Monday, January 30, 2017

Detail the exterior like a Pro!

                  Everyone like a clean vehicle, however sometimes having the professionals do it can be expensive and difficult to get an appointment. Here at 12 tips on how to deep clean the interior your car cheaply and effectively.


·         Super Clean  Your Windshield
o   You can deep clean your windshield and remove all the built up grim associated with day to day driving, by going over your windshield with glass cleaner and steel wool, and then treating your windshield with Rain X. You can clean your windshield a couple times a year like this.
·         Renew your Wipers
o   You can renew your wiper blades and keep them from smearing by rubbing them down with rubbing alcohol pads.
·         Get Bugs off of your Grill and Bumper
o   You can remove stubborn bugs out of your grille and your bumper, with the help of dryer sheets. Soak it in warm water, and wipe.
·         Make your Cloudy Headlights Shine Again
o   Shine up cloudy headlights with toothpaste and water. Dilute a little toothpaste in warm water and scrub with a brush then wipe clean.
·         Clean the Top of your Windows
o   Remember to roll down your windows before you start wiping them with glass cleaner.
·         Make your Rims Shine!
o   Use a cleaning powder like Ajax and water to clean your wheels. Dump powder in water, apply to rims with a brush. Scrub off brake dust and grim.
·         Wash with the right Soap
o   Make sure to use car wash soap on your vehicle. Dish soap can do the trick in a pinch, but continual use, can take minerals out of the paint and cause the finish to lose its shine over time.
·         Use a Clay Bar
o   After washing your vehicle, use a clay bar and formulated spray remove bit of grime and gunk that were missed in washing and rinsing.
·         Wax to a Shine

o   Get a synthetic polymer wax and rub in with the foam applicator and rub into the finish using a swirling motion. Follow up with a microfiber towel to wipe off the haze. Have multiple towels to rotate out as they each fill up with used wax.




                We hope that these tips help you with keeping the inside of your car clean. But as always Diver’s Choice is here to take care of all your pre-owned car needs. Contact us today to set any appointment you may need.

Detail your Interior like a Pro!

                Everyone likes a clean vehicle, however sometimes having the professionals do it can be expensive and difficult to get an appointment. Here at 12 tips on how to deep clean the interior your car cheaply and effectively.



·         Use a Cheap Foam Brush or Paint Brush to Dust between the AC Vents.
o   Using a brush allows you to get into the difficult tight crevasses where dirt likes to stick.
·         Vacuum Dust and Dirt as You Brush it Out.
o   Use a vacuum as you brush the dust and dirt out of tight areas, this prevents it from landing on other area, causing extra work. Use this combination on all buttons and knobs to get dirt out of their edging.
·         Replace the Cabin Air Filter
o   By removing and replacing the cabin air filter, you can remove potential smells that could be lingering in your vehicle.
·         Use a Magic Eraser to Remove Sticky Substances from Leather/Vinyl
o   You can use a Magic Eraser with a little bit of water to remove gross and sticky substances form you leather and vinyl. Be sure to not scrub to hard, as you could potentially damage the material that you are trying to clean.
·         Use a Toothbrush to Clean Textured Areas
o   By using an old toothbrush with a bit of dish soap, you can thoroughly clean high traffic, textured areas, with a little elbow grease.
·         Use Olive Oil to Condition Leather
o   Over time, leather can become faded and distressed, you can use a little olive oil and a non-abrasive rag to recondition without spending an arm and a leg of high end products.
·         Remove Pet Hair with a Squeegee
o   You can easily remove stubborn pet hair from your cloth interior but misting the area with water and then running a squeegee over the area. The pet clumps up and can easily be vacuumed or picked up.
·         Use a Fine Bristled Brush to remove Dirt and Crumbs from Seams
o   Getting those fine crumbs and dirt out of the seams in your seats can be difficult. Take a fine bristled brush or toothbrush, and brush the dirt out. Use a vacuum at the same time to quick removal.
·         Use Paper and an Iron to Remove Wax
o   Anyone with children has experienced a crayon left on the back seat in the middle of August. You can easily remove this melted wax by running an iron over a sheet of paper on the effected area.
·         Shampoo the Seats using All-Purpose Cleaner
o   You can easily clean cloth interior of your car using a diluted all-purpose cleaner, a sponge or scrub brush, and washcloths. Spray on the cleaned, scrub and then bloat with a white or un-dyed washcloth or towel.
·         Use the Washing Machine to Clean Your Floor Mats
o   Spray your dirty floor mats with a stain remover, and then use a scrub brush to get deep on the tough stains. Wash on normal cycle in the washer, air dry.
·         Create Your Own Air Freshener
o   Take a mason jar, put burlap under the screw on ring, fill with baking soda and add a couple drops of peppermint or lavender oil! Easy home-made air freshener!




