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Refinancing vs Trading in Your Car

If you are upside down in your car loan, then you will probably have to talk to your finance company at some point. They may want to offer you different terms to help you with the vehicle, or you may have to pay the balance first before they will even think about refinancing. It's often not a good deal because you may end up owing more than you want to on your vehicle.

In that case, it's better to look at trading in your vehicle. In this scenario, you get a vehicle that is lower cost and the…

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Tips for Choosing Your Teen's First Car

The time for your teen to get behind of the wheel is coming, there really is no way to put off the inevitable. One thing you can do to get some peace of mind is making sure you get them the safest vehicle possible.

Try to stay away from higher horsepower in the car you are choosing for your teen. They don't need to be tearing up the track, they are still learning how to navigate certain situations safely.

Go bigger, go heavier, because these vehicles are safer. 

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The Importance of Proper Air Pressure

It is important that your car's tires are inflated according to the manufacturer's instructions. Failure to do so could result in a tire popping or otherwise being damaged without warning. In newer cars, a sensor in the tire will alert you if the pressure is too low. If you see the low pressure light come on, inflate it right away.

Having too much pressure in the tire could impact its ability to make contact with the road. It could also lead to a drop in gas mileage or a ride that is not as comfortable as it usually…

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How to Prevent Major Car Damage

If you are driving back to school, it is important that you have your car serviced prior to leaving. Ideally, you will get the tires rotated, the oil changed and the engine inspected. It is also a good idea to bring a vehicle in for service when a dash light comes on.

Having the vehicle checked out will reduce the chances of significant damage. You should check your owners manual to determine if you need to have fluids flushed or other maintenance done at 30,000, 60,000 or 100,000 miles. 

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How to Prevent Major Car Damage

If you are driving back to school, it is important that you have your car serviced prior to leaving. Ideally, you will get the tires rotated, the oil changed and the engine inspected. It is also a good idea to bring a vehicle in for service when a dash light comes on.

Having the vehicle checked out will reduce the chances of significant damage. You should check your owners manual to determine if you need to have fluids flushed or other maintenance done at 30,000, 60,000 or 100,000 miles. 

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Crucial Back to School Carpool Safety Tips

Here are a few carpool safety tips to ensure everyone in the vehicle stays safer this school season. Get on a schedule so that the same parent is driving the kids on the same day of the week. Not only will this be easier for all the parents to remember each week, but the kids will start recognizing which parents are driving and picking them up certain days of the week. This will eliminate confusion with parents and get everyone on board with knowing who is driving each day. 

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How to Clean Your Car Quickly

Have you looked at your car lately? You may have been avoiding it because there's such a mess in there. It's time to take 10 minutes and clean that puppy today! There are a few tips to cleaning your car quickly that may help in this situation.

Cleaning the exterior and interior of your car manually is the most difficult part, but you can make it go faster with the right tools, such as a large sponge, vehicle cleaner, leather cleaner, and microfiber cloths. 

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Get Car Details From a Vehicle History Report

At The Car Store, we know that a knowledgeable buyer is in the best position to make a great choice when selecting a used car. There are many great used vehicles available, but you can find more assurance and important information when you have more information about a car's history.

A vehicle history report can answer your questions based on a search of the vehicle's VIN, a unique number that identifies the car. You can find out about the car's ownership history, whether it has been in any accidents and what kind of insurance claims have been…

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The Benefits of a Backup Camera

Backing up represents one of the more dangerous maneuvers you have to make when driving a car. A backup camera is designed to lessen the risk associated with operating a vehicle in reverse.

A backup camera is mounted on the rear end of a vehicle to provide a wide angle view of what is behind a car. The camera transmits video to a monitor typically mounted on the dashboard. With a backup camera, also known as a reversing camera, a driver is placed in a position to better avoid colliding with anything when backing up. 

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What is an Infotainment System?

The latest vehicles now come with a plethora of technology and options through in-vehicle infotainment systems. These systems combine software that drivers and passengers can access through their smartphones, as well as through a center console. Some have touch screens, as well.

Most infotainment systems have components for audio visual controls, keypads, touch screens, and hands-free phone connections. You can control apps through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well. 

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