Wink’s Body Shop in Ithaca knows that one of the joys of living in Ithaca is being so close to Cayuga Lake. Many local Ithacans love going to the local parks and sitting by the lake while enjoying a picnic. Kids are often seen frolicking about with the lake as a backdrop to their play. People that love boating look forward to the return of warm weather so they can once again spend some quality time on lake waters.
There’s another way to enjoy Cayuga Lake that is often overlooked. Whenever you’re in the mood for a nice, scenic drive, take off for a drive around Cayuga Lake. Now that spring is here once again, it’s time to plan the ultimate Finger Lakes driving experience. You probably already know that Cayuga Lake is a prominent body of water, but did you know that it’s also the longest of the lakes in this region?
Yep. And, its length makes for some mighty fine driving. Because Wink’s Ithaca Body Shop is a fan of scenic driving, we highly recommend experiencing the lake behind the wheel. The best route to take to get the most from your scenic drive is NY-89. Head north on NY-89 towards Taughannock State Park, and stop there to check out the amazing waterfall that’s at the top of the trail. Water tumbles down a rocky gorge, dropping 215-feet to the swirling whirlpool below.
Continue heading north on route 89 and admire the lake as you drive into the heart of wine country. Here you’ll find lots of trees interspersed with homes, farms and wineries. The Cayuga Wine Trail features over 30 wineries, and you can stop at one, or several, along your journey. The wine trail offers visitors the opportunity to taste a wide variety of wines, some from award-winning vintages. We highly recommend buying a few bottles to take back home.
As you continue on, you’ll be faced with a choice of taking a detour on NY-96 north, which leads to NY-227 West. This is how you drive into the Finger Lakes National Forest, which sits between Cayuga and Seneca lakes. The forest is a land of enchantment that has hiking trails, streams, gorges and ponds. Of course, you could spend a whole day enjoying this magnificent forest and be completely satisfied.
If you aren’t in the mood for forest site seeing, stick to NY-89, heading north, and it will take you to Cayuga Lake State Park, where you’ll be able to enjoy a sandy beach, a bit of swimming, or fishing, if you prefer. Or, continue driving until you reach the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is home to over 200 species of migratory birds. Turn back, or continue driving to Seneca Falls.
This is just one possible route you can take when driving around Cayuga Lake. Before your trip, we’d be remiss if we didn’t remind you to get your car checked out at the best Ithaca collision repair shop in town – Wink’s Body Shop.
Spring is finally here and you’re ready to carry out your plan of getting rid of your old car in order to make way for a newer model. Or, perhaps it’s simply time to dump your car, because you’re moving back to the city, and won’t need it anymore. Whatever you’re reason for selling your used vehicle, one thing is definite…our Ithaca body shop knows it needs to be in good shape to appeal to the best buyers.
Unless you want to sell your car for far less that its actual worth, you’ll need to think strategically about how to best market it to people seeking a good set of wheels. The secondary used car market is very competitive, and you’ll be competing with big used car dealers who can afford to purchase advertising to appeal to prospects.
Maybe you’re planning to sell your car by listing it online, which is a good idea. But, the fact is that potential buyers want to see what they are getting. So, you’ll have to take pictures of the car and present its condition honestly, if you want to get any serious offers. And, if your car isn’t in the best of shape right now, you must do what’s necessary to make any needed repairs, before attempting to put it on the market.
Wink’s Body Shop is the perfect partner to have in this endeavor. Not only are we well known in the area for performing top-rate collision repair in Ithaca, we’re also the best auto body shop in town that can recondition your car and get it ready for sale. Local citizens have depended on Wink’s for years to make their old cars look new again.
Selling a used car is a big deal, and it involves a lot of trust between the buyer and seller. Buyers want to be assured that they aren’t being sold a lemon. Not that you would try to sell someone a lemon on purpose, but when a used car isn’t properly attended to before offering it to unsuspecting buyers, you may certainly be accused of that if your car has visible signs of wear and tear. These days, people expect car owners to sell cars that are in good driving shape, regardless of the amount of miles its been driven.
As a matter of fact, the more miles your car has, the more care needs to be taken to ensure it can be driven safely the moment you hand over the keys to a new owner. Bring your car into Wink’s and have our body shop in Ithaca do a complete car makeover. Don’t worry. We’ll take a look at your vehicle and give you a full estimate of the costs before we touch a thing. That way, you can budget for the essential fixes and get those taken care of first.
If your old car is in pretty decent shape mechanically, but could use a new coat of paint to make it sparkle again, we’re the shop that can do that for you. Call Wink’s Body Shop in Ithaca today to schedule a used car assessment.