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How to Fix a Dent in Your Car

how to fix a dent in your car

No matter how careful you are with your vehicle, accidents happen to everyone. Whether or not it’s your fault, your car will be dented at some point in time. However, instead of paying someone else to fix it for you, consider saving some money by doing it yourself. Here’s how to fix a dent in your car.

 

Step 1

 

Heat up the area around the dent. This can be done with a hair dryer. Hold the hair dryer about six inches away from the car, and heat up the dent to make it malleable. Some drivers place aluminum foil over the area to prevent the paint from being damaged.

 

Step 2

 

Quickly cool the heated area. You can do this with a small piece of dry ice or with a can of computer duster (held upside down). The rapid change in temperature should pop the dent right out.

 

Alternative

 

One alternative method is to use a suction cup on the dent in order to pop it out. These are often found in dent repair kits, but you can also just use a plunger from your bathroom.

 

If the dent doesn’t come out, or if it’s a serious dent, consider taking your car to a professional.

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Best Used AWD Cars and SUVs for Winter

As winter looms closer, you might be in the market for used AWD vehicles that can better handle the slippery streets and hazardous weather conditions. Here’s some of our favorites

Used AWD Cars and SUVs

 

Subaru Outback: The Outback is a favorite among top ten lists for a reason, thanks to its enjoyable ride quality and responsive handling. The Outback has plenty of cargo space and leg room in both the front and rear rows.

 

Chevy Tahoe or GMC Yukon: Both of these are based on the same platform, though the Yukon is notably more luxurious than the Tahoe. Either way, the Tahoe and Yukon deliver the kind of power and capability only a truck-based SUV can.

 

Nissan Rogue: Nimble, quiet, and fuel efficient, the Rogue is a great choice among small SUVs with AWD, especially when you factor in the interior designed to optimize space.

 

Jeep Renegade: The Renegade has been described as a more refined alternative to the Wrangler, without sacrificing any of the Wrangler’s terrain-crawling capabilities.

 

Subaru XV Crosstrek: AWD is standard equipment on this small SUV, which has the maneuverability and functionality of a five-door hatchback. This makes it a great, comfortable option for families.

 

If you’re looking at a variety of Used AWD Cars and SUVs, maybe this has narrowed your search a bit. You can always come to Parks Select for help, too!

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Alternate Thanksgiving Recipes for When Turkey Isn’t Enough

Tired of preparing turkey every year for Thanksgiving? These alternate Thanksgiving recipes prove that you don’t need turkey at your dinner table to make Thanksgiving delicious.

alternate Thanksgiving recipes

1) Honey-Glazed Ham: If you’re opting out of turkey, ham is the second-closest thing to having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The honey sauce in this recipe – which includes extra goodies like cinnamon and sugar – adds a sweeter touch.

 

2) Beef Brisket: The beef in this recipe gets smothered in delicious chili-based sauces and fall vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and onions. Adding beer sounds a bit unorthodox, but it adds to the flavor.

 

3) Crown Roast of Lamb: Rosemary, minced garlic, and oregano get cooked into this delicious, tender meat that’s been brushed in olive oil. Lamb is an uncommon delicacy; why not try it for the holidays?

 

4) Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms: If you have a vegetarian at your dinner table, then this might be a good idea. Portobello mushrooms have a more meaty taste than other mushrooms, and stuffing them with cheese, garlic, and eggplant puts all the yummy food in one easy place.

 

Don’t be shy – try your hand at any of these alternate Thanksgiving recipes. You just might like one of them better than turkey, and introduce a new tradition to your family’s dinner table.

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New Buick Avenir Sub-Brand to Offer Even More Luxury

 

The new Buick Avenir sub-brand will debut a lineup of concept car-inspired vehicles for the 2018 model year. The Buick Avenir was introduced as a concept car at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and has now spanned an entire lineup of super-luxurious vehicles with special design touches.

Buick says the Avenir sub-brand is its own version of GMC’s luxury Denali line, which adds luxury amenities and features to existing GMC trucks and SUVs. The Avenir brand reflects Buick customers’ preference for higher-end vehicles; 90% of Enclave buyers, according to Buick, chose one of the two highest trim levels.

The Avenir models will take inspiration from the Avenir concept showed last year, most likely integrating the three-dimensional grille, larger wheels, and unique exterior finishes, as well as special interior detailing and Avenir badging. There are also rumors that upcoming Avenir sub-brand models could borrow styling cues from the popular Avista coupe concept.

Buick was the fastest-growing international brand of 2015, and continuing to expand the brand’s international appeal is a major focus of the company. Avenir, which is the French word for “future,” exemplifies “an important piece of future direction,” according to Helen Emsley, the executive director of Buick Global Design.

Specific product details for the Avenir lineup have not yet been announced.

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How to Change a Serpentine Belt

change a serpentine belt

 

The serpentine belt controls a lot of stuff in your engine, including your power steering pump, alternator, water pump, and a lot more, so if it breaks or starts to wear out, replacing it is absolutely essential. You don’t have to go to a dealership or mechanic to do it—thanks to automatic belt tensioners, replacing it yourself is easy. So let’s break down what it takes to change a serpentine belt.

First, buy a new serpentine belt, consulting your owner’s manual or a parts store employee for the right kind of belt for your vehicle. You’ll probably also want to pick up a serpentine belt tool. You technically can replace a serpentine belt with regular tools, but it’s much harder that way.

If your car has a diagram of how the belt is supposed to go on, use it to guide you. If not, make a diagram yourself before you start. It’s important to know how the belt goes on. Next, park your car on a flat surface and pop the hood. Use the serpentine belt tool to turn the tensioner arm, which loosens the belt, and slip it off the smooth pulleys, then let go of the tensioner and take the belt off the rest of the way.

Now get the new belt and, following the diagram, use the belt tool to slip the new belt onto the pulleys. Rotate the tensioner while you put the belt on to gradually tighten it and keep the belt from slipping off. The last part of putting the belt on is sliding it onto the round roller. Make sure the belt is on the pulleys correctly and release the tensioner.

With a serpentine belt tool, this job should take less than half an hour to finish.

If you have any questions, just contact us or stop on in Parks Select today!

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Best North Carolina Road Trips

Road Trips

 

North Carolina is among the most beautiful states in America, which means that it is also prime real estate for taking road trips. Here are some of the best routes for your next adventure.

 

Outer Banks

 

North Carolina is known for its beautiful coastline, so it goes without saying that this would be one of the best road trips. The Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, also known as Route 12, is 137 miles of pure natural beauty.

 

Getting Into the Countryside

 

If you’re more interested in getting away from it all, the Nantahala Scenic Byway, also known as US 74, is a bit shorter at 43 miles, but it snakes through the Smoky Mountains National Park and the Nantahala National Forest.

 

Experience History

 

To get a taste of North Carolina history, try the Piedmont triad- a combination of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point. From colonial towns to Andy Griffith’s childhood home, you will find a lot of cool pieces of history.

 

If you have the time, you can combine all of these trips for an epic journey through North Carolina. If all else fails, just get on a highway and see where it takes you. You simply can’t get away from natural beauty in North Carolina.

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