If you’re in the market for a new ride, there’s a simple way to save thousands of dollars. Just purchase a used one! New vehicles depreciate the moment you drive them off the dealer lot. You can also buy a used vehicle at just a couple of years old with more bells and whistles for a lot less money. So if the new car smell isn’t something you need in your life, read on for some used vehicle shopping tips!
Do Your Research
Nowadays, thanks to the World Wide Web, we can purchase almost anything online. Even a car! You can actually do 95% of your used car research and shopping online. Of course you’ll still have to visit the dealership to take a test drive,but most of your shopping can be done from the comforts of your own home on a laptop or smart phone. Auto Group of San Antonio has over one hundred impressive pre-owned vehicle listings to check out before you come in for a test drive!
Decide What You Need
You will have many choices during your used vehicle shopping experience, but how do you make a decision? First of all, just have a good idea about what you want, what you need, and what you can afford. Think about your lifestyle and ask yourself questions like:
- Do you carry many people around with you?
- How do you usually spend your weekends?
- Where will you park your vehicle?
- What’s the weather like where you live?
Have A Budget
If you are planning to take a loan out to finance your purchase, you’ll want to get pre-approved by a credit union, bank, or finance company. The Get-Approved section on our website is a great place to start to see about getting approved for financing. You can even calculate your payments and fuel savings.
Finding financing should be one of your first car buying steps, so you don’t waste time checking out cars that you can’t afford.
Inspecting A Used Vehicle
You’re already going to be saving tons of money since you decided to pass on buying a brand new vehicle, but a great deal isn’t a great deal if it leaves you stranded on the side of the road. There’s only a couple of steps you should take to ensure you don’t end up buying an unreliable vehicle or someone else’s problem. You must make sure a certified mechanic looked at the vehicle for any cosmetic or mechanical defects. And you must run a used car history report to make sure there is a clean title history.
As you might expect, the older the car is and the higher its mileage, the less expensive it will be to buy. But the downside is that the wear and tear that it has suffered through those years and miles will lead to more repairs. You’ll want to find a balance.
We wish you luck on your shopping!
Summer is in full swing San Antonio! The summer months are hot, long, and an amazing opportunity to make lots of fun new memories with family and friends. It’s a time for renewal and relaxation for many and families often take advantage of summer break to go on a road trip or two down to the coast, travel some place tropical, or spend the weekend out at Fiesta Texas. Road trips are always fun and are also one of the best times to enjoy your favorite cruising tunes!
Whether you’re finally going on that road trip you’ve been talking about, boarding a ship to some exotic paradise, or just simply relaxing poolside and soaking up that warm summer air then you’ve got to have the essential tunes to help set the mood.
We’ve compiled the ultimate playlist for your summer cruising holiday! Let us know if we’ve forgot anything, we’d love to hear what your favorite cruising songs are in our comments section below!
Cruising Summer Songs Playlist
“America” by Simon and Garfunkel
“Beyond the Sea” by Bobby Darin
“Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf
“Chasing the Sun” by The Wanted
“Cool for The Summer” by Demi Lovato
“Going Back to Cali” by LL Cool J
“Going Up the Country” by Canned Heat
“Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
“Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake
“Holiday Road” by Lindsey Buckingham
“I Drove All Night” by Cyndi Lauper
“Kokomo” by The Beach Boys
“La Isla Bonita” by Madonna
“Little Red Corvette” by Prince
“Loco in Acapulco” by The Four Tops
“Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffett
“Mustang Sally” by Wilson Pickett
“On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson
“Paradise” by Coldplay
“Road to Nowhere” by Talking Heads
“Route 66” by Chuck Berry
“Sailing” by Rod Stewart
“(Sittin’ On) The Dock of The Bay” by Otis Redding
“Summer” by Calvin Harris
“Summer Girls” by LFO
“Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams
“Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
“Take It Easy” by the Eagles
“Under the Boardwalk” by The Drifters
“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
The Fourth of July is just around the corner and I’m sure a lot of you are wondering where you’ll be on this important national holiday. Why should you celebrate?
Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 just 241 years ago. Continental Congress declared the thirteen American colonies were a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer tied to the British Empire.
All across America many will gather with family and friends to enjoy firework displays, parades, barbecues, fairs, picnics, and concerts.
Get out your red, white, and blue and let’s remember we are a free and independent nation! San Antonio will host a number of events throughout the city this Fourth, here’s a list to find out which is best for you.
Woodlawn Lake Park, 1103 Cincinnati Street – Perfect for all ages, this free event at Woodlawn Lake Park is the biggest in the city and will will feature vendors with delicious favorites, live music, kids activities, and even a mechanical bull! The event starts at 8 a.m. and ends with a firework display at 9 p.m.
The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza – Stop by this powerful symbol of independence between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for a historical reenactment, readings from the Declaration of Independence, and musket firing demonstrations. Grab a free paleta in the Alamo Garden at 1 p.m.!
Six Flags Fiesta Texas, 17000 Interstate 10 West – You might just find me celebrating my Independence holiday here. Enjoy an afternoon of thrilling rides, and water park adventures followed by the Lights of Liberty show. This is one of the largest displays of pyrotechnics in all of South Texas.
Sea World, 10500 Sea World Dr. – If you plan on being at SeaWorld on Tuesday, stick around for their fireworks show which kicks off at 9:45 p.m. at Ski Lake. You may enhance your experience by purchasing reserved seating and an all-you-can-eat picnic on the SeaWorld website.
Landa Park, Landa Park Drive, New Braunfels – Just a 40 minute drive outside the city, catch the largest Independence Day celebration in New Braunfels! Do a little dancing at the Dance Slab at 6:30 p.m. and bring your own picnic to enjoy for a firework show over Landa Lake beginning at 9:15 p.m. Don’t forget your lawn chairs!
Texas Folklife Festival
Every year San Antonio celebrates Texas Folklife Festival at the Institute of Texan Cultures on the UTSA Hemisphere campus. The celebration lasts 3 days and has 6 stages that feature performances of different ethnic and cultural entertainment. On the grounds everyone has an opportunity to experience foods from different countries. The Texas Folklife Festival is the largest cultural celebration in Texas.
The very first Texas Folklife Festival was held in September 1972 at Hemisfair. It was O.T. Bakers dedication and inspiration that has resulted in countless international, regional and local awards the San Antonio event has received.
Today, more than 40 different cultural groups in Texas are represented at the festival. More than 250 participants come together and celebrate their culture and heritage thru dance, music, arts & crafts and delicious ethnic food. The festival showcases Texas’ rich multicultural heritage!
UTSA Institute Of Texan Cultures
The festival is hosted at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures. The museum tells the stories of immigrants from around the world who settled in Texas. The museum is a great destination for history buffs, tourists and schools offering many hands-on projects for kids.
The Institute of Texan Cultures offers exhibits, programs and special events designed to inspire and educate the community about Texas’ multicultural history. In 2010 the institute formed an agreement with the Smithsonian Institute which grants access to the Smithsonian’s artifacts.
In the United States, Memorial Day is always celebrated on the last Monday of May. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
For nearly 150 years, Americans have honored the sacrifice of those who have given their lives in service to their country. When the Civil War began there were only dozens of informal commemorations of those killed in the War. Now Memorial Day has grown to become one of the nation’s most solemn and hallowed holidays.
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day after the American Civil War. Decoration Day was decreed to be observed on May 30th, (regardless of the day of the week). This was a time for the Nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. For more than 50 years, the holiday was used to commemorate those killed just in the Civil War, not in any other American conflict.
It wasn’t until America’s entry into World War I that the tradition was expanded to include those killed in all wars. In the 1880s the term was changed to Memorial Day. Memorial Day was not officially recognized nationwide until the 1970s, when America was deeply embroiled in the Vietnam War.
