Another Reason to Buy From Godwin Motors

By Product Expert | Posted in Warranty on Friday, July 27th, 2018 at 3:26 PM
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Limited Warranty on Vehicles from Godwin Motors

There are plenty of pros and cons to buying a used vehicle and the same goes for buying a new vehicle. One reason people like buying new vehicles is that they come with the added security of a limited warranty. These warranties can protect the driver from a number of issues with the vehicle and will cover various maintenance costs. Unfortunately, most used vehicle dealerships do not offer this. Godwin Motors, however, does offer a limited warranty on their vehicles. Read the rest of this entry »

Car waxing tips and tricks

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Thursday, July 26th, 2018 at 8:00 PM
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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! Read the rest of this entry »

Save More Fuel!

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Friday, June 29th, 2018 at 4:58 PM
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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! Read the rest of this entry »

What’s there to do this 4th?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community on Thursday, June 28th, 2018 at 8:50 PM

2018 4th of July Fireworks and Events in Columbia SC

It’s here! America’s birthday is always a fun time to celebrate with friends and family as we honor our country’s history and quest for independence. Lighting off fireworks is a tradition that hasn’t ceased to impress, and we’re excited to see what comes of them heading into Independence Day 2018. Take a look at some of the 2018 4th of July fireworks and events happening in Columbia SC! Read the rest of this entry »

Buy here, pay here car dealership near Columbia SC

By Product Expert | Posted in Buy Here Pay Here, Godwin Motors on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 at 4:26 PM
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Benefits of buying from a buy here, pay here dealership

Car shopping is never as simple as finding the car you are looking for and picking it up. Financing can be one of the most-stressful parts of the car-buying process. Godwin Motor seeks to make the car financing and car purchasing process as easy as possible. We are a buy here, pay here dealership, which gives us multiple advantages over conventional dealerships. There are many benefits of buying from a buy here, pay here dealership. Read the rest of this entry »

Restaurants serving brunch in Columbia SC

By Product Expert | Posted in Columbia, SC News, Community on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 at 3:11 PM
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Best places to get Father’s Day 2018 brunch near Columbia SC

The Father’s Day holiday is on its way! Take Dad out for a great meal this holiday. There are many great brunch places in the Columbia area that would make a great Father’s Day destination. Check out our list of best places to get Father’s Day 2018 brunch near Columbia SC. Read the rest of this entry »

Oil Change: Why You Need One Every 3 Months

By alexagodwin | Posted in Godwin Service Center on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 at 3:07 PM
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Do You Really Need to Get an Oil Change Every 3 Months or 3,000 Miles?

I want you to picture that little sticker that the mechanic puts on the corner of your windshield. You know which one. The one that tells you when you need to get your next oil change. But how often do you really check it? When it’s just past the date? Or just a couple thousand miles overdue? You may wonder if you really need to be getting that oil change every 3 months or 3,000 miles, but we promise it will keep your vehicle running smoothly and save you money in the long run.

What Is the Point of Oil Changes for Your Car?

Most people think that an oil change is important because it lubricates your engine. This is true. It does that, but it also helps with:

  • cooling your engine to prevent overheating
  • cleaning your engine
  • protecting internal parts
  • sealing combustion chambers
  • absorbing moisture, dust, and combustion byproducts

You wouldn’t believe how many oil changes Godwin Motors’ service center does in a week. We service vehicles in the Columbia, Lexington, Sumter, West Columbia, Dentsville, Elgin, Blythewood, Winnsboro, and all the surrounding areas. Just remember if you’re doing it yourself to change the filter too. Our mechanics change your oil and oil filter at the same time because you don’t want to run clean oil through a dirty filter. It defeats the purpose. We also do the following during your oil change:

  • check tires for wear & tear
  • top off all fluids (wiper, coolant, transmission if applicable)
  • check for leaks (coolant, oil, transmission)
  • consult the customer if needed

Cheap Oil Change Prices in Columbia, SC | $19.99 Every Wednesday

Would you rather spend $20 every 3 months or over $1000 when you need your engine repaired because you avoided getting those oil changes? Easy decision, right? Oil is pretty cheap. An engine overhaul is not. Godwin Motors , in Columbia, S.C., offers affordable oil changes. Mark your calendar to come in to Godwin Motors on a Wednesday for a $19.99 oil change. We’ll make sure to put that reminder sticker on your windshield too.

