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Yearly Archives: 2020

Observe National Car Care Month with a Driveway Vehicle Check

National Car Care Month in April is the perfect time for simple driveway car care to make sure your vehicle is operating safely and dependably for essential trips during this trying time, says the Car Care Council. “A driveway vehicle check only takes about 10 minutes. These simple steps will help keep you on the road so you can run important errands and arrive safely to your destinations,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “If you find your vehicle needs service, automotive repair is considered essential, so call your trusted local repair shop. Many sho ... read more

Keep Maintaining Your Vehicle Even If It Sits Idle

With a majority of vehicle owners living in areas of the country that have stay-at-home orders, many vehicles may be sitting idle for days or weeks at a time. The non-profit Car Care Council recommends starting your car at least once a week and keeping up with routine auto care to help prevent potential maintenance issues. “Just as it is recommended that people stay active during this time of social distancing, your car should get some activity as well,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “If your vehicle sits idle for too long, the battery could die, the ... read more

The Pitfalls of Potholes: Look for the Warning Signs of Vehicle Damage

Drivers who live in cold and wet climates are all too familiar with what happens to roadways when the ice begins to thaw or flooding occurs. Potholes appear and they are a major pitfall of springtime driving. While hitting one can give you a jolt, it can also seriously damage your vehicle. The non-profit Car Care Council urges motorists who have hit a pothole to watch out for the following warning signs that key safety-related systems may have been damaged: Steering and suspension: Loss of control, including swaying when making routine turns, bottoming out on city stree ... read more

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Avoid Car Trouble with a Belt Check

You may not see them, or know much about them, but engine belts are always working to keep your vehicle moving. Losing a belt can mean immediate trouble for the engine and a breakdown for you. To avoid being stranded, the non-profit Car Care Council recommends that motorists review the owner’s manual to ensure that belts are inspected and replaced at the proper intervals. A vehicle’s belts are essential to the cooling, air conditioning and charging systems of the engine. Serpentine belts are used to turn the water pump, alternator, power steering and air-conditioning compressor. O ... read more

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Driver Safety

11 Things to Look for When Buying a Used Car

Avoid Getting Stuck With a Bad Used Car Buying a used car, whether it’s from a private party or a dealership, needn’t be a hassle. It usually takes more work than buying a new car, but you can save a lot of money over buying off the showroom floor. See Carfax Used Car Listings Instead of having to remember everything you have to look at, bring a checklist with you as some guidance when you do a pre-purchase check. That way, you’ll be able to methodically go through the process and make sure you don’t miss anything ... read more

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