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Is Your Car Ready for Winter? Or Is It Time for an Upgrade?

Posted at Fri, Sep 25, 2020 3:45 PM

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Are you ready for winter? More importantly, is your car ready for winter?

Although the “w” word — and all that comes with it such as snow, slush, and frigid temperatures — isn’t something we like to think about here in Minnesota, we must.

Without a well-maintained vehicle and safe driving habits, you could hit an icy patch and wind up in the ditch in the blink of an eye.

Stay ahead of the curve this season and check out these tips for safe driving and servicing your vehicle for winter. (Skip ahead if you’d like to ditch your current vehicle and trade-in for a new one.)

Service Tips for Winter

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Winter is coming and new service director Mike Johnson can’t wait. In addition to his excitement for the upcoming ice fishing season, he knows the service team at Eide Chrysler in Pine City is ready to get you prepped for winter.

“We have Master-Certified Technicians on staff and the equipment to get the job done right,” Mike says. 

Here are some ways you can prepare for another bitter Minnesota winter:

Check Your Tire Pressure

Proper tire pressure can protect your vehicle from slipping and sliding all over a wet or icy road. Well-inflated tires in Minnesota will not only give you better traction, they'll also help prevent wheel damage from winter potholes.

Carry an Emergency Kit

Prepare your tires for winter by compiling a survival kit for emergency tire problems. Here are a couple of must-haves for flat or stuck tires in Pine City:

  • Spare tire (preferably a snow tire)
  • Tire chains and tool kit
  • Abrasive material (such as sand or salt) for increased traction
  • Show shovel and ice scraper
  • Flashlight, flares, and matches
  • Jumper cables
  • First aid kit
  • Warm clothing (jacket, hat, gloves, boots, and blanket)
  • Food and water

Switch to Winter Tires

One of the very best things you can do to prepare your ride for winter is simply to switch to winter tires. When the temperature drops to around or below freezing, summer tires harden, meaning they can't grip the road as well. Winter tires are specially designed to withstand cold temperatures and provide much better traction than either summer tires or all-season tires.


Trade-in Tips

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If you're ready to upgrade your vehicle, and you know which model you want to get, the next step is to figure out what to do with the vehicle you've already got.

Sure, you can sell it yourself. That means you actually have to do the selling — which is not exactly a fun (or quick) process. But, if that’s the route you want to take, sell it to us!

Our General Sales Manager, Ryne Balzer says that even if you're not in the market for a vehicle and looking to sell one, we're always in the market to purchase.

Alternatively, you can trade in your vehicle. Here are the top three benefits of trading your used vehicle in the Pine City area.

It's Convenient

Eide Chrysler in Pine City provides a straightforward trade. It should go without saying that trading in is a pretty easy process. 

All you have to do is bring in your vehicle and let the dealership take care of the rest: inspecting it, calculating its value, and applying the amount toward the vehicle you want to buy. We look at multiple sources, including guidebooks, market reports, and overall condition and mileage to determine a Fair Market Trade-In Value.

It's Easier to Finance

Don't assume that by setting your own prices, you'll get a better deal.

Our dealership may offer you more than market value and also allow you to apply your trade-in credit toward your down payment — thus reducing the amount you have to finance.

Plus, most dealerships will accept vehicles that aren't fully paid off yet. So even if you still owe money on your current car, the dealership may actually work with your lender to pay off the remaining balance.

Once It's Done, It's Done

Anyone who has ever sold anything online knows that once the sale is over, it's not really over.

Buyers are picky. Even if your vehicle is in good shape, the person who buys it might not think so — or worse, they might pretend they don't think so, just so they can complain in hopes of getting a discount or refund after the fact. Either way, you could be stuck with some negative reviews, making it harder for you to sell again in the future.

When you trade in your vehicle at Eide Chrysler, you don't have to worry about any of that. Once you've sold your vehicle to the dealership, you're done — simple as that!


Find What You Need at Eide Chrysler in Pine City

We hate to say it, but winter is right around the corner. If you want to be ready, schedule your service appointment in Pine City today.

We have easy appointment scheduling available online, extended hours during the week and all day Saturday, and complimentary courtesy shuttle service.

Or, get a trade evaluation and upgrade your ride before the seasons change. Check out our selection of new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM inventory and find the ride that fits you.


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