The Importance of Tires and Maintenance

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Tires serve a vital role to your personal safety and your vehicle’s performance. Since tires are the only component making contact with the ground, they are prone to endless damaging situations. Driving on worn tires increases risk for poor input response. Handling, steering and braking are all directly tied to the quality of your tires. Poor tire performance equates to poor vehicular performance and a higher risk of losing control. In order to preserve your safety and the safety of others, paying close attention to your tires’ age and tread are promising indicators on whether or not you should get new tires. Checking your tires’ expiration date is the first way to gauge your tires’ lifespan. Tires are typically expected to last six years. It is also common for tires to last longer than that, but tires should not be driven on for more than a maximum of 10 years. Rubber weathers away simply due to the environment around your vehicle. Regardless of your vehicle’s quality, tires can age and require replacements in a much shorter period of time. Printed on your tires’ sidewalls is a 16-digit tire identification number. The last four digits represent the tire’s age by detailing the week and year of its manufacture (for example, “1219” would signify the 12th week of 2019). Inspecting your tire tread is the second option for determining the quality of your tires. When tire tread reaches 2/32 of an inch, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends replacing the tire. Furthermore, many tires have tread wear indicators which become visible when the tread wears down. They will create a noise while driving to prompt you to check your tires. Uneven tread wear is another sign for tire replacement. If you notice tire tread indicators are visible in some spots but not in others, your tires have unevenly worn down and require replacement. Tires can unevenly wear down due to improper inflation and failing to ensure your vehicle’s alignment and suspension are in order. If you experience problems with handling and/or excessive vibration, consider checking your tire tread. Lastly, if you can observe physical damage to any of your tires, such as punctures, bulges, blisters, cuts and/or cracking, a replacement is most certainly necessary. Consider making a habit of regularly scanning your tires for visible damage. A tire’s age and tread thickness are two easy ways to determine when to replace your tires. Checking the expiration date of your tires by acknowledging the manufacture date will give an indication of your tire’s expected lifespan. Closely monitor the tire tread for proper thickness while also looking for tread wear indicators. Excessive vibration and difficulty handling your vehicle are other signs to replace your tires. Indicating problems with your tires could save your life and the lives of drivers around you. Be safe and replace your tires, schedule your service with Action Motors today!

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A Weekend at the Lake: 5 cars That Are Perfect for Transporting a Boat

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Boat sales were way up in 2019 reaching the second-best numbers they’ve seen over the last 12 years. While 2020 has taken a hit when it comes to recreational watercraft, demand in boating still exists as people look for creative ways to have fun without needing to gather in crowds. If getting out on the water is your remedy to the social stagnation 2020 has brought about, you’re going to need a great towing vehicle to get your watercraft from your driveway to the water. Transporting a boat can be a scary prospect for new watercraft owners that are looking to hit the lakes during a weekend getaway. If you’re armed with a vehicle that’s rated to safely pull the appropriate amount of weight though, you’ll be fine. Below, we’ve compiled a list of cars that fit the boat-towing bill and may be worth your buying consideration! Volvo S60 While most sedans aren’t going to cut it when it comes to towing boats, there are a  handful of cars in this class that can tow a surprising amount of weight. For example, the Volvo S60 can pull over 3000 pounds. That’s not going to get your yacht to from your house to the water but if you’re sporting a smaller pontoon boat, there’s a good chance you’ll get by. Ford Expedition Nothing screams towing quite like Ford-branded cars. While most people associate Ford’s towing abilities with its larger trucks (more on those in a moment) it’s a little known secret is that Expeditions are also great choices for transporting a boat. Your standard Expedition can pull around 9000 pounds which gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes to which styles of boat you can safely pull. Jeep Wranglers Jeep Wranglers may very well be the ultimate outdoor vehicles. They’re great for off-roading, camping, and are also excellent companions for weekend trips to your local lake. While not sold on their towing capabilities, Wranglers can pull close to 4000 pounds if you buy a model from the “Heavy-Duty Electrical Group”. Add that pull capability to Wrangler’s legendary versatility and it may be the most convenient car choice on our list. RAM 3500 HD The RAM 3500 HD (heavy-duty) can pull any boat we can think of that you can safely hitch onto it. This breed of truck can tow a staggering 31,000 pounds so you’ll never have to worry about getting your watercraft, its marine stereo system packages, and other fancy trimmings to your destination. Ford F-150 Are you a sucker for the classics? Do you want to save some cash over the RAM 3500? If so, stick with Ford and pick up an F-150. This truck will give you over 11,000 pounds of towing ability and a suite of wonderful trailer features that’ll make driving with your boat hitched much easier. Transporting a Boat Is Always Better When You’re Armed With the Right Vehicle Picking the right vehicle when transporting a boat can do wonders for the ease of your commute and the viability of your safety. We hope our suggestions have inspired you when it comes to your towing needs. If you’re looking for more guidance on boat travel and/or cars, we welcome you to check out additional automotive coverage in our digital publication.

