How to Protect Your Truck from Extreme Heat

Protect Your Truck From Extreme Heat | Fort Stockton, TX

Is your pickup ready for hot weather? Here in Fort Stockton, temperatures can get quite extreme, so use these tips to protect your truck from summer’s worst heat.  

Under the Hood

Your cooling system is paramount to keeping your engine running smoothly in the Texas heat. Have the coolant drained and redone, as well as other engine fluids topped off. Running the air conditioning in summer gives your battery a workout, so make sure it’s operating at its full potential. Consider replacing the battery if it’s an older one.

Interior

UV rays heat up your truck’s interior, causing the upholstery to fade and even cracking your leather seating. Whenever you can, park in the shade to prevent unnecessary damage. If you can’t do that, get a sunshade to keep UV rays off the dash and front seats, and install seat covers to prevent fading.

Exterior

Heat can cause the pressure in your truck’s tires to go down. Check your tire pressure often to avoid underinflation, which can lead to blowouts. Meanwhile, the sun’s rays can damage the outside of your truck, too. Consider a bed liner to protect the bed, and apply a coat of wax to act like sunscreen, putting a layer between the sun and the paint job.

If you need any help summer-proofing your pickup, be sure to get in touch with our service experts here at Amistad Motors.

So It’s Your First Time Buying a Pickup Truck

Chevrolet Pickup Trucks | Fort Stockton, TX

If you’re looking to buy your first pickup truck but aren’t sure where to begin, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of helpful tips for potential new truck owners.

It’s Not a Car

Though this should go without saying, buying and maintaining a truck is significantly different from owning a car. Because trucks are significantly larger and differently shaped, you’ll definitely want to make sure you test drive your truck before you buy it to make sure you like how trucks handle. It’s also harder to park a truck — both at the grocery store and in your garage — so make sure you are prepared.

Only Get What You Need

Most pickup owners only use a small portion of their truck’s capability. Know what you need your truck to do so you don’t end up with too much truck for your lifestyle. Make sure to consider bed length, cabin size, and capabilities as well.

Buy from a Dealership

Dealerships like Amistad Motors have huge pickup truck inventories, so you’re more likely to find what you’re looking for on our lot than from a third party. Our truck specialists can special-order a pickup that meets your exact specifications if we don’t have it in stock.

Visit our dealership in Fort Stockton, Texas, to test-drive your preferred model — or go online to browse our inventory of new and pre-owned pickup trucks.

4 Ways to Safely Sanitize Your Car

Safely Sanitize Your Car | Fort Stockton, TX

It’s always a good idea to keep your car clean, but now more than ever, it’s vital that we do everything we can do to reduce the spread of viruses and germs. Follow these tips for sanitizing your car to stay safe and healthy and reduce your risk of infecting others.

Soap and Water

You can use both hand soap and dish soap to clean the inside of your car and it will kill any possible germs. Make sure you scrub the cabin thoroughly and get into crevices where germs may be hiding. Before cleaning, though, confirm that the product you’re using won’t harm any of your vehicle’s surfaces.

Rubbing Alcohol and Disinfectant Wipes

One of the most effective household items you can use to kill germs is rubbing alcohol, as long as the solution is at least 70 percent alcohol. You can use rubbing alcohol with a cloth to clean just about any surface inside your car. You can also use disinfectant wipes if you’re able to obtain some.

High-Touch Areas

Pay special attention to areas like the steering wheel, engine start button, touch screen, and any other areas you find yourself touching frequently. It’s a good idea to clean these spots regularly with one of the above cleaning agents — just make sure they won’t be harmful to any electronic components.

Clean Outside, Too

Don’t skip the exterior! You touch the outside of your car too, especially the door handles, so give them a thorough cleaning. And always use hand sanitizer or wash your hands afterward.

If you have questions about the best ways to sanitize your vehicle, contact us here at Amistad Motors and we’ll be happy to help.