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What Is Included In Your Cars Regular Maintenance


Car repairs and car maintenance have been known to be one of the most costly things any individual who owns a car might face. The average car repair in many cases can be as high as $1,500, and that is a value that too many can’t prepare themselves for.

The good news? Well there is a way to avoid this situation all together. The best way to do this is to make sure you are following through with your vehicles regular maintenance schedule. What is included in this regular maintenance? It ranges from a simple oil change to a tire rotation.

The most common regular vehicle maintenance is undoubtedly the oil change. Most vehicle and manufacturers recommend that you service your vehicle for an oil change roughly every 3,000 miles. But a lot of newer models with a premium oil can last as long as 10,000 miles. What we recommend is that you just fork over the extra money, and just your oil changed every 3-5,000 miles. Pushing beyond that is just going to add unnecessary wear and tear to your vehicles engine.

Next up, and this sometimes goes hand in hand with your oil change, is replacing your Engine Air Filter. Most mechanics recommend again, every 3,000 miles driven. Some air filters however can last longer, but they should always be checked each time you have your oil changed. A clogged air filter can lead to start up problems, and significant engine damage.

Tire rotation is another very important regular service to consider. Most mechanics recommend your tires every few months, or every 5,000 miles driven. The rotation of your tires lengthens the life of your tires and ultimately the overall performance. For those that live in wintery conditions, it is recommended to always rotate your all-seasonal tires each fall leading into the winter, then again right after winter.

These are just a few of the most common regular vehicle maintenances that as a car owner you must follow if you wish to avoid the long-term pricier repairs.

Source: Arrigo Sawgrass

How to Maintain That ‘Fresh’ Car Smell


As soon as you buy a new vehicle there are a couple of things that happen. One being the value of that vehicle depreciates, but we all knew that. But the one thing that many of us might not notice, is that new car smell slowly starts to disappear. There is no avoiding it, that brand new car smell will not last, but what you can do is keep your vehicle smelling fresh.

How you ask? Well car fresheners are the obvious way of keeping your car smelling fresh, and we wanted to let you know about a few great options when you are looking to buy a car freshener that will last.

Let us start with the most popular, and what many of us think about when we first imagine a car freshener. The Little Tree Air Freshener by Car Freshener Corp. It has been the global leader in this field, and rightfully so. It includes extracted aromatic oils from Canadian pine forests. It is a great choice if you use it in moderation—and no it doesn’t make for a good last minute cologne guys.

Next there is Febreeze, which has become possibly most well known fragrance, odor remover product in North America. Their Freshener Refills do an incredible job of not just eliminating odors, but adding a subtle fragrance to your vehicle. There are a number of varieties that you can choose from, and its mostly a personal preference in terms of which scent you choose.

Lastly, we have the ‘premium’ choice, which is the Chemical Guys Air Freshener and Odor Eliminator. This is probably the most expensive of the three options, but what this freshener does a great job at, is eliminating odors—but best of all it has been known to return some of that nostalgic scent of that new car smell.

These are just a few options to choose from, and no matter which one you choose, just make sure you use it in moderation, or else you will find yourself always driving alone.

Source: Arrigo Palm Beach

Off Roading 101 For the New Off Roader


Even those who like to think of themselves as seasoned off road veterans will run into a situation where either their Jeep will stall, or they roll it over, or even find themselves stuck in the mud. But for those of you who are completely new to this expensive and thrilling hobby, we wanted to present you with what we feel are just a few of the basic things to remember when hitting the trail.

Tip Number One.

First and most important tip is to use your head. Don’t take on a terrain that you are uncomfortable with trying to tackle. Don’t push your vehicle to its limits, and most of all don’t assume you can make the climb, or the dash across the mud. Take a minute, step out of your vehicle even, talk to others and convey the possibilities, and express what you think is the best approach. Use your brain before taking drastic measures.

Tip Number Two.

Use your gears. Each terrain and each slope will be different, and based on that certain moment you need to know which gear is best to help you get over that bump or to help you get through that puddle. If you aren’t comfortable with shifting on the fly, then you may want to rethink off roading.

Tip Number Three.

