Prepare Your Car for Spring with These Easy Tips

Preparing your car for spring is key for maintenance and retaining resale value. From basic service to cleaning, there are a range of easy things you can do to greet the warmer weather.

First, check the tires. Look for bulging, cracking, and bald spots, each of which is a sign you need new tires. Check the tread as well. Take a penny, flip it upside down, and place it in the middle of the tread. If you can see above Abe’s head, you need new tires. While you’re at it, check the tire pressure, too.

Next, give your vehicle a good cleaning. It’s always important to remove clutter that’s built up over the winter. Be sure to vacuum to preserve the upholstery and carpet. If you have leather, condition it once the weather is warmer.

Top off fluids in the spring as well. You’ll want to get an oil change, but, in addition to that, check the coolant, brake fluid, power steering, and transmission oil. Your local auto parts store should have all the fluids your car needs.

Finally, check your wheel alignment. Most garages will check it when you get an oil change, but you’ll also want to be sure they do a thorough job centering everything. If your vehicle pulls to one side as you drive, it may be a sign of bad alignment — and the spring is a good time to fix it.

If you are in need of some spring maintenance, give us a call or visit our website to schedule your service appointment today!

Saint Patrick’s Day in Hutchinson

If you’re looking for fun ways to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, we’re here to help! Here are some festive Saint Patrick’s Day events in and around Hutchinson, Kansas.

ShamWalk 2019 (Hutchinson)

This yearly event lets you celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in a fun, group setting. This pub crawl is a group event that will give you a “Punch Card” to use at participating establishments. There are giveaways, activities, and t-shirts. The event typically takes place the weekend before Saint Patrick’s Day, meaning the bars you visit won’t be too crowded.

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade (Wichita)

If you’re up for a short drive, you’ll love the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on March 16 in Wichita’s historic Delano neighborhood. This parade is full of vintage cars, lively bands, and plenty of floats. A “Paddy’s Parade Pit Stop” will take place at 810 W. Douglas, where you can enjoy food trucks and games.

Aero Plains Brewing St. Paddy’s Day Block Party (Wichita)

Enjoy this block party thrown by Aero Plains Brewing, where the festive-colored beer will be flowing. Huffy and the Night Train and Ten Day Wish will perform live music. Five different food trucks will be on hand to serve yummy local eats. This event will take place on March 16 and runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To find out even more about some Saint Patrick’s Day festivities, or to celebrate with us, stop by Midwest Superstore!

Find the Perfect Second Vehicle for Your Family

With jobs, school, extracurricular activities, and family outings on the schedule, life can get pretty busy. If you and your family have been sharing one vehicle, it might be time to add another. These comfortable, practical family haulers from Toyota are two of your best options for a second vehicle. Both models are available to test-drive here at Midwest Superstore.

Toyota Sienna

The Toyota Sienna is an impressive minivan packed with everything a family needs on the road. Its roomy cabin offers seating for up to eight people, along with fold-flat seats that make it easy to load a wide variety of cargo. Available all-wheel drive and advanced driver-assist safety features make the Sienna a secure family transportation option, too.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Saving money is always a good thing, and it’s easy to do so when your second vehicle is a hybrid model. The Toyota Highlander SUV comes in a hybrid trim that delivers up to 30 mpg on the highway.* On top of that, this seven-seat SUV comes with a standard Toyota Safety Sense™ P suite of driver-assist features, along with an available rear-seat entertainment system that will help occupy children (and adults) on your long family trips.

If these models sound perfect for you and your family, stop by Midwest Superstore to test drive them today!

*EPA estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary. 

