Archive for the ‘Tips and Tricks’ Category

Should I drive my car if it keeps overheating?

Monday, February 10th, 2020
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Instructions for Managing an Overheating Vehicle

If you’re driving down the road and notice that your vehicle’s thermostat is maxed out, what should you do? For starters, you should immediately pull over, turn on your hazard lights and turn off your vehicle. Then you should let it cool down for at least 10 minutes and open the vehicle’s hood to provide airflow. Once it’s cooled down, you should turn the ignition to the first position—not yet starting the engine—to see what the temperature gauge reads. If the engine temperature has not dropped, consider calling a tow truck rather than driving with an overheating engine, as it can result in severe damage to your vehicle. Let’s go through instructions for managing an overheating vehicle below!

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How to Change Your Vehicle’s Headlights

Monday, January 20th, 2020
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Change Your Headlights in 5 Easy Steps

There are few things as dangerous as driving at night with one or two burnt-out headlights. Without working headlights, drivers have decreased visibility and are at a higher risk of getting in a car accident. Aside from safety purposes, driving with headlights at night is a legal matter, because it is against the law to drive without them. To maximize safety, you should know how to change your vehicle’s headlights.   

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Texas-Based Podcasts for the Commute to Work

Friday, January 10th, 2020
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Crime, History and Sports Podcasts from Texas

In the past few years, podcasts have become all the rage. People listen to them while they get ready for their day, during their commute, while they’re at work, when they exercise, make dinner and even as they’re falling asleep. No matter what your level of dedication is, we’ve got a list of some of the highest-rated podcasts in the state of Texas.  

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Video: How to Change Your Vehicle’s Engine Oil

Friday, December 20th, 2019
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Step by Step Instructions on How to Change Engine Oil

An oil change is a service your car requires every 3,000 miles or three months to continue running smoothly. Oil changes are essential to the well-being of any vehicle, because engine oil lubricates and cools the moving components of the engine, but over time the oil breaks down and does not perform as effectively as it should. Changing engine oil and adding fresh and clean oil can help increase fuel economy and prolong the life of your vehicle. To learn how to change your own engine oil, watch the video below!

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Where Can I Get a Used Car in Northeastern Texas?

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
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Buy a Used Car at Auto Smart in Longview, Texarkana and Tyler, TX

Finding a used car can be a stressful affair because it’s a big investment and you want to find the highest quality vehicle for your budget. There are a lot of decisions that play into choosing a used vehicle, these include picking a style, make, model and year; however, it can be even more difficult to find the vehicle you’ve decided on with a reasonable number of miles under its belt. You can easily combat the stress of buying a used vehicle in northeastern Texas by heading to any of the three Auto Smart locations in Longview, Texarkana, and Tyler.

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Are there things I should do when working with a buy here pay here dealership?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019
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The dos and don’ts of working with a buy here pay here car dealership

Buy here pay here car dealerships are a great option for someone that has bad credit or no credit. These dealerships offer financing options right to the customer so that the person can purchase a used vehicle. These dealerships really want to help individuals get into a used vehicle and get back on the right track. Keep reading as we explore the dos and don’ts of working with a buy here pay here car dealership. (more…)

Test driving a used vehicle 101

Thursday, September 5th, 2019
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What to look for when test driving a used vehicle

Buying a car can be a stressful experience. What make and model, new or used, SUV, crossover, or sedan, are all questions that you have to think about. You decided that you want to purchase a used vehicle. That is an awesome first step! Next, you will want to think about the make and model vehicle you want and eventually, you will want to take it for a test drive. Below we have put together a short guide of what to look for when test driving a used vehicle. Hopefully, you will find this beneficial! (more…)

Combustion engines and electric cars

Friday, August 2nd, 2019
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Do electric cars have combustion engines?

In today’s world, it is becoming more and more important to various people that society invests in electric cars that produce less CO2 emissions. Although you might want that new SUV or Crossover, the big push right now is electric cars. But, do electric cars have combustion engines like other vehicles? The short answer is no. Keep reading below to learn more about the difference between a combustion engine and the engine in an electric car.   (more…)

Can I still receive financing on a vehicle if I have bad credit?

Thursday, August 1st, 2019
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Which car dealers in Longview, Texas finance bad credit?

In today’s society, it is extremely difficult to not have a vehicle. A person living in a small city can barely get to the other side of town, much less someone trying to navigate a metropolis. That is why many car dealerships offer to finance through the dealership instead of having to go through the bank. This way, anyone is able to purchase a new or used car. But which car dealers in Longview, Texas finance bad credit? Keep reading to learn more! (more…)

Where can I buy a car with no credit check?

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

How to Buy a Car with No Credit Check

Having bad credit is a tough situation to be in. You still need a car like everyone else, but securing the financing necessary to get it can seem impossible. Where can you go to buy a car with no credit check? (more…)

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