car buying

It might seem unreasonable to make a large investment right after the holidays, but January is a golden opportunity for car buyers. Even if you’re not ready to make a vehicle purchase in early 2017, you should still understand what makes January the prime month to buy.

Why?

1. Slow Month for Retail
Many consumers tighten their belts to start the New Year off on the right foot and recover from holiday spending. Disposable income goes towards smaller purchases, while more expensive purchases, like cars, get pushed out for a few months.

tire balancing

Northwest Indiana drivers want their tires to last as long as possible. To extend tire life, Levin Tire recommends regular wheel balancing and tire rotations.

If your car wobbles and vibrates when you’re driving, your wheels may be out of balance. Unbalanced wheels cause tires to wear in a cupping pattern. If a front wheel is out of balance, you’ll feel the steering wheel shake. If a rear wheel needs balancing, your seat will vibrate. To fix the issue, your service specialist at Levin Tire puts weights on your wheels to balance them out.

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Do you drive for work?

We're not talking about your daily commute, but rather traveling to client meetings, running office errands, or driving for other work-related activities that aren’t reimbursed by your employer. Even if you’re only making a couple trips a month, those miles can really add up in a year, and you can deduct that mileage and related vehicle maintenance on your taxes.

Business mileage and vehicle maintenance deductions also apply to those who run businesses out of their home, such as direct sales businesses and income property owners. You can deduct mileage you drive for distribution parties, trips to your rental property, runs to the hardware store and more.

tire check

Even with the most intelligent all-wheel-drive system and the best handling on the market, a car is only as good as its tires. Winter weather is the ultimate test of a tire since you’ll need plenty traction to power through water, slush, snow and salt.

In low temperatures, winter tires shovel and pump water out of the way while gripping the snow to keep your car steady and going in the right direction. Winter tires are an investment in traction – and peace of mind.

Levin Tire in Northwest Indiana has rounded up the top seven winter tires so you can have the right tools for the job in colder months.

1. Goodyear Ultra Grip
This line of winter tires is both affordable and versatile, offered across an entire spectrum of tire sizes. They’re compatible with a range of cars, trucks and SUVs.

engine check

Winter has arrived. For many drivers, that means the challenges of winter car ownership – like icy roads and salted streets – are here, too.

Ensure your car is well cared for during the difficult winter months by following these five simple maintenance tips from Levin Tire in Northwest Indiana:

1. Lighting
Since the sun sets earlier during wintertime, there’s less daylight, especially during your commute home. You’ll want to do everything possible to make sure all of your car’s lights are in great shape, providing the best possible illumination. Fix any dead bulbs before winter sets in, and ensure you remove snow from exterior lights before you drive. Remember, Indiana law requires that vehicles have two working headlights and taillights, so replace yellowed or dim lights as soon as possible.

2. Battery
It’s more difficult for your battery to operate in winter months than the summertime. So, a battery that’s a little weak in July might turn into a dead battery by January. Levin Tire recommends having a battery volt test performed this winter to ensure it’s in good working order. Replace a weak battery so you don’t have to worry about getting stranded in a car that won’t start.