Winter Emergency Car Kit

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Winter is a hard time on your vehicles and sometimes the worse happens. Whether it is an accident or you break down beside the road. When things like this happen you need to be prepared, especially in the winter. Below is a checklist to help you prepare for an emergency.

What To Pack:

  • Battery Powered Radio and extra batteries. Keep an eye on the batteries because sometimes cold weather can drain them.
  • Flashlight with extra batteries. Do not put the batteries in right way. Wait until you need them.
  • Blankets. The thicker the better.
  • Booster Cables
  • Bottled Water
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Non-Parishable Food- Granola bars, dried fruit, and peanut butter are a good choice
  • A Map- This is essential just in case your battery dies and you can’t use GPS
  • Change of clothes including gloves, scarves, and hats. It may also be a good idea to have an extra pair of boots.
  • Cat Litter for traction if you are stuck.
  • Rope- This can have a lot of uses but one of the best is you can tie yourself to the car if you need to get out in the middle of a snow storm.
  • First Aid Kit

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Body Work For Your FIAT

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Your baby was in an accident or maybe a rock hit your car while you are cruising down the road. Regardless of what happened it needs fixed and fast. So how do you choose the right body shop? It is hard when advertisements assault your senses and honestly when it comes to your car thumbing through the yellow pages is not the way to go.
You want to make sure that the place you choose will take care of your car and you. I say you because you definitely don’t want to be ripped off.
Here are some tips to choose the right body shop for you and your car!
Ask Questions- When you are shopping around for a body shop go there in person. Ask questions. Do they provide a warranty? Are they insured for fire and theft? What is their turn-around time? Who will be working on your car? What degrees do they have? These are all important questions.

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FIAT Shopping For Your Teenager

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Believe it or not 16 years flies by really fast. Before you know it your baby is ready for driver’s ed and on the way to driving a car. If you are a one car family or even a two car family, chances are they will need their own vehicle.

However, before you run out and buy your teen the car of their dreams you need to ask yourself some questions. Buying a car is a big deal and sometimes when you jump in feet first it can be a disaster!

Are they mature enough? Driving is hard. You have to pay attention to everything. Your surroundings, road laws, and of course, other drivers. Is your teen mature enough to deal with all that? Not only that but having a car is a big responsibility. If your teen can’t even keep their room clean or turn in their homework, they may not be ready for a car.

Are they going to college? This may seem like an odd question but a lot of parents don’t know that universities and colleges do not allow freshman’s to bring their own vehicle. That means if they are going to school you will need to store the car until they are allowed to bring it.

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Car Insurance For Your Subaru

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Insurance is a necessity when you buy a new or used car. Every state require every driver to have a valid driver license, tags, and insurance. For a lot of people insurance is an added bill that strains your budget. Below is 5 ways to save money on your insurance and possibly let your wallet breathe a little easier.

Get All your Insurance From One Insurance Company- If you have more than one car get your insurance from the same insurance. Some insurance companies to offer you a discount if you bundle your insurance. But more importantly it is easier to have your cars under the same insurance.

Safer and Low Profile Cars Cost Less to Insure- We all have dreams of owning a luxury SUV or sports car but if your budget is screaming a cheaper, low profile car may be best for you. You won’t get as many ooh’s and ahh’s but your pocket book will thank you.

Better Credit Score May Mean Lower Insurance Premiums- This isn’t always true but if you go with one of the widely known insurance companies your credit score could play a big role on how much your insurance will cost. A good rule of thumb is to check your credit score before shopping for insurance. When you decide on your company then make sure to tell them you have a good credit rating.

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When To Replace Your Car Battery

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It’s happened to all of us and usually when we are the busiest. We get in the car to go run errands, turn the switch, and nothing. The car is dead. Nothing is bringing it back to life but a jump and if it is totally dead not even that will help. Talk about frustrating, I have beat the steering wheel a couple of times.

Is there anyway to tell your batter may be going bad? Actually there are some signs that may reveal your battery has had it.

Bloating battery case- If your battery case looks like it ate too many chicken wings the night before it is probably time to change it. This is usually caused by excessive heat.

Low battery fluid- If the fluid is below the plates inside it is time to have the battery and charging system tested.

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