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1.  Local Expert Tip from Courtesy Value

When filling up your vehicle, only buy gas from reputable service stations. Ask whether

the gas you buy is filtered at the pump and if the station has a policy about changing the

pump filters regularly. Some stations don’t have pump filters, making you more

vulnerable to dirty gasoline. Other stations may not mix alcohol and fuel properly — or

worse, water down their product. Find a station you trust and stick to it.

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2.  Local Expert Tip from Courtesy Value

Does your car key share a chain with a dozen or more other keys? The weight,

combined with bouncing while you drive, can eventually lead to ignition switch failure.

To add years of service to your ignition switch, separate your ignition key from the

others while driving. If your ignition key “sticks” when you try to turn on the car, it’s a

warning that your ignition switch is about to fail. Replace it before you get stranded.

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3. Local Expert Tip from Courtesy Value

When you’re stuck in mud, don’t make the problem worse by damaging your vehicle.

Gently rocking in an attempt to free the car is fine….But throwing your car from forward

to reverse repeatedly, as well as spinning tires at high speeds, can generate lots of heat

and spell trouble for transmissions, clutches, and differentials. It may be cheaper in the

long run to call the tow truck rather than risk big repair bills down the road.

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4. Local Expert Tip from Courtesy Value

Of course, a garage is always the ideal place to park your car. But if one isn’t available,

minimize interior damage from UV sunlight and heat by always trying to park your car in

the shade. If no shade is available or if you find parking under a tree results in bird

droppings, use a car shade to minimize the sun’s impact. As a bonus, you’ll have a

cooler car to step into on hot sunny days.

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