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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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Adding Years to Your Used Cars Life

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You might be asking yourself, "How do I really add years to my car?"

Well, we have the answer!

At True Auto Protection, we care about you when you're out on the road. That's why we offer 24 hour protection, including towing, key lock out, battery boost, emergency service and so much more. That's just one of the reasons why we are the most trusted leader of Extended Automobile Warranty companies in the industry.

Of course the best way to add years to the life of your used car is with an extended warranty. That's where True Auto Protection comes in with two used car warranty choices, a True Supreme and a True Platinum. Depending on which coverage you choose, there are options that will cover your engine, transmission, cooling system, brakes, electrical and much more. That's the simplest and easiest way to keep your used car on the road for the long haul.

Add Years to your Cars Life 

  • Oil Changes

The next best thing to do is to keep your oil changed because dirty oil can ruin your engine. It used to be that you would need to change your oil every 2000 or 3000 miles, but that isn't the case anymore. Using a pure synthetic oil can dramatically boost the time between oil changes to 10,000 miles, and in some cases, even longer.

Changing your oil is one the best things that you can do to keep your engine running fresh, it is inexpensive, and if you have do it yourself experience, you'll be able to change your own oil, and filter, in the comfort of your own driveway.

  • Tires

Another easy maintenance routine is to keep the tires inflated properly, rotated and have them balanced once per year. 

Under inflated tires not only causes your engine to work a little harder as it motors down the road, but it also gives you inferior gas mileage. If your tires are properly inflated, you'll gain up to 3 miles per gallon than if you drive on underinflated tires. And with the cost of gas now-a-days, 3 miles per gallon adds up to a couple of full tanks at the end of the year.

Worse than that, unbalanced tires can cause all sorts of suspension issues. Ball joints, tie rods and even CV joints can be adversely effected by unbalanced tires. So, once per year, get your tires rotated and balanced, have the tire pressure checked, and you'll be good to go.

If you blow a hose or your radiator gets gunked up with sludge, your car will overheat and you'll be stranded on the road. Not only that, overheating will cause too much heat and pressure in the system, and that could lead to head gasket leakage, damaged piston rings and even main bearings that could seize up. Those are all car killers first and foremost.

Stay on top of your cooling system needs. Most experts recommend changing out your radiator and heating hoses every 4 to 5 years. When doing that, get a professional cooling system flush as well. This is preventative maintenance at its best, it will ensure that your cooling system will always stay in top notch condition, and you'll never have to worry about blowing a hose when you are on the road.


The True Auto Protection Solution:

If you ever do get stranded on the road, always look to True Auto Protection for emergency service. And if your vehicle ends up in the shop, we have a rental car program available so you'll always have wheels to get where you need to go.

If you are looking for a company that specializes in Automobile Extended Warranties, look no further than True Auto Vehicle Breakdown Protection. We offer a variety of new and used car protection plans. We would love to hear from you! 


 

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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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Pricing a "New-to-You" Used Car

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Pricing a new to you used car

 

How exactly do you go about pricing a new-to-you used car?

Nothing beats the feeling of driving away in a new car. Even if the vehicle is technically used, when new to you, it offers an entire world of new opportunities. But how should someone price a new to them used vehicle? After all, it is not like going directly to the car manufacturer's website and pricing a vehicle before heading out to the dealership. Buying a used car requires a bit more investigating, but it also lends itself to helping car buyers save a considerable amount of money. 



Tracking Down the Right Vehicle

When shopping for a used vehicle, it is important to take note of having an idea for what kind of vehicle make and model you want. Do your research through services like Consumer Report and other vehicle review websites in order to determine what vehicles run into the fewest problems. Some vehicles are constructed to last a very long time, while others are designed more to impress immediately, but don't necessarily have a very long shelf life. For someone on the market for a used truck, they should look up how used Fords, Chevys, Toyotas and others fair over an extended period of time. This way, it is less likely the person will need to spring for expensive repairs immediately upon buying the truck (or shortly after). 

