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The Uses of a Dash Cam

Cameras are located in a lot of places. Many people are placing dash cams in their cars in ever growing numbers. The reason for this increase is due in part to the fact that there are many benefits to having a dash cam in your vehicle.

A dash cam is very useful if you are ever in an accident. Video footage will allow insurance adjusters and the police to see exactly what happened. This will also protect you in case someone tries to file a fraudulent insurance claim against you. Dash cams also have some fun aspects. A dash cam…

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Settle on the Perfect Floor Mats

Being knowledgeable about all aspects of your vehicle allows you to make informed decisions when upgrading your car's accessories. Often you can find upgrades that save time or are a more convenient alternative to features your car currently has.

While most vehicles have carpet floor mats as a standard feature, other alternatives do exist. For drivers who live in climates prone to mud or excessive snowfall, having a set of all-weather floor mats in their vehicle is a clear advantage over the carpeted alternative. Removing the floor mats and spraying them with a hose offers an easier...

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Powertrain vs. Bumper-to-Bumper Warranties

Have you ever noticed that dealers have different warranties? These warranties mean different things according to what the dealership wants to include. However, the powertrain warranty is the more straightforward of the two. The powertrain refers to the engine and transmission. These are two expensive parts of the car that must be covered by a warranty to avoid any costly repairs. You commonly see these types of warranties for used cars.

However, there are also bumper-to-bumper warranties that cover everything inside the car and between the bumpers, for the most part.

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Front-Wheel Drive and Rear-Wheel Drive Compared

We appreciate educated car buyers, and we routinely offer information via this blog that help you make an informed purchase. Today, we explain the differences between the front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive.

In a front-wheel drive car, you find a setup that applies the engine's horsepower to the car's front wheels. Alternatively, a rear-wheel drive car offers a configuration that transmits the engine's force to the car's rear wheels. Due to these constructions, front-wheel drive transmissions pull cars, and their rear-wheel counterparts push cars.

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Cold Weather and TPMS

All new cars are required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TMPS). These systems are shown to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities caused by car accidents. If your TMPS light comes on, you should not ignore it. However, the issue it is alerting you to may not be a major one.

In some cases, the light will come on because it was cold the night before. 

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Getting Your Alignment Set Straight

Of all the things that you can do to ensure the safe operation of your car, the most important is to maintain your vehicle's steering components in top working order at all times. Unfortunately, as cars age, the components related to steering will inevitably wear out and eventually fail. Because catastrophic failure of steering parts can create extremely dangerous situations, it is imperative to stay on top of your car's steering maintenance.

One of the best ways to do that is to always heed warnings that things may need replacement. Anytime your car begins falling out of alignment…

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Keep Your Air Filters Clean in Ames

How do you make sure that the air that you are breathing inside your vehicle is air that is safe to breathe? How do you keep your lungs from getting irritated by the air that is entering your vehicle? You have a cabin air filter in place for a reason, and you need to keep that maintained.

You should have your air filter changed out every now and then so that it can keep the air in your vehicle clean and clear. You can refer to the owner's manual of your vehicle to figure out what a good schedule…

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LED Headlights Have Increased Life Spans

LED bulb technology has advanced by leaps and bounds over the last several years. While previously it was almost prohibitively expensive to manufacture LED bulbs bright enough to be used as headlights, today that is no longer the case with prices coming down significantly. LED headlights offer many advantages over traditional halogen bulbs, and here at Honda of Ames, we are eager to help you determine if LED headlights are right for you and your vehicle.

Probably the biggest advantage offered by LED's are their incredible lifespan. If they are damaged, they can be rated to last upwards...

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Save money on oil changes

Standard mechanical advice is that you change the oil every 3000 miles, but that is no longer the truth. Newly-produced vehicles have high-quality oil that lets the vehicle run smoother and longer. Many cars, trucks, and SUVs today only need oil changes every 5000 to 7500 miles.

Research from many different sources shows that getting an oil change every 3000 miles would be a waste of oil and money. Honda of Ames will know whether your vehicle needs to be serviced or not. But you can check on your own before heading to the dealership. If your oil is dark…
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Get Those Tires Rotated in Ames, IA

If you have heard that tire rotations are important and wondered why then read on to find out. Tires wear down no matter how well you take care of your vehicle. They wear down very unevenly, though, and that will cause your tires to wear out sooner than they should, and it causes other issues as well.

Bring your vehicle to us here at Honda of Ames so we can get them rotated properly. You should get them rotated every 3,000 to 7,000 miles to get the most out of them. You can also get them rotated every…

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