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Cars Get Cold Too

How To Check Your Antifreeze

It may not cross most people's minds, but checking your car's antifreeze protection level is an important part of regular maintenance. Anti-freeze helps protect your car from damage caused by cold weather, and keeping it at the proper level could save you from costly repairs down the road. In this article, we will show you how to check your car's antifreeze protection level and what to do if it needs to be adjusted.

What You Need

Before you begin, there are a few items you need for the job:

  • An anti-freeze tester: These are usually sold for just a few dollars at any auto parts store.

  • Paper towel or rag: This will help keep the anti-freeze off of surfaces like paint that could get damaged.

  • Ziplock bag: This will help keep dirt out of your anti-freeze tester while you’re not using it.


Step 1: Locate The Reservoir

The first step is to locate the reservoir where your car’s anti-freeze is stored. This is usually in the engine compartment, and it looks like a plastic container with a lid on top (as seen in Figure 1). There should also be a warning label telling you not to open the lid while the fluid is hot – so always make sure that your car has been sitting idle for at least two hours before proceeding! 

Step 2: Testing The Anti-Freeze

Now that you have located the reservoir, insert the end of your tester into the fluid (you may have to use a straw attached to the bottom of the tester). Then pump up and down until about half of the fluid has been drawn up into the glass chamber on top (Figure 2). Now look at how many “balls” are floating on top of the fluid; this number tells you how well protected your car is against extreme cold temperatures (see Table 1 below). Once done testing, pour any remaining liquid into its original container, then wipe off any residue with paper towel or rag. 


Step 3: Storing The Tester

After testing, take a ziplock bag and store your anti-freeze tester in it until its next use. This will help keep dust and dirt off of it when it’s not in use! And don't forget - always remember that antifreeze is poisonous so make sure none gets on any surfaces outside of its original container!   


Checking your car's antifreeze protection level doesn't have to be difficult or complicated; with these simple steps anyone can do it themselves! With regular testing every few months, you'll know exactly how well protected against extreme cold temperatures your vehicle really is - potentially saving yourself hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs down the line!


Why Should You Buy A Used Car From A Dealer

Why Should You Buy A Used Car From A Dealer?

The car market has been full of ups and downs in recent months not to mention the tough economic times we are all facing. But despite this, everyone at some point will need to buy a car to replace their current one.

Used Car Dealers Vs. Classifieds

Buying a used car from a classified site has some pros and cons. On the surface it meets your budget but there will be uncertainty about the quality of what’s under the hood. Even if you've had good experiences in the past, it's hard to know for sure what you're getting.When you buy from a used car dealer, they have to be licensed by their state and typically vehicles will have been through a mechanical inspection of some sort.


1.  Condition – It's in their best interest to purchase cars that are in good condition to sell to you.

2.  History Reports  – When you buy from a dealer, they can tell you about the car's history. If it was involved in an accident, or how many owners it's had. This will give you some idea of what to expect down the road.

3.  Financing – Coming up with hard cash can be a challenge for anyone these days, and paying someone you just met online gives you little recourse. Most states have lemon laws giving you options from a dealer you wouldn't otherwise have.

4.  Paperwork – Oftentimes, people don't realize that when they purchase a used car from classified ads, they still have to go with the seller to transfer the title. You will also have to arrange your own financing. Most people barely have the time to shop for a car much less deal with all the paperwork that's required.


3 Key Things To Know Before You Buy A Car

What Is A Good Deal On A Car

Everyone wants to get the best deal on a car they can, It's human nature and makes financial sense. However, getting that deal isn't always up to the car dealership. Your budget, credit score and trade-in value all play significant factors in what you actually pay for your car.

Know Your Budget

Most people think a budget is what you can afford monthly, but it also determines what cars and the features will have. A car that you like may have several trim levels with different features, but they will come at a higher price. So know your budget and research cars and trim levels that fit in it.

Know Your Must Haves

If you've done your research then you probably have an idea of what you're looking for. But It's important to know your must-haves in a vehicle. For some people, it might be four-wheel drive or a sunroof, but for others, it might be heated seats and remote start.


Know Your Can Do With Outs

After you know your must haves, you can start looking at what you can do without. It all ties back into your budget and what you're willing to spend. If you're not worried about having the latest and greatest features, then you can probably get by with a base model vehicle.


With your budget, must have, and do with outs in mind, head to a dealership and have a conversation with the salesperson. They will be able to guide you to a vehicle that fits your needs best. You will then have a better understanding of what a good deal on a car looks like.

