You must have car insurance if you own a vehicle, and in the event of an accident you’ll be glad you have it. Car insurance can get expensive but there are ways you can cut the cost and save money. If you know what affects your insurance rates you can figure out what you can do to save on car insurance. Here are some ways you can save:

  • Enroll in the discounts offered by the insurance company. Each insurance company offers special ways to save money. Talk to your agent to make sure you’re enrolled in everything you can be for possible savings.
  • Be a safe driver. Having a good driving record will help you save on car insurance. Traffic tickets and accidents increase your insurance premiums, so try your best to keep them off of your record.
  • Depending on the car, car insurance can be higher or lower. So if you’re really looking to save money choose a car with a lower insurance rate.
  • Maintain a good credit score. Some insurance companies are now looking at your credit score to determine how much to charge.

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Bad Driving Habits We’re All Guilty Of

We’re all guilty of taking our attention off of the road while driving. You can look at the car next to you and see a driver on their phone or trying to eat. That’s why distracted driving is one of the top causes of motor vehicle accidents. Here are some ways to help keep you focused on the road:

  • Put your phone away. The temptation to use your phone while driving can be too much when you can look at it and hear it. So just put the phone in your glove box and only use it for emergencies.
  • Don’t drive while drowsy. If you feel yourself falling asleep at the wheel find a safe place to pull over and take a nap.
  • Keep your amount of passengers at a minimum. Teens especially can be easily distracted when riding with friends.
  • Wait to eat until you park or arrive at your destination. You may not have time to eat before you leave in the morning but food spills cause a big distraction.

Reno Tahoe Auto Group
3355 Kietzke Ln.
Reno, NV 89502
775-329-0303
www.renotahoeautogroup.com

 

How Often Should I Get an Oil Change?

Are you unsure of how often you should get your oil changed? If you ask around you may have heard a different answer from each person. Older mechanics will tell you that every 3,000 miles is the best time to get an oil change. But, things have changed over the years. New technologies now allow us to go a little longer between oil changes than before.

The best way to determine how often you should change your oil it to take a look at your owner’s manual. Most manufacturers let you know what the best oil change interval is for your vehicle. If you’ve looked at the owner’s manual but you’ve forgotten when you last got your oil changed, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with our service center today.

Lastly, most vehicles today have a check oil light on their dashboard. This is a warning to let you know that you should come in for an oil change sooner rather than later. Getting your oil changed is a quick and relatively inexpensive task that extends the longevity of your vehicle. Don’t wait until it’s too late, get your oil changed today.

Reno Tahoe Auto Group
3355 Kietzke Ln.
Reno, NV 89502
775-329-0303
www.renotahoeautogroup.com

Opportunity Ahead!

The best vehicle for your lifestyle is the one that opens as many opportunities as possible. Vehicle payments shouldn’t be so high that you have to worry about how you are going to make them. Finding the right vehicle at a reasonable price makes sure that you get to keep as much of the money that you worked hard to make.

When you choose an affordable vehicle you are choosing to do everything you wanted to this summer. You are rebelling against outrageous payments to make every month. You are making sure that you can make the most of this summer.

We want you to know that at Reno Tahoe Auto Group, we are here to help you through your car buying journey. We have a comprehensive selection in our vehicle showroom for you to look through. Our team is ready to answer all your questions so that you can be confident that the vehicle you are getting in is the perfect one for you.

Reno Tahoe Auto Group
3355 Kietzke Ln.
Reno, NV 89502
775-329-0303
www.renotahoeautogroup.com

Easy Steps to Better Gas Mileage

With the average price of gas dipping below two dollars per gallon for the first time since 2009, many motorists have been seeing a real savings at the pump. Putting some of that savings toward basic auto care can lead to more miles per gallon and, in turn, more savings, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

The Car Care Council encourages motorists to be car care aware and perform these five simple steps to improve fuel economy and save money.

