Safe Driving Tips for the Winter Season

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As the chill of winter sets in over the Northern and Mid-Western United States it is important to ready your vehicle for safe winter travel. Blustery cold winds, ice and snow all present challenges when traveling by personal vehicle. But with proper preparation you can take back control over winter weather driving.

Preheating your vehicle isn’t necessary for the health of your vehicle, but it does make it easier to remove ice from your windows. Avoid long preheating times, but ensure that your vehicle is clear of ice and snow that could obstruct your view of the road. Check your local ordinances for regulations on allowing a vehicle to idle unoccupied.

Allow extra time to reach your destination. If you need to travel 30 miles, driving 10 mph slower will only delay your arrival by about 7 minutes. Leaving the house 15 minutes early will allow more time to navigate uncertain road conditions.  Increasing you following distance gives you time to adjust to incoming road condition changes and other driver’s behavior. Be aware that not everyone is alert to changing road conditions; you may have to quickly adjust speed or course to avoid trouble ahead. Try to make these changes such as turns and braking gradually, sudden changes in momentum can lead to skidding.

Being prepared is half the battle when dealing with snow or icy road hazards. Remember your sunglasses help to block solar glare and bright snowy reflections. Adjust your tire pressure as needed. Tire pressure is variable depending on the outside temperature. Consider picking up a tire gauge with a release valve in case you need to let off a little air during temperature changes.

Finally keeping your vehicle clean and well stocked with supplies is essential in the winter months. Remember to wash your vehicle frequently, and keep the window washer reservoir topped off. Packing small duffel with a blanket, flares and a few long lasting food items could come in handy if conditions get the best of you. Preparedness is essential not only during the winter months but at all times. It’s why a vehicle service contract from CARS Protection Plus is such a wise investment.

Do I Need a Vehicle Protection Plan for My Used Car?

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It’s tempting when making a large purchase to strip down the options and pay the lowest price possible. Making a a bare bones deal on a used car may save you a few bucks on your monthly car payment, but what will that cost you in the long run? While you may be smart to avoid cosmetic upcharges like paint and fabric protection, skipping the Vehicle Protection Plan is a costly mistake.

Always consider adding a service contract to your used vehicle purchase. Commonly referred to as an “aftermarket warranties,” a vehicle service contract will safeguard against the cost of unexpected vehicle repairs. Attractive options are available that will add less than $50 to your monthly payment. An extended service contract is a sound financial investment. Contracts specifically designed for high mileage vehicles are a great tool to make you feel more comfortable when purchasing an older car or truck.

Coverages can be tailored to you budget and the unique needs of your vehicle, often including extra perks like roadside assistance. Providers like CARS Protection Plus strive to list all of the components offered for coverage on the contract so there is no guess work when it comes time for a vehicle repair. When reviewing your options keep in mind that is a part isn’t listed for coverage it won’t be covered. It’s important to have a repair plan in place if your vehicle no longer has a manufacturer’s warranty. Keep your copy of the contract in a safe place and refer to it prior to taking your vehicle to the shop for repairs. The claims procedures will be part of the contract and following them from the very beginning will help you get the best results for your money.

The choice to include a service contract is yours to make. However use caution when choosing a company. Look for a company that has stood the test of time and carries a positive rating with the BBB. Only vehicle protection plans from insured companies should be considered. Take a look at CARS Protection Plus who has built a positive reputation through outstanding service in their contracts.

When You’re Ready to Buy A Car, A Dealer is Your Best Bet

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There are a lot of options available when it’s time to buy a used car. Many wonder whether they should buy a used vehicle from a dealership or an individual. The experts at Cars Protection Plus recommend buying your next used car from a reputable dealer. Choosing to purchase your next vehicle from a reputable dealership, instead of a private owner isn’t just easy it’s often hassle free. Having the dealership’s full staff at your disposal is like having your own personal car buying staff. They can assist with financing, take care of the paperwork and hand over the keys.

More often than not, choosing a reputable dealer will ensure that you are purchasing a reliable vehicle. Selling cars is a competitive business. Odds are if a car lot has been able to stay in business they can attribute that success to a history of selling reliable vehicles. Most car lots have a mechanic on site or one that they work with to ensure they are selling quality cars and trucks. Although consumer protection laws vary by state, all dealerships must follow Federal Trade Commission standards. To earn your repeat business some car dealerships “certify” used vehicles, offer warranties, and sometimes even offer a money back guarantee. When vehicles are purchased from a private seller there is usually no such protection in place. It is possible to safeguard your private party purchase through vehicle history reports, paying for independent inspections or seeking out your own warranty from an authorized retailer. However, when you add up the time and expense, the choice to work with a reputable dealer is clear.

