Tips for Traveling with Food This Holiday Season

Traveling with Food

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.

 

How to Change Your Windshield Wiper Blades in 4 Easy Steps

How to Change Your Windshield Wiper Blades in 4 Easy Steps

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Purchase the blades: Each blade will run you roughly $15.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

 

Real Men Wear Pink

 

Real Men Wear Pink

October. It’s the time of year when real men do real men things. They watch football with their buddies after tailgating to the warmth of a grill full of hamburgers and hot dogs. They go camping, hiking, and hunting, wearing their warmest camouflage and flannel shirts. But real men take on October to show their support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Real men wear pink, and they wear it proudly.

Breast cancer is a disease that affects millions of people around the globe, both women and men. The month of October has been tagged as Breast Cancer Awareness month. From sports organizations and multi-million dollar corporations to local businesses and average Joe’s, we all band together in the month of October to spread the word and raise awareness. Chip Wynn continues to take a stand and raise breast cancer awareness in his community, and he is proud to wear pink and show his support.

Chip Wynn, owner of Chip Wynn Motors, was 1 of 12 men nominated to be crowned the “Real Man,” for his efforts in raising breast cancer awareness in his community. “Breast cancer affects everyone – it doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman,” Chip says. “Since I’m in a position to make a difference within my community, I believe I have an obligation to do so. By raising money and awareness through Real Men Wear Pink, I’m helping to save more lives from breast cancer.”

You can join Chip Wynn in his fight to against breast cancer by helping him reach his goal of a $2,500 donation to the American Cancer Society by donating to his page. Whether you are a man or a woman, wear pink proudly and help us at Chip Wynn Motors raise breast cancer awareness for all those affected as we look to help save lives and find a cure.

Chip Wynn Wears Pink

 

What Makes a Classic Car?

1958 Buick 60

Older cars have so many different distinctions: antique, vintage, or just merely old? A select few older models become known as classic cars, but what makes a car a classic? It’s actually more technical and less up for interpretation than you might have thought, since the classification matters to insurance companies.

Typically, a classic car must be older than 20 years. But that doesn’t mean your beat-up 1988 Honda Civic is a classic car. According to Sun Auto Service, the car must also be in good condition and true to its original design. Good condition means the car drives well, hasn’t started to rust, and has an impeccable interior, and true to its original design means modifications have not altered the car from what it looked like originally.

So what makes your classic car valuable? Its condition is the biggest determinant—the better the condition, the more valuable. If the car is rare, it is more likely to be considered a valuable classic car, and if it is popular, it will also be worth more; it’s all a matter of supply and demand.

If you love your classic car, consider entering it in your very first car show. Here’s how. We’re here at Chip Wynn Motors if you’re ready to start your collection.

 

Tips for Entering Your First Car Show

Car Show

If you are a true car aficionado, you have probably been to a car show or two. You may have even dreamed of participating in one. Not sure how to get started? Here are some tips for entering your first car show:

  • Find the right car: If you don’t already own a vehicle that you want to show at a car show, find one that you are passionate about. Classic cars are the most common cars on display at car shows, but you can find shows catering to almost every vehicle. You can start by browsing our inventory here at Chip Wynn Motors or looking on Auto Trader’s Classics site.
  • Start small: Look for local cruise-ins that take place in parking lots or large parks. They are often advertised on community events calendars online. These events are typically welcoming of newcomers and should be easy to enter.
  • Ask around: At the local cruise-ins, make connections with people whose vehicle interests align with your own. They might be able to help you find more specific car shows targeted for your specific vehicles or tastes.
  • Come ready to entertain: Be knowledgeable about your car and the work you’ve done to it, as people will ask. You can also entice people to come look at your car by offering snacks or doing something unique to your section of the cruise-in.

If you need some help with your classic car, or you want to start collecting, feel free to contact us at Chip Wynn Motors.

 

Proud to be Paducah

Partake in Paducah

Having celebrated our 70th anniversary just last year, we at Chip Wynn Motors are reminded of how thankful we are to be serving Paducah, and we’ve found the perfect way for us to showcase our Paducah pride!

In partnership with West Kentucky Star, we will be sponsoring Partake in Paducah – a website that seeks to serve as a means for us to share what is going on in the city we all love so dearly. Partake in Paducah is a collaboration of stories from all over our community about the businesses, organizations, and people within it. All of these stories and features are meant to answer one question: “Why Paducah?” You and I know the answer, but we want everyone else to know it too! Chip Wynn Motors is honored to take part in this community-boosting initiative!

Partake in Paducah will allow us to celebrate who we are and share it with those in our city, but also outside of it. Chip Wynn Motors is proud to be Paducah, and we are so excited for this opportunity to sponsor Partake in Paducah alongside West Kentucky Star!

 

 

Finding the Right Mechanic for You

Mechanic

Finding the right mechanic for your car is crucial, as routine maintenance and expertly performed vehicle repairs will be key to the longevity of your car. But how do you know which mechanic is right for you?

