How to Prevent Automotive Rust

rustHere at DeVoe Buick GMC, we are located about as close to the Gulf of Mexico as you can hope to get. Just a mile or so from our doorstep, you’ll find expansive views of the Gulf and the salty breeze in your face. Unfortunately, along with the beauty the beach offers comes the consequences of salty air. The high salt content of humid ocean air can mean that people who live near the beach are especially susceptible to finding rust forming on their cars.

Here are suggestions on how to prevent automotive rust to keep your car looking (and running) its best.

Wash, wash, wash. Make it a priority to wash your car every two weeks, and apply wax every month. This will help eliminate the salt on your car’s paint and undercarriage, and help to protect it from salt for the coming weeks.

Look for damage. Look for scratches, flaking paint, or bubbling paint. Any exposure increases the risk of rust formation, and bubbling paint can be in indication that rust is already forming. When you find any damage, apply a sealant to prevent rust from forming on those areas of damaged paint.

Consider anti-rust spray. If you live in particularly harsh environments or struggle with automotive rust, you can apply an anti-rust spray to your car to protect it further. The spray acts as an extra coat of protectant for your car’s paint job.

For more information on what to do if you find rust on your car, visit howstuffworks.com.

Summer Car Care Tips to Keep You Cool When the Weather is Hot

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While most people think of winter as one of the most dangerous times of the year for vehicles, the summer season has its drawbacks as well. Stay safe this year with these summer car care tips from DeVoe Buick GMC:

  • Keep your car on a regular maintenance schedule. If you haven’t been to the auto repair shop for a tune-up lately, the time is now.
  • Make sure that your tires are appropriately inflated and have enough tread.
  • Take a good look at your windshield wipers. They can really take a beating in the snow, and you’ll want them at their best when it rains this year.
  • Change the air filter. Now that it’s warm, you’re going to want clean, fresh air blasting through the air conditioner.
  • Double-check that your air conditioning is working properly. If it’s only able to drop the temperature inside by about five degrees, you probably wouldn’t have noticed the problem all winter long.

Do you have any other summer car care tips to keep in mind? Let us know your ideas in the comments.

Spring Car Maintenance Tips

Isn’t it just so nice to live in Florida? Car maintenance is a lot easier in many ways down here in comparison to other parts of the country. Perhaps the most obvious benefit is the lack of salt on the roads, We don’t need to worry about constantly washing salt off our cars in an effort to avoid rust. However, there are some auto maintenance practices that everyone should do when winter is over  no matter what part of the country you live in:

  • Empty your car of any unnecessary weight. Things tend to pile up cars over the winter and this can negatively affect your MPG. In short, get all the junk out of your trunk and get more out of your gas tank.
  • Spring is typically the rainiest season. Make sure your windshield wipers, both in the front and back, are up to snuff.
  • Check your fluids. This is a good tip to remember just in general. If you can remember to check your fluids at the changing of the seasons and top them off whenever necessary, your car will thank you.

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And remember, if there’s any car maintenance you need help with, our service department would be more than happy to help you out. Stop by DeVoe Auto for a tune up today!

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Top Summer Car Maintenance Tips (Part Three)

Summer is a tough time of the year for cars. It’s just plain hot outside and it’s also the time of the year when most people go on long road trips. If you’re not careful, you could easily find yourself on the side of the road with an overheated engine! So that’s why we wanted to do this three part series on summer car maintenance. If you missed the first couple, no problem – you can read them by scrolling down through our blog.

But now, without further ado, we’d like to share with you our last three tips to keep your car at the top of its game during the hot summer months.

