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How to Avoid Unexpected Breakdowns

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Most of us have experienced being left on the side of the road with a broken-down car. It's always inconvenient, and sometimes even scary. If you've gone through this even once, you will no doubt want to try to prevent it from happening again. 

Here are a few tips to help prevent breakdowns.

  • Do scheduled maintenance and yearly tune-ups.
    • Whether you do them yourself or take your car to a mechanic, tune-ups and scheduled maintenance are opportunities to catch problems before they leave you stranded. While under the hood, you or your mechanic can look for cracking or bulging hoses, shiny belts, and other signs of potential problems. In addition, staying on top of regular maintenance can also prevent problems from becoming big enough to strand you.
  • Listen for problems.
    • Always pay attention to how your car sounds and how it feels to drive it, and look for the cause whenever you notice significant changes. Sometimes a new noise can give you enough warning to have something fixed before your car actually breaks down somewhere.
  • Visually inspect your car every time you drive it.
    • Make it a habit to look at your car every time you walk up to it to drive somewhere. Look at all four tires to make sure none are flat, and look for fluids leaking out from underneath. Look at your parking spot after you pull out of it for signs of fluids, too. You might be able to catch a problem before you drive away, just by paying attention.

Of course, sometimes no matter how vigilant you are, your car may still break down. Not all problems can be seen coming or prevented with regular maintenance. If it does happen, you'll want to have a Plan B, a vehicle serve contract from True Auto. Not only do we take care of unexpected breakdowns and vehicle repair bills, we also offer roadside assistance, so you are never stranded alone of the side of the highway.

In the event that your car does leave you stranded, help is just a phone call away when you have a vehicle breakdown protection plan already in place.  Please browse our site to find out more about how one of these plans can protect you.

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Top 10 Fuel Efficient Cars of 2019

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Whether you are looking to save a few bucks on gas or are simply eco-conscious, there are many fuel-efficient cars you can consider in 2019. 

Here are top 10 fuel-efficient cars that have made it into our list. 

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1. Audi A4 Ultra

Many people believe that the terms “Audi” and “fuel economy” can’t go hand in hand. The Audi A4 ultra proves otherwise. This is a luxury car that achieves a cool EPA of 31 miles per gallon, giving you better performance for less.

2. 2019 Honda Fit

With a rating 36 miles per gallon, the 2019 Honda Fit features excellent fuel economy without necessarily sacrificing on practicality. The vehicle still maintains its impressive driving experience but comes with an addition they call the “Magic Seat,” whereby the seats fold to free up cargo space.

3. Mazda CX-3

Boasting an attractive styling, a well-tuned chassis, and a fuel-efficient engine, this is one car that you’ll love to own. It has an EPA-rated fuel economy of only 31 miles per gallon, which is impressive for an SUV. 

4. 2019 Toyota Prius Hatchback

If you think of hybrid, what most probably comes to your mind is the Toyota Prius Hatchback. The latest Prius won’t dent your pocket because it’s extremely fuel efficient, with a consumption rating of 54 miles per gallon.

5. Skoda Superb Hatchback

This is a family car featuring an ultra-fuel-efficient engine with an EPA rating of 76.4 miles per gallon. This consumption is impressive for a large car of its caliber. 

6. Chevrolet Colorado Duramax

The current generation of Chevrolet Colorado vehicles is a game changer as it introduces diesel power, achieving an EPA rating of 23 miles per gallon. Now that’s some serious fuel economy for such a powerful truck!

7. Renault Kadjar SUV

 Featuring a powerful 128bhp 1.2-liter engine, the Renault Kadjar SUV vehicle achieves an impressive 50.4 miles per gallon fuel consumption. It’s an elegant car perfect for a family or daily commute.

8. Hyundai Loniq Hybrid

Some may argue that the Hyundai Loniq Hybrid’s design and performance was inspired by the Prius Hatchback, but what’s important is that it achieved the expected goal of being fuel efficient and reduce CO2 emission.  It has an EPA rating of 66 miles per gallon, which is quite a bargain compared to other Hyundai models.

9. Fiat 124 Spider

If you are into sports cars and want one that sips fuel, the Fiat 124 Spider is a great option. With an EPA rating of 30 miles per gallon, this sports car comes with some Italian flair and an optional six-speed auto.

10. Dacia Sandero Hatchback

This vehicle has an extremely low running cost, achieving a consumption rating of 54.3 miles per gallon. This isn’t bad for a car that runs on petrol and costs less than $10,000. 

There you have it! Ten fuel-efficient cars of 2019 that promise to save your gas cost without necessarily sacrificing on performance.

