What Does a Vehicle History Report Include?

Vehicle History Report

When buying a used car at Chip Wynn Motors, we want to make sure you are armed with facts and that you are feeling confident with your decision. That’s why we encourage shoppers to take their potential vehicle purchase to a trusted third-party mechanic to find out the status of the vehicle’s health.

Another great tip, however, is to get a vehicle history report from a service such as AutoCheck or Carfax.

But what does a vehicle history report include?

  • History of accidents or other reported damage
  • Information about the title, including information regarding salvaging or rebuilding
  • How many owners the vehicle has had and if they were individual drivers, companies, rental agencies, etc.—as well as information about each sale
  • Service history, including routine maintenance and other repairs
  • Odometer readings
  • Registration information, including necessary inspections, such as emissions
  • Any open recalls on the specific vehicle

Aside from reviewing the details of a vehicle history report and taking a potential used car to your trusted mechanic, be sure to take a thorough test drive to make sure you are happy with the car before purchase. You can also use sites like Edmunds.com, KBB.com, and Cars.com to research the specific year, make, and model to see what drivers have loved about the car and what they haven’t.

 

Here’s How to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

Here’s How to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

Winter has come and gone, which means it’s time for the bright and sunny—yet equally wet and rainy—spring. To ensure your safety on the road, you’ll need to do a few things to get your car ready for spring. Here is what you’ll need to remember, courtesy of our car experts at Chip Wynn Motors:

  • Change the oil and rotate the tires: Depending on the age of your vehicle, type of fuel used, and how frequently you drive, you need to change the oil roughly two to four times a year. If your miles are on the higher side each month, consider getting an oil change at the change of every season. Be sure to rotate the tires at the same time and top off all fluids.
  • Get a car wash: Road salt from wintry roads can do damage to your car if left untreated. Give your car a thorough wash, and don’t forget to clean the inside as well!
  • Replace your windshield wipers: After a snowy, cold winter, your wiper blades are likely nearing the end of their lives. Replace them now before those April showers.
  • Get new air filters: Before the pollen starts to spread, install a new air filter for fresher in-cabin air. In fact, now is a good time to replace all air filters.

To truly enjoy the warmer weather, stop by and see us at Chip Wynn Motors for all of your pre-spring maintenance. One less thing on your to-do list means more time for an adventurous road trip!

 

6 Spring Car Maintenance Tips for the Change of Seasons

Cabin Air Filter

We are still locked into the dead of winter here in Paducah, Kentucky, but as far as your car goes, it is time to start thinking about preparing it for spring. Follow these spring car maintenance tips, courtesy of Chip Wynn Motors, to keep your vehicle in perfect condition this year.

  • Replace your wiper blades: Spring is a very rainy season, so replace your wiper blades now, especially if they cleared off a lot of snow in the winter.
  • Change your oil and top off fluids: Once it is warm outside, you can finally lift the hood of your engine and get to work on chores you might have put off in colder times.
  • Test your battery: Winter can be harsh on your battery. Make sure yours still runs properly with a quick test.
  • Check your air filter: Spring puts a lot of pollen into the air. Make sure your air filter, as well as other filters, are clean and ready for the season.
  • Inspect your tires: Tires go through a lot of changes in the winter, especially when it comes to inflation. Check your tread and inflation before any long trips.
  • Get it washed: Wash off road salt, especially beneath your car, after the last snow of the season.

We all at Chip Wynn hope you enjoy the end of your winter, and are ready to embrace spring with a welcoming smile.

 

Cars 101: What Is All-Wheel Drive?

All-Wheel Drive

When you are searching for a used car, you will be overwhelmed by all the options available to you, especially if cars are not your area of expertise. This month in “Cars 101,” we’ll explore the term “all-wheel drive.”

So, what does all-wheel drive mean?

All-wheel drive (AWD) means all four wheels are getting power—all the time, but in varying amounts. This is different from rear-wheel drive (when the engine only sends power to the rear wheels) and front-wheel drive (when the engine sends power to just the front wheels), and even four-wheel drive.

