Archive for August, 2015

H-Team Parts Connection

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

The H-Team Parts Connection fleet of nine trucks cover over 40,000 miles each month, delivering parts all over New Hampshire, Vermont and Upstate New York.

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The H-Team Parts Connection not only delivers genuine Ford and Toyota parts for our Heritage dealerships, but also aftermarket parts and parts from other dealerships located along Route 7 in South Burlington and throughout Vermont. Our fleet travels to and from locations like Fort Covington, NY, Keene, NH, Bennington, VT, and Pittsburg, NH delivering parts to over 3,900 different locations.

If you’re looking for reliable parts delivery, look no further than the H-Team Parts Connection. If you’d like to contact our parts department, please call us at 802-865-8140.

Service Tips: Oil Change

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Performing regular maintenance on your vehicle is one of the easiest ways to keep your vehicle in peak condition, maintain its long-term health, and help you get the most out of your investment. One of the most important parts of regular maintenance is the oil change.

Why are regular oil changes important?

Oil is one of the most important, but underappreciated components of your vehicle’s overall health. Your vehicle’s engine has hundreds of constantly moving parts, many of which are rubbing against one another causing extreme heat. As the oil travels through your engine, it cools and lubricates these parts, helping your engine run at maximum efficiency.

Having a regular oil change schedule is important because of the constant temperature fluctuations your engine faces everyday. As your oil ages it allows dust and debris to make their way into your engine and contaminate your oil, making it less effective.

How often should I change my oil?

Most manufacturers recommend that you get an oil change every 5,000 miles; but many newer model vehicles come with advanced synthetic oil that can last up to 10,000 miles between changes. Check your owner’s manual to find out more about your recommended maintenance schedule.

New England’s wide range of temperatures throughout the year also put added strain on both your engine and your oil. Even in warm weather, during a short commute your engine may not warm up all the way, which can affect the life of your oil in the long term.

Need to know if your oil needs changing? Get a lesson on checking your engine fluids from the H-Team:

Rhino Lining Available at Autoshine

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Rhino Linings are now available for installation at Heritage Autoshine. Call 802-865-8185 or click here to schedule or learn more.  Rhino Linings are the premiere spray-on bed liners. From trucks to gas tanks, to benches and golf carts, we can apply a durable Rhino Lining to nearly anything.

How To Maximize A Vehicles Trade-In Value

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
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One of the most mystifying portions of the car buying process for customers is when a salesperson puts together a vehicles trade-in value. Most customers are left wondering “How did they get that number?” It doesn’t have to be such a mystery.

The first and most important thing to know is that your vehicle isn’t inspected by a mechanic; it’s evaluated by a sales manager. They base their trade offer on the car’s feel as it drives, engine sound, and visible condition. You can do a lot to change a vehicles trade-in value before you visit a dealership that will make the process smoother, and potentially get you more money for your trade:

  1. Clean your car – Dirt caked on the exterior could be hiding body or paint damage. The appraiser can’t clean it, so they’re going to assume the worst case scenario and deduct $300-$500 to cover any “surprises”.
  2. Fix windshield cracks and chips – Most insurance plans cover this at no cost to you, but it costs a dealer upwards of $600 to fix, and they dock that from your trade offer.
  3. Know your car’s mechanical issues and their severity – A rattle or check engine light could mean a multitude of things. A dealer will protect their interests, which could mean deducting anywhere from $300 – $1000, unless you can tell them what the rattle or light really is. Then they only dock the cost of that specific repair.
  4. Bring everything – Bring your spare keys, extra sets of tires and a Carfax Report, if you have them. The more information the appraiser has the less they have to guess. Additional items, like an extra set of usable tires, also raise the resale value.
  5. Supply and demand – Use the laws of supply and demand to your advantage by trading a 4 wheel drive vehicle during the fall and winter, or a front wheel drive, 4-cylinder vehicle during the spring and summer
  6. Don’t withhold information – Hold your trade to the same expectations and honest evaluation you would when you shop for a car and you’ll walk out with the most money.

To hear more about the trade-in process check out this video with the H-Team’s used car manager, Ryan Denecker, and feel free to contact the H-Team with any questions on how to maximize your vehicles trade-in value