 

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Why Purchasing an Extended Warranty from True Auto Makes Financial Sense

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For many people, the purchase of a motor vehicle is one of the most expensive investments they will ever make.  With that in mind, it pays to take whatever steps are necessary to protect that investment and make sure it provides a reasonable amount of returns.  This is where the concept of an extended auto warranty comes into play.

The Basic Idea Behind the Warranty

Since all new and most pre-owned vehicles that have been restored to factory standards come with a standard warranty, it is not unusual for consumers to question the wisdom of paying extra for an extended auto warranty.  The thing to remember is that this type of warranty picks up where the basic warranty leaves off.  As the provisions within the basic plan expire, our extended plan will continue for a longer period of time.

Why is the Extra Time So Important?

Basic warranties do cover a reasonable range of services and support, but there are limits in terms of time and total mileage on the vehicle.  The fact is that many motorists exceed the allotted mileage long before reaching the time limit. For people who use their vehicles extensively, it is possible to reach that mileage limit in less than half of the time frame.  At that point, the basic warranty is basically no longer in effect.

Since the extended warranty ensures that those benefits continue for longer than that initial time or mileage limit, the owner can retain coverage for more years.  The result is that if a component covered under the warranty terms breaks down due to a manufacturing defect three months after the basic warranty has expired, the part can still be replaced at little to no charge under the provisions found in the extended auto warranty.

What About the Expense?

Whether the extended warranty is purchased from the auto manufacturer or from a third party provider, there will be some expense involved with the transaction.  One way to keep that cost in perspective is to consider it a form of preventive maintenance for the vehicle.  While the hope is that there will never be any reason to invoke one of the clauses in the warranty plan, it is nice to know that there is coverage in place if it is needed.  That peace of mind will easily justify the expense of securing and maintaining the extended warranty.

Even if one covered event does take place, chances are that all the money paid toward the extended auto warranty will still be less than that one event.  This is true even if that event takes place several years after the purchase of the vehicle and the expiration of the basic warranty.  For people who tend to drive their cars for the better part of a decade before trading them in, having that extra coverage in place makes a lot of sense.

The bottom line is that securing an extended auto warranty with True Auto is the way to go. With our warranties in place, it is easier to relax, enjoy the ride, and know that help is there if any serious problem should arise.

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Preventative Vehicle Maintenance That Will Save You Money - New Year, New Ways to Save

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Do you have a new year’s resolution to save more money this year? Well, start with your car. A vehicle is only as good as it is maintained. The best designed cars can falter without proper servicing and checkups. Simply waiting for something to go wrong on the vehicle is a recipe for expensive auto repairs. To avoid this, performing some general preventative car services not only extends the life of the vehicle but it helps cut down on expensive replacement parts. Here are a few preventative vehicle maintenance tips that will save any car owner both time and money:

Engine and Transmission 

The engine and transmission are essentially the heart and brain of the vehicle. If one fails, it not only causes significant damage to the vehicle, but these areas are some of the most expensive to repair and replace when either goes bad. Due to this, proper engine and transmission maintenance is a must. This starts with changing the oil when recommended. At this time, all other fluids can be checked and filled. Plus, serpentine and timing belts can be inspected and serviced as well. A coolant flush may be necessary to rid the engine of old and corroded coolant while filling up the power steering fluid keeps the vehicle turning properly. Should a driver feel their vehicle fighting them during snow speed turns, it likely means the steering fluid is low. A new spark plug can boost engine efficiency and safe on fuel economy as well. All of these areas of the vehicle can be looked over and inspected in one short visit to the auto shop, so having the car looked over during a standard oil change can help avoid more expensive repairs later on. 

Wheels and Brakes

Replacing brake pads is a must. Should the brake wear down to nothing, it may require additional repairs, including new tie rods. When new brakes are installed, having the tires rotated can help ensure universal wear on the tires, which in turn improves handling and driving performance (while also extending the life of the tires). Tires should be replaced on a regular basis as well. An easy way for any driver to know if it is time to replace their tires is to pull out a quarter and slide it into the tire tread. If the top of Washington's head can still be seen, the tread is too low and needs to be replaced.

Alignment problems should be addressed at this time as well. If the vehicle is turning to one side or the other instead of pointing strait (where the steering wheel is pulling to one side) it means the alignment is off and it needs to be straightened and corrected.

Let True Auto Help

If you would like to make sure that you are never stuck with an expensive vehicle repair bill, True Auto can provide you with an extended vehicle warranty. Call 877-397-1021 today to discuss your options with one of our representatives. Trust True Auto to take care of your vehicle!

