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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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Best Winter Road Trips with Kids Near Etna Green, IN

If your 2019 goals include more fun-filled, family adventures with the kids, we have some excellent wintertime road trips to consider. We love our families, and we know how busy life can get during the work week. But sometimes, short weekend road trips are a great way to spend quality time with the family. Here are a few suggestions: Drive to Koteewi Run Seasonal Slopes in Noblesville, IN, go sledding, and make snow angels. Drive to Fort Wayne and hit the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo or visit the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society. Drive to Summit Lake in Henry County where you can go ice fishing. Take a weekend trip anywhere in the region to visit longtime friends. Go camping in the great outdoors at Shakamak State Park in Jasonville, IN. Go “glamping” and skiing at Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, IN. Hit your favorite sports arenas in Indiana and root for your teams. We hope you found this list of road trips useful. Before you head out, we encourage yo ... read more

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Light displays near and around Etna Green, IN

 Light displays near and around Etna Green, IN

Indiana boasts friendly locals, Midwestern charm, and lots of festive holiday activities. The Hoosier State always offers something to do. Check out some of the best places to see Christmas lights while you’re in Indiana. 1. Charlestown "The Christmas City" is the loving nickname of Charlestown and it indeed is one of Indiana's jolliest cities. The main street turns into a magical Christmas Village during the holidays. The annual festivities include an incredible light show and activities that include mini-golf, ice skating, and other activities for the whole family to enjoy. Take a ride on the Charlestown Express holiday train and enjoy some hot chocolate and apple cider. You can even get a picture with the one and only Santa Claus. If you want to keep the celebration going, go across the street to Greenway Park’s Winter Wonderland light display. 2. Santa Claus How can a town called Santa Clause not be "the place to be" during the Christmas seaso ... read more

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Snow Tires VS Regular Tires

With winter approaching, it’s smart to be mindful if your car has tires that suit the weather conditions that you live it. A general rule of thumb is that’s it’s seriously worth getting winter tires if you reside in a region that drops below 40 degrees in the winter. Mast Service Center wants you to be prepared and safe in a car for the colder season. Below is some information on snow tires VS regular tires that can guide you in making a choice that is right for you. Having winter tires can enhance braking performance in snowy & icy conditions. They work well in an array winter condition – ice, snow, slush, sleet and even on roads that are dry and cold. They have tread designs made for winter conditions because it has a special tread rubber that stays flexible at freezing temperatures for better car control. Also, it reduces the build-up of snow. Many drivers are at ease knowing that they have tires designed to handle the challenging winter weather conditi ... read more

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How to Pack a Trunk Efficiently

How to Pack a Trunk Efficiently

Packing a trunk doesn't need to be a daunting task. Whether it's a minivan, a sedan, or a vehicle in between, it's possible to put your items in the trunk in an organized, straightforward fashion. Here are some tips to pack in your essential cargo: 1) Get your bags organized Believe it or not, the best way to have an organized trunk is to be sure the items in your bags are arranged. Compression bags are helpful to store things inside a suitcase. To get more into your trunk, it makes sense to first get more into your bags. Rolling your clothes not only creates space, but it also keeps your pants, shirts, and dresses wrinkle free. Packing your socks in your shoes and placing your shoes along the edges of your suitcase is a good place to start. 2) Allow everyone to have 1 bag In addition to everyone traveling in the car to have one bag, they should also be the same size. It's good for the children to determine what is essential. This allows for uniformity in the trunk, a ... read more

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Self Driving Cars on the Road Are Closer Than You Think

Self Driving Cars on the Road Are Closer Than You Think

Experts say self-driving cars, aren't that far off. Autonomous cars, also known as driverless cars or self-driving cars, can obey traffic laws, sense the environment, work around obstacles, and reach your desired destination. Welcome to the future! Experts are saying that we're just a few years away from this reality. Many significant car manufacturers already have semi-autonomous technologies in their cars, providing features such as adaptive cruise control, lane assist, and parallel parking capabilities. Google has been testing driverless cars and started allowing people to try out autonomous vehicle vehicles in Phoenix. Tesla’s electric vehicles are already on the autonomous bandwagon with cars with autopilot features. The automobile can automatically steer down the freeway, adjust speed, and change lanes. it can even search for that perfect parking space. Toyota has presented the e-Palette concept car, a driverless automobile that the business sees being used for r ... read more

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The History of the Stoplight

The History of the Stoplight

In 1914, the first electric traffic signal in the world was put on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue and in Cleveland, Ohio. Navigating the roads used to be chaotic with streetcars, bicycles pedestrians and horses all competing for the right of way. Before the first World War, it became clear that there needed to be some type of regulation put in place to keep traffic moving and people (and animals) safe. This system installed on August 5, 1914, in Cleveland was based on a design by James Hoge, who was given a patent for his “Municipal Traffic Control System” in 1918. This system had four pairs of green and red lights mounted on a corner post that acted as stop-go indications. They were queued by a manually operated switch that was located inside the control booth. The design was configured in a way that made signals that conflict impossible. The first four-way and three-color traffic were introduced in 1920 by William Potts, the main police Detroit, Michig ... read more

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