Once someone starts looking at the vehicle style they are interested it, they need to write down all of the general specs of the vehicle when one interests them. This doesn't just include the make, model and year, but also trim variations and any added upgrades. They should look at the tires to see if these need to be replaced soon. Also, they should take note if the wheels are steel or aluminum. Steel wheels are far less valuable than the aluminum wheels. Once all of this information is obtained, they can plug it into a service such as Kelly Blue BookKBB provides some of the most accurate pricing information on used vehicles. Here, the individual simply needs to plug in all of their findings, note any damages or upgrades and if they are buying from a dealer or independent seller. This way, they are able to come up with what the average vehicle is going for. 

Get the Car Fax

If the price is right and a potential buyer has found a lone vehicle they are interested in, it is time to check the Car Fax. To obtain this information, the VIN is required. The VIN can be found on several areas of the vehicle, ranging from the lower driver's corner of the windshield to the interior, driver's door panel or the glove box. The VIN records all work the vehicle has received, accidents and other possible problems. If the vehicle has seen a large number of drivers over a short period of time, it might reflect serious problems under the hood. It does cost money to obtain the Car Fax, but it is always a good decision before purchasing a vehicle as it gives the best idea at what it should cost.

Buying From a Dealer or Independent Seller

There are pros and cons with each. When buying from a dealer the vehicle is going to cost more, but usually comes with some sort of vehicle warranty. Typically there are fewer potential problems connected with the vehicle. On the other hand, an independent seller can offer a better price, but there is no warranty and there is always the problem of an expensive repair down the road. Always have the vehicle inspected when buying from independent sellers. 


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.  

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Nissan Extended Warranty

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While your Nissan is still covered under the 36 month/36,000 mile warranty from the factory, you can purchase an extended warranty contract. 

Nissan Extended Warranties

Nissan’s Gold Preferred Plan is the top plan we offer. The Gold Preferred Plan offers coverage on almost 2,000 components. These components include: every component of automatic and manual transmissions, all engine components, every component related to the vehicle’s drive axle, (including rear-wheel, front-wheel and four–wheel drive vehicles) and steering, the heating and air conditioning, the suspension (including bearings and bushings), the brake system (includes the anti-lock brake system), all aspects of the body and interior components (except items with soft trim), electrical (including wiring repairs) and audio, satellite radio and video components (including the navigation display),another 20 high-wear components (including hoses and belts), trip interruption offering you up to $500 if your Nissan is disabled because of a breakdown that was caused by a covered component if you are more than 100 miles from your place of residence, enhanced rental car compensation for up to five days and $175, and roadside assistance available 24 hours every day of the year (includes lock-out assistance, flat tire change, emergency battery charge and fuel delivery).

The Silver Preferred plan we offer covers nearly 1,400 components of your vehicle's components. This plan covers the primary components of the engine, transmission (automatic and manual), steering, drive-axle (rear-wheel, front-wheel and 4WD), heater and air conditioner, suspension (including bearings and bushings), electrical (including wiring repairs), brakes (including ABS components), another 45 high-wear components, audio, interior and body (except soft trimmed items), roadside assistance is available 24 hours every day of the year (includes lock-out assistance, flat tire change, emergency battery charge and fuel delivery), enhanced rental car compensation for up to five days and $175, towing (reimbursement up to $100 when your car needs towed because of the failure of a covered component), trip interruption of up to $500 if your Nissan is disabled because of a mechanical breakdown from a covered component and you are at least 100 miles from home.

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Extend your car warranty - what does this mean

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warranty coupleThere are are many people out there telling you to extend your car warranty.

What does that mean? 

Well, first of all there is no such thing as extendeding your car warranty.

Technically, a warranty is what comes with the vehicle and is backed by the manufacturer.  An extended warranty is really a vehicle service contract. 

A vehicle service contract is a contract between a third party administrator and a customer, whereby the administrator promises to pay for covered repairs when that vehicle breaks down.  Even an extended car warranty that the manufacturer backs or has their name on is typically administered by a different entity other than the manufacturer.  In addition, the company that "backs" the extended warranty is an insurance company and not the manufacturer.

So, when it comes time to extend your car warranty you will be dealing with another party other than the manufacturer even if it has their name on it. 

So when you do extend your car warranty, the question you really want to ask is "Who is, and how large is the insurance company that backs the car warranty?"

 

 

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