Archive for the ‘Tips and Tricks’ Category
You probably don’t inspect your tires very often, but at some point, you’re going to notice the tread and think about new tires. We all want to get the most mileage out of our tires (because let’s get real, tires are expensive) which causes most people to continue to drive on older tires even when they need to be replaced. How long should tires last? And at what point do they become unsafe? There are several signs that show you need new tires. Let us help you recognize when it’s time to buy new ones.
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! (more…)
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. (more…)
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. (more…)
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? (more…)
What is the Difference Between Torque and Horsepower?
When it comes to researching a vehicle, oftentimes there are two things that drivers check first: The price and the performance. When looking at the performance of a vehicle, drivers will likely first see the car’s horsepower and torque ratings. While horsepower is pretty clear to most drivers, not everyone understands what torque means. So, exactly what is the difference between torque and horsepower?
5 Tips to prevent dents and scratches
A vehicle is a big investment for most drivers, and as such many prefer to keep their vehicle looking its best as long as possible. Of course, part of the car-owning experience is dealing with the potential risk of your vehicle getting dents or scratches at any time. That said, there are a few practices that car owners can utilize to reduce the chances of having their car’s exterior damaged. (more…)
Why are my car’s brakes squeaking?
Sometimes it may be difficult to discover problems with your car. Other times, as with the case of squeaky brakes, your vehicle is literally calling out to you for help. It goes without saying that the integrity of your car’s brakes is crucial to on-road safety. That said, problems with your vehicle’s brakes definitely shouldn’t be ignored. So, if you’re noticing a squeaking sound coming from your vehicle’s brakes, here are a few reasons they may be doing so. (more…)
Benefits of Getting a Tire Rotation
You’ve heard about all the little miscellaneous odds and ends you need to have done to your vehicle. A tire rotation might not be the first thing that comes to mind when figuring out what needs to be done, but it should be. Take a look below at some of the benefits of getting a tire rotation! (more…)
While it’s difficult to protect your vehicle from Mother Nature, there are a few different things you can do to extend its life. The first one that comes to mind is waxing it. Not only will waxing your vehicle make it looks shiny and new, but it can also protect the paint from some of the abuse thrown its way. We also offer auto detailing services right here at Godwin Motors (learn more about those services here). Take a look at the video on our blog to learn a few car waxing tips and tricks! (more…)