Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Car Enthusiasts


The holidays are rapidly approaching and that means it’s time to find the “oh so perfect” gift for all your friends and family. We at Buyer’s Choice know that every family has at least one car enthusiast. So why not get them something for their favorite hobby? We’ve put together a wishlist of holiday gift ideas that will get any car lover's heart racing. Take a look!


A Consumer Reports Subscription


For the car enthusiast, staying on top of the stats and ratings for the cars they love is important. Consumer Reports not only has the skinny on pretty much every vehicle ever made but they’ve also got information on just about every type of product you can imagine.


There are both online and mail order subscriptions available. Online subscriptions are $35 a year which is a great price to pay for unlimited access to all the information you can reach with their platform.


Car Care Kit


Another great gift for the car lover in your life is car kit! You can find these at any store with an automotive section. Car care kits usually come with a variety of quality cleaning and detailing supplies for both the interior and exterior of a car. Chances are that your car enthusiast makes the time to ensure their car always looks it’s best, so they’ll be thankful for new supplies!


Vintage/Antique Memorabilia


Great idea for the car lover who already seems to have everything they need for their vehicle. Take a trip to an antique or thrift shop near you! You’d be surprised what cool things you can find!


Many automotive brands and companies produced metal signs for advertising that can now be found in just about any antique shop. There are also plenty of toys or display items that companies produced with their brand name on them. An antique shop is the best place to go to find a unique gift they’re sure to love.


A Gift Card to their Favorite Auto Parts Store


It’s no secret that cars require maintenance and improvements to keep them on the road. Giving your car enthusiast a gift card to an auto parts store gives them a chance to purchase that special piece or part that they’ve been wanting! Hint: if you can find out what that special item is, you can buy it yourself for an even better surprise and skip the gift card!


Accessories


There are hundreds of great products out there that can make driving an even better experience. Interior covers for the seats and steering wheel can make all the difference when it comes to comfort during long drives. There are even seat covers that double as massage chairs!


Floorboard mats, additional mirrors that reduce blind spots, center console and seat back organizers, and dashboard mounts for phones are all great gifts that any car lover would appreciate!



Think your car enthusiast would like a new car instead? Give us a call at Buyer’s Choice at 843-225-7044.


How to Prep Your Vehicle for Winter


Winter is almost here, and although we rarely get snow in the Charleston area, the cold temperatures can be enough to spark up issues with your car. It’s important to take the time to ensure your car is prepped and ready before the cold sets in. Buyer’s Choice wants you to be safe this winter so we’ve made this winter prep checklist. Check it out!


Tires


Be sure you keeping a close eye on your tire pressure! You should be checking it each month, especially in the winter months. The cold can cause your tire pressure to drop and bring unnecessary wear to your tires.


If you notice your tires need air, many gas stations have it for free and a lot of garages will inflate your tires for little to no charge. Finding the


Battery


The cold weather can be harsh on your battery and can impede or halt its performance. Having your battery checked by a mechanic can prevent you from having to jumpstart your car after a night that was just a little too cold.


If your battery isn’t in top condition, buying a new one may be best and save you time and worry. Invest in a pair of jumper cables that way you can start your car or help out another driver in a pinch.


Windshield and Wipers


Be sure that your defroster is working properly, that your wipers are in good condition and don’t need replacing, and check/refill your washer fluid with a fluid rated for freezing temperatures.


Check the windshield for any cracks or damages as these could get worse quickly with cold temperatures. Have a professional check over anything you may find to make sure it doesn’t need replacing.


Fluids


Along with checking your wiper fluid. You should also be checking your oil and coolant. Be sure that both are topped up or replace them if need be. Make sure that the coolant has a correct antifreeze/water ratio.


This is really important so that your radiator doesn’t freeze! Some mechanics may recommend switching to a thinner oil for winter, however you should consult them first if you think it’s the right option for your vehicle.



Emergency Kit


If you follow this list of check up’s you should be fine for the weather ahead, however it’s important to have an emergency kit on stand by just in case. Although an emergency situation is less than ideal, this kit can be very helpful should you find yourself in one.


The kit should include a blanket, flashlight, leather gloves, ice scraper/brush, warm hat, bag of sand or kitty litter to help with traction in case you’re stuck, snacks, a small shovel and an extra container of correctly mixed coolant.


We want you to be as safe as possible on the road and that starts with the right vehicle.

If you aren’t sure that your car can make it through another frigid winter give us a call at Buyer’s Choice at 843-225-7044.


Holiday Travel Tips

There’s no place like home for the holidays, but you have to get there first! Whether your road trip to Grandma’s house is 3 hours or 13, you’ll want to be sure your vehicle is running right.

We at Buyer’s Choice know that your car and time are valuable so we’ve compiled a list of Holiday Travel Tips to make your travels this holiday season as easy as possible.


Service your Vehicle


Make sure that your car’s oil and fluids are topped up. Be sure your tires are safe and your brakes are good. If your trip is going to be putting a lot of miles on your car, check to see when your next oil change is due. If it’s soon, it’s best to get the oil changed before making your trip. If you need to get your oil changed, be sure that they rotate the tires and check your brake pads.


Make a Quick Trip to the Carwash


Cleaning your car out in preparation is also a good idea. Take your car through the carwash and vacuum it out. Remove all trash and items that are unnecessary. Having a freshly cleaned car will help to put your mind at ease and feel less stressed when you’re packing the car and getting ready to leave.


Map it Out


If you don’t have a GPS or smartphone make sure you’ve got the directions you need. Be sure to look over all your options and choose accordingly. Print them out and make an extra copy!

If you do have a smartphone, there are plenty of apps that give directions. Apple Maps and Google Maps are pretty standard but there are other apps like Waze that offer additional features besides directions.


Use Your Resources


Waze is a community based app that relies on input from others within the app to give you real time updates and alerts about your route. It can tell you when you’re approaching police, road hazards, accidents or traffic jams. It can also direct you to the cheapest gas station near you. Gas Buddy is another great app that compares gas prices around you to show you the cheapest. Both apps are helpful and free!


Time it Right


Make sure that you leave early and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. If possible, avoid leaving at peak travel times. If you hop on the highway at 5pm to start your trip, chances are you’re going to hit both holiday and work traffic. The early morning and after rush hour are better options. Also be sure that you consider the timing of your total trip, noting if you’ll be near any large cities with traffic you may want to avoid and plan accordingly.   


We hope that your holiday season is filled with joy, family and as little traffic as possible. If you aren’t sure that your vehicle can make the trip to Grandma’s this year, come see us at Buyer’s Choice and talk to us about getting into any one of our awesome pre owned vehicles.


At Buyer’s Choice we do our best to provide quality pre owned vehicles at reasonable prices, regardless of the current state of your credit. Call us at 843-225-7044.