Nov 07

Simple Steps for Changing a Tire

Changing a Tire

Changing a tire is something every driver should know how to do. By following these simple steps, you can easily fix your tire and get back on the road.

Changing a tire is something every driver should know how to do. While some drivers opt for roadside assistance services, you should always be prepared for having a flat. We at Pfeiffer Used have created a list of helpful tips for how to change a flat. By following these simple steps, you can easily fix your tire and get back on the road.

According to the DMV, the first step is to gather the right supplies and keep them in your vehicle in case of a flat. You’ll need a spare tire, a jack, lug wrench, and reflective triangles. If you have extra space, you may also want a flashlight with batteries, tight-fitting gloves, wheel wedges, and a flat-tire repair kit (like Fix-a-Flat).

Once you realize you have a flat tire, it’s important to get to a safe spot. You should find a quiet side street, a shoulder on the off ramp, parking lots, or even a long straight road. Make sure to use flares or triangles as well to increase visibility if the sun isn’t around.

After engaging the parking brake, loosen the lug nuts. Place the jack under the car’s frame and raise the car, removing the lug nuts and the tire. Place the spare on the wheel, and replace the lug nuts by hand. Then, lower the jack until the spare touches the ground.

Finally, tighten the lug nuts using a star pattern. After tightening one lug nut as much as possible, move to the one across from the one you just tightened (never tighten lugs immediately adjacent to one another). Then you can remove the jack, pick up your supplies, disengage the emergency brake, and hit the road.

If you have any questions about changing your own tire, or any other maintenance needs, give us a call at Pfeiffer Used today.

Nov 07

Avoiding Road Rage: Staying Safe and Improving Gas Mileage

Avoiding Road Rage

Aggressive driving habits can not only be dangerous. At Pfeiffer Used, we’ve put together a list of tips for avoiding road rage.

Aggressive driving habits can not only be dangerous, but they can also cost you money at the pump. For example, speeding, rapid acceleration, and hard braking can increase the likelihood of an accident, reduce your fuel efficiency, and add wear and tear. At Pfeiffer Used, we’ve put together a list of tips for avoiding road rage.

According to Geico, one of the best tips is to avoid other drivers who have aggressive habits. If you notice someone tailgating you, for instance, take a deep breath and move over to the other lane. Keep your eyes on the road and avoid eye contact with an aggressive driver – it will likely increase their frustrations.

Next, listen to relaxing music. Classical music is great for creating a calm atmosphere, but if it’s not your taste, try listening to a podcast or an audio book. By creating a relaxing mood in your car, you’re less likely to speed or tailgate.

Finally, use your horn sparingly. By jumping too quickly on the horn, you increase both your stress and the frustrations of other drivers. Try to have empathy with other drivers, and always take a deep breath. Aggressive driving accounts for roughly 66% of traffic fatalities, one reason you should avoid such habits as much as possible.

Searching for a vehicle? Stop by Pfeiffer Used today!

Oct 25

Winter Car Care Tips

Winter Car Care Tips

Here are a few winter car care tips from us here at Pfeiffer Used so you can get through the upcoming winter months without any major issues.

The cool fall weather is still going strong, but winter will arrive in full force sooner than you think. Here are a few winter car care tips from us here at Pfeiffer Used so you can get through the upcoming winter months without any major issues.

Tire Pressure

As temperatures drop, so does your vehicle’s tire pressure. Tires with pressure levels below optimal levels could put you at risk due to a lack of traction. Check your tires once a week to ensure they’re inflated to the manufacturer-suggested air pressure.

Coolant

Otherwise known as antifreeze, coolant keeps the engine from freezing when winter weather strikes in full force. Making sure your car has the proper amount of coolant is a necessity for all drivers in the northern United States, especially for those near large bodies of water. Have your vehicle professionally inspected to ensure you won’t have to deal with a frozen engine this winter.

Emergency Kit

You can only do so much to ensure that you get to and from your destination safety. Unfortunately, slick winter roads and other drivers could have other plans. An emergency kit can help you ride out unfortunate events as you wait for roadside assistance.

A good emergency kit should include warm clothes, blankets, a flashlight with extra batteries, jumper cables, and a first-aid kit. Other items, such as a shovel and cellphone charger, will make getting out of a jam easier as well.

If you need any assistance with pre-winter car maintenance, give us a call or stop by Pfeiffer Used today.

Oct 25

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

The fall season is finally here, which means Halloween is right around the corner. Here are some useful Halloween safety tips from us here at Pfeiffer Used.

The fall season is finally here, which means Halloween is right around the corner. Here are some useful Halloween safety tips from us here at Pfeiffer Used. Happy Halloween!

