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Spring Vehicle Maintenance

Spring is a great time to take control of your vehicle’s maintenance. Driving in the winter weather can take a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that can affect overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before your spring and summer road trip plans, be sure to come by our shop for a spring vehicle inspection. Here are the top spring maintenance items to keep your vehicle running smoothly into the summer! Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure  Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights, tail lights, and brake lights Change your windshield wi ... read more

Wiper Blades are a Safety Feature!

Wiper Blades are a Safety Feature!

Wiper blades are one of the most neglected safety features on a vehicle. However, when you need your wipers and they don't work properly, you instantly wish they worked right. We've created a video to show you how to replace your blades and we'll share that link at the bottom of this article.  One quick tip - we recommend replacing your wiper blades every six months. Airborne contaminants like oil, sunlight, and dirt all weaken the rubber blade. Weather plays a role too. Cold weather makes rubber blades rigid and brittle. Hot weather warps the rubber. It is easy to see when a wiper blade is torn at the end. But there are times a wiper looks okay when it's not. Here are some symptoms that can help you identify a worn or damaged wiper blade: Wiper blades that squeak or make noise are worn. Wipers that smear or streak your windshield are worn or damaged. Wipers that miss segments of your windscreen are damaged. Finally, remember your rear window wiper blade ... read more

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S.M.O.G. - How to Switch Lanes Safely

When it comes to driving, any safety tips or techniques that we can teach can benefit everyone on the road. We have all seen it - the driver who switches lanes without even looking, moving across several lanes without a blinker on, expectedly all other vehicles to move out of the way. Although it may work sometimes, this is a dangerous and risky way to drive.    Acronyms are a great way to remember key phrases, and the acronym S.M.O.G. was created for how to switch lanes safely. Remembering this acronym is easy and will make sure that you always change lanes on the road in a safe manner!   S - Signal  Always make sure that your blinker is on, signaling the direction that you are changing lanes. Try to have your signal on 3 to 5 seconds before actually changing lanes.   M - Mirrors Check all mirrors, including rearview mirror and side mirrors, for cars nearby before switching lanes to be aware of surroundings.  &nb ... read more

How often should my vehicle be inspected?

As a vehicle owner, it is important to understand the best way to keep your vehicle safe and reliable on the road. One aspect of owning a vehicle that isn’t as well taught as it should be is the idea of preventative maintenance. Preventative maintenance is essentially the idea that you should have certain small services performed on your vehicle periodically that will help prevent larger, more expensive problems from occurring. Preventative maintenance not only protects your vehicle overall, it will end up saving you lots of money over the years by avoiding those major repairs that can become costly.  One important part of preventative maintenance is vehicle inspections. A vehicle inspection is a quick, comprehensive look at your vehicle to determine if there is any obvious issue with a major component. It also looks at fluids to make sure that they are topped off and clean, as well as checking other parts such as filters and chambers. Many people are a little scared about ... read more

I Can't Drive 55!

I Can't Drive 55!

In 1974, President Richard Nixon, signed into law H.R. 11372 which was an Act created in response to an energy crisis the country was facing. A National Maximum Speed Limit of 55 mph was required for states to obtain federal funds for highway projects. Maybe this is why Sammy Hagar sang "I can't drive 55" in 1984! If you know the lyrics, the song is about a person who is getting pulled over for exceeding the 55 mph limit consistently. In all reality, I cannot remember the last time I drove down I-49 at 70 mph and didn't have every single car around me passing me at what seemed like warp speed. Anyway, I digress. In 1987 there were modifications to the National Maximum Speed Limit that increased the speed limit to 65. Maybe gas consumption did not drop as much as they expected? Or maybe Sammy had an impact on our good 'ole government! In 1995 the National Maximum Speed Limit was repealed completely! States were responsible once again for their own rules and re ... read more

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10 Winter Car Care Tips to Keep You Safe on the Road

