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DRIVING RESOLUTIONS FOR 2015

DRIVING RESOLUTIONS FOR 2015

It’s the new year, which means it’s time to shed some horrible habits and start making a plan for becoming a better person! Of course, we’re not talking about getting healthy, finding a better job, or spending less time watching daytime TV. Those are noble goals, for sure, but they’re not REALLY important. No, what’s REALLY important is spending the year becoming less of a menace on the roads. Yeah, we’re talking to you. Like a grease-stained Santa Claus in mechanics overalls, we know all the naughty things you did last year behind the wheel of that 2-ton killing machine you call a vehicle, and we’re going to help you make it on the “nice” list this year. So put your right hand firmly on the steering wheel in the 2 o’clock position and repeat after us: This year, as part of my New Year’s resolution to become a better driver, I do solemnly swear: I will not use my phone while driving ... read more

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BENEFITS OF ROTATING YOUR TIRES

There was a time not so long ago when everyone rotated tires. It was something you did, every year (or more often, if you drove a lot). These days, thanks in large part to advances in tire technology, few people even think about rotating their tires. That’s a shame, though, because even with tire lifetimes now measured by the tens of thousands of miles, there are a lot of benefits that come along with rotating your tires (or, more likely, paying someone to rotate them). Improve the Lifetime of Your Tires Tire technology may have improved the usual lifetime for many passenger tires into the tens and twenties of thousands of miles, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve on those estimates yourself. Rotating your tires helps make sure that the normal tire wear of driving around is spread evenly across all four of your tires, potentially adding thousands of miles to your tires’ lifespan. With tire prices always increasing, this can save you hundreds of dollars in ... read more

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GAS PRICES ARE FALLING AND AMERICANS ARE RAMPING UP BUYING

Gas prices have been steadily falling for the last few months, hitting an average price of $2.68 as of December 15th. Even better news? Analysts think it might hit lows of $30 a barrel, due in part to new sources of US based oil (like the fracking boom in North Dakota) and a surplus supply in foreign countries due to decreased demand in places like China. Americans have started taking advantage of those price drops, but not by increasing their amount of car travel. According to dealer reports, the sale of large SUVs and trucks has seen a big boost in the last few months. In fact, light duty truck sales (like the Ford F-150) are up 9.6% this year. Compare that to a paltry 1.3% increase in sales for sedans and other smaller cars, and you can see how much the shift in oil prices have affected consumer’s purchasing decisions. What does all of this mean? As the price of driving larger cars decreases, consumers are upgrading their vehicles. The problem with this is that while the cos ... read more

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5 TIPS FOR DRIVING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

If you’re like most Americans, you’ll be hitting the road at some point next week to visit family and friends for the holidays. But before you jump in the car, take a few minutes to and make sure you’re prepared for the long road ahead. Plan Your Route in Advance – Take half an hour to plan your route before you leave, especially if you’re driving half a day or more to get to your destination. Additionally, bring a paper map or printed out directions in case you lose GPS signal in your vehicle. As a bonus, you can map out a few alternative routes in case you run into traffic or other highway incidents that look like they may add a few hours to your trip. Pack an Emergency Roadside Kit – Every driver should have a roadside kit in their vehicle for any unexpected emergencies that might happen. A few staples to include are non-perishable snacks, a flashlight, a blanket, gloves, activities, batteries, a tool set, and a laminated list of emergency ... read more

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5 THINGS YOUR DAD SWEARS YOU SHOULD KNOW HOW TO DO ON A CAR, BUT THAT YOU REALLY DON’T

A recent article on mnn.com boldly proclaims “Modern Drivers Are Clueless About Their Cars”. It’s kind of a valid point – the statistics bear out that most drivers can’t perform basic maintenance on their cars, or even know how their cars work. The better question is, who cares? Well, besides my dad. My father grew up with the generation that wouldn’t dream of taking their car to a shop unless it was still under warranty. Before I got my drivers license, I was required to pass a stringent test of ‘essential’ skills more rigorous than anything the DMV could possibly have dreamt up. And now, years later, I’m here to say “Dad, you were wrong!” These skills are as outdated as being able to shoe your own horse, and next time someone insists that you absolutely need to know them, you can point them here to show them just how wrong they are. Drive A Sti ... read more

