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Your Quick Guide to Car Care and Maintenance

 


You probably spend a lot of time in your vehicle.


It takes you on adventures – near and far – with your family and friends and helps you accomplish your daily errands.


So, how can you keep your reliable ride in tip-top shape?


Here are some tips.

Manage fuel efficiency

When you use your vehicle so much, even small savings can add up quickly.


Follow these guidelines to get the most for your money, whether gas prices are low or high.


  • Remove everything from the car that doesn’t belong.

  • Follow the speed limits.

  • Plan ahead so you can consolidate chores and…

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4 Areas of Car Care You Need to Think About



You spend a lot of time in your vehicle.

It takes you to work, gets your children to school, and carries your family to memory-making vacation destinations.

It only makes sense that you’d take good care of your car so that it continues to take good care of you.

There are some specific areas for you to concentrate on.

1. Fuel efficiency
Make sure that you’re taking the right steps to help your…
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Here’s What You Need to Know to Get Your Car Ready for Winter




October is Car Care Month!

Car Care Month is the perfect time to start taking steps to prepare your vehicle for the cold winter months that are on the way.

The cold weather brings specific hazards that you’ll need to watch out for and the best way to do so is to make sure your car’s ready!

Here’s what you should be thinking about during this Car Care Month.

Wiper blades
If…
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Car Care Tips: Put the Spotlight on Your Headlights



Fall’s here and one of the things that means is fewer hours of daylight.

Less daylight means your headlights are getting more of a workout than they do during the spring and summer months.

They may not seem like that big of a deal, but your car’s lights are one of the most important safety features on your vehicle.

Just think about it – if you can’t see or be seen, your chances…
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Car Care: Are You Doing More Harm Than Good?



You want your car to have a long life.

The way you take care of it plays a huge role in how long your vehicle will continue to provide you with reliable transportation.

You may be slowly killing your car without even realizing it.

Be sure to avoid these five mistakes.

1. Not heeding the check engine light.
When there’s a picture of your engine glowing red on your dashboard, there’s a pretty…
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Here’s What You Should Do if You’re Ever in a Car Accident



No one wants to be involved in an accident.

But even the most careful of drivers may find themselves the victim of someone else’s carelessness.

It’s a scary situation and knowing what to do in the moment is important.

Here are the steps you should take if you’re in a collision.

First things, first
This is what you should do immediately after the accident occurs:

  • If it’s safe to do so…
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Have You Ever Wondered What Happened to Your Old Car?



Sometimes a car is just a car.

Other times it’s a piece of your story – your history – and it’s hard to let it go.

Maybe you took it on a road trip to Connecticut while you were in college.

Perhaps you drove it away from your wedding reception, adorned with tin-cans and window paint or it carried your babies home from the hospital.

Whatever the case may be, you’ve probably wondered at…
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5 Maintenance Tips to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Spring



Winter weather can do a number on your vehicle! The snow, ice, and salt create potholes in the roads, which then wreak havoc on your car. Not to mention the film of grime that is left behind by the melting snow, dulling your paint job.

Once the snow’s gone, you can get busy erasing the damage that was done.

What are the best ways to get your vehicle ready for spring?

Here are five…
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Get Your Car in Tip-Top Shape for Spring



When winter finally breathes its snowy last, your vehicle will surely need a little extra attention. The weather of winter can prohibit giving your car the same care that you’re able to give it in the warmer months.

Once spring has sprung, it’s time to get your vehicle ready for warmer days. Here’s how:

  • Take care of the interior. Slushy feet make a mess in your vehicle, but cleaning your car out…
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Tire Safety 101



Are you willing to spend one penny to ensure your tires are safe?

That’s all it takes to “test” their wear, and see if the tires are losing tread or the tread is wearing out.

Using a penny to test the tread is a low-cost, effective way for car owners like you to gauge their safety.

Check tire safety
The tread
Here’s how to conduct the test:
  • Place a penny into one of…
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