It’s the beginning of the new year — a time for fresh starts and new projects. People are planning their New Year’s Resolutions from spending more time with family to getting in better shape. We all have ways in which we want to improve our lives in the upcoming year. As we look to better our lives and those around us, there is one thing that we often take for granted and may not be thinking about — our vehicle(s). Our vehicles are a part of our family; trusty and true for years on end as we drive to school, work, vacation, soccer fields, countless trips to shopping centers and grocery stores. Unfortunately, they need a lot of maintenance to run smoothly. If your car made it through a tumultuous 2020, here are some important annual car maintenance tasks to think about for 2021. 1. Check & Change Your Oil Part of maintaining a healthy vehicle is making sure it is properly lubricated. Get routine oil changes and a check oil levels frequently (every month). Changing oil regularly is vita ... read more
As the weather gets colder and we start anticipating poor, winter driving conditions, here are my thoughts on the subject. Follow these driving tips to stay safe while you’re driving in snow.*It’s a good idea to keep your fuel tank half full during the winter – but particularly before a long trip on the road. Be sure that you’ve recently had your oil changed.
and that all the other fluids in your car have been topped off before heading out on the road in the cold. *Make sure tires are properly inflated. Nobody wants to get stranded with a flat
tire? Especially while driving in the snow. Properly inflated tires are a must, as tire pressure fluctuates with the temperature.*Wear your seatbelt. In case of an accident, wearing your seatbelt can save your life.*Slow down. When snow really starts to accumulate, it’s in everyone’s best interest to slow down – you never know if a patch of black ice could b ... read more
A new vehicle is always a great new pleasure! Everyone you know will be envious! But in most cases you’re stuck with a large monthly payment for years to come. Insurance will cost you more with a new car and that does not include all the taxes and depreciation that you will incur. As Consumer Reports states, “buying a new car might be a lousy financial move". So, how do you decide? Here’s a few things to consider: Overall condition of your current vehicle Annual maintenance and repair cost Reliability of the vehicle Safety of the current versus the new vehicle Fuel economy of the current versus the new vehicle Is the current vehicle less than 10 years old and in good condition? If yes, it’s probably worth keeping a few more years (the average age of vehicles on the road today is almost 12 years old). Is your annual maintenance and repair costs less than a new car monthly payment? If yes, it’s a good idea to keep your current vehicle. Upgrading to a hybrid or electri ... read more
Every October, the Car Care Council promotes Fall Car Care Month. To call awareness to the importance of regular vehicle maintenance and care. Failure to perform regularly scheduled preventative maintenance may cause breakdowns and make your vehicle unsafe. According to the Car Care Council, this is an important time of year to stay ahead of the game and get your car serviced before severe weather sets in. Based on our experience at Charles Automotive & Tire, we agree!Every vehicle manufacturer provides a specific maintenance schedule. If you consistently follow the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule the ... read more
Looking for a Fall drive get away? How about trying The Blue Ridge Parkway? Enter the scenic 78-year old parkway in Roanoke, Virginia. The Parkway is 500 miles of Virginia’s laid-back farmsteads with North Carolina’s Appalachian hardwood forests. Make stops in North Carolina’s artsy city of Asheville, scenic Price Lake and mountain towns such as Blowing Rock, Floyd and Galax, home of the Blue Ridge Music Center. This relaxing, rolling and very iconic road will take you from 649 above sea level to more than 6,000 feet. Because of this variation, leaves change at different times throughout the fall, but mid-to late-October is a great time to catch the fall foliage. Closer to home is the 105 mile Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park outside of Front Royal, Virginia (Skyline Drive runs along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains and offers 75 overlooks to view the Fall Foliage)