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What's the Best First Car for Your Teen?

Teens can sometimes have unrealistic expectations for a first car. While it isn't necessarily flashy or exciting, an excellent first car for new drivers would be an SUV or even a pickup truck. Solidly built, dependable and with plenty of safety features, a larger vehicle has all of