Are You Ready To Buy Your Next Used Car?

Buying a car can be stressful – but it doesn't have to be. Our team will work with you every step of the way to make sure the process goes smoothly. Call us today to get started.

Carco Auto Sales - Best Midsize Sedans

Please Read Carco Auto Sales - Best Midsize Sedans

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MotorTrend tests more than 200 vehicles at the track every year. We rate cars using the same factors you do, including how they drive, interior space, efficiency, tech, value, and safety. Ratings are only applicable within each respective segment.

  1. 2022 Honda Accord - 9.1/10 - After a midcycle refresh for 2021, we're not expecting any major changes to the Accord for 2022. Barring any significant revisions, it will carry forward with two gas engines and a hybrid option. The Accord competes with other affordable four-doors including the Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Kia K5, and Subaru Legacy.

  2. 2022 Subaru Legacy - 8.6/10 - Subaru knows its buyers and delivers on their priorities with the Legacy. The midsize sedan offers a compelling blend of technology, safety, and performance in a roomy and comfortable vessel. Middling style and a vexing CVT are the Legacy's greatest Achilles heels.

  3. 2022 Hyundai Sonata - 8.5/10 - Hyundai has been selling the Sonata here in the U.S. for more than 30 years, and the current eighth generation is the best version yet. Redesigned for the 2020 model year, the Hyundai Sonata is among the better midsize sedans on the market. It's mechanically related to the Kia K5.

  4. 2022 Kia K5 - 8.3/10 - The midsize sedan once known as the Kia Optima has transformed into the K5. Introduced for 2021, the K5 stands out in the segment with evocative exterior styling. Yet despite those looks it remains a relatively normal car in terms of features and capabilities. The K5 is offered with a choice of turbocharged engines and available AWD. Like the Optima before it, the K5 targets sedan stalwarts like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and mechanically related Hyundai Sonata. The K5 is built in West Point, Georgia, alongside the Kia Telluride.

  5. 2022 Toyota Camry - 8/10 - Although it's no longer Toyota's best-selling model (that title now goes to the RAV4), the venerable Camry remains a go-to choice for those seeking a dependable midsize sedan. The current-gen Camry was introduced for the 2018 model year and sees a mild face-lift for 2021. The Camry sits squarely in the center of Toyota's lineup of sedans between the compact Corolla and full-size Avalon. Besides its longtime rival, the Honda Accord, the Camry also competes with midsize four-doors including the Subaru Legacy, Nissan Altima, and Hyundai Sonata.

  6. 2021 Nissan Altima - 7.7/10 - Positioned above the compact Sentra and below the full-size Maxima, the Altima is the middle child of Nissan's sedan lineup. Nissan issued a full redesign of the Altima for the 2019 model year, and the family sedan has been relatively unchanged since. The Altima competes in the midsize sedan segment alongside cars such as the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, and Subaru Legacy.

  7. 2022 Volkswagen Passat - 7.1/10 - Once one of Volkswagen's most successful cars in the United States, the Passat enters its final year of production with a Limited Edition trim. It rides on the platform that's been on sale in the United States since 2012, the same year it won our MotorTrend Car of the Year award. The Passat last received a major refresh in 2020. Although this midsize sedan no longer feels like a fresh offering, it comes with the traditional advantages of its segment, namely a comfortable ride, a large trunk, and spacious interior.

  8. 2021 Chevrolet Malibu - One of the longest-running nameplates in the Chevrolet lineup, the Malibu has been a mainstay in the midsize sedan segment for decades. Since its inception, the Malibu has evolved from a rear-drive car that's available in multiple flavors to a front-drive model offered only one body style. Chevrolet even offered a hybrid Malibu for a short time to lure eco-minded consumers to the brand. With only a short time left before it's discontinued, the Malibu lineup has been streamlined. A number of cosmetic packages are also offered.

  9. 2021 Mazda Mazda6 - As we wait for the rumored RWD, inline-six-powered, next-gen 6, Mazda adds some polish to its midsize sedan for 2021. The current-generation model debuted for the 2014 model year and saw a mid-cycle facelift for 2018, adding a turbocharged engine option. The 2021 Mazda 6 competes with other affordable midsize sedans including the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Hyundai Sonata.

Original Source: https://www.motortrend.com/style/sedan/

Preparing Your Car For Winter Weather




Winter came early here in eastern Arkansas, and some areas have already experienced winter driving conditions and below freezing temperatures. Here are some tips for how to keep your car in top shape for the cold season. 

