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How to Have the Best Test Drive

How to Have the Best Test Drive

You’ve done your research on the best car or truck for your lifestyle and transportation needs, and you know what options you’re interested in. Now it’s time for a test drive—here are a few tips to make your next test drive a great experience.

Make an appointment. Call ahead and set up an appointment at the dealership before your test drive. Scheduling an appointment gives the dealer the opportunity to find the vehicle you’re interested in and bring it out of inventory ahead of your visit, and can save you time on test drive day. If you plan to compare different models, drive the vehicles back-to-back on the same day so that you can make an accurate comparison.

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Top 10 Local Drive Thru Restaurants

Top 10 Local Drive Thru Restaurants

From school drop off and pick up, to shuttling the kids to weekend soccer games or track meets, and hopping in the car for impromptu road trips to Yosemite or Disneyland, we spend much of our time in our cars (in fact, sometimes it feels like we’re living out of our cars!). On those busy days, there’s no need to even leave your car for dinner. Think of our list of the top drive thru restaurants in San Joaquin County as your go-to guide when you need a meal or snack on the go.

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4 Things You Need to Know About Your Car Battery

4 Things You Need to Know About Your Car Battery

Lifespan The average lifespan of a car battery is three to five years, but the exact time depends on factors like temperature exposure and driving habits. Since batteries are usually located under the hood, the extreme heat during the summer months can begin to discharge the battery in under 48 hours. Heat evaporates liquids inside the battery, resulting in internal damage that shortens the lifespan.

Your driving habits also impact battery life. Stop-start driving (which shuts down your car engine at stoplights to save fuel), or frequently driving for less than 20 minutes uses battery power without giving the alternator enough time to recharge. By repeatedly draining the battery to low levels, you also shorten the lifespan.

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Six Steps to Stress-Free Car Buying

Six Steps to Stress-Free Car Buying

Buying a new car is a big investment, but that doesn’t mean the experience needs to be stressful. Here are a few car buying tips to make your next car-buying experience a great one.

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Top 10 Tips for Winter Weather Driving

Top 10 Tips for Winter Weather Driving

Winter weather driving means new risks on the road. Whether you’re headed to the mountains for the weekend and snow is in the forecast, or you’re about to set off on a road trip in heavy rain and windy conditions, our tips will help you drive safely.

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Buy Where You Drive

Buy Where You Drive

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, you have a few options: buy from a private seller, buy online, or buy from a dealer. Buying a new car is a big step, and buying from a local dealer has numerous advantages, including vehicle extras, reputation, and financing options. Shopping local also brings the added benefit of boosting the economy.

When you buy from a dealer, you have extra options for your new vehicle and can add features to make your vehicle your own, like custom colors and accessories, or an extended warranty to cover your car after the manufacturer warranty expires. Dealers may offer promos like free oil changes or tire rotations to keep your vehicle running smoothly months after purchase.

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Teen Driver Safety Week

Teen Driver Safety Week

Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 19-year-olds in the United States? In 2014, there were 2,679 teen drivers involved in fatal crashes, and more than 120,000 teens were injured on the road. In fact, teen drivers are involved in three times as many fatal accidents as all other drivers. One major factor that increases the risk of a crash is impaired driving, which includes alcohol and drug use, as well as distraction, fatigue, and strong emotions. Teen drivers also crash because they are inexperienced at judging gaps in traffic and adjusting driving speed for road and weather conditions.

This year, National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 16-22 and a great opportunity to start a conversation with your teen driver about the rules of the road. The many dangers of driving include distracted driving, alcohol use, excessive speeding, driving with extra passengers, and forgetting to buckle up. Research shows that many teens understand they are vulnerable and are aware of the many risks and responsibilities of driving. The most effective way to share safety messages with your teen driver is to focus on the positive actions they can take to be safe on the road.

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Tips for Driving with Pets

Tips for Driving with Pets

Most dogs enjoy taking a drive and getting out of the house. If you’re a pet owner who likes to travel with your furry friend, here are some tips for keeping them safe and happy. Even if your pet doesn’t like the car, they still have to go to the vet right?

Safety Tips

Cars don’t come with pet seat belts, so it is important to think about your pet’s safety while riding in the car. Just like children, they are dependent on us to keep them safe.

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Love It or Leave It at The Stockton Auto Mall

Love It or Leave It at The Stockton Auto Mall
Love it or leave it at the Stockton Auto Mall

Not loving your car? The Stockton Auto Mall has a great opportunity for you to trade up to a newer vehicle AND earn a $200 service credit!

Here’s how it works:

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Get Your Vehicle Serviced at the Dealership!

Get Your Vehicle Serviced at the Dealership!

Dealing with car troubles are a hassle. However, at the new car dealerships of the Stockton Auto Mall not only can you buy a brand new car but they also provide service and maintenance for your vehicle regardless of where you purchased it.

Coming into the shop, you receive great service and attention. The technicians on location are factory trained and use the highest quality original manufacturer parts, and have the computer systems and tools to accurately diagnose and repair your vehicle. Most dealerships are larger than independent shops which means they have more help to work on your car sooner rather than later. Why waste several hours just waiting to have your oil changed?

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Buying a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle: What you should know

Buying a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle: What you should know

The new car dealerships of the Stockton Auto Mall are your best source for buying Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicles in the Central Valley. Our dealerships offer Certified Pre-Owned vehicles from a variety of major national brands, including Ford, Lincoln, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, RAM Trucks, Cadillac, Buick, GMC, Mazda and more!

When you buy a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle, you're guaranteed a late model, low mileage vehicle that has passed a rigorous mechanical and safety inspection by factory trained technicians. Inspection programs vary by manufacturer, but almost all of them include in-depth inspections of over 100 key parts on the vehicle. Because we inspect the vehicle so carefully, certified preowned vehicles include factory warranties - usually up to a certain mileage limit or time after your purchase. Some of the CPO programs include service agreements with features such as free oil changes, tire rotations and other routine maintenance tasks.

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Information you should bring when buying a car

Information you should bring when buying a car

When you come to The Stockton Auto Mall to look for a new car or truck, there are few things you can do to streamline the process.

Bring the following, in your name:

  • Driver’s License
  • Proof of auto insurance
  • Financial info (bank and credit card account info to fill out credit application)
  • Social Security number
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  • How to Have the Best Test Drive +

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  • Top 10 Local Drive Thru Restaurants +

    In-N-Out Burger - Grab a freshly grilled burger, golden fries, and a creamy milkshake for lunch or a late night snack. Read More
  • 4 Things You Need to Know About Your Car Battery +

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  • Six Steps to Stress-Free Car Buying +

    Do your research. Decide what car will best fit your lifestyle and transportation needs, down to the model, trim line, Read More
  • Top 10 Tips for Winter Weather Driving +

    Winterize your car. Before you hit the road, thoroughly check your vehicle, including the battery, tire tread, and fluid levels. Read More
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