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The Convenience of Dash Cams


While many drivers and passengers carry smartphones or mobile devices that are equipped with a camera, a dash cam is so much more convenient. The device is easily installed on the dashboard and set to record for varying lengths of time. They are also positioned at the right height to capture roadway activity. There are a number of reasons why vehicle owners might consider having a dash cam.

A dash cam provides useful evidence in the event that a driver becomes a collision victim...

 

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How Backup Cameras Work And Why You Need One


Doug Smith Kia wants drivers to be informed about their vehicle's safety features, so we're going to tell you everything you need to know about backup cameras.

When you put your vehicle in reverse, a sensor turns on your backup camera. The rear-mounted backup camera transmits an image to your vehicle's infotainment system allowing you to see what's behind you. Many newer backup cameras display different colored lines on the display screen to help you travel in reverse and park in the tightest of parking spots. Backup cameras can also prevent accidents....

 

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Why More Drivers are Choosing an SUV

When it’s time to buy your next vehicle, we at Doug Smith Kia want you to be an informed driver making a purchase based on having all the facts. If you’re like many vehicle shoppers, you may be considering buying an SUV. More and more drivers are choosing to buy SUVs today. Want to know why? Here are a few of the many reasons.
• SUVs offer a smooth ride.
• They get good gas mileage.
• They carry more cargo.
• They carry more people efficiently than cars.
• SUVs are ideal for transporting pets.
 

 

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Winter vs. Summer Wiper Blades

It is not uncommon for vehicle owners to use the same windshield wiper blades year-round. However, there are differences between blades designed for summer and the part created for winter. Summer blades feature a more flexible, light-weight frame. The frame has a lattice appearance and a spring-like action. The blade rubber is also thinner, which is appropriate for warm temperatures and rain.

Winter blade construction is more durable. The frame typically has a solid metal appearance, which is designed to capably stand up against the resistance met when pushing heavier ice and snow. 
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Best Cars for Uber or Lyft Drivers


Ride sharing apps have revolutionized the way the transportation sector operates. That is why our team at Doug Smith Kia located right here in American Fork are excited to provide a few recommendations for types of cars for Uber or Lyft drivers.

One of the first things to consider when purchasing a car for a ride share role is the fuel efficiency. Because there will be some down time when you are driving around without any passengers...
 

 

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Protecting Yourself Against the Crime of Automobile Theft

Having your vehicle stolen can make you feel extremely violated and vulnerable. Fortunately, there are a number of common sense steps that you can take to protect your vehicle from this type of crime.

First and foremost, it is imperative to always lock your vehicle, even when you are driving. Never leave your running vehicle unattended, even if for a short moment. Professional thieves are lightning quick and your vehicle can go missing 

 

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What to Have in a Winter Survival Kit in American Fork

At Doug Smith Kia, we have seen a number of people experience breakdowns. If you find yourself stranded on the side of the road in the winter months, there are several items to have inside of a winter survival kit. This can help you get your car back on the road or help you with comfort until the tow truck arrives.

First, be sure that you have enough to keep you warm, especially if your car isn’t running. This includes hats and gloves as well as blankets or mylar sleeping bags. Depending on how much snow is out there…
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What Does a Timing Belt Do?


At Doug Smith Kia in American Fork, we make it a point to keep our consumers informed about how to keep their vehicles in optimal condition. There are many components that make your car run at its best, which include a timing belt.

A timing belt causes the camshaft and crankshaft to rotate in sync so that each cylinder fires at the same time. It also controls the action of the pistons and valves within the engine. When the timing belt is off, the engine will perform erratically.

Typically, a timing belt is covered, which can make it difficult to…
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Tips for Finding a Reliable Mechanic

Even if you are the owner of a new car, you'll likely need the services of a qualified mechanic sooner or later. When searching for the right mechanic to service your vehicle and keep it in optimal condition, we at Doug Smith Kia would like to offer just a few suggestions for locating a mechanic who is experienced, honest and most of all, reliable.

Like you would do in hiring any service person, do your homework. Get quotes from several mechanics and look online for comparable quotes for the type of work you need done. Ask your network of…
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What is a Car's Alternator Responsible For and How Often Does It Need Serviced?

A car's alternator charges the battery and powers the electrical system. Many people mistakenly believe that the battery is responsible for giving juice to the electrics but that is the alternator's role. The battery helps the car start by transferring electricity to the starter motor. Because it powers the electrical system in your car, the alternator is an important component you want to ensure is in good condition.

Alternators usually need changed every seven years or 100,000-250,000 miles, so you don't have to worry about this replacement often. 

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