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Budget a Summer Road Trip with These Tips

The best way to take a summer road trip is to stay on budget and plan ahead. At Griffin Kia in Meadville, PA we hear many stories about successful road trips, and we hope you have just as much fun when you get on the road.

When you plan and budget for a road trip ahead of time, it gives you the benefit of creating an itinerary for your trip as well.

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What are the Pros Associated of Buying a Crossover?

Placing an SUV's design on top of a car's frame was once thought to be impossible. And then crossovers arrived on the vehicle market. The crossover concept proved to be a hit with a segment of buyers. Would-be consumers are somewhat curious about the benefits of a crossover. Upon taking a closer look, you can see why crossovers are popular.

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Cleaning Your Car's Engine

Keeping a car's exterior clean gives most drivers a sense of accomplishment, but they often overlook the grease and grime lurking within the engine. Not only is this sticky mixture of road dust and oil unsightly, but it can also, in rare cases ignite, causing an engine fire.

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The Right Way to Charge Your Car's Battery

Our team at Griffin Kia, wants our consumers to be informed vehicle owners. Your vehicle's battery is a vital component of your vehicle. Unfortunately, there are times when your vehicle's battery may lose charge, so you will need to start the battery with jumper cables or a battery charger.

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The Hows and Whys of Four-Wheel Drive

If you're in the market for a four-wheel drive vehicle, you probably already know that there are two types of 4WD. The first, four-high, lets you drive at normal speeds. Four-high is a great choice for driving in challenging conditions on normal roads. It can be a lifesaver in snowy or rainy conditions. Four-low is a totally different animal.

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Vehicle Safety Ratings—Different Tests, but Similar Ratings

When looking for a new car, you're probably going to see the names IIHS and NHTSA under different ratings for any given car. However, what exactly are these organizations and what is the difference between the ratings? Well, IIHS stands for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), while NHTSA stands for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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What to Do if You Have Rodent Damage

Rodents are practically everywhere. Are they chewing up the hoses and components of your vehicle? If you do find that you have rodent damage, then one the first things you are going to have to do is take your vehicle to Griffin Kia in order to get it fixed. The amount of money you are going to have to pay depends on a lot of factors.

One factor to the payment of your vehicle is how adequate the coverage is on your insurance policy. If you have the right type of coverage, then you are going to be able to…

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Reducing Bright Lights on the Rearview Mirrors

Driving at night with vehicles shining their light on the rearview mirror is one of the potentially dangerous aspects of driving due to the Troxler effect, which leaves you a little blind. This effect is said to slow reaction time by a little bit. Therefore, manufacturers have developed technologies that limit the glare you get from vehicles when you are on the road.

One of the technologies that has been invented is the auto-dimming rearview mirrors which has sensors in the mirror.  

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Understanding Engine Oil Viscosity Ratings


Deciphering the oil viscosity ratings can often be confusing for those not familiar with what every letter and number means. A viscosity measurement is determined by how much the engine oil can resist flow as it comes out of the bottle. Low viscosity ratings are ideal in colder temperatures while higher readings function more effectively in warmer temperatures. The number before the W is the figure at low temperatures and the number after is the viscosity when the engine is running hot.
 

 

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Crucial tips for roadside emergencies on the streets of Meadville!

Sometimes, accidents and breakdowns just happen. No matter how hard you work keep your vehicle dependable, matter how safely you drive, eventually you’re going to have a roadside emergency. Below are a few things to bear in mind that could save your life and those of other drivers.

  • The most common emergency was a blowout. When this happens, it’s actually all right to continue driving on your rim until you can safely pullover far from traffic. Rims are surprisingly durable in the short term.
  • Be sure to pullover as far away from traffic as possible, and to place…
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