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TIPS ON BUYING A CAR IN COLLEGE

TIPS ON BUYING A CAR IN COLLEGE

A lot of us buy our first car in high school after getting the freedom of a driver's license. We hope that that the fifteen year old Toyota Camry we cruised around in high school lasts through college, but sometimes it just can't make it another day and we find ourselves having to go through the buying process in college, broke. Here are a few short tips every college student should have when on a budget Buy Used When you're living on a $10 per hour part time job and paying for school expenses, buying a brand new car is not a good use of your limited funds especially since the value of a new car drops significantly as soon as you drive it off the lot. So check out used cars around two to three years old (after that time period the value of a car greatly depreciates). Bonus, the car insurance for a used vehicle is much less expensive reducing your overall cost of owning a car ... read more

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HOW TO GET YOUR CAR READY FOR THANKSGIVING BREAK

HOW TO GET YOUR CAR READY FOR THANKSGIVING BREAK

During the Thanksgiving holiday season thousands of students pack up their cars and head home for stuffing, turkey and awkward family discussions about what major they chose or what they'll be doing post-college. Here are some tips from us that will get you home safely so at least you get one less lecture this holiday season: Inspect Your Vehicle One of the simplest things you can do before you head off on a long road trip is inspect your car. You should look for any noticeable damages: ensure all your lights, tires and safety features are operational. Check your vehicle's fluids such as your oil, antifreeze and gas. If your trip is super long, consider getting an oil change (we have a discount going on right now!). And don't forget to check your wiper blades, the holiday season can bring on severe weather and you need your wipers to operate at your very ... read more

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GET YOUR CAR READY FOR SUMMER CHECKLIST

GET YOUR CAR READY FOR SUMMER CHECKLIST

Now that summer is on its way, it is time to properly prep your car for the coming warm weathered months. Make sure that your summer runs smoothly with this short checklist: [ ] Remove your winter tires and check air pressure of your summer tires. It's time to take off those snow tires and switch to your summer or all-season tires. Snow tires are essential in the winter but they can be dangerous in the summer months; Winter tires wear quickly by using them on warm and dry roads. Whether you are switching out your tires or already have your all-season tires on, make sure to double check your air pressure. There should be a guide for you in your owner's manual or a sticker on the body where the driver's door shuts. The pressure on your tire is the max amount, make sure you don't exceed that amount. [ ] Check your A/C system. With temperatures quickly rising ... read more

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12 STEPS TO GET YOUR CAR ROAD TRIP READY THIS SUMMER

12 STEPS TO GET YOUR CAR ROAD TRIP READY THIS SUMMER

With summer comes summer road trips and there is no bigger bummer than your car breaking down when you are supposed to be enjoying a vacation. So make sure your car is ready for your adventure with these 12 steps: Check your coolant. During your road trip your car will be constantly trying to keep itself cool from the summer heat by using the coolant. You will want to make sure that your coolant is working properly so that your engine doesn't overheat and cause an unplanned and inconvenient breakdown during your trip. Check your oil. The heat of the summer can be tough on your engine. Making sure your oil and oil filter are changed so it can continue to cool the engine as it filters out impurities. This cooling is especially important on long summer road trips as it will keep your engine from overheating when you don't want your trip to be interrupted by unschedul ... read more

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5 MAINTENANCE CHECKS YOUR CAR NEEDS THIS JUNE

5 MAINTENANCE CHECKS YOUR CAR NEEDS THIS JUNE

From your daily commute to long-haul road trips, you want to make sure that your car is ready for a great (and hot) summer. Here are five maintenance checks you'll want to do this June: Check your cooling system. Summer will increase the strain on your cooling system. As it continually works to stop your engine from overheating this summer, your engine will be put through the ringer. So, this month make sure that your coolant levels are correct and the radiator is working properly with no leaks or cracked hoses. Check your brakes. There is nothing more important to keep you and your loved ones safe this summer than having working brakes. From stop and go traffic, long summer road trips and changing weather conditions your brakes will also be under a lot of stress this season, make sure everything is working properly by getting a mechanic to look at them ... read more

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5 OF THE BEST SUMMER VACATIONS WITHIN DRIVING DISTANCE

5 OF THE BEST SUMMER VACATIONS WITHIN DRIVING DISTANCE

As soon as the sun begins to peek from behind our winter clouds, the Pacific Northwest begins to transform into a playground of majestic wilderness, adventurous road trips and luxurious getaways. The best part: these amazing vacations are only a few hours (or less) of a drive away. We've compiled five of our favorite summer vacations within driving distance, so, pack your car, grab your friends and family and take off on your next summer road trip. Crater Lakes, Oregon Crater Lakes is not only the deepest in the U.S. but also one of the most immaculate making it a site truly worth the drive. Since its formation 7,700 years ago when a violent eruption triggered the peak of the mountain to collapse within itself, the Crater Lakes have been evoking awe in its visitors ... read more

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