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Check Engine Light Come on Your Car? Here’s How to Handle It

The solution to this warning light may be simpler than you think. It happens to the best of us. We’re driving along and everything is fine and dandy. Then you see it… The orange-red glow of the Check Engine light. Suddenly, your heart sinks and you wonder how much repairs are going to cost you. Before panic sets in and you stop your car in the middle of the road to check plugs, here’s what you need to do if your car’s check engine light comes on. It could just be your gas cap. A loose, cracked, or faulty gas cap can cause fuel to evaporate, therefore prompting your check engine indicator to light up. Pull over when you can, safely, and make sure that your gas cap is on tight. Your spark plugs or plug wires need to be replaced. Your spark plugs ignite the air and fuel mixture in the combustion ... Read more

Affordable Upgrades to Your Car’s Performance

Take your vehicle to the next level with these low-cost performance updates. Every motorist wants to get the most out of their vehicle. By upgrading your vehicle, you can improve your car’s performance. Performance can be measured in a few ways including fuel consumption, emissions output and maximizing the kinetic energy your car can produce. Fortunately, car tuning is not as complex as it sounds. Even if you aren’t quite the motorhead that you’d like to be under the hood, you can still go ahead with these tuning ideas: Reduce your junk. This one is easy – and free! It’s amazing how quickly the rubbish in your backseat and trunk can add up. The effect can be significant on mileage, handling, braking distance, and more. Remove items that you won't need before you begin every journey. Why are you still carrying around your beach chair and umbrella in September? Replace your old spark plugs and ... Read more

Common Insurance Mistakes to Avoid

Buying insurance? Here's what to avoid.  In this day and age, insurance is essential. Policies protect us when we’re out on the road, at work, and are with us for years and years. Personal insurance is always coverage worth investing time and money into as the protection can be endless. Even so, many people often don’t take the time to learn their policy or choose the wrong one altogether. Insurance mistakes can cost you big, so it’s important to know what obvious mistakes to avoid! Under-Buying It’s easy to go online and purchase the first policy that you see. In doing so, you could be buying the wrong coverage and limited protection. For example, if you purchase the state’s minimum requirements for auto insurance, you could be leaving your brand new car exposed. Not only would your liability limits be lower, but you could end up exceeding your coverage – leaving you to foot ... Read more

Deer in The Headlights: Review Your Auto Insurance

Check your auto insurance policy in Oakley, CA, for coverage on auto-animal collisions. Fall can bring a time of fun for all while pumpkin picking, and enjoying the bright autumn colors, unfortunately, the likelihood of striking an animal, a deer, more than doubles during the fall season. From October through December, there is increased deer movement around dawn and dusk as well as peaking in breeding season. This near doubles the risk for auto-deer collisions. Many of the wildlife-vehicle collisions are preventable. To avoid a run in with any animal, be extra cautious at dawn and dusk while driving, scan the road ahead of you, and slow down significantly when traveling through areas with a high and active wildlife population. While commuting to and from work this autumn, be sure to keep a sharp eye out for Bambi and friends. In 2013, there were 191 deaths caused from a collision with animals, ... Read more

Tips for Maintaining a Car During Summer

The warm months of summer are the perfect time to get out of the area and enjoy a road-trip with the whole family. The problem is that the changing temperatures can mean that certain concerns may arise. Fortunately, there are ways to protect and maintain a vehicle during the summer season. Start with Insurance Traveling in a car for long distances can mean that the current auto insurance is not appropriate for the situation. Evaluate coverage before making any plans for the season. If a long trip is expected, then update coverage for additional protection during a road-trip. Check the Tires Never go on a long trip without checking that the tires are ready for the drive. If the vehicle has winter tires, then change them to all-weather or summer tires. Fill up the air in the tires if it is necessary. It is dangerous when the air in the tires is low or ... Read more
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