Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Don't get scammed at the Dealership!

Tips & Tricks Tuesday!!!



Don't fall for car dealerships promises of a holiday sale! We get the pricing at the beginning of the month and it does not change!


What does that mean?



It means that every other day of the month that the dealership isn't giving you their sale, you are paying markup prices for the same car!



If you come here, you get the "sale price" for the entire month!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Tips & Tricks Tuesday!!!


We don't often think about our cars as something we need to password protect, however with technology heavy features in new cars, it's definitely something to think about.






The Problem:
Password-Protected Apps- Many automakers, including Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Toyota, and Volkswagen, offer car-connected apps. These apps are pretty handy: They allow you to remotely lock and unlock your car, set the car’s thermostat, and remotely start the engine. And like other apps and accounts you use, they are vulnerable to hackers who may attempt to access your data.


The Fix: You’ve heard it before, but it’s true: Creating strong, unique passwords can make it harder for hackers to access your data. It's that simple!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Tips and Tricks Tuesday!!!

Summer is upon us and with that brings heat, and everyone knows no place is hotter than the inside of a parked car.

One way to combat the greenhouse effect inside your car is to AUTO-START your car before you even get in it!

If you leave your air conditioning on before you turn the car off, when you auto-start your car via your key fob/phone app the air will kick on and your car will cool. By the time you get into your car, your car will be nice and cool!




*Nissan has been used as a example. Many car brands offer autostart!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Tips and Tricks Tuesday!!! Summer Car Care Tips!

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As summer approaches you may not be thinking about car maintenance, but that would be a mistake. Automobile maintenance isn't only for the winter time!

Here are 10 summer car care tips for the hotter months:

1. Check your battery
Batteries older than three years should be checked. Although they are more likely to fail in cold weather (because of the greater demands placed on them), heat can be just as tough on a battery. Battery Fluid can evaporate causing damage and accelerate corrosion.
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2. Top up or change fluids
Low fluid levels decrease the ability of the vehicle to cool components and can lead to overheating, this is potentially disastrous for mechanical components. Check all fluid levels, including engine oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid. (Coolant makes your air conditioner work better and feel colder!)

3. Check engine belts and hoses for wear
Look for visible leaks and squeeze hoses to ensure they are firm and pliable. Pay close attention to the points where the hoses are connected and/or clamped as these are common failure points. Only carry our these inspections when the car and engine are cool and do not attempt to touch hoses or belts unless the engine is switched off. Failure to do so could result in burns or other serious injuries.

4. Keep your engine cool
Your engine relies on it’s cooling system to maintain a specific operating temperature. During summer, the cooling system has to work even harder to do its job and protect your engine from overheating. Over time, coolants can become contaminated and additives lose their effectiveness. For best results, flushing your cooling system and replacing the coolant with fresh fluid is recommended.
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5. Tires
Tires are especially susceptible to wear and tear that can lead to blowouts in the summer heat. Keep them maintained – meaning check the air level and ensure they are inflated properly. You should also rotate them regularly for best results.
You will also want to check your spare tire to make sure it is ready to go should such an emergency arise. After all, it’s not much good having a spare tire if it is in need of repair itself.

6. Lights
Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; clean dirt and insects from all lenses. (To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag).

7. Wipers
A dirty windshield is not only irritating it can cause eye fatigue and pose a safety hazard. Replace any worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.
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8. Brakes
Brakes should be inspected as recommended in your manual, or sooner if you notice pulsations, grabbing, noises or longer stopping distances. Minor brake problems should be corrected promptly.

9. Prepare for an emergency
Unfortunately even when you do everything right, sometimes things just go wrong. Do yourself a favour and save some boot space for the following items. They may just save your road trip from turning into an unexpected pit stop:
  • -Screwdrivers and wrenches of various sizes
  • -Jumper Leads
  • -Jack and Tire Iron
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  • -Quick Fix Tire Sealant (for temporarily sealing a flat tyre to get you home or to the nearest garage)
  • -Water (for you and the radiator)
  • -Emergency flares and reflectorsImage result for emergency flare and
  • -Blanket and towel
  • -Flaslight

10. Prepare for fun!

Not only is it good to have your car stocked with emergency items (listed above), it's summertime and that means plenty of outdoors activities!

  • -Beach blanket

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  • -Window car shades (for pets and passengers, protecting you from glare, heat and sunburn for road trips and daily use.
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    • -Water (especially on the exterior of a jeep for off-road excursions)
    • -Sun shade/visor for the front windshield (To keep your car cooler whilst parked)Related image
    • -Sunglasses
    • -Sunscreen 


    CONCLUSION: What a lot of people don’t realize is just how hot a vehicle can become during the summer, particularly when stuck in traffic on the freeway. Follow these basic summer car care tips to help ensure you’re not the person stranded on the side of the road this summer.



    Bibliography:
    Summer Car Care Tips. (2016, November 04). Retrieved June 3, 2019, from https://www.westsideauto.com.au/summer-car-care-tips/

    Thursday, April 18, 2019

    April Showers Lease Deals!!!

    April Showers Lease Deals!!!


    All month long we are offering great deals on auto leases and finances - 

    Call Us Today! 516-CAR-GUY1







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    Tuesday, April 9, 2019

    Is it better to put more money down up front at the start of a lease?



    Although the idea of having a lower monthly payment is appealing to most buyers in a car lease, it is not always the best way to go.

