Buying a car is a hefty responsibility, regardless of who it is! The initial purchase is not only a monumental one, but the aftermath of car upkeep, perhaps a monthly payment, and of course weekly commitments such as a full tank of gas can be overwhelming. And of course, the unforeseeable car mishap—needing a new transmission, the random breakdown, or maybe just a twist of poor fate needing a new car altogether. Needless to say, purchasing a car is a financial responsibility from the moment you sign the title. So what happens when your new driver has this responsibility so that they can have transportation for school, work, or a social life? Should you help with this, or chalk it up to a learning experience and have them pay for it all on their own? Here are some tips and things to consider as your kid moves towards the purchase of their first car, and the involvement you may or may not have with it. Do they have a job? Take a step back and reflect on whe ... read more
Happy Monday! Looks like Winter Storm Olympia is causing some trouble up north, on the east coast but also creeping southward as well. We talked last week about winter maintance tips, but thought this great infographic from Ford would be a great tool for your teens, family members, or co-workers on the basic of winter car maintaince. What car problems have you encountered during this chilly season? Has The Car People helped out at all? Give us a call today!
Ah, Mother Nature, we love you so. One thing we don't like so much? The cold, winter weather. Our cars aren't the biggest fans of it, either. Regardless or not if there's snow on the ground, the harsh winter temps can implode havoc on your car, causing both long and short term damage. Here are four tips to help keep your car in the best condition possible admits the winter months. 1. Replace wiper blades. This is obviously an issue of safety just as it is maintenance. It's important to have your wipers working during the rain, snow, or ice that may be hitting you this winter so that you can see the road clearly. Changing the wiper blades around every six months is optimal, and will prevent scratching from worn out blades. This usually is a car maintenance task you can do yourself. However, we're here to help if needed! 2. Car Battery. It's important to make sure you keep your car's battery in excellent condition, especiall ... read more