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Winter Safety Begins with Having an Emergency Kit

Winter can even affect the most responsible driver. A vehicle breakdown typically occurs much easier during winter due to the extremely harsh elements, Choice Auto wants you and your family to always be safe.

A practical way to stay prepared in Saint Cloud is to create a winter emergency kit. A winter emergency kit should include essential items such as jumper cables, windshield washer fluid, antifreeze, emergency flares, a warm blanket, water, a flashlight, extra batteries and even non-perishable snacks. Of course, these are just a few of the examples that you should add to your kit.

 

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Simple Solutions to Improve Fuel Economy

Improving your car's fuel economy saves you money and saves the environment. It sounds harder than it really is, which is why our team at Choice Auto decided to offer these tips. Here are some basic ways to get more bang for the bucks out of your ride.

Don't Drive With Tired Tires

Optimal tire pressure improves your car's fuel economy by up to 3 percent. Your vehicle's optimal tire pressure info is usually in the owner's manual, on a sticker in the glove box or on a sticker in the driver's side door…
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Leaving Your Home is Easier Than Ever With Backup Cameras

Running errands can be a real hassle. However, when you run a busy household, they can get even more exhausting. Backing out of your driveway can be a difficult process when you have kids, animals, and toys to worry about. That's why Choice Auto is here to tell you about backup cameras.

Backup cameras are devices that will be included in all new vehicles manufactured at less than 10,000 pounds. They're designed to show you the blindspots behind your vehicle. In other words, they'll help show you what your mirrors can't, so that you can…

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Smart Brake Use Can Help You Out of Skids

Driving safely often means driving intelligently, especially during winter months. Winter often brings along with it weather patterns and conditions that deposit large volumes of snow and ice on the roadways. As such, drivers operating under such conditions are at greater risk of losing traction, control, and headway.

Of course, actions such as installing winter tires can help to increase control. That said, hidden ice can still cause unexpected skids so it is important for drivers to follow some tried and tested recovery steps. 

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Explaining the Difference Between Oversteer and Understeer

Oversteer and understeer are both terms related to a vehicle's driving dynamics; they primarily refer to the vehicle's level of sensitivity to its steering system. If you're wondering about the differences between oversteer and understeer, it's important to know the actions to which these terms refer.

Understeer and Oversteer: What Are They?

In the simplest terms, understeer happens when a vehicle turns less than the Saint Cloud driver requires. Oversteer is exactly the opposite; it happens when the vehicle exceeds the driver's turning requirement. Both actions depend on 

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Flat Tires: The Problems We Face On The Road

One of the issues that we face when it comes to dealing with our vehicles while on the road are breakdowns. The most noticeable of those breakdowns are flat tires. You never know when it’s going to happen. Nails will get you every time you look up because of the construction that goes on. As long as you have the equipment to fix it, you will be fine.

It really doesn’t take that long to fix a flat tire unless the lugs are hard to take off. 

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Making a Winter Survival Kit for Your Car

Winding up stranded when your vehicle breaks down is unpleasant at any time of year, but when the temperatures hover around zero, it can even be dangerous. Stock your car with survival essentials to help you fix the problem or pass the time while help arrives.

Useful items like duct tape, jumper cables, a tow rope, a flashlight, emergency flares and a first aid kit are excellent to keep on hand all the time. Add foaming tire sealant, an electric tire pump, a box of tools and a tire pressure gauge to help if you get a puncture. For winter…

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Properly Using a Roof Rack

When you need additional storage for the vehicle that you drive around Saint Cloud, MN, Choice Auto can help you get a roof rack that will fit your car or truck. Start by finding the weight limit that your car can carry and choose an appropriately sized rack. Different car racks are often rated to carry more weight than the actual vehicle can take on.

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How to Get the Best Price on a Vehicle

The price that is advertised in a dealership or in a used car ad isn't necessarily the lowest one a seller will take. Therefore, you could save yourself hundreds or thousands of dollars by engaging in some basic haggling. One potentially effective tactic is to ask for a higher trade allowance.

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Guide to Basic Vehicle Warranties

There is likely a manufacturer warranty that comes with your new or certified pre-owned vehicle purchase. It covers the major vehicle components in the event that they stop working unexpectedly, but it does not replace parts that have been worn out through normal use.

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