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Christmas Gifts You Can Give Your Car

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Christmas Gifts You Can Give Your Car This Year copyIf you treat your car well, it will treat you well too. Be good to it, and it can run smoothly and faithfully for many years. One of the best ways to be good to your car is to give it the things it needs. And what better time to do that than the holidays? It’s the season of giving! Here are a few Christmas gifts you can give your car, to keep it in top condition.

  • A Carwash: A good wash and wax will help your car look like new. But washing does even more than that. Getting rid of dirt and grime helps prevent corrosion and rust. So, give your car a bath this Christmas, and resolve to continue doing it regularly going forward.
  • New Tires: Your tires play a huge part in how your car runs, and how long it runs. They affect your suspension, your fuel efficiency, and much more. Good treads give you a better grip on the road, helping you drive better and lowering the risk of accidents. Assuming you drive your car regularly, tires should be replaced every three to four years. If you only drive it sparingly, the disuse can actually cause cracks in the rubber, requiring replacement more often than that. Either way, if it's been some time since you replaced your tires, a new set would be one of the best gifts you can give your car this year.
  • A Tune-Up: Every so often, you need to have a professional give your car a thorough going over and make sure it's running as it should. If the car has difficulty starting, or has begun stalling frequently, those are signs that a tune-up is needed. Your mechanic will do things like check the battery, tire pressure, ignition timing, and more. If you have an older car, without an electronic ignition, you should have your car serviced every year or so. Newer cars can go longer - anywhere from 25,000 to 100,000 miles - without a tune-up. Check the manual or look online to see how often the manufacturer recommends your car be serviced.
  • An Extended Vehicle Warranty: No matter how good you are to your car, sometimes it will simply break down. And repairs can be expensive. That's why one of the best gifts for your car is vehicle breakdown insurance, also called an extended warranty. Under the extended warranty, when certain important parts of your car break down, you can have them replaced quickly and easily, without running up a lot of costly mechanic bills. It lowers your car's overall cost of ownership while also helping it last longer. Vehicle breakdown insurance is a good investment for anyone who cares about the future of their car.

When you give your car these kinds of gifts, your car will give you a gift in return: a long, healthy life, running smoothly and getting you where you need to go for years to come. So, what will you give your car for Christmas this year?

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Best USA Road Trip Destinations For December

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Best ROAD TRIPS TO TAKE DURING DECEMBER

The winter season is the perfect time to take a road trip with friends or family and explore new areas in the country. Whether you desire to travel to a destination with warmer weather or you are interested in sight-seeing, the United States offers a wide range of options that guarantee a fun-filled road trip that will create lasting memories.

Here is a list of the top five road trip destinations in December for anyone traveling in the United States.

#1 Southern California
Traveling throughout Southern California provides a perfect opportunity to experience breathtaking views along the Pacific Coast Highway for anyone that needs a break from winter weather. Driving from San Francisco to San Diego gives you the freedom to experience a variety of destinations, whether you desire to spend a day out on the beach or visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo. The temperature in southern California is nearly always perfect in December and is a fantastic road trip destination in December.

#2 Florida Keys
The Florida Keys is a great choice for anyone that wants to escape the chill of winter, while also enjoying a wide variety of outdoor activities. The Florida Keys offer some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, and it is an excellent option for a December road trip. The scenic drive of Route 1 on the east coast of Florida is a favorite choice for many travelers, as it is an ideal excursion for anyone looking for an end of the year road trip.

#3 New Mexico
New Mexico is a top winter destination that offers a wide range of choices, whether you wish to travel along U.S. 84 to view the scenic Southwest or if you prefer to visit Wolf Creek Ski area for a skiing trip that the entire family can enjoy. You can also visit Pagosa Springs and relax in the thermal baths for a truly one of a kind December road trip adventure that will create countless memories.

#4 Lake Tahoe, Nevada
The Lake Tahoe National Scenic Byway offers a fantastic 28-mile journey that gives breathtaking views in December. Lake Tahoe is an excellent choice for anyone that enjoys the outdoors, as it provides plenty of opportunities for ice skating, skiing, and sledding. You can also visit Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park and hike on scenic trails with a view of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

#5 Big Bend National Park - Texas
Big Bend National Park is a wonderful road trip destination for anyone that desires to get away and experience the beautiful landscape of Southwest Texas. The temperature is always pleasant in December, as you have a choice to hike on countless trials and view a wide variety of wildlife. You can also travel along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive to see limestone cliffs and view the beauty of the desert in December.

All of these scenic locations are a fantastic choice for anyone that desires to go on a December road trip in the United States.

