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Car Maintenance Tips

Properly maintaining your car is key to keeping it in top condition. It can also help ensure your safety, the safety of your passengers and your fellow drivers. Here are some ways to help keep your car running smoothly.

THE CAR MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

Consider adding these items to your vehicle maintenance "to do" list:

INSPECT AND MAINTAIN TIRES

Knowing how to maintain your car's tire pressure can help reduce wear on the tires and helps ensure you're getting good gas mileage. Checking your tire pressure includes finding the recommended pressure, checking the PSI and inflating or deflating your tires accordingly.

A flat tire is a hazard that can be dangerous to you and your car. There are several preventative steps you can take to help avoid a blowout, including rotating your tires every 5,000 to 10,000 miles and watching for tire recalls.

CHANGE THE OIL

Routinely checking and changing your car's oil is essential to keeping its engine in running condition. Check your oil each month and change it as directed in the car's owner's manual.

You can change your oil yourself or take it to a service center. If you choose to do it yourself, learn the necessary steps to drain the fluid, set the correct oil level and dispose of old oil.

You should also know which type of motor oil is best for your car, regardless of whether you change the oil yourself or take it to a service center. This generally means considering three things — the oil viscosity, whether to use synthetic versus non-synthetic oil and your car's mileage.

CHECK THE FLUIDS

There are several fluids that should be kept at the appropriate levels to help keep your car running properly. According to Popular Mechanics, you or your mechanic should check:

  • Engine oil
  • Coolant
  • Power steering fluid
  • Brake fluid
  • Transmission fluid
A leak with any of these fluids can affect the way your car drives. If you spot a leak, you may be able to identify the fluid by its color. This can help you and your mechanic determine where the leak is coming from. It can also help speed up the repair process.

TEST THE LIGHTS

A broken or burnt-out bulb is a safety hazard and might get you a ticket. Learn how to thoroughly inspect each bulb on your car. If a bulb is out, take your car to an expert to determine whether it's the bulb or the fuse that needs replacing.

Headlights are key safety lights on your car. Consider taking a few extra steps to help keep them shining bright, such as cleaning the lenses and replacing bulbs as they start to dim.

REPLACE WINDSHIELD WIPERS

If your wipers aren't working like they used to, don't let the problem linger. Damaged or worn out blades can reduce visibility during a heavy rain or a snowstorm. Knowing how to inspect your wiper blades regularly and replace them when necessary is one way to help keep your car safe.

CHANGE YOUR ENGINE AIR FILTER

A dirty engine air filter can allow dirt and other particulates into your car's engine and reduce its efficiency. Inspect your car's air filter once a year and replace it as needed.

REGULAR CHECKUPS

Some routine car care tasks can be done at home, but others require trained technicians. Take your car to a technician if the check engine light comes on. Trained technicians can diagnose the problem through the car's on-board diagnostics (OBD-II) port.

A qualified repair shop will also be able to inspect and replace other core components like the alternator and the wheel bearings. Scheduling regular tune-ups will help ensure that your car gets other maintenance items repaired as well.

HAVE YOUR BRAKES CHECKED

Your car's brake pads also require regular inspection. While driving, listen for any brake noise and pay attention to shuddering or vibrating from the brake pedal. If any concerns arise, consult a service center as soon as possible

WASH YOUR CAR

Your car is subjected to all sorts of elements, from road salt and ice melt in the winter to tree sap and bird droppings in the summer. Some of these hazards are not only unsightly but can cause damage to paint and the undercarriage, according to AccuWeather.

Keeping your car clean may help prevent long-term damage. Find the car washing method that works for you and regularly wash your car.

CHECK BELTS AND HOSES

Keeping your car's belts and hoses in good shape can help keep your car running and may help you avoid a breakdown on the road. For example, if your serpentine belt breaks while you're driving, it may cause many of your car's systems to fail.

Having your belts and hoses checked at every oil change will help ensure that they're in good condition and don't need replacing.

REVIEW YOUR CAR INSURANCE

Just like regular car checkups, it's a good idea to review your car insurance policy from time to time. This can help ensure your policy's coverages, limits and deductibles are up-to-date and suitable for your current situation.

Keeping your car in good shape can help keep you and your passengers safe. And remember, if you're ever unsure about how to inspect or replace a car part, be sure to contact a local mechanic for help.

Article Originally published allstate.com

SERVICE CENTER

We are an independently owned dealership offering high quality used Subaru products and services. We are not an authorized Subaru Sales or Service Center.


Urban Motors is a small, family-owned dealership that specializes in Subaru’s. We provide the same big dealership service quality, without the big markup. Our employees are treated like family and this same treatment is carried over to our customers and their vehicles. Honesty is transparent here at Urban Motors and customers are our priority. We recommend what your car needs, and what it will take to keep it safe on the road, while extending the life of your Subaru.

Our service department includes, but is not limited to…

-          CHECK ENGINE LIGHT DIAGNOSTICS

-          HEAD GASKETS

-          SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE

-          OIL LEAK DIAGNOSTICS

-          BRAKES

-          TIMING BELTS

-          TIRES AND WHEELS

-          SUSPENSION

-         OIL CHANGES


Military Discounts

Urban Motors is proud and honored to support our troops and military by offering discounts to all members of the Military.

We offer $250 OFF any vehicle of your choice!


Thank you to all Navy, Army, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines!

Service Center

We are an independently owned dealership offering high quality used Subaru products and services. We are not an authorized Subaru Sales or Service Center.


