Properly maintaining your auto is key to the lifespan of your car. Plus, maintenance helps preserve the value of your vehicle. Winter maintenance is also a safety issue. Here are some of our tip tips.
Temperature fluctuations impact tire pressure. During winter, it is essential to check your tire pressure weekly. Tire pressure is critical when driving on wet, icy, or snowy roads in the DMV regions.
Your tires lose a pound of pressure with every 10-degree temperature drop. To find the proper tire pressure for your vehicle, open your driver’s door and look for a sticker inside the doorframe.
Do you have enough windshield wiper fluid? Now is the time to have extra. They love to throw salt on icy roads during Maryland winters. Make sure you have washer fluid to get that gunk off your windshield when driving.
Have all your auto's fluids checked when you get your oil changed (transmission, brake, steering, etc.) and continue to monitor the windshield wiper fluid.
Protect your windshield wipers. When expecting freezing rain or snow, keep your wipers in the upright position to prevent them from freezing to your windshield.
Plus, it makes scraping the ice much easier. On those cold Maryland winter mornings, you need all the help you can get.
You already know that the daily commute in the Washington, DC, and Maryland regions can lead to unexpected problems.
Snow and bad road conditions lead to travel delays. Ensure that you have enough gas to sit in traffic, especially when it’s cold out.
Speaking of being stranded on a cold road in the DMV, review your auto emergency kit and make any updates. Make sure you have the following…
This might sound extreme, but each year, the media covers stranded drivers on the DC beltway, I-270, and beyond. You’ll appreciate that prep if you ever get stranded. Stay prepared.
During winter, it is vital to protect the exterior of your auto. Protecting the body extends the lifespan of your car.
And if you are planning to trade in your car in 2022, you will want to pay close attention to all the details. Here are some HiLo Auto tips for preserving the exterior of your vehicle this winter.
Maintaining an inventory of quality used cars is a year-round goal at HiLo Auto. We are looking for well-maintained used vehicles to add to our inventory. If you have an auto to sell, click here: https://www.hiloautosales.com/hilo-buys-cars.
Millions of Americans are getting back on the road this year for a holiday road trip. Whether you are traveling with a group of friends, family, kids, or pets, it is not too soon to start planning your trip.
If in the past two years, a lot has changed, including suggestions for a holiday road trip. Here are some tips from the HiLo Auto Team.
This year, it may be time to break a few of the traditional road trip rules. Here are a few rules worth breaking.
As a Maryland used car dealer, we’re your trusted guide for some road trip tips for your auto.
After two years of staying close to home, it is time to hit the road! Plan and have a great holiday road trip. And, if while on the trip, you decide that you need a car that better fits your needs, we will be here when you return home. A HiLo Auto professional salesperson can help you find the perfect used auto to fit your current needs.
There is no doubt that you have heard of this year’s supply chain problem. You may have clicked on this blog just to see if the four Maryland locations of HiLo Auto Sales have an inventory of used vehicles on their lots. We do. Keep reading and we will share details at the bottom of this blog.
The news is that this year’s supply chain issues will impact holiday gift giving. So, this year’s HiLo Auto Gift Guide will feature gifts that may be easier to find. And they are not just perfect for the holiday season. Here is a list of gift ideas that are perfect for any occasion.
Our Maryland team put together a list of gifts and ideas that are perfect for friends, family, and business contacts.
Many are returning to the office and the DMV commute is back. Here are a few gift ideas for the commuter:
We all have that organized friend or family member. Give the gift of organization for the trunk of their car:
Recently, we published a blog about Maryland road tips, and we know that many that live and work in Maryland enjoy a weekend adventure. Here is a list of gift for the adventure lover on your list:
This year, you may need to get creative when gift shopping. Consider a stop at your local auto parts store. Here, you will find vehicle emergency kits, car wash supplies, trunk organizers, and much more.
And for the best gift a loved one can hope for, think about the gift of a pre-owned car or truck! New cars and trucks lose their value once you drive them off the lot. Give them the smart gift of a used car or truck with our reliable warranty!
Yes, all four Maryland locations of HiLo Auto Sales do have used vehicles on their lots. Our professional sales team can help you find the perfect auto to fit your needs or to give as a gift. Call us to schedule a test drive or to learn about our six-month warranty program.
At HiLo Auto Sales in Maryland, we maintain a popular First Time Car Owner Program. The program allows our team to meet parents of first-time drivers, many of whom are understandably nervous about their teens becoming new drivers.
First, we assure the parents and the new driver that our used autos are always thoroughly inspected before being placed on our sales lot. We offer a six-month/6000-mile warranty as part of each car or truck sale. Ensuring that your car or truck is safe is just one tip we give to drivers.
Are you teaching your teen to drive? In addition to a safe car, here are some additional tips for parents nervous about teaching their teens to drive.
Kids learn from their parents. So, be the example of a safe driver. Not only are teens watching your driving skills, but they are also ready to learn about maintaining a car. It is the perfect time to discuss monthly car maintenance tips, changing a tire, and the importance of an emergency kit. (For information on these subjects, browse our blogs)
Does your insurance have a driver or roadside assistance program? As you add your teen to your policy, it is also the perfect time to explore roadside assistance programs. As you test-drive our used cars and trucks, ask your sales representative if the vehicle has OnStar.
Be the example of a safe driver that is also prepared.
A distracted teen driver is a recipe for an accident. Set a No Distraction Policy with your teen from the start. Here are two policies that you may want to include in your family plan:
For more tips, read this great blog from the National Safety Council.
