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Road Trips Near West Palm Beach

Road Trips Near West Palm Beach

While a lot of people look at a map and think that a road trip to Miami is a great idea, there are many shorter trips right around West Palm Beach. Also, since August tends to be rainy, traveling very far in the rain might not be so pleasant. Here, then, are some ideas for road trips closer to West Palm Beach.  Jonathan Dickinson State Park This state park is north of West Palm Beach, and a short drive up Highway 1. Note that the park is open Thursday through Monday, so it’s a great getaway for a weekend. There are a nature center and plenty of wildlife. You can take a boat or a charter out to Trapper John’s campsite. You might want to skip the swimming since there are gators! You can picnic, use the bike trails, or visit the highest point in South Florida--Hobe Mountain. And lots of people recommend camping there, too, if you like to camp! Lion Country Safari Another excellent and fun road trip is Lion Country Safari, only about ... read more

How to Prepare Your Car and Your Family for Hurricane Season

There are pluses and minuses to hurricane season, which hits us every year and lasts from June through the end of September. On the plus side, we can see them coming so we have time to prepare. On the minus side, hurricane season lasts a very long time--six months! So it’s a good idea to prepare ahead of time, as much as possible. Make Sure Your Car is Hurricane-Ready What that means is bring your car in and have all the fluids checked and replaced, if necessary. Have the right amount of air in your tires. Ask us to check your A/C and all the belts in the car. Make sure you have a spare tire and that it’s adequately inflated. Get the windshield wipers replaced, too. Keep the gas tank full in case you need to leave in a hurry. Most importantly, do this at the beginning of hurricane season, not when you get a hurricane warning!   Have An Emergency Kit A big box or backpack full of supplies is a necessity for any time you need to evacuate. Jumper cables, flares, fl ... read more

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Hurricane Damage

Is my factory warranty void if I don't service my car at the dealership?

  Have you ever been in a situation when your leased car was up for service and you were confused as if to bring it to the dealer or an independent? Imagine this- You buy or lease your new car from a dealership, and they tell you, "Make sure you bring it back here for regular maintenance so you do not void your warranty." Of course, you start to wonder whether getting you vehicle services at an independent repair shop will actually void your factory warranty and cause further problems down the road. It's a valid question to ask yourself, and unfortunately not many know how to answer. Did you know that there is a law from 1975 that protected this exact confusion? The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act prohibits dealers from refusing to honor your warranty if someone else performs the repairs. It was created to stop manufacturers, such as dealerships, from confusing consumers with misleading disclaimers and information ... read more

How To Prevent Water Leaks In Your Car

How To Prevent Water Leaks In Your Car

Though we are known as the Sunshine State, Florida gets more than its fair share of rain. Lately, we’ve had torrential rains across the state. We have been receiving calls from our clients, telling us about the mysterious water leaks in their trunk and on the floor mats. Leaving your windows and sunroof open during a thunderstorm is an apparent cause for a wet car interior. However, what about when the windows are all closed? How can your car get wet on the inside when the trunk is closed, the windows are up, and the doors are locked? It may be due to the car’s drainage system getting filled with debris; resulting in water leaks. Like a gutter on your roof that’s backed up with leaves, water may seep into ordinarily waterproof areas if the drainage system is blocked. All vehicles have a drainage system, and some vehicle brands consistently exhibit drainage design issues. The water leaks could be the result of a faulty sunroof drainage system. Alternatively, the are ... read more

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Hurricane Damage

Tips for Florida “Winter Birds” Seasonal Car Storage

Tips for Florida “Winter Birds” Seasonal Car Storage

  Car maintenance is a task that all drivers encounter throughout each year. Whether you’re getting your oil changed, having your tires serviced, or simply dropping by for a routine tune-up, ongoing auto care is simply part of owning or driving a car. If you own a luxury vehicle, such as a Porsche, Jaguar, Bentley, or Rolls Royce, maintenance is especially of the utmost importance. Furthermore, if you own a luxury vehicle and don’t drive it year-round, there are specific maintenance procedures that should be performed before you store your vehicle for the season.   In Florida, it is a tradition for “winter birds” to travel to the sunny, warm area for a break from cold winter weather. Unfortunately, when they return to their respective home states with their luxury  vehicles they aren’t always stored properly, leaving them sus ... read more

