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How to Find the Most Favorable Auto Finance Terms

As you contemplate purchasing a new or pre-owned vehicle, you not only need to focus on selecting a car that meets your needs, but also on a loan that fits your budget. Part of that equation is seeking out the best auto finance terms. One strategy that you need to employ is shopping around to find the most favorable lending source.

In addition to shopping around and checking out different auto financing resources, do not be afraid to negotiate with a lender. Keep in mind that what might seem like a small adjustment on the surface can end up becoming…

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Selecting Forward or Rear Facing Seats

Child safety seats are vital equipment for transporting young children safely in any passenger vehicle. State laws require their usage, and statistics show that they can reduce and avoid severe injuries in sudden stops or auto collisions.

Local drivers understand the importance of getting the right car seat. Infants and toddlers need the maximum protection of rear acing seats. Older children can use front facing or hybrid seats. When near the teen years, children can usually use seat belts. The overriding requirement is always to use the right child seat whenever the child rides. 

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Alternator Woes and Fixes

Initially, your drive down the highway went fine. Without warning, the lights on your dash come up weirdly in sync. The car sputters and repeatedly briefly stalls. The car stops. All the electrical functions shut off. A few things could be wrong here, but suspicion commonly falls on the alternator.

The alternator generates vital electricity while a car runs. The alternator keeps the battery charged while supporting a flow of power running through the electrical system. Once the alternator goes, a car won't go. Mercifully, certain models come with an alternator warning light on the dash. 

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Everything You Need to Know About Brake Fluid

There are many reasons that you may need your vehicle serviced, such as changing the brake fluid. Brake fluid is an important part of your vehicle's overall braking system because it ensures all the components run properly. Brake fluid can also be referred to as hydraulic fluid, and without brake fluid, your vehicle wouldn't be able to stop when your foot engages the brake pedal. Read further to learn more about brake fluid and how often it needs to be changed. 

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Things to Consider When Deciding On a Vehicle According to Safety Ratings

As a safety-minded driver, you have likely heard of the different tests that vehicles are put through by the IIHS and the NHTSA. The best type of vehicle to choose from is the vehicle that passes both the IIHS and NHTSA in flying colors. For one thing, there is never too much caution when it comes to choosing a vehicle. When thinking about vehicle safety, among the factors you have to consider is the driver, the passenger, pedestrians and other drivers.

If you are wondering how you can tell whether a vehicle has passed the safety tests. One thing you…

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What is an Infotainment System?

In-car entertainment started in the early 2000s with new touch-screens being developed after 2015 to assist with rear-view cameras and blind spot monitoring. The latest developments reveal that car buyers are looking for voice-enabled commands, WiFi connectivity, vehicle diagnostics, driver safety features, and app interfaces for their smartphones.

The latest infotainment systems come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These apps connect to your phone and make it possible to talk to Siri through your vehicle automatically. This is much more convenient than some of 
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Games to Keep Kids Occupied on Road Trips

Autumn is right around the corner, and many families are planning an end-of-summer road trip. Hendrick Honda Hickory knows that traveling with children can be tricky, and we want our valued customers to get the most out of their summer vacation, so we're sharing some of our favorite car games for kids.

I Spy is a great guessing game to play in the car because the driver can play along without taking their eyes off of the road. One person chooses an object they can see, like a stop sign, and says "I spy with my little eye something…

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How to Plan a Road Trip That Suits Your Budget

Taking a summer road trip doesn't have to be expensive. If you plan ahead, you can find hotels, restaurants and attractions that offer memorable experiences at affordable prices. To begin, you should find an interactive online map to plan your route as this will let you know how much time you should expect to be on the road.

From there, be sure to add time in for bathroom breaks, meals and stopping off to see an attraction that wasn't on the map. Your budget for the trip should include the cost of gas, food and accommodations. It is…

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When it's Time to Have Your Brake Pedals Serviced

To ensure that your vehicle is a safe mode of transportation, your brakes should be in optimal condition. A brake pedal should feel firm if it is functioning properly, and a soft brake pedal may be a sign that your brakes are in need of service.

One cause of a soft brake pedal is air in the brake line. The only substance that should enter the brake line is brake fluid, so if air gets in, it can cause problems. Other problems that can cause soft brake pedals include a damaged brake line, bad wheel cylinders, bad disc brake calipers…

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Prevent Tire Blowout with Regular Inspections

The tires on your vehicle are exposed to wear and tear on a regular basis. They could have unseen damage that increases your risk for tire blowouts. By inspecting key components, you can ensure that your tires are safe for the road.

One of the easiest things you can check is tire pressure. You can check the tire of each individual wheel and your spare with a simple gauge in a matter of minutes. It's also recommended that you check for physical damage. Pay close attention to the treads on both sides of the tires. If you notice any…

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