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Why are Tire Rotations Important?

Why are Tire Rotations Important?

Understanding the Importance of Tire Rotations A critical component in your vehicle’s health, performance, and efficiency is getting regular tire rotation service. Why in the world should I worry about a tire rotation? Well, the ASE-Certified auto mechanics at CARS of America, Inc. know auto repair and that whether you’re in Glenview or the surrounding area, it’s important to the life of your tires to do just that. CARS of America, Inc. is committed to prolonging the life of your tires, and that’s why we recommend a regular schedule when it comes to tire rotation. What is a tire rotation? A tire rotation is when your vehicle's tires are moved from their current position on the vehicle to another. The front tires will move to the rear, and the rear tires will move to the front. The tires are typically put back on the vehicle in a cross-diagonal direction, meaning they also change sides. Your vehicle carries more weight at the front, so fr ... read more

How to save 66% on annual cost of Vehicle ownership

How to save 66% on annual cost of Vehicle ownership

                     How to save 66% on the annual cost of ownership of your vehicle! You can lower your annual vehicle cost of ownership by 66% without filling your own tires or changing your own oil. By following the method outlined in the  University of Michigan's report titled Report No. CSS04-01 which can be found at  http://css.umich.edu/sites/default/files/css_doc/CSS04-01.pdf   Warning! this report is 94 really dry and boring pages. The good stuff is on pgs. 21 & 22 and 32 & 33 Executive summary: In the Uof M's study example a 2000 model year, generic sedan cost $20,000 to buy and cost $5,300 per year for depreciation, taxes and fees  If we jump forward to 2020, an average-priced 2020 model vehicle costs $38,000, plus, in Cook county, $3,800 sales  plus dealer fees etc. Using the dep ... read more

Top 10 Things New Drivers Need To Know

Top 10 Things New Drivers Need To Know

Driving for the first time can be scary, you aren’t sure what to expect, but you are full of excitement. Before you put the pedal to the metal and take off, you should read these top 10 things that all new drivers need to know. 1. There are no take-backs in driving. You need to pay attention to all of your surroundings because if you hit something you can’t take back that action with an apology. There are consequences that you have to own up to and face, not to mention it can be very pricey. 2. Speeding is overrated. You might think it’s cool, and you want to impress someone with your led foot, but it’s very dangerous. It’s not only hazardous to yourself but the other drivers on the road. Take your time, don’t speed, and enjoy the view you have while driving. 3. What to do when you get pulled over. You might be freaking out the first time you get pulled over or worry that the police are going to call your parents. They don’t call your par ... read more

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Top 5 Places To Visit During Spring Break Starting from Chicago

Top 5 Places To Visit During Spring Break Starting from Chicago

Spring has sprung and we are beginning to get cabin fever. This has been a particularly nasty wintertime, but hopefully, we’ll have some good weather that will stick. Are you looking for some great places to get away to this spring break? Well, then you’re in luck! Here are 5 wonderful places to visit that are just a short road-trip away: 1. Starved Rock State Park is a great place to go. It boasts of 18 canyons and 13 miles of marked hiking. Great for the outdoor enthusiast and there’s a lovely lodge, Starved Rock Lodge, in case you’d like to spend more time there. 2. There’s so much to do in Kalamazoo! Who knew? We did, that’s who! Okay, okay. Enough with the rhyming. But, truly, there are a lot of great things to see and do in Kalamazoo and it’s less than three hours from Chicago. From hik ... read more

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Road Trips

How Much Do We Love Our Cars? Let Us Count the Ways

How Much Do We Love Our Cars? Let Us Count the Ways

It’s a cliche to say that we Americans love our cars. But just because something is a cliche doesn’t mean it isn’t 100 percent true. We do love our cars! Why, though? Well, cars mean freedom for a lot of us. What’s better than grabbing your keys and jumping behind the wheel to take off on the spur of the moment--on a road trip to a famous location, to visit an old friend, or just to pick up some late-night munchies? To a lot of Americans, our cars reflect our personalities. And why not? Most of us spend an awful lot of time behind the wheel. Why not take the time to figure out exactly what kind of vehicle both meets our needs and tells the world, “Hey, world, here I am!” What do different types of cars say about their owners? Pickup truck drivers tend to be hardworking and no-nonsense. People drive hybrids both to save money on gas and because they care about the environment. Drivers of sports cars like to feel powerful and attractive. Do you kno ... read more

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Car Ownership

Quick Summer Road Trips Around Glenview and Evanston

Quick Summer Road Trips Around Glenview and Evanston

Chicago, IL Of course, there’s always something to see and do in Chicago. That goes without saying. But if you want to play tourist, drive the short distance to Chicago and treat yourself to a weekend getaway. Here are a few places to consider visiting in Chicago: The Chicago Mural in Logan Square The National Hellenic Museum in Greektown Some of the ethnic restaurants Paseo Boricua in the Humboldt Park neighborhood or Little Vietnam near Broadway in Uptown Watch comedy improvisation from The Second City at Chicago Mainstage   Geneva, IL With its boutique shops, fabulous cuisine, lovely weather, and plenty of activities, Geneva is a terrific place to drive. You can meet with friends, visit the Fabyan Windmill, or take a long bike ride along the Fox River Trail.   Milwaukee, WI If you like beer, you need to go here. The people are friendly and there are plenty of family-friendly activities. Top picks are the Harley-Davidson Museum, Discovery World, and the Milw ... read more

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Road Trips

5 Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

5 Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

It is officially spring! After a long and cold winter, we are ready to be met with the warm sunshine and budding flowers that the springtime brings us. Despite temperatures still hanging out in the 30s, it is time to get a jumpstart on spring cleaning. Our homes aren’t the only thing in need of some spring cleaning - our vehicles are too! Cars experience a lot of wear and tear during the harsh winter months so it’s only fair that we give them a little TLC when the weather clears up.  Here are 5 tips to help get your car ready for the spring:1) Clean Out the Trunk Now some people may not use their trunk as a place to store things, and others do. If you are one of the latter, then this tip is for you. Get a big empty box and a garbage bag and go to your trunk. Begin to sort through the things that you want to keep and put them into the box. Any garbage or things you want to throw out go into the trash bag. After you have done that ... read more

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Car Ownership

5 Valentine's Day Gifts Every Car Lover Needs

5 Valentine's Day Gifts Every Car Lover Needs

  With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, you may be scrambling to get your loved one the perfect gift. Ditch the cliché cards, flowers and chocolates and get your partner something they will really enjoy - a brand new car! JUST KIDDING, that is one hefty investment many cannot afford to make for a small Hallmark holiday. Instead, get your car lover something else they will enjoy, here are some ideas: 1) A New Snow Brush It is no secret that here in the Midwest we can get snow all the way through April. Why not get them that fancy snow brush they saw in a magazine and mentioned would be “cool” to have but never actually went out and got it for themselves. BONUS GIFT: Wipe their car off in the morning with their new snow brush and you will be sure to put a giant smile on their face (that is, if there is snow where you are living).     2) A Car Wash If your partner loves cars, then keeping&n ... read more

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Car-Themed Gifts

When Is The Last Time You Had Your Tire Pressure Checked?

When Is The Last Time You Had Your Tire Pressure Checked?

When Is The Last Time You Had Your Tire Pressure Checked? Did you know that neglecting even simple routine maintenance, like changing the oil or checking the coolant, can lead to poor fuel economy, unreliability, or costly breakdowns? It can also void your warranty and we know nobody wants that! Not to mention, some avoidable automotive mishaps happen and cause accidents, further piling onto the damage. One serious malfunction that could cause a lot of damage is a tire blowout ... read more

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