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Credit Scores what are they for?
Credit Scores what are they for? October 14th, 2019
2017's Best Vehicles
2017's Best Vehicles September 20th, 2019
Looking to purchase an SUV?
Looking to purchase an SUV? August 14th, 2019
Four Wheel Drive & All wheel drive
Four Wheel Drive & All wheel drive May 17th, 2019
Windshield Wiper Comparison
Windshield Wiper Comparison April 19th, 2019
Exhaust, Fix that leaky muffler!
Exhaust, Fix that leaky muffler! March 13th, 2019
Interior Car Care Tips
Interior Car Care Tips February 14th, 2019
Why Is It So Important To Change Your Engine Air Filter
Why Is It So Important To Change Your Engine Air Filter January 14th, 2019
Should You Get Snow Tires or All Season Tires?
Should You Get Snow Tires or All Season Tires? December 12th, 2018
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Credit Scores what are they for?
October 14th, 2019 by:
Oxendale Auto Center
Credit Scores what are they for?

Things You Need to Know Credit Scores

According to Wikipedia credit score is a numerical expression based on a level analysis of a person's credit files, to represent the creditworthiness of an individual. A credit score is primarily based on a credit report, information typically sourced from credit bureaus. Lenders, such as banks and credit card companies, use credit scores to evaluate the potential risk posed by lending money to consumers and to mitigate losses due to bad debt. Lenders use credit scores to determine who qualifies for a loan, at what interest rate, and what credit limits. Lenders also use credit scores to determine which customers are likely to bring in the most revenue. The use of credit or identity scoring prior to authorizing access or granting credit is an implementation of a trusted system. Credit scoring is not limited to banks. Other organizations, such as mobile phone companies, insurance companies, landlords, and government departments employ the same techniques. Digital finance companies such as online lenders also use alternative data sources to calculate the creditworthiness of the borrower. 

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2017's Best Vehicles
September 20th, 2019 by:
Oxendale Auto Center
2017's Best Vehicles

According to Kbb,Edmunds, and other sources here are the top Vehicles for 2017.  Many factors went into qualifying these vehicles like reliability, affordability, average MPG, cost of ownership, warranty info, recall data, owner survey, and online reviews.  We stock several of these units at Oxendale Auto Center and can locate them all across the US to be sent into our store. Contact us if you have questions.

  • 2017 Kia Sportage
  • 2017 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2017 Toyota Prius/Prius Prime
  • 2017 Kia Optima
  • 2017 Hyundai Sonata
  • 2017 Jeep Wrangler
  • 2017 Honda Civic
  • 2017 Honda Accord
  • 2017 Ford Fusion/Hybrid
Looking to purchase an SUV?
August 14th, 2019 by:
Oxendale Auto Center
Looking to purchase an SUV?

Things You Need to know before looking for a used SUV

Here are the four types of SUVs you maybe looking for, here are some examples of the best SUVs per category:

Compact SUV:

* Nissan Murano

* Toyota Highlander

* Mazda CX-9

Midsize SUV:

* Toyota 4Runner

* Hyundai Santa Fe

* Chevrolet Traverse

Large SUV:

* Chevrolet Tahoe

* GMC Yukon

* Toyota Sequoia

Luxury SUV:

* Lexus RX 350

* Acura MDX

* Cadillac Escalade

During your search for a vehicle to purchase you might have considered buying an SUV because of its many advantages. Families with children, adventurers, and even businesses in need of transportation space seek out SUVs. SUVs have been advertised as the do-it-all type of vehicle because of their flexibility and adaptability. If you are looking to purchase an SUV, then you have to consider that there are a wide variety of types and uses. For example, if you are a soccer mom or a family that needs some space then you might want to consider a Chevrolet Tahoe because of its space and number of seats. Additionally, you might also consider a Cadillac Escalade if you want space, seats, plus some luxury

Four Wheel Drive & All wheel drive
May 17th, 2019 by:
Oxendale Auto Center
Four Wheel Drive & All wheel drive

Things You Need to Know about 4wd and AWD

4WD is normally used on large SUV Four-Wheel Drive (4x4) vehicles designed to use the extra traction of 4WD in off-road situations. These vehicles are predominately truck-based platforms with large wheels and off-road tires that combined with a manually selected and a locked 4WD driveline enables the vehicle to venture off-road and negotiate very difficult terrain.

