May 17th, 2016
While your first time ever getting behind the wheel may have been nerve-racking, it likely didn’t take you long to discover the incredible sense of freedom that comes along with driving. The only thing better than that untethered feeling is the sensation you get when you turn the key and start your own car for the first time!
At our VW dealer near College Park, we know that first time car shoppers have their own unique set of circumstances and factors to consider while shopping. If you’re like many first time drivers, then chances are that price is going to play a big role in your decision making. Even so, there’s no need to settle when choosing a vehicle!
With your first car, in particular, you want a vehicle that you can count on to provide you with a reliable performance and great safety features. As such, you don’t want to settle for the first car you see with a For Sale sign tossed in the window. Instead, take the smart approach while shopping for a used car!
On our lot, you’ll find a wealth of dependable used cars to choose from that have all passed our rigorous inspection. For even more peace of mind, we suggest checking out the certified pre-owned Volkswagen models on our lot near College Park!
These late model vehicles carry not only our steal of approval, but also that of Volkswagen. Along with benefits like being recent models with relatively low mileage, these certified models also include the perk of limited warranty coverage from the manufacturer. The result is significant savings on a vehicle that provides the confidence that you deserve in your first car!
To learn more about our current inventory of certified pre-owned VW models, or to schedule a test drive, be sure to contact us online or to call the Pohanka Volkswagen team at (301) 808-7100 today!
May 13th, 2016
The phrase “tune up” gets tossed around a lot, but chances are that most drivers don’t actually know what goes into this common maintenance procedure. Fortunately, the experts at our Bowie area Hyundai service center are here to shed some light on what this process entails.
In the literal sense, getting a tune up involves replacing the spark plugs, the spark plug wires, and often the distributor cap. These components are crucial in igniting the fuel in your car’s cylinders, so having them checked and serviced as necessary is important.
Knowing when you’re due for a tune up, though, is another thing altogether. Our Hyundai service experts are here to help Bowie area drivers recognize the signs that they might benefit from a tune up!
If your car has been acting up a bit, your spark plugs might be to blame. Worn or damaged plugs may cause your engine to misfire, which can translate to lower fuel efficiency, hard starts, and hesitation when accelerating.
It’s important to note, though, that the engine computers in modern vehicles can do a good job of compensating for worn down spark plugs, so these symptoms might not always be very obvious. Your best bet is to have your engine checked by our expert technicians to ensure that your plugs are still performing properly.
While checking, our technicians can also “read” your plugs for signs of other problems. The way that your spark plugs wear down, or different types of deposits left behind, can be key signs of problems like a bad fuel-to-air ratio, overheating, or pre-ignition.
By paying attention to what you feel behind the wheel and having your vehicle maintained properly, you can nip many problems in the bud while they’re relatively easy and inexpensive to correct. To make it easy, our service center is open seven days a week; no need for an appointment, just bring it in! Learn more by contacting us online or by calling the Pohanka Hyundai team at (301) 423-1100 today.
May 11th, 2016
Spring is in the air, but unfortunately that also means plenty of dust and pollen in the air. While spring may give you a few reasons to head out and wash your car, you certainly don’t need to take it out on Mother Nature!
At our Honda dealership serving Loudoun, our 125-foot wind turbine makes our stance on eco-friendly practices pretty clear to see. Our commitment to the environment doesn’t end there, though. Whether you wash your car at home or come see us for a thorough cleaning, we’re here to help you get things looking fresh without taking a toll on the environment.
When you visit our Loudoun area Honda detailing center, you can rest easy knowing that we’re working hard to reduce the impact of a good, thorough car wash. Our facility reclaims 60-80% of gray water, helping to reduce wastewater.
That isn’t the only place we’re saving water, either, as our facility also features ultra-low flow motion sensing plumbing fixtures. Additionally, our janitorial services all make use of green cleaning products rather than harsh chemicals.
To avoid harsh chemicals when cleaning your car at home, household materials like baking soda or white vinegar mixed with water make great natural alternatives. We also recommend using one bucket to wash your car and filling another bucket to rinse it, as this uses significantly less water than spraying everything with a hose.
If you prefer to have things handled at our eco-friendly facility, we also offer a complimentary trip through our car wash with every service appointment to effectively cut a trip out of the process! To learn more about our range of interior and exterior detailing services, as well as our dealership’s other green features, be sure to contact us online or to call the Honda of Chantilly team at (703) 633-2400 today.