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All About Backup Cameras

The backup camera is a safety feature that has been appearing in cars for over fifteen years, but from 2018 onward they will be required in all new vehicles. In this post, we will talk about how this can affect the price of a used vehicle.

Originally, backup cameras only appeared in top trims and luxury packages. They needed a large screen in the dashboard, which was unusual in the early 2000s. If you want a car from 2014 or 2015 and earlier, then you will need to seek out the higher-level models. After that, backup cameras migrated gradually down…

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How Do You Know Your Mechanic is Honest?

When you bring your vehicle in for servicing at Doug Smith Kia and our technicians recommend a number of repairs, how do you know if you really need them? The key to knowing is to do your homework and know how your car really operates? Thanks to the internet, you can find out a lot. Here's what you really should know before you bring in your vehicle.

When you are told something is wrong with your vehicle, look up how long the repair should take. Excessive labor time on the invoice means that the technician is padding the charge…

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Care for Your Vehicle With a Car Cover

Do you want your vehicle to look like new for longer? If you do, then you should consider investing in a car cover. And at Doug Smith Kia, we want you to be an informed car owner, so we've come up with a list of reasons that a cover will help you maintain your vehicle.

For instance, if you want to protect your vehicle from tree sap, a car cover is ideal. You won't have to spend hours removing sap and seeds from your vehicle that could potentially damage your paint job. And...

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Suspension Service Needs


If you suspect there are some issues going on with your suspension there are a number of things you can pay attention to and look out for. Let us here at Doug Smith Kia help you diagnose some concerns on your own such as:
  • Your vehicle will fail the bump test. What you do is place your vehicle in park and get out of the vehicle. Use your body weight to push down on the front end and the back end of the vehicle to make it bounce. If you make it bounce and it continues to bounce two to…
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What Are Summer and All-Weather Tires?

If you live in a region that experiences wet weather often and doesn't have a true winter, you may want to consider having summer tires, as opposed to all-weather tires. The main advantage of summer tires is that they offer excellent traction in wet conditions.

All-weather tires are meant to be used in climates that range from hot to cold temperatures but not in areas that have extremely cold temperatures. All-weather tires will last longer than summer tires because they have a deeper tread that is symmetrical, allowing for more rotation choices.

 
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How many volts should a car’s battery hold?

A car’s battery is its life’s blood. With a good battery, the car starts easily. With a bad battery, the car does not start at all. The difference between having a good battery and a bad battery is a small measurement of voltage when the car is at rest or when it is running.

To accurately test your car’s battery you need a voltmeter and an assistant. A healthy battery should measure a charge of 12.6 volts when the car is off. When the car is running, the charge should measure somewhere between 13.7 volts…

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Avoid a tire blowout with routine tire maintenance

Many things can cause a tire to blowout, and all of them are relatively easy to avoid or at least detect.

Many car owners have discovered a nail or a screw lodged in their tire and thought about how lucky they were not to suffer a blowout. Having a sharp object protruding from your tire can most certainly cause one to occur, but they more commonly result from excessive wear and tear. A tire's tread is integral to keeping traction on the road while driving. If your tread is too worn down and your tires are bald, you are…

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What Causes an Engine to Overheat?

Anytime your engine overheats, it is cause for concern. An engine that runs too hot can damage many vital parts of your vehicle, including bearings, pistons, valves, and cylinders. Never ignore overheating and always shut down your engine when it begins to run too hot. Here are some common reasons why your engine may overheat.

Lack of coolant is the most common cause of overheating. Regular use or leaks can cause reduce coolant levels. Overheating can also be the result of fan, pump, hose or thermostat failures. When a water pump malfunctions, it can cause leaks or bearing problems that…

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Jumpstart Your Car in A Jiffy

Having a dead battery is a relatively common occurrence. It's easy to accidentally leave your headlights on overnight or a car door open just enough that the dome light stays on a few too many hours. Knowing how to jumpstart your battery is a critical skill that every driver should master.

First, clamp a jumper cable to the positive side of the dead battery. Then attach that cable to the positive side of the battery that is still working. Next, clamp the other cable to the negative side of the battery that is not working, and then attach the…

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Online Vehicle Financing and First-Class Convenience


Are you hearing great things about online vehicle financing applications these days? You're definitely not alone there. Online vehicle financing is an up-and-coming concept. It's one that's swiftly gaining popularity in automotive dealerships located all across the vast United States, too. The Internet makes applying for a loan for an upcoming vehicle purchase easy, convenient and simple for all.

Who has the energy to cope with big crowds at automotive dealerships? Who has the ability to complete complex forms while other people are around? Submitting a vehicle financing...
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