Monday, June 19, 2006

How To Increase Your Car's Resale Value

How To Increase Your Car's Resale Value Investing extra time and effort in regular maintenance of your vehicle's interior and exterior can pay off handsomely when it come time to trade it in or put it up for sale. Your Vehicle's Maintenance. One of the easiest ways to plan a maintenance schedule is by reading the owner's manual that came with your car. Manufacturers usually recommend a specified period for taking your car in for tune-ups, oil changed, etc. Regular tune-ups not only extend the life of your car and help maintain fuel efficiency; a well-documented maintenance record looks impressive when you’re ready to sell. Most manufactures recommend an oil change every 3000 miles but other fluids including brake fluid, antifreeze, and windshield washer fluid should be checked periodically to keep your car running efficiently. Check your tire pressure or have a service station attendant do it for you on a regular basis. Driving on over or under inflated tires increases fuel consumption and can be dangerous. Inspect your tires weekly for gravel or stones that get stuck in the treads and remove any debris. Take the time to check you car or truck's vital signs including fluids, tire pressure, tire treads, hoses, belts, lights, etc. Clean battery terminals periodically and make sure all cable connections and wiring are tight. Watch for puddles of liquid that form under the car on the driveway. Pay attention to the way your car normally handles and sounds. Don't ignore unusual noises, which could be a sign that the brake pads need to be replaced. Taking your car in at the first sign of a problem can help you avoid a major repair bill later on. Describe in detail to your mechanic any sounds or handling problems so that he can get a better feel for what the problem may be. Don't forget to replace air filters, fuel filters, spark plugs, hoses and other parts on a regular basis. A restricted fuel filter can result in poor gas mileage. Make sure your gas cap fits properly to avoid fuel vapors escaping into the atmosphere. Your Vehicle's Appearance. Preserving the exterior and interior appearance of your car or truck can also enhance its value. Washing and waxing on a regular schedule will keep your vehicle looking new and help protect it from environmental pollution and sun damage. Check for scratched frequently and touch them up before they become larger rust spots. Most car dealers and auto supply stores paint and touch up techniques that can eliminate most small scratches or dents. If a rock makes a small crack in your windshield, have it sealer as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of the crack, the whole windshield may need to be replaced. Whether you take your vehicle to a car wash or clean it yourself, it is important to vacuum the floor and upholstery regularly. Clean and protect the dash and leather seats with products specifically made for car interlopers. If you avoid eating in your vehicle you can cut down on spills and stains. When you or your children must eat in the car, wipe away spills and apply stain removed as soon as possible. If you live in an area where mud, salt, sand, and dirt take a toll on your vehicle's floor, it's a good idea to have the carpet shampooed periodically to keep the dirt and grime from settling in permanently. Place an old towel or blanket in the back seat to protect upholstery when pets ride in the car. Your Own Driving. Simple steps like avoiding heavy acceleration takeoffs and keeping unnecessary weight out of the car can also help keep your vehicle running better. Roll your windows up when driving through heavily polluted areas, don't allow smoking in your car, and dispose of trash daily to keep the interior looking and smelling fresh and clean. According to a recent Valvoline/ASE Poll of the American Mechanic, most mechanics surveyed believe their customers do not treat their vehicles with the same care they did 20 years ago. Taking good care of your car can improve its gas mileage, prevent breakdowns, and increase its resale value. Providing good maintenance inside and out will also enhance the safety of your vehicle and help reduce exhaust emissions, which can improve air quality. Repost from: HOW TO GUIDE June 13, 2006 By Julie Lindsey Request your next Service Appointment Online or call Donna or Beth at 1-888-637-4279 Service Department Hours: Monday - Thursday: 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM Friday: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sunday: Closed Click here for Money Saving Coupons from Gary Rome Hyundai. For the best deals on Hyundai parts and Hyundai Accessories be sure to check out and

Friday, June 09, 2006

Gary Rome Service Specials

Timing Is Everything: Don' t Wait Until It's Too Late.

Your engine Timing Belt and V-Belt are critical to its performance.
  • All engine belts have a limited lifespan
  • When your timing belt fails, you engine shuts down -- leaving you stranded.
  • A failing timing belt can slip, causing serious engine damage.
  • Timely replacement will save you time and money in the long run.

    There's a simple way to save yourself a hassle and expense, while saving your engine. The next time you bring your Hyundai for regular service ask your Hyundai service advisor to check your timing belts and v-belt. We'll let you know if either belt needs to be replaced. And if your timing belt needs replacement, we'll catch it before it fails and does costly damage.

    When the time comes to replace your timing belt, trust your Hyundai technicians to install it correctly -- using a Hyundai Genuine Timing Belt designed specifically for your vehicle, and backed by Hyundai quality. We know your Hyundai better than anyone. And we know when you need a new Hyundai Genuine Timing Belt to protect your investment.

    So remember: next time, ask us to check your timing belt. There's no time to lose.