  • Obviously your brakes are the most important safety feature on any car, so, the first tip is to simply check your brakes. Brakes need to be replaced when the pad has been worn down to the minimum thickness as specified by the car manufacture or state law. According to howstuffworks.com, there are several indicators that you need new brakes:
    • Your brake pedal becomes very soft and mushy
    • Your brake pedal is very hard and resistant
    • Your brake pedal rests too low or too high
    • Indication or warning lights on the dashboard
    • Loud and constant scraping and grinding sounds coming from the brakes
  • Next, check the coolant and radiator. Cars are designed to be able to stand quite a bit of heat, however, there is a limit to how hot a car should get. To ensure your car does not exceed that limit, your coolant should be topped off. During the summer, coolant should be a 50/50 mixture of water and antifreeze.
  • And lastly, clean your battery. Believe it or not, the best way to keep your battery running strong is to keep it clean. Every once in a while detach the battery cables and wipe off the terminals. Also, make sure the battery is securely strapped down and all connections are solid.

There ya have it! And always remember, if you are having any trouble whatsoever keeping your car in peak condition, we’d love to help you out here at DeVoe Automotive. Set up your service appointment, or stop by today!

Top Summer Car Maintenance Tips (Part Two)

A couple weeks ago we did a blog post that gave a few tips on how you can best care for your car during the hot summer months. Those tips included checking your tires, changing your oil and oil filter, and changing the air filter in your car (For a more in-depth explanation of these tips, read the post for yourself).

Well today we’d like to add onto that list of summer car maintenance tips! So without further ado, here is part two of “Top Summer Car Maintenance Tips”:

  • De-winterize your car. For starters, take the snow tires off your car once winter is over. I know, I know – not many people use snow tires these days. Most people just stick to the all-season tires. But if you’ve still got snow tires on your car when you don’t need them, you’re lowering you MPG for no good reason. Other things you can do to de-winterize include changing the oil and topping off all fluids.
  • Get under the hood and check all the hoses and belts. Belts and hoses are vital to your cars health. If a hose has a leak and cannot get coolant to your car’s engine, your car might overheat and leave you stranded on the side of the road. Be sure to check for cracks in any hose, and weak spot in the belts.
  • Replace your windshield wipers. Violent thunderstorms can pop up very suddenly during the summertime, so make sure you’re ready. They’re not too expensive, they’re available at most stores with an auto care department, and they’re easy to install. Just do it!

So there you have it – part two of three of the summer car care blogs. Check our blog later this month for part three, and always remember that DeVoe Automotive is always there for all your car care needs!

Prepare your Vehicle for Springs Smoldering Heat

Goodbye breezy, cool winter weather and hello 80 degree days!  Yes, it’s that time of year again, and right now is the best time to get your car prepared for the upcoming spring and summer months of smoldering heat.  We did some research and came up with several important parts that you should check for the hot weather ahead.

Of course, you probably think the most important part to get checked is the air conditioning.  Which is true, you don’t want to get caught with it broken, but you should also check the radiator and cooling system in conjunction with the air.  If you have dirty coolant filled with sediments, it won’t allow air flow to the engine and you could end up with major problems.

In addition to those major inspections, you should also have the belts and hoses inspected for cracks, breakage and wear.  Now would also be the best time to change out your windshield wiper blades so that you are ready for the heavy spring thunderstorms.  Another item that you can check on your own is the tires; make sure they are properly inflated and get them rotated or replaced if necessary.

You can bring your vehicle to our certified service center here at Devoe Buick GMC and we will be happy to look it over for you.  Be sure to ask about our service specials and see what kind of a deal you can get on summer maintenance!

“Pink Saturdays” Promotion Comes To a Close

With Breast Cancer Awareness Month now over, our “Pink Saturdays” promotion has also come to a close. If you did not hear, for any customer who came into the DeVoe service center on a Saturday in October for car maintenance, we would donate $10 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. It was a very easy way for people to come in, get great service, and donate money to a very deserving cause at the same time. And now that October is over, we just wanted to give a big “Thank you” to everyone who came in on a “Pink Saturday” last month to help raise money!

If you didn’t make it in to our service center in Naples, Florida last month, no worries! We’re still here and our certified technicians are ready to get your car back in shape. See you at DeVoe Buick GMC soon!