Getting your driver’s license is an exciting
milestone in any young person’s life, and it opens the door to buying your
first car. The car-buying process can be stressful and overwhelming for a new
driver. Here’s a few things we think you should keep in mind when you’re making
Know What You Need
It’s easy to be drawn to vehicles like luxury convertibles and high-powered sports cars, but if you’re looking to get your very first car, you want to stick to the basics. Find something practical. Do you need all-wheel drive for snowy, icy weather? How much do you want to spend on gas? Thinking these questions through gives you a good idea of what you’re looking for.
Have a Good Grasp on your Finances
When you buy your first car, you need to have
a clear outlook of how much money you can set aside to pay the loan every
month. Check your credit score, even if your parents or guardian have agreed to
cosign on your loan.
Don’t be afraid to walk away from a deal and
spend some time looking at other options. Look at a wide variety of cars and
dealerships. Take various cars for a test drive. Shop for good loan options.
Then, close the deal.
If you need help with this first big automotive purchase, we here at the Mike Raisor Pre-Owned Center are ready to provide the guidance you’re looking for.
Winter in Indiana is already here. The roads are covered in snow and ice and mornings look like a winter wonderland. To make sure you don’t get stranded on the side of the road, here are four tips on how to get your car ready for winter.
wiper blades. Your windshield wipers do a lot of work. You should get a new
set every six to 12 months. Consider installing a heavy-duty winter pair of
wipers to help clear the snow and ice from your window faster.
your tires. Give your tires a thorough inspection. Look for cracks or
bulges and check the tread depth. If your tread is getting too low, you might
need to get a new set of tires. Consider winter tires for better traction in
together a winter kit. If you haven’t already, put any necessary winter
tools in your car. Include things like an ice scraper, a pair of gloves, jumper
cables, a small shovel, and a bag of cat litter.
your battery. Have your battery tested to make sure it has enough power
left to get through the winter. A weak battery can fail when the temperatures
start to drop.
If you need a vehicle to take on winter’s worst, come check
out our lineup at Mike Raisor Pre-Owned Center.
Fall is a wonderful time of year filled with fun, beautiful colors and delicious tastes and smells. If you are looking for family fall activities, here are a few to try. Many of these activities won’t cost you a cent.
Play with Leaves
There is no shortage of leaves in autumn. If your yard needs some raking, turn it into a family activity. Who doesn’t love jumping into a big pile of crunchy leaves? You can even collect some of the best-looking leaves to create a leaf collage or other craft.
Decorate a Pumpkin
Just because Halloween has passed, that doesn’t mean pumpkins are out. Get some more pumpkins and let the kids paint them or use hot glue and other craft materials to create a fall-themed pumpkin masterpiece.
Bake with Pumpkin
Nothing quite says fall like the smells of baking pumpkin cookies. Spend a Saturday whipping up all of your favorite pumpkin treats, like pumpkin bread, cookies, rolls, muffins, and more. Then, share them with your neighbors and family.
If you are looking for a fun, free fall activity for your family, take a stroll through the Trail of Scarecrows. This annual event is held at Prophetstown State Park each year and features a variety of scarecrows from organizations and individuals all around the area. This is the 9th year for this straw-filled event.
You can see the scarecrow display every day whenever the park is open, through November 4th. The scarecrows will be placed along the paved, accessible trail so everyone can easily enjoy the display. You can walk, run, or even ride your bike along the path. Try to find the scarecrows created by your favorite groups.
In addition to the Trail of Scarecrows, be sure to head back to Prophetstown State Park for the Fall Funfest. It will be held October 20th and 21st. There will be Halloween activities at the park, including trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, and campsite decorating at the campground. You can also take a hayride through the prairie and visit the past at the Native American village for the harvest celebration.
Prophetstown State Park is located at 5545 Swisher Road in West Lafayette. If you have any questions about the Trail of Scarecrows or the Fall Funfest, you can call 765-567-4919.
If you need a ride to get you to these autumnal destinations, come check out our lineup here at Mike Raisor Pre-Owned.
Buying a car should be one of life’s most exciting and inspiring events, but it too often becomes a harrowing mess full of complicated terminology, untrustworthy salespeople, and overpriced, unreliable cars. Mike Raisor Pre-Owned offers a kind and honest sales team solely looking to find the best car for you. Our reputation in the community says enough: Mike Raisor is the best place to buy a car for Northwest Indiana.
Buying CPO is always the most economical route, and Mike Raisor specializes in one-owner, local cars that retain great value. On the window of every car in the lot you will see a vehicle inspection report, providing the transparency and openness car dealerships so often lack. Our outgoing and expert sales team will help guide you along in the process, as they know they represent a dealership that is respected throughout Lafayette.
You will find Ford, GMC, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen models parked around. Buy from Mike Raisor and you will never sacrifice style or capability for cost. Instead, our certified pre-owned vehicles will provide you with a high-end car at substantially lower rates. Mike Raisor strives to make your car buying process as smooth and efficient as possible, and our sales team is looking forward to meeting you and helping you find the best car for you. That’s the Mike Raisor guarantee.