Whether you’re staying close to home or venturing out a bit farther for some fun day trips in Hutchinson, Kansas, keep your family safe by storing emergency supplies in your vehicle. Here are four essential summer safety items that you won’t want to do without.
First aid kit
A first aid kit is one of the first things you should have on hand when you’re driving. You can purchase a pre-assembled on online or at a local retail store. Or put one together yourself, including items like gauze, bandages, antibacterial ointment, and tweezers. Make sure to include seasonal items like bug spray and sunscreen.
You might also want to pack a portable sun shelter. This will provide welcome shade in the event that your vehicle breaks down on an extremely hot day and you have to wait a long time for roadside assistance to arrive.
Portable battery charger
Summer heat can take a toll on your car’s battery. Help prevent dead battery scenarios by stowing a portable car battery charger in your glovebox or somewhere in the trunk area.
Avoid dehydration by storing a case of bottled water in the trunk for emergencies. This will help you stay healthy and comfortable if you’re stranded on the road, especially if the breakdown happens in a remote area where convenience stores are few and far between.
Midwest Superstore wishes you and yours a safe and healthy summer. Remember to call us with any car care questions you have or to schedule a maintenance appointment for your vehicle.
If you love your old vehicle but find yourself daydreaming about the reliability and safety of a newer one, you’re not alone. Here are some pointers to help you know whether you should fix or replace your aging ride.
Repairing your current vehicle is usually the most budget-friendly option to go with. Fixing your older car is almost always less pricey than buying a newer one. It’s also a wise decision if finances are tight right now and you need the vehicle to last another year or two.
Sentimental attachment is another reason to fix it rather than replace it. Whether it’s your first car or the dream car that you spent many months saving for, repairs are a good way to go if you want to hold on to the vehicle for as long as possible.
In many cases, it’s best to purchase a newer vehicle. If your current one often leaves you stranded and starts needing frequent repairs, or if the repairs start costing more than half of the vehicle’s value, it’s probably time to part ways with your old vehicle.
A newer vehicle has the advantages of being more reliable and safer. Because it’s newer, it has a lower risk of breaking down. More recent models also have the benefit of contemporary safety tech like blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, park assist, and automatic emergency braking.
If the time has come to say goodbye to your old vehicle and start enjoying a new one, buying a pre-owned vehicle is a great way to save on a newer model. Midwest Superstore has an array of used vehicles to accommodate different budgets and preferences. Browse our inventory online here.
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but you can definitely trick out an old vehicle with new advanced features. If that’s what you’d like to do, you’ll find plenty of new tech for old cars to bring your outdated ride into the new decade — or even century.
Install a Rearview
Rearview cameras have been around for a few years now, and now
they’re required as standard equipment on new cars. Even if you have an older
car, you can still get one as well. Rearview cameras are reasonably affordable
and easy to install.
Add Seat Heaters
Seats that keep you warm in the winter and even have
massagers to keep your back from hurting on long drives are the height of
vehicle luxury today. And luckily, there are plenty of ways to add these
features to your older car. It’s as easy as getting a heated massaging seat
cover or cushion and plugging it into your USB port or cigarette lighter.
Get a New Stereo
If you’re not happy with your stereo, you can always upgrade
to a new one. There are tons of aftermarket stereos on the market. Try finding
one with Bluetooth® capabilities so you can sync your phone to the sound
If you’re ready to give your older ride an upgrade, visit our service department at Midwest Superstore and we’ll be glad to help you order and install the accessories you want.
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
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.
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
If you are in need of some spring maintenance, give us a call or visit our website to schedule your service appointment today!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Now that spring is finally here, you probably feel like freshening up your house. But, you don’t want to forget about your car. With just a little bit of time, you can make your car look and feel like new again. Read these tips on how to spring clean your car.
- Clean your vents. It can be hard to reach all the dust inside your air vents. Use a foam craft brush to get in between all the slats. You can even blast the vents with some compressed air to knock the dust loose.
- Shine your headlights. Over time, plastic headlight covers can get cloudy. Cover them in toothpaste, let it sit for a few minutes, and then wipe it away to reveal clear, bright headlights again.
- Wash your floor mats. Winter can leave your floor mats looking rough. Spray them down with a cleaning solution and either throw them in your washer or hose them down with a power washer to get out most of the grime.
- Clean the crevices. All the folded lines and crevices in your car are perfect places for dirt to settle. Use an old toothbrush to scrub away the muck. You can even wrap a cloth around the end of a flathead screwdriver to scrape away tough layers.
To make sure your car not only looks good for spring but runs as well as it should, schedule a maintenance appointment with our service department here at Midwest Superstore.