One of the most important safety features on your car is your tires. This is the only part that keeps your car in contact with the road. If they fail, you won’t be going anywhere. If your tires are getting old and worn down, here are a few tips for buying tires to get you started.
Check the Owner’s Manual
Your owner’s manual will have all the information you need on your car, including what size tires you need. Unless you have modified your vehicle, make sure the tire’s sidewall code matches what is recommended in the manual.
Buy a Full Set
While you might be tempted to just replace the most worn tires, your car will operate the best with a matching set of four.
Check Your Spare
Give your spare tire a thorough inspection. If it is a full-size tire, consider saving the best of your old tires for a new spare.
Break in Your New Tires
New tires may come with a residue that can lessen their grip on the road. This will gradually wear off as your drive. Allow about 500 miles for this to happen. During that time, allow for greater braking distances and don’t try any fast cornering.
If you’re in the market for a great used vehicle, look no further than Chip Wynn Motors.
Are you in a long-term relationship and looking for a new way to excite your partner on Valentine’s Day? Or perhaps this is your first Valentine’s Day with your significant other and you have no idea how to surprise them? Try out one of these exciting Valentine’s Day date ideas this February:
- Take a class together: Learning a new skill—or improving on an old one—with your loved one could be really fun. Sign yourselves up for a class in cooking, dancing, or even improv comedy!
- Design a scavenger hunt: Build a scavenger hunt that takes you and your significant other to places all over town that have special meaning to you. The hunt should end up somewhere funny or romantic.
- Take a trip back in time: We were all kids once. Why not spend the day reliving some of your favorite memories together, many of which you probably didn’t share together because you didn’t know each other yet! Go mini golfing, roller skating, and even try out laser tag. Don’t forget to spend lots of time in the arcade. Many cities now even have “barcades” where you can play classic games from your childhood while enjoying craft beer or a delicious cocktail.
If you’re looking for a different ride to take your date for a spin in, visit us at Chip Wynn Motors.
In the New Year, we often make commitments to improve ourselves and achieve some goals. It is also a good time to make New Year’s resolutions for your car. Here are a few suggestions:
- Keep up with maintenance—and learn to do it yourself: Regular car maintenance is the best way to keep your car performing optimally and safely. Stay on top of oil changes, tire rotations, and other routine maintenance. Better yet, learn to do it yourself and save some money! At the very least, you should know how to check tire pressure (and do it regularly), change a flat tire, change your oil, and jump start your car.
- Keep it clean: Regularly wash and wax your car to preserve its exterior coat and prevent rust damage. You should also keep the inside clean to retain value and make your car more comfortable for you and your guests.
- Drive efficiently: Protect the environment—and your wallet—by driving more efficiently. This means staying at the speed limit, accelerating slower, coasting to a red light instead of hard braking, and not idling your car. You can also remove junk from your trunk to reduce your vehicle’s overall weight and improve your fuel economy.
If you’re looking for a used or classic car to keep your New Year’s resolutions with, contact us at Chip Wynn Motors.
Winters are rough on our vehicles—rougher than any other time of year. Make sure your vehicle survives it through another cold and snowy season by following these winter car care tips:
- Regularly check your tire pressure: Tires lose pressure quickly in the winter—about a pound of pressure for every 10-degree decrease. Manually check your tire pressure each week and pump them up as necessary. Also, test your tread depth while you’re down there to ensure you have enough tread to handle snowy and icy roads.
- Or just put on snow tires: We can get a fair amount of snow here in Kentucky. Consider investing in snow tires this winter season.
- Check all your exterior lights: It gets dark much sooner in the winter, which means more “nighttime driving.” Make sure you can see and be seen by testing your exterior lights once a week, including headlights, tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals.
- Leave up your wiper blades: If you park outside, raise your windshield wiper arms up so they don’t get stuck to your windshield with ice.
- Don’t let your fuel drop below half a tank: Always having half a tank of gas is a safe bet in the winter in case you get stranded and need to run your heat until help arrives.
If you’re worried about your vehicle or need help getting it ready for ice or snow, make sure to find a repair shop now before you get in trouble down the line.
Living in Paducah gives us access to so many easy and exciting Kentucky road trips. One of our favorite quick road trips is the journey to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. The trip is just two and a half hours, with the museum located roughly 150 miles away.
The National Corvette Museum has more than 80 Corvettes on display, including many one of a kinds. The museum was built in the 90s and has hosted millions of visitors since. You can also grab a bite to eat there at the Corvette Café and, more exciting, visit the connected NCM Motorsports Park where you can watch Corvettes in action or even take a lap in a Corvette if you are brave enough.
The National Corvette Museum fell victim to a sinkhole earlier this decade. The sinkhole that formed inside the museum swallowed several classic Corvettes. Some of these were restored and are back on display; others remain on display in their damaged condition as a reminder of what happened at the museum.
The museum is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, with the exception of New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
If you want to impress your fellow museum attendees in Bowling Green, come talk to us at Chip Wynn Motors about our classic car options.
