New Year’s Resolutions For Your Car

2015 is here!!

With the new year, it usually brings colder temperatures and bitter weather (which we addressed in a blog post earlier this week), but it also brings resolutions that you may or may not stick to.

The hard part isn’t making the New Year’s resolutions but sticking to them throughout the year. However, some of you probably didn’t even have time to make resolutions for yourself. Well, have no fear… we’re going to give you a New Year’s Resolution for your car and six easy ways to stick to it!

KEEP YOUR CAR MAINTAINED

We realize this resolution may seem a tad “trivial” compared to the standard “I want to lose weight” or “I want to save more money”, but when you think about it — your car is a big part of your life.

What gets you to work? What gets your kids to school? What gets the pets to the vet or gets you to the grocery store?

So why wouldn’t you want to at least consider giving your vehicle the attention it deserves? With that being said, here are six New Year’s Resolutions you can easily do if you put your mind to it! Good luck.

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1. Clean the Inside of Your Car (and keep it clean)

Even if no one ever gets in your car but you, it’s ridiculous to let it get to the point where you can’t tell if the seats are leather or cloth. Pick a decent day, go outside with some cleaner and a vacuum, and get to work.

Vacuum the floor mats and seats, then get some rags and be sure to wipe down all the dust and other garbage that gets on your dashboard. Besides having a clean interior, you’ll get some fresh air, and tiny bit of exercise, and a car that’s ready for someone other than you to get in.

Also, find some sort of trash receptacle in the vehicle, and throw all of your scraps in there instead of the other seat or the floor. Then remember to empty the trash as often as possible… this will ensure your car stays nicer longer.

2. Don’t Ignore Potential Problems

It’s really easy to ignore your car, even when it’s making a noise it’s never made before or doing something different than normal. Make a promise to yourself that you’ll pay more attention to your vehicle when it’s “talking” to you through noises or other ways. If you’re even slightly suspicious what’s going on under the hood, go get it checked out. It’ll give you piece of mind and could save you thousands of dollars later.

3. Service Your Vehicle At Least Twice This Year

You put a lot of time and money into your vehicle already… why disrespect it by letting it go unsupervised for so long? Schedule routine maintenance and make sure a professional gets a chance to check your car out. You never know what they might find and how much money they could save you in the long run. While you may be a little hesitant about getting ripped off because of a “horror story” you heard about a bad mechanic, let me assure you there are more good, honest mechanics than bad ones.

4. Constantly Check & Top Off Fluids

Make sure your wiper fluid is full, coolant is topped off, and your oil looks like oil. The lifeblood of your car won’t change itself, and unless you’re proactive with all of your fluids, your vehicle could lose valuable years.

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5. Pamper Your Tires/Wheels

Have you been outside recently? If not, let me just tell you it’s not very warm. In fact, the weather has been downright awful the last few weeks. So let me ask you… do you really want to be on the side of the highway in this weather fixing a tire because of a blowout because you neglected to check on them?

It’s really not that difficult. Stay on top of their maintenance. Keep them filled up, and keep an eye out for bald spots. With temperatures as low as they are, the roads are almost guaranteed to be slick, if not worse.

6. Listen to your Service Advisor

This one is pretty simple, but often overlooked or ignored altogether. Again, it goes back to a bad experience you’ve heard about. Like I said, there are more good mechanics out there than bad. Most of them really do have your (and your car’s) best interest at heart. They’re not going to steer you wrong.

The good ones want to earn (and keep) your business, and the only way to do that is to offer you valuable, truthful advice the first time… knowing full well you’ll be back to see them if treated right. AutoMax Hyundai Norman Service Center has several qualified, certified technicians who can answer all your questions and tell you what you do and don’t need to do. Give them a call to schedule your next service appointment at 405-364-2000.

Winter Driving Tips For 2015

Winter Driving Tips

Here in the Oklahoma City metro area, winter is definitely the worst time of the year to drive. Not only are the driving conditions hazardous, but the effect it can have on your vehicle is worse than you might realize.

Snow. Rain. Sleet. Freezing cold temperatures. Gusty arctic winds. And if you’ve been watching the weather forecast recently, you know it’s about to get really bad here in the Sooner state.

Your vehicle needs to be in tip-top condition to perform at maximum efficiency, especially in these coming adverse conditions. Don’t wait until the dead of winter before you decide your car or truck needs a tune up.

