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There’s no such thing as “one size fits all” when it comes to a family car. One family might need the capacity to haul its boat or trailer, while another might need enough passenger space to carry a basketball team. This group of 2014 models all contain family friendly features. One of them might work for yours.
This quintessential family vehicle is a great fit for the school car pool, family camping expedition, or team trip. Its three rows of seating holds eight, even with five car seats installed. Or, configure the Odyssey to hold almost 150 cubic feet of cargo for long family trips or college moves. Options such as a rear-seat entertainment system and in-car vacuüm reduce passenger boredom and keep the Odyssey clean. continue reading…
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Cars are a huge investment, and, unfortunately, we often think that the only thing a car needs to keep it running is a working engine and gas. There are many other maintenance factors that can and will keep a car running better for a longer period of time. From brake fluid to motor oil, here are five liquids that will help your car live a full life.
Motor Oil: Keeps Everything Together
The next time you see your oil light blinking, don’t ignore it. Motor oil is one of the most important fluids needed to keep up a car with an internal combustion engine. Essentially, it lubricates, cools, and keeps your parts intact, only needing replacement every 3,500 miles.
If you prefer to change the oil on your own, try Pennzoil or Castrol, at around $40 for a pack of 6. Check the oil after the car cools down using an oil dipstick, which will show the current oil level. Make sure the oil color is clear and golden, not black, brown, or milky. continue reading…
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The city of West Palm Beach has breathtaking waterfront views, sunny, palm-lined streets, novel boutiques and shops, and historic, picturesque neighborhoods. This beautiful beach town offers visitors oodles of things to see and do.
McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary
If your visit to West Palm Beach is a short one, you have to prioritize what you’ll see and do. Make sure McCarthy Wildlife Sanctuary is on your list, since it offers an experience you can’t get at other zoos or habitats.
It has more than 170 animals that you can see up close from just three feet away. There are rare species, including the white tiger and black mane lions, even a liger (which will almost surely make you start quoting “Napoleon Dynamite”). You’ll see tarantulas and an albino python, black panthers; scarlet macaws, kinkajous and lemurs. You can touch snakes and parrots if you are so inclined. You do need to make reservations in advance, the tour takes about 90 minutes, and it’s something that is definitely camera-worthy. continue reading…
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West Palm Beach, Florida’s bounty of natural beauty captivates residents and visitors alike. The diverse plant and animal life, coupled with excellent weather, make it nearly impossible to stay cooped up indoors.
There are several ways that you can choose to explore West Palm Beach’s natural beauty. Each one offers a unique perspective and scrapbook-worthy memories.
What tropical vacation is complete without some underwater fun? You can stop at West Palm Beach’s Scuba Club, Inc. and rent or buy scuba equipment before heading out with expert guides to explore the Atlantic Gulfstream, where you can let gorgeous reefs teeming with life excite your imagination. Or, you can take in the sight of fascinating shipwrecks. continue reading…
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Have you ever driven down the road and wondered why there aren’t many pink, purple, or orange cars? Most people lean towards shades of white, black, and silver. This is partially because it’s what car manufacturers offer, but there’s more to it than that. Look at why most people choose the standard colors for their cars.
White Is for Service Vehicles
According to the 2012 DuPont Automotive Color Popularity Report, white is the most popular car color overall. You see it on all makes and models of cars, but it is most common on service vehicles. This is because white is an easy background color for decals and banner advertisements. People also recognize that government vehicles and police cars are also typically white. continue reading…
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When most travelers think of heading to West Palm Beach, FL, they dream of whiling away the hours on the sand and splashing about in the clear blue water. Believe it or not, there’s much more to West Palm Beach than the beach.
1. Learn about Florida History at Peanut Island
The jury’s out on whether President John F. Kennedy ever intended to use the 1960s bomb shelter created for him underneath Peanut Island, but its murky history doesn’t deter tourists from exploring the bunker in droves. They’re in no hurry to leave the island at the mouth of Lake Worth Inlet either. This 79-acre isle boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the West Palm Beach area. Camp sites built during a $13 million upgrade in 2005 are perfect for visitors who can’t bear to leave. continue reading…
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It’s that time of year again, when the snow melts and the freezing temperatures turn into sunny springtime. While the world around you is going through many changes, so is your car. Gear up your vehicle for the long, sunny drives ahead by checking a few simple things.
Checking your fluids is a vital step in maintaining your car. You’ll want to check your coolant to make sure that your engine doesn’t overheat in the warm seasons. You’ll want to check your antifreeze reservoir, too. Measure your oil, power steering fluid, and brake fluids. By ensuring that all of your fluids are clean and full, your car will be ready to handle the warming temperatures. continue reading…
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You’ve finally found the perfect used car. It’s selling for thousands less than the others, has low mileage and the photos looks good. However, there is a catch, and you notice the car has a salvage title. What does this mean? Likely, it means that the car was in an accident or stolen, and the insurance company declared the vehicle a total loss due to the fact that the repairs would’ve cost more than what the car was worth. Even if the seller assures you that the damage was only cosmetic and not structural, there are a few caveats to consider when purchasing a salvage title car.
Insurance and Financing
It’s a tough hurdle to find an auto insurance company that will fully insure a salvage title car. Not many will write a collision and comprehensive coverage policy for a salvage title car. The reason insurers are hesitant to write a policy is because it’s tough to put a value on these cars. Without an insurance policy on the car, it’s highly unlikely that a lender will provide financing. In this respect, it’s a double whammy. The only way to get around it is to pay cash for the vehicle. continue reading…
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Depending where you live, your car may get dirtier than cars from cities or suburbs. You make think you’re a seasoned professional at car washing, however, you can damage the paint if you don’t wash your car properly. So, look at these tips to help you do it right.
Pick the Right Time of Day
The best time to wash your car is in the morning right as the sun comes up. This is because the metal of your car is coolest to the touch at this time. Waiting until the afternoon causes your car to be hot, which makes the water and soap dry much more quickly. This can dull your paint and make it take a lot longer to wash your car. In addition, it’s harder work washing your car in the sun. continue reading…
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According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a fender bender between a car and an SUV (which results in mismatched bumpers) can cost between $2,995 and $9,867. Though medically speaking, fender benders don’t cause much injury, they can still be very expensive, which means when you get into a fender bender, you’ll want to take the appropriate steps to ensure that the party responsible takes responsibility. Here is a list of tips for what to do if you get into a fender bender.
Pull Over to a Safe Location
Right when the accident happens, keep cool and pull over to a safe location. If you’re on a freeway or highway, pull over to the right side where the shoulder is wider and safer. If you’re on a bridge that has no shoulder, continue forward to the end of the bridge and then pull over, assuming that both vehicles are drivable. Don’t forget to turn on your hazard lights after pulling to the side of the road. continue reading…