Columbia Brings Spring Events to a New Level

By alexagodwin | Posted in Community on Monday, March 19th, 2018 at 5:40 PM

You know it’s time for spring in Columbia when the last freeze has finally passed and your memories of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities start to fade. Your flowers, that you decided to plant when it was 80 degrees outside, didn’t quite make it to spring, but that doesn’t squash your excitement for all the spring events that come with warmer weather. Whether you are interested in food, fitness, or just plain fun, get out your calendar and start saving the dates for these spring events in Columbia.

 

Festivals for Everyone

Tartan Day South

From Celtic music to classic British cars, the Tartan Day South Highland Games and Celtic Festival on Saturday, March 24th has a lot to offer for all ages. Grab some traditional food and drink and cruise over to watch the sheep dog herding, archery, swordplay, or the Quidditch tournament. Gates at the Historic Columbia Speedway open at 8:30am and you could easily spend all day enjoying the variety of activities, vendors, and presentations. Just remember to bring cash for parking and tickets if you aren’t buying online. Kids 12 and under are free.

 

Soda City Fitness Festival

Make your way downtown for the 2nd Annual Soda City Fitness Festival on Saturday, March 31st. Not only is this festival free, but it helps raise money for Camp MATES, a nonprofit sports, social skills and nutrition camp for kids with autism and other developmental disabilities. There will be 30 minute workouts provided by Rooted in Wellbeing yoga, barre3, Orangetheory Fitness Columbia, and many more in Boyd Plaza. Once you’ve broken a sweat, grab some yummy food from Rosewood Market and Deli Primal Gourmet and check out the 20+ fitness and wellness vendors lining Hampton Street.

 

Food and Wine Festival

For the first time ever, Columbia is hosting a Food and Wine Festival on Sunday, April 15th starting at 11am on Saluda Avenue in Five Points. There will be 40+ restaurants and over 25 beverage stations. From established restaurants like Motor Supply and Mr. Friendly’s to newbies like The Grand on Main and The War Mouth, chefs will be serving up delicious bites. Don’t miss out on the chef presentations and beverage seminars going on throughout the festival. The Soda City Brass Band will be performing while you make your way through all the amazing smells and sites. Tickets are available online through FreeTimes.

 

Save the Date for Spring Events

Springtime brings us out of hibernation and invites us to explore and enjoy events in our capital city. Get ready to explore Columbia this spring and save the date for all these exciting events. Here are some other events happening this spring:

March 31: Crawfish Boil at World of Beer

April 7: SC Taco Festival at Historic Columbia Speedway

April 12-15: Indie Grits Festival at Nickelodeon Theatre

April 14: World Famous Hip Hop Family Day at City Center on Main Street

                 Columbia International Festival at SC State Fairgrounds

                 River Rocks Festival on Williams Street

                 Soiree on State on State Street

April 21: Kinetic Derby Day on Meeting & State Streets

April 28: Back to the Roots Festival at City Roots

                Taste of Africa Festival at Lake Carolina

 

As the flowers bloom and our winter coats get put away, let’s enjoy what Columbia has to offer us this spring. And since you will be out and about driving to all these spring events, make sure you stop by Godwin Motors  for your Spring Maintenance Check and let us know which event you are heading to next or one we need to add to the list.

Auto Detailing: Why Your Vehicle Will Thank You

By alexagodwin | Posted in Godwin Service Center on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 at 3:15 PM

I know you’ve experienced this situation. You get in the car. Then you put your phone on the console. Next, you move to get situated and that’s when it happens. Your phone slips off the console and falls between the seat and your console. You then let out a frustrated sigh as you try to squeeze your hand down to find your phone. Now this is where it gets interesting, almost nostalgic. You bring your hand back up grasping a pen, some hair, a morsel or two of food, and those ear buds you thought you lost. Yes, this is the moment you think to yourself, “When was the last time I detailed my car?”

