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.

Manual Versus Automatic

manual transmissionWhen it comes to manual versus automatic transmissions, both have their pros and cons, and it’s important to understand the differences when you go to make a decision on what car to buy.

If you have the resources and patience to learn to how to drive manual, it could save you a lot of money. Cars with manual transmissions tend to have lower sticker prices and use less gas than automatics.

Manual transmissions are also preferred by auto enthusiasts and sports car drivers. Acceleration is greatly improved with manual transmissions, and driving lovers prefer the better performance and extra control the stick shift provides.

Then again, with automatic transmissions being the more common choice, fewer and fewer people know how to drive manual cars. So if you want to learn, it could be difficult to find a teacher or even someone who owns a manual car. Plus, automatic cars don’t require learned skills to be able to get them up a steep hill. If you’re not an enthusiast and you prefer easy to exciting, automatic is probably right for you.

Gas Mileage Tips You Might Not Have Known: Pinching-Pennies Can Add Up

green drivingAlthough gas prices have been low recently, it seems as though they might be on the rise again. That’s why we’ve put together a list of gas mileage tips–saving money has never been this easy.

According to Fuel Economy.gov, there are multiple methods of saving money. Among the easiest is changing your driving habits. By driving the speed limit, removing excess weight, avoiding idling, and using cruise control, you’ll save big in the long run.

Car maintenance is also important. Not only will regular upkeep increase resale value, but it’ll also make your car more efficient. The three major things to stay on top of are tire pressure, oil changes, and air filters. Correct tire pressure reduces unnecessary friction, changing the oil regularly keeps your engine running smoothly, and new air filters optimize air flow, essential for combustion.

Planning and combing trips is also a great way to optimize fuel economy. Carpooling is an obvious tip, but it’s also important to plan out your day to avoid stops. Nothing is worse than unnecessary driving.

Last but not least, consider fuel economy when you’re buying a car. We at DeVoe Buick GMC offer customers the latest in fuel efficient systems in our models. Both brands offer unique engine configurations (like fuel-saving Eco-mode), lightweight materials (carbon fiber and aluminum alloys), and aerodynamic design. When you buy Buick or GMC, you get performance and efficiency.