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The 411 on Washing Your Vehicle

Vehicle owners can extend the life of their vehicles by keeping them washed regularly. At Mike Raisor Pre-Owned Center, we want our customers to be informed about how to care for their cars. Washing your vehicle routinely will remove pollen, dirt, debris, and other contaminants, which will prevent damage. Dirt on the exterior of your vehicle can cause scratches, rust, and damage to the protective coating.

In addition, washing your vehicle will also help improve fuel efficiency. A car that is clean is 10 percent more fuel efficient than a vehicle that's dirty. 

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Solid Used Car Buying Tips

When you want to buy a used car, be smart about how you go about things. Figure out the intended purpose for the vehicle. This way, you look for the right model for you. Budget the purchase in advance to avoid wasting time.

Rushing in to buy a used car isn't the best idea. Check out what vehicles are known to last a long time and come with low maintenance requirements. Other budgetary benefits such as fuel efficiency should weigh into your decision. 

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Stay Clear of Bicyclists on the Road

Although it can be exciting watching people on their bikes while on the road, it can also be challenging because you need to pay more attention to their movements. A way that you can share the road with cyclists is to take your time when you're around them. Let the biker have the road until you can safely get around the bike.

When you're on the road with cyclists, you want to slow down as much as possible, but you want to ensure that you're still maintaining a safe speed for cars that could be behind you…

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Android Auto Overview

The best part about modern cars is the all new safety sensors and cameras. You can see when you're backing up and get alerts when you dip into a second lane. Google also unveiled a new feature in 2015 called Android Auto. This new smartphone app would allow you to completely connect your smartphone to your car's LCD display and infotainment system. You can now make phone calls, send text messages, use Google assistant, Spotify, and other apps just with voice-enabled messages.

If you haven't seen the latest Android Auto app features, it's sincerely the best…

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Getting Rid of Cigarette Odors

Cigarette smoke can linger inside vehicles. It sticks to the upholstery and trim, creating an odor that lasts. Luckily, there are ways to get rid of the smell for good. We here at Mike Raisor Pre-Owned Center want you to know how to care for your car, so here are some ways to get rid of cigarette smoke smells.

The first thing you'll need to do is get rid of the odor from your seats. To do this, you can steam clean the upholstery. You can also utilize charcoal bricks to pulls smells out. The charcoal absorbs odors to…

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Tips for Cleaning Your Tires

There are plenty of drivers who clean their tires regularly. This is a good thing to do if you want to keep your tires protected and prevent tire blooming, which is why your tires start to turn brown from dust and debris. When your tires start to dry out, they’ll begin cracking, so it’s important that you clean out dust and debris from the tire tread especially.

One of the things that people often forget with tires is that they can have special coatings. You want to pick a tire cleaner that is made to work with coatings…

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Understanding the LATCH System and its Importance in Vehicle Choice

For any parent, the thought of keeping your children safe is an ongoing task. This is especially true when they are riding in a vehicle. The management and staff at Mike Raisor Pre-Owned Center understand this and we would like to aid you in your knowledge of child seat installation so that you can make a sound choice with your vehicle purchase.

The seat belts in a vehicle can be used to install child restraints but there is the possibility that the installation can be wrong. The purpose of the LATCH system that comes with many vehicles is to take…

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Deciding on Tires for the Winter

Winter tires are some of the most important things to have for the winter because of the traction they offer in icy conditions. However, there are a lot of things that you should consider when thinking about the type of winter tires you are going to be using.

One factor you should think about is what you are willing to deal with. People who have a little more time and energy might be okay with the studdable tires. They provide the traction you need because of the metals studs. However, you have to remove them if there is no ice…

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Get Your Winter Survival Kit Together Quickly!

We at Mike Raisor Pre-Owned Center suggest setting aside some time to get a survival kit prepared for winter driving. It doesn't take much time to get your essentials placed in your car and then get on the road to work or take that well-deserved road trip. Essential items for a survival kit include those for you and your passengers as well as items for your vehicle.

Food, water, blankets, and a portable cell phone charger are a start to staying well in an emergency. You might also include a change of clothes, boots, gloves and winter hats. Include…

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How to Correct a Sliding Incident on an Icy Road

Winter is coming soon and there are some things you can do to minimize the effects of sliding on an icy road. There are hundreds of thousands of people who have to deal with the effects of a sliding car that normally crashes on an icy road. When you watch videos of these incidents, some people seem like they have trained just for this incident and others simply respond adversely. So the ultimate question is, what can you do?

You can proceed to gently decelerate the vehicle by simple lifting your foot off the gas pedal when the car starts…

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