Yet another trend made more apparent by the COVID-19 pandemic is the average age of cars on the road. That is, for a lot of car owners, their cars are running for longer and delaying the need for newer vehicles. Except not quite. Keep reading why you should keep an eye on the impact of older cars on the car-buying market.
We do our best to provide top-notch auto care to our DC Metro area customers. We also enjoy empowering them, as well as our blog readers, with the knowledge needed to make the best decision about their vehicles. As we look back on 2021, we thought it would be a good idea to round up all the best advice our readers found most helpful this year.
Going home for the holidays can be heartwarming, but maybe also stressful. Having to drive a long way to get there is another thing to worry about. When should you leave to beat traffic? Should you stop at the gas station first or fuel up on the road? Did you remember to pack everything?
The saying “You get what you pay for,” is incredibly true when it comes to auto repairs. Still, getting the bill after your car starts making a funny noise can be a bit of a shock, we know. Why exactly do mechanics cost so much? It highly depends on a few main categories: the cost of car parts, the cost of an expert auto technician, the cost of not maintaining your vehicle, and the cost of operating an auto repair shop.
A lot goes into owning a car, and taking care of it properly can be overwhelming for new car owners. One habit that our Metro Motor technicians encourage everyone to pick up is maintaining your vehicle maintenance records. The earlier you start, the easier it will be to keep them all straight.
If you have broken down on the highway and you are in a lane, stay in your car. Keep your seatbelt on and call 911 to request traffic assistance from police.
If you have not yet broken down, but are experiencing engine trouble and believe you can make it to the next exit, turn on your emergency lights and carefully make your way off the highway and out of harm's way.
When you’re a new driver, one of the first maintenance tasks you need to be aware of is having your car inspected annually. In fact, having a VA vehicle safety inspection each year not only helps you maintain proper care and makes driving safer for you and others, it is also required by law.
Do you have a car emergency kit? You may not be spending as much time in your car as normal, so now is the perfect time to take stock of - or gather from scratch - the tools and tidbits you need as a part of your trunk’s go-kit.
If you’ve ever been confused when you heard someone say, “I need to get my car detailed,” then you’re not alone. While car detailing is a common enough service - one soon coming to Metro Motor! -, most people don’t do it nearly as often as they should. As a result, many new drivers never learn the vitality of having their car detailed.