How to tell if you need new tires

Your tires are some of the most important things on your car, which is why you need to make sure you are replacing them when they get too worn out. One of the simplest ways you can determine if you need new tires is by using a penny.

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Take a penny and place it in between the tread grooves on your tires with Lincoln’s head pointing down. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tread is too worn down and, it is time to get a new set. If the top of Lincoln’s head is covered, you have more than 2/32 of an inch of tread remaining, and you’re in the clear.

Make sure you do this test in multiple places on all four tires. If you notice that one tire is more worn down than the others, this could be a sign your wheels need to be realigned.

Tread is an important thing to consider because it is what gives your tires traction. When the tread is too worn down, your tires are “bald,” and they will have a harder time gripping the road, especially during inclement weather. Bald tires also gather more friction from the road, which can lead to overheated tires and blowouts.

If you need a new set of tires, a rotation, or just want an expert opinion as to whether you’re due for a change, pay us a visit at Bill Jackson Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac.

Green New Year’s Resolutions for your car

Now that 2020 is here, you have a chance to get the New Year and decade started on the right foot. If you’re looking for ways to make some improvements to your life and lessen your impact on the environment, here are a few green New Year’s resolutions for your car.

Clean Out Your Car

The heavier your car is, the more fuel it will use. If your trunk or car is filled with a lot of unnecessary items, you could be wasting a lot of gas. Clean out your car and only keep the necessities. Make it a habit to clean out your car at least once a month.

Drive the Speed Limit

Most vehicles are designed to deliver optimal fuel efficiency around 55 mph. The faster you drive, the more inefficient your car is. For example, by driving 75 mph instead of 55 mph, you may be decreasing your efficiency by as much as 20%.

Keep Up with Maintenance

A well-maintained car will run more efficiently than one that needs an oil change. Keep up with the routine maintenance schedule listed in your owner’s manual. Pay particular attention to oil changes, air filter changes, engine tune-ups, and tire rotations.

If your car needs any maintenance as you head into 2020, swing by Bill Jackson Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac and let our service department get your ride in tip-top shape.

Money-Saving Tips to Afford a New Car

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If you’re concerned about being able to afford a new car, you can rest easy. Bill Jackson Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac has got your back with a few money-saving tips to help you get that new car off of the lot and into your garage in no time.

  • Make a list of must-have features and a separate list of would-like-to-have features.
  • Establish your “target price.” Once you’ve determined how much you’d like to spend, research a few makes and models online to see if this price is realistic. If you can get all of your “must-haves” within that price range, you’re good to go. If not, either your target price or your must-haves will need to be adjusted.
  • Plan to put at least 20% down on a new car. Making a larger down payment means you may need to save for a little bit longer in the beginning, but it will save you money in the long run.
  • Try to limit spending on unnecessary expenses. Consider eating out less frequently or temporarily switching from name brand to store brand products.
  • Establish a savings account. If your financial institution allows for it, you can create a separate savings account dedicated to your new car and have a certain percentage of your paychecks deposited automatically.
  • There are numerous “gig jobs” available today in everything from ride-sharing to dog-walking. Consider picking up a temporary side job to help you save up for that big down payment.

Purchasing a new car is a very exciting process as long as you’re well-prepared. Visit Bill Jackson Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac and have a member of our staff walk you through everything you need to know and help you set up a savings plan.

Welcome to the Bill Jackson Chevy Buick GMC Blog

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Bill Jackson Chevy Buick GMC and Bill Jackson Cadillac believe in doing things the right way. We would like our customers to know us beyond being a car dealership. With that being said, we would like to welcome you to our blog.

What to expect

Here, you will find some of the latest Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac news. Keep up with the latest model releases, technology updates, and much more. If you need advice on car care during changes in seasons, we’ve got you covered.

Who we are

With more than 40 years in business, we are the premier car dealership in Troy, AL. We feature vehicles ranging from tough trucks to luxurious sedans. Since we offer all General Motors brands, we keep our prices low with plenty of options to fit your budget.

Once you find the right vehicle, our sales and financing team will help you get the best loan possible. Thanks to our decades of experience, we’ve formed relationships with many of the top lenders in our area.

Our discounts

If you need help getting started shopping for a new car, we have special saving offers to launch you in the right direction. Our military discount, educator discount, and first responder discount pages offer further insight about why we are the go-to dealership for thousands of people in the area. Stop by our GM dealership any time during our hours of operation.