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.

Don’t Let It Get to You: 4 Ways to Destress in Traffic

Traffic

Do you face a grueling commute with bumper-to-bumper traffic each day? Or are you just dreading driving into the city on your next summer road trip? Here are some unique ways to destress in traffic.

Listen to podcasts

When you’re tired of hearing the same three songs on the radio or your personal playlists downloaded to your phone, entertain yourself in a new way: Try a podcast. There are so many interesting podcasts out there to keep you entertained on the go. Favorites include Serial and Stuff You Should Know.

Dress comfy

Sure, you might have to wear a business suit or high heels to work, but you can change when you get there. If you spend hours in your car each day, opt for comfortable shoes and pants.

Chew gum

If you grind your teeth in traffic, chewing gum can help stop this bad habit, which can lead to teeth and jaw problems.

Stay in your lane

If you constantly change lanes, you are part of the traffic problem. And, according to a study, changing lanes regularly only saves you about 15 seconds every 10 miles. Save on the stress of lane hopping and just ride out the traffic jam in peace.

If you need a more comfortable vehicle to weather out traffic in, consider visiting us at Chip Wynn Motors.

 

How to Go Car Camping Like a Pro

Camping

Do you love to go car camping when you visit your favorite national or state park or attend your favorite music festival? Consider some of these car camping tips to make the most of your next trip.

  1. Use mosquito netting: If you like to sleep with your trunk or your car doors open to get a nice breeze but are tired of waking up to bug bites, hang mosquito netting over the openings. You’ll still let the outside in—without letting the creepy crawlies in with it.
  2. Save money: Instead of shelling out cash for things you think you need, think outside the box. For example, use frozen water bottles instead of expensive bags of ice, or use your old air mattress instead of a new expensive sleeping pad. Need a new lantern? Just attach a headlamp to a water jug.
  3. Light it up: After you put out the fire, save your car’s battery by relying on battery- or solar-powered string lights inside your car. It’s the perfect way to set the evening mood as you cozy up next to the lake or mountains.
  4. Protect your drinks: Tired of bugs getting in your drinks? Cover your beverage with an upside down cupcake liner and poke a straw through it.

Car camping is a great way to save on hotels when you travel and not sleep on the ground. For a car that’s perfect for camping, come see us at Chip Wynn Motors.

 

Important Summer Vehicle Maintenance Tips

Tire Pressure

Summer is almost here—and the weather is sure showing it here in Paducah. That means it’s time to get your car road-ready for the warmer weather and potential family road trips. Here are our top summer vehicle maintenance tips:

  • Test your AC…now: Before it gets any hotter, make sure your air conditioner is running properly. If you are having trouble getting consistently cool air, take it into a mechanic before you find yourself caught in the summer heat.
  • Get your oil changed: Routine vehicle maintenance includes changing your oil and getting your tires rotated. If you haven’t done this since the winter, it’s time to get this done. We recommend having a professional mechanic do this—they’ll also inspect your car for any issues.
  • Check your tire pressure: You should be checking your tire pressure every month, but as temperatures heat up, you will want to make sure they are not overinflated. Now is also a good time to switch to summer tires.
  • Inspect the easy stuff: Test your battery, check your headlights, and replace your air filter and windshield wiper blades. These tasks are easy enough to do without the help of a mechanic, but if you are not good with cars, it is better to leave it to the professionals.

If your car isn’t quite roadworthy after these checks, consider coming in to Chip Wynn Motors to find another vehicle to meet your needs.