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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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Making a Carpool Group

Trying to figure out how you will balance scheduling demands for the upcoming school year can be daunting. Make it easier with a trusty carpool group that you set up for your kids.

Put a list together of all the parents who you could count on to give your kid a ride. Share contact information between potential members. 

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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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