Check your antifreeze. Antifreeze keeps your engine from freezing up in cold weather, so it is vital to make sure you are not running low before the low temperatures hit. 

Get new tires. If your tread is wearing thin, it's time to go ahead and get new tires. Inadequate tread can be especially dangerous in winter, as slick tires can make it easier to slide on icy patches and harder to grip and get traction in the snow.  Make sure to check your tire pressure regularly, as colder weather can make you lose air pressure fast. 

Keep de-icer spray and an ice scraper in your car. Too many drivers only scrape enough to see out of their front windshield, but this is so dangerous! All your windows should be de-iced, as well as your backup camera, before you take off. Make this job easier with this inexpensive homemade de-icer spray and a good ice scraper. You might also want to invest in a windshield cover for your car, to prevent ice build-up in the first place. 

Replace your battery. Cold weather can make it harder for your car battery to operate, so if you've had some issues with yours in warmer weather, it's definitely time to replace it now. You don't want to be stranded in the cold with a dead battery! But still, always keep jumper cables in your car in case you or someone else needs a jump. (Note that if you drive a hybrid or electric vehicle, you can receive a jump, but you CANNOT jump another person from your hybrid or electric battery without risking serious damage.)

Replace your windshield wipers. Freezing rain and snow can do a number on windshield wipers, and if yours are getting worn they could make driving dangerous by smearing dirty ice all over your field of vision. They are cheap and easy to install yourself, so it's best to go ahead and have a fresh pair to start the season. 

Let it run. Many modern cars can technically run fairly quickly from a cold engine, but it's always better for your engine to let the car run for a few minutes before you take off. Besides, giving your heater time to warm up the inside makes for a much more pleasant commute. Add a thermos of hot coffee and you're ready to hit the road! 


Need a new ride for cold weather driving? This Frontier has 4WD and plenty of room for the whole family, and it's Christmas red! 


8 Ways to Keep Your Car Looking Brand New



There's nothing like the look and feel of a new car's interior. That famous new-car smell, and the shine of new interior can make even the most affordable car feel luxurious, but how do you hold on to that clean, sleek look and feel after you've had your car for months or even years? We've got 8 tips for you on how to keep your car's interior in top shape. 

1. Keep a waterproof bag for trash in your passenger floorboard within easy reach, and remember to empty it out regularly. 

2. If you spend a lot of time in your car, you know how things can pile up.  Keep a small basket or bin in your car for those random things that end up hanging around in the car. That way you can just grab the whole bin and take it in the house to put where it belongs.

3.Use a paint brush, makeup brush, or toothbrush to get dust and grime out of nooks and crannies between your vents, stereo buttons, and any other small crevices. 

4. Keep glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth in your car to clean interior of windows, mirrors and any other glass services in your car regularly.


5. Sprinkle some baking soda onto your carpet and mats and let it sit while you clean the rest of the car, then vacuum. This will cut any odors that might be in the carpet or fabric. You can do the same for cloth seats, but be sure to sprinkle a minimal amount so that it all comes out with the vacuum, or you'll be wearing baking soda when get up from the seat.

6. Because cars are a small, enclosed space, its a good idea to use a natural hard surface cleaner, such as Mrs. Meyers or Seventh Generation rather than harsh chemicals that you'll be breathing every time you drive. 

7. To avoid toxic chemicals and high detailing costs, clean your seats and carpets for pennies with a homemade solution and a stiff plastic brush. Check out this recipe for a more natural upholstery cleaning solution. 

8. If your car didn't come with cup holder liners, use small plastic sauce containers in the bottom of your cup holders to catch spills and bits of trash. Then you can just wash them out in the house and keep your actual cup holders clean. 

If you're in the market to upgrade your ride, check out our website.   Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter for deals on our cars, valuable tips for car care, travel information, classic cars and much. much more! 

NEW! 2016 Nissan Rogue

The weather is hot, but that doesn't stop us from working hard for you here at Hertz Car Sales! We've been busy adding several new models to the website, and there's something for everyone in our new inventory. This week we'll be starting a series highlighting what's new on the lot and our most popular models, starting with this beauty: 


If you're looking for a family SUV or the perfect road trip vehicle, this 2016 Nissan Rogue is for you. It has a large 70 cubic ft cargo space to hold groceries or gear, and even has extra storage underneath the cargo floor. The interior is roomy and comfortable for kids and adults alike.




The Bluetooth stereo system makes it easy to listen to everyone's favorite driving playlist, and the back-up camera makes backing into tight spaces a breeze while adding an extra element of safety with kids and pets around. With a towing capacity of 1,000 lbs, the Rogue can pull your small boat or trailer for weekend fun, and All Wheel Drive makes it a reliable ride in winter conditions. 




