Category Archives: US Auto Sales Service

Mechanic Under a Car Changing the Oil

Step-By-Step Instructional Guide on How To Change Your Oil

How To Change the Oil and Oil Filter in Your Car 

Are you the proud owner of a new-to-you car, truck or SUV from U.S. Auto Sales? Automotive maintenance is a key piece to the ownership puzzle and if this is your first car, you may not know how to change the oil and oil filter in your car – but we are here to help at U.S. Auto Sales. Check out this quick how-to guide complete with an instructional video and learn the ins and outs of basic vehicle maintenance.  

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U.S. Auto Sales Features 9 Dealership Locations within 50 Miles of Atlanta

Where To Buy a Used Car in the Atlanta Area 

Are you in the market for an affordable, high-quality used car, truck or SUV? U.S. Auto Sales is here to help with 35 dealership locations in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. Potential car shoppers who live in and around The ATL want to know where to buy a used car in the Atlanta area and U.S. Auto Sales will check all the boxes with nine dealership locations within 50 miles of the city. Find out where to shop for a pre-owned car with this quick guide to U.S. Auto Sales locations and benefits!  

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What are the Benefits of a Multi-Point Inspection?

Advantages of Getting a Multi-Point Inspection for Your Car

Like people, vehicles require regular checkups and maintenance. A multi-point inspection is a great way to get your vehicle’s condition checked so you can best take care of it. Wondering if you should get a multi-point inspection for your car? Explore the benefits of a multi-point inspection here at the U.S. Auto Sales blog.

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Mechanic changing the oil of a car

How Often Should I Get an Oil Change?

When You Should Change Your Oil in Your Vehicle

Ever wondered why cars need oil changes? Fresh oil helps lubricate the engine to prevent it from damaging itself while the vehicle is running. Eventually, this oil will begin to break down and collect debris. When this happens, the old oil will not be able to lubricate as well as it should and will need to be replaced with new oil. To help ensure that your engine stays healthy, drivers will need to get oil changes completed on a regular basis. See how often you should get an oil change based on your oil type below!

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Brake rotor on a car

How Often Should I Replace My Brakes?

How Long Do Car Brakes Last?

Wondering how often you should replace your brakes in your vehicle? Drivers should expect to replace their brakes on average every 50,000 miles. While this numbers varies depending on various conditions such as how often you drive in stop-and-go traffic or down hills, it’s important to note when you get your brakes replaced last. Of course, you may not remember when you got this service completed. Here, we will take a look at a few common signs of failing brakes, so you know what to watch and listen for.

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Mechanic pouring oil into an engine

Differences Between Conventional Oil and Synthetic Oil

Conventional Oil vs Synthetic Oil Comparison

Whether you are getting an oil change or considering changing your oil type, you’ve likely heard about both conventional and synthetic oil. While both do well at lubing the engine, these two oil types are very different. Below, we will explore the differences between conventional oil and synthetic oil.

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A Word From U.S. Auto Sales Leadership

We are closely following CDC and other health authority guidelines regarding COVID-19 aka coronavirus. U.S. Auto Sales is regularly providing our stores the latest safety guidance. In addition to our regular cleaning procedures, we have invested additional effort into our stores to allow for more frequent cleaning, paying close attention to high touch areas such as waiting areas, counters, restrooms, desks, and of course, our vehicles. Right now, all locations are open and ready to help you purchase a quality vehicle.

If you need to reach one of our car lots, can call 844-479-1508 and a licensed driver will pick you up within a 30-mile radius. As information comes in at a rapid pace, safety and health are the number one concern of the U.S. Auto Sales family.

Below are things we are doing to ensure your safety:

    1. After each test drive, interior/dash/steering wheel area of vehicle should be cleaned and sanitized.
    2. All magazines and toys in the kids’ play area have been removed for your safety.
    3. It is important to avoid public transportation. We will do our part and pick you up within a 30-mile radius if you need to reach one of our dealerships. Simply call 844-479-1508.
    4. Complete pre-qualification online to minimize your time in the store. Our 90 minutes or less guarantee also ensures that you’ll be in and out of the store as quickly as possible.
    5. We are adding technology solutions to allow our guests to upload documentation electronically.

