One of the biggest activities during the summer months is road tripping. Whether you are moving, visiting friends and family, or just exploring the country, it is crucial to be sure that your car is up for the job! Because if you take care of your car before the trip, it will take care of you while your out on the road! A simple pre-trip vehicle checkup could make all the difference during your journey. For those of you that don’t know the proper steps to preparing your car, here is a list of some nifty tips and tricks to getting your car ready for the big voyage!
One of the easiest ways to assure yourself that your car is ready is to bring it in to a mechanic so that they can preform a FULL safety inspection to your vehicle. Now, I cannot stress this enough: DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO GET YOUR CAR INSPECTED!! If the mechanic finds an issue with your car during the inspection then you will be very grateful that you did not wait until the last minute to bring it in. Because if you did wait until last minute, and their were issues with the vehicle, it could take days for the vehicle to get fixed. This could be because the mechanic is busy and there are other cars that came before yours, or the mechanic had to order parts and get them shipped to the shop, which could take a couple days.
In short: have you mechanic inspect your car a week or two before your trip in case there are issues that need addressed.
When getting your vehicle inspected, here is a list of everything your mechanic should cover:
- The mechanic should always check the fluids of your vehicle. The fluids that should be examined include the oil, transmission, antifreeze, power steering, brake, and windshield washer. And if any fluids are low, be sure that your mechanic tops them off, and remember to bring extra with you in case you need to top it off on your trip.
- Verify the efficiency level of your windshield wipers, brakes and tires to be positive that they will not bring you complications on your trip. Do the wipers clear the windshield well enough while you are driving through rough weather? Are the brakes worn down, squeaky when you drive, or not a strong as they once were? Do the tires have enough tread on them? Are they the correct kind of tires for the type of driving you will be doing? If any of your answers to these questions are negative, be sure to get the problems fixed before it is too late and you are stranded on the road with a blown tire.
- Inspect your vehicle to see if all of the lights are working on your vehicle. This includes headlights, taillights, break lights, turn signals, and brights. If any lights are out or dim, change them before your trip.
- Confirm that your vehicle is not due for a tune up. How old is the battery? How long has the timing belt been on? Be certain that these aspects of your car are up to date for your trip. Typically the battery will last 3-5 years and the timing belt will usually last between 60,000 and 100,000 miles.
As long as you follow the guidelines and check list above, you should have no problem on the road, which will make your journey that much more enjoyable! My last tip for you is to always prepare for the worst during a road trip. Your car could be in perfect condition before you leave, but that doesn’t always guarantee that you won’t experience problems on the road. A great item to have on hand during your voyage is an emergency roadside survival kit. These kits, much like a first aid kit for your car, can come in handy if an issue occurs on the road!
Many people who are in the market for a car don’t realize all of the different amazing specials and incentives they have at their fingertips! Whether you are searching for a new or pre-owned car, there are numerous opportunities for you to get your dream car without drying out your wallet!
Specifically, for Steve Hahn’s Mercedes-Benz of Yakima, Our services offered for Mercedes cars are a huge money saver because Mercedes can be a little pricey to service and maintain depending on the work being done. The services we offer are meant to save you a chunk of change, while also keeping you, and your Mercedes happy and healthy!
The two specials for Mercedes going on right now are 10% Savings on Brake Repairs and three different Transmission Service Specials depending on the year, make and model of your car. The best way to find out which price applies to your vehicle is to call our service department and speak to one of our service providers.
Here is the link to our service coupons page to find out more information on the amazing benefits each offers: http://www.stevehahnmercedesbenz.com/car-coupons-yakima-wa
One worry many customers have when they are thinking of buying a new car is not getting a good enough deal through the dealerships. Well we are here to put that worry to rest! At Steve Hahn’s Kia in Yakima we offer numerous incentives for all models of Kias that are sure to meet the needs of our customers who are in the market to purchase a new car. There are incentives for practically anyone who is looking to buy or lease, and the incentives that each customer is eligible for could potentially be combinable. The most attractive part of all of our different incentives it to fit the specific needs and wants of our customers to ensure the happiness for all.
The incentives range in detail and savings amount and really depends on your lifestyle, credit, and what you are looking to buy or lease. Here is a list of the many different types of incentives we offer here at Steve Hahn’s:
- Multiple Different Premium Lease Offers
- College Graduate Specialty Incentive Program
- Military Specialty Incentive Program
- Bonus Cash
- Low APR Financing Offers
- Uber Driver Partner Incentive Program
- Customer Cash
- Owner Loyalty Cash
- Retail Bonus Cash
Each incentive differs from each other and gives different values depending on the year, make and model of the vehicle. Although, I think we can all agree that the list of incentives our customers have to choose from is extremely extensive and impressive! If you are curious about any of the incentives mentioned above, feel free to visit our Specials Page on our website to search through the years, makes, models, and incentives that would interest you!
