Category: Car Care

Get the Most for Your Trade-in

Purchasing a vehicle is a big investment — the down payment, your monthly payments, insurance, maintenance and repair costs. Whether you keep it for several years or plan to trade it sooner, you should protect your investment. Here are four factors that affect your vehicle’s trade-in value, and ways to boost your return when it’s […]

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What’s The Best Oil For Your Car?

You don’t have to be a mechanic to know how important an oil change is to your car’s engine. Motor oil keeps all the parts running smoothly, absorbs excess heat and contains additives that help keep the engine clean. Oil degrades over time and needs to be changed. Changing your oil is vital to your […]

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Extreme Temps are Tough on Batteries

A car battery lasts between 3-5 years. However, it can vary depending on the climate you live in. When temperatures are below freezing, your car’s battery loses a significant amount of its strength.  Many batteries die in the winter because they need twice as much current when it’s cold.  As the temperature drops, the chemical […]

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Be Good to Your Tires and They’ll Be Good to You 

Proper tire maintenance can mean the difference between getting where you need to go and being stuck on the side of the road. Here are some simple things you can do to keep your tires in top shape: Inflation Check tire pressures monthly, including the spare. Do so when the tires are cool, before you’ve […]

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Hit the Road With a Healthy Ride!

All year long I look forward to taking a great summer vacation.  With all the stuff our family requires, I would have to rent a jumbo jet to consider flying. So, we drive!  All the gadgets in modern cars certainly make traveling a pleasure. That is, as long as the vehicle holds up its end […]

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Car Care 101 for College-bound Drivers

Nearly 22 million students will head to college this fall. Many parents prepare their teens with instructions about personal safety, laundry and cooking. However, they sometimes forget to address the important subject of automobile maintenance and repair. Before you send them off, sit down with your student and discuss a plan for proper vehicle maintenance. […]

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Hit the Brakes: Not All Self-Braking Cars Are Created Equal

New test results from AAA reveal that automatic emergency braking systems — the safety technology that will soon be standard equipment on 99 percent of vehicles — vary widely in design and performance. All the systems tested by AAA are designed to apply the brakes when a driver fails to engage. However, those designed to […]

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Get Your Car Winter Ready

We all think about preparing for summertime activities. We ready our wardrobes, camping gear, fishing tackle, and even our boats. We also usually get our cars ready to go. With winter driving upon us, it’s time — or maybe past time — to prepare our vehicles for cold weather. Here’s a simple checklist to help […]

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