Tips And Tricks


Road Rage - How To Avoid Serious Problems On The Road

All of us at one time or another have probably been a victim of road rage or maybe even been a perpetrator. How can you avoid falling into the road rage trap? It's hard to really take your emotions out of driving because in your car, especially in big cities like Vista, CA and Oceanside, CA, you are practically anonymous. This is what gives rise to road rage, the anonymity of the drivers and also the feeling of stress trying to get where you are going. Add to those feelings a few careless or lost drivers cutting you off and your temper could be boiling in no time.

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Car Safety Tips For Summer Traveling

Summer is a great time to pack up and take a road trip. There are a few things that you might want to pack in your trunk to make sure a car mishap does not turn into a major fiasco. You also will want to do a few car checks and preventative measures to keep your car running smoothly on the trip out of Vista, CA. For your emergency kit you can buy simple items and pack your own, or you can buy the deluxe “survive a nuclear disaster” kit from a variety of internet sites or stores. No matter what kit you decide on, have these basics in your trunk in a bright colored bag:

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What To Do After A Collision

Many of us in Oceanside CA have had the good fortune of not being in a car collision. When it does happen, it's easy to forget what to do to protect ourselves because of the adrenalin rushing through our bodies.

To remember all the things you need to do to avoid messy insurance issues later, keep this post-collision checklist in your glove box:

First, try to stay calm. Then focus on your body. You will need to provide information on bodily injuries to the insurance company.

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Car Wash Tips And Tricks

Your car is a big investment and you want it to both look nice and run well for as long as possible. In our sunny Oceanside, CA climate it is hard to keep paint looking new and glossy. Sun, salt, dirt, and infrequent rains all conspire to make your car's exterior look old before its time.


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Great Apps For Your Car

For the techie and the not so techie among us, here are some great apps to have available for your car. Aside from the obvious applications where you can now use your phone or tablet device as a GPS, there are also several devices to make car management easier.
Sometimes a trip to the mechanic can be a little scary, of course not at North County Import Specialists in Vista, CA, but just in case you want to be a little more informed when you bring your car in, try out this new app.


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Tips For Driving In The Snow And Cold Weather

When you live in Oceanside CA it might not occur to you when you head up to the mountains for a little snowboarding, sledding or skiing that there are a few key things you should know about winter driving and winterizing your car. To most people who live in an area where there is snow every winter these are obvious tips. So to avoid problems while traveling to the slopes and to look and act more like a local at the ski resort check out the tips below.


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How's My Driving, Buddy?

Do you ever question your own driving?
Most of us don’t. We know we’re not too happy with that guy who cut us off without signaling on the on ramp, but we often don’t take a critical look at our own habits. The three main causes of driving violations and accidents are:


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The Right Car For Your Teen

Teens are in more danger when they climb into a car than at almost any other time. The number-one cause of death for American teens is auto accidents. In the last ten years, nearly 70,000 teenagers have been killed in car crashes. There are many reasons for these sobering statistics. Among them are lack of experience, lack of seat-belt use, speeding, use of drugs and alcohol, carrying too many passengers, and driver distraction.


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Stay safe while gassing up!

If you have e-mail, you’ve probably received plenty of messages that warn you not to do this or that. Most are just hoaxes; however, a recent e-mail warning people to avoid using their cell phones while gassing up their cars has a ring of truth to it.


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Do You Really Need A New Car

Your odometer is approaching 100,000 miles, and you're wondering if the time to purchase a new vehicle is here. You look ahead at the possible miles you expect to put on during the holiday season and you know you'll be topping that magic number soon. On the other hand, the car runs well; you've taken good care of it getting work done such as engine repairs when needed. It would be nice not to have payments on a new or newer car. You're thinking "Maybe I can keep this one in good shape and hang on to it for a while," but you aren't quite sure.


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When Was The Last Time You Thought About Your Radiator Hoses?

If you’re like us, you probably can’t sleep sometimes because your concerned that your radiator hoses may not be holding up the way they should, right? Okay, so you aren’t like us, but the point is that radiator hoses perform an important job, and there are certain times of the year when they should be checked to be sure they’re in shape to do that job properly. We can do this for you as part of an overall coolant system check.


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Summer Driving Tips From Truckers

What can guys who drive for a living tell you about summer travel?

Quite a bit, actually. Check out their recommendations and take them to heart before you press the accelerator for that summer road trip.


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Want To Save Gas?

Sure you do! Who doesn’t? Here are ten ways to use less gas and keep your car running smoothly:


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Feel Safe In Your Car

Oftentimes, women don’t feel safe in their cars. This is especially true in the colder months, when they may be driving more often in darkness or only partial daylight. Taking precautions and knowing what to do if they feel threatened can help women feel more confident.
Here are some tips that should be taken seriously:


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You Can Block Corrosion

Keeping your car free of corrosion means protecting it as much as possible from the forces of nature that work to corrode its surface. Rain, snow, tree sap, and bird droppings are all hard on the paint and can compromise the finish of your car leading to auto repair. The following suggestions can help you to keep your car’s surface looking newer for longer:


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The Best Way To Treat Your Car

How do you treat your car? Are you an attentive owner? Or are you the type who ignores your car until it needs something, such as gas or oil? Giving your car the care and attention it needs on a regular basis is the best way to avoid engine repair keep it working at its very best for you. Here’s a guideline that can get you on track to giving your car what it needs all the time:


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Save Your CLUTCH!