The Nissan Rogue comes with 5 year, 60,000 mile factory warranty. 

Call or come in for a test drive and we're sure you'll love this smooth-driving SUV. We also have this model in white, and several other comparable SUVs to choose from. Our salesman, Caleb Dewitt, is happy to help you drive home in your dream SUV. 


Check out this model and many others on our website, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter

As always, we appreciate your business! Thanks for making Hertz Car Sales your choice for quality, pre-owned vehicles. 

7 Ways to Keep Kids Happy on a Roadtrip


"Are we THERE yet???"

    There’s not a parent alive who hasn’t heard this on a road trip. Summer vacation is exciting for everyone, but the process of getting there can be boring for kids and stressful for everyone. Never fear, here are some tried and true ways to keep kids entertained on your summer vacation:
 
1.     Post-card kit: Put together a box of crayons, colored pencils, washable markers and index cards and let your kids draw pictures of the scenery. Then grab some stamps at one of your stops, dash off a note to the grandparents on the back side and mail it back home.

2.     Play Musical Word Association: Guaranteed to keep older kids and teens engaged with the family. Start by letting someone choose a favorite song on Spotify. The next person listens to the lyrics and comes up with a new song that reminds them of the last song, and explains why it makes them think of it. This one always sparks memories and interesting conversations.

3.     Sit in the back seat: If you have littles and are road tripping with a partner, get in the back seat next to your child. Having you close to make funny faces at and play with can ease an antsy baby or toddler. Just don’t be a backseat driver. ;)

4.     Counting Blue Cars: You nineties kids remember the song right? Turn it into a game with your own kids. First one to see 10 blue cars wins a turn to choose the music.

5.     Listen to a kid-friendly podcast. There are several quality ones listed here.

Stack of Childrens Book

6.     Pack a backpack with age-appropriate reading, activity books, snacks, and art supplies so kids can entertain themselves while parents get some adult conversation or quiet time.

7.     Scavenger Hunt: Make a list of random things you’re likely to see on your trip, and some that might be hard to spot. A pink car, a black and white cow, a water tower, a police car, a Hertz Car Sales location. First person to find them all gets dessert at a restaurant, or extra souvenir money.

 Check out our website for the perfect family car for your vacation! And don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest

Have a safe and fun summer road trip!
 

 

5 Tips for Buying the Pre-Owned Car of Your Dreams



Buying a car can be a stressful process, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips for making your buying experience go smoothly so you can get the best car for your money.

 

1.    Set your budget. You can apply for financing pre-approval to get an idea of what monthly payment and total price you can afford. Be sure to figure in the cost of car insurance into your budget. Coming to the dealership with a budget in mind will help you and your salesperson find a car that works for you.

 

2.    Determine your priorities. Are you looking for a great safety rating? Good gas mileage? Do you want a sleek, sporty look, affordable luxury, or a reliable family car? Decide what features are important to you and let your salesperson know what you’re looking for. They’ll be able to serve you better if you are clear about what you want.

 

3.    Do your research. If you have a specific model in mind, gather information online. Used car buyers often have an advantage, because there are more reviews available of pre-owned models. Read a mix of manufacturer information and reviews from car owners to get a variety of opinions about the quality, safety, and performance of your desired vehicle.

 

4.    Know your numbers. Be sure to compare prices, and know the market value of your trade-in vehicle. Keep in mind, factors like the condition of the car and special features can make prices vary.

 

5.    Don’t be afraid to negotiate. If the sticker price is too high for your budget, don’t let that put you off buying your dream car. Ask your salesman for a lower price. Often you can come to an agreement that both parties can be happy with.

 

 

For a great selection of pre-owned cars and trucks, vist our website at www.buyfromhertz.com.

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Welcome!



Welcome to our new Hertz Car Sales blog!

 

At Hertz Car Sales in Fort Smith, we know that cars are not just a product we sell, they’re a part of the culture, and integral to your daily life. We want you to be happy with your vehicle every step of the way, so we’re determined to provide quality online content to help you get the most out of your car.

 

Look forward to posts about how to care for your car and keep it in top shape, tips on buying a pre-owned car, local road trip destinations and tips for family fun, news and reviews about the cars we carry, car culture events in the area, fun classic car history, and much, much more.

 

We appreciate your business and hope you’ll check back with us regularly, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

 

Happy summer!  

 

 

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