 

Better Chance of Getting an Apartment

Lenders aren’t the only ones interested in your history with debt. Landlords will also want to know your score. A good credit score means there’s a good chance you’ll pay rent on time.

 

Less Expensive Car Insurance

Car insurance companies see a bad credit score and make the assumption that a person will file lots of claims. Having a low score doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get insurance, but it might mean you’ll be paying a much higher premium.

Good Credit Score

Avoid Paying Deposit on Utilities

If a utility company sees that you have bad credit or no credit, they may ask for a deposit before turning on the utilities in your name. A good credit score will show them that you can pay your bills each month. Often times this is enough assurance for them to waive the deposit fee.

What You Should Know Before Buying a Used Car

buying a used car
Buying a used car is a great idea for the buyer on a budget.

Today, used cars are more reliable and long-lasting than ever. Follow these tips for the best used car buying experience.

  • Calculate Your Budget. Before doing anything else, you should decide what you can and are willing to spend. Think about financing and how much you can handle in terms of a monthly payment.
  • Decide What Kind of Car You Want. The used car market is vast – and might paralyze you with how many choices are out there! Try narrowing down what you’re looking for ahead of time.
  • Investigate! There’s no such thing as too much research. Research all different kinds of vehicles and when you’ve decided what you’re into, research what your ideal car typically goes for.
  • Inspect and Get a Vehicle History Report. So, you’ve done all that research and found your dream car – now what? Make sure to do a full inspection and get a Vehicle History Report from the seller.
  • Negotiate. If everything else checked out, it’s time to negotiate and pay what you want for your new (used) car.

At Chip Wynn Motors, we have plenty of great used cars in our inventory – so make sure to start your search by stopping by today.

The Meanings Behind St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

St. Patrick's Day traditions
You probably celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. But are you familiar with these St. Patrick’s Day traditions?
  • Why green? The color originally associated with St. Patrick was actually blue, but green came to be associated with the holiday through being the color of Ireland’s lush, green wilderness and also of the shamrock, which according to legend St. Patrick used to explain the trinity.
  • What’s so special about shamrocks? As mentioned above, there is a legend surrounding St. Patrick that one of the ways in which he converted the Irish to Christianity was by explaining the trinity to them using the three petals of the shamrock.
  • What foods are traditional? Foods like Irish stew are nice to have on St. Patrick’s Day, but corned beef and cabbage is a major dish in the US. In older times, St. Patrick’s Day was a Catholic festival that allowed the Irish to take a break from Lent by partaking of bacon and other meats from which they were fasting.
  • What’s the significance of Irish dancing? There are a number of different kinds of Irish dancing. Oftentimes Irish dancers will have to master certain types of dance in order to move onto the next one. St. Paddy’s Day has a special dance that doesn’t allow for variations in steps which all dancers must master.

Learning about St. Patrick’s Day traditions can help you enjoy the holiday more fully, so we at Chip Wynn Motors hope you enjoyed these facts and trivia!

Spring Clean Your Car in Five Easy Steps

Spring Clean Your Car
Spring is right around the corner. If you have a layer of salty grime on your car along with some trash, it’s time to spring clean your car.

Spring is right around the corner. This means it is time to kick winter to the curb, and the place where winter is most likely lingering the most is your car. If you have a layer of salty grime on your car along with some trash and a bunch of junk, it’s time to spring clean your car. Follow these five steps to have the best-looking car on the block.

  1. Empty your car. Take everything out of your car that isn’t attached—don’t forget the trunk. This includes floor mats and any cup holder liners. Divide all the stuff into three piles: things to throw away, things to put away, and things to put back in your car.
  2. Clean the interior. Work from the top down to clean every surface of your car. Use a fine-bristled brush, like an old toothbrush, to scrub at built-up dust and dirt. Wash the windows and wipe down all hard surfaces. Finally, vacuum the seats and carpeting.
  3. Wash car accessories. To clean your floor mats, you can just hose them down, even if they’re carpeted. Then, just hang them up to air dry. If you have cup holder inserts spray these down, too.
  4. Wash your car. Starting with your roof, wash one panel at a time, making sure you rinse out your cloth or sponge frequently. Rinse off the soap and dry the car with a soft, clean cloth.
  5. Put it back together. Once everything is clean and dry, put it back in your car. Make sure everything you want to keep in your car has its own place.

When do you usually spring clean your car?

Now Is the Time to Buy a Used Car

Time to Buy a Used Car
No one wants to pay more than they have to for a car. So, if you’re in the market for a car, now is the time to buy a used car.

No one wants to pay more than they have to for a car. So, if you’re in the market for a car, now is the time to buy a used car. You could potentially find an excellent bargain since there is a current influx of used cars across the country and prices are falling.

There are an estimated 3.3 million cars to be returned this year as their 2014 leases end. That is a lot of cars. And, since lease contracts carry so many stipulations for mileage and wear and tear, these used cars will be in excellent condition.

And, because there will be so many cars to sell, dealerships, like us here at Chip Wynn Motors, will be pricing used cars to move. You should be able to find bargains in nearly every segment. In the crossover and SUV segments, keep your eyes open for a Honda CR-V or the full-size GMC Yukon. Look for deals on the ever-popular mid-size Toyota Camry. And, if you need something small, consider the compact Nissan Versa or Toyota Yaris.

Here at Chip Wynn Motors, we carry a wide range of makes and models with cars to fit nearly any budget. Come visit us today to score an excellent deal on a great used car.

Simple Tips to Help Prepare Your Car for Winter

Prepare Your Car for Winter
The end of fall is in sight, which means the coldest time of the year is just around the corner. Here’s how to prepare your car for the winter.

The end of fall is in sight, which means the coldest time of the year is just around the corner. While most people are getting ready for the holiday season, it’s also a time to get your car ready for the coming months. Here’s how to prepare your car for the winter.

First, it’s important that you get your car ready for the onslaught of salt that comes when it snows. As salt destroys paint and causes rust, you need to take steps to prevent damage. In the beginning of the winter, wash and wax your car thoroughly to keep the salt from damaging the body of your car. Do this every month or two throughout the winter.

Once you’ve treated your car, prepare an emergency kit for your vehicle. In the event of an accident in the snow, there are certain things that you will want and need. In an accessible part of your car, put together a kit with items like road flares, food, an extra cell phone or battery, as well as a blanket and change of clothes. These simple items could save your life.

By following these few simple steps, you protect your vehicle for the long haul and keep yourself safe.