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How to Get Car Financing

  Buying a car can be a wonderful experience—and also a major hassle if you haven't done your homework. The team at Mast Service Center wants to the process of getting financing to be comfortable and seamless for you. Check out this useful information on how to get an auto loan.   Your credit score is the most important factor in figuring out the rate that you'll get on an automobile loan. It's pretty simple. The higher your score, the lower your rate will be.   Your credit score is based on information obtained from your credit reports. Excellent credit is usually between 740 to 850 and poor credit ranges from 300-550.   Once you have figured out how much you want to pay for your vehicle, it's time to find a lender. Vehicle loans are generally offered through credit unions, dealerships, banks, and other financial institutions. When applying for an auto loan, be sure to have the following things to show the lender:   Proof of name ... read more

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Best Cars To Have If You Have Young Children

Best Cars To Have If You Have Young Children

It's easier than ever to pick a vehicle made for your family's needs. There’s a lot to consider when searching for the perfect car:   Handling Fuel economy Safety Reliability   To help you narrow down your choices for an automobile that fits your family's needs, Mast Service Center has some suggestions:   Subaru Crosstrek This car's standard all-wheel drive allows you to have a tranquil ride in the most challenging of inclement conditions. It has great plush seats that are easy to clean, visibility, and fast, acceleration. You don't need to take your eyes off the road because the Subaru Crosstrek has voice command. It also boasts convenient safety features like adaptive cruise control and pre-collision braking.   Kia Soul If you like "boxier" shaped vehicles, this could be for you. There are all types of fun things inside the car like a six-speaker audio system and ergonomic controls, a USB port, XM Satellite radio, an ... read more

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Tips For Spring Cleaning Your Car

Tips For Spring Cleaning Your Car

  Make sure your vehicle is looking and running well as we move into the spring. Here are some automobile cleaning tips that will help you feel more comfortable in a clean safe car as the weather gets warmer and the days get longer:   1) The Trunk: Clean out that winter mess from your trunk. This is also the right time to be certain that your spare tire is in optimal condition should you need it down the line. It's also smart to make sure you have a stocked up emergency kit. If you're a clean freak, you might also want to vacuum.   2) Carpeting and Upholstery: Rock salt debris, dirt, and mud can pull a number on your vehicle. Washing down the seats with a damp towel will do the job. Also, consider using a carpet cleaning machine.   3) The Exterior Body: A solid spring car washing can remove the winter grime that often gets stuck under the edges and in cracks. Wash down your vehicle with a mild detergent and soft towel to bring back its sparkle.   ... read more

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Valentines Gifts for Car Lovers

Valentines Gifts for Car Lovers

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon. When it comes to this lovey-dovey holidays, it’s wise to stick with gifts that the recipient loves. If you have an automobile enthusiast in your life, think outside the box, get creative and give them something unique that they’ll be grateful for. Here are some suggestions:   Bluetooth Headset or Adapter This is the ideal present for not only an automobile lover, but also for a person who spends quite a bit of time driving. A Bluetooth speaker allows the driver to be safe and hands-free which is appealing to most drivers. Maintenance Items Individual maintenance items like windshield washer fluid isn’t a glamorous gift. However, if you add more helpful items and wrap it in a nice basket, you’ve created a gift most car enthusiasts would be excited about. You can include rags for drying, car wash formula, and windshield wipers. This is perfect for someone who enjoys detailing their vehicle. Satellite Radio This ... read more

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How Gas Prices Are Determined

How Gas Prices Are Determined

    The price of gas goes up every summer and the profit of oil companies go up just as Americans are getting ready to travel during the warmer months. It’s not coincidental that rising fuel prices coincide with increased travel by Americans. The price of gas is based on supply, demand, inflation, and taxes. The basic rules of supply and demand affect gas prices. Oil comes out of the ground in different forms in different places. Light/sweet crude oil is usually in the highest demand. As oil thickens, it has more impurities and takes longer to refine into gasoline. As the supply of this preferred oil becomes more challenging, the price increases. In contrast, heavy/sour crude is easily available all over the world so the price is less. Obviously, the number of people who are us ... read more

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Christmas Gifts For The Auto Enthusiast

