Protect Your Car’s Interior This Winter

With the worst of winter just around the corner, you will want to protect your car’s interior from the harsh weather. With these simple tips, you can keep your cabin in great shape when spring arrives.

Shield the floor

As the roads around Havelock get covered with slush and road salt, it’s easy to accidentally trek them into your car. With all-weather floor mats, protect your vehicle’s carpeting will be a breeze — no matter the weather forecast. You can also get in the habit of keeping a second pair of shoes in the car that you can change into if you want a clean and dry floor.

Protect your seats

Shield your cloth seats from the elements with water-resistant covers, which are effective against mud, water, road salt, and more. If your car has leather seats, condition them occasionally with leather wipes to keep them hydrated and minimize the chance they will crack as it gets colder.

Minimize trash

Keep your cabin clean so you can avoid winter clutter in your car. With a small trash receptacle, you can reduce the chance of spills and make sure everything has its place. This step will let you skip the spring cleaning phase when the weather warms up.

At Village Motors of Conover, we’re determined to help you keep your vehicle in tip-top shape, no matter the weather. Contact us today for more tips on how to keep your car’s interior pristine this winter, or to browse our extensive selection of pre-owned models.

Useful Car Care Tips for New Drivers

Learning how to drive is a major life milestone for most teens. While most training focuses on driving safety and road rules, many new drivers are not aware of how to take care of their vehicles. If you’re new to the road or have a teen driver in your family, here are some helpful vehicle tips that everybody should know.

Get to know your vehicle

The more you drive, the more you learn to recognize the way your vehicle acts and the way it’s supposed to sound. You should also take time to become familiar with its exterior. Make it a habit of inspecting your car by, for example, doing a walk-around once a week. This way, you will be better able to notice problems and get them taken care of quickly.

Follow maintenance recommendations

Every vehicle comes with its own routine maintenance schedule. This timeline will tell you when you should do certain maintenance tasks like getting the oil changed or rotating the tires. When you follow the plan, your car is more likely to drive better and not suffer major breakdowns.

Understand warning lights

When a warning light turns on, do not ignore it. These alerts are there to warn you about potential problems. Use your owner’s manual or the internet to learn what each symbol means.

For more car care tips that are important for new drivers and seasoned veterans alike, contact us at Village Motors of Conover.

Car and Driver announces its best affordable used trucks

Buying a used truck is a smart decision. You will save thousands of dollars, when compared to the cost of a new model. However, you still want to make sure you choose the right pickup for your needs. If you’re looking for the best deal on a used ride, here are some of the best used trucks for under $10,000, according to Car and Driver.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

In the under $10,000-range, you can get a high-quality Silverado 1500 in almost any configuration if you stick with first-generation models. They are available with either a 4.8- or 5.3-liter V8 engine. Replacement parts are also easy to get if you need to make any repairs.

Nissan TITAN

If you are looking for a quick-driving, rugged truck, take a seat behind the wheel of the Nissan TITAN. You will want to aim for models around 2005 to get under $10,000. These trucks offer a maximum tow rating of 9,400 pounds along with plenty of power from the standard V8.

Toyota Tacoma

The Toyota Tacoma has long been hailed as one of the most reliable pickup trucks you can get. Its sturdy design can help you conquer practically any terrain. These trucks also hold on to their value, even with higher miles.

Toyota Tundra

Another popular Toyota truck is the full-size Tundra. The first-generation models ran from 2000 to 2006. With these trucks, you will get plenty of power and performance, all within your budget.

If you want to get an exceptional pickup at an unbeatable price, take a look at Village Motors of Conover’s used inventory, or search online.

How to Celebrate Halloween at Home

Normally, the town of Conover is filled with spooky, seasonal events throughout October that let families like yours celebrate the haunts of Halloween with your community. Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, public gatherings aren’t encouraged in North Carolina, so it’s a wise idea to stay home and limit your party to just close relatives.

To help make the month special, here are some ideas for how you can celebrate Halloween at home with your loved ones.

Themed dinner

Stage an elaborate themed dinner party in which the dishes and plating have spooky inspirations: bloody mocktails, “finger” foods, and oozing dips are great inclusions. You can even play a murder mystery role-playing activity afterward.