Although we suggest that your teen learn to drive in various conditions, it is best to start slow and start early. As soon as your teen has their Learner's Permit, it is time to start practice drives, with you in the passenger's seat.
Before your teen's first drive, scout out locations. Perhaps start in the parking lot of a closed retail store or even their school parking lot on the weekend. The first road may be in your neighborhood on a Sunday morning.
If you work together to pre-scout locations, you will both feel less stress on the first day of driving together.
The time that your teen spends with a professional driving instructor should not be their only practice. In driving, practice makes perfect. Teens need a lot of practice driving under a wide range of driving conditions.
Make a checklist of places and road conditions that your new driver may face in the first year. Here are a few examples:
Create a “practice bingo” card and look for opportunities for your teen to drive, with you in the passenger seat, under every condition on your list.
It would be best if you had a variety of weather conditions on your practice bingo card. Ensure that your teen knows how to drive in the rain, wind, and freezing conditions. But driving is only one step.
This is the perfect time to teach teens about the importance of being prepared for a surprise shift in weather. Maryland is known for summer thunderstorms and surprise snow and ice during commuting hours.
Set the example by being prepared. Review the importance of "Don't Drown, Turn Around" and make sure that all needed supplies are in the car's trunk.
With pre-planning, practice, family guidelines, and the perfect auto, adding a teen driver to your household can be accomplished with less stress.
When is peak fall foliage season in Maryland? The change in color and the kick-off of Maryland’s fall foliage season starts in the western part of Maryland the third week of September. Fall color moves across the state with a peak in mid-October.
There’s no better time to plan a family road trip in Maryland. Whether you have a day or a week, we have picked some of our favorite stops.
If you only have a day to explore, we have included two spots only a short drive from urban Maryland.
You do not have to drive far to find a beautiful spread of fall color. We suggest Brookside Gardens in Silver Spring, Maryland, for a great day outdoors. Bring a picnic and your camera. This beautiful park is part of the Montgomery County parks system and brings nature to the city.
If you are looking for an easy walking or biking trail with beautiful fall color, head to the C&O Canal National Historic Park. This trail is only a short drive from many Maryland cities. You can plan your bike ride or walk by visiting the official park website. On the bike trail page, you can download a map and even download a smartphone app.
Both Brookside Gardens and the C&O Canal are close to all the HiLo Auto locations in Maryland. But we need to tell you about a few overnight or weekend fall foliage trips.
It is time to plan an auto road trip to western Maryland. The fall color peaks in early October, so, book your overnight reservations early. A visit to this beautiful lake is a popular road trip.
Before embarking on any road trip, ensure that your auto is ready to go on an adventure safely. Browse our HiLo Auto blogs for tips, and then get ready for a great trip.
Deep Creek Lake is a scenic favorite for Marylanders, but it is also on many cross-country bucket lists. This western Maryland lake is on lists with national favorites such as Bar Harbor, Maine, and Aspen, Colorado, and you can easily visit next weekend.
Fall color comes right down to the waterline at this crystal clear lake. And there are driving tours once you arrive at the lake. The RT 219 Overlook offers panoramic views. To plan your road trip, visit the Deep Creek Lake Experience website.
If hiking is your idea of a great fall weekend, head to Cedarville State Forest in Brandywine, Maryland. This Maryland State Forest offers hiking trails, a fishing pond, and camping. It is an excellent site for a fall weekend.
Trails are open for hikers and also bikers, and horseback riders. Described as an "enchanted forest," this may be the ideal place to see Maryland's best fall color. You can find a guide to the trails here.
We love planning Maryland road trips, but our real passion is finding you the perfect used car or truck. Our team of professional sales representatives can review your Wants & Needs List and help you find the automobile that fits.
If you are a first-time car buyer, we have a unique finance plan for you too. Everyone gets approved! Ask us about our six-month warranty. Check out our inventory of cars and trucks today.
Have you heard about the new auto supply chain problems in the United States? Perhaps you have seen the photos on social media of parking lots full of new autos that are not ready for sale. Or you may have heard about the problem on the national news.
Before we tell you the good news from HiLo Auto, let’s look into what is behind the current auto supply chain problems.
The broken supply chain for computer chips has impacted the new auto market. The parked new cars and trucks, shown in social media photos, are all waiting for computer chips. Without the chips, the autos will remain parked as the calendar flips to a new year.
Many of the features that drivers want in their cars and trucks are activated and maintained with a computer chip, such as navigation and backup displays.
But the chips also play a vital role in essential auto functions such as anti-lock and emergency brakes. They also read the amount of pressure on the gas pedal. Until the chips become available, new autos will remain parked.
A shortage of new automobiles has lead to pressure on the overall market.
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world, chip manufacturing facilities closed. Chip components are out of distribution.
At the same time, we all quickly shifted to a Work From Home environment. The available chips were moved to cover the surge in sales of personal technology such as laptops and tablets.
The new automobile industry took a double punch.
When there is a missing link in a supply chain, the loss vibrates across the market. We see the impact in the used car market.
Buyers who planned to purchase a new auto this year have shifted their focus to late-model used vehicles. Combine those buyers with those who budgeted to buy used, and the market quickly became flooded with buyers.
The impact includes a shortage of used auto inventory and a price increase. But we do have good news in the DMV region.
We have good news for you if you are in the DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia region. We have used vehicles in stock. Here are 5 points of positive news: