Aug 242015
 

Tire Pressure

When it comes to spending money, many people would rather head out on a road trip than pay bills. While a road trip can have its own headaches, money and maintenance shouldn’t have to be on your mind. By maintaining your car’s proper tire pressure, you don’t have to! We here at Hurlbert Toyota are here to tell you the benefits of maintaining tire pressure!

First and foremost, keeping your tire pressure at the optimal pressure as suggested by the manufacturer can save a lot of wear and tear on your tires. By preserving your tread, you also increase the amount of miles between new sets, which saves a good amount of money over the life of your car.

Proper tire pressure also increases your car’s handling. Whether you’re on wet or dry roads, traction is important and the proper pressure is there to provide the most traction possible. By improving handling, you’ll experience an overall safer drive as you have more control over the vehicle.

When it comes down to saving money at the pump, maintaining the proper tire pressure can result in better gas mileage. Considering fuel efficiency is a selling point, you’ll want to make the most of each fill-up.

Aug 182015
 

Car Washing

Washing your car is one of the easiest tasks you can do to protect, and even improve, its resale value. While it may sound simple, there are a few things you should and shouldn’t do to get the most out of your time behind the sponge. Here at Hurlbert Toyota, we’ve got some car washing tips that will both protect your paint and get your car as clean as possible!

Washing your car should be done when it’s cool out, preferably during the morning or evening, and when the car itself is cold. Washing right after driving or under the hot sun will dry water and soap faster. Not only will it take longer to get rid of spots but you may miss some altogether.

As for what you should use, avoid household cleaners and detergents. They aren’t meant for washing a car and may strip off paint’s protective wax. Instead, use a dedicated car wash that’s specifically designed for use on automotive paint.

Use a separate sponge for the wheels. Grains of sand, dirt, and rocks can get caught in the sponge and using it on the paint after the wheels can leave scratches. For the best result, use a natural, soft sponge or lamb’s-wool mitt. Avoid washing in circles as well. This can leave swirl marks that are noticeable on the paint.

Dec 012014
 

You may know someone in your neighborhood who’s done it, and perhaps you’ve been tempted to give it a try yourself. After all, it looks like a lot of fun—and you might as well give it a shot while you still can.

Obviously, what we’re talking about is decorating your car with Christmas lights!

Holiday decorating shouldn’t be limited to just your home or office desk. That’s why The Fun Times Guide offered tips on how to string Christmas lights to your car. The good news is it’s not that difficult!

Automobiles have a 12v DC electrical system, which isn’t compatible with standard Christmas tree lights (110v AC). Either invest in 12v rope lights or 12v LED lights, or purchase a 12v DC inverter (not a converter!), which will change your car’s electricity into an 110v AC current. The minimum output should be 400 watts but can go up to 1500 watts if you plan to run power tools from it.

After picking up a bunch of discounted Christmas lights, cover your vehicle inside and out, through the windows and over the front grille. Find some color-changing lights and a three-foot plastic snowman for good measure. Just check with local authorities on lighting restrictions before going too crazy.

Moisture can be dangerous to the lights on your car, even if you purchase outdoor Christmas lights, so if snow or rain is on the way, park in the garage or take them off.

Brighten up the drab winter by spreading some colorful holiday cheer on the go. If you do, stop by Hurlbert Toyota to show us your festive masterpiece.

Nov 242014
 

Christmas Tree

As December is quickly approaching, many of us are in the midst of preparing for Christmas. Of course, the most popular Christmas decoration is the tree. While artificial trees offer the simplicity of always being ready and they don’t shed needles on your floor, nothing can beat the look and smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree.

 

Follow these simple steps to help make your fresh Christmas tree last longer.

 

  1. The most important step is to choose the right tree. To get the freshest tree possible, head to a local tree farm where you can cut your own tree. If that option isn’t available, ask when the pre-cut trees were harvested. Give the tree a gentle shake to see how many needles fall off (the fewer, the better) and make sure the needles are pliable and not brittle.
  2. Once you have selected your tree, you need to get it into water within 3-4 hours after it was cut. If you are buying from a tree lot, have them cut an inch off the bottom of the tree. This will give you a fresh stump and allow the tree to absorb more water.
  3. To keep your tree from drying out, keep it away from direct sunlight, heaters, and fans. Be sure there is enough water to cover the base the tree. Check the stand daily to see if you need to add more water. You can even use a room humidifier to help keep the needles fresher.
  4. Check your lights to make sure none of the wires are damaged, as this could start a fire. LED lights are a great option for Christmas trees as they use very little energy and stay cooler.

 

According to many tree experts, if you follow these steps, your tree should stay fresh for a month or longer.

 

Do you have any Christmas tree secrets you want to share with us at Hurlbert Toyota?

Jan 212014
 

Create a Winter Weather Emergency Kit for Your Car

winter weather emergency kit

If this latest storm is any indication, we’re only just starting winter here in Epping. Unfortunately, that means more frigid temperatures and snowy winter weather.

We here at Hurlbert Toyota want to make sure you’re prepared should you find yourself stranded on the side of the road. Here is a list of items to put in a winter weather emergency kit in your car to help you survive until help arrives.

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