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.

Distracted Driving Surges in the US

Man driving while on phone | Victoria, TX

Following spring’s unprecedented lack of traffic on the road, it appears that many drivers are getting back in the swing of things on the daily commute. Unfortunately, a recent distracted driving study suggests that drivers are returning to their normal driving routines with a smartphone in one hand and a latte in the other.

According to the survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Netradyne, 82 percent of the participants claim that distracted driving is on the rise based on their experiences on the road. And half of those surveyed believe that roadways are more dangerous than ever. This sentiment isn’t surprising in the slightest given the fact that one out of every seven drivers surveyed said that they or their vehicle were injured as a result of distracted driving. Furthermore, one in five surveyed said that they were legally reprimanded for driving while distracted.

The study attempted to uncover some of the reasons for the sudden upswing in distracted driving. Netradyne points out that summer, sometimes referred to as “100 Deadliest Days” between Memorial Day and Labor Day, is the first time many teen drivers are on the road. In addition to inattentive youngsters, this summer saw many rusty drivers return to work after several months off the road.

The Atzenhoffer family wants you to stay safe this summer, so please put your phone in “do not disturb” mode while on the road. And remember to stop by in person to browse our selection of new vehicles, if you’re in need of a safe new ride to boost your confidence behind the wheel.

Fun New Year’s Activities near Victoria, Texas

New Year's in Victoria, TX

New Year’s Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time to consider how you’re going to celebrate the new year. If you’re looking for some place to countdown to 2020, make sure you consider one of these fun New Year’s Activities near Victoria, Texas.

The Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve Party

Step back in time at the Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve Party taking place in the Rose Ballroom at the historic Aumont Hotel. This soiree will feature jazz music all night long played by Choo-Cha Booch, delicious food, and a midnight champagne toast. So, why not get your Gatsby on at this wonderful event? Tickets cost $65.49.

New Year’s Eve Party with Gary Glenn & the 20x Band

Listen to great music and get ready to get 2020 started off on the right foot at the New Year’s Eve Party with Gary Glenn and the 20x Band. Located at the Freiheit Country Store, this event will have a balloon drop at midnight and drink specials throughout the night. It only costs $10 to attend, so get your tickets now!

2020 Black & White Masquerade Ball

Add an air of mystery to your New Year’s celebration this year. The Pale Horse Drinkery & Sky Bar is hosting a masquerade to ring in 2020. Dress in black-and-white formal attire, create a beautiful mask to go with your outfit, and head to dance the night away to music provided by the Gatsby Gang Jazz Band. Hors d’ouevres, desserts, party favors, and a champagne toast are all included in the general admission ticket price of $50.

Atzenhoffer wishes you and your family a wonderful New Year’s. Remember to call us for all of your vehicular needs this winter, or stop by to test-drive any of our shiny 2020 models.

2019 Christmas Events in Victoria, TX

Young boy with Santa | Victoria, TX

’Tis the season once again when the spirit of Christmas is in the air. Though Victoria doesn’t get much in the way of snow, it’ll be a festive scene all December long with gatherings galore. If you’re already eager to celebrate, mark your calendars for these 2019 Christmas events in Victoria, TX.

Cookie Decorating Classes

Don’t rely on Pinterest if you want to whip up some fancy, festive holiday cookies. Turn to the experts at Brookie’s Cookies, who will be holding beginners’ classes throughout December at the Victoria Art League. Classes take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Dec. 7, 14, 15, and 21, and there will be a Naughty Santa class for adults only at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 18. Tickets are $35 per class, and spots are filling up quick, so hurry up!

Lighted Christmas Parade

The greatest annual holiday tradition in Victoria by far is the Lighted Christmas Parade. This year’s parade takes place on Dec. 7 from 6-9 p.m. and will see some of our finest local organizations and businesses representing with grand floats and merry attire. Signups are still ongoing at the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation website, so if you’d like to be a part of the 2019 parade, act fast.

Christmas at the Zoo

Get your fix of Christmas lights and the world’s most magnificent creatures with the 2019 Christmas at the Zoo! event. Every Saturday and Sunday throughout December, the Texas Zoo will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and filled with lights, music, and joy. If you pop in between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., you can meet up with Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick himself for a photo.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year indeed, and it’s also a great time to stop into Atzenhoffer Chevrolet Cadillac Mazda Mitsubishi to check out our great selection of new and used vehicles. We hope to see you soon!

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.