 

Beautiful on the Inside and Out

When most people think of auto detailing, they think of cleaning the inside of their vehicle. Vacuuming the carpet, wiping down the console and dash, and putting up one of those scented tree deodorizers. Auto detailing consists of so much more. At Godwin Motors, we keep your vehicle for the day because of the amount of care we put in to making sure your car or truck is pristine on the inside and outside. Here are details about what our auto detailing package includes for $165:

 

Interior Process

  • Vehicle is vacuumed, including the trunk or hatch area
  • Shampoo and deodorize rugs (including trunk and hatch), floor-mats and cloth seats
  • Leather cleaning and treatment (prevents UV damage, cracking and drying)
  • Spot clean carpets, cloth seats and headliner
  • Window cleaning
  • Clean air vents, door panels, dash, console, steering column, cup holders and mirrors

 

Exterior Process

  • Application of auto paint sealant that is UV protectant
  • Clean wheel wells, tires, wheel covers and rims
  • Window cleaning
  • Clean and polish chrome trim
  • Cleaning door jambs and thresholds
  • Clean and dress (with UV protectant) exterior vinyl, rubber and plastic
  • Clean engine top side
  • Apply protectant on all hoses, wires, etc.

 

Your Car Will Thank You

Now, you might think that going over to the gas station and driving through the automated car wash and then using the vacuum for as long as your quarters last should be enough, but it’s not. Some automated car washes can actually damage your paint job because it doesn’t use enough water or the brushes that clean your car have too much dirt stuck to them. It is recommended to use pressurized car washes that just use water and soap with no contact at all, meaning nothing lands on your car’s surface except soap and water. The vacuuming you do is not getting rid of all the dirt, scum, and germs in your car and we all know that the gas station vacuum can’t reach in those hard-to-reach areas. It’s worth it to invest a little more money into detailing your vehicle the right way at Godwin Motors. It’s easy to schedule an appointment on our website. Detailing your car at least twice a year will increase your car’s resale value and help your car look newer for longer.

 

Share the Love: Autos For Opportunities

By alexagodwin | Posted in Community on Friday, February 9th, 2018 at 11:30 AM

With February already in full swing, you have probably seen your fair share of heart filled candy boxes and plush teddy bears. As Valentine’s Day approaches, we express and share our love with loved ones. But what if we shared some of that love with our community? That’s exactly what we, Godwin Motors, intend to do this month and throughout the year through the Autos for Opportunities program.

Autos for Opportunities Program

Godwin Motors has partnered with the Cooperative Ministry to help donate and bring awareness to their Autos for Opportunities program. The Autos for Opportunities program helps provide vehicles for those in need of transportation to and from work. They accept donated cars of any condition. Instead of trading your used vehicle, or going through the hassle of selling it yourself, consider Autos for Opportunities and forever change the life of someone in need. Help keep Midlands working poor employed. Your donated vehicle can be someone’s transportation to work or used to provide financial support for The Cooperative Ministry programs and services. When you donate, you may qualify for a tax write-off and pick up is free. You can find additional information at http://www.coopmin.org/how-we-help/c-a-r-community-auto-repository/ .

Helping Our Community

Think of the amazing impact one donated vehicle could have on someone in your community. Godwin Motors’ goal is to donate 6 cars to the Autos for Opportunities program this year. We will also co-host a free financial sustainability class on Saturday, April 28th. This class is open to the public and may answer questions you have about your own financial goals. Children are welcome and will have their own breakout session. Lunch will be provided. The Cooperative Ministry has more information on upcoming classes: http://www.coopmin.org/how-we-help/financing-your-future/ .  We are so excited to partner with the Cooperative Ministry and help give back to Columbia. It’s important to us to share our love across the community and help bring awareness to programs that are close to our heart.

 

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