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Friday, November 27, 2015

The Black Friday Countdown is on...

Black Friday Countdown

Four days only... November 27th - 30th

Over 5000 new and used vehicles
Pre-negotiated pricing - Special WSECU financing
Members and non-members welcome
I-5 to Highway 101, Cooper Point Rd Exit
Don't miss this incredible sales event at the Olympia Auto Mall
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Black Friday Countdown is on... (3 Days to Go!!!)

Black friday countdown

November 27th - 30th  Just Four Days !!

Explore more than 5000 new and utlized vehicles
Member and non-members are welcome
Pre-arranged valuing - Special WSECU financing
I-5 to Highway 101, Cooper Point Rd Exit
Try not to miss this extraordinary deals occasion at the Olympia Auto Mall 
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Monday, November 23, 2015

The Black Friday Countdown is on... (4 more Days to Go!!!)

Black Friday Countdown

Four days just... November 27th - 30th 

More than 5000 new and used vehicles
Pre-arranged estimating - Special WSECU financing
Members and non-members are welcome
I-5 to Highway 101, Cooper Point Rd Exit
Make an effort not to miss this unbelievable arrangements event at the ‪Olympia‬ ‪AutoMall‬ 
More Cars....Less Money !!! 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Black Friday Countdown is on..( 8 more Days to Go !!!)

Black Friday Countdown

Four days just... November 27th - 30th 

More than 5000 new and utilized vehicles
Pre-negotiated pricing - Special WSECU financing
Members and non-members welcome
I-5 to Highway 101, Cooper Point Rd Exit
Try not to miss this unimaginable deals occasion at the Olympia Auto Mall 
More Cars....Less Money!!!

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Black Friday Countdown is on... (10 more Days to Go!!!)

Black Friday Countdown

Four days only... November 27th - 30th
Over 5000 new and used vehicles
Pre-negotiated pricing - Special WSECU financing
Members and non-members welcome
I-5 to Highway 101, Cooper Point Rd Exit
Don't miss this incredible sales event at the Olympia Auto Mall

More Cars....Less Money!!!

Friday, October 30, 2015

The 2016 Toyota Sienna – Best New Car for Growing Families

2016 Toyota Sienna
I like the idea of a minivan for work and for driving my kids because I'm what many folks call a "sports mom." I was impressed with advanced information about the 2016 Toyota and its top safety rating. My husband and I shopped the 2016 Sienna at the Olympia Auto Mall, a great place to look for all makes and models of vehicles.

I chose the 2016 Toyota Sienna based on reviews and Car and Driver naming the Sienna “Best New Car for Growing Families”.

We made the decision to check out the Sienna along with other models. We liked the room in the 2016 Sienna along with the all-wheel drive, six-speed automatic transmission and V-6 3.5-liter engine with 266 horsepower. Toyota also offers the Sienna in a Hybrid version.

The exterior features LED headlamps and four entries including the sliding passenger door. The tailgate opens two ways with automatic controls.

The interior of 2016 is outstanding with telescoping and tilt steering wheel, an easy to see dashboard, three zone climate control, height adjustable seats, rearview camera and the Bluetooth connections. I want the complete Entune infotainment and navigation system with the new 6.1 inch touchscreen. We can also have our own WiFi hotspot.

I also wanted the extra the safety package with the lane departure, blind-spot and rear cross traffic warning systems and parking assist. A sunroof is nice but the heated seats are mandatory for Northwest winters. The keyless entry and start are nice features. Best of all, I can carry six passengers in comfort or I can put the back seat down for Lacrosse equipment, camping and fishing gear or golf clubs.

Shopping for a great minivan, visit the Olympia Auto Mall and see the all-new 2016 Toyota Sienna today.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Outlandishly Stylish and Very Functional – The New 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

With a full model redesign still visible in the rearview mirror, you've got to hand it Mitsubishi for taking the bull by the horns and making major changes to the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander. Even though they are largely cosmetic updates to the exterior, it's clear that Mitsubishi wants to keep your attention on this stylish and functional vehicle. If you are looking for a crossover SUV or CUV as the Outlander is tagged, this is one of the 2016 new cars in Olympia that is worth checking out.

