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Know Your Winter Tires

Winter is here! We can deny it all we want or we can get some good winter tires. Our staff at State Park Motors wants you to be an informed driver when purchasing new winter tires. It’s important to know the difference and now what you need. With so many brands and types available, it can be hard to decide, so we’ve broken it down for you a little.

Stud-less ice/snow tires will provide you the best traction on ice and snow while studded tires are great for ice traction but will need studs if you’re…

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Items That Should be in Every Emergency Kit

The folks at State Park Motors want to make sure that you stay safe while driving this winter. Part of staying safe when the weather turns cold and snowy is to have an emergency kit in your vehicle. It should include a warm blanket, a cell phone and a gallon of water.

It should also have enough food to last you and your passengers a few days. Ideally, you will have a tire pressure gauge, inflation device and sealant. This may make it possible to make emergency repairs that last long enough to get to safety. 

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Discover Blind-spot Technology

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that blind-spot related collisions claim the lives of approximately 300 people every year. Most drivers check their mirrors before making lane changes. However, a vehicle may be traveling beside in the blind spot and go undetected. However, blind-spot detection systems reduce the number of collisions by 14 percent.

The technology might be referred to as blind spot monitoring or lane assist. The safety feature functions using cameras or sensors that continually monitor the area around the car, truck or SUV.  

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The Basics of Truck Bed Liners

While there are many different types of after-market bed liners you can put into your truck, it might make more sense to get something from the dealership. That way, your truck will be ready to get work done right when you drive off the lot.

There are two main types of bed liners. Drop-in liners, as the name suggests, are physically dropped into place. They're bolted down so they won't shift positions, and they're usually made out of a hard, durable plastic.  

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Maintain Your Timing Belt

Modern vehicles usually have a timing belt instead of a timing chain. If the belt breaks or stops turning, then you're left with a vehicle that doesn't run at all. Car manufacturers started replacing chains with belts because they are lighter in weight and don't get jammed as easily on parts that surround the device. 

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Perks of Buying a Used Car

Do not think for a moment that purchasing a used car is a shameful thing. It can actually be an incredibly wise decision that leads a person to save more money and thus be able to afford the things they want in life.

Here at State Park Motors Inc, we see a lot of people who come in and want to check out our used cars. They know that they can save some money compared to buying new, and we are happy to oblige them in that. Budgets can get tight for a lot of people, and there is no…

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Pros and Cons of Tonneau Covers

We find it imperative that you remain an informed truck owner. That is why we want to be sure you know all about the positive and negative aspects of having a tonneau cover on your truck.

Although there are more commonly known benefits to this type of cover, such as it keeping your valuables safe from bad weather and debris as you drive down the road, there are also some less well known benefits. One of these benefits is that fact that it will improve the fuel efficiency of your truck. This occurs because the cover makes your truck more…

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Choosing Your Teen's First Car

It might be daunting to want to hand over the keys to your teen, but you can minimize those concerns when you get them the right vehicle that will protect them on the roads.

Steer clear of getting your teen a vehicle that has high horsepower. These young drivers are just finding their way on the roads, they don't need to treat the highway like they are playing a video game and moving at the speed of light. 

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Refinancing vs Trading in Your Car

Most people don't realize that you have options when you are not able to pay on your car loan. You may think that you are going to have a repossession on your credit, but if you can take these steps to avoid it with a refinance or trade-in, you may be able to save your credit score and car loan history.

For one, refinancing only works if you are able to find a lender who will lower the interest rate and possibly extend the loan term. This is typically how you are able to keep a car with a…

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Back-to-School Auto Checkup

Caring for your car is always important, but back to school time emphasizes the need to make sure that your vehicle is ready for the demands of the seasons ahead. Whether you are a parent with children at home or sending one or more off to school, checking the condition of your vehicles is an essential task.

Drivers know the importance of regular maintenance. Back to school time is an ideal period to check on the oil, fluids, battery, and tires. You should check the dash for warning lights and resolve issues like tire pressure and engine service. 

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