What is the South Carolina Temporary Tag law?

By Product Expert | Posted in Columbia, SC News on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at 4:01 PM
Example New Smart Temporary Tag

You might have already heard some rumblings about a new state law that has gone into effect as of May 15th of this year. Known as the South Carolina Temporary Tag law, this is a very important piece of legislature for the automotive industry in the area. It’s going to make a lot of positive changes for automotive dealerships, law enforcement and more while hardly affecting car shoppers in any additional way beyond what your temporary paper tags cause now. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Car Maintenance Tips & Checklist

By Product Expert | Posted in Godwin Service Center on Thursday, May 16th, 2019 at 8:08 PM
Mechanics Looking Under Hood

With summer on the horizon, it’s extremely important to make sure your car is ready for the season. It’s not so much that summer has difficult road conditions or anything like winter, but typically we do much more driving in the summer because it’s nice out. Plus, you want to make sure to get all the winter off your car if you haven’t already. So, we’ve put together a sort of summer car maintenance checklist filled with tips for what you need to do to get ready. Read the rest of this entry »

Rosewood Crawfish Festival Columbia SC

By Product Expert | Posted in Community on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 at 5:24 PM
Large Boiled Red Crawfish

Are you ready for 10,000 pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish? We are, and so are a lot of folks here in Columbia SC as we’re getting ready for the annual Rosewood Crawfish Festival. While crawfish is obviously the focal point of the festival, there are all sorts of stuff to get excited about, like live music, the crawdaddy dash, arts & crafts, family fun and so much more. Read on for more information about the festival, and we hope to see you there! Read the rest of this entry »

Do I have a spare tire and where can I find it?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 at 9:44 PM
Mechanic Tightening Lugnut on Vehicle Wheel

Many people simply assume that their vehicle came with a spare tire when they purchased it, but that’s not necessarily a given. A lot of Hyundai, Kia and Cadillac vehicles, among automobiles from other brands, just don’t come with one. It’s an added feature you’d have to opt for when purchasing if it’s available at all. If your vehicle does come with a spare tire, nine times out of ten you’ll be able to find it beneath a board in the car or SUV’s trunk. This is the case with major nameplates like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima. Check out the video below for some more tips about your spare tire (or lack thereof) from Luke Godwin! Read the rest of this entry »

Windshield wiper replacement & other services available in Columbia SC

By Product Expert | Posted in Godwin Service Center on Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 at 5:16 PM
Windshield Wiper Cleaning Window

Now that spring is upon us, it’s time to consider getting some of those post-winter services done to your vehicle. Putting your car, truck or utility vehicle through winter is unavoidable, but that doesn’t make it any less taxing on said automobile. That’s why, as soon as you’re through to the other side, it’s important to take care of the things that might have been affected by the harsh seasonal weather. One of the most important things to check after winter is whether or not you need a windshield wiper replacement, but there are plenty of other spring services to consider, and they’re all available right here at Godwin Motors in Columbia SC. Read the rest of this entry »

What is the band lineup for St. Patrick’s Day Festival?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 at 3:48 PM
People Celebrating St. Patrick's Day

This weekend is the St. Pat’s in Five Points festival! Over 45,000 people will head into Columbia to celebrate the holiday with some of the hottest bands and musicians around, and you can be there too! General admission tickets are just $20, and you get access to a ton of great fun and music! You’ll get the same stuff by buying a ticket on the day of, but you’ll spend $5 more. With five stages of incredible music, we thought you might be curious what the band lineup for the St. Patrick’s Day festival is, so check out the listing below! Read the rest of this entry »

Why did my check engine light stay on?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 at 6:58 PM
Check Engine Light Message Under Speedometer

The first thing you need to know when dealing with the check engine light is that there’s absolutely no need to panic. Panicking can only lead to making things worse, so just take a deep breath and remain calm, and try to make your way safely to us here at Godwin Motors. Your check engine light coming on does not mean that you are in any danger. There’s a very slim chance that your car might stop working, but your engine isn’t about to blow up or anything like that. Read the rest of this entry »

What causes potholes and how do I avoid them?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Friday, February 22nd, 2019 at 9:42 PM
Car Driving Towards Pothole

Some of the biggest problems on the road all-year round are potholes. Whether big and obvious or small and sneaky, they act as a huge detriment to all motorists on the road no matter what type of vehicle you’re driving. If you’ve ever wondered what caused potholes, we thought we’d start this blog there. But then we’ll dive into how to avoid them and, ultimately, how to report them to the city when you encounter them. Read the rest of this entry »

Can I use my tax return refund for down payment on a car?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 at 3:46 PM
2010 Chevy Camaro Exterior Passenger Side Rear Profile

You’re probably aware that we’re currently smack dab in the middle of tax season. Thursday is the official cutoff for employers to get W2s to their employees, which means you could be filing your taxes as early as sometime this week – if you haven’t already, that is, some companies are good about getting these things out early. With that in mind, you might be thinking about what to use your possible tax return on, considering refunds have averaged nearly $3,000 in recent years. Some people pay off debts, others take a vacation, but you can also utilize it to make a big purchase you’ve been considering, something like a down payment on a car, perhaps? Read the rest of this entry »

Where should I get my oil changed in Columbia SC?

By Product Expert | Posted in Godwin Service Center on Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 7:21 PM
Mechanic Changes Oil Under Hood

Now that you’ve clicked into this blog and have subsequently realized that it’s posted on Godwin Motors’ website, you probably already know what our answer to the question up above is going to be. Where should you get your oil changed in Columbia SC? Godwin Motors, of course. But instead of just giving you our biased opinion, we thought we’d explain to you exactly why you should be getting your oil changed here in our service department. Read the rest of this entry »

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