SERVICE CENTER

Our family-owned dealership in Denver, Colorado offers an ASE Certified Service Center that has the same big-box dealer level services and diagnostics, without the big-box markup. Our employees are treated like family and actually care about you, and our business, which makes our customer experience unlike any other. Our state of the art garage and diagnostic tools allow us to service nearly any make or model.

Our services include, but are not limited to…

-          VEHICLE DIAGNOSTICS

-          SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE

-          BRAKES

-          TIMING BELTS

-          TIRES & WHEELS

-          OIL CHANGES

-          REPAIR & REPLACEMENT

-          OR PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING YOUR CAR MAY NEED!



Branded Title

“Ugh, I’m not buying a salvage car!” Is that what you are thinking? Well, let us end that “salvage” stigma.

 

WHY BUY A BRANDED TITLE, OR PREVIOUS INSURANCE VEHICLE?

Let’s face it, we all know vehicles depreciate in value, so why not minimize your loss by buying a car that has already depreciated by a significant percentage off of market value, but is the same quality as any other vehicle.

It’s simple, the less money you spend = the less money you have to lose.

 

WHAT IS A BRANDED TITLE OR AN INSURANCE OWNED VEHICLE?

Branded Title is a term used to distinguish a vehicle once owned by an insurance company for one of many different reasons, including hail damage, theft recovery, vandalism, manufacture buyback, collision, lemon law, weather damage, and/or rejected repair. This does not mean that the car was damaged to disrepair, as most people think. To put it into more perspective… Each year, over 500,000 vehicles in the United States are declared a total loss, but are retained by the owner and fixed without going thru the insurance loss process, which could very well mean that no one will ever know that the vehicle was “totaled”. The rest are rejected by the owner and get written off by the insurance company. As for the vehicles written off, a large percentage of them are drivable and can easily be repaired, but not economically by the insurance company. A “brand” on a title simply means the state mandates sellers to disclose previous loss or damage history, instead of it sliding under the rug, like the 500k+ other ones do. Let us say it again, just because the vehicle was declared a salvage, does not mean it was damaged to disrepair!

 

WILL A BRANDED TITLE VEHICLE BE THE SAME QUALITY AS ANY OTHER?

Our 121-Point Inspection was based on most manufactures “Certified Pre-Owned” inspections because we wanted to provide the same quality vehicle, only with a better price tag! We look at every vehicle in detail to make sure that it has not sustained major damage to make it unsafe or unreliable. After that vehicle has been inspected and repaired to our standards, it is then inspected and approved by the State of Colorado to be safe and roadworthy at which point a “Branded” title is issued. Once this process is complete, it can be registered, insured and enjoyed just like any other car on the road.

We are so confident in the quality and value of our vehicles, we encourage our customers to get a third party opinion or inspection, just to give you that extra peace of mind and confidence.

 

CAN I GET INSURANCE?

Of course you can! Once the vehicle has been inspected and re-titled by the State of Colorado as a “Branded” title, most major insurance companies will offer the same coverage, at the same price, just like any other car.

 

CAN I GET A SERVICE PLAN OR WARRANTY?

Ohh yeah! Since our vehicles are rebuilt and inspected at the highest quality, our extended service plan partners offer factory-like coverage on our vehicles! You can choose any coverage that fits your driving habits and budget. You can choose coverage on anything from just your main powertrain components, all the way up to a comprehensive coverage which will cover all parts of a vehicle except named exclusions. Please see the Warranty Tab under Dealer Services for more information on our plans.

Our Inspection Process

COMPREHENSIVE VEHICLE INSPECTION

Our 121-Point Inspection was based on most manufactures “Certified Pre-Owned” inspections because we wanted to provide the same quality vehicle, only with a better price tag! We look at every vehicle in detail to make sure that it has not sustained major damage to make it unsafe or unreliable. After that vehicle has been inspected and repaired to our standards, it is then inspected and approved by the State of Colorado to be safe and roadworthy at which point a “Branded” title is issued. Once this process is complete, it can be registered, insured and enjoyed just like any other car on the road.

We are so confident in the quality and value of our vehicles, we encourage our customers to get a third party opinion or inspection, just to give you that extra peace of mind and confidence.


(We are an independently owned dealership offering high quality used Subaru products and services. We are not an authorized Subaru Sales or Service Center)

Warranty

SERVICE PLANS

Hey, Life Happens. Why have an unpredictable cost of ownership, when piece of mind can be very affordable.

Our service plan partners will make sure you can drive with confidence, coast-to-coast. Since our inspection and repair requirements are set at such a high standard, our extended service plan partners offer factory-like coverage on our vehicles! You can choose from a comprehensive protection which will cover all parts of a vehicle except named exclusions or protection on just your powertrain components. Pick whichever fits your budget.

But wait, there’s more! Not only will our plans cover parts and labor, they also include 24hr Roadside Assistance, Towing Assistance, and some plans even include a Rental Vehicle.

Don’t forget! Even if you did not purchase a vehicle from us, or opted to decline the coverage at the time of your purchase, you can still get any of our plans at any time. Please contact our Sales Department from more details.

Compare and pick which coverage best fits your vehicle and lifestyle. 

Buying Out Of State

BUYING OUT OF STATE

We sell vehicles to customers outside of Colorado all the time. So, if you are not located within driving distance of our dealership, no problem!

            Option 1: We can ship the vehicle directly to your door.

            Option 2: Fly into Denver International Airport, and we’ll pick you up! We offer airport transport at no charge. You will be picked up by one of our friendly employees or Uber/Lyft.

 

Contact our Sales Department for more details and a quote.