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This is a situation most vehicle owners will face at some point in time, but knowing when to make the trade can help owners feel at little more at ease about their decision. Here are some tips and guidelines about what you need to do, know and research before trading in your vehicle.

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  1. Determine your trade value – This will help set the perimeters in terms of what type vehicle you will be looking to trade for. We recommend bringing your vehicle in to your local dealership to receive a quote.
  2. Equity – Do you have a small amount owing in your vehicle? If so, the money you will receive for your vehicle throughout the trade process could be added to your down payment.
  3. Mechanical – With age, our vehicles start needing more and more maintenance. Pay close attention to how often and what type of issues (brakestires, etc.) you’re having with your current vehicle – it may be a sign that it is time to trade in for something newer. You will be saving money in the long run.
  4. Time of the year – Typically, dealerships will have a blow-out sale to decrease existing inventory before the newer models arrive. Visit your nearest Ford dealership today or visit our website www.capitalfordlincoln.com to check-out our inventory and special offers!
  5. Age of vehicle – DoItYourself.com advises us that you will get the most “buck for your truck” if you trade it in before you hit 50,000 kilometers. However, between 30,000-40,000 kilometers is ideal to receive the optimum trade value.

 

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On a day like today, it becomes second nature to protect our own skin from the sun. What most vehicle owners don’t realize is that we also need to be protecting our vehicles from the rays too. Here are some tips for keeping your vehicle safe from the sun!

1. Invest in a sun shield. This will help protect your interior from discoloration, especially if you have leather. Also, leather will eventually begin to crack from UV damage. You can purchase one at Canadian Tire; they range from about $10-20. If you think the garage is just for winter parking, think again!

2. Keep up to date on all service. Just like in the winter, extreme temperatures take a toll on your vehicle. Even something as simple as cleaning your engine will help the vehicle cool down faster, the added debris can cause your engine to heat-up more.

3. Monitor your tire treads. Heat can actually increase the air pressure in your tires, when the tire is over-inflated it increases the chance of wear to the center of your tires. Click on “tire treads” to see our previous post about how to check your treads yourself.

4. Check the battery. Excessive heat can cause fluid evaporation can decrease the life of the battery drastically.

5. Wash your vehicle often. Removing particles early on helps prevent debris from sticking to your paint, which could eventually lead to damage later on. Always remember to coat wax on your paint after washing, for added protection.beat_the_heat


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I know what you’re thinking, “new is always better than used.” When we think of a pre owned vehicle we think of someone else’s used sock full of holes, a vehicle that that smells like your grandpa or some other guy’s hockey bag. (No offence to your grandpa I’m sure his old spice smells real […]


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An animal can jump in front of you in the blink of an eye, faster than the speed of light! It is crucial to slow down when you see animal-crossing signs. Road crews didn’t just throw up signs to pass the time, but because heavy animal traffic frequents the area. Remember to always keep your […]


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We hear the ads on the radio, or see them in the newspaper– you can get a great car for only $219 bi-weekly! That seems like a bargain for years of on the road fun, right? Not so fast! There are other things to consider when you purchase a vehicle that can affect just how […]


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Ford has a history of blazing new trail with the F-150, and this year they have set the bar higher than ever. As one of the best selling vehicles of all time, the Ford F-150 has led the way in innovation, customer satisfaction, utility, and nearly every other measurement that you can think of. At […]