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10 Steps to Get Your Car Ready for Sale and Get Top Dollar for It

10 Steps to Get Your Car Ready for Sale and Get Top Dollar for It

10 Steps to Get Your Car Ready for Sale and Get Top Dollar for It Are you thinking about selling your car to upgrade for a new car? With used vehicles still in high demand at higher prices due to the slowing production of newer vehicles, your vehicle will have more value when you put effort into taking care of repairs and regular maintenance.  By being prepared not only will you benefit from a car that performs better on the road, when it comes time to sell you'll be able to get top dollar and be rewarded for all the efforts that you put into maintaining your car.   Here are 10 steps to get your car ready for sale and get top dollar for it:    Keep the car clean, get it washed (clean the car inside thoroughly and out, consider getting it detailed) Fix any dents and dings    Get oil changed Inspect, clean and replace tires  Get your wheels aligned   Inspect your bra ... read more

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October National Car Care Month Essential Maintenance Tips

October National Car Care Month Essential Maintenance Tips

October is National Car Care Month, an important time to be proactive and stay on top of preventative maintenance. Whether your car sat in the driveway the majority of the summer or spent hundreds of miles on long road trips, we highly recommend you take care of these essential maintenance items to make sure your car can safely navigate the wet roads in the winter:  CHECK YOUR WIPER BLADES -  Inspect your blades regularly, look for discoloration and cracks. Clean them off every month with a damp cloth. Wiper blades typically last 6 months.  CHECK AND CHANGE FLUIDS - Make sure all your fluids are topped off. Including but not limited to engine oil, engine coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, differential fluid, and washer fluid. CHECK YOUR TIRES - Check tire pressure at least once a month. Under inflated tires can affect braking distances and provide less responsive steering and handling. Pay attention to tread depth and alignment ... read more

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5 Car Dashboard Warning Lights You Should Never Ignore

5 Car Dashboard Warning Lights You Should Never Ignore

It can be a bit alarming when all of a sudden you're driving and you see your dashboard flashing with a light you haven't seen before, it can be something as simple as a loose fuel cap or an issue with your brakes. Some of these lights may not require immediate action, but there are some warnings you should never ignore. Keep your eye out for these 5 dashboard lights:  ABS (Anti-lock brake system) : Causes can include low brake fluid, a blown fuse, or abnormal signals from wheel sensors. If you ignore this light there's a chance of skidding if you need to slam on your brakes to avoid hitting something.   OIL LIGHT: An oil warning light should be taken seriously. It indicates that your oil level in the engine is low or that the oil pump is not circulating oil properly. If ignored, the chance of engine damage is likely to occur. CHECK ENGINE LIGHT: This may be the most obvious one here, but this is the light you really can't afford to ignore. A check engine ... read more

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Tips to Extend the Life of Your Older Vehicle, Older Car Care Maintenance

Tips to Extend the Life of Your Older Vehicle, Older Car Care Maintenance

With the cost of a new vehicle purchase averaging $37,000 more Americans are keeping their cars past 100,000, 150,000 and even 200,000 miles with many households delaying purchases on a new car or buying used cars. In order to improve the longevity of your older vehicle, you need to know how to take care of your older car and be proactive about routine maintenance.  Here's a few simple reminders to avoid spending thousands of dollars on costly damage and repairs and keep your older vehicle running safely and reliably for many more years to come:  CHANGE FLUIDS REGULARLY  CHECK TIRE PRESSURE FREQUENTLY  CHANGE OIL AND FILTER ROUTINELY REPLACE SPARK PLUGS  MAKE SURE BATTERY IS IN GOOD SHAPE REPLACE WORN OUT PARTS WHEN NEEDED Getting your car serviced by a trusted, professional mechanic routinely can significantly reduce the risk of breakdowns, accidents and expensive repairs.  Whether your car is older or new, our team of tale ... read more

Essential Car Care Tips for College Students

Essential Car Care Tips for College Students

As fall classes have started for our local college students in the South Bay if you own a car and need it to get to school or even a part time job, now is the time to take extra measures to ensure your car is in good condition for the season ahead.  Here are some essential CAR CARE TIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS to avoid any unnecessary car trouble and running in tip top shape this semester:  CHECK YOUR TIRES - check tire pressure at least once a month (don't forget to check tire tread for any damage before you hit the road)    TOP OFF ALL FLUIDS - Including but not limited to engine oil, engine coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, differential fluid, and washer fluid INSPECT ALL YOUR LIGHTS - interior and exterior lights, replace any broken bulbs ASAP KEEP YOUR CAR BATTERY CHARGED - test your battery, especially if it's over 3-4 years old, there is a chance it may need to be re ... read more

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