Father’s Day Automotive Gifts: Get Dad Something Special

Father's Day Automotive Gifts
If you haven’t already gone out and bought a gift for your dad, consider some of the following Father’s Day automotive gifts.

Father’s Day is on June 19, which means it’s right around the corner. If you haven’t already bought a gift for your dad, consider some of the following Father’s Day automotive gifts. Whether he’s a true gearhead or he simply likes driving, there is something for every dad.

According to AutoGuide, one of the best gifts for any sophisticated dad could be some shift-knob wine stoppers. Mercedes-Benz is one of the many automakers that make these premium wine stoppers, each of which is taken straight from a classic car. Running anywhere from $20 to $100, this gift is great for a dad who loves driving classic cars and drinking great wine, but not at the same time, of course.

Racing school is a great gift for any dad who has ever wanted to drive a racecar. Although this gift can run anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, once your dad gets behind the wheel of a racecar he won’t want to leave. Driving schools are diverse, ranging from NASCAR to rally and supercar training sessions.

Have a handy dad? Why not get him more tools? You can check out everything from tool boxes to basic supplies. Every dad might need or want something different, so a little research might go a long way. One great way to find out is to spend time with your dad, learning exactly what he might need.

These are just some of the many auto-oriented gift ideas out there. You might also consider high-tech gadgets like Bluetooth or remote start among other things.

Five Reasons to Buy a Truck

Reasons to Buy a Truck
If you aren’t sure whether or not you should buy a truck, perhaps these five reasons to buy a truck will help change your mind.

So you’ve found yourself asking your friend to help you haul stuff a little too often. Your friendship is getting strained because of it. Maybe it’s time to get your own! Here are five reasons to buy a truck!

# 1 – Tow and haul. This has so many advantages. You can get that boat or those jet skis you always wanted. You never have to pay anyone to haul your motorcycle to the shop. You can haul your own mulch. The list never ends.

# 2 – No sacrificing comfort. For a long time now, trucks have competed with passenger cars for comfort and accommodation. Having lots of power doesn’t mean you have to suffer in an austere and uncomfortable cab.

#  3 – No sacrificing technology. Trucks can be just as tech-savvy as smaller cars. Don’t think for a second that you’ll have to do with obsolete safety or in-cabin tech.

# 4 – Go anywhere. Trucks often feature stiffer, tougher suspension and a protected underbody. This allows you to take the road less traveled. Ever heard of muddin’?

# 5 – Return the favor. Though some people may find it aggravating that all of their friends ask them to help them move, it is very nice to be able to help the people you love. Plus, there is usually free pizza involved!

Why Buy a Used Car

Buy a Used Car
When you head out to buy a used car, one of the first things you’ll notice is the price is significantly less than a new car.

Buying a used car just doesn’t have quite the feel as buying a new car. If you’re willing to sacrifice the new car smell, however, a used car can offer many benefits its new car counterpart can’t. Whether you don’t have the money, don’t want to take out a large loan, or want a car for a new driver, a used car is the way to go.

When you head out to buy a used car, the first thing you’ll notice is the price is significantly less than a new car. If you came in with a budget for a specific car, that price difference could allow you to move up to a nicer model.

The next advantage used cars have is maintaining their value. New cars go through depreciation, sometimes up to 40 percent, the second they leave the lot and become used cars. Used cars, having already gone through depreciation, are worth the same amount you paid when you drove off the lot.

You can look at makes and models that may be discontinued or have a specific package when you buy a used car. New cars are limited to a select few models each and every year. The number of new cars pales in comparison to the vast number of used cars. If you want a wider selection, a used car is the way to go.

We here at Chip Wynn Motors can help you get a used car that fits your lifestyle and works with your budget!

3 Tips for Test Driving a Car

Tips for Test Driving a Car
We here at Chip Wynn Motors have provided some useful tips for test driving a car that will tell you all you need to know.

New or used, you should take a car on a test drive before making a final decision. Test driving a car is the most important step in actually deciding to purchase a car. If you aren’t comfortable, hear anything strange, or the car doesn’t seem to drive right, you’ll find out on the test drive. Staring at the car’s exterior is one thing but we here at Chip Wynn Motors have some tips for test driving a car that will tell you all you need to know.

  • Before. Once you’ve informed the salesman you’re ready for a test drive, there’s a few things you’ll want to check out first. Check the tire tread by running your hand over the surface of the tire. If it isn’t wearing evenly, point it out. Open the hood and look for anything out of the ordinary, like massive amounts of dirt and grime.
  • During. When you’re on the road, you’ll obviously want to make sure you’re comfortable. Make sure you can see and read all the gauges and controls. Test everything, especially the radio, heat, and air conditioning. Drive on the same terrain as normal. If the car can’t handle your usual drive, like hills and curves, take that into consideration.
  • After. Sleep on it, so to speak. Evaluate and reevaluate your drive over the next few days before making a final decision. If the car doesn’t seem right for you, don’t be afraid to walk away.

