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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.

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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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Topics: Auto Warranties, extended warranty options, Insurance car warranty, Automobile Safety, Preventative Vehicle Maintenance, Expensive Auto Repairs, Vehicle

Caruma Cam is Changing the Connected Car

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Caruma CamTM is the world’s first connected car camera. 

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Connecting your car to the cloud has never been easier or more safe. The all-in-one security system helps you watch over your car from wherever you are. The two cameras - one facing in and one facing out - each with 1080p HD, 170- degree field of view and advanced night vision, picks up movement. When movement is detected, the HD video is sent to you and backed up to the cloud, instantly saving the video evidence. Not to mention, your car now becomes a Wi-Fi hotspot, providing 4G LTE for you and your passengers.


Setting up the Caruma Car is Easy

  1. Install the Caruma Cam.  No tools are required and the process take only minutes to set up.
  2. Quick Mount.  Simply mount Caruma Cam in your window and/or dash.
  3. Connect. Use the Caruma Cam app on your phone to complete the process.

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Caruma Cam shoots clear and crisp video, both day and night. When the car is parked, it’s a security camera. When driving, video captures unforseen circumstances. An optional 24/7 monitoring service provides emergency assistance. 

Pre-order your Cam today!


While Caruma Cam promises to keep you safe, it may also be wise to invest in an Extended Vehicle Warranty. Investing in an extended warranty coverage plan will provide you with the extra coverage you want in order to keep your family safe.

True Auto has your back when it comes to ensuring your protection. If you are looking for a company that specializes in Automobile Extended Warranties, look no further than True Auto Vehicle Breakdown Protection. Call 877-397-1022 or Click HERE to recieve your FREE Quote today. 


 

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Topics: Caruma Cam, Automobile Safety, Extended Vehicle Warranty, Mobile Apps, Connectivity, Wi-Fi Hotspot, True Auto Vehicle Breakdown Protection, Technology, Connected Car, Staying Connected, Security System

Your Mechanic Makes Repair Easy

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Scheduling an appointment at a repair shop can be time consuming and inconvenient.

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If you have a 9-5 job, it might be difficult to get away and/or make arrangements for other transportation while your vehicle is being worked on. Not to mention, the weekends are for squeezing in extracurricular activities, not taking your vehicle to the shop. If you're tired of the wait, look no further than YourMechanic

YourMechanic Services Inc., offers convenient car repair and maintenance at your home or office. The three-step process makes it easy to get a quotebook an appointment and get your car fixed. YourMechanic offers over 500 car repair services, at more than 700 cities in the United States, while servicing most makes and models.


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Using the website and/or mobile apps, you are able to access the maintenance schedule of all your cars, get a fixed upfront price, book an appointment, make payments, access service history and get maintenance reminders. The service is being offered to you at a lower price because they don't have the overhead cost that a repair shop does.

With easy online payments, there is no pesky paperwork. The payment is not charged to your credit card until after the service is completed. All repairs and parts come with a 12-month / 12,000-mile (whichever comes first) warranty. **Subject to certain conditions: YourMechanic Warranty.

YourMechanic makes maintaning/booking your next service simple. Reminders are sent via email, text or the mobile app; All you need to do is click the attached link, select a time and book your appointment. The next time you're in a bind, make sure to check out YourMechanic first. 


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Topics: Warranty, Reduce Driving Costs, Automobile Safety, Extended Vehicle Warranty, Mobile Apps, YourMechanic, Mechanics, Regular Vehicle Maintenance, Car Services, Expensive Auto Repairs, True Auto Vehicle Breakdown Protection, Repair Shops

Money Saving Diesel Cars

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Top 5 Diesel-Powered Used Cars

If saving money at the pump is on your to-do list, purchasing a diesel car might be exactly what you need to-do.