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10 of the Safest Used Cars for Teen Drivers

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Parents don’t want to admit it, but most teen drivers stand a greater risk of crashing than anyone else on the road, regardless of whether the car is new or used, expensive or slovenly. It may sound like I’m exaggerating, but these kinds of accidents occur all the time; what’s scarier is that IIHS studies prove that teenagers are more likely than any other drivers to have the least safe form of transportation. Luckily, this can be easily offset by following what’s been outlined in a new IIHS study, where analysts re-evaluated safe, affordable used vehicle options for teens, and in the process grew the list by more than 50%, leaving the price and safety criteria alone. “We found in our survey last year that 14% of teenagers are driving pickups, so we’re happy to be able to recommend a few models,” McCartt says. In most cases, the ever popular Ford F-150 crew cab will run around $16,800 for a 2011 model, whereas a 2007 Toyota Tundra crew cab only costs $12,200, and a 2006 Honda Ridgeline can be easily had for just $7,700. A separate IIHS study also shows that teenagers killed in crashes are far more likely than adults to be driving older, smaller cars, and of all the fatally injured 15- to 17-year-old drivers in 2008–2012, 29% of them were in small cars; with 82% of these vehicles being over 6 years old. “It’s understandable that many parents don’t trust their children with an expensive new vehicle, so they give them an old car or buy the cheapest new car they can find,” McCartt said. “What they probably don’t realize is that they are compromising their teenagers’ safety in the process.” Here are IIHS’s recommended used cars for teens. 1. Toyota Tundra (2007+) While the rough and tumble TRD-PRO version of the Tundra seen here may be a bit out of most parent’s price range, used crew cab models dating all the way back to 2007 have the stability control teens need, along with solid crash ratings across the board. Everything from small overlap crashes and side impact scores, to head restraints, seat construction, and roof fortitude scored well during testing, and at $12,200 that’s a lot of truck for the money, especially if you plan on them moving themselves out of the house once college starts. 2. Jeep Cherokee (2014+) This is a vehicle that’s known for its practicality, off-road versatility, and slick interior touches, especially when in Trailhawk trim. But it gets high marks for being an extremely safe used vehicle for young drivers. While models prior to 2014 are not recommended, its respectable scores in every other field, accompanied by an all-wheel drive system that can help your kid make it home in a snowstorm, help make the $17,500 asking price far more digestible. 3. Kia Sorento (2011+) At $12,300, paying over 10 grand for an older Kia may sound like a bad deal, but when you realize that they come loaded with all kinds of safety and tech, and are surprisingly well made, you’ll see why the Sorento ended up on IIHS’s list. Equipped with either two or three rows, this is a great used option if you have younger kids and need the eldest to go pick them and the neighbor’s kids up at soccer practice. 4. Mazda CX-5 (2013+) When we reviewed the CX-5, I was blown away by how well made it was in almost every measurable way. While the new CX-9 may hold my heart, for $14,800 you can’t go wrong with this little SUV if size constraints are an issue. Even though it did receive a “marginal” small overlap score for the 2013 model year, from 2014 on it gets perfect scores, a testament to Mazda’s fortitude and sensational engineering agility. 5. Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (2011+) Since it’s so small, you would think that the Outlander Sport wouldn’t fair too well in crash tests when compared to some of the larger SUVs/Vans/Trucks, but it does a great job of holding its own with good scores across the board and an overlap rating of “acceptable.” This also is a very easy car to drive and park due to its smaller stance and rally inspired “All-Wheel Control” (AWC) settings for additional traction. Plus, at $9,300, it’s a relatively affordable option for new drivers. 6. Honda Accord (2012+) People have asked why I’ve been a dedicated Accord man for so long, and safety is one of the many reasons I give them. Naturally, when buying any of the cars listed here always check for recalls before buying, and make sure that if you go with an Accord that the airbags aren’t a part of the whole Takata fiasco. While both the sedan and coupe version of the venerated vehicle received solid scores, the four-door version from 2013 onward is a top recommendation since it gets a perfect score in every category, including small overlap. 7. Chevrolet Malibu (2010+) For years the Malibu has been a solid seller for GM, and part of its appeal is its affordability to safety score ratio. While the latest, turbocharged generation is delightful, the $8,200 starting price for used models from 2010 onward remains a strong selling point for cash-strapped parents. On a side note, if small overlap accidents are a concern, opting for a 2014 model year or newer is highly recommended, since that’s when GM straightened out all the issues with passenger side angular impacts. 8. Volvo XC90 (2005+) This thing didn’t win the award for M.A.M.A. family vehicle of the year for nothing, and even though new ones cost considerable sums when compared to almost everything else on this list, older models remain an excellent option for first time drivers. Volvo has long been known for safety, and in the XC90’s case this earns it a spot as the oldest chassis on this cheat sheet with options that go all the way back to 2005. With a $4,600 starting price, and an untainted track record for over a decade, the Swedish sensation remains the king of the safety roost to this day. 9. Ford Explorer (2011+) There’s a lot about the Explorer that hits home with parents, part of it being its prolonged reputation as being one of the core SUVs for the average American family. So when the kids start asking for car keys, don’t hesitate to hand over that 5-year-old Explorer, because while you may have payed full price for it back in 2011, it’s easily going to pay for itself by giving you peace of mind when your kid wants to go out on a Friday night. 10. Subaru Forester (2009+) Subarus are some of the more sought after commodities in the automotive market today, and with the Forester offering sensational IIHS safety scores that date all the way back to 1999, you can see why parents love these things. Coupled with Subaru’s signature Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, a balanced footprint, and a non-turbo engine option, the Forester gets high marks for overall safety, especially after 2013, when 2014 models and up received perfect scores in every category.  

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5 Things Every Vehicle Owner Needs

