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Preparing for Holiday Travel

Preparing for Holiday Travel

With the holidays right around the corner, there is no doubt you’ve already had plans in the works for quite some time. Destinations decided, hotels booked, and modes of transportation lined up. However, the planning and prep never end because there is always the unexpected to be prepared for.  One of the best things you can do to prep for your travels is to make sure your car is maintained and prepared for potentially hazardous weather. Some of the most important maintenance items to check off your list to do before travel include: Installing winter wipers Putting on your winter tires Check your tire pressure regularly Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times Ensure your rear window defroster is working Service your car before long drives Have a winter safety kit Before heading out on your journey, it can help to document your travel routes and itineraries. This is going to help you be prepared for any unforeseen circumstances that may come up and can also ... read more

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Getting Your Car Ready for Winter

  Winter is heading our way and it’s important that we take the time to get our cars ready for the colder months just like we do with our homes and our closets. We definitely want to do what it takes to keep our vehicles prepared for nasty weather so that they are in optimal condition to keep us, our passengers, and others on the roads of Etna Green safe.  There are many ways we can get our vehicle ready and be prepared ahead of the weather changes. Here are some ways you can get your vehicle ready for winter. Tires should always be at the top of the list of priorities when it comes to safety, especially in summer and winter due to the extreme temperatures. Start with checking your tires for excessive wear. If they are really worn down or damaged, they’re not going to help you when the roads are slippery or covered in ice or snow. Never risk going into winter with old worn out tires. Even if you aren’t ready for new tires, consider purchasing a set of wi ... read more

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Fall Car Cleaning Suggestions

Fall Car Cleaning Suggestions

Autumn is approaching, while the trees are changing color and kids are going back to school there is also a need for some fall car care. Although you may be a bit discouraged to clean your car due to rain and snow coming soon, taking care of your care is still important and it will help you get the most enjoyment out of it as possible. There’s nothing like having a clean car! Some of our fall car care tips: Clean off the debris: With autumn comes falling leaves and even more dirt from the mud that splashes up from the roads.  Check your windshield wipers for cracks and other malfunctions: You will want to make sure they can do their job since harsher weather is fast approaching. Check your washer fluids and make sure to have the right solution for this time of year. Regular water with soap will freeze and do you no good. Vacuum your interior: With rain comes mud and when you are getting in and out of your vehicle you are most likely tracking it in. Not to mention the lea ... read more

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Why Are Diesel Trucks So Popular?

Why Are Diesel Trucks So Popular?

There are many reasons that diesel trucks are so popular. In fact, it’s kind of surprising that more people don’t own one. But they will. They are well known for having the necessary torque needed for towing and hauling. Diesels also have better fuel efficiency, a further driving range, and tend to hold their resale value better than gasoline powered vehicles.  Auto manufacturers are now offering more diesel-powered options. Light trucks and vans now offer the same benefits as their larger counterparts. Sales are expected to rise because of the awesome benefits associated with diesel powered vehicles. Currently, 3% of all passenger vehicles are diesel while that number jumps to 13% for pickups. There are more than 6.6 million diesel pickups on US roads today.  According to the Diesel Technology Forum, diesels offer 20% to 35% more towing and torque power and has the capacity to drive more than 150 miles further on a full tank of fuel. That can save diesel pickup ... read more

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Best Road Trip Hacks

Best Road Trip Hacks

  Nothing is more freeing than jumping in your car, putting your foot on the pedal, and rolling down the window to let your hair fly around during a road trip. When you take a road trip you get to experience new scenery, explore cool places, and try new things. Follow this guide to the best road trip hacks for an even better adventure.  Since you will be in the car for a majority of the trip you will want space to stretch your legs, move around, and take a nap in a comfortable position. Invest in a rooftop cargo storage box to save space.  Prepare for road trips by downloading a roadside assistance smartphone app, GasBuddy to find you the cheapest gas, and Waze to help you get to where you are going without traffic.  Pack frozen water bottles in your cooler, not only will they keep your food cold you can also drink them after they are melted. It’s also a good idea to bring your own refillable water bottle, they are more durable and you won’t fill you ... read more

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Why It’s Cheaper To Keep Your Car Versus Buying A New One

