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Video: How to Jumpstart Your Car

Earlier this week, we posted an article featuring expert tips on what to do in a vehicle emergency. One tip in particular talked about correct and safe procedure for jumpstarting a car with a dead battery. For a full demonstration on how to properly jumpstart a car, watch this informative video by Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Snehal Shah of Auto Techies.

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Auto-Wise: Tips for Making a Smart Vehicle Purchase

Whether you’re looking to buy a new or used vehicle, being proactive will help you secure a wise investment. Photo: Diablo Motors Auto Sales, Brokerage, Consignment, Service (2015)

Whether you’re looking to buy a new or used vehicle, being proactive will help you secure a wise investment. Photo: Diablo Motors Auto Sales, Brokerage, Consignment, Service (2015)

Buying a car is a complex enterprise with several aspects to consider—not to mention a lot of pitfalls to avoid. Whether you’re looking for something that’s new off the lot or simply new to you, it’s important to exercise caution so you can ensure a wise investment.

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When it comes to purchasing a new car, there are two different routes you can take: visiting a dealership or using an online sales service. While each has its perks, there are also things to watch out for. Continue reading “Auto-Wise: Tips for Making a Smart Vehicle Purchase” »

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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: Car Care Tips

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While easily overlooked, vehicle maintenance steps like monitoring tire pressure can have a considerable impact. Photo: Menlo Park Chevron (2015)

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s not surprising that our vehicles often get taken for granted. However, considering the vital role they play in our daily routines, ongoing vehicle maintenance should be a top priority. Fortunately, most aspects of maintenance are fairly simple and, in many cases, can be performed independently. Take a minute to review some of these car care basics provided by five Diamond Certified Expert Contributors.

1. Tire maintenance: Walee Gon of Faxon Garage

When a vehicle’s tires are under-inflated, it leads to increases in fuel usage, braking distance and tread wear. For this reason, it’s important to monitor inflation levels on an ongoing basis, which can be done using a hand-held tire pressure gauge. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Car Care Tips” »

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Guest Blog from AAA: Car Care 101 for College Students

Teach Students Four Simple Things Don't let your student drive off to college in a vehicle they have no idea how to maintain. AAA Northern California recommends parents have a talk with their students before sending them off to college about the four major things they need to do to care for their car. "Not only does a well-maintained vehicle provide safe, reliable transportation for their student, it also prolongs the life of the vehicle and saves money," says Matt Skryja, AAA Northern California spokesperson. Ideally, learning how to care for a car is part of learning how to drive, but it is never too late to help your student learn the basics of car care. The four main areas of car care are checking and maintaining tires; knowing the maintenance schedule; finding a repair facility near the college; and preparing for roadside emergencies. -Check and maintain tires. Tires are the only thing that stands between a student and a crash. They are the easiest to check and maintain but frequently are forgotten until something goes wrong. Make sure your student has a tire pressure gauge in the vehicle and knows how to use it. -Know the maintenance schedule. Performing the manufacturer's regularly scheduled maintenance will extend the vehicle's life and ward off costly repairs. Make sure the owner's manual is in the glove box and explain the recommended maintenance schedule found in it. -Find a repair facility near college. Even if the student is not far away from home, it is a good idea to locate a repair facility they can trust close to the college for an unexpected repair. Help the student choose a AAA Approved Auto Repair facility at www.aaa.com/repair. Consider accompanying them to the shop if possible. -Prepare for roadside emergencies. It is important to prepare students and their vehicles for a breakdown or other roadside emergency – especially if they are attending college far away and cannot call home for help. Provide your student with AAA membership and remind them to always carry their AAA card. Make sure the vehicle has a well-stocked roadside emergency kit as well as an inflated spare tire in good condition. "Remind your student that their AAA card isn't just for emergency road service," said Skryja. "They can get discounts at hundreds of retailers and restaurants all over the country. Visit www.aaa.com/discounts or www.aaa.com/shopnow for details." AAA Northern California offers a wide array of automotive, travel, insurance, DMV, financial services and consumer discounts to nearly 4 million members. AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers since it was founded more than 100 years ago.

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