From the new redesigned model that arrived in 2014, Mitsubishi has updated this year's Outlander with over 100 exciting new improvements, from grille work up front to a new continuously variable transmission inside. Acceleration and efficiency are improved with the 4-cylinder delivering 31 mpg on the highway.

The Outlander remains one of the only crossovers on the market to offer standard third-row seating, which is a nice luxury. Mitsubishi brings back both the 2.4L four-cylinder engine that those looking for improved gas mileage will prefer, while a 3.0L V6 option grants the 2016 Outlander a 2,000-lb. increase in towing capacity, to a total of 3,500 lbs.

Across the board, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander also received platform improvements to its handling and ride. Add in the Mitsubishi "Fuse" infotainment system, bringing Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity standard to all trim levels, and it is hard to argue that the Outlander isn't one of the most feature-packed entries in the segment.

If you've been on the lookout for a new vehicle, check out the Outlander. It is the most affordable Crossover Utility Vehicle with 3 rows of seats and plenty of pickup.

Cruise by the Auto Mall today to get a closer look at the new 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

More Driving Fun – Get Yourself a New 2016 Volkswagen Jetta

2016 Volkswagen Jetta

Driving fun – Fahrvergnügen, for you old-timers who remember – has never been better than with the all-new 2016 Volkswagen Jetta. The 1.8 liter engine pumps out a respectable 175 horsepower and “souped up” the suspension keeps it on the road. It really is all that can be desired in a car that costs under $25,000. Here are a few more of the particulars:

•  The Upgraded Engine – The base engine for this remarkable sedan is a new, fuel-efficient 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Gasoline powered, the engine combines direct fuel injection and uses lightweight aluminum construction. The result? It produces 150 horsepower with 184 pound-feet of torque and comes with either a six-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission.

•  The Enhanced Interior – The new 2016 Jetta features the VW Car-Net® App-Connect technology and MIB II infotainment system with wireless USB connectivity and smartphone integration. Premium cloth upholstery, electric seats and automatic climate control complete the package giving the driver and passengers complete control over the cabin environment.

•  The Bells and Whistles – One of the most distinctive features of the 2016 Jetta is its adaptive front-lighting System that includes U-shaped Xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights In addition, the Park Pilot system is available for those who do a lot of parallel parking in urban environments.

For further information on the all-new 2016 Volkswagen Jetta, visit the Olympia Auto Mall.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Fun and Functionality – Check out the New Mazda CX-5

2016 Mazda CX-5

Elegantly styled, tremendously functional and exceptionally fuel efficient, the new Mazda CX-5 – an SUV crossover vehicle recently introduced by the Japanese automaker – makes an excellent choice for any new car buyer in the Olympia, WA area. Here are the most notable reasons why:

Superior Performance – While a slightly smaller – but still quite nimble – 155-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is available, driving aficionados will want to choose the 184-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder with standard front-wheel drive or the optional all-wheel drive – each comes equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission. All with 24/30 mpg.

New Styling – While the 2016 Mazda CX-5 is not a complete remakes of the 2015 model, it does benefit from a revised suspension, added sound insulation for a quieter cabin, an updated digital information interface as well as minor exterior styling tweaks.

Advanced Safety Features – These features include the newest generation of LED headlights – no more of those glaring xenon ones – plus technological innovations like lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and rear cross-traffic alert. In addition, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity is now standard in every model.

Functional by Design – With 64.8 cubic feet of cargo space and the ability to haul 1065 lbs of weight, this sporty SUV crossover can still function as a great family car. There is plenty of room for the kids as well as groceries and the occasional large purchase from the appliance or hardware store.

For more information on the new Mazda CX-5, visit the Olympia Auto Mall (360) 705-1636.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Curved and Sporty – the new 2016 Nissan Murano

2016 Nissan Murano

Ever since bursting on the scene in 2003, the Nissan Murano has been popular with consumers looking for a vehicle in the crossover SUV segment. By combining style, plenty of passenger room and a good mix of efficiency and power, there's no secret why. When the Murano arrives along with the other 2016 new cars in Olympia, chances are it will remain a popular choice.