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Why November is a Great Time to Purchase an Auto Warranty

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November is an excellent time to purchase an auto warranty, as we continue to draw closer to the colder winter months. Problems with your vehicle can occur at any time, and it is important always to be well-prepared and avoid any costly expenses. Choosing to purchase an auto warranty is an excellent investment for anyone that owns a vehicle, as winter is a common time to experience various issues with your car.

Here are just a few reasons why you should consider purchasing an auto warranty if you are still undecided:

#1 Engine Problems
The winter season is never easy on your vehicle and can cause you to experience a wide range of engine problems that can lead to expensive repairs. Often times the fluids will thicken due to the cold weather, which can cause potential damage to seals and hoses in your vehicle. Warming up your car for five minutes is an effective way to avoid this problem and ensure that your vehicle operates efficiently. Of course, sometimes you cannot prevent engine problems and purchasing a warranty can help you give you additional protection and ensure that you receive the best repair services available.

#2 Electrical Issues
Electrical issues with your car is another common problem with many vehicles during the cold winter months, as you can experience an electrical outage in a variety of different areas. For example, the power windows may begin not to work, or you may have issues with the automatic locks on your door. Fortunately, you can contact a repair service to fix any of these electrical issues without having to worry about any extra costs if you have a warranty.

#3 Dead Battery
A dead battery is a common problem that many vehicle owners face during the winter time, and it is always a good idea to keep your car in a garage if possible. Most manufacturer warranties will cover the battery, but it is important to have your battery checked any time you have routine service on your vehicle to ensure that you are well-prepared for the winter months.

#4 Malfunctioning Safety Features
Safety is always a top priority for anyone that owns a vehicle and malfunctioning safety features can lead to a wide range of problems. However, purchasing an auto warranty will keep you safe and protected, as you will receive immediate assistance without any delay, whether the backup camera system isn't working or if you have defected seat belts.

Understanding these common issues with your car during the winter months can help you avoid many problems and purchasing an auto warranty is an excellent choice for any vehicle owners. Instead of worrying about any surprise expenses, a warranty will ensure that you receive the best protection available from a wide range of problems, whether it is due to engine difficulties, electrical issues, malfunctioning safety features, or even a dead battery. An auto warranty will give you much-needed peace of mind and is a perfect choice during the month of November.

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Fun-Filled Ways to Decorate Your Car for Halloween

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Halloween is almost here, and it is the perfect time to consider spooky and fun car-themed Halloween costumes! These Halloween costumes for cars are available in a wide variety of styles, and it is a fantastic way to celebrate with family and friends at any costume party. These Halloween decorations are a unique way to celebrate this fun-filled holiday, and it is an excellent way to make a stylish entrance at any party!

Interested in learning more about this fun-filled car decorations? Here are just a few fun ideas for decorating your car for Halloween!

#1 Superman Car Costume
The superman car costume is an excellent choice for anyone that has a blue car and loves superheroes! The superman car costume is an inexpensive Halloween costume that consists of hanging red fabric along the roof of the vehicle in the shape of a cape. You can also cut out a piece of the red fabric into an "S" shape onto the hood of the car. This Halloween car costume is always popular with kids, and it is a great choice for any fans of superheroes! 

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#2 Spooky Spider Car
Another excellent choice for decorating your car for Halloween is to apply fake spiderwebs across your entire vehicle for a spooky appearance! You can purchase fake spiderwebs at any crafts store, and they look perfect on any black vehicles. You can also decorate your car with various spiders of any size, as it is the perfect theme for any Halloween party!

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#3 Graveyard Trunk or Treat
One of the most popular choices at Halloween is to offer trunk or treat at parties for the local community. However, you can significantly improve the trunk or treat experience by decorating your entire trunk with a graveyard theme. You can use a wide variety of different headstones and fake spider webs to create an unforgettable trunk or treat party that kids will never forget!

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#4 Creepy Truck Bed
A creepy truck bed is a great choice for anyone that gives you plenty of creative ideas, such as filling your truck with leaves, skeletons, pumpkins, spiders, and other surprises! Of course, it is important to never forget the candy, or you may have a few unhappy trick or treaters!

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#5 Ghost Car
A ghost car is a fantastic way to spice up any Halloween party, as you can decorate your entire vehicle with ghosts and neon lights that bring these ghosts to life! Adding any type of spooky music to a ghost car is an excellent choice to set the atmosphere and create a fun experience for kids of any age at a party.

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Halloween is one of the most fun-filled holidays that gives you the opportunity to transform your car into anything that you can imagine! These Halloween decoration ideas are just a few ways to have fun at any party and create one of the best Halloween experiences for your entire family and friends!

