Tips for Traveling with Your Pet this Spring

Tips for Traveling with Your Pet

Going for a long drive can be a great way to refresh your mind, and it’s all the better if you can bring your best friend along. Whether you’re just wanting to get out for a bit or looking forward to a road trip in the summer or fall, these tips for traveling with your pet help ensure that your furry friend can come along safely.

Train your pet for long trips

If you have a long trip coming up, help your pet prepare by letting them adjust to time in the car. Start taking your pet on regular short car rides, gradually increasing the length so they can get used to sitting in their carrier.

Use a well-ventilated carrier

The safest option for traveling with a pet is to keep them secured in a crate or carrier. The carrier should have good ventilation and should be large enough so that your pet can comfortably stand, sit, and lie down. Be sure that the crate is tied down or secured so that it will not tumble if you have to brake suddenly.

Make a pet travel kit

For longer trips, it’s important that you have the resources to provide for your pet’s needs. Pack a kit that includes food, bottled water, and their dishes, plus a leash and plastic bags to pick up waste. It’s recommended that you stop every two hours to walk your pet, give them a chance to relieve themselves, and let them enjoy some water and food.

For overnight trips, add any medications your pet may need, as well as grooming supplies and one or two favorite toys.

If your summer or fall road trip requires a fresh new-to-you ride, check out the vast selection available at Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah, KY.

Great Automotive Mother’s Day Gifts to Consider This Year

Mother's Day Gifts

Though we’ve all had a lot on our minds recently, it’s important to remember that this month marks Mother’s Day. Celebrating your mom or mother figure is doubly worth doing when times are challenging, and if they find themselves behind the wheel a lot, there are several great automotive Mother’s Day gifts worth checking out. These gifts can all be easily ordered online and delivered directly to you or to your mother’s home.

Seat gap filler

Sometimes families can’t help but eat on the go. Seat gap fillers block crumbs from falling into hard-to-reach places, make it much easier for mom to clean up after road trips or a week of carpooling.

Steering wheel covers

Why not get your mom a steering wheel cover in a fun print or a soft leather? It’s sure to customize the feel of her ride and make her feel more at home on the go.

Decorative hitch cover

A decorative hitch cover is a fun gift for the adventurous mom who drives a truck or SUV to tow her camper or boat. You can find all types of hitch covers online, including many customizable options.

Back-up camera

Most newer cars come with Rear View cameras built in, but if the mom in your life is driving a model that predates this helpful tool, an accessory back-up camera will be the perfect gift. With this installed, she’ll find it easier to safely reverse out of driveways or to parallel park.

From the team at Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah, KY, to all the mothers out there: Thank you for everything that you do, and stay safe.

 

What You Need for Your Summer Vehicle Emergency Kit

Vehicle Emergency Kit

As the seasons change, so should the items in your car’s emergency kit. As winter required items like warm gloves, extra blankets, ice scraper and shovel, summer, too, demands specific items to help keep you safe on the road. Be sure to pack the following in your summer vehicle emergency kit.

Summer essentials

If your car breaks down in the sweltering heat of summer, you’ll want plenty of water on hand to quench your thirst while you wait for roadside assistance or after you tend to a flat tire yourself. Swap out your winter clothing for lighter wear such as shorts, tank tops, and flip flops or sandals. Protect your skin from the sun’s rays with sunscreen. Provide your own shade with a reflective emergency blanket. Mosquitoes and other pests will be no match for bug spray.

Kit basics

No matter the season, your emergency car kit should always be stocked with non-perishable food, a first aid kit, tools, a flashlight with extra batteries and a phone charger. In case your battery dies, a set of jumper cables is essential. Since extreme temperatures can negatively impact the condition of your tires, carry a tire gauge to monitor pressure and tire sealant to help prevent a flat.

Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah, KY, has a great selection of used vehicles perfect for late-summer driving. Visit our website to learn more about what’s in stock.

 

How to Use Your Tax Refund on Your Car

Tax Refund

Ready to upgrade your ride? Use your tax refund on your car — or perhaps even toward a new one —

Accessories

Are you completely satisfied when you look at your car? Whether it’s simple upgrades such as better floor mats to protect your cabin or a bike rack to make weekend getaways more fun, or accessories to improve your comfort (heated seats) or make driving more entertaining (Bluetooth® stereo), your tax refund can help transform your driving experience.

Down payment

There is no end to quality used cars on our lot at Chip Wynn Motors. Are you looking for a vehicle with more space and family-friendly features? We have great SUV and minivan options. Perhaps, you’d like to upgrade to a stylish sedan to make daily commutes more enjoyable. If you need a vehicle with serious towing and payload capacities, check out our selection of trucks. Your tax refund can make an excellent down payment on a new SUV, truck, minivan, or sedan.

