The Most Dependable Car Brands from J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study

Most Dependable Car Brands
In the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, some of the most dependable car brands are put into the spotlight.

Buying a used car isn’t nearly as risky as it used to be just a few decades ago because vehicles are made to last longer and be more dependable. However, some brands are still a lot better than others. In the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, it highlights the most dependable car brands.

This study followed owners of 2013 model year vehicles and asked them to track how many problems they encountered over the past 12 months. The results are then recorded as problems per 100 vehicles (PP100).

Coming in at the top of the list is Lexus with only 95PP100. The highest-ranked non-luxury brand is Toyota, which came in fourth place with 113PP100. The industry average for this study was 152PP100. Some of the other well-performing brands include GMC, Chevrolet, Honda, Ram, Lincoln, Cadillac, and Volvo.

If you’re in the market for a used car that you can feel confident driving day-in and day-out, this study would be a great place to start. Here at Chip Wynn Motors, we frequently have many of these dependable brands in stock. Our inventory is always changing, so let us know what you’re looking for and we can give you a call when we have it.

Celebrate Read a Road Map Day by Taking a Road Trip

Read a Road Map Day
If you want to learn how to properly read a paper road map, you should take advantage of Read a Road Map day on April 5th.

If you are under the age of 30, the odds are pretty high that you have never actually driven anywhere using a paper road map. If this describes you, or you just want to refresh your skills, you should take advantage of Read a Road Map day on April 5th.

If you’ve never navigated using a paper map before, here are a few things you need to consider.

  • The index (usually printed on the back of the map) lists all the cities on that map in alphabetical order and then tells you the corresponding grid location of the city. The map likely has numbers or letters listed across one side and the opposite listed across the top or bottom, for example, a city might be listed as C3 in the index. Look for the letter C and move across to the third column to find the city.
  • Another important part of a map is the legend. This small box will show how different types of roadways are depicted on the map. For example, major highways are usually printed in bigger, bolder lines than smaller residential or rural roads.
  • Use the compass road to help keep you oriented in the right direction. If you are heading south, turn the map to follow in the same direction.

When navigating using a paper map, it’s best to have at least two people in the car, one to drive and one to be the navigator. The navigator should keep his or her eye out for major landmarks listed on the map to make sure they are travelling in the right direction.

To really put your road map skills to the test, you should plan a road trip. It doesn’t have to be long—just a day trip somewhere. To make it really exciting, you should lay out your paper map on the ground and then toss a small rock onto the map. You should make wherever it lands your destination.

Do you consider yourself a good navigator while using a road map?

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!

Best National Parks In and Around Kentucky

Best National Parks
If you want to take a road trip but aren’t sure where to go, perhaps some of the best national parks in and around Kentucky are worth a visit.

Before you know it, spring will be here and you’ll have an itch to hit the road. Not sure where to go? You can never go wrong with a national park. These are some of the best national parks in and around Kentucky.

Isle Royale National Park – Michigan

This island is totally isolated with no signs of civilization. You can only get there by ferry. But exploring its rugged landscape is a one-of-a-kind experience.

Mammoth Cave National Park – Kentucky

Aptly named, Mammoth Cave National Park is made up of the longest known cave system in the world. Take a guided tour and learn about this amazing geological feature.

Voyageurs National Park – Minnesota

A versatile and diverse park, Voyageurs National Park got its name from the French travelers that would transport furs on canoes through the region. You can canoe those same waters to this day!

Cuyahoga Valley National Park – Ohio

From dense forest to rolling hills, this park is a hiker’s paradise. It is also highly popular with birdwatchers.

What is your favorite national park to visit?

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.

2016 Chevy Volt Named One of Three Hybrids on ‘10 Best Engines’ List

2016 Chevy Volt
The fact that the 2016 Chevy Volt made the “10 Best Engines” list of 2016 is a testament to the car’s brilliant construction.

The prestigious trade journal Ward’s Auto puts out their list of “10 Best Engines” each year, commemorating the year’s very best power generators. But this year, Ward’s has passed a huge milestone—choosing three hybrid powertrains, including that of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt.

The 2016 Volt, which is merely the second-generation model of the car, uses a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder to provide electricity to an electric motor as well as an 18.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery.

Additionally, the Volt is able to run on electricity alone for up to 53 miles, unlike the other two hybrid models, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid and Toyota Prius, which can never run purely on electricity.

The fact that the 2016 Chevy Volt made the “10 Best Engines” list of 2016 is not only a testament to the car’s brilliant construction but also might just be a look into the future of automobiles.

If you have questions about the 2016 Chevy Volt or if you would like to explore any models we have available, visit us anytime at Chip Wynn Motors.

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.

Toyota Turns Trash into Electricity at Georgetown Plant

Trash Into Electricity
In an effort to turn trash into electricity, Toyota has plans of burning methane from the Central Kentucky Landfill in Georgetown.

Waste and energy are two of the major problems we face in the world today. So why not strike two birds with one stone? That’s the question Toyota is asking and that it will put to the test at its manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Kentucky.

The automaker plans to turn trash into electricity by burning methane from the Central Kentucky Landfill in Georgetown. It installed a generator at the dump that burns the methane and sends electric power to the manufacturing plant via a six-mile transmission line.

When it goes online, Toyota says the system will be able to produce one megawatt of electricity per hour, but that it can be upgraded to output 10 megawatts per hour. This is just one part of the automaker’s goal to reduce the average emissions of its cars by 90% by 2050 compared to 2010.

“The landfill gas generator represents the kind of thinking that our company is asking us to do to reduce our carbon footprint over the next 35 years,” said Kevin Butt, Toyota’s general manager for environment strategies.

So if you want to support a brighter, greener future, come support Toyota at Chip Wynn Motors!

31 MPG Highway Makes Colorado Duramax the Most Fuel-Efficient Pickup Truck

Most Fuel-Efficient Pickup Truck
The EPA rated the 2016 Colorado Duramax at 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined, making it the most fuel-efficient pickup truck.

Following the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, all eyes were on the new 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax, which underwent stricter testing by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine its emissions and fuel economy numbers.

And, to no one’s surprise at Chip Wynn Motors, Chevrolet isn’t Volkswagen. The results were more than just good: the EPA rated the 2016 Colorado Duramax at 22 miles per gallon city, 31 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined for the two-wheel drive model.

That’s good enough to take the title of “most fuel-efficient pickup truck” away from the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which only gets up to 29 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined. When you put it all together, thanks to the Colorado Duramax’s 21-gallon tank, you’ll be able to go up to 651 miles before needing to stop for gas!

“The new Duramax diesel engine gives customers another choice for handling heavier work and recreational needs—while doing it efficiently,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “It’s the very definition of GMC’s professional grade ethos.”