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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Does Hybrid Maintenance Cost More?

If you own a hybrid, like a Toyota Prius for example, then you already know the benefits of these vehicles. Hybrids are great for saving money on gas. Plus, if you love the environment and want to leave a smaller footprint, hybrids are great for that too. Another great thing about buying a plug-in hybrid is you qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit. With so many pluses, why doesn’t everyone own a hybrid? Obviously, it comes down to personal preference, but there is one big concern for people considering a hybrid: the cost of maintenance. There is a common belief that hybrids cost a lot more to maintain. But is that a fair assessment? How much do hybrids really cost to maintain and repair? What Makes a Hybrid? A hybrid is made of two engines. They have a conventional internal combustion engine and an electric motor and battery. The conventional engine needs the same maintenance as any other vehicle. On the plus side, when a hybrid runs with power from the ele ... read more

Is Driving With a Cracked Windshield Safe?

It’s one of the most frustrating things that can happen to your vehicle. You’re driving along, doing your thing, and obeying all traffic rules. Then suddenly, without any warning, you hear a loud crack on your windshield. If you’re lucky you escape with a minor chip that can be repaired. If you’re not so lucky, you end up with a crack that continues to grow until it spans your entire windshield. It’s a helpless feeling because you have no control over it. You did nothing wrong, yet your vehicle is now damaged.   It’s Best to Get it Fixed   So what should you do if you have a cracked windshield? In many cases, the crack doesn’t impair your vision. It might seem like no big deal to continue driving with a cracked windshield. After all, it’s just a crack, right? Well, in some cases, yes, you’re probably OK if the crack is small. However, the fact is a cracked windshield could lead to more significant problems. Plus ... read more

Top Tips for Tire Maintenance

The summer driving season is in full swing. And if you’re like most people then you’ve probably been spending more time on the road lately. That means your tires are getting more wear and tear. There are also a lot of hazards on the roads, which means your tires need to be in top shape. After all, your tires are one of the most important parts of your vehicle when it comes to safety. So you have to be sure you’re taking care of them. Proper tire maintenance will go a long way in keeping you safe on the road in your Subaru, Toyota or Honda. So here’s what you need to do to get the most out of your tires. Proper Tire Maintenance1. Rotate Your Tires – The best thing you can do for your tires is to rotate them regularly. Most manufacturers recommend getting your tires rotated every 5,000 miles. Some say it’s OK to get this service done every 7,000 miles. Either way, don’t ... read more

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