Use the Cargo Space of Your SUV Wisely and Safely

When you're loading cargo in the rear of your SUV, it's important that you leave the rear window obstruction-free. Be sure to test the visibility from the drivers' seat prior to getting on the road. And, always place your heaviest pieces of cargo or luggage on the bottom. The seating area of the SUV should not be used to store cargo and all passenger space should be free from heavy items.

 

When it comes to using a roof rack, there should not be any items hanging over the side of the SUV. The cargo should be tightly secured to the rack and tested for stability throughout the journey. Although the roof rack is designed by the manufacturer to withstand a large amount of weight, you should not over-extend the weight capacity under any circumstances.

Contact Cars and Pickups's service center in Carrollton to schedule your vehicle service appointment, prior to your next road trip and stay safe!


Explore the Ram 1500 at Cars and Pickups in Carrollton Today

If you’re in the market for a light-duty truck for personal or business use, you won’t go wrong with a pre-owned Ram 1500. This popular truck brand has been a favorite among drivers for almost four decades, and you’re certain to find a style and color that you’ll love to hit the road in.

 

The Ram 1500’s eye-catching grille exudes style and durability and is surrounded by LED headlamps. The rear tailgate has also been re-engineered to be more aerodynamic and incorporates bold new lettering and design features.

The cargo bed itself leaves little to be desired. Total carrying capacity exceeds 60 cubic feet, and the bed can be outfitted with an available storage bin set that includes a convenient power outlet and lighting that means that you'll always be able to locate exactly what you’re looking for, day or night.


Pickup Trucks Offer Powerful Performance and Smart Technology

From the latest digital technology to luxurious amenities, you'll find a handful of premium installations in modern pickup trucks. Cars and Pickups in Carrollton has a large inventory of models that offer great connectivity, entertainment and performance.

 

A GPS navigation system with a touch-screen display is a common feature in high-level trims of American and foreign trucks. Some of the digital apps that are typically set up in the multimedia platforms include Android Auto, GPS navigation, Siri Eyes Free and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. You might be surprised to learn that luxurious trims even have high-end audio systems with more than 10 speakers.

Raw power is another major highlight of a contemporary pickup truck. A light-duty model usually runs on a V6 engine that produces enough torque and horsepower for daily driving. A heavy-duty model is typically powered by a V8 powertrain that's engineered to handle heavy payloads and towing loads over long distances.


Knowing When To Change Oil

Conventional wisdom says that you should change your oil every 3,000 miles or 3 months. However, the truth is that it is not always the case. While it is good to stay on top of your oil change, one thing you don't want to do is change it more often than needed because that will be a waste of money in the long run.

 

The manufacturer is going to have a recommendation of the frequency you have to change the oil. This recommendation is based on a lot of tests and information gathered about the vehicle when it comes to the different functions.

Once you get enough information about the vehicle and when you are going to need to change the oil, then you can follow that recommendation so that you will not only maintain your car but also save money while you are at it.


Unleash the Performance of the Chevy Silverado 1500

Chevy has always been a full-sized truck focused brand. At the helm of their full-size truck roster is the popular Silverado 1500. The Silverado is a performance driven work truck that has the engine and drivetrain for any situation.

 

The manufacturer is going to have a recommendation of the frequency you have to change the oil. This recommendation is based on a lot of tests and information gathered about the vehicle when it comes to the different functions.

The drivetrain in the Silverado has 6 different powertrain options, ranging from a 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel to a 6.2L V8 with Dynamic Fuel Management. The diesel will be released later this year with the all-new 10-speed automatic transmission. The 6.2L V8 will be also be mated to the 10-speed auto and produce 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft of torque. The V8 has been fitted with technology to make it more economical, like cylinder deactivation and auto stop/start. This will help you get more work done with fewer trips to the gas station.

The Silverado 1500 is a great full-sized work truck that can be customized to fit any of your particular work truck needs. If you want to take the Chevy Silverado 1500 for a test drive, visit us at Cars and Pickups.