In AWD vehicles, the engine determines which wheels need more power at which moments. This increases handling and traction. Improved traction means you are less likely to spin out or lose control, especially in snowy, icy, or rainy conditions. This makes AWD more popular in northern states.

While AWD offers this improved traction and thus increased safety, vehicles built on this platform are generally more expensive and have reduced fuel economy. If you are not going to face conditions when you would typically need improved traction, then AWD might not be the driving platform for you.

Have questions about our AWD-equipped models at Chip Wynn Motors? Visit us for more information.

 

Winter Car Maintenance Must-Dos

winter car maintenance

We have had an unseasonably warm winter in Paducah thus far, but we’re just getting started now that we’re into January. There is still time to have some crucial winter maintenance done to your car before the temperatures drop any further.

  • Change your oil now before it gets too cold to spend time outside under your car.
  • Have your tires rotated. Replace them if the tread is worn and you notice them sliding on wet pavement.
  • Test your battery. Battery performance suffers in the winter, so you’ll want a top-performing battery when temperatures drop.
  • Check your lights: Visibility decreases in the winter time, so it is more crucial than ever to make sure your headlights, taillights, brake lights, etc., are all operating. Replace any bulbs that have burnt out.
  • Ask a professional to inspect your engine for any work that might need to be done.
  • Replace your windshield wiper blades to make sure you can remove snow during a blizzard.
  • Pack an emergency kit in the trunk of your car. Your car should always have an emergency kit, but in the winter, it is important to add coats, hats, gloves, and blankets.

Are you concerned your current daily driver won’t survive the winter? Browse our used car inventory at Chip Wynn Motors.

5 Easy Tips for Driving in the Snow

tips for driving in the snow

Though we’re considered a southern state, winter can get a little bit snowy—and even icy—here in Paducah, Kentucky. As your resident car experts, the team at Chip Wynn Motors wanted to offer a few tips for driving in the snow this winter to keep you and your loved ones safe.

It’s all about the tires

Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have good tread going into the winter. Check the pressure regularly.

Easy on the gas

Accelerate and decelerate slowly to maintain traction. On top of that, stick to a lower speed on snowy or icy roads—or even roads that just look wet. Slick roads mean a longer braking distance, so lower speeds can keep you from rear-ending someone.

Keep your distance

Speaking of rear-ending, avoid collisions by putting more distance between you and the car ahead of you.

Beware of hills

Make sure you have some momentum when approaching a hill, but don’t slam on the gas, as that will just cause your wheels to spin. Never stop while driving uphill, and reduce your speed when going over top of the hill to ensure a slow descent.

Stay home

If at all possible, don’t drive in bad winter weather. Just stay home and enjoy the comfy couch and some hot chocolate. When the weather clears up, come visit Chip Wynn Motors to find your next vehicle.

Used Car Financing 101: Common car loan Terms

Common Car Loan Terms
If you are thinking about purchasing a used car at Chip Wynn Motors, brush up on your vocabulary with these common car loan terms beforehand.

Are you thinking about purchasing a used car at Chip Wynn Motors? Brush up on your vocabulary with these common car loan terms before heading into our dealership for a test drive.

  • Bill of sale: This is a document that Chip Wynn will put together for you upon purchase; it will cover various details of the transaction.
  • Credit score: This score gives our finance department and other lending institutions a snapshot view of your credit history to help determine what kind of loan to offer you.
  • Disclosures: When you purchase a used car, it is important that you learn all of its history, including repairs or title issues. We will be sure to get these disclosures to you before you make a final decision on any car.
  • Down payment: This is the amount of money that you are paying at signing for the car. Whatever is left of the car price will be financed.
  • Principal: The principal is what you owe on your loan, not including the interest.
  • Term: This reflects the duration of your loan, in months. Typical car loans range from 3 to 5 years.

Have more questions about purchasing a used car at Chip Wynn Motors? Contact our sales staff or our finance department for more information.