    THINK ABOUT THIS:
    Putting less money down up front means you lose less or nothing at all if the car is totalled during the first few months of your lease. Although the monthly payment will be higher if you put less money down initially, you end up paying the same amount of money at the end of your lease (That's because a low money factor means negligible interest charges)!

    Don't let a higher monthly payment scare you, it may just be the wiser choice.

    Instead of making a down payment of $3,000 or $4,000, put that money into a separate bank account and make your higher lease payments out of that account.

    Call us today at 516-CAR-GUY1 for more information about this! Or come down to 3020 Merrick Rd on the 16th of April between 4pm and 7pm during our ribbon cutting event!




    Monday, April 8, 2019

    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Business Block Party!!!



    RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AND LOCAL BUSINESS BLOCK PARTY!!!
    ✂🎀🎉

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    Where: 3020-3022 Merrick Rd, Wantagh, NY, 11793
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    When: April 16th, 4pm-7pm (Ribbon Cutting at 4:30pm)
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    What to Expect: Food and drinks, fun, classic cars, music, raffles, face-painting, giveaways for kids and adults!

    Tuesday, April 2, 2019

    What is a cosigner and do I need one?

    Tips and Tricks Tuesday!!!



    If you are looking to lease a car but your credit score isn't the best, consider getting someone that has good credit (family member, friend) to co-sign with you. Having a co-signer could considerably lower your rate and get you a better deal!




    What is a Cosigner?
    A cosigner lends their good credit to the primary signer on a car loan, guaranteeing the lender or creditor that they’ll pay if the borrower doesn’t. The cosigner guarantees the debt and can be legally responsible for making car payments, plus late fees or collection charges if the borrower defaults on the loan.

    Tuesday, March 26, 2019

    Should you buy a used car or a new car?

    Should you buy a used car or a new car?


    Some reasons people give for why you should buy used:
    • “Used cars cost less.”
    • “Cars depreciate fastest in the first two years of ownership.”
    • “Cars are built better than ever so there’s less risk than before in buying used.”
    So of course, we should all be buying used … right?

    7 reasons you should buy a new car instead of a used car

    Here are a few things I debated before choosing a new over a used car — and you should too.
    1. Cost. Sure, a new car costs more. But over the long term, not that much more. And the value — not just monetarily — can be much higher.

    2. Reliability. Above all, you want to get a car that won’t break down.

    3. If you buy or lease a new car, you don't necessarily have to put ANY money down, you can just pay the taxes and fees and roll everything else into your monthly payments, this means less initial out of pocket.

    4. Interest rate. The interest rate on your car loan will depend on your credit, which is why having a good credit score is so important. If you have a solid credit score, your interest rate will be lower. This becomes more important over a longer-term loan. 

    5. Resale value. You’ll be surprised how quickly most cars depreciate and how others (Toyotas and Hondas especially) retain their value.

    6. Insurance. The insurance rates are lower for a new car (new cars have more safety features, ex. lane assist, blind spot monitoring) compared to a used car. Even if they’re only slightly different (say, $50 / month), that can add up to real savings over a few years.

    7. Gas mileage. With gas prices on a roller-coaster ride, you may want to hedge your bets and consider a fuel-efficient or even hybrid or electric car. This could be an important factor determining the value of a car over the long term.


    CITATIONS:
    SETHI, R. (2018, October 15). Should I buy a new car? 9 reasons to buy new. Retrieved March 26, 2019, from ht

    Thursday, March 21, 2019

    Spring Driving Tips!


    Even though ice and snow are out of season, safe driving isn’t! Springtime driving presents its own hazards.



    1. Watch for Pedestrians & Cyclists. As the weather warms, more people will be outside jogging, running, and dog walking. Remember to share the road with bike riders. They have the same right of way as automobiles.



    2. Share the road with motorcycles. Because of their speed and size, motorcycles may quickly come in and out of your blind spots. Always take a second look now that motorcycles are out on the road. In addition, be courteous. Motorcycles have the same right to be on the road. If you end up following a motorcycle, maintain a safe following distance of at least four seconds.



     3. A Doe, oh Dear! With springtime comes the deer caving season. Does and fawns will be frequenting roadsides looking for food. It’s not uncommon for drivers to have accidents involving deer strikes. While on back roads and highways at night, don’t drive faster than your headlights so that you can keep an eye out for deer and any other nocturnal critters.


    4. Keep an Eye on the Weather. Spring storms pop up quickly, sometimes on the most beautiful days. Download a weather app that will send you push notifications so that you’ll be aware of any watches or warnings for your location.


    5. Turn Around Don’t Drown. April showers bring May flowers. Spring weather brings heavy downpours. If you see water running over the road, don’t attempt to drive through it. Instead, find another route.



    6. Understand the impact of medications on driving: For many people, spring means seasonal allergies. Over-the-counter allergy drugs can have side effects or interact with other medications to diminish your driving ability.



    7. If possible, go around potholes: Deep potholes can throw your car out of alignment or worse, forcing you to buy a new wheel and a new tire. You may be able to file a claim (laws differ from city to city and state to state), but you you'll likely have to prove negligence on the part of the city.


    8. Get your Vehicle Serviced. Colder winter months can wear down batteries, engines and tires. 

            Making sure windshield wiper blades and headlights are working well.
            Replace blades at least once a year for best results.
            Checking that rear and brake lights are functioning properly. They help your 
              vehicle be seen in rainy weather.

    Take your car to a local dealer for a check-up before you head out on those Spring Break adventures.