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Road Tripping From West Palm Beach

Road Tripping From West Palm Beach

Taking a road trip in Florida during the winter is an entirely different ballgame than many other parts of the country. Regardless, you still want to be prepared for any road trip and that’s why we put together this blog to help you have a fantastic time! We’ll cover car care, emergency kits, and will give you a few recommendations that should be a ton of fun. Safety first as always, but that only helps you keep the fun rolling along. Car Care It’s important that your car is ready for what you’re asking it to do. You wouldn’t want to take a car that’s falling apart down the street let alone on a long journey. Have it inspected by a pro, but there are definitely things you can do if you’re up to the task. Start with checking the tires to make sure they have good tread depth, are properly inflated, and that the sidewalls are in good condition. Make sure to check all of the fluids for levels as well as for color. If they are dark and/or discolore ... read more

5 Ways To Protect Your Vehicle During Winter

5 Ways To Protect Your Vehicle During Winter

Winter is in full swing now that the new year has arrived, which means that road conditions are now the stuff of nightmares. Rain, snow, ice, and salt are all potential hazards to be aware of, and protecting your vehicle from the winter elements is the best way to ensure its longevity and safety down the line. Adhering to these 5 tips on how to protect your vehicle during the winter will go a long way toward making that a reality! Covered Parking: If you have access to covered parking, use it! Keeping your car covered while parked is essential in protecting it from the cold weather conditions. Additionally, keeping your car in a covered area such as in a covered carport or your garage will make getting into and out of your vehicle a more pleasant experience during the winter months. And if you live in an area where it snows, you can avoid having to scrape built up ice and snow from your roof and windows.  Regularly Washing Your Car: Salted roads may help with traction, but it&rsqu ... read more

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Christmas Lights in the West Palm Beach Area

  When it comes to Christmas in West Palm Beach, we get into the holiday spirit as much as any city that has snow. We love Foreign Affairs Auto loves this time of year and we know that there is so much to do and see right here in the West Palm Beach area. We encourage you to slow down and enjoy the season and that’s why we’ve compiled this list to encourage you to get out there and experience some of the magic.  https://www.thepalmbeaches.com/blogs/ultimate-guide-holiday-celebrations-palm-beaches https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20181205/best-christmas-light-displays-in-palm-beach-county https://www.westpalmbeachfoodtour.com/west-palm-beach-christmas/ https://www.wpbnow.com/calendar-events-holiday-season-west-palm-beach/ https://www.10best.com/destinations/florida/palm-beach-west-palm-beach/attractions/things-to-do-in-december/ https://www.mounts.org/product/garden-of-lights/ http://worth-avenue.com/event/christmas-tree-lighting/ If you decorate your ho ... read more

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Gratitude and Your Car

Gratitude and Your Car

This time of the year there are an incredible amount of things to be grateful for, and being grateful for your car is something that is underrated. Your car does so much for you and provides you with the opportunities to do even more. Here are a few of the things to make sure to think about when you’re writing out that gratitude list. Freedom One of the more amazing things that having a car provides for you is freedom. Freedom to work, to live, and to go where you want on your terms. It is definitely a challenge to be reliant on public transportation, friends and family, or rideshare to get to places that your feet or something like a bicycle to get you where you need to go.  Safety Cars are definitely not how they used to be, and that is a wonderful thing! The safety features that cars come with and that are optional to add are absolutely something to be very grateful for. Knowing that in the event of the unthinkable, our cars are going to ... read more

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

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