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June 01, 2018 @ 12:00am

Avoid purchasing a car with water damage, Here is how.With graduation season in full swing, millions of parents are going to be looking to purchase a car for their grad, or to help them get a car on their own. Unfortunately, this time of year—storm season, with major floods and weather events across the country—can lead to something we call “wet titles,” or cars that have been damaged in floods. Sometimes, the damage caused by flooding isn’t even revealed by the seller. Here are a few things to look out for to keep your loved one from getting scammed.

First and foremost, always check if the vehicle has a vehicle history report. Here, you’ll see if the car was declared a “salvage title,” which is a complete loss according to the insurance company, or if it’s a “flood title,” which means it was submerged up to its engine compartment. In general, avoid these vehicles, even if they feel like a great value.

Flood damage shows up in a number of ways. Not only can high water destroy electrical systems and start the process of rusting your engine from the inside out, they can also damage your car’s interior and everything from the stereo to the air conditioning. And the worst part is this damage doesn’t always show up right away; it can take years before the vehicle starts to fail.

So how can you tell if a car is flood damaged? First, be especially weary in the aftermath of major storms as scammers will get flood-damaged cars to market as q

April 01, 2018 @ 12:00am

Beware of Cheap Tire RepairOn the internet and in the Yellow Pages, offers for cheap tires and cheap tire repair are everywhere these days, with companies battling it out to see who can claim to be the cheapest and fastest. But what you might not know is that those “cheap and fast” offers can lead to serious issues for you and your car. Here’s a few ways those “cheap and fast” offers can lead to big trouble down the road.

More goes into properly mounting a tire than you might think; there are many small steps that go together to give you a smooth, reliable ride. It’s these smaller steps that are often ignored by the “cheap and fast” places.

Here’s an example: When a reputable tire shop mounts a new tire, they’re careful to clean the hub and install grease where the wheel mates to the vehicle. Why is this important? Not only does it help prevent corrosion, it also prevents dissimilar metals—when a hub is steel and a rim is aluminum, for instance—from corroding together, locking them up and preventing you from taking the wheel off your car. Those little steps, the cleaning and installation of grease, take time, and that’s time those “cheap and fast” shops don’t have.

Another shortcut “cheap and fast” places take is to not clean corrosion and dirt from the wheel where it mates with the tire; they sometimes don’t even use a bead of sealant to prevent future corrosion. What d

March 01, 2018 @ 12:00am

http://bungestire.com/sites/bungestire.com/assets/images/blog-folder/Newport_Whitepit_Lane_pot_hole.JPGOf the four seasons, winter is easily the most brutal on your car. From the damage caused by road salt to the hurt those potholes can put on your suspension, it’s safe to say that every part of your car can take a beating when the snow flies. Worse, it’s often not immediately apparent that there’s any damage, so a small problem can easily become a big problem if you’re not careful. Here are three common problems caused by winter driving and how to recognize them this spring.

Not only does snow cover hazards on the road, snow plows can carve out big chunks of asphalt and concrete, leading to potholes that can rattle your teeth before you even see them. Hitting a pot hole with enough force can damage your tires, even causing flats. This is especially true because cold weather can cause your tires to lose pressure, making them more susceptible to damage. But, more often, the pothole will knock your car out of alignment.

The tricky part about alignment issues is they often don’t show up until there’s lasting damage. If you feel your steering wheel pulling to one side, even slightly, or if you notice abnormal wear patterns on your tires, bring your car in immediately. (An example of an abnormal wear pattern would be excessive wear to the tire’s inside or outside edge.) Not only can misaligned tires be permanently damaged, your car could be damaged too.

The next issue is something you can see easily: Rust and corrosion c

January 31, 2018 @ 12:00am

Three ways to keep your windshield clear this winter.Winter can mean an icy windshield, especially if you have to park outside at home or work, and that can mean limited visibility, especially if your defroster isn’t working the way it should be. When a defroster isn’t working, the moisture and heat inside your car can freeze to the inside of your windshield, leaving you in serious trouble. Here are three reasons why your defroster might fail this winter, and what you can do to fix it.

Sometimes, a malfunctioning defroster can be due to something as simple as a stuck switch or button, or a blown fuse. It sounds silly, but one of the best things you can do if your defroster isn’t working is make sure that your switches—whether mechanical or electronic—are functioning properly. These tend to be easy fixes you can do at home.

When you turn on the defrost, all you’re really doing is transferring the hot air that’d be coming out of your vents to your windshield so the air can remove moisture and warm the glass. Your car does this by controlling the air with a blend door. This one is pretty easy to check; just use your hands. When this door is faulty or broken, hot air will still come out of your vents, but not out of your defroster. This can be a quick fix; however, some vehicles require the removal of the whole dash in order to replace these parts.

If you’re not getting any hot air from your defrost, it might be a sign of something a little more serious. Your defro

December 28, 2017 @ 12:00am

Three ways to Help Your Teen Find the Perfect CarAs a new year begins, many car dealerships are trying to clear old inventory to make way for the new. That means that if you’re in the market for that first car for your teenager, now could be a great time to start looking. Here are three tips to help you get the most bang for your buck.

First, and before you set foot on a car lot, set clear expectations with your young driver. Be sure to answer questions like, “Who is going to pay for repairs and oil changes?” What are your expectations for how the car will be used? Is it strictly a “school-and-back” vehicle or does your child have the freedom to travel wherever, whenever they want? It’s also a good idea to set a “passenger limit” on the car to minimize distractions, and to agree to a “no cell phone policy.

Next, set expectations as to what kind of car they can drive. Every kid wants the fastest, top down model they can get but keep this in mind: Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among American teens, so safety is the top priority. A mid-size sedan offers a solid combination of space and performance, while still having enough mass and standard safety features to be a good option. Try to find a car with no fewer than six airbags; that means the two standard up front plus some side impact airbags. Also, if you go with an older model, make sure it has anti-lock brakes. Finally, especially if your child has a lead foot, look for a smaller engi