Bring your new Hyundai or used car to our Oklahoma City area Hyundai service center, at AutoMax Hyundai Norman, 551 N. Interstate Dr., on the Mile of Cars in Norman. Or call 405-364-2000 to schedule your next service appointment.

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The first “Winter Driving Tip” we can offer you might seem fairly obvious, but it’s been known to eliminate wear-n-tear on your vehicle and even save lives.

DON’T LEAVE THE HOUSE!

Pretty simple, right? But seriously, the best thing you can do for yourself, your family and your vehicle is to simply not drive it… unless it’s absolutely necessary. Obviously we know you have to go to work or get the kids to school or run errands, but unless there’s no way to avoid it, stay home!

Okay, so what about those other times where you are forced to leave the house and drive somewhere… then what??

The first thing you need to do (if possible) is to wait and make sure the roads are somewhat drivable. By that we mean… if there is even a hint of ice and/or snow on the surface, make sure the plows and sand trucks have done their job.

After that, it’s up to you to be an extra careful driver by following these helpful tips:

– Decrease your speed from normal levels and leave plenty of room to stop slowly… at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.

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– Never slam on the brakes. Brake gently to avoid skidding, and if your brakes do lock up, ease off.

– If you don’t have daytime running lights, turn on your headlights no matter what time of day… and make sure they don’t have any ice/snow on them. And also make sure your windshield and wipers are ice-free as well.

– Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.

– Don’t ignore the signs for “watch for ice on brigde”. It’s true, bridges ice over quicker than any other part of the road. Even if the temps are above freezing, there can be black ice on bridges, causing you to skid and possibly lose control.

– If you feel your rear wheels start to skid, take your foot off the accelerator immediately. Then steer in the direction the skid is taking place. If your rear wheels are skidding right, turn the steering wheel to the right. If the rear wheels start sliding the other way, ease the steering wheel back towards that side. If you have standard brakes, pump them gently. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), do not pump the brakes. Apply steady pressure and you will feel the brakes pulse.

SO WHAT IF I GET STUCK?

– Never spin your wheels… this will only dig you deeper and make it even harder to get out.

– Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push the snow out of the way, and then use a light touch on the gas pedal to ease your car out.

– Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of your vehicle.

– Pour gravel, salt, kitty litter or even sand in the wheels’ path to help get some traction.

– At last ditch effort, rock the vehicle. Shift back and forth from forward to reverse, and press the gas pedal lightly each time until it gets going.

OTHER HELPFUL TIPS

– Safe driving is only part of the equation to make sure you and your family make it through another cold winter. You can take all the precautions in the world, but unless your vehicle has been inspected for these harsh winter conditions, you could be asking for a much bigger auto bill.

Our AutoMax Hyundai Norman Service Center can help get you ready for this Winter Season by offering tire inspections, coolant flushes, wheel alignments, battery testing, and replacement wiper blades.

If you’d like to make fully sure your vehicle is ready to handle this year’s brutal conditions, call 405-364-2000 and ask for our service department. One of our Service Professionals can assist you in scheduling a routine appointment to inspect your vehicle and give you some winter maintenance suggestions before it’s too late.

2015 Hyundai Genesis Review And Comparison

The new 2015 Hyundai Genesis is rated highest in the midsize sedan beating out higher priced luxury models such as Mercedes, BMW and Lexus. The 2015 Hyundai Genesis also was picked as the “Top Safety Pick” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.(IIHS) Genesis is the “Highest Ranked Midsized Premium Car in Initial Quality, Two Years in a Row” by J.D. Powers

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Black Friday At AutoMax Hyundai Norman

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FAQ: Why Is My Tire Pressure Light On?

TPMS-Dashboard-3As the weather turns for the worse, we’re starting to hear this question a lot… “why does my tire pressure light keep coming on?”

That little yellow/orange light (located somewhere near the speedometer or RPMs) with the exclamation point in the middle lights up when there is a noticed change in tire pressure. This could happen for a number of reasons… the most common of these reasons is a slow leak due to tire malfunction or, more realistically, lower temperatures.

As the temperatures drop, the pressure in your tires drops with it… some more than others. So how can you avoid the hassle of stopping by the gas station every couple of weeks to fill your deflated tire with compressed air?

The answer: Nitrogen.

There are several compelling reasons to use pure nitrogen in your tires. Consider this… air is 78% nitrogen, just under 21% oxygen, and a small percentage of CO2, water vapor and small concentrations of noble gases such as argon and neon (these can be ignored).

