Keep Your Vehicle Clean!

When you are paying quite a lot of money for a car, it goes without saying that keeping it nice and clean, along with regular maintenance from us at Reno Tahoe Auto Group in Reno, NV, is an essential part of owning the vehicle. If you are driving on the road, off the road or travel a lot and your vehicle may experience different seasons, there are many particles such as dirt and salt that end up all over the body of your car and begin to eat away at the frame itself! Washing your car, on average at least once a week, can help get all the dirt, grime, salt and dust off of your car and keep it running for longer! It may seem like a boring chore but washing your car regularly can help keep your car nice and rust free for many years to come! This means that when you finally sell it, you will get more for it!

Reno Tahoe Auto Group
3355 Kietzke Ln.
Reno, NV 89502
775-329-0303
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Summer Car Tips Part 2

Broken AC?

If your car’s air conditioning isn’t working or just needs an extra boost, try a solar-powered car fan. These tiny devices can be mounted on an open window, expelling hot air from the car while creating constant air circulation. Note: Tinted windows interfere with this gadget’s function.

Blown-out tire?

Be prepared. Tires are more prone to blowouts in the hot summer months, because drivers are often on a sizzling road with the heavier loads for longer periods of time. Underinflated tires are most at risk, since the lack of air pressure puts the tires’ components under increased strain; but overinflated ones are more likely to hydroplane in a summer rainstorm. Periodically check your tread by sticking a penny into the groove of the tire with Lincoln’s head facing inward. If you can see the top of Abe’s head, it’s time for a new set.

Engine overheated?

Hot temperatures and low coolant levels increase the risk of your engine overheating, and your AC working overtime. If you see symptoms of an overheated engine—the temperature gauge rising; warning lights; steam billowing out from the hood—pull over to a safe place, turn off the engine, and wait at least a half hour for it to cool down fully before opening the hood. If your coolant levels are low, topping off the tank (it’s the translucent plastic one) could do the trick, but if the tank is empty you might have sprung a leak and will need pro help.

Summer Car Tips

Hot interior?

Cool down more quickly by driving with the windows rolled down and the air cranked up, which forces out the hot air and allows the cool air to circulate. In a few minutes, when the air inside the car should be about the same temperature as the air outside, you’re ready to roll up the windows.

Scorching steering wheel?

Prevent burning your hands with this trick: Turn the wheel 180 degrees before getting out of the car. That way, the side you touch is safely in the shade while you’re out.

Stinky seats?

A hot car can also mean a smelly car. To get rid of the stench, tape a dryer sheet onto the air conditioning. When you blast the AC, your ride will get a refresher too. Stash a box of dryer sheets under the passenger seat for maximum deodorizing as you travel.

About Our Dealership

There are so many ways that we appeal to our customers, and it all starts with offering you a comprehensive dealership experience here at Reno Tahoe Auto Group. You get all your bases covered from the moment you walk in, and have us to help you every step of your journey as you own your vehicle.

We provide you with many standout new Ford, Chevrolet, Chrysler, GMC models, while you can also find a quality selection of used cars, as well. No matter what, you’re going to find something that you want to drive off in. Along with that, we help you find a way to pay for your new or used ride with car loan and Ford, Chevrolet, Chrysler, GMC lease options, and work with you the entire time to find the best plan possible.

But, we also provide more than selling or leasing a vehicle to you. All car owners can take advantage of our onsite car service and maintenance department. Our team is highly-trained, and use the latest technology, tools, equipment and Ford, Chevrolet, Chrysler, GMC parts when we work on your vehicle, to give you a standout experience, and a long lasting ride that is properly cared for.

Throughout it all, you can count on Reno Tahoe Auto Group to give you the experience you desire. If you’re interested in taking a closer look at any of the vehicles we have here in our showroom, you can stop in and check them out. We’re located at 3355 Kietzke Lane Reno, Nevada, and a short drive away from Sparks, Spanish Springs and Carson City, and look forward to seeing you!

Our Finance Department

When the search for your next car ends, that’s where the fun begins for our team of auto financing experts. They love searching for the best possible car loan or Ford, Chevrolet, Chrysler, GMC lease solution for your needs in order to ensure you drive home completely satisfied, both with the vehicle you’ve chosen and the terms of your financing. Simply put, you’re in good hands with Reno Tahoe Auto Group by your side.

Once you are the proud owner of a Ford, Chevrolet, Chrysler or GMC model, Reno Tahoe Auto Group wants to help you keep that new car as safe, efficient, and well maintained as possible. Our factory trained staff are pleased to provide you with onsite car service and repair.  We utilize the latest automotive car care technology, and exclusively use only official Ford, Chevrolet, Chrysler, GMC parts for any vehicle repair, or upgrade.