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Rugged Features of the Ram 3500

The Ram 3500 is a very popular heavy-duty truck. This truck is made to conquer the elements and is no stranger to being off-road. The Ram 3500 is full of exterior features that help with hauling and towing your tools.

 

One of the most clever features of the Ram 3500 is the RamBox Cargo Management System. The RamBox is a storage system built into the side rails of the bed of the truck. The RamBox is well lit, durable and drainable. Another rugged feature of the 3500 is the ability for fifth-wheel towing. The Ram 3500 can tow up to 30,000lbs, which is best in class for fifth-wheel towing.

The Ram 3500 is the ultimate heavy-duty truck from Ram. It can haul your tools and toys anywhere you need to get them. Our team in Addison love the rugged design of the 3500. If you want to take a Ram 3500 for a test drive, visit us at Cars and Pickups.

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Styles of Truck Cabs

Since you should know a little bit about different truck cab styles before you go shopping for a truck with Cars and Pickups in Addison, here's a guide that should help you.

Standard Cab

A standard cab is a small two-door cab with a single row of seats. The tradeoff is that the larger truck bed is good for hauling larger loads.

Quad Cab

The quad cab or super cab is slightly larger than the standard cab and comes with two suicide doors in addition to two full-size doors. It's ideal for someone who needs a truck for hauling heavy loads yet wants a little more leg room.

Crew Cab

The crew cab is a four-door cab with two rows of seating. It's larger than the standard and quad cabs, and it's good if you regularly have passengers in your truck.

Mega Cab

The mega cab is even larger than the crew cab. In fact, it's been compared to a minivan in terms of its space and comfort. It doesn't come in all makes and models though, so find out if it's even an option with the truck of your choice if you really want this one.

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Making Sure The Customer Has a Roomy Uber Ride

One of the most important things to do when it comes to serving the customer in any industry is bring them comfort. If you are going to be an Uber driver, then you are going to need the right type of vehicle that will make your customers comfortable.

One of the vehicles that makes people comfortable is the Toyota Camry. The Camry has a roomy interior for the customer to be able to be comfortable. As long as you keep everything clean and neat, the customer will feel comfortable enough to take the Uber ride in your vehicle.

Another good thing about the Camry cabin is that it is upscale which brings forth a feeling of luxury that the customer is going to notice right away. Also, you can set up a Wi-Fi hotspot which will make sure that your customer is enjoying their ride and entertainment.

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BMW X3 Overview

The latest SUVs from BMW are driving critics wild. The BMW X3 is the latest model to get a top rating from US News & World Report. The latest luxury compact SUV from BMW is a slam dunk that offers every kind of engine and customization you can imagine. You can get into a BMW X3 and get 245 horsepower in the base with 33 mpg on the highway. However, you can always upgrade to one of the higher-performing engines, including the sDrive30i which takes performance to a whole new level.

Inside, the BMW X3 is extremely clean with lots of technology and comfort features. It can seat up to five people and wins awards for its cargo capacity at the same time. Now you can go anywhere with your X3, including big camping trips with friends.

Want to see what’s available with the BMW X3? You can stop by Cars and Pickups located in Addison to get more information.

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What Performance Features Come With the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD?

If you want a heavy-duty pickup truck, you should check out the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD at Cars and Pickups in Addison, TX. The Silverado HD was named the Most Dependable Large Heavy Duty Pickup Truck by J.D. Power and Associates. Let's check out the performance features that are equipped with the Silverado 2500HD.

The 2500HD offers two engines, which include the Vortec 6.0L V8 and the Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel V8. The base engine is the Vortec 6.0L V8 that delivers 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. If you opt for the Silverado 2500HD crew cab, you can choose the Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel V8 engine, which can reach 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque.

There are several performance features with the Silverado that enhance braking. The available diesel exhaust brake uses compression to reduce conventional braking when you are driving or towing downhill. The truck is also equipped with Duralife brake rotors that prevent warping and offer exceptional compression resistance that extends the life of the rotors.

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Auto Knowledge From the Experts at Cars and Pickups: Apple CarPlay Explained

Addison consumers at our dealership are usually interested in getting behind the wheel of a vehicle that comes with a number of technology features. Apple CarPlay is an innovative entertainment system that enhances your driving experience with outstanding capability.

You can always stay connected with Apple CarPlay because it lets you make calls and send texts without having to take your hands off the wheel. You can set the voice control for Siri to send messages. If you need to activate Siri voice control, just press and hold the control button on the steering wheel and you're set!

With Apple Maps, you can easily make it to your destination with voice-guided directions. Apple Maps can even use information from your phone, such as contacts, email, calendars, and more, to predict where you're heading. If you'd prefer to use a third-party navigation app, CarPlay has you covered because it supports Waze, Google Maps, and more.

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The Top Reasons for Buying a Crossover

There is some current market pressure to downsize your vehicle to something much smaller than the popular SUV. Many people are opting for sedans, thanks to their efficiency and affordability. Another great option that provides you with more space on the interior is the crossover. Most manufacturers have at least one crossover that is part of their current lineup. Let's take a look at some of the benefits of a crossover:

  • Better towing capability than a sedan.
  • Much better fuel efficiency than an SUV, but you still get more size than a sedan.
  • The pricing of a crossover is very similar to a sedan, but with much more to show.
  • All the latest and greatest safety and technology features come in the majority of the crossovers that are on the market right now.
  • Plenty of interior space is provided for passengers, but there is a lot of cargo space as well in the crossover.
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Controlling Odors in Your Vehicle

There's nothing worse than getting into a stinky car in the morning. You'll have to deal with the smell all the way to work, and then you could end up smelling like whatever was in your vehicle. Whether you have a brand-new vehicle or something older, there are some steps that you can take to keep your car smelling fresh and clean.

Make sure that you don't leave garbage in your vehicle at the end of the day. Keep a small bag in your vehicle that you can use for garbage. Toss it when you get home.

If you experience a spill of any sort, make sure you clean it up as soon as you possibly can. Leaving a spill in a hot car all day will only make the problem that much worse.

Use an air freshener to keep your vehicle smelling pleasant.


Removing Automotive Badges

In the event that you decide to renovate a vehicle, you might opt to remove the manufacturer's badge. The task is not difficult. But, a little caution prevents paint or vehicle damage. Badges applied with adhesive are easier to remove. Otherwise, clipped badges necessitate filling in the holes, sanding, painting and sealing.

There are many ways to soften the adhesive used to attach badges. Hot water poured over the area is often the easiest. However, avoid using boiling water, which damages the surrounding paint. Perhaps use a hair dryer on a hot setting. Adhesive removers are also available. Simply spray the location and wait the recommended amount of time.

Try wiggling the badge. If loose, slide a card or dental floss beneath the badge to remove. Remove any remaining adhesive. Wash the site with soap and water. Thoroughly dry the spot and apply a coat of protective wax.


Safe Driving and Wet Roads

Have you ever lost control of your car on a wet road? Hydroplaning is always a frightening experience. At Cars and Pickups, we want to help you avoid hydroplaning.

Hydroplaning can occur after inclement weather. However, it is most likely to occur after light rain. The water mixes with oil residue, and the residue makes the road extremely slippery. Rubber tires will skid on slick roads when they cannot produce enough friction. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prevent hydroplaning.

Turn off the cruise control when the roads are wet. Shallow water can be very dangerous, so you should avoid driving in puddles. Stay close to the center lane. The outer lanes tend to have more water. Keep your tires properly inflated. Most importantly, drive slow when the roads are slippery. You can pay attention to your surroundings when you are driving under the speed limit.


How You Can Share the Road With Bicyclists While in Your Vehicle

There are many different precautions that a bicyclist can take when they head out for a ride, but you as the driver has some different things you can do in order to keep everyone safe out there. You can safely share the road with bicyclists by following these few simple tips:

  • If you see a bicyclist up ahead on the road and you need to pass, make sure that you wait until there is a safe time and place. You need to leave at least 4 feet in between you and the rider.
  • Don't honk your horn at riders. This could cause them to become startled and fall.
  • You should look for people on their bikes when you are driving, but make sure you take a quick look around you when you are going to be opening your car door as well.