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Brake Check: Drums, Rotors and Pads!

Need to check your brakes but aren’t sure what should be included? We have your back! What should be included? New brake pads aren’t the only item needing to be checked. A good service will include a flush of old brake fluid and adding new, resurfacing rotors, and adjusting braking mechanisms.

Top Tips to Help You Extend the Life of Your Brakes

Are your brakes wearing out quickly?  Following a few simple tips will help extend the life of your brakes AND ensure your safety! Slow it down. It’s simple, the faster your vehicle speed, the more energy your brakes have to exert to stop your vehicle. Coast. When you know you're about to have to stop, begin to slow the vehicle down before you normally would and coast closer to your destination. The less force your vehicle has to use to brake, the longer your brakes will last. Use only your right foot. Some people have a bad habit of using both feet to control the vehicle. Using only the right foot will help you resist unnecessary brake taps and simultaneously pressing both pedals. Be alert. Learn from other people’s mistakes. You can watch and learn where other drivers fail to stop before it’s too late. Also, be alert of anything ahead of you that you might need to brace for. Set your phone aside, turn the radio down and limit other distractions so you can be more aware of your environment. Don’t brake unnecessarily. Braking can be a chain reaction caused by one person braking unnecessarily, causing every subsequent driver to follow suit. Don’t fall for it! Instead, stay alert, brake only when necessary, and give yourself space between you and the car in front of you, so you can coast without running the risk of rear-ending them. Flush the system. Brake fluid needs to be flushed periodically, especially if you have an older vehicle. Brake fluid naturally attracts water, and added moisture will reduce brake effectiveness. Don’t skimp! When it comes to your vehicle and safety, sometimes you need to splurge. Don’t be surprised if your bargain buy ends up breaking down. Spend a little more to get better parts and a longer shelf life. Do your research before replacing parts and buying things yourself. Don’t wait. If you are getting your tires rotated or a wheel replaced, go ahead and have them check on the wear of your brakes. If you notice that your brake time is increasing, check your brake pads. Don’t wait too long to get them replaced once you notice some wear and tear. It is too late once metal starts to hit metal!

4 Tips for Getting the Highest Value for Your Trade-in

The Trade  Dealers are constantly searching for good used vehicles to have on the lot, so it’s a win-win when you bring in your vehicle to trade in at the time of purchasing your next vehicle. Make sure you get the most for your trade-in by following the tips below:

Tips that will Extend the Life of Your Tires

How to get the most out of your tires  We’re not treading lightly on this topic because no one wants to buy a new set of tires before they have to! Not only does buying new tires put a serious dent in the wallet, but not buying them when you need them could be a major safety hazard. Don’t fret! We’ve got you covered.

Don’t Sweat the Fees!

Expectations of Buying Whether you are buying a new car or a new-to-you car, negotiating can seem overwhelming. The price that you settle on will not be the end price, but don’t feel blindsided! We’ve listed all the fees you should expect when purchasing a new vehicle.

Is it the Battery or is it the Alternator?

Troubleshooting Imagine getting into your car turning the key and the car fails to turn over. For most of us, there need be no imagination as it’s already happened a time or two. But then the age-old question pops into your head, is it the battery or is it the alternator?

What to Expect When You Get A Tune-Up

Little known facts about "tune-ups"... Believe it or not, the term “tune-up” is outdated. But that doesn’t mean that servicing your engine is. While the actual mechanics of a tune-up have changed, the goal remains the same…perfecting engine performance. Think of a tune-up as a routine check-up for your vehicle. You wouldn’t go years without seeing your doctor, so why would you treat your car–something that keeps you and your family safe–any differently! The actual tune-up process varies by service provider, but most technicians would agree it involves fine-tuning anything that helps restore the engine to like-new performance.

What's The Deal With Down Payments?

Down to the details You’ve done the research, you know your credit score and you’re ready to make a deal for your new car or new to you car. But what about financing? Unless you are paying cash for the vehicle you want, you’ll need to weigh your financing options carefully. One of the most important factors to consider is whether or not you will be making a down payment, and what amount you’re able to put down. 

Quick and Easy Tips to Raise Your Credit Score Fast

A bad credit score can be remedied Has an underwhelming credit score or lack of credit history hindered you from buying a car in the past? Don’t worry, your credit score doesn’t have to keep you from buying the car you want any longer. We have several quick and easy solutions to help get you on track and into the car you’ve been searching for!

3 Factors to Consider When Insuring Your Used Vehicle

You may not think about insurance rates while you are on the lot, but doing prior research could sway your decision on which vehicle you will drive home. Insurance premiums are often a costly additional expense to owning a new car. But, you don’t have to compromise style and comfort for that added expense. Buying a used vehicle can be a low cost alternative to buying new, which means that you can receive all the amenities of a premium or luxury vehicle at a more affordable rate.

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