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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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

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.

Five Spring Maintenance Tips

Washing car | Victoria, TX

While winter in Texas is never that bad, it is nice that spring has finally arrived. With the warmer outdoor temperatures, it is time to start checking things off of your to-do list. This includes taking care of your car. Here are five spring maintenance tips to get you started.

  1. Check your tires. Give your tires a thorough inspection. This should include checking the tread depth, looking for uneven wear, and checking the air pressure.
  2. Change your oil. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended maintenance schedule. If you are due for a change, give your car some fresh oil and a new filter.
  3. Get new wiper blades. You should replace your windshield wiper blades every six to 12 months, especially if they are leaving streaks or stuttering across your window. Don’t forget the rear blade, if you have one.
  4. Check your lights. Make sure all of your exterior lights are working and angled properly. When you can’t signal your intentions to other drivers, it could end badly.
  5. Clean your car. Time to wash away with the winter. Start with the top and work your way down your car. Use a two-bucket method (one for soapy water, one for dirty water). Don’t forget to give the undercarriage a good rinse.

If your vehicle is in need of more thorough spring maintenance, bring it to our expert team of technicians at Atzenhoffer.