Chevy Silverado: The Best Model Years to Buy Used

Chevy Silverado at Rocky's Auto Credit

If you’ve ever owned a Chevy truck, you probably still own a Chevy truck. This brand inspires loyalty and there’s a reason for it: durability. These trucks are workhorses that just don’t quit. If you’re in the market for a used Chevy Silverado, make sure you’re looking at the best years. Here are some details about the best Silverado models available.

2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 Extended Cab

While the Silverado 1500 is offered in four trim levels, the LT is well equipped and works well for all intended purposes. The 143.5-inch wheelbase complements the 230 inches of length. With over 19 feet of truck and 61 cubic feet of bed volume, the 2015 Chevy Silverado can handle a 1,850-pound payload and has a towing capacity of 9,200 pounds. The strength of this model can accommodate any of your pet projects.

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Tips for Buying a Used Ford Mustang near Phoenix, AZ

Tips to Buy a Used Ford Mustang in Mesa, AZ - Rocky's Auto CreditThe Ford Mustang is a car famous for its curves, its growl, and its speed. Movies have been made about this vehicle and, if you’ve ever owned one, you’ve never looked back. For those planning to buy a used Ford Mustang, there are a few things to take into account while you’re on your mission.

Know Your Budget

The Ford Mustang has been around for over 50 years and you will find cars in all conditions when you begin your search. Set a price before you open your first browser. You may need to adjust your expected payment depending on what you find, but it’s safe to have a ballpark figure. Continue reading

Top Tips for Moving to Mesa

Reasons to move to Mesa | Rocky's Auto CreditIf you’re looking to get out of your current environment and start a new life journey, moving is always the perfect solution. For some, that means moving out to Mesa, Arizona, where warmer weather and bright, sunny days are a guarantee. Of course, packing up and moving to a new location always has its own set of challenges, and it’s important to be aware of the conditions you’ll be in by planting your roots somewhere you’ve never been. So if you’re considering moving to Mesa, here are some tips to keep in mind as you pack your bags and boxes.

  1. A Warm, Dry Climate

It’s a well-known fact Arizona is basically the desert, so if you aren’t used to consistent heat and mild temperatures, you may be surprised by how warm it actually gets in Mesa. During a typical summer, temperatures can easily reach 106 degrees. It’s even on record that Mesa hit 119 degrees. That’s hot! What’s more, winters can range in temperatures from 40 to 60 at any given time. Sure, Mesa has had its cold periods, but it’s not every year you get a 15-degree day. The region also doesn’t get any snow, so you’ll have to kiss white Christmases goodbye. Continue reading

Top Reasons to Buy a Used Car from Rocky’s Auto Credit

Why Buy a Used Car - Rocky's Auto CreditThe time has come to buy a new car. The old hunk of junk sitting in your driveway needs to go, and in its place will sit something new and improved. But when it comes to actually buying a new car, the decision to purchase a brand-new or used vehicle can be daunting. As it turns out, much like buying a new car, there are many advantages to buying something used. Here are just some reasons why buying used is the way to go.

  1. Cheaper Price

It’s the most obvious reason to buy a used car, but it’s also the number one reason. By buying a vehicle two or three years older than the current model year, you’ll be saving plenty of cash. In some cases, a used car can be as much as half the price of its newer iteration. So if you plan to visit a car lot anytime soon such as Rocky’s Auto Credit, make sure to check out the used car section and compare their prices to some of the newer vehicles on display. Continue reading

3 Top Attractions Near Phoenix

Top Attractions near PhoenixPhoenix, the capital of Arizona, is a huge city that houses many exciting attractions that include beautiful landscapes, interesting museums, art galleries, and excellent restaurants. Here are a few attractions that you simply cannot miss.

  1. The Musical Instrument Museum

The Musical Instrument Museum, which is rated as one of the top 15 museums in the U.S., houses a collection of over 6,000 instruments from all over the world. Regions such as Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and the U.S. are represented in the Geographic Gallery. In the Artist Gallery the greats of the music world are celebrated in ever-changing exhibits. You can see and hear instruments that were played by legendary musicians such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Dolly Parton. Continue reading

Why Your Son Needs a Used Vehicle

Why buy a used car for your son - Rocky's Auto CreditAfter plenty of lessons, yelling “Stop!” and “Slow down!” multiple times over the past six months, and trying to teach parallel parking as if you know what you’re talking about, your son finally has his license. And as tradition goes, it’s time to get him his own car. Of course, hand-me-downs are always nice, but getting him something of his own is just as special. However, buying him something brand-new probably isn’t the way to go. Why you may ask? Below are a few reasons why buying your son a used vehicle is a much better decision.

