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Prepare Your Spare for the Upcoming Driving Season

If you've ever had to change a flat tire, it can be a frustrating experience. With manual hardware and a tiny compact spare tire, you've even had to adjust your driving until you got to the dealership. You might want to consider purchasing a full-sized spare for the upcoming season from Savage Kia.

A "donut" is solely for temporary use and severely restricted speeds. A full-sized spare has to be rotated with the other tires and takes up a little more room; however, you'll have greater freedom and much longer to get to the dealership for a…
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Exploring Different Vehicle Warranties


If you buy a new or certified pre-owned vehicle, you will likely have the option of either a bumper-to-bumper warranty or a powertrain warranty. While the powertrain option typically lasts longer than the bumper-to-bumper warranty, you will find out below that it does not cover as many components of the vehicle.

The bumper-to-bumper warranty is the most expansive coverage option and is almost as broad as its name implies. However, keep in mind that it does not apply to parts that are expected to regularly wear out over time. 

 

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Why Choose Used from Us?

You can significantly benefit when you choose a used vehicle from Savage Kia. Let's explore the power of selecting from our pre-owned inventory in Reading.

Choosing used from us heightens your buying power. For example, if your budget allows you to buy a compact car from our new inventory, it might let you access a larger model through our pre-owned selection. Automotive depreciation enables this access. New cars lose a large portion of their value soon after purchase due to wear...

 

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Safety First: How to Navigate Roads Shared with Bicycle Riders

You know the rules of the road, but how do bicycle riders fit into the guidelines? Believe it or not, cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities of car drivers. However, you can't control how others navigate Reading streets, so it's best to know some safety tips when you're sharing roadways with those on bicycle.

Increasing safety is easier when you drive the speed limit or little under. Pay attention to those on bicycle as well as those walking, in wheelchairs and on skates, skateboards or any other motorized device. When you encounter a cyclist, allow three…
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How to Avoid Hydroplaning Before Hitting the Road

When your car tires have trouble scattering rain fast enough, you can lose control easily while driving. Here are some things to consider even before you travel on those wet roads.

Take a look at the tire treads for any uneven signs of wear. Make sure you have your vehicle scheduled for regular tire rotations.

Make a conscious effort to start traveling with more distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you so that you will have plenty of space to come to a safe stop if needed.

Never use your cruise control on wet roads. The system will…
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Testing a Vehicle Battery

You won't get far without a working battery; in fact, you won't even move an inch if your battery doesn't have enough juice. In order to assess the condition of your battery, you'll need to use a tool called a voltmeter. At Savage Kia, we recommend using a digital one to make results easy to read.

Before you do anything, turn off the ignition and make sure all vehicle lights are off. Connect the positive test lead to the battery's positive terminal, and then connect the negative test lead to the battery's negative terminal…
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When to Stop Jumping the Vehicle

If the vehicle is not starting, jumping the vehicle is a viable solution. However, it should not be looked at as the only solution. Vehicles are going to fail to start for many different reasons. Therefore, it is important to know when to stop jumping the vehicle in order to get it to start.

In order to jump a vehicle, you are going to need jumper cables. Make sure they are attached and then the vehicle that is being jumped needs to try and start the vehicle. Meanwhile, the vehicle that is doing the jumping needs to be running for…

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Calculating and Maximizing the Amount of Fuel For Your Road Trip

While it does cost a lot of fuel and money to go on a road trip, one thing that is certain is that there are a lot of other factors that can influence the amount of fuel you are using. Taking care of these factors can actually help you spend less.

One of the factors to the amount of fuel you are using is how inflated your tires are. If your tires are under-inflated, then your vehicle is going to be working extra hard to get to the needed speed. As a result, you will be losing fuel...

 

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Attention To Detail During Your Test Drive

Take the time to look underneath any car that you want to test drive. Look for any leaks, especially if the car has been sitting in one place for a few days. Savage Kia can also put the car on a lift to look for leaks that you might not be able to detect on your own. You might notice water dripping in the summer when the air is running, but that should be the only type of fluid you see under the car.

Take note of the instrument panel while you're test driving a vehicle in Reading. Pay…

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Why Do I Need a Vehicle History Report?

When you purchase a used car, we want you to make an informed decision, which can only be made if you have information on the car in question. At Savage Kia, we can provide you with information, but having a vehicle history report is also extremely helpful and can prevent you from spending thousands of dollars on a “lemon” car.

Almost any information you could want on a car can be found on a vehicle history report:
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• All previous owners
• Accident and title history
• Any liens on the vehicle
• Model and make
• Vehicle information number
• Value of car
• Mileage
• Standard…
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