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Did You Buy Too Much Car for Your Budget?

It's easy to commit to a loan that's too much for you to manage. Many banks are anxious to loan the maximum amounts possible. If you find yourself struggling to make your monthly car payments on top of your other living expenses, you may be wondering if it's the time to refinance or trade-in your car.

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How to Keep Rodents from Damaging Your Vehicle

It is scary to think about the ways that rodents can mess with a vehicle. You do not want to imagine a rat or mouse chewing through a cable on your vehicle and stopping that vehicle from working properly. There are some things that you can do if you are concerned about rodents and the damage that they can bring about.

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Attaching the Right Cables

Sometimes, your battery might die without warning. If this happens, you don't have to buy another battery right away. Instead, you can use another car to jump-start yours. The first thing that you need to do is locate the posts on your battery. Most of them are located on the top of the battery, but there are some that are on the side.

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A Blind Spot Monitor Explained

Are you shopping for a new vehicle? At Maserati of Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, CA, one of our goals is to keep our consumers informed about the features that come with our vehicles in our inventory. One of the most popular features that are available with newer models is a Blind Spot Monitoring System.

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Do You Know the Difference Between Oversteer and Understeer?

If you've ever had steering problems, you might have experienced understeer or oversteer. These two terms describe opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to steering movements. Learn how to differentiate between the two so that you know when help is needed.

Understeer occurs when a turning movement does not result in a complete turn. In a sense, the driver's turn is cut short. This happens when the tires do not grip the road correctly. 

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Why Buy a Crossover?

For many drivers, the crossover is a wonderful vehicle in two ways. On one hand, the efficiency is amazing on a crossover SUV due to its size and design. However, there's also still enough room and space for the hobbies you love, like road trips for camping and fishing. If you have a big family or a lot of friends, or even if you just like extra space and comfort, the crossover makes a great vehicle all-round.

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How to Choose a Good Mechanic for Your Vehicle

Unfortunately, not every mechanic is going to be truthful or even have the type of knowledge and experience that you may specifically need. When choosing a mechanic, choose one who has received their Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification in specific specialties. Mechanics who receive their certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence are historically more reliable and knowledgeable. The institute has been around since 1972.

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Why Everyone Wants Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay is making waves as one of the best newer tech systems to access your iPhone while driving. Many newer models of cars have Apple CarPlay compatibility, which is becoming one of the most sought-after features for drivers.

Apple CarPlay uses your car's built-in center display to give you access to all of your most frequently used features on your iPhone. 

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Testing Your Car's Battery

If you have any doubt about whether your battery is in good shape, you should definitely check its charge before any major road trip or if you are anticipating traveling in bad weather conditions. You can test your battery's charge at home with these easy steps.

You will need a voltmeter to measure the charge.

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How to Install a Child Safety Seat

A child safety seat is a very important part of your vehicle. If you will be transporting a child around with you in your vehicle, then you need to have a car seat properly installed at all times. The process of installation can vary a little bit based on the seat that you have purchased and the vehicle it is being used for.

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