As other manufacturer's entries in the segment have caught up with the Murano, Nissan has once again taken to making bold strokes when redesigning the exterior. Futuristic lines, curved and sporty, define the outside of the new Murano. There's the floating roof, plenty of chrome accents and winged headlights that give Nissan's crossover a newly distinguished look.

Inside, Nissan's zero-gravity seats make their debut. The Murano even doubles down, placing them not only up front, but in the second row as well. These seats make even long drives comfortable. An increase in size over last year gives passengers a bit more elbow room as well.

Under the hood, a 3.5L V6 continues to power the Murano. It's got plenty of power, putting out 260 horsepower. EPA-estimated fuel economy checks in at 24 mpg combined, which is pretty average for the class.

The usual sportiness of the Murano has been softened a bit when it comes to handling. Nissan softened the suspension giving the new 2016 Murano a smoother, more luxurious ride.

Just like 2003, the Nissan Murano has again seized the lead in the crossover segment. If you are in the market for a new vehicle in the Olympia area, cruise by the Olympia Auto Mall today and take the new 2016 Nissan Murano for a test drive.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

2016 Jeep Wrangler – Your Off Road Experience Just Got Better!

Jeep owners are a separate breed. We don't wait for a nice sunny day to go exploring new territory. Rain, sleet, or snow does not keep us from our destination. The 2016 Jeep Wrangler is up to the challenge.

2016 Jeep Wrangler
The exterior features a bit more of a classy appearance with the emphasis on reducing vibration and noise during off- road driving. The windshield is fixed rather than fold-down to assist in the effort. However, the classic Jeep toughness is still intact.

2016 Jeep Wrangler
Interior design also has more of a luxurious appearance than in previous years. The controls are placed within easy reach. The last thing I want to worry about during trail driving is reaching for knobs and buttons located distantly on the dashboard. Jeep has minimized this concern with the upgraded interior. Included is a military grade navigation system and top notch entertainment system for an even more enjoyable trip.

Plenty of power is provided by the 285 horsepower 3.6 liter V6 engine. If you are like me, the 6 speed manual transmission gives you a greater feeling of control, but a 6 speed automatic is also available. Four-wheel drive is standard as you would expect.

This Jeep strives to make the road trip just as pleasurable as the off-road experience. If you are new to Jeep, you will want to test drive this capable SUV before making any buying decision. Current Jeep owners may want to consider upgrading in 2016 after taking a good look at the Wrangler.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

2016 Kia Forte Sedan – Just $16K? No Way!

2016 Kia Forte Sedan
Sure, you probably already know that the Kia’s Forte Sedan is a great compact sedan that is known for its reliability and reputation for being a good value at a low price. However, the new 2016 Forte standard model may have you saying “whoa…are you sure this car in under $16,000” when you take it for a test spin.
With new standard features on both the LX and EX models, the Forte offers both sleek European styling and some of the latest technology available on the road. 

All models come standard with:
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Bluetooth
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows
  • Heated outside mirrors
You have the option of upgrading to Kia’s Popular Plus Package that will give you additional features, including 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and rear camera display.
The EX model takes its standard features even further, including:
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Rear camera display
  • Front fog lights
  • LED positioning lights
For added luxury, check out what Kia’s optional Premium Package has to offer, including:
  • Leather trim
  • Heated front seats
  • Power sunroof
  • Push button start
  • Navigation with HF radio
For those who seek the ultimate in luxury, but at a reasonable price, the Premium Plus Package offers even more features that will make your commute or road trips a luxurious treat.

The 2016 Kia Forte Sedan is available with two choices of engines. The fuel-efficient 1.8-L MPI with 148 HP offers the option of manual or automatic six-speed transmission. The EX model comes standard with a powerful 2.0-liter engine that boasts 173 HP.

