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Yearly Archives: 2014

Top 5 Holiday Travel Tips

Top 5 Holiday Travel Tips

If your holiday plans include a trip over the river and through the woods to spend time with family and loved ones, the last thing you need is an unpleasant surprise while you’re on the road. Whether you’re heading across the country or across town, keep these holiday travel tips in mind to ensure a safe, smooth trip . Holiday Travel Tips By keeping a few simple holiday travel tips in mind, you can have a safe, enjoyable trip no matter where the road takes you. The holiday season brings about some of the busiest travel days of the year. With so many people on the road and a higher chance of inclimate weather, there is an increased risk of unexpected problems. Fortunately, there are a lot of simple things you can do to keep your family safe and avoid problems. Do a Pre-Trip Inspection Before you’re ready ... read more

The 5 Best Holiday Gifts for Car Lovers

The 5 Best Holiday Gifts for Car Lovers

The holiday season is just around the corner, and chances are, you have a car lover or two on your shopping list. From items to use in the car and around the house to truly unique gifts that will bring a smile to a gearhead’s face, there is plenty to choose from. Check out these unique gift ideas that are sure to be loved by anyone with a passion for automobiles. The Top 5 Holiday Gifts for Car Lovers Looking for the best holiday gifts for car lovers? Check out our list! While you’d probably love to present the car lover in your life with his or her dream car, chances are, you’re budget won’t allow it. Here are the top 5 holiday gifts* for car lovers that are more likely to fit into your budget this holiday season. Racing Brake Clock For a unique gift that your car-loving recipient will look at daily, consider something like the Racing Bra ... read more

3 Ways to Improve Gas Mileage With Simple Car Maintenance

3 Ways to Improve Gas Mileage With Simple Car Maintenance

Gas prices may be falling, but do you really want to burn more of it than absolutely necessary? Of course you don’t. You probably aren’t sure how to improve your fuel economy, though, or you might think that there isn’t much that can be done to help you get more miles to the gallon. In just a few seconds, you will learn about three simple types of car maintenance that can improve gas mileage, saving you both money and time at the pump. Routine Maintenance to Improve Gas Mileage Keeping up with routine maintenance is the best and easiest way to ensure that your car is getting the best possible mileage. Check Your Tire Pressure Driving around with improperly inflated tires is one of the leading causes of poor fuel economy. In fact… Simple maintenance like checking your tire pressure is an easy way to improve gas mileage in any vehicle. 1.25 billion gallons of gas are wasted annually ... read more

Don’t Forget This Often-Overlooked Fall Car Maintenance

Don’t Forget This Often-Overlooked Fall Car Maintenance

You’ve gotten your oil changed, had your battery tested, invested in a good set of tires and thrown an emergency kit in the trunk in anticipation of the coming months. So far, you’ve done everything right, but I bet there are a couple things you’re forgetting. Have You Overlooked This Simple Fall Car Maintenance? The days are getting cooler, the nights are getting longer. With fewer available hours of daylight, chances are, you’re spending more time on the road in the dark than you were just a couple months ago. Making sure you can see and be seen is crucial, especially when you’re going to be doing more nighttime driving. Unfortunately, maintenance on the headlights and wipers is often overlooked by even the most diligent drivers. Headlight and Windshield Wiper Maintenance Headlights When it comes to being able to see and making sure that other motorists can see you in the dark, your car’s headligh ... read more

Are You Hearing Scary Car Sounds?

Are You Hearing Scary Car Sounds?

Does your car sound like a horror movie on wheels? At this time of year, we’re all about all things spooky, but not when it comes to your car. The last thing anyone wants is a car that grinds, growls or goes bump in the night. What do all those sounds mean, and what do you do when your car is sounding scarier than the soundtrack to your favorite Halloween movie. Scary car sounds got you down? Whether you need a tune up or major repair, a trip to the garage is in order. Scary Car Sounds Any unusual sound can be scary when you’re driving down the road. Though some are more serious than others, none should go ignored. Avoid the temptation to crank up the radio to turn out those scary noises. Instead, pay close attention to exactly what type of sound you are hearing and where it’s coming from. Grinding? Growling? Groaning? What Do You Hear? The type of sound you hear provides the first clue as to t ... read more

Buying a Used Car: What You Need to Know

Buying a Used Car: What You Need to Know

When you’re in the market for a new set of wheels, buying a used car rather than a new one makes a lot of financial sense. In addition to the upfront savings, buying used also means you avoid the depreciation that occurs the instant a new car leaves the dealer’s lot. All the money-saving benefits of buying used go right out the window, though, if the car you get doesn’t turn out to be a good deal or has a lot of problems. Keep these tips in mind to be sure you choose a good new-to-you car. Common Problems to Watch Out For While it can be difficult to detect every possible problem with a vehicle, there are a few major signs of potentially costly problems. Many of these things can be detected during a test drive. Take the car on a test drive on different types of roads to see how it handles. Pay close attention to how well it corners and brakes. Leave the radio turned off and listen for any squealing or knocking sounds. Leaking fluids is a c ... read more

Tune Ups

To keep your car running smoothly, efficiently and safely, it is extremely important to follow scheduled maintenance and get regular tune-ups. When your vehicle is properly tuned, you are likely to experience better performance, improved emissions and increased mileage. A tune up is basically a check up of your vehicle by a skilled mechanic. During a tune up, all your vehicle’s important systems are checked and fixed as needed. Things that are commonly checked include spark plugs and wires, idle speed, timing, choke, throttle linkage and distributor cap. The battery is typically checked during a tune up as well since it is a crucial component with a limited life span. During a thorough inspection, your mechanic is also likely to check your brakes, belts, exhaust system, transmission and tires. Simply checking the fluids and the air pressure in a vehicle’s tires often leads to noticeable improvements in fuel economy. Mo ... read more