The Serra Auto Park Blog

8 Ways You’re Protected When Leasing a Vehicle

Leasing your next vehicle?


Know what you’re getting yourself into before you sign your John Hancock.


You want to go into any major purchase with all the knowledge you need to make informed decisions.


The Consumer Leasing Act was designed to protect you, as the consumer. You need to be familiar with what it says and how it affects you. 


Here’s what you need to know.

1. How much you’re paying

Leasing companies are required to give you a detailed, written statement that shows exactly how much money you’ll have to pay, or even possibly pay…

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Get to Know Serra: Meet Controller Adam Pearce

At Serra Auto Park, we’re proud of the special People Pleasers that we have on our staff.


Adam Pearce has worked in the automotive industry since 2012. He considers it to be an incredible business to be a part of.


He’s known for being straightforward and direct and he loves working with such a highly-motivated team.


Adam loves to talk about trucks, camping, snowmobiling, and enjoys anything to do with the outdoors.


He…

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Does Refinancing Your Auto Loan Make Sense? 4 Ways to Tell

You’ve put in the effort to secure a car loan.


You can just focus on paying it off and that’s that, right?


Maybe not.


There are circumstances in which it makes sense to refinance your car loan.


Take a look.

1. Interest rates go down.

Interest rates are known to rise and fall. When they drop to a point that’s lower than where your car loan is locked in, it’s worth your while to look into refinancing.

2. Your credit score is better.

Your credit score plays a role in the interest rate you receive for…

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The Ultimate Guide to Winter Tires vs. All-Season Tires

It’s getting chilly out there.


With snow coming sooner rather than later, you’re probably starting to think about all things winter.


That includes your vehicle’s tires.


So, what’s the deal with winter tires? Should you stick with all-season?


Here’s what you need to know to make the best choice.

Winter tires outdo all-season tires

Here’s the deal: All-season tires don’t even come close to performing as well as winter tires.


It’s true for driving on snow, ice, and in the rain.


Winter tires have more aggressive tread patterns and the rubber compound…

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4 Low-Maintenance Used Cars That Won’t Disappoint

When you’re buying a used car, you’re focused on the price tag.


But you have to think bigger because the lifetime expense of a car is so much more than that.


You should also consider gas, repairs, and general maintenance.


These costs will vary depending on what kind of vehicle you purchase.


Let’s take a look at the factors that make a car simpler to maintain, as well as which makes and models are known for being the least expensive to care for.

What makes a vehicle easier to maintain?

Here’s what auto technicians say makes…

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4 Reasons Why Your Car Insurance May Be Too High

How much are you paying for car insurance?


Does it seem too high?


It’s a common complaint from vehicle owners like you.


Everyone would like to pay less, but it’s not always possible.


Here are five reasons your car insurance may be too high.

1. You’re too young.

What’s wrong with that? You’re young, wild, and free, right?


Well, your car insurance company doesn’t quite look at it the same way.


You’ll generally pay more if you’re younger than 25 years old because you don’t have an established insurance history and…

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3 Ways to Get the Most Value for Your Trade In

You’ve landed on a decision.


You’re going to trade your car in for a new one.


Congrats on making the hard choice. 


Now it’s time to think about the trade-in process.


Here’s what you need to know.

1. Know your vehicle’s value

You want to get the most you can for your car, so you need to have an idea of what it’s actually worth.


The best place to find out how much you can likely get for your vehicle is Kelly Blue Book.


You’ll be prompted to enter the year, make, model…

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7 Fun Facts for Car Care Month

 


Did you know that October is Car Care Month?


Fall is a great time to remind vehicle owners that the change in weather means your car needs a checkup.


You want to make sure your vehicle is safe AND that it’s running as efficiently as possible.


Enjoy these Car Care Month fun facts!

  1. Boost your fuel efficiency by 10% when you maintain correct tire pressure.

  2. Ferdinand Verbiest built the first automobile 1668. It was powered by steam and stretched a whopping two feet long.

  3. Cleaning your trunk can help your brakes, rotors, and other brake parts last longer. The…

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Serra Employee Spotlight: Meet Sales Associate, Carl Miragliotta

 


At Serra Auto Park, People Pleasin’ isn’t just a fun catchphrase.


We take helping our customers seriously.


We fill our team with people who are passionate about helping you find a vehicle that meets your needs.


We consider you family, so we want to introduce you to ours.


Carl Miragliotta has been a sales associate at Serra Honda for three years, and is in the process of transitioning to Serra Subaru.


He grew up in Long Island, NY and is a graduate of The Ohio State University. He became intrigued with automobiles at a young age and has worked…

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Gasoline on Your Hands? You Need These Tips to Get Fresh

 


Gasoline on your hands.


Yikes.


Whether you’re often fiddling with things under the hood or you have a little spill at the pump, it’s a smell you don’t want to linger.


But don’t worry – here’s help.

The basics

Start with soap. It may be enough for a small issue.


But for a more in-grained odor, try a gritty soap. 


If you don’t have a gritty soap on hand, you can use coffee grounds to make your hands smell fresh and clean.

The process

Here are a few tips and tricks to get rid of…

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