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.

Explore Paducah, KY: Fridays at Five Events

Fridays at Five
Getting a new car opens up a world of possibilities. In fact, it may give you the chance to check out Fridays at Five in Paducah, KY.

Getting a new car opens up a world of possibilities, especially when it comes to local events and activities. In fact, you may even be able to check out Fridays at Five in Paducah, KY. Sponsored by the Carson Center, this event has music, food, and more. What’s not to like?

According to the Carson Center, the Fridays at Five events are held every Friday and they began May 20th and will run until June 24th. Then, the events will start up again from September 2nd to October 7th. This is to avoid the hottest part of summer, making the festivities truly enjoyable for everyone. There are different themes and activities each week, and food will be catered by the Carson Center.

Looking for an ice-cold beverage? No problem! When you stop by the Williams Family Terrace, you can find a well-stocked cash bar with some of the best drinks around. Although you may bring your own food, there are no outside drinks allowed. Plus, you can check out local musicians just as the party starts.

This event is free to the public, and generally ranges from 5:00pm to 8:30pm at 100 Kentucky Ave. in Paducah, KY. There is live music scheduled through June, including artists such as Lane Davis (June 10), The Mandy Vixen & Gas Station Chicken Duo (June 17), and Swamp Tigers (June 24).

Real-World Truck Customers Test the All-New Ford F-Series Super Duty

All-New Ford F-Series Super Duty
Ford invited real-world truck customers to test the all-new Ford F-Series Super Duty so that they could see just how well it fares in tough situations.

Ford invited real-world truck customers to test the all-new Ford F-Series Super Duty so that they could see with their own eyes just how well it fares in tough situations.

The 2017 Ford Super Duty is about 350 pounds lighter than the previous model thanks to extensive use of aluminum in parts of the body. This kind of major weight-saving allowed Ford to beef up the brakes, hitch, suspension, and axles. In addition, the all-new frame is now made of 95% high-strength steel and is 24 times stiffer than the previous one.

During the hands-on demonstration, truck customers were able to lift the door of the old and new trucks to compare them, check the frame stiffness, look at the axles, and take out the new Ford Super Duty on a towing test at Ford’s proving ground. Spoiler: they’re all very impressed.

Check out the all-new Ford F-Series Super Duty at Chip Wynn Motors and we bet you’ll be impressed too!

2016 Nissan Maxima Honored in Wards 10 Best Interiors

Wards 10 Best Interiors
WardsAuto has honored the 2016 Nissan Maxima as one of its “10 Best Interiors” for 2016, a testament to Nissan’s craftsmanship and attention to detail.

WardsAuto has honored the 2016 Nissan Maxima as one of its “10 Best Interiors” for 2016, a testament to the craftsmanship and attention to detail that all customers notice the moment they step inside the Maxima at Chip Wynn Motors.

And it’s no surprise, given that the latest Maxima features an interior that was inspired by a jet cockpit. With its premium materials, tasteful design, and beautiful trim, the Maxima’s interior rivals even that of significantly more expensive vehicles from luxury brands.

“This interior makes a brilliant first impression,” said WardsAuto Senior Editor Tom Murphy. “The Maxima exhibits expert craftsmanship and reminds us once again why it serves as Nissan’s flagship. We love the black-and-camel color scheme, two-tone flat-bottom steering wheel, ‘Liquid Chrome’ metallic trim and Alcantara diamond-quilted seating surfaces.”

The vehicles selected for Wards 10 Best Interiors were scored based on key categories including comfort, materials, ergonomics, safety, fit-and-finish, aesthetics, and driver information.

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.