  1. Check Tire Pressure: Keep tires properly inflated and improve gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent.
  2. Use the Right Motor Oil: Improve gas mileage by 1 to 2 percent by using the grade of motor oil recommended by the manufacturer.
  3. Replace Clogged Air Filters: Replacing clogged air filters on older vehicles can improve fuel economy and will improve performance and acceleration on all vehicles.
  4. Check Engine Performance: Keep your engine running efficiently and improve gas mileage by an average of 4 percent.
  5. Fix It: Addressing a serious maintenance problem, like a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve mileage by as much as 40 percent, according to www.fueleconomy.gov.

“Proactive vehicle maintenance is a motorist’s best money saving tip,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Routine auto care not only helps save on fuel costs, but it helps identify small issues so they can be serviced before they become bigger and more costly to repair.”

To help motorists increase fuel economy and take better care of their vehicles, the Car Care Council offers valuable tools on its website, including a free personalized schedule and email reminder service.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers.

Reno Tahoe Auto Group
3355 Kietzke Ln.
Reno, NV 89502
775-329-0303
http://www.renotahoeautogroup.com

Five Steps Towards Better Battery Behavior

Here’s hot news about your car battery that may seem surprising: It’s not so much the cold that gets it down as it is high heat. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, thus damaging the internal structure of the battery. That’s why it’s a good idea to check your battery as the seasons change from hotter to cooler or if you’ve been driving in a hot part of the country.

Battery Batterers

Another reason for shortened battery life is overcharging. That is, a malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, can allow too high a charging rate, leading to slow death for a battery, explained Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

In addition, colder temperatures can increase the thickness of the engine oil, making the engine harder to turn over, causing the battery to have to work more. These factors lead to harder starting.

What You Can Do

To get the most life out of a battery, the Car Care Council suggests the following simple steps:
• Be sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate; overcharging can damage a battery as quickly as undercharging.
• If your battery is the type that needs to be topped off, check it regularly. Add distilled water when necessary.
• Always replace a battery with one that’s rated at least as high as the one originally specified.
• Have the battery checked if you notice headlights and interior lights dim, accessories that fail to operate, or the “check engine” or battery light illuminated.
• Keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt becomes a conductor, which drains battery power. Further, as corrosion accumulates on battery terminals, it becomes an insulator, inhibiting current flow.

Six Ways You Could be Killing Your Car

Owning a car can be a dream or a nightmare depending on how well you take care of your vehicle, says the non-profit Car Care Council. The following are six things that many motorists do that can harm their car and their wallet.

Ignoring the check engine light. Ignoring an illuminated check engine light can result in serious engine trouble and costly repairs. At the very least, this warning light could alert you to an engine problem that is negatively impacting fuel economy.


Failing to change fluids and filters.Many fluids are required for the operation and protection of vehicle systems and components. Checking fluid levels regularly, along with the filters, helps ensure that your vehicle runs dependably and extends vehicle life.


Neglecting your tires. Your vehicle’s tires should be checked frequently for inflation and tread depth. Underinflated tires can wear out more quickly, needing to be replaced sooner, and can negatively impact safety, gas mileage and performance.

Not following a service schedule. Because many car parts and components wear out or become damaged over time, vehicles need to be routinely serviced in order to perform optimally. Routine inspections and timely repairs will help keep your car running efficiently and will help you avoid more expensive repairs down the road.

Keeping a dirty car. Allowing your car to go too long without a wash leads to buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt, increases the potential for rust from road salt and interferes with proper visibility needed for safe driving. 

Being a severe driver. Whether it’s stop-and-go traffic, extreme weather, rough roads or heavy loads, it can sometimes be difficult to limit severe driving conditions. However, you can drive smart and improve fuel economy by observing the speed limit; avoiding aggressive driving, including quick starts and stops; not hauling unnecessary items; and keeping your vehicle properly tuned.

“Because auto care isn’t always a top priority for car owners, they might not realize they are doing things that adversely affect the performance, safety and value of their car,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Routine maintenance can go a long way toward saving money, avoiding headaches and protecting your vehicle investment.”

Reno Tahoe Auto Group
3355 Kietzke Ln.
Reno, NV 89502
775-329-0303
http://www.renotahoeautogroup.com