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Americans now spend more than they have this century on new cars, with average prices sitting at $30,500. Of course, that’s not all Americans pay when interest rates, insurance, and taxes are factored in. In the third quarter of 2012, a new vehicle cost American households 23.1 weeks of income. With vehicles taking such a chunk out of family budgets, most drivers want to care for their cars and protect their investments. The sad truth is though, you might be destroying your car without even knowing it.
You’re Driving a Dirty Car
Studies show more than half of American car owners wash their cars less than once a month, and 15 percent never wash their cars at all. But failing to clean your car means more than a grimy finish. Everything from salt on the road to annoying bird droppings will eat away at your car’s paintwork.
Experts suggest hand-washing your vehicle every one or two weeks and treating it to a full detail at least every season. Don’t forget about the insides either. Wipe down the hoses and plastic coverings under the hood to keep the engine bay looking pristine.
You Miss the Scheduled Maintenance
Washing your car is just the start of the regular maintenance it needs. Missing oil changes, transmission services, and other scheduled procedures can take years off the life of your car.
“If you don’t maintain your car, you’re taking a vehicle that might have been driven for 200,000 miles over its life, and you’re knocking it down to maybe 150,000 miles,” suggests Edmunds.com blogger Philip Reed.
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Finding a car for your teenager or a new driver in the family can be tiresome. There are many attributes to examine including gas mileage, reliability, safety, price, and making sure your high schooler looks somewhat cool in the eyes of his peers. However, with the rise in gas prices, finding an affordable car that meets or exceeds you needs should be less taxing. Here are a few cars that are great for new drivers.
Finding a Juke at an affordable price should be easy. Many have regarded this car as being one of the ugliest in recent years. Nevertheless, its one of those cars that’s just ugly enough to be cute. Aside from looks, the Juke offers 32 miles per gallon highway and above average safety ratings. Perhaps the only drawbacks are a small cabin and limited luggage space, but then again, having a new driver with limited passenger space is definitely a plus.
Every year, car thieves prey on unsuspecting victims while they do their shopping, drop of their kids at school, or while their car sits parked in their driveway. Thieves can ruin a perfectly good day with their callous behavior and thoughtless actions. At the end of each year, Texas puts together a list of the most stolen vehicle brands. We recommend that you take a look at this list to see if your currently driving one of these oft-targeted vehicles.
If you are driving one of these brands – and want to make a switch, come see us at Taylor Auto Credit today. Don’t despair if you are driving one of the most stolen vehicle brands in Texas, there are plenty of ways to deter thieves. Most of these brands are common, so it makes it easy for thieves to find these cars and resell their parts.
Way back when, cars had to change their oil every 3,000 miles. Nowadays, late-model vehicles can go 5,000 or even 7,000 miles between regular oil changes. With that much time in between, it is necessary to take on the little maintenance tasks yourself. This includes checking your oil.
Checking your car’s oil levels is extremely important. If you let your vehicle go too long between oil changes, you could run into major engine problems in the future. Follow this step-by-step process and checking your oil will be no big deal in no time at all.
It’s been a long, hot summer… but with fall coming soon, now is the perfect time to get your car or truck ready for the upcoming driving season. Most seasonal car maintenance requires the help of a professional mechanic, but we’re going to give you five do-it-yourself tips to help get your vehicle ready for the fall (and save you the cost of getting them done by a professional).
1. Change your wiper blades
According to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, wiper blades should be replaced annually. Most people go several years without changing out their blades, so it’s likely that your blades are due for replacement. Wipers are used more often in the fall and winter, so it’s best to have a fresh set before the weather changes.
People know that texting while driving is dangerous. For some reason, drivers continue to pull out their phones while behind the wheel. Studies show that teen drivers are at the highest risk for accidents caused by distracted driving. However, 30-to-39-year-old drivers had the highest number of accidents directly caused by cell phones.
To avoid distractions while driving: try putting your phone in your pocket. Keep your phone close in case of emergency, but put a mental barrier between you and your phone. A mental roadblock could be the best thing for your safety.
Nothing compares to showing a little love to your car. That feeling of pride and overwhelming sense of joy people get when driving around in a super-clean car is no coincidence. Driving a clean car just feels great!
We’re going to walk you through the best way to clean your car to get it road-ready and turn it into a real cruisemobile.
1. Remove all loose trash from the car and any items that you don’t need to be carrying. Remember, getting rid of heavy items that your hauling around could increase fuel efficiency and gas mileage. So, if you’re driving around with 200 lbs worth of dumbbells in your car, then you are the dumbbell.
2. Find a vacuum station or cleaning station where you can use an industrial-strength vacuum. No offense to the ordinary house vac, but a car requires some heavy-duty artillery. Vacuum every are you can find and don’t forget to get into those tight spots.
If you’re like most people out there, you wish you could get better gas mileage and fuel economy. Some drivers have tiny little cars that barely use more than a thimble of gas, but many others (especially in Texas) drive big vehicles – and gas mileage is important.
There are a few things that every driver can do to help squeeze more out of every gallon of gas. This blog is going to detail quick, easy things to get you on your way.
Three is the Magic Number
First, you can easily increase your vehicle’s performance by making sure you aren’t storing anything that isn’t vital to your trip. If you are on your way to play a quick round of golf, then feel free to keep your clubs in the trunk. However, you might be the type that just leaves your golf clubs in your trunk…or maybe you have some old weights hanging out in your back seat.
Many people are aware that regular oil changes can prevent old oil from turning into sludge. When oil becomes sludge, your engine can slow down and result in needed repairs. Surprisingly, numerous people throughout the country do not that they can easily change their own oil. Failing to maintain regular oil changes could eventually result in high repair costs if your engine locks up and dies.
In some cases, people are forced to purchase new vehicles simply due to a lack of consistent vehicle maintenance. One thing to remember before changing your oil: check your owner’s manual and filler cap to determine the ideal oil for your engine. The owner’s manual will also tell you the correct quantity of oil and recommended intervals for oil changes.
In this economy, people from all walks of life have been affected by harsh credit restrictions, penalties, and decreasing scores. Knowing what helps and hurts your credit score is essential to establishing good credit. No two credit profiles are the same – some people have bankruptcies, others have a foreclosure on their record.
Many people are stuck with credit card debt that never seems to go away. Whatever your situation, it is never too late to start taking the right steps towards building your credit.
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