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Halloween and Scary Automotive Sounds

Halloween and Scary Automotive Sounds

Spooky season is coming up, and there are many sounds that we are going to hear! Many of them will be pleasant and with the Halloween theme, but there are plenty of sounds you may start to hear from your car and those sounds… well they’re never in season, are they? Here are some of those scary sounds, what they mean, and what next steps are for you and your vehicle’s maintenance. 1. Is that the screeching of a banshee?  Well, that depends, but first, we have to determine where the sound is coming from. If the sound is coming from your wheels, it likely means that it is time to change your brake pads. They are designed to make those noises after wearing down to help alert you, but that doesn’t mean the sound isn’t scary to hear! Worn down brakes aren’t in themselves dangerous right away, but it is important to get them replaced in a timely manner to prevent more serious replacements or repairs. What if that screeching is coming from under the ho ... read more

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Get Your Car Ready for Back to School

 Get Your Car Ready for Back to School

With the start of school fast approaching, you want to make sure that your vehicle is ready. Car maintenance can be one of the last things on your mind at this time of year but it is very important to ensure your vehicle is safe.  Here is Foreign Affairs Auto Back to School Maintenance checklist: Check under the hood, make sure all your fluid levels are good. Ensure that you have enough oil, coolant and power steering fluid for a great functioning vehicle.  Look at your tires, make sure they have enough pressure and look for uneven or wear on your tread. Proper inflation and tire health can help them hug the ground and help you stop when and where you need to.  Check your lights, if you have a teen you might want them to help you with this so they know what to do in the future. Have them go in and turn on the headlights and turn signals, while you check them. Also having them press on the brake pedal so you can look at your brake lights as well.  Making sure yo ... read more

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Do You Need Someone to Check Your Car When You’re Gone?

Do You Need Someone to Check Your Car When You’re Gone?

What to do with your car when you are gone is a common concern. A lot of that depends on how long you are gone and what kind of car you own. It also depends on where you leave your vehicle while you are away.  If you have a vehicle that needs to be driven on a regular basis and you plan to be gone for weeks or even months, you’ll definitely want someone to take it for the occasional spin around the block. Even if you have a very modern model, leaving it undriven for months on end can be detrimental.  If you are most concerned with its general safety, you can leave it in a secured lot. It’s best not to leave it in underground parking where no one pays attention to the comings and goings of vehicles.  When you leave it in your own garage, it’s still nice to have someone check on it from time to time. Starting it occasionally will help keep it ready for your return. If you park it out and away from West Palm Beach, you’ll definitely want to consid ... read more

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How to Pack Your Trunk for Vacation

How to Pack Your Trunk for Vacation

Vacations are full of fun and everyone is ready to throw their suitcase in the back and hit the road. Packing your trunk with everyone's luggage, snacks, and road entertainment is a puzzle. You don’t want to be an hour into the drive and have to pull over so you can grab a snack or movie out of the back. Here are some tips on how to pack your trunk to make your vacation a breeze.  If you haven’t taken out all the old gas receipts, used napkins, and other trash out of your car then start there. It’s summer so you won’t be needing your ice scraper or winter tools, take them out as well. Try not to overpack, although it’s hard it will save you room in the end. Consider co-packing a bag to prevent overpacking, it will also create more space. Have a separate bag for items that will be used multiple times during the trip like snacks, water, and entertainment so passengers in the backseat don’t have to rummage through the luggage to find something ... read more

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Best Road Trips within An Hour of West Palm Beach

Best Road Trips within An Hour of West Palm Beach

Road trips are a great way to get closer to friends and family while making unforgettable memories. Being stuck in a car for hours on hours can get stressful but an hour or so drive is perfect. There are some awesome places an hour away from West Palm Beach in which you can make a little day trip or stay the whole weekend. Check out these places when considering your next getaway and don’t forget to pack the sunscreen.  On the outskirts of West Palm Beach lies Riviera Beach that has free parking and admission making it great for big families. At Riviera Beach, you can swim up close and personal with the friendly manatees. The manatees are in their natural environment and enjoy visitors, consider them the dogs of the sea. There is an education center if you want to learn more about animals and the environment.  Another great beach is the North Palm Beach that is 438 acres of breathtaking nature. There are many trails to hike, kayak rentals, picnics, and of course the a ... read more