Christmas Gifts For The Auto Enthusiast

Car enthusiasts don’t just have a passion for cars. They have a passion for anything related to cars! If you can’t buy your car enthusiast loved ones an actual automobile, you have the opportunity to gift other things related to the exciting world of driving. Bonus that these presents are much easier to wrap! Here are some gift suggestions for the car-loving folks in your life:   Puma Speed Cats Shoes There’s a reason Puma Speed Cats have been around for quite a while. These comfortable shoes were created to easily and swiftly move from the brakes to the throttle to the clutch. They’re incredibly stylish and have many color combinations to choose from.   High-Performance Booster seats. Perhaps you want a gift for a “high performance” child or a parent who would appreciate it for their child. A regular booster seat just doesn’t look exactly right in a sports Sedan or a high-performance SUV. Recaro designed a booster seat with a ... read more

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Common Problems Cold Weather Brings

Common Problems Cold Weather Brings

    With winter approaching, it’s important to stay mindful of making sure that your vehicle is ready for ice, snow, and other harsh conditions. Cold weather can cause damage to your automobile and snow and ice could lead to accidents. To prevent any problems, the team at Mast Service Center wants to offer some suggestions about which parts of your vehicle should be inspected and maintained before the winter season.   Battery Problems One of the most common issues when driving in the colder weather is a dead battery. Voltage can be pulled from the battery when there are frigid temperatures. Luckily the battery can most likely be recharged. If your battery is three years old or older, it’s recommended to replace it.   Problems with spark plugs During the colder weather, spark plugs might not work as optimally as they would when the weather is warmer. Be sure to have them inspected regularly to avoid any problems on the roads.   Tire Press ... read more

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Fall Auto Maintenance: Getting Your Vehicles Ready For Winter

Fall Auto Maintenance: Getting Your Vehicles Ready For Winter

  2017 has been an exciting weather year, to say the least, and the colder months are expected to be a doozy as well. With winter approaching, it’s wise to prepare your vehicle for the colder temperatures and harsher weather conditions.   Most car drivers are aware that tires play a significant role as the temperatures drop. If you live in a part of the country with frigid temperatures and precipitation, winter tires might be a safe bet. Drivers can feel the difference in acceleration, braking, and handling when they switch from all-season tires to winter or snow tires. Besides tires, there are other parts of a vehicle that should be inspected and maintained as we move into the colder months.   Here are some car care tips to keep you and your passengers safe as the days get shorter.   Get engined checked. Cold weather makes existing problems like stalling and idling worse. Check the heater and defroster. They both need to be in working condition for v ... read more

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Best Cars For College-Bound Students

Best Cars For College-Bound Students

It’s an important decision when college bound students are searching for a vehicle. The price and best miles per gallon are very important to keep in mind. Students also need to be aware of miscellaneous costs involved in owning a car that includes insurance, maintenance, finance charges, parking, tags, taxes and traffic citations. Below are some economical cars to consider with a low sticker price and the best miles per gallon.   1. Nissan Versa   The Nissan Versa could be a smart choice for the financially conscious college student as it has modest amenities and bare bones style. It includes an AM/FM/CD audio system, power windows and door locks, intermittent windshield wiper with washer, and Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control System. It also has a reasonable sticker price and a 3-year/36,000-mile limited vehicle coverage warranty.   2. Hyundai Accent   The Accent has a sticker price of less than $11,000 brand new, a sleek style, a 5-year ... read more

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Road Safety: What Every Pro Truck Driver Wants You to Know

Road Safety: What Every Pro Truck Driver Wants You to Know

One of the most important jobs in the U.S is long-haul trucking. Delivering goods in a timely manner is required and necessary for any business to thrive. However, it could be a dangerous occupation so safety is a must. Here are some driving tips that every professional truck driver should apply. TIP 1 -  Be mindful of changing lanes too much Remaining in the same lane and always using a turn signal when changing to another lane is a way to lessen the chances of fatal accidents. Checking for blind spots is also a must! Tip 2 -  Share the road Sharing the road with respect for other drivers reduces the risk of potential accidents. Trucks don't have the ability to brake as quickly as automobiles. Keeping distance between can reduce potential accidents. Tip 3 -  Weather awareness Being mindful of weather conditions is advised for truck drivers. On inclement winter days, slick roads can cause dangerous situations on the road. Reduce your speed and allow more time ... read more

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