If you are shopping for a car that offers luxury at a price that cannot be beat, one of your best bets is to check out the 2016 KiaForte Sedan at the Olympia Auto Mall.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Honda has the right Fit for 2016

Olympia Auto Mall - 2016 Honda Fit
The new generation Honda Fit does not have any drastic changes from previous years, but that's fine with most fans of this popular hatchback.

Exterior features

Taking a look around the vehicle, the most obvious difference is the front end design. A redesigned grille with the Honda emblem in the center is very noticeable. Slight differences in the front bumper and roof spoiler are also evident. Headlights are constructed with new LED technology and the Fit will sport 16 inch alloy wheels. There are several new choices for exterior colors. The keyword here is "slight." All the changes are just geared to streamline the appearance without changing the basic look of the vehicle which is already one of the most popular in its class. The power train options include a 1.5 liter engine and a hybrid version which produces a respectable 150 horsepower.

Interior features

Olympia Auto Mall - 2016 Honda Fit
The inside of the 2016 model also uses minor modifications to upgrade the general appearance and improve comfort. New detailing and soft plastics are immediately noticeable in the cabin. The seats are high quality and electronics are up to date. A 7-inch touch screen display, Bluetooth and USB capability, climate control, and navigation system to provide you technology, comfort, and entertainment – the perfect Fit for every drive.

Honda has taken a great idea and made improvements to bring the Fit close to perfection. If you are in the market for a vehicle in this class, be sure to explore the various options available with the Honda Fitfor 2016 at the Olympia Auto Mall.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

2016 Lincoln MKC – a Truly Impressive Crossover

Olympia Auto Mall - 2016 Lincoln MKC
I have to admit that the latest trends coming from automakers have me very impressed.  My initial thoughts were that there was not enough room on the auto retail market for the new age crossover category to squeeze in somewhere between the humongous sport utility vehicle class and the economy sized compacts and midsize sedans.  However, I have somehow seen the light, especially with the roll out of the new 2016 Lincoln MKC.

2016 Lincoln MKC
What is truly impressive about this compact crossover is its steady delivery on both luxury and convenience along with comfort.  The vehicle has an impressively strong turbo engine to go along with its lavish and stylish design.  It has excellent handling on the road and its comfort and quality levels definitely reveal that it is well worthy of bearing the Lincoln name that has long been synonymous with luxury and tastefulness.

In a Class by Itself
With all of its well-appointed luxury, quality features, and superb comfort, the MKC is a pleasure to drive. Take a test drive and I’m sure you will agree that the 2016 Lincoln MKC is in a class all by itself.  The EcoBoost version delivers a powerful punch!
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Mazda 6 boasts upgrades inside and out for 2016

Olympia Auto Mall - 2016 Mazda 6
Mazda is staying ahead of the game by introducing new features to the highly successful "6" model. The updated exterior differences are subtle but very effective at streamlining the appearance. A look into the cabin shows the substantial additions to an already impressive interior.

Exterior / Under the Hood

The front bumper sports intakes that have been altered to produce a high-tech horizontal effect. The tail lights have also been revamped for an updated appearance. Under the hood, the 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine is standard producing 184 horsepower and 185 ft-lb of torque. Capable six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions are available. MPG ratings come in at 25 city and 37 highway.

Interior Features

Inside the cabin, you will notice significant upgrades. A revamped dashboard and center console gives a new look to the interior. The center display for 2016 is placed above the dashboard like the CX-5 display. HVAC controls are now below the slim-design center air vents. The overall appearance is that of a streamlined futuristic cockpit. Color choices for the seating are beige or black applied to cloth or leather upholstery.

Safety features

Mazda will offer a full selection of active and passive safety systems. Blind-spot monitoring, lane-change warning, and automatic braking feature to avoid a forward collision are available for the 2016 model. High-beam control and 4-wheel ABS with brake assist are also options. Standard safety features will include advanced front airbags, front side-impact airbags, side air curtains and Dynamic stability control.

The impressive list of features available for the Mazda 6 makes an already popular vehicle even more appealing to drivers of all ages. Be sure to add this winner to your list of new cars to investigate for 2016. 

