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Your Kid’s First Car: What Every New Driver Needs to Know

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The first lessons of car ownership happen at the dealership. Photo: Toyota Marin (2017)

What’s the perfect accessory to go with a cap and gown? A set of car keys. With graduation season upon us, many young people will be getting their first cars before heading off to college or starting their first jobs. A car allows a young person to experience freedom and independence, but it’s also a serious responsibility. School may be over for your child, but the life lessons are just about to begin. To learn how you can help teach your child to be a responsible car owner, read these tips provided by five Diamond Certified Experts.

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For many young people, an auto dealership may be where the car of their dreams crashes into the reality of their bank accounts. Even if the car is a gift, it’s a good idea to include your child in the purchasing process. Continue reading “Your Kid’s First Car: What Every New Driver Needs to Know” »

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Start Fresh: A New Year’s Checklist

It’s no wonder the custom of adopting annual resolutions coincides with the year’s beginning rather than its middle or end. A new year means a fresh start—a milestone that signals an opportunity for positive change. Like a blank canvas to a painter, the New Year invites us to entertain new possibilities, inspires us to innovate upon the past and fills us with “momentum of purpose.”

While this sense of positive propulsion is often directed toward personal development, it can also be useful for accomplishing tangible goals, which is why the New Year is an ideal time to review and renew your to-do list. Whether you need to catch up on overdue maintenance, have a project you’ve been putting off or simply want to start off on the right foot, it’s best to get moving while the coals of inspiration are still hot. Here are some areas to address: Continue reading “Start Fresh: A New Year’s Checklist” »

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Preparing for a Road Trip

Headed out on a road trip this summer? Watch this video for some tips on how to prepare your car for a long drive.

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On the Road Again: Preparing Your Vehicle for Summer Travels

This summer, stay safe on the road by inspecting your vehicle ahead of an extended trip. Photo: Infiniti Marin (2016)

This summer, stay safe on the road by inspecting your vehicle ahead of an extended trip. Photo: Infiniti Marin (2016)

It’s summer once again—the season for recreational favorites like swimming, barbequing, camping and beach-going. However, let’s not forget perhaps the most iconic summertime activity of all: the great American road trip. With school out and the weather right, summer presents an ideal opportunity for domestic travelers to quench their wanderlust by hitting the open road. However, while you may be ready and raring for your next asphalt adventure, if your vehicle isn’t, your trip could wind up being a lot shorter than anticipated. Continue reading “On the Road Again: Preparing Your Vehicle for Summer Travels” »

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Industry Organization Spotlight: I-CAR

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Formed in 1979, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) is an international nonprofit that’s dedicated to promoting high standards of quality among professionals from all segments of the collision repair industry. By pursuing its mission to “deliver increasingly accessible, on-demand and relevant education, knowledge, services, and solutions for the collision repair industry,” I-CAR’s vision is that all professionals will possess “the information, knowledge and skills required to perform complete, safe, quality repairs for the ultimate benefit of the consumer.” Continue reading “Industry Organization Spotlight: I-CAR” »

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Diamond Certified Experts: Essential Vehicle Maintenance for Optimal Performance

By taking a proactive approach to maintenance, you can make the most of your vehicle investment. Photo: Faxon Garage (2014)

By taking a proactive approach to maintenance, you can make the most of your vehicle investment. Photo: Faxon Garage (2014)

Let’s face it: in this day and age, a vehicle is more than just a means of transportation—it’s an investment, and a substantial one at that. From the price of engine repair and body work to ongoing fuel and insurance costs, owning a vehicle constitutes a major financial obligation, which is all the more reason to be proactive about maintenance. With this in mind, we asked five Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to weigh in on key areas where maintenance matters most. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Essential Vehicle Maintenance for Optimal Performance” »

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Green up Your Car Maintenance

According to Larry Moore, owner of Larry’s AutoWorks, a Diamond Certified company, changing your car’s oil too often isn’t good for the environment. If you want to help reduce pollution, Mr. Moore suggests changing your oil less frequently and requesting re-refined oil the next time you have your car serviced. “Re-refined oil is higher quality today than it was originally—even Mercedes uses it,” he says. “It’s made without pulling oil out of the ground, and it costs 85 percent less to re-refine oil than it does to make new oil, so that’s a huge savings you can make in your carbon footprint.” Continue reading “Green up Your Car Maintenance” »

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The Importance of Regular Tune-Ups

Most people know they have to regularly change the oil in their cars, but many vehicle owners don’t realize that regular tune-ups are equally important. For example, getting your transmission flushed every 18 months costs about $150, but ignoring this service can eventually cause the transmission to break, and new transmissions can cost up to $2,000. Continue reading “The Importance of Regular Tune-Ups” »

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