2 Reasons to Avoid Using Your Debit Card at the Pump

2 Reasons to Avoid Using Your Debit Card at the Pump

For most of us we find it convenient to swipe our debit cards right at the pump. We do this to save walking inside, but have you ever noticed the small sticker placed on most pumps next to the keypad which more or less states that if you are using a debit card to pay inside. This often overlooked warning is important for two reasons. Skimmers This would be the most obvious reason. Skimming devices are…

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8 Things You Should Always Keep In Your Vehicle

8 Things You Should Always Keep In Your Vehicle

Being prepared for the unexpected.  Imagine with me for a moment that you’re driving along on a nice and relaxing ride. There is a decent amount of gas in your tank, the music is at the perfect volume and you are just living the life. This would be the perfect moment for something to happen, and BAM it does. You went from cruising along to slowly drifting off to the side and hitting those hazards. Do…

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4 Reasons to Stop Running On Empty

4 Reasons to Stop Running On Empty

Running your car on empty is a bad idea. You have done this a million times. You watch that little gauge sink lower & lower towards the left, and for whatever reason, you skip stopping at the next gas station and just decide to power on through. As your eyes keep darting back to your ever-illuminated dashboard, you secretly say a prayer and hope that you make it to your destination. Sound familiar? While this…

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All About Your Timing Belt!

All About Your Timing Belt!

It’s all about timing! When people tell horror stories about costly car repair jobs, more times than not, it involves a timing belt. Why is that? It is likely due to the significance your timing belt plays in running your entire engine. If it breaks, it takes down a whole slew of other parts with it leaving you with a nasty bill. What is a timing belt? The timing belt is just that: a big…

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How to find a good mechanic.

How to find a good mechanic.

Finding the needle in the haystack. Looking for a mechanic to take care of your daily driver, or even just a project, can be quite a daunting task. Where do you even start?  While there is no clear cut path or exact answers, there are some things you can be on the lookout for. Is the mechanic open and honest? Any good and honest mechanic will be willing to break down everything that needs to…

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Should you Fix Up or Break Up with your vehicle?

Should you Fix Up or Break Up with your vehicle?

It’s not you, it’s me.  It can be quite surprising how attached we get to our vehicles. But if you stop for a moment and look back, we tend to go through a lot with them. I never considered myself attached to my Chevy Malibu, but when it got totaled, and it was time to say goodbye, you better believe there were some unexpected tears. When there are memories involved, it can make it hard…

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3 Ways to Keep Your Vehicle Healthy

3 Ways to Keep Your Vehicle Healthy

“The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.” –  Charles R. Swindoll Taking your car in for routine maintenance is often a ”small” detail that gets overlooked. Why is this? For some, taking your car in is the equivalent to a dentist appointment or filing your taxes; a necessary but tedious (and potentially more expensive than planned) part of life. For others, it just may not seem all that pressing. That…

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Save money at the gas pump!

Save money at the gas pump!

We are experiencing the highest gas prices in years! With gas prices climbing higher than they’ve been in the past 3 years, it might be time to start looking for ways to stretch your gas mileage. The highest gas prices are hitting the west coast at about $3.56 per gallon, and the lowest priced gas is being seen in places like Missouri at around $2.44 per gallon. The national average is on the rise as…

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