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How Do I Clean Spilled Coffee in My Car?

How to Remove Coffee Stains From Your Car

Have you ever spilled a cup of coffee all over your car’s seat while running late to work? If so, then you already know how frustrating that can be. In those cases, acting fast is fundamental to avoid the coffee drying on the surface and leaving a persistent stain. But which is the best way to do it? Check out the following video by Autoblog and find out how to remove coffee stains from your car in no time.

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Compare All-Wheel Drive vs Four-Wheel Drive

What are the Differences Between AWD and 4WD?

If you have been in the market for a used automobile, especially a truck or an SUV, you have likely seen the terms all-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) thrown around. These days, you will even see these terms for more cars than you might have seen in years past. It is easy to think that they are interchangeable terms, but they are actually a bit different from each other. What are the differences between AWD and 4WD? We break it down below. 

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Five Car Noises You Should Never Ignore

Common Car Noises and What They Mean

Every time you hear an unfamiliar sound coming from your vehicle, you should pay close attention and try to find out where it comes from, as ignoring it could lead to major trouble. Learning more about some of the most common car noises and what they mean can help you identify future problems and take action before they turn into costly repair bills. Below is a quick rundown of the most common car sounds and helpful tips on what to do about them.

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These Are the Warning Signs in Your Car You Shouldn’t Ignore

Top 5 Signs Your Car is Dying

Everyone that has ever owned a vehicle for a long period of time knows that maintenance is a regular occurrence. However, there are certain symptoms you should be paying attention to in order to decide if its time for a replacement. Be it a coughing smoke or a clanky noise, some signs may suggest your aging car is in big trouble. The following video, created by Roadshow, illustrates the top 5 signs your car is dying. Watching it will help you consider if the repair bill is worth it or it might be time for a change.

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Carizma Motors Provides a 100% Online Car-Buying Experience

How to Buy a Car Online During the COVID-19 Quarantine in Lubbock TX

For those in and around Lubbock, TX looking to purchase a new vehicle without having to leave the comfort of their home, Carizma Motors makes it easy. Our dealership has turned to online tools to serve the automotive needs of our community while maintaining social distancing efforts. Thanks to our 100% online car-buying experience, you can complete the purchase process without stepping foot in the dealership. Keep reading to learn how to buy a car online during the COVID-19 quarantine with us.

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How Often Do I Need to Drive My Car During COVID-19 Quarantine?

How to Maintain Your Car During COVID-19 Lockdown

Since the state of Texas issued the stay-at-home order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, many residents are driving less. Although car maintenance might not be top of mind these days, paying attention to your vehicle if you aren’t using it as much as usual is important. Letting a car sit for prolonged periods of time can cause permanent damage and lead to expensive repair bills. Fortunately, by following a few simple steps you can keep your car in a good condition. Keep reading to learn how to maintain your car during COVID-19 lockdown.

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Essentials to Keep in Your Car In Case of An Emergency

How to Prepare a Roadside Emergency Kit

Getting stuck on the side of the road is a major inconvenience and, unfortunately, is likely to happen at some point in life. In addition, you will not always get a flat tire, run out of fuel or face a snowstorm in the most convenient places, making it more difficult to get roadside assistance. In those cases, having a well-stocked roadside emergency kit in the trunk of your car can mean the difference between getting back on the road and being stuck overnight. Continue reading this guide to learn how to prepare a roadside emergency kit at home.

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What Products Should I Use to Disinfect My Car’s Cabin?

How to Properly Clean and Disinfect your Vehicle

During the unprecedented pandemic we found ourselves in, keeping our car’s cabin clean and germ-free is more important than ever. While disinfecting your vehicle might not be the first measure that comes to mind to avoid the spread of COVID-19, it’s one you shouldn’t forget. Just by going to the grocery store or stopping at the gas station, we come in contact with tons of germs that will stay in our car. But how can you properly clean and disinfect your vehicle? What products should you use? The following video by Roadshow will answer these questions and more.

Read more: How to Clean the Windshield of Your Car

Tips to Clean the Cabin of Your Car

This video includes relevant information on how to disinfect your vehicle:

  • Products you should and shouldn’t use
  • How to replace the air filter
  • Important areas to clean

Read more: Top Five Reasons Why Your Check Engine Light Is On

The Carizma Motors team hopes that you stay safe and healthy during these difficult times. Our sales department will remain open for online and delivery sales. If you are interested in purchasing a pre-owned vehicle, browse through our online inventory or call a sales representative for assistance. Don’t forget to check our blog for more vehicle-related tips and tricks!

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What You Need to Know to Drive Safely in the Dark

Tips for Driving at Night

Feeling anxious while driving after the sun goes down? According to the National Safety Council, accident rates are three times higher when it’s dark outside. The reduced visibility and increased difficulty to measure distances play an important role in those numbers. Since road safety is at the top of the list when talking about driving concerns, at Carizma Motors we have put together a list of tips for driving at night to help you feel more confident on dark roads.

Read more: Top Five Reasons Why Your Check Engine Light Is On

1. Clean Your Windshield

A dirty windshield might be just annoying during the day, but it can make driving at night fairly difficult.  Messy or damaged windows can increase glare when hit by the headlights of an approaching vehicle, so it’s important to clean them frequently in order to ensure road visibility.

2. Check Your Headlights

It’s important to make sure your headlights are correctly aligned. If the beams are pointing to low, you will lose road visibility due to too poor illumination, but if they are aimed too high, you could blind oncoming vehicles. You can have the headlight angle checked by a technician or aim them yourself by following the instructions on your owner’s manual.

3. Don’t Stare At Lights

While it’s important to keep your eyes on the road, looking directly into the headlights of oncoming vehicles can temporarily blind you. In those cases, it’s better to shift your eyes down and to the right, using the lane markings as a guide to follow the road.

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4. Increase Distance and Reduce Speed

Driving at night entails reduced visibility and shorter reaction times. That’s why it’s important to reduce the speed and increase the space between you and the vehicle ahead. An easy way to determine if you are maintaining a proper distance is by using the three-second rule. This means when the vehicle in front of you passes a landmark along the road, you should be able to count to three before you reach the same area. If it takes less than three seconds, it’s time to slow down.

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5. Watch for Pedestrians and Wildlife

Staying alert to any pedestrians or animals crossing the road is especially important during nighttime driving. The best way to avoid a collision is by slowing down quickly and trying to stop, without swerving or driving off the road. Your headlights can also help you spot an animal’s glowing eyes to prevent an accident.

6. Keep Your Eyes Healthy

You can have the cleanest windshield and the best headlights, but little will they do if your vision isn’t in good shape. It’s important to get your eyes checked at least every two years in order to detect any underlying problems that may affect your night vision.

Read more: Five Tips For Extending the Life of Your Vehicle

Although driving at night can be challenging, these easy tips will help you ride with more confidence in the dark. Don’t forget to check the Carizma Motors blog for more automotive tips and tricks!

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Paperwork You Should Keep in Your Car’s Glove Box

What Documents Do I Need to Keep Stored in My Glove Compartment?

A lot of drivers keep their car’s glove box stuffed with road trip snacks and purchase receipts, but this compartment is also a handy place to store important documentation. Owning a car comes with a lot of paperwork, and while some of it can be stored at home, there are certain documents you should always keep with you while on the road. Keep reading to find out the three documents you need to keep stored in your glove compartment.

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