How to Make the Most of Your Test Drive

Before you commit to buying a vehicle, it’s essential to get behind the wheel and try it for yourself. Here’s how to make the most of your test drive and ensure that you end up with a car, truck, or SUV that you like.

Before your drive

You can learn a lot about a car before you even start your test drive. Pay attention to the experience of getting in, the comfort and adjustability of the seats, and whether the steering wheel and other controls are easy to see and reach. Check whether the safety and connectivity features are intuitive to locate, use, and pair with your smartphone.

If you’ll be carrying passengers in the rear rows, make sure there’s enough room for them to ride comfortably. If you have small children, make sure their safety seats fit properly. You may also want to note how the rear seats fold, how the trunk opens, and whether there’s enough cargo space for your needs.

During your drive

As you drive the car, there’s a lot you’ll want to notice:

  • Can you see clearly while backing up, changing lanes, and making other maneuvers?
  • Does the vehicle accelerate, brake, and steer in a way that feels comfortable, safe, and otherwise acceptable for you?
  • Is the ride smooth or bumpy? Precise or forgiving?
  • Does the heating and air conditioning system keep the cabin comfortable for you?

Here at Chip Wynn Motors, we stock an extensive selection of used vehicles for you to test drive. Keeping these tips in mind when you get behind the wheel at our dealership will help you make a choice you’ll continue to love for years to come!

Recent Survey Proves Long-Term Toyota Vehicle Reliability

When you spend your money on a used car at Chip Wynn Motors, you want to make sure you’re investing in a vehicle that will run for years to come. That’s why it’s a good idea to check research like the recent survey performed by iSeeCars. The automotive outlet assessed numerous cars, SUVs, and trucks, finding that Toyota vehicle reliability is ahead of the rest, with Toyota vehicles lasting the longest on the road.

By tracking which vehicles tend to exceed 200,000 miles on the odometer most often, iSeeCars determined which models were most reliable over their lifespan and would likely last the longest. Toyota dominated the list, filling 8 of the top 15 positions on the chart, including the top two positions: the Toyota Land Cruiser and Toyota Sequoia.

Other Toyota models that ranked in the list of longest-lasting cars included the Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Tundra, Toyota Avalon, Toyota Prius, Toyota Highlander Hybrid, and Toyota Sienna. Toyota was the only automaker to have hybrid models perform well enough to rank, showing that Toyota vehicles’ reliability extended beyond gas-powered vehicles to electric ones, too.

Based on the results, iSeeCars noted that these Toyota models well exceeded the industry lifespan for most vehicles, with the top-ranked Toyota Land Cruiser reaching 15 times the average percentage of units to exceed 200,000 miles.

We invite you to shop for your next used car at Chip Wynn Motors, where we sell many of these long-lasting vehicles — including Toyota SUVs and crossovers — for budget-conscious families in Paducah, Kentucky.

3 of the Best Used Cars for College Students

Best Used Vehicles for College Students | Chip Wynn Motors | Paducah, KY

Whether you’re a student at the University of Kentucky, Murray State University, or West Kentucky Community and Technical College, reliable transportation can be a big help. Getting a car you can count on for your weekend trips home doesn’t have to break the bank — especially when you shop at Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah, Kentucky. Here, you’ll find some of the best used cars for college students, and all at affordable prices you’ll love.

Volkswagen Golf

Are you ready to spell driving fun G-O-L-F with a capital VW? The Volkswagen Golf has a reputation for bringing its A-game when it comes to style, comfort, and smooth-handling performance. With a pre-owned Golf, you’ll also get good fuel economy that’ll help you save money at the pump.

Chevrolet Equinox

Want to be the life of the party? The Chevrolet Equinox brings balance into your life with plenty of seating capacity and space to accommodate your active lifestyle. Chevy Equinox SUVs are also stylish and efficient, giving you plenty of standout appeal whether you’re cruising around Paducah, Murray, or Mayfield.

Nissan Versa

The Nissan Versa offers one of the best values going on the market today with an incredibly affordable starting price. A quality pre-owned Versa like what you might find at Chip Wynn Motors offers even more savings, as well as modern technologies like easy-to-use smartphone connectivity.

If you’re a student looking for a great new-to-you ride, you’ve got no shortage of options to choose from. And you’ll find a lot of those wonderful options right here at Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah, Kentucky.

Best Used Vehicles for Pets

Best used Vehicle For Pets | Chip Wynn Motors | Paducah, KY

Dogs and cats are part of our family, so when buying a used car, it’s important to consider their needs as well as our own. That means not only looking for family-friendly, but also pet-friendly, features that keep your four-legged friend comfortable and safe, whether on a short drive to the dog park or a long road trip to visit family. (We all — pets included — need a road trip this winter or spring more than ever to get out of the house, after all!)

Something spacious with great safety features should do the trick. More specifically, look for a used vehicle that has plenty of room in the backseat, where your animal should ride for safety. Flat-fold seats mean more room for larger dogs. You should also consider a vehicle with a low floor for easier entry and larger door or back hatch opening, especially if you need to load in a travel crate for your cat.

Some of the best used vehicles for pets are minivans, like the Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna, or crossovers, like the Subaru Forester (Subaru is known for being the automaker that most seriously considers pet safety) or Subaru Crosstrek.

Large SUVs like the Kia Telluride or Chevy Suburban are even better for big breeds. If you are looking for something smaller, we recommend the Kia Optima with anti-soil cloth upholstery or the Honda Fit with the big back hatch.

And where can you find some of the best used vehicles for pets? Where else but Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah, Kentucky. No matter your needs or your budget, we’re confident you’ll find a vehicle you’ll love a lot on our lot.

How to Tell if You’re Due for a New Ride in 2021

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If your old vehicle has seen better days, you don’t have to break your budget to treat yourself to a new pre-owned model. But if you’re a cost-conscious driver, it can be tough to know when to part with your old car. Here’s how to tell if you’re due for a new ride in the New Year.

Smells, leaks, and malfunctions

Strange scents, mysterious leaks, and nagging noises are all solid indications that your car is wearing out. Furthermore, if vehicle’s interior is home to threadbare seats, missing buttons, and faulty electronics, do yourself a favor and make it your 2021 New Year’s resolution to upgrade to a new used vehicle.

Outdated technology

Wish you could connect your smartphone to your car? Want the convenience of built-in navigation? Crave the comfort of heated seats? If you currently drive an older vehicle, you may be missing out. To update your driving experience, consider choosing a newer pre-owned vehicle.

Costly repairs

Your old vehicle depreciates as time wears on. When an expensive or critical component needs to be replaced, the repair may cost more than the vehicle’s value. So if your old car is suffering from transmission troubles or powertrain problems, it’s time to consider getting a quality new-to-you vehicle at Chip Wynn Motors.

Start the new year off right — drive home in a top-quality pre-owned vehicle from Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah, Kentucky.