SIX CARING GIFTS FOR THE CAR MOM

Car detailing is a great gift – even a do-it-yourself one. A clean car is like a clean house – or a clean pair of underwear – as a mom, you just feel better about yourself being in them.

Music- a family-friendly playlist of music is an effective way to bring a family together – it is really hard to tune out a car full of people singing.

Car Lashes – for the fun mom who wants a fun car.

Family Car Stickers – for the super proud mom.

Car First Aid Kit- for the practical mom.

Fluid Checks- for the mom that doesn't know much about car maintenance. You could help her avoid costly repairs by having the oil changed and the coolant and other fluids checked.

What are the best used trucks under $25,000?

The best-selling vehicle in the U.S. is a pickup truck, and it’s easy to see why. Trucks are available with four-wheel drive, have spacious cabins and can be used for a wide variety of tasks. In recent years, trucks have become much more luxurious – and much more expensive. For example, the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 starts at more than $50,000. However, if you consider a used truck, you can save a significant amount of money compared with the cost of buying new.
Full-size trucks can tow or haul just about anything that you'll ever throw at them, and a wide variety of cab styles and bed lengths means there are different configurations to suit what you'll most likely be using your truck for. There are a number of good choices if you're shopping for a used truck under $25,000. The 2012 and 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2012 and 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 all perform well. Most reviewers recommended models with the available 5.3-liter V8 when these trucks were new, which they said have ample power. With this engine, the 2012 and 2013 Silverado and Sierra 1500 use less fuel than models with the base V6 engine or larger available V8.
The 2012 and 2013 Ram 1500 and 2011 thru 2013 Ford F150 also rank highly among full-size trucks under $25,000. Reviewers said the Ram 1500 has one of the most comfortable rides in the class, and they liked its available RamBox storage compartments built into the bed rails.
The best used compact trucks under $20,000 are 2010 thru 2012 Nissan Frontier, 2012 Toyota Tacoma, and 2012 Honda Ridgeline. Compact trucks typically can't tow or haul quite as much as full-size trucks can, and they don't offer as much cabin space, but because they're smaller, they're usually more maneuverable, and it is easier to park them in close quarters. 
In each class, these used trucks rank highly because they had the best combination of positive reviews from professional auto critics when they were new, good safety and reliability ratings and low operating costs.

How To Choose The Perfect Family Car

Determining the best family car depends largely on what kind of family you have. For example, if you and yours are the outdoorsy types, an SUV may be the best way to go. Urbanites might benefit from a minivan or sedan. Those in between, well, that's what crossover SUVs are for. The good news is that the days when station wagons were the only choice for families are long gone. The market has responded to these different circumstances with a plethora of shapes and styles to suit virtually any need.

Comfort plays a key role in any car, and it goes double for a family car. After all, if you, your spouse and your kids aren't comfortable, it's going to be a long, long drive to Grandma's, no matter how nifty the features may be.

Virtually every car on our lot boasts very good crash test scores. More importantly, active safety systems are becoming commonplace on more and more vehicles, and at more reasonable prices. That means things like collision and blind-spot alerts, backup cameras, lane-keeping assists, and other computerized systems are an important consideration. In fact, it's gotten to the point where if features like backup cameras and blind-spot alerts aren't standard, we're a little surprised.

While not every family needs to carry baby seats everywhere, how well they fit is an important consideration for many buyers. After all, they're mandatory for smaller kids, and frankly, what kind of parent wouldn't use one anyhow, regardless of the law?

Rear-Seat Entertainment is an interesting category, as some on staff think that stand-alone rear-seat entertainment systems will soon go by the wayside as more cars adopt 4G LTE and wireless hotspot options. Still, there's something to be said for plugging in your family's Wii on a long road trip, and the inclusion of a built-in rear-seat screen is still an advantage.

Choosing a vehicle is a personal choice but be sure to bring your family along to the dealership for insights and opinions. You'll want them to try out the car in which they'll spend hours over the next few years. Maybe it's the one that will become their first car. :)

How to Buy a Good Used Car

 First things first when buying a used car: Who will be driving the vehicle? What technology and safety features are important to you? Where will you be driving it? How much can you pay? Answering these questions and being specific about the type of car you want will narrow your search parameters accordingly. For instance, you might be thinking, "I can pay up to $25,000 for a late model Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro or a Dodge Challenger equipped with a V8 engine, GPS and outfitted with leather seats. I will use this car as my daily driver." At this point, you have targeted your inventory to focus on only large, sports coupes. With your choices sufficiently narrowed, it is time to evaluate what is left in a bid to shrink your search parameters further. Do you want a car with good crash test ratings? Head over to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) website to see how the vehicles you're considering perform in crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also provides crash test scores and recall information. The more you know about a vehicle going in, the better for your ownership experience. Once you find a vehicle that interests you, arrange for an appointment to review the car in person. It is best to see a car during daylight hours to accurately gauge the body's condition, including the finish, trim and accessories. Raise the hood, check hoses, belts and the condition of the battery. Verify that the coolant is clean and that the engine oil and transmission fluid are clear. Look at the inside of the car and check the condition of the seats, the dashboard, and trim. Test every electronic feature for workability, including the seats, steering wheel, GPS, the audio system, power accessories and other features. Get behind the wheel of the car and take it for a drive. Take note of how the car steers and handles, as well as its acceleration and braking, ride comfort, sight lines, and other driving factors. One definition of a "great used car" is one with a detailed vehicle history. We offer a free CARFAX on all our vehicles. Many used cars come with a basic dealer warranty. We can offer extended warranties or service contracts that will increase your final price but may provide the protection you want.
If you need financing, your bank or credit union can provide this for you. We can also obtain financing for you through one of our lenders. We work with over 40+ financial institutions and are happy to assist you! We will complete the paperwork process by obtaining your tags and updated registration from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Should You Buy New or Used?

New or Used- Which is better?
When choosing between a new or used car, it pays to consider everything that is involved. The most cited reason for buying a new car is that there is a very small risk. True, the new car will have a full factory warranty that you will have for some years, and there is something to be said about the peace of mind that a warranty brings. However, that peace of mind that you are getting in a new car will cost you a lot of money in the form of heavy depreciation in the first years of ownership. In fact, as soon as you drive off the lot your “new” car will become a used car, and it will lose 10% from the total you paid for it. And that is just after you drive off the lot! Your car will have depreciated nearly 20% after the first full year of ownership, or 1/5 of its value. Each year after that it will continue to lose, especially in the first 3 years.

Buying a Used Car with Confidence

In short, buying used is most always the better value proposition. Cars are built so well these days that a 2-3 year old car is still looking, driving and behaving as though it is new. Our cars all come with a free CarFax report to minimize your risk. But what about the warranty that is set to expire? Isn’t that the problem you ask? Well, that problem is easily overcome with buying a warranty from our dealership, we offer a wide range of warranties covering all of your automotive needs and many of our cars come with factory warranties.