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Aftermarket Car Stereos: What to Know Before You Buy
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Written by Kelly Thompson   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:40
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car stereoIs your car’s sound system satisfactory?

Whether you’re looking for better sound quality or an enhanced top-of-the-line audio experience, there are a few things that you need to consider before you purchase an aftermarket stereo system.

Haves and Have-Nots

Knowing your goals and the electronic capacities of the car you drive will make shopping easier. Start by asking yourself “Do I really want the newest, most expensive, flashy system, or am I happy with great sound quality using the speakers I currently have? Do I want a subwoofer that will eat up my trunk space, or not?

Also, consider your car’s systems and capabilities. Your options will be different if you drive a brand-new car with integral electronics than if you drive an ’84 Ford Tempo. You might not be able to accommodate the complete stereo system of your dreams, so do your research.

Get Your Options…And the Facts

In the aftermarket stereo system world today, there are plenty of options, and the available features are much more complex than they were just 5 years ago. For example, many stereo systems now include integrated app support for smartphones, for those drivers who just can’t live without their 80s Pop Pandora station.

Even if you’re just looking for enhanced sound quality, the old saying still applies: you get what you pay for. If you go in with high expectations but purchase a cheap unit, you’re bound to be disappointed.

Do Your Homework

Starting with the head unit, take the time to investigate with different products. Once you’re in the store, the salesperson will be prepared to talk you into units that may not meet your specific needs. Ask questions, such as:

  • Is the display easy for me to read and navigate while operating my vehicle?
  • Do I like the controls?
  • Does the unit include the features I want (e.g.: AUX input, CD changer, or smartphone integration)?

    You should treat speakers and subwoofers the same way, and it’s recommended that you use your own music for testing them, since you’ll already know how it’s “supposed” to sound. Overall, if the audio retailer is doing their job correctly, they will be able to answer your questions and recommend the best options for your car and your personal preferences.
 
Your Windshield Was Hit, Now What?
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Written by Kelly Thompson   
Monday, 07 April 2014 09:54
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longcrackIt happens when you least expect it — you’re driving along, and suddenly a piece of debris connects with your windshield. Whether it’s shipping material from a truck or a tree branch blown around by heavy winds, the fact remains that you’re the one left to deal with the damage. So what do you do? Levin Tire suggests answering a few questions first:

How did it happen?

First of all, assess the situation. If an object that fell from a truck hit your windshield, you may be eligible for compensation from the associated trucking company. If, however, it was a random rock or other debris that struck your car, it’s referred to as “foreign object damage”, and is generally only covered if you’ve enrolled in a plan with comprehensive coverage. View Indiana auto insurance laws here.

Read more: Your Windshield Was Hit, Now What?
 
Dashboard Warning Lights - Part 1
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Written by Clara Engel   
Friday, 21 March 2014 11:47
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We’ve all been there. That moment when you’re driving and suddenly it happens; a light on your dashboard illuminates and thoughts of, “should I pull over right now?” and “how much will it cost to fix the problem” or “am I going to need to arrange for a ride from the repair shop while it's being fixed?” race through your head.

The dashboard lights are there for your safety, so it's important to pay attention to them. Let’s start with the lights that need attention right way. The symbols that show up in red on your vehicle’s dashboard are the ones that most often involve serious problems or safety issues. A flashing light is another indication of a problem that should be addressed immediately.Read on for the first in our series of posts covering the warning messages.

Brake LightBrake Warning Indicator. There are two main reasons for this light to be illuminated. The first is that the parking brake is engaged. This isn’t an emergency situation, but you should release the parking brake while the car is parked. If the parking brake is not in use, it could mean low brake fluid, a brake fluid leak, or a brake system failure. You’ll want to take your vehicle into your repair shop as soon as possible so they can diagnose and fix the issue.

Read more: Dashboard Warning Lights - Part 1
 
A Guide to Airbag Safety
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Written by Kelly Thompson   
Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00
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Air Bag SafetyMost of the time, we take our air bags for granted, and we shouldn't. The fact is that when a crash occurs, they’re the first line of defense against injury. Knowing some best practices and precautions can help make sure they’re as effective as possible.

All vehicles produced after September 1, 2006 have third-generation frontal air bags, known as advanced air bags. These use sensors to determine the weight of the front seat occupants, whether or not they’re wearing a seatbelt, and if the air bag should even be deployed.

A Few Details Driver's Should Know:

  • Air bags are only considered safe when used with seatbelts. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the majority of drivers killed by air bags were not wearing a seatbelt.
  • Drivers and passengers in the front of the vehicle should always be seated as far back from the air bags as possible. If you’re a shorter driver, leaning the seat back will increase the distance between you and the air bag while keeping you close enough to drive.
Read more: A Guide to Airbag Safety
 
Celebrate Check Your Batteries Day
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Written by Kelly Thompson   
Sunday, 09 March 2014 00:00
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Check Battery DayWhat’s in a battery? The life and health of your car, of course.

March 9th is National Check Your Batteries Day. With certain battery-dependent items, like your alarm clock, making sure the battery is good to go can make or break your work day.

When it comes to your car, however, an unhealthy battery is not just an inconvenience. It’s the heart of your vehicle, and making sure it’s up-to-snuff is essential to its longevity and overall health.

The telltale signs of a low battery include:

  • Engine won’t start, or starts and gives up
  • Lights flicker when you try to start the car, or no lights at all
Read more: Celebrate Check Your Batteries Day
 
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