How to Test-Drive a Used Car

test-drive a used car

If you have decided that a used car is the right choice for you, you have already made a smart choice. Buying a used car can help save you thousands of dollars. However, if you want to get a great used car and not a mediocre one, you need to know how to test-drive a used car.

  1. Stay neutral. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is mentally buying the car before you have even seen it. Be prepared to say no even if it is a car you really wanted.
  2. Do a walkaround. Before getting in the car, do a thorough inspection of the exterior. Look for signs of damage, uneven tire wear, or noticeable leaks underneath the car.
  3. Start the engine. Star the car and let the engine idle while you listen. Do you hear any squeaks or other unwanted noises?
  4. Test the interior. While the engine is running, take a seat inside. Make sure you can fully adjust the seat into a comfortable driving position. Test the interior components, like the HVAC, radio, and infotainment system.
  5. Hit the road. Do a thorough road test that includes highway and city driving. Don’t forget to try parking the car and get a feel for how it drives in reverse.

Now that you know how to test-drive a used car, act on it by stopping into Urka Auto Center and checking out our great selection firsthand.

How to Winterize Your Car for Michigan Weather

winterize your car for Michigan weather

The long, cold months of winter ahead pose a challenge to your vehicle. If you are prepared ahead of the snow, sleet, and ice, you may have less trouble with the winter weather than others.

Test your battery

Extremely low temperatures can dramatically reduce battery capacity. Have your battery tested and possibly even replaced to prevent the dreaded engine turnover. You don’t want to end up on the side of the road with a dead battery!

Replace and refill fluids

Things like oil, coolant, brake fluid, and wiper fluid should be checked and replaced or refilled before temperatures drop. Switch to winter-friendly wiper fluid to improve visibility.

Switch tires

It’s important to keep an eye on the tread of your vehicle’s tires because worn treads will slip easier. Consider making the switch to winter or snow tires, which are made out of special rubber and have unique tread patterns for better grip.

Pack an Emergency Kit

Emergency situations can happen, so it’s best to be prepared for the possibility. Pack an emergency kit in the trunk of your vehicle with necessities like nonperishable snacks, water bottles, blankets,jumper cables, and a flashlight.

If you need any help getting your ride ready for winter, stop into Urka Auto Center and we’ll help you get it done.

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

October is a wonderful time of year, especially if you love a good fright every now and then. For your kids, it’s an even more fun time of year thanks to the tradition of trick-or-treating. If you and your family are planning on going out on Halloween, whether it be for trick-or-treating or heading to a costume party, keep these handy Halloween safety tips in mind.

Driving Safety

  • When driving through residential areas, use extreme caution. Kids are excited and will not always act predictably.
  • Take extra time at intersections to look for kids.
  • Drive slowly when entering or exiting your driveway.
  • Put away any potential distractions in your car so you can focus on your driving.

Walking Safety

  • Always cross the street at corners and use crosswalks, if available.
  • Look both ways before you cross and continue to look as you walk.
  • Put away your phone and stay alert as you cross the street.
  • Show your children how to make eye contact with drivers before you cross in front of them.
  • Walk on the sidewalks, if available. If you don’t have any sidewalks, walk facing traffic and stay to the far left.

Costume Safety

  • Wear regular shoes so you don’t trip over your feet.
  • Add reflective tape to your costume or carry glow sticks to make yourself more visible.
  • Use makeup and paint in place of masks for better visibility.

Have fun out there, and from your friends at Urka Auto Center, have a happy, happy Halloween!