Wear Comfortable Shoes

Bare feet and plastic costume shoes are a recipe for disaster, especially when younger kids are involved. Trick-or-treat night involves a lot of walking so it helps to wear a comfortable pair of shoes. After all, no parent wants to end up carrying their child from door to door in order to collect candy.

Lose the Mask

Masks can complete any costume, but they also bring a few dangers to the Halloween celebration. Children who wear masks may experience breathing or visibility problems – a dangerous problem, especially with cars out on the road. Some masks may also contain the heat from the child’s breath.

Non-toxic makeup can go a long way in completing a costume and making trick-or-treat night much safer. Makeup is usually more comfortable than masks, as well.

Stay Visible

Fall nights tend to get darker sooner, making it harder for drivers to see pedestrians dressed in dark clothing and costumes. Wearing reflective strips or glow sticks can help make your child more visible to drivers. Traveling in groups will also make kids easier to spot as they cross the streets.

From all of us at Pfeiffer Used, we hope you have a safe and happy Halloween.

Sep 14

Fall Car Maintenance

Fall Car Maintenance

The seasons are changing which means it’s time for another round of car maintenance. Fortunately, we have you covered with some fall car maintenance tips.

The seasons are changing which means it’s time for another round of car maintenance. Fortunately, much of the recommended fall car maintenance falls in the realm of basic maintenance. The certified technicians at a dealership are capable of performing most basic maintenance items in a timely manner. Here are a few essential maintenance items to check before the cooler months are in full swing.

Oil

Oil plays three main roles within the engine block. As you can imagine, it’s a pretty important part of seasonal and basic maintenance. Have your oil changed according to the mileage or time intervals found in your owner’s manual.

Tires

Tires with the proper amount of tread increase grip, allowing you to corner and handle slippery surfaces better. Examine each tire to determine how much tread is left. Insert a Penny upside down into the tread – if Abraham Lincoln’s head is visible on the penny, it’s time for a new set of tires. If your tires have plenty of tread, a tire rotation never hurts!

Brakes

A working brake system is essential to getting to and from your destinations safely all season, and year, long. Summer can be particularly hard on the brakes, what with all the vacations and heavy traffic. Make it a point to have your braking system inspected. Have any potential problems fixed; the cold weather of near-winter will only make them worse.

Have you car professionally serviced by the experts here at Pfeiffer Used!

Sep 14

Creative Halloween Costumes

Creative Halloween Costumes

We here at Pfeiffer Used have a few creative Halloween costumes that you’re sure to love on trick-or-treat night. Check them out now!

Heading out for a night of candy collecting calls for a great costume. We here at Pfeiffer Used have a few creative Halloween costumes that you’re sure to love on trick-or-treat night.

A Car

While create a car Halloween costume might sound difficult, it really isn’t all that time consuming. All it takes is a cardboard box and some wheels (which may also be made of cardboard). Add some sort of suspension system to make it easier for your child to head from door to door on trick-or-treat night.

Race Car Driver

A classic but creative Halloween costume is a race car driver. The wide array of colors and patterns can make for a fun afternoon with the kids. Allow them to make their own costume with your supervision, of course. Have more than one trick-or-treater? No problem! Make other race-themed costumes, like a large checkered flag.

Star Wars

The Star Wars franchise is still going strong, making it the perfect choice for Halloween costumes this year. Separate yourself from the crowd of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo’s with a more comical route. Instead, take part as Jedi Master Yoda or Kylo Ren. Smaller fans will find that they’re the perfect size for the BB-8 droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

Here at Pfeiffer Used, we can’t wait to see the Halloween costumes you come up with this year.

Aug 16

Replacing Brake Pads: When Should You Perform Maintenance?

Replacing Brake Pads

Replacing the brake pads on your vehicle will help prevent long-term damage and also help to keep you safe behind the wheel.

Notice squeaking or squealing when you come to a stop? It may be time for new brakes. While many drivers keep up on oil changes and regular service, some are hesitant to get new brakes because it can be more expensive than other basic maintenance. Nevertheless, it’s still key to replace your brake pads before they wear out. Not only do bad brake pads cause you lose stopping power, but they can also ruin the brake rotors, lines, and tires, among other things. If you are looking to save money in the long run, replace the brake pads when the time comes; don’t put it off.

How do you know you need new brake pads? According to Cars.com, the first indicator is squealing brakes. While brakes might make noises after it rains or after a car sits for a while, if you notice consistent noises, you should bring your car in for a checkup. Additionally, if you notice pulsing, grinding, or thumping, your brake pads are likely wearing thin.

