Winterize Your Car in 5 Easy Steps

How to winterize your car | Coast To Coast Imports

Need to winterize your car but don’t know where to start? Here are some guidelines to help out.

Tires

Midwest winters can be tough, especially with slippery or icy roads. Before the winter season, measure the tread depth on your tires to make sure they tread isn’t too thin. Or maybe even swap them out for snow tires. Also, make sure that the tires are properly inflated to help prevent skidding.

Battery

Cold temperatures cause fluctuations in car battery capacity. If your vehicle’s battery is more than a few years old, you may want to have a professional test it to make sure it’s in proper working order.

Fluids

Oil changes are crucial, as well as anti-freeze/coolant. But another big thing to look for is whether or not your wiper fluid reservoir is full to help combat a frosted windshield.

Emergency Kit

No matter how prepared you are, accidents can happen. It’s good to have a bag or box packed with jumper cables, water bottles, blankets, nonperishable snacks, and flashlights in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Professional Inspection

It’s a good idea to have a professional technician inspect your car before the winter. Have them look at the engine, including your belts and hoses, to make sure crucial parts are in working order.

Contact us at Coast to Coast Imports to set up a pre-winter maintenance checkup for your vehicle.

Is Kelley Blue Book Accurate?

BMW X1

Many dealerships and individual sellers turn to Kelley Blue Book in order to determine the price of a used car. Since used cars can vary greatly in condition, features, and mileage, it can be challenging to arrive at an accurate price. There are few better options than Kelley Blue Book, though, when it comes to establishing the value of your trade-in vehicle.

Kelley Blue Book is, by far, one of the most trusted guides for determining what a trade-in vehicle is worth. One misconception both buyers and sellers have, however, is that the Kelley Blue book website sets vehicle prices.

In order to determine what a vehicle is worth, Kelley Blue Book looks at the car’s supply and demand. It can take some time for that information to reach the company and effect the pricing charts. Kelley Blue Book draws its information from Autotrader, the most popular car selling website. The algorithm pulls pricing from weekly auto auctions, allowing the company to establish itself as an authority in used car pricing.

Demand for used cars has risen dramatically in the past few years. The higher levels of quality and reliability have made cars last longer than ever before. Those factors, plus an increasing number of total existing cars, have made tracking used car pricing difficult, but Kelley Blue Book has evolved with new algorithms that allow it to keep pace.

If you have any questions about pricing your trade-in vehicle, contact us at Coast to Coast Imports.

Hydroplaning Safety Tips: What to Do and How to Prevent It

tire on wet road

When you drive a luxury vehicle with rear-wheel drive, you have a higher chance of hydroplaning than when driving in a vehicle equipped with front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

Here are some hydroplaning safety tips for how to avoid this condition, and how to recover if it happens.

How to Prevent Hydroplaning

A combination of regular maintenance and safe driving is the best way to prevent hydroplaning. Keep your tires properly inflated, rotate them regularly, and keep an eye on the tread.

Safe driving and luxury sports cars may seem like oxymorons, but you should take safety measures when it’s raining. Drive slower and avoid puddles. It’s also a good idea to stick to middle lanes, since water accumulates in outer lanes. Lastly, don’t use cruise control when it’s raining, so you have better control over your car’s performance.

How to Stop Hydroplaning

Sometimes hydroplaning is inevitable, and it’s important to know how to pull your car out of a hydroplane and get it back under control.

When you hydroplane, your wheels lose contact with the ground and skim over the surface of the water. You may find that traveling speed increases and the wheels might begin to veer in either direction. Don’t panic when this happens.

First, take your foot of the accelerator, and don’t touch the brake. Braking while hydroplaning will just make your wheels skid more. Hydroplaning usually lasts for just a few seconds, so just keep your hands on the wheel and steer gently in the direction of the skid. This will help you regain control of the vehicle.

For more safety tips for driving through varied road conditions, contact us at Coast to Coast Imports.

All About Tire Rotations

Tire rotations are an essential part of routine maintenance. By rotating your tires, you ensure they last longer (which is good because tires can be expensive) and promote the vehicle’s safe performance. When you drive, your tires do not wear evenly on the front and back, due to how each wheel turns. By regularly rotating them, you will ensure even wear on all four tires.

tire rotation

For specifics on how often to rotate your tires, check the owner’s manual of your vehicle’s specific make and model. Our general guidance, however, is to rotate them roughly every 5,000 miles, or every time you change the oil. If you get an oil change here at Coast to Coast Imports, we will throw in a tire rotation with it — and we’ll also do a thorough inspection of your vehicle to make sure everything else is running properly.