 

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How to Maintain the Integrity and Value of Your Vehicle

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Making the decision to purchase a vehicle typically takes time, rigorous research, and a lot of thought. While some folks know for certain which auto manufacturer they will choose or whether they are looking to invest in a truck, SUV, or car for their next vehicle, others are simply looking for a nice, dependable ride that will get them from point A to point B -- and back again. Being able to count on your vehicle to withstand the long road trips, the stop and go of city driving, and the twists and turns of those back-country roads throughout all the seasons of each year is perhaps the most important factor when choosing a vehicle. It’s not by happenstance, however, that some vehicles seem to maintain their integrity for years after being purchased, while others seem to show their wear and tear in no time at all. Sustaining the value of your vehicle can easily be done. Here are three ways to accomplish this:

Schedule Routine Maintenance Checks.

Whether you return to the dealership where you first bought your vehicle, or you prefer to go to your neighborhood service shop, making (and keeping) those routine maintenance appointments is integral to keeping your car roadworthy. These mini check-ups enable the certified technician to not only change your oil and rotate your tires, but also perform a check of hoses, belts, and various systems in your vehicle that may be showing signs of wear. Catching a potential issue in its very early stages will save you from a lot of unnecessary stress and expense.

Be Attentive!

Listen to your vehicle. If you hear the brakes making a strange noise or the engine just doesn’t sound quite right, cranking the volume on your stereo won’t make the source of that sound disappear. Look at your vehicle. If it seems like it is pulling to one side when you drive, or lights are shining brightly on your dashboard (indicating something needs your immediate attention), take it in to be serviced.

Purchase an Auto Warranty.

Of everything you can do to maintain your vehicle, perhaps the best decision you can make is to purchase auto warranty.  No matter how attentive and proactive you strive to be in taking care of your vehicle, sometimes mechanical issues arise that you have no control over. An auto warranty enables you to rest assured knowing that should a new problem suddenly appear in your vehicle, you’ll be covered, and you won’t have to worry about how you are going to pay for the repair. While an auto warranty does not need to be purchased the same day you buy your vehicle (in fact, you can get an auto warranty years after you purchased your vehicle), the auto warranty will typically cover only new issues and not pre-existing problems. So, it makes sense to be truly proactive in taking care of your vehicle and getting auto warranty for it before you need it!

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How to Prepare your Car for Chilly Weather

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Getting Your Car Prepped for Winter Chills

As the weather gets colder this winter, there are a few steps that you'll need to take to ensure that your car runs perfectly come rain, snow, or sleet. Automobiles simply run differently when it's cold outside, and here are four of the things you should do to prepare your vehicle for whatever the winter may bring.

1. Test Your Battery

If your battery is going to give out, it will usually kick the bucket as soon as winter chills start creeping in. The colder it gets, the lower your battery capacity goes, which means that your battery may suddenly stop having enough juice to start your car one winter morning after a cold snap. The older your battery is, the more likely that it will fail, and replacing your car's battery before the beginning of winter is one way that you can hedge against the power-sucking effects of freezing weather. However, you can also take steps to keep your battery warm throughout the winter. For instance, you can park your car in the garage, or you can use a heated battery blanketto make sure that your battery stays warm overnight.

2. Check for Windshield Cracks

If there are any cracks in your vehicle's windshield, these cracks will likely only get worse as the weather gets colder.Freezing temperatures make glass more brittle, and the difference in temperature between the inside and outside of your car can be the final nail in the coffin of failing auto glass. This precaution applies to any other glass in your car; if you've been putting off replacing a cracked back windscreen or one of your windows, you should take care of that task before the winter's first freezing night. For good measure, you should also make sure that your car is equipped with subzero-capable windshield washing fluid, and you should also replace your wiper blades before winter hits in full force.

3. Make Sure Your Defroster Works

You never know the value of your defroster until it stops working. The most common cause of a faulty defroster is a broken blower unit, and you should replace this vital component before the first time that your windshield freezes overnight. Without an effectively operating defroster, every breath you take in your car while you're driving will create dangerous fog on your side of the windshield, so it's important to make sure that the little vents on your dash are pumping out plenty of hot air before the winter's first freeze.

4. Check Your Tire Pressure

You should check your tire pressure at least once per month, and this basic maintenance process becomes even more important in the winter. Cold temperatures cause the air pressure within your tires to drop, and underinflated tires wear out more quickly. In the worst case scenario, the winter cold could wear your tires out to the point that they burst, and picking durable all-season tires can protect you from this unfortunate possibility.

Again, if you want to take the worry out of vehicle repair bills during these colder months, purchase a warranty from True Auto and we will make sure you and your pockets stay warm this winter! 

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