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The Cinderella Era of Vehicle Ownership is No Fairytale

The Cinderella Era of Vehicle Ownership is No Fairytale

The Cinderella Era There was a time when buying a new car sounded like a dream come true but The Car Care Council now suggest that keeping your car through the Cinderella Era is the smartest way to get a solid return on your vehicle investment. The "Cinderella Era" is the period of time right after you've paid off your car loan, the time when your car is still in great shape and needs only modest repairs and maintenance. With proper care, the typical vehicle should last at least 200,000 miles of safe, dependable performance. By allocating the equivalent of just one new car payment annually, vehicle owners can cover an entire year’s worth of basic maintenance. The most common maintenance procedures and repairs to keep a car operating safely and reliably while maintaining its long-term value involve checking the oil, filters and ... read more

Get Your Car Ready For Summer

Get Your Car Ready For Summer

Get Your Car Ready For Summer Driving With An Air Conditioning Inspection and Service DRIVE AutoCare recommends an annual A/C Inspection to stay cool when temperatures soar. Summer heat and humidity can drive you to distraction and the last thing you need is a malfunctioning air conditioning system. “Getting stuck in traffic is stressful enough, but getting stuck in traffic during the heat of summer without functioning A/C is the pits,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “It is important to always have the A/C system properly maintained to keep it in tip-top shape and avoid costly repairs down the road.” A vehicle’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning system keeps the interior cabin comfortable in any season by providing the right temperature and humidity level ... read more

Prepare Your Car For The Snow

Prepare Your Car For The Snow

Icy Roads, Snow Storms and Low Temperatures are all hazards you need to prepare for when heading to the mountains Prepare Your Car For The Snow: Tires, Lights, Wipers: Check to make sure everything is in good working order Battery: Make sure the terminals are clean and the clamps are tight. If your battery is more than 3 years old, you should consider replacing it. Carry jumper cables just in case and be prepared to help someone else. Coolant: Ensure your coolant is of the correct mix of anti-freeze and water to cope with the low temperatures you are likely to find in the mountains. While you are at it, make sure your window washer fluid also has anti-freeze in it so it won't freeze up when you need it the most. Fuel: Before you get to high altitude, be sure to stop and fill up your tank in case you have to stop for an extended period of time and need t ... read more

Wheel Alignment Answers

Wheel Alignment Answers

Wheel Alignment Answers to FAQs Here are some wheel alignment answers to frequently asked questions: HOW IMPORTANT IS WHEEL ALIGNMENT? Think if it this way: Driving a vehicle for 12,000 miles with a toe misalignment of only 0.34 degrees (.17 inches) would be the equivalent to dragging your tires sideways for 68 miles. WHAT ARE SOME EASY-TO-NOTICE SYMPTOMS OF A MISALIGNED VEHICLE? Excessive or uneven tire wear Vehicle drift or pull A feeling of looseness or wandering An out-of-level steering wheel HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE MY VEHICLE ALIGNED? Always follow the manufacturer's recommendation but as a general rule, have your wheel alignment checked at least once a year. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TOTAL ALIGNMENT? Reduced tire wear Better gas mileage Improved handling ... read more

200000 Miles

200000 Miles

200000 Miles is a huge milestone for a vehicle. According to Consumer Reports magazine, the cars on this list are considered safe, reliable and most likely to make it to 200,000 miles. All of these models were also Consumer Report recommended when new. Toyota Prius Toyota Camry Honda Odyssey Honda Pilot Toyota Corolla Honda Accord Sedan Honda CR-V Toyota Sienna Toyota Highlander Honda Civic DRIVE AutoCare recommends following the maintenance schedule in your owner's manual, taking care of the minor problems as they arise, and keep your care clean and you too can hit 200,000! By driving a car longer, you will save a significant amount of money from reduced ownership costs that include insurance and interest

VW Diesel Recall and What You Can Do

VW Diesel Recall and What You Can Do

The recent acknowledgement by VW that it installed software to cheat U.S. emission tests is disheartening. While VW is suffering a backlash from the scandal, losing $25 billion in market value since the news was announced, the implications for VW owners is less certain. The automaker is the largest car company in the world and recently said that 23% of new cars sold in August in the U.S. were diesels, which translates to around 7,400 vehicles. Recently Fortune Magazine published some suggestions that answer the question: What can I do about the VW diesel recall? Check your car model The EPA ordered the recall of nearly 500,000 VW and Audi cars that are equipped with 4-cylinder turbo diesel engines. The recall covers cars made from 2009 to 2015, and includes the following models, all of which are the diesel versions: 2009-15 VW Jetta; 2009–15 Beetle ... read more

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