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The holidays are a busy time as we spend time with family and friends. Statistics show that the 35 days between Thanksgiving and New Years are the busiest long-distance-travel period of the year. Many drivers travel 50 miles or more away from their hometown – more than any other time in the year.

This is also one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. According to a national study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more than 100 people die per day in car accidents across the US. The ten deadliest days are around holidays are Dec. 23 through Jan. 1.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), around 30 people are killed each day in the United States in crashes involving a drunk driver. That’s more than one per hour.

Of course, every person is different and alcohol affects everyone differently. Still, knowing what kind of impact a few drinks [...]

Everyone hates bad drivers, and at some point or another, everyone is a bad driver. We all have times that we are too distracted, too tired, or to hurried to make good driving decisions, but what are the absolute worst things that people do? What are the most dangerous or the most annoying things that people do every time we step out on to the road? Let’s hear some opinions!

  1. Ignoring Blind Spots – It seems like at least once a week that someone merges into my lane, or at least starts to merge, without even glancing first. It’s like they don’t even know other drivers are on the road at all.
  1. Tailgating – Come on now people! If you really think that riding directly on a driver’s bumper is going to motivate them to go any faster, you’re truly out of your mind. You’re not saving yourself any time, and [...]

Child Car Safety: Kids & Pets Left in Hot Cars

When summer arrives and the temperatures start rising, so does the risk of heat-related injuries in animals and children left in vehicles. Here are five animal and child car safety tips to keep everyone safe this summer.

  • Never leave children in the car, even to run a quick errand. In just three minutes in the sun, car interior temperatures can heat up from 78 to 100 degrees, putting your kids in danger of hyperthermia or heatstroke.
  • Don’t take your pooch “on a ride” if they can’t come inside. If you are driving to destinations where you cannot bring your pet inside with you, don’t bring them in the first place. Leaving them alone in a hot car will only put them at serious risk. According to PETA.org, pets can suffer serious injuries when left in a hot car for only 15 minutes.
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5 Ways to Quickly Save $500

Members AutoChoice works most closely with Peach State Federal Credit Union as a lender – and depending on your loan, they can have down payment requirements that range from $500-$2000. So what are the best ways to go about saving that money quickly? It sounds like a difficult task, but can be a lot easier than you think. Here are five ways to quickly save $500.

  1. Stop eating at restaurants! The average per person bill at a restaurant (fast food included) is $10. If you eat out 3 times a week, that’s $120/month you’re spending at restaurants alone.
  1. Reconsider those habits. Maybe you drink 3 sodas a day, or smoke a pack a day, or drink a few beers after work. There’s nothing wrong with any of that, we all have our vices, but these habits cost you thousands of dollars per year. A pack-a-day [...]

“Excuse the mess!” and “I’m sorry, I meant to clean it up a bit,” are the two most common things sales professionals hear when customers have their potential trade-ins evaluated. Navigating through water bottles, clothes, and other unnecessary junk becomes second nature, for both us and the car owners themselves. There is no problem in having a cluttered car, but if disaster strikes, do you have what you need in your vehicle? It may be time to toss out the three month old bottle of coke under your seat and make room for some of these necessary items.

Glove Compartment:

  • Seatbelt Cutter/Window Breaker– These are fairly cheap (running $5 to $25) and the benefits are self-explanatory.
  • Pen & Paper –Even in today’s world, there is always a place for a pen and paper. Whether it’s for jotting down quick directions, taking insurance information, or even writing a phone number down, it’s great to have [...]

Navigating the automotive industry can be a daunting task. Not only are there hundreds of thousands of vehicles around you, there are hundreds of places that all claim to have the best deal. There are countless ways to own a vehicle, many ways to pay for said vehicle, and many things offered your way to “sweeten up the deal.” With all these different variables going in to your car buying experience, there’s quite a lot of room for things to go wrong. What do you do when you’ve found yourself on the wrong end of a bad deal? Let’s look at some of the most common “mistakes” buyers make, and what you should do to get out of them:

  • The Lease – Leash: Leased vehicles are a tricky topic. The vast majority of the time, consumers are better off buying their vehicles. While payments during a lease will be quite a bit lower, you [...]

When it comes to purchasing a vehicle, new or used, maintenance should always be a cost factored into the price of a vehicle. It is inevitable for a car to need repairs, due to normal wear and tear on the vehicle. Although all new cars and some used cars that are newer come with manufacturer’s warranties; it does not necessarily mean the car is fully covered.

Extended warranties can be purchased to cover almost all vehicle components but regular maintenance and can be used even if there is still a manufacturer’s warranty on the car. Most manufacturers’ warranties have a very short bumper to bumper coverage, and a slightly longer power train warranty to take place afterwards. For instance, Nissan has a 3yr/36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty and a 5yr/100,000 mile power train warranty. This means that Nissan can advertise a warranty for as long as 10 years or 100,000 miles, but that does [...]

Searching for a vehicle can be a daunting task. Many dealerships, and even car manufacturers, promise any car with any option for any price. Sadly, however, this is not the case. New cars are not specifically designed for each and every customer, but they are designed with the consumer market’s general needs in mind. That makes it very difficult, if not impossible, to meet everyone’s expectations. There is no “used-car factory,” but technology today allows us to add any options we want without needing to buy the EXACT vehicle we want, because that is a lot easier said than done.

Car shoppers are faced with hundreds of decisions – van, truck, SUV, sedan? Cloth or leather seats? Fuel economy or speed and power? Do I want this? Do I need that? The questions are endless, and there’s really no right or wrong answer to any of them. Aftermarket accessories have always been there to give [...]

Winter can be harmful to your vehicle so it is important to educate yourself on how to prepare your car for freezing temperatures. Having your vehicle checked by an ASE certified mechanic before winter starts can eliminate many hardships and frustrations.

It is always good to keep up with the recommended maintenance schedule for your car especially when colder temperatures are approaching. Here are a few tips to help you keep your car in good standing.

By letting your engine warm up it allows the oil to warm for the pistons to have the proper lubrication and less friction on the engine, also you should check your battery cable connections for fraying and corrosion. If there is a white powdery substance on your battery, that is generally corrosion, caused by battery acid. Checking your batteries liquid electrolyte level is also important. You can also keep your battery warm by using a wrap or blanket. If [...]

 CVT’s or Continuously Variable Transmissions are ones that do not shift like your traditional automatic transmission.  In fact, cvt’s give you the feeling that you are not shifting at all.  I remember the first time I drove a car with a continuously variable transmission, my husband and I were car shopping, and we were interested in the 2013 Nissan Altima.  We went to our local Nissan Dealership to take one for a test drive, and my husband was the only who drove it before we purchased it.  We were so pleased with the car, we decided to purchase the black Altima that was on the show room floor, and we even drove it home the same day.  That afternoon I took my New Altima out for a drive on my own, and noticed something very strange: the car was not shifting. I immediately pulled over, got on the phone and told my husband “we have [...]

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