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Creating a Roadside Emergency Kit

You need to be prepared for bad things that might come about even if you wish that your life could all be happy and easy. One of the ways that you can prepare for bad things that might happen when you are driving is by creating a roadside emergency kit.

You should have something in your vehicle that contains the essentials that you might need in an emergency situation. This should include water in case you are stranded somewhere for a long time. It should also include a flare of some sort, a flashlight, and an emergency blanket.

Preparing yourself…

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How to Test Your Car's Battery

If you are noticing issues with your lights dimming when you start up the car or your car's lights seem to change in brightness when you rev the engine, you may be having an issue with your car battery failing. It's important to check your car battery at least twice per year. For areas that experience extremely cold or hot temperatures, performing a battery check is even more vital as batteries tend to lose their charge in cold weather.

You can use a multimeter at home to check your battery easily. Multimeters can be purchased at most stores…

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Spend Some Time Deciding Which Warranty Best Meets Your Needs

In planning your next vehicle purchase, have you given any thought to what happens if any component happens to fail? Vehicle repair can be expensive, especially when it's a high dollar component such as the engine. Thankfully, getting a warranty on your vehicle addresses this issue.

There are two primary warranties to choose from when looking to cover your vehicle. They are drivetrain and bumper to bumper. As its name implies, a drivetrain warranty covers components responsible for your vehicles motion. These include the engine, transmission, and other relate parts.

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What is the Difference Between a Front-Wheel and Rear-Wheel-Drive Vehicle?

There are many considerations when determining which vehicle is the right choice for you. It needn’t be an overwhelming experience, however, if you take a little time at the outset to determine which factors matter most to you. A front-wheel-drive (FWD) and rear-wheel-drive (RWD) vehicle each has benefits and limitations. Think about what you expect in a vehicle, what type of road conditions you’ll mainly be driving in, and how many miles you plan to travel.

A FWD is the most economical choice of the two. Because of its engine and drivetrain assembly combined in the front of…

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Why You Shouldn't Skip Out on Tire Rotations for Your Car

With all of the demands of work and personal life, car maintenance can be the last thing on your mind. However, if you go too long without something as simple as getting your tires rotated, you could end up paying for it big time down the line.

When your tires are rotated properly and at the right intervals, the tread will wear more evenly, which prevents accidents in bad weather and helps stabilize your driving. If you have front-wheel drive, your front tires could wear more quickly than the rear tires.

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Stay Out of the Ditch with Expert Brake Pad Replacement

Whether you stay in Saint Joseph, MO or travel far away, your brakes are much busier than you may realize. It's more than stopping the vehicle. Individual tire braking is needed for poor traction conditions. Applying the brake to a single wheel may mean the difference between a good day and a sudden slide into the ditch.

To keep a car out of harm's way, the brakes must be in good shape. Brake pads are a remarkable invention. Replacing the pads is much less expensive than replacing brakes and rotors. The pads must be tough to provide a…

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Get the Right Wiper Blades This Winter

If you will be doing any driving in the winter you need winter wiper blades. Your summer ones will just not cut it. Winter wiper blades have been specifically designed for the snow, ice, and colder temperatures of winter and are made to last under these conditions while performing well.

You should switch out your regular wiper blades for winter ones once it gets cold to make your summer wipers last and to get the performance you need to be able to keep your windshield clean. Winter blades are more flexible and can keep snow and ice from building upon…

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All-Wheel vs. 4-Wheel Drive: Which is Right for You?

Are you looking into a vehicle equipped with all-or-4-wheel drive systems, but unsure which one you should purchase for your needs? We carry both all-and-4-wheel drive here at Reed Chevrolet, and below we have a short definition and explanation of both to consider to help you with your decision:

Come see us at our location in St. Joseph, MO, and we'll help you choose the right vehicle for all of your driving needs.

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