Bad Car Maintenance Habits Every Driver Should Avoid

Like in all aspects of life, bad habits can be easy to fall into. When it comes to car care, though, bad habits could be doing some serious harm to your car and putting you at risk on the road. Are you guilty of any of these bad car maintenance habits? Check out this list to find out if your car could be in better shape.

Neglecting fluid checks

Most drivers know they are supposed to regularly change their car’s motor oil, but many drivers neglect to monitor and change other important fluids. You should regularly keep an eye on coolant, brake and transmission fluids, as these are all crucial to your vehicle’s overall performance. The good news is, checking up on and replenishing these fluids is easy and inexpensive.

Ignoring failing brakes

If you’ve noticed your car making a grinding or squeaking sound when you apply the brakes, don’t ignore this. This probably means your car’s brakes or brake pads need to be replaced. When dealt with early, this is a quick and easy fix, but putting it off can quickly result in the need for expensive repairs.

Driving with old air filters

Relatively few drivers remember — or even know — to routinely replace their car’s cabin and engine air filters. Since they’re inexpensive, it’s a good idea to change out your car’s air filters a couple times a year or every time you change your car’s oil. Doing so will help keep your engine running smoothly and the interior of your car comfortable.

For all your car maintenance needs, visit Tipton Hyundai.

Hyundai Le Fil Rouge Concept Shows Off New Interior

Hyundai vehicles feature an interior designed for luxury, and many Hyundai models are comparable to much more expensive competitors. Now, the Korean automaker has unveiled a new take on interior design in its new concept. The Hyundai Le Fil Rouge Concept sheds light on what could become the interior of the future.

The Hyundai Le Fil Rouge Concept features a futuristic exterior that’s perfectly matched by its interior design. Instead of an instrument panel made of plastic, the concept car features leather with premium stitching.

Pure styling isn’t all that the new Hyundai concept brings to the automotive industry, though. The all-electric concept model boasts a two-way ventilation system that blows air in and around the tube architecture instead of the traditional induction heating and cooling system.

Hyundai gives a nod to old horse-drawn carriages with wool-covered seats rather than leather. The steering-wheel-mounted buttons sit under fabric for a more comfortable feel.

The Hyundai Le Fil Rouge Concept also revolutionizes manufacturing practices. The instrument panel doesn’t require a robotic arm to be installed. Workers don’t need to bolt it into place either.

In short, the concept car’s low stance, electric powertrain, and futuristic interior create true harmony. A new cascading grille could bring a new signature look to the model.

Visit Tipton Hyundai for a closer look at the current models in Hyundai’s lineup.

Things You Should Always Have In Your Car

Is your car prepared for the unlikely? It should be. This list will show you some of the most essential things you should have in your car in case of an emergency.

Jumper Cables

Lots of people keep jumper cable in their car, but you shouldn’t count on someone else to have them when your battery dies. They’re an inexpensive necessity, and may allow you to help someone less prepared in the future.

Jumper cables are one of the things you should have in your carBottled Water and Snacks

If you end up being stranded with a broken down car for a while, you’ll be grateful to have something to fuel your body. Dried fruit, energy bars, and trail mix make for a quick, healthy snack. Bottled water can also be good in other situations, like for cleaning off cuts.

Seat Belt-Cutter/Window Smasher Tool

This tool will be by your side in the worst case scenario, and if that day ever comes you’ll be happy to have it.

Winter Kit

Not only should you have an ice scraper handy if you’re driving in a snowy climate, but you should also pack your car with a couple of sweaters and blankets in case you ever end up stranded on a not-so-sunny day.

Cat Litter

If you find yourself stuck in snow, ice, or mud, this unexpected tool might be a lifesaver. Sprinkle some around your tire for enhanced traction.

Make sure your car is running as well as it should by scheduling a maintenance check at Tipton Hyundai.

Hyundai Wins Four Times at AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

Hyundai did well at the recent AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, beating out several key competitors to earn four top spots. The brand won an overall title, while the Sonata, Elantra, and Accent specifically earned awards for their respective classes.