  • Check their certifications: Mechanics can earn multiple certifications. The most important is the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, or ASE, but some shops may also carry AAA or Automotive Service Association certification.
  • Choose a make-specific mechanic: Often, dealerships have service departments with technicians trained specifically on the very makes they sell, making them more familiar with cars of that make.
  • Read reviews: The internet is your friend when it comes to choosing a mechanic. Research potential mechanics and see how customers have felt about their experiences.
  • But also check the Better Business Bureau: Go to bbb.org to see what formal complaints have been filed about mechanics you are considering.
  • Ask around: Most of your family and friends probably own cars and get them serviced regularly. Ask if they have a mechanic they highly recommend; you could even post on social media asking for recommendations from your wider network of acquaintances.
  • And don’t forget convenience: The world’s best mechanic probably doesn’t live right next door to you. Aim for a quality mechanic, but don’t force yourself to drive over an hour to see him or her.

If you’re car is beyond the help of a mechanic, contact us at Chip Wynn Motors and take a look at our inventory of affordable used cars.

Sharing the Road with School Buses

School Bus

It’s hard to believe, but summer is almost over, which means it’s back to school for our nation’s youth. That also means you will soon be sharing the road with school buses once again. Here are some quick tips to do so safely:

  • Watch for railroad crossings: School buses must make complete stops before crossing railroads. If you are behind a bus and are approaching a railroad crossing, be prepared to stop.
  • Slow down: Buses will be traveling slower than most cars because A) they follow all speed limits and B) they are humongous. Don’t zip around them because your visibility is limited around school buses and because they make frequent stops.
  • Obey all lights and signs: This is the biggest and easiest tip we have. School buses use yellow lights to signal that they are about to stop to pick up or let off children. At that point, prepare to stop. When the red lights flash and the stop sign pops out, you absolutely must stop. Not only is it illegal to pass (and some buses now have cameras to catch you if you do), but you are jeopardizing the safety of children if you do not obey the law.

If you or an older student needs a new ride to get to class every day, please contact the team at Chip Wynn Motors. We’ll be glad to give you a hand.

4 Road Trip Essentials for Your Summer Vacation

Road Trip

Taking the family out for an all-American summer vacation this year? Here are the road trip essentials you need to have before setting out:

  1. A navigation app: Forget the unreliable old folding map in the dashboard. Be sure to download Google Maps or Waze to navigate with real-time traffic updates. And bring multiple phone chargers, just in case.
  2. Cooler with snacks: Don’t rely on gas station foods to power your family during the car ride. Pack a cooler with bottled water and healthy snacks, like fruits and veggies. Protein bars and mixed nuts are also good for filling empty stomachs.
  3. Books and games: Don’t let the whole family zone out with separate screens. Instead, bring books to read—perhaps you could all read the same book and have a discussion after each chapter. Alternatively, come with some easy games to play in the car, like handheld options such as Catchphrase or 20 Questions. You can also play classic road trip games like the Alphabet Game, I Spy, and Car Bingo.
  4. First-aid kit and cleaning supplies: Your car should already have a first-aid kit, but make sure it is easily accessible. Also pack cleaning supplies for small spills. A Tide-To-Go pen can work wonders for laundry stains.

To make sure that your road trip doesn’t hit any bumps in the road, contact us at Chip Wynn Motors to look at our available inventory.

Upcoming Festivals in Kentucky: August through October 2018

Festival

Looking for something to do this August, September, and October? These are the most exciting upcoming festivals in Kentucky:

  • Soul of 2nd Street Festival: Enjoy live music, food, beer, and more in the African American Business District of downtown Danville. The event runs on August 4th from 4 to 10 p.m.
  • Glier’s Goettafest: Held from August 2nd through 5th, this weekend event is said to be bigger than New Year’s Eve in Vegas. If you love goetta, this is the place to be.
  • Lake Cumberland Bluegrass Festival: The weekend of August 17th, head to Russell Springs, Kentucky, to enjoy the state’s own music—bluegrass. Performers include Sideline, Mosley and Company, and Billie Renee and Cumberland Gap.
  • Fall Heritage Festival: Get in the autumnal spirit in Campbellsville on September 8th. The event will include crafts, live music, hay rides, food, exhibits, and animals.
  • KY State BBQ Festival – 2018: Kentucky barbecue is some of the best in the whole country. More than 20,000 people turn out for this annual event at the Wilderness Trail Distillery. This year’s event runs from September 7th to 9th.
  • Metcalfe County Pumpkin Festival/5K: On October 6th, head to Edmonton, Kentucky, to enjoy the fall weather with a refreshing 5K or just a walk through the booths and vendors while enjoying seasonal favorites and wearing your Halloween costume.

If you need a new ride to take out to all of these festivals, contact us at Chip Wynn Motors.