What You Should Know Before Buying a Used Car

buying a used car
Buying a used car is a great idea for the buyer on a budget.

Today, used cars are more reliable and long-lasting than ever. Follow these tips for the best used car buying experience.

  • Calculate Your Budget. Before doing anything else, you should decide what you can and are willing to spend. Think about financing and how much you can handle in terms of a monthly payment.
  • Decide What Kind of Car You Want. The used car market is vast – and might paralyze you with how many choices are out there! Try narrowing down what you’re looking for ahead of time.
  • Investigate! There’s no such thing as too much research. Research all different kinds of vehicles and when you’ve decided what you’re into, research what your ideal car typically goes for.
  • Inspect and Get a Vehicle History Report. So, you’ve done all that research and found your dream car – now what? Make sure to do a full inspection and get a Vehicle History Report from the seller.
  • Negotiate. If everything else checked out, it’s time to negotiate and pay what you want for your new (used) car.

At Chip Wynn Motors, we have plenty of great used cars in our inventory – so make sure to start your search by stopping by today.

Spring Clean Your Car in Five Easy Steps

Spring Clean Your Car
Spring is right around the corner. If you have a layer of salty grime on your car along with some trash, it’s time to spring clean your car.

Spring is right around the corner. This means it is time to kick winter to the curb, and the place where winter is most likely lingering the most is your car. If you have a layer of salty grime on your car along with some trash and a bunch of junk, it’s time to spring clean your car. Follow these five steps to have the best-looking car on the block.

  1. Empty your car. Take everything out of your car that isn’t attached—don’t forget the trunk. This includes floor mats and any cup holder liners. Divide all the stuff into three piles: things to throw away, things to put away, and things to put back in your car.
  2. Clean the interior. Work from the top down to clean every surface of your car. Use a fine-bristled brush, like an old toothbrush, to scrub at built-up dust and dirt. Wash the windows and wipe down all hard surfaces. Finally, vacuum the seats and carpeting.
  3. Wash car accessories. To clean your floor mats, you can just hose them down, even if they’re carpeted. Then, just hang them up to air dry. If you have cup holder inserts spray these down, too.
  4. Wash your car. Starting with your roof, wash one panel at a time, making sure you rinse out your cloth or sponge frequently. Rinse off the soap and dry the car with a soft, clean cloth.
  5. Put it back together. Once everything is clean and dry, put it back in your car. Make sure everything you want to keep in your car has its own place.

When do you usually spring clean your car?

Simple Tips to Help Prepare Your Car for Winter

Prepare Your Car for Winter
The end of fall is in sight, which means the coldest time of the year is just around the corner. Here’s how to prepare your car for the winter.

The end of fall is in sight, which means the coldest time of the year is just around the corner. While most people are getting ready for the holiday season, it’s also a time to get your car ready for the coming months. Here’s how to prepare your car for the winter.

First, it’s important that you get your car ready for the onslaught of salt that comes when it snows. As salt destroys paint and causes rust, you need to take steps to prevent damage. In the beginning of the winter, wash and wax your car thoroughly to keep the salt from damaging the body of your car. Do this every month or two throughout the winter.

Once you’ve treated your car, prepare an emergency kit for your vehicle. In the event of an accident in the snow, there are certain things that you will want and need. In an accessible part of your car, put together a kit with items like road flares, food, an extra cell phone or battery, as well as a blanket and change of clothes. These simple items could save your life.

By following these few simple steps, you protect your vehicle for the long haul and keep yourself safe.

Burn Calories While Driving Your Car

Exercise in Your Car
It can be hard to get in your daily exercise, but there is a solution. Here’s how to exercise in your car on your daily commute.

Life is hectic. Between work, school, paying the bills, and seeing friends, there isn’t always time for everything that you want to do in a day. However, the good news is that there are always ways to make better use of your time. Here’s how to exercise in your car on your daily commute.

The easiest way to get some strength training is to purchase a grip strengthener. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to use, and very portable. Simply squeeze the grip strengthener for the duration of your trip.

Another strength training exercise is to bring a small dumbbell in your car for bicep curls. While you aren’t going to become a bodybuilder doing this, you will be able to tone your muscles a little bit.

If you’re looking to strengthen your core, you can do some hip lifts while driving. Having your vehicle on cruise control for this one makes it a bit easier. Just press your feet against the floor, raise your hips off of your seat, and keep your eyes on the road.

Although you may not achieve the body that you desire by doing these exercises, it’s a simple way to get yourself in motion during an otherwise stationary activity.

What to Do with Fall Leaves

Do With Fall Leaves
If you prefer a clean lawn and are constantly working to gather the leaves, here are a few suggestions as to what you can do with fall leaves.