At Cars Protection Plus, protection is in our name for a reason. We want to ensure that every driver on the road is protected from unexpected and costly auto repairs. One of the best things you can do to for your new used vehicle is to sign up for a service contract through an authorized dealer. Buyers should be proactive when selecting their service contract by carefully reading the contract and asking questions about anything uncertain. Realize that if any part or service isn’t mentioned in the contract, it’s very unlikely that it’s covered. Once you’ve selected a service contract that fits both your needs and your budget, you can leave the dealership with the peace of mind needed to feel comfortable about your purchase. You can protect yourself from the cost of major automotive breakdowns with a service contract from a trusted source like CARS Protection Plus.

Eliminate Risk with Cars Protection Plus and a Routine Maintenance Plan

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Vehicles today last longer than ever, and although some routine maintenance tasks like tune ups have become obsolete, it’s still important to keep up with routine maintenance. Cars and trucks are becoming more mechanically complex and repair technicians are more costly due to higher hourly labor rates.  Adhering to a preventative maintenance schedule to avoid preventable damage to your vehicle, and partnering with CARS Protection Plus to assist with the cost repairs are two great steps towards avoiding high repair bills. You can trust CARS Protection Plus to have you covered.

Check out these vehicle maintenance recommendations from the professionals at CARS Protection Plus:

  • Study your owner’s manual – Your vehicle’s manufacturer knows what’s best for your car. Take cues from the owner’s manual on oil change intervals, air filter replacement and routine fluid levels. You may even save money! Most manufacturers no longer recommend an oil change every 3,000 miles. If the manual wasn’t included with your used vehicle you may be able to find one on the manufacturer’s website or at com.
  • Pop the hood – Gone are the days of gas station attendants giving your car a good once over at the pump. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check under the hood from time to time. Now that you have consulted your owner’s manual, use that information to make sure your car is readied for everyday travel and epic road trip adventures. Check your oil level, tire pressure, and top off your windshield fluid reservoir.
  • Remember the 3 B’s – Belts, Battery and Bulbs. Inspect timing and serpentine belts for damage and replace every 40,000 to 60,000 miles. Refer to the manual for specific mileage recommendations. If allowed to break these belts can cause costly damage to other parts within your vehicle. Batteries don’t require much maintenance; while you’re under the hood check for buildup on the contacts and remove with a battery cleaning brush if needed. Finally check to be sure head and tail lamps are working properly.
  • Where the rubber meets the road – According to Popular Mechanics car tires can leak as much as 1 psi per month. Tire pressure monitoring systems don’t usually issue a warning until the tires are 25% below the manufacturer’s recommendation. Keep an inexpensive tire gauge in your glove box to check your tire pressure monthly. Schedule regular appointments to have your tires rotated, balanced and aligned. This can extend the life of your tires by up to 20% and increase your gas mileage!
  • Trust the Professionals – Your relationship with your mechanic is an important one. Be sure to select a repair and maintenance facility with a trusted reputation. The Pros at CARS Protection Plus have a great working relationship with AAMCO. Schedule service appointments with your mechanic when something doesn’t seem right with your vehicle. Many times repairs are easier and less costly when a problem is caught early.

Following these guidelines should keep your car healthy and on the road for many years to come. Consider using an app like aCar to keep track of your vehicle maintenance and even monitor your fuel mileage and vehicle expenses.

What to Do If Your Car Breaks Down

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Now that summer’s here, many Americans will be taking road trips and driving down to the beach. Before hitting the road, drivers should be aware of what to do in the event of a breakdown. CARS Protection Plus provides the following measures for drivers who experience car trouble on the highway. If you are one of the millions hitting the road this summer, check out these tips!

Get Your Car off the Road

If you sense trouble, use your turn signal and safely move to the right shoulder, if possible. Once you get to the shoulder, put your vehicle in park, turn the steering wheel away from the road, and put on the emergency brake. This will prevent your car from accidentally rolling. If your car stops suddenly and you can’t make it to the shoulder, turn on your hazard lights and remain in the car. It’s advised to stay in the car, even if on the shoulder. If you must get out of the car, safely exit through the passenger side door and be cautious of oncoming traffic.

Call for Help

Contact your roadside assistance provider for help. All CARS Protection Plus vehicle protection plans include towing, while Value Plus, Onyx Plus and Ultimate Value include 24-hour roadside assistance. If you don’t have any form of roadside assistance, then call a tow truck company. In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Make Your Vehicle Visible

The only time you should be exiting your car is to set up flares or triangles. Place two flares about 10 feet from your vehicle and two more about 200 feet away. Also prop open your hood, as it is the universal sign of a breakdown.

