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Is Your Car Ready for Summer?

Is Your Car Ready for Summer?

You gathered and cleaned out old gas receipts, thrown out food wrappers, and even vacuumed your car. You went the extra mile and gave your car an extra long and soapy wash. After all that work you think your car is finally ready for summer adventures to start. It’s not! Everything under the hood needs to be prepared for summer.  Cleaning your car is a good start but what about your tires and brakes? When is the last time you got an oil change? It’s best to take your car into your local mechanic before the summer season begins. They will check all your fluids, lights, brakes, and more to ensure that your car is ready for the road. You can do some checks at home, if you see, hear or smell something off then take it into your mechanic.  Your air conditioner will make or break your summer, you want it to be working so it can cool you off during those extremely hot days. Run your AC system for a bit to see if it is blowing cold air and noises. It might need to be cle ... read more

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Should You Fix Your Car Yourself?

Should You Fix Your Car Yourself?

If you have the skills, knowledge, and tools, then you can fix your car yourself. Most of the population lacks proper knowledge to fix their vehicle accurately. Some things you can quickly fix like changing a light bulb. Other issues can be very challenging and complex; you can’t just watch a YouTube video and do it yourself. A majority of problems require a skilled technician to fix the problem. If you are unsure how to fix something don’t try, it could make the problem worse.  There are some minor issues that you could fix yourself and save a few dollars. These issues are generic and don’t involve messing with your car’s engine, wiring, or motor. Some people find it easy to change out their air filters and windshield wipers. All it takes is a quick trip to the automotive store and 5 minutes to replace.  Another fix that you can do at home is a tire replacement. If you have a jack and some patience you can order new tires right to your house and do ... read more

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Gifts for Car Lovers

Gifts for Car Lovers

Ah, February! Time to shower the car lovers in your life with gifts from the heart. Whether you are on a tight budget or have money to burn, here are a few Valentine’s Day gift ideas for the car lovers in your life ... read more

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Automotive New Year’s Resolutions

Automotive New Year’s Resolutions

Maybe you are diligent about creating your resolutions every year, but what about your car? After all, your car gets you safely to work, school, and shopping, as well taking you on vacations, too! Why not have a few automotive New Year’s resolutions?  Regular Services This could be the year that you stay updated on regular services. Why not start the year with that resolution in mind? Instead of waiting until there’s smoke coming out of your engine or you’re waiting for the towing service on the side of the road, think of how much better you’ll feel if you have regular services!  Preventive Maintenance Preventive maintenance is a lot like regular service. Having your fluids checked regularly is critical to how your vehicle runs. You may need to top off your oil between regular services, or you can bring your car in, and we can do it for you. Make sure all those hoses are tight, and the belts are replaced when they need to be. And don’t forget ... read more

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Christmas Light Displays In and Around Columbia

Christmas Light Displays In and Around Columbia

Is there anything more heartwarming than seeing holiday lights? Kids, in particular, really love to see the lights, and will hang out the windows if you’re in the car.  It’s nice to bring along some snacks and warm beverages for the kids, so they don’t get hungry or thirsty, too. A thermos of hot chocolate and some holiday goodies go right along with seeing holiday lights.  Lights Before Christmas at the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden This long-running event includes over one million twinkling lights, nightly visits with Santa, hot cocoa, s’mores, festive foods, animated animals and a parade, and much more! It takes place from November 17 - December 30, from 5:00 through 9:00 PM. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia, SC.  Holiday Parade of Lights - West Columbia, Saturday, December 8  The Greater Cayce - West Columbia Holiday Parade of Lights looks to be a fun and friendly event for the whole family. This nighttime parade starts at 5:30 PM in f ... read more

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High Energy Snacks to Keep You Alert on the Road

