William Gholson – Romantic in San Antonio

William T. Gholson is a man’s man. He owns and works on his boat; he sells boating equipment; he loves NASCAR; his buddies can’t wait for their next fishing weekend. His hands are leathery and calloused, his skin beaten by the sun. But don’t be fooled – he is also very much his woman’s man.

Gholson met his wife of over 30 years on a ghost tour in San Antonio. They both have a deep love of history and their city, so what they consider a romantic night out might not be the same for everyone. They enjoy getting around to the historic missions (of course, the Alamo) even though they have seen them many times over the years. They also frequent the Steves Homestead and the Liberty Bar for historic locations to stay for the night or just a meal. This couple drinks in the rich history of San Antonio as others might the romantic scenes and dining along River Walk.

For those that are more into hiking than history, there are plenty of scenic areas to explore, getting closer to nature and one another. One popular place is the Lost Maples State Natural Area with thousands of acres of beauty to take in.

Of course there is a vast array of shopping, dining, and entertainment, a bit more of a city-centered evening and night life to fuel a romantic getaway. No matter what your tastes as a couple, take it from William Gholson that there is always a way for a little romance with the one you love, and it is important to take the time for it.

Source: http://visitsanantonio.com/english/Explore-San-Antonio/Only-in-San-Antonio/Romantic-San-Antonio

 

William Gholson – How To Buy Used Auto Parts Smart

William Gholson deals with auto parts in the San Antonio area. As an expert mechanic, he has an eye for good deals involving rare car parts. The story usually goes something like this: someone has a car problem that requires replacing a part in their vehicle, they call a dealership, only to be told a ridiculous price that leaves them gasping.

Some parts carry a 5000% profit margin, which is obviously ridiculous. Now granted that we are talking about rare parts in this example, profit margins in the high hundreds are common place across the board, which means that you could still end up paying five, six or seven times more than the true value of that part.

Do Your Research and Always Verify

Googling prices and dealerships on the Internet is what research looks like these days, and for good reasons. If something is available, somewhere, anywhere, there is a very high probability for you to find it on the Internet. Verification is crucial – always make sure to check the part’s number before completing the purchase.

A Little Bit of Haggling is Okay

Haggle a bit, whenever there is an opportunity, but stay polite throughout the process. Junkyards are usually willing to match the prices of other local businesses. Never lie, however, as they can easily verify that on the Internet.

Be Very Careful About Rare Parts

If you find something online that could be a really rare part, always check it out in person.

William Gholson often buys rare car parts online and in the local auto part dealer communities.

Sources:

http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/features/a7117/how-to-buy-auto-parts-without-getting-screwed-10-tips/

 

William Gholson on Choosing the Right Tires

William Gholson is a huge car enthusiast who enjoys the process of fixing vehicles. Choosing the right tires for your car is often a very easy procedure. If you bought the car new, that is. In that case, buying the same type of tire it came with is a good enough solution, especially if you were satisfied with their look and general quality. It’s often different when you buy a used car. Those often have tires that are far from perfect, or even very battered, almost begging you to change them.

The Penny Method

To figure out if your tire even needs replacing, take a penny and shove it into different thread grooves across the tire. If the top of Lincoln’s head remains visible, your tires probably need to be replaced. If you only have one problematic tire, you can replace only that one of course, but this may result in the car’s weight not being distributed evenly among the tires.

Check the Car for More Information

If all four tires of your car need to be replaced and you are looking for guidance, check the manual of your vehicle, or the driver side door placard for more information. These will mention the proper tire size for the car.

Buying the Tire

When you arrive at a decision, visit a full-service tire dealer who carries your tire size. It also doesn’t hurt if they represent multiple brands. William Gholson often offers his guidance to his customers in car-related questions, including those that involve tires.

Sources: http://www.bridgestonetire.com/tread-and-trend/drivers-ed/how-to-check-your-tire-tread-penny-test

http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/infoSelectRightTire.do

 

William Gholson – How To Store Your Car For Winter

As William Gholson often tells his customers, not all cars were created equal, and some of them were simply not built for winter. People often ask him how to store their car properly during the coldest months, and he usually gives them the same advice.

Clean It First

The first phase of the storing process should always be cleaning. If the car is wet and dirty, covering it wouldn’t do any good. A good hand wash and some proper waxing should take care of that problem.

Treat the Unpainted Parts

If there are areas on the car’s body that are no longer covered by paint, make sure to take care of those as well. These spots tend to rust much easier, and since the covers would just lock the moisture inside, that process would speed up even more. First spray these spots with some rubberized undercoating, then finish it up with a protective layer. Make sure that you don’t use any of this stuff near the exhaust, as they are highly flammable.

Use Fuel Stabilization

Most fuels have a shelf life of three months, which means that by the time your car returns from its temporary retirement, your fuel could have already reached the point of no return.

Cover Your Car

If your car can stay inside, preferably in a sheltered environment, a basic cover will do just fine. If, however, you want to store your car outside, you will also need a car jacket that can be zipped around your car, sealing it away from the elements. William Gholson always takes the process of storing his car for the winter very seriously.

Sources:

https://www.cars.com/articles/2013/10/how-to-store-your-car-for-winter/

William Gholson on the Process of Buying a New Car

As an expert mechanic and successful car parts dealer, William Gholson knows everything there is to know about cars. He often meets with clients who just bought theirs, and sometimes, mere days after the purchase has been completed, there is already something wrong with these vehicles. In the vast majority of these cases, these problems are not coincidental in their nature, but rather a mistake on the buyer’s part. Unfortunately, not every seller will be honest, as some of them will try to hide the true condition of the car. Never assume that a seller is telling you the truth – do your own research.

Level Ground

It is very important that the car is parked on level ground, so that you can easily check its tires. One of the tires or a rim could be faulty, and spotting that on an uneven ground is often much harder. An expert mechanic who does this for a living would likely be able to spot shenanigans like this, but for the untrained eye, they may easily go unnoticed. Regardless of the type of the car, an even ground makes it possible to spot these problems more easily.

Tires

The car should have matching tires in a similar condition. Check for signs of feathering. This happens when the tires are not aligned properly. If you see something like that, ask about them. Never be afraid to ask too many questions. It’s important to do so, because if there is an alignment problem, there could be a number of things causing that. The owner of the car likely knows the answer.

Always Check the Paint Job

Checking the paint thoroughly, all over the car, has more to do with functionality than aesthetics. A new paint job can be used to hide rust spots and dents, which could considerably lower the car’s price if discovered. Make sure to thoroughly check the car from all angles and from different distances. You can even take photos, as sometimes it is much easier to spot faulty characteristics on film.

Check the Trunk

The trunk is one of the most important elements of the car. Check for rust, as its presence likely means that water can find its way inside, which is far from ideal.

The Frame Is Extremely Important

As the main supporting structure of a car, the chassis is very important. Its condition can affect a vehicle’s price considerably, making it unusually high or unexpectedly low. The suspension, the panels, and the engine are all attached to the frame, making its quality level a primary concern. Think of it as the foundation of a house.

As an experienced auto salesman and expert mechanic, William Gholson wishes that people were as cautious about their vehicle purchase as they are about buying a house.

Sources:
http://www.wikihow.com/Check-out-a-Used-Car-Before-Buying-It