Don’t Try to Fix Your Car Yourself

Wait patiently for help. Again, stay in your vehicle and do not try to do the repairs yourself.  First, you may make the problem worse. Second, a highway is not the safest place for car repairs. If you have a flat tire and know how to change it, wait until a police officer arrives and slows down traffic around you.

Now you know what to do if your car breaks down. In the event of car trouble, follow these tips to keep yourself and your passengers safe.

Three Common Myths About Vehicle Service Contracts

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If you’re buying a car, then you’re likely considering getting a vehicle service contract. Vehicle service contracts protect car buyers against costly and unexpected vehicle repairs after the manufacturer’s warranty expires. While contracts vary in coverage and price, they typically cover the cost of parts, labor and sales tax associated with a repair. Some also include roadside assistance.

Though beneficial, there are several misconceptions regarding vehicle service contracts. To help you separate fact from fiction, CARS Protection Plus is debunking some of the common myths associated with these contracts.

Myth #1: All Vehicle Service Contracts are a Scam

As with any industry, there are going to be a few scammers out there, but the majority of vehicle service contract providers are reliable and trustworthy. To protect yourself from scams, as well as costly vehicle repairs down the road, choose a reputable vehicle service contract from a credible dealer. Select a contract from a provider with an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and positive customer and dealer reviews.

Myth #2: Vehicle Service Contracts Aren’t Worth It

You may be thinking vehicle service contracts aren’t worth the money and you can handle any needed repairs without coverage. Well, when you get the bill for the repair, you’ll be kicking yourself for not buying a contract. Unless you’re purchasing your first vehicle, you know car repairs can sneak up on you and put a damper on your wallet. A quality vehicle service contract provides you with the coverage you need, so you’re not paying for expensive repairs out of pocket. These contracts cater to a variety of budgets and coverage needs, so you can choose the one that’s most suitable for you.

Myth #3: I Will Have to Pay for Vehicle Repairs Out of Pocket

Another common misconception about vehicle service contracts is many consumers think they will not receive 100% of the coverage that’s included in their contract. They think there are loop holes in the contracts to prevent them from getting all of the coverage they believe they’re entitled to. If you purchase from a reputable provider like CARS Protection Plus, then you will certainly get the coverage you pay for and not have to pay for authorized repairs out of pocket. Before you sign a contract you should always read it carefully and clarify any issues or questions beforehand.

These are some common misconceptions about vehicle service contracts. For quality coverage from one of the nation’s leading vehicle service contract providers, visit www.carsprotectionplus.com.

Finding Peace of Mind with a Vehicle Service Contract

Thinking about purchasing a pre-owned vehicle?  There are some of benefits to consider.

New vehicles depreciate 10% the minute they leave the dealership. According to CARFAX, a new vehicle may continue to depreciate as much as another 10% each year.  When you purchase a pre-owned vehicle you are actually benefitting from this depreciation and saving money rather than losing on your investment.

Online resources such as Kelly Blue Book, (KBB.com), CARFAX.com, and CARS.com have reduced the guessing game when it comes to choosing a used vehicle.  You can view maintenance records, accident reports, and recent prices to make sure you are getting the best deal.

No matter how much research you do before you purchase a used vehicle, there is always anxiety over the mechanical reliability of the one you choose.  Why was it traded in?  Am I buying someone else’s problem?  Should I buy a new car and take the depreciation just to get a warranty?

The good news?  You can address these concerns with the peace of mind you will find in a Vehicle Service Contract, (commonly referred to as an aftermarket warranty).

Vehicle Service Contracts, VSC’s, offer help in paying for those mechanical repairs which can be financially devastating.  They often offer the security of roadside assistance.   A VSC lets you drive with confidence you will have a partner by your side when you need it.

What Should You Consider When Purchasing a Service Contract?

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Every vehicle service contract is different and should be read over thoroughly before you sign. It is important to understand what is covered as well as the entire claim process. Coverage should be explicitly spelled out, so you know exactly what you’re purchasing. If the language is vague, this could be a warning sign. However, most misunderstandings in coverage occur because the customer didn’t take the time to review what they purchased rather than the provider being intentionally vague.

Other things to note on your VSC?

  • Covered labor rate
  • Where you can go for service
  • Time or mileage limitations
  • Deductible
  • Claim process

You should also ask questions about the provider of the VSC.  How is the company rated by the Better Business Bureau?  Are they insured so you are guaranteed protection for the life of your contract?

CARS Protection Plus offers a complete line of VSC’s to fit every budget, maintains an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and is underwritten by Dealer’s Assurance Corp.  If you are considering the purchase of a used vehicle, CARS Protection Plus will give the peace of mind you deserve, at a price you can afford.