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Differences Between an Automatic and Manual Transmission

While manual and automatic transmissions are both available in modern vehicles, they are very different. From the driving experience to smaller details, both transmission types have their pros and cons. Check out the differences between an automatic and manual transmission, then come see us here at Withnell Dodge to test drive a new car! Manual Transmission A manual transmission, while it may seem outdated at first glance, has quite a few benefits to it. Cars with manual transmissions are less likely to be stolen due to the simple fact that many people can’t operate one. Opting for a vehicle with a manual transmission will also be cheaper than upgrading to … Continue reading

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Easy Ways to Prepare Your Car for Winter Before It’s Too Late

November is upon us, and you know what that means: Snow is on the way. The following months are sure to bring snow and ice with them, making the roads more hazardous than any other time of year.   Here’s what you can do to prepare your car for winter, before the snow accumulates:   Start off by placing a quality shovel and ice scraper in your vehicle, which you will find repeatedly useful, especially in the mornings. Consider adding a heavy blanket, a spare coat, and some extra gloves to your stock of winter car goods, in case you or your passengers get cold. Decide whether or not you … Continue reading

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Used Car Care Tips

We all know that buying a used car is a great financial decision. But, used cars do come with a little bit of risk—you don’t necessarily know the vehicle’s entire history. However, cars are more reliable than ever before, and even if you buy a car more than five years old, it should last you for many years to come. Here are a few used car care tips, to help you get there. Change the oil. Follow the oil change schedule laid out in the owner’s manual. This simple step will ensure the engine stays lubricated and running smoothly. Clean it. Built-up dirt and grime can slowly wear down a … Continue reading

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New Car Care Tips

So you’ve finally got around to purchasing that vehicle that you’ve had your eyes on. Congratulations! A new vehicle is certainly something to be proud of. However, that pride can soon start to crumble if you don’t take care of your new vehicle. Improper maintenance and care can quickly add up to a less than desirable vehicle. In order to keep the quality of your new car high, take heed of these new car care tips! Wash Your Car You are probably proud of the way that your car looks. You bought it after all! However, dust and dirt can soon make the exterior of your vehicle look less than … Continue reading

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Prepare Yourself for the Sunny Season with These Spring Safety Tips

  Winter may be over, but the spring season offers unique driving challenges of its own. This year, prepare yourself by checking out these spring safety tips:   Take care of any routine maintenance – such as oil changes and tire pressure – and be sure that you aren’t due for an updated registration anytime soon. Check your windshield wipers for damage and make sure that you have enough windshield wiper fluid. Give your vehicle a thorough spring cleaning, inside and out, to start the season off fresh. Re-stock any supplies used from your vehicle’s first aid kit, and make sure any batteries or electronics you have are functional. Keep … Continue reading

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Teen Winter Driving Tips: Keeping New Drivers Safe

Winter can be especially rough on cars and drivers alike, including teen drivers that are new to the roads. Many teenagers are newly licensed and have spent limited time on the roads when it is bad. That’s why we’ve put together some tips on teen winter driving to help them stay safe on the road. According to Car Connection, the best thing you can do is simply avoid driving when possible. Although many teens may be eager to get out on the road, driving in hazardous conditions is especially dangerous for new drivers. Clean off your car. In addition to scraping the windshield, you should always clean off the lights, … Continue reading

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Easy Strategies To Improve Your Commute

A recent article in Psychology Today called attention to a study done in Switzerland that psychologically analyzed the stress of commuting. The conclusion of the study was that commuting is “stress that doesn’t pay,” because we don’t connect it with a reward like other types of stress. In other words, it never feels worth the trouble, unlike the stresses of a job or a relationship. To help you deal with this stress, we’ve compiled a few strategies to improve your commute… Dr. Marlynn Wei suggests that you avoid paying attention to the “details” of your commute. That means beyond taking an alternative route, or doing things that can actually change … Continue reading

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