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Tech is the Highlight of the 2016 Jetta

Olympia Auto Mall - 2016 Volkswagen Jetta
For fans of Volkswagen's Jetta, 2016 is going to be an exciting year. Many long-rumored features will be arriving on the German automaker's compact car.

While most of the changes to the Jetta line come in the form of new or updated technological innovations, another big one is coming under the hood. The long-serving 2.0L naturally-aspirated engine has been retired from the Jetta line, and instead has been replaced by a 1.4L turbocharged one. Volkswagen estimates that the new engine will improve fuel economy by 15 percent over the outgoing 2.0L engine, while also improving power by 35 hp.

One of the more exciting new features in the 2016 Jetta is the arrival of the MIB II Infotainment system. With lower trim levels, it will come with a 5-inch touchscreen, while higher trims will get the 6.3-inch model. The system brings a higher level of smartphone integration to the Jetta. Models equipped with app-connect will be able to integrate Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. The MIB II will make smartphone pairing easier then ever for Volkswagen owners.

There will also be several driver-assistance innovations coming to the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta. 
  • Adaptive Cruise Control will use radar to maintain a set speed and distance from the vehicle in front of you.
  • Forward Collision Warning/Autonomous Emergency Braking can warn drivers of impending front-end collisions, and engage the brakes to avoid it.
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking System applies brakes in the event of an accident to limit further impact damage.
All told, the new features in the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta should make the vehicle and exciting option for those searching for a new car in the compact segment. Stop by the Olympia Automall today to get a look at all the new Volkswagens, and schedule a test drive today.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The New 2016 Ford F-150 Makes Dreams Come True for Truck Lovers

Olympia Auto Mall - new 2016 Ford F-150
Truck lovers will feel as if their dreams have come true when they encounter the 2016 Ford F-150.  I would usually tend to disagree with such a statement, but this new F-150 leaves little to desire.

With its enhanced Sync 3 infotainment capabilities and more fuel efficient engine, the new F-150 is the epitome of a truck lover’s dream.  It matches all of its standard expectations and more for the performance of a pickup truck to right along with all of the bells and whistles that many truck enthusiasts have come to expect as the norm in lightweight/ light duty pickup trucks.

Sync 3 Infotainment System
2016 saw the MyFord system replaced with the Sync 3 infotainment system.  When Ford uses the word infotainment, the name basically combines the best of both worlds of technology usage: information and entertainment.  The system can allow you to play music or map out a route with the in-dash digital interface and any Blue Tooth enabled mobile device.

EcoBoost = Excellent and Efficient
Truck lovers want more bang for their buck, especially under the hood.  The 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 packs a powerful punch.  At a slight upgrade under $800, the twin turbocharged engine delivers on those dreams.  Although Ford keeps a V-8 in the lineup, the turbo V-6 is well worth the upgrade from the base model V-6.  At 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway, the turbo V-6 is the most fuel efficient engine selection of the truck's various engine choices.

If you’re thinking about new truck, give 2016 Ford F-150 a try.  Test drive one today at the Olympia Auto Mall.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Safety Tips for using Cruise Control

aberdeen auto repair cruise control
Once a luxury option, cruise control has become basic on many makes and models of new vehicles. Service professionals in the Olympia Auto Mall, Aberdeen’s finest auto repair shops, are frequently asked about proper use of cruise control. In addition to reducing driver fatigue by eliminating the need to constantly apply pressure to the accelerator, cruise control makes driving more fuel efficient by maintaining a consistent speed. However, all advantages come with some drawbacks. To ensure driving on cruise control is as safe as it is convenient, here are a few safety tips the professionals in the Olympia Automall service departments recommend:

Cruise Where Appropriate
Cruise control is designed for lengthy trips on dry, open roads and highways. Ideally, you should only use cruise on roads with at least two lanes proceeding in each direction of travel.

Stay Focused
Just because you’re not required to keep the speed setting steady, don’t allow your attention to wander from the task of driving safely. Cruise control doesn’t reduce the critical need to steer, brake and be alert to any emergency that may suddenly arise. 

