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Save Time and Money by Trading in Your Car (Updated)



Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 9/7/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


How do you get the best deal for your old car when you buy another car?


Most people will tell you the best deal is to sell your old car on your own instead of trading it in to the dealership.


We disagree.


We believe most people can save time and money by trading their…

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4 Tips for Safely Driving Around Motorcycles (Updated)

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 9/14/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


It’s easy to become complacent in your car.


You feel like you’re in a cocoon.


Invincible.


But there are very real dangers on the road – especially for motorcyclists, and the people who are driving in their vicinity.


Motorcycles are more difficult to see than larger cars and trucks, often coming out of seemingly nowhere.


There are certain steps you can take to ensure that the motorcyclists around you stay safe and that you avoid an accident, too.


Here…

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Trouble Parking? Here’s How to Do It Right (Updated)

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 9/12/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.




Unless you’re a new driver, it can be embarrassing to admit that you aren’t a pro at parking.


Perhaps you avoid parallel parking with all you’ve got.


Maybe you tell friends you like to park far away from the mall or restaurant so your vehicle doesn’t get damaged or you want to get some extra steps in.


But it’s really because you’re afraid to park in front of your colleagues.


It’s time to…

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Collided With a Deer? Here’s What to Do (Updated)

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 9/20/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


In the spring and the following warm months, deer are more active, just like we are!


That means you have a greater chance of coming across one – or more – when you’re out and about.


Aside from deer, other animals may unceremoniously meet their fate during an encounter with your vehicle.


Here’s what you should do if you collide with a deer or other animal.

1. Stop your vehicle

Even if another car causes you to swerve and you…

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How to Clean Your Car’s Interior in 6 Steps (Updated)

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 8/18/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


A clean car just looks nice.


Especially after the grimy, salty build-up of winter.


But there are more advantages to cleaning than just a great-looking car.


Taking care of your vehicle will help it last longer, too.


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Here’s what you can do to ensure your car is ready to impress, no matter who your next passenger is.

1. Ready your tools

You’ll need the right supplies to really get your car clean, so gather up:

  • A vacuum cleaner…
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How to Clean Your Car’s Seat Belts (Updated)

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 9/9/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


Primarily a safety feature, your car’s seat belts play a vital role in keeping you secure behind the wheel.


But seat belts can take a beating.


Every time you grab the belt to buckle up, oils from your hands soil the material.


Spills from food or coffee, combined with dirt, wreaks havoc on seat belts, too.


If yours are looking tired and dingy, it’s time to clean them up!


Here’s how to get your car’s seat…

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3 Must-Have Car Accessories (Updated)

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 9/2/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


Wants vs. Needs.


The age-old battle.


Some car accessories are just nice to have, while others are a necessity.


Many drivers spend a lot of time in their cars, shuttling kids around to after-school activities and getting to and from work.


If you’re ready to splurge on yourself and really bling your car up, consider these nifty gadgets that will keep you connected.

Car health monitor

This is a Bluetooth-enabled monitor that connects to your car’s systems via…

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5 Driving Tips to Keep Your Manual Transmission Humming (Updated)

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 8/18/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


The stick-shift car is alive and well.


Even though the majority of drivers eschew having to manually shift gears while behind the wheel, there are enough that enjoy driving a manual to keep them in production.


If you prefer doing the gear-shifting work, follow these tips to keep your engine in tip-top shape.

1. Don’t rest

Your hands, that is, on the gear shift.


Always keep your hands on the wheel, in the 10-and-2 positions.


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Acura’s 32nd Anniversary: It’s a Big Deal

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 8/16/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


A few years ago we hit a huge milestone.


We had our 30th anniversary at Acura!


Not much has changed. We’re still the same high-performing luxury brand you can count on.


Let’s take a look back.


If you’re a loyal Acura owner, you’re going to love celebrating their 32nd anniversary.


But don’t get out the candles and cake yet.


Acura wants to take you back in time, to when it all began.


One of the…

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The 2019 Cleveland Auto Show: Here’s What’s Happening

 


It’s finally time for the 2019 Cleveland Auto Show.


Remember, it runs through Sunday, March 3 – don’t miss out.


There’s a LOT more going on than just the latest vehicles to drool over.


Take a look at what else you can expect when you attend.

Celebrity appearances

While the “celebrities” are vehicles, that doesn’t make them any less exciting to see.


These cool cars will be on display throughout the entire show:

  • Scooby-Doo’s Mystery Machine.

  • Transformers: The Last Knight’s Optimus Prime.

  • The time-traveling Delorean from Back to the Future.

  • A LEGO Chevy Silverado that…

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