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Differences in Refinancing vs. Trading in Your Car

The crew here at Raymond Kia wanted to help our audience make informed vehicle purchases. To that point, here are a few key differences between trading or refinancing your vehicle.

When refinancing, you are going to be able to get a better interest rate which will result in getting a lower car payment. The only downside is this isn't always the best option if you are bringing a vehicle to the lot that is old and has little to no resale value. 

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What Does the Alternator Do in My Car?

Many people simply think the battery is responsible for keeping everything up and running under the hood of the vehicle. It might come as a surprise that without the alternator, your driving experience would be far less pleasant than it is today.

The alternator is connected to the engine block by a belt, and as the motor runs, that belt spins to charge the alternator. The charged alternator must be in peak condition because it is gong to be responsible for powering many of the items you can't drive without. 

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Tailgating Essentials: Things that Don't Seem Essential

What do you need to go tailgating? Most people know what they need and don’t need to be told what to bring with them in a blog post. A tailgater should think about bringing some other things along with him. It may be a good idea for someone to pack an additional kit that does not include food, team gear and an over-sized foam finger.

The practical side can be overlooked. A list of tailgating essentials must include a first aid kit, any necessary medications, and bug spray is a good idea depending on the weather. Sunscreen may or…

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Important Tips for Doing a Professional Touch Up Paint Job

If you notice dings and scratches that are ruining the appearance of your vehicle, there's no need to invest in repainting your entire car. Our service technicians at Raymond Kia in Antioch, IL recommend following a few tips for getting professional results when doing a touch up paint job.

Find out your vehicle's factory color code and order the right color to match your car's current finish from our parts department.

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Back-to-School Vehicle Readiness

It's back-to-school time and that includes making sure your vehicle is ready. Here at Raymond Kia, we want to ensure your vehicle is in perfect running order and has everything you need for the school year.

It's important to stay organized within your vehicle since you'll be hauling books and bags, sports equipment, musical instruments, and more. Now is a good time to make sure the trunk has adequate space, along with your safety equipment, for all of your stuff. Now's a good time to make sure you have an auto safety kit for emergency situations…

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Installing a Roof Rack

Having a roof rack on your SUV can free up some interior room during your next vacation. However, it's important that your rack is installed efficiently to stay safe. We want you to know as much about your vehicle as possible, so here are some key installation tips.

Before you install the racks, you need to read the instructions and pay close attention to screw torque settings. These accessories are designed to work seamlessly with your vehicle's exterior body. Unfortunately, screws that are too tight or too loose can lease to cosmetic damage or worse. 

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Getting to Know Some Common Motor Oil Myths

Motor oil is a complicated subject. It's important to have the correct information when making a decision regarding the product. Below we have compiled a list of commonly cited motor oil myths.

First, it is essential you change your filter with every oil change. You may be tempted to save a few bucks by not doing this, but in the long run, it can cost you hundreds. Replacing your filter prevents harmful substances from entering your engine, and as such is a crucial part of the oil change process.

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Keep Your Car's Roadside Emergency Kit Full of the Right Items

The crew working at Raymond Kia have compiled a short list of things you should be keeping in your roadside emergency kit to limit problems off the highway.

Pack a small first-aid kit for being able to deal with minor injuries long enough until help does arrive. Bring a big flashlight and new batteries so you can wave for help at night or use the light to see when your working on the vehicle in the dark. Pack jumper cables in the trunk so your car could be jump-started when the first motorist stops to help.

Fill a small bag…

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Warning Signs it's Time for a Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement

Being able to identify the signs the windshield wiper blades are failing will help to reduce the likelihood they reduce your vision in the rain and lead to dangerous driving conditions.

One of the easiest ways to determine if the windshield wiper blades on your vehicle are failing is to watch what happens when they are being used in the rain. When you begin to see areas with streaks, other car's headlights are creating a glare, or there are blurry spots, the wipers are not working as they should.

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