But it isn’t our diverse new and used Ford, Chevrolet, Chrysler and GMC lineup or even our many auto services that set Reno Tahoe Auto Group apart from the rest. It’s our unequivocal commitment to the customers we serve from the Sparks, Spanish Springs and Carson City area. At our dealership, we don’t just want you to enjoy your new Ford F-150, Ford Focus, Chevrolet Silverado, Chrysler 200 or GMC Sierra 1500, we want you to enjoy the entire experience of buying it. Visit us at 3355 Kietzke Lane in Reno, NV today and let us treat you right.

Proper Vehicle Battery Care

Unlike many toys, your vehicle actually comes with a battery. But your car battery won’t keep working without some diligence on your part. Before we get into the maintenance tips, there are a few things worth knowing about automotive batteries, which will help you understand exactly what they do.

The battery stores energy in chemical form that is released on demand as electricity. The energy is used by the vehicle’s ignition system to crank the engine, as well as power the lights or other accessories. If your alternator fails, your vehicle can run on the battery alone, at least for a short period of time. Normally, however, as long as your engine is running, the alternator keeps the battery recharged. If you operate any electrical items with the engine off – such as power windows, the audio system or headlights – the battery will slowly drain.

Because automotive batteries contain hydrogen-oxygen gases and sulfuric acid that can cause serious burns, you need to observe some precautions before you handle the battery. The American National Standards Institute recommends wearing safety glasses or goggles and a face shield. Other precautions include never leaning over the battery, working in a well-ventilated area and keeping all ignition sources like cigarettes away from the battery. Now, on to car battery care:

First, if your battery is an older type that’s not sealed, it’s important to make sure the water level is adequate. It’s easy to tell which type you have: unsealed batteries have small vent caps on top that can be easily unscrewed. If the water level is not up to the bottom of the cap, replenish it. For areas where the tap water is hard (with a high mineral content), use distilled water. If you’re really not sure if the local water is hard or soft, distilled water is your best and safest bet. Check the water levels often during hot summer months, as heat tends to evaporate water more quickly. If the battery water level is allowed to get too low, the heat generated within the battery will destroy the battery cells.

Next, visually check the car battery terminals (one is marked positive “+” and the other is marked negative “-“). Before cleaning the connections or removing the battery, disconnect the negative terminal first whenever you disconnect the battery cables from the terminals. Removing the positive connector can cause a spark, especially if you’re using a metal tool that comes in contact with any piece of metal on the car. The spark can create an ignition source that could cause the battery to explode.

Unless the battery manufacturer indicates otherwise, the average life of a battery is about four years. So, if you want to enjoy several years of confident vehicle starts, follow these simple maintenance tips and check your battery water levels, terminal, bracket and tray condition about every two months.

Cleaning Your Cars’ Wheels

Car wheels, often made up of an aluminum or magnesium alloy, are what serve to hold the tire. On some cars, a plastic wheel cover or hubcap is affixed to the wheel itself. Both require cleaning to keep up appearances. And your car’s wheels take some of the heaviest abuse on your car, generally needing much more care than is provided. That’s one reason many relatively new cars have dull, dusty wheels. If you spend a little time and money maintaining your car’s wheels, then they’ll have that new-car look.

Corrosive brake dust builds up on the wheels, starts to etch into the finish and causes staining, peeling and discoloration, said Todd Cooperider, President, Esoteric – Fine Auto Finishing. Even if you don’t need to replace the wheels, discolored wheels and pitting will surely lower any trade-in value. Cooperider noted that professional detailers – not local car washes – know the best cleaners to use on individual wheel types and finishes.

Detailing costs more than DIY cleaning, of course, but remember that replacing a wheel that was pitted or damaged by improper cleaning can cost about $150 per wheel. If the wrong cleaner is used, it can also be “catastrophic and expensive” to the brakes, said Cooperider. Owners of high-end cars may opt for professional detailers to coat their wheels with the latest quartz/ceramic wheel coating technologies, making cleaning much easier. Those coatings, which can cost between $300 and $600, are generally used on high-end cars with wheels that cost thousands, but that treatment is available for all wheels.

The good news is that most drivers can safely clean their wheels and rims at home as long as they use care and the correct products. That will certainly cost less than detailing, but Cooperider cautioned not to buy the cheapest cleaners. He recommended a relatively new segment of wheel cleaners that are pH neutral and neutralize the iron deposits from brake dust that attach to the rims. These wheel cleaners are far more effective than what is typically available at your local auto parts store, and they are much safer as well.