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Why You Should Wash Your Car

Washing your car may seem like a chore. However, at Hatfield Kia, we want to make sure you’re caring for your vehicle as much as possible. Whether you do the hand washing yourself or drive it through a car wash, it’s a good idea to focus on a good wash regularly.

One of the most obvious reasons for washing your car is to get the dirt off of it. Too much dirt can actually cause a lot of scratches along the surface. Love bugs, mosquitoes, and other bugs can eat through the finish, too.  

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Get Your Car Prepared for Summer Fun

If you are looking forward to some road trips this summer, it's time to get your car ready for the road. After a long winter, your car will need a good tune up to be prepared for long trips in the hot summer sun. Start by getting routine maintenance done, and then move on to getting your car cleaned out.

You'll want to have a thorough inspection of your vehicle done this spring to check all the fluids, belts and tires. If your technician suggests any repairs, consider getting everything done to have your car ready. You may…

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Why is Apple CarPlay a Game Changer?

Apple CarPlay is changing the way that you can interact with your iPhone safely inside of a vehicle. This technology is showing up in more and more vehicles. At Hatfield Kia, we’ll show you how the tech works so that you have more convenience on your daily commute.

All sorts of different apps are supported with Apple CarPlay. You can get your favorite audio streaming apps, ranging from the news to the latest hits. You can get directions or find out where the nearest gas station is. 

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A Few Tips in Case You're in an Accident

Getting into a car accident is one of the more terrifying events that can happen in the average person's life. There are some things that you should know about in case you find yourself in this situation. At Hatfield Kia, we want you to be prepared for everything having to do with your vehicle and the road, so we've come up with a list of things you should know.

One of the first things you should do is make sure that everyone is out of harm's way. If someone is injured, pull them out of the way…

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Don't Let Motion Sickness Put a Damper on Your Travel Plans

One in three people are at risk of developing motion sickness. Fortunately, a bout of motion sickness doesn't have to ruin your summer road trip plans.

Motion sickness occurs when your inner ear sends a signal to your brain that your body is in motion. Your eyes send a conflicting message to your brain, and it causes motion sickness. Taking Dramamine before a car ride helps stop motion sickness in its tracks, but Dramamine can make you drowsy. 

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Two Good Reasons for Owning a Dash Cam

Dash cams are becoming more and more popular with drivers. These cameras are often small, and they can often be installed by the vehicle's owner. You may be wondering if it is worth spending the money on a dash cam. What are the advantages? There are two good reasons that you might want to invest in a dash cam.

A dash cam is a way to protect yourself. Vehicle accidents can happen at any moment. If you are in an accident, a dash cam will provide evidence of what occurred in the accident.  

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How to Get Bad Smells Out of Your Vehicle

You would like to have a pleasant experience each time that you are in your vehicle. You do not want to deal with gross odors while you are driving. The team at Hatfield Kia wants you to know how to care for your vehicle and how to get bad smells out of it.

When you are dealing with a bad smell in your vehicle, you want to make sure that any cleaning that you do is done in a well ventilated area. You want to air the vehicle out and you do not want to be overcome by the scent…

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Tips for Cleaning Your Tires

Want to get the ultimate tire cleaning for your vehicle? You don’t have to pay a professional to get a good job done at home. Here are a few tips to keeping your tires clean and free of debris. In addition to looking great, your car will be more protected from weathering and cracking.

The first thing you’ll want is a garden hose or pressure washer. Either one of these can work to loosen up grime, tar, and debris from your tires and axles. You’ll want to make sure that you rinse your tires off first with…

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Sealing Entry Points to Prevent Rodent Damage

Sometimes, you might notice that there is paper in your glovebox that appears to have been chewed. There could be electrical issues that suddenly appear. These issues could be the result of rodents in your car, but they can be prevented.

If you eat in your car, make sure that you remove all trash. Don't leave any crumbs behind because rodents enjoy looking in all places for something to eat. Take note of any suspicious rodent activity that you notice in your car after driving, such as chewed papers or even droppings.  

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The Ratings Criteria of LATCH

One of the best ways to test a vehicle is by putting in a criteria that the vehicle must pass in order to be successful. When it comes to LATCH, the evaluation of this set of hardware is tested based on certain criteria that must be met in order for it to be successful.

One of the criteria that is put in the LATCH evaluation is the lower anchor accessibility. If the lower anchor is accessible, then it is going to make the vehicle safer. Anchors that are obscure or otherwise hard to reach are not good for the children…

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