10 Winter Car Care Tips to Keep You Safe on the Road

10 Winter Car Care Tips to Keep You Safe on the Road Driving in winter weather can be nerveracking. We've compiled ten areas of your car that should be inspected before winter driving - so you know you have the best opportunity to safely navigate the roads this season. Tires Tire Tread Tread provides traction which is necessary to keep the car connected with the road. This is especially important during wet and cold weather. Rain, snow, ice, or even mud can cause uncontrollable conditions without the right amount of tire tread. Tire Pressures As temperatures drop or fluctuate, the air inside your tires does as well. Decreases in temperature cause air to contract which lowers the air pressure in your tires. Checking tire pressures regularly is important especially when temperatures are constantly fluctuating. We recommend checking tire pressure when tires are cold. Brakes Brake Fluid Brake Fluid pulls moisture in from the air. Over time this moisture degrades the fluid so th ... read more

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Winter Car Care

WIN FREE OIL CHANGES IN 2019 FOR YOUR CAR!

WIN FREE OIL CHANGES IN 2019 FOR YOUR CAR!

Are you the Most Generous Man (or Woman) in Northwest Arkansas?  Giving is the Master Key to Success in all applications of Human Life. When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed immeasurably. You too can be blessed for the entirety of 2019 with FREE engine oil changes on one of your vehicles! How? Easy! Bring in a new, unwrapped Christmas toy before December 21st. We'll snap a picture of you to post on our Toys for Tots post. Get all your friends and family to like your picture in the comments on our Facebook page. The picture with the most likes wins! What a prize to win!?! Let's fill that box! Thank you in advance for sharing your blessing with so many less fortunate that are in need this season. 

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Holiday Road Trip Safety Tips

We want to wish you Happy Holidays from everyone here at NWA Car Clinic in Lowell, AR. If you are planning on taking a road trip to visit family or friends this holiday season, or are maybe traveling out of town for a holiday vacation, it is important to prepare for your trek. We have compiled some holiday road trip safety tips that will help you keep safe on the road and make sure your vehicle stays reliable during your trip.   Be cautious on the road. During the winter weather, especially during rain and snow, it is important to be extra cautious while driving. We recommend reducing your usually speed and giving yourself plenty of room to brake or decelerate on the road. Make sure that the driver is awake and alert and pays full attention to the road ahead.   Prepare for any weather conditions. Do your research before heading out on your winter road trip. Be sure to look up your route and the weather that you will be driving through. You may need to consider packing tir ... read more

Experience 2019 + Be Happy

Experience 2019 + Be Happy

It's been a year of growth and learning for us. Leading a company has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. As the holidays began approaching, Neil and I discussed what our plans are, like most everyone does. But something was pulling us, guiding us, a different way. Leading people helped us realize that WHAT we have, WHAT we do, WHAT we offer isn't going to make a brand. It's WHY. It's in the PURPOSE. It's in the HOW we LIVE the PURPOSE. And we've learned about so many mistakes we have made. What a blessing to see our errors. What an opportunity to realize Grace! And as with all learnings (business or personal), we've applied the learning to both our business and personal life.  This year we aren't buying all the Christmas presents that we have for years and years. This year we aren't wrapping up a bunch of plastic. This year we want to make a change. And we want this change to last for the rest of our lives. I ... read more

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Maintenance

5 Steps to Take Before You Buy a Used Car

5 Steps to Take Before You Buy a Used Car

You need a car and have some cash! You found a beauty and have enough so you buy her! And she drives like a dream that first day or even week. But then the check engine light comes on and something seems different. You take her in to a shop and you learn this car has been underwater. She has electrical gremlins and the repair will be extensive. But you used all your cash on buying the car. You weren't expecting this! We see this more than we care to admit. Hurricane Harvey was a beast in 2017. An estimated 500K cars were damaged in Hurricane Harvey. Many of these cars end up in auction houses. So how do you protect yourself from buying a car with a lot of problems, like a flood car? We have some tips to help you out! 5 Steps to Take to Before You Buy a Used Car: Ask for the service records -- we would recommend getting the service history for a used car before you purchase it. You want to look for how often the oil was changed. Was the transmission fluid changed at least once ev ... read more

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