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Winter Is Coming. Are Snow Tires or All-Season Tires Better for Your Vehicle?

With the changing seasons comes the looming prospect of a cold, icy, and snowy few months ahead. For drivers on DMV roads, that means an increased risk for vehicles sliding, tires spinning, and families getting stranded in deepening snow. How can you protect yourself? Consider the benefits of swapping out your all-season tires for specialty snow tires.

Girl Decorates Vehicle for Trunk or Treating on Halloween

Turn Your Trunk into a Porch for Trunk-or-Treating this Halloween

If there’s one day of the year when it’s okay to have ghastly and ghoulish sounds coming from your car, it must be Halloween! The calendar’s spookiest date is just around the corner, so it’s time to grab some pumpkins, roll out a costume, and fire-up the smoke machine. Let’s trunk-or-treat!

Woman inspects engine after hearing strange noises under the hood

Listen Up! What Your Car Engine Is Telling You

The last time you took your vehicle for a drive, did you notice any weird sounds coming from the engine? Did your car sound differently than it has before? If you’ve been hearing any new creaks, thumps, or clicks from under the hood, or if you’ve noticed it for a while but have chosen to ignore it, it’s time to pay attention.

Man inspects windshield wipers

How to Tell If Your Windshield Wipers Need to Be Replaced

If your windshield wipers need to be replaced, they’ll let you know. How? There are several tell-tale signs and symptoms of ineffective, damaged, or worn-out windshield wipers and blades. If you notice any of these on your vehicle, then it’s time to replace your old windshield wipers with new ones.

Tire Rotation Auto Mechanic Rotates Tires

Should I Rotate My Tires?

A set of new tires is a great investment in the safety and longevity of your vehicle, but tires don’t come cheap. How do you get the most bang for your buck? The simplest and most cost-effective way to extend the life of your tires is through regular tire rotation. Here’s what that means.
 

For Sale Sign in a Used Car Window

30 Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Car

Are you thinking about buying a used car from a private seller or dealership? There are many upsides to purchasing a used vehicle instead of a new one, including a more affordable ticket price. But there are also plenty of risks. Make an informed decision by asking these 30 questions to the used car seller.

How to Find a Good Mechanic

Trying to Find a Good Auto Mechanic? Here’s What to Ask

When your dashboard lights-up with warnings or a strange noise comes from under the hood, it’s time to head into the mechanic. But if you haven’t been to an auto repair shop before or are looking for a new one, how do you find a good mechanic? Choosing a mechanic is a big decision with big implications for your budget, your peace of mind, and your safety. 

Car Crash Dummy Demonstrates Car Safety Features

Your Guide to Car Safety Features

Each year, there are some 5-7 million car accidents on American roads. From minor fender-benders to devastating crashes and pileups, car accidents pose a serious risk for drivers, passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Thankfully, the number of driver-assistance safety features has grown rapidly as new vehicle makes and models are introduced.

Deep pothole in a city neighborhood street

Why You Need to Avoid Potholes

Between traffic and construction, roads around Washington, DC, are some of the worst in the nation - at least, according to locals. As we move from Winter into Spring, we enter the part of the year where our roads can really take a beating. The repeated pattern of freezing and thawing temperatures cause cracks and divots in the road from the weather.

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