When it comes to getting a car trade-in to go your own way, you can find it's a battle of the mind as much as anything else. Trading a car in and walking in knowing that you just got good value for all of your hard work is very important. However, many people walk out of a dealership all high-fives only to find out that they have been comprehensively ripped off!
To help you avoid that embarrassment, here are some decent car trade-in tips that we live by. With these, you are far more likely to get a car trade-in that is going to really make a big difference.
Getting The Best Car Trade-in Value
• Start off by paying attention to market value; with so many price comparison sites out there, ignorance is no excuse. You don't need to be a walking dealership to know a cars...
For some people out there, car maintenance or service is nothing more than filling up their fuel tank. If checking your vehicle before every drive sounds a waste of time and money, it is something you cannot overlook. Though it is not one of your main priorities, regular vehicle service can help eliminate higher expenditures in the long run.
Aside from that, it can ensure an increase driving safety, functional performance, excellent fuel economy, extended lifespan, and much more. But delaying car service lessens your chance to experience countless benefits which will lead to hassles.
Due to delayed car service, here are the following risks you cannot afford to encounter.
• Oil Sludge Build up In the Engine
Just like a gel, any built up oil sludge adheres to many parts of...
We've all seen it - people absolutely losing it at the traffic lights. People getting out of their cars and genuinely having a fight in the middle of the street. It might not seem likely, but the convenience of a car seems to bring out all of our rage. When we can't get where we want, when we want, it can bring out the worst in even the nicest of people. If you are worried about road rage or you have got yourself into this pickle in the past, here are some of the easiest and most effective ways to avoid road rage.
• Be The Bigger Person. If someone is tailgating you, the last thing you need to do is start roaring at them from the driver's seat. Concentrate on the road and if it's really bothering you, move over and let them in command. It's not worth the stress or getting into a...
Summer weather means hot temperatures and the inside of cars get even hotter so remember it is never OK to leave kids or pets in a car -- even with the windows down.
Kids are more susceptible and at higher risk for heat-related illness and injury than adults because their bodies make more heat relative to their size and their abilities to cool through sweating are not as developed as adults.
On a day that is just 72 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature [inside a car] can increase by 30 to 40 degrees in an hour, and 70% of this increase occurs the first 30 minutes. If you suspect your child has heatstroke consult a doctor immediately and provide fluids. Give your child as much cold water as he will drink. Do this until he feels better. If you have a sports drink such as Gatorade,...
Car shopping means you have a decision to make once you've picked out the vehicle you wish to drive home. North Star 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...
Sooner or later, it's bound to happen to most everyone. You're driving along with your mind on something else and suddenly your car pulls to one side and you hear that dreaded flapping sound of a flat tire.
Nowadays, many Pittsburgh area 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. North Star 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,...
North Star Chevrolet realizes filing your taxes isn't always a hot topic but we do want to mention there are ways your car can save you money come tax-time. Yup! You heard it here.
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...
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...
Many people know that the Chevrolet Silverado is among the most preferred pickup trucks around, and the 2017 Silverado isn't any different. Reliable and equipped to handle any kind of situation you put it in, this full-size pickup truly can do it all. Read below to learn more.
1. Choose balance.
You get three engine options to pick from - a 285-hp 4.3-liter V-6, 355-hp 5.3-liter V-8 or 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8. That is balance.
2. Stretch out.
Plenty of cabin space to go around - both front and back - you can kick back and relax after a hard day at work.
3. Make your world full of tech.
With available 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, wireless phone charging, a teen driver safety mode, a driver alert package, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay - this truck will outsmart other...
Holiday Safe Driving Tips
The holiday season often includes driving to visit friends and family. It also means heavy road traffic and sometimes winter weather can throw a wrench into the most well-planned trip. Also, this year's low gas prices mean many people will probably choose to drive this holiday season so stay alert while driving and learn to spot and avoid hazards using these tips. These driving tips can help you motor with confidence this holiday season.
Use Defensive Driving Tips
Defensive driving means taking reasonable action to prevent a collision. But defensive driving starts before you even get on the road. Checking weather and road conditions in advance helps you plan a route and know what to expect along the way. It's also important to pack the car with basic...
In general, night driving is a dangerous feat. Even on a night with good weather, low visibility remains a factor and hinders our reaction time should things go wrong. When you consider the wildlife, pedestrian and traffic factors, night driving becomes even more dangerous. Winter is nearly upon us now and the days are getting shorter. Due to this fact, we'd like to offer up a few night driving tips.
1. Keep your dash lights dim
You need dash lights to see the speedometer but you don't need bright dash lights. Bright dash lights can actually hurt your visibility of the road because your eyes have to constantly adjust from light to dark. This fact is the reason why we suggest dimming the dash lights.
2. Don't look at oncoming lights
Bright headlights and street lights can be...
October is Fall Car Care month. Are you preparing your vehicle for the changing seasons? Fall colors brings with it falling leaves and seeds, as well as changing climates. It's a perfect time to complete a few maintenance checks before winter comes.
Without a working battery, you're stranded, waiting for a tow truck or a friend to come to your rescue. To help you avoid such an experience, fall is a good time to check your battery power levels and make note of any corrosion on battery terminals. Depending on the condition of the battery, you might want to either charge, clean or replace the battery.
The changing temperatures affect tire pressure and the changing weather will affect tire traction when driving with old bald tires. Tire pressure should be checked...