Carve pumpkins

A favorite activity for us at Village Motors of Conover, our staff loves picking and etching shapes in pumpkins to display in the window. Bored of carving only pumpkins every year? Use this as an opportunity to carve other fruits or vegetables. Challenge your family to come up with the most creative food to carve.

Gingerbread haunted house

Gingerbread houses aren’t just for Christmas; you can also make a haunted graveyard out of cookies and icing! Use cotton candy as cobwebs, strawberry jelly as blood splatters, or candy skulls for skeletons — your options are only limited by your creativity!

We at Village Motors of Conover wish you and your family a safe, festive Halloween. And if you need a new family SUV or car at a price that won’t scare you, browse our selection of affordable used cars.

How to Make Sure You’re Buying a Safe Used Car for Your Family

Used cars can be a great deal money-wise, but are they safe for your family? When you buy from Village Motors of Conover, you can rest assured that your precious passengers will be safe.

No Need to Sacrifice Safety for Savings

Just because you choose to save money by purchasing a used car instead of a new one, it doesn’t mean you can’t find a safe vehicle for your family. You have to be careful when buying a used car that you don’t take on someone else’s problems, but you can do that by checking out the vehicle’s history report and having it checked out by a mechanic.

Vehicle History Reports

Companies like CarFax® and AutoCheck® offer reports on maintenance records and accident reports. You can access this information by inputting the vehicle’s VIN number as long as reports have been filed on that particular vehicle.

A Thorough Once Over

It is always a good idea to have a mechanic look at a car you are thinking of purchasing. This can alert you to any problems, and then you can decide if they are serious enough for you to give the vehicle a pass. Some dealerships will certify used cars through their own service departments.

If you’re looking for a reliable pre-owned vehicle that will keep your family safe on the go, check out our extensive online inventory at Village Motors of Conover.

Is it a Good Idea to Buy a Pre-Owned EV?

Electric vehicles are more popular than ever, thanks to increased commitment from major automakers in the United States. Unfortunately, as a result of their state-of-the-art technology, EVs can often be more expensive to purchase new than traditional gas-powered vehicles. If you’ve been interested in buying one but haven’t wanted to pay a premium new car price, consider purchasing a pre-owned EV from Village Motors of Conover.

Depreciation Savings

The biggest reason that used vehicles tend to be more affordable than new models is their rate of depreciation. New models immediately lose value upon purchase, but pre-owned cars have already taken that hit. As a result, you’ll pay less for a pre-owned EV upfront.

Gas Savings

On top of saving money when you purchase your used EV, you’ll also save money on gas. If you opt for a pre-owned hybrid or EV from Village Motors of Conover, you’re sure to enjoy increased fuel economy and possibly avoid paying for gas altogether.


When you buy an EV from Village Motors, the money you’ll save can be used to spring for premium features you might not have otherwise been able to afford. Cars don’t change a lot from year to year, which means you can still enjoy the same modern technology features in a late model EV without paying a premium.

Visit Village Motors of Conover today to browse our large inventory of pre-owned EVs.

How to Care for Your Idle Car

The ongoing pandemic has left many Americans with no reason to leave the house, which means cars sitting idle in garages, driveways, and at the curb. If you’re one of the many people who isn’t driving as much as you used to, these tips for taking care of your idle car will help ensure you’re ready for the road again when the time comes.

Take it out for a spin

The best way to make sure that your car doesn’t form problems from being idle too long is to take it for a drive from time to time. It’s recommended that you drive your car for about 20 minutes a week at least once every week, which should help keep the battery charged, prevent flat spots from forming in the tires, and keep your brakes from rusting.

Keep it clean

A clean car is a happy car, especially if you want to preserve the paintjob. Leaving your car parked for a long time can lead to an accumulation of dirt, dust, pollen, bugs, and bird droppings, which can have a negative effect on the exterior. Washing your car every few weeks with soap and water will keep it looking lustrous for longer.

If your car is sitting idle because you’re not too enthused about driving it, fear not: Village Motors of Conover has a great selection of quality pre-owned cars that’ll help you get excited about getting out there on the road.

