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Auto Service Basics: Importance of Tire Rotation

Auto Service Basics: Importance of Tire Rotation

The tires are one of the most important parts of a vehicle, seeing as how they keep you rolling along the road. Taking care of your tires is easier than you might think and can be done every time you get your oil changed. Rotating your tires is one of the simplest ways to extend the life of your tires. Here’s everything you need to know about the importance of tire rotation from us here at Gossett VW! Rotating your…

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What to Do If Your Car Gets Towed

What to Do If Your Car Gets Towed

It’s pretty scary to go outside and find that your car isn’t where you left it, but getting it back can be a simple process. Just follow these steps for what to do when your car gets towed. Before you do anything, check around the area for “no parking” signs and tow-away zone signs; if you think you may have been wrongly towed, take pictures of the area. If you do see a tow-away zone sign, call the number listed…

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Things to Keep in Mind When Test Driving a Car

Things to Keep in Mind When Test Driving a Car

The test drive can make or break your decision to buy a car, especially if it’s used. Strange noises, rough handling—if you notice anything that feels off, it’s probably best to keep looking. Here are some things to keep an eye out for when test driving a car. First, have the salesman demonstrate the vehicle’s features for you, partly to see what the car can do and partly to make sure everything is working right (again, this is especially important…

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Changing Your Brakes: When Should You Replace Them?

Changing Your Brakes: When Should You Replace Them?

Brake maintenance is one of the most important aspects of vehicle ownership. Not only will replacing the pads make other brake components—including rotors—last longer, but it also reduces stress on your car. In the long run, regular maintenance can actually increase resale value, especially if documented by a site like CARFAX. Changing your brakes can be easily performed by any mechanic; however, knowing when to take the vehicle in is vital. According to Cars.com, the life of your brakes varies…

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Car Maintenance Tips: Signs Your Tires Are Bad

Car Maintenance Tips: Signs Your Tires Are Bad

Especially now that it’s starting to get cold and having tires with good traction is more important than ever, it’s time to start looking for signs your tires are bad or worn out. Take a good look at your tires. There shouldn’t be any bulges, cracks, or gauges in the rubber; it’s a good idea to take it to your dealer to check for leaks. These are usually a sign of low tire pressure, which could indicate an air leak…

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Know the Dangers of Drowsy Driving

Know the Dangers of Drowsy Driving

One problem with drowsy driving is that people simply don’t understand just how dangerous it is. Every year there are 100,000 crashes that can be attributed to drowsy driving. Of those crashes, 71,000 people will sustain injuries and 1,550 people will lose their lives (NHTSA). So what happens when you get drowsy behind the wheel? The effect mimics the effects of alcohol consumption. Your reaction times start to slow down and it becomes more difficult for your mind to process…

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Can’t We All Just Get Along? Tips for Sharing the Road with Cyclists

Can’t We All Just Get Along? Tips for Sharing the Road with Cyclists

Driving carefully around cyclists is so important because they lack the protection that a motor vehicle provides. What would be a fender bender with another car could seriously injure or kill a cyclist. As we approach the end of summer, maybe you’ve already had some close calls with cyclists. To prevent any more from happening, we’ve thrown together some tips for sharing the road with cyclists. Yield To Life, an organization that promotes safety concerning bicycles, explains how important it…

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