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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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Compare Studded and Studless Winter Tires

When you shop for reliable winter tires, you'll have to understand the technical specifications of studdable and studless types. Hatfield Kia will explain the advantages of such important installations for passenger vehicles.

Studdable tires have robust metallic components integrated into the outer rubber shells. The metal studs on the tread are engineered to handle surfaces that have significant accumulation of ice and sleet. Tires with studs are strong enough to resist abrasive damage from direct contact with roads that are coated with anti-icing salts.  

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Debunking Motor Oil Myths

When trying to choose the right motor oil for your vehicle, you are likely to run into a few myths about the product and the process. As such, the Hatfield Kia team has decided to debunk a few of the more common myths to ensure that drivers can always be well-informed.

It is often said that if you opt to use synthetic motor oil in your vehicle once, you will then need to use it every time. However, this simply isn't true. Switching up your choice of motor oil will have absolutely no adverse effects on your vehicle's…

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Winter Car Care Tips

As much fun as winter brings to many of us, it also brings the need for winter car care. We at Hatfield Kia want you to be an informed driver who knows the best ways to get through winter safely on the roads. Here are some important winter car care tips.

  • Change all filters.
  • Follow vehicle owner’s manual for scheduled maintenance, such as oil and oil filter change.
  • Add deicer to the gas tank in cold weather.
  • Make sure headlights are all working and clean from dirt and debris. 
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Choosing a Vehicle for Road Trips

One of the major factors in a road trip is choosing the right vehicle. While people may think that the road trip requires a large vehicle that has a ton of people in it, there are actually other vehicles you can use if you are going to take a road trip with very few people.

When choosing a vehicle to go on a road trip in, one of the most important factors to consider is the capacity. This is so that you can pack the vehicle with everything you intend to take on a road trip and still make it…

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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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