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Some Tips to Find a New Car that Suits Your Needs and Lifestyle

So, you’re in the market for a new or pre-owned vehicle, huh? The siren song of a newer, shinier, and cleaner vehicle can be very tempting; especially if you’re tired of driving your current vehicle. Of course, the AutoPro Auto Service team promotes preventive maintenance on all new or used vehicles. Why? Because you can save a lot of money over the long haul if you take great care of your 4-wheeled investment. After all, doesn’t it feel good to not have a car payment? But IF you are going to buy a new car or a “new” used vehicle, here are some tips to find a new car that suits your needs and lifestyle. List Your Needs. Before you hit the auto malls, your first step should be to list out your needs. Write down what it is you are looking for in a vehicle. Do you need to carry sound equipment for your band? Do you need to carry a certain number of passengers? Will a convertible be practical as your daily driver? Do you need a truck with running boards so y ... read more

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What to keep in an Emergency Kit in the Car

What to keep in an Emergency Kit in the Car

  It's always wise to keep an emergency kit in your car in case you end up in a tricky situation on the road. When the weather gets colder is when it's particularly important to have safety supplies nearby. As a responsible car owner, it's smart to prepare for the worst case scenario. Emergencies can happen to all of us. Whether you run out of fuel, slip off on an icy road, or puncture a tire, a well-stocked emergency kit can get you back on the roads quickly and safely. We suggest keeping the following supplies in your emergency kit.  Jumper cables Flashlight, plus extra batteries (or a hand-crank flashlight) A Swiss Army Knife) Bottled water First-aid kit with adhesive tape, antiseptic wipes and-aides, medical wrap gauze pads, and antiseptic cream Road flares or reflective warning triangles Some other essentials that could be helpful in case of an emergency: Small fire extinguisher. Tire gauge to keep an eye on inflation Jack and lug wrench for when ti ... read more

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Winter Tires VS Regular Tires

Winter Tires VS Regular Tires

  Many car owners who reside in colder climates will ask themselves if they really need winter tires. Yes. It is recommended to make the shift from all-season tires to winter tires to be best prepared for the winter season. It's smart to understand the difference between all-wheel tires and winter tires. Most cars leave the factory with all-season tires since they are created to offer a good tread life and a quiet drive. They are created to function optimally in a wide array of conditions including light winter driving and wet roads. They truly combine the advantages of winter tires and summer tires. All-season tires are not designed to handle extreme winter conditions like driving through extreme cold, snow, and ice. If you're a car owner who lives in a moderate climate, all-wheel tires could be the right choice as these weather conditions aren't a hindrance. The condition of the streets can be unpredictable with black ice and heavy snowfall. It's so important th ... read more

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Dress Your Car up for Halloween

With Halloween approaching, you might have started thinking about what you’re going to dress up as. Have you thought about getting your car in the spirit of the holiday as well? If you're feeling particularly creative, here are some Halloween costumes for your car that will be sure to get you some attention on the roads. The Black Bat The Black Bat is a great option that doesn’t involve a lot of money or time. It’s pretty simple. All you need to do is find a giant bat nose (similar to a clown nose) and put it on the front of the car. Also, create bat wings that can easily be clipped onto the windows. It might not be the most fashionable batmobile in history, but it will undoubtedly set you apart from other vehicles that didn’t have the passion for getting all spiffed up! For the occasion. Spiderwebs If your budget is tight, spiderwebs could be the perfect option to get your automobile in the spirit of Halloween. Not only are spiderwebs incredibly cheap, bu ... read more

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The History of Seatbelts

The History of Seatbelts

  When was the first seatbelt birthed? The original seatbelt wasn’t actually invented until the nineteenth century. On February 10, 1885, New York resident, Edward J. Claghorn, was given the first safety belt patent. It was a simple lap strap that used hooks and other attachments to keep people secured to an object. Almost 75 years later, in 1959, the modern-day seatbelt came on the scene when an engineer at Volvo, Nils Bohlin, invented the three-point seatbelt. It was Volvo that inspired the use of seatbelts by becoming the first manufacturer to provide standard seat belts in all of its vehicles. This is one of the reasons why Volvo is recognized as the safety powerhouse that it is currently known as today. This safety feature remained as an optional feature for years. Congress finally recognized that many car fatalities were due to not wearing seatbelts and passed a new minimum federal standard for safety belts in 1963 to lessen fatalities. Once these standards were set ... read more

