How To Stay Safe When Driving in Snow

Winter is here. And in the Pacific Northwest that usually mean a lot of rain. But it can also mean snow. Even if we don’t get too much accumulation in the lower elevations, the same can’t be said for the mountain ranges in the area. Plus, anyone who travels or goes exploring in the high country, or enjoys snow sports, will have to be ready to face some fierce weather conditions. You never know when a snowstorm might hit and catch you off guard. Top Winter Driving Tips That’s why it’s so important to be prepared for these kinds of driving conditions. So with that in mind, what steps should you take to get ready for winter driving? You’re Not in a Race – unfortunately, too many people forget this simple rule about driving in snow and ice. Driving slowly is the number one thing to remember when you’re out in these types of road conditions. When the snow or ice hit, replace your racing mindset with the mentality ... read more

Common Auto Warranty Questions

Taking care of your vehicle is obviously important. And some of the most important work you can have done for your vehicle is regular routine maintenance. Much of this maintenance work is covered under a warranty, if the car is a newer model. The fact is, all new vehicles come with a warranty. This helps protect you from expensive repairs if something goes wrong early in the vehicle’s life. Many car owners take their vehicles to the dealer for routine maintenance. But just because you purchased a vehicle from a dealer that doesn’t mean you have to have it serviced there. Do You Have to Use a Dealer to Keep Your Warranty Valid? Some dealerships might tell customers that their vehicles must be serviced with them, or their warranty will be voided. Is that legal? Can a dealer refuse to honor your vehicle’s warranty if you take it somewhere else for repairs or maintenance? The answer is “no.” According to the ... read more

Top New Year’s Resolutions for Your Car

Can you believe it? Another year has come and gone. It’s out with the old and in with new. It’s 2019 and that means it’s time to set some goals and make some new resolutions. Of course, this is the most popular time of the year to join a gym. Everyone wants to get in shape and burn off some of those extra pounds they added during the holidays. Taking care of your health is a great idea, and everyone should do it. January is also a great time to consider the health of your vehicle. So, have you thought of any new resolutions for your car, truck, crossover, or SUV this year? Why Does My Car…? Maybe you’ve asked yourself lately, why does my car make that weird noise. Or maybe you’ve wondered, “Why does my car shake?” If you’ve asked these questions, or anything similar then chances are your vehicle needs a little extra love and care to kick off the New Year. You already have big plans to improve your own heal ... read more

Have You Checked Your Belts and Hoses Lately?

You know about your engine, and your transmission. Your tires and brakes are no-brainers. What about your belts and hoses? How much attention do you give them? If you’re like most car owners, then you probably don’t give them much attention at all. But just like every other part, your belts and hoses play a key role in how well your vehicle runs. So what belts and hoses are the most important to pay attention to? And what kinds of things should you look for? Let’s take a look. Timing Belt – this is perhaps the most important belt under the hood. And if it goes bad, you could be in for a lot of hurt. This ridged rubber belt is the part that actually helps turn the crankshaft and camshaft in your vehicle. Without it, your engine can’t run properly. And if it brakes while you’re driving, it could cause major damage to some of your engine parts. Most carmakers recommend replacing the timing belt every 60,000 miles to be safe. When you i ... read more

What Should You Have in Your Roadside Emergency Kit?

Now that winter is in full swing we have several months of rough driving conditions ahead of us here in Clark County. Hopefully no one ever gets stranded on the side of road in horrible weather conditions. But unfortunately, every year it seems to happen to numerous people. The fact is no matter how much you prepare to avoid these kinds of situations, sometimes, bad things happen. And many times they are completely out of our control. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared for anything out on the road. How To get Your Kit Ready One of the smartest things you can do to be prepared for the worst-case scenario is to have an emergency roadside preparedness kit in your vehicle. Hopefully you never have to use it. But if you do wind up in this type of situation, having a kit handy could help you immensely. It could even end up saving your life. So what should your emergency preparedness kit include? Here are just a few of the items that you should consider ... read more

Is Your Vehicle Really Safe?