You love your manual-shift car, but you hate the idea of replacing the clutch, right? Well, the best way to hang onto a clutch as long as possible is to avoid abusing it.

One way that people abuse clutches is to downshift through the gears to slow their cars down. You know, you’re buzzing along in fourth, and there’s a corner coming. Instead of simply using the brake, you hit the clutch and downshift to slow the car. By doing so, you’re simply putting more wear and tear on your clutch, hastening the need to replace it.


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Warning-light PANIC

When a car warning light comes on, most drivers react in one of two ways:


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Don't Get All Hot Under The Hood

There are lots of things that can cause an engine to run hot: radiator problems…clogged fuel filters…water pump problems. You may not be able to prevent all these things, but you can be prepared when you notice the temperature gauge rising or when the warning light comes on.


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The Essential Oil Change

Your car won’t run without gas, so you fill it up when the gauge shows it’s low. Your car won’t run without oil either, but many people don’t concern themselves with the necessary oil changes the way they do gas. Unless your car reminds you when it’s time to change the oil, you may forget that it needs to be done and put it off or neglect it altogether. Eventually, of course, it catches up with you when something fails because of it and you have to get auto repair work done.


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CLICK, CLICK, CLICK

That’s not a mouse, and it isn’t a toddler who has just learned to click his tongue.

When you hear a clicking sound upon turning a corner in your car, it’s a sign that you’ve got a problem with a CV joint. CV stands for “constant velocity,” and there are four of these joints on the front axles of a front-wheeldrive car. Although most joints will give you 100,000 miles before beginning to click, they have been known to wear sooner if the protective boot that surrounds them sustains any damage.


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Raise Your MPG

It’s great to have a newer car that gets really good gas mileage, but if you don’t have such a vehicle or would just like to spend less at the pump, here are a few tips to help you increase your miles per gallon:


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We Need Your Referrals

We all look forward to the day when our troops can come home.

As a nation, we must stand together—undivided and in prayer—and take action to get them back, doing everything within our power to support them, their families, and our communities. Let us keep in mind that our troops not only sacrifice their lives to provide us with security and freedom, they also support our small businesses.


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What's That Noise? Could It Be My Brakes?

Brakes that make noise are telling you something. When brakes squeal for attention, it may mean that they are worn or that parts are missing. Or, it could mean that the pads need to be replaced. Brakes that make a grinding noise are probably telling you that the lining is worn to the metal backing.

What you feel when you step on your brakes can be just as important as what you hear. Having to push the pedal all the way to the floor might mean that there is air in the lines that needs to be bled.


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Teens And Cars

Generally, when it comes to teens and cars, the main issue is safety, but it’s also important for teens to learn good car care.

Teens and college students from Vista, CA, Oceanside, CA, and anywhere else, who have their own cars, can learn safety and responsibility with regard to car care and begin to form good habits for a lifetime of driving. Research has discovered that many young drivers either don’t know what’s involved in good car care or put caring for their cars at the bottom of their list of priorities.


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Got Air?

Once the weather starts to turn warm, drivers’ thoughts turn to...air conditioning. Some are just anxious to turn it on, but others may be wondering if it will work as well as it did before fall arrived. There’s generally only one way to find out. Turning on the air now to find out if it’s functioning properly and answering the questions below can help you be prepared for that onslaught of heat before you’re stuck in traffic with a system that won’t cool your jets.


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Watch Those Walkers!

Although the number of pedestrians killed by cars has declined significantly in the last 30 years, we know that you can never be too careful. As people begin to walk more for exercise, the chances of pedestrian accidents increase. Also, in the cooler months, it is darker in the mornings and grows dark earlier in the evenings. At these times, it’s especially important to be alert for walkers. There is a higher incidence of pedestrian fatalities after 6:00 p.m. and before midnight than at any other portion of the day.


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Shopping vs. Servicing

People have very strong feelings about purchasing new cars - they either love it or hate it. Ironically, statistics show that women tend to enjoy the experience more than men. Nearly ten percent more women than men felt shopping for a new car was a positive experience, and women accounted for fewer than half the number of men who hated the chore.


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The Choice Is Yours

Everyone who owns a car has a choice. You can have it maintained regularly and keep it in good running condition, or you can wait until something suffers from lack of maintenance and complain about the cost of auto repair. We hope you’ll choose to maintain your car regularly and avoid costly repair bills down the line.

What’s involved in regular maintenance? That’s going to depend on the make, model, and year of your car, but some things are fairly standard.


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Why Change An Air Filter?

In some ways, air filters are unsung heroes for your car. They are only made of paper, but they perform an important job by keeping debris and other contaminants away from the inside of your engine. If it’s not changed regularly, it will become congested with dirt and unable to do its job.


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Tire Changing Tips

When you have to change a tire, it’s often not under the best of conditions. It’s seldom done in your garage or your own driveway. More often than not, you’re in the breakdown lane of a busy highway or in a grocery-store parking lot. So the situation is bound to be a little stressful. Here are a few tips you can use to help prepare you for the inevitable.


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The Best Way To Treat Your Car

How do you treat your car? Are you an attentive owner? Or are you the type who ignores your car until it needs something, such as gas or oil? Giving your car the care and attention it needs on a regular basis is the best way to avoid engine repair keep it working at its very best for you. Here’s a guideline that can get you on track to giving your car what it needs all the time:


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