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How To Protect Your Paint From The Heat

When you’ve got yourself a sweet ride, you want to make sure it looks the very best, so you invest in the right products to take care of it. While you buff that leather interior with a smile, you want to make sure that your car’s exterior--the paint job--stays fresh and new as long as possible. However, summer heat is not always the summer-lovin' we’ve been lead to expect. What’s a loving vehicle owner to do? Read on for tips on how to protect your paint job in the summer heat.  Bathing Beauty: It may seem counterintuitive, but it is a good idea to wash your car frequently. This is a great way to cool off if you want to do it on your driveway. Wait until the evening shadows grow long and whip out that hose while the kids play on their bikes. Gently buff your car, but be careful not to leave any scratches. Once you’re done with the wash, hand dry using a chamois or microfiber towel.  Wax on, and on, and on… A high-quality wax can go a ... read more

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Fun Games for the Whole Family on Road Trips

The right games in the car during road trips can be a wonderful way to prevent boredom and a fun opportunity to stay connected to your family and other passengers on your adventure on the road. There are so many easy and creative games and activities that are sure to keep your child from moaning, "Are we there yet?” over and over and keep any adult entertained. Here are some suggestions for games to play in the car:   Predictions Pick an upcoming exit, location, or landmark. Figure out how far away it is, the time, and your current speed. Have each person in the car predict the exact time you'll arrive at the location. Let the winner choose the next rest stop!        Mundane Game Challenge people in the car to recall recent events. "What was the server's name at breakfast?", “How many stalls did the last rest stop have?”, “How much was the soda we bought at the last gas station?"    &n ... read more

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The Difference Between Leaded and Unleaded

The Difference Between Leaded and Unleaded

In the 1920's, Tetraethyl lead (TEL) was introduced into gasoline to raise the octane of the base gasoline. The critical difference between unleaded petrol and leaded petrol is the additive tetraethyl lead. The lead is released into the air due to the combustion of leaded gasoline. Lead is a pollutant that is heavy and can damage the environment and individuals who have been exposed to it. Lead is an element that is not capable of "burning" into anything but another lead-bearing compound   An outdated and incorrect belief is that lead was put into fuel to protect the valve seats. Since there is only unleaded gas at the pumps at gas stations now, older engines need to use a lead substitute as fuel or the valve seats will burn up.   What about premium gas? Regular unleaded gas usually costs about 15 to 20 cents less per gallon than premium. This could save a driver approximately $100 or more per year, depending on how often they fill up. The Federal Trade Comm ... read more

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Best Way to Pack Your Trunk

Best Way to Pack Your Trunk

Is packing your trunk generally a nuisance for you? Here are some helpful packing tips that can take the complexity and challenges out of getting all you need in your vehicle: Step One: Organize your belongings into the following groups: Heavy items Awkwardly shaped items (things that aren't square, rectangular, or box-shaped) Medium weight items Lightweight things Malleable items (things you can squish like duffle bags and blankets) Belongings that must be easily accessible   Step Two: Unless they can be damaged easily, put your awkwardly shaped things in first. Put them in one area of the trunk because they can't be stacked like square suitcases and you'll need to arrange items around them. Keeping them together means that only one portion of your trunk is underutilized as opposed to multiple areas.   Step Three: Heavier items can be added to your trunk next. Back these things tightly and form one flat layer towards the rear of the trunk.   Step ... read more

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Best Books on Tape for Road Trips

Best Books on Tape for Road Trips

Road trips with your friends, family, or alone can be an adventure. Having the right tunes can certainly add some zest to your time on the road. Books on tape are also a great option to keep you engaged while driving down the open roads. Here are a few suggestions that could keep you engaged and entertained for miles: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams If you like science fiction and humor, "The Hitchhiker’s Guide" is a colorful journey through time and space. The dialogue is pithy and rich in philosophy and science. If you liked "A Space Odyssey" and “Johnny Dangerously", this could be a right choice for you. It's not a long book and this is only the first book is a series of five. There are many dramatized versions. However, the most popular is the version where the text is narrated by Stephen Fry. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle There are 12 different stories of our favorite detective ... read more

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