Which car brands are the most reliable?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs on Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 at 6:24 PM
2018 Miata rear exterior view

Most Reliable Car Brands According to Consumer Reports and J.D. Power.

Here at CrossPointe Motor Cars in Winchester, VA, we believe in helping customers buy reliable vehicles. It’s one of the reasons we offer our free lifetime powertrain warranty on so many vehicles in our inventory. But we can’t magically turn a lemon into a reliable vehicle.

So then, which car brands are the most reliable? Below, you’ll find a list of ten different brands—six regular ones and four luxury ones—that achieved the highest ratings from Consumer Reports and J.D. Power for reliability.

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Difference between crossovers and SUVs?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 at 8:31 AM
2021 Expedition driving on the mountains

Crossover vs SUV: What’s the Difference?

Here at CrossPointe Motor Cars in Winchester, VA, we see a lot of used SUVs and crossovers. While both are excellent options, there’s a bit of confusion surrounding what distinguishes them from each other.

What’s actually the difference between an SUV and a crossover?

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How to fix seat belt latch facing the wrong way?

By Product Expert | Posted in DIY Maintenance on Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 at 7:32 AM
person buckling their seatbelt

Straightening Out a Stubborn Seat Belt Latch Plate

Here at CrossPointe Motor Cars in Winchester, VA, we love teaching you DIY maintenance skills to help you keep your car in tip-top shape. Today, we want to show how to fix one of the most annoying things that can happen in your vehicle: the seat belt latch is facing the wrong direction.

Follow the step-by-step guide below to fix a seat belt latch and get it facing the right way again.

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Is it illegal to talk on the phone while driving in VA?

By Product Expert | Posted in Local on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 at 6:45 AM
Gavel resting in front of law books

New 2021 Virginia Law Affects Phone Use While Driving

Here at CrossPointe Motor Cars in Winchester, VA, we’ve always advocated for safe driving. Numerous studies have shown, for instance, that texting while driving is just as bad or worse than drunk driving. Texting while driving has been illegal across the USA and in Virginia for a long time now. But how about talking on the phone? Or switching your music? Messing with navigation? Well, there’s a new law for Virginia residents that rules on that.

Is it illegal to talk on the phone while driving in Virginia? Let’s take a look.

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Which year of Toyota RAV4 should I buy?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Used Vehicle Information on Tuesday, March 16th, 2021 at 7:13 AM
2017 RAV4 driving on rural road

Here are the Highest-Rated Toyota RAV4 Model Years

Here at CrossPointe Motor Cars in Winchester, VA, we’ve seen our fair share of the Toyota RAV4. Like the Honda CR-V, it’s a very popular vehicle, which means that there are a lot of different used models to choose from. So which ones are the best?

Here at the Toyota RAV4 model years that you should buy if you want a reliable vehicle.

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Are synthetic leather seats better than regular leather?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs on Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 at 10:25 PM
leather rear seats

Synthetic Leather Upholstery vs Genuine Leather Upholstery: Which is Better?

Faux leather. Fake leather. Leatherette. Synthetic leather. There are many names for synthetic leather upholstery. People debate whether it’s the better alternative to genuine leather. So, which is it?

Are synthetic leather or genuine leather seats better? Well, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each.

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What’s the difference between Android Auto/Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs on Sunday, February 28th, 2021 at 11:14 AM
2021 CR-V infotainment showcase

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay vs Bluetooth: Here’s the Difference

You’re shopping for used vehicles and you come across two similar vehicles. One has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, while the other has Bluetooth. Which should you get?

What’s the difference between Bluetooth and features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay?

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What does a limited powertrain warranty cover?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs on Friday, February 26th, 2021 at 10:12 AM
Extended Warranty graphic

Limited Powertrain Warranties: What They Cover and Why They’re Good

Warranties are excellent. They’re a promise to a customer that the product they spent money on will work. And if the product doesn’t work, then the customer will get a replacement. When it comes to something as expensive as a car, that’s incredibly reassuring. However, the wording can be confusing.

Here’s what a limited powertrain warranties covers.

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How to fix a scratch in my car’s paint?

By Product Expert | Posted in DIY Maintenance on Friday, February 19th, 2021 at 7:36 AM
Person inspecting long scratch

Touching Up a Scratch in Your Vehicle’s Paint Job: Step-by-Step Guide

Before we start, let’s get this out of the way: touching up a scratch at home isn’t a replacement for professional painting and refinishing. However, unless the car you’re trying to touch up is precious to you (like with a classic or luxury vehicle), then the following fix will adequately repair most scratches, even deep ones.

Here’s how to fix a scratch in your vehicle’s paint.

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How to unstick a parking brake?

By Product Expert | Posted in DIY Maintenance on Friday, February 12th, 2021 at 9:59 PM
front brakes being serviced

Fixing a Stuck Parking Brake

Maybe you pulled up on the parking brake a bit too hard. Perhaps you use your emergency brake to drift around corners. Or it could even be that you never use the parking brake and the one time you did, it got stuck. Whatever the reason, it’s a hassle to deal with.

Here’s how you can unstick your vehicle’s parking brake. Note: this blog is not for a parking brake lever that won’t go down, but for when your vehicle’s parking brake won’t release.

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