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Buying vs Leasing a Car - What to Consider When Making the Big Decision

If you're trying to decide between buying vs. leasing a car, there are a lot of factors to consider. Let's look at the pros and cons of each option to help you simplify the decision-making process.

Key Benefits of Leasing a Car You'll only make payments on the difference between the original price and the residual value, or what the car's worth at the end of the lease period. You get more bang for your buck. With lower monthly payments, you may be able to afford to drive a more expensive car. The average lease period is three years, which coincides with the manufacturer's warranty on most vehicles. Leases require a lower down payment. You may pay higher monthly payments, but you can usually negotiate a sweet down payment deal on a lease.
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Car Cleaning Tips Every Auto Owner Should Know

Keeping your car's interior clean and fresh is just as important as taking good care of the exterior paint by washing and waxing regularly. Here are some car cleaning tips to help you keep the interior looking like new:

Use a can of compressed air to blast out dust and grime that's accumulated in nooks and crannies. Open the windows first, then aim and shoot debris from the air vents, radio, gear console and seat rails. If you have a cabin air filter, remove it before cleaning, then replace it. Compressed air works equally...
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Tips for Maintaining Your Car's Pristine Paint Job

Over time, pollution, Mother Nature and everyday wear and tear take a toll on a car's finish. By properly maintaining the paint job with the following tips, you can protect the finish so it retains that showroom-new appearance longer.

Wash the car weekly. Never use household cleaners on auto paint. Instead, use a quality car shampoo and a soft microfiber or terry detailing cloth that won't harm the paint. Be sure to dry the surface with a chamois after washing to avoid unsightly mineral spots.

Wax the finish at least twice a...

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Tackle These Fall Car Care Tips to Help Prevent Accidents or Breakdowns

Unpredictable fall weather is a challenge for drivers in many parts of the U.S. For safety's sake, it's vital to have your car prepared if heavy rains, hail, freezing rain or early snowfall make driving hazardous during the autumn. Tackling these essential fall car care tips can help prevent collisions and breakdowns while you're on the road.

Inspect the tires - Make sure all four tires are inflated to the recommended air pressure, and look for signs of uneven wear. While under-inflation can cause an uneven wear pattern, it can also occur if the tires aren't balanced or the wheels are out of alignment. It's critical to...
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Common Issues With Car Paint, What Causes Them and How to Prevent Them

Auto paint issues are frustrating, because it's often difficult to pinpoint their cause after the fact. Learning about some common car paint issues and how to prevent them can help you safeguard your car's finish and keep it looking great.

Delamination

Areas where the clear coat is peeling, or delaminating, can start out small but spread quickly. This issue can occur when incompatible paint products are used during a repair, or from exposure to the sun and elements. The best way to prevent delamination is to always park your car in a garage or shaded area.

Peeling

Auto paint is protected by a layer of clear coat, so it takes considerable wear or damage for it to peel. Most often, it's caused by a...

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