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Five things to know before hitting the road 

 

From RepairPal

Check out these tips before hitting the road on Labor Day weekend:

Changing brake pads more frequently actually saves you money

Sounds counterintuitive, but it’s true—changing brake pads actually does save you money. By leaving brake pads in too long, the brake rotors—much more expensive pieces of equipment—wear down at a much faster rate. This is an expensive repair that you don’t want or have to make—you’ve got a tan to catch!

Rotate tires every 5,000 to 10,000 miles to save your suspension

It’s common to get so wrapped up in our daily lives that we can forget to rotate our tires. However, this causes them to wear out faster, and can damage your suspension, steering, and traction. On your long summer trip, switch up your tires so that you can cruise smoothly to your destination.

Dirty air filters waste your fuel and damage your car

Replacing your air filter regularly is a simple—yet often overlooked—procedure that costs drivers lots in wasted fuel and damaged system components.

Properly inflate tires to improve gas mileage by up to 3 percent

When tires are not properly inflated, it causes fuel efficiency to drop. Plain and simple: more money wasted on gas means less money for your summer BBQ snack list.

Individual mechanics are often far cheaper than dealerships but how do you know who is reliable?

RepairPal [repairpal.com] was created to solve the costly problem of untrustworthy repair shops, and independently certifies auto repair shops nationwide for superior training, quality tools, fair pricing and a minimum 12-month/12,000-mile warranty.

Using RepairPal’s cost estimator, mobile website and certified network before your trip eliminates the need to shop around to find a quality auto mechanic near you. They provide fair prices, excellent warranties, and trusted customer reviews.

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