Automotive Part Spotlight: The Alternator

Your car's electrical system is a finely tuned technical masterpiece that gets your engine started most of the time. The system consists of your battery, starter and alternator. Most people are familiar with the first two, but the last is a bit of a mystery. Here's our Basic Auto Sales service department's brief explanation.

An Electrical Supply

An alternator generates electricity as you drive through Ashland. It gathers mechanical energy from the motion of your wheels, turning this energy into electricity.

The generated electricity fuels your car's electrical

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Finding The Best Car For Your Teen

When it's time for your teen to get behind the wheel, you might start looking at Basic Auto Sales for a safe and reliable vehicle. Consider the size of the car as you want to get something for your teen that is easy to manage while still providing a safe environment in the event of an accident.

The engine size should be considered when looking at cars in Ashland. Even though your teen might want something that has a lot of speed behind it, you want to look at vehicles that have smaller engines so that they don't…

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Let Our Dealership Handle Your Car Battery Service & Replacement

For many of us, it's really hard to get going in the morning. But, with a cup of coffee, we get the boost we need to continue with our day. In a vaguely similar way, the battery in your car gives it the jolt it needs to get moving. Without the battery, the vehicle would not start.

Typically, your car battery will last for a period of 2 to 5 years. Some events, like hot weather, can quickly drain the battery and create a need to replace it much sooner. Also, short trips or infrequent driving prevents it from…

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Buying A Used Car Is Not As Risky As It Once Was

You will save money on insurance and so much more if you decide to go with a used car rather than a new one. It is easy to feel confident in your purchase these days because there are things like CarFax reports and the like that can keep you protected from characters who might otherwise like to take advantage of you when selling you a used vehicle. That has largely gone by the wayside.

The cost that you pay in terms of depreciation of the value of the car is lessened because you are paying less for it in general…

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Connected and Safe: The Chevrolet Colorado Offers Both

Here at Basic Auto Sales, we know every truck owner hopes to enjoy the best vehicle for their needs. The question is, what do you want from the truck you are looking to buy?

The Chevrolet Colorado can tick many of the boxes you have regarding power, payload hauling, and technology. If you are looking to use your truck as an office you should make sure you can always stay connected with mobile devices and laptops through the use of a built-in mobile hotspot. The 4G mobile hotspot allows you and 

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Replacing Your Flat Tire Like a Pro

Being capable of replacing a flat tire is crucial knowledge to avoid being stranded on the side of the road. When your tire goes flat there are some important steps you need to take to get your car back on the road again. Here are a few:

Locate Your Spare Tire and Jack

The faster you can get the spare out and ready to go the faster you will be driving again. Always inflate your spare with air now and then to ensure that it is functional.

Jack Vehicle With Care

Stop the vehicle from rolling with a rock or…
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Tips to Help You Make Safety a Priority When You're Driving with Pets in Tow

If you're planning on taking a road trip and including your pets, there are some important ways to prepare ahead of time. At Basic Auto Sales, we want to make sure that you're safe as well as your pets.
  • You should have a spacious crate in your vehicle where your pets can ride along. This is especially helpful for pets that might get excited along the way.
  • The bed of your truck is not a safe space for travel.
  • If you have to make a pit stop, bring your pets out of the vehicle with you. This will…
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What to Do in Case of a Tire Blowout

Do you know what to do if you suddenly have a tire blowout? At Basic Auto Sales, we want you to be an informed driver who knows what to do if you suddenly have a blowout. Here are some DIY tips every driver should know regarding procedures after a tire blowout.
 
• Hang onto the steering wheel tightly to avoid the vehicle veering out of the lane.
• Avoid slamming hard on the brakes.
• Make sure the car slows down slowly rather than all at once, which can be dangerous.
• Drive to the side of the road if possible.
• Turn the emergency…
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Common Oil Change Myths from Basic Auto Sales

What should you believe when it comes to maintenance on your vehicle? Here at Basic Auto Sales, we want you to be an informed vehicle owner. Here are a couple of automotive oil myths that aren’t exactly true.

Myth: You Don’t Always Have to Change the Oil Filter

When you change the oil on your vehicle you need to change the filter with it every time. The filter keeps all the gunk out of your engine and should be changed frequently if you want a vehicle that lasts.

Myth: If You Use Synthetic Oil Once You Always Have…

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How Often Should You Wash Your Vehicle?

Everyone has different advice when it comes to how often you should wash your car. We all know people who think the answer is never, but if you are one of them, you might be doing long term damage. Keeping your car clean is the best way to prevent rust and keep your car looking new.

Pollutants, road salt, ocean salt, bird droppings, and bugs all contain acids and other chemicals that will eventually break through the protective coating on your vehicle if not removed regularly. Sun heats the wax and breaks the protective barrier. 

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