Going back to college this month? Make sure your car is in tip-top shape with our back-to-school car maintenance tips!
First, take care of your basic car maintenance. Make sure that your tires have been rotated, your oil has been recently changed, check your fluid levels, and replace old windshield wipers.
In addition, every car has a recommended maintenance schedule. Be sure to check your owner’s manual and follow the manufacturer recommendations. This maintenance typically requires checking or replacing parts like timing belts or spark plugs. If your vehicle is older, other major parts may be recommended for replacement in order to keep your car running safely and smoothly.
If your vehicle consistently has a warning light on, be sure to get that checked out. The last thing you’d want is for something bad to happen or for it to lead to a costly repair later down the line.
Finally, stay prepared! Make sure your car has basic safety needs, including a flashlight, jumper cables, an ice scraper, gloves, bottled water, or even a pre-packaged auto safety kit.
Maintaining your vehicle year-round is vital for prolonging the life of your car, truck or SUV as well as saving you money. Regular car maintenance can not only extend the life of your vehicle, but it can also lead to better gas mileage.
This summer, don’t forget to get your oil and oil filter changed. Different weather conditions can cause different demands on your engine oil and oil filter, so it’s always important to regularly check them. Another good thing to do this summer is to check your fluid levels. It’s important to consistently monitor your coolant, transmission fluid, and even your windshield fluid.
While tire pressure tends to drop during cooler weather, you should still monitor your tire pressure even during the summer. If you’re preparing for a summer road trip, the last thing you’d want is a flat tire!
Finally, get your brakes inspected and evaluate your alignment. If you notice your brakes making noises or needing extra pressure, it may be a sign that they need replaced. Alignment can be thrown off by general wear and tear, so stop in for a checkup! Proper alignment can improve your ride, save gas, and extend the life of your tires.
Taking care of you car is easier than ever at Clint Bowyer Autoplex. Our service department has expertly trained and qualified technicians to handle all of your vehicle’s maintenance and repair needs. Go here for more information.
At Clint Bowyer Autoplex in Emporia, Kansas, we are proud to sell quality, pre-owned vehicles. That means we’ll buy your used cars! Whether you’re looking to trade in your vehicle for a newer model or simply looking to get rid of it, let’s talk!
We’ll gladly take your pre-owned vehicles in good condition off your hands. If you are looking to trade in for another used vehicle or a brand-new model, you can value your trade here.
Feel free to browse our new models or see our used specials for the latest deals! If you are looking to trade in for a used vehicle, know that we guarantee quality. Each pre-owned vehicle we sell passes a stringent 171-point inspection, comes with an online vehicle history report and is free of flood and frame damage. Learn more about 360 Coverage with Clint Bowyer Autoplex.
Visit us in Emporia, Kansas and talk to us about your pre-owned vehicle!
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently released its TOP SAFETY PICK+ winners for 2017, and Toyota leads the way with nine models included on the list. IIHS gives 38 models the “plus” award and 44 models earn TOP SAFETY PICK. In order to qualify for TOP SAFETY PICK+, vehicles must earn good ratings in five crashworthiness tests, an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good or acceptable headlight rating.
This year, IIHS toughened the criteria for new headlight evaluations, which the Toyota Prius v earned a good rating in. IIHS said, “The recognition program is meant to encourage manufacturers to offer state-of-the-art protection for people in crashes, along with features that help drivers avoid crashes in the first place.”
IIHS also emphasized auto brakes, which encouraged manufacturers to make design improvements. According to IIHS, “The 2017 Corolla qualifies for a TOP SAFETY PICK+ award with a good rating for occupant protection in a small overlap crash and a superior rating for front crash prevention.” Not only was the Corolla recognized for including a standard front crash prevention system with auto brake capabilities, but the Toyota Avalon, Prius, RAV4 and Yaris iA were also recognized.
Stop by Clint Bowyer Autoplex to learn more about Toyota’s amazing safety features or browse our inventory here.
The decision to lease or buy a new vehicle can be difficult to make. There are pros and cons to each, and it depends on personal preference and lifestyle.
If you are looking for low monthly payments and like to have a new vehicle every few years, then leasing may be for you. Leasing is when you pay for the depreciation of the vehicle over the lease term and not the full sticker price of the vehicle. Here are the pros and cons:
- Lease payments are typically lower than loan payments.
- You can return the vehicle at the end of the lease, pay any end-of-lease costs and move on to the next vehicle.
- The vehicle’s future value doesn’t affect you financially.
- If you want to end the lease early, early-termination fees can be almost as costly as finishing out the lease term.
- You have no equity in the vehicle.
- You are limited to the number of miles you drive on the vehicle. This can vary anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 miles per year.
- At lease-end, you may have to pay for anything that isn’t considered normal wear and tear.
If you plan on keeping your vehicle for years to come and like taking road trips, buying a new vehicle may be your best option. When you buy a new vehicle, a loan is financed through the car dealership for the price of the vehicle plus tax. You then have monthly payments, with interest, to pay the dealership’s financial institution. Loan term options can be anywhere from 36 to 72 months, and monthly payments are split up evenly amongst the length of the loan.