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Preventives That Add More Years to Your Car Battery Life

Preventives That Add More Years to Your Car Battery Life

The importance of battery maintenance often goes overlooked by many drivers, and we can’t blame them. Like many other vehicle components, a car’s battery is something most of us don’t think about until it isn’t working properly. For those of us who have experienced a battery die on us, it can be a downright inconvenience. Other times, a battery dying can be dangerous and unpredictable. To get a handle on your battery, it is best to have a routine for how to care for it. Since much of the gadgets and technology we use in our cars these days relies heavily on a power source, it is important to maintain your battery to avoid getting stuck on the roadside somewhere. Battery care doesn’t have to be a hassle; in fact, there are several easy ways you can keep an eye on your battery without breaking a sweat or feeling totally inconvenienced. Furthermore, ongoing battery care can greatly impact the length of time b ... read more

Tips to Maintain Your Car Paint for Years

Tips to Maintain Your Car Paint for Years

Purchasing a shiny, new car is a great feeling; it gives us something to look forward to each time we leave our home and speed off to a new destination. But that feeling can diminish quickly when you realize that your perfect new-car paint job is dulling or deteriorating in the least. Internal vehicular care is important, but many underestimate the importance of the exterior of your car. This is especially true for high-end vehicles like Mercedes, BMW, and Porsche whose value decreases significantly with a less-than-impressive paint job. It’s true: the value of your car is somewhat dependent upon the exterior paint job alone—after all, it IS the first thing the eye is drawn to. Looks aren’t everything, but it’s important to do what’s necessary to maintain your car’s paint job for years to come. Here are a few tips on ... read more

How Much Will it Cost to Replace the Deployed Air Bags in an Audi?

How Much Will it Cost to Replace the Deployed Air Bags in an Audi?

Luxury vehicles like Audis are purchased for their performance and endurance; rarely do we think about how safe our cars really are, we just hop in and hope for the best. We take seriously the word of manufacturers when they say that a car is safe, because digging deeper takes more of an effort. This allows for issues with basic, commonplace safety features in vehicles like the airbags. Airbag recalls can be scary and unsettling, and the most recent Audi airbag recall is currently making drivers uneasy worldwide.   Even if an airbag deploys and does its job properly, it can be a stressful process to resolve after an accident. The cost of repairs alone can be astronomical, so it is important to understand exactly what replacing an airbag entails before you spend a bunch of money on other unnecessary repairs. Driving without an airbag in areas of West Palm Beach, Miami ... read more

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Car safety

Mercedes Service in West Palm Beach That Will Save You Money

Mercedes Service in West Palm Beach That Will Save You Money

Mercedes Service in West Palm Beach That Will Save You Money   West Palm Beach, Florida, is city known for being inherently dynamic; the cultural influences alone make West Palm Beach an amazing place to explore. People visit Palm Beach to get away from the hectic side of life, and maybe just enjoy a simple drive along the waterfront. Both the simplicity in beauty and the intricacy in culture make West Palm Beach a beautiful and desirable place to be. Much like Palm Beach itself, Mercedes-Benz is a highly sought after getaway from the mundane; these cars offer a completely dynamic experience in driving. Mercedes-Benz is known for their ingenuity in designing luxury and engineering power in a single machine. It is a brand that has been invested in for decades by patrons who know how incredible these machines really are. Regular maintenance is imperative   If you use your Mercedes daily in your commute to wo ... read more

Is it Necessary to Buy a Car According to the Climate?

Is it Necessary to Buy a Car According to the Climate?

Recent debate about climate change has caused a stir in the automotive industry; innovative solutions to help decrease auto emissions that take a toll on the environment and air quality have recently emerged in the past decade or so, causing a divide in car buyers’ options. Energy-efficient vehicles are an attractive option for prospective buyers for a number of reasons, but mainly because it saves them money in gas costs. This is particularly important in areas like West Palm Beach, Miami, and Hialeah, FL, where gas prices have skyrocketed in recent years due to the higher demand for commuters to fill their tanks. No one is denying that the environment is important, but the fact is that it isn’t as important to some as it is to others. Therefore, climate should be considered when buying a car only if that is an important conviction to you personally.  ... read more