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Prepare your car for winter driving

Having moved from a single season state, to a full four-season state, keeping my vehicle in proper running condition in the winter months was a learning experience. Like many of today’s society I looked to the Internet for answers to my many questions about tire pressure, battery life, oil weight and so forth.

Here are some of the things I learned about keeping my vehicle in proper running condition in the colder months.

  1. Change the Oil. Your engine relies on oil to run smoothly. When the weather gets cold, oil can thicken and cause your vehicle to run rough or stop running all together.
  1. Check the Tire Pressure. When the weather gets cold, the pressure in your tires can drop, reducing your traction on slick roads. Keep your tires inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure to ensure safe driving and precise handling.
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No matter what type of car you own, from Ferrari’s to Hyundai’s, there are a boatload of expenses that come along with them. You have vehicle payments, insurance payments, maintenance, repairs, and more. Most of them are inevitable – you can’t (legally) own and drive a vehicle without paying for it. The worst part? Even though you are constantly putting money into it, the vehicles value will continue to drop due to mileage, age, and newer and better cars being released. This is a pretty negative way of looking at things, but it’s not all bad! Let’s take a look at some easy, inexpensive ways to maintain (or even increase) your car’s value.

Prevent, Prevent, Prevent! The cheapest problem to fix is the problem that never happens. There is always something you can do to prevent most problems from occurring:

  • Buy floor mats to replace the factory ones, and put the originals in storage. [...]

In order to register your tires there are certain requirements you will need. One of which is a registration form that you can receive from the dealer when purchasing your vehicle. The other is your Tire Identification Number located on your tires.

The DOT numbers are located on your tires and are also known as the Tire Identification Number or the tires’ serial number. You can find the DOT numbers on the sidewall of the tires. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires all tire identification numbers be joined with the letters DOT. They are then followed by 10-12 numbers that will identify the location the tire was manufactured, as well as the size of the tire, a manufacturing code, and the week and year the tire was manufactured.

Tires produced after the year 2000 have a new regulation; this requires the Identification number to be split up and placed on both sides of the [...]

“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 [...]

Waxing or polishing your car is an important but often an overlooked step in auto maintenance.  Just like regular oil changes are necessary to protect the life of your car’s engine, regular waxing or polishing is necessary to protect the life of your car’s paint job.  Waxing your car or truck on a regular basis prevents the paint from losing its protective oils and helps protect the car’s exterior from normal wear and tear.

Wax vs. Polish
It is important not to confuse wax with polish. Wax is a smooth coating that protects the paint and fills in all the tiny holes in the paint in order to make the exterior shine. Polish is made with a mildly abrasive agent that actually removes a small layer of paint from the car when it is used. Polish should only be used when the paint color has become completely flat and never on a regular basis.

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Everyone loves driving off in their new car for the first time. Getting to hear the engine roar for the first time, the new smell, and all the shiny new buttons and gadgets, there’s really nothing quite like it. After a few road trips or months of the mundane daily commute, the luster starts to wear and the truth sets in, you have another vehicle to maintain. Door dings from less than courteous drivers, bugs that love to call your bumper home, and rocks that mistook themselves for hail.  Don’t fall into the old tourist trap, “It’s just the normal wear and tear, there’s nothing I can do about it.” Well you can.

There are several different products that can keep your car looking new. One of the best available is the 3M [...]

You may have heard of winterizing a boat due to the frigid climate it is constantly enduring, but seldom do you hear of winterizing your car. Even though most of us depend on a car 365 days a year, it is rare to find people that prepare their cars for the environment they are being exposed to.

There are a few things you should always do to make sure your automobile is ready for winter conditions. Depending on how extreme the winter climate is, you may need specific tires. You could go with the all-weather tires year round, or may choose a snow tire that is studded for gripping in the ice and snow. Some people may even to use chains on their tires, although, if Georgia began to see snow to that effect, we’d have bigger problems than [...]

While many people claim that their cars run better on premium, this costly fuel is really only needed in a few circumstances. However, when it is needed, it must be used to spare your engine from costly damage. On the other hand, if you burn premium when your car doesn’t need it, the damage won’t be to your engine, but only to your pocketbook. The fact of the matter is that most cars do not need premium fuel.

The “octane rating” of fuel is determined by the fuel’s ability to resist engine knock. Regular unleaded gas has an octane rating of 87, while mid-grade is usually 89, and premium typically is 91 – 93. The higher the number, the more anti-knock protection the fuel offers. Engine knock occurs when the fuel in the cylinder ignites by itself before the spark plug ignites it. The technical [...]

Money management is the process of budgeting money efficiently. It is a strategic plan designed to yield the highest return for any amount of money spent. Spending money responsibly can afford one the opportunity to live a financially stress-free life, while fulfilling the desires of the heart. However, there are many pitfalls along the way to managing money responsibly.

Living above your means is probably the most dangerous pitfall of them all, because it causes problems in other areas of life due to financial stress. If you can barely afford an apartment comfortably, buying a three-story house is never a good idea. Not keeping up with what you spend causes all kinds of problems when it is time to pay the bills because there is not enough money to go around, leaving one without basic utilities or resulting in repossessions.

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Today’s vehicles come from the factory with a protective layer of paint called clear coat that protects the color and gives it that deep glossy shine you can see your face in.  As a vehicle ages, contaminates such as acid rain and debris from the road begin to dull the clear coat finish.  In addition, vehicles will leak fluids while driving down the highway and if you are behind that vehicle, those fluids end up on yours; the fluids embed themselves into your clear coat and they can eventually ruin the paint finish.  But do not fear, by following these simple tips you can keep your vehicle looking new and help protect the clear coat at the same time.

  1. The first step is to wash the vehicle.  If you are washing it yourself at home, be sure to not use dishwashing liquid [...]
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