In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be observed on the last Monday in May. Today, Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. It is customary for the president or vice president to give a speech honoring the contributions of the dead and to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. More than 5,000 people attend the ceremony annually.
Today is Cinco de Mayo!
Yes, for those who failed in Spanish at school (or didn’t take it) that’s May 5th.
Cinco de Mayo is a day of celebration with dances, re-enactments, Mexican food and appreciation of Mexican culture – not only in Mexico but also in the United States.
However, there is some confusion around the date with many wrongly assuming that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day.
It’s not, Mexico’s Independence Day is actually on September 16, and it is actually linked to a battle with the French.
Here’s everything you need to know.
What is Cinco de Mayo all about?
Well, in 1861 Mexico couldn’t afford to pay back the money it owed to some European countries. France, under the leadership of Napoleon III – who rather fancied being influential in Latin America, used this as an excuse to start the Franco-Mexican war, which lasted from 1861-1867.
On the 5th May, 1862 a great battle took place at the Mexican town of Puebla. Despite the French army being about three times bigger the Mexicans completely crushed Napoleon’s troops. This was a great symbolic victory for Mexico.
However, it didn’t actually help them win the war as this went on for another five years.
Is Cinco de Mayo a big deal in Mexico?
Only really in the town of Puebla, where the battle took place. Locals dress up as soldiers to re-enact the battle and once the Mexican side triumphs the celebrations begin.
Interestingly though Cinco de Mayo really is a big deal in the USA, where it’s become a real celebration of Mexican culture and history.
How do people celebrate?
The biggest festivals take place in the US: in Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. Celebrations usually involve some or all of the following: folk dancing, Mexican food, piñatas, parades, mariachi music and street festivals. And booze – expect to see lots and lots of Coronas and margaritas being served.
Things to do in San Antonio to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!
Cinco de Mayo in San Antonio Texas has several events and parties at local restaurants & bars. No matter your reasoning for celebrating Cinco de Mayo in San Antonio TX, you will find plenty of things to do. Around this time of year you will find several parades, Mexican Festivals and of course Margaritas & Corona specials. Not only is this day a national holiday in Mexico but for most here in San Antonio TX, Cinco de Mayo 2017 is a day to party and celebrate with friends!
Celebrating Ford on St. Patrick’s Day!
Celebrating Ford on St. Patrick’s Day!
In 1938 Ford celebrated the 25,000 vehicle built in Cork, Ireland. William Ford the father of Henry Ford was an Irish Canadaian businessman.
Quadricycle Built in 1896
2015 Ford F-150 Platinum Lifted
- Voice-Activated Navigation
- 10 Speakers
- Radio: Sony Single CD w/HD & SiriusXM Satellite
- Sync with MyFord Touch
- Front dual zone A/C
- Rear window defroster
- Memory Seat
- Pedal Memory
- Power Driver Seat
- Power Windows
- Remote Keyless Entry
- Steering Wheel Memory
- Steering wheel mounted audio controls
- 4-Wheek Disc Brakes
- Exterior Parking Camera Rear
- Rear Parking Sensors
- Front Bucket Seats
- Heated Front Seats
- Heated Rear Seats
- 20″ Polished Aluminum Wheels
- Navigation System
Spring Break 2017 In a 2013 Dodge Durango SXT Sport
As we approach Spring, the first thing that comes to mind is Spring Break 2017! This family friendly Dodge Durango is ready to go on a trip to the beach. You’ll be impressed with the Durango’s car-like driving feel, firm ride and smooth handling for an SUV. The 2013 Dodge Durango has an attractive cabin design and nice materials.
Auto Group is pleased with the overall power provided by the 2013 Dodge Durango’s standard V6.
The Durango has up to 84.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Satellite radio and an auxiliary input are standard.
