Hands Free is Still Distracted Driving

We are going to admit that this blog was going to be about new hands free technology for using your phone while driving. There are many speech to text apps, Bluetooth speakers and hands free carriers that can help someone who wants to use their phone while driving. While conducting our research, we noticed how many facts point to the dangers of using these products, and the facts of distracted driving in general. Rather than promoting these products, we feel it is far more important to present this information to you.

Top 5 Reasons to Rent a Car

When we think about renting a car, we usually think about something that is done for business trips, or when you fly somewhere for a holiday. While these are, of course, great times to rent a car, it’s not the only time that renting a car should be a consideration. Rental cars are a great idea for so many other occasions! Car rental deals make it easy and affordable to rent for any number of reasons, here are our favorite five!

Trading in Your Old Car? Good Tires Can Make a Great First Impression

It’s time to trade in the old ride, so you’re doing everything you can to make your car look good for that trade-in value. You have excavated 4 years’ worth of drive thru bags out of the back seat, you’ve steam cleaned the seat where your dog has laid for every trip, you’ve washed it, and you’ve even polished and waxed the outside. You might have even bought a bottle of snake oil from the auto parts store in hopes of making that knocking sound go away, if only long enough to get the car traded. So, you pull up to the lot, start talking to the salesman and he wants to see your trade. He steps out and looks at it, you know he knows that you’ve spent time making it look trade-worthy, and the first thing out of his mouth is, “Yeah, those tires are looking pretty rough. Mmhmm. Lots of tire tread wear there.” Arrrgh!

How To Recover That Showroom Shine Before a Trade-In

You have been driving your car for a few years, and it is getting time to trade it in before the mechanical issues start. We have all been there. You do a once over on your old ride and you know you are not going to get anything near what you want because it looks like it has been through a few wars. You know you should have taken it in for regular washings, but it is a little too late for that. Your mind wanders off to those old commercials with the old guy screaming about how he will paint any car for a hundred bucks, but these days that service costs a bit more and it is out of your budget for a car that you are trading in. You could take your trade-in vehicle to a professional car paint restoration company, but that service is also cost-prohibitive. So, what do you do? You can easily restore the finish on your car or truck if you are willing to give up a few hours to give your car a new looking finish, increasing your trade value by hundreds of dollars. You can restore car paint to a showroom shine in just a few hours of your weekend.

Anyone's Guide to Clearing Foggy Headlights

Road conditions and summer’s bright sun are the enemies of your headlight covers. Over time, the finish on your car’s headlamp deteriorates and degrades, leaving the lens cloudy, and your lights dim. Not only is it harder for you to see in the dark, but it also makes you less visible to other drivers and pedestrians. There are several ways to fix this problem. The most expensive, yet possibly most effective way is to trade your car in at the dealer and get a newer car altogether.

Are Your Brakes Screaming Like a Banshee? Get These Tips

If your vehicles brakes are sounding like a screeching Banshee when you apply pressure to the pedal, then your vehicle is likely trying to tell you it's time to give your brakes some much needed attention.

Most cars today utilize a 4-wheel disc brake system but some vehicles on the road still use a combination of the drum brake style on the rear and disc on the front.

10 Tips for a Safe Halloween

It’s almost time to take your ghouls and goblins out for trick or treating! That’s right, it’s time for Halloween! For those of us who grew up in small neighborhoods, we probably didn’t see the amount of traffic that is on the roads today. Nor did we have quite so many safety concerns. In our modern times, however, it’s important to be vigilant when roaming around in the dark with our kiddies. Here are a 10 Du-Man tips for making sure that your night is as safe and fun as possible.

10 Motorist Tips for Safe Halloween Driving

Beware! Ghosts and goblins, Batmen and mermaids will be roaming the streets again at sunset on October 31st! Many of us think about the kids in the neighborhood, but these days there are folks on every street enjoying the Halloween spirit! Halloween should be a happy day, but the American College of Emergency Physicians notes that twice as many kids are hit and killed on Halloween than any other day of the year. Here are 10 safety tips to help you and your loved ones safe this holiday!

New Versus Used: An Automotive Comparison

Consider these factors before you take sides.

Oh my gosh! Ask 20 different people about the pros and cons of buying a new car vs. buying a used car and you'll most likely get 20 different answers split 50/50 on the reasons why they prefer to buy a new car over a used car or a used car over a new car.

When it comes to purchasing a "new to you" vehicle, there are many factors to consider, but in reality it simply comes down to two (with some gray area overlap in the middle); 1. Financial status, and 2. Personal preferences.

How to Improve Your Credit Score in 3 Steps

CREDIT. Everyone wants good credit, but everyone hates credit. According to NerdWallet, “the average U.S. household with debt carries $15,310 in credit card debt and $132,086 in total debt.” Of course, paying your debts on time helps your credit grow stronger, but we know that bad stuff happens, even to the best of us. Bad credit can keep us from buying things that we really need, like cars, and homes. Bad credit can linger in the background of our lives for years as a dark cloud. So what can you do about it? The good news is, it is not too difficult to rebuild credit, fairly quickly.