 Why It’s Cheaper To Keep Your Car Versus Buying A New One

It’s almost always cheaper to keep an old car running than it is to buy a new one when you consider all the facts. It’s easy to get swept up in the shiny-new-car syndrome, but if you can find a way to breathe life into your old one, you can put the money you’ll save to another great use. Keep in mind, however, that Mast Service Center will never judge you for buying a new car! We get it. The shiny-new-car syndrome is real! Let’s take a look at just how keeping your current vehicle saves you money. We will start with the most obvious: the new car payment. Unless you are seriously upgrading makes and models because you’ve inherited a considerable sum or received an enormous pay raise, the chances are that you will stick to something similar to what you currently own. Even if there’s only a couple of years difference from the old to the new, you can count on a significant increase in car payments. If you have paid off your most recent vehicle, then tha ... read more

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What’s The Best Gas For Your Vehicle?

What’s The Best Gas For Your Vehicle?

You may have wondered if there is a recommended type of gas for your vehicle and if you don’t use that gas, are you harming the car at all? We’re here to clear these questions up for you to ensure you are getting the best gas for your vehicle without breaking your wallet.  Start by taking the time to check your car’s owners manual or inside of the fuel filler door to identify if your dealership listed a specific type of gasoline recommended for your vehicle. Often this is a recommendation in the form of suggesting the use of premium gas.  Many brands like Audi, Toyota, BMW, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Volkswagen, Honda, and Mercedes-Benz have started to recommend Top-Tier gas to their customers so their engines first performance and emissions remain unchanged over time. So what is Top Tier? This premium gas gets its name because it has additives and detergents that prevent residue build up on the valves which can negatively impact your engin ... read more

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Best Playlists For Spring Road Trips

Best Playlists For Spring Road Trips

Winter is over and Spring is finally here! You’re excited the sun is out and you can’t wait to go on a road trip and take in some beautiful views. You’ve taken your car into the shop, packed your favorite snacks, and planned out where you are going. Do you think you’re already? Think again! You’re missing the most important part, the playlist! Your Spring road trip playlist should be upbeat, exciting, and keep your spirits high through the entire drive. The first playlist you should download is a no brainer, it’s called Classic Trip Songs. It’s full of songs about driving including Rascal Flatts “Life is a Highway” and “Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf. This playlist will get you excited about your car and driving down the highway. Another great playlist is called ... read more

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Best Travel Snacks While Driving

Best Travel Snacks While Driving

Gummies! Everyone loves a tasty snack while traveling. Sometimes planning your snacks can be the most exciting thing about an upcoming trip. Hopefully not, but the right munchy can turn around the worst of travel days. If you are the driver on this trip, then take that aspect into consideration when choosing just the right tasty treat to pack! Picture yourself trying to eat a cup of yogurt while driving. Hmmm… not so much.  Something else to consider is distracted-driver laws. A lot of places you can get a ticket for eating while driving. Make sure you know the rest stops along your journey. Or be good at being sneaky, but we didn't suggest that option. There are distracted driving laws in Indiana. Those mostly revolve around cell phone usage, but it does discuss eating and driving as one of the ways you are distracted on the roads.  Eating exacerbates the degree of distraction when combined with other distractions, of which things like being tired or upset. Ther ... read more

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Top Detailing DIY Hacks To Clean Your Auto’s Interior

Top Detailing DIY Hacks To Clean Your Auto’s Interior

  Even if you have no children or a single pet, it’s still so easy for the interior of your vehicle to get, well… you know… kind of gross. And no one likes gross, but also no one likes to fork out a lot of money in order to get it really clean. Guess what? You probably don’t have to if you’re willing to put in a little time and some good old fashioned elbow grease. If you’re a millennial (or newer), you may not be familiar with that phrase, but I know you can Google it!   Make up brushes work great to clean out the vents, but use a new one. And don’t “borrow” one from the female of the house. She won’t be pleased. Pet hair or people hair: either one tends to get left behind and add to the unnecessary debris. Easy peasy fix: spray bottle with just water, lightly spray surface, use a squeegee to wipe the upholstery down. The hair, with the help of the slight moisture, will cling to the squeegee. And wa la! Aft ... read more

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