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Posts by Michael Hoban

Winter Parking Ban Begins

While the weather outside is frightful, there is nothing delightful about waking up and noticing the city towed your car. That’s right Chicago, this past Sunday marks the beginning of the towing season for the majority of main roadways throughout the city. Hopefully, you were not one of those unfortunate people whose car was towed…

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Weather Reports: Holiday Travel

As we creep closer to Thanksgiving, many are planning their holiday travel routes. A big factor to watch for as the week progresses is the weather. Reports of bad weather sweeping the nation this week claim to bring rain, icy conditions, and of course snow. Before hitting the road, check weather reports, pack appropriately, and…

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Research Before Buying New Car

From time to time auto manufacturers will update or redesign one of their models. The update usually brings new technology, electronics, and parts to improve the vehicle’s reliability. But with new technology and features often comes new bugs and malfunctions. It is for this reason that Consumer Reports recently put out an article breaking down…

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Winter And Your Car Battery

As the white snow falls, and the howling winds blow, old car batteries die, while new ones survive. Yes, winter season is in full effect across Chicagoland, which means your car battery may stop working properly. Luckily there are a few tricks to keep your battery from failing, leaving you stranded. From performing a little…

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Winter Tires & Other Winter Necessities

It seems like winter approaches earlier and earlier every year. Normally, Chicago doesn’t see snow until late November, but this year we were hit in late October. As temperatures continue to drop, and precipitation continues to fall, you can expect road conditions to get dangerous. There are several things you can do to help keep…

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Halloween: A Scary Time For Auto Insurance Claims

Halloween, one of if not the best holiday, is this Thursday, which means swarms of children will be walking around. In a perfect world, everyone would use crosswalks and look both ways when crossing the street, but the world is not perfect. It would do a lot of good for drivers to be on higher…

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How Often Should You Change Wiper Blades

A vital but often ignored part of any vehicle is the windshield wiper blades. The materials in the blade include rubber, halogen- hardened rubber, or silicon and wipe the windshield so the driver has a clear vision of the road. People may neglect to change them when necessary because blades are disposable. People may not…

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Is Auto-Braking Technology Helping?

Certain new vehicles have technology features to help the driver brake faster when approaching an object. While these auto-brake systems should not and are not intended as the primary braking system, it is disappointing to see the latest reports. Unfortunately, these new systems fail to recognize child-size objects the majority of the time and do…

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How To Increase The Resale Value Of Your Vehicle

The last thing on your mind when buying a new/used vehicle is what the resale value will be when you are done with it. Well, if you do plan on reselling your vehicle at some point, you likely want to get the most back for it. Certainly, you’re unlikely to receive a higher resale value…

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Negotiating The Price Of A Vehicle

If you have ever been to a car dealership, you were likely bombarded with show floor salespeople trying to get you into any vehicle. Although the sales team at a dealership attempt to make you feel as comfortable as possible, car buying can be intimidating. Especially intimidating for most people is negotiating the sales price.…

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