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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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Applying Touch Up Paint to the Exterior of Your Vehicle

Our service center wanted to pass along a simply guide on how to touch up small chips in the paint on the exterior of your vehicle.

Begin by taking a clean cloth and dipping into a water soap mix. The goal here is cleaning out the chip of any dirt or debris. Place a dab of polishing compound on that chip, then use the dry end of the cloth to work the polish into the paint to soften the edges around the chip. Once dry, you can move to the painting step.

Use the tiny paintbrush with the touch up…
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How to Choose the Right Used Car

You may not always have the money to purchase a brand new car, or you might just feel that purchasing a used car is a better choice, overall. Whatever your reason for purchasing a used vehicle, we want you to know how to do that in a way that will help you end up with a good vehicle.

When you are purchasing a used vehicle, make sure that you have a budget and that you stick to that as you look for the right option to purchase. Take time to look into the history of a vehicle if you are…
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Best Ways to Use a Roof Rack

Understanding your car's functionality and improving its efficiency will help you to save money over its lifetime. While many car makes offer plenty of space, adding a roof rack to your vehicle can vastly improve its carrying capacity.

Load the roof rack once it's on your car, rather than loading items into while it's on the ground and having to lift the entire weight of your belongings at once. Pack strategically, putting any necessary items within easy reach when opened again. Keep in mind that your roof rack adds height to your car when driving under low…

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Back to School Vehicle Service Lessons

The time to worry about car maintenance and servicing is not when your child calls you at midnight because they are stuck on the road. Many mechanical breakdowns can be prevented by getting the car regularly serviced and inspected. This is why getting your student’s vehicle serviced should be at the top of your back to school list.

Items such as having your oil changed, having sure brakes are inspected, fluids flushed, and other regular maintenance recommended by your owner’s manual can help prevent you from having a costlier repair later. 

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Summer Vs. All-Season Tires—Which Should You Choose?

Whether you regularly commute long distances or your daily travel occurs within a limited area, choosing the right tires for your vehicle is critical. Every driver should keep in mind the differences between summer and all-season tires when making a tire purchase.

The main difference between all-season and summer tires is that all-season tires offer at least moderate traction benefits in all weather conditions while summer tires are specifically designed for enhanced performance on hot pavement and during heavy summer rain events.

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Signs Your Brake Pedal Needs Repair

When you are driving along, you will need to press your brake pedal down at some point in order to make your vehicle slow down or come to a complete stop. Just like with any other part of your vehicle, your brake pedal may need some routine maintenance or repairs, and there are ways that you can tell that something is amiss. Let's take a look at some of the signs your brake pedal needs to be repaired:

It's not smart to put off maintenance related to your brakes or brake pedal. Stop down to Griffin Kia today…

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How do you figure out the extra load you can carry?

Several publications publish the load-carrying capacity of vehicles. Consumer Report, for example, covers nearly every vehicle on the road. When looking at purchasing a new vehicle, especially one that you want to haul cargo in, you must be aware of the load carrying capacity of the vehicle so you can make an intelligent decision as to your purchase.

The key factor when looking at your load carrying capacity is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). You can find the GVWR on the door jamb under the tire section. Subtract the weight of the vehicle form the GVWR, and you have…

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Rubber or Carpet: Which Floor Mats Are Best for You

You just bought yourself a new car, and the last thing you want to do is damage or dirty it up in any way. While you can be as careful as possible with how you drive and keeping the interior of the car clean, it is nearly impossible to prevent your shoes from tracking in dirt and debris every time you enter the vehicle. But you can prevent this type of damage to your interior carpet with an after-market floormat.

The two most common types of floormats are made of either rubber or carpet. Rubber floor mats are best for…

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Powertrain or Bumper-to-Bumper: Which Warranty is Better?

Powertrain warranties? Bumper-to-bumper warranties? Advertisements talk about them all of the time, but if no one has ever explained it to you, you might still find yourself scratching your head when it's time to sign the paperwork for your new or certified pre-owned vehicle. To help clear up the confusion, here are a few of the key differences.

A powertrain warranty covers fewer vehicle components than a bumper-to-bumper warranty; it only covers the powertrain, which is one of the costliest components on a vehicle. You might think that this is a negative thing, but it also usually lasts...

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