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Setting Up Your Used Car for the Perfect Football Season Tailgate

Football season is upon us, and with it comes the time-honored tradition of tailgating. If you own a used car and think you're at a disadvantage compared to those with shiny new trucks and SUVs, think again! Here's a step-by-step guide to make your tailgate the talk of the parking lot.

Deep Clean and Organize Your Space

Before hosting a tailgate experience, give your car a thorough clean inside and out. This not only creates more space for food and other gear, but also ensures you can easily access what you need without navigating through unnecessary items. Whether using your trunk or truck bed, consider laying down a flat surface like a foldable table to keep messes to a minimum.

Prepare, Chill, and Grill

A good cooler is a tailgate's best friend, making sure your drinks stay cold and your food stays fresh. Stack it with ice, chilled beverages, and perishable food items, and keep it out of direct sunlight whenever possible. Opt for easy, handheld foods such as burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and chips. Make sure to pack a portable grill and propane or whatever your grill needs to ensure a smooth experience.

Get Comfortable

If you don’t have truck bed space, bring along foldable chairs and a portable tent or canopy so you have a shaded area to sit, relax, and enjoy the vibes. Bring a portable radio or speaker to listen to pregame coverage or your favorite pump-up music. Some games like cornhole or a football to toss around can also provide entertainment before the game.

Safety First

Pack a first aid kit and remember safety essentials like sunscreen and bug spray. If you're grilling, have a small fire extinguisher on hand. Bring trash bags and consider a plastic storage container for dirty dishes or utensils to keep used items out of the way.

Go Team!

Show your team spirit by decorating your car, chairs or tent. Hang flags, use team colors, and wear your jerseys to showcase your pride for the team. With the right decorations, your used car can look just as festive as any vehicle in the lot.

Whether you’re a local fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes or supporting your favorite NFL team, tailgating is about team spirit, good food, and great company. With some planning and creativity, your used car can be the perfect tailgating companion. So, prep your playlist, pack your gear, and get ready for a season of unforgettable experiences!

When in the market for a used car, stop by Carousel Preowned. Carousel Preowned serving Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, North Liberty, Marion, and Coralville, IA, is proud to be an automotive leader in our community. We do our best to ensure your complete satisfaction every time you step into our car dealership. This is why we offer the widest selection of used and pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUVs and provide true ease of purchase in Iowa.

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