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Favorite Car Cleaning Hacks

Favorite Car Cleaning Hacks

Spring cleaning season is officially here! Like your home, it’s good to seriously clean your vehicles too. It not only feels good to drive around in a clean car, but it also helps prolong the life of everything above and around what’s under the hood. It’s historically one of the most procrastinated tasks on people’s to-do list as the work is tedious and can be daunting. Detailing is far too costly, so we have discovered DIY hacks to reach those tight nooks and crannies, ensuring a complete car transformation without the big price tag.  Dashboard & Olive Oil Remember when you first bought your car, and your dashboard had a shiny and sleek finish you couldn’t stop touching? Restore this new car presence by using your favorite cooking product; olive oil! Avoid buying expensive conditioning wipes by rubbing olive oil on your dashboard and wipe afterward with a clean cloth.  Headlights & Toothpaste  A classic trick in the book that ne ... read more

Road Trip Preparation

Road Trip Preparation

Road trips are great bonding experiences and to clear your mind. Whether you are going on a family road trip, friends, or taking it solo check out these preparation tips. As fun as it is to jump in your car and hit the freeway spontaneously, it’s essential to prepare yourself and your vehicle before.  Make sure to have a reliable GPS source, even if you plan on just driving with no destination planned. Smartphones have built-in GPS systems, but some areas have little to none service. It’s always smart to have a psychical map, how old school, but you’ll be thankful when you’re stranded with a dead phone. Also, check the weather conditions before the drive. You don’t want to be surprised with a snowy mountain pass, and you didn’t pack your snow chains.  An excellent way to prepare for any situation that might occur on a road trip is to have some form of roadside assistance to rescue you. You can’t predict what issues might happen duri ... read more

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Spring Cleaning Your Car

Spring Cleaning Your Car

  Oooh! Shiny. Don’t you want YOURS to look as clean as this one? ​Tis the season for spring cleaning and there is no better place to start than with your car. Instead of spring cleaning your entire house or garage, which tends to be a nebulous overwhelming task, your vehicle is well confined. Let’s break it down:   Let’s work our way in from the outside:   Start with your tires, you can use an equal mix of vinegar and water to help get them extra clean. Next up is the washing of the vehicle: Using the two-bucket method, have one bucket of clean soapy water and another one with your dirty rinse water. Start at the top and work your way down.   Don’t forget the undercarriage. Make sure you get underneath your car and spray it down really well. Even though we don’t use chemicals to clear snow and ice from our balmy global location, it’s still a good idea to wash away dirt and debris under your car too. Once you’ve managed to ... read more

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Most Fun Gifts for the Car Lover in Your Life

Most Fun Gifts for the Car Lover in Your Life

February is a sweet month filled with love, chocolates, flowers, and gifts. But some of the most fun gifts are the ones we found for the car lover in your life. Foreign Affairs Auto in West Palm Beach caters to European automobiles, so we couldn’t help but share these items that many auto enthusiasts would love. Bentley luxury products: If you and your car lovers are Bentley fans, you’ll love the gift collections available in their online store. From apparel and accessories to well-appointed luggage, the Bentley lover in your life will be thrilled with these Bentley gifts. Rolls-Royce merchandise: Since Rolls-Royce is a brand that has been around since 1904, they have an online store as well. If your car loving sweetheart also loves to play golf, you can purchase Rolls-Royce golf tees, as well as apparel and executive items. BMW accessories a ... read more

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Car

Have you ever made New Year’s Resolutions for your car? Your loyal car takes you all over town without any complaints. It’s there when you need it, and goes when you put your foot on the gas. So why not have New Year’s Resolutions for your vehicle? Here are some you might consider for 2019!  Get Regular Maintenance Changing the oil and checking all the fluids, making sure the hoses aren’t cracked... those are things that will help your vehicle last longer, and save you money in the long run. We don’t like surprises when it comes to our car, and maybe you don’t either — one way to prevent surprises it to get that regular maintenance.  Attend to Funny Noises or Smells Does your car creak when it goes around corners? Do you sometimes smell something unusual? Those funny noises and smells could be indicators of more severe problems. Our auto technicians have heard many strange sounds. When our customers describe the sounds to us ... read more

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