Archive for the ‘Helpful Tips’ Category

5 Fall Car Care Tips to Be Thankful For

Monday, November 20th, 2017
A close-up of a car tire on leaf-covered pavement featured in a blog about fall car care

Fall means a lot of things in Madison, Wisconsin: changing leaves, brisker temperatures, football, Thanksgiving, and more. But it also means that winter is coming. It’s no secret that winter can take a toll on your car. But you don’t have to let it get the best of you.

At Zimbrick, we know that the key to successful winter driving is an early jump start on fall maintenance. That’s why we offer both year-round service and winter service at any of our locations. For more details, check out our five fall car care tips:

An infographic outlining five five fall car care tips

4 Used Cars That Are Safe for New Drivers

Monday, November 6th, 2017
Teen in a car featured in a blog about used cars for new drivers

Let’s be honest: when shopping for your teen driver’s first vehicle, you’re probably going to be looking at used cars. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for outdated technology or lower performance standards.

There’s an extensive criterion for what’s good enough for your teen driver. Gas mileage, storage space, comfort, and safety are all aspects you have to consider. At Zimbrick, we stock an expansive inventory of quality used cars that fulfill these needs. Keep reading to learn more about a few of our favorites.

Fantastic 4: The Safest Used Cars for Teen Drivers

Honda Civic

The Honda Civic boasts a history of IIHS Top Safety Pick honors, and available Honda Sensing® is a big reason why. This safety suite includes features like Road Departure Mitigation, Collision Mitigation Braking, and Lane Keeping Assist.

To learn more about Honda Sensing® and other safety technologies in the Civic, watch the video below:


Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata is full-size in classification and value. The reason? Its impressive host of safety features. The 2016 model was an IIHS Top Safety Pick, thanks to available technologies like Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and the Rollover Protection System. But that’s not all there is to like about it. The Sonata is also great on gas.

Subaru Legacy

You don’t build a reputation for being a premier small car without being safe. The Subaru Legacy is known for its athleticism, but it’s also lauded for its sensibility. The 2017 edition is the most recent used model to be deemed an IIHS Top Safety Pick. And with Standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and available EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, it’s not hard to see why.

For an overview of Subaru EyeSight® watch the video below:


Toyota Camry

In the world of midsize sedans, the Toyota Camry is always a safe bet. Like the Civic, the Camry has earned numerous IIHS Top Safety Pick accolades and offers a proprietary safety technology suite, Toyota Safety Sense™, that is available on many newer models. Combine that with the ample cabin and impressive engine performance, and it’s clear the Camry has everything your new driver needs.

Keep Your First-Time Driver Safe in Madison, WI

The cars above represent only a short list of our available vehicles. Browse our full inventory of used cars purchasable at any of our 16 convenient locations. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to arming you and your teen driver with peace of mind.

How Zimbrick Can Assist with Daylight Saving Time

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

The clock is finally winding down on the transition from summer to autumn here in Madison, Wisconsin. Or, at least rolling backward. The extra hour of daylight was fun while it lasted, but it’s time to fall back. That’s right, we’re talking about Daylight Saving Time.

Yes, the extra hour of sleep in the morning will be as lovely as it always is this time of year. The increased risk of traffic accidents, however, won’t be. At Zimbrick, we’re all about keeping you safe. Here are five services we offer to prepare you for the time change on November 5.

5 Zimbrick Daylight Saving Time Services You Can Fall Back On

A/C and Heat

This one is more about comfort than safety, but it’s important nonetheless. Daylight Saving Time signals the closeness of winter, and therefore, colder temperatures. You don’t need one more thing distracting you from the road and getting you out of your comfort zone. That’s why we’ll check your car’s air conditioning and heating to ensure you’re warm for your daily commute.  

Man's hand over a car's AC vent


The days will soon be getting shorter, but that won’t stop your fellow commuters from hitting the road. You’ll want to make sure that your brakes are in great shape and ready to avoid accidents while other travelers are adjusting to the dimmer drive home. That’s where we come in. At Zimbrick, we inspect and repair brakes year-round.


The most noticeable difference this time of year is that it’s getting dark earlier. While there’s nothing you can do to change that, there’s one very simple thing you can do to combat it: have us check your headlights. With darker streets, you want to see as much as possible. We’ll help you light the way home during early nights.

A car driving on the road at night with its headlights on


Avoiding surprises is impossible, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared. With worn or deflated tires, the road becomes riskier. We can check the pressure of your tires, rotate, or replace them. Plus, as winter nears, we offer specialized winter tire installation.

Windshield Wipers

Visibility is difficult enough with less daylight, but it can turn from bad to worse with a dirty windshield. Do yourself a favor by letting our expert technicians make sure you have a clear line of vision. We can install new wiper blades or replace your windshield wiper fluid. It may sound simple, but it can make all the difference in the world.

A close-up of windshield wipers covered in leaves

Get Service That Saves the Day in Madison, WI

Darker days are right around the corner, but the future is still bright. Schedule a service appointment at any of our convenient Zimbrick locations before November 5. In need of a service not listed above? Contact us now. Our dedicated staff is here to answer any questions you may have.

Winterizing Your Car: What You Need to Know

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Fall is finally in full swing here in Madison, and with colder temperatures on the horizon, winter isn’t far behind. In the coming days, you’ll probably hear a lot of talk about winterizing your car. But what exactly does that mean?

Good question. In the most basic sense, winterizing your car means optimizing it for the harsh winter months ahead. While that might sound daunting, it’s nothing to stress over. At Zimbrick, our experts specialize in service — and gearing your car, truck, or SUV up for winter is no exception. Here are a few ways we can help you winterize your vehicle.

5 Ways to Winterize Your Car at Zimbrick

Antifreeze and Fluid Checks

The temperature isn’t the only thing freezing in the wintertime. If your car doesn’t have the right fluids, you run the risk of it freezing up, too. Our technicians will ensure that you have the right antifreeze and water blend. Plus, we can replace your wiper fluid with a freeze-proof alternative.

worker adding antifreeze as part of fluid check

Battery Testing and Replacement

As the leaves fall, so does your battery’s capacity. Unfortunately, your battery doesn’t have the option of hibernating for the winter. That’s why we’ll conduct a thorough check of cables, terminals, and fluid to make sure your battery doesn’t let you down when you need it the most.

Brake Inspection and Repair

Walking through a winter wonderland is a magical experience. Driving through one, however, is a different story. You’re going to want to know that your brakes are prepared for the tricky road conditions ahead. While it might be too early to have your brakes replaced, the pros at Zimbrick can inspect them, repair them, and ultimately ensure that they’re fit for the holidays.

photo of service worker performing break inspection

Oil Change

Oil is an important component of your car year-round, but it’s especially critical in the winter months. If the oil in your vehicle is too thick, it could freeze. Consider putting a thinner oil on your wish list.

Winter Tire Installation

Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh might be fun, but it’s nothing to play around with in your car. Worn or insufficiently filled tires are dangerous on slick roads. That’s why we offer tire replacement and rotation. But if conditions get especially brutal in your neck of the woods, our specialized winter tires are the way to go.

tires prepared for winter driving through snow after installation

Winterize Your Ride in Madison, WI

See one or more ways Zimbrick can whip your car into shape for the winter months? Schedule a service appointment at any of our 16 locations in the Madison, Wisconsin, metro area. We want to make winter the most wonderful time of the year for you.