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Build a Winter Survival Kit: Be Prepared!

Preparing for the worst in winter driving is essential for safety, especially when you are driving in icy conditions. We at Bowman Auto Center want our community to prepare for all types of weather, so we've compiled a few tips on how to build a survival kit.

If you know the weather is going to be especially harsh, it is a good idea to keep your survival kit close to you inside the car, instead of in your trunk. Standard items that will keep you warm and healthy include gloves, extra clothes, blankets, hats, food, and water. 

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Understanding the Differences Between Truck Bed Liners

When you need a bed liner for your truck that will protect the metal surfaces, there are several options you can choose from. Drop-in liners are the most popular since they are affordable and make it easy to slide heavy items, like furniture, in and out of the back of your truck.

Drop-in liners are less expensive than spray-in liners, but they are also less durable. Spray-in liners are great for trucks that operate in wet environments or need to move wet equipment between job sites.  

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Everything You Need to Know About Mufflers and Exhaust Systems

An effective muffler and emissions system will not only make your vehicle run more quietly, but it will also be doing a great service to the environment. Malfunctioning exhaust systems can leak harmful emissions into the air, causing a host of problems for you, your car, and the air around you.

Noise that continues to get louder as you accelerate is a sign that you may need a new muffler and should have your vehicle thoroughly examined. Reduced gas mileage is also a sign that your vehicle's exhaust system may not be functioning at optimal levels. 

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What is a Tonneau Cover?

When your pickup truck came off the assembly line, the bed was an uncovered opening exposed to the elements and to any wandering hands that may seek to grab your personal items. While driving a pickup truck without a bed cover, winds swirl through the bed, blowing any light materials and causing drag that affects your fuel mileage. The answer to these issues is the tonneau cover.

There are many forms of tonneau covers. The most effective create a flat surface over your truck bed that secures any personal items you may keep there.  

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Ways to Work on Improving Your Credit Score

Your credit score can determine what kind of financing you can secure for a new vehicle, if any. If your credit score is low, then you face not being able to get a vehicle loan from a lender. We here at Bowman Auto Center try to work with our customers to get them the financing that they need. If your credit score is too low, we have some tips for increasing that number so you can get the vehicle you deserve.

  • Pay off your credit cards as quickly as possible. The more debt that you have, the lower your credit…
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Easy Tips to Pick a Teen Vehicle

Finding a car you teenager will like and one you can afford is tricky, but the most important factor is safety. Here are some things to look for.

High horsepower is a no-no. Don't give them the option to test the car's limits, which they will be tempted to do with a powerful engine. A bigger, heavier car protects better in car crashes, and teens are less likely to wreck a bigger vehicle. Make sure the car has a great safety rating with at least four stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

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The Pros And Cons of Trade-in and Refinance

You may be in a situation where you have payments that you can't make on your car. Maybe your interest rate is way too high. You might be considering trading in your vehicle or refinancing your vehicle. What are the positives and negatives?

If you refinance your vehicle, you might be able to get lower payments and a lower interest rate. If you have an older vehicle, it might not be advantageous, and a lender might not allow your to refinance. If you trade your vehicle, this may lower your payments, and it will allow you to get a…

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Your Vehicle Needs Brake Fluid

Your vehicle cannot stop without brake fluid. The fluid is a non-compressible substance in the brake lines. Brake fluid operates under intense pressure. It moves the complex components in the vehicle’s braking system.

There are several types of brake fluids. Brake fluids can be classified as glycol-based or silicone-based. Glycol-based brake fluids are common in vehicles that have anti-lock brake systems. Silicone-based fluids are used in vehicles that do not have anti-lock brakes.  

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Let the Suspension System Steer You Right

A vehicle's suspension system works to deliver a smooth ride by minimizing bumps in the road and improving overall comfort. Signs of a deteriorating suspension system include the decrease in the ability to remain straight while driving and an increase in vehicle vibration and bouncing.

A worn and tired suspension system can negatively affect the safety and function of a vehicle. A shock and struck replacement or servicing can work to improve the suspension in your vehicle and deliver a smoother ride. 

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Crossover Vehicle Perks You May Want to Consider

The crossover is a very popular vehicle because of several factors. The styling has come a long ways in recent years. The exteriors are now sleek, not boxy, and the interior space is plentiful.

Many crossovers have third-row seating. Third-row seating is versatile. It can be laid flat for cargo or popped up for additional passengers. The seating is easy to configure with only the pull of a tab or push of a button. Crossovers are easier to maneuver than some SUV vehicles because they are constructed off a car platform. SUVs begin with a truck platform. 

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