Wednesday, January 9, 2019

What to Know Before you Buy a Used Car

Shopping for a used car can be daunting. Television, radio and internet ads bombard us with information. If you’ve never navigated these shopping waters, it can all seem too much. This article will help first time used car shoppers feel confident when they hit the showroom floor for the first time. Car buying tips for the beginning used car shopper. 

The most asked question we receive is where to start and who to trust. According to industry statistics over ninety percent of a pre-owned car, shopping starts on the internet. Before you start looking for a pre-owned car, let’s start with a budget.

Before you ever step foot on a showroom floor have a purpose for a visit. Remember it’s the salesperson's job to sell you a car. When you set foot on the lot, the dealer is going to offer you the sun the moon the stars to buy today. Don’t be enticed by this the deal of a lifetime. There all deals of a lifetime. 
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Before you even begin looking for a car you need to know what payments you’re comfortable with. Don’t forget about insurance and car maintenance when you factor all this together. It’s a clever idea for you to speak with your own credit union or bank to have some idea of what interest rate you can expect to pay. Dealers can mark up interest rates as an additional income stream for the dealer. A quick rule of thumb for how money affects your payment, $20.00 in payment for every $1000 in price. 

After you establish a budget range finding the right car is rather easy. You can simply do an internet search for the year make and model of the car you’re interested in. Sites such as help consumers find vehicles in their area that meet certain search criteria. When you have narrowed down to a couple of cars to choose from. Do a little research about the dealerships that have the car you want. Google™ reviews or other review sites can help you with customer experience at a dealership you’re considering. 

Most internet sites will allow you to see CARFAX™ history reports. This is important so you can see a car's history. If the car has ever had an accident, regular maintenance and like information. It will even tell you what city and state the car is from. If this report is not available online ask the dealer to send you a copy. 

How do you know the car is a good one? When you get ready to test drive a vehicle. Walk around the car, open the hood and the trunk. Check to make sure there is no damage. When driving the car make sure to drive surface roads and get it out on the highway. Make sure the car drives to your liking. Take your time on the test drive. If needed have a third-party mechanic check out the car. Many metro areas have services. If the car rides and drives good, then don’t be afraid to move forward. 

Congratulations you found the car! Time to finish your deal. Remember early on we guided you to speak with your credit union or bank. You should be prepared with what interest rate you could expect. The sales process at the dealership will consist of showing your payments before you agree to a deal. Ask to see a base payment. This payment has no finance products included. Learn about GAP insurance, extended warranties before you shop, these are financed products. You will be offered lots of packages to protect your investment. These ancillary products are designed to profit the dealer, not you. 

Take time to research a deal. Lots of useful information out there to help you. Take a friend with you to shop. Don’t go alone, so you don’t make an emotional purchase. Far too many consumers get excited about buying a pre-owned car only to overextend the budget they set out. Don’t let excitement overtake a good financial decision. Your good credit depends on you making an informed, educated choice.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Distracted Driving Texting

Texting while driving is about as stupid a thing as a driver can do. Do NOT for one minute think you won't have a wreck. It's not a matter of is it going to happen its a matter of when. Statistically, distracted driving is overtaking drunk driving. Is the last thing on this earth you leave behind is a text LOL.

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Are you Ready for this?

You probably by now realize that I am pretty passionate about this issue. A couple members of my family have been involved with drivers who were texting and hit them. Thank God they were minor accidents without significant injury. One lady was texting with her toddler in the back seat and rear-ended our car.

It only takes a moment for tragedy to strike. Sadly too many drivers think they can text and drive. "They got this." Parents if you text and drive in front of your teenage driver's shame on you. This is a bad habit for a young driver to pick-up.

Make sure that you don't set a bad example for younger drivers. Hand the phone to someone in the car and tell them to respond back if it's that important. Tell your kids text your Mom back and tell her were on the way. It's that simple.

Later model vehicles like my Chevrolet Truck have the ability for me to talk and text. This allows me not to take my eyes off the road or handle my phone. I can do everything voice commands. Great system!

If you have to be on the phone, use Bluetooth enabled hands-free systems. The safest policy, stay off the phone in the car period.

Drive safe!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Keeping Kids Safe in the Car

Keeping children safe in the car. Sadly, the news is reporting too many children left in car seats in the car. With one news organization saying to put your purse or cell phone next to your child. If that’s what it takes, then do it!

However, what does that say to us as parents that we must leave something next to our child, so we don’t forget them? What does it tell you that you would have to do anything like that? These questions should alarm you!

The bigger question is how parents have let life overtake the care of a child? That seemingly your cell phone is more important than your child because you need to leave it next to them, so you don’t forget your son or daughter in the car seat. Wow!

How about we as parents get present in the moment. That for the brief time we’re in the car we take time to drive carefully but be present at the moment with our child. Share a moment with your child. So, you want to convince yourself that you’re to busy for the 15 or 20 minutes in the car that you can’t talk to your child (infants are the exception).

It’s so easy to get caught up in our own lives. When we get into a car that is a responsibility especially when carrying precious cargo. Do whatever you have to do to be present at that moment in time. Put your purse, your cell phone, your laptop, whatever you have to do to remember your child. Ask yourself one thing; is my stuff more important than my child?

Talk to your child, sing to your child, play games in the car with your child. Those times you will remember for the rest of your life. Don’t let the memory be devastated by tragedy. Make the time in the car about your child, not about the life around you. If you can’t give that gift to your children, ask yourself why.

Get off the cell phone in the car. If you're texting in the car shame on you. At 55 MPH distracted for only 3 seconds, you will travel the distance of a football field. The call can wait! Distracted driving can cause tragedy for a simple text message. If you think you can't wait to send a text pull over and post it. 

We all need to slow down. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

New DOMINATOR® Competition Diesel Oil

The newest addition to the DOMINATOR racing line is specially formulated for performance-modified diesel engines.

New DOMINATOR® Competition Diesel Oil
New AMSOIL DOMINATOR® 20W-50 Competition Diesel Oil (DCO) is engineered for modified, competition diesel engines and the high-horsepower demands of sled pulling, dyno runs and drag racing. Fortified with 50 percent better resistance to oil breakdown* to withstand high cylinder pressures, and jacked with extra zinc and phosphorus for bulletproof wear protection, DOMINATOR Competition Diesel Oil provides professionals and enthusiasts with the power, protection, and confidence needed to win.
  • Competition-grade technology formulated specifically to deliver maximum power and protection in performance-modified diesel engines
  • Extra zinc and phosphorus for bulletproof wear protection
  • Fights oil breakdown under the extreme temperatures and pressures of competition, extending the lives of cylinders, rings, cranks, rods, turbochargers, and bearings
  • The high-viscosity formulation provides an extra level of protection while offsetting the negative effects of fuel dilution
  • Delivers superior shear stability to withstand the intense stress and compression common to high-horsepower diesel trucks
  • May be used in any diesel engine calling for an API CK-4, CJ-4, CI-4+ or CH-4 diesel oil

Which oil is right for me?

Stock or modified engine (less than 1,000 hp)

Signature Series 15W-40 Max-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil (DME) is designed for on-road daily-driving diesel and modified diesel trucks.

Modified engine (up to 2,000 hp)

DOMINATOR 20W-50 Competition Diesel Oil (DCO) is designed for high-performance, competition diesel trucks. It is also well-suited for diesel engines operating on the road.