Luxury car goal

You might think that a luxury car is out of your reach, but it is possible. Start saving toward your dream car by banking your tax refund. With our amazing prices at Chip Wynn Motors, you can get behind the wheel of a luxury car sooner than you ever thought possible.

Whether you plan to use your tax refund on your car, your savings, or other needs, the team at Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah, KY, hopes you are staying safe and healthy.

 

Best Podcasts to Listen to This Spring

Spring Driving Podcasts

Whether you’re looking for something to listen to on a commute or something engaging to help pass the workday, podcasts are a great way to be entertained and informed. These are some of the best podcasts to listen to this spring.

True Crime

If real-life murder mysteries are your thing, there is plenty out there to choose from.

  • In the Dark – Madeline Baran looks at how law enforcement’s handling of a crime affects the national narrative.
  • My Favorite Murder – Hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark take a unique and often funny look at crimes.
  • Man in the Window – Paige St. John chronicles the alleged crimes of Joe De Angelo, who was arrested in 2018 and charged as the Golden State Killer.

Fiction

If you are looking for something less frightening but still fascinating, try some of these fiction podcasts.

  • Levar Burton Reads – If you grew up with Reading Rainbow, you will love this podcast of short fiction chosen and read by a man with one of the best voices since James Earl Jones.
  • Homecoming – From Gimlet is a scripted podcast of a thriller about a therapist working with veterans. Amazon Prime produced a TV version of the story.
  • Alice Isn’t Dead – If you are a fan of Welcome to Night Vale, this latest offering from that studio will catch your attention. It tells the story of a long-haul trucker looking for her missing wife, and as you would expect, things get pretty strange.

If all you need for your podcast listening on the road is a new ride, visit Chip Wynn Motors. We’ve got one of the finest selection of quality used cars in Paducah, KY — and that’s no mystery and not fiction.

 

4 Helpful Tips for Washing Your Car This Spring

Tips for Cleaning Your Car

Warmer spring weather in Paducah means it’s a great time to break out your bucket and shammy and polish up your ride. These tips for washing your car this spring will make sure that you’re sparkling when all is sud and done.

Cleaners

It’s a good idea to use products made specifically for washing cars when you get down to it. Cleaning products made for your kitchen or bathroom can damage your car’s paint or protective wax coating. Use a natural sponge or a mitt made of lamb’s wool to protect the surface.

Getting the Gunk Off

While you want to use a gentle cleaner on your car overall, you will need something stronger to remove the deposits you’ve picked up over the winter. A bug and tar remover will get rid of grease, rubber marks, and road tar easily. Use a soft cloth to protect your sponge.

Wheels and Tires

You should also use a different sponge or cloth to clean the wheels and tires. They pick up all kinds of debris from the road, such as small bits of gravel, which can scratch paint. You can use a product formulated for cleaning your type of wheels, but a mild soap will work, too. Check the label on the product or in your car’s owner’s manual for information.

Rinse Well

Rinse the car thoroughly before you begin to wash it and again when you are finished. Rinse the soap off from top to bottom, and then dry the vehicle with a chamois or some old, soft towels.

If your idea of spring cleaning is getting rid of your old ride, visit Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah, KY. We’ve got a great selection of used vehicles waiting to be shown off in the sunshine.

 

How to Remove Common Car Smells

Common Car Smells and How to Remove Them | Paducah, KY

We’ve all been there: a mysterious, pungent odor is in your car and refusing to leave. Nothing ruins an otherwise great driving experience more than a bad smell, especially if you’re headed out of Paducah on a long road trip. If you want to ensure that your car is always as fresh and clean as possible, follow these simple and helpful tips on how to remove common car smells.

 

Play detective

 

The first thing you should do when you smell a bad odor is to find the source. Look under seats, in pockets, and even in the glove compartment for anything that could be stinking up your vehicle. Once you find the cause, you’ll have a better idea of how to address it. If it’s food that’s been left behind, for example, you may only need to roll the windows down and air out the cabin for a while.

 

Smells from under the hood

 

It’s important to remember that bad smells can be an indicator of larger problems with a vehicle. If you smell oil or the sweet, almost syrup-like smell of antifreeze, it could mean that you have a leak that needs to be addressed immediately. Any smells that seem to emanate from beneath the hood should demand your immediate attention and the diagnosis of a professional.