Keep Your Foot at the Brake
While you may draw your foot away from the accelerator for comfort, always keep your other foot positioned at the brake pedal. If you need to turn off the cruise to decelerate—or make an emergency stop—quick access to the brake pedal both disengages cruise control and applies braking action.  

Turn It Off In Wet Conditions
Don’t use cruise control during rain or other slick road conditions. Hydroplaning is a common occurrence where tires lose contact with a wet road and skim on the layer of water, instead. In a hydroplaning scenario, the cruise control may try to compensate for lost traction by increasing speed and spinning wheels even faster. This may result in total loss of control.

If you are looking for a trusted auto repair shop near Aberdeen Washington, search no more. Visit theservice departments in the Olympia Auto Mall. They will take great care of you and your car!

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Symptoms of Automatic Transmission Problems

chehalis used cars automatic transmission
If you’ve experienced that sinking feeling that comes when your car makes a weird noise or doesn't run quite right, you aren't alone. I recently had to take my car in to get looked at and the thought of a major repair bill was making me sweat. All the classic signs of a transmission gone bad were there:

First and foremost, my car seemed to be hesitating as I accelerated. Sometimes it ran just fine and other times it would suddenly lurch out of first gear. The needle showing my RPMs would keep going up, but I could feel the car working harder and harder. I replaced the transmission fluid, but the problem persisted and I knew I was in trouble.

My friend recommended that I put the car in neutral and see if anything happened. I wasn't sure exactly what I should be looking for, but I was surprised by a series of weird noises. It wasn't what I would call a good sign. 
Thinking back, there were probably warning signs a few weeks before I actually took by car into my local mechanic. I had noticed some fluid leaking out of the bottom of my car. In retrospect, I should have checked the transmission then and perhaps prolonged the life of my transmission.

The verdict was pretty clear and the cost of a new transmission simply wasn't worth the cost. That is when I decided to visit the Olympia Auto Mall, serving Chehalis and surrounding areas. They specialize in new and used cars and reliable, honest service. After careful thought, it was a better investment to put the cost of repairs towards a used car. The representatives at Olympia Automall worked with me to find an option that fit my budget and now I feel a lot safer driving around in a car that smoothly shifts.

For all your new and used car needs in the Chehalis Washington and surrounding areas, visit the Olympia Auto Mall. You won’t be disappointed!

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Green Tips for Taking Care of Your Car

used cars olympia - green car care tips
Purchasing used cars in Olympia can be considered a green act in itself when you think about it. After finding your perfect vehicle after shopping for used cars in Olympia, these green tips can help you take care of your car.

Maintain Your Car & Help the Environment
Following the manufacturer’s service recommendations for maintaining your car will help prolong the life of your vehicle and allow it to run more efficiently.
  • Change your air filter as needed. Proper airflow will help maintain your car’s acceleration and performance. It also improves your car’s emissions.
  • Check spark plugs and replace when needed. Faulty or dirty plugs can cause engine misfiring, which wastes gas.
  • Keep your tires properly inflated. You should check you tire pressure at least once a month. This will help improve your gas mileage and prevent excess wear and tear on your tires.
Keeping your car clean does not mean you need to use harsh cleaners or waste water in the process. There are greener ways to keep used cars in Olympia looking great:
  • Take your car to an environmentally-friendly car wash that uses a water recycling system
  • In between washes, use a 1 part to 4 parts vinegar and water solution to clean your windows
  • Remove unnecessary items from your trunk to reduce clutter, lighten load and improve gas mileage
For more great tips and excellent car care in Olympia, visit the Olympia Auto Mall.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Tips on how to keep vehicles working during hot weather

car dealerships tacoma hot weather tips
Hot weather usually spells heavy additional wear and tear on your vehicle. During seasonal periods with hot weather, people tend to run the air conditioning and travel more so than any other period during the year. Rather than have my summer road trip travel plans placed on hold due to some vehicular malfunction, I try to keep my vehicle in working condition, especially in preparation for the grueling hot weather of the summer.

