Vehicle Components that Need Replacement Often

Keeping your vehicle in top condition requires regular replacement of a handful of essential components. Make sure to keep up with recommended preventative maintenance schedules as recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer. If you bring your car or truck in for an oil change every 5,000 miles, you will be able to get these items replaced at the same time. Oil and Oil Filter The oil needs to be replaced more often than anything else in … Read More

Safety Tips for Driving in Bad Weather Conditions

North Carolina roads are treacherous places to drive when the snow starts to fall, as we have just seen recently. Snow plow equipment is limited, since it is not needed often enough to justify having many plow trucks on hand. Minor roads and rural areas tend to stay covered in snow and ice until the thaw comes. In addition to that, the climate in this region is conducive to icy road conditions, which is considerably … Read More

Will Self-Driving Cars Soon be a Reality?

As you may have heard, technology for self-driving autonomous vehicles has been under aggressive development for a number of years. But just how close is this technology to mainstream adoption? While the answer to this question has yet to be determined for certain, it seems that increasingly sophisticated levels of automation will work their way into commercially available vehicles. Completely driverless cars appear to be further down the road. Types of Car Automation The National … Read More

Be Careful This New Year’s Eve

If you are planning to drive anywhere this New Year’s Eve, it is important to be aware of the dangers of drunk drivers on the road. Law enforcement agencies across the country have consistently found that impaired driving is much more rampant on New Year’s Eve than most other days of the year. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that an average of 118 traffic fatalities occur on January 1 each year, 54 of … Read More

How to Avoid Buying a Flooded Vehicle

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the market for cars has been “flooded” with vehicles that were submerged during the storm. Owners of flood-damaged cars have resorted to a number of deceptive tactics in an effort to quickly offload their problems. Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself. Talk to an expert that you trust In general, we recommend purchasing a vehicle from a reputable dealership. Auto dealers must adhere to high … Read More

Is “Gap Insurance” Really Worth the Money?

If you are planning or considering the purchase of a new vehicle this holiday season, you will soon hear about gap insurance. When you buy a new or late-model used vehicle, gap insurance covers the “gap” between the wholesale book value of a car and the amount that you will owe on the loan (assuming you finance the vehicle). Most collision insurance policies cover the wholesale book value of a car, which is significantly less … Read More

Fleet Customer Spotlight: For Garden’s Sake

For Garden’s Sake is a custom landscape design company with a beautiful 20-acre Garden Center, situated on the Durham/Chatham county line. Their Garden Center showcases their talent for creating beautiful natural landscapes, complete with alpacas, goats, ducks, fish and a plentiful variety of annuals and perennials indigenous to North Carolina. Families often visit For Garden’s Sake. Guests are welcome to feed the animals and enjoy a picnic lunch. The property also features three picturesque ponds. … Read More

Selecting a Safe Vehicle for Your Family

This time of year, car dealers and manufacturers offer countless deals and incentives to entice buyers to make a new vehicle purchase. In many cases, the end of the year can be a great time to buy. Dealers are eager to move their inventory and make room for the next model year. If your car is racking up the miles, or if you are considering buying a vehicle for your teenage son or daughter approaching … Read More

Are Snow Tires Necessary in North Carolina?

This time of year, people sometimes ask us about snow tires: specifically, do they really make a car significantly safer during the winter—especially in an area like the Triangle that usually doesn’t see much snow? This is a judgment call, of course, but one important factor is this: in the event of a snow or ice storm, how likely is it that you will still need to drive your vehicle? If you live in an … Read More

Winterize Your Vehicle and Prepare for the Cold Weather

As the winter rapidly approaches, it’s an important time of year to be proactive and take care of your vehicle. “Winterizing” a car refers to getting your car ready before cold temperatures hit and snow and ice start to fall. Getting stranded in freezing weather is a situation that no one wants to face! Also, failure to prepare for winter can increase your chances of getting into an accident. Perform recommended winter maintenance. Last month, … Read More