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4 Tips to Ensure Winter Weather Vehicle Safety

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Safe Winter Weather Driving Tips

Have you ever been stuck on the side of the road due to bad weather? We've all been there, but we are here to make the best out of a bid situation. These tips will ensure you and your car safety during the winter months. 


Winter Car Services

Get your vehicle’s oil changed according to either the mileage on your odometer or the length of time it has been since your last oil change. When you have this done professionally, the car services company will also check the pressure in your tires, tighten any loose belts or hoses, replace any dirty filers, top off any liquids, and ensure your windshield wipers are working properly.

Being proactive and taking the time to schedule and get these car services done before the first blizzard hits will help to maintain your vehicle and make your car safer on the wintry roads for both you and the other drivers. 

Winter Emergency Kit Items

If you have to pull over and wait for a tow truck or get off the road due to hazardous weather, you’ll want to be sure you have a Winter Emergency Kit in your vehicle's trunk and that it is fully stocked with these items:

  • a warm blanket
  • extra winter clothes: hats, gloves, socks, and boots
  • bottles of water and snacks: trail mixes, hard candies, crackers
  • an ice scraper, a shovel, and a flashlight with new batteries
  • windshield washer fluid and new wipers
  • flares, jumper cables, and a tool kit
  • a good spare tire, a jack, tire chains, and a tire gauge
  • a first-aid kit
  • a bag of sand to use as traction if a tire gets stuck in snow
  • an emergency-use cellphone 

Vehicle Breakdown Protection Plan

It doesn’t matter whether you are driving a brand new vehicle or are behind the wheel of one you’ve been driving for a few years now, vehicles can and do break down ~ and always at the most opportune times.

Being smart and proactive by investing in a vehicle protection plan before you need it will eliminate undue stress in your life and, should your vehicle needs the car services provided within the plan ~ you can rest assured knowing that the minor vehicle repair hiccup in your day is no big deal.

Getting stranded, but staying safe

If you don’t know where you are or how far you are from the nearest gas station or open store, don’t leave your vehicle and start walking aimlessly. As you wait for help to arrive, stay with your vehicle, light two flares (from your Emergency Kit) and place one on the road in front of your vehicle and the other on the road behind your vehicle. Bundle up with your extra winter clothes, and stay warm under the blanket.

If your gas tank still has a lot of gas in it, run the engine and the car’s heater for about 10 minutes, then shut it off for a few minutes. Open a window a little bit to stop it from sealing completely shut from the ice and temperature. To prevent your mouth from becoming dry, drink some water and suck on the hard candy you packed. If your regular cellphone’s battery has gone out, use the emergency cellphone you have in your safety kit.


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Making Your Car More Serviceable

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Making you car more serviceable

Having a vehicle break down can be inconvenient and expensive.  Auto warranty companies, such as True Auto Protection, provide a sense of security from such expenses but one should keep their vehicle in peak operating condition.  By doing so, potential problems may be spotted early and actions taken to prevent more costly repairs.

How to Make Your Vehicle Serviceable:

1. The Service Manual is Your Guide

A vehicle's service manual can be a valuable resource to obtain information.   Drivers can learn about the individual manufacturers' recommended service intervals, when parts such as wipers and brakes should be replaced and about the vehicle warning alerts.

Reading the service manual can be of assistance in planning for the cost of repairs and general maintenance. 

2. Watch the Dashboard

Drivers should never ignore the warning lights on the dashboard.   They can be the first indicators of trouble with the car.   Taking action when the lights appear may initially cost money.  But it is important to know that spending this money now can prevent much more expensive repairs at a later time.

3. Know The Timing Belt

The timing belt is a major engine component.   If it malfunctions, there can be serious, expensive damage to the vehicle's engine.   Depending on the type of car, replacing the timing belt can and will differ.   Check the service manual or research online to tell how the timing belt is going bad, or how the timing belt should be replaced.

4. Monitor the Tires

Tires play a significant role in vehicle performance and safety.   Drivers must ensure their tires have sufficient tread and are properly inflated to the manufacturers' recommendations. They should also be aware of the tires expected usable mileage.   Once the tires have exceeded this limit, they should be replaced.  

Take the average miles driven to calculate the remaining tread life for tires.   Doing so can help the driver budget their funds for tire replacement.

5. Drive Sensibly

While this may seem like common sense, it should be noted.    Do not make sudden starts or "burn rubber" upon acceleration.   Do braking gradually when stopping the vehicle.  Do not overload the vehicle with cargo beyond the recommended levels.

Drivers who take the time to learn about their vehicle and drive rationally can save money on costly, unnecessary repairs.   They can enjoy years of service from their vehicle.  

For drivers who are tougher on their vehicles, an Extended Warranty might be a wise investment.   Often times, extended warranty companies cover new and used vehicles; not to mention all makes and models -Acura, Chevrolet and Dodge, as well as Hyundai and more. 

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Who are the best auto extended warranty companies?

