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.

Burn Calories While Driving Your Car

Exercise in Your Car
It can be hard to get in your daily exercise, but there is a solution. Here’s how to exercise in your car on your daily commute.

Life is hectic. Between work, school, paying the bills, and seeing friends, there isn’t always time for everything that you want to do in a day. However, the good news is that there are always ways to make better use of your time. Here’s how to exercise in your car on your daily commute.

The easiest way to get some strength training is to purchase a grip strengthener. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to use, and very portable. Simply squeeze the grip strengthener for the duration of your trip.

Another strength training exercise is to bring a small dumbbell in your car for bicep curls. While you aren’t going to become a bodybuilder doing this, you will be able to tone your muscles a little bit.

If you’re looking to strengthen your core, you can do some hip lifts while driving. Having your vehicle on cruise control for this one makes it a bit easier. Just press your feet against the floor, raise your hips off of your seat, and keep your eyes on the road.

Although you may not achieve the body that you desire by doing these exercises, it’s a simple way to get yourself in motion during an otherwise stationary activity.

What to Do with Fall Leaves

Do With Fall Leaves
If you prefer a clean lawn and are constantly working to gather the leaves, here are a few suggestions as to what you can do with fall leaves.

As Autumn is finally rolling in to Kentucky, we get to enjoy the beautiful splashes of color wherever we go. However, those beautiful colors also decorate our streets, sidewalks, and laws. If you prefer a clean lawn and are constantly working to gather the leaves, here are a few suggestions as to what you can do with fall leaves.

  • Make a pile. This is the most fun suggestion of all and will bring out the inner child in everyone. Make a pile as big as you can and jump in it. Invite your kids, grandkids, dogs, and neighbors to join you.
  • Decorate. Use the leaves to create a scarecrow. Stuff burlap sacks or old clothes with the leaves and set up the scarecrow in a chair on your porch. You can also press the prettiest leaves between sheets of wax paper, iron them, mount them, and hang them in your house.
  • Protect beneficial bugs. Bugs like ground beetles and lacewings use fallen leaves as winter cover. Create some safe places for them by using chicken wire to create “envelopes” or other creative shapes. Stuff them with leaves and sticks and leave them in safe places.
  • Create mulch or compost. Dry leaves can be an easy way to mulch your garden and is a great addition to any compost.

What do you like to do with your fall leaves?

Take a Look at this Crash Proof Human

Crash Proof Human
Together, a trauma surgeon, an artist, and a crash expert decided to design what they call a crash proof human, or Graham.

Imagine a world where are cars didn’t evolve to make us safer in a crash, but instead our bodies changed. This is exactly what Australia’s Transport Accident Commission (TAC) did. Together, a trauma surgeon, an artist, and a crash expert designed what they call a crash proof human, or Graham.

Graham isn’t the most attractive man, but his extreme features make him perfectly adapted to survive the forces involved in an automobile accident. So, what does it take for the human body to withstand those forces? Seemingly, it takes an extremely large, fatty head with no neck, a slightly concave face, a reinforced rib cage with extra air pockets, and thicker skin.

But, Graham can not only survive an accident inside the car, but should be able to survive getting hit by one, too. He was designed with an extra joint in his ankles for increased mobility and his knees are so flexible that they can bend in nearly any direction.

If you’re wondering why Graham exists, it is for educational purposes. The TAC wanted to show everyone how extreme our bodies would have to be to survive an accident. They are hoping that Graham will cause people to be more aware while they’re driving so there are fewer accidents on the road.

What is Magnetic Ride Control?

Magnetic Ride Control
Defined as the most advanced suspension system currently on the road, Magnetic Ride Control offers a performance-driven and country-road style ride.

Defined as the most advanced suspension system currently on the road, Magnetic Ride Control offers a performance-driven and country-road style ride that no other system can match. Now in its third-generation, Magnetic Ride Control comes standard on many General Motors vehicles like the Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette. Since it underpins many of the world’s most recognizable cars, what makes Magnetic Ride Control tick? Here at Chip Wynn, we have the answer.

Magnetic Ride Control is relatively simple to explain, but is incredibly complex in its operation. First, an Electronic Control Unit uses multiple sensors to read the road up to 1,000 times per second. As a result, the system can read every pothole, crack, and bump as it comes up. Even more impressive, the system adjusts accordingly almost instantaneously.