AutoPacific is a marketing research and product-consulting company that gives out the Vehicle Satisfaction Awards by looking at qualities that are important to car shoppers when they’re buying new cars. After tallying survey results from approximately 58,000 people, the AutoPacific group found that Hyundai earned the 2018 Most Satisfying Popular Brand award. The Sonata took the gold for mid-size cars; the Elantra won in the compact class; and the Accent won in the economy category, according to Hyundai.

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata is a winner of of a AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award“Hyundai has consistently improved their lineup across the board,” said George Peterson, president, AutoPacific. “This year’s VSAs were competitive, but Hyundai’s products resonate top to bottom with their customers. From reliability and quality to exceptional exterior and interior design, Hyundai cars leave consumers satisfied.”

So far, the Sonata is the best Hyundai in terms of awards, as this mid-size car has award-winning safety, top-notch technologies, and a sleek new design for this latest model year. The Elantra comes with smart features such as disc brakes, heated mirrors, and driver assist technologies, while the upscale Accent will wrap you in comfort as you drive.

Test-drive all the Hyundai award winners — Sonata, Elantra, and Accent — at Tipton Hyundai and discover which model is the right fit for you.

Tackle the Open Road like a Pro with these Road Trip Tips

There’s nothing quite like a good road trip. Without proper preparation, though, the road trip you’ve been looking forward to all year can quickly run into trouble. This summer, follow these simple road trip tips and enjoy a drive you’ll never forget.

Get your car in shape

Whether you’ll be gone for a couple days or a few weeks, a road trip can be extra taxing on your vehicle. That’s why it’s important to perform some maintenance on your car before you depart. In particular, be sure to check your tire pressure, alignment and tread, oil and fluid levels, and your battery. Additionally, make sure your air-conditioning system is working properly and pack some emergency items such as bottled water and nonperishable food.

Road trip tipsPlan for the unexpected

As any seasoned road-tripper will affirm, it’s virtually inevitable that something unexpected will pop up while you’re on the road. Whether it’s an unanticipated road closure, a flat tire, or pop-up thunderstorm, it’s a great idea to have a plan B. As you plan your trip, keep in mind alternative routes and backup activities in case something falls through.

Get off the beaten path

The highway might be the quickest route, but it’s not always the most exciting. At some point, consider hopping off the highway to explore the more scenic backroads. Chances are you’ll find the most memorable driving when you get off the beaten path.

Be sure your car is road trip ready by scheduling a maintenance appointment with Tipton Hyundai.

Automotive Science Group Grants Hyundai Kona Awards

A brand new nameplate in Hyundai’s lineup, the 2018 Hyundai Kona provides drivers with a sleek and affordable option for a modern crossover. It’s stylish, efficient, sporty, and was designed with young drivers in mind. Big names in the auto industry are starting to notice, too, now that the Hyundai Kona is beginning to win a few awards. Automotive Science Group’s titles for Best Economic Performance and Best 5 All-Around Performance have been added to the Hyundai Kona awards shelf.

The Hyundai Kona awards are racking upASG analyzes competitors for its awards using comprehensive data, which gives the organization insight to the social, economic, and environmental performance of each vehicle in the running. A total of 374 different crossovers were assessed using ASG’s signature Automotive Performance Index™ for 2018.

Colby Self, the managing director of ASG, went more into depth on their decision to give the awards to the 2018 Hyundai Kona, stating, “Hyundai’s new crossover platform breaks onto the scene with class-leading economic, environmental, and social performance.” He went on to highlight the Hyundai Kona’s incredible fuel economy, which is the best in its segment by 3 mpg.

The Hyundai Kona awards bestowed by the Automotive Science Group are well-deserved and hard-earned. The all-new crossover delivers a family-friendly, efficient, and spirited driving option for drivers trying to sort through the saturated crossover segment. Stop by Tipton Hyundai to test drive the 2018 Kona.

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Shown at New York International Auto Show

The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric appeared at the New York International Auto Show at the beginning of April, and Hyundai revealed a wealth of new information about this upcoming EV. The Kona Electric will go on sale at the end of the year, and with incredible projected electric range and a splash debut of the Hyundai Kona, it’s already generating plenty of buzz.

Hyundai Kona Electric

The Kona, Hyundai’s addition to the subcompact crossover market, is new for the 2018 model year, so the electric version will be an especially big hit with drivers who want a small, ecofriendly option that’s perfect for driving in cities.

