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What Do You Do with a Roof Rack?

A roof rack makes life a lot easier for people transporting bikes, luggage, and more. Roof racks allow drivers to keep more space in the trunk and passenger compartments, too. Anyone using a roof rack, however, must employ great care. Not correctly securing something to the rack can lead to disaster.

Never take an "I got it" attitude when you aren't familiar with how roof racks work. Read the instructions carefully. The guidelines provide info on how to install the rack and how to secure things on it. If you have any trouble, ask someone for assistance.  

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Why You Should Be Flexible When Trying to Get a Good Leaf-Peeping Show

There are a lot of important tips that you need to follow in order to make the most of your leaf-peeping experience. When trying to get the best views, you have to be flexible, among other things. The fall is often unpredictable when it comes to the color of the leaves changing.

The worst thing to be when planning your trip is rigid in your planning. You also need to know the time to go according to the place you are going to check out. If you are close to the Canadian Border, then the best time to go is…

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For Heightened Child Safety, Understand the LATCH System

We value informed drivers at Bowman Auto Center. Being informed helps you drive safely. Today, our blog post informs you about the LATCH System, which will interest you if you ever drive young children in your automobile.

LATCH is short for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, and the automobile industry worked with the United States' government to develop this system. It eases the difficulty of properly installing child seats in any new or recently produced auto sold in the United States.  

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The Alternator's Function and Signs That it Needs to be Replaced

When you go to start your car in the morning and it doesn't turn over, the battery may be bad. You might also be having trouble with your alternator. Bowman Auto Center wants you to know about the function of the alternator and the signs that indicate that the alternator might need to be replaced.

The alternator is also called a generator. Once the battery has turned the car over, the alternator works in conjunction with the battery to provide electricity to operate the lights and other functions of the car.  

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A Used Vehicle Comes with Certain Advantages

Are you thinking about buying a used vehicle? There are certain advantages with buying used versus buying new. Let's look at a few of those advantages.

Get a lower price. Buy a used vehicle three model years old and you could save, on average, 45 percent over buying new. Get a "better" vehicle. For the price of a brand new economy car, you could buy an older luxury vehicle. If luxury and looks are your priority, this is one reason why used is better than new.  

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General Things to Consider During a Car Battery Replacement Situation

When a vehicle fails to crank, the battery may or may not need to be replaced. In this guide, you'll learn what steps you should take when a car battery doesn't provide power to key electrical systems.

The weather can impact a car battery's cells. For example, following multiple rainstorms, water could soak a battery's posts, and the moisture may cause corrosion, which is a problem because a corroded post can't supply power to electrical systems in an automobile. 

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Stop Pet Hair From Getting All Over Your Car

Dogs like to ride in cars and trucks, but pets in the car can leave a lot of hair behind. Some people don't care too much about pet hair in the car, but most people want to have a nice and clean vehicle. Here are a few tips from Bowman Auto Center for getting and keeping pet hair out of your vehicle.

To get pet hair our of your car, use a powerful vacuum with a bristle brush attachment. The attachment will get the hair off of the seat and carpets easily. You can also use a lint roller…

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What is a Timing Belt?

Keeping your engine maintained is crucial to keeping your car on the road. Although somewhat uncommon, a broken timing belt can be one of the bigger repairs that a car owner will face. That is why our team at Bowman Auto Center want to be sure you know some basic background on timing belts.

The main purpose of a timing belt is to ensure the cam shaft and crankshaft in your vehicle keep firing at normal rates. Without the timing belt, the engine would soon stall and your car would be headed nowhere fast.  

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Trading In Or Refinancing: What Is The Answer?

Sometimes, your financial circumstances change. A once affordable car payment may become too much to pay. At these times, a car owner has to consider refinancing in order to get a lower payment or trading in to get a less expensive car. What is the best route to take?

If it is possible to refinance and get a lower payment, that is often the best way to go. However, refinancing may not significantly lower payments. Lenders are often not willing to refinance cars that are older or that have a lot of miles on the odometer. 

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Games for a Peaceful Road Trip

On any road trip, the utterance of the question, "Are we there yet," is almost a foregone conclusion. At Bowman Auto Center, we want to take the anxiety and boredom out of your next summer trip by offering these fun games you and your kids can play as you head down the road.

The first option is the always-popular license plate game. This one is especially effective because it tends to last the entire trip. All you have to do is try and find license plates from as many different states as possible. 

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