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Comparing a Donut Vs. a Regular Spare Tire

If you get a flat tire, you will likely have a replacement available in the trunk of your car. Replacement tires may be full-size or compact, and there are multiple differences between the two. If the car has a regular spare, you can put it on the car and drive without limitations.

However, if you have a donut tire, you should drive it slowly to the nearest service center. Generally speaking, you can drive up to 55 miles at 55 miles per hour on the compact spare before it needs to be replaced. 

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What do Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings Mean?

Have you ever been told you are as slow as molasses in January? This statement is referring to both your speed and the viscosity of molasses. Molasses has a low viscosity and does not flow very well. No one expects motor oil to have the viscosity of molasses. If this does happen, the car owner has more pressing problems to worry about.

Motor oil viscosity simply means how easily the oil flows through the engines. It pays to have a thicker oil in the winter, and a less thick oil in the summer.  

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Refinancing vs Trading in Your Car

Have you thought about how high your loan payments are? Has it been difficult to make the payments on time? If this is the case, then you know you have to act fast. Technically, a finance company can repossess a car the day after you miss a payment. You don't want to have a repossession on your record. In these cases, it's best to look at refinance or trading in as the best option. Refinancing would mean changing your loan terms to either have a lower interest rate or a lower monthly payment. 

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Two Things to Consider Before Choosing Your Teen's First Car

That day has finally arrived, the one you have been dreading for years. You need to buy your teen a car and allow them to hit the roads without you being able to protect them anymore. Choosing the right car for your teen will alleviate that concern.

When in doubt, go heavier and bigger with your teen's car. This will help to protect them if they run into any trouble. It might not be that muscle car they wanted today, but as they improve, they can get into that car down the road. 

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Important Information About Touch Up Paint

Saving the vehicles from rust and scratches – touch up paint made easy. Stop by Hatfield Kia for more information!

Scratches are a bigger problem than just looking bad. Given enough time, more paint can begin to bubble up and come off, and rust can spread which will utterly destroy your vehicle. That in mind, you want to deal with scratches immediately when you find them. You can rest easy knowing that applying touch up paint isn’t difficult. 

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Get your Car Ready for Sports Season

Some people look forward to football season all year. Tailgating is the best part of the autumn for them. Before you begin a trip to your school’s game, you need to make sure that you are ready. This includes more than just getting supplies for cooking. Is your car ready?

If the answer is no, there is no need to panic. Sometimes it’s as simple as giving your car a tune up and heading to the local car wash. At other times, you may need to give your car a complete overhaul. Lucky people only need to make…

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Take a New Look at the Hatchback

If you're looking for a new vehicle and have always bought a sedan, you might consider a hatchback. Sedans are a classic version of a vehicle, but hatchbacks have many pros that can provide a lot of value to the right driver.

One of the biggest reasons that a hatchback works better for some people is that hatchbacks offer more versatility when loading the back of the vehicle.

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Routine Maintenance is in Your Vehicle's Best Interest

An oil change today costs a few dollars, but not having one could lead to engine damage that costs much more later on. Here are some basic tips to keep your vehicle running smoothly.

Start by checking fluid levels for coolant, brake fluid and transmission fluid, and top them off if they're low.

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Why a Car Cover is a Good Idea

For many of us, a good vehicle is a big investment. Naturally, you'll want to protect your investment, and the team here at Hatfield Kia is here to help you do just that.

With a big selection of materials and colors, car covers provide a convenient, inexpensive way to safeguard both the interior and exterior of your car. The right car cover can prevent damage to your car from everything to the weather, to chemicals used on our roads, to harmful UV rays. 

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Automobile Backup Cameras Prevent Accidents

Highway accidents happen very often when inexperienced motorists try to back up in a parking lot. The big issue is that awareness is low when a typical driver leaves a parking spot in a highly-populated zone. Besides the viewing problems, other things can also impact the ability to exit a parking zone efficiently and safety, such as distractions. Most distractions can happen inside or outside of a vehicle; however, focus usually decreases dramatically when there are distractions in a cabin since the sounds are louder and isolated. 

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