Buying a new car is a big step, especially when it comes to finances. If you’re trying to save as much as possible on your next vehicle, here are some easy money-saving tips to get you behind the wheel for less.
Buy a used car
Purchasing used instead of new is perhaps the easiest way to save money on a car purchase. Whether it’s a certified pre-owned or a regular used car, you’re likely to save thousands of dollars.
Trade-in your current or old vehicle
Many dealerships will accept trade-ins as credit towards your new car purchase, and some will even consider purchasing the car from you outright if it’s in good enough shape.
Pay in cash when possible
If you can afford to, paying in cash will save you a ton of money by eliminating the cost of interest on a loan.
Do your research
Know the value of the car or cars that you are after, and don’t be afraid to negotiate the price. You might be able to save hundreds by knowing the true worth of the car and being able to walk away if the price isn’t right.
Stay patient and don’t be impulsive
Impulse buys are often what gets you in the most trouble financially. Make sure you know how to maximize the value of your purchase and don’t jump into the first deal you’re offered.
Buying a car can seem like an insurmountable challenge, but with a bit of planning and some patience, it can be a breeze. If you have any questions or want help going through the process, stop by Hight Chevrolet. We’d be thrilled to help you with whatever you need.
Truck beds are nothing if not useful, and the fall is the perfect time to take advantage of that versatility. Read on for a few ideas on how to make your Chevy truck’s bed work for you this fall.
Tailgating is a practice so intrinsically tied to trucks that it was named after one of your pickup’s most iconic features. So why not host a party before a local sporting event? Bring along beer, meat, a portable grill, and all the folding tables and launch chairs you need. Plug in a radio or just use your Chevy’s sound system to play some music for a bit ambiance.
Similar to tailgating, trucks are perfect for setting up and enjoying a bonfire. You can bring along everything you need to get the fire started and have a fun night cooking over the open flames, listening to music, and chatting with friends. You can even set up a tent that attaches to your truck bed if you plan to spend the night.
Homecoming parades always need more convertibles and pickup trucks, and there’s nothing like a Chevy to kick off the celebration in style. Consider volunteering your truck to be the base of a float, or just a snazzy spot for teens to take pictures before the game and dance.
No matter what your fall plans are, your Chevrolet truck will help you get them done in style. To make sure that you’re enjoying the season in safety as well, schedule an appointment with the service department as Hight Chevrolet to take care of any routine maintenance.
Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, but there’s still warm weather to enjoy, places to go, and events to attend. Here are some of the best ways to spend the dog days of summer in Maine.
Festivals and Events
There’s no shortage of festivals around Maine this September. The 11th Annual Family Jamboree takes place on September 14 in Wells and features games, crafts, and food. For a taste of the season, check out the annual Cornish Apple Festival on September 28.
For a romantic waterfront activity to liven up date night, stop by Portland on Saturday nights for Oysters and Rosé. If actually getting on the water is more your style, consider the Full Moon Sail on the Schooner Olad in Camden on the September 13.
It may be too late in the year to vacation to somewhere like Florida, but that doesn’t mean you can’t hit up a beach near you. Head to the coast and sunbathe on one of the many beautiful beaches by the Atlantic, like Old Orchard Beach and Long Sands Beach.
If you want to take advantage of the beautiful weather before it gets too cold, take a camping trip with the family. Some of the best campgrounds in Maine — like Acadia National Park’s Seawall Campground — are just a 10-minute walk from the ocean. You can also enjoy the natural beauty of the Cape Neddick Oceanside Campground, and Bradbury Mountain State Park.
Here at Hight Chevrolet, we want to make sure that you’re end-of-season excursions are as safe as they are fun. If your vehicle is due for any routine maintenance, swing by Hight Chevrolet and let us get you ready to roll.
Developing a car maintenance routine is a smart way to stay on top of vehicle service. Following the 30-60-90 schedule — which refers to 30,000, 60,000, and 90,000 miles of driving — offers a reliable way to protect your car from easy-to-avoid issues and keep it performing at a high level.
According to Car Gurus, aside from regular maintenance such as changing the oil and oil filter, you should change the air and the fuel filters every 30,000 miles. Combustion requires both air and fuel, so if the filters are clogged the engine won’t run as efficiently. You may also want to clean out the air filter every 15,000 miles, though the fuel filter should normally be replaced by a professional.
Every 60,000 miles, you’ll need to do more maintenance. You should change the battery, as it will begin to lose its charge. Replace the brake fluid to make sure it’s still stable, as well as the brake pads or shoes if necessary. It’s also a good idea to do a coolant flush at 60,000 miles, and be sure to check the transmission fluid — it should be replaced if it’s cloudy, brown, or smells burnt.
At the 90,000-mile mark, you’ll need to do major service. Replace the spark plugs and possibly the ignition system, as well as any old hoses. The timing belt will also need to be replaced before you hit six-figure mileage, and the power steering fluid may need to be topped-off.
It’s finally summer, and while this season can make for some of the most pleasurable drives, it’s also an important reminder to service your vehicle and prepare it for the heat, humidity, and precipitation that come with the hottest season. Follow these summer car service tips to avoid problems and stay safe on the road.
Conventional wisdom holds that
battery problems are most frequent in the winter, but the intense heat of
summer can cause just as many issues for your car’s battery, if not more.
Batteries are susceptible to both heat and vibrations. Confirm that the battery
is well-mounted, as this will minimize vibrations. Clean any corroded pieces on
the battery terminal and the clamps; there will be more build-up during the
summer due to the quick evaporation of the battery fluid.
inflate the tires
The heat of the road in summer
leads to many more tire blowouts, especially when the tire is under-inflated.
