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Defining the Timing Belt and Why You Need to Stay on Top of It

It's funny how often you hear about parts on a vehicle - like the timing belt - but might not know what it all means. We've been there, too. Blue Knob Auto Sales doesn't want you to be uninformed because owners should know their vehicles inside and out. Let's define the timing belt.

Timing belts are exactly what they sound like, they are belts. Their function is to make sure the vehicle's crankshaft and camshaft are working together. The engine's valves and pistons depend on this synchronicity to keep your vehicle running.  

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Tips for Keeping Your Vehicle Pet Hair-Free

Blue Knob Auto Sales loves vehicles and all the things you can do with them, including giving your dog a joy ride. The only problem is dealing with the hair dogs shed as you drive around town. The following are a few tips to keep your upholstery clean.

  • Use the static electricity from a blown up ballon to pick up hair.
  • Spray a thin layer of water all over your vehicle, and use a rubber glove to pick up hair. 
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Choosing a Car for Your Teen May be More Involved than You Think

When it comes time to choose your teen's first car, your first inclination may be to find the least expensive vehicle that runs reliably and call it a day. However, to choose a vehicle that will genuinely benefit your teen, a little more consideration is involved. Here is what you should be looking for as you track down the perfect car for your teen driver.

You'll want to start by considering vehicles that are heavy and big. While they may cost more at the pump, these larger vehicles tend to perform better in accidents, meaning increased safety for…

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Should You Refinance or Trade In Your Car?

Your financial situation might have changed since you signed on to your car loan or perhaps you're wondering if there's a better option for making your monthly car payment than the one you currently have. You can refinance your loan or trade in your vehicle, with certain benefits for each choice.

Refinancing is your best option if your credit rating has improved to the point that it will allow you to get a better interest rate when you refinance. The lower rate will reduce your monthly car payment, making it an excellent financial decision.  

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Use These Tips to Pick Out Your Next Used Vehicle

If you've been shopping for a used vehicle but haven't found anything yet, you might want to use some of our tried and true tips for buying a used vehicle. Finding your next ride shouldn't be a stressful process. Here's how you can make it simpler:

  • Shop at a dealership that provides you with a vast selection of certified pre-owned vehicles. These are vehicles that have gone through a thorough inspection process to certify their reliability and integrity. 
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Why Cameras are Ideal Car Accessories

At Blue Knob Auto, we want our patrons to be educated consumers. Therefore, we want to take some time to explain why a dash cam could be an quality addition to your vehicle. A camera can be helpful in the event that you are in an accident or witness one take place.

If another driver accuses you of being the person who caused a crash to occur, all you have to do to refute that assertion is provide the camera footage. It may also be possible to use camera footage in court if you are ever accused of speeding or…

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Vehicle History Report Provides Valuable Information

Have you ever wondered about the history of your vehicle? Or, perhaps you're considering purchasing a used car soon. Either way, Blue Knob Auto wanted to inform you that there is a plethora of information available to know specific detail about your vehicle's history. It's called a Vehicle History Report (VHR).

A VHR provides information such as lien status, previous owners, recall notices, prior accidents and even verification of the odometer reading.  

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Reasons Why You Should Buy a Used Car

From time to time, the team at Blue Knob Auto likes to pass along a little helpful information that will get you in the best vehicle for the money. Today we discuss some advantages of getting a used car.

One of the biggest advantages to buying used is that you have the chance to negotiate better terms because of all the wiggle room with the price. The dealer often gets these vehicles as a trade, so they can be more flexible when it comes to the final price. 

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Detailing Tires is More Than Just About Appearances

If you drive around day after day, you are accumulating dirt and grime as well as brake dust in your tires and wheels every time. Small bits of metal and carbon are being shaved off your rotors and brake pads as you use them, creating a caustic powder than can damage tires in the long run.

Take the opportunity to grab a brush and some detergent for tires and wheels and give them a good scrubbing. There are a wide variety of brushes and soaps. Spend some time finding the one that will do the best job for your particular…

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Get Rid of Odors in Your Vehicle Now

There are all sorts of creative ways to get odors out of your vehicle. At Blue Knob Auto Sales, we can help you get rid of pet odors, cigarette smoke, and so much more.

Start by removing everything from the vehicle. This includes trash, anything in the ashtray, as well as the floor mats. Vacuum throughout the interior. Then, focus on cleaning up any spills. It’s always best to get ahead of spills so that the stains don’t set. Use some basic interior cleaning products to get rid of obvious dirt and stains. 

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