Modified engine (more than 2,000 hp)

DOMINATOR 15W-50 Synthetic Racing Oil (RD50) is our best all-around racing oil designed for high-performance and high-horsepower engines that burn gasoline, alcohol, diesel, and methanol. It is not designed to be used for on-road daily driving.
*Compared to the 3.5cP HTHS limit for SAE 15W-40

Bruton Motor Sports

Monday, January 22, 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

Diesel Oil 10W 30 Synthetic

AMSOIL Dealer Robert Bruton, shop our store for all the great AMSOIL products. For the best synthetic oil give me a call:

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AMSOIL 10W-30/SAE 30 Synthetic Heavy Duty Diesel Oil is formulated with premium synthetic base oils that exceed both 10W-30 multi-grade and SAE 30 straight-grade viscosity requirements for outstanding performance in modern and older diesel engines. Unlike conventional SAE 30 motor oils, AMSOIL Heavy Duty Diesel Oil has a naturally high viscosity index and does not contain paraffin (wax). It has a low pour point and qualifies for SAE 10W, making it an all-season multi-grade lubricant with a wide operating temperature range. AMSOIL Heavy Duty Diesel Oil is formulated without viscosity index (VI) improvers. This shear-stable formulation is designed to reduce viscosity loss and associated bearing and cylinder bore wear. AMSOIL 10W-30/SAE 30 Synthetic Heavy Duty Diesel Oil contains premium additives with a high 12 TBN to neutralize acids from blow-by, exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and high-sulfur diesel fuels. It helps protect against damaging piston deposits, ring sticking, and sludge.
AMSOIL, the leader in automotive synthetic lubrication, produced the world’s first API qualified synthetic motor oil back in 1972. Trust the extensive experience of AMSOIL The First in Synthetics® to do the best job protecting your equipment.
PerformanceWhere these viscosity grades are specified, AMSOIL 10W-30/SAE 30 Synthetic Diesel Oil provides outstanding performance as a straight-grade SAE 30 for older two- and four-stroke diesel and as a multi-grade SAE 10W-30 in modern four-stroke diesel and gasoline engines. AMSOIL Synthetic Heavy Duty Diesel Oil is ideal for use in a wide variety of light- and heavy-duty applications, including agriculture, off-road construction, trucking, mining, industrial (pumps and generators) and personal automotive or commercial transportation. It is recommended for use with low or high-sulfur diesel fuels in standard, turbocharged or supercharged engines; all off-road engines and pre-2007 on-road engines.
  • SAE 10W-30 performance without VI improvers
  • Cost-effective replacement for conventional oils
  • Excellent shear stability
  • Outstanding wear protection
  • Superior protection over a broad range of operating temperatures
  • Extended service life
APPLICATIONSAMSOIL ACD is recommended for diesel engines, gasoline engines and other applications that require any of the following worldwide specifications:
  • API CI-4+/CH-4/SL, CF, CF-2
  • Global DHD-1
  • ACEA A3/B3, E3, E5
  • JASO DH-1
  • Mack EO-M, EO-N
  • Detroit Diesel 93K214
  • Caterpillar ECF-1a, ECF-2
  • Cummins CES 20076/20077/20078
  • Volvo VDS-3/VDS-2
  • Mercedes Benz 228.1/228.3/229.1
  • MAN 271/3275
  • MTU Type 2
  • Ford WSSM2C921-A
AMSOIL ACD is compatible with conventional and synthetic motor oils, however, mixing AMSOIL ACD with other oils will shorten the oil life expectancy and reduce the performance benefits. AMSOIL does not support extended drain intervals where AMSOIL ACD has been mixed with another product.
Aftermarket additives are not recommended for use with AMSOIL ACD.
AMSOIL Synthetic 10W-30/SAE 30 Heavy Duty Diesel Oil (ACD) is recommended for extended drain intervals in engines that are unmodified and in good operating condition.
Diesel Engine Service
  • Three times (3X) OEM* recommendation, not to exceed 50,000 miles/600 hours or one year, whichever comes first. Drain intervals may be extended further with oil analysis.
Gasoline Engine Service
  • Two times (2X) OEM* recommendation, not to exceed 15,000 miles or one year, whichever comes first.
*Operating conditions and drain intervals for severe and normal service are defined by the OEM. Refer to your owner’s manual.
Note: Extended drain intervals are not recommended when using biofuels containing >10% ethanol or 5% biodiesel (B5). Follow OEM drain intervals or extend drain intervals with oil analysis.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Off Road Fun and Safety

When you hit the trail off-road whether in your truck or Jeep. Just like the highway, you do have a few rules to follow. Some rules are written, and some are common sense. These common-sense rules will keep you safe, your family safe and the environment you’re in safe. 

