Monthly Archives: March 2020

How to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

Car owners have a multitude of responsibilities, especially as the seasons change. After dealing with months of snow, ice, road salt, and cold temperatures, you'll need to get your car up to speed and ready for warm, sunny weather. Here are 6 ways to get your car ready for spring weather and long summer drives. 6 Ways to Get Your Car Ready for a Seattle Spring1. Wash your vehicle. Winter doesn't give you many nice days to wash down your vehicle. Even a drive-through car wash can feel like a chore when you're trudging through a cold winter day. As the days change to give you brighter afternoons and warmer weather, take time to wash your car. Don't forget to clean off the underbody, too, as road salt can take a toll and leave you with rust. 2. Invest in new wiper blades. Spring brings brighter days, but it also brings quite a bit of rain for the Seattle area. Invest in new wiper blades to prepare your car to tackle any rain storm. Re ... read more

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Tips to Transition your Vehicle from Winter to Spring in Seattle

Winter in Seattle can put stress on your vehicle. From driving on snowy roads to dealing with potholes, city conditions are not conducive to maintaining a well-operating vehicle. That's why our experts recommend a spring maintenance check-up-plus these 5 tips for transitioning your car from winter to spring! 5 Spring Maintenance Tips for Your Car1. Change the oil and check the fluids. Getting an oil change may seem like a routine agenda item for car owners, but when transitioning from winter to spring you'll want to think deeper. In the winter, you'll like put a lightweight oil in your car to help the engine crank over better; in spring heavier weight oils can be easier on your engine. If you have questions, your service technician would be happy to explain the differences and help you make the right choice. At your service appointment, they will also check all of your car's fluids to make sure you're up to date. 2. Remove the snow chains a ... read more

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5 Best Places To See Spring Flowers In Seattle

Daffodils, magnolias, cherry blossoms-oh my! Springtime is almost here in Seattle, and our sources say the blossoms might start blooming a little bit early this year. If you're looking to track down some beautiful blooms, we've got you covered. Here are the best places to see spring flowers near Seattle. Yoshino Cherry Trees in Bloom by Joe Wolf is licensed under CC BY 2.0The University of Washington Nothing is more stunning than a college campus during the spring. It's graduation season. Students are buzzing with the excitement of ... read more

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4 Phone Apps That Will Make Driving Easier

Driving in Seattle can be a pain, no? From heavy traffic to road construction, you're sure to run into something funky on your commute everyone once in awhile. Thankfully, technology can help. Here are 5 phone apps to make driving easier and safer. 1. Google Maps Need to navigate from point A to point B? Google Maps has you covered. More advanced than the map apps already installed on your iPhone or Android, this map app can give directions, real-time traffic data, and remember your parking location. If your normal commute route is experiencing heavy traffic or there's construction, Google Maps will automatically calculate you a faster route to your destination. 2. GasBuddyGasBuddy is a free phone app that can help you find the cheapest gas in your area fast. Use your current location to identify inexpensive gas right around you, or ... read more

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What’s the Difference Between Regular and Premium Gasoline?

When you pull up to the pump, you can most often expect to put regular gasoline in your car-right? What do the other gasoline options even offer? Is there a difference between regular and premium gasoline? And, which type of gasoline should I be putting in my Subaru? With all of these questions about types of gasoline circling around, we thought it might help if our team of automotive experts took a stab at helping to explain the difference between regular and premium gas for your car. Read on. Premium vs. Regular Gas Explained: What's the Difference? Some cars take regular gas; others take premium. And, the difference between these two grades isn't obvious to the casual car owner. Here, we'll explain the difference to help you avoid misguided spending at the pump. So, what's the big difference? The octane rating. In most states, regular gas is rated at 87 octane. Premium gas is often rated higher, at or above 91. The higher the octane level, the better gasoline c ... read more

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