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Trust Your Instincts When Choosing a Used Car

It's important to National Auto Plaza that we provide the community with information that is helpful. Are you considering a used car purchase?

Most people choose classified ads when searching for a used car. However, there are plenty of websites that offer used cars for sale, which allows you to search using multiple locations. In fact, Facebook Marketplace has become very popular. Often times, people choose a car that is unaffordable, which typically does not end well. Be sure to establish a budget on the price you want to pay.  

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Using the Right Products for Fuel Efficiency

Avoid putting aftermarket products in your vehicle if you want to increase your fuel economy. These tend to quickly get absorbed without really doing any good for your vehicle. They can sometimes do more harm as they could clog your fuel filter, decreasing your fuel economy.

Use resources that are online to find the best gas stations. Avoid using stations that feature much lower prices than other businesses, as they might not have the best quality of gas to offer. Try to find stations that seem as though they are in competition with others but that also offer lower prices…

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Find Out How to Abide by Move Over Laws

Move Over laws are all over the country. When you’re driving around town, you need to make sure you’re following the laws. At National Auto Plaza, we’re here to tell you what the laws are and why they’re in place.

Any time you see an emergency vehicle stopped or parked on the side of the road, move over. Change lanes so that you give them room to work. If you absolutely cannot move over, slow down to avoid any kind of accident. 

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Is the Android Auto System Voice Activated?

When the Android Auto System was first imagined, it was to include a voice activation option. However, during its first release, voice activation had not yet been perfected. Once the technology for voice activation came online, Google was quick to add it to the Android Auto System’s capability.

At first, the Android Auto System depended on a push-button mechanism. Soon, that mechanism moved to the steering wheel to help the driver keep their eyes on the road. Today, the Android Auto System can activate either through the steering wheel controls or via voice command.  

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Tips for Cleaning Your Tires

Have you noticed your car’s tires are turning a different color? If you want to make sure that this doesn’t happen, you should clean your tires every week. This ensures that your tires won’t crack or weather because of all the dust and debris. Another tip is that you should always use a professional grade tire cleaner that you can dilute in a bucket. You’ll need a foam applicator brush or tire brush in order to get a deeper clean on your car’s wheels as well. 

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Keep Odors in a Vehicle Under Control

Is there anything more pleasant than the smell of a brand new car? The scent won't last forever, but there's no reason for the smell of a vehicle to turn awful. Understanding the ways to control odor in a car helps keep it smelling nice.

You may wish to keep smelly things out of the car. For example, don't transport greasy fast food unless it is placed in a sealed, zippered-container. Keep the car clean. When you allow trash or leftover food in the car to fester, the interior ends up smelling bad. 

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Types of Winter Tires

Winter tires can generally be placed into one of three categories: studdable tires, studless winter tires, and performance winter tires. Studdable winter tires are designed to be able to accept metal studs that increase traction on icy roads. They're very effective, but they are also very hard on asphalt roads, which is why many states only allow them to be used during the winter if they don't outlaw them completely.

Studless winter tires are designed to provide extra traction on ice and snow without using metal studs.  

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Fix Your Windshield Chip Today

One of the worst things a person can experience is a chipped windshield. This is because cars are very valuable, especially in today's economy, so most people do not want to have to pay money to fix their windshield. There is, however, a way you can repair your chipped windshield yourself, and it doesn't take long, either.

The main thing you need in order to repair your chipped windshield is resin for the chip. This type of resin can be found in auto stores, department stores, and a few other places, or you can just purchase a windshield…

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Staying Charged in the Winter

Before getting stranded in your car in the winter, make a survival kit that has a few tools that you can use to stay warm and hydrated until help arrives. If you keep your car running the entire time, you're going to run out of gas at some point. Instead of using the heater in the car, make a heater by using a candle inside a metal can. You'll also need a lighter for the candle. Since you're in a confined space, the heat from the candle that is trapped inside the can will begin to warm…

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How to Correct a Slide on Icy Roads

If you are driving on an icy road or in snowy conditions, you have to take extra precaution not to cause fishtailing and sliding along the road. In fact, if you do find that your car is slipping on the road due to ice, then you may be driving too fast. It's recommended that you don't go over 45 mph in icy road conditions, as this will cause your tires to slide. In addition, you also want to avoid sudden braking or quick acceleration.

If you do find yourself sliding a lot, then the first thing to remember…

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