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How to Budget for Car Maintenance Before You Buy

Deciding on a budget when car shopping is one of the first things you should do. But, it's important that you budget correctly. Forgetting to account for operational costs like gas, registration, and maintenance can cause you to get a car that isn't in your budget. If you're not sure how much you should add in your budget for maintenance and repairs we're here to help.

 

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Useful Car Accessories You'll Love

There are so many little gadgets geared towards drivers that promise to make your driving experience a little better. Some are outlandish but there are many that you will not only find useful but can maybe keep you safe in an emergency. We've compiled a list of car accessories we think you'll find beneficial:

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Easy Steps to Dog Proof Your Car

If you love to travel with your pet it's a good idea to protect your car before you hit the road. Dogs tend to leave a mess behind, but taking a few easy, proactive steps can help you save time on cleaning up. These steps include:

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How to Easily Change a Flat Tire

Why wait for a tow truck or roadside assistance when you can easily change the tire yourself? These simple steps will get back on four wheels in no time at all:

  1. Find a safe location out of the way of traffic. Empty parking lots and straight stretches of road are great.
  2. Take out the spare tire and the tools you need to change the tire. Besides the tire you'll need a jack, wheel wedges, lug wrench, a flashlight with working batteries, and flares.
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How the IIHS Tests Seats to Prevent Whiplash

Neck sprains and similar injuries commonly referred to as "whiplash" are among the most frequently sustained injuries in traffic collisions. That's because it doesn't take much force to sprain the human neck—a velocity change of just 10 mph will do it.

Our heads are heavy, thanks to those darned over-sized brains of ours, so if our body is thrown back into the seat faster than our heads, the neck is put under huge strain.

The design of your vehicle's seats can go a long way toward preventing whiplash, as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has…

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Remove Stuck-On Bugs & Other Nature Problems with WD-40

No matter how advanced society becomes, nature always has a way to take us down a peg.

For example, you're driving a shiny pre-owned Acura you just bought from Basic Auto Sales in Richmond. You got a great deal on a luxurious SUV, so you're feeling pretty suave, when suddenly a big old bug hits your windshield! You just drove through a whole swarm of sticky swamp flies, and before you even get home, they've been caked on by the hot summer sun.

Fortunately, Mother Nature is no match for a can of WD-40.

This simple household…

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