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Take Control of Negotiating Your Deal

Are you looking to negotiate the best price on your next automobile purchase? At National Auto Plaza, we want to help educate you so that you are prepared when you come to buy a car. Here are a few tips that will help you haggle the best deal possible, whether you shop with us or another used car dealer.

Tip #1: Start Your Bid Low. When negotiating a deal, you don't want to start at the price you are looking to pay. Start a ways below, and work your way up to the price you wanted initially. 

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Make Halloween a Safer Holiday for Pedestrians

Halloween is a day dedicated to costumes and candy, so what's not to love? Traffic accidents. A child's risk of being hit by a motor vehicle is four times higher on Halloween, so all drivers need to know a few safety tips.

Start by slowing down. Drive at least five miles under the posted speed limit in residential areas so that you have time to react if a child runs in front of your car. Keep an eye out for children.  

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Take a Fall Foliage Road Trip

Enjoying a brilliant autumn day viewing a landscape ablaze with color is a tradition many people enjoy. You need a bit of planning before you hit the road to see fall foliage. Whether you plan on staying close to home or taking a longer trek, double-check the peak viewing times in the area. Online interactive maps can help you find the right area at the best time.

At National Auto Plaza, we know safety and comfort are critical parts of any road trip. Here are a few tips to help you plan a fall foliage getaway: 

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Understanding the Importance of an Alternator

Our team at National Auto Plaza is always happy to offer resources that help drivers keep their vehicles in the best condition. An alternator is a major component of your vehicle, and without it, your vehicle's battery wouldn't hold a charge when you're driving. Let's find out more about an alternator below.

An alternator is part of the charging and starting system. It keeps your battery at peak power, and it helps electrical equipment, such as the air conditioning system, headlights, and windshield wipers function properly when you're driving. 

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Child Safety and LATCH Evaluations

LATCH evaluations are one of the most important tasks carried out by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. This independent organization uses scientific methods to evaluate vehicles for safety and particularly for performance in collisions. One of the most important things that the IIHS does is LATCH evaluations.

LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. LATCH evaluations are used to let people know about the way child safety seats attach in a given vehicle. These evaluations and rankings were developed in 2015.  

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Why You Should Consider Buying a Used Car

At National Auto Plaza, we want you to be informed about the different ways that you can acquire a vehicle. Your three main options are to buy a new car, lease a new car or purchase a used car. Generally speaking, buying a used car is in your best interest.

Buying used may be better than leasing because you don't have to worry about mileage limits. You also don't have to worry about paying for excess wear or tear if you like to drive a lot. Buying used may be better than buying new because you'll usually…

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Preventive Maintenance Ensures a Highly Efficient Car Battery

Do you ever wonder if your car battery is efficient enough to continually start your engine? When is it time to have battery service or to replace the battery, so that you’re not stranded?

Most car batteries are lead-acid based. While there are other types, such as lithium, lead-acid batteries are less expensive and provide more than enough amperage for a standard performance engine. The most important factor for an efficient battery is the cold cranking amps (CCAs), which determine how effective the battery will be in cold temperatures.  

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You've Heard of the Timing Belt, but Do You Really Know What it is?

The timing belt is like the chain on a bicycle, except this belt is connecting the camshaft and crankshaft. Just like the chain on a bike, this belt needs to be cared for and replaced from time to time. National Auto Plaza has a service department to help you when you need it.

A timing belt can put you in danger but only if you do not care for it. A broken belt could stop your car in the middle of the highway. You've seen how fast the traffic moves on the highways, so you know the danger you…

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Must-Have Cleaning Tools for Pet Owners

Getting rid of pet hair from your car doesn't have to be difficult. With just a few simple accessories, you can tackle loose fur in only a few minutes. We here at National Auto Plaza want you to know how to care for your vehicle, so here are some tools to keep on hand.

A rubber brush is a great way to lift fur out from floor carpets and upholstery. These brushes use static electricity to attract hair, allowing you to pick it right off the bristles and drop it into the trash. To save even more time, you…

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Should You Refinance Your Car or Trade it in?

Perhaps you're feeling the strain of your monthly car payment and are wondering what options you can pursue to make the best of your situation. The decision on whether to trade in your current car or to refinance its loan is one only you can make, but there are some factors that can help with the decision.

The age of your car will help you to make your choice. If it's an older car, you may not be able to refinance, as lenders don't want to invest in an aging car.  

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