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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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Spring is in the Air! Time to Shop for a New Car!

The freshness of spring makes most people feel happy, vibrant, and ready for newness. What better way to experience that than with a new vehicle, right?

Spring is the perfect time to buy. Dealerships have new models and makes available for the picking. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding what you’re looking for.

It’s best to be prepared before you begin the fun part! Here are some things you should think about…
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Must Have Road Trip Tips

There’s nothing like getting out onto the open road with a few friends or your family and exploring new destinations -- especially as the weather warms up.

Before you get behind the wheel, use these tips to make the drive entertaining and safe.

Here’s what you can do:
  • Navigate. If your car doesn’t have a navigation system, don’t worry. You can purchase a system and install it on the dashboard. These usually…
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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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3 Times You Should Definitely Take Your Car to a Mechanic

DIY car repairs are generally not a good idea.

Maybe you’ve changed out your own oil before, or swapped out wiper blades.

But don’t be tempted to go beyond that.

Think about it: You’ve invested tens of thousands of dollars to be able to get yourself around town and to work. Why would you sabotage this investment by DIYing a repair?

Your efforts could damage the car and end up costing you…
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How to Choose a Cool Car if You're a Parent

Back in the day, you could choose a sporty car without a second thought. But the minute you become a parent, the dreaded minivan doesn’t look so bad, does it?

That’s because your priorities change when you become a mom or dad, and you’re willing to put your children’s safety ahead of looking “cool.”

Many of today’s vehicles have the features you need to ensure safety, as well as comfort…
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All About ABS Brakes


Anti-lock brakes (ABS) are all the rage these days -- and for good reason. This nifty safety feature will ensure you can control your vehicle in hazardous conditions by preventing the vehicle’s wheels from locking when you need to brake heavily.

Here’s everything you need to know about ABS brakes.

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New Year, New Car: A Buyer's Guide

Car manufacturers typically offer good New Year sales, and they’re worth investigating if you’re just thinking about buying a car or you’re ready to purchase one.

Here’s a buyer’s guide for the New Year. It’ll help you select the right car for you.
  1. Know your cost. Before you hit the dealership, know what your general budget is. It’ll help you stick to the car models that fit within…
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Car Parts to Know

Don’t think much about what’s under the hood? It’s handy to know some basic carts parts, especially when it’s time to buy a new or used car or if your vehicle needs repairs.

In this continuing series on car parts drivers need to know, we’re covering some essential parts, like the muffler, catalytic converter and alternator.
Car parts you should know

Without the muffler, your car would be insanely…
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