2013 Dodge Durango SXT 4D Sport Utility, NO ACCIDENTS NOTED ON CARFAX, and 25K. RWD
The third-generation Durango was built alongside the Jeep Grand Cherokee at the Jefferson Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan, sharing the assembly line, running gear, powertrains, and chassis parts with the Grand Cherokee.
The Dodge Durango is in it’s third year after a major renovation for 2011. The complete make-over for the SUV included all-new exterior styling, a new interior and a new base V-6 engine. The 2013 Dodge Durango seats up tp seven people in three rows.
What you’ll love about the 2013 Dodge Durango SXT
What Is The King Ranch?
As you might have guessed – King Ranch trucks are especially big in Texas. Ford says more than 40% of all Super Duty King Ranch pickups are sold in the Lone Star State. King Ranch was founded in 1853 by Richard King in what is now Kingsville, Texas and consumes 825,000 acres. The “running W” brand used on Ford trucks today first saw duty in the 1860’s and was officially registered on February 9th, 1869.
When the ranch needed a lot of trucks they partnered with Ford in 1999. The King Ranch name started being marketed on the 2001 F-150 and became so successful it was introduced to the Super Duty pickup and the Expedition.
Ford F-150 King Ranch vs Platinum Trims
For a lot of people the difficulty in picking out a truck isn’t in deciding what model they want, but instead the particular trim that works best for them. If you’ve decided on a Ford F-150, or are at least curious about it, then narrowing it down to the trim can be pretty difficult, since there’s many differences. Two of the higher-end options that often get compared are the Ford F-150 King Ranch vs Platinum Trims.
For a high-end truck, there not much separating the two in terms of price, so what do these trucks all have to offer? Both of them come standard with powerful 5.0L V8 engines that can accomplish most jobs with ease, but also have an optional upgrade to the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 for improved efficiency and towing. They also both come standard with one of our favorite entertainment options: the 10-speaker Sony audio system with an amp.
|Ford F-150 King Ranch||Ford F-150 Platinum|
|5.0L V8||Standard Engine||5.0L V8|
|18″ Painted Aluminum||Standard Tires||20″ Painted Aluminum|
|King Ranch Leather||Seats||Multi-Contour Leather|
Differences between the Ford F-150 King Ranch and Platinum Trims
Many of the differences you’ll find between the F-150 King Ranch and F-150 Platinum trim are small things like one having body-colored skullcaps on the mirrors, and the other offering chrome. But these small differences can add up to make a truck feel or look very different when put side by side. Another one that seems small at first is the wrapping on the steering wheel. The King Ranch has mesa leather and the Platinum uses a black leather.
Speaking of leather, the King Ranch comes with the trim logo embedded onto the seat design, whereas the Platinum takes another approach. It instead is fitted with unique multi-contour leather to provide maximum comfort. The Platinum also provides a few features that offer loads of convenience, like the power running boards that deploy when you open a door, and the standard rain sensing wipers.
Hill Country Village Neighbors
Auto Group of San Antonio has been located in Hill Country Village since 2008. We have the pleasure of being a part of their community and getting to know the home owners and city council members. One of our neighbors brightened our day recently when he visited us on his beautiful horse. It’s not every day a dealership has someone ride up on horseback. Our staff enjoyed a welcomed break from their daily duties to come outside and see them!
In May 2016 San Antonio Express News published an article stating Hill Country Village was once a hog farm, but is now known for its massive estates. This small North Side community has a population less than 1,000 and is home to some of the most expensive homes in the San Antonio-area. The article goes on to say Hill Country Village has been named one of the best small cities to live in by an online study.
Auto Group of San Antonio was recently invited to participate in Hill Country Village’s 2016 Fall Festival. We were honored to be included in the event and had a great time providing “trunk-or-treats” to everyone there.
Auto Group of San Antonio couldn’t agree more with the online study quoted in the San Antonio Express news article, Hill Country Village is definitely one of the best small cities to live in. We also think they are the best city to do business in!