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How to Get Your Car Ready to Trade In

The better shape your car is in when you trade it in for a different model, the more money you’ll get out of it. So it’s important to do what you can to get it cleaned up and working great before you take it to the dealer to be inspected. Here are some tips on getting your car ready to trade in.

First, do a deep, thorough clean. Vacuum out all the crumbs from the carpet and the seats, scrub the dashboard, clean off pet hair. You also want to remove all your personal items from it—the less work they have to do themselves, the more money you’ll get from it. Wash the car and give it a wax to make it look as shiny and new as possible.

If there are little problems you can fix yourself, like dings, scratches, headlights that are out, or low fluid levels, take care of them. These are all easy maintenance tasks that take minutes and that you can look up how to do online. Don’t bother fixing major mechanical issues, though—whether you lose money fixing them or lose money on the trade-in because of them, you’re still losing money.

Make sure you have any extra parts, like spare keys and special badging, to get the full value of your car applied to your trade-in. For more information on how to get your trade-in ready, call us today at Richard Karr Buick GMC!

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Tips for Handling Highway Driving

Tips for handling highway drivingFor some people, driving on the highway can be intimidating. That’s understandable, considering the traffic and high speeds. So, here are some tips for handling highway driving to calm your nerves.

Keep Your Distance

The closer you follow to other cars on the highway, the easier it would be to get in an accident. Leave at least two to three car lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you.

Think About Lane Changes

The best way to ease your anxiety about lane changes is to plan them ahead of time. Think about what exit you’ll be taking so that you’ll know where you need to be and have time to get over to the lane. That way, there’s no last-minute panic about getting into a lane.

Learn Left from Right

Know when to stay in what lane. Stay in the right lane if you’re going slow (the speed limit or under) and use the left lane to pass. The middle lane is great for maintaining a speed and passing when you need to.

Stay Consistent

As much as possible, try to keep a steady speed. Don’t worry about other drivers; they’ll pass you if they need to.

If you need any more highway driving (or other driving) tips, just ask us at Richard Karr Motors!