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How to Make a Sensible Decision for Your Teen's First Car

There are many challenges your teen will face throughout their life. One of the most significant will be staying safe as they drive around town. To help them conquer this challenge, it's essential to choose a vehicle that will keep them safe in any condition they may face. At Acura of the Rio Grande Valley, we offer these tips to help you choose a car that will do just that.

Perhaps the most critical information to consider is the crash test ratings of the vehicle you are considering. This data can help you quickly narrow down your options and…

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Is Trading In My Car a Better Option Than Refinancing?

There are times when you will need to consider trading in or refinancing a vehicle. This may occur when you are short on money and need to get a lower car payment. Acura of the Rio Grande Valley wants you to be able to make an informed decision about whether refinancing or trading in is your best option.

There are times when you will want to refinance. If you can get a better interest rate to lower your payment, refinancing makes sense. When you refinance, you can also extend the length of your loan repayment. This will also lower your…

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What to Do After a Vehicle Collision

Sooner or later, virtually every driver becomes involved in an accident with their vehicle. Collisions are emotionally draining, even when they are minor. If you are involved in one, it's important to remember the following tips.

If you are uninjured, the most important thing to do is check to see if anyone else in your vehicle is hurt and to call for emergency help if they are. Following this step, make sure your vehicle and those of the other motorists involved can be moved to a secure place, such as the side of the road, to exchange information safely…

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Car Maintenance Tips Before the Weather Heats Up

Cars run like a finely-tuned machine, although it takes a little maintenance to keep them that way. That's why we recommend drivers practice a few routine maintenance tips each spring. Don't worry, if this isn't up your alley, our certified technicians at Acura of the Rio Grande Valley can help.

Tire care is especially important now as potholes are prominent in the spring. Plus, with rainfall they can be easily disguised. Make sure to have your tires rotated to avoid uneven wear. Also, make sure you have adequate tire pressure and tread for slick terrains. 

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Why You Need to Give Your Vehicle Some TLC

In addition to regular maintenance on the inner workings of your vehicle, it is also important to not neglect to give some TLC to the exterior. The vehicle maintenance experts at Acura of the Rio Grande Valley want to equip you with the knowledge and tools that you need to get the most out of your automotive purchase by explaining to you why it is important to wash your vehicle.

Research demonstrates that vehicles that are washed regularly last longer than those that are neglected. Dirt that is left on a vehicle for an extended period of time can end…

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What to do if Your Tire Pressure Light Illuminates

Your tire pressure light is important because it can let you know that you need to check the pressure in one or more tires. Although it's usually nothing serious, you need to have Acura of the Rio Grande Valley examine your tires to determine if there is anything wrong with them before putting air in the tires. The light usually goes off after the issue has been corrected.

If you notice that the tire pressure light blinks or blinks and then stays on, then the sensor could be malfunctioning. This would mean that the sensor is unable to determine…

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Why Android Auto is a Great Feature

Android Auto is among the most popular features available in most new cars today. It allows you to use your voice to send text messages, make calls or use apps on your smartphone. This allows you to keep your focus on the road as opposed to touching screens or looking for a button on the steering wheel.

If you aren't sure where you are going, Google Maps is there to help. It allows you to get directions in real time as well as traffic updates and other important information. Using this feature, you are less likely to get stuck…

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Making Sure Pressure Caps are Secure Prevents Overheating

There are many things that drivers can do to keep their vehicles in good condition, and here are at Acura of the Rio Grande Valley, we enjoy helping vehicle owners to find ways to do so. One area that is very important to vehicle durability but is often overlooked is the issue of overheating.

Most engine cooling systems contain many large and small components. Some common and intrinsic ones are cooling fluid, radiators, cooling fans, and cooling hoses. While these large parts are critical to vehicle operations, some smaller components are just as vital. 

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Controlling Odors in Your Vehicle

We spend a lot of time in our vehicles; keeping the interior clean and the air fresh can have more benefits than just the visual. It can create a welcoming respite from a hectic day and may even prevent an asthma attack if you're prone to them. While your vehicle may look clean, your upholstery can sometimes harbor hidden smells that say otherwise.

Be vigilant in cleaning up any used food containers instead of leaving them in your car overnight. If you're driving and spill a drink, pull over as soon as it's safe to swab up…

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Are You Guilty of Distracted Driving?

Although we seldom care to admit it, most of us are guilty of distracted driving, whether we realize it or not. At Acura of the Rio Grande Valley, we want to keep you as safe as possible when you’re on the road, so we’re here to offer some tips on how to not drive distracted.

  • If you’re a multi-tasker, do it before you get behind the wheel.
  • Any phone calls or texts should be done prior to driving.
  • Do not eat or drink when driving. 
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