During the month of April, Trucks Plus USA in Union Gap, is having various specials and sales! The lot features multiple mid-size and full size trucks, as well as SUVs, crossovers and cars! Many people do not know just how extensive the inventory at Trucks Plus truly is. We are constantly getting new inventory in as well in order to meet the different needs of all of our customers. Need a 2-door work truck? We got you covered! Need a full size, fully loaded truck for towing? No problem! Looking for something a little smaller for going up in the hills without breaking the bank at the gas station? Look no further! Not looking for a truck, but instead an SUV for hauling around the kids? Come on in! No matter what kind of vehicle you are in the market for, Trucks Plus has the car for you!
Our website at http://www.trucksplususa.com also features all of our cars, trucks, and SUVs in stock, with information about the year, make, model, mileage, transmission, engine type, Carfax information, as well as specs on the interior, exterior, safety features, and mechanical aspects of all of the vehicles.
Through the end of April, Trucks Plus is featuring large sales on all of our inventory. On top of these sale prices, we are also offering $500 more on the trade-in value of your current vehicle. If you are not planning on trading in your current vehicle, don’t worry! We are also giving an extra $500 off the sale price of a newly purchased vehicle! Our sales staff are devoted to getting our customers the best deal possible for the exact vehicle they are in the market for. We ensure that we will be patient and focused when finding our customers their new vehicles, because after all, the purchase of a new vehicle is nothing to rush! Don’t believe me? Read our amazing reviews on our Facebook page or stop by this week to experience for yourself our terrific salesmen and hopefully, drive off with a new car!
So many dealerships that advertise their incentives for new cars usually only offer one of two incentives to choose from. You will always hear the deals on the radio or on TV and think how great the deal is because they are practically screaming at you through the speakers. But in reality, most of the incentives offered by other dealerships are not favored by a lot of customers buying new cars. Everyone lives different lives and prefers different ways of buying large purchases, like a new car. And the fact of the matter is that only offering one of two incentives makes it hard to make all different kinds of customers happy.
But guess what?!? At Steve Hahn’s Volkswagen, we offer not one, not two, but FOUR different incentives to choose from for the majority of our models! That means that we can meet the customer’s needs, on the customer’s terms! And the best part? We are willing to discover all of the incentives you are eligible for in order to save you the most money and have you driving your new car home in no time!
For example, at Steve Hahn’s we have four different incentives for our customers to be eligible for when buying a new Volkswagen Jetta. These incentives include: Low APR Financing for 60 months*, a $1,000 Loyalty Bonus for Returning Volkswagen owners toward the purchase or lease of select new 2017 Jetta models*, The College Graduate Program Discount, for qualified recent graduates that can get a $500 Contract Bonus when purchasing or leasing a new, unused Volkswagen vehicle through Volkswagen Credit, and Low Monthly Payment Offers for a 36 Month Lease*. As I mentioned before, incentives vary by vehicle.
The fact that Steve Hahn’s offers such great incentives that differentiate from each other and could possibly be combined is one of the factors that sets us apart from the other dealerships in the Yakima area.
*All offers end May 1st, 2017
For those of you that don’t know, April is National Car Care Month. There are actually two months that are recognized for this, with the Fall Car Care Month being in October. The purpose of this month is to remind drivers to service their cars and take care of any issues that may have occurred during the cold winter months.
So, the question is, why April? Well as the harsh winters around the nation come to an end, it is very important and a very popular time for drivers to get their cars ready for spring driving, and more importantly, SUMMER ROAD TRIPS!
But what are the most popular and important services to get done on your car? One of the most common services is changing your tires, whether it is taking off your snow tires, or putting all new tires on after they were beat up during the winter. This is an extremely important maintenance step because spring can bring wet, slick roads that can be a nightmare if your car does not have the appropriate tires for the weather.
A few other important car care services to get done are replacing your windshield wipers, and checking the efficiency of your brakes. Your car’s windshield wipers can become very worn down and torn up by the rough weather winter brings, from snow and ice to the salt that covers the roads. Being sure that your windshield wipers are efficient enough during the spring is very important because if they aren’t then you may not have clear enough vision while driving in the awful “spring showers”. Also, during the months of snowy, icy weather, your car’s brakes can take quite a beating from having to slam on your brakes or constantly use them on the dangerous roads. Making sure your brakes haven’t worn down too much is very critical because, although most people don’t realize it, the slick, wet roads that spring time brings can be just as dangerous as the icy roads during winter.
So remember, before April ends, be sure to bring your car in to your preferred mechanic to ensure that it is all ready for the ever-changing spring weather!
