Jan 29

Winter Car Hacks

Winter Car In Snow

 

The bitter cold can be brutal in the winter, especially in Michigan. While you wait for spring to come, here are some winter car hacks to get you through the coldest months of the year.

Lift those wipers                                                                     

Pesky snow and ice can sometimes freeze your wipers to your windshield. Avoid this by lifting your wipers at night and covering them with socks.

Shaving cream de-fogger

It might sound ridiculous, but you can de-fog your windows quickly and easily with shaving cream. Just spray a layer on the inside of your windows and then wipe it clean.

Freezer bag your mirrors

Freezer bags can be used for more than you think! At night, put gallon-sized plastic freezer bags over your side mirrors to prevent them from icing over. Zip them as much as possible, and then use rubber bands to secure them.

Cardboard under your tires

If you’re stuck in deep snow, wedge a few pieces of cardboard under your tires to help them gain traction.

Avoid hot water

Never, ever use hot water to thaw the ice on your windows or windshield. Some people believe that it will de-ice their windshield, but really it will do much more harm than good. Pouring hot water on your ice cold windshield will cause it to shatter.

If you’d like more tips on how to care for your car this winter, we’re always ready to help at Pfeiffer Used Cars.

 

Jan 17

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Makes Rebelle Rally Debut

2017 Chevrolet Colorado

 

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado always knows how to make an impression, especially the 2017 Colorado ZR2. The ZR2 took on the ultimate challenge – the Rebelle Rally.

The all-female, seven-day Rebelle Rally takes place in a rocky, off-road environment. The ZR2 proved that it can handle anything by placing third overall in its category at the rally. One benefit of the ZR2 is its ability to switch between two-wheel and four-wheel drive, which helped it navigate the rocky hills at the rally.

Multimatic shocks are a unique feature of the ZR2, which help the truck roll over rocks and roads easily without jarring the driver. Different engine options on the ZR2 include both diesel and gas options that are both powerful and innovative. The 369 lb-feet of torque in the diesel engine also gets you going, fast.

The ZR2 isn’t the only Chevy truck that’s turning heads. While the ZR2 owned the rally and off-roads, there are also plenty of trucks that will satisfy your everyday needs. The Chevy Colorado’s multiple trim levels means that you can find the perfect Colorado for you.

If you want to check out the Chevy Colorado for yourself, come down to Pfeiffer Used Cars for a test drive.

Dec 12

Christmas Tree Safety Tips

Christmas Tree Safety Tips

Christmas trees pose potential danger if you don’t take the proper precautions. Check out these Christmas tree safety tips to keep you safe this season.

Christmas is a time for holiday joy and merriment, but one injury could turn the season upside down. While it may be an immobile object, Christmas trees can pose a potential danger to those who fail to take the proper precautions. Check out these Christmas tree safety tips to help keep you safe this season.

Fire Safety

As with all other flammable objects, keep the tree away from heat sources. Dry pine needs and a lack of water can quickly lead to a fire hazard that will ruin any hope of a merry Christmas. Portable heaters and other heat sources, such as a fireplace, shouldn’t be within five feet of the tree.

Child Safety

Kids have a tendency to run first and look where they’re going second. That tendency, combined with low-hanging branches full of pine needles, can lead to serious injury. Warn children to stay away from the tree and keep your eye on them at all times, especially if energy is running high. Trimming lower branches is a great way to remove the potential for injury. It can also help keep pets from climbing up the tree, or even pulling it down.

Light Safety

Christmas tree lights can be a potential problem, especially if they’re older. Frayed wiring can become a fire hazard if not dealt with. As a safety precaution, turn off the lights when you leave the house or go to bed for the night.

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

Dec 12

How to Pick the Best Christmas Tree

Pick the Best Christmas Tree

Picking a great Christmas tree is important. Here are a few things you should look out for in order to pick the best Christmas tree for your family.

If you don’t get a Christmas tree, are you really experiencing the spirit of the holidays? Despite popular belief, live trees don’t have to be a hassle and can be quite the festive feature in any home. But choosing what tree to put in your living room this holiday season takes a bit of consideration. Here are a few things you should look out for in order to pick the best Christmas tree for your family.

  • Type – Christmas trees come in a variety of types and species, each with a different shape, color, and level of needle retention. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, the top five trees are the balsam fir, noble fir, Scotch pine, Fraser fir, and Douglas fir. Make sure to ask your local tree farm if they have any of those trees for the best chance at a green tree all season long.
  • Lifespan – Keeping a tree alive can sound like a struggle – and a major mess if you fail. To determine how lively a tree is, give it a good shake before making a purchase. If the needles fall off in droves, look for another tree. Once you take your tree home, make sure to water it regularly.
  • Hassle-Free – Keeping your tree hassle-free is as easy as making sure the base is straight and measures at least six inches in length. Doing so ensures it will easily fit into most tree bases. Put a sheet beneath the branches for easy needle cleanup.

Happy holidays from all of us at Pfeiffer Used!

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.