The system is able to react so quickly thanks to the use of a special polymer fluid filled with magnetized iron particles that fill each shock absorber. Each shock absorber is wrapped is an electromagnetic coil. When an electric charge shoots through the liquid, the fluid changes its viscosity instantaneously.

With the capability to transition from a free-flowing liquid to dense rubber-like substance in a split second, it’s easy to see why Magnetic Ride Control is the most advanced suspension system ever created. By offering a ride perfect for the track and back-country roads, drivers get the best ride possible.

New Chevrolet Cavalier Debuts…In China

New Chevrolet Cavalier
While there aren’t many drivers pining for a new Chevrolet Cavalier, Chevrolet is still planning to reintroduce the model…in China.

The Chevrolet Cavalier was a value-oriented car for the budget-conscious buyer that was eventually replaced by the Cobalt, which was then subsequently replaced by the current Chevrolet Cruze. While there aren’t many drivers pining for the return of the Cavalier, Chevrolet is reintroducing the model…in China. You read right. The new Chevrolet Cavalier will make its debut in China this month.

There have been rumors and whispers about the introduction of the Chevrolet Cavalier to China and now it’s officially confirmed. Don’t start looking up how to import the Cavalier just yet though. It may not be as incredible as it sounds.

The new Chevrolet Cavalier sedan is basically a Chevrolet Cruze Classic with a new skin and face. The Cavalier falls under the new Chevrolet Cruze, also recently released in China. While it may not seem like a major move here in the United States, it does strengthen Chevrolet’s small car lineup in the world’s largest automotive market.

Powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, the Cavalier bears cues similar to the rest of the Chinese lineup. The interior boasts the dual cockpit design that many of the brand’s models wield.

Don’t expect the Cavalier to hit the United States anytime soon. The Chevrolet Spark and Sonic are both smaller than the Cruze, making the Cavalier a no-go.

Here at Chip Wynn, we’re excited for the return of the Chevrolet Cavalier even if we can’t get it here in the United States!

Celebrate National Picnic Month at these Fantastic Locations in Kentucky

Picnic Places in Kentucky
Since August is known as National Picnic Month, we have compiled a useful list of some of the best picnic places in Kentucky.

Kentucky is a beautiful state. And, one of the best ways to enjoy natural beauty is by enjoying a picnic. August is known as National Picnic Month and here are some of the best picnic places in Kentucky.

  • Dinosaur World. Enjoy a family picnic with a prehistoric twist by visiting Dinosaur World near Mammoth Cave National Park.
  • Columbus Belmont State Park. Catch a glimpse of the mighty Mississippi River while having some family fun at this beautiful state park. There are numerous on-site fire pits available to enjoy a hot lunch.
  • Kentucky Lake. Head down to Kentucky Lake and rent a pontoon boat. Your family is guaranteed to enjoy a picnic lunch on this pristine body of water.
  • Noble Park. If you don’t want to travel far for your picnic. Stay at home in Paducah and visit Noble Park. After you eat, there will be plenty to do, including playgrounds, basketball courts, the Greenway Trail, view of the lake, and more.
  • Ohio River. While there might not be much green space along the Ohio River here in Paducah, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the river. Head down to The Foot of Broadway—there is a small assortment of picnic tables, benches, and stairs to enjoy the view of the river.

Best Used Cars for College Students

Used Cars for College
Since most students don’t have the budget for a new car, check out some of the best used cars for college that will fit right in on any campus.

All across the country, thousands upon thousands of students are gearing up to head off to college. Whether it’s their first year or their last, having a car on campus can be a great benefit. However, most students don’t have the budget for a new car. Here are some of the best used cars for college that will fit right in on any campus.

  • Mazda 3. This little car is available in either sedan or hatchback form. It delivers sharp styling, lots of features, and respectable fuel efficiency.
  • Kia Soul. Young drivers appreciate a car with style, and there’s nothing quite like the Kia Soul. Its boxy styling gives it a spacious interior and it comes loaded with technology.
  • Honda Fit. Versatility is the name of the game for this subcompact hatchback. It comes with a surprisingly roomy interior, delivers excellent fuel efficiency, and unmatched reliability.
  • Ford Edge. For students who prefer a taller driving position, the Edge delivers that and so much more. It has earned top safety recommendations numerous times and comes with a lot of desirable features.

Here at Chip Wynn, we have an ever-changing inventory of excellent used cars. We frequently have many of these models available. Stop by today and we’ll help you find the perfect car to head to college.