Category Archives: Automotive News

How Far We've Come (Newer Vehicle Technology)

Automotive design has come a long way since the days of the Model T, especially when it comes to safety technology.  You can thank computers for a lot of the latest innovations.  Here are a few that have been making their mark in recent years. Adaptive cruise control.  This is cruise control with a brain.  Not only will adaptive cruise control keep your vehicle going at a steady speed, it will also slow it down and even stop it if the vehicle ahead of you slows down and stops.  Automatic emergency braking.  We've all been distracted while driving, and you've probably been in a situation where the driver ahead of you has suddenly stopped.  Or maybe your attention wandered for a minute and you looked up to see your vehicle closing in fast on the car ahead of you.  (After all, there are a lot more distractions in your vehicle these days.)  New systems that use cameras, lasers and other types of sensors will warn you to start braking.  If y ... read more

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The Best Test

Would you buy a jacket without even trying it on? Probably not, but it might surprise you that one study shows about half the people buy a vehicle after a short test drive around the block or none at all.  If you're in the market for another vehicle, make sure you check out the most important things so you'll know if that's the right vehicle for you. Check out the gadgets.  Love a good sound system? Then turn it up loud.  Does it have enough bass for you? See how you like its navigation system if it has one.  Try pairing your Bluetooth smartphone with the vehicle.  Test out how to set the cruise control and how steady it keeps the speed. Back up and check out the rearview camera. If you buy this vehicle, you'll have to live with all of these things every time you drive. Test the vehicle on roads you know.  See how it handles bumps and potholes, how it takes that tight curve that you drive every day to and from work.  Driving on familiar roads gives yo ... read more

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Lease or Buy?

Lease? Or buy? These are the options for COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers. It's always a tough question for auto owners, but here is some info that'll help you make an informed decision.If you buy, you'll pay the full cost of the vehicle, maybe an initial down payment, monthly payments on the balance that pays down the loan principal, and the finance charge.COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers who lease finance the portion of the cost of the vehicle that's used up during the term of the lease. You'll pay some money up front: fees, security deposit, first month's payment and maybe a capital reduction. The monthly payments include a depreciation cost and a finance charge. When the lease is up, you return the vehicle to your local COLUMBIA HEIGHTS area dealership. So how do COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers decide?First, how much do you have for a down payment? A lease usually requires a smaller down payment.How much monthly payment can you afford? Aga ... read more

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What to Do in Case of an Accident in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

Screeching tires, crunching metal – it's an accident! If you've ever been in a car accident in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.Let's review what COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers should do in case of an accident:When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS is considered a crime - even if it's not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your Minnesota driver's license or even jail time.Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call COLUMBIA HEIGHTS emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.You should always file a police report. It's tempting ... read more

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Considering an Alternative Fuel Vehicle in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS?

There is a clear and vocal demand in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS and nationally for a reduction in air pollution and our dependence on fossil fuels. This is what is driving the Minnesota market for alternative fuel vehicles. There are a number of these vehicles on COLUMBIA HEIGHTS area roads today, and many more being developed. Yet each of these vehicles has its own advantages and disadvantages. COLUMBIA HEIGHTS auto owners should learn what these advantages and disadvantages are before running out and purchasing one of these alternative fuel vehicles at your nearest COLUMBIA HEIGHTS dealership.COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers should carefully research the vehicle care before buying an alternative fuel vehicle, as it may or may not coincide with the standards for gasoline vehicles. You should look at costs as well; these vehicles may help save our environment here in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, but that might not represent a savings to your wallet. You'll nee ... read more

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Can Car Scent Keep You Safe on Minnesota Roads?

Here's a travel tip that'll I'll bet you didn't know, and it might keep you safer...The average American commuter in Minnesota spends two and a half hours daily in their vehicle.The government says 100,000 auto accidents yearly are caused by drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. (Aggressive driving is the number one traffic safety concern.)So what does this have to do with how your vehicle smells while you're driving around COLUMBIA HEIGHTS?Well, which scent did you think makes drivers more alert? Is it: A. Strawberry B. New Car C. Pine D. Warm Vanilla Breeze It's C. Drivers are more alert and have less fatigue with pine scent in the vehicle, according to AroMetrics.And, drivers were less angry with overall improved driving performance with strawberry and pine scents.And you thought they just smelled nice. Hage Kobany Transmissions & Auto Service701 39th Ave NECOLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota 55421(763)

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Lease verses Buy

Lease? Or buy? It's always a tough question for residents in the St. Paul area. But here are a few ideas that'll make the choice more clear. Either option gives you a choice of how you might finance your car. If you buy, you'll pay the full cost of the car, with maybe an initial down payment, then monthly payments on the balance that pays down the loan principal, and the finance charge. If you lease, you're financing the portion of the cost of the car that's used up during the term of the lease. When the lease is up, you return the car to your local St. Paul area dealership. You'll pay some money upfront; fees, security deposit, first month's payment and maybe a capital reduction. The month payments include a depreciation cost and a finance charge. So how do you decide? First, how big a down payment can you make? A lease would require a smaller down. How much monthly payment can you afford? Again, lease payments will be mu ... read more

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Are There Blind Spots in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS?

All COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers have blind spots – and no, I'm not talking about the fact that you really don't sing like Adele. I mean the areas of the road that you can't see when you're driving around COLUMBIA HEIGHTS.First let's talk about our own blinds spots, and then we can talk about others...To begin, we can greatly reduce blind spots by properly adjusting our mirrors to give the widest coverage possible. Make the adjustments in your vehicle before you start to drive.First, COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers should adjust their rear view mirrors to give the best possible view directly to the rear of their vehicle. COLUMBIA HEIGHTS folks don't need it to get a better view of either side of the car, the kids in the back seat or their dazzling smile. It's pretty obvious, the rear view mirror should reflect the rear.Next, lean your head until it almost touches the driver's side window. Adjust your side mirror so that you can just barely see the side of your car. Now, lean your ... read more

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Protecting Your Vehicle from Theft in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota

Every car in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minnesota, is at risk for theft. So it's up to us to make our cars a less appealing target and more of a challenge – hopefully sending potential thieves to look elsewhere.The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends a layered approach to protecting vehicles: Common sense Visible and audible devices Immobilizing devices Tracking devices Let's review each of these. One is common sense; you would be surprised how many vehicles are stolen in Minnesota where the keys were left in the ignition with the doors unlocked. Always take your keys and lock the doors. In fact, in some places it's against the law to leave a vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition.And don't leave spare keys in the car or hide them outside – because a thief will find them. COLUMBIA HEIGHTS drivers would be wise to park in well-lit areas that have a lot of foot traffic. If possible ... read more

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