High Energy Snacks to Keep You Alert on the Road

There are so many high-energy snacks (and snacks in general) these days. When you walk into the grocery store, you’re bombarded with an entire aisle or more. So how do you choose? One thing you can do is look at the protein content. As the gas in your car, protein keeps your engine going.  Nuts for Snacking Do you have a favorite kind of nut? We love almonds. Now, you can get your nut fix by eating peanut butter, trail mix, a high-energy bar, or plain. Not only that, but almonds come in a variety of flavors and styles. There are raw, roasted, spicy, and plain almonds. We like ‘em a little spicy, so we always opt for those. But if you like sweetness, you might like cinnamon-roasted almonds.  Energy Bars Luckily, you can see how much protein, sugar, and fat an energy bar has in it just by looking at the packaging. Our favorites are Clif bars and Larabars! Both are made with few ingredients, and it’s easy to avoid soy, dair ... read more

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How to Prevent Your Car from Overheating

How to Prevent Your Car from Overheating

You can probably get a lot of great advice about what to do after your car overheats, but how about preventing your car from overheating instead? Like any other type of maintenance, there are a few things you can do to keep your car from losing its cool.  Check All the Hoses Touch the hoses that you can see (make sure the engine is cool when you do this). If any of the hoses seem cracked, brittle or inflexible, you’ll want to replace those. Wiggle the tubes a bit, and make sure that they’re tight. You don’t want to see any leaks, either. Of course, we’re happy to replace any hoses for you.  Fluids Check your coolant level and make sure it’s topped off. You shouldn’t have to remove the cap to do this--just check that the fluid is to the full line on the side of the coolant reservoir. If you need to add coolant, add the proper coolant, which should be found in your owner’s manual. By the way, many o ... read more

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Top Car Show Events Around Columbia, SC

Top Car Show Events Around Columbia, SC

If you're a car show enthusiast who lives near or around Columbia, South Carolina, several events are coming up that will pique your interest: Summer Car and Bike Show Event Dates: June 30, 2018 - June 30, 2018 Location: Columbia, South Carolina Advance Auto Parts (parking lot) 9031B Farrow Road. 29203 This is what summertime fun is all about! All cars and bikes of any year, make, or model are invited. There will be music, food, drinks, and vendors. The good news is it's also free! The Summer Car and Bike Show are from 11:00 pm - 2: 00 pm. Old Car Drop in at Fuddruckers Event Dates: September 15, 2018 - September 15, 2018 (Rain Date September 22, 2018.) Location: 1801 Bush River Rd, Columbia, Columbia, South Carolina The Columbia Classic Chevy Club at Fuddruckers hosts the Old Car Drop in. Trophies go to the Top 25 winners, and there is a Ladies Choice and Manager's Choice. There’s also prizes and a 50/25/25 drawing. The music theme t ... read more

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The Importance of Preventative Automobile Maintenance

Remember the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” Well, it’s never truer than it is when applied to auto maintenance. When you buy a new car, it comes with a set of recommendations for regularly scheduled maintenance that the manufacturer believes will keep the vehicle performing at its optimum level. As it ages, it’s just as important—if not more so—to keep up a routine of preventative maintenance. Doing so can identify and catch small problems before they become big ones. Here are some tips on what you can do to prolong the life of your vehicle. Oil Regular oil and oil filter changes are probably the number one way to keep your engine purring along happily. Not only does doing so purge contaminants that can cause wear and tear, it ensures that a mechanic will be looking over the motor on a regular basis and can spot any potential problems.   Tires If your car’s alignment is just a bit out of whack—and with ... read more

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Why Do German Cars Enjoy Such Perennial Popularity?

According to World’s Top Exports (www.worldstopexports.com, an independent education and research website, the United States imported $173.3 billion in automobiles in 2016. The top 10 countries that sent cars to the US, with the total dollar amount and percentage change from 2015 were: 1.   Canada: $45.9 billion (up 0.5%) 2.   Japan: $40 billion (up 3.1%) 3.   Mexico: $24.1 billion (up 35.5%) 4.   Germany: $22.3 billion (down -6.4%) 5.   South Korea: $16.4 billion (up 49.9%) 6.   United Kingdom: $8.9 billion (up 95.3%) 7.   Italy: $4.2 billion (up 320.1%) 8.   Sweden: $1.8 billion (up 123.2%) 9.   Slovakia: $1.6 billion (up 79.6%) 10. South Africa: $1.5 billion (down -20.5%) Sitting solidly at number four, German imports enjoy a large following among American automotive enthusiasts. That country’s flagship makes -- which are BMW ... read more

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