Tire maintenance is crucial to ensuring your safety on the road and that you get the most money out of your investment. If you bring in your vehicle for routine maintenance at a trusted mechanic, they can stay on top of tire maintenance for you. Even so, here are a few things you should know:
Tire rotations ensure even wear: Your vehicle’s front tires and rear tires wear differently because of how they are used. By rotating them approximately every5,000 miles, you will ensure more even wear on them.
Proper inflation is crucial for gas mileage and safety: Check your tire pressure regularly. Under- or overinflated tires can be dangerous to drive on and can reduce your fuel economy. Remember, tires lose approximately 1 pound of pressure for every 10 degree drop in temperature, so pay extra attention to tire inflation during winter.
Tire tread depth means everything to your safety behind the wheel: Tires with proper tread depth are better at maintaining traction, especially in rainy or snowy weather. If the tire tread is too worn, then you can easily lose control of your vehicle. Use the penny test to ensure you are in the clear.
For more tips on tire maintenance, or to schedule a tire rotation with our Service Department, contact us at Coast to Coast Imports.
It’s one of the most common and routine maintenance tasks you can perform on your vehicle: getting an oil change. Regular oil changes keep the engine performing well and help make it last in the long run. Here are some general tips on when and how to change your oil.
When should your engine oil be changed? Different vehicles having different oil change recommendations, from how often you should have it changed to what kind of oil you should use, so you should follow the recommendations listed in your car’s owner’s manual. The general recommendation used to be every 3,000-5,000 miles, but new innovations in engines and oil formulas may make it so your vehicle can go 7,500-10,000 miles between oil changes. If you drive infrequently, drive frequently in dusty conditions, or have other atypical driving habits, you may want to consult with your mechanic and customize your vehicle’s oil change schedule accordingly.
How do you change your engine oil? It’s possible to change the engine oil yourself rather than taking it into the shop, and many of us take it upon ourselves to do so. In brief, you should:
Gather all necessary supplies (replacement engine oil, oil filter, wrenches, etc.) and prepare your vehicle by putting it on ramps for better access.
Find the oil filter and drain plug, loosen the drain plug, drain the old oil into a drain pan, and tighten up the drain plug afterward.
Change the oil filter and add the new engine oil.
Check the oil level and make adjustments as necessary.
Contact us at Coast to Coast Imports if you need to schedule an oil change appointment. We’ll be happy to perform this service for you to keep your vehicle functioning smoothly and safely.
Need to winterize your car but don’t know where to start? Here are some guidelines to help out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.