Above all else, make sure that you and your family are well taken care of during this time. Our guests are very important to us, so that means we want to ensure that you are healthy. We have included recommendations from national organizations with safety measures the public should follow:

U.S. Auto Sales has store locations in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Below are some links that can offer local restrictions in your state of residence:

Please stay up to date on the ever-changing landscape regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus).

We will continue to respond as we get new information. Please follow our Facebook page and our website for updates.

Our sister company, U.S. Auto Servicing, shares our concern and has issued the following statement:

We want our guests to know that we are taking extra measures to ensure their safety when they visit one of our stores. We also understand that the current and unprecedented situation can cause an unexpected financial strain and/or hardship. We want you to know that we have options that can help.

If you find yourself in a difficult position due to illness, job loss or reduced hours as a result of COVID-19, please contact us at 877-297-6898.

What Oil is Best for Your Vehicle?

You stop for gas. You check the oil in your car. You need to add a quart. You go inside the convenience store. You find several options. You leave because you don’t know which one is right for your vehicle.

You go to your local oil change place. You’re asked if you want synthetic oil. You hear the difference in price, and say no immediately. You’re uncertain if you did the right thing.

If you’ve ever been in one of these situations, this blog post is for you.

Every type of oil has a different purpose related to the type of engine, the age of your vehicle, and the climate in which you drive. You might be surprised to know that over the course of time, it might be less expensive and more beneficial to switch to synthetic oil. Here is what you need to know about the different types of motor oils that might help you determine which type is best for your vehicle.

Decoding the label

Look at the label on the oil. There’s usually a number, followed by a W, followed by another number, like 5W-20 or 10W-40. The first number refers to the viscosity rating of the oil, which refers to its ability to flow in colder temperatures. The second number is the weight of the oil in warmer temperatures.

What does this mean to you? Unless you live in an area where temperatures reach extremes, then all you need to do is match the numbers on the bottle with the numbers on your oil filler cap. If your oil filler cap doesn’t have numbers on it, refer to your owner’s manual. This would be unusual, but if your filler cap was replaced, it’s possible.

Your owner’s manual may have a chart with oil recommendations based on temperature ranges, similar to the chart below. If it does, use the oil recommended for the temperatures you drive in most frequently according to the chart in your manual.

Synthetic versus Conventional Motor Oil

Your owner’s manual may have a recommendation here as well. Many modern cars require synthetic oil, and if so, you should follow that requirement in your owner’s manual. If there is no requirement for synthetic oil, you still may want to consider it.

Although synthetic oil is more expensive than conventional oil, it offers better protection for your car’s engine, potentially prolonging engine life. Synthetic oil:

  • Provides better protection from extreme temperatures.
  • Prevents deposits and sludge build-up better than conventional oil.
  • Reduces break down when towing or hauling heavy loads.
  • Requires less frequent changes.
  • Can extend the life of your older vehicle.

If you tend to take shorter trips or do a lot of in town driving, synthetic oil is the better choice. Conventional motor oil may not get warm enough to burn off moisture and impurities.

Switching from conventional to synthetic motor oil will not harm your vehicle, but it is important to stay with the same viscosity and weight. Regardless of which route you choose to go, it is important to get your oil changed as recommended and periodically check your oil level to ensure that your engine is lubricated properly.

Top Rated GPS Apps and Standalone Devices for Your Vehicle

You have your US Auto Sales car, and the road beckons. But how do you get where you’re going? Those roadmaps from the local convenience store aren’t going to cut it anymore. Here are the best mapping apps for your phone, and a few standalone devices that don’t require internet access.

Google Maps – Google Maps is an outstanding GPS navigation system compatible with both Android and iPhone. Not only does it give you accurate information on directions, but it will also automatically reroute you based on live traffic, construction, and accidents. The app also gives many local suggestions for food, activities, events, etc. Bonus – if your vehicle supports Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, you can use it right from the touch screen in your vehicle.

Waze – This app is a favorite among the younger generation. It not only navigates, but warns you about police sightings, hazards, and will reroute you based on traffic, construction, and accidents. It also has a feature that will allow you to record your voice or anyone else’s to use as your navigation, and you can even play music through it.

Sygic GPS Navigation – Heading a little farther off the beaten path? Sygic offers reliable off-line maps as well as real time traffic information. Maps are updated multiple times a year at no additional cost. It keeps track of your speed, warns you when you go over the limit, and has many other safety features as well.

