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Tips for traveling with your 4-legged friends

2048 × 1538At SVG, we LOVE our dogs. They go everywhere with us! Steve 960 × 954VanGorder, the owner of the SVG Auto Group, often brings his dog Phoenyx in to work with him. SVG’s Director of Marketing, Lynn Mitchell, has a mini Schnauzer, Schatzi, who’s her road trip sidekick. While we love having our dogs with us (and they love going “bye-bye’), they do present some challenges when traveling. In this blog entry, we present some common "dog-in-your-car" issues and how to address them.  
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Gas station etiquette

Unless you’re the owner of an electric vehicle, visiting gas stations regularly is a part of our normal lives. Now, we’re all adults here, but if you’re a new driver, you may not know that there are some “unspoken rules” of etiquette to follow while fueling up. We list them here for your consideration. Think we missed one? Leave us a comment on Facebook and let us know what you think should be added.


1.)  Mind your parking/stopping. Please be aware of…

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Gas saving tips

On July 1st, Ohio implemented a $.10 per gallon tax increase on gasoline. This tax increase is intended to be used to help cover the funding shortage for Ohio road maintenance and repair. If you drive 13,500 miles annually in a vehicle that averages 25 miles per gallon, you’ll pay $57 more per year for gasoline (or $1.10 per week).  To help offset the increased cost, we offer the following strategies to help get better mileage and save money.

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A quick check of your steering wheel can prevent problems

Steering wheels are often overlooked, taken for granted, and rarely present problems for the average vehicle owner. However, your steering wheel can clue you in to a potential suspension problem, which if caught early enough can save you hundreds of dollars in repair costs. Read on to learn how to check your steering wheel.

 

 

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Synthetic motor oil – what is it and why would you want it?

Chances are, you know that you have two major choices for engine oil in your vehicle – conventional and synthetic. We’ve heard a lot of people balk when they realize that synthetic oil costs more than conventional. Before you decide to save a few bucks and use conventional oil, we’d like to show you how synthetic oil could actually save you money.
 

 

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You've been doing this car maintenance task wrong for years

There's something you've been doing wrong for years. Don't worry though, you're not damaging anything. Wonder what it is? You're holding the bottle wrong when adding engine oil!

According to the designers of the bottle, there's a right way and a wrong way to hold the bottle when you pour. Most people hold the bottle with the spout at the bottom, closest to the engine. Designers say this is incorrect, because holding the bottle in this way allows air to enter which disrupts the flow of oil and causes it to spill, gurgle, and…
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What your wiper blades are telling you

Wiper blades are so under-appreciated. We have a bad habit of taking them for granted. We ignore them, don’t give them any love, and then when we need them, they’re there for us regardless of our neglect. If we start paying some attention to our wiper blades, not only will they be able to tell us what’s going on, they’ll last longer.

When you wash your car, wash your wipers, too. Take a damp, soapy sponge and wipe the blades lengthwise. Rinse well with clean water. Keeping your windshield free of bug guts, bird poo and…

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Learning about your vehicle’s electrical system

While most people have a general knowledge of how vehicles work, it’s never a bad idea to refresh your knowledge or take a minute to learn something new. Today’s vehicles are becoming increasing complex due to the amount of electronic equipment that is used to make your vehicle perform at maximum efficiency. Let’s take a look at the major parts of your vehicle’s electrical system. Keep in mind that typically, if one of these units is failing or has failed, your vehicle will not operate properly. Electrical problems can be difficult for DIY’ers to diagnose…
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Summer road trip tips

The kids are finally out of school and it’s time for the family vacation. For many Americans, traveling by air to your vacation destination is too costly. As a result, lots of families will take a long road trip to reach their vacation destination. Road trips can be an incredible bonding experience; time spent in close proximity to your loved ones can give you time to have deep, meaningful talks, share your hopes and…

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