Hot weather presents all sorts of challenges, but I like to prepare for these types of vehicular challenges by conducting some preventive maintenance. I usually do some of these preventive measures on my own, while I am certain to take a lot of the maintenance work to one of the nearby car dealerships in Tacoma WA for professional certified mechanics to complete and guarantee the work.

Tips for Hot Weather Vehicle Preventive Maintenance
Here are some tips on how to keep your vehicle in tip top shape during hot weather time periods:
  • Check fluid levels prior at the beginning of spring and prior to summer
    • Oil
    • Transmission fluid
    • Coolant
  • Check engine for leaks, drips and other damages requiring proper attention
  • Ensure that all tires have proper air pressure
Tips for Long Distance Driving in Hot Weather
In order to prepare for long distance driving such as summer road trips, here are some of my top suggestions for having one of the local car dealerships in Tacoma WA check and repair your vehicle prior to a road trip:
  • Radiator flush and refill
  • Air conditioning service package
  • Tire inspection and rotation (Replacement if necessary)
  • Oil system and transmission inspection (Refill fluids if necessary)
  • General road test and overall vehicle inspection
This should provide you with confidence for braving another hot summer with your vehicle intact and road ready. For more great summer travel tips and service, visit the great cardealerships at the Olympia Auto Mall, proudly serving Tacoma and surrounding areas.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Tips for Maintaining Your Car Battery

best midsize suv - tips for maintaining your car battery
Basic upkeep is part of owning an automobile. You can have the best midsize SUV on the market today but that doesn’t mean you can ignore regular maintenance. One aspect of maintenance that you can do on your own is maintaining your car battery. If the car battery in your SUV is not a maintenance-free battery then you will need to run through this list on regular basis. Here are some simple steps to keep your battery maintained and your car on the go...  

1.   Keep your battery clean and free of oxidation, corrosion, and grease.
2.   Make sure your battery is secure and is not bumping around under your hood hitting other parts of your engine.
3.   If you don’t have a maintenance-free battery, keep it topped off with water.
·         First park your car in a safe area and turn off the ignition. Make sure you have plenty of room to work in. Raise the hood and locate your battery. At this point you may want to clean the top of the battery itself to prevent dirt and debris from falling into the battery cells when you open it. Next remove the vent caps. 
·         Next check the water level in each of the battery’s cells. For those that are running low on water carefully top them off with distilled water. It is very important that you only use distilled or water that has been purified. Impure water (for example straight from the tap) can damage your battery due to its impurities.
·         Fill the battery to just below the cap hole. Be sure to not overfill. Be sure to clean up any spills that may occur with fresh water and carefully wipe down the top of the battery.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

What Are the Functions of a Car Radiator?

Car Radiator - hybrid suvWhether you're driving a brand new hybrid SUV, a classic muscle car or conservative family sedan, one piece of equipment all will certainly have installed is a radiator. Radiators are appliances designed to transfer heat, whether in your automobile or in your home.
Vehicle radiators perform two important functions:
  • Cooling the engine
  • Providing heat for the passenger cabin

Proper Cooling is Critical

Explosions and friction associated with internal combustion engines cause the engine to heat up significantly. This is needed because an engine must "warm up" and remain at proper operating temperature for best performance. Too much heat, however, will destroy your vehicle's engine, causing metal parts to fuse and the engine to seize.

Channels built into an engine's exterior allow for cooling fluid to run through the unit, transferring heat from the engine to the coolant. The liquid then runs through a hose to the radiator, where heat is dissipated to the surrounding air, facilitated by the radiator's fins, the engine fan, and the radiator's front-positioning within the engine compartment.

Fin-construction allows for maximum surface area and small tubes running through the radiator expose the coolant to the effects of cooler surrounding air. It's then returned to the engine jacket in order to absorb more heat. During this cyclic process, some of the heat is made available to the passenger compartment, where it's used to provide warmth for occupant comfort.

Your car's thermostat is a heat-sensitive valve that regulates when and if coolant is circulated through the system. This regulates engine temperature. A low coolant level in your hybrid SUV or your two-seater sports car can spell disaster if allowed to go too low. Then it's new engine time!  