How to Prep Your Vehicle for the New Year

With the turn of the calendar year, it’s the perfect time to set resolutions that will benefit you all year. In 2019, make the commitment to properly taking care of your vehicle and making sure that it performs at its best year-round. Here are a few tips on how to prep your vehicle for the New Year:

  • Leftover winter service prep. Winter is already here, but there is still plenty of winter weather left to come. If you haven’t already prepped your vehicle for winter, now is the time to do so. Check your tires (pressure and tread) and swap them out for winter tires if needed. Also check your windshield wiper blades and fluid levels, making sure that you’re all set for the New Year. If you’re behind on oil changes, get one now to start the year off on the right foot, and consider getting winter-grade oil that performs better in low temperatures.
  • Self care for your car. Take the time to clean out your car for the New Year and make sure it has everything you need, like a phone mount and plenty of entertainment options to enjoy while on the road. Since Americans spend so much time in their vehicles, this prep will make your days and overall driving experience more relaxed and fun.

Start your year off right with a trip to Midwest Superstore, where our experienced technicians can make sure your car is in shape to get through the cold Kansas winter.

Best Christmas Lights Near Hutchinson

Best Christmas Lights

The best Christmas lights in the Hutchinson area are often widely advertised, but there are events just a short drive away you won’t want to miss, too. Check out these Christmas light attractions near Hutchinson!

Nights Before Christmas

Each year, the Hutchinson Zoo hosts the Nights Before Christmas where visitors can take in a spectacular light show via holiday train. The HCC automation engineer technology students produce the show each year. Families can take pictures with Santa, drink hot cocoa, and eat cookies while they take in a wonderland of Christmas lights. Nights Before Christmas is open on Dec.7, 8, 14, and 15, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person. Zoo members get to enjoy the event for free.

Illuminations

Wichita may be nearly an hour from Hutchinson, but Illuminations is worth every minute on the road. Located in Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, Illuminations may be Kansas’ best Christmas light display. More than a million lights illuminate the garden through Dec. 31. A beautiful fireworks display will close out 2018 in style. Garden members can purchase entry for $7. Non-members can get in for $10.

Holly Jolly Jurassic Holiday

What’s better than getting into the Christmas spirit? How about adding dinosaurs into the mix? At Holly Jolly Jurassic Holiday, that’s exactly what happens. Located in Wichita, this unique attraction features 44 dinosaurs wrapping gifts and decorating trees with lights and ornaments. This lighting event takes place through December 23, at Field Station.

To make sure your vehicle is ready for all your Christmas adventures, schedule a maintenance check with the trained service technicians at Midwest Superstore.

Ford’s Ad Campaign “Built Ford Proud” Highlights New Vehicles

Ford Ad Campaign

This October, Ford launched a new ad campaign — Built Ford Proud — that puts a spotlight on the new vehicles rolling out to Ford dealers in the coming years. By 2020, Ford plans to replace 75 percent of its lineup, including introducing an all-new Ford Ranger, Escape, and Explorer. It also plans to introduce an all-electric performance SUV in 2020, establishing itself at the forefront of vehicle electrification and technology.

Along with looking to the future of Ford auto making, the ad campaign looks to the past. In the company’s 115-year history, it has time and time again demonstrated its dedication to innovation and vehicles that break new ground. Going forward, it will continue to do the same and develop smart vehicles for the modern world.

“Every Ford employee I know comes to work each day proud to drive a Ford vehicle and to build great products, services and experiences for our customers,” said Joy Falotico, who is the Ford group vice president and chief marketing officer. “That’s at the heart of this campaign.”

Alongside the new vehicles listed above, Ford promises more hybrid and electric vehicles to come, Ford’s state-of-the-art Co-Pilot360 — the most advanced suite of standard driver-assist technology — as standard across its lineup, and a better overall customer experience. With such innovations, the future of Ford sure looks bright.

Learn more about the future of Ford when you visit Midwest Superstore.

Decorating Your Vehicle for Trunk or Treat

trunk or treat

Trunk or treat is rising in prominence in recent years, as more and more communities dedicate themselves to providing a safer and more reliable spot for young children to gather their candy on Halloween, surrounded by people they can trust. Part of the fun of trunk or treat is decorating your vehicle, so here are some ideas.

Giant Frog

All you have to do for this one is get a green tarp with some giant googly eyes, stick some frog legs made of cardboard on the side, and have a long red tarp falling out of the mouth for a tongue.