Is Now A Good Time To Get A Great Deal On A Used Car?

While not all of the headlines we’ve seen in 2020 have been uplifting, this year does have at least one treat in store. If you’re in the market to buy a used car, the experts think this may be the time.

The Manheim Used Vehicle Index features a Manheim Market Report that looks at changes in the market. It found that there was an almost 12 percent drop in wholesale used vehicle prices in early April, compared to March prices. The report found that prices fell in all major segments, with vehicles that were three years old falling almost 5 percent.

Car and Driver compiled a list of vehicles that they recommend in the $5,000 range. It included favorites like the Ford Ranger, Toyota Sequoia, Honda Accord, and Jeep Wrangler. iSeeCars also released its recommendations, and it featured a 2015 Mazda6 for around $13,000 that was the best option in 20 metro areas.

It is worth noting that you may get less money for your used vehicle if you choose to sell it or trade it in. So, make sure to factor that into your decision-making process. Of course, the financial experts here at Village Motors of Conover are always ready to work with you do secure a great deal on your trade-in.

Additionally, despite the dip in the market, the Manheim Market Report found that sales for used luxury cars and SUVs are still going strong.

If you’re ready to get the deal of a lifetime on a high-quality used vehicle, please stop by Village Motors of Conover and browse our lot.

iSeeCars Names GMC One of the Longest-Lasting Brands on the Road

If you’re looking for a reliable vehicle, you can’t do much better than a GMC. According to a recent survey by iSeeCars, GMC is one of the longest-lasting brands on the road. In particular, GMC models such as the GMC Yukon XL, Sierra 1500, and Canyon ranked among the vehicles consistently driven 200,000 miles or more.

Nearly 16 million vehicles were evaluated as part of the survey, which showed that GMC vehicles typically last longer than many of the brand’s competitors. Approximately 1.4 percent of all GMC models reach 200,000 miles or more, which put the brand in third place in the world. The GMC Yukon XL was the GMC model that was most likely to last the longest, reaching an impressive 300,000 miles in some cases.

“Truck-like SUVs and pickup trucks account for the majority of the list of vehicles that are most likely to reach 200,000 miles,” said iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly. “However, consumers looking for vehicles in other categories can find a reliable high-mileage hauler to suit their needs.”  

The Yukon XL is designed with high-strength steel, with an efficiently engineered EcoTec3 powertrain to provide optimal power without sacrificing gas mileage. Vehicles such as the Sierra 1500 frequently earn awards from JD Power for dependability and reliability as well, thanks to versatile designs and engineering that make GMC trucks and SUVs well suited for hard work and everyday driving.

To get behind the wheel of one of the longest-lasting vehicles on the road, stop by Village Motors of Conover and take a GMC SUV or pickup truck for a test drive.

Chevrolet Has Strong First Week in NASCAR® Races

Chevrolet had a strong first week of NASCAR® races at the beginning of March, leading the first race of the season, the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Driver Alex Bowman took the #1 spot, with three other Chevy drivers in the top 10.

It’s also notable that Chevy drivers led the race for a total of 127 laps out of 200. Bowman said this dominating performance is thanks in part to the changes made to the Camaro, which saw upgrades to its body this year, providing better aerodynamics.

Chevrolet introduced the new NASCAR® Cup Series Camaro last October, the ZL1 1LE, calling it “the fastest, most track-capable production Camaro ever.” The new design employed computation fluid dynamics, full-scale wind tunnel testing, and more.

Other changes to the Camaro include a new front bumper for better bump drafting. The new NASCAR® Camaro put out 550 horsepower, though the street version of the car comes with a 6.2-liter V8 engine that generates 650 hp.

Third-place winner Kurt Busch cited that the Camaro had “a really good balance when it came to speed and long run speed,” starting out fast and staying fast, unlike competitors that were “bogged down early in a run.”

With a vehicle as capable as the Camaro, it’s no wonder the team performed so well at the Auto Club 400. Join all of us here at Village Motors of Conover in rooting the team on in upcoming NASCAR® races when the season resumes later this spring.