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Tips for Choosing Your Teen's First Car

Getting a first car that one can call their own is a big deal for teens. While your son or daughter may want a sleek, new vehicle, sometimes that's not in the cards. Here is how you can choose a reliable and safe new or pre-owned car for your new driver.

Most used vehicles run in the range of $2,000 to $42,000 in price. Some drivers believe that the more expensive the vehicle is, the less chance that you will have underlying mechanical problems. This can be true for some vehicles, but you always need to check…

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Car Cleanliness is Important

If you want to have a great looking car that seems almost new for years, it's time to learn about the importance of keeping your car clean. When you wash the exterior of your vehicle weekly, you are going to protect the finish on your vehicle. Any dirt or road salt that is on your car can cause damage.

Avoid scratches that can occur from dirt buildup. Pay attention to the inside of your car too, as this can cause a health hazard. While you might not clean the interior as often as weekly, keep the trash picked up…

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Enjoy Your Car After Some Spring Maintenance

Spring is a great time to give your car a little tender loving care. Check your owner's manual for any routine maintenance that is scheduled and get your car tuned up for the summer ahead. You'll want to have your tires checked, fluids filled back up, and your oil changed to get ready for long road trips this summer.

As you get your car serviced, you will also want to pay attention to the cleanliness of your vehicle. Wash the outside to remove any road salts that have built up over the winter. Vacuum and wipe down the…

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Tips for Saving Fuel

Crossover vehicles give you the passenger and storage capacity you want from an SUV, without the size. If you have a family that needs third row seating, a crossover vehicle is an excellent option instead of an SUV. With so many choices when it comes to customizing your vehicle, you can get exactly what you want.

When you drive a new Kia crossover, you will see that the gas mileage is good. It is more fuel efficient than a larger SUV, yet still allows you to bring more than four passengers in your vehicle. With added storage, you'll have…

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Actions to Take Following a Motor Vehicle Accident

It is critical that you know what to do in the event of an accident. The folks at Wyoming Valley Kia have a few tips to help you in the aftermath of a collision with another vehicle, pedestrian or animal. You should never leave the scene of an accident, even if yours is the only car involved.

Assuming that you are not injured, get out of the car and start gathering as much evidence as possible. This can be used by your insurance company to build a case that you weren't responsible for the accident.  

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Why You'll Want Android Auto

Android Auto is one of the most popular features on cars that have been produced in the past few years. This feature can be particularly popular for those who don't have a great sense of direction or who are pressed for time. It will give you directions, traffic alerts and other data in close to real-time.

On long road trips to or from the city, there is nothing worse than static or radio stations that play the same songs over and over again. With Android Auto, you can sync the playlists from your phone to the vehicle itself. 

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First Responders Need You to Move Over

Every experienced driver has encountered breakdowns, traffic stops and accident responses in nearby lanes. At Wyoming Valley Kia, we want to help drivers like you properly navigate these situations with respect to Move Over Laws.

South Carolina implemented the United States' first Move Over Law in 1996. Other states created similar laws in the years that followed. Now, some version of the original Move Over Law exists in all 50 states. Each state's law places similar expectations on you.  

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Ways to Reduce Distracted Driving

Even the most well-intentioned and experienced driver can become distracted. A child's dropped toy, a playlist ending or a quick glance to check the map are all it takes to look away from the road and potentially cause an accident.

Think ahead about things you'll need for your trip before starting your car. Set GPS instructions, find your preferred entertainment, ensure your children have plenty of things to amuse them and open any snacks you plan on consuming. Preparation beforehand can cut down on distractions en route.  

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Should You Drive on Warm Pavement With Winter Tires?

You may be wondering if you should continue driving your vehicle with the winter tires still installed. At Wyoming Valley Kia, we do not recommend that you do this and here is the reason why.

Winter tires are constructed with softer rubber than all-season or regular tires and that means they will wear out faster on the warmer pavement of spring, summer and fall. In addition, some winter tires also have studs which will decrease traction on pavement even though they are intended to increase traction on snow and ice. 

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Are Rats and Mice Making Your Vehicle a Home?

At Wyoming Valley Kia, we've been hearing stories about rodents moving into our customer's cars and trucks for many years. It's particularly troublesome if you live in rural area during the winter, and it doesn't help that car manufacturers have been switching to plant-based material in recent years.

The main problem with rats or mice under the hood is that they can chew through wiring and hoses. There are a few habits you can cultivate that'll remove some of your vehicle's attraction to animals. Pick up food from the ground around your car, and…

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