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St. Patrick’s Day 2016 Events in Fredericksburg, VA

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Check out these local events for St. Patrick’s Day in the Fredericksburg, Virginia, area.

St. Patrick’s Day 2016 Events in Fredericksburg, VA

Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade

12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5

Alfred and King streets, Alexandria, VA 22314

http://www.ballyshaners.org/

The 35th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade organized by the Ballyshaners steps off in Old Town Alexandria.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 12

3300 Dill Smith Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Website

The 14th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at noon with fire trucks, classic cars, high school marching band, community organizations, Irish dancers, horses, local pageant winners and the Easter Bunny.

 

Greater Manassas St. Patrick’s Day Parade

11 a.m. Saturday, March 12

Quarry Road and Prescott Avenue, Manassas, VA

http://www.stpatparade.net/

This parade features Irish dance groups, the Northern Virginia Firefighters Emerald Society Pipe and Drum, Washington Scottish Pipe and Drum, Fairfax County Sheriff’s Coalition Pipe and Drum, the Marine Corps Color Guard and other community organizations.

 

ShamrockFest 2016 at RFK Stadium

3-11 p.m. Saturday, March 12

2400 E. Capitol St. NE, Washington, D.C.

https://shamrockfest.com/

This huge event features live music, food, drinks, roving entertainers, craft vendors, an Irish village, carnival rides, games and more. Headliners include Gaelic Storm, Blues Traveler and Reel Big Fish.

 

Washington D.C. St. Patrick’s Parade

Noon Sunday, March 13

Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, Washington, D.C.

http://dcstpatsparade.com/

This parade features more than 100 units of marching bands, military, dance schools, floats and community organizations.

 

Leprechaun Leap 1-Mile Youth Trail Run at Brooks Memorial Park

9 a.m. to noon Monday, March 14

80 Butler Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22406

Website

This run for children 13 and younger features refreshments and a T-shirt and commemorative medal for each participant.

Advantages of trade-in vs selling your car in Fredericksburg VA

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

When it comes time to upgrade your car to a “brand-new” used one, you have two options: try to sell your car on your own or trade it in as part payment for the “new” used vehicle. We think you should consider all of the advantages of trading in your old car vs selling it. Here’s why:

Advantages of trade-in vs selling your car in Fredericksburg VA

Simplicity

The easiest way to get rid of your old car is to hand it over to us. Seriously, we don’t mind! We love buying people’s used cars because it gives us more variety in our inventory to help the next customer find just the ride they’re looking for. It’s as easy as handing over the keys when you come in to buy your new vehicle. Now compare that with the thought of placing classified ads, taking phone calls and emails, dealing with strangers and giving them test drives. We think the choice is obvious.

Down payment

Trading in your old vehicle is the most straightforward way of putting down a great big down payment. It’s quick and easy, and it goes a long way toward the expense of paying off your new vehicle. If you choose to sell your old car yourself, you may be stuck with it for weeks or months before you find a buyer. Meanwhile, your bills could be adding up. If you need the money for a down payment right away, the smartest option is usually a trade-in.

Tax advantage

When you get down to the nitty-gritty paperwork of the used car transaction, there’s often a substantial tax advantage involved. In many cases, sales tax is only charged on the difference in cost between the trade-in value of the old car and the purchase price of the new car. Just know that if you sell your old car yourself, you may end up paying much more in sales tax.

Repairs

Chance are you’re selling your old car because it’s become a bit of a headache. Maybe there are some dings and dents and chipped windows. Maybe you’ve slipped way behind in regular tune-ups and minor maintenance. Or maybe it’s turned into a real clunker and you’ve barely managed to roll it into our lot. We don’t care. We inspect and repair each vehicle thoroughly, restoring them to like-new condition. We’ll take your trade-in no matter what. We certainly can’t say the same for a private buyer, who might take one look at your car and hit the road.