Start the Year Off Right with These New Year’s Resolutions for Your Car

Resolutions for Your Car
As you begin to consider your New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to also think about these New Year’s resolutions for your car.

It’s that time of year again: time to promise yourself that you’ll make a big change this year, in the form of a New Year’s resolution. While getting in shape, reading more books, and spending more time outside are each valiant ideas, we have a few more proposals for you.

This year, consider one of these New Year’s resolutions for your car:

  • Keep a written log of every time you get your oil changed, and always get it changed on time.
  • Keep the inside of your car clean, by never leaving garbage behind when you exit the vehicle.
  • Keep the outside of your vehicle clean, and get some exercise while doing it by washing it on your own.
  • Learn more about your tires, how to check on their tread, and how to re-inflate them on your own.
  • Save gas money while lowering your carbon footprint by carpooling with co-workers, friends, and family.
  • And lastly, vow to never text and drive this year. It can wait!

And if you’d like to start 2016 with a new vehicle entirely, visit us anytime at Chip Wynn Motors.

How to Host a Successful Thanksgiving Dinner

Successful Thanksgiving Dinner
If you are hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year, then here are some tips on how to host a successful Thanksgiving dinner.

November is here, which means it’s time to start planning for Thanksgiving. If you are hosting the holiday at your house this year, whether for the first time, or the twentieth, it’s time to get ready. Here are some tips on how to host a successful Thanksgiving dinner.

According to Epicurious.com, since we’re less than four week away from Thanksgiving, you already need to invite your guests, finalize your menu, create a shopping list, get any cooking gear you’ll need, finalize your décor, order your turkey, and make your cooking plan (plan out what you’ll cook when).

Later this week (when we’re three weeks out), you should clean out your cupboards to make room for new ingredients, buy all nonperishable supplies, and take care of any in-home projects you wanted to accomplish (paint the dining room, get new guest towels, etc.).

Two week ahead of the big day, you can start cooking! First, however, you’ll need to clean out your freezer to make some room. Good items you can make this far ahead include pie dough, bread, and turkey stock.

Over the next week and half, you will need to prepare your house, especially if you’ll be having house guests. This means you should have clean sheets and towels for your guests, polish the silver (if you have any you’ll be using), clean out the fridge, and start thawing your turkey if it’s frozen (it takes about 5 hours per pound to thaw).

The day or two before Thanksgiving you can start doing some hardcore baking. This includes the pies, or simple side dishes that can be reheated in the microwave, like mashed potatoes. If you’re brining your turkey, leave it in the brine overnight.

Once Thanksgiving Day has arrived, plan on baking and cooking until mealtime. Be sure to put your turkey in the oven nice and early so it has plenty of time to cook. Also, don’t forget to take out any items you placed in the freezer, like bread, so they can thaw on the counter.

Will you be hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year?

How to Change a Flat Tire with Ease

How to Change a Flat Tire
Being stuck with a flat tire is an invariably unpleasant experience, but you’ll make matters quite a bit better by knowing how to change a flat tire.

Being stuck with a flat tire is an invariably unpleasant experience, but you’ll make matters quite a bit better by knowing what to do when the time comes to change out your flat and put on your spare. To help you out, we’ve detailed just how to change a flat tire below.

First thing’s first: you’ll need to have a few essential tools on-hand if you want to change your tire. Be sure to keep all of the following in your vehicle just in case you should need to change a flat in a pinch: lug wrench, jack, spare tire, flashlight, gloves, and spare lug nuts. The DMV also recommends tire blocks, tire gauge, a tarp or mat for kneeling, and a poncho in case of inclement weather. Fix-a-flat™ and a portable tire inflator is also recommended for instances where a flat can be temporarily repaired.

On the occasion of getting a flat, pull off on the side of the road and try to make sure that you’re parked on as level a surface as possible. Turn on your hazard lights (particular if it’s dusk or later), and retrieve the tools from your trunk.

First, loosen the lug nuts on the offending wheel. You won’t want to remove them completely yet, but loosen them enough that you can remove the tire with relative ease. Next, find your vehicle’s jack point (consult your owner’s manual) and jack the car up until the tire is about six inches off the road.

From here, you’ll remove the lug nuts and the tire, pulling the latter straight toward you and setting it next to you on the shoulder. Then, line up the spare wheel with the lug nut posts and push it onto the wheel base. Once it’s secure, replace the lug nuts and tighten moderately, lower the vehicle to the ground, remove the jack, and tighten the lug nuts completely.

That should be it! If you have a flat and need a replacement, or if you need inflation and realignment, be sure to stop into Chip Wynn Motors.