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What is That Sound my Car is Making?

Every driver should master the various warning car sounds that signal specific mechanical problems early enough for effective intervention. Drivers who learn to maintain some closeness with their cars will easily tell when the engine requires some maintenance or whether some part requires replacement. The knowledge of some common sounds can help the driver make the right diagnosis to determine how and when to fix the problem. The following tips should help any discerning driver to avoid inconveniences on the road through quick intervention. The list of the car sounds is not exhaustive but covers some of the most common challenges that you might have experienced in the past or will encounter in the near future. A ticking sound from the car’s underside Drivers should be wary of a ticking sound, which is usually heard from the center underside of their cars. This sound is usually heard from rear-wheel-drive vehicles or four-wheel-drive cars ... read more

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Avoid an Increase in your Car Insurance

Most people find it inevitable to avoid extra car insurance cost because of trying to use shortcuts. However, at the end of the day these people usually end up incurring a lot in terms of other costs and this can only be avoided in a number of ways. Below are some of the ways that people can use to avoid an increase in their car insurance costs. It has come to be known that among the easiest and less demanding ways of avoiding the increasing costs of car insurance is by driving safely and cautiously all the time. This way can only be done by sticking strictly to the speed limit and being cautious behind the steering wheel. Avoiding car accidents and traffic violations that increase insurance cost will be the easiest way to avoid a higher rate. Another way of avoiding rising insurance cost is by looking for a good place to park a car if it is going to not be used for an extended period of time. It is clear that parking cars at the parking lots, along the streets ... read more

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Keeping Your Old Car Fresh

Old cars have the habit of making the owner feel run down and downtrodden. If this is the case, it might be time to take the time to boost an old car’s self esteem and create good habits to keep your car new and vibrant. 1. Clean even the darkest corners in the interior. Take the extra time to care for the inside of your car. This means vacuuming, wiping the interior, and paying attention to the parts that probably haven’t been cleaned for years. The thing to remember with an old car is that it has lived many years for dust and waste to build up and go unnoticed. 2. Replace outdated electronics. Your stereo system and speakers may be extremely outdated because of the age of your car. Maybe it is time to relieve that blown speaker and even replace your whole stereo system. Stereo systems do not have to cost an arm and a leg, and it is even a plus if you can install it yourself or have a friend who knows how. 3. Replace h ... read more

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Are High Tech Cars Safe?

The auto industry is heading into new territory soon, as many manufacturers plan to equip cars with wireless hot spots and broadband connections. These features could improve the driving experience, but they also bring safety concerns. These new connected cars would allow passengers to have wireless connection for several phones, tablets, computers or other devices. A WIFI hotspot would let passengers have internet access. Advocates for Connected Cars The auto industry is pushing for the “car of tomorrow”, claiming the technology will improve the driving experience and make the roads more safe. Users could stream music and movies to the car, among other entertainment features. These connected cars would also let the manufacturer remotely monitor and upgrade the vehicle’s software. The technology could keep drivers safe by notifying the driver of weather forecasts and traffic problems in their area. Many hope that this technology will allow vehicles ... read more

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Wintry Driving Conditions: What You Need in an Emergency

The recent snow that stormed across the midwest was a wakeup call for many drivers who were stuck on the road. We started thinking about all those accidents and abandoned cars and remembered how important it is to have an emergency kit. We should all keep an emergency kit in the car all year, but driving in winter conditions makes this even more important. When you’re caught in a blizzard or other cold weather conditions, you never know how long you’ll wait until help comes. Keeping a few extra items in the car will put you at ease in case of an emergency. You don’t have to buy an expensive emergency kit for your car- you can find some essential pieces on your own. Here is our guide for creating your own emergency survival kit for winter driving: -heavy duty bag to carry all items -ice scraper and snow brush -shovel -flares -jumper cables -flashlight and batteries -blanket -snacks ... read more

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Your Vehicle’s Spring Maintenance Checklist