Every time you get in your car you face certain dangers or hazards on the road. It’s part of driving. But most of the time you don’t worry about whether or not your vehicle is safe. For the most post part, the majority of vehicles on the road are generally safe. But not all vehicles are. Furthermore, just because your vehicle is “safe” that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be safer. So what about your car, truck, crossover, or SUV? Do you know how safe it really is? As you consider this important question, here are some things to keep in mind to help you answer it,     1. Crash Test Rating – the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests every vehicle make and model. And every vehicle receives a crash test rating. You can learn more about this test and rating process on their website, including how your vehicle stacks up. If you find that it’s not rated as highl ... read more

How to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

Can you believe it’s already December? Winter hasn’t officially begun yet, but it’s just around the corner. That means even more cold and wet weather is on the way. By now, you already have your warm coats and sweaters out and your thermostat turned up. You’ve probably had your furnace serviced recently, too. After all, the last thing you want to have is your furnace breaking down at this time of year. The same can be said for your vehicle. There’s not much worse than getting stranded out in the cold on a busy freeway after your car breaks down. Top Tips for Winter Car Preparation In order to avoid an awful situation like this, you need to give your car, truck, crossover, or SUV some extra attention. And now is the time to do it. So what should you do? Here are some important tips to help you get your vehicle ready for Old Man Winter.  How’s Your View – one of the most important parts of winter driving ... read more

Is Your Anti-Lock Brake System Working Right?

Is Your Anti-Lock Brake System Working Right? If you drive a newer vehicle then there’s a good chance it’s equipped with an anti-lock brake system (ABS). The ABS is designed to help you keep more steering ability and avoid skidding uncontrollably when you brake. While ABS has been around since the mid 1980s, it wasn’t standard on most vehicles until more recently. But these days most vehicles come with ABS. That is a good thing because it means more cars on the road are safer. How Does ABS work? Because all-wheel ABS prevents your wheels from skidding you can steer your vehicle even though you’re breaking. This could help you avoid an accident in certain situations. So how does an anti-lock brake system work? ABS comes equipped with sensors that monitor wheel speed to determine if any of the wheels is trying to lock up during braking. If a wheel does try to lock, a series of hydraulic valves reduces how much brake force is applied to that wheel. This how you ... read more

Does Your Vehicle Need Suspension Repair?

Does Your Vehicle Need Suspension Repair? Everyone likes a smooth ride, right? Every time you drive somewhere you can largely thank your suspension system for that smooth ride. Your tires and alignment also play a role, but for the most part your suspension helps calm those bumps and cracks in the road so you don’t feel it in your seat. Your suspension system is made up of your shocks and struts. And they have a pretty big job. They have to support several tons of metal day after day, month after month, and year after year. Over time, they’re going to wear out.  Top Warning Signs Your Suspension Needs Repair Getting your shocks and struts replaced is important. Not only do they help with a smooth ride, but they also play a key role in your ability to control your vehicle, especially when turning or stopping. So getting your suspension system checked and/or replaced is a good idea. So how do you know when your suspension needs to be repaired or repla ... read more

Is Your Hybrid or Electric Car Ready for Winter?

If you drive a hybrid or an electric vehicle then you already know you have to treat these vehicles a little different than normal cars. Taking care of a hybrid or an electric car requires a little more attention. That’s also true in the winter months, when things get a little nasty around here in the Pacific Northwest. It’s important to winterize any vehicle, but getting an electric or hybrid ready for Old Man Winter is a little different. So here are a few things you should do before winter hits in Clark County this year. General Winterizing – there are several obvious steps you can take to winterize your hybrid or electric. For starters, check your anti-freeze and make sure you have enough. Check your oil and your oil filter and get them changed if needed. Make sure your tire pressure is sufficient check all the plugs and wires. Lastly, you can even insulate your front grill. You can do this by cutting and fitting foam pipe into the grill openings ... read more

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