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car warranty breakdownYou have come to the realization that your vehicle, which is one of your most expensive assets, needs to be protected with an auto extended warranty.  Now you have to take on the daunting task of finding the company that will fulfill this need while being reliable and trustworthy.

How do you find the best extended warranty company?

My first suggestion is forget going to your dealership.  While auto dealerships are great and keeping inventories of vehicles ready to sell you, they are not the best place to buy and auto extended warranty.  For that task, you really need to go online.  The best reason to buy from and online provider is that you have easy access to research on what level of coverage you are buying, and you have quick access to shop quotes with multiple providers.

Search the internet a generic term like "best auto extended warranty companies", or just "extended auto warranty".  Now the top 3 companies listed on google are companies that pay for that spot on the search results.  So, do think they are necessarily the largest or the best.

Here are the questions to ask or find in your research:

Is there a large insurance company standing behind this policy?  You see the company that the extended warranty is through is typically a Third Party Administrator.  These TPA's can be very large, or very small.  In either situation they could go out of business and leave you hanging if there was not an insurance company insuring their performance under the contract.

What is the maximum amount that the policy will pay out?  If you have a higher mileage used car then you will only be eligible for coverage that cover the major components on your vehicle - like engine, transmision and drivetrain.  Some of the policies have a maximum payout of a certain dollar amount.  I have even seen policies that have a max payout of $3,500.  What you want is a maximum payout of the actual cash value of the vehicle.  Meaning if your car is worth $10,000 then they will pay out up to $10,000.  There are very few companies that will pay out more than that.

Be careful of the deductible - Make sure your deductible is "per visit" instead of "per component"  Suppose you have a breakdown that needs 3 different components fixed.  If you have a per component deductible, you would have to pay 3 times your stated deductible.

Extended auto warranty coverage can be a great idea.  Just make sure you do your research when it comes time to buy.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call us at 1-877-397-1022 to help you weed through the information.

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Used Car Warranties: What You Need To Know

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Buying a pre-owned car can be a stressful enough process without thinking about warranties; however, it is important to understand your options to ensure you are making the best choice. Factors to take into consideration are whether it is worth purchasing a used car warranty and what type would be suitable for your needs. Although used cars tend to have fewer warranty options than new models, policies can be daunting due to a mixed coverage.

 

Used Car Warranty Types

 

Certified Pre-Owned (CPO)

 

A certified pre-owned warranty is one of the best options available if you are looking for reassurance as cars sold as valid for CPO must be in great condition. These warranties have more coverage than other options and generally include a longer powertrain coverage.

 

Basic Used

 

Basic used warranties are rudimentary policies that offer to pay a percentage of parts or labor specified in the coverage in the case of failure. They usually expire within 30 days to one year after the sale of the car.

 

Extended Length

 

An extended length used car warranty is similar to those for new cars. They are sold by the automakers or third party sellers and can cover as little as serious engine failures to as much as everything minus regular maintenance. The basic policies usually have higher deductibles than their more pricey counterparts.

 

Implied

 

Implied warranties are required in states that do not allow a used car to be sold in as-is condition. In such a case, the used car must be able to run when sold and if the buyer experiences a failure shortly after the sale from a condition proved to have existed previously, the seller is liable to pay for the repairs.

 

Aftermarket Accessories

 

Aftermarket accessories are rarely included in new car warranties but are offered by manufacturers of products such as stereos and turbochargers. If you are considering to buy an aftermarket accessories used car warranty, it is important that you read the policy thoroughly as coverage usually only applies to the aftermarket component and not original parts.

 

Replacement Parts

 

Warranties for replacement parts usually last for one year but can sometimes be longer, especially in the case of replacement batteries. These warranties cover parts bought from a dealership to replace defective ones.

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Extended Car Warranty Companies - How to choose

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Extended Car Warranty Companies

There are many Extended Car Warranty Companies out there.  So, how do you choose the right one?  I am here to tell you that it is difficult to tell the differences between them.  However, the difference are not only there, they are extreme.

Most dealers sell Extended Car Warranties.  Some sell warranties that have the manufacturers name on them, and most offer warranties from Independent Warranty Companies.  Warranties with the Manufacturer's name in them are usually pretty strong, however they do have many drawbacks.  First, these warranties are sometimes insured and administrated by third party companies who really just private label their warranties for the manufacturer.  Second, they can be much more expensive than Independent Warranty Companies.  Third, they are many times only honored at that manufacturer's dealerships.

Independent Extended Warranty Companies can have some of the highest level of coverage at the most competitive prices as well, but you really need to do your reseach on the Company.  Some companies have very strong insurance companies standing behind them, and some have virtually no insurance at all.  In addition, look up the company at the Better Business Bureau to see how they are rated in their category.

Some of the Extended Car Warranty Companies that we recommend looking at if you are:

TrueAutoprotection.com (obviously)

Carchex.com

Warranty Direct

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call us and we can walk you through all three of these companies:

1-877-397-1022

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