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How To Make The Most of Your Test Drive

How To Make The Most of Your Test Drive

Photo by Arvid Skywalker on Unsplash How To Make The Most of Your Test Drive Test drives are something to relish if you're in the market for a new car. After all, they allow you to get behind the wheel of your dream ride—but that doesn't mean they can't also be stressful experiences. Below, we list some top tips for your test drive experience.  Do your research before the test drive. Having a spur-of-the-moment urge to buy a car is okay, but you must sit with the idea for a moment. At least sit with it long enough to decide what type of vehicle, where you want to go (always check reviews), and your intentions before going in. Setting up a timeline of your desired purchase date (or need by date) will help you slow down your decisions or prioritize your needs.  Test out the car's bells and whistles After you've started the car and have had a moment t ... read more

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Best Cars For Your College Student

Best Cars For Your College Student

Best Cars For Your College Student Photo by Matt Ragland on Unsplash If you're a parent whose child is heading off to college, you've probably thought about what they'll need in terms of gear and supplies. But have you thought about the car they'll need to get around campus? Whether they’re headed to Purdue or somewhere a bit further, the vehicle they drive is an essential school supply. If your kid doesn't have a car yet or is selling their old one to find something more reliable, we have some great options for affordable vehicles that will last them through four years (and beyond). But first, let’s talk about how to look at cars for your student.  Keep these things in mind when you are selecting a vehicle. When choosing a new car for your student, you should keep a few things in mind. These include safety features, budget cars, and college stud ... read more

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A Chipped Windshield Can Cost You More Than a Ticket

A Chipped Windshield Can Cost You More Than a Ticket

Photo by Charles Loyer on Unsplash Here is why you shouldn't be driving around with a chipped windshield.  Windshields are essential for our vehicles as they allow you to see clearly on the road and be aware of any obstacles. For this reason, you must always have them in good condition even if you don't use them often.    It can be possible that at some point, you might have noticed a crack or a chip on your windshield, and you continue driving, ignoring this chipped windshield. On this month's blog, we will explain the reasons why you shouldn't be driving around with a chipped windshield.   Crack Expansion over time.  One of the most common and primary reasons for driving with a cracked ... read more

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Is Your Vehicle Ready for Holiday Road Trips?

Is Your Vehicle Ready for Holiday Road Trips?

Photo by Nikhil Prasad on Unsplash   With the holidays right around the corner, it will be a great idea to have your vehicle ready to take all your family and friends on an unforgettable road trip to enjoy the holidays. On this month's blog, we will share some tips on preparing your car for the holiday road trip.    By taking care of simple maintenance on your vehicle, you're ensuring to have a safe and prepared road trip, as it will be a pain to be having issues in the middle of an unknown road. Below are some tips that can help you be fully prepared for the adventure.    Wipe away problems: If you don't remember when was the last time you replaced your vehicle windshield wipers, it w ... read more

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Let’s Make Sure Your Windshield Wipers Are Ready for Winter

Let’s Make Sure Your Windshield Wipers Are Ready for Winter

Photo by Max Tokarev on Unsplash   The cold seasons are coming, and it is a good idea to have your vehicle ready for the winter! For this reason, on this month's blog, we will give you some ideas on how you can make sure your windshield wipers are ready for winter.    Your vehicle's windshield wipers are essential as it allows you to see the road clearly, and avoid accidents. With the cold season coming soon, it's most likely for your windshield wipers to become as hard as a hammer, and with this, damage your window! Below are some ideas on how you can avoid this issue and have your vehicle ready for winter.    Propping wipers up: This helps prevent damaging the rubber and makes it easier t ... read more

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Halloween Driving Safety Tips

Halloween Driving Safety Tips

Photo by Bekir Dönmez on Unsplash   October brings a changing of the seasons and a return to holiday fun! We spend the month planning out the best costumes and getting ready for the big day. However, with October comes a change to wetter weather and more dangerous driving conditions.   Many of us have plans to visit family and friends, and some of us are planning out the routes for our road trips! Here are a few things you will want to consider before hitting the road and encountering the October roads ahead. Check this list out when packing up the Boo-Mobile and heading to the Poltergeist-Party!   Check Your Tires - Wet roads can be very dangerous if you don’t have tires that are up to the task! Check the tr ... read more

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10 Car Repairs You Should NEVER Put Off Before School Starts

10 Car Repairs You Should NEVER Put Off Before School Starts

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash    We all know that car maintenance is very important to have your vehicle in good conditions and ready for the road. But many people often forget to check that everything in their car is working correctly or procrastinate when it is time to give it some repair.    In this update to our 2018 blog, we will show you ten car repairs that you shouldn't put off before school starts! As you must have your vehicle ready to move back and forth from class to class.    Oil Change: Make sure to get your oil changed often. If you need help, remember that we are here to assist you!    Changing a flat tire: Your car ... read more

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How to Keep Your Car Cool During The Summer

 How to Keep Your Car Cool During The Summer

Summer, although a joyful experience for us, can be taxing on our beloved vehicles. That is why we want to show you how to beat the extreme summer heat and avoid expensive repairs in 3 easy steps! Let’s get started! Park in shaded places: This is one of the most basic and yet most difficult steps to pull off. The chances are that a good, shady parking lot would be out of reach in most cases. However, if it is possible, park properly, and you’ll avoid a lot of the hassle.  Use window screen: Although not necessarily the cheapest solution, window screens are perfect for protecting the interior of your car from the infamous UV rays. Trust me; you don’t want to leave your interior unprotected on a sunny day for long. Especially the steering wheel!  Crack your windows: This is by far the cheapest solution. Just crack them windows! However, an excellent rule of thumb is to park in slightly more populated area ... read more

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Why Wheel Alignment Matters

Why Wheel Alignment Matters

Your tires and wheels are your vehicle’s only contact with the road, which means they are paramount to your vehicle’s overall safety and performance. Tire maintenance is key to keeping your vehicle performing in tip-top shape. A wheel alignment is one of the most important parts of wheel and tire maintenance.  The term wheel alignment may be misleading because it doesn’t just refer to an adjustment of your vehicle’s wheels or tires, but your car’s entire suspension system. Your suspension system is comprised of several components, including your tires, air pressure, springs, shock absorbers, and steering linkages. To make sure your vehicle drives safely and smoothly, each of these components must be properly serviced with routine wheel alignment. If your vehicle is not properly aligned, you won’t be able to drive as safely or smoothly, and your fuel economy might not be as effective.  If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms ... read more

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What to Expect When Bringing Your Vehicle To Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission Service

We are honored to be the trusted source for auto repair in the Lafayette area. Families throughout our community turn to our team for thorough service. Even though we have such a stellar reputation in our community, we recognize that auto repair can still be stressful. The Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission team is here to ensure your experience with us is as convenient and positive as possible.  Here is what to expect when bringing your vehicle to Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission:  We will treat you as a member of our extended family by being honest and transparent each step of the way.  For your convenience, we offer free shuttle service and discounted rental cars.  If you own a Domestic, Asian, or European vehicle, we can service virtually all makes and models.  Our technicians make sure to stay on the automotive industry's cutting edge by continuing to receive training and have access to up-to-date tools and technology.  We back ... read more

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