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Car Gift Ideas For the Holidays

Car Gift Ideas For the Holidays

The holiday season is here, and it's time to start shopping for your loved ones. If you have a friend or family member who's car-centric, we've created the perfect holiday gift guide for you. Phone Mount - This is a must-have for anyone, not just car enthusiasts. Nowadays, phone mounts require little to no installation and hold onto your phone with clasps or magnets. These come in handy, especially if you often rely on navigational apps. Bluetooth Key Finder - This one is for the clumsy folks out there that always misplace their keys. They simply are put on your keys and connected to your phone so that you can ping and find them with a push of a button.  Hand-Held Portable Vacuum - This item is a must-have, especially if you often drive passengers and kids. A portable vacuum is easy to move, hold, and pick up the crumbs in every nook and cranny. Seat Covers - Seat covers aren't just for a stylish look. They can protect your seating from stains and messes.  ... read more

How Long Are Tires Supposed to Last?

How Long Are Tires Supposed to Last?

Whether you're driving a family van, a macho pickup truck, or a modern, sporty sedan, your tires are an essential part of your vehicle. Without proper functional tires, your car isn't taking you anywhere.   So how long do tires last? The average lifespan of tires is 50,000 miles, but there's no definitive answer. Many factors can affect the lifespan of your vehicle's tires. Here's what they are: TYPE OF TIRE. The tread is naturally different on winter tires vs. summer tires. It goes the same for performance tires and all-weather tires. We advise that you check the treadwear rating before you purchase any tires, as the rating can affect the lifespan of your tires. The higher the tire rating, the longer the tires are supposed to last. TYPE OF CAR. A bigger vehicle, such as an SUV or truck puts more weight on the tires themselves. You should ensure you put the right-sized tires on your car. DRIVING HABITS. There are many helpful practices you can do to extend ... read more

What Problems Can Make You Steering Wheel Feel Stiff?

What Problems Can Make You Steering Wheel Feel Stiff?

There's no point in driving a car if you can't steer it! Over time, your vehicle's steering wheel may become stiff and show signs of wear and tear. A rigid steering wheel should never be overlooked and should always be inspected by an automotive professional as soon as possible. Here are some of the potential issues that can be causing your steering wheel to harden up:   Damaged Steering Rack If your steering wheel feels heavy in addition to the stiffness, it's most likely a problem with the steering rack. The hot summer temperatures or excessive road debris can cause your rack to malfunction.   Cracked Serpentine Belt If you feel a lot of strain in the steering wheel when turning it, this can imply that you've got damage on your serpentine belt. Wear and tear on this rubbery belt is normal. It may just need a simple replacement. Low on Power Steering Fluid The steering wheel is a hydraulic system which means it relies on a solution to function ... read more

How Often Should You Replace Your Cabin Air Filter?

How Often Should You Replace Your Cabin Air Filter?

There are many systems and parts to maintain on a vehicle, so it is no surprise that many may be forgotten. However, that doesn't make them any less important. The cabin air filter is a vital part of your vehicle's ventilation system. Its job is to remove pollutants from the air which circulates through your car. Clean air within the cabin is essential for the health and safety of all passengers. Without a proper air filter, you could be at risk of harmful engine gasses entering the cabin. Not only do you need to worry about your vehicle's gases, but also the trucks and other vehicles which leave gasses behind as they drive in front of you. If you struggle with allergies, a good cabin filter is critical as it helps remove the pollen from the air as you drive. Another benefit of clean cabin air filters is lower maintenance costs. Dirty and polluted air will cause your vehicle's ventilation system to work harder, and in turn, reduce its efficiency. If ignored for to ... read more

Sending Your Child En Route to College!

Sending Your Child En Route to College!

Back to school time is creeping upon us once again. And some of us are on our way in sending a child off to college with their car. It is time to consider whether the vehicle can meet the riding challenges en route to university. Whether it's a new or old vehicle, we want our children to arrive at their destination safely. As a parent, some questions to consider regarding the trip are: How many miles away is the school?  What type of roads will the vehicle be driven on? Highway? Busy city streets? Will the student be using the car while on campus? If so, are there any fees associated with that? Once there, will the vehicle be kept in a garage or be subject to a parking lot? A new environment can create new challenges for any driver of any age group. It is essential to have that last talk with your child about car safety before sending them off.   Tips for Parents Consider a Pre-College Inspection. As mentioned before, you have to anticipate and plan for the new env ... read more

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