  1. A Cheaper Asking Price

The number one reason for basically anyone to buy a used car over something new is the price. This is especially true for folks who are just starting to drive. Buying a used, cheaper car can save you thousands of dollars up front. And since your son is just starting to drive, it’s best to start out with something basic instead of a vehicle loaded with distracting amenities. Look hard enough and you may even be able to find a car that’s half the price of its newest model. Continue reading

Plan a Valentine’s Day to Remember in Mesa, AZ

Bouquet of red rosesValentine’s Day is an excellent opportunity to spend time with loved ones. Whether you are looking for a romantic night out or just a fun evening with friends, there are plenty of places you can visit on Valentine’s Day.

Usery Mountain Regional Park

For an outdoor adventure on Valentine’s Day, you may want to visit Usery Mountain Regional Park. The park offers opportunities for archery, biking, camping, hiking, and horseback riding. There are also places for picnicking. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, but if you decide to do something on the weekend, the hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Saturday. You may also want to check out the Nature Center, which is open Sunday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Continue reading

Best Spots to Relax and Unwind Near Mesa, AZ

Butcher Jones Cove beach with mountainsLife can get busy and sometimes we need to take some time to relax and unwind. Here are some things that you can do near Mesa, Arizona.

Apache Trail Drive

If your idea of a relaxing time is taking a drive through beautiful scenery, you may want to consider doing a road trip on the Apache Trail. The trail, located on Arizona Route 88, covers less than 50 miles. The trip takes you through canyons and gives you views of deserts and lakes, geologic formations,  plants and trees, and seasonal wildflowers.

There are lots of places that you can stop and relax on this trail, including Canyon Lake, which is located on a paved road and is easy for all drivers to access, and Fish Creek Hill, which is recommended only if you are comfortable with dirt roads. If you are a nervous driver, this would not be considered a relaxing journey, but if you love getting outside and are comfortable driving on more challenging roads, you will find some beautiful places to stop and unwind.  Continue reading

How to Make Your Tires Last Longer

front tire; red wheel boltsTires are essential to driving because they help keep your vehicle moving. But they’re also an expensive investment. While changing your tires is inevitable, there are things you can do to make them last longer. Here are several tips to do just that.

Alignment Matters


Tires are usually fitted in the shop using laser beams to make sure the fit is precise. But how those tires are aligned also impact the wear on them. The toe or stance of the tires is one way to check for wear. If the toe of the tire is facing out, you may see wear called feathering.

Check the camber, or the tilt of the tire toward or away from the car’s frame by standing in front or behind the car. If the tops of your tires are closer than the bottoms, the treads on the inside wear away quicker. If they tip out, the outside wears away quicker. Getting your tires aligned, if you see wear, is another way to help them last longer. Continue reading

Car Travel with Pets: How to Keep Them Safe

small dog in passenger seat of vehiclePet owners would do anything to keep their furry friends safe and healthy. While our own safety in the car is top of mind, doing the same for our furry traveling companions takes a bit more thought and consideration. Here are some tips to keep your pet safe while on the road.

Buckle Up

Buckling the seatbelt is often the first thing we do when we get in the car. Unfortunately, seat belts for a standard car don’t fit or secure a dog the same way. That’s why the first safety tip is to get a dog seat belt. Just like humans, dogs will move forward during a sudden stop. Falling off the seat can result in an injury. If your dog is well-behaved in the car, consider using a regular dog harness and simply slide the belt through the harness and buckle it in.

Smaller dogs or dogs who are more active may need something else. You may prefer having a dog guard that’s bolted to the floor and the roof so the dog can be free in the back while still being safe. Or your dog might prefer a hammock-style seat cover. No matter which option you choose, make sure you have something to keep your dog from getting hurt in an accident or during a sudden stop. Continue reading