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No matter whether you drive primarily in the city or spend time off-roading on one of our many desert trails, problems can happen when you least expect them. No matter how experienced of a driver you are, being stuck with a dead vehicle on a road can be very stressful. That is why we recommend that every driver, no matter where they drive, should carry these 5 things with them in case of an emergency. Spare tire, jack, and lug wrench. Flat tires top the list of frustrating car troubles. And it might get even worse when you realize that you do have a spare tire but lack a jack or the lug wrench. Even if you have roadside assistance, it’s always good to have these items on hand in case your phone is out of service, or they can’t come for an extended period of time. Jumper cables. A dead battery is one of the most common malfunctions you might face. Especially because it usually happens in the morning, when you’re trying to get to work. Jumpstarting a car is quite an easy process, as long as you have a set of jumper cables and someone willing to give you a jump.  WD-40. There are so many uses for WD-40 in everyday life that discussing them might result in a separate book. Of course, this is an important thing to have in a car. From loosening lug nuts and lubricating a creaky door to having to switch a license plate, WD-40 has deserved its place in your trunk.  Windshield wiper fluid. Low visibility due to rain, snow, or ice are the main reasons for severe and even fatal car crashes in the winter. That is why it is very important to make sure that you have extra windshield wiper fluid in your car. This product helps to keep your windshield clean and clear so that you can see the road. First aid kit. Our last item is more about your safety than your car’s: a first aid kit. Inexpensive and easy to store. Accidents happen, and sometimes they might happen on a lonely road. A first aid kit will help take care of any minor scrapes or cuts, and can help keep a more serious injury clean and covered until you can get to help. Whether you only drive from home to work or planning a road trip with your family, keeping essentials close at hand can be the difference between a smooth trip and a frustrating one. Follow our advice and add these 5 items to your car, truck, or SUV today!  

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Reasons to Buy a Small Vehicle

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Small Car, Big Benefits? In the market for a pre-owned car? A smaller vehicle might be perfect for your needs, no matter how tall you are. There are several benefits to have with a compact car, some of which might not have occurred to you before now. Ready to learn? Sleek Appeal What small cars lack in size they can make up for in exterior and interior appearance. Before passing up on smaller car models when at the dealership, take a peek inside a smaller car. You might be surprised at the sumptuous interior that can fit a variety of styles. Parking No matter if you live in the city or the suburbs, it’s great to have a vehicle that doesn’t take up a lot of space when it’s time to park. You’ll have an easier time getting into parking spots, and you’ll be eligible for those parking spots devoted solely to compact vehicles that parking garages have. Your nerves will thank you later. Gas Mileage You can enjoy awesome gas mileage with a smaller car. Even if you aren’t focused on going green and cutting down on emissions, you’re sure to save by driving a smaller, more efficient vehicle. Room Taller drivers might automatically ignore smaller cars, but the truth is that small vehicles can be surprisingly roomy. While admiring the interior of a compact model, take note of the leg, cargo and passenger room. A More Enjoyable Drive Smaller cars are oftentimes more nimble, have better acceleration than larger cars and break better. You don’t have to be a race car driver to enjoy this driving style, but you’re sure to have more fun behind the wheel. There’s no need to think that you’re making sacrifices with a smaller vehicle. As noted above, there’s much to enjoy. Start exploring your options for compact vehicles at Action Motors today.

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How To Pick A Great Used Audi In Killeen

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For a quality premium vehicle, an Audi is a fantastic choice of vehicle. Buying preloved will save you some money and give you a car that will give you plenty of years of service. Getting the right one for you is easy when you know how to pick a great used Audi in the Killeen area. Action Motors has a range of quality pre-owned Audi. You just need to pick the one that suits you best.   Test Drive All Features Packed with premium features, a Used Audi is a great way to get into these quality vehicles without the new car price tag. A pre-owned vehicle has had a previous owner and has been subject to some wear from use but with a keen eye, you can get an Audi in near new condition. When inspecting your prospective car, take advantage of a test drive to ensure all the functions work as expected. Test the air conditioning and safety features, such as reverse cameras and power seat functions. Ask the salesperson if the vehicle has the tech features that you are expecting. A color screen in the dashboard does not indicate the availability of programs such as navigation.   Watch For Fluids And Smoke Watch carefully as the vehicle is started and moved from its place in the lot. A small amount of water vapor is normal at startup, especially if the ambient temperature is cool. The used Audi should not have blue or black smoke from the exhaust or leave any fluid leaks from underneath. If the vehicle has recently been driven by the air conditioning operating, a small amount of water may be present on the ground and will continue to leak as the vehicle runs.   Shop at a Reliable Dealer For Your Used Audi For hassle-free purchasing of a used Audi, ensure your dealership is reliable and has a great track record. Our vehicles are carefully selected to provide a range of models, trims, and body styles to suit your wants and needs.

