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Are you Unintentionally Hurting your Vehicle?

Your vehicle is an investment, and it is important to protect that investment in order to save yourself money over time. Many of us don’t realize it, but there are some habits that some drivers practice every day that are actually hurting their vehicles unintentionally. Here are some things that may be damaging your vehicle that can be avoided:  Don’t forget to use your vehicle parking brake. When you put your car in park, you engage the parking pawl, which is a small metal pin that disengages the transmission’s output. The job of the parking brake is to immobilize the wheels, easing the weight that is put on this small metal pin.  Make sure your tire pressure is always correct. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) in your vehicle will let you know when your tires are low on air, however it is always a good idea to check them yourself because the TPMS could be faulty. Low tire pressure actually lowers your fuel efficiency and can put you at risk for ... read more

How to Keep Your Car Interior Clean

Keeping your vehicle spotless is hard to do, especially when you drive every day and you often have passengers in your car. Getting into your car every day and finding it to be clean and tidy can put you in a better mood and prevent feeling stressed from having to drive a dirty vehicle.  Having a clean car has other benefits too, such as increasing your car's overall value when the time comes to sell. So if you drive your car daily, have kids, or have multiple passengers every day, here are some helpful tips that will keep your vehicle's interior clean throughout the years:  Always remove trash from your vehicle If you bring drinks inside your car, make sure they have a cap or lid to prevent spilling Try to avoid eating inside your car Keep pre-moistened wipes in your vehicle to easily wipe down surfaces Clean out your cup holders every week Vacuum your seats every now and again Use floor mats and clean them often Keeping your car interior clean will not only ... read more

5 Money Saving Vehicle Maintenance Tips

We know that being a vehicle owner is a huge investment that not only includes up front costs and more than likely monthly payments, but also money put towards services and maintenance that your vehicle needs. Unfortunately, the majority of vehicle owners don't stay on top of recommended services, which causes major system to have issues. These problems end up costing more money on repairs which could of been prevented with good car care.  Many people don't realize this, but vehicle maintenance is actually the best way to save money on car costs over time. Here are our 5 money saving vehicle maintenance tips that will keep your vehicle running well and help keep money in your pocket:  Pay attention to your tires - be sure that the tires always have the correct air pressure and that they are rotated regularly to ensure even wear and help you avoid flats and blowouts on the road.  Keep your car battery clean -  a quick visit to the auto repair shop can have ... read more

Strange Car Noises to Pay Attention To

You drive your vehicle often, which means you are accustomed to the way that your vehicle drives. A strange noise can come unexpectedly, and if you notice a noise that sticks around, it may be in your best interest to have your vehicle inspected here at Monticello Auto Service as soon as possible.  A strange noise could indicate that your vehicle needs a repair. Be sure to make note of where and when you hear the noise and what it sounds like. This will help our experts better understand the source of the noise and what the problem may be.  Strange car noises to pay attention to include:  Hissing sound coming from underneath the hood Squealing noise or chirping noises coming from tires Clicking noise coming from underneath the hood Scraping or grinding noises while braking Roaring noise coming from the exhaust Rapping or banging noise coming from underneath the hood As soon as you hear one of the noises listed above, stop by Monticello Auto Service for an inspect ... read more

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