Finding different events and parades around the Madison, WI area can be difficult, especially with all the different activities that take place on Memorial Day. So, we’ve decided to help you out by compiling a list for you. Hopefully, you will be able to find something that interests you this upcoming Memorial Day. Read the rest of this entry »
We have all been driving in Wisconsin during the spring and summer and have gotten caught in the middle of a torrential downpour and found it almost impossible to see. Now imagine if your vehicles windshield wipers weren’t working to their full capacity, and you were forced to pull over to the side of the road or even possibly worse. So, now you may be wondering how often you should replace your windshield wipers to feel safe driving in the always-changing Wisconsin weather. Take a look at these reasons why it is time to for you to replace your windshield wipers and the recommended time period in which you should replace them. Read the rest of this entry »
Madison, WI Area Farmers’ Markets 2018
As spring begrudgingly begins to take hold here in Wisconsin, we are all excited for warmer weather, longer days, and all the outdoor activities that we here around Madison have been dreaming about all winter long. One of our most anticipated spring and summer traditions is an early morning farmers’ market full of fresh produce and delicious goodies that always start our Saturday or Sunday off on the right foot. If you have been anxiously awaiting the spring thaw so you can enjoy all of the Madison, WI area Farmers’ Markets, then have a look at our comprehensive list of our local farmers’ markets awaiting you in 2018, enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »
With the weather warming up and things budding all around you, spring is a beautiful time of year. But what’s decidedly less appealing is the thick green and yellow layer of pollen accumulating on your car’s hood — especially if you have pollen allergies.
Roughly 8.2% of people are diagnosed with hay fever, a reaction triggered by allergens. Driving with the distraction of watery eyes, a runny nose, and unrelenting sneezing isn’t good for anyone. So what can you do to reduce these symptoms? We have a few things in mind.
5 Great Tips for Driving With Springtime Allergies
Check the weather every morning
Being prepared is your first and perhaps best line of defense against allergies. Many weather-reporting outlets forecast daily pollen counts and air quality outlooks. If you’re sensitive to tree or grass pollen, limit your time outdoors or take other precautionary measures when levels are higher than normal.
Stick to your spring-cleaning regimen
Spring cleaning is important for everyone, but it’s an even bigger deal for those with seasonal allergies. You’ll want to clean all things that might collect allergens — from floor mats and seating surfaces to your vents and car exterior. Doing so will limit the amount of pollen, dust, and other irritants that live in your car.
Replace your air filters
With all of the items on your routine maintenance list, it’s easy to overlook or forget about your air filters. But if your air filters are dirty, there’s a good chance they’re not filtering out pollen, mold, pet dander, and more. We can replace them for you and restore the clean air in your cabin.
Properly seal your car
One of the best ways of keeping allergies out of your life is to make sure they don’t get into your car in the first place. Roll your windows up and confirm that the weather stripping on your car is creating the proper seal. While you’re driving, make sure your air conditioning is turned to the recirculate setting so that no airborne substances are being pulled in from outside.
Be mindful of your medication
Medications come in handy this time of year, but that doesn’t mean they should be taken lightly. Since medications like antihistamines can cause drowsiness, you should read the label and talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using. To be on the safe side, do a trial run off the road with any medication before you hop behind the wheel.
Have a Safe and Healthy Season in Madison, WI
At Zimbrick, we’re happy to be your Madison car dealership — regardless of the season. Stop by one of our 16 locations and say hello today. We want to help make spring a happy time of the year for you and yours.
We’ve all been there: You’re driving to work in the morning, and you hit a literal bump in the road. There’s a good chance it was a pothole. Spring is an especially problematic time for potholes, thanks to the hangover from the treacherous weather of winter and the wear and tear from rock salt and snow plows.
We all know that potholes are jolting and annoying. But can they cause significant harm to your car? On average, potholes result in about $3 billion in annual damages. Keep reading to find out how.
5 Parts of Your Car That Potholes Can Throw Off
If your steering wheel is out of whack or your car pulls toward one direction after a brush-up with a pothole, you’ve probably thrown off your alignment. Until you get it fixed, you’ll experience poor handling and uneven wear on your tires. Chances are you’ve sped through a pothole before and come out unscathed. But why risk it?