“Many diesel offerings in the U.S. market are more expensive than their respective gasoline models and combined with the higher cost of diesel fuel vs. premium gasoline, some customers may have a hard time justifying the price difference,” said Robert Angner, Department Manager in Advanced Product Planning with Mercedes Benz. (Source: Digital Trends)

Moreover, the majority of vehicles with diesel-engine options still demand more than 100 percent of that option's manufacturer's suggested retail price three years after purchase, says Ricky Beggs, vice president and managing editor of Black Book, the publisher of used-car values. "Hybrids with their initial premium over regular gas models do not have the positive return," he says. (Source: Bankrate)


2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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The Jetta is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan. With a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode transmission, the vehicle has a turbocharged DOHC 16-valve diesel inline-4, iron block and aluminum head, direct fuel injection engine. EPA of 30 cilty mpg and 42 highway mpg, the estimated base price is $23,850. Source: Car and Driver


 

2014 BMW 328d xDrive Diesel Sports Wagon

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The 2014 BMW 328d is a front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 5-door wagon. The 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode has a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve diesel inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection engine. The EPA is 31 city mpg and 43 highway mpg. The calculated base price is $43,875. Source: Car and Driver


 

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec Diesel

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The 7-speed automatic with manual shifting mode transmission, is a front engine, rear or 4-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan. Similarly to the 2014 BMW, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz has a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve diesel inline-4, iron block and aluminum head, direct injection engine. The EPA is 24 city mpg and 38 highway mpg. If you're wanting to be more economical, the base price of $55,000 might not be in your budget. Source: Car and Driver


 

2015 Audi A3 TDI Diesel Sedan

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In similar fashion to the 2014 BMW and 2014 Mercedes-Benz, the 2015 Audi A3 has a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter diesel inline-4, iron block and aluminum head, direct fuel injection engine. The 6-speed dual clutch automatic with manual shifting mode, is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan. With an estimated city/highway EPA of 31/43 mpg, this vehicles base price is lower than its competitors, at $33,525. Source: Car and Driver


 

2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI Manual

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Comparable to the previous vehicles, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf has a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve diesel inline-4, iron block and aluminum head, direct fuel injection engine. The front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback vehicle gets an EPA city/highway of 31/43 mpg. This 6-speed manual is evaluated at a base price of $25,415. Source: Car and Driver


When looking to purchase a new vehicle and make a good investment at the same time, making the decision to get a diesel-powered vehicle might be the correct choice for you. Getting the most use and enjoyment out of your vehicle is important. It's also important to know which brands of cars can be wise investments when deciding between a gasoline-powered car and a diesel-powered car.

Additionally, it's important for you and your vehicle to be protected at all times. Investing in an extended warranty will provide you with the extra coverage you want in order to keep you safe. True Auto is without a doubt the premier and most trusted extended vehicle warranty company in the industry. Coverage plans will protect your new and used vehicle. Call 877-397-1022 or Click HERE to recieve your FREE Quote today. 


 

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Topics: Reduce Driving Costs, Automobile Safety, Extended Vehicle Warranty, Volkswagen Jetta, BMW 328d, Volkswagen Golf, Money saving diesel cars, Mercedes-Benz, Regular Vehicle Maintenance, Fuel Efficiency, Car Services, True Auto Vehicle Breakdown Protection, Audi A3

Preventative Vehicle Maintenance That Will Save You Money, Every Time.

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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


Self Performed Preventative Vehicle Maintenance

While the average car owner shouldn't attempt to change their brakes or service their transmission, there are a few minor improvements they can perform on their own.

  • Replacing damaged and spent windshield wipers is a must. Once water starts to streak through wiper blades, it is time for replacements.
  • Some car owners may feel alright installing new cabin or engine air filters as well, but for those who are not, it can be easily serviced at an auto garage such as True Auto. 

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


When you own a vehicle, there are many different things that you need to take care of in order for you to get the most use and enjoyment out of that vehicle. Whether it's new tires or things like regular maintenance and oil changes, keeping your vehicle in prime condition is important. Investing in an extended warranty will provide you with the extra coverage you want in order to keep your family safe. 


