Before you pack up the car and fill up the tank, read these tips to get your car ready for the next road-trip. You can do most of these yourself and if not, Lafferty Chevrolet recommends having your vehicle inspected by a certified service technician one to two weeks before your trip to so you have a piece of mind and don't get stranded by car issues. Common car issues during the summer can include coolant issues, radiator leakage and the air conditioner dying.
Check Radiator Fan Belt
One of the easiest ways to diagnose problems with a radiator fan belt or serpentine belt is simply to look at the condition of the belt. A worn or slipping belt will usually show signs of damage such as fraying or cracking, and can easily be seen using a flashlight and a small mirror to view the...
Car shopping means you have a decision to make once you've picked out the vehicle you wish to drive home. Lafferty Chevrolet would like to shed some light in this post about the differences between buying vs leasing a vehicle. If you are financing your vehicle, leasing is one option. Let's look to see if leasing or buying makes the most sense for you.
Benefits of Leasing a Car
Leasing a car is similar to financing the purchase of the car in many ways, but there are some key differences. You might be able to get more car for less money by leasing. That's because a car loan is based on the full price of a new car, while a lease is based on only a percentage of the car's price. For example, on a $30,000 car, you'd finance the entire $30,000 purchase price with a car loan. With a car...
Sooner or later, it's bound to happen to most everyone. You're driving along with your mind on your upcoming vacation, and suddenly your car pulls to one side and you hear that dreaded flapping sound of a flat tire.
Nowadays, many Warminster drivers have roadside assistance services that will come fix your flats, but it's always smart to know how to change a flat yourself.
It's beneficial for drivers to practice changing a tire in your garage or driveway to ensure you're ready to handle this situation if it ever happens to you. Lafferty Chevrolet has compiled these steps so you have the knowledge and know what to do.
1. Find a Safe Location
As soon as you realize you have a flat tire, do not abruptly brake or turn. Slowly reduce speed and scan your surroundings for a level,...
You may be thinking about preparing your taxes as we are getting closer to the April 15 deadline. What you may not know is your car can save you money come tax-time. There are some common car-related tax deductions available. While some people fill out their tax return themselves, many go to professionals (such as an accountant) for help. Either way, be sure to gather your receipts and documents in preparation for that important meeting. Read on to learn what to discuss with your accountant or other tax professional.
If you use your car exclusively for business, you can deduct car expenses, according to the IRS website. This tax deduction applies if you own your own business, are a freelancer or entrepreneur. Car deductions are for a car, van, pickup or panel truck...
Ready to buy a new crossover but not sure which one is right for you? We've compiled several reasons why the Chevy Equinox is a great choice.
The Equinox is the ideal choice for all your weekend adventures with 32 cubic feet of storage for fishing gear, a roof rack to carry your kayak, canoe or paddleboard. With 3500 lb towing capacity, you can easily tow a small boat or jet skis for some time on the lake. We've observed the roomy interior and it is a quiet freeway cruiser which makes for a comfortable ride. Filling up at the gas station won't drain your budget as the Equinox gets up to 31 miles per gallon on the highway.
With the Chevrolet Equinox, you'll have the choice between two different engines. The base model comes fitted with a 2.4L inline-four...
The 2017 Silverado continues to evolve with advancements in construction that enhances dependability and new technology. It's strong and quiet - like a beefed up ninja ready to navigate work and various terrains. Want the details on the new Silverado? Keep reading.
1. It's powerfully efficient no matter the engine you choose.
Drivers have three engine options to choose from with the new Silverado. A 285-hp 4.3-liter V-6, 355-hp 5.3-liter V-8 or 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8. If you want more power, you get it. If you want fuel efficiency with power, the EcoTec 3 engine and Active Fuel Management make it so.
2. It's spaciously versatile.
Plenty of cabin space to go around - both front and back. You're looking at two-door, four-door and crew options. Whatever your life demands, the...
When area roads are covered in ice or snow, drive with more caution.
Here are some additional tips from Lafferty Chevrolet.
• Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don't try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
• Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning - nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
• The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance...
Whether you love or hate night driving, the experience is something many of us will continue to have over the course of our lives. Night driving can be stressful depending on weather and location. Wildlife, pedestrians, and traffic can come out of nowhere. Then there are the blinding headlights of oncoming cars that can strain your eyes. As winter approaches and we lose more daylight, and so we'd like to offer up a few night driving tips for this winter.
1. Dim your dash lights
Bright dash lights can hinder your view of the road as your eyes adjust from light to dark. Dimming your dash lights will help improve your visibility through your windshield.
2. Don't stare directly at oncoming lights
Like tip number one, staring at bright lights as you approach them can affect your...
It's October. Vibrant reds, yellows and greens add new life to nature, signaling fall has arrived. What does fall mean for your car? It means it's time to prep your vehicle for winter. Since October is Fall Car Care month, Lafferty Chevrolet wants to remind you of a few car checks to complete.
A bad battery in winter can mean one long cold walk to the nearest auto store or performing multiple sets of jumping jacks in the parking lot while you wait for a tow truck. To protect yourself from experiencing the frustration of being stranded with a dead battery, always complete a battery check during fall. Make note of any corrosion on battery terminals and clean them immediately. As another note, keep jumper cables in your vehicle at all times. You never know when you or someone...
It seems like everyone has some car buying tip or suggestion these days. My friend said that his friend said, that his dad said to do this. With so many tips littering the internet's bandwidth, which tips should we believe? Well, Lafferty Chevrolet wants to expose three of the most notorious car buying myths that somehow have managed to survive many generations despite a lack of factual evidence.
Myth #1 You can save more on rainy days.
This myth has thrived on the speculation that bad weather deters shopping, so car dealers are more inclined to cut prices in bad weather to promote bad weather shopping. There is some logic there but in reality, rain or shine, we're still selling cars and people are still buying. What this means is you can save money with us when the sun is out or...
Summer tends to mean more driving. The warm weather draws us outside and we travel and explore. So Lafferty Chevrolet has some fuel efficient tips for you. It is well known, the best way to reduce fuel costs is to drive a more fuel efficient car, but if that is not an option for you, then there are ways to maximize your vehicle's fuel efficiency.
Every vehicle has a different speed where its fuel economy peaks. However, on average the threshold where fuel economy begins to drop is between 50 MPH and 60 MPH. Driving between 50 MPH and 60 MPH on the highway doesn't over exert you vehicle's engine, thus saving on fuel economy. So if you want to save on gas this summer, consider slowing down.
Air conditioning cool burns up gas.
Summer can be a hot and sweaty mess....
In the old days, cars were simpler; it was much easier to buy a part and repair your vehicle yourself. These days, repairing a car yourself is a big undertaking due to the massive amount of technology that runs through it. With that said, there remains a few vehicle features that are simple to check, track and do it yourself. One of these features are tires. Without tires, your vehicle isn't going anywhere. They are vital to your vehicle's ability to move, its ability to operate safely, and its ability to maximize fuel efficiency.
The most important and easiest tire care practice to get in the habit of completing is checking your vehicle's tire pressure monthly and before long trips. The reason being is optimal tire pressure can maximize fuel efficiency and extend the life of your...