Five of The Cheapest New Cars You Can Buy in 2018

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f you’re on a budget, buying a new car can be a frightening experience. Many vehicles are overpriced and aren’t even affordable when making monthly payments. You might consider buying a used vehicle to save money, but there are many advantages to buying a car new. Your best option might be to find a cheap new car so you can have the best of both worlds.

5. Fiat 500 Pop - $15,985

This car was ranked by Kelley Blue Book as one of its 10 coolest cars under $25,000. It features a media hub and a 5-inch full-color touchscreen as well as hands-free calling. The Pop also features a somewhat powerful engine and decent fuel economy.

4. Mitsubishi Mirage G4 ES - $15,595

This model offers the latest in standard technology including Bluetooth capability, a rearview camera, USB ports, and touchscreen display. It has plenty of space and good gas mileage but not a lot of horsepower.

3. Hyundai Accent SE Sedan - $14,745

You’ll save money purchasing this vehicle, but you’ll probably spend more at the pump because its fuel economy ratings aren’t the best. The Accent comes with a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty and plenty of cargo space.

2. Nissan Versa Sedan S Plus - $14,130

Not only will you save money buying this sedan, but it also has reasonable fuel economy as well as plenty of space for seating and cargo. If you don’t mind a barebones option with minimal technology, this car might be right for you.

1. Ford Fiesta S - $13,660

If you don’t mind a compact car, the Ford Fiesta S is one of the cheapest options available. You can comfortably seat five people and this car comes equipped with the latest technology. It has a 120-horsepower engine which is powerful enough for most drivers.

No matter how much you paid for your car, you’ll want to keep it looking good. Give Fast Eddie’s a call at 800-882-0501 to learn more about our car wash options.


The Differences Between a Regular Oil Change and a Synthetic Oil Change

If you own a vehicle, you should know how important it is to have its oil changed regularly. What you might not know is the difference between getting a regular oil change and a synthetic oil change. The first difference you’ll notice is the cost, but there are reasons why synthetic costs more.

Conventional, or regular motor oil, is a lubricant and is derived directly from crude oil. Conventional oil provides lubrication at high temperatures and can maintain stability over a long period of time. On the other hand, synthetic oil starts off as conventional oil before it’s modified to improve its lubricating and protective properties.

Certain types of synthetic oil are a great option for increasing the performance and lifespan of high-mileage vehicles. Others are specifically designed for high-performance engines. Some types of synthetic oil can even increase your vehicle’s fuel mileage. Here are some other advantages that synthetic oil offers over conventional oil.

  • Stability – Synthetic oils will maintain their viscosity at higher temperatures for longer periods of time. The oil will stick to engine parts easier which provides better protection. It also helps protect your engine from dry starts, which happen when your vehicle has been sitting for a long period of time.
  • Lubrication – Improved lubrication increases the oil’s ability to keep engine parts slick at high temperatures. This helps to decrease wear over the long term which can make your engine last longer.
  • Reduced Breakdown – Synthetic oils don’t break down as much, meaning that they don’t need to be changed as often as conventional oils. While a synthetic oil change may be more expensive, you might not need it as often, which will save you money over time.
  • Fewer Deposits – Conventional oil leaves deposits on engine components which is sometimes referred to as sludge or scaling. Synthetic oil leaves fewer deposits than conventional oil does.

Fast Eddie’s Wash and Lube provides a variety of oil change services in Michigan. Give us a call at 800-882-0501.


How to Winterize Your Vehicle for Extremely Cold Temperatures

With the extremely cold temperatures in Michigan, you’ll want to be sure your vehicle is ready to go. Whether it’s icy roads or snow, being prepared for all situations is the best way to avoid any serious issues on the road. Continue reading to learn more about how to winterize your vehicle before the cold weather arrives this winter.

Oil Change – Getting your oil changed regularly is important no matter the weather, but during the cold weather oil tends to thicken, which makes it more difficult to keep your engine lubricated. Your vehicle’s owner’s manual may give you guidance on which oil to use for extremely cold temperatures.

Battery – You don’t want your battery to die on the road during a blizzard, so preparing ahead of time makes sense. Be sure the battery’s connections and posts aren’t corroded and that the battery has enough water. If your vehicle’s battery is more than three years old, you’ll want to test its charge or have it replaced with a new one.