As we approach the end of these cold winter months, it’s important to do some after-winter maintenance. Safety is important to consider all year round, but we want to help by providing you with a checklist for your car’s care: Check your antifreeze Spring time is usually when you need to do a radiator flush. You want to be sure your antifreeze mixture is good to go. Inspect Your Tires Your tires were working really hard in the winter weather and need some tending to. Rotating these seasonally will extend their life. Also, air pressure goes down from the cold, so check your tire pressure and add air if necessary. Wiper Blades These take quite the beating from the snow. Now is a great time to replace your wipers. Fluids Your engine works harder in winter driving conditions. Bring your car in to have its fluids topped. Battery Like everything else, your battery works extra hard in the cold weather. Th ... read more

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What to Do After Buying a New Car

Nothing can bring you down as you drive off the lot in your new car. As soon as you arrive at home and stack your paperwork on the counter, you are hit with the truth: You’ve got lots to do for this new purchase. First, congratulate yourself. Buying a new car is an exciting decision and a large commitment. If you want to stand outside admiring your car for an hour, now is the acceptable time. Now it is time to get to work. Here are some basic steps you’ll take after you buy a new car. Get Auto Insurance You may be required to provide proof of insurance at the dealership before you close the sale. You may also secure car insurance at the dealership. You might need to communicate with your current insurance agent to change plans and make them aware of your purchase. Register the Car You can register your car with proof of insurance. You cannot simply put old license plates on your new car, but you may purchase or transfer ex ... read more

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What to say when buying a new car

Everyone has theories about how to buy a new car. Negotiating with the car dealer gets a lot of buzz. We hear about what you should not say to a dealer, but isn’t it easier to focus on what you should say? We made a list of things to tell your dealer that will help you get the best price and the best service on your new car. “I’m not buying today” Don’t be afraid to tell the salesperson that you won’t be buying a car on your first visit to the dealership. Test drive a few cars, research the internet, ask friends, and discuss with the dealer. See if you’re interested in buying at this dealership. “I’m here for my appointment” When you are ready, call to make an appointment. This shows that you are serious and ready to make a deal. “I’ve done my research” Show the dealer that you mean business. Go to the dealership with the invoice price and online pricing quotes in hand. The dealer will see you know the figures and are com ... read more

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Customer Service

New Year’s Resolutions: Auto Style

This is the year that your resolutions will not be forgotten. Your list will not be crumpled up in frustration in the coming weeks. We think you have the determination to meet your goals. At D&R Autoworks, we love everything related to automobiles. We know them well and we like to learn about them. This year we want to share some auto-related resolutions that you and your family might find interesting. Teach Your Teen Auto Care (or Learn With your Teen) - Whether you are an auto junkie or clueless about cars, there are some basics that every driver should know. Teach your children some basics this year or consider taking a class with your teen driver. Road Trip Check out a new destination either near or far from your home, and plan a road trip for some quality on-the-road time. A road trip can be the perfect way to explore the country, spend quality time with loved ones, and visit new places. Teach Your Teen to Drive a Stick ... read more

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Use Winter as an Opportunity for Teaching Driving Skills

After years of experience, we parents know how important cautious driving is in the winter. The impending ice, sleet, and snow often have parents worried; if teens are just learning and haven’t had experience, you may be scared to let them take the wheel. You do have right to be concerned. Teen drivers who have not driven in winter conditions are not used to the drastically different road conditions. Winter weather conditions require heightened senses and quicker reaction times. Fair-weather driving does not require the same level of attention and skill as winter driving. It may just be that your new teen driver is not experienced in these techniques. So, should you enact a new rule to keep your teen drivers out of the driver’s seat for the next two months? Should you declare winter months off limits for driving? For all of you nervous parents, we have a classic word of wisdom: Practice makes perfect. Teens will only become seasoned drivers if they have practic ... read more

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Driver Safety
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