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

What Causes Car Radiator Overheating

A common problem that many drivers may encounter during the summer is having their car overheat, especially if you are driving an older vehicle. There are a few reasons why your car may overheat; but usually it is because you are low on coolant. However, the solution to your car radiator overheating may not always be as simple as adding additional coolant.
Car Radiator Overheating

Common Cooling System Issues
You will want to rule out reasons why the coolant level is low in the first place. If you add coolant to your vehicle and still experience frequent overheating that requires you to add more, it is very possible you have a leak in your cooling system. A telltale sign is drips or puddles under your car. This leak could be coming from a hose, your radiator, or water pump. Your mechanic can pressure test your system to determine the source of the leak.
Other common cooling systems that could cause overheating, including:
  • The radiator cap needs to be replaced because its gasket has deteriorated
  • Your accessory belt that drives the water pump is slipping
  • The thermostat needs to be replaced
  • Your radiator is clogged and needs to be steam-cleaned
  • The bottom radiator hose collapses under pressure
  • Broken fan belt or fan malfunction

Additional Reasons for Overheating
Problems that are not related to your cooling system could cause your car to overheat. Your engine may be dry because you are low on oil. This could cause major damage to your engine, so be sure to check your oil regularly and have it changed as recommended. Your timing may also need to be adjusted because late timing can also cause overheating.
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New Car Technology Advancements

Today's new cars offer more dynamic and cool features than ever before. Best of all, you can get these awesome new features at an excellent cost. Continue reading to learn some of the newest features of vehicles available to Lakewood area residents through the Olympia Auto Mall.

Multi-Directional Cameras
Multi-Directional Cameras

Cameras are no longer just for backing up. The newest vehicles out there can have cameras that cover almost every angle of the vehicle. These cameras can provide you with a full 360 degrees of coverage that will alert you if another object or person is around the vehicle. These multi-directional cameras make parking much easier and simpler to control.

Internet Compatibility

By using cellular technology, some new vehicles allow you to access the Internet in your vehicle. This technology turns your vehicle into a 3G or even a 4G hotspot by using a small portable router located in a hidden area of the vehicle. This hotspot router allows you and your guest to have a fast, uninterrupted signal no matter where you are. This can come in extremely handy if you are in a remote location or in a tunnel.

Parental Control Devices

Most parents are extremely nervous about turning their young teenage drivers loose on the road. With today's GPS technological advances, this is no longer a big deal. Most new vehicles include GPS tracking and several other parental control devices that allow parents to limit various factors, such as the speed of the vehicle and the volume of the radio. Some vehicles even sound a continuous alarm if the teen driver isn't buckled up. With these additional features, parents can feel a little easier about letting their young driver loose on the highway.

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Manual Transmission Facts

If you are considering buying a manual transmission vehicle from the great car dealers at the Olympia Auto Mall near Centralia WA, there are a few things for you to consider. There are many pros to owning a car with this type of transmission, and the following are some of the most popular benefits.

Stick Shifts Save You Money
Often the car, truck, or SUV you want will cost less if you purchase it with manual transmission instead of automatic. Aside from the initial savings, replacing a manual transmission can cost up to half as much as replacing an automatic transmission. They are also less technically complicated and can cost less to repair. Your vehicle will also be lighter, so you will save money on gas too.

Stick Shifts Prevent Distracted Driving
When you drive a stick, you need both hands and all of your attention. This eliminates the temptation to text, tweet, or check other social media accounts. You’ll also be forced to talk hands-free on your phone, if you chose to talk on the phone at all.

Stick Shifts Are Fun to Drive
Manual Transmission facts

Driving a manual transmission is fun. You are more involved in the driving process, and it is almost as if you can feel every turn and feel the vehicle hugging the road when you drive a stick.
If you are considering buying a new vehicle from the Olympia Auto Mall near Centralia WA, check to see if the model you want comes in a manual transmission. You could save money now and in the future, and you could have a more enjoyable driving experience. 
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