Vehicles are less efficient during colder months for a number of reasons. Battery performance isn’t as strong in the winter; the process of heating up your vehicle, running your heater and defroster, and using heated seats drains efficiency; engines take longer to reach peak efficiency levels; and even the air is denser, creating more drag on your vehicle. But that doesn’t mean you have to just accept poor fuel economy in the cold. Here’s how to improve your fuel economy in the winter:
- Park in a warm location: If you have a garage, park in it during the winter. If parking out in public, choose a spot that will put your vehicle in direct sunlight. This will decrease the amount of time it takes to heat your vehicle.
- Don’t fall prey to remote start: Remote start is a great feature for cold winter mornings, but letting your car idle wastes so much gas. Only rely on remote start on truly freezing mornings.
- Check your tire pressure regularly: Cold air causes tire pressure to drop, which in turn reduces efficiency. Check your pressure often and fill your tires as needed to improve fuel economy.
- Change your oil: There are oils made specifically for peak performance in colder temperatures, which will improve your fuel economy.
If you’re not sure your car will make it through the winter, come see the expansive inventory of used cars at Chip Wynn Motors.
Chip Wynn Motors sells a wide range of classic cars. If you are considering purchasing a classic car, we are a great place to start, but you’ll want to do research before deciding on a model. Here’s how to make the right classic car choice:
- Set a budget: Come into this with a set amount that you are willing and able to spend and stick to it. Don’t forget: Half the fun of owning a classic car is fixing it up and restoring it, so factor those expenses into a longer-term budget.
- Determine how you will use it: Will your classic car be a toy for you to work on that never leaves the garage? Will you take it to car shows? Will you drive it every day because you love it so much? Answering these questions might help you decide which type of car to go with and the condition you can get it in.
- Consider the mileage: If you are looking at the classic car as an investment, pay close attention to the mileage. Remember, the higher the mileage, the more challenging it will be to recoup your investment and turn a profit.
- Inspect the car closely: What issues with the car are you willing to overlook? Which issues are you looking forward to fixing on your own? Answer these questions before purchasing a fixer-upper.
If you’re ready to buy, feel free to contact Chip Wynn Motors for more assistance or to begin your search.
During the month of October, Chip Wynn took an opportunity to participate in Paducah’s first “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Chip was one of twelve members of the community that had the pleasure of participating in this campaign to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. The goal of this campaign was for these was money for the American Cancer Society while wearing pink to raise awareness.
We are very happy to announce that Chip came in second place in the Paducah fundraiser, having raised $10,083! Chip was ecstatic to be given the opportunity to make an impact, and jumped at the opportunity. “Since I’m in a position to make a difference within my community, I believe I have an obligation to do so”, said Chip.
We are very proud of him, along with the eleven other nominated members for taking a huge step to raise awareness and support for the men and women who are affected by breast cancer. All participants truly embodied what it really means to be a “real man”. If you would like to help in the fight against cancer, we encourage you to donate to the American Cancer Society. Any dollar helps in search for a cure.
It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are already upon us. That likely means you will be traveling to family and friends this November and December with a turkey or your favorite sides or dessert in your vehicle. But how can you do so safely and without compromising the food quality? Here are our top tips for traveling with food:
- Get a tote: A tote is the easiest way to transport heavy casserole dishes without dropping them. You can purchase these online or in stores. If you’d rather go homemade, use a laundry basket to transport your dish, filling all the empty space with towels. Towels are also helpful with our next tips, which is…
- Maintain the temperature: If you have hot food, it is important to keep it hot during your drive. Wrapping them in towels is a good way to keep them warm, but you can also purchase insulating bags in stores and online. If you have a dessert that is best kept cold, don’t risk unregulated temperatures. Store it in a cooler during the drive.
- Don’t forget the utensils: You will be serving your dish outside of your home, so never assume the host will have the proper (or enough) serving utensils. Lend a hand by bringing your own.
Come see us at Chip Wynn Motors if you need a new car to drive your potluck dishes to the party.
Windshield wiper blades are not made to last forever. Because they are made of rubber, they eventually wear down and begin to leave streaks on (or eventually scrape) your windshield. General guidance is to replace once every six months, typically at the start of summer and start of winter.
You can pay to have a mechanic change your windshield wiper blades, but the task is easy enough to do yourself. Here’s how:
- Figure out which blade size you need: Take a measuring tape to size all of your wiper blades. Never assume they are all the same. Alternatively, some auto parts stores can look up your year, make, and model and find the correct blades for you. Remember, you are only changing the rubber blade, not the entire wiper.
- Purchase the blades: Each blade will run you roughly $15.
- Lift the wiper arm and unhook the old blade: We highly recommend laying down a towel over your glass in case the wiper arm snaps back and cracks your windshield. After laying down the towel, raise the arm, steady it, and unlock the old blade to remove it.
- Insert the new wiper blade: The new blade should fit in right where you removed the old one from. Pivot it in until the hook snaps in place. Gently lay the wiper arm back down. Repeat on all other wipers.
If your car needs so much more than just windshield wiper blades, take a look at our used car inventory at Chip Wynn Motors.