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Shopping for a used vehicle means you will need to spend time looking for the right used car dealer. Buying from a used car dealer requires additional research because there are additional risks and challenges. You might have questions about the vehicle accident history, the vehicle maintenance history, and how the vehicle was taken care of by the previous owner. Since used cars can come with problems, a warranty is crucial when purchasing a vehicle from a used car dealer. Crossroads Ford discusses the details about warranties for a used vehicle.

Can I Get a Warranty from a Used Car Dealer?

The best way to get a warranty from a used car dealer is to buy a certified pre-owned vehicle. Certified pre-owned vehicles are inspected, refurbished, and certified before being sold on the lot. Many certified pre-owned cars also come with an extended warranty, some of which are backed by the manufacturer. While certified pre-owned cars are the easiest to warranty, you can also get a warranty with other used vehicles. However, these warranties are typically more challenging to obtain.

Are Warranties on Used Cars Important? 

Warranties on all vehicles are essential factors in your decision to buy. However, when you purchase a car from a used car dealer, a warranty is even more critical. You assume a certain risk because the vehicle isn’t new off the lot. A warranty gives you peace of mind that you are covered financially if something breaks down. It gives you valuable protection if your vehicle comes across any mechanical issues. The last thing that you want to do after making a significant financial commitment on a vehicle is wind up in the shop for a week with a large repair bill. 

Do Manufacturer’s Warranties Still Apply?

In most cases, automotive warranties will transfer even after ownership changes. Vehicle warranties are usually based on the vehicle identification number instead of the ownership. The original warranty will usually remain valid until it expires. So, when looking for a vehicle with a used car dealer, it’s important to ask about the original warranty and determine whether or not it is still valid. There are a few notable exceptions, especially with certain Hyundai and Kia vehicles. Generally speaking, the manufacturer’s warranty still applies if it has yet to expire. 

Contact Crossroads Ford Lincoln for More Information

If you’re shopping for a used vehicle, Crossroads Ford Lincoln has plenty of choices. Give us a call at (502) 695-1990 or contact us online for more information on the vehicles we have to offer.

For car owners, few things are as important as a healthy transmission. A transmission is what converts your car’s gasoline into forward motion. Transmission service is among the most expensive repairs to have done on your vehicle, especially if it is a full transmission replacement. One of the ways you can prevent the need for transmission service is by properly using transmission fluid in your car. In today’s blog post, Crossroads Ford Lincoln looks at how often you should change the transmission fluid in your vehicle. 

What Does Transmission Fluid Do?

Transmission fluid is the primary lubricant for your vehicle’s gearbox. As the gears are at work, they can begin to grind on each other and wear down. Transmission fluid prevents them from rubbing against each other and keeps your gearbox working smoothly. Transmission fluid also keeps the gearbox cool and prevents overheating. There are several types of transmission fluid, designed specifically for automatic and manual transmissions. There are also traditional and synthetic transmission fluids, similar to motor oil. Choosing which transmission fluid to use depends on the type of vehicle you have. 

Why Is Transmission Fluid Important?

Your transmission is absolutely vital to the health of your vehicle. For this reason, you shouldn’t limit changing transmission fluid to the regularly scheduled date. There aren’t many clear warning signs that there is a problem with your transmission, so being proactive with transmission fluid is the best preventative measure you can take to mitigate a more expensive transmission service. And because a transmission replacement is so costly, transmission fluid is crucial. 

How Often Should You Change Transmission Fluid?

This question all depends on the type of vehicle you have and the condition of the transmission. For manual transmissions, most manufacturers suggest a change every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. However, automatic transmissions operate at a higher heat level, produce more carbon, and contaminate the fluid quicker. Most manufacturers suggest a change at 30,000 miles. Some vehicles come with a lifetime guarantee on transmission fluid, but it’s still essential to check and make sure that the fluid level isn’t low because a leak could develop without you knowing about it.

Contact Crossroads Ford for Transmission Services 

If you are looking for transmission services, Crossroads Ford Lincoln can help. To get a better idea of what we have to offer, give us a call at (502) 695-1990 or contact us online today.