Thanksgiving Cooking Tips to Tackle the Holidays like a Pro

Thanksgiving Cooking Tips
This year, take these Thanksgiving cooking tips from Chip Wynn Motors and get ready for the best holiday celebration ever!

Whether you’re a seasoned cook or tackling a turkey for the first time, preparing the Thanksgiving meal can be a stressful ordeal. This year, though, take these Thanksgiving cooking tips from Chip Wynn Motors and get ready for the best holiday celebration ever!

Plan ahead

Before you even turn on the oven, it’s extremely important to approach your Thanksgiving cooking with a plan. Have your recipes in order and make sure you’ll have a good variety of textures, colors, and flavors on the table. Count your guests before you get started and make sure you’ll have plenty to go around and special dishes for anyone with specific dietary needs—nothing ruins a Thanksgiving meal like running out of food!

Get started early

Don’t wait until the last minute to get started on the meal! Make sure your shopping is done well ahead of time and your ingredients are ready to go. It’s a good idea to make sure you have plenty of basic ingredients such as butter, brother, and various seasonings in case you need to add anything to a dish.

Know your limits

If you’re an inexperienced cook, it’s best to stick to the thanksgiving basics—no one will be disappointed with a great turkey dinner with all the classic sides. If you have some experience in the kitchen, though, Thanksgiving can be a great time to pull out a new recipe to really wow all of your dinner guests.

Thanksgiving is about being with friends and family, not about stressing out in the kitchen. Follow these cooking tips this year and get ready for the best Thanksgiving yet!

Take the Stress Out of Travel This Year with These Holiday Travel Tips

Holiday Driving Tips
Millions of Americans take to the highway for holiday travel, so to avoid a stressful trip, use these simple holiday driving tips from Chip Wynn Motors.

If your family will be traveling in the car this holiday season, you’re not alone. In fact, millions of Americans take to the highway for holiday travel, so to avoid a stressful trip, use these simple holiday driving tips from Chip Wynn Motors.

Plan ahead

The last thing you want to do if you’re driving for the holidays is leave things to chance. Instead, plan out every detail of your route in advance. Make sure you’re not heading toward any road closures or construction zones to avoid being held up in traffic.

Don’t drive too long each day

Whether you’re heading across the state or driving coast-to-coast, it’s important to take plenty of breaks. If your trip is going to take you multiple days, make plenty of stops during the day and don’t push it when you start to get tired. Of course you want to arrive as soon as possible, but safety should always come first!

Have the right gear

A good navigation system is crucial when traveling for the holidays. With packed highways and unpredictable traffic, you may have to change your route along the way, and a navigation system lets you do just so with ease.

With a little bit of preparation, there’s no need to sweat holiday travel. Take these driving tips and finish out your year stress-free.

Four Important Trick or Treat Safety Tips

Trick or Treat Safety
Most kids look forward to Halloween all year long. Be sure to make the most of your holiday this year with these trick or treat safety tips.

Most kids look forward to Halloween all year long. The costumes, the candy, the spooky ghost stories—what’s there not to love? Be sure to make the most of your holiday this year with these trick or treat safety tips from Chip Wynn Motors.

Be a Good Pedestrian

You should always practice good traffic and pedestrian laws, but Halloween is a great time to begin teaching these to young children. Stay on sidewalks, only cross at the crosswalks, and be aware of cars.

Check Your Costume

Before your head out for the night, have your kids try on their costumes and walk around the house a little. See that there are no tripping hazards, that masks aren’t too tight, and that the kids feel comfortable.

Stay Together

Never let your kids trick or treat alone. Older kids may be fine going out together as groups of two or more, but use your best judgment. When in doubt, it’s best to send a chaperone along with each group.

Check the Candy

Before your kids dive into their well-earned stash, you should check to make sure that none of the pieces have been tampered with. Take a few minutes to look over the candy for any signs of tears or punctures in the wrappers. Once you’ve ensured that the stash is safe, your kids are free to dig in.