                We hope that these tips help you with keeping the inside of your car clean. But as always Diver’s Choice is here to take care of all your pre-owned car needs. Contact us today to set any appointment you may need.


Friday, December 30, 2016

Avoid the Cost, Keep your Car Maintained



                Most people’s knowledge of cars is turn the key and they work, well that make sure that they a have a full tank of gas. However, sometimes, your vehicle is going to need some maintenance and that can get costly if you haven’t planned ahead.
             
            Here are some tips to help keep those car maintenance costs low.

·         Pick the Most Reliable Car - The best way to save on auto maintenance is the simplest of all: Buy a car that’s going to require relatively little work. If you spend a few hours browsing the web you’ll quickly get a sense for which makes and models are most reliable. Some model years of otherwise-good cars can be problematic, so don’t assume you can skip the research if you’ve previously had a good experience with a particular model.
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            Shop Around for the Best Deal - If you’re in need of automotive maintenance, shop around. The dealership will always be your default choice for any maintenance or repairs that are covered by the car’s warranty. But if you’re footing the bill, it pays to check prices. The difference between different mechanics’ prices might surprise you. Some types of routine car maintenance recur frequently — like oil changes, brakes and mufflers — and prices on those tend to be fairly competitive.
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      Stick to a Schedule - If there’s a single piece of car maintenance advice you’ll hear more than any other, it’s probably that keeping up on your routine maintenance will save you money in the long run. Getting your car serviced regularly, the argument goes, keeps it in top condition and allows you — or your mechanic — to spot potential issues before they become serious. Kelley Blue Book, an authority on resale value, recommends regular maintenance to preserve your vehicle’s worth. Remember to document all of your auto maintenance and keep the receipts so you can prove you’ve taken good care of your ride to a potential buyer.

·         Watch for Coupons and Offers - This is the flip side of shopping around for a mechanic when you need work done, and it’s a side benefit of doing your car maintenance on a set schedule. If you know you’re going to need a brake job or an oil change soon, look for coupon offers or other specials ahead of time. Similarly, you might find that your local dealership offers some sort of loyalty package that includes discounted service as a way to keep bringing you back to the lot.

·         Learn How to DIY - One cost-saving measure is handling DIY car repairs or maintenance when it’s practical. At its simplest level, that can simply mean learning how — and how often — to check the various fluids in your car and top them off. Changing your wiper blades is another simple task — though you can often get them installed for free with your purchase — and so is checking the pressure in your tires and reinflating them at your gas station. You’ll find plenty of YouTube videos and online tutorials to guide you, including many from professional mechanics or auto parts suppliers.

·         Check for Secret Warranties - If your car is included in an actual safety recall, you’ll be notified to bring it in for a free repair at your nearest dealership. That’s reassuring — and sometimes lifesaving — but you might be wondering how to find out about problems that never reach the recall stage. If so, check for any “associated documents,” which often instruct the dealers to perform the repair for free or at a sharply discounted rate as a gesture of goodwill. These bulletins are often referred to as “secret warranties” because manufacturers generally don’t make a point of letting owners know about them.



And as always stop by Driver’s Choice and we can set you up with the best service in the Quad Cities. Check out our inventory of the area’s best selection of used cars and contact

use today to set up an appointment



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Used Car Advice




The next time that you’re buying a car, it might be a wise decision to buy one that is “new” to you. And many drivers are following this philosophy. As used car sales are up 3.3% for the third quarter of 2016, according to Edmunds.com.

