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Warning! Avoid These 5 Car Care Mistakes



When you think of maintaining your vehicle do you automatically think of an oil change?

While your oil is one of the most important aspects of taking care of your car, it won’t last long if that’s the only thing you stay on top of.

Here are critical mistakes to avoid making with your vehicle.

1. Not paying attention to the tires
Nothing will cause your tires to wear out more quickly than…
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Buying a Car? 4 Reasons New Trumps Used



There really isn’t a feeling that compares to driving a new car off the lot for the first time.

And what about that new car smell?

It’s delightful.

While you have several options when it comes to replacing your old vehicle, here are the reasons that buying new just may be best.

1. It doesn’t have a history
You know that no one else has ever driven the car.

It’s not…
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5 Latest Vehicle Safety Features You’ll Be Thankful For



Seat belts used to be the only safety feature a vehicle had to offer.

Thankfully, times have changed.

The advancement in technology means that today’s vehicles are safer than ever before.

Take a look at the latest available safety features that come standard in many vehicles, as well as some that are available as options.

Backup cameras
Backup cameras aren’t exactly new to the scene, but starting in 2018, they’ll be a…
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Mazda Vehicle Spotlight: An Inside Look at the 2018 CX-5



It’s always a good thing when a vehicle seems more expensive than it actually is.

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 falls into that category.

It’s the best looking and best driving crossover currently on the market.

Here’s what’s up with the CX-5.

What’s new?
One of the coolest new features on this Mazda is the cylinder deactivation system.

This technology shuts down two of the four cylinders when the car is…
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Driving in Dangerous Conditions: Here’s What to Do



 Being a good driver is important for your safety, as well as that of others.

But, being a competent driver during ideal conditions isn’t the same thing as knowing how to handle yourself in adverse weather.

Check out these tips for staying safe, no matter the weather or road condition.

Be smart
In other words, use common sense.

Fog is one of the most dangerous driving conditions you can encounter. When visibility is low…
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Are You Listening to What Your Car’s Brakes Are Telling You?



When your brakes speak, you need to listen.

Your brake system is one of the most important safety features your vehicle has.

If you even have an inkling that something may be malfunctioning, you need to get your car to a mechanic right away.

Even if you don’t notice any warning signs, you should have your brakes inspected annually.

Wondering what those warning signs may be?

What do you hear?
If you hear any…
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How to Change a Tire Like a Pro



No matter who you are, it’s a good idea to know how to change a tire.

It really should be taught in life-skills classes.

Of course, the ideal situation is to have a pro do the job for you, but sometimes that’s just not possible.

If you find yourself in a pinch and feel that you can safely do the job yourself, here’s what you need to know.

Find a flat spot…
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Need to Know How to Snag a Low Interest Rate?



Ready to pull the trigger on a new vehicle purchase?

Your biggest concern is probably the financial aspect.

If you don’t have the cash to walk into a dealership and take your pick from the showroom floor, you’ll need to know how you can get the best deal possible.

Here are some tips on how to land the best interest rate possible.

Go for a shorter loan term
A long loan term will have an increased interest rate. The longer your term is, the more you’ll pay in the long run.

Get the shortest term you can…
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Buying a Car? You Need to Know These Financing Terms



Unless you’re going to the dealership with a whole lot of cash in hand, you’re probably going to be financing your new vehicle.

It can be confusing but having a handle on these financing terms can bring some clarity to the process.

Finance
When you finance a vehicle, you’re borrowing money to pay for it. If you have the cash to purchase a car outright, you don’t have a need for…
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What You Need to Know About Donating Your Car




Are you one of those people who is always looking for a way to give back? Do you like to feel as if you’re making a difference in the world?

If so, consider donating your vehicle the next time you’re ready for an upgrade.

Many people don’t know that this option exists, but it’s a great way to support those who are less fortunate.

How does it work?
Habitat for Humanity…
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