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Why Should You Buy a Used Car?

Whether you're looking at used vehicles only or you are browsing both the used and new market, there are many benefits that come along with shopping for a used vehicle. Vehicle dealerships are providing vehicle history reports with vehicles so that you know exactly what you're getting. Each vehicle should be inspected before going up for sale to ensure there isn't anything major that needs to be addressed. There is even the certified pre-owned process that you can utilize to get a used vehicle that has many more years of life left in it.

 
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Car Have a Backup Camera? Here's What You Need to Know


Automobiles are getting more and more high-tech, and one of the features that's popular is a backup camera. If you don't already have one, you will likely get one with the next vehicle you buy because they are now mandated in most passenger vehicles. It's important to know what a backup camera is and how it works.

Backup cameras are rear-facing cameras that allow you to see what's behind you when you are backing out of a driveway or parking space. 

 

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Prepare for an Emergency with a Roadside Emergency Kit


There are some essential items that you should pack into your car that will help you prepare for an emergency on the side of the road. These items should include:
  • Winter weather items if you live in a location where the weather turns cold. Pack up some blankets, food, bottles of water and hand warmers.
  • Flashlight with extra batteries in case your emergency occurs in the dark.
  • Windshield wiper fluid that you can pour into your vehicle if you're having trouble seeing in certain driving conditions.
  • Motor oil if your vehicle is running low and you can't make…
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Understanding Payload and Towing Capacity

Is there a difference between payload and towing capacity? Wine Automotive wants you to understand these words and how your truck works, so read on to learn more.

Both are based on your truck's gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), which is the total amount of weight your truck can handle. Payload is how much your truck can carry. Determine the payload by finding out your vehicle's GVWR and subtracting the truck weight from that number. Towing capacity is the weight your truck can pull using something attached to the back of the vehicle....
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RWD or FWD For Handling

While looking for a vehicle, you are probably wondering whether to choose FWD or RWD. One of the factors to look at when it comes to these types of vehicles is the handling. Of course there are other factors that come into play as to how well these vehicles handle in each drive mode.

If you are looking for handling, you are more likely to get great handling from a RWD vehicle. These vehicles tend to have better balance than FWD. The weight of the vehicle is spread more evenly from front to back which is contributing factor to the…

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Save Money on Winter Tires by Using Them Properly

At Wine Automotive, we know that winter tires carry a price tag that makes some Chesapeake drivers uneasy. We urge you to resist driving on them beyond winter. You will actually save money by owning winter and summer tires.

Tire manufacturers developed winter tires to combat slick, cold roads. While winter-tire models inhabit a spectrum, they all feature tailored, ice-gripping treads and deep, slush-dispersing grooves. Additionally, modern winter tires' rubber formulas become stickier as the mercury drops. Those aspects may tame winter conditions, but they are outmatched by 

 

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How to Avoid Motion Sickness

Motion sickness can negatively impact every trip you take, but if you know how to deal with it and prevent it, traveling won't seem so daunting.

Motion sickness happens because your inner ear, eyes, and other motion detectors send messages to your brain that are somewhat conflicting. This can cause debilitating nausea.

Thankfully, there are a number of ways to prevent motion sickness. One of the most common is by taking Dramamine before a boat trip or long car ride. For those who don't care to take drugs, peppermint and ginger are herbal remedies that have been known…
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Using a Vehicle History Report When Used Car Shopping

Buying a used car can be scary because you don’t know its history. At Wine Automotive, we have a vehicle history report (VHR) on every used vehicle, ensuring you know more about the vehicle. This makes it easier to avoid problem vehicles while also enjoying a greater level of peace of mind.

The odometer reading history is particularly useful. Every time the vehicle has been serviced, the odometer reading is logged. This way, you can be sure that the odometer reading on the dashboard is accurate. If there is any sign that it has been rolled over, it will…
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Introducing The Wine Automotive Loaner Fleet!

 

Introducing the Wine Automotive Loaner Car Program!

As an independent used car dealer, drivers likely wouldn't expect Wine Automotive to have a loaner fleet of cars available - yet, we do!  Wine Automotive is proud to announce our new Loaner Car Program! Have you ever been hesitant to get your vehicle serviced because it means you'll be without wheels for the duration of your repairs? Fear not! The Wine Automotive loaner car fleet exists just for such a situation. When drivers bring in their vehicles for maintenance, they can utilize one of our nine Smart Car loaner vehicles!

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Used Car Features Dog Owners Will Love

The people at Wine Automotive love dogs as much as anyone. Therefore, we want to let you know what to look for if you want to travel with your canine companion. Ideally, your vehicle will have a backseat climate control feature that makes it easy for your pet to stay cool in hot weather.

Furthermore, the car should have a seat that is as low to the ground as possible. This makes it easier for your dog to get in and out of the car without putting too much strain on their joints. Sliding doors can also make it easier…

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