The average used car price has also risen recently as well to $19,232, as the market has had many almost-new cars added to the pool.

"Used is always, financially, the best thing to do, You're avoiding that steep depreciation that takes place on a new car."
- said Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor for Edmunds.com.

                What is a fair price to pay for a used car? Well it’s not as cut and dry as many would think. The same make and model year, used-car values vary based on the features, mileage, condition and local demand. Look to pricing sites and apps like Edmunds.com, Kelley Blue Book and others to get an estimate.
               
                Another tip is to buy from an individual seller, as individual sellers might be more open to negotiating. But that only works if you have the money or you can try and reach out to lenders on your own, and many times dealerships do that work for you. The main benefit of a dealership is the vehicle inspection and often they have already fixed any repairs that need to be done on the vehicle.

                But no matter what, before you buy, take a look at the vehicle history report through a service like Experian's AutoCheck or Carfax. All of our vehicles here at Drivers Choice have gone through a multipoint inspection and a vehicle check in the vehicle the first time you open the door.
               

                Check out the great pre-owned vehicles that Driver’s Choice has to offer and contactus today to test drive your next vehicle.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Think Small to Save Big!



       



          Trying to find a car for your teenager?  Or trying to find that new ride to make your way back and forth to work? If your trying to do it without breaking the bank, the best deals are amongst the smaller passenger cars, while pick-up trucks and SUVs are some of the worst deals.

         Subcompact cars are the best overall deals on used cars right now, and prices overall have dropped by 6.3% percent over the last year to an average of $11,461. These cars include the Chevy Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent and Toyota Yaris. Prices like that really help out in the long run if you’re trying to get a dependable car at a reasonable price.  And compact cars, including the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, and Toyota Corolla, dropped by 2.0% in value to a still-affordable average $12,153.

Edmunds.com Sr. Analyst Ivan Drury says
“Prices are down for these vehicles because there is so much more demand for used trucks and SUVs. There are also lots of smaller cars coming back to the used car market as people trade up into larger vehicles.”

        Trucks and SUV’s on the other end have been steadily gaining in price over the last few years due to their increased demand. Smaller pickup trucks Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon have rose by 10.1% averaging about $18,978. While the large SUV market is up 8.9% and prices raising to an Average of $26,852.

Edmunds.com put together a list of vehicles that are the best value:




Best Used Car Values

      Subcompact Cars: -6.3%; average $11,461
·         Compact Cars: -2.0%; average $12,153
·         Midsize Cars: -1.0%; average $13,892
·         Large Crossover SUVs: -0.6%; average $22,182
·         Premium Luxury Cars: +0.3%; average $45,442

Worst Used-Car Deals

·         Compact Pickups: +10.1%; average $18,978
·         Large SUVs: +8.9%; average $26,852
·         Luxury SUVs: +7.7%; average $40,531
·         Midsize SUVs: +7.6%; average $22,477
·         Large Cars: +2.7%; average $15,315


Hope that this helps you in picking out your next new-to-you car! Check out our Inventory and Contact us now to test drive your future can today!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Whats that Liquid Under My Car??







If you drive an older vehicle, you should know that it’s not uncommon to find some different fluids leaking underneath you vehicle. It’s one of the problems of driving an older car.
And those puddles can sometime be hard to identify. But there are clues that can help you determine just what is slowly dripping from under car. Once you discover what is leaking you and discover where its leaking, and then you can fix it.
There are three key things to look at when trying to determine where leak is coming from: Location, color, and consistency. Here a liquids to look for under your car.


Engine Oil: Engine oil leaks are the most common and are found under the engine. The oil is either black or dark brown and is slick to the touch.

Anti-Freeze: Either green or red in color, anti-freeze usually leaks from the very front under the radiator or under the engine. Anti-freeze has a very sweet smell and is slippery to the touch.

Transmission Fluid: Transmission fluid is typically red and has a slicker touch than engine oil and has a distinctive petroleum smell. Usually found under the engine towards the middle of the car.