Want to rotate the vehicle’s tires at home? First, you will need to invest in a few tools: a torque wrench, an impact wrench, a hydraulic floor jack, and jack stands. The principle behind rotating your tires is simple, but the task can be challenging if you are new to working on a car for the first time. So, it’s a good idea to have a friend or family member on hand who has rotated tires before when you rotate the tires on your vehicle.

Contact us at Coast to Coast Imports to set up a maintenance appointment if you prefer to have the experts perform this service.

Invest in a Modern Classic Car: A Once and Future Standard

2014 BMW 1 Series Coupe

Are you looking for a modern car that’s bound to become a future classic? There are a number of categories to consider when predicting which vehicles will beat the test of time, including styling, technology, and performance.

Quality, durable design, and premium engineering are three additional factors that will help ensure the model’s longevity. Here are a few of our top picks for modern classic cars.

Described as the “scrappiest runt of the litter” by Car and Driver editors, the BMW 1-Series M Coupe will likely be a classic because there has been a relatively limited production of this high-performance model (just 3,000 were made in 2011). The 1M—which is distinct from the M1—has a 335-horsepower twin-turbo engine, a stout exterior design, and a short wheelbase.

The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG is next on our list. This model has a big engine and plenty of horsepower, and, with AMG tuning, it can easily dominate any track. This coupe is polished and fun, with a touch of refinement and substantial engine potency. Opt for a 2008 to 2015 model year, which will boast the desirable 6.2-liter naturally-aspirated engine that current models lack.

The Porsche Cayman R/Boxster Spyder is also destined to become a future classic. As part of the 987 platform, this track-ready model incorporates a rear wing and includes a powerful engine under the hood. This polished model is the epitome of Porsche design over the past decade.

For more insights about which classic cars to invest in now, contact us at Coast to Coast Imports and learn about our vehicle selection. We’ll be happy to share our expertise and help you decide on a classic car that will retain its value for years to come.

Location Spotlight: Fishers, Indiana

Coast to Coast Imports is proud to serve several communities throughout the Hoosier State, including Fishers, Indiana. The city is home to 76,794 residents, as of the 2010 census—which marks quite the explosion, as the town only claimed 350 residents back in 1963. Fishers, which was previously known as Fishers Station and originally as Fishers Switch, was founded back in 1872.

There is quite a bit to do in Fishers, Indiana—aside from test driving and purchasing your favorite luxury cars at Coast to Coast Imports. If it’s a nice day outside, spend the afternoon at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park or River Road Park and then relax with a beer at Sun King Tap Room & Small-Batch Brewery or Four Day Ray Brewing—or, if you’re brave, just try out the pedal-powered bike tavern called the Pint Cycle.

See what’s happening at the Symphony on the Prairie, which has played host to the likes of the Beach Boys and Frankie Valli, or just head down to the Nickel Plate District for dining, shopping, and walking. Need to feed your sweet tooth? Be sure to enjoy a scoop (or three) at Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt—or, for a healthier fix, grab some fresh fruit at the Fishers Farmers Market.

Contact us at Coast to Coast Imports for more sites to explore around town.

Should You Invest in a Used Luxury Car?

Audi Q3

When car shopping, you have a lot of decisions to make. One of the biggest ones is likely whether you should invest in a used luxury car. To help make the decision easier, we’ve put together some points you should consider while making your decision.

  1. You will spend less and get more. Luxury cars are known for offering their owners top-notch comforts. It’s possible you might not be able to afford every feature you want on a brand-new car, though. A used luxury car will allow you to get everything on your “must have” list without spending more than your budget.
  2. The quality of the vehicle will likely remain high. With many Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicles available out there, you can guarantee that your used luxury car will stay in peak condition, no matter what its age. If the used luxury vehicle you’re thinking of purchasing isn’t a CPO model, you can still have a professional do an inspection of the vehicle or receive a report showing the vehicle’s history.
  3. Your car will keep its value better. When you purchase a new car, it will lose 30% of its value within the first year. A used car will retain its value, which means you will get more money if you choose to sell it later on.

Stop by Coast to Coast Imports to peruse our inventory of used luxury vehicles. We’ll help you find the right ride to match your preferences and your budget.