    Protect You and Your Family's Health

    Breathe Easy. Hyundai Genuine In-Cabin Microfilters protect you and your passengers from dust, pollen, and other airborne particles that are not only unpleasant to inhale, but can also be very harmful to your health.

    The filter's design also helps maintain heating, ventilation and air conditioning effcieny. Most Hyundai models already come with an In-Cabin Microfilter, or can be equipper with one. Filters should be serviced once a year or every 15,000 miles. Professional installation by your Hyundai Dealer is recommended. Ask your service advisor about your Vehicle.

    Know Your In-Cabin Microfilter Facts.
    It filters pollen, dust, and other airborne particles from both incoming and re-circulated air:
    Special design helps keep filter from clogging - maintaining heating, ventilation and air conditioning effciency.
    Servicing is recommended every 12 months or 15,000 miles, whichever comes first.
    Professional installation by your dealership service department is recommended
    It's okay to wait to have your filter inspected or replaced


    Insist on Genuine Hyundai Filters.

    Dirty filters let crud into your engine shortening its life and costing you money. Filter maintenance is inexpensive and easy. So do it.

    Air Filter:

  • A dirty air filter results in poor gas mileage -- something no one can afford these days.
  • Have your Hyundai service technician check your air filter every 12 months.
  • Oil Filter:

  • Have your engine oil changed every 7,500 miles or every 6 months.
  • Always replace your oil filter every time your oil is changed.
  • Fuel Filter:

  • Ask your Hyundai Service technician when to change your fuel filter
  • Ask for Genuine Hyundai Filters. They Stop crud.
  • Thursday, June 08, 2006

    J.D. POWER SURVEY: Hyundai Ranks As #1 Non-Premium Brand

    BY SARAH A. WEBSTER Detroit Free Press June 8, 2006
    Maybe Hyundai Motor Co. drivers don't need that 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty after all.
    The South Korean automaker known for its value pricing -- all its vehicles sell for less than $29,000 -- delivered a jaw-dropping performance in J.D. Power and Associates' annual survey on new-vehicle quality, which was released Wednesday.
    Hyundai was the No. 1 non-premium brand in the United States, edging past Toyota, the Japanese brand whose rock-solid quality reputation has been shaking Detroit's dominance in the nation's auto market for years.
    Overall, Hyundai was No. 3 in this year's report, behind No. 1 Porsche and No. 2 Lexus, Toyota's luxury brand, and right ahead of Toyota. Last year, Hyundai was No. 11, so the leap made Hyundai the third-most improved nameplate this year.
    "We're very proud and very excited," said Don Dees, vice president of service for Hyundai Motor America, the subsidiary of Hyundai that sells and distributes new cars and trucks in the United States. "Our objective is to move up and become No. 1 in everything we do."
    Even Toyota Motor Corp., whose products topped 11 of the 19 categories, acknowledged the growing pressure from Hyundai. New Hyundai drivers reported 102 problems per 100 vehicles, compared with the 106 problems reported by new Toyota brand owners.
    "There's no question that Hyundai is coming on strong and doing a tremendous job," Jim Lentz, Toyota group vice president and general manager, said in a conference call with journalists. "They are going to become a bigger and bigger player in the marketplace."
    Quality is always a top concern for new car and truck buyers. So the top-notch quality performance likely will give a boost to Hyundai sales, which are already up 4.5% this year, and help the automaker achieve its growth targets.
    Hyundai -- which has a North American headquarters in Fountain Valley, Calif., a new $1.1-billion plant in Alabama and an engineering and technology center in Superior Township -- is aiming for 500,000 U.S. sales this year and 1 million annual sales by 2010.
    The company will certainly have a lot of selling points from this year's J.D. Power report:
    Five of the seven 2006 models that Hyundai sold ranked in the top three for their category.
    The Hyundai Tucson was the No. 1 compact multi-activity vehicle. Three Hyundai cars took second-place spots: the Elantra compact car, the Tiburon sporty car and the Azera large car.
    Hyundai's most popular vehicle, the Sonata, ranked third in the highly competitive midsize car segment.
    Only the company's Santa Fe SUV, which is being redesigned for the 2007 model year, and the Accent subcompact car did not make the top three slots in their respective categories.
    What's more, two of the top-performing vehicles, the Sonata and Azera, were brand new in 2006, making the performance more spectacular. Automakers usually take a quality hit the year they launch a product because it usually takes time to work out all the new-vehicle glitches.
    "That is probably the thing I'm most proud of, because that bucks the normal industry trend," said Dees, whose career has included stints with Toyota and Chrysler. "We're launching great, great products."
    Hyundai's assembly plant in Alabama, which builds the Sonata and Santa Fe, finished 10th in plant quality out of 73 plants in North and South America. That made the plant among the best plant introductions in the last decade. The facility has capacity to build 300,000 vehicles a year.
    Dees said there's no secret to Hyundai's performance.
    "The success of that is planning, preparation and great training," he said. "You had a brand new plant, a brand new product ... a brand new workforce, and to come out of the gates ranked 10th out of 73 plants is outstanding." Launches Affiliate Program!

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