Do You Need to Wax Your Car?

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Waxing your car after a wash has always been touted as essential for keeping your car shiny and staving off rust buildup. But is it really a necessary part of car care? Here’s an overview of the pros and cons of waxing your vehicle, as well as one thing you shouldn’t neglect when it comes to cleaning your car.

Benefits of Waxing

On a modern vehicle with a strong clear coat applied, the biggest benefit of waxing is cosmetic. It keeps your vehicle looking shiny and like it just rolled off the assembly line. A flawless, shiny paint job can even increase resale value.

Waxing can also extend the time between washes because it keeps away debris. The protective clear coat also does this, but it’s not invincible, so waxing can also help protect the clear coat.

Drawbacks of Waxing

On the other hand, waxing is a time-consuming task that can also get expensive, without much benefit. You might want to wax once or twice a year just for an added layer of protection against the elements and to keep that shiny look. But waxing after a wash is not necessary to keep your car healthy.

Protect the Undercarriage

The one part of your car that’s still made of metal and exposed to the elements — and doesn’t have the benefit of a clear coat — is the undercarriage. This is the main place you’ll see rust buildup, so focus your cleaning efforts here even if you skip the car wax. Make sure you thoroughly clean the underside on a regular basis and apply an underbody sealant.

Contact us at Atzenhoffer for more helpful strategies to keep your car healthy and clean as we head into a new season of driving. And remember to schedule your car’s seasonal service appointment to ensure your safe travels this fall and winter.

Tips to Working From Home With Kids

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With millions of Americans on lockdown to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, many of us are working from home. If you’re working from home with kids, it can be even more challenging to adjust to a new routine. These tips can help you find the balance between being productive and spending time with your family this season. 

Inform your boss and coworkers

Everyone is operating outside of the norm right now, so there should be plenty of empathy for at-home distractions. Talk to your boss and let them know there are kids around, and that there may be some interruptions. This way your work team will know what to expect and can more easily adjust to the circumstances.

Take breaks

Work boundaries can be less daunting for your kids if they know they’ll still get to see you throughout the day. When possible, take 15 minute breaks every 45 minutes or so to check in with your children and do something fun together. This can help them feel more engaged with activities that you’ve lined up for them, and will break up the monotony of a work day.

Try virtual play dates

Even though you can’t have the grandparents or your kids’ favorite sitter over to the house, you may be able to solicit their help virtually. If you have a big meeting or project you need to focus on, try arranging a virtual play date with a guardian. They could play a game, read a book, sing songs, or find other ways to occupy your kids for a little while so you can get your work done.

Atzenhoffer wishes you and your family a healthy and fun summer. Remember to call us if your vehicle needs service; we’ll schedule an appointment at a time that’s convenient for you.

Road Trip Tips for Your Family’s Next Getaway

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It might be a while before you go on a long journey with your family — but it never hurts to plan your next trip in advance so it’s less stressful when the time comes to hit the road. Here are some road trip tips to get your planning off on the right foot.

Skip rush hour

Plan to leave late in the evening or early in the morning to avoid rush hour traffic. This should make your driving less stressful. And, if you have young kids, this could also encourage them to get some sleep while you drive.

Put an adult in the back

If you have an adult ride in the back with the kids, he or she can help keep them occupied with games and other activities. This is especially helpful if your kids are still rear-facing in their car seats.

Take a break from electronics

There is no denying the saving grace of a game or movie on a tablet when attitudes take a turn for the worse. However, letting your kids feel bored can ignite their imaginations to come up with unique games. They can also stare out the window and enjoy any passing scenery.

Bring on the snacks

Fun snacks can quickly brighten any mood during a long road trip. Along with some family favorites, pack some new treats for variety.

Call us at Atzenhoffer if you’re in need of a new vehicle for the road trips you’re planning for later this year or early next year. We’ll help match you with the right model to suit your needs and preferences.

5 Tips to Save Time and Energy this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Dinner with Family

Thanksgiving is a fun and busy time for many Americans. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed by the extra get-togethers and road trips. Here are some Thanksgiving strategies to help you save time, as well as your sanity, this November.

One of the best things to do, according to the Food Network, is to travel intelligently. If you have to drive a long distance with food, it can often spoil or spill. If you’re transporting gravy, for example, consider storing it in a thermos during the trip. It’s also a good idea to invest in an ice cooler to store larger food items like casseroles and the turkey.

Minimize the time you spend on food prep by taking advantage of your local supermarket’s salad bar. These usually have clean, fresh, and chopped food such as onions, beans, peppers, bacon crumbles, and hard-boiled eggs.

If you’re running out of space while you’re cooking the Thanksgiving meal, consider using the kitchen cabinets as your cookbook stand. You’ve got plenty of open space right in front of you: simply tear out cookbook pages and tape them to cabinets so the pages aren’t on the counter.

Another simple trick for getting gravy instead of pure grease is to use your measuring cup as a fat separator. You can pour your drippings into a heatproof container, freeze it, and then skim off the unsavory grease before melting it down again.

Finally, if you need your well-meaning friends and family members to stay out of the kitchen as you’re busy with cooking, make sure to give them small tasks that will also save you time. For example, ask them to take care of drinks (filling water glasses, opening wine bottles, etc.), hang up coats, or help entertain the kids.

Contact us here at Atzenhoffer to schedule your vehicle’s pre-holiday service appointment. We’re here to make sure that your seasonal travels are as safe as they are enjoyable.

Tips for First-Time Car Buyers

First Time Car Shopper

Your first car purchase is a rite of passage, and you’ll be thankful for the purchase every time you get behind the wheel. To help you navigate the exciting car-buying process, here are some tips for first-time car buyers.

  • Set your budget: One of the first steps you should take when thinking about buying a new vehicle is setting a budget. Determining what monthly payment you can afford will help you narrow down which vehicles are in your price range.
  • Make a must-have list: Spend some time thinking about what your transportation needs are and what your must-have features are. Secondly, make a list of things you’d like to have but don’t necessarily need.
  • Do your research: Before you head to the dealership, you should spend some time researching your options. You should narrow your search down to a couple of vehicle segments, or to a particular automaker.
  • Take a test drive: There’s no better way to determine if you like a vehicle than taking it for a test drive. Locate a few reputable dealers nearby and spend an afternoon taking a few vehicles for test drives.
  • Explore your financing options: Before purchasing a new vehicle, spend some time exploring your financing options. Get auto loan quotes from a few different sources, such as from your bank, credit union, and/or insurance company.

If you have any more questions about purchasing your first vehicle, contact us at Atzenhoffer. Or stop by to browse our current inventory of vehicles. We’ll help match you with the right one to suit your budget and lifestyle.