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Should You Choose a Compact Temporary Spare Tire or a Full-Size Spare?

If your vehicle allows you to choose between a compact temporary tire and a full-size spare but you don't know the differences, read on to find out more. These are two very distinct options that provide different pros and cons.

The compact temporary is great for vehicles that don't have a lot of storage space. Some vehicles have a built in compartment for this type of spare. The downside is, you can't drive on the compact spare for long. You'll need to immediately head to a location that can fix your tire as soon as you…
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Get Ready for Some Football with These Tailgating Essentials

Preseason football in underway, which means you'll be heading to your local stadium for some tailgating action in just a couple of weeks. If you're new to the tailgating experience, we here at Garcia Honda Albuquerque have you covered. Check out some of our recommendations for tailgating essentials:
  • Make sure you have seating with you. Bring some fold up chairs that can be easily stored in your trunk.
  • If you'll be eating, make sure you have all the necessary utensils and plates you will need. Make sure everything is disposable for easy cleanup.
  • Keep a couple...
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Auto Suspension Systems Withstand Harsh Conditions

Designed to dampen forces, a car's suspension system is exposed to minor and major beatings from the road. Sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks are usually supported by heavy-duty struts and shock absorbers that are engineered to survive mechanical torture. After all, these types of vehicles are tuned to take on rugged landscapes and inclement weather. Frequent off-road driving reduces the lifespan of critical components in the suspension system. Dirt and grime from the ground accumulate on the surfaces and interior chambers of select accessories. 
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Easy And Effective Ways To Clean Your Tires And Wheels

At Garcia Honda Albuquerque we want our customers to know that we care about their after purchase experience. This is why we are providing tips on how they can easily clean their vehicle's wheels and tires without breaking a sweat or the bank.

When cleaning the wheels, it is important that you select an appropriate type of cleaner for your wheels. A chrome wheel cleaner should only be used to clean chrome wheels because it will damage non-chrome wheels. A brush with feathered bristles should ideally be used to clean wheels because it will prevent scratching. 
 

 

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Understanding the Key Differences Between Payload and Towing

The terms payload and towing capacity are often erroneously used interchangeably. While they have a similar meaning, there is a distinct difference between the two.

Payload is defined as the items that you carry inside of your vehicle. This figure is determined by the total weight that a vehicle can handle. The towing capacity is defined as the amount of weight that a vehicle can pull behind it. Towing is based on the strength of the frame combined with the power and torque of the engine and its transmission.
 

 

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Find a Safe Vehicle for Your Teenager

If you're the parent of a teenager, you likely know all about trying to find a vehicle for your son or daughter that's within your budget and will be safe for them to drive. As a group, teenage drivers are more likely to engage in risky behavior while driving, but you might not have the budget to spend the same amount of money on your child's vehicle as you would your own. At Garcia Honda Albuquerque, we want to help you find a safe vehicle for your child, so here are a few tips.

First of all…
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How to Decide Between Refinancing a Loan or Trading a Vehicle

If you are looking to save money on your car payment, you could choose to trade your current vehicle in for a less expensive model. Alternatively, you could work to refinance your loan to lower your interest rate or extend the term to lower the monthly payment.

At Garcia Honda Albuquerque, we want you to know as much as possible about both of these options. Refinancing your loan to one with a lower interest rate is generally only possible if you have good credit. Market conditions may also play a role in whether refinancing is a viable option.

 

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See Why More Cars Have an Infotainment System

An infotainment system is showing up in more cars, providing access to more technology. At Garcia Honda Albuquerque, we’ll show you the many models that include one of these systems, giving you access to vehicle information, navigation, audio controls, and more from one screen.

There are so many ways that you can access the system. You can safely drive down the road in Albuquerque while engaging with the system. Voice controls and buttons on the steering wheel allow you to keep your eyes straight ahead. Plus, there’s a touchscreen as the command center in most vehicles.
 

 

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Budget Your Next Road Trip well and Come Home with Some Extra Cash!

Many people don't think about saving money on a road trip, but there are many things you can do to keep more of your money and put it toward other expenses. At Garcia Honda Albuquerque we have a couple of tips to make sure your next trip is fun and inexpensive.

Get on the road early and make sure you only take what you need for the trip. Overpacking can cause your vehicle to use more gas for a long trip. Budget your gas costs by the places you know you will stop to fill up on the trip…
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Rubber Floor Mats vs. Carpet Floor Mats

When it comes to floor mats, you may be wondering just what type you should use in your vehicle. Well, before you get too confused at which one you should use, it would be a good idea to consider the advantages and disadvantages of each choice. Consider this comparison:

Rubber Floor Mats

Rubber floor mats are useful because they have a rubber material that makes it very easy to clean. Moreover, they usually will look decent against the backdrop of your carpets. Unfortunately, rubber floor mats only come in three colors: gray, tan or black.

Carpet floor mats

The best…
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