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The Used Car Negotiation Process

If you have never purchased a used vehicle before, you may find the process a bit overwhelming. We want you to make an informed purchasing decision, so here's some information about common negotiations tactics and tips to make it go your way.

Before you take a look at the vehicle in questions, find its market value. Print out that information and bring it with you. When you have found something you want to purchase, use the market value to make your first offer. If it's low, the salesperson may try to meet the price by throwing in dealer…

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How to Debadge Your Car Without Damaging It

When you want to customize the look of your vehicle, you may need to take off the badge that was installed during the manufacturing process. Some badges are attached with metal or plastic clips that fit through the body. If this is the case, you are better off having the dealership remove them for you.

When the badge is attached with an adhesive, you can remove it yourself. To do this, use a Thermos of hot water to loosen the adhesive. Spray adhesive remover onto the area around the badge. Apply heat from a hair dryer. Use a plastic wedge…

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First Time Towing Doesn't Have To Be Scary

Using your vehicle for the first time to tow something can be a daunting and nerve-racking proposition. It helps to educate yourself about some of the do's and don'ts of towing to avoid any bad situations. Most are pretty straightforward and easy to learn on your own.

There are a number of things to know about towing that can make the experience relatively painless. These things can be placed into two categories, towing do's and don'ts. One of the do's that you should be aware of is to make sure that your brake, turn signal…
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Tips for Your Next Tailgate

Your truck can transform a mediocre tailgate into the most interesting one in the parking lot. Ideally, you will get to the stadium several hours early to properly prepare your food and drinks. It is also a good idea to prepare your food for cooking the night before the game.

In addition to food and drinks, don't forget to pack jumper cables and a first-aid kit. These tools will come in handy if the truck doesn't start because you used its battery to power your grill or when someone gets a headache or a stomach ache. The jumper…

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Here's what you need to know about buying a used car

Have you been looking for a used car you can count on? Have you been searching for something reliable? Do you want a car with plenty of space? Do you want something that's sleek and sophisticated? Finding the right used car doesn't have to be challenging. Here's what you need to know.

Start off by taking a car for a test drive. Did you know that a test drive is a great way to determine whether a car will meet your needs?

 

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It's Time for Your Vehicle's Back-to-School Service

The reason you need to have your vehicle's cooling system inspected as the new school year approaches is because there are a number of key parts working together to protect the moving engine parts from damage.

The mechanic checking the cooling system will flush the coolant in the radiator, then give the exterior a full visual inspection. The radiator cap must be the right pressure to keep the coolant from escaping the system.

The water pump will be checked for any leaks, and then the belt visually inspected for weakness or signs of damage.

The thermostat has to be…
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Stay Entertained on Your Summer Road Trip

Whether you're traveling with a group of adults or young children, having some fun games to play on the road is always a good way to keep boredom at bay. We want you to enjoy your vehicle this summer, so here are some game ideas that everyone will enjoy.

Both of these games can involve things you'll see on your travels. The first is called "I Spy." One player looks for an item in the distance while the others attempt to figure out what they see. The license plate game is also a great option that can last…

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Is an SUV in Your Future?

Here at Honda of Santa Fe, we want you to have the best information when shopping for your next vehicle. Our team wants you to know what's available so you can match your needs to the right vehicle.

Maybe you have a large family. Maybe you often find yourself taking kids to friends' houses or kids and friends to school activities several times a week. An SUV might be just the vehicle you're looking for. With an SUV, you can comfortably seat several people and make the best use of your resources. When you're transporting several people…

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Stop!

Have you ever wondered exactly how it is that your vehicle comes to a stop when you roll up to a stop sign or traffic light? The answer is friction! More accurately, the way an automobile comes to rest is the brake pads generating friction as they rub against the wheels which slows its motion.

Brake pads are small metallic bricks attached to a lever that is further connected to the brakes you press down on inside your car or truck. Composed of a mixture of soft but durable metals, they are designed to press against the wheel perfectly in…

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Alignment: Why it Matters and What You Can Do

A properly aligned car will improve gas mileage, enable tighter and smoother handling, and reduce the normal wear and tire on tires. There are a number of signs to indicate that your alignment needs inspection, including vibration in the steering wheel, pulling to the left or right, or uneven wear on the tires. Problems with alignment can also be caused by acute incidents such as hitting a curb or pothole. Regardless of the cause, it is important to have all alignment issues inspected and serviced so that the vehicle will continue to run efficiently and safely and to avoid costlier…
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