Car oil changes are some of the most basic maintenance tasks for your vehicle, but they’re also among the most important. Car oil changes help to keep your engine running at a high level and may prevent trips to the repair shop in the long term. One of the most important decisions you can make with car oil changes is what oil you use. Many people use conventional oil, but synthetic oil is becoming more and more common. In today’s blog post, Crossroads Ford Lincoln will take a look at what you should know about synthetic oil.

Synthetic Oil Can Keep Your Engine Cleaner

As oil works its way through your engine, debris will naturally mix in with the oil. While this is inherently negative, it is also a natural function of the engine and isn’t something that you can prevent. With conventional oil, debris build-up results in sludgy oil as time passes. This increases the need for regular oil changes. Synthetic oil contains fewer impurities than conventional oil, which helps prevent sludge build-up while keeping your engine cleaner over time. More importantly, a pure oil creating a cleaner engine helps your car run more smoothly. 

Synthetic Oil Functions Well in Extreme Temperatures

Cars often struggle to function at a high level in extreme temperatures for a variety of reasons. In the cold, oil struggles to flow through your engine because it becomes thicker. In the heat, oil can break down and even evaporate, which can damage your engine once the oil supply is worn thin. More so than conventional oil, synthetic oil protects engines well in extreme temperatures. Synthetic oils are designed to flow well in low temperatures while also resisting high temperatures and continuing to safeguard engines despite the heat. 

Synthetic Oil Lasts Longer

Arguably the most significant benefit of synthetic oil is that it lasts longer than conventional oils. Synthetic oils resist breaking down, specifically in harsh conditions. They’re also purer compared to conventional oils. This allows your oil to stay clean and retain its physical properties longer than conventional oils. Synthetic oils are more viable over time. Having oil that lasts longer reduces the number of car oil changes you need.

Contact Crossroads Ford for Car Oil Change Information

If you are in need of a car oil change, Crossroads Ford Lincoln can help. For more information on what we can do for your vehicle, give us a call at (502) 695-1990 or contact us online today.

For many people, leasing a car makes more sense than buying a car. There are a variety of reasons why, including driving your vehicle during its best years, being able to drive a better vehicle, and not worrying about selling when you want a new car. However, it’s easy to make mistakes when leasing a vehicle, and Crossroads Ford wants to help you avoid those mistakes. In today’s blog, Crossroads Ford examines five mistakes to avoid when leasing a car. 

Paying Too Much Up Front

It isn’t uncommon to see deals from car dealerships offering low monthly payments on leases for new vehicles. However, those deals often come with a significant upfront payment. While this seems to make sense in the short term, it puts you at risk if your car is wrecked or damaged in the first few months of the lease. Insurance will reimburse the leasing company for the damage to the vehicle if it’s totaled, but you are still on the hook for the money you paid in advance. 

Failing to Look at the Total Lease Cost

Everybody wants a low monthly payment on their lease, but some people fail to look at the total price of the lease. Knowing the total cost of the lease allows you to look at other offers. You can even negotiate with the leasing company you are working with. This is arguably the biggest mistake that you can make when leasing a car because it impacts both your up-front costs and your monthly costs. 

Not Doing the Necessary Research

Since you aren’t actually buying a vehicle, some people might not think it’s necessary to put in extensive research. Since you won’t need to sell the car at the end of the lease, drivers might not be concerned with what they perceive as small details about the car. However, not doing proper research can lead you to lease a vehicle that isn’t the best for your situation.

Leasing a Car for Too Long

Most car leases last no longer than three years. It can be tempting to lease for longer than that. However, drivers who lease cars longer than three years typically end up paying more money. You will want to make sure that, at the very least, the lease is shorter than the warranty on the car. 

Not Taking Care of the Vehicle

Because you don’t actually own the car, it’s easy to neglect maintenance. However, companies will charge a penalty for extensive damage, which can include damage sustained due to failed maintenance. 

Contact Crossroads Ford Lincoln for More Information

If you are looking for vehicle maintenance, Crossroads Ford Lincoln can help. We have one of the best service departments in the area. For more information on the services we offer, give us a call at (502) 695-1990 or contact us online today.