There is no rule of thumb for mileage between brake pad replacements. In some urban places, brakes only last 5,000 to 8,000 miles; however, in rural areas, you may make it up to 30,000 miles before you need a replacement. If you’re lucky enough to have a brake warning light, that’s also an indicator that you need new brakes. Additionally, brake fluid tends to deplete if there is an issue with brakes, so be sure to check fluid levels regularly.

Think you might need new brakes? Stop by Pfeiffer Used today for service. Replacing brake pads will help prevent long-term damage and keep you safe behind the wheel.

Aug 16

Back-to-School Tips for College Students

Back-to-School Tips

From preparing your calendar to finding a ride to and from campus, these are some great back-to-school tips for college students.

If you’re a college student heading back to school, this time of year can be especially hectic. Not only do you have to worry about living arrangements, books, and scheduling, but college life can also be stressful itself. That’s why we’ve put together a list of back-to-school tips for college students. From preparing your calendar to finding a ride to and from campus, there are several ways to make life a little easier.

First, according to advice from the Huffington Post, you should get your school supplies before you head back. While it can be tempting to wait until after the first day to see what you need, it’s not advised. Get the basics like notebooks, pencils, pens, and highlighters. Get a binder to stay organized, and find a hard-copy of a calendar for you to write out your plans.

Next, try to read the syllabus beforehand. Many colleges offer online platforms through which courses operate, and professors often post syllabi before the semester begins so you can get familiar with policies and expectations. If you don’t have access to a syllabus before the start of classes, try to find similar syllabi from another school posted online to get a general idea about the type of course you’re taking.

Additionally, take some time for self-reflection. Figure out what type of learner you are (e.g., visual, auditory, etc.) and make adjustments. If possible, you may want to get a recording device and ask permission to tape lectures so you can concentrate while you’re in class. You should also figure out your academic goals. What do you want to achieve this semester? How will you set yourself apart? Will you visit office hours more often? Read a book not on the syllabus?

Finally, figure out how you’ll get around campus. Staying active in the community outside of school is important for academic and personal growth. Pfeiffer Used can help you find an affordable car and financing to help you get to and from campus. Whatever you choose, just be sure you don’t get stuck in your dorm or apartment the entire semester!

Jul 29

Certified Pre-Owned vs. Used Cars: Which is Right for You?

certified pre-owned vs. used

In recent years, more and more dealerships have started offering Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) models in addition to their lineup of used cars. However, not all car shoppers know the differences between CPO and used cars, including which might be better for them. That’s why the team at Pfeiffer Used has put together a guide on certified pre-owned vs. used cars.

CPO models must meet certain age and mileage restrictions, they must be inspected by a certified technician, and they have to pass vehicle history reports. In particular, most manufacturers insist on rigorous inspections over the entire vehicle to ensure cars are like-new. Plus, CPO cars come with added warranties and perks, like roadside assistance or special service.

According to Edmunds, some buyers prefer CPO cars because they want added peace of mind and warranties. However, there are still several perks to buying used. For instance, you generally save more when buying used as opposed to CPO. With the rise of digital technologies, it’s fairly simple to get a vehicle history report online through Carfax or other websites.

Which is right for you? That depends on your driving habits and how much you want to spend. If you’re still unsure, stop by Pfeiffer Used and we can help you learn which type of car is best for you!

Jul 14

Tips for a Long Drive: Staying Alert on the Road

tips for a long drive

Whether you’re driving across the country or simply taking a day trip, there are important things to remember when going on a road trip. Aside from packing the right supplies, there are safety and convenience elements to consider, from eating the right food at the right time to planning your sleep schedule.

According to Nationwide, sleep is essential for a road trip. You should never drive if you got less than seven hours of sleep the night before. Generally, you should avoid driving early in the morning. For most people, this is a no-brainer. However, many doctors also suggest that you avoid driving from 1pm to 3pm, as this is also a naturally drowsy period for most drivers. You can also “stock-up” on sleep by ensuring restful sleep up to two days before a trip.

Avoid eating fast-food on the road. Instead, opt for healthy snacks like carrots and almonds. You can bring these along to ensure you make good time (nothing is more frustrating than waiting in a drive-through line), and try to drink plenty of water. You need about 8 glasses of water per day, and staying hydrated will keep you awake. However, it may increase bathroom stops.

Finally, sit up straight. Though it seems too simple to be true, good posture ensures proper blood flow. This reduces the risk of “zoning-out” when you’re driving, while also preventing back and hip pain.

These are some of the basics for long trips. Always check your car’s maintenance status and if it’s that time, service your car at Pfeiffer Used before you head out as well to make sure your car is ready to go!