Luxury Pickup Trucks Are on the Rise

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “luxury automobile”? Many people imagine a sleek and sexy sedan with a leather interior and all the latest gadgets. Car shoppers that have been watching the market more recently may also think of luxury SUVs—sporty yet refined vehicles that offer an ideal combination of adventure and style. However, few people think of luxury pickup trucks—a segment now on the rise.

Believe it or not, luxury trucks are growing rapidly as a segment. According to The News Wheel, luxury pickups are becoming increasingly popular, especially with the rise of vehicles like the GMC Sierra Denali, the Ram Limited Tungsten Edition, and the F-Series Super Duty Limited. While some of these trucks carry a price tag, they also come with incredible performance and sophistication.

2019 GMC Sierra Denali

“Everyone wants these loaded-out trucks,” says Sandor Piszar, the Truck Marketing Manager at Chevrolet. “They offer just about everything you can get in a luxury car — and they can haul and tow.”

In fact, Mercedes-Benz recently announced that it would introduce the X-Class truck, a powerful pickup that will likely make its way to the USA sometime in the near future.

Offering power, high-tech features, and refined interior designs, luxury trucks are certainly something we at Coast to Coast imports look forward to seeing more of in the future. For luxury vehicles of any segment, contact us to see what we have on our lot.

5 Celebrities Who Own Porsche Cars

Porsche 911 Turbo

If you’ve ever wanted to own a Porsche, you’re in good company. Some of the world’s most lovable stars have gotten behind the wheel of the brand, and not always in a brand-new model. Here are five celebrities who own Porsche cars.

Ellen DeGeneres

With an income in the multi-millions, is it really a surprise that talk show host Ellen DeGeneres owns a Porsche? She currently rolls out in a Porsche Targa 4S and Porsche 993. Plus, her wife is named Portia, so there’s that too.

Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld is a well-known comedian who has a love for cars. At one point, he owned 47 Porsche vehicles. He sold 17 Porsche models, including a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder and 1959 Porsche 718 RSK, in 2016. Seinfeld currently owns the first Porsche 911 ever produced, a Porsche 959, and a 1961 Porsche 911 T/R.

Yo Gotti

Rap star Yo Gotti prides himself on being different from other artists. That pride just so happens to extend to his cars as well. When other artists were getting their cars painted black, he painted his white. The rapper has been seen cruising in a rare 1957 Porsche Speedsteer as well as a Porsche 911 and Porsche Panamera.

Mike Wolfe

American Pickers star Mike Wolfe has seen his fair share of antique cars in his travels, but only one found a place in his heart. He still drives the classic Porsche 356 Coupe when he isn’t filming. Hopefully, one day he’ll stop by to see us here at Coast to Coast Imports!

Adam Carolla

Comedian Adam Carolla has quite a collection of cars, including one racing enthusiasts might know fairly well. Carolla bought Paul Newman’s Le Mans Porsche 935 racecar at an auction to the tune of $4.4 million.

To get your very own Porsche and feel like a celebrity, contact Coast to Coast Imports.

When to Trade in Your Luxury Vehicle

When you choose to drive a luxury vehicle from Coast to Coast Imports, it’s because you want the highest quality transportation out there.

With that in mind, you might also be wondering when to trade in your luxury vehicle for the best return and the latest releases.

Here are three signs that it’s time to trade your luxury vehicle for your next luxury car.

Your Needs Have Changed

2017 Porsche Boxter S Exclusive

The only person who really knows your needs is you, so take an honest look at your vehicle and any recent changes in your lifestyle.

Do you have too much space in it? Too little? Not enough technology to keep you entertained? It’s natural for needs to change as life is filled with changes, so when it’s time for something different, it’s time to trade in your vehicle.

Your Mileage Is Increasing

Obviously, your car’s mileage will always be increasing, but there are certain points along the way that are better for trade-in than others. Lots of buyers feel hesitant to choose a used car with over 100,000 miles (even though today’s vehicle last much longer than that). For best trade-in results, you should say “goodbye” to your vehicle before then, or even before the mileage point when the warranty runs out.

Your Car Works Fine

If might seem counterintuitive to get rid of your vehicle when it’s still working. However, a car that’s in good condition will get a much better trade-in value, so sell before you have to explain its high repair costs.

If you want to trade in your current vehicle, contact us at Coast to Coast Imports and we can help make it happen.