A locked 4WD driveline means that there is a direct mechanical link between the front and rear axles with no mechanism to allow any difference in the number rotations of the front and rear axles. This means that when the 4x4 vehicle turns a corner because the radius of turn is different for front and rear axles, the tires on the axle with the smaller radius of turn must be able to slip on a loose slippery ground surface. If the ground surface is not slippery and the tires do not slip, then the driveline (axles and propeller shaft etc) will twist and stress will be induced. This is known as ‘wind up’ and ultimately if the twist cannot dissipate the vehicle will no longer be able to move as it becomes ‘locked up’. This will generally only happen at lower speeds on ground surfaces with no slip. At higher speeds or on slippery road surfaces, the tire is able to slip and the ‘wind up’ is released. This means that when 4WD vehicles are driven on normal road surfaces, 4x4 must be deselected and the vehicle is driven in two-wheel drive.

All Wheel drive - AWD vehicles drive all of the wheels all of the time, so the system must include a mechanism that is generally a limited slip differential or an electronically controlled clutch to allow a rotational difference between the front and rear axles. In a lot of circumstances the front wheels only drive until slippage or additional power is needed to power the vehicle.  AWD systems can then in milliseconds transfer power to those wheel hubs.  Sedans and SUVs more commonly use AWD as a means to save on fuel vs. 4wd systems since they primarily use FWD unless the AWD power is needed to gain traction.  Which is BETTER there is no clear winner as they both function completely different.

Windshield Wiper Comparison
April 19th, 2019 by:
Oxendale Auto Center
Windshield Wiper Comparison

What are some of the best Windshield Wipers for your car, truck or Suv?

The windshield wiper market is as difficult to market to understand if you don't know the key players.

You certainly can’t count the number and kinds of wiper blades available in the market, most of which won’t live up to even the humblest of expectations – clean pollen off my glass in spring, and don’t freeze up in winter

When it comes to buying windshield wipers you basically have two options; you can either get the wipers supplied by your vehicle manufacturer, or you can buy the best windshield wipers from a windshield wiper manufacturer.

What are some of the best wipers out on the market today?

The recommended schedule for replacing your windshield wipers will be in your owner’s manual.  On most cars the windshield wipers are easy to access, so visually checking it from time to time is a good idea. It’s also easy to replace them yourself.   Of course, if you’d rather have a professional handle it, just stop by the service center at Oxendale Auto Center in Prescott Valley, located at 8350 E. AZ-69 - We would be happy to help you.

These are some great options and highly recommended by auto professionals in Prescott Valley Arizona Area.  Your vehicle’s windshield wipers can have a life that is long, or a life that is short. When you put a LOT of demand on your vehicle’s wiper blades, you expect them to never fail. But eventually, they start smearing the rain, bugs, and other debris which can make visibility  even worse. Make sure you take care of them.

Exhaust, Fix that leaky muffler!
March 13th, 2019 by:
Oxendale Auto Center
Exhaust, Fix that leaky muffler!

fix that leaky muffler, now!

Exhaust Systems reduce noise and remove harmful fumes away from your vehicle. Evans Tire & Auto Care offers good quality auto repair in Richmond, KY and exhaust repair that are easily performed at low prices!

What the Exhaust System does: The role of an exhaust system is not just to dampen engine sound, but also to redirect dangerous fumes away from your vehicle. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless chemical that may escape from an unsecured exhaust system. If the carbon monoxide is breathed in it could cause incredibly severe health hazards. For your safety as well as the safety of your passengers, it is necessary to have your exhaust system inspected and sustained on a consistent basis. Effectively working exhaust systems can also assist in protecting the environment from unsafe emissions released into the atmosphere.

Why service is important: A loud vehicle could be an indicator that it's time for a brand-new muffler or exhaust system. Identifying indications of corrosion, wear and damages might prevent fractures and holes in the exhaust system. Several states and cities call for emissions testing to register your automobile. Checking for laws before registering your vehicle might conserve you time and money, prior to your emissions testing.

