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Tricks for Keeping Your Car Battery Charged In Cold Temperatures

According to the Weather Channel, the average low temperature in Seattle in winter is in the high 30s; and, all Seattle residents know that winters come with freezing rain and snow. Having a strong car battery to get you from place to place is a must. Don't get stranded this year-here are 4 tricks for keeping your car battery charged in cold temperatures. 4 Tips for Keeping a Car Battery Charged In The Cold1. Park your car in the garage. If you have a garage available for use, park your car there at night. This is a simple first step, but it can do wonders for saving your battery during winter. Cold gusts of wind and inclimate weather can kill the battery in your car fairly quickly because of the strain it puts on it. Don't have a garage? Try to park way from the direction of the wind gusts, if possible. 2. Let it warm up first. Before you crank up the heat, blast the radio, and flick on the lights, give your engine a chance to ... read more

Here’s the 5 Most Enchanting Christmas Towns to Drive to In Washington

Washington is beautiful in December-that's undeniable by residents and visitors alike. Adding a little holiday cheer to our great state is easy as throwing a holiday parade and festival of lights. Need some Christmas spirit? Are the kids begging to see some twinkling lights? Here are 5 of the most enchanting Christmas towns to drive to near Seattle. Neale Adams is licensed under CC 2.0 1. Anacortes Ready for a coastal Christmas? Take a trip north to the beautiful city on the water ... read more

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The Benefits of LED Light Bars For Vehicles

LED lighting is becoming more popular as a household item across the board. They're eco-friendly, energy saving, and more durable than traditional lighting-and now the auto industry is taking note. LED light bars were designed, originally, for large diesel trucks to improve their visibility on the highway at night. These types of lights are more reliable than traditional light bulbs and they provide a wide array of benefits. What Are the Benefits for Installing an LED Light Bar?Improved visibility Installing an LED light bar on your Subaru can exponentially improve your night driving visibility. When placed on your vehicle, the light emitting diode or semiconductor diode will project light outward using electroluminescence. Light will extend to a wider range allowing you to clearly see the road and its periphery. Instantly, you'll be able to see the road easier and protect yourself from night creatures like deer. Eco-friendly LED lig ... read more

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How Often Should You REALLY Change Your Oil?

Do I really have to change my oil every 5,000 miles?! You probably think this to yourself each time your Subaru dealership alerts you it's time to come in again for a service appointment. Don't just go with the motions. Ask questions about your service-and bust myths about how often you need to service your vehicle. Here, we'll discuss how often you should actually get the oil in your Subaru changed. How Often Should You Change Your Oil? Typically, car owners follow the 5,000 mile rule when changing the oil. Older cars may still follow these guidelines to be considered well-maintained. If your car is newer or runs on synthetic oil, you may not need to change your oil but every 7,500 to 10,000 miles. While miles matters, they're not the only factor. Over time, the oil can break down and become a less effective lubricant for your engine-so, if you don't drive your Subaru often, you'll still want to think about changing the oil before you hit the recommended mileage ... read more

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How to Avoid Buying a Flood-Damaged Car

Heavy rains and flooding can do some serious damage to a car-but that doesn't always mean that those cars come off the market. Flood-damaged vehicles show up at junkyards and salvage spots all the time; unfortunately, they also show up at used car dealerships. Before you purchase a used car, do your research and know how to avoid a lemon. 4 Ways to Ensure You're Not Buying a Flood-Damaged Car Don't want to get stuck with a flood-damaged car? We don't blame you. Here, we'll discuss four sure-fire ways to ensure you're not buying a lemon (or at least avoiding a flood-damaged vehicle!). 1. Check the vehicle history. The easiest way to avoid buying a flood-damaged car is to check the vehicle history. More often than not, flood-damaged vehicles are reported to insurance agencies and that data will end up on record. Go to CarFax and pay for a report yourself or ask the dealership for a copy. 2. Look for discolored carpeting. Have a hun ... read more

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