How Well Do All Season Tires Do in the Winter?

How Well Do All Season Tires Do in the Winter? We’ve been talking a lot about winter car care tips all month long. After all, this is one of the most dangerous driving seasons of the year. And we want you to be safe on the roads. Earlier this month, we talked about purchasing snow tires and what kinds of things to consider when choosing your winter tires. We know that not every driver in the Vancouver area can afford to buy an extra set of tires just for the winter. And we also know that any all-season tires have been built to work in all road conditions and in all kinds of temperatures. But, we also know that many all-season tires just don’t have the same traction ability that snow tires do. All-Season Tires Lack Traction in Winter The truth is all-season tires are great. But they perform much better in warmer conditions than in cold and wet conditions. The biggest problem is all-season tires just don’t have the same level of tra ... read more

Winter Maintenance Tips for Your Hybrid Vehicle

How is your vehicle holding up in these harsh winter conditions? It’s cold and wet here in the Pacific Northwest. And we still have several more months of these kinds of conditions. We’ve been spending a lot of time talking about being safe on the roads during the winter. From snow tires to wiper blades and batteries, you have to be prepared. And you have to take care of your vehicle. Many people here in the Vancouver-Portland area drive hybrid or electric vehicles. The environment is a big concern in this area, so these types of cars are popular here. But they do sometimes need special attention to keep them running smoothly. So with that in mind, here are some important winter maintenance tips for your hybrid vehicle. Eco-Friendly Car Care Tips for Winter The most important thing to remember is that the cold weather is hard on your hybrid or EV battery. So you have to focus on taking special care of it. Cold temperatures will drain your battery life. So anything you can do to ... read more

How To Keep You Car Healthy During Winter in Vancouver WA

Last week, we talked about choosing the right snow tires for winter driving conditions. This week, we want to focus on taking care of the rest of your vehicle during this time of the year. The harsh winter conditions can really be hard on your car. And if you don’t take the time to give it the care it needs, your vehicle could leave you out in the cold…literally. No one wants to get stuck on the side of the road in winter conditions. But if you take proper care of your car, truck, crossover, or SUV then it will take care of you. So here’s a list of things to keep in mind to keep your vehicle running right for the upcoming winter chill. Vancouver Car Care Tips for WinterKeep an Eye on the Battery – this seems like a no-brainer, but most people forget about their battery until it dies. Don’t let this happen to you. A dead battery is always an inconvenience. But it’s even worse in the cold weather. So make sure you ... read more

Ready for Snow Tires in Vancouver WA?

The Vancouver area is known much more for rain than snow. But that doesn’t mean we can’t get a sudden snowstorm at any time. In fact, the last few years, the weather had been pretty unpredictable here. Plus, we’ve had more snow days than usual in the last three years. Of course, snow is fun to play in and the kids love getting out of school. But what’s not fun is driving in snow. Around here, it can be especially tough because so many drivers in the Portland-Vancouver area don’t have any experience driving in the slick conditions. And that can cause some real gridlock. City Not Prepared for Snow And to make matters worse, the city doesn’t have the resources to handle major snowstorms. In fact, some recent storms have basically shut down the entire area. So driving in snow is no picnic. And that’s why snow tires, or studded tires, can be so helpful this time of year. Many people choose to stick with their all-season tires ye ... read more

Top Causes of Winter Vehicle Breakdowns

We know that winter driving can be stressful, especially when you try to stay off the roads in times of winter storms and snow. The best thing you can do to be as prepared as possible when hitting the road in the winter is by ensuring that your vehicle is ready to handle the cold weather.  An inspection at our shop can help guarantee that your vehicle is in the best condition to stay reliable through the winter weather, and if not, we can help make the repairs necessary to get your vehicle where it needs to be.  Here are some of the top causes of winter vehicle breakdowns:  Engine overheating - Motor oil runs thicker in cold temperatures, making it harder for it to circulate and keep your car running smoothly—and prevent it from overheating. A dead battery - It’s harder for car batteries to produce a charge in winter — meaning it might not be able to produce enough energy to start your car when you turn the key. Radiator failure - You left your veh ... read more

Top New Year’s Resolutions for Your Car - 2020

Another new year is about to begin. Can you believe it’s almost 2020? And of course, you know what that means. It’s time to make some New Year’s resolutions. There are all kinds of resolutions but generally people focus on things to improve themselves and their lives. From losing weight, to eating better and exercising, to spending more time with family, or learning something new, this is when people look to make changes. Make Your Auto Care a Priority This Year So what about your car? Have you ever made any resolutions regarding your car? Of course, we’d all like to buy a brand new car every year, but that’s not realistic for most people. But you can keep your current vehicle looking and driving like new if you make and keep a few car care resolutions this year. Here are some ideas to consider. Keep Up on Your Car Maintenance – no one likes to spend money on auto repairs. And that’s exactly why you should m ... read more

Buying a Used Car for Christmas – Let Hoesly Help

Buying a Used Car for Christmas – Let Hoesly Help Are you ready for the big day? Christmas is almost here. If you have someone on your list hoping to get a car for Christmas then you’ve come to the right place. Of course, everyone would like to get a brand new vehicle wrapped in a big red bow for Christmas. However, not everyone can afford such a luxury. But that doesn’t mean you can’t give someone a car. There are countless good used car options out there. And many of them would surely put a smile on the recipient’s face. Just imagine your teenage son or daughter getting their first car on Christmas morning. Get The Right Car for Christmas If you are looking at used cars as a Christmas gift, then you want to be sure you get one in solid working condition. And that’s where Hoesly Eco Automotive can help. Whether you need a vehicle inspection, or you’ve found a vehicle that needs some repairs, we can help.&nb ... read more

Top Safety Tips for Winter Driving

Top Safety Tips for Winter Driving Winter is just about here and that means winter weather will be coming with it. Driving in bad weather is never fun. But you can keep yourself safe on the roads by following some important driving tips. The number one thing to remember about winter driving is to be cautious. Slowing down and being more attentive to other drivers and the conditions around you will play a major role in your safety. Here are some other important safety tips for winter driving.  Driving in Cold Weather When driving in cold weather you should keep some cold-weather gear in your vehicle. It’s a good idea to always carry some extra warm clothing, blankets, food and water, and a flashlight when driving in cold weather. And add anything else you think would be handy to have if you got stuck somewhere. You should also make sure your tires are properly inflated and that the tread is in good condition. Never let your fuel tank get ... read more

How to Keep Your Vehicle Safety Sensors Clean During Winter

One of the biggest concerns drivers have during the harsh winter driving conditions is safety. There are many hazards on the roads every day, but bad weather makes things even more difficult. Drivers can do several things to stay safe on the roadways of Vancouver and Clark County, including taking care of their cars. Making sure your tires, your headlights and windshield wipers are all in good working condition is a good place to start. But there are several other important practices that will make you and your vehicle safer. That includes keeping your safety sensors clean. Get to Know Your Safety Sensors You might not realize it, but most of today’s vehicles use several safety sensors to help protect you while you drive. For example, your forward-collision warning system and your automatic emergency braking system use radar sensors to operate. These are located in your car’s front bumper or grille. Depending on your vehicle’s features, it likely has several other sensors, as w ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving from Hoesly Automotive!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Hoesly Automotive! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road.  Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at Hoesly Automotive before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road.    Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter.    Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight, flares, cell phone charger, and first aid ... read more

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