When to get your muffler looked at:

  • - Loud thumps, growls, or bangs
  •  - Signs of rust
  •  - A vibration or shaking of your muffler when idling
  • - If your muffler is dangling lower than normal

If you experience an abnormally loud sound coming from your automobile, it is essential to get your exhaust system checked instantly

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Interior Car Care Tips
February 14th, 2019 by:
Oxendale Auto Center
Interior Car Care Tips

Interior car care tips to help you get the most out of your vehicle when you're ready to move on to a newer vehicle.

The harsh climate change conditions of Arizona can take a toll on your vehicle's interior.  At Oxendale Auto Center we want to help you by providing some helpful tips to keep your interior in tip-top shape. From cleaning your windows to dressing your tires we want to make sure your vehicle gets the treatment and pampering it needs to keep looking youthful  :

  • When washing your windows make sure you use a proper automotive window cleaner, streak-free cloth and include cleaning the top edges of the window track.
  • Leather care is important to keep your leather seats from cracking or ripping. A quality leather conditioning kit is key, make sure if your vehicle is out constantly in the Arizona sun your are conditioning your front and back seats every 1-2 months. They can easily dry out and start wearing rapidly.
  • Rinse your car thoroughly before applying soap, you will grind the surface dust and road grime into the clear coat of your vehicle finish. A good one to two-minute rinse of this loose material will help keep your paint shiny and scratch free.
  • Change your cabin air filter to keep the interior smelling nice and new.  Look at your vehicles owners manual for time frames needed to change the cabin filter and replace as needed.
  • Deep Clean your carpets and or upholstery using a carpet cleaner annually will really cut down on odor and wear and tear of your vehicle soft surfaces.  This will also help eliminate staining from salt and other chemicals you come in contact with on your fee
  • We hope that some of these helpful hints will keep your vehicle looking its best so you can optimize its trade-in value when you are ready to trade up to a newer vehicle. Please contact us with any questions if you are in the Prescott Valley Arizona Area by calling our sales team at (888)397-9962 

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    Why Is It So Important To Change Your Engine Air Filter
    January 14th, 2019 by:
    Oxendale Auto Center
    Why Is It So Important To Change Your Engine Air Filter

    Why do you need to change your ENGINE AIR FILTER?

    In Yavapai County Arizona an engine air filter works to keep dirt, dust, sand, and other contaminants from getting inside the engine. The filter can get dirty and clogged over time, reducing its effectiveness and negatively affecting your vehicle performance. It’s best to check your owner’s manual to find the recommended schedule for your vehicle.  Some of the warning signs that indicate your Crossover, Truck or Small SUV engine air filter needs to be replaced include:

  • Rough idling and even problems with starting
  • Carbon Deposits in your exhaust system and even thick black smoke
  • Error codes and service engine lights especially in small cars with 4 cylinder engines
  • Overheating due to lack of air intake common with full-size trucks
  • Poor Take off or decreased acceleration
  • Poor conditions with your engine filter can also affect gas mileage, although the change may be slight and not readily apparent to most Prescott Valley Arizona drivers

    Check the REPLACEMENT SCHEDULE Suvs sedans or full-size trucks

    The recommended schedule for replacing your engine air filter will be in your owner’s manual, but if you often drive on sandy Arizona roads in Prescott or Chino Valley.  Do you take Gravel roads, or Get stuck in heavy traffic on hot days In New River, Cordes Lake, or Spring Valley you should change the filter more often. On most cars the engine air filter is easy to access, so visually checking it from time to time is a good idea. It’s also easy to replace the filter yourself. Just open the air filter compartment, remove the old filter, and drop in a new one. Of course, if you’d rather have a professional handle it, just stop by the service center at Oxendale Auto Center in Prescott Valley, located at 8350 E. AZ-69 - We can point you in the new direction as we are experts.

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    Should You Get Snow Tires or All Season Tires?
    December 12th, 2018 by:
    Oxendale Auto Center
    Should You Get Snow Tires or All Season Tires?

    SNOW TIRES or ALL SEASON TIRES: WHICH ARE BEST For you?

    The solution to the winter or snow tires vs. all season tires question will depend on where you live and the conditions in which you drive. With the conditions and elevation changes of central Arizona, this may be wildly different for everyone. Oxendale Auto can help you make the right choice

    Driving an SUV or Truck doesn't mean your safe, your tires are literally the most important element of you sticking to the payment or sliding off into a ditch regardless of 4wd, front wheel drive or all-wheel drive. If you only see minimal snow and ice and just want to be safe, all season tires are probably the way to go. But if you know there’s an extended period of time when icy roads are an issue, mounting winter tires isn’t a bad idea– it could save your life. Especially in mountainous and hilly areas of Arizona.

