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October 01, 2018 @ 12:00am

Build your winter Car survival kitWith fall’s splendors turning the air cooler and putting color into the trees, it’s easy to want to ignore the fact that winter is just around the corner. And, it’s even easier to forget how bad roads can get before the snow even flies.

That makes fall the ideal time to put together a winter survival kit for your car, making sure you keep yourself and your family safe this winter. Here are five essential items for your kit.

  1. A small shovel. Plenty of manufacturers produce shovels that are small enough to fit in your trunk, yet robust enough to dig your car out of a snow drift. Keep an eye out for models that offer extra features as well, like bottle openers, to make sure you’re ready to tailgate for the big game and stay safe in the snow.
  2. Flashlight with extra batteries. Not only will a flashlight allow you to see in the dark (without draining the battery on your cell phone) it can serve as a beacon to guide help to where you are. Keep in mind that cold batteries discharge faster than normal, so make sure you include extras.
  3. An emergency blanket. We’re not talking about Granny’s patchwork quilt here, though something is better than nothing. If you have to spend a night in the cold, you’ll want to get your hands on a survival blanket, sold through many online retailers. Not only do these blankets trap and hold an incredible amount of heat, the pack down in size, taking up a fraction of the space you mi
August 30, 2018 @ 12:00am

http://bungestire.com/sites/bungestire.com/assets/images/blog-folder/fender-bender.jpgForecasters are calling for a warm, wet winter, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be seeing icy, slick roads this fall. With those conditions come fender benders, and lots of them. Though they aren’t always severe, even low-speed accidents can cause lasting damage to your vehicle. Here are three signs your fender bender may be a bigger issue than you thought.

One of the most obvious signs of damage can be felt, rather than seen. If you notice your steering wheel is pulling in one direction, it’s likely your accident knocked your car out of alignment. Left unfixed, this can cause your car’s tires to wear unevenly. Besides causing lasting damage to your tires, this can lead to sudden tire failure and blowouts on the road. If you think your car is pulling in one direction, make sure to note the direction and get immediate help.

Even accidents that don’t cause extensive damage to your car’s exterior can affect your car’s frame. And, even small changes to your car’s frame can cause serious problems. Your car’s frame is designed to absorb the forces involved with major accidents, and that little bend now could mean your frame fails to function properly down the line. Frame damage can even affect a number of the safety features in your car, like airbags.

One final issue to be aware of: In a low-speed collision, your car’s paint and metal exterior can be damaged. If that happens, rust has a way to sta

July 01, 2018 @ 12:00am

http://bungestire.com/sites/bungestire.com/assets/images/blog-folder/download2018-07-02-1456.jpgYou know that feeling, when you sit in your car after its been out in the sun all day? You can’t get the A/C cranked fast enough. If its uncomfortable for you, imagine what it could be doing to your car. Here are four tips to help keep your car safe in the sun.

First, shade is your friend. Even if it means a longer walk to where you’re going, park in the shade to reduce the amount of direct exposure your car gets to the sun. Think about it like this: If it’s 80 degrees outside, temperatures in an unshaded car can near 130 degrees. And if the mercury creeps up to 100? The internal temperature in your car can go north of 170 degrees. In addition, avoid washing your car in direct sunlight and wash your car frequently, as this will keep buildups of dirt and road matter from scratching your finish and paint.

Second, it’s great to wash your car frequently, but it might not be enough. When you add a thorough waxing to your car detailing routine, you’re going a long way toward protecting your car from the sun’s harmful rays. Not only are you getting rid of the dirt and debris that can scratch your car’s exterior, you’re creating a barrier between the sun and your finish. Those with darker color paint jobs and plastic components on the outside of their cars should be extra careful as the sun can fade dark paints and damage plastics quickly. Remember top wipe down and treat your dashboard, too, as it sits in direct sunlight

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