Tires – Traction can be compromised in conditions such as rain, snow, and ice. That means you want your tires to be properly inflated so they have the best possible traction. As temperatures drop, so does the air pressure in your tires. Get your tires checked and filled with air, you can even do it yourself fairly easily. You may also want to switch over to snow tires for the winter, especially in Michigan. This can improve your traction even more, so it’s certainly not a bad idea.

These are just a few tips to winterize your vehicle for winter in Michigan. Bring your car into Fast Eddie’s Wash and Lube for an oil change and other preventative services including wiper blade replacement, air filter replacement, headlights and bulbs, battery replacement, and much more.


The Importance of Having Your Transmission Flushed Every 30,000-50,000 Miles

Your vehicle’s transmission needs transmission fluid, which acts as a lubricant in order to keep all the parts moving inside the transmission. For vehicles with automatic transmission, transmission fluid also acts as a coolant and a viscous fluid which transmits power from the engine to the transmission.

Much like other fluids in your vehicle, transmission fluid needs to be flushed and replaced every so often. Transmission fluid will break down over time, and if not replaced it can cause your transmission to behave erratically, which may include problems like slipping, overheating, or shifting issues.

Most industry experts recommend that you have your vehicle’s transmission fluid changed every 30,000 to 50,000 miles, or about once every two to four years. It won’t hurt anything to play it safe and get it flushed and changed out every 30,000 miles or every two years.

You may even need to get your transmission fluid flushed every 15,000 miles if your vehicle meets any of these qualifications:

  • Heavy towing or hauling
  • Frequent stop-and-go driving
  • Snow plowing
  • Driving in a very hot climate

If you aren’t sure how long it’s been since your vehicle’s transmission fluid was last flushed, you can check the fluid (it’s recommended you do this monthly). Healthy transmission fluid will be red or a bit darker. If the fluid is brown or black or smells like it’s burnt, it should be changed ASAP. If you find any contaminants in the fluid, it should also be flushed.

Fast Eddie’s Wash and Lube specializes in transmission fluid flushes as well as transmission gasket and filter services, which are also recommended every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. This service includes removing the transmission pan as well as draining the old transmission fluid, replacing the transmission filter and gasket, and finally refilling your vehicle with brand new transmission fluid.


What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car is a great way to go if you want to save money. Whether you’re looking at a used vehicle at a dealership or from an individual seller, you’ll want to get it checked out by your trusted local mechanic first. Since you might not have your mechanic with you or be able to take the car to them, you should know some basics about what to look for when buying a used car.

Price

If you’re going to a dealership they’ll likely have their prices listed on their website. Either way, you can do your homework by looking up the Kelley Blue Book values for the used vehicles you are interested in. At a dealership, you should also look at the window sticker for information including whether the car is being sold “as is” or with a full or partial warranty and other valuable info.

Body Condition

Inspect the roof and each body panel for dents, rust, or scratches. Look at the lines of the doors and fenders to make sure there are no misaligned panels or big gaps which could indicate repair issues. Also be sure the color and finish of the paint are the same on each panel. While minor cosmetic issues aren’t necessarily a cause for concern, rust is more serious. You should also open and close each door, the trunk, and the hood.

Suspension

Inspect the vehicle by walking around it and making sure it’s level. Gently bounce each corner up and down to ensure the shock absorbers are in working order (they should rebound only once and no go up and down multiple times).

Lights

Bring a friend who can confirm that each light is working including headlights, high beams, break lights, and turn signals. Be sure the lenses and reflectors are not cracked or fogged with moisture.

Tires

A sign that the odometer may have been rolled back is when a vehicle without very many miles on it has new tires. Check that each tire matches the others and that the tread levels are about even.

Interior

Take plenty of time when test driving the vehicle. In addition to paying attention to how it runs, feels, and sounds, you’ll also want to check that everything inside is working correctly. Test out the seats, seat belts, pedals, knobs, controls, sound system, air conditioning, heating, and anything else that the vehicle features.

If any of these seem off or suspicious, you should move on to another vehicle, or at the very least be certain to have it checked out by a trusted mechanic such as those at Fast Eddie’s.


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