When To Get New Tires

National Auto Plaza wants you to know that your vehicle's tires need to be in really good shape in order for you to get down the road safely. As you are driving your vehicle, there are some signs to watch out for that can help you know that your tires need to be replaced.

Tires that are worn down and need to be replaced will often produce a lot of road noise while you are driving. If you can hear a lot more noise than usual when you are traveling at highway speeds, that is a good indicator that…

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Get to Know Your Vehicle’s Alternator

Even if you’re not a professional mechanic, it’s important to have a basic working knowledge of the parts and components that make up your vehicle. The staff of National Auto Plaza is here to answer all of your vehicle-related questions and concerns, so don’t hesitate to speak with us the next time you bring your vehicle by our location in Sandy for alternator service or any other vehicle repairs.

Although the battery supplies the initial charge to start up a vehicle’s engine, the alternator is responsible for producing the continuous supply of power that’s 

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Making Your Next Test Drive More Worthwhile

In some cases, test drives can be a bit of an "awkward moment." After all, it's not every day that you drive around Sandy with someone you just met. Fortunately, with a few basic tips, you can take your next test drive from "awkward" to "awesome." Here's how we at National Auto Plaza recommend approaching your next test drive.

The first tip is to simply take your time. Don't let your desire to end the test drive cause you to miss important details that could make or break the deal. Take time to really look over the…

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You Have Options When It Comes To Your Vehicle

A lot of people run into a situation where they must decide if they will attempt to refinance their current auto loan or if they will go ahead and trade it in for something else. It can be a challenging decision for some individuals, but we are here to try to help with the understanding of the pros and cons of each option.

Refinancing means you can get a lower interest rate and an extended loan term. At the same time, good luck finding someone willing to do a refinancing deal. They just don’t happen often anymore.

 

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Consider a Quality Used Car at National Auto Plaza and Save

Many people would love to buy a new car every few years. Sometimes that might not be in the budget. National Auto Plaza wants you to know that you don't have to sacrifice quality when you buy a used car. You might even reap some benefits that add value to your pre-owned vehicle purchase.

Saving money is appealing, and a quality pre-owned car or truck typically costs much less than a new vehicle. Another source of savings could be lower insurance premiums. In some cases it may even be cheaper to register a used car.

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Understanding Wheel Alignments

When your car oddly veers right or left, and the steering wheel tilts even while drive straight, you may need a wheel alignment. Normal wear on parts can upend alignments. So can minor bumps or accidents. Regardless of the cause, the tires won't be running on the road at the proper angles unless restored to the correct alignment.

The process for fixing the three alignment angles starts with measuring them. At a service location, a machine measures the angles with precision. The technician records the measurements to determine any problems. 

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2 Signs You May Have An Exhaust Leak

Maintain your vehicle and it will continue to work hard for you for many years to come. Ignore basic maintenance tips and get the results that you get. That is the basic message that anyone who has spent any time around vehicles would tell you. The truth is you get what you put into these machines. That is why it is so important to look for signs of an exhaust leak.

Reduced Fuel Efficiency- Anyone experiencing reduced fuel efficiency should check that they don’t have an exhaust leak. It could very well be the case that they do, and…

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Get Your Engine And Cooling System Ready For The Warm Weather

National Auto Plaza wants our customers to know how to maintain their vehicles. With the end of winter in sight, it is time to start preparing your vehicle for warm weather driving. Start by consulting the maintenance schedule in your owners manual.

Is your engine cutting out or is it reluctant to start? Get your engine serviced now for trouble-free spring and summer driving. Your engine runs hotter in warm weather. Check your maintenance schedule to determine if your cooling system needs to be flushed. At a minimum have the quality and temperature rating of your coolant checked.

 

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Choosing Between Front-Wheel Drive and Rear-Wheel Drive

Here at our dealership, we want you to come to a decision that is informed when purchasing your next vehicle. Do you know about the differences between front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive? Let us clear up a few details so that you can make the right decision.

Power in the Front or Power in the Rear?

It all depends on what you like and where you plan on taking your next vehicle. If you want a vehicle that holds up tougher against potholes and curbs with a sporty feel, then the rear-wheel drive is definitely for you. 

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How to Test the Battery on Your Car

It is important to know how to test your battery the next time you are having car troubles. Here at National Auto Plaza, we like to keep you informed so that you know what to do in situations like a battery failure.

Testing Battery With Voltmeter

Set your voltmeter to measure voltage. With the ignition turned off, touch the test probes from the voltmeter to the positive and negative terminals on the battery accordingly. If the battery reads 12.4 volts or more then you probably have a good battery.

 
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