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3 BEST RACING MOVIES OF ALL TIME

The only thing that’s better than being a race car driver is settling in for the night and watching a racing themed movie. In fact, it’s such a great way to spend a weekend, we’ve put together a quick roundup of our all-time top three favorite racing movies. 1. The Cannonball Run The Cannonball Run is one of the best racing movies of all time, largely because it features such an all-star cast in a fun comedy based on a cross-country illegal race. It debuted in 1981 and starred Burt Reynolds, Farrah Fawcett, Roger Moore, Dean Martin, Terry Bradshaw, and Sammy Davis Jr. Also, it’s supposed to be loosely based on real life events. 2. Gone in Sixty Seconds Starring Nicholas Cage, Gone in Sixty Seconds was a blockbuster hit in 2000. Cage plays a car thief who’s retired, but is forced ... read more

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OUR HUGE HOLIDAY CAR GIVEAWAY IS COMING UP!

Our HUGE Holiday Car Giveaway is Coming Up! Last year, we decided we wanted to help people in a big way. And we figured the biggest thing we could do was to give someone the gift of transportation, so we donated a car to a family in need. This year, we want to do the same. As part of the Wheels to Prosper initiative – a collective of over 30 automotive shops that coordinate car giveaways to help people and families in need with a new set of wheels. This year, at ProAuto, we decided to host our Free Car Giveaway during the holidays. But before we can get things rolling, we need YOUR help to find families in need. So until Wednesday, December 13th, we need you to nominate deserving individuals. To nominate someone, please send us their: Full Name Statement of why they deserve the vehicle (include the uses they may have) You can email or mail entries in. For email, send to ... read more

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4 TRAITS OF A GREAT AUTO MECHANIC

Auto Mechanic Finding a great auto mechanic can be a difficult process (if you haven’t already found Pro Auto Care, that is!). We understand that trusting a stranger with your vehicle is no easy thing, and there’s a level of comfort and trust that you need to have with your auto mechanic in order to have a great working relationship. There are some traits, though, that serve as a great indicator of a trustworthy, professional, and overall great auto mechanic. Here are four of them. 1. Great Communication Skills If anything can strain a relationship – both personal and professional – it’s a lack of communication. Because working with automobiles is a very technical job, an auto mechanic that doesn’t properly explain the issues that are happening with your car, along with potential solutions, is going to have a hard time helping the customer understand what’s going on with his vehicle. A great auto mechanic understands that there may be a technical gap, and works hard to ... read more

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HERE’S HOW TO GET A GREAT DEAL ON YOUR CAR INSURANCE

Car Insurance Quote Owning a vehicle isn’t cheap. Purchasing a vehicle or starting a new car lease is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s also gas, regular maintenance, and car insurance to think about. And if there’s one thing that can significantly jack up your monthly payments, it’s getting a not-so-great rate on your car insurance. Here’s how to make sure that doesn’t happen. 1. Figure out What Type of Coverage you Need. Many people opt solely for liability coverage, which covers you if you’re at fault for an accident. Some situations, however, require that you have full coverage – which is more expensive. For instance, if you’re leasing a car or if you’re required to take out an additional warranty on your vehicle, you’re probably going to be required to have full coverage on your vehicle for the duration that you lease it or have the warranty. Once you know what type of insurance coverage you need, you can move on to the next step. 2. Check for Discount P ... read more

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BUYING A USED CAR FOR SALE? HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR.

If there’s one thing most people can agree on, it’s that the process of buying a car can be a huge headache filled with unfamiliar terminology, untrustworthy sales staff, and pressure to commit quickly to a sale. It’s a good thing, then, that there are some pretty solid rules in place for how to go about searching for that perfect used car. Before starting any serious used car search, the first thing you should do is figure out how much you can afford to spend. Edmund’s True Market Value tool can help you find vehicles that will fall within your budget, giving you a place to start your search. Once you have a few options and you’re ready to see some vehicles in person, follow these three steps to make sure you’re getting a good deal on a used car. 1. Check the vehicle’s history. Most everyone has heard of Carfax, a service that lists any major damage or accidents that a specific vehicle has undergone. A ... read more

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