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Helpful Tips for Choosing a Car Seat for Your Child

Buying the right car seat, and installing it correctly, are two of the most important steps in protecting your child as a passenger. Here are some suggestions for purchasing and installing the right car seat.

First, choose a seat that is appropriate for your child's age and size. Manufacturer's of car seats have their recommendations on the packaging, so you can check. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration makes the following recommendations: From birth to 12 months, use a rear-facing seat. 

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Understanding Auto Finance Terms

If you are shopping around for a new or pre-owned vehicle, part of the process involves getting the right auto finance terms. One strategy that you need to employ is doing a bit of shopping around to find a deal when it comes to financing your car purchase.

Definitely check out what lenders you've worked with in the past might have to offer in the way of automobile financing. There are times when lenders will give better terms to a person with whom they have done business in the past. 

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Learn About Your Vehicle's Brake Fluid

Hydraulic fluid, or brake fluid, is a substance that works to keep your vehicle's braking system running properly. It is found in the brake lines and helps the vehicle come to a stop. If your vehicle doesn't have enough brake fluid, you may have problems stopping the vehicle when you apply pressure to the brake pedal. To learn more about brake fluid, read our content below.

There are two kinds of brake fluid that are made with a silicone base or a glycol base. Which one is best for your car depends on if it comes equipped with…

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The Importance of Knowing Payload and Towing Figures

The towing capacity of your truck is how much weight it can pull behind it. If it has a towing capacity of 10,000 pounds, it could haul a car, boat or other item up to that weight limit. This is true whether that object is connected directly to the bed or to a hitch.

It is important that you don't confuse this with its payload capacity. The payload is the amount of weight that it can hold inside the vehicle. Usually, the amount of weight it can carry is less than the amount it can haul. If the…

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The Unique Features of Summer Tires

It's surprising to some to hear that summer tires actually perform better in wet conditions than all-weather tires. At Helena Honda, we can explain the different designs of tires and help you choose a set that fits your driving needs.

Summer tires are often called performance tires because of the sticky additives in the rubber that increase their grip. They are made of a stiffer rubber than all-weather tires and have shallower tread grooves. 

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How to Use a Clay Bar to Detail Your Car

You can have a much cleaner and shinier car if you start using a clay bar to detail your car. The process is not that much difficult, and there are only a few ingredients to this process.

To clay your vehicle, you will need a clay bar and some clay lube to get started. Divide the bar into three or four pieces. Make each clay piece about the size of your four fingers, besides the thumb. Apply clay lube to small parts of your car. 

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Important Tips for Reducing Distracted Driving

The instances of distracted driving accidents appear to be rising each year. Reduce the chance of you becoming a part of the statistics by taking some of these precautions, as suggested by the Helena Honda sales team.

Stop using the rear-view mirror in the car to finish up your grooming needs as you run late in the morning. Get up earlier and finish at home - don't use the car as your bathroom. Leave the hair combing, applying of makeup, and using lip gloss, for when you are safe inside your house and not driving your car. 

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What Information Can You Get From a Vehicle History Report?

A vehicle history report can be obtained for any vehicle that comes with a VIN number. The information that you can obtain from this report is important, especially if you are contemplating buying a new-to-you vehicle. You can find out all kinds of things from the vehicle history report, including:

  • Whether the vehicle was deemed to be a lemon at any point
  • Past maintenance performed on the vehicle
  • The accident history of the vehicle, and the extent of the damage 
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Are You Considering a Hatchback? Here's Why You Should

Have you ever considered a hatchback? If you've been thinking about buying a car, you should consider one. And at Helena Honda, we want you to make a decision that will work for you that's based on a knowledgeable opinion. That's why we've put together a list of some of the most common reasons to buy a hatchback.

First of all, many people actually think that a hatchback is sleeker than a sedan. Indeed, hatchbacks have come a long way since the 70s and 80s, and they look better than ever before. Also, hatchbacks offer so…

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Tips for Your Next Test Drive

Test driving many vehicle that match your needs will give you a good idea of performance. Here are a few tips when comparing test drives. For starters, have a basic idea about the type of vehicle you are looking for. When you find one you are interested in, get in and see if it is comfortable. Start the motor and listen to the idle. Is it loud or smooth? Work the blinker, wiper blades, and windows before heading out.

When you are ready to hit the road, be sure to drive it up to speed on a freeway. Does it…

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