MAPS ME – Another off-line navigation app, MAPS ME keeps up to date with any changes to road conditions. You can use this navigation system anytime and it will also bookmark your favorite locations. Another good option for spotty or non-existent internet.

Standalone GPS Devices

Garmin DriveSmart 55 and Traffic – An excellent entry-level device from a well-known GPS navigation company, the DriveSmart55 has a responsive touchscreen and easily mounts to the windshield. Unfortunately, it only covers 49 states. Maps for other regions must be purchased separately. Starting at $149.99.

Atoto A6 Double Din Android Car Navigation Stereo – This GPS device stands out from the crowd because it is not only a GPS navigation system but also includes popular music apps and radio features and Bluetooth. It’s a little buggy, though, with reviewers reporting occasional screen freezes and audio loss. Starting at $159.99.

Tom Tom GO 620 6-inch GPS Navigation Device – Tom Tom is known for accuracy and fast signal, but some feel that it not as easy to use as other systems. It has 3-D imaging, voice control and hands-free calling. The downside is that it must be linked to a smart phone to access live traffic data. Starting at $209.99.

Top Bike Racks of 2019

Fall is a great time for biking with the cooler weather and less traffic. Having the right bike rack can make exploring new areas easier and more enjoyable. Here are some of the best rated options ranging in price and styles.

Roof Racks

Yamika ForkLift Rooftop Bike Rack fits almost any vehicle with flat, round or square crossbars. It requires no tools for installation. It installs in minutes and locks using a skewer with an adjustment knob for quick single-handed release.

Cost: Starting at $180.00

Cycling Deal Bike Car Roof Rack is a great budget-friendly option. It’s a frame mount model that clips on to the bike frame so you do not need to take the wheel off. It fits various crossbars in square and aero shapes. It uses a locking knob to secure the bike safely to the rack.

Cost: Starting at $95.00

Swagman Standard Roof Rack carries a single bike regardless of its size, type, or purpose. It is a fraction of the cost of similar models, but the quality gives it good bang for the buck. It is a fork mount model so you need to remove the wheel. You also need to assemble the wheel tray.

Cost: Starting at $45

Hitch Bike Racks

Thule T2 Pro XT 2 Bike Rack was highly rated due to its high quality and easy installation, but it is on the high end when it comes to cost. It is a platform style and can carry 2 bikes up 60 pounds in weight. It also includes a hitch and bike locks.

Cost: Starting at $430.00

Yamika FullTilt 4 Bike Rack is a hanging support style hitch mount that holds up to 4 bikes with a 40lb weight max per bike. There a lot of pieces to this mount, but once you have installed it a couple times it isn’t as daunting as it might appear initially. This ranked highest when it came to security due to its anti-theft measures. The hitch and bikes are locked using the same key.

Cost: Starting at $385.00

Kuat Transfer Universal 2 Bike Hitch Mount is a platform style hitch mount that is extremely easy to install with just a single bolt attaching it to your receiver. This also tilts outward to be able to access the trunk. This mount can hold 2 bikes up to 40 pounds each.

Cost: Starting at $300.00

Trunk Racks

Thule Raceway 2 Trunk Mount Bike Rack offers an excellent range of features and the quality that comes with the Thule name. It has a simple easy to use design, but the downfall is that it doesn’t fit all cars so make sure it is compatible with your vehicle. This mount holds 2 bikes with a 35 pound max for each bike. It also includes hitch and bike locks.

Cost: Starting at $350.00

Hollywood Racks Baja Trunk Mounted Bike Rack is a high-quality, versatile rack that fits an impressive number of vehicles and is quite reasonable with a price tag of just over $100. This rack will hold up to 2 bikes but doesn’t state the weight limit.

Cost: Starting around $100.00

Saris Bones 2-Bike Trunk Rack is strong yet lightweight and can hold 2 bikes up to 35lbs each. Saris offers expert installation, but the directions are easy to follow and leaves a comfortable amount of space between the trunk and bikes. This mount attaches to most vehicles including hatchbacks, sedans, minivans and more.

Cost: Starting around $160.00

Now you should find it easy to carry a couple bikes on your US Auto Sales car!