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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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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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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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Expressing Gratitude in Your Car and for Your Car

Expressing Gratitude in Your Car and for Your Car

Isn’t November and Thanksgiving a wonderful time of year? We love the giving and gratitude that takes place in November every year--and wish it extended to the rest of the year, too. For some reason, people are thinking about all the things they’re grateful for, and that creates a spiraling effect, where everyone is on a similar wavelength. Here are some ideas for expressing gratitude in your car and for your car.  The Wave or the Peace Sign When someone lets you in during rush hour traffic, that certainly merits a thank you. So giving drivers a quick wave is considerate when they’ve gone out of their way for you. We sometimes see motorcycles giving a nod or a wave, too, when we share the road by moving out of their way. Another popular signal is the peace sign or tipping the hat as a gesture of thanks.  Thanking People for Good Driving or Parking In some areas of the country, there are programs where police department g ... read more

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Hauntingly Good Things to do in October

Isn’t Halloween one of the most fun events of the entire year? We think so! Here are some hauntingly good things you can do in October!  Dress up Your Car Trunk We don’t know when this became a thing, but people have been dressing up their trunks. Some common themes are Finding Nemo, Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland. All you need are an active imagination and a local dollar store, where you can use balloons, cardboard, paint, and glitter! Don’t forget a bucket of candy for the kids! Trunk or Treat! While we’re on the topic of dressing up your trunk, trunk or treat is something that lots of schools now sponsor. Kids can go someplace safe and go from trunk to trunk in their costumes getting candy from each trunk. These events are held not only at schools, but at community centers and churches--anywhere safe for the kids.  Outfit Your Car Now, of course, anything you can do to your trunk can al ... read more

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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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Is Your Car Winter Ready?

Is Your Car Winter Ready?

Many parts of USA have recently faced severe cold & snow fall that blocked the normal life for few days. Pollution or whatever the cause behind this; one thing for sure that winter with its cold blow will continue for rest of the season. And we may expect to get some rough weather. Is your car ready for the season? Here are some things you should consider to get the automobile ready for the rest of the cold weeks. Check the Pressure in Your Tires. You’ll be glad, you did this as you go out onto icy roads. Pressure in the tires goes down in cold weather and you need to maintain the proper amount of air pressure in tires. It is not just to keep things safe because properly inflated tires can save money on gasoline. You may also want to think of using snow tires if you happen to live in areas with a lot of hills. Check All the Fluids in Your Car. Winter is ... read more

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