Power Steering or Brake Fluid: These two fluids look very similar, with power steering being shade darker. Both feel slick with a consistency of thin oil. Power steering leaks tend to happen under power steering pump and hoses, where brake fluid leaks can occur anywhere on the car along the brake lines.

Washer Fluid: Washer fluid comes in a variety of colors, typically blue. Is the consistency of water and leaks from the reservoir of hoses.

Fuel: Fuel is most recognizable by its smell. Leaks occur near the fuel door, anywhere along the fuel lines or on the engine near the injectors.

Rear Differential Oil: This thick, black oil will be found under the rear end of the car under the axel. 

We hope that these explanations help you determine the liquid underneath your car. Here at Driver’s Choice of Quad Cities, we can help you fix that leak. Schedule a service appointment now or contact us today to find a new car now!


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Modern-day Classics









Everyone wants a classic car. And with the quality of cars that have been produced, classics no longer take 50 years to become classics. Thirty years from now, these are the cars you'll wish you still owned. In fact, you may want to own them right now -- not just because they're great drives, but because many of them are appreciating in value.  


Here are your soon-to-be modern-day classics.


·        Toyota Supra (1992-2002)- Road racers are no strangers to the Toyota Supra line. After all, versions of the coupe had starring roles in four different "Fast & Furious" films, and the final A80 generation is particularly sought after, especially in twin-turbo form.



·        GMC Syclone- There's a reason why the GMC Syclone is so sought after -- this high-performance pickup went from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds, quicker than any Ferrari available in the US at the time.

·        BMW E30 M3 (1987-1992)- Simply put, the E30-generation BMW M3 was built to win races. Today, the values of these homologation specials are exploding, making them one of the hottest collector cars of its era.

·        Toyota Land Crusiser J40 (1960-1984)- The two-door Toyota Land Cruiser J40 is one of the sturdiest off-roaders ever made. These workhorses continue to see regular use in some of the harshest environments on Earth, from the African desert to the jungles of South America.

·        DeLorean DMC-12 (1981-1983)- The DeLorean DMC-12 sports car, the only vehicle ever manufactured by the ill-fated DeLorean Motor Company, was not the most well-built car, nor was it the most comfortable or most powerful. But it was the car in Back to the Future, and that alone makes it awesome.

·        Acura Integra Type R (1997-2001)- Created as a racecar, the 195-horsepower Acura Integra Type R was sold in the US solely to meet homologation guidelines. As a result, this rare car was a hot commodity on both tracks and in the street racing scene, so it should come as no surprise it was heavily targeted by thieves and chop shops.

·        Ford GT (2005-2006)- Designed after the Ford GT40 racing cars of the 1960s, the limited-edition Ford GT was a huge hit with collectors when it was introduced in 2005. The 550-horsepower, two-seater sports car was so popular, in fact, that early versions sold for a $100,000




·        VW Vanagon Syncro Camper (1986-1991) The boxy Volkswagen Vanagon Camper has amassed quite the cult following, and it's no surprise why. Introduced in the US in 1986, the Westfalia Syncro was a four-wheel-drive camper variant of the VW Vanagon van.

·        Buick Regal Grand National GNX (1987) Shortly before discontinuing its Regal Grand National model, in 1987 Buick unveiled the one-year-only Grand National GNX as a send-off. It was built with a 276-horsepower engine and a larger turbocharger than the standard version.

·        BMW 1 Series M Coupe (2011) The BMW 1 Series M Coupe is a high-performance variant of the BMW 1 Series Coupe that went on sale in 2011.

·        Land Rover Defender 110 (1993) When Land Rover brought the popular Defender 110 to the US in 1993, it did so in incredibly limited numbers. Just 500 of the 110-inch-wheelbase off-roaders were sold.

·        BMW Z8 (1999-2003) Inspired by the BMW 507 roadster (1956-1959), the retro-styled BMW Z8 is an all-aluminum convertible with a 400-horsepower V-8 engine. Only 5,703 BMW Z8s were built, with the majority being sold in Europe.






Keep a look out for these Modern-Day Classics here at Driver’s Choice! Contact us today to find your future Modern-Day Classics!