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Refinancing vs. trading in your car

Having car loan problems? Why not check it out with a team of professionals and see if you’re eligible for a refinance? You may be able to lower your interest rate and get into a better plan that you can pay off sooner. In other cases, the best option may be to trade-in. Many drivers do this when they want to get into a newer vehicle and may be upside-down in their currently vehicle.

However, if you have positive equity, that means the car is worth more than the amount you owe on the loan. This is a good…
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Making a Winter Survival Kit

As much fun as winter can be, it can also bring problems in the home or when you’re traveling in your car. From broken furnaces to auto accidents and breakdowns, you never know when something can happen where you’ll be waiting for help and assistance. Having a winter survival kit can be a big help. Stop at Hendrick Honda Hickory and get more information.

A home disaster can leave you in need of items to tide you over until you get assistance. Winter survival kits for your home should include food and water to last at least three…
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What Types of Winter Tires Can You Use?

There are three types of tires that are available for use during winter driving in Hickory. The first type of winter tire is the studded tire, and it is generally designed to help gain traction on icy roads. However, they may be illegal for use when roads are in good condition because of the damage that they can cause.

The next type of winter tire is the studless tire that comes with larger grooves for better traction and handling. For many drivers, this type of tire makes driving on snow feel more like driving in rainy conditions.

 

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Have Pooch, Will Travel

Most dogs love a long car ride. However, many vehicles are not properly equipped to handle the challenges of hosting a dog regularly. Fortunately, there are a variety of easy fixes that you can employ to make your vehicle more dog-friendly.

All-season floor mats combined with seat covers will minimize the chances that your dog will dirty the vehicle. A pet barrier in the cargo area will provide a dedicated space to keep your dog safely contained while traveling. Dogs are especially susceptible to overheating on long car rides. A backseat climate control zone will ensure that your dog is…
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The Necessity of Car Covers

Whether you regularly park your vehicle in a garage, in the driveway or on the street, a vehicle cover remains a worthwhile investment. Parked indoors or out, vehicles are exposed to dirt and dust. Pollen, bird droppings and other environmental elements require frequent washing. However, if adequately covered, you are spared having to accomplish the task as often.

Rain, hail and snow have the potential to cause watermarks and physical damage. The paint might accidentally become scratched by neighborhood creatures. But, when covered with a suitable vehicle cover, the car, truck or 

 

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What You Should Know About Your Vehicle's Timing Belt

At Hendrick Honda Hickory, our service team is always standing by to provide our consumers with assistance, and we like to keep our customers informed about how to keep their engines in optimal condition. A timing belt is an important part of your engine that helps it function properly.

A timing belt works to keep the camshaft and crankshaft in sync, which will help the cylinders fire at the right time. It also controls the valves and pistons in the engine so that they will open correctly.
 

 

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How is Your Car's Differential Maintained?

What is that gearbox located between the drive wheels and your vehicle? The average car owner likely doesn't know the answer: the differential. He/she may notice the vehicle's maintenance book suggests changing differential fluid at some point though. While you may not know much about the differential, the gearbox remains an important component of a car.

The aforementioned differential fluid ensures the gears stay adequately lubricated. Poor lubrication leads to excess friction. Friction eventually ruins parts. Aged or leaking differential fluid may lead to a grinding sound.

 

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When to Replace Your Tires

You need to make sure that your tires are in safe condition at all times. This includes ensuring that your tires are replaced in a timely manner. There are specific signs to bear in mind when it comes to the timing of tire replacement.

Worn tire tread is a major sign that the time has arrived to replace your tires. You can easily check this out by turning a penny with Lincoln's head down between the treads. If all of his head appears, the time to replace has arrived. Another prime sign that you need to replace your tires…

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Simple Yet Effective Guide to Change a Flat Tire

Keep this tire changing guide in mind the next time you wind up stranded with a flat tire.

The first thing to consider is where the vehicle is stuck. Never leave the car in the roadway, ride that rim if needed a few feet to get out of the way of traffic and where you can work safely for a few minutes.

Use the tire iron to loosen the lugs on your car's flat tire, then you can jack the vehicle up to where the tire is off the ground.

Once the tire leaves the road surface, take off…
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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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