If you are looking for a company that specializes in Automobile Extended Warranties, look no further than True Auto Vehicle Breakdown Protection. Coverage plans will protect your new, used and new-to-you used vehicle. Call 877-397-1022 or Click HERE to recieve your FREE Quote today.  

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Topics: resale value, Engine and Transmission, Automobile Safety, Extended Vehicle Warranty, Preventative Vehicle Maintenance, Regular Vehicle Maintenance, Car Services, Expensive Auto Repairs, Self Performed Vehicle Maintenance, Wheels and Brakes, True Auto Vehicle Breakdown Protection

Road Rage Facts To Keep You Safe

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Untitled-1.jpgEvery driver has had it at some point in time during their career behind the wheel.

Whether someone cuts them off or other drivers just are not abiding by common sense driving standards, road rage can flare up in almost anyone. However, it is important to keep road rage in check and to practice defensive driving. That is because there are some truly startling road rage facts all drivers should be made aware of. After all, the more drivers know, the safer they can remain.


Reasons for Road Rage

There are common occurrences that bring out road rage in drivers. While anger may be compounded with the stress of daily life, the most common triggers for road rage remain rather universal.

  • 49% is due to another driver being distracted (ie. swerving while on their cell phones).
  • 44% stems from being cut off (many of these driving offenses occur at the same time, which is why the numbers add up to more than 100 percent).
  • 39% stems from overly aggressive drivers.
  • 35% from tailgating.
  • 34% of drivers who are running late may take it out on other drivers without any just cause. 
  • 31% of all road rage comes in the form of shouting and swearing.

Research for CNBC and several other news outlets actually found the top most common cars with road raging drivers, starting with BMW drivers (at 34 percent), followed by Land Rover, Audi and Subaru drivers. 

The Problems with Road Range

Sometimes exercising someone's right to complain verbally inside of their own vehicle can help reduce stress levels of the drivers. Other times, it can cause major situations, especially if the verbal sayings are escalated and directed at the other driver.

  • 37% of all aggressive driving incidents have at least one firearm involved, whether it is showing the piece, waving it or actually discharging a round.
  • 50% of all drivers who are the recipient of an aggressive maneuver on the road is likely going to respond with a similar, or more extreme maneuver.

Over the last seven years, there have been over 12,000 preventable injuries that could have been avoided, all of which stemmed from road rage. Two percent of these injuries have come from one driving admitting they attempted to force the other driver off the road. 

Aggressive drivers are more likely to take risks while driving; such as driving without their seatbelt and driving while intoxicated or under the influence. 

Aggressive and more extreme driving is also growing more common. Only 14 percent of drivers in a recent study said they felt driving 10 miles over the speed limit would be extremely dangerous.

In fact, 56% of men polled said they experience some form of road rage from another driver at least every single day while 44% of women felt the same way. All of these numbers point to the importance of staying calm and not escalating the potentially dangerous situation. 


In the event of an accident, visit trueautoprotection.com before the auto warranty repair and you will not need to come out of pocket for any covered claim. We pay the dealership directly on all car or truck extended warranty claims with our corporate credit card right over the phone.This way, drivers can maintain peace of mind knowing their vehicles and, more importantly, their lives while driving are always in the best of hands. 


True Auto is without a doubt the premier and most trusted extended vehicle warranty company in the industry. Coverage plans will protect your new and used vehicle. Call 877-397-1022 or Click HERE to recieve your FREE Quote today. 

 
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Topics: Automobile Safety, Extended Vehicle Warranty, Practice Defensive Driving, Regular Vehicle Maintenance, Car Services, Preventing Road Rage, Avoid Aggressive Drivers

How to Reduce Driving Costs

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Reducing Driving Costs Will Help Boost Your Fuel Efficiency

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With the price of oil dropping to near-record lows,driving has become far less expensive than just a year ago. However, gasoline prices will continue to fluctuate, so the likelihood of inexpensive gas remaining a constant is slim. Regardless of this, there are other ways to reduce driving costs and to help boost fuel efficiency within the vehicle. Some of these methods can be performed by car owners themselves while others should be performed by certified professionals capable of offering top car services.  


