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A Guide to Choosing the Right Car Safety Seat

As a parent or grandparent, you know how important it is to keep the children in your life safe at all times. This definitely includes keeping children safe when they are riding in a vehicle. Children should be in car seats, but they need to be in the right one.

For the first year, a child should be in a rear facing car seat. The child should remain in that type of car seat until the child exceeds the weight recommendation from the manufacturer.  

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When to Refi and When to Trade-in Your Car

As is the case with many growing families, you may have reached a juncture at which you are in need of upgrading your existing vehicle or even adding another vehicle to the household. If your primary objective is to upgrade, the course of action to consider taking is trading in your existing car.

On the other hand, if you have reached a point in time at which you really do need a second vehicle in your household, you might want to give serious through to refinancing your existing automobile. 

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What to do About Towing and Turning

While towing something with your vehicle, one thing that you have to think about is the type of turns you are going to be taking. There are certain issues on the road that you are going to have to avoid as much as possible in order to make sure that you are not doing any damage to your towing components.

One thing you have to avoid is sharp turns. When you take a sharp turn, you actually damage some of the components of the towing. However, if you do have to make sharp turns, then you may need a plan…

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How To Tell if You Should Have Your Alternator Checked

Do you know where your vehicle gets the power it needs to operate? Did you know that your alternator is just as important as your battery? Maintaining this piece of equipment is vital to keeping your car or truck running.

The alternator is much like a generator or power source for your battery. When the vehicle is in operation, the alternator feeds energy to the battery. This instrument also helps the battery run several items at once. 

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Which Tires are Right for Your Driving Habits?

There are several distinct differences between summer and all-weather tires that make them better for certain driving conditions. High-performance cars tend to be equipped with the stiffer summer tires that provide improved braking, acceleration, and cornering, while passenger cars and SUVs tend to have all-weather tires that are durable and functional in many weather conditions.

Summer tires are optimized for maximum performance in the heat. Unfortunately, they struggle in temperatures under 44 degrees and can be dangerous in snowy or icy conditions. 

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A Clay Bar is a Helpful Detailing Tool

A clay bar is a tool that gets rid of contaminates that make an automobile unappealing. However, since this product is only used by professional detailing crews, you must visit a reputable detailing shop in order to experience how a clay bar can enhance your vehicle.

When automotive detailing crews use clay bars, the clay material grabs contaminates that adhere to vulnerable spots on different vehicles. These contaminates are harsh and consist of brake dust, bug parts, or industrial waste. 

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Several Reasons Why Car Covers are Important

The easiest way to protect your vehicle from the elements and from damage is simply by putting the car cover over it each week. Here is why the car cover is such a smart investment.

When your car is sitting in the direct sunlight, not only is the exterior paint beginning to fade, so too is the interior. The upholstery is fading, and the dash is starting to dry out and crack. The car cover shields your vehicle from the damaging rays of the sun and protects your investment. 

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How Can You Learn About a Car's History?

When you're shopping for a used car, you may wonder where the car came from and what happened to it before it arrived on our lot. We know that knowledgeable buyers are also satisfied buyers, and we encourage potential customers to learn more about their potential used car choices.

A vehicle history report can tell you what you need to know. You can find out about a car's title history and whether it has ever had a salvage or rebuilt title. 

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Need a Good Mechanic? Here's How to Find One

People depend on their vehicles on a daily basis, so it's important to keep them running well. Sure, it's great when you can take care of some maintenance yourself, but having a reliable mechanic is really important. Here are a couple things to consider when you are looking for a good mechanic.

In today's digital world, social media connects us to hundreds of people. Now, it's easy to reach out for recommendations. Get a few names of trusted mechanics, and do some more research before you visit them. 

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A Hatchback: The Vehicle You Didn't Even Know You Wanted, Until Now

Should you buy a sedan, full-size truck, SUV, or none of the above? Why not try a hatchback? At Patterson Honda, we would love for you to make the right decision for your needs based on an informed opinion. That's why we've compiled a few reasons that hatchbacks might fit your needs.

First of all, hatchbacks offer greater cargo space than a sedan but aren't as bulky as a truck. Hatchbacks also retain their value better than a sedan for longer periods of time. Third, some people actually think that hatchbacks are more stylish than sedans. 

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