Preparing Your Car for Winter Months

With winter right around the corner, now is the ideal time to get ready. The winter months can lead to poor driving conditions, bad weather, and cooler temperatures, which can drastically affect your driving ability. Preparing your car for winter is simple, as long as you keep some basic things in mind, such as maintenance, an emergency roadside kit, and so forth.

According to US News, one of the first things you should do is check the coolant/antifreeze system. You should generally mix a 50/50 blend of water and antifreeze to prevent your engine block from cracking. Coolant will maintain proper temperature levels within the engine, but it’s important to remember to add antifreeze.

You’ll also want to check the tire pressure and tread. Air pressure can change with temperature, which means your tires may lose inflation as the weather gets cooler. While you’re checking the pressure, be sure to look at tire conditions as well. If you notice any cracking, bulges, or bald spots on the tread, you need new tires before the weather gets bad.

Next, put together an emergency roadside kit. You should keep blankets, a first-aid kit, gloves, and an extra ice scraper. Many people prefer to keep an empty gas can in case they run out of fuel, as well as high-energy, shelf-stable snacks and drinking water in case you get stranded.

For all your winter maintenance prep, give us a call or stop by and see us at Midwest Superstore so we can keep you safe throughout the entire season.

Celebrate Halloween in Hutchinson

Are you looking for some family-friendly ways to celebrate Halloween in Hutchinson throughout the month of October? Here at Midwest Superstore, we have a few fun ideas for you to try out.

“Boo”seum Spook Walk

On Oct. 15, head to the Reno County Museum with the kids to explore the museum and ghosts from Reno County’s past. Dress your children up, bring a bag or bucket for candy, and watch your children make friends and learn at the same time. The cost is $2.50 per child; adults accompanying children enter for free. Learn more here.

Space Out Saturday: Halloween in Space!

In honor of the 50th anniversary of our lunar landing, the Cosmophere Lobby will be hosting this event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 19. Kids can learn about the International Space Station and create their own spiders using Styrofoam cups. The day includes an Innovator’s Workshop (ages 5 to 10), Storytime (ages 5 or younger), and Space Trek (ages 5 to 10). Learn more here.

Boo at the Zoo

Take the family to the Hutchinson Zoo on Oct. 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Kids are encouraged to wear non-scary Halloween costumes. They can enjoy candy, prizes, games, and bounce houses. Learn more here.

Fall Festivals Near Hutchinson

Here at Midwest Superstore, one of the things we like best about fall is all the local autumn fests. Nearly every city and small town in Kansas hosts its own celebration, and each of these four fall festivals near Hutchinson is worth a visit.

Oktoberfest Wichita

Each year, the Church of the Blessed Sacrament hosts an Oktoberfest celebration. One of the highlights is the Run for the Poor 5K. This year’s race and festival will be held on Sept. 28.

Rod Run

The 12th Annual Rod Run Classic Car Show is coming to Hutchinson on Oct. 4-5. A free barbecue dinner will be offered on the evening of Oct. 4. On both days, there will be live music, craft beer, and fun activities for kids.

Oktoberfest Stafford

The town of Stafford will celebrate its 30th annual Oktoberfest on Oct. 5. The festival includes delicious food, fun activities, and live music. It all happens downtown.

Bethel College Fall Festival

Head east to North Newton and have fun at the annual Bethel College Fall Festival. This year’s event will take place Oct. 12 and coincide with the school’s first home football game of the month. The fun really starts Oct. 10 with the Taste of Newton, with fun activities across campus Oct. 11 and the festival itself the next day.

Get Ready for the 2019 Kansas State Fair

Ever since it was first held here in 1913, the Kansas State Fair has been Hutchinson’s most anticipated annual event. Here at Midwest Superstore, we can’t wait for this year’s fair, which takes place Sept. 6-15. To get you ready, we’ve put together a brief preview of the music, food, and fun you can expect at the 2019 Kansas State Fair.

This year’s music lineup at the Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand will include acts like Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots with Nicolle Galyon; Billy Currington; Skillet; Francesca Battistelli with Zach Williams; and Lauren Alaina with Mitchell Tenpenny. Ticket prices vary depending on the artist, but get yours as soon as possible to ensure that you’ll have a seat.

At the 2019 Kansas State Fair, you’ll also find exhibits for agriculture, clothing and textiles, fine arts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and more. Livestock exhibits will include a llama show scheduled for Sept. 6. Bring your appetite along, because there will be plenty of food as well — everything from deep-fried fair favorites to healthier options.

Excited yet? Start making plans to join the more than 300,000 people expected to show up this year — and get ready to take part in an essential Kansas tradition.

Best Places to Vacation in Kansas

Here at Midwest Superstore, we’ve found many lovely places to vacation in Kansas. From natural wonders to hip, culturally rich college towns, there’s plenty to see in the Sunflower State.

Wichita, Kansas

When the ideal vacation is one packed with museums, arts, and gardens, Wichita makes a great destination. This city is home to 33 museums, including Old Cowtown Museum, Exploration Place, and the Wichita Art Museum. The Botanica botanical garden is located on the Arkansas River and offers a breathtaking display of plants and butterflies.

Monument Rocks National Natural Landmark

This national landmark may require a little detour, but it’s worth a vacation day for anyone interested in geology and fossils. The site includes gorgeous spires, pinnacles, and buttes, plus many fossils from Cretaceous marine animals.

Lawrence, Kansas

Lawrence is located on the eastern end of Kansas and is packed with culture and history. With frequent live music, live theatre at the Black Box Theater, and lots of pleasant outdoor spaces, this college town is a great place to spend a weekend.

Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area

The Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area is a great vacation destination for birdwatchers. This 41,000-acre natural land sink is beneath the Central Flyway, making it an amazing place to watch migratory birds.

For more information on our favorite vacation spots or to upgrade your vehicle for your upcoming road trip, stop by Midwest Superstore!

Why a Car Is the Best Graduation Gift

Graduation time is here, and whether your grad is walking across the high school stage or the university stage, a car is the best gift you can give! Here are some reasons why your big gift for your grad should be a car from Midwest Superstore.

Safe Options

If your grad gets a car on his or her own, it might be the most economical option, but not the safest option. When you’re in control of what car you’re getting, you can ensure that your student will be behind the wheel of a safe vehicle.

Smart Choices

When you give the gift of a car, you get to pick an option that makes the most sense for your grad. While he or she might prefer a sports car that has a lot of power, you know that a fuel-efficient vehicle with slightly less power is a smarter and ultimately more helpful option.

College Transportation

If your graduate is going away to college, a car is a perfect gift because it makes it easy to get to and from campus. You can choose a car with enough space that’s perfect for hauling your student’s college gear and, of course, for making the trip home to visit!

To take a look at our new or used inventory, visit us today at Midwest Superstore!

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.