How to Check Brake Pads

check brake pads - Haddad Nissan BlogWhen brake pads start to wear down, it usually means your braking power is significantly reduced, so it’s important to get them replaced. Brake pads usually have an indicator that makes them squeal when the brakes are applied, but there are other ways to tell if you need new brake pads.

How fast brake pads wear down depends on how you drive, so there’s no clear interval for when you should inspect them. If you brake hard and often, or you spend a lot of time in heavy city traffic, you should check them more often than if you mostly drive on freeways or open roads without stoplights.

There are a few ways to check brake pads for wear besides listening for a noise. Pay attention to the dust on the wheels, which usually comes from normal wear from your brake pads. If the wheels are suddenly less dusty than usual, this could be a sign that your brakes are going bad.

If you can see the brake pad through the wheel, take a look at it and try to measure its width. Brake pads that are less than a quarter inch wide need to be replaced. You can also tell if your brake pads are thin if you feel a vibration in the pedal when you brake.

If you need your car’s brake pads replaced, give us a call at Haddad Nissan!

Tips for Spending Your Tax Return on a Car

Tips for spending your tax return on a car - Haddad Nissan

When you get your tax return, there are lots of thing you can do with the money. One thing to do with it? Finance a new car! Here are some tips on how to spend your tax return on a car and do it wisely.

If you want to use your tax return money on a new car, you should do some shopping around. First, you’re met with a couple of options: new car or used car?

Do you want to go without a car payment? Cutting out your car payment every month seems tempting, but you have to weigh the pros and cons. If you want a pay for a car, in full, you’ll need to look at used cars. But don’t just buy a junker. Look for reasonably-priced cars with low mileage. These will give you the most bang for your buck.

If a new car is for you, then just think wisely about it! Look at cars that you know you can afford. The shorter your loan terms, the less your car’s value will depreciate during that time. Pick cars you’ll be able to use your tax return on that will shorten your loan term so that you’re never upside-down on the car (paying more than it’s worth).

Just come down to Haddad Nissan today and we’ll help you out!