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What does it really cost to maintain your car?

What does it really cost to maintain your car?

If you are looking at buying a new vehicle or trading in your current vehicle, it can be difficult to factor in hard maintenance cost figures. Depending on the vehicle you have or are considering purchasing, regular maintenance frequency can vary, as well as the overall costs. Here, we’ve put together a couple reliable resources for you to accurately determine what you can expect to pay to maintain the vehicle you have or are considering. Get your specific vehicle’s maintenance estimates No website can offer 100% accuracy, but Edmunds.com has come pretty close. The link below will direct you to input your vehicle make/model and mileage. It will then show you at what mileage intervals your vehicle needs to be serviced, and the general estimate per service. This is a great tool to help calculate the lifetime cost of owning the vehicle: www.edmunds.com/car-maintenance/guide-pa ... read more

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When should I rotate my tires?

When should I rotate my tires?

Tires are the only part of your vehicle that has actual contact with a road surface. Bearing this in mind, it is important to keep your tires performing at their best, during all seasons of the year. Proper tire maintenance is the first step in maintaining a safe vehicle. So why do I even need to rotate my tires? Rotating tires is necessary, as each tire will wear unevenly over time die to weight distribution, camber and suspension settings, and driving conditions. The cost of a quality set of tires can be $600+. Not only is it not safe to not regularly rotate your tires, but you are also needlessly wasting money if you don’t. Quite a bit of money. Generally speaking, it is best to rotate your tires about every 7,500 miles, or twice a year. If you are driving a high performance vehicle, or a vehicle with non-OEM tires, you will want to rotate your tires more frequently. If you are unsure when you last had your tires rotated ... read more

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When are cloudy headlights not safe? Can my headlights be restored?

When are cloudy headlights not safe? Can my headlights be restored?

If your headlights are yellowing or becoming cloudy, you should consider having your headlights restored to their original condition. Restoring your vehicle’s headlights improves not only its appearance, but it’s safety as well! What causes headlights to become cloudy and yellow? Have you ever wondered why, typically, only your headlights will fade and yellow over time, and not your taillights? That’s because in many cars, the taillights are made out of acrylic, whereas the headlights are made out of polycarbonate. Over time, any light made out of polycarbonate plastic will start to oxidize, which will make it dull and yellow. The main cause of this is UV rays from the sun. Things like rain, car wash chemicals, dirt, etc. can also contribute, as they can scratch the surface and strip protective UV-blocking compounds from the plastic. Is it safe to drive with cloudy headlights? If your headlights are just beginning to become cloudy, very likely it ... read more

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Tired of looking at your ‘Check Engine’ light?

Tired of looking at your ‘Check Engine’ light?

We all hate it when it comes on: the dreaded check engine light. That little dashboard light may as well say “Costly repair bill ahead.” In some cases, that may be true, but often, check engine lights are thrown due to small issues that can be easily remedied! Here are the some of the most common issues that result in a check engine light. Bad Oxygen Sensor An O2 sensor is part of the Emission Control System that sends air/gas data to your vehicle’s Engine Management System. Your vehicle requires a specific ration of air/fuel to run. The O2 sensor communicates this data to the software; thereby ensuring your vehicle is running correctly. O2 sensors go bad due to carbon and emissions buildup. When it does, if not replaced quickly, it can lead to very costly repair bills such as replacing your catalytic converter. Bad O2 sensors can also cause a decrease in gas mileage, and increased emissions. Get it fixed ASAP before it becomes costly! Lo ... read more

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How often should I get my oil changed?

How often should I get my oil changed?

Typically, most vehicles require an oil change every 3,000 – 5,000 miles. Not all vehicles are the same, and not all engine oils are the same. So which type of oil change should you get, and how often? Two Types of Oil Conventional (Non-Synthetic) Oil This is the standard, petroleum-based oil that is offered at most oil change locations. Typically, new cars will come with conventional oil as it helps during the engine break in period. Conventional oil and oil changes are very affordable, and offer great value for good engine protection. If you using conventional oil in your vehicle, be on the safe side and get your oil changed every 3,000 miles. Synthetic Oil Synthetic oil is a more recent development as compared to conventional petroleum oil. It can handle more pressure and heat, for a longer amount of time. It is recommended to use synthetic oil if (a) Your car has higher mileage or (b) Your vehicle is ... read more

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