Know what you might or might not face ahead. Do some research, talk to others who have ridden the trail in times past, and figure out what the situation is before you even take off. But also keep your eyes well ahead of what is just directly in front of you. If you are rock climbing the major thing you might face is that if you don’t survey the terrain, you might find yourself reaching that hill top only to realize the other side of the hill is even steeper and more dangerous.

These are just a few of the tips we could provide you on how to properly off road, and should be applied not just by newbie off-roading riders—but even the most veteran riders.

Source: Arrigo Fort Pierce

A Handful of Child Car Safety Tips


With the events that have happened and have been told across major media outlets over the past year about child neglect and death in cars, either being left in the heat, or for vehicle accidents that are unavoidable at times. The fact of the matter is that too many parent’s aren’t aware of how they can make their vehicle more safe and secure for everyone in their vehicle—children included.

Here is a handful of helpful tips for parents who have children, and wish to keep them as safe as they can:

  1. Never leave a child in the interior of a vehicle without proper supervision, and that means adult supervision. Your ten year old son shouldn’t be responsible for your 2-3 year old.
  2. Stress to your children that the vehicle isn’t created for them to run rampart. It is not a safe place to play around, and they are required to keep their hands inside the vehicle, keep their safe belt on, and to sit properly in their seats.
  3. Adding onto part one, you should teach older siblings or family members (teenagers or older) how to properly buckle and supervise their siblings, or younger family members.
  4. To avoid a common problem with entanglement with seat belts, it is recommended that you buckle up any seatbelts that aren’t being used, and make sure they are tight. This will stop young children who like to have their hands on everything from grabbing, pulling and playing with loose seatbelts.
  5. If an accident occurs, and you need to remove a child from their seatbelt, it is recommended that you add a pair of scissors to your vehicle first aid and safety kit. So you can properly remove the seatbelt in case of emergencies. Make the location of this tool is known to any other older members.

There you have it, these are just a few of the safety tips you should consider for those of you who are either first time parents, or just haven’t put much thought into the worst case incidents that may occur with your child in the car.

Source: Arrigo Automotive Group

Build Your Own Buick

There are many individuals who would jump at the chance to create and even customize cars for the future. Well, bespoke cars are not a far-off possibility. Buick has just created a website in which you can choose and build a 2014 car model, fully designed by none other than yourself. Buick has long been known to be one of the oldest independent automobile companies that still exist today. Buick does not only offer city cars but also has luxury vehicles under its arsenal. Due to high public demand, the company has provided their loyal customers a way to design their ultimate dream Buick car, which may be a simple one or an expensive one – the choice is all up to you. Start by viewing your nearest Buick dealerships inventory like that of Pitre Buick.

Steps in Creating and Building Your Own Buick

The first step in designing your Buick car is to select the year of your choice, from 1926 up to 2014. Whether you choose 1926, it won’t be a fatal error, for everything is valid. Having to choose from car models from 1988 to 2003 would understandably result in varied design specifications and features. Your next step would be to choose the body style and the exterior design of your choice of car. Design choices are numerous, ranging from the classic to more modern aesthetics. There are also descriptions available that you might want to scan to enable you to choose appropriately. Some of the popular designs are the 2014 Buick Enclave and 2014 Buick Verano, which are part of Buick’s luxury lines.

Right after choosing the design, you can choose the type of engine that you want or any air conditioning models, as cars need to perform well and have superior drivability. You would then be asked to specify your zip code in order to proceed with your transaction. It would then generate a quotation specifying the underlying costs entailed to make your dream car become a reality.

Advantage of Building the New Buick

One of the advantages is that you will have the chance to experience and decide on your own on what you want. It may be quite challenging to most individuals who do not have a car design nor engineering background, but the bespoke appeal and unique qualities of your masterpiece is what makes your efforts rewarding. Buick has since grabbed a lot of attention with this new customer-oriented feature that has given them a remarkable marketing edge. The goal of this new scheme is to directly communicate and interact with the consumers and for them to have the ease of specifying which automotive styles and features they would rather have for themselves. In appealing to their client’s freedom of choice, Buick has found a way to keep themselves relevant in the fast-changing lifestyle and aesthetic sensibilities of their loyal customers.