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How to Maintain a Vehicle You Don’t Use Often

Do you have a vehicle just sitting in your garage that you don't use often? Is it just the older "family vacation" car you only drive on road trips? Maybe its a truck just used for hauling large items, but not for everyday driving. Whatever the case, you're probably wondering how to maintain a vehicle you only use once in a while or store part of the year. Let us help-here are a few tips for keeping seldom-used vehicles in running condition. Before Storing Your Vehicle, You Will Need To...Clean It Before you store your vehicle, you'll want to give it a nice wash. Make sure you get hard-to-remove dirt and debris, like sap, off of the car's paint as it could cause damage if left for too long. Plus, a nice clean car will be available when you're ready to ride again. Fill It Up To avoid extra moisture seeping into the gas tank of your seldom-used vehicle, you'll want to fill up the tank before putting it in storage. This will als ... read more

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How to Clean Germs From Your Car

Are you a germaphobe? Have a germaphobe ride in your car quite often? You're going to find yourself cleaning all the time. Cars are breeding grounds for all sorts of microorganisms. Beyond vacuuming the floorboards and cleaning our your trash, you might be wondering how to best clean your car to make it perfect for the germaphobe in your life. Here's an easy how-to guide for how to clean germs from your car. What Kinds of Germs Breed In Your Car? Germs of all kinds live on the steering wheel, keys, seats, and console. Whatever you touch when you drive or ride in your car is likely a place with germs present. But, what kind of germs should you be worried about? Cold & Flu Viruses Cold and flu viruses are the worst for living in your vehicle. Typically, cold and flu germs can survive on hard surfaces for 24 hours-so always keep your vehicle clean when you have a sniffle to avoid passing it along! Stomach Bugs Stomach viruses ... read more

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How To Remove Salt Stains From Your Car's Carpet

In the Seattle winter, you get used to dealing with icy streets and all the safety measures that come along with colder temperatures. Road salt and ice melt can help make driving conditions safer....but they can also leave a mess in your car. Tracking road salt into your Subaru is zero fun for your carpets-especially when it leaves behind salt stains. Thankfully, there's solution to remove salt stains from your car's floor mats and carpets-here's what to do. How to Remove Salt Stains from Car Carpet in 3 Steps When rock salt gets tracked onto your carpets, it can be a pain. Here are 3 steps to removing the mess and getting your Subaru's interior in tip-top condition. Step One: Mix an at-home solution. Mix up a quick at-home solution of items you already have in your home: hot water and white vinegar. Grab a spray bottle. Add 50 percent hot water; then add 50 percent distilled white vinegar. You'll want to mix this right before you plan to clea ... read more

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5 Tips to Help Cats Enjoy Car Rides

Cats don't always enjoy car rides. Why? Imagine being in their paws. It's likely that the very first car trip your kitten took was to your home (a scary, new place they hadn't acclimated to just yet) or from your home to the vet (somewhere cold and sterile where a large human poked and prodded them for roughly twenty minutes). Not a fun experience, right? Unlike dogs, most cats are never taught to enjoy car trips. Plus, cats associate cars with past experiences. If all of their past experiences are negative, they'll not have an enjoyable ride-instead, they're going to yelp, meow, and be all around anxious. How do you remedy this behavior? Help your cat associate cars with fun. Here's how. Woman with cat in carrier box near car 1. Put them in a cat carrier. First and foremost, put you and your cat's safety first. And the absolute safest way to transport your cat? In a cat carrier. Having a confined space that's all their own will make your cat feel more comfortable in ... read more

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Wrap or Paint Your Subaru? Here Are the Pros and Cons

Let's say you bought a new car and you're not totally happy with the color. Or, you've had your Subaru SUV for a few years and want to change up the look. What do you do? You have two options-repaint or wrap. Choosing to paint your car might be your first instinct, but don't discount car wraps just yet. What once was reserved for small business advertising is now becoming increasingly popular among the masses. It's actually pretty easy to find a shop near that offers car wraps-even in solid colors! So, what are you to do? Painting and wrapping have their advantages (and some drawbacks, too). Let's discuss the pros and cons of each based on a few important considerations. Painting Your Subaru: Pros and ConsCon: Application How long will it take to paint your Subaru? Well, it depends. A few factors must be taken into consideration-including the type of paint you choose, how many coats you request, and the length of time it takes for the technic ... read more

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