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The Rating Systems of IIHS and NHTSA

If you've ever looked for a new vehicle with certain safety standards, you know that there are a couple of organizations that do vehicle safety ratings. If you're looking for a vehicle, it's worthwhile to know the differences between the two main rating organizations. 

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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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Apple CarPlay: A Smart Way to Use Your iPhone

At Wine Automotive, many of our Chesapeake, VA customers with iPhones are interested in models that support Apple CarPlay. This is an advanced technology system that provides iPhone users with hands=free capability and much more.

CarPlay allows you to use Apple Maps, which can predict your destination based on contacts, calendars, text messages, and emails that are stored in your phone. 

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The Benefits of a Crossover

Many drivers who need plenty of cargo and passenger space are turning to crossovers instead of the traditional SUV options. All of the ruggedness of an SUV is replaced by smoother handling and more responsive steering in a crossover.

One of the immediate benefits that former SUV owners will notice in a crossover is that they are much more fuel efficient. 

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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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