Your tires are the most likely part to take a direct hit from a pothole. The damage can range from bulging and tread deterioration to a blowout — especially if the pressure in your tire was low to begin with. Driving in any of these circumstances can be unsafe for you and your passengers.
You might think your car is okay after you encounter a snag in the road, but the proof is in the details. Potholes can cause chips or hairline cracks in your wheels. While these may not affect your driving at first, they can gradually grow into a much bigger problem.
In more severe cases, potholes can bend your wheels, which creates particularly dangerous driving conditions.
Deeper potholes are dangerous in more ways than one. Some are deep enough to puncture or rupture your exhaust pipes or muffler. Damaged exhaust parts aren’t good for anyone, and can lead to a variety of problems — from loss of power to inefficient emissions.
If you drive something with higher ground clearance, your vehicle’s body will likely be unaffected by hitting a pothole. But it’s a different story if you drive a low-sitting car like a sports coupe.
Potholes can wreak havoc on your undercarriage or low-hanging bumpers. Most of the damage is cosmetic but should be taken seriously if you care about your car’s appearance.
Fix Your Pothole Problem in Madison, WI
Let’s be real: Potholes aren’t going away any time soon. The best way to avoid them is to exercise safe and responsible driving. But if your car has been damaged by a pothole, Zimbrick can help. Schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations in Madison, Wisconsin, or contact us to see how we can assist you.
Spring commencement is right around the corner, and you’re running out of ideas for what to buy your future high school or college graduate. They’re about to embark on the road to the real world, so what could be better than a car?
You’re on a budget, and they’re just starting out, so buying new probably isn’t the best option. Luckily, a used car, truck, or SUV is a great alternative. Keep reading to find out why a pre-owned vehicle is an ideal gift to give your grad before they turn their tassel.
5 Reasons to Reward Your Grad With a Used Car
You don’t have to shop new to get all of the options your graduate wants. In fact, if you’re looking for a model or feature that’s been discontinued for one reason or another, buying used is the only way to go.
At Zimbrick, we offer over 800 cars across a variety of brands, so your options will never be limited when you pick us.
Lower price points
On average, used cars are much cheaper than their newer counterparts, which is good news for both you and your grad. Even if you’re just putting a down payment on a car before handing over the responsibility, you’re still leaving your grad with a more reasonable payment plan. Since there’s a significant chance they’ll be paying back student loans, they’ll be grateful for all the help they can get.
If you buy your grad a new car, its value will depreciate at a faster rate than a used alternative — especially in the first year. This might not seem like a big deal, but it makes all the difference in the world when the time comes for them to trade-in and upgrade to a newer model. Improve their resale value by purchasing pre-owned.
Used cars nowadays are in better shape than they’ve ever been, thanks to advances in technology and engineering. It’s not unheard of for a car to reach 200,000 miles and beyond. So, while buying a car with a clean slate is nice, it’s not necessary like it once was.
The Zimbrick Difference
You can find a used car at almost any dealership, but at Zimbrick, we offer the best car-buying experience. When you choose us, you and your grad will enjoy a complimentary tank of gas, the CARFAX® Vehicle History Report, and more. We understand how exciting this time is, so we don’t hit you with any unpleasant surprises.
Shop Our Used Cars for Sale in Madison, Wisconsin
Want to help your soon-to-be alum get a jumpstart on their career? Shop the inventory of used cars for sale at Zimbrick today. From starter and bargain cars to certified pre-owned vehicles, we’ve got something for everyone in the Madison, Wisconsin, area.
Your car is your pride and joy, so you want it to reflect that everywhere you go — especially with warmer weather taking hold. It’s not always easy to make that happen, thanks to pollen, rainwater stains, bird droppings, and grime left over from winter.
Taking your car to a drive-thru washer might sound like a quick and easy fix, but it can actually have the opposite effect of what you’re going for. So how do you wash your car like a pro? We’ve got a few tricks for you below.
5 Definite Dos for Your Spring Cleaning Car Wash
Clean while the car is cool
It might be tempting to give your car a bath after a long drive, but hitting it with the suds after it’s had time to warm up is a no-no. Washing it after it’s been in direct sunlight for a while should also be avoided. Why? Because a hot surface will cause the soapy water to dry faster, leaving stains and deposits in its place.