Once the loan term has ended and you owe no remaining payments, it belongs to you. You can keep the vehicle for as long as you want or sell or trade it whenever you desire. Here are the pros and cons:
- You own the vehicle and can keep it for however long you want.
- You can sell or trade in the vehicle at any time.
- You can put as many miles on the vehicle as you like.
- The vehicle can be modified or customized however you please.
- Loan payments are typically higher than lease payments.
- You are responsible for selling or trading the vehicle when you are ready.
- Over the course of a loan term, the vehicle will depreciate and will be worth less when it comes time to sell or trade.
Please visit Clint Bowyer Autoplex in Emporia, Kansas or call us at (620) 343-6723 for more information. We look forward to helping you make this decision. Meanwhile, don’t forget to check out our new vehicle inventory here, which includes both lease and buy options.
The weather in Kansas can be unpredictable, so it’s important to get your vehicle prepared for winter. That last thing you’d want is to be stranded in the cold or snow. Regular vehicle maintenance will help catch minor problems and prevent them from becoming bigger problems.
Tony Molla, vice president of communications at Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), recommends the following car care tips:
Replace dirty filters
Change oil and oil filter as specified
Check engine and drivability problems
Check heater and defroster
Replace old windshield wiper blades
Have battery checked
Inspect all lights and bulbs
Examine tires and tire tread
Have brakes checked periodically
Carry an emergency kit with extra gloves, blankets, flares, sand or kitty litter, tire chains, a flashlight, cell phone, cell phone charger and snacks
Today more than ever, the value you get when you purchase a new or pre-owned vehicle is almost as important as the vehicle itself. At Clint Bowyer Autoplex, we understand how important it is to have confidence in your next automotive purchase. That is why we are proud to offer Clint Bowyer 360. Clint Bowyer 360 gives you comprehensive coverage for your car at no additional cost. It includes Complimentary Car Care, 3 Day Vehicle Return and Pre-Owned Quality Guarantee.
Complimentary Car Care includes oil and filter changes for the first year or 25,000 miles you own your Clint Bowyer Autoplex vehicle; and for new vehicles, factory scheduled maintenance is covered for the first 25,000 miles.
3 Day Vehicle Return is hassle-free return on your Clint Bowyer Autoplex vehicle up to three days after your purchase as long as it’s in the original, purchased condition with 300 miles or less.
Pre-Owned Quality Guarantee states that all pre-owned vehicles at Clint Bowyer Autoplex pass a stringent 171-point inspection and come with an online vehicle history report. In addition, they are free of flood and frame damage and come with a 30-day warranty.
At Clint Bowyer Autoplex in Emporia, Kansas, we want to offer you more than a vehicle. We want to offer you peace of mind. When you buy a new or used vehicle from us, our goal is to give you more for your money. Check out our current inventory or visit us to see the difference Clint Bowyer 360 can make for you, your car and peace of mind.
For more information about Clint Bowyer 360, please go here.
Drive with confidence—we’ve got you covered! At Clint Bowyer Autoplex, we want to offer you more than just a new vehicle. We want to offer you peace of mind. When you buy a new or pre-owned vehicle at Clint Bowyer Autoplex, you get Clint Bowyer 360 at no additional cost.
Clint Bowyer 360 includes Complimentary Car Care, 3-Day Vehicle Return and Pre-Owned Quality Guarantee. Complimentary Car Care includes free oil and filter changes for the first year or 25,000 miles you own your Clint Bowyer vehicle. If you change your mind about your Clint Bowyer vehicle, you can take advantage of our 3-Day Vehicle Return. We will take a vehicle back up to three days after your purchase as long as it is in the original, purchased condition with 300 miles or less. Finally, all of our pre-owned vehicles must pass a 171-point inspection and come with an online vehicle history report, so we guarantee quality pre-owned vehicles.
Come see the difference 360 can make! Learn more about it here.
Clint Bowyer Autoplex is now hiring bilingual, Spanish-speaking sales staff! We’re on the fast track and are looking for career-focused individuals who are motivated to succeed.
If you are looking for a career and not just “another job,” then Clint Bowyer Autoplex would like to talk to you. Our employees are our greatest asset. That is why when you choose a career with our organization, you can expect to be a part of a great team working toward a common goal of satisfying customers. Our training programs are among the best in the industry and are designed with you in mind so you can easily follow a pathway to success. Additionally, Clint Bowyer Autoplex will afford you opportunities for advancement, competitive wages and benefits in an environment where you can grow, develop, feel included and truly make a difference.
Regular car maintenance is important in prolonging the life of your vehicle and saving you money. The three most important areas that need to be regularly checked are engine oil, engine cooling system and brake service.
Also, according to myCARFAX, staying on top of your car’s maintenance can lead to improved gas mileage.
- Replace dirty air filters to improve gas mileage by as much as 14 percent.
- Replace dirty spark plugs, which can reduce gas mileage by two miles per gallon.
- Change oil regularly and gain another mile per gallon.
- Keep your car properly tuned to improve gas mileage by an average of 4 percent.
- Keep tires properly inflated and improve gas mileage by 3 percent.
Taking care of you car is easier than ever. Our service department has expertly trained and qualified technicians to handle all of your car’s maintenance and repair needs. Visit http://clintbowyerauto.com/service for more information.