It’s fun to take your vehicle off-road and push your metal to the limit. This is fun and okay. However, you need to remember some simple do’s and don’ts. 

1. Know what’s on the other side of a jump, or mound that you think will get you airborne. You don’t want to be airborne only to find the other side is a hundred-foot cliff. A stand of trees that rip through the vehicle like a hot knife through butter. If you can’t see what’s on the other side don’t just hammer through until you see a clear path. 

2. Cutting doughnuts or dropping the hammer throwing dirt everywhere. Imagine what a pristine meadow would look like after you hammer around tearing it up. Just because it's there does not mean you need to tear it up. You can find plenty of places to go throw dirt. Don’t destroy a pristine environment just because you can. 

3. Leave animals alone. Don’t chase wildlife with your vehicle, blow your horn or otherwise molest them in any way with your vehicle. Not cool! 

4. Respect the trails, don’t blaze off on your own. 

5. Remember if you’ve traveled a distance and you do something reckless that hurts your vehicle or you. How close is helping? It’s easy to get caught up in the moment. Remember, you’re not Mario Andretti as much as you want to be him, sorry you’re not. Keep on the side of safety! 

6. Before you head out to make sure that your equipment is in tip-top shape. The spare tire is good, tools are present, and first aid is available. 

7. Good maps and GPS if available. You can cover a huge distance driving. Having fun you can forget where you are. It’s easier than you might think to get lost. 

8. Fuel. Make sure you have spare fuel. Jerry cans and a way to get the fuel into your tank. I can’t tell you how many guys I have seen out four wheeling that the spout on the can won’t fit the gasoline receptacle on the vehicle. 

Having respect for the outdoors is a responsibility of all off-road enthusiasts. A stewardship that you must respect. Leave the outdoors better than you found them. Take out more than you went with. 

Off-road 4X4 trekking is fun. It can also end in disaster if you don’t follow common safety rules. Know your vehicles limitations and especially know your driving limitations. Do this and you will have fun and get home safe. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Preferred Customers Free Shipping

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AMSOIL Preferred Customers now get free shipping on orders of $100 or more ($130 Canada), helping you save even more. Orders below those thresholds pay a flat shipping rate of $8.99 ($11.99 Canada).
US and Canada Shipping Rates


Does my P.C. membership renewal count toward the minimum order value (MOV)?
Yes, and it helps you save even more money. A case of OE Synthetic Motor Oil and an Ea Oil Filter, for example, don’t reach the $100 MOV ($130 Canada) to get free shipping. Now, you can add a P.C. membership renewal to your order to reach the MOV needed for free shipping.
I enjoyed the periodic free-shipping promos. Are those going away?
Not necessarily. We still may run free-shipping promos with a reduced minimum order value, allowing you to receive free or reduced shipping for even lower MOVs. Plus, we’ll continue to run other promos that help you save money.
Will interline fees still apply in parts of Canada?
Yes. Interline fees, charged by Loomis Express, apply when the destination point is considered a remote/extended area or the location is serviced by an authorized agent. Loomis has expanded the number of postal codes that qualify for interline fees and implemented slight fee increases. Interline fees are applicable only to Loomis express-shipped orders below 250 lbs., where the final destination address is classified by Loomis as remote or a beyond-delivery point.
You can sign up for just $10 for a 6-month membership ($15 Canada). You not only save up to 25 percent on AMSOIL products, you receive…
  • Exclusive product promotions
  • Free gear
  • Points on purchases
  • Referral rewards
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