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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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Find the Perfect Car for Your Teen

Here at National Auto Plaza, we understand how nerve-wracking it can be when your teenager begins to drive. However, we also know that the process can be made a lot easier when you know that they are in a car that will keep them safe on the road.

When we speak to local parents, we usually suggest that they try to avoid purchasing their teens a car with too much horsepower. New drivers may not be able to handle the speed and acceleration offered by these vehicles, so it is usually best to opt for something a little less powerful…

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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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