Why Does the Weather Affect a Car's Battery?

A dead battery can be real aggravating. When you need your car to start right away, a dead battery means the engine won’t turn over. Often, the culprit for battery troubles is the weather. When the temperature goes to extremes, your battery can suffer performance woes.

Cold weather causes extra work for a battery. To power the starter and several accessories, the car draws from the battery. Unfortunately, a battery’s capacity may shrink due to the cold. The strain becomes too much, and the battery doesn’t work.

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Make the Most of Your Vehicle’s Roof Storage Rack

Whether you’re planning a family camping expedition or packing for an extended business trip, you’re certain to appreciate the many benefits of a roof rack. Knowing how to properly use the rack is critical to the safe arrival of you and your belongings at your final destination.

When you load the rack, be sure that the weight is evenly distributed and that nothing hangs over the sides or front. Use water-resistant luggage or a specially designed roof storage bin to protect your items from the elements, and fasten the load in place with sturdy cords or straps in…

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Refinancing vs. Trading in Your Car

If your car payments are starting to put a strain on your budget, then you want to refinance it or trade it. There are several factors that should play a role in the decision that you make. Your overall financial situation is one of the factors that you should consider.

If you are having trouble making the monthly payments, then refinancing may not necessarily improve your financial situation. It may be best for you to trade it in. Your credit score is something else that you may want to consider.

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Plan an Effective Test Drive

There are a number of factors that come into play when you research the purchase of a new or used car. Among these are a hands-on test drive of a car you have on your list of possibilities. There some key tips to consider when preparing for and taking a test drive.

When interested in taking a test drive, schedule an appoint to get behind the wheel in advance. In addition, make a copy of your driver's license that can give to the person at the dealership to hold while take a test drive. Make a list of specific…

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Paying Close Attention to Spring Car Care

Now that more pleasant spring weather has arrived, you should pay close attention to some spring car care tips that we here at Select Automotive want to share.
  • Have your oil changed according to your owner's manual instructions. Use a good quality oil and oil filter.
  • Rotate your tires if you've been driving on an all-season variety all winter. Change out your winter tires if you have separate sets.
  • Wash and wax your vehicle to remove any road salt that has accumulated over the winter months. Don't forget to wash and treat your tires.
  • The 
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Should You Ask Your Service Department About Synthetic Oil?

Synthetic motor oil differs from conventional oils in that it is created solely from chemical compounds. Synthetic oil may offer less evaporative loss, high resistance to thermal breakdown, higher viscosity index, and reduced problems with sludge. The stability of synthetic oil at both high and low temperatures provides enhanced performance. Fans of synthetic motor oil believe that it can help extend the life of the engine.

Synthetic oil is more expensive than conventional oil. The decision of whether you should use synthetic oil or conventional depends on a variety of things. 

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Select Automotive Has Your Dog-Friendly Vehicle

Here at Select Automotive, we want you to be informed so that you know how to handle all situations when driving in your vehicle. Sometimes it's necessary to bring your dog along with you for the journey. And when you do bring the pooch along it's nice to have a comfortable setup for the both of you. Here are some tips:

Use All-Weather Floor Mats

Cleaning dirt and fur from your vehicle is twice as easy with floor mats that you can spray down with the hose.

Buy a Vehicle With Rear Climate Control

Fan your dog with…
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Prompt, Professional Service for Your Vehicle's Ignition

If you find yourself with an issue involving your vehicle's ignition, you need to obtain prompt service. If you fail to obtain timely service for an ignition issue, problems can mount.

A primary issue that your ignition needs service is a grinding sound when you try to turn on your vehicle. This noise is indicative of a failing or worn out starter drive gear. On the other hand, if you hear a whining noise, you likely have an issue involving the flywheel. This is called freewheeling. If you see or smell smoke, the ignition system could be experiencing an…

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How To Fix Minor Windshield Damage

If you have a small chip crack on your windshield, you may be thinking that you can a big repair bill ahead of you. At our service department in Select Automotive, we are able to reduce the visibility of small chip cracks without having to replace your windshield. This repair can allow you to fix the damage without a big repair bill.

So how does this repair work? Simple, our service department uses a unique liquid resin that will bond the cracked area and reduce the damaged appearance.

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How to Repair Minor Vehicle Scratches

Everyone has had them, tiny scratches on your vehicle that you can't help but notice from miles away. At Select Automotive, we feel keeping our drivers informed on how to care for their vehicle is extremely important, so we have provided the necessary information to take care of these scratches yourself.

  1. Choose the proper paint by using your vehicle's factory color code.
  2. Clean the scratch and remove any rust.
  3. Prepare the area by using 220-grit sandpaper.
  4. If the scratch is deep, first apply a primer to bare metal.
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