Nitrogen is less likely to migrate through tire rubber than is oxygen, which means that your tire pressures will remain more stable over the long term. Race car drivers use nitrogen rather than air because they quickly figured out that tires filled with nitrogen rather than air exhibit less pressure change with temperature swings.

Your car can also benefit from the more stable pressures. Humidity (usually in the form of water) is obviously not a good thing to have in a tire. Water (and water vapor) causes more of a pressure change with temperature swings than dry air and promotes corrosion of the steel/aluminum rim.

AutoMax Hyundai Norman has a new machine that generates pure nitrogen by straining out the oxygen from the shop-compressed air. While not being used, the system automatically goes through several purge cycles unattended.

With nitrogen, your tire pressures will remain more constant, saving you some fuel and tire-maintenance costs, you’ll see less moisture inside your tires (meaning less corrosion on your wheels), and you should start feeling a subtle difference in the ride, handling and braking. The nitrogen will almost immediately bring your tire levels back to the proper numbers.

If you’re interested in this service or would simply like more information, call our service department at 405-364-2000.

AutoMax Norman Receiving Positive Reviews

Before customers were able to leave real time reviews like they do now on websites such as DealerRater, Google Plus and Cars.com, if he/she wanted to let a dealership know about their experience, they would most often write a letter to the Owner, General Manager, Sales Manager and/or Service Manager of the store.

In today’s age of text messaging, email and social media – communicating with another person or business is fairly easy and instant. And that’s how we receive the vast majority of our messages from our customers here at AutoMax Hyundai Norman.

There’s no better way to find out exactly what our customers are thinking and feeling than through these open, instant channels of communication. We might not always like what they have to say, but even a negative review now and then gives us the opportunity to rectify something that we could do better.

Having said that, there are still a few customers who will go out of their way to write or type us a personal message through email or, the old-fashioned way, through the U.S. Postal Service.

Rick Dunn - SalesWe were absolutely thrilled when we received this email (read below) from Junior & Michelle Hohensee from Severn, Maryland about their experience with AutoMax Hyundai Norman and, specifically, Rick Dunn… their Sales Consultant. Rick offered the Hohensee family our Max Value Commitment… NO GAMES! NO GIMMICKS! NO HASSLES!

 

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It takes valuable time to construct an email such as this… and the only reason someone would go to these lengths to offer praise through an email like this is if their experience was either really bad or really good. Congratulations to Rick Dunn and the entire AutoMax Hyundai Norman family for making the Hohensee’s car-buying experience a memorable one.

If you’d like to receive this 5-star experience when buying your next new or used car, truck, or SUV, think:

AutoMax Hyundai Norman
551 N. Interstate Dr.
Norman, OK 73069
(405) 364-2000
http://www.automaxhyundainorman.com

AutoMax Hyundai Norman is your #1 New & Used Car Dealer in Oklahoma City & Edmond.

Halloween Week 2014 (Pumpkin Carving Ideas)

Halloween is less than a week away, so if you’re going to start carving those pumpkins for the annual “fright night”, you’d better start thinking about it now!

Is there anything better than a pumpkin-colored car? How about a pumpkin with a simple car inspiration? With Halloween less than a week away, we’ve spent the last few hours searching for some fun pumpkin carving designs with a “car theme”… along with a link to where you can download the printable stencils.

If you have any you’d like to share, please feel free to do so in the comments below (or email automaxhyundainormanok@gmail.com).

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Why choose AutoMax Hyundai Norman for your used car and new Hyundai needs? Watch THIS ONE-MINUTE VIDEO to find out!

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This one is more of a tire theme than a car theme, but we thought it was appropriate. CLICK HERE for the template (pdf format).

 

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This one will take a little more work, but you’ll be the talk of the town if you can pull it off! Download the patterns; transfer to your pumpkins and cut the opening to the bottom of your finished design.

 

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Are you a Porsche nut? Want to tell the rest of the world (or at least remind your neighbors) about your passion this Halloween? CLICK HERE for instructions on how to carve/create this difficult-but-rewarding pumpkin.

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Want to celebrate Halloween with a unique jack-o-lantern that tells your whole neighborhood, “Hey! I’m a gearhead!”? You could try filling a hollowed pumpkin with gasoline and setting it alight, but we really, really don’t recommend it. Instead, try this juicy little nugget on for size!

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There is no template for this one… but I thought it was one of the best I’d seen while browsing. CLICK HERE if you want to see others that were entered in this particular contest.