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.

Common Car Sounds and What They Mean

Common Car Sounds
There are several common car sounds that come up when it’s time for a little maintenance. Know what they are so you know what to do when you hear them.

Ever heard a clicking sound coming from under your hood? Or maybe it was a ticking? A cranking? There are several common car sounds that come up when it’s time for a little maintenance. Knowing how to spot them and what they mean could save you time and money.

Your Brakes Cause a Squealing Sound

This indicates that your brake pads have worn down too much and that it’s time to get them replaced.

Accelerations Causes Squealing

In this case, one of your belts is probably loose or needs replaced.

Turning the Wheel Causes a Groan

This might indicate that your power-steering system has a leak, especially when paired with a stiffer steering wheel.

You Feel Vibrations in the Steering Wheel

If this is happening, then it’s time for you to get your wheels aligned.

A Rattling Under the Hood When Idling

Hearing a rattling near the engine might be a sign that the water pump needs replaced.

Ticking Noise Under the Hood

If you’re hearing a clicking or ticker-tape kind of noise under the hood, you’re probably very low on oil and should top your oil off immediately to avoid serious damage.

Have you noticed any of these sounds recently? Bring your car into Chip Wynn Motors for an inspection. The more you can tell us about the noises and sensations you’ve heard, the more we’ll be able to help you get the best service possible!

How to Get Your Car Ready for Fall Like A Pro

Car Ready for Fall
Follow these steps to get your car ready for fall, and if you need a new ride this season, come visit us at Chip Wynn Motors.

You can already feel the air getting a crisp chill in the evenings, meaning fall is nearly here. Along with going to football games, eating all the pumpkin-flavored things you can, and wearing your favorite cozy clothes, you need to get your car ready for fall. Here are a few tips to get you started.

  • Check your antifreeze. As the temperatures start to drop below freezing, you want to make sure your antifreeze levels are good. This liquid regulates your engine’s temperature to keep it running smoothly.
  • Keep your gas tank full. You don’t want to be stuck on the side of the road in a freezing cold car simply because you ran out of gas. Don’t let your tank get too low. Not only will you not run out of gas, but it will help prevent your gas lines from freezing.
  • Pack an emergency kit. Even with lots of preparation, you can still break down unexpectedly. Prepare for the worst with an emergency kit that includes warm blankets, a charged cell phone or extra battery, high-energy snacks (nuts), etc.
  • Check your exterior lights. As the days get shorter, you will be driving with your headlights on more frequently. Make sure all your exterior lights are working.

Follow these steps to get your car ready for fall, and if you need a new ride this season, come visit us at Chip Wynn Motors.

How to Have the Best Tailgate Party Ever

Best Tailgate Party
One important part of our American football tradition is the tailgate party. Here are some tips on how to have the best tailgate party ever.

For many people, football season really is the best time of the year. There is nothing quite like getting together with your friends and family to cheer on your favorite team. One important part of our American football tradition is the tailgate party. Here are some tips on how to have the best tailgate party ever.

  • Stay Organized. Use things like toolboxes or caddies to keep all of your tailgate party essentials together. This includes grilling tools, toothpicks, utensils, seasonings, sunblock, bottle openers, and more.
  • Sit down. While you might be focused on the food, don’t forget that you will want a place to sit. Pack folding chairs or plan to use your truck’s tailgate or SUV’s cargo area for seating.
  • Pack some fun. Yes, everyone goes to a tailgate party for football, but often tailgating starts hours before the actual game. Bring some activities to stay occupied until kickoff. Bring a deck of cards, a few board games, or even toss around a football (as long as you don’t hit anyone else).
  • Bring a tent. Soaking up the sun can be fun for a little while, but not when you start turning into a lobster. Bring along a canopy tent to shield you and your guests from the sun.

Are you planning any tailgate parties this year? If you need a new ride for your tailgate fun, come visit us at Chip Wynn Motors.

How and Why to Change Your Air Filter

Changing Your Air Filter
Changing your air filter is a great way to help keep your car running smoothly.

The more consistently you take care of your car, the better it will run and the longer it will last. Sounds like a good deal doesn’t it? There are actually plenty of simple maintenance tasks that owners can perform on their own, like changing your air filter. And remember, if you ever need help with your car maintenance, Chip Wynn Motors is here to answer your questions.

Why Changing Your Air Filter is Necessary

Your engine needs air to run, but the air that gets pulled into the engine is often full of debris, like dirt, pollen, or even bird feathers. How would you like breathing that in? Your engine doesn’t like it either, which is why vehicles contain air filters. These filters keep the bad stuff out. But once they get too dirty, they can no longer do an efficient job. With a dirty air filter, you don’t get the best fuel economy, and you end up putting out more emissions. Plus, dirty air is bad for your engine’s longevity.

How to Change Your Air Filter

In order to change your air filter, all you need is the correct replacement. You can get this at your local auto parts store and use your owner’s manual to help you find the right fit. Changing your air filter will only take a few minutes. Start by locating your air filter under the hood. The filter is stored in a black box near the engine. Open this box and make a note of how the current filter is installed so that you can mimic its orientation. Remove the old filter and replace it with the new, then close up the box and shut the hood. That’s all it takes to change your air filter and keep your engine clean and happy.

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.