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Buyer Beware When Purchasing Used Vehicle

Buyer Beware When Purchasing Used Vehicle

Buying a used vehicle can be a frustrating experience. How do you truly know what you are purchasing? How do you determine the true condition of a vehicle from a private party, a car lot or a dealership?  The first thing to know is that a seller may not be totally honest and forthcoming about the condition of the vehicle. Even honest sellers may not really know the "true" condition of the vehicle or be aware of a needed repair lurking under the hood. If you are purchasing from a lot, many vehicles come from out of state and could have been in a flood or accident. Even a  dealership or independent sales lot that “certifies” the condition of the vehicle may have overlooked (or looked the other way) on vital maintenance and repair issues.      Here are 5 things to watch out for when buying a used car.   1.    Has the car been stored for a long period of time ... read more

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What are some preventive maintenance measures I can have performed to improve performance and increase gas mileage?

Engine performance and gas mileage go hand and hand. If your vehicle is running inefficiently, you will not experience increased gas mileage and could possibly be doing damage to your engine and components. We can not stress enough how regular maintenance will prevent unexpected and costly future repairs and roadside breakdowns. Here are some recommended maintenance items. Regular oil changes. Pushing dirty oil through your engine and components is harmful to the engine. Air Filter inspection and change as necessary. Fuel injection system serviced every 15,000 miles to prevent carbon build-up and deposits that restrict fuel flow and degrade engine performance. Transmission fluid and filter replaced every 30,000 miles to ensure proper lubrication, preventing damage and ensuring smooth performance. Timing Belts changed every 60,000 miles or as recommended by the manu ... read more

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Steps to prevent overheating

Overheating is caused by anything that leads to a loss of coolant, prevents the cooling system from getting rid of heat, or causes excess heat in the engine itself. There are several components or conditions that can cause overheating; water pump, radiator, heater core, hoses, freeze plugs, head gasket, radiator cap, deposits and build up, thermostat, cooling fan, fan clutch, shroud, fan belt, ignition timing, or exhaust system. It’s important to discover the cause of overheating before you become stranded and do major damage to your engine

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How Often Should Belts and Hoses Be Replaced?

Most hose manufacturers recommend replacing hoses every four years and V-belts, every three years or 36,000 miles. The incidence of failure rises sharply after the forth year for hoses and third year for belts. A typical serpentine belt lifespan is about five years or 50,000 miles. Serpentine belts are thinner and more flexible than V-belts. They run cooler and last longer, but they cost about twice as much to replace

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