Yearly Archives: 2020

Is Tire Sidewall Cracking Dangerous?

Cracked tires are no good-and, often, you'll notice sidewall cracks in your tires first. Sidewall cracking is dangerous because it reduces a driver's ability to handle dramatic increases in load when taking corners and increases the possibility of a tire blowout. Repairing sidewall cracks ASAP is always the best idea. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to have a professional install new tires to help you avoid dangerous situations on icy Seattle roads during the winter months. Why Do Tires Crack? Tires can crack for a number of reasons. Age, wear, and exposure to the elements are the most likely causes of cracking in tires. To understand why, you have to think about your tire's materials. Tires are made of rubber, right? Think about how a rubber band would be affected if left outside in wind, rain, hail, and sunlight for years. Then, imagine you ran that rubber band over asphalt every day-think it would wear out quickly? You'd be right. Rubber ... read more

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When Is the Optimal Time to Sell a Car?

Everyone's least favorite car fact? When you purchase a new car, the value drops the moment you drive it off the lot. According to Edmunds, most cars drop in value nearly 20% in the first year...but when is the best time to sell your car to recoup the money you put into it? To avoid any major financial loss on purchasing a new vehicle, you'll want to know when the optimal time to sell. Let's break it down. When Is the Best Time to Sell a New Car? When it comes to selling a car, the best time to sell will vary from driver to driver. Many factors can impact the value of your vehicle-like mileage, age, and wear. As your car ages, you'll need to weigh the pros and cons of maintenance versus shopping for a trade-in. Typically, drivers will make a decision after owning their new car for 30,000 to 40,000 miles. This is when most warranties start to expire and when your first major service usually come due. After the 40,000 mile mark, it's common to need more than j ... read more

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