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Timely Winter Car Care Tips

Timely Winter Car Care Tips

By Tom Torbjornsen

Greetings Western New York! Tom Torbjornsen from Towne Automotive here with some timely car care tips for winter.

Does this scenario sound familiar? You're driving down the highway and suddenly a huge mass of dirty snow mixed with saltwater splashes onto your windshield from a passing truck. In a panic, you start the wipers and shoot the wiper fluid, only to find that you have run out of fluid and the wiper blades are merely pushing the slush across the window! A very dangerous predicament, indeed ... and totally avoidable. 

Vehicle Safety Devices/Systems Grow by Leaps and Bounds

Vehicle Safety Devices/Systems Grow by Leaps and Bounds

By Tom Torbjornsen

Tom Torbjornsen, Western New York’s automotive expert from Towne Automotive Group here, hoping you are having a great holiday season! And now for my weekly automotive tip.

As I watch the auto industry develop and evolve, I see the area of safety devices growing exponentially. A new class of devices called “Driver Assists” is a growing trend in terms of what consumers want in their next auto. As a matter of fact, six out of 10 consumers want driver assists in their next auto. What are these devices/systems? Let’s take a look at some of the systems available.

What is a Certified Pre-owned Vehicle?

What is a Certified Pre-owned Vehicle?

By Tom Torbjornsen

Should I Purchase an Extended Warranty for My Vehicle?

Should I Purchase an Extended Warranty for My Vehicle?

By Tom Torbjornsen

Tom Torbjornsen, Western New York’s automotive expert from Towne Automotive Group here, hoping you had a great weekend and drove safely! And now for my weekly automotive tip: People are always asking me if an extended warranty is worth buying, to which I respond, “Sure, providing you follow these tips.”

Make sure you know who is offering the warranty. Is it the car manufacturer or a reputable after-market company? Make sure you know who it is that's underwriting your policy. After your first mechanical breakdown is not the time to find out who your underwriter is!

Tips for Taking a Vehicle for a Test Drive

Tips for Taking a Vehicle for a Test Drive

By Tom Torbjornsen

Tom Torbjornsen, Western New York’s automotive expert here, hoping you had a great weekend and drove safely! And now for my weekly auto tip:

When road testing a vehicle you’re considering buying, the vehicle test drive route should consist of secondary, highway, city and if possible rural roadways to see how the vehicle performs under all conditions representative of your real world daily driving experience. Here’s what to observe when driving the vehicle:

Getting the Highest Trade-in Value for Your Vehicle

Getting the Highest Trade-in Value for Your Vehicle

By Tom Torbjornsen

Tom Torbjornsen, Western New York’s automotive oracle here, hoping you had a great weekend and start to the holiday shopping season! It is indeed holiday shopping season and the store parking lots are full! Please be courteous to other drivers and park in a manner so as not to block other drivers from entering their vehicles. Just a friendly reminder that you share roadways and parking lots with other drivers, so be courteous please! And now for my weekly auto tip:

Examine a Pre-owned Vehicle Closely Before Buying

Examine a Pre-owned Vehicle Closely Before Buying

By Tom Torbjornsen

Tom Torbjornsen, Western New York’s automotive guru here, hoping you and your family had a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday! Well, we had our first snow this weekend and as usual, people had to be re-educated on how to drive in the snow! Slow down and give yourself ample time to stop. Keep a safe following distance from the car in front of you and get those snow tires on if you haven’t already.

Following up to last week’s post about flood cars entering the market, here are some in-depth tips on what to look for when going over a pre-owned vehicle before buying: