Ensuring your engine is in healthy, working condition is vital when maintaining your car. Whether your car is brand new or a vintage model, the engine needs regular oil changes to stay in top shape. In the past, changing a car’s oil every three months or 3,000 miles was the standard recommendation – however as technology has improved, some models can go much longer between appointments.
Simple maintenance and good driving habits can prolong the life of your vehicle, while preventing costly repairs. Your engine’s fluids are crucial in the health of your car, and maintaining proper levels during the colder months, can mean the difference between a safe winter road trip and one ending in costly repairs.
When the weather turns cold there are several things to keep in mind during your oil change. It is vital to have the proper amount and type of oil in your car’s engine to protect all the moving parts. A lower viscosity (thinner) oil will heat up faster and flow more freely through your engine, this is beneficial for the colder months. As such, many people use a lower viscosity oil in the winter. Thicker oil in the engine is not only detrimental to the health of your engine but it could also make it more difficult for the engine to turn over when you start your car.
Your vehicle’s winter oil change should always include a new oil filter. Changing the oil filter should be done when the engine oil’s is changed. Engine oil tends to thicken in colder weather, which can produce increased pressure on your filter. Poor quality oil filters may not be able to withstand this increase in pressure. It is important to use a good quality oil filter with a screen that will allow the oil to pass through it easily when the weather turns cold.
When having your car oils change it is important to have your timing belt inspected. Cold weather can cause belts to stretch and wear out prematurely, and a winter oil change is a good time to inspect the timing belt and ensure it is in good working order. The last thing you want is to be stranded out in the cold during your next drive to the ski resort.
The friendly service team at Royal Automotive wants all your travels to be safe and enjoyable. Our service department is open six days a week (Monday – Saturday) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to help ensure your vehicle is safe for those winter road trips. If it’s time for your vehicle’s cold weather oil change or other service, schedule your time with us today, and let us get you back on the road with a vehicle that’s ready to take on those lower temperatures and help you arrive at your destination safe and sound.
Nothing will earn you points more than surprising that special person in your life with a new car for the holidays. But it isn't just special because of the big purchase, it's special because of all the work that goes into buying the perfect car. Follow our tips this holiday season and the best gift under the tree may be a new key.
Making the Right Choice
You want to make sure you pick the right car. There's nothing worse than going through all this trouble just to see a disappointed look on their face. Everyone daydreams about a new car now and again, so make sure you're listening. And don't just go for the model they think they want. Listen to the features that appeal to them, like good mileage, storage space or vehicle size, and find a car that fits their needs. Worse comes to worst, you can outright ask them if you're not sure. It's better to be careful and give them a hint than to get them something they don't want. Besides, are they really going to suspect that you're buying them a car?
Getting the Finance You Need
Once you have the right car, you need to make sure you can pay for it. If you can't afford the cost upfront, you're not out of luck. Even if you need the recipient to co-sign, you can still do all the leg work before you make the big reveal. Do the research, find the perfect model and work with the dealer on financing, then once the hard work is out of the way, you're ready to make their day. Speak with your dealer to arrange for you both to see the car on the big day, then walk inside and fill out paperwork to seal the deal.
Handling Registration and Titling
Just like financing, you'll probably need some help from the dealer on this one. Even if a dealer can handle getting the title and registration taken care of on your behalf, getting it done without the recipient there is a little trickier. Throw this in the mix with financing and see if the dealer will put this is the same stack of papers for them to fill out once you made the announcement and they've seen the car.
Let the Dealer in on the Secret
If you haven't already told them it's a surprise for financial or registration reasons, it'll still be beneficial to let them in on the secret. Dealerships often go the extra mile when you buy a car, like calling your house when your perfect model has arrived on the lot. Speak with them, so they know to keep everything on the down-low, and to speak only to you when they have questions or recommendations. Beyond secrecy, dealers may know a few tricks to set the whole thing off perfectly. They might be more willing to hold onto the car until the big day, can make sure it's looking it's best when you arrive and might even be able to find a big red bow to throw on top.
Order Far in Advance
Planning can make or break the big surprise, so make sure you start early. Once you've done your research, you may find that the perfect car isn't on the lot, but the dealer can get it for you. This could mean waiting on a transfer from another dealership or getting necessary work done in the shop. Take all these scenarios into account to make sure your holiday morning is a merry one.
Find the perfect car to surprise them at Royal Automotive. We're in the perfect position to work with you to find exactly what you need, so get started by browsing our inventory and make this a holiday they'll never forget!
Buying a used car can be a complicated process. You first must find your dream car, take out your loan, and hand over all that money – only to have it turns out you just bought a lemon. Fortunately, there are some ways to ensure that your new-to-you car is ready to serve you for many miles down the road.
Investigate the Car's History
Never buy a car without first knowing what you're getting. Get the vehicle identification number (VIN) from the seller and run a history report. This will tell you any significant damage in the car's past, the status of the title, and the previously recorded mileage. If the seller won't hand over the VIN or the information doesn't quite line up, it might be time to move on to the next vehicle.
Get an Extended Warranty
When you buy a used car, you're usually getting it 'as is'. This means that any defects that pop up once they hand you the keys are your problem to fix. If you're buying from a dealer, you may have the option of an extended warranty. If the factory warranty on a car has run out, an extended warranty could have you covered in case that check engine light unexpectedly comes on.
Dealership vs. Private Sales
While private sellers may try to woo you with low prices, the chance of a scam does go up because there isn't repeat business at stake. There also isn't any guarantee of proper service to the vehicle, especially if the private seller has done any work themselves. A dealer has a reputation to uphold, and selling lemons left and right won't keep them in business very long. To make sure they're putting their best out on the lot, they employ teams of trained professionals to keep cars running in mint condition. Dealers can also carry certified pre-owned vehicles, which have passed rigorous tests to make sure they're up to standard, and can come with additional warranties.
Test Drive the Car
Always test drive a car before you buy it. You don't just want to make sure it's running well– you also want to make sure it's the right car for you. Ensuring everything works to your liking, and you feel comfortable behind the wheel are just a few reasons for a test drive. Drive the car for a longer period so you can get a good idea of how the car runs, make sure no problems arise, and really settle into the ride. Try all the switches and knobs to check that everything's in working order.
When buying a used car, make sure it is the right car for you. Royal Automotive is a family-owned business that has been operating in the Denver area for over ten years, and we're committed to delivering top quality vehicles that fit your needs. No matter what you're looking for, find it in our inventory today!
Sometimes when you need things to go right, life happens. Bankruptcy, identity theft, and late payments can take their toll on your credit score. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get the vehicle you need to get things back on track. Take back control and start building toward the future with help from Royal Automotive. We understand that it can seem hard to buy a car with bad credit. In order to get back on the road, learn about how to get a car with bad credit.
How to Get a Good Car with Bad Credit:
1. Mending Your Credit
Even though your main focus is getting a car, this is also the perfect time to start paying attention to your credit. The better your credit score, the easier it is to get a favorable interest rate. Get familiar with credit scoring systems and check them periodically to see where you stand. You’ll be able to see any strikes against you, like errors or unpaid accounts. In the months leading up to a car purchase, be very careful to make all of your payments on time to slowly start building back good credit.
Additionally, a bad credit score can be turned around by clearing up inaccurate information associated with your accounts, paying off smaller outstanding debts, and avoiding opening new lines of credit.
2. Keeping Your Loan Manageable
Favorable rates aren’t the only road to a better car-buying experience. A smaller loan requires less time to pay off, which means less interest. Start saving your money. A healthy down payment will reduce your overall loan.
Once you have a solid down payment ready, be sure to keep in mind the overall price of your car. A quality used car that is less expensive requires a smaller loan than a brand-new vehicle that you will be paying off longer.
Where to Buy a Car with Bad Credit?
There are many lending options out there, so be aware that different lenders offer different rates. Dealerships and banks can work together to help you secure a loan, so make sure you pick a car dealer that has a good working relationship with lenders.
Royal Automotive has the necessary experience with a variety of different lenders in the Denver area to make sure you can secure your best option. Our approval process will show you the maximum amount you qualify for with no cost or obligation. It is our goal to help people of all financial situations find a lending option to help them secure the perfect vehicle.
Serving the greater Denver area for over 10 years, our financing specialists can provide you with a tailored finance package to fit your needs. Let us help you get approved today!
More questions about how to get a car with bad credit? Call us or visit our dealership to speak with a specialist!
Halloween 2019 events near Englewood CO
Halloween is known for being a fun, spooky time. There are a variety of Halloween events happening near Englewood that range from family-friendly to adult fun. Keep reading to learn more about each event going on for Halloween 2019 near Englewood CO.
21st Halloween Festival
On Monday, October 28th from 4pm to 7pm, this free event will have a haunted house, mountains of candy and games to enjoy. This event is kid-friendly and there will be a costume contest for them to participate in.
All Hallow’s Eve Adult Costume Event
There will be Halloween themed music and activities at the Natura Obscura for adults on October 31st starting at 10am. Show up in a costume for 50% of a ticket.
Denver Trick or Treat Party
If you have a child or know somebody with a child with Autism, the Denver Trick or Treat Party at Therapy and Beyond Denver is the perfect place to celebrate Halloween. This will be sensory-friendly environment kids with Autism can trick or treat. There will be a costume contest, cookie decorating and lots of candy! This event will start at 5:40 pm until 7:40 pm on Friday, October 25th.
Colorado has one of the most beautiful winter seasons in the world, but don’t let them catch you unprepared. Doing some simple preparations now will make sure you are ready to embrace and enjoy the cold season in the Rockies.
Check Tire Pressure and Tread Depth
Make sure your tires are in proper working order by checking your tire pressure and tread depth. Your car manual will have the recommended tire pressure levels. Unscrew the cap on your tire, then press the gauge into the valve to get a reading. Properly inflated tires not only assist with fuel efficiently, but also aids in traction in the colder months.
A great way to ensure your tires are prepared for winter driving is the Lincoln test. Put a penny in the groove between your tread with Lincoln’s head going toward the tire. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it is probably time to replace your tires before the snow starts to blow.
Lastly, consider having your snow tires put on before winter officially arrives. You want to be prepared for the first snow, not struggling to make it through any surprise Colorado storms.
Use Winter Windshield Wiper Fluid
Ordinary wiper fluid might not be up to the tall task of keeping your windshield clear when the temperature dips into freezing temperatures. It can freeze upon contact, making it useless in the winter months. Preparing your vehicle for winter means switching to a fluid that is designed for the season and will stay liquid when sprayed. This will help weaken ice, loosen snow, and make your windshield that much easier to keep clear while you go driving in a winter wonderland.
Switch to a Winter-Grade Oil
Cold temperatures slow everything down, including your oil. That same oil that flows nicely through your car in the summer months can become thick and bog down your engine once the weather turns. You will want a thinner oil, or lower weight oil, once the temperatures drop. Consider switching to a cold-weather oil with an appropriate viscosity grade. If you’re running 10W-30 when the temperatures are hot, think about using a 5W-30 to help your car run smoothly when things get frigid.
Check Your Battery
Your battery is of crucial importance when prepping your car for winter – a weak charge won’t do you much good against the cold. If your battery is older than three years, it is time to have a repair shop test its ability to hold a charge to make sure your car will start when you’re fighting the morning cold.
Checking that the connections are stable and corrosion-free is another important part in winter car preparedness. You may need to clean off any corrosion with a toothbrush dipped in vinegar or lemon juice. Finally, check that your battery has the proper water level, and add distilled water to make up the difference.
These little things can make all the difference once the cold months move in, so make sure you prepare your car for winter driving for whatever weather Colorado has planned. Book your appointment with our capable service team to make sure your car is in top shape for the winter ahead.
Happy autumn! Like the rest of the seasons of the year, autumn brings its own unique challenges for driving, such as the shorter days, variable weather, slippery roads, and wet leaves. For some helpful tips for driving safely in autumn, view here.
Are you looking for a high-quality and reasonably-priced used car this fall? Do you live in the Denver-area? Visit us at Royal Automotive!