Archive for the ‘Tips and Tricks’ Category

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

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
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! (more…)

Why did my check engine light stay on?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
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. (more…)

What causes potholes and how do I avoid them?

Friday, February 22nd, 2019
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. (more…)

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

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019
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? (more…)

Find out What Sets Torque and Horsepower Apart with This Video

Monday, November 19th, 2018
Close up of a powerful engine

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? 

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How to Avoid Scratches and Dents on Your Car

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
Single car in otherwise empty parking lot in the rain

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…)

3 Reasons Your Car’s Brakes Might be Squeaking

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018
suspended vehicle brake with no wheel

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…)

Why do I Need a Tire Rotation?

Friday, September 28th, 2018
generic car on a lift in an auto shop

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…)

Car waxing tips and tricks

Thursday, July 26th, 2018
person waxing a car

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…)

Save More Fuel!

Friday, June 29th, 2018
hand holding a green gas pump handle to fill car

Tips for Increasing Fuel Economy

We’re always looking for different ways to save money, and this might be the easiest one yet. Drivers are trending toward vehicles with higher fuel efficiency and automakers are answering the call. If you’re stuck with a car that doesn’t get as good of MPGs as you’d like, there are some measures you can take to change that. Check out these tips for increasing fuel economy! (more…)

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