What to Check on Your Car After an Accident

Car Accident | Victoria, TXIf you got into a car accident, it’s important to make sure firstly that you and your passengers are alright and then to inspect your car to see if any repairs are needed. Even if it was just a fender bender, take the time to check the following parts on your car after your accident.

Seat belts

Once an air bag deploys, you likely already know that you need to replace it. But did you know you probably need to get new seat belts too? This is because your seat belt system may have a fault error code after a severe collision. Be sure to have the experts at the Atzenhoffer Collision Center inspect the seat belts any time an air bag deploys.

Driver-assistance features

Driver-assistance features help prevent collisions from occurring. However, if an accident does happen, these features can stop working properly, and this can put you at risk when you get on the road again. Our service technicians can restore your safety systems as needed.

Suspension

If your car suddenly starts shaking or making odd noises after an accident, this may mean that major suspension components are now a few degrees off. Even if your car is still drivable, you’ll want to have the suspension fixed soon.

Schedule an appointment at the Atzenhoffer Collision Center in Victoria, Texas, and we’ll handle all of your repairs.

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Earns 5-Star Overall Safety Rating

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross | Victoria, TX

The new 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a solid choice for families in Texas. From its sporty style to its comfortable interior and abundant tech, there’s a lot to like. Another reason why you may want to consider the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross at Atzenhoffer Mitsubishi: It’s earned the 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.*

NHTSA awarded the new Eclipse Cross its highest honor after its performance in the organization’s New Car Assessment Program. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross earned four- and five-star ratings across the board in crashworthiness tests, thanks to the advanced Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution body. By earning the 5-Star Overall Safety Rating, NHTSA ranks the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross among the most reliable in the event of a collision.

Mitsubishi also ensures that the 2022 Eclipse Cross can help you mitigate or avoid collisions altogether with a host of intelligent safety technologies. Every model in the Eclipse Cross lineup boasts Forward Collision Mitigation with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Active Stability Control, and Hill Start Assist. Higher grades offer more confidence with additional features such as Automatic High Beams, Blind Spot Warning with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Adaptive Control.

But NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Rating is not the only reason why the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is such a sound choice for families. See for yourself — schedule a test drive at Atzenhoffer Mitsubishi in Victoria, Texas.

*Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program (NHTSA.gov)

3 Fun Fall Events in Victoria, TX

There’s a lot to do to celebrate autumn here in Texas. The Atzenhoffer team has rounded up just a few fun fall events in Victoria, Texas, that are worth putting on your calendar.

Victoria Farmers’ Market

Celebrate the season of feasting when you sample the wares and channel your inner foodie at the Victoria Farmers’ Market. Held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pattie Dodson Health Center, the market provides a great opportunity to support local farmers, crafters, and businesses expanding your culinary and artistic experiences.

“Fall for Dance”

Reap the rewards of the Victoria Ballet Theatre’s careful cultivation of their choreography when you attend one of two performances on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Leo J. Welder Center. Attend at 2 or 7 p.m. to enjoy a visual and aural feast of the ballet company’s classical and contemporary dance repertoire. Book tickets online here to ensure that you and a partner or a few friends get the chance to witness this autumnal exhibition.

Victoria Independent Film Festival

Sample the harvest of independent films from emerging cinema producers when you attend the virtual Victoria Independent Film Festival. Held from Oct. 22 to Nov. 1, this extravaganza will be accessible to Victoria residents as well as to movie buffs nationwide. Monitor the event’s website in the days ahead for more details about the festival schedule as well as the featured films.

Remember to schedule your vehicle’s fall service appointment. Or browse our inventory here at Atzenhoffer in Victoria if it’s time to upgrade to a brand-new or new-to-you ride this autumn.

Driving Habits That Can Affect Your Car’s Longevity

Driving Habits That Can Affect Your Car's Longevity | Victoria, TX

 

Even if you think you are an excellent driver, you may have some driving habits that you may not realize are bad for your vehicle. These driving habits unintentionally affect your car’s condition, so here are some things you should pay attention to.
 
Heavy braking and accelerating
 
If you are encountering many stoplights, avoid slamming on the brakes or accelerating quickly as soon as lights change. When you go heavy on the gas pedal and brakes, this can result in premature wear on your front brakes and also affect your fuel efficiency.
 
Leaving electronics on
 
Be mindful about turning off the internal lights in your car whenever you exit. Not only will this result in a dead car battery the next day, but leaving a light on can also shorten your car battery’s life.
 
Exceeding load limits
 
Always pay attention to your vehicle’s weight limit and make sure you don’t exceed it. Your car’s suspension, brakes, and drivetrain all have to work harder if your car carries more than it can handle, so double check your owner’s manual to ensure you aren’t putting an unnecessary strain on your vehicle.
 
Ignoring dents
 
If your vehicle has a dent, you should get it repaired as soon as possible to avoid rusting, which damages the structural integrity of your car. Bring your vehicle into Atzenhoffer Hub and our service technicians can help you repair a dent of any size.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

3 Tips for Sickness-Free Reading on Summer Road Trips

road trip reading - Victoria, TX

If you’re planning a family road trip this summer, bringing along a stack of favorite books is a great way to keep passengers of all ages occupied on the endless highways of Texas. What’s not so great is the motion sickness or headaches that can result from reading on the go. Here are a few tips from Atzenhoffer to help your bookworms travel more comfortably while enjoying their favorite pastime.

  1. Remember to rest

Remind your friends and loved ones to take a break from reading to rest their eyes every so often. Napping or looking out the window are great ways to help keep headaches or dizziness at bay.

  1. Try some medicine

Remember to pack some headache and anti-nausea medicine when you’re preparing for your trip. If your passengers start to feel a bit ill while turning the pages, offering them some age-appropriate remedies could help.

  1. Listen up

Some people just can’t read in the car without getting sick. If this is true for any of your passengers, encourage them to bring along an audiobook and headphones instead. If your passengers agree on a title, you might even be able to play it over the vehicle’s audio system for everyone to hear.

Here’s wishing your passengers a page-turning good time on your next journey! For all of your other road trip needs — from routine oil changes to a new Chevrolet, Cadillac, Mazda, or Mitsubishi model — contact the Atzenhoffer team in Victoria, Texas.