The Steve Hahn Auto Group is proud to support our local charities and hopes to help as many in need as possible. We know how important our community is, and not just our human community, but the pet community as well. That’s why we’ve selected the Wags to Riches Animal sanctuary as our February community partner.
During the month of February the Steve Hahn family has partnered with the Wags to Riches animal shelter for an animal supply drive. The Wags to Riches sanctuary is a no kill shelter providing safe refuge to homeless animals in the Yakima valley. They find foster families for animals until they can find a permanent homes and ensure good homes by requiring an application process and references. They also work hard to educate the public as to the consequences of over population.
While we are collecting items through the month of February, the shelter is always in need of supplies such as cat/dog food, collars and toys as well as cleaning supplies such as bleach and laundry detergent. If you’d like to donate or get involved the phone number to the animal shelter is 509-453-4155. Please note that there are no paid employees and all help is on a volunteer basis, as such you may have to leave a voicemail but someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
So, next time you at the store, pick up a bag of cat or dog food and give it to this amazing cause. There are so many animal friends that could use your help!
Well, the short answer is yes. But, the short answer probably isn’t what you’re after so let me elaborate. Your car has a lot of moving parts and pieces. Your car also has a lot of fluids that help those parts and pieces do what they need to do and also ensures that they survive as long as possible. So while you might be asking yourself if you can afford these services, I will go ahead and reassure that you can’t afford not to do them.
Now you might be asking yourself, “Can’t I just top it off?” and my answer will of course be, “Well sure you can” but let me tell you a little story. I have two beautiful Persian cats, one of which is seriously picky about her water. I discovered this because every day I would add water to her dish (keeping it full like a good kitty owner does) but she refused to drink it. Instead, she would wait patiently in the bathroom until someone turned on a faucet so she could get fresh clean water. So, I dumped out old water, scrubbed out the dish and put fresh water in. And, wouldn’t’ you know it, she would finally drink from the bowl (I’m getting the point, just keep reading a little farther). Now sometimes I just don’t feel like doing all that work so I just “top it off” without actually washing it out. And, what I’ve noticed is after a few days there is food particles in the water as well as a buildup on the sides of the dish that I have to us soap to get off (are you seeing where I’m going with this yet?) and it is really pretty disgusting.
My point is this, just like that nasty cat water your cars fluids become polluted with debris and buildup and need to be drained every so often (it varies depending on the system) and cleaned with special cleaning solution to get rid of all the nasty crud hiding out within the system and then filled with fresh new fluid. Topping it off with new fluid just mixes the clean new fluid with the dirty old fluid and does nothing to get rid of the contaminates you’ve got floating around in it.
We are used to changing out a fluid like oil, because we know if we don’t we could seriously damage the engine, rendering our vehicle useless and in need of costly repairs. But, oil isn’t the only fluid playing a vital part in keeping our cars running. The antifreeze/coolant for example, keeps all of those moving parts at the right temperature. Without it, our car would overheat in the summer, and freeze in the winter. Our brake fluid keeps us safe by ensuring our car can stop when necessary. So while it may seem like these other fluids are less important they are actually vitally important in keeping our families safe, and our cars in exceptional working order.
Fluid flushes may seem expensive, but the reality is they save you money. Replacing the radiator fluid is cheaper than replacing the radiator just as replacing your oil is cheaper than replacing your engine. Flushing your brake lines is cheaper than replacing the whole system etc. Check your owners manual for their individual recommendations on specific system maintenance or call your preferred mechanic and they can advise you on what to do and when.
If you’ve been in the market for a car or have purchased one in the past you may have heard this term but not really known what it means. Technically GAP is an acronym for “Guaranteed Asset Protection” but we aren’t trying to be technical here, so let’s move on to the simplified version.
Simply put, GAP insurance covers the “gap” between what you owe on a car and what your insurance company will pay in the event of a total loss.
Still not sure what it means? Here’s an example: Let’s say you get in an accident and your insurance company decides your car is worth $8,000 but you still owe the bank $10,000. So, you take your $8,000 check down to the bank and are faced with an ugly truth: you are still responsible for the payments on the remaining balance of a car you can’t even drive. The bank doesn’t care that you are stranded without a car and could really use that money to put toward a new car, they just want their payment.
This is where GAP Insurance would come in. Gap insurance would pay that $2000 off for you, leaving you free to worry about what car you’re going to buy next instead of how you are going to make 2 loan payments.
That being said, not everyone needs the coverage. The only time you need to worry about this is if you are going to owe the bank more than the car is worth. So, long term loans (over 48 months) would fall into that category (because cars depreciate much faster than you pay them off), as would high interest loans in which you only made a small down payment. Every situation is different, and only you can determine if it’s right for you.
Hopefully this helps you understand what GAP insurance can do for you. Check back for more articles like this one and comment if there are any topics you’d like to see covered.