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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

How to Minimize Your C8 Corvette’s Wheel Gaps

If you’re crazy about your stylish, powerful, and innovative new Chevy Corvette C8 but you’re looking to reduce the size of its wheel gaps, you’re in luck. A new aftermarket part is now available which can reduce the gap that many Corvette owners would rather be without.

 

For those unfamiliar with the Corvette’s ride-height controversy, note that it is present in certain configurations of the mode, like the C8 outfitted with the Z51 Performance Suspension and Front Lift Suspension.

 

The product is a front lift lowering collar from Paragon Performance, a manufacturer of high-end vehicle-performance equipment. Per Paragon, the device will allow you to manually adjust your Corvette’s ride height. It has the ability to lower the front end by 0.75 inches, a match to the factory rear max adjustment setting.

 

Paragon Performance developed the accessory with the use of CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software. The company tested models that came from 3D printers before perfecting the design and going into production mode.

 

The lowering collar is built from 6061 Aluminum. It sports an anodized black color with a laser logo. Opt for the available Mag Ride socket and de-pin tools, which will simplify do-it-yourself installations. Paragon’s progressive new part also comes with a lifetime warranty, truly staking its reputation on the product.

 

Find out more about the C8 Corvette or how you can customize it when you call us at Atzenhoffer in Victoria, Texas

Do You Need to Wax Your Car?

Woman washing car | Victoria, TX

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

Spending time with grandkids | Victoria, TX

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

Family on Road Trip | Victoria, TX

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.