Replace Air Filters

As dirt and other debris collects in the engine filter, it reduces the quality air flow coming into the engine. As a clean air flow allows for a more precise fuel burn, miles per gallon do start to drop off. This is an easy replacement that can be performed when a car's oil is changed. 

In addition to the new air filter, having a new spark plug installed can offer a more precise firing of the engine, which works right along side with ensuring the most fuel efficient flame is produced. A spark plug should only be replaced by an experienced mechanic as it does need to be properly aligned. Misaligning a new spark plug may result in an inferior performance over the older plug. 

Tire Pressure

A tire pressure gauge allows for accurate readings, although having the auto garage check tire pressure whenever work is done ensures proper pressure. 

  • Under inflated tires are not only unsafe but the sluggish rubber in the tires requires more fuel to burn.
  • Over inflated tires are not desired either as this becomes a major safety concern as well (over inflated tires are more likely to burst from the weight of the vehicle).

Avoid Fuel Tank Additives 

There are all sorts of products out there claiming to improve fuel efficiency. Most don't work and are just a waste of money, so avoid these products all together.


When you own a vehicle, there are many different things that you need to take care of in order for you to get the most use and enjoyment out of that vehicle. Whether it's new tires or things like regular maintenance and oil changes, keeping your vehicle in prime condition is important. Investing in an extended warranty will provide you with the extra coverage you want in order to keep your family safe. 

True Auto is without a doubt the premier and most trusted extended vehicle warranty company in the industry. Coverage plans will protect your new and used vehicle. Call 877-397-1022 or Click HERE to recieve your FREE Quote today. 

 
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Topics: Auto Warranties, Reduce Driving Costs, Automobile Safety, Extended Vehicle Warranty, Regular Vehicle Maintenance, Fuel Efficiency, Car Services

Winter Tires vs. All Season Tires?

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For anyone who needs to buy new tires, the common question typically comes down to: winter tires vs all season tires.

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Which one is right and is there a better one than the other? Why should someone go with winter tires if the all season tires are for all season? Ultimately, there are some key variations between the two tires, so understanding the difference is important; Knowing a bit about each style is a must. 

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All Season Tires

All season tires offer the best fuel economy of the two while also providing excellent tread life. The main perk with all season is the versatility with the tire. Although not dubbed "winter" it can handle snow as the tread is thicker than what a driver might find on summer tires.

Essentially, all season tires are a hybrid between summer and winter tires. As a hybrid though, it does have some downfall.

  • It doesn't have the same kind of grip as a summer tire.
  • It also doesn't have the thicker tread as a winter tire, which is important when driving through the snow and ice. 

 

Winter Tires

Winter tires are designed specifically to handle not only the snow and ice, but also the cold. Winter driving conditions are some of the most unpredictable with the drop in temperature and ice accumulation.

  • The rubber on a winter tire remains flexible. Allowing the tire to remain gripped to the surface, even in icy conditions. All weather tires become stiff and rigid, which not only reduces traction but it also causes the tire to crack more frequently during this time of the year.
  • Winter tires have deeper treads and unique patters to help reduce snow buildup and push the snow out of the thread. For snow conditions, winter tires are essential.

When you own a vehicle, there are many different things that you need to take care of in order for you to get the most use and enjoyment out of that vehicle. Whether it's new tires or things like regular maintenance and oil changes, keeping your vehicle in prime condition is important. Investing in an extended warranty will provide you with the extra coverage you want in order to keep your family safe. 

If you are looking for a company that specializes in Automobile Extended Warranties, look no further than True Auto Vehicle Breakdown Protection. Coverage plans will protect your new, used and new-to-you used vehicle. Call 877-397-1022 or Click HERE to recieve your FREE Quote today. 

 

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Topics: Automobile Safety, Winter Tires, All Season Tires, Extended Vehicle Warranty, Winter driving conditions, Tires, Regular Vehicle Maintenance

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