Maintenance

Follow our maintenance guides to stay updated and get the longest possible lifespan out of your vehicle.

Does your vehicle need a recall? NADA and the National Safety Council want to help you find out

If something was wrong with your vehicle, you would want to know, right? More so, you would want to know if your vehicle had an open recall and needed to be brought in to an authorized dealership. Well, thanks to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) and the National Safety Council, dealerships will try to make it easier for customers to find out if their … Read More

Hot or cold – double-check your vehicle

Mild temperatures last fall made it seem like winter was far off, but then ol’ Jack Frost came to town, sending chilly temperatures across the United States. Just recently, I was actually happy to see the thermometer reach 18 degrees. We frequently discuss how quickly temperatures can reach dangerously high levels inside a parked vehicle during the summer months and the need to take extra … Read More

Before the weather outside is frightful, prepare for winter’s worst

Recently, a friend of mine posted photos of the season’s first snow on her social media accounts. Generally, I wish my friends were a bit closer so I could visit them more often. But for the first time ever, I was grateful she lives nearly 2,000 miles away. I’m not quite ready for the colors of autumn to fall away and succumb to winter white. … Read More

It’s time to think about getting your vehicle ready for winter

It does not even seem possible. As I sit here in shorts and a T-shirt, trying to keep my hair up off my neck, winter is right around the corner. But it’s true. The days have grown significantly shorter. The leaves are starting to fall. And soon we will be trading in our tank tops for warm, wooly sweaters. At least in the northern parts … Read More

April is car-care month!

Are you planning on keeping your car a long time? Or are you thinking you might trade it soon – maybe within the next six to 12 months? Whether prolonging the life of your vehicle or protecting its value to ensure you get the best possible offer when it comes time to sell or trade, taking good care of your vehicle just makes sense. Dollars … Read More

Is 200,000 the new 100,000?

Vehicles are lasting longer these days. How much longer? Well, that depends on a variety of factors, but in 2016, the average age of light vehicles in operation on the roads increased to 11.6 years, according to IHS Markit. When I bought my Ram 1500 a few months back, I did so with the intention of driving it “until the wheels fall off,” as the … Read More

Has your relationship with your vehicle lost a certain spark?

When was the last time you changed, cleaned or checked the spark plugs in your vehicle? When was the last time you THOUGHT about the spark plugs in your vehicle? Do you know what a spark plug is? Simply put, spark plugs are the pieces that supply the spark (shocking, I know) that then ignite the combination of fuel and air in the cylinder’s combustion … Read More

Take charge of your vehicle battery’s longevity

It happens. That dreaded day when you go out to your vehicle, turn the key and … nothing. Whether it’s because you left your lights on last night, or simply because the battery is old, your vehicle doesn’t have the energy required to start, let alone keep running. The silence is deafening as you realize you’re going to be late. Can you prevent a battery … Read More

How often do you give the tires on your car a passing thought?

Let’s face it. Tires are not the most exciting topic of conversation. And they certainly aren’t the sexiest thing about your car. But, if you work on cars regularly, tinker around with general maintenance on your own vehicle or know anything at all about cars, you likely understand the importance of tires. They are, after all, one of the most important safety devices on your … Read More

Save your car from winter woes

We’ve all been there. It’s winter. Snow and ice mean slush and muck and road treatments to help keep drivers from slipping and sliding. It also means vehicles covered with all that road mess – some so much so that you are no longer sure of the color. It’s not a pretty picture. But then again, neither is sliding across four lanes of traffic into … Read More