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First Day of Fall
By: Luke Shaff ~ 9/17/2020

The first day of fall is on Tuesday, September 22nd! Just like the summer time in the Pacific Northwest, you will need to get your car ready for the fall weather. Here are some tips on how to move your car from summer weather to fall weather!

  • Clean out your car and get one last carwash. It might seem silly at first but have a fresh start, with a fresh season after this year might make you feel just a little better!
  • You have checked your AC for the summer, but now it is time to check your heater before the colder weather arrives BLOGPOST_Fall.jpg
  • Also, like the summertime heat can damage your hoses and belts, but so can the cold. Now would be a great time to recheck to make sure that none of them are damaged
  • If you do not have rubber mats in your car it might want to consider getting them. As the leaves fall on the ground they will get in your car and you will have to clean out your car more than you may want to be
  • Double check all of your lights (tail lights, head lights, fog lights, brights…etc). As fall arrives and day light savings comes, it will start getting darker and you will want to ensure that all those lights are working to be able to be seen better on the road
  • Check the condition of your battery. It might not need to be replaced since you last checked it at the beginning of summer, but you will just want to be sure you know what state it is in
  • Think about start getting a winter kit available in your car. Start getting it ready now, so when winter does come around you are not scavenging around last minute when winter does hit.

As you start going back to work and back to normal activities, keeping your car up to date is super important. If you have not driven your car much over the last few months, make sure to check these things before going a long distance. Do not forget to find some fun fall activities to enjoy like apple picking! Happy Fall!!

 


Buying a New or Used Car?
By: Luke Shaff ~ 9/10/2020

With the pandemic and the lock down, no one has been going anywhere or spending much money. Maybe for you this means affording to be able to buy a new car! Test driving a car can be really nerve wrecking, you want to make sure you are completely sure you want that car, as once the purchase is final, it is final.

Make sure that you take one day to test drive cars. Take three things with you: your things (purse, backpack…etc), a friend or family member, and a notepad. You will want to ensure you are in the most comfortable state, even if that means bringing stuff you normally put in your car as you will want to know how it will feel every day. Bring a family member or friend so they can tell you BLOGPOST_Buyinganewcar.jpgtheir thoughts, and so they can sit in the back and give you honest feedback on how the backseat of your car is. Always bring a notepad to be able to take notes about what you do and do not like about the car. This is so important when you are coming down to making a final decision.

Bring your phone and to try to connect it to the car system. Most cars come with Bluetooth and you will want to make sure yours connects easily and how the system works. Some people buy cars thinking it will work, and then it does not pair, or they do not know how to voice call or text someone. Check to see what applications you want in the car, whether that be a GPS system, back up camera system, lane notifications…etc.

Test drive the car you want in both rain and shine. You will want to know how it feels with breaking and accelerating in different types of weather to see how you like it. Test drive other cars you are interested in as well in both the rain and shine to be able to compare how they both drive and what you like better. Practice parking at a grocery store or where you work to see how that feels, and if you like the way it parks, if it is easy.

Lastly, test drive the car that you love. Then go and test drive a car you think you might like (a different brand). Go back to the original car and drive it one more time, this will solidify if you really like your original car or if you are having second thoughts, you may want to look a little bit more and test drive more cars.

Do not forget to write notes and compare and contrast the pros and cons of each car!

Happy Car Hunting!