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7 Ways to Make Your Car Last Over 200k Miles

7 Ways to Make Your Car Last Over 200k Miles

The longer you make your car last, the more you get out of your investment. Not everyone can afford (or wants) to buy a new car every few years, so extending the life of your vehicle is crucial. Here are seven simple tips to help you max out your mileage beyond the 200,000 mark:     1. Follow the Maintenance Schedule Your car owner’s manual should have a page or two wholly devoted to a maintenance schedule. It should detail everything you’ll ever need to do to keep you car functioning well. You'll find direction for tire rotations, timing belts replacements and even routine oil changes. Neglecting regular maintenance can significantly reduce your car’s lifespan plus contribute to plenty of expensive repair bills along the way. 2. Use Good Gasoline   The cheapest option at the pump might save you money today but take a toll on your vehicle over time. Even if your car does run on regular, low-grade gas could ... read more

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7 Steps to Winterize Your Vehicle

7 Steps to Winterize Your Vehicle

It’s time to winterize your vehicle. Temperatures are dropping, the holiday season is in full swing, and roads will be getting dangerously slippery before we know it. Keep yourself safe on the roads - get your car ready for the winter season! Follow these seven steps to ensure your vehicle is ready to handle the next big New England cold front or blizzard:   1. Refill Your Wiper Fluid and Check Wiper Blades Salt, snow, and ice will cake your windshield this winter and pose a serious visibility hazard. We recommend topping off your wiper fluid with a cold weather blend formulated specifically for temperatures below freezing. While you’re at it, check the condition of your wiper blades and replace them if they’re starting to wear down and reveal the metal beneath the rubber coating.   2. Make Sure Your Tires Are in Good Shape Bald tires will put you in a ditch – or worse – when roads ice over. Have your tires checked for tread wear and aid ... read more

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Know Your Car and Save Money: Part 2

Know Your Car and Save Money: Part 2

As we continue our Living The Dream Auto Care educational series, we figured that there will be many parts of a vehicle that you hear about only because something went wrong. However, there are two components you often learn about before disaster strikes – at your annual state inspection. And fortunately so. If you’ve ever been rejected for a “sticker” because you have a loose tie rod or ball joint, consider yourself lucky. You’ll soon see that finding out about either of these suspension parts after it goes bad can lead to unpleasant consequences. Ball joints are the part of the vehicle suspension system that connect the steering knuckle (or wheel hub) to the control arm. They work similarly to the ball-and-socket design of the human hip joint. A ball joint is essentially a flexible ball-and-socket that allows the suspension to move and, at the same time, the wheels to steer. Additionally, ball joints also help support the weight of the vehicle. Bad ba ... read more

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The Difference Between OEM, OES, and Aftermarket Parts

The Difference Between OEM, OES, and Aftermarket Parts

It is believed by many that OES (Original Equipment Supplier) parts have to be purchased directly from the dealer. OES parts are made on the same assembly line as the OEM(Original Equipment Manufacturer) except it goes through a couple added steps. Branding of the part or stamping with the manufacturer logo IE: HONDA, and then gets wrapped and labeled in the manufacturers packaging. This OES part has just become more expensive to the consumer because of theses added steps and inflated by numerous middlemen. Due to the regulations of the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certification there are quite a few OEM companies on the market because multiple OES brands are required. For the Auto manufacturers to have a steady supply on the production line, they must have several supply sources that provide them with equal quality parts. This ensures if a manufacturer has any problems with one supplier it will not disable the vehicles production and allow for substitution of o ... read more

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Know Your Car and Save Money

Know Your Car and Save Money

Welcome to the first installment of the Living The Dream Auto Care educational series – Know Your Car and Save Money. Throughout the next few months, we will provide some relatively simple information to our guests (and anyone who wants to learn car care from the best J) regarding the basics of automotive terminology and care. Our intent is to de-mystify the lingo, help you know when your car needs attention, and – more importantly to you, we’re sure – keep your automotive costs low. If you’re car savvy, congratulations. Feel free to add to the discussion – to help your fellow guests. And if you know someone who is not, please share this information. We’re going to cover this topic top to bottom – and hopefully, you’ll find it interesting… Therefore, let’s start right at the bottom – where the rubber meets the road. Proper At-Tire Maybe someone can help us with this – who was the first person to suggest ... read more

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