Selling Your Car?

CarLocate Team, November 26, 2012, 02:10PM

You’re in the market for a new vehicle, but you’ve got one little problem: what to do with your current car? Well, the CarLocate Team has some tips to help you prepare it for sale:


First, you want your car to be in the best shape possible before trading it in at your local dealership or advertising that it’s for sale. Giving your car a good detail will enhance the looks of your car. You should wash and wax the outside of your car along with shining up the tires and wheels. Be sure to vacuum so it’s free of debris. You also might want to take it a step further and shampoo the carpet. Replacing the floor mats also is an easy and cheap improvement to the interior of your car. And as a finishing touch, add an air freshener so the car now smells as good as it looks.


Second, you should consider some minor maintenance to lessen the chances of an issue during a test drive. In a private sale, you might only have one meeting with a buyer so don’t risk losing the sale over something that could have been easily avoided. Be sure to change your oil, check the tire pressure, and always have gas, wiper fluid, and the correct amount of coolant. Check all of the headlights, taillights, brake lights, and high beams, as well.


Finally, if you don’t go the trade-in route, you’ll need to advertise that your car is for sale publicly and possibly online. Begin by taking pictures, being sure to get interior and exterior shots from different angles. There are plenty of used cars for sale, so the more you can show off your car’s good side the better. “For Sale” signs are very inexpensive and can go a long way. You never know who you might drive by so post the asking price and your phone number large enough for others to see. You could also include the make, model, and year. The more details you can provide about the car, the better.


Once your car is ready for sale, be sure to visit CarLocate.com to find a dealership near you and search for a car to buy.

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Hello, Fall

CarLocate Team, October 1, 2012, 12:14PM

Fall is officially here! The trees are changing colors, every pumpkin flavored food is back on the market, and football is in full swing. It just might be the most wonderful time of the year, right? Well maybe not so much for your car unless you do a routine check and any regular maintenance to save yourself from future headaches.

We all know long summer days are coming to an end. Before we know it, darkness will be falling shortly after you leave the office. This means you will be using your lights quite a bit more. Be sure to get all of your lights checked to help ensure they are working properly keeping you safe.

Speaking of safe, you tires will also need a thorough inspection. With the winter season just around the corner, you don’t want to risk hydroplaning on slushy roads with balding tires. Be proactive and extend the life of your tires by rotating them so you have even wear. Your car manufacturer should have a recommended tire rotation schedule. And don’t forget to do a routine check on your spare tire. You never know when you might need it!

Another important inspection would be your battery. No one wants to get stuck in a rain or snow storm with a car that won’t start. If your battery is five years or older, you may want to consider replacing it. Older batteries may not work as well with the cold temperatures, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

New windshield wipers and windshield washer fluid will also save you some stress when the storms come. Make sure your wipers are working properly and are in good shape to be able to handle the sand and salt that will be strung all over your windshield, not to mention that gunk that it leaves behind. You will want to make sure you have plenty of windshield washer fluid so you can keep your windshield clean and be able to fully see your surroundings. While you’re at it, be sure to check your brake fluid and antifreeze levels, too.

So what are you waiting for?  Go get these items done before the cold season hits. And remember, routine maintenance on your vehicle will make it last longer and save you the hassle of dealing with pop-up issues that could have been prevented.  

 

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Spring Car Care Maintenance

CarLocate Team, April 6, 2012, 08:22AM

April is officially Car Care Month and after the long months of winter it’s time to prepare your car for the spring and summer months ahead. We here at CarLocate have put together a list of just a few of the maintenance checks you’ll want to look into.


- Probably one of the most important features of your car is its tires – improperly maintained tires may make driving very dangerous. Check the tread on your tires, if you notice any excessive edge wear, center wear or shoulder wear it may be time for new tires.  You’ll also want to make sure and check your tire pressure.  Improper tire pressure can lead to premature wear and a decrease in fuel mileage.

- Check your headlamps, tail lamps, turn signals, and hazard lights. Properly functioning headlamps and tail lamps play an important role in safe driving, especially at nighttime, or in rainy or foggy weather.  Ensure all lights are properly working and are in proper alignment.

- Check all fluid levels and top them off if necessary. Winter driving conditions typically require your car to work harder and therefore deplete fuel levels more quickly. Dirty or low fluid levels may affect the performance of a vehicle and can lead to breakdowns if not properly monitored and filled.

- Wiper blades take quite a beating during the winter months; it is necessary to inspect them and check to make sure they are working properly.  Properly functioning wiper blades will increase visibility in all conditions – especially those spring showers and summer storms.

- Clean your vehicles underbody.  During those winter months the buildup of salt and dirt under your vehicle can start to eat away at the metal structure of your vehicle. Make sure to thoroughly scrub and rinse all of that corrosive salt away.

- Last, but most certainly not least are your vehicles brakes.  They also take on a bigger role during the winter months and should be checked to ensure they are working properly. It’s vital to replace pads or shoes before drums or rotors become damaged. Check pads, shoes, drums, rotors, calipers, fittings, brake hardware, and parking brake to avoid potential problems.

If for some reason your vehicle didn’t survive the winter you can shop for a new or used one here.  We have an extensive list of new and used cars from many dealers in your area – check it out!

 

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