According to Hyundai, the Kona Electric will have a range of 250 miles. That would make it the first electric car to triumph over the Chevy Bolt; the Bolt previously held the title of longest-range EV after beating out Tesla when it debuted last year.

Hyundai was able to achieve this incredibly high electric range by building a larger, more energy-dense battery with closely packed cell modules and using liquid battery cooling to keep the cells at the right temperature. With a new motor and power electronics, the Kona Electric introduces unique technology to the world of electric vehicles.

To learn more about this exciting EV, visit Tipton Hyundai.

Hyundai Models Win Car and Driver Editors’ Choice Awards

Hyundai offers drivers a diverse, high-quality lineup of vehicles, and the brand has earned its fair share of accolades over the years. Recently, Hyundai added two more titles to its trophy cabinet — two Car and Driver Editors’ Choice awards.

Car and Driver Editors’ Choice

The winning vehicles are the Hyundai Ioniq and the Hyundai Accent, which took home the top spots in the Hybrid and Subcompact segments, respectively.

The Hyundai Accent was recognized by editors at Car and Driver for its distinctive design and style, as well as interior comfort, quality materials, and great fuel economy.

The Hyundai Ioniq stood out from other hybrids in its segment with three cutting-edge powertrains that deliver best-in-class efficiency. In addition to the standard hybrid model, the Hyundai Ioniq is available in electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

Mike O’Brien, the vice president of Hyundai Motor America’s Product, Corporate, and Digital Planning division, expressed gratitude for Hyundai’s honors, saying, “Car and Driver is one of the most trusted names in automotive journalism and we’re honored to have the Ioniq and Accent included in their Editors’ Choice Picks.”

The winners of the Car and Driver Editors’ Choice awards were determined through rigorous testing, track performance, and other in-depth criteria, proving that the Hyundai Accent and Ioniq are standouts in their classes.

Hyundai’s New Electric Crossover Might Come to U.S.

It’s no surprise that the crossover segment has been at the top of the auto industry for a few years now, with solo drivers and families alike flocking to the class for its seamless combination of capability, reliability, and style. And with more and more effort going into technological innovations, a new electric crossover was bound to make its way to the market eventually. Hyundai recently announced plans to bring the Kona Electric, an EV variant of the brand’s popular Kona nameplate, to Europe.

new electric crossover

Electric crossovers and SUVs are on the itinerary for several automakers, though most brands are projecting the release of said vehicles to fall somewhere between 2020 and 2025. But Hyundai is ahead of the curve – with the Hyundai Kona Electric hitting European roads soon, it’s only a matter of time until the EV model makes its way to U.S. shores, as well as around the rest of the globe.

Because the Hyundai Kona is already a compact crossover, many of its fans are already drivers looking for the spaciousness and versatility of an SUV combined with the fuel economy of the compact class. With a new electric crossover on the way, Hyundai is giving drivers the option of an even more fuel-efficient crossover.

For more information on the upcoming release of the Hyundai Kona, give us a call at Tipton Hyundai.

2018 Hyundai Elantra Technology Is At the Head of Its Class

Hyundai continues to push the envelope with its vehicles to beat out the competition. One of the brand’s strongest contenders is the new 2018 Elantra, which boasts a number of innovative technologies that truly set it apart.

2018 Hyundai Elantra technology

Here are some of our favorite 2018 Hyundai Elantra technology features:

  • Advanced safety technologies: The Elantra is offered with a number of active safety features, including Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines, and Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist.
  • Heated seats: Get heated seats not just for the driver and front passenger, but for the rear seats as well.
  • Smartphone connectivity: Stay connected with your favorite apps on the go using Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto®. You can also use your smartphone or smart watch to remotely lock and unlock your Elantra or start/stop it—just use the Blue Link app, complimentary for three years.
  • Convenience technologies: The 2018 Elantra offers a number of convenient features, such as the Hands-Free Smart Trunk, easy access seating, Integrated Memory Driver Seat, and High Beam Assist.
  • Noise cancellation: The Elantra keeps things quiet with noise-cancelling technology including sound-deadening high-efficiency carpet, sound absorbing materials in the wheel wells, thicker glass, and more.

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra is available now at Tipton Hyundai.