As Autumn is finally rolling in to Kentucky, we get to enjoy the beautiful splashes of color wherever we go. However, those beautiful colors also decorate our streets, sidewalks, and laws. If you prefer a clean lawn and are constantly working to gather the leaves, here are a few suggestions as to what you can do with fall leaves.

  • Make a pile. This is the most fun suggestion of all and will bring out the inner child in everyone. Make a pile as big as you can and jump in it. Invite your kids, grandkids, dogs, and neighbors to join you.
  • Decorate. Use the leaves to create a scarecrow. Stuff burlap sacks or old clothes with the leaves and set up the scarecrow in a chair on your porch. You can also press the prettiest leaves between sheets of wax paper, iron them, mount them, and hang them in your house.
  • Protect beneficial bugs. Bugs like ground beetles and lacewings use fallen leaves as winter cover. Create some safe places for them by using chicken wire to create “envelopes” or other creative shapes. Stuff them with leaves and sticks and leave them in safe places.
  • Create mulch or compost. Dry leaves can be an easy way to mulch your garden and is a great addition to any compost.

What do you like to do with your fall leaves?

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?

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.

How to Host a Successful Thanksgiving Dinner

Successful Thanksgiving Dinner
If you are hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year, then here are some tips on how to host a successful Thanksgiving dinner.

November is here, which means it’s time to start planning for Thanksgiving. If you are hosting the holiday at your house this year, whether for the first time, or the twentieth, it’s time to get ready. Here are some tips on how to host a successful Thanksgiving dinner.

According to Epicurious.com, since we’re less than four week away from Thanksgiving, you already need to invite your guests, finalize your menu, create a shopping list, get any cooking gear you’ll need, finalize your décor, order your turkey, and make your cooking plan (plan out what you’ll cook when).

Later this week (when we’re three weeks out), you should clean out your cupboards to make room for new ingredients, buy all nonperishable supplies, and take care of any in-home projects you wanted to accomplish (paint the dining room, get new guest towels, etc.).

Two week ahead of the big day, you can start cooking! First, however, you’ll need to clean out your freezer to make some room. Good items you can make this far ahead include pie dough, bread, and turkey stock.

Over the next week and half, you will need to prepare your house, especially if you’ll be having house guests. This means you should have clean sheets and towels for your guests, polish the silver (if you have any you’ll be using), clean out the fridge, and start thawing your turkey if it’s frozen (it takes about 5 hours per pound to thaw).

The day or two before Thanksgiving you can start doing some hardcore baking. This includes the pies, or simple side dishes that can be reheated in the microwave, like mashed potatoes. If you’re brining your turkey, leave it in the brine overnight.

Once Thanksgiving Day has arrived, plan on baking and cooking until mealtime. Be sure to put your turkey in the oven nice and early so it has plenty of time to cook. Also, don’t forget to take out any items you placed in the freezer, like bread, so they can thaw on the counter.

Will you be hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year?

How to Change a Flat Tire with Ease

How to Change a Flat Tire
Being stuck with a flat tire is an invariably unpleasant experience, but you’ll make matters quite a bit better by knowing how to change a flat tire.

Being stuck with a flat tire is an invariably unpleasant experience, but you’ll make matters quite a bit better by knowing what to do when the time comes to change out your flat and put on your spare. To help you out, we’ve detailed just how to change a flat tire below.

First thing’s first: you’ll need to have a few essential tools on-hand if you want to change your tire. Be sure to keep all of the following in your vehicle just in case you should need to change a flat in a pinch: lug wrench, jack, spare tire, flashlight, gloves, and spare lug nuts. The DMV also recommends tire blocks, tire gauge, a tarp or mat for kneeling, and a poncho in case of inclement weather. Fix-a-flat™ and a portable tire inflator is also recommended for instances where a flat can be temporarily repaired.

On the occasion of getting a flat, pull off on the side of the road and try to make sure that you’re parked on as level a surface as possible. Turn on your hazard lights (particular if it’s dusk or later), and retrieve the tools from your trunk.

First, loosen the lug nuts on the offending wheel. You won’t want to remove them completely yet, but loosen them enough that you can remove the tire with relative ease. Next, find your vehicle’s jack point (consult your owner’s manual) and jack the car up until the tire is about six inches off the road.

From here, you’ll remove the lug nuts and the tire, pulling the latter straight toward you and setting it next to you on the shoulder. Then, line up the spare wheel with the lug nut posts and push it onto the wheel base. Once it’s secure, replace the lug nuts and tighten moderately, lower the vehicle to the ground, remove the jack, and tighten the lug nuts completely.

That should be it! If you have a flat and need a replacement, or if you need inflation and realignment, be sure to stop into Chip Wynn Motors.