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Car Care: Spring Guide to Cleaning Off the Winter Uck

 


It’s that time of year.


The time when no matter what color your paint job actually is, it looks gray.


It’s the grime that winter leaves behind.


Don’t worry – once the sun is shining again, you’ll be excited to bust out your bucket and hose and get to work shining up your ride.


Here’s what you should do.

Give it a thorough wash

This wash is more involved than a drive through your local no-touch car wash.


You have to make sure you get the yuck out of every single nook and cranny of your…

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Car Maintenance Matters: All About Fuel Filters

 


You know that your car needs regular oil changes.


Filling it up with gas is a no-brainer.


Maybe you’re vaguely aware of some of the other routine maintenance tasks your vehicle needs, but one of the parts that may get lost in the shuffle is the fuel filter.


Here’s what you need to know about this small-but-important car part.


The fuel filter’s job

Dirty gasoline is no good for your engine.


The…

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Savvy Car Owners Keep These Tools in Their Garage

 

Okay, so you’re not a mechanic.


That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have some tools on hand – just in case.


Some issues that come up are well within your ability and having the right tools will allow you to fix what you can.


Check out these tools that you should have in your toolbox.

Tire pump

Air isn’t free anymore.


Unfortunately, most gas stations will charge you for filling your tires up…

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What Your Vehicle’s Manufacturer’s Warranty WON’T Cover



Your new car comes with a manufacturer’s warranty.

If you’re thinking that it’s going to cover everything, you’re going to be disappointed.

While the warranty will cover a lot, it’s important that you have an understanding of what’s NOT covered.

Wear items
There are certain parts of your vehicle that will wear down over time and these are generally not covered under your manufacturer’s warranty.

This includes items…
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Time for a New Set of Wheels? 3 Tips for Saving Money



Buying a car is a major expense.

It’s probably one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever make.

There are ways to purchase a vehicle without breaking the bank, however.

Here’s how.

1. Do your research
There are many websites and even apps that keep data about cars sold in your area and the prices they were sold for.

Don’t be afraid to negotiate in order to get the best deal.

You…
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Subaru Vehicle Spotlight: The Outstanding Outback



The Subaru Outback has been a standard-bearer for many years and the 2018 model is no different.

From the safety ratings to the uniquely-Outback look, it’s a winner all around.

The changes for 2018 are subtle but make a big impact on this already popular vehicle.

What’s new?
Subaru hasn’t made sweeping changes so much as tweak some aspects to make them even better.

They’ve made some changes to the interior…
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10 Questions You Need to Ask Before Buying a New Vehicle



Buying a car is a big deal.

You need to ask the right questions, but what if you don’t even know what you don’t know?

The last thing you want to do is spend a lot of money and then find out that you missed something important.

Here are some important questions to ask your salesperson when you’re car shopping and why they matter.

1. What is the actual cost of the…
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A New Car in January: Here’s Why It’s Not as Crazy as You Think




If you’ve spent a lot of money on the holidays, you may think buying a new car in January is plain silly.

But, if you’re able to get a new set of wheels, January is a great time for deals.

Here’s why you shouldn’t toss the idea of buying now.

Goals to meet
You may need to watch your dollars after a holiday spending spree, but the dealerships still have to…
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Auto Trends for You to Watch for in 2018



Are you a “car” guy or gal?

Car enthusiasts and potential buyers both wait with bated breath to find out what the new year will bring for automobiles.

2018 doesn’t disappoint.

Let’s take a look at what you can expect to see in the areas of safety and technology in the latest models.

Safety
A 2017 poll conducted by AutoTrader showed that 70 percent of car buyers would choose a car that’s…
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Winter Tire Safety: Will a Patch Work?



Discovering you have a flat tire stinks.

When it’s in the cold of winter, it really stinks!

You (or your mechanic) will be able to tell when your tires are sufficiently worn to the point that they need to be replaced.

Often, a nail or other sharp object will puncture a tire, causing a slow leak and catching you off-guard.

The big question is if a patch will work or if you need to…
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