The trick, however, isn’t really to find a used car, is it? The trick is to buy a vehicle that you feel good about. No second thoughts when you plunk down your money.
There’s nothing worse than realizing after the sale you just bought someone else’s problems! How can you avoid that? We offer up three secrets to help you buy with confidence.
Used Car Buying: Privately or Dealership? Privately--If you can place an ad, you can list a car for sale. That’s how easy it is to find a used car or truck. If you choose to go the private route, recognize you’ll have to do a little more homework to protect yourself and your potential investment.
Check Engine Light: Why It Comes on and What You Should Do
It may be the most misunderstood indicator on your dashboard, and that is the check engine light. Part of your car’s onboard diagnostic system, it comes on when it finds a problem it can’t correct.
It may either flash or remain static. In either case, something is amiss with your vehicle. In this article, we break down the 7 main reasons your check engine light comes on and what to do if it does. Check Engine Light: Static or Flashing
If you see a yellow check engine light on your dashboard, it does mean your vehicle needs mechanical attention. The good news is it’s most likely not something catastrophic like engine failure.
Still, you should take your car in for diagnostic tests ASAP. If the light is blinking, or if the light is solid red or orange, it’s a much bigg...
Is Your Car Suddenly Using More Gas? 9 Causes to Investigate
harm your engine Nobody has to tell you that gas is expensive. That’s why it pays to keep your vehicle as fuel efficient as possible.. But what happens if your car is suddenly using more gas?
There are nine main reasons gas mileage might dip or take a big nosedive! Here’s what our service department recommends you investigate. You’ve Got Tire Issues One of the first things our technicians look for when there’s a sudden loss of fuel efficiency are issues with the vehicle’s tires.
If tires are low on pressure then it’s harder to move the vehicle, and that forces the engine to work harder. Heck, the whole vehicle will be harder to move because the tires won’t be round.
Thinking about trading in a car that’s not paid off because you’ve found a new car you’d really like to buy? Should you?
The short answer is that depends.
When money is still owed on a vehicle and you want to trade it in for a new one, there are two possible scenarios. One is more advantageous than the other. But for both, you should proceed with caution.
Positive and Negative Equity
The first is positive equity which is when the value of your vehicle is worth more than amount owed on the loan.
This is the most advantageous position between the two. It’s like having money to apply towards your down payment. More about that in a minute.
The second is much riskier. When your vehicle isn’t worth as much as the amount owed, negative equity occurs. ...
Potholes, poorly maintained roads, running into curbs, you name it. So many road conditions can cause the alignment on your vehicle to go out. But does it really matter to the overall health of your vehicle? Absolutely!
A front end alignment which is simply your wheels pointing in the right direction is critical to the proper functioning of your car.
Even the slightest wheel misalignment can affect your vehicle’s performance and your handling of it. In fact, a front end alignment is so important that when you buy a new car, the manufacturer has to verify that the alignment has been performed, and that it is correct.
Chevrolet is no exception! Safety is their top priority. And, in short, a front end alignment is all about safety on the road.  ...
Have you ever noticed that the shoes you wear have a distinct wear pattern? Well, tires are like that. You can’t rotate your shoes around for a more even wear, but you can rotate and balance your tires, and for the same reason, longer wear!
A set of tires is one of the most expensive replacements on your vehicle. That’s why you want to get as much use out of them as possible.
Rotating and balancing your tires are two different procedures. Both increase the safety and efficiency of your tires. For tire rotation, the wheels are removed and replaced front to back, right to left.
Balancing requires a special machine to check the tire’s weight and the wheel’s balance. If the tire isn’t balanced, our certified Chevy technicians will attach small weights to the rim of the whe...
Chevrolet Malibu 2022: The Elegant, Mid-Size Sedan
The Chevrolet Malibu 2022 has head-turning style and an artfully crafted interior. Whether you’re going to work or heading out for evening entertainment, the Chevy Malibu elevates your everyday driving experience!
And with gas mileage of the 1.5L Turbo an average of 29 MPG in the city and 36 MPG for the highway, the Malibu’s elegance is also a very practical vehicle. Want more power? Opt for the 2.0L Turbo. Gas mileage averages 22 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway. Either way, comfort, elegance, and ease of driving is standard fare with your everyday driving.
Chevrolet Malibu 2022: The Standard Features
As you would expect, Chevy does not cut corners with its standard features. The LS model with IFL equipment group has Rear Vision Camera, OnStar-embedded hardware which in...
(You Can) Improve Your Credit Score in 30 Days: 5 Ways
In the world of finance, a good credit score is like gold. The better your score, the more it can open doors for you.
A good credit score allows you to enjoy better interest rates and more favorable loan terms on personal and auto loans. It also means you can enjoy higher credit limits on your credit accounts, new or existing.
That’s why you want to guard a good credit score as if it was treasure because it is!
But what if your credit score needs a little work? Can you really improve your score in a month?
Yes, you can improve your credit score in 30 days. However, to substantially improve it takes time. Because good credit is so valuable, make the commitment to focus on your personal finances and credit history.
If your credit score needs work, start now so you can see a bump i...