The Serra Auto Park Blog

Do’s and Don’ts to Get the Most Out of Your Test Drive


The test drive.

Once you’ve narrowed down your list of prospective vehicles, it’s time to take the frontrunners for a spin.

Maybe you’ve never considered it before, but there are some rules of etiquette you should follow when you’re trying out a possible new car.

Here are some dos and don’ts

DO make an appointment

Making an appointment certainly isn’t a requirement, but it’s a good idea.


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5 Reasons Your Vehicle Owner’s Manual is Vital


There are two types of people in the world.

One kind of person gets a new vehicle and studies the owner’s manual as if they’ll be tested on it.

The other kind tosses the manual in the glove box, never to be seen again.

Your owner’s manual actually has a lot of vital information that you’ll need to keep your car in good working order.

Buying a new car is a significant investment that you’ll want to protect.

Here’s what you’ll find when you crack open this important guide.

1. Setting everything up…

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The Best 5 Ways to Protect Your Vehicle from Theft


Having your car stolen probably isn’t something you think about that often.

But, it’s more common than you think.

Unfortunately, a vehicle is stolen every 44 seconds in the United States.

The bottom line is this: If you have a vehicle, you need to think about protecting yourself from theft.

Here’s how.

1. Keep your keys close

You might think you’re being tricky by hiding a spare key in your wheel…

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3 Ways to Honor the Fallen and Enjoy Your Family This Memorial Day


Not only is Memorial Day the unofficial start to summer, it’s also the time set aside to remember the brave soldiers who have died in service to our country.

You can give this holiday the honor it deserves and still have a ton of family fun.

Young or old, check out these activities that will help you make lasting memories.

1. Keep the history of the day

Take in a historical site like a monument or memorial.

It’s fitting for the holiday and will provide some great teachable moments for the kids.

2. Visit the cemetery

Lay a…

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6 Simple Ways to Be a Savvy SUV Owner


From soccer moms toting kids to practice to teenagers hauling their friends to the mall, SUVs are popular vehicles.

They can hold a lot of people and gear and they’re durable.

But in order to keep running at peak performance, they require some special maintenance.

Here’s what you need to know to keep your SUV cruising for a long time to come.

1. Be a smart budgeter

SUV repairs can be pricier than…

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5 Ways to Show Mom the Love This Mother’s Day


Moms never stop giving.

From the frequent all-nighters with fussy babies to the day they drive their child to college – and everything in-between, they put their whole hearts into their families.

It seems like a no-brainer to set aside one day out of the year to honor her, right?

You may want to try some of these ideas to show the moms in your life how much you care this Mother’s Day.

#1- Bring the spa to her

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a fancy spa to make Mom happy.

Get her cozy…

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A Guide to Car Leasing Terms (Part 3)


(Catch up with Part 1 and Part 2)

You never want to look like you don’t know what you’re talking about.

Especially when you’re negotiating a car lease.

In order to haggle confidently, you have to be familiar with certain terminology.

Here’s what you need to know.

Adjusted Capitalized Cost

Also known as “Net Capitalized Cost,” this amount represents the Capitalized Cost minus the Capitalized Reduction.

These numbers are used to…

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Spring Cleaning the Garage: Your Car Will Thank You


“Spring cleaning” doesn’t just refer to the inside of your home.

Your garage probably needs a bit of sprucing up, too.

Plus, once you’ve given your vehicle its spring makeover, you don’t want to park it in a cluttered, messy space, right?

Here’s what you can do to make your garage worthy of your clean car.

Ask for help

There’s nothing wrong with enlisting some extra sets of hands – especially…

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Tire Rotation: Why You Need to Do it Regularly

How often do you think about the care your vehicle’s tires need?

Even if you do remember to check the air pressure every so often, what about tire rotation?

Do you have any idea when this maintenance task should be done?

Here’s some help.

Why you need to rotate your tires
Uneven tread is dangerous.

It can prevent your car from stopping efficiently on icy, snowy, or wet pavement.

Regular tire rotation will…
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