Yearly Archives: 2016

Is your Car Rain Ready?

Is your Car Rain Ready?

As summer fades into a cool fall breeze, you can expect to see more and more rainfall. Are you and your car ready for the coming storms? Here are some tips to get your car in tiptop shape to keep you and your family safe this rainy season. Check your Windshield Wipers Driving with bad windshield wipers can be the difference between seeing the road or seeing a blur of lights. Old or worn down windshield wipers can actually make seeing through heavy rain worse than not using them at all. If pieces of rubber are detached from the main wiper, it’s time to replace them. Check your tread It’s important to check your tires before every season, especially when you are getting ready for fall and winter. Having a proper amount of tire tread can help keep you on the road during difficult conditions, whether it’s snow or rain. What is the proper amount of tread? You should have no less than 4/32 i ... read more

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Buying Your New, Used Car

Buying Your New, Used Car

You’ve been on the fence between buying a new vs. used car and decided to save some money with a pre-owned vehicle. Now what? Used cars that are sold with hidden damage can become costly problems for the unsuspecting buyer. To avoid purchasing the proverbial lemon, here are some strategies for avoiding a bad investment. The Test Drive Take the car on a test drive on both local roads and highways. In different environments, you can get a good feel for how the car responds and performs. On local roads, you will feel how the car shifts and responds to sharp turns. You’ll also get a good idea on the condition of the brakes with stop-and-go. With a quick trip on the highway, you can note if the engine runs smoothly or not. While on a test drive, keep your eyes and ears open. Make sure to note any unusual engine noises and whether or not all of the electronics in the car are working properly. The Aesthetics: Inside and Out Both the inside and outside condition of the car ... read more

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Raleigh Road Trip

Raleigh Road Trip

Warm weather is here but let’s be honest- dreams of summer vacation are still months away. While it may not be a far-off island paradise, you can certainly take advantage of your ever-growing Raleigh area. Check out our picks below for a weekend stay-cation for a Raleigh Road Trip. Take a Hike Umstead State Park Whether you’re up for a quick walk or an afternoon of exploring, Umstead State Park has trails ranging in both length and difficulty. The Company Mill Trail is an area favorite as it offers a 1.3 or 5.8 mile hike along a beautiful trail. Hemlock Bluffs This hidden gem is more located in Cary near Holly Springs. The 3.5 mile trail offers various lookout points and plaques highlighting local plant and animal life. Lake Johnson ... read more

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