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How do the Elements Affect Your Car Battery?

Here in Columbus, OH, we can have some gnarly weather. We are prone to some hot summer days and some cold winter nights, and our car batteries have to work extra hard during these weather extremes.

Starting your vehicle takes a tremendous amount of power from your battery and if it has been drained even a little bit it can leave you stranded. 

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Tools and Sealant for the Road

In the winter, you need to be equipped before getting on the road. With enough tools, you will be able to prepare enough to make sure even your emergencies go smoothly when it comes to your vehicle. This will also make you prepared for what the winter has to throw at you.

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Learn about the LATCH System for Your Next New Car

When it comes to purchasing your next new vehicle, finding the right set of features is an important factor. Our team here at Hatfield Kia wants to help you be more informed so that you can better choose your new car.

The LATCH system allows you to attach car seats to the second and third row of securely to the seats. They make use of anchors and tethers and the IIHS provides ratings to vehicles based on the ease of use of the LATCH system. 

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Fast Cleaning Car Secrets

Here at Hatfield Kia, we can clean a car in less than 10 minutes, so we think you should be able to as well! Want to know a few secrets to clean your car super fast? Here you go:

Clean The Outside First

Start by drenching the outside of your car in water to remove any foreign objects and dirt. You can then proceed to dry it off with a towel and some drying agent to eliminate hard water spots.

Clean The Inside Easily 

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The Benefits of Properly Inflated Tires

For those of you that are only somewhat knowledgeable about inflating your tires, there are a lot of benefits to keeping the air pressure on your tires at a good level. Driving around with bad air inflation levels is going to do a lot more damage to your vehicle than you realize.

Driving with your tires properly inflated is going to give your vehicle the best mileage as well as traction. When your tires are under-inflated, you will be driving with inadequate air pressure which will make your vehicle work hard and spend more fuel. Therefore, you want to check…

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Get Ready for Back to School With Routine Car Care

As you start packing up to head back to college, it's important to get your car the maintenance it needs. Bring your car to our service center at Hatfield Kia and we will make sure that your car is ready for the semester ahead. Whether you need an oil change, tires rotated, or a complete tuneup, we are ready to help.

Get ready for the semester by cleaning out your vehicle and preparing for an emergency by purchasing the equipment you need. Make sure you have a flashlight, jumper cables, and an inflated spare tire just in case you…

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Refinancing Verses Trading in Your Vehicle

Here at Hatfield Kia, we do our best to help you make informed decisions. One choice that can be difficult to make is whether or not to refinance your car. There are many pros and cons when it comes to refinancing a vehicle or just trading it in for a new one.

The bottom line is that it may be best to refinance if you need money immediately. If your credit score has improved since you first purchased your vehicle, it may also be beneficial to refinance for lower payments. If your car is on its last legs, then trading…

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What Vehicle Is Safest for Your Teen Driver?

Your kid just got a license. It's time to find the all-important first vehicle. You want your teen to be safe out on the road, while your teen just dreams of being behind the wheel. Which vehicle is the safest choice for your teen? Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Look for a larger, heavier vehicle. You might be thinking small and light for fuel economy. However, an analysis of insurance data found that teens crash less often in larger, heavier vehicles. Avoid vehicles with too much horsepower.  

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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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