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Everything You Need to Know About Auto Safety Recalls

What the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has to say about recalls: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 63 million recalled vehicles were present on the road last year. Only about 75 percent of recalled vehicles ever get fixed. The other 25 percent either are not aware of the recall or they have just neglected to have it fixed according to the NHTSA.  The NHTSA is responsible for maintaining the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. These standards involve anything that is related to the safety and integrity of the vehicle, as well as anything that is related to safety on the road or safety for passengers in the event of an accident. While some recalls may seem insignificant, the National Safety Commission urges you not to overlook them.

To Protect Your Car, Stop Doing These 4 Things!

If your car is seeing some abnormal wear and tear, it could be your driving habits that are to blame. Here are four common bad habits to stop doing right now. Playing gas tank chicken. If you repeatedly let your light shine--the gas tank empty light that is--you could be ruining your fuel tank. Your fuel pump is meant to regulate the pressure within the tank, which enables your sensors to know how much fuel is present. It’s meant to be immersed in fuel, so when you routinely let your gas tank run low, it can cause the pump to overheat. Over time, the constant overheating can cause damage to your pump. Not checking your tire pressure. New vehicles have Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems which alert you of low pressure. However, even if your pressure light does not come on, you should make it a habit to routinely check your tire pressure. Tire pressure variance can cause damage even before it hits the TPMS threshold. Neglecting your parking brake. Even if your car is an automatic, you still should make it a habit to use your parking brake. Putting your car in park requires your parking pawl to engage. It disengages the transmission’s output. Tons of added pressure are put on the parking pawl when the parking brake is not engaged to immobilize the wheels and remove the added pressure. This is especially dangerous on an incline. Get into a habit of engaging your parking brake even when you are not on an incline to protect your transmission. Being too shifty. Are you routinely shifting gears without coming to a complete stop? This is a common habit especially when shifting to reverse from drive and vice versa. This puts added wear and tear on your drivetrain components, as well as your transmission. Driving your car with these bad habits could mean unnecessary wear and premature aging of your vehicle. Protect the integrity of your car by correcting these habits and you’re sure to keep your vehicle happy and on the road much longer!

Get Your Car Road Trip Ready In Just 2 Steps

Fall break is here and we have all the guidance you need to help you worry less about the car and more about family adventures!

Car Leaks: Condensation or Cause for Concern?

That newly formed puddle collecting under your car could be reason to worry, but it may very well not be. Cars leak, and all too often those leaks can be mis-diagnosed as a major problem, when it could be as simple as condensation.  Your car requires multiple fluids to keep everything lubricated, cool and running properly. Because of this, there are a few things to consider when diagnosing a car leak, including the color of the fluid and the location you're seeing the leak.  Here's a list of fluids by color to help you identify a serious problem, or to put your mind at ease.

Clear Up Your Foggy Windshield in a Snap

Picture this: it’s a brisk fall morning and the first thing you notice about your car... ...the windows have fogged up. More than an inconvenience, sometimes clearing this problem can seem like a downright mystery. Do I turn on the heat, the defroster, the AC? You try all of the above, and the situation seems to get worse as you drive down the road! We’ve all been there. First thing to do, understand what is going on to make the windows fog in the first place. We all know what condensation is, but why is it happening on my windows? Let’s get scientific for a moment. Condensation occurs because of something referred to as the “dew point”, the temperature at which water in the air becomes little droplets of moisture settling on surfaces like your windows. It’s the result of humid air meeting a cooler, drier surface. This happens whether it is cool or hot outside. If it is hotter outside, the windows will fog up outside when you blast your AC. The easiest solution when that happens is to use your windshield wipers to clear the fog or turn down your AC. When it is cold outside, the windows will fog up on the inside, making it more difficult to clear. But, don’t worry, we’ll have your windows clear in a snap! 

Best Buys 2018 Spotlight: Midsize SUV

Are you in the market for a new midsize SUV to suit your needs, but aren't sure where to start your search? Look no further, we have Kelley Blue Book’s best-rated pick for 2018 on the CAC lot! It is no surprise that the 2018 Honda CR-V was chosen as this year’s best pick for small SUVs as it has made the list for several years now.

Our Car Amenity Must-Haves and Those You Can Skip

New technologies are enhancing the car driving experience more than ever before. It can be difficult to select the right amenities for you and your passengers when there are so many options available. Luckily, we’ve developed a short list of our favorites and a few we think you can skip the next time you’re on the search for a new vehicle.

Test Drive a Car Like a Pro in 6 Easy Steps

Depending on your disposition, it can be exciting to test drive a new vehicle or it can be overwhelming! Unfavorable conditions and distracting sales people can interfere with you getting a good assessment of the vehicle. Maintain your focus with this checklist and you’ll be able to test drive your next ride like a pro!

5 Reasons to Get Pre-Approved for Your Next Auto Loan

Buying a car can be costly and time consuming. If you are in the market for a new vehicle and want to use an auto loan for purchase, getting pre-approval can save you time and money. Here are a few reasons why you should take the time to go through the pre-approval process.

Beyond Liability: Other Insurance Options to Consider

Liability insurance is the basic coverage required by most states, but what if you want a little extra peace of mind? Here are a few different coverage options you may not have considered before!

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