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Pros and Cons of Tonneau Covers

An informed truck owner is usually able to get the maximum value out of their truck over its lifetime. That is why our team of truck experts at our dealership wanted to be sure that you are informed about the pros and cons of tonneau covers.

The biggest pros of these covers are that it protects your property from rain and snow as well as deterring theft of your tools and other items out of the bed of your truck. The biggest cons of the cover is that it can cost a pretty penny to install and it also limits…

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Refinancing vs. Trading in Your Car

Refinancing your vehicle is a good option if you are upside down in a car loan and find yourself having trouble with payments. You can change your loan terms, lower interest rates, and generally lower the car note payments each month. However, you may owe more with interest with an extended loan term. Trading in may be the best option for those who don't want any debt and want to get out of a loan.

You can trade in a vehicle if you have some equity in the original one you purchased. 

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Tips for Choosing Your Teen's First Car

Before you rush out to get your teen a new car, consider a few of these safety tips first. Remember, they are still learning the ropes, so you must make certain they are protected.

The first thing to consider is getting your teen a car that is bigger and heavier than you might have considered. The larger the vehicle, the less likely they will be injured if they hit anything while on the road.

Another thing to consider when buying your teen a car is to get one will a lower horsepower. 

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Brake Fluid Explained: What You Should Know

Brake fluid is also known as hydraulic fluid. It runs through the brake lines, and it is an important substance that helps your braking system run properly. Without brake fluid, your vehicle wouldn't come to a stop when your foot engages the brake pedal. To learn more about brake fluid, read further. 

There are two primary types that include glycol-based and silicon-based brake fluid. A glycol-based brake fluid is typically used in vehicles that have Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS), and a silicon-based brake fluid is used in vehicles without ABS.  

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Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated For the Best Traction

Would you rather have tires that are overinflated or underinflated? Actually, they're both less than ideal. When your tires aren't properly inflated, you can cause damage to your tires, and you'll get less efficient gas mileage.

When tires are underinflated, there are a couple of problems that might occur. First of all, your tires will likely wear out sooner because they will wear on the sides. This can cause blowouts, poor gas mileage, and damage to your suspension if you hit a curb or pothole.  

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Important Back to School Carpool Tips

Our crew at Motorcars of Lansing wanted to pass along a few carpool safety tips to ensure everyone is safer on the roads as school starts again. How can you prepare the whole family for an effortless carpool experience?

Make certain to have the children in the carpool to exit the car curbside. These kids are a bundle of energy in the morning, and they may reach for the door handle and be in the road before you have a chance to reach for the door locks. Make certain the doors stay locked and the children are only getting out…

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How to Get Your Car Clean and Ready to Impress

You've decided to take an impromptu road trip with your family, but your car is a complete mess and you have no room to pack anything. Take a few minutes to regroup and give your vehicle a quick cleaning. It doesn't take long to get your vehicle back in order, regardless of how messy it may be. Let us here at Motorcars of Lansing give you a few tips:

  • Remove everything from your vehicle that you can.
  • Throw away trash and take items back in the house that don't belong in your vehicle.
  • Wipe down your surfaces…
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Ever Wondered What Information a Vehicle History Report Reveals?

  

Buying used vehicles can be more risky that new ones because you don't know the history of the vehicle. If it was involved in serious accidents or if its previous owners skipped some its regular maintenance, this can predict future repair costs.

  

You can remove the mysteries of a used vehicle by reading its vehicle history report. Also known as a VIN check, a vehicle history report is a document used to research a…

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Are Backup Cameras More Than Just Fancy Perks?

  

If you haven't purchased a vehicle in a few years, chances are your current one doesn't have a backup camera. This feature may seem like a fancy perk that just adds to the cost of purchase. Are backup cameras all they are cracked up to be?

  

Back-up cameras are button-sized devices that allow drivers to see people or objects that can't be detected using the rearview or side mirrors. In other words…

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What’s the Difference Between Towing and Payload?

 

Here at Motorcars of Lansing, we know how important it is to be informed on the different features available on your truck. Let’s dive in and look at what the towing and payload features of your truck can do.

 

What exactly can your truck pull? While the two features are similar, they refer to different terms. When you’re towing a trailer, you’re going to look at the towing capacity. The towing capacity…

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