Bakery Theme

If you want your theme to expand beyond your vehicle, this can be a fun one. Set up several tables with tablecloths in front of your open trunk, along with some small display cases for “bakery goodies,” or candy. You can nail home the cafe vibes by putting a fake awning on your liftgate.

Mad Scientists’ Lab

Stick some caution tape and a biohazard sign around your vehicle, then set up a table with beakers and vials full of water with food coloring. Don’t forget the white coat, gloves, or safety goggles!

Vampire Teeth

This is a pretty simple one for somebody without much time, money, or artistic talent. All it takes is putting some giant vampire teeth on the trunk of your vehicle! You can find ways to spice it up with some giant eyeballs or bat wings.

If your car is scary without a trunk-or-treat costume, let the team here at Midwest Superstore find a ride that’s right for you.

Are you Guilty of Any of These Common Car Maintenance Mistakes?

common car maintenance mistakes

Whether your car is brand new or has been on the road for years, it’s always to make a habit of performing routine maintenance before any problems arise. Are you making any of these common car maintenance mistakes? If so, changing your habits could save you a lot of money down the road.

 

Air Filters

 

Most drivers know they should regularly change their car’s oil, but many drivers never think about the importance of changing their car’s air filter. Doing once or twice a year is an inexpensive way to keep your car in good shape.

 

Tires

 

For a lot of drivers, if a tire isn’t flat, it’s fine. But driving with improperly inflated tires can also cause a number of issues, such as uneven tire wear and reduced fuel economy and overall performance.

 

Fluids

 

Your car relies on several crucial fluids for optimal performance. You should regularly check on and replace coolant, brake fluid, and transmission fluid to keep your car’s engine in good shape.

 

Warning Lights

 

Finally, it’s best not to ignore any dashboard warning lights that illuminate in your car. Often, these lights signal the beginning of a problem that is easy to fix right away, but difficult and costly if addressed later on.

 

For more information about how to keep your car running in top condition, contact our service department at Midwest Superstore.

Best Used Cars for Going Back to School

used cars for going back to school

If you have any young drivers in your household, they are probably getting ready for a new school year to start. Send them off on the right track with a new car for a new year. Here are some of the best used cars for going back to school.

Chevrolet Trax

The Trax is a subcompact SUV that will be a perfect fit on any campus. Even with its small size, it offers plenty of interior space and lots of technology. Its good fuel economy will also help you save money on fill-ups.

Toyota Corolla

The Corolla has been an American favorite for decades. Recent model years come with bold, new styling. You can find many advanced driver assist technologies, even on the lower trim levels.

Nissan Versa Note

If you are looking to spend as little on a car as possible, the Nissan Versa Note hatchback is one of the least expensive vehicles on the road today. Even still, it offers lots of available features and has a surprisingly spacious cabin.

Kia Soul

You can’t go wrong with the spunky styling of the Kia Soul. Even with its small size, it comes with lots of cargo space and a roomy back seat.

Visit Midwest Superstore and explore our extensive inventory of new and used vehicles to find the right car for your college-bound driver.

How to Tell When You Need New Tires

need new tires

Tires are perhaps the most essential part of any vehicle, but you would be amazed by how many folks come into our service center at Midwest Superstore with an absolutely abused set of wheels. Many drivers need new tires but have no idea. Here, we’ll help you to check the road-worthiness of your current set of tires.

The Penny Test

This is an easy trick, and all you need is a penny to get it done. Stick a penny head-first into the tread of one of your tires. If you cannot see most of the top of Lincoln’s head, your tread is deep enough and your tires are good-to-go. But, if you can see most of Honest Abe’s dashing haircut, you probably need new tires because this set is worn. Repeat this test with each tire.

 

The Wear Bar

All modern tires are built with something called a “wear bar.” This is a horizontal ridge that runs underneath your tread. When the tread becomes too worn down, the wear bar starts to show. If you can see the wear bar on any of your tires, they should be changed promptly.

Expert Advice

Not sure if you need new tires? Stop in at Midwest Superstore and ask one of our experienced service technicians; they’re always happy to help!