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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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Important Back to School Carpool Tips to Get Familiar With

These carpool safety tips will help keep you and your passengers safer as the school year gets back into full swing. Once you decide which parents are in the carpool this year, designate one day for one parent. Not only will it be easier for the parents to remember which day they are behind the wheel, the kids are going to associate a certain parent with a certain day of the week too. This ensures they get into the right car in a timely manner from school. 

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Why You Should Dispel Motor Oil Myths

There are a number of things you need to take into consideration when it comes to your vehicle's routine maintenance and repairs. You need to make sure fluid levels are topped off periodically, including the oil, transmission fluid, and windshield washer fluid. Your brakes should be inspected, and you need air filters and oil filters changed out. These maintenance items contribute to how efficient your vehicle is overall.

When it comes to your motor oil, you may have been given advice at some point that doesn't work for your specific vehicle. 

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How to Decide if All-Weather Floor Mats vs. Carpet are Right for You?

Our team here at Bowman Auto Center wants to help you decide between all-weather floor mats or carpeting inside your vehicle. Drivers who live in a region of the country where snow and rain are simply part of the seasonal conditions will appreciate having all-weather mats installed over the stock flooring in the vehicle. These all-weather floor mats can be cleaned in seconds by simply running the hose over them and allowing the mats to dry. These mats are also useful for the driver who is constantly spilling things inside their vehicle. 

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