Monthly Archives: February 2018

Life Saving Driving Tips for Beginners

You know when you're riding along in the car, as driver or passenger, and you end up behind a vehicle that has a big, yellow, "Student Driver" sticker on the back? Don't you instantly think back to your student driver days? Excitement for a broader sense of freedom, maybe mixed with a little anxiety about navigating through unknown streets. It's scary to step out and learn a whole new way of functioning. When you learn to drive, you also learn to work with those around you who have their own agendas, to ensure safety for all. Whether you have a teenager fast approaching this pivotal life moment, or you yourself are taking the opportunity to become a licensed driver, we have some... Tips to ensure safety to all drivers, especially beginners Familiarity is Your Friend A little role play can go a long way. Before you hit the streets, become familiar with your Subaru. Sit behind the wheel, learn and practice where everything is (i.e. turn signals, windshield wipers, lights on/off) ... read more

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Never Underestimate the Importance of Your Cars Lights

It's the dark and dismal time of the year in Seattle, Washington to be driving your Subaru. Regardless of where you are in the Pacific Northwest - Bothell, Lynnwood, Mountain Terrace or even downtown Seattle- you need to ask yourself one thing: Are all your Subaru lights working? We see a number of Subaru's with one or more lights burnt out when they come into the shop or when we are just driving around. Although this is unsafe anytime, this particular time of year is even worse to drive without the correct lighting. We are talking headlights, tail lights, fog lights, and brake lights, license plate bulbs. Not only are these incredibly important to allow you to see correctly and safely as you navigate driving, but they also allow you to be seen. Lights, in the hazy, dim, rainy, dark days, are the biggest reason you are able to avoid accidents. You notice you have one light burnt out, and reason that it's not a big deal since the rest are working. However, don't take your time to ... read more

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Questions to Ask Before Buying a Family Car in 2018

"First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage!" While not all families are the same, they do have one thing in common - love. With love, comes the desire to protect, secure, and be together - which includes traveling. When you travel with kids, pets (which are sometimes considered kids), and of course, adults, you need to be sure you have the space and capacity for your needs! Afraid you'll forget an important aspect while car shopping? No worries, we listed some key questions to ask yourself before buying a new family car How many kids will you be chauffeuring? Kidding...kind of. But really, you need to consider how many children you will be transporting at any given time on a regular basis. A seat belt is essential for each passenger - so when doing a headcount make sure you have the seats to match. If your kids are still small, you'll want to only count the seats in the back for their optimum safety - save the front for the adults. Will yo ... read more

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New Year's Car Resolution

It's officially 2018, and if you're like most people, you have a list of resolutions that are well on their way (right...?) You're killing it at the gym, eating amazing salads, and working hard for that promotion. But we are here to remind you about your Subaru! Just like you're adding self care to your new year routine, think about another way you can care for yourself, by caring for your car. Maybe you're someone who doesn't notice when they're in need of a tune up, or puts off new tires for as long as possible. What if this year was different? We put together some simple ways to hop on the prevention train and care for your vehicle on a whole new level in 2018 Resolution #1 - Keep up with car fluid changes Stay ahead of the game with oil changes, brake fluid, coolant, and transmission fluid. Make sure you are tracking the distance and time on your oil changes, as well as paying attention to the oil level to catch any signs of leaks. Every few oil changes, have your brake fluid ... read more

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Tips On How To De-ice Your Car

Sure, there are pros to winter in the Pacific Northwest. There are winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, there are snowball fights and fun with snowmen and forts, and lets not forget the epic beauty of a snow covered forest or mountain. Even ice has its plus side in the right scenario - i.e. ice skating. But with the cold temps also comes a little extra upkeep - shoveling, plowing, and our least favorite: de-icing. What do you do when you are in a hurry to leave for work in the morning, only to find ½ inch of ice on your windshield? We have a few tips on how to de-ice your car as fast as possible, without hurting your Subaru Tip #1 DIY De-ice Solution That's right, you can make this yourself. It's simple! You have two options: rubbing alcohol or vinegar. If you go the rubbing alcohol route, you just need to make a mixture that is ⅔ rubbing alcohol, and ⅓ water, in a spray bottle. Vinegar is a little different, mixing a 3-to-1 ratio of white vinegar to water. Once you hav ... read more

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