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Tips for Cold Weather Car Care
Cold temperatures can have a real impact on your vehicle. Winter magnifies existing problems such as pings, hard starts, sluggish performance and rough idling, and very cold temperatures reduce battery power. If you haven't had your vehicle checked recently, a thorough vehicle inspection is a good i...
Written on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 by
No Need to 'Warm Up' Modern Vehicles in Cold Weather
Idling for 30 Seconds Uses More Fuel than Restarting Engine
It is that time of the year when many motorists wonder if they need to let their vehicle "warm up" or idle before driving. In fact, today's modern cars are ready to drive in cold temperatures without excessive idling, says the Car Care Cou...
Written on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by
Winter Driving Tips: How to Drive in the Snow
In a perfect world, all roads would be dry and untrafficked. But in the real world, drivers face a wide variety of weather conditions, and when snow is added to the mix, the potential for automotive disaster can increase exponentially.
Whether you venture to the ski slopes once in a blue moon or sp...
Written on Monday, December 10, 2018 by
Pre-Trip Vehicle Check Minimizes Holiday Travel Stress
High traffic volumes and unpredictable weather make the holidays a stressful time to travel. While you can't control the traffic or the weather, you can make sure that your vehicle is prepared for the trip.
To minimize stress and avoid holiday road trip mishaps, check the following items as part ...
Written on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 by
Car Care Tips for Safe Halloween Driving
With Halloween fast approaching, we remind motorists to drive slowly, especially through neighborhoods, to be extra careful when entering or exiting driveways or alleyways, and to make sure their vehicle's brakes, lights and wipers are working properly.
"Motorists can help keep young pedestrians ...
Written on Thursday, October 25, 2018 by
New Video Helps Get Your Vehicle Back-to-School Ready...
"Back-to-school time is hectic for most families but scheduling a complete vehicle inspection is time well spent," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Our new video provides some valuable maintenance and safety tips that will help keep your vehicle running safely and efficiently ...
Written on Thursday, September 20, 2018 by
As School Starts, Make Sure Your Brakes Are Safe...
A properly operating brake system is critical to safe vehicle operation and control under a variety of conditions. As the school year gets underway, now is the ideal time to stop and make sure your brakes are working properly before colder temperatures arrive.
"When it comes to vehicle safety, th...
Written on Thursday, September 6, 2018 by
Add Pre-Trip Auto Care to Summer Road Trip Plans
Vehicles 10 Years or Older Twice as Likely to Get Stranded Roadside
With school out for the summer, many families are planning driving vacations. Adding pre-trip auto care to road trip plans lessens the chance of a roadside breakdown for all motorists and is even more important for those driving ...
Written on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by
Importance of Oil Changes
Check out this helpful video that discusses the why, when and where to have an oil change performed, including:
Why – Oil lubricates the moving parts of the engine and changing the oil keeps the engine clean.
When – The video suggests checking the vehicle's owner's manual for recom...
Written on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 by
Is Your Car #RoadTrip Ready?
Before you hit the road this summer, make sure your vehicle is road trip ready so you can have any problems fixed before you go. A pre-trip vehicle checkup will help avoid the inconvenience, potential safety hazards and unplanned expense of breaking down miles away from home.
Check filters and fl...
Written on Thursday, June 21, 2018 by
If Your Check Engine Light Comes On... Bring It To Bastian.
The top 10 check engine light repairs from the annual CarMD® Vehicle Health Index™ reinforces what the car care experts have been saying for years. Motorists who ignore the check engine light get less miles per gallon and could face costly repairs down the road.
"Many people fear that w...
Written on Friday, May 25, 2018 by
Spring is finally here! Get ready for driving season...
Spring is here and its arrival means warmer weather, more hours of daylight and spring break travel. Now is a great time to take a few steps to make sure your vehicle is safe and road-trip ready.
Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blade...
Written on Monday, April 30, 2018 by
Learn About The Dangers Of Potholes...
The new video titled "Dangers of Potholes" emphasizes three warning signs that motorists should look for after hitting a pothole:
• Loss of control
• Pulling in one direction and uneven tire wear
• Tire and wheel problems
"In many areas of the country, avoiding potholes can...
Written on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by
Top 10 Most Common Vehicle Repairs
Changing the oil and oil filter, replacing wiper blades and air filters, and scheduled maintenance top the list of the 10 most common vehicle repairs of 2017, according to the Car Care Council.According to research conducted by IMR Inc., an industry leader in automotive research, the top 10 most com...
Written on Friday, February 16, 2018 by
6 Quick Tips for "Bomb Cyclone" Winter Driving
Most people never heard of 'bombogenesis" until heavy snow and dangerous cold recently hit many areas of the country, including several states that usually don't experience this type of severe weather. Making sure your vehicle is properly prepared for the elements will help you avoid the aggravation...
Written on Friday, January 5, 2018 by
Six-Point Vehicle Check: A Gift that Keeps on Giving
As our customers get ready for holiday travel, here are some great tips to help stay safe on the road.
"Why not wrap up the holiday season with a gift for you and your car? Inspecting six key systems ahead of time can save you the headaches and cost of an emergency breakdown later," said Rich Whi...
Written on Thursday, December 21, 2017 by
As Temperatures Drop, Check Tire Pressure More Often...
You may notice when the weather turns colder, the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) light on your dashboard lights up more frequently. Experts recommend checking your tire pressure regularly during the winter to help keep the TPMS light off and your vehicle safe.
"It's typical at this time o...
Written on Thursday, November 30, 2017 by
Preparation for winter driving is essential...
The non-profit Car Care Council recommends checking the following areas of your vehicle so it is road ready when severe winter weather strikes.
• Check the battery and charging system for optimum performance. Cold weather is hard on batteries.
• Check the antifreeze. As a general rul...
Written on Monday, November 13, 2017 by
How to Identify a Flood Damaged Vehicle
Following one of the worst hurricane seasons in years and record-setting rainfall in many areas of the country, flooding has taken its toll on vehicles. It is important for those considering the purchase of a used vehicle to be car care aware and check for signs of water intrusion or contamination. ...
Written on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 by
Fall Car Care & Maintenance...
Here's a great article on Fall Car Care... Right now, get our Fall Car Care Package for just $29.95! Bring it to Bastian...
"Celebrating Fall Car Care Month with some basic service is as easy as one, two, three and it doesn't have to take much time or money," said Rich White, executive director, ...
Written on Thursday, October 5, 2017 by
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