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How to Take Care Of Your Toyota Corolla

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A Beginner’s Guide to Toyota Corolla Maintenance The exciting part of buying a car is always the purchase. The less exciting but no less important aspect is car maintenance. It’s extremely important to keep your car in good working order to ensure that you’re able to get where you need to go at any time. A few of the most common issues to keep an eye out for can be easily handled with the right knowledge. Changing a Tire Surprisingly, how to change a tire is one of the most frequently asked questions by car owners. The good news is that changing a tire on your Toyota Corolla is actually very simple. If you find yourself with a flat tire, first you’ll need to pull over. Make sure your Corolla is in a safe location before beginning any work. Next, remove the hubcap on the wheel. This will give you access to the tire and allow you to loosen the lug nuts. Once this is done, jack your car up. It’s important to get your car up to about 6 inches high. Be sure not to place the jack in a position that could cause damage to your vehicle. Now you’re ready to remove the tire. Take the lug nuts off (but keep them handy!) and pull the tire straight towards you. Finally, place the new tire on the car. Push the tire straight on, and fasten your lug nuts to secure it in place. Changing the Oil Before you decide to change the oil yourself, make sure you have all the necessary tools and supplies. You will need: • An Oil Collection Pan • 4 Quarts of Oil • A Funnel • An Oil Filter • Plenty of Rags Begin by sliding the oil pan under the drain plug. The drain plug is located below the engine. Next, use a wrench to remove the drain plug. The oil will drain into the oil pan. Once the drainage is finished, you need to remove the oil filter. Use your rag to wipe away the oil from the filter. Now take a clean rag, add some oil to it, and wipe the edge of the new filter. You can now install the new filter and replace the drain plug. Next, open the oil tank and pour in the new oil. Give the car a moment before using the dipstick to make sure you have enough oil inside. Voila! Just like that, you’ve changed the oil. Make sure to close the oil tank again once you are finished. Cleaning Your Vehicle To ensure you enjoy your car every time you step into it, always have cleaning supplies on hand. We like to store these in the trunk just in case anything happens, such as a spill, or while driving a bunch of bugs stick to the car. Another option is always finding local car detailers who will often have monthly subscription services so that you can take it to them to have it cleaned as often as you’d like. Replacing Wiper Fluid The wiper fluid level is another part of your vehicle that needs to be continuously checked. Windshield wiper fluid isn’t crucial, but not filling it can certainly lead to a messy car! To refill the wiper fluid, you don’t need to do a whole lot. First, remove the front bumper so that you can access the wiper fluid pump. Next, remove the wiper fluid pump from the reservoir. Discard the reservoir, open a new one, and insert the pump into the new reservoir. Put all the parts back into place and close the bumper again. While car maintenance is key to keeping your vehicle running, it’s best to get a healthy vehicle in the first place. Give us a call today at Action Motors and we will be happy to discuss your options!

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Action Motors - Used Cars in Killeen Texas

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If you are ready to have an outstanding car-buying experience, then it’s time to come and see the Action Motors team. While Action Motors has only served the Central Texas region community since 2012, we’ve already established a reputation for providing reliable vehicles at a reasonable price.  Trustworthiness and transparency are vital to the car-buying process, and you’ll find each of our team members have the integrity, knowledge, and the experience needed to provide you with the right make and model.  Competitive prices, along with favorable rates and terms is our goal.  Plus, if you've had a credit issue, we know how to find the lenders who say “yes.”  Let us help you find the best purchase options available for you right now! We serve Killeen, Temple, Belton, Georgetown, Round Rock, Austin, San Marcos, New Braunfels, Waco, Hewitt and everywhere in-between! Come in today and let us help you buy the vehicle you want or need! Get pre-approved now!   https://www.actionmotorstx.com/700credit/

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