Fill it up to its ideal PSI, which can often be found in your owner’s manual or
inside the driver’s door, and check the pressure once a month.
a cool engine
Regularly flush your cooling systems and always check the overflow reservoir to keep the coolant at the optimal level. The last thing you want is to see smoke billowing out of your engine because it is overheated.
By following these tips, you’re well on your way to keeping your vehicle running smoothly all summer long. Come visit us at Hight Chevrolet if you need to get your car serviced.
The Farmington Farmers’ Market takes place all
summer long. Not only will you have a lovely day in the sunshine, but you will
keep your family supplied with fresh and healthy locally grown produce.
Available items include eggs, meat, baked goods, maple syrup, honey, dairy
products and produce. The Farmington Farmers’ Market takes place in the
courthouse parking lot every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May to
If you haven’t yet, we strongly encourage you
to check out an event or exhibition at the Emery Community Arts Center, part of
the University of Maine at Farmington. The center presents programs, features
and shows at no cost to the Farmington community. This summer, pair a visit to
Emery with a relaxing picnic on campus.
It’s no secret that our neck of the woods is
full of natural splendor. All around the region, there is an almost unlimited
supply of hiking, biking and horse-riding trails to explore solo or with the
whole crew. Make a weekend of it and book a lot at one of Farmington’s numerous
Looking for May events near Farmington? Whether you want to get outdoors or simply have a fun date night, you will find a variety of fun things to do.
Wine and Beer Tasting
Start the month by taking a short trip to the Winslow VFW
hall for wine and beer tasting. Starting at 5:00 p.m. on May 2, you can enjoy wine
and craft beer from local vendors, as well as hors-d’oeuvres, and a silent
auction. Just be sure to bring a designated driver if you plan on drinking.
Duck, Duck, Death
Drive on over to Belgrade for a Murder Mystery Dinner event.
The special Duck, Duck, Death! The Hallowell Open Theater Troupe performs the
plot twists at the Village Inn and Tavern on May 3 at 6:30 p.m. Solve the case
over a four-course meal.
At the end of the month, check out Barnstock 2019. Starting May 31 at 10:00 a.m., this three-day event occurs at the Barn Yard All Terrain in Livermore. Activities include mud drags, rock climbing, deep mud racing, a tough truck obstacle course, and more. If you enjoys off-road driving, you will love Barnstock 2019.
Getting a new car is a great way to motivate yourself to get out and do more and learn more about your community. Test-drive a new car at Hight Chevrolet.
Your new Chevrolet should be in the spotlight, and have you covered. These local Farmington activities offer plenty of opportunities to drive your new set of wheels around, while also enjoying a day out on the town.
As a popular local outdoor attraction in
Farmington, Titcomb Mountain offers skiing, running trails, snowboarding, and
In addition to Titcomb Mountain, residents of
Farmington can enjoy the trails at nearby Mount Blue State Park or Bigelow
DEW Haven is more than a zoo; it’s also a rescue center. It is home to more than 200 species of animals. Many of the exhibits come from recyclable materials and function more like a farm than a standard zoo.
Downtown Farmington is where the University of Maine resides, and it’s also the cultural center of Maine. Many artists and musicians flock to the local art scene in Downtown Farmington. Plenty of local shops and restaurants provide you with channels for browsing and eating.
If you are looking for a unique experience,
the Farmington Underground Escape Room offers the chance for team-building
activities through solving and escaping from puzzle rooms. Work together to
find clues and break out before the time is up.
Stop by Hight Chevrolet in Farmington for service before you venture out into the surrounding area.
If you want to improve your Chevy or GMC truck, there is a wide
variety of GMC and Chevy towing equipment — from brake controllers to hitches. A
number of accessories can improve performance and capability. These are just
some of the many accessories you should consider getting if you need to tow and
haul in the future.
Some of the most popular equipment includes brake controllers and hitches. A brake controller mounts to the dash area and can delay or moderate the trailer’s electrical braking system. Gale Banks Engineering offers a popular Brake Tuner device, while Tekonsha® has a much more affordable brake controller.
In terms of hitches, there are many options to choose from. Go
with something that is durable, flexible, and stays connected to the chassis.
CURT trailer hitches are among the top on the market, including the Curt Double
Lock hitches. Go Rhino® and Trimax™ hitches come in handy as well, but we
strongly encourage using Chevy or GMC hitches.
If you need fifth-wheel accessories, CURT and B&W offer
great bang for your buck with high-quality fifth-wheel accessories. For
instance, the A25 Fifth Wheel Hitch with a GM Puck System costs around $1200,
but it will allow you to tow heavy loads like campers.
Stop in at our service department for more advice, and order an auto part for your GMC or Chevy vehicle on the Hight Chevrolet website.
You can’t forget Valentine’s Day if you love someone. A
great way to spend some time together is to go for a drive. If you haven’t
planned an outing yet, here are some of the best Valentine’s Day drives in
Spend a winter day by driving to the mountains. Visit
Titcomb Mountain and go skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling or
just play in the snow. Finish your adventure by warming yourselves up with a
delicious meal at the lodge.
The opera house in Waterville frequently presents HD broadcasts of world-class performances. This month, they will present Macbeth from the National Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera, and The Bolshoi Ballet. Expect the drive from Farmington to Waterville to take 50 minutes.
Take a tour of this historic home, which showcases the life
and history of one of Farmington’s most storied residents: Lillian Nordica. She
was a famed Victorian opera singer born right here in Maine.
Take a nice drive to your favorite Maine lake and spend the day ice fishing. Try Authentic Maine Ice Fishing Adventures with Twin Maples Outdoors.
Before you make the trip, stop in at Hight Chevrolet for a routine car check-up in our service department. Schedule an appointment on our website.