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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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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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