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Care for Your Vehicle by Touching Up Its Paint

Honda of Ames is here to help you understand how to take care of your vehicle. If you have a scratch on your vehicle's exterior, we want you to know how to paint over that and repair it.

It is important for you to clean the place on your vehicle where you have noticed a scratch and for you to sand down that area before you get started touching up the paint. You should also be careful to find the paint that is going to be an exact match to your vehicle, the kind of paint that was made…
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Truck Carrying Capacity Versus Towing Capacity

Are you confused between the differences between a truck's towing capacity rating and the carrying capacity? At Honda of Ames, we believe everyone should understand their truck so that they can properly use it without causing damage.

A truck's carrying capacity refers to the amount of weight that it can carry on the chassis. This includes passengers in the cab and anything that is being carried in the bed. This number is generally much lower than the towing capacity of a truck, and mixing up the two numbers can cause someone to overload their truck.

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Is Your Car Ready to Go Back to School?

Dropping multiple students at different schools can not only be time-consuming but also hard on your car. It’s that time of year again to get your vehicle checked out and make sure it’s ready for all that additional driving.

Take a glance at your dashboard and see if you have any warning lights on that have been ignored lately. It’s easy to stop by Honda of Ames and see what those lights are telling you. We can also recommend the best service and maintenance to keep your vehicle in working order.

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Here's what you need to know about paint chips and your vehicle

Are you worried about taking care of your new vehicle? Are you concerned that you might accidentally chip your paint? Are you nervous about how to proceed if your paint does become chipped? Don't stress. You have options.

What many vehicle owners don't realize is that paint chips are very simple to fix and repair. It doesn't take much to paint and repair small chips in your vehicle's exterior. You'll need to clean the area around the chip thoroughly before you paint the damaged spot, though. 

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How to Prevent a Tire Blowout

A tire blowout is a sure way to ruin your day and make you have to waste valuable time and resources getting it fixed. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid tire blowouts, the most effective being to educate yourself on what causes a blowout so that you better know how to avoid one.

The most common cause of a tire blowout is underinflated tires. The solutions are simple: check your tires monthly to ensure that they're properly inflated. All tires don't have the same inflation rates, though, so you'll want to check your owner's manual, doorsill…

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Indications Your Brake Pedal Needs to be Repaired

Your brakes play an important role for you and your vehicle. If your brakes stop working or aren’t working properly, you and your family could be involved in a serious accident. Why not stop at Honda of Ames and let our technicians inspect your brakes and give you the assurance you need to know you’re safe.

Often, it’s hard to know your brakes might be in need of repair or replacement if you don’t know what signs to look for. Here are some indications your brake pedals may need to be repaired or replaced.

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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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