 

How to Clean

 

In a lot of cases, vacuuming is the surest way to defeat unwanted odors. Take the occasion of a warm day to vacuum your upholstery and carpet thoroughly and you’ll likely find yourself dealing with less of a stink. If you have a more pronounced smell that comes from something like vomit, you can use a solution that’s one part water and one part vinegar. Soak the solution into the affected areas and then get it out with a wet-dry vac.

 

If all else fails, you can also consider leaving a bag of charcoal or cat litter under your seat or on the floorboards. These substances soak up odors with ease.

 

Want the new car smell but don’t want to pay the new car price? Visit Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah and check out our great selection of great-smelling used vehicles.

Stay Proactive in 2020 With These Tire Maintenance Tips

Tire Maintenance Tips | Paducah, KY

The only things touching the road every time you drive are your tires, so proper and proactive tire maintenance should be near the top of any car owner’s list. Checking your tires on a frequent and consistent basis will help keep them as healthy as possible, and following these tire maintenance tips will help better safeguard you from unwanted flats and blowouts.

 

Proper PSI

 

The surest way to keep your tires lasting longer is to make sure they’re properly inflated. Take your tire gauge out once every couple of weeks or so and make sure your tires are all at the manufacturer’s recommended PSI levels. When the temperature fluctuates during winter and summer, you’ll want to check more regularly as these conditions can lead to sudden leaps and losses.

 

Keep an eye on the rubber

 

In many cases, just looking at your tires can tell you the story of how well they’re doing. When you do your occasional vehicle walkaround, take a gander at all four tires for signs of wear like bumps and cracking. You’ll also want to keep an eye on tread depth and, if the tread appears lower, perform the penny test to see if you’re in need of a replacement.

 

Regular rotation

 

Regularly rotating your tires will ensure that all tires wear equally, helping extend their lives as long as possible. You’ll want to rotate your tires in the intervals recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual, but as a general rule, you should have a rotation done every six months or 6,000-8,000 miles.

 

If you’re looking for a high-quality used vehicle, look no further than Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah. Our inventory is always changing, so when you find something that tickles your fancy, stop in and get it before it’s gone.

 

 

Should I Buy a Used Luxury Car?

Ask us for the best way to make the most of your money when shopping for a vehicle, and we’ll tell you to buy a used luxury car. There are lots of reasons why used luxury vehicles pack great value, from enjoying advanced equipment to avoiding significant depreciation. Here are some of our favorite reasons to choose a used luxury vehicle.

More Luxury for Less Money

Deciding to get a used luxury car rather than a new economy car means that you’ll be able to get more thrill and luxury for your money. Luxury cars that are just a few years old often end up costing the same as a new car of a much less luxurious stature. With a used luxury car, you’ll enjoy a smoother ride, a nicer cabin, and more amenities for less.

Prestige

Whether you’re looking for a car that will impress at your new job or just want to treat yourself to something nicer than the norm, a used luxury car is the perfect choice. You’ll turn heads and feel great about your ride and won’t have to break the bank to achieve it.

Advanced Equipment

Lots of intelligent safety features and in-cabin connectivity that come in many new cars today were first introduced in luxury cars. When you buy a used luxury car, you can enjoy a number of these innovative amenities at a used-car price.

Need more convincing why you should buy a used luxury car? Visit Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah and check out our great inventory of used luxury cars and SUVs. We’re sure we’ll have a high-end ride you’ll fall in love with.

Tips for Being a Better Driver in the New Year

As you’re making up your list of resolutions for 2020, consider adding one — or all — of these tips for being a better driver in the New Year. The following goals can help you be a better, safer driver and help ensure miles and miles of confident, safe driving in the year (and years) ahead.

Stop Speeding

Speed limits are not chosen arbitrarily. These numbers are based on things like curves, hills, construction, and potential pedestrians. By honoring the speed limits in the new year, you’ll reduce your chances of losing control of your vehicle or getting into a collision.

Use a Turn Signal

Turn signals exist so that you can give other drivers an idea of your next maneuver, allowing them to anticipate your action and react accordingly. If you don’t use your turn signal, your fellow drivers will not be able to guess your moves, which could lead to a miscalculation on their part, and potentially an accident. Resolve to always use your turn signal in 2020 and the years that follow.

Don’t Text and Drive

One of the most important resolutions all drivers can make this year is to put the phone down. Too many people think that they are different, that they can multitask safely. But texting and driving is always dangerous, no matter the person and no matter the situation. Keep your phone put away in the trunk, if you must, and do whatever it takes to end any habit of texting and driving in the new year.

One great way to make sure you’re working on being a better drive on the new year: have a stylish new ride in your driveway. Check out our great selection of used vehicles from all different brands at Chip Wynn Motors.