    When mounting winter tires for the season, it is super important to always install a full set. Just changing out the front tires increases the likelihood that the rear tires will skid. Likewise, just putting snow tires on the rear wheels could cause the front tires to lose traction and make it impossible to steer your vehicle. Also, remember to re-mount those all season tires when spring rolls around. While winter tires are undeniably superior in extreme winter conditions, they’ll wear down faster on warm, dry pavement.

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    Give a Car as a Christmas Gift
    December 1st, 2018 by:
    Oxendale Auto Center
     

    Creative Ways to Give a Car as a Christmas Gift

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    There are a few moments in life that are truly remarkable: First kiss, first job, first car.

     

    Owning a car is undoubtedly a big achievement, but it comes with great responsibility. Driving is a privilege, not a right. While cars make our lives much easier, they require a significant investment, regular maintenance, and constant attention to safety.

     

    A vehicle purchase is not a small thing and, therefore, it should be celebrated! If you’re giving someone a car as a Christmas gift, why not do it in style? Here are a few ideas:

    Miniature Car Replica

    You can use a miniature car replica to fool the gift recipient. Buy a model car and put the keys of the actual car inside of it. If you want to elaborate your surprise a bit more, hide the miniature car replica in an unusual place, like inside a cereal box.

    Scavenger Hunt

    Are you getting a car for your teen? Send him or her on a scavenger hunt. You can create cues and place them all over the house. Make the last cue direct your teen to a box of boxes, where the smaller ones are wrapped inside the larger ones. The last of them has your teen’s precious treasure inside it. This scavenger hunt idea may require some planning but the fun is definitely worth it!

    Hide the New Car

    Did you buy a car for your wife or husband? Hide the car in the garage and ask the person to go get something you left in the car. Give him or her the keys of the new car but make it look like you’re in a rush, so the person won’t notice. Follow your wife or husband to the garage and yell “surprise!”.  

     

    We hope these ideas help you surprise someone with the gift of a car. At Oxendale Auto Center, we have a wide variety of used vehicles at great prices. Browse our online inventory and feel free to contact us through our website or by calling (888) 397-9962 to schedule a test drive.

    Get Ready for Winter
    November 1st, 2018 by:
    Oxendale Auto Center
     

    4 Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

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    Winter is around the corner, and the colder temperatures can affect your vehicle’s performance and your personal safety. Check out these tips to get your car ready for winter:

    Prepare Winter Supplies

    When you go out in the cold, you rely on a tuque, gloves, and a thick coat to keep you warm. Although your car doesn’t need clothes, it does need some preparation for braving the roads on a cold winter’s day. That’s why we encourage you to prepare a winter supply box and leave it in your car. Be sure to include a first-aid kit, a flashlight, and an ice scraper, as well as food and water. Keep an eye on your phone’s battery, too—you might need to call 911 in case of an emergency.

    Get Winter Tires

    Regular tires lose traction when the temperatures are consistently below 45°F, which is when you should put winter tires on your car. Winter tires are made with a different rubber compound that is softer and more flexible than the rubber used in all-season tires. If you wait too long to switch your tires, you may compromise your safety and put others at risk.

    Wash Your Car More Frequently

    Road salt is often used to melt snow and improve tire adherence during the winter months. Overall, road salt helps increase vehicle safety, even though it’s not exactly eco-friendly. In addition to harming the environment, salt road can also damage your vehicle’s paint because it contributes to rust and corrosion. The best way to minimize the detrimental effects of road salt on your car is by washing it more frequently.

    Install a Remote Starter

    When it’s too cold outside, your car takes longer to warm up. Unless you’re a penguin, you might feel very uncomfortable for the first 5 to 10 minutes after entering your vehicle. Also, winter is not a one-day event, and most people use their cars multiple times a day. You can avoid this inconvenience by installing a remote starter in your car. Another advantage is that it helps defrost your windshield on snowy days.

     

    We hope these tips help you stay safe and maintain your car during winter. Whether you’re interested in buying a new car or ensuring yours is ready for winter, contact us through our website or by calling us at (888) 397-9962.