Rinse well before you begin
It might sound counterintuitive since you’re going to give your car a full wash anyway, but you should perform a thorough water-only rinse before you get to the nitty-gritty. Otherwise, if there’s any loose dirt or debris, it can cause scratching on your car’s body.
Use a car-specific cleaner
Online do-it-yourself gurus might suggest alternative products for achieving that like-new shine, but when it comes to your car, it’s best to stick to car-specific cleaners. That means household items like dishwashing detergent or hand soap are off limits. While good for a variety of tasks, these products can strip your car’s paint if you’re not careful. Car-specific cleaners are much milder.
Wash with a non-abrasive sponge or towel
You want to remove any pesky dirt from your car, but you don’t want to remove its beautiful finish. That’s why you should use a large soft sponge and wash section by section in a lengthwise motion. Doing so will drastically reduce your chances of leaving scratch marks.
Dry the car by hand
You’ll be itching to take your car for a stroll once you’ve got it looking so sleek, but you should resist the urge until you’ve dried it off. Letting it air dry or taking it for a spin while it’s still dripping wet will cause watermarks.
You’ve come this far. Make the extra effort and use a terry towel or chamois to hand dry it yourself.
Touch All Your Service Bases in Madison, WI
Of course, having a car that looks nice doesn’t matter if it doesn’t run just as well. If you need something done that a simple rinse and lather won’t wash away, schedule a service at one of our convenient locations today.
At Zimbrick, we know how much your car means to you. That’s why we want to help you make it the best it can be — inside and out.
As a car owner, it doesn’t get any bigger for you than this time of year. After all, April is “National Car Care Month.” With winter in the books, it’s important to give your vehicle the attention it deserves so that you can repay it for how reliable it’s been for you.
You love your car. So how do you make sure you show it? You can’t shower it with gifts, but you can treat it to a little TLC. Read our list of tips below.
5 Spring Service Tips for Honoring National Car Care Month
Stick to your service schedule
Staying up to date on your maintenance checklist will go a long way toward keeping your car running smoothly and preventing unwanted surprises down the line. Change your oil, rotate your tires, replace your air filter, check your battery’s charge, or do all of the above.
If you need help getting caught up on spring service, Zimbrick has you covered.
Aggressive driving puts unnecessary stress on your vehicle and wears down your engine, brakes, suspension, fuel efficiency, and more. Do your car a favor by being more careful and deliberate.
Reach out when in doubt
We’ve all been there: trying to fix something to save money or save face when we really know very little about it. When it comes to your car, attempting to solve a problem when you’re unsure can result in worse trouble than when you started.
At Zimbrick, we understand that you only want the best hands touching your ride. That’s why we’re proud to extend our services to you.
Park under the shade
With temperatures rising, it’s important to protect your car. Leaving your car to bake under the brutal sun can do a number on your paint job, upholstery, and dashboard. Park in the shade to soften the sun’s blow.
Since you can’t always find a spot under a tree, consider buying a sunshade to reduce the chances of damage.
Keep your car properly stored
If your car is going to be out of commission for prolonged periods of time, it’s still important to treat it as though you’ll use it tomorrow. Maintain a full gas tank and start the engine from time to time to keep the battery and engine healthy. Clean it and cover it to ward off critters looking for a new home. You want to be your car’s only inhabitant.
Experience National Car Care Month in Madison, WI
Your car just made it through a taxing winter. Isn’t it time you reward it? Commemorate “National Car Care Month” by scheduling an appointment at Zimbrick. With 16 convenient locations across the Madison, Wisconsin, area, we provide plenty of venues to help you celebrate.
When you’re safely exiting the other side of a Madison winter, you want to make sure that your vehicle got through those rough months as successfully as you did as soon as you can. Sometimes winter causes obvious problems to our vehicles with the stress of constantly driving in poor road conditions, and other times they hit us with less obvious issues. Whether you think your vehicle is alright after a cursory glance or not, it’s important to always do some comprehensive automotive service once you officially get to spring weather, and we’ve put together the sort-of checklist below to help you do that. Read the rest of this entry »
A highlight of each and every year for small business and shoppers alike in the Madison area, Madison Magazine recently announced its numerous winners of this year’s Best of Madison awards. All of us here in the Zimbrick family are proud to be able to say that we were recognized with not one but three different gold medals! Read the rest of this entry »