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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.

Kelley Blue Book’s Favorite Cars with the Best Resale Value

Best Resale Value
Who better to look to for the cars with the best resale value than Kelley Blue Book? Visit Village Motors and test drive one of these great vehicles.

When you’re shopping for a pre-owned car, knowing the resale value of your prospective ride can say a lot about its lasting quality. And who better to look to for the cars with the best resale value than Kelley Blue Book?

Toyota Tacoma

Topping the list for the fifth year in a row is the capable and fun-to-drive Toyota Tacoma, with a 60-month resale value of 62.2 percent of its original value.

Jeep Wrangler

The Wrangler appeals to a niche but enthusiastic fan following, keeping its resale value around 58.3 percent at the 60-month mark.

Toyota Tundra

The Toyota Tundra is the truck for you if you want full-size capability and solid performance. It holds 56.9 percent of its value 60 months after it rolls off the lot.

GMC Sierra

The GMC Sierra, with its top-notch tech, comfort, capability, and luxurious design, retains up to 56.7 percent of its original value at 60 months.

Toyota 4Runner

The Toyota 4Runner has a loyal fanbase, which helps the SUV hold up to 56.3 percent of its original value 60 months later.

Chevrolet Silverado

The Silverado is all-new for 2019, but used models hold 53.7 percent of their original values at the 60-month mark. Enjoy reliability, comfort, and high-performance options in a Chevy Silverado.

Honda Ridgeline

Hailed as a truck-like vehicle with SUV amenities, the Honda Ridgeline holds 51.3 percent of its value 60 months from its original purchase date.

Ford F-Series

As the country’s overall best-selling vehicle, it’s no wonder the Ford F-150 has exceptional resale value. Ford’s trucks retain up to 50.1 percent of their value at 60 months.

In our mission to provide you with only the highest-quality pre-owned vehicles, we regularly have all of these outstanding cars right here on the lot at Village Motors of Conover. Pay us a visit and take a test drive today.

What Are Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles?

Did you know more used cars are bought and sold than new cars every year? Still, despite their popularity, used cars can sometimes get a bad rap. If you’ve ever been surprised by hidden damages, you might be understandably cautious about picking up another ride that’s been previously-loved. That’s where Certified Pre-Owned programs come in. What are Certified Pre-Owned (or CPO) vehicles, though?

Requirements and Standards

When you buy a car through a CPO program, you’re purchasing a vehicle that meets specific requirements. Usually, the car has to be under a certain age and mileage and must qualify for the program by meeting the standards of a long, rigorous mechanical and cosmetic inspection.

Warranties

To offer extra reassurances, used cars purchased through a CPO program come with the backing of several warranties. Often, manufacturers will offer to cover anything that needs to be repaired within a short time of the initial purchase, and many powertrain warranties on CPO vehicles last several years.

Benefits

In addition to warranties, you’re likely to get some additional perks when you buy a certified pre-owned vehicle. 24/7 roadside assistance is pretty common, as is the car itself coming with a free Vehicle History Report and the option of dealership maintenance plans.

If you want to learn more about our Certified Pre-owned program or browse our extensive inventory, pay us a visit at Village Motors of Conover today.

Why Does My Credit Score Matter?

If you are in the market for a vehicle and you have been denied a loan from some banks because of your credit history, you might be left questioning why your credit score even matters at all.

Creditworthiness: Banks use your credit score as a quick vector check of your creditworthiness, or how likely you are to repay a loan. Low credit scores often indicate a limited credit history, defaulted payments, or a high debt-to-income ratio. None of these factors are catastrophic, though. Whether you have a short credit history or one that highlights a few mistakes, you can still get into the car of your dreams.

The Impact: Banks typically view low credit scores as red flags, and could deny you outright for an auto loan. Without the self-sufficiency afforded by a vehicle or the opportunity to improve a bad score, the credit score cycle can seem self-perpetuating. If your score is just high enough to be approved, you will still be subject to high-interest rates that can make repayment difficult.

The Village Motors of Conover Difference: At Village Motors of Conover, we aren’t like all of the other dealerships looking to make a quick buck. We value people over credit scores, which is why we work to offer you a great deal regardless of your credit history. No matter the severity of your situation, we will do our best to get you financed and on the path toward rebuilding your credit.

If you have questions about credit or would like to get approved for a new vehicle, call Village Motors of Conover today.

Tips for keeping your food safe in the car

Keep Your Food Safe
If you want to keep a culinary disaster from happening on the road, we have a few tips on how to keep your food safe in the car.

We all know that the holidays include a potentially belt-widening number of amazing meals. Because these meals are always better with family, you will probably find yourself driving to and from get-togethers with food in your car. If you want to keep a culinary disaster from happening on the road, we have a few tips on how to keep your food safe in the car.

Casseroles

If you are bringing along a casserole, we recommend using a cardboard box that’s big enough to fit the dish and a few towels. Place the dish in the box and surround it with the towels to help keep it warm during transit.

Pie

Pies are an indulgent holiday favorite. While a dedicated pie carrier is the best way to transport a pie, another option is to take an empty pie plate and place it on top of your pie. Then, wrap both pie pans with foil to keep them together.

Cold Food

If you are bringing along a cold dish, break out the summer cooler. If you don’t have a cooler, you can use a cardboard box. Either way, surround the dish with ice packs or ice cubes to keep it cold while you drive.

Baked Goods

The simplest food to take with you in the car is baked goods, like rolls, muffins, or cookies. Simply put those in a covered container and you are ready to go.

All of us at Village Motors of Conover want to wish you a happy holiday season. If you’re looking for a new car for the New Year, stop by and go for a few test drives.