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Summer Vacation Tips

Summertime photoSummer is is arguably the best time of year for sun, fun, and hopefully vacations!

We all have our unique process when preparing to get away.  Each vacation brings unique opportunities and challenges. Here are five tips to help your vacation go smoothly:

Tip #1 – Do your homework.  Most, if not all destinations have websites.  A little research can save you time, money, and boredom.  The less time you spend traveling, the more time you can spend relaxing and/or having fun. Nothing can put a damper on a vacation faster than “Are we there yet?”

Tip #2 – The Bear Necessities – Think through your plans and get everyone on board.  If your destination has laundry facilities, amenities, and other conveniences, you may be able to pack half the clothes, food, etc.  Lighter packing can save backs and gas mileage.

Tip #3 – Get Everyone Involved– Get everyone involved in planning a part of your vacation.  Taking part in the planning will not only build anticipation, but grumbling is less likely to happen when everyone has a say in making memories. Who said planning a vacation couldn’t be fun?

Tip #4 – Double Up – Bring two of everything you plan to take – Two toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, phone chargers, swim diapers, sunglasses, whatever…two of everything, the works.  Better safe than sorry.

Tip #5 – Get What You Came For – Above all if you are going on vacation to have fun, relax, get adventure, etc. do it!  Seriously, if you let the stress of a vacation get you down, you may come back needing a vacation from your vacation.  The majority of us need a break from the rat race.  The last thing you need is to bring the stress of it all with you leaving you stressed out, upset, and worse off than if you never went.  Your vacation is calling; take a much needed break and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Looking for the right car to get you to your next vacation destination?  If you are searching for new and used car dealerships in the Tacoma, WA area don’t leave anything to chance! Turn to the experts at the Olympia Auto Mall, your source for all things automotive.  We’ll help you find the right vehicle for your needs.


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Check Your Oil – Save Your Engine

NonameRegularly checking and changing your car’s engine oil and filter is one of the most important things you can do to keep your car running well and extend the life of your car’s engine.

The engine oil is the life blood of your car, keeping its moving parts lubricated and transferring heat away from the engine combustion. In addition, the viscosity of engine oil holds in suspension all the nasty by-products of combustion like silicon oxide and acids. Engine oil even reduces oxidation by minimizing engine exposure to oxygen and it does all of these things under tremendous heat and pressure.

What does this mean to you? Over time your engine oil breaks down and becomes less effective at doing its job.  This is why periodically checking your oil and regularly oil changes are extremely important.

Here are some helpful pointers for checking your oil from the friendly used car dealerships at the Olympia Auto Mall:

  1. When checking your oil, be sure the car is parked on the level.
  2. You should check your oil when the engine is cold or no sooner than 15 minutes after the car has been turned off.
  3. Remove the dipstick and wipe it with a clean, lint-free cloth.
  4. Insert the oil dipstick back into its holder and press it firmly back into place.
  5. Remove the dipstick again, this time checking the oil level against the markings on the stick.
  6. Next, check the condition of the oil by noting the color of the oil on the stick.  Clean engine oil is a clear, golden color.  If the oil is dark or black, check your service records, it may be time for an oil change.

The experts at the Olympia Auto Mall recommend that you check your oil once a month, especially on older vehicles.  If you need assistance, come on in.  The service centers are here to help you.

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