There’s a good chance that if you’re prepared to put in a lot of time and effort, you can sell your old car for more than the trade-in value. However, if your car is in less-than-great condition, if it’s a model that’s in low demand right now, or if it has higher than average mileage, you’re guaranteed to be better off trading it in. Come and see us!

Why it’s better to buy a used car from a dealership in Fredericksburg, VA

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

When you’re shopping for a used car, you have a choice: You can buy one from a used car dealership or you can buy one from a private seller. There are advantages and disadvantages to each option. Naturally, here at Carweb Inc., we think it’s wisest to make such a big purchase at a used car dealer. We’ll tell you why.

Why it’s better to buy a used car from a dealership in Fredericksburg, VA

Paperwork

When you buy from a used car dealer, the dealer handles all of the paperwork associated with the transaction, including title transfer and registration. When you buy from a private seller, you and the seller are responsible for all of the paperwork, including the bill of sale and handling taxes and fees. You’ll have to go to the DMV as well.

Financing

Unlike a private seller, we offer convenient financing. In fact, you can get pre-approved by clicking here. Save yourself the hassle of shopping around for a bank loan.

Warranty

Many of our cars come with bumper-to-bumper factory warranties. You won’t find that from a private seller. Used cars are typically sold “as is,” which means you’re saddled with any problems that crop up after the sale.

Condition of vehicles

All of our cars have been thoroughly inspected and, if need be, repaired to like-new condition. Each one comes with a Carfax vehicle history report, so you know exactly what you’re going to get. When buying from a private seller, either you or the seller must take the time and expense to have a mechanic inspect the vehicle.

Finding the right car

Finding the perfect used car for your needs is easy at Carweb Inc. We have a huge inventory of all makes, models, body styles and price ranges. Make your car-buying experience a one-stop shop instead of combing through online classifieds looking for the right vehicle.

Trade-ins

If you already have a car and are looking to upgrade to a newer one, trading in the old one is a great option to put in a down payment. Private sellers want cash, not your old vehicle. We need your used car to expand our inventory. Trading it in saves you the trouble of having to become a used car seller yourself.

Legal protection

Used car dealerships like Carweb Inc. follow stringent laws designed to protect consumers from things like purchasing a lemon or a salvaged vehicle. Private sellers aren’t bound by the same laws, making a private sale a risky proposition. It’s important to buy from someone you trust.

How to prevent rust from road salt

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

In parts of the country that experience freezing temperatures, winter driving can be a real hazard. To neutralize the danger of icy roads, salt and sand or chemical spray is spread on the roads after a snowstorm. These substances lower the ice’s freezing point, causing it to melt away faster, while also providing much-needed traction for drivers. Unfortunately, there’s a downside. Road salt can wreak havoc on your car’s body, paint and undercarriage. Here are some ways to protect your car from the ravages of road salt.

How to prevent rust from road salt

Be prepared

  • Before winter hits, wash your car thoroughly, covering every square inch, including underneath.
  • Carefully wax your vehicle. Give it a good coat, including a wax sealant to seal the deal.
  • Apply an undercarriage sealant as well. This may be a job to leave to the professionals, but you can buy a product to do it yourself.

Keep it clean

  • Run your vehicle through the car wash as often as possible in winter.
  • Plan car washes when the temperature rises a little above freezing, and when there’s no precipitation in the forecast.
  • If you have the time and patience, you can re-wax and re-seal after every few washes.
  • Otherwise, get in touch with a good car detailer. There are mobile ones who will clean your car while you’re at work.

Wash at home

  • Dress warm and waterproof if you’re going to wash your car at home.
  • Work from top to bottom, and get into all those hard-to-reach places where salt and slush can splash into.
  • Use soap specially made for washing a car, not dish soap, which can strip wax. Use a purpose-made sponge instead of a shop rag, which may have metal shavings in it.
  • Add a couple of tablespoons of baking soda to the water to help neutralize the salt.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all the soap.
  • Dry thoroughly.