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Choosing a Safe Car for your Teenager

Regardless of the budget you're working with, selecting a car that can protect your newly licensed teenager can help you have peace of mind. Several factors have been shown to keep young drivers safer, and National Auto Plaza can help you understand things to consider when purchasing a car.

Smaller cars tend to be driven faster, so selecting a larger vehicle for your teenager is important. It should have a high safety rating and have Electronic Stability Control so that they can have extra help in difficult situations. 

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The Importance of the Tread in the Tire

One of the most important features of a tire is the tread. The tread is the ridges in the tire. It is not just there for aesthetics. These treads actually serve a very important function when it comes to your vehicle and the safety of your ride.

The treads are very important because it provides people with traction. This is so that you can avoid losing control of your vehicle. However, as you use your vehicle, the treads wear out. Fortunately, there are ways to check and see if it might be time to change your tires for some new…

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Brake Fluid: What it is and Why it is Important

As a driver, you have heard about brake fluid. If you are wondering what it is, the answer is simple. Brake fluid is fluid for your brakes. It is the reason that your car is able to stop. Therefore, it is important to make sure that your vehicle has an adequate amount of it.

The way that brake fluid works is that the driver presses on the brake pedal. This causes the pedal to compress a piston inside of the brake caliper. Then the pressure in the brake line is compressed which moves the brake fluid. 

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Tips for Cleaning Any Car Quickly and Easily

Cleaning your car in a hurry is easy if you take advantage of the following tips. Wash the car exterior with a hose so you get most of the dirt off the paint surface. Use a clean cloth soaked in a polish on the exterior fast, then drive your vehicle so the wind can remove any remaining water droplets. Use the polish cloth to now run over the tires last.

Drop the car mats on the ground to loosen any dirt trapped in them, bang them on the curb a few times. Place some glass cleaner on a paper towel…

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Why Should You Buy A Crossover?

Has your old, reliable vehicle finally given up? Are you in the market for something new-to-you that you can rely on each day? If so, how about a crossover SUV? This type of vehicle has really gained a lot of popularity in recent years thanks to how practical it is. Many of the current manufacturers have a crossover as part of their lineup. It might take some research and shopping around to narrow down your search, but a crossover is a great option for new drivers and more experienced drivers alike. 

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How a Rearview Camera Enhances Your Safety

Here at National Auto Plaza, we want you to have the latest information about your vehicle's safety features. The more you know, the more you understand what safety features are best for yourself and your family.

Rearview cameras are now being included in vehicles to show drivers what's behind their rear bumper that they can't see. Studies have shown that nearly 57 percent of drivers with rearview cameras installed in their vehicle were able to avoid hitting or backing over stationary objects they weren't able to see using their mirrors. 

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Get the Facts With a Vehicle History Report

You may be considering your next used car, but you may also have questions about the history of the vehicle before it enters your hands. At our dealership, we want to make sure that our customers have an informed choice when selecting their next vehicle.

A vehicle history report can give you the facts that you need to make your decision. Based on the vehicle's unique VIN or vehicle information number, this kind of report can tell you about the type of title a car has, its accident history and its previous ownership record. 

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Payload and Towing: Is There a Difference?

If you think payload and towing are the same thing, you're wrong, but you're not alone. Many people don't know the difference and use the terms interchangeably. 

Your truck's payload is what can carry inside, including people and cargo. Towing capacity is what it can pull with a trailer. Payload ability is usually less than towing because with towing, the weight isn’t bearing on the vehicle directly. 

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Does Your Ignition Require Service?

If your vehicle doesn’t start, it could be indicative of a dead battery, but it can also mean the starter or ignition is going bad. If the ignition eventually goes out completely, it can result in a towing bill and a lot of inconvenience. If your vehicle hasn’t been starting like it should, give us a call at National Auto Plaza or stop and see us. 

Paying attention to signs your ignition is going out can prevent breakdowns and unnecessary repair bills.

  • Grinding sound
  • No sound at all when key turns
  • Oil-soaked starter 
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Shiny Wheels Complement a Shiny Vehicle Body

What goes best with the clean, shiny body of your vehicle? Well, a clean, shiny set of tires, of course. In fact, not only do your tires look better when you keep them clean, but they are also more protected from brake dust, a corrosive dust that is created when your brakes are applied.

To keep your tires beautiful and free of brake dust, there are a couple of things that you should do. First of all, when you are cleaning your vehicle, start with the wheels so that you are not spraying dust from your tires onto the clean…

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