Top 5 Car Maintenance Tips

  1. Check Your Oil Level

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Nothing is more vital to ensuring a long life for your engine than regularly checking the oil and having it changed every 3 months or 3,000 miles.

  1. Use the Right Type of Gasoline

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Certain cars require certain types of gas, it is important to know what kind your car needs.

  1. Rotate Your Tires

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Make sure to have your tires rotated every 6,000 miles. Tires wear differently in the front than in the back so it is important to have them rotated to even out the overall wear on the tires.

  1. Wax

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Cars are given a protective coat when they are manufactured to protect the paint job but this is the only defense given. Waxing provides another line of defense to scratches and sun damage to keep your cars color looking vibrant and new.

  1. Replacing Your Windshield Wipers

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Many people don’t realize when it’s time to replace their windshield wipers and risk the chance of driving with a dirty or damp windshield. Mechanics say your windshield wipers should be replaced every 12-18 months.

Top 7 Cars for College Students

Summer is winding down and if your child falls into the college freshman category this year you probably have a long list of items he or she will need already. One of those items depending on their situation might be a car. Maybe the car they drove in high school doesn’t make sense to take to college or maybe this is the first time they will be getting one. Either way college students are a very unique group of people with unique needs. Below we have found the top 7 cars that will fit those needs and help your child transfer into their new life with style but not breaking the bank.

 

  1. Honda Accord

Honda Accord

With space and style the Honda Accord is way more than just practical.

  1. Mazda3

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Great fuel economy and style make this hatchback a consistently high rated vehicle.

  1. Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius

Consistently praised for its excellent fuel economy the Prius is a no brainer for saving money on gas for that college budget.

  1. Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester

With a spacious interior and a hip look the Subaru Forester will be a smart and cool choice for your college student.

  1. Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

With good quality and a low price tag the Ford Fiesta is practically a steal.

  1. Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra

A top safety pick with a roomy and stylish interior.

  1. Nissan Maxima

Nissan Maxima

Often characterized as a luxury car with a moderate price tag the Nissan Maxima is a solid choice for your college freshman.

Top 5 cars for family road trips

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It’s officially summer and that means thousands of families across America will load up their cars and head out on the open road. When planning your family’s great American road trip consider these top 5 cars to get you where you want to go.

 

  1. Subaru Forester

With comfortable seating for five and 32 mpg on the highway the Subaru Forester was practically created for the great American road trip. The Forester has an advanced collision avoidance system and a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). You can enjoy your dream vacation knowing your precious cargo is safe and your wallet is not taking a hit.

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  1. Honda Accord Hybrid

If fuel costs are one of your biggest concerns when it comes to planning your summer road trip look no further than the Honda Accord Hybrid. With an impressive 47 mpg on the highway this efficient car will take you from point A to point B with very few stops for gas.

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  1. BMW 3 series

If luxury is what you are wanting for your cross-country trip then the BMW 3 series is the car for you. With an elegant design and fuel efficiency to match the 3 series will get you where you need to go and save you some gas money that you can put toward those higher car payments.

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  1. Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

The Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid boasts high safety ratings and a high mpg to match. With a combined mpg of 45 and a spacious interior the Jetta will make for an efficient and comfortable experience.

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  1. Ford Mustang

If you are willing to sacrifice some space for an amazing top down adventure then go for a Ford Mustang and get ready for the ride of your life. With style and a high mpg to boast the Ford Mustang will make you the cool kid on the open road with the best view of the open sky.

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7 Tips for Buying a Used Car

7 Tips for Buying a Used Car

Buying a used vehicles can be a confusing process for car shoppers. People tend to shy away from pulling the trigger, in fear their lack of knowledge will lead to a poor purchase. Fear no more, we have compiled a list of 7 tips to help you in your quest to buy confidently.

1.  Set a strict budget– Decide how much you want to spend and stick to it. Whether you are looking through web platforms or going to a dealership, have a specific budget decided and make it clear you are only staying in that price range. This will help keep you from spending more than you wanted to.
2.  Do your research– If you find a car you like make sure to check other sources for what it is really worth. Don’t take the first number you hear as the accurate one.
3.  Take the car to your mechanic– Take the car to your mechanic before you make the purchase. Sometimes there are problems that were not obvious during a test drive.
4.  Get the proper reports– Just because the seller promised the car was not a salvage and it looks to be in good condition does not mean it is. Get both a history and a safety report on the car before purchase.
5.  Know the seller/dealership– If buying from a private party, see how the owner behaves. Do they seem trustworthy or sketchy like they would give you a bad deal. Trust your gut.
6.  Don’t purchase the car immediately– Don’t get caught up in the moment. Make sure you get as much information on the car aside from its physical appearance as you can. Just because it may be less of a formal process compared to buying a new car does not mean it still isn’t a big purchase.
7.  It’s OK to say no– Be ready to say no whether it is to a private party or an overly enthusiastic used car dealer. Especially if you have done all the suggested steps and spent a good chunk of your time and the previous owners time, be prepared to say the car did not work for you.