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Fuel Economy Tips

If you own a car, the cost of fuel likely interests you. While purchasing a fuel-efficient vehicle certainly helps, there are a number of ways to keep fuel expenses down with the vehicle you currently own. Below are some helpful fuel economy tips.

Avoid Heavy Traffic

While most of us want to avoid this anyway, driving in heavy traffic can cause you to use a significant amount of gas. The fuel needed to stop and start constantly can put a huge strain on your vehicle.

Close The Windows

This isn't as much of a concern at slower speeds, but…
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Easy as ABC: Back to School Car Maintenance

All over the country, kids are back at school and parents are busy with this season of change. Organization is key when dealing with this busy season. Fortunately, there are a number of innovative storage tools available to help keep your vehicle organized and tidy. Ensuring that your car is properly equipped with the necessary emergency equipment such as a toolkit and flares is also a necessity this time of year.

Let us help you with this busy season by making sure that your car is ready to tackle the challenges of school and fall sports and activities beginning. The…
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Do You Understand Your Vehicle's Oil?


Your vehicle's motor oil is a vital component for which a better understanding is necessary. This is because without it or if it has deteriorated, your vehicle will run poorly or not at all. A good knowledge of oil viscosity can help you maintain a vehicle that performs well in all conditions.

Oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle, so you should know about viscosity and its effects. Viscosity measures how well oil flows. Lower viscosity flows faster while higher viscosity flows slower. Since oil naturally gets thick in cold weather, using an oil with a low viscosity during…
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Buying a Used Car Tips

New cars have their advantages. For one, no one’s ever sneezed in it. However, you actually spend a lot more for that vehicle than if you just simply bought a used version of the same model. You can shave thousands off of a vehicle that even has just 1,000 miles on it. Vehicles with 30,000 miles and under offer true savings however. Typically, you’ll still be able to take advantage of the factory warranty and maintenance plans.

Used cars also have a lot of technology upgrades if you purchase a model within the past five years…
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Adding A Special Touch

When you look at your car, you might notice scratches and chipped paint that might not have been there the day before or that you've been ignoring. Instead of painting the entire car, use a small amount of touch up paint to cover the area to give it a fresh look.

Thoroughly clean your car before applying any kind of paint. Use a color that blends with the color of your car so that it's difficult to tell that touch up paint has been used. You can apply primer to the area you're going to paint if…

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Do You Know How to Use a Roof Rack?

Roof racks are helpful tools for storing the luggage that does not fit into your vehicle's trunk or rear cargo area. It is important to know how to use the roof rack safely, so you don't have one of those road trip stories that will live in infamy.

One thing to avoid with a roof rack is improperly tightening it. This causes torque problems and could damage your vehicle. It is also important to avoid overloading the rack. The load should be balanced and within the weight limits of both the rack and your car. The owner's…

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Gas Mileage Makes the SUV Worth It

Thinking about getting a new car? The SUV is always a wise choice. However, there are several different features that you should know about before making a decision. One of those features is gas mileage.

Years ago, SUVs had gotten bad reputations for being "gas guzzlers," but in this day and age, that comment can no longer be applied to these vehicles. These days, there are multiple SUVs out there that are rated to achieve more than 30 miles a gallon on the highway....

 

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How Do Car Alignments Work?

Have you had your wheels checked recently? If you have changed your tires or feel your steering vibrating when you drive, you might need an alignment. This is a simple process where your car’s wheels and axles are aligned so that they are all moving in the same direction. It’s a good thing to do to keep your vehicle suspension in line and make sure that your car’s wheels are balanced as well.

The type of alignment you get also depends on the type of drive train that you have as well. If you have a front…
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How Do Brake Pads Work?

Disc brake systems use brake pads to apply pressure to the rotors so that the car will stop. These brake systems attach to the front two wheels of your car, while the rotor attaches directly to the wheel as well. Brake pads are made of strong materials that won't melt, as they are prone to wear and tear as you brake constantly. With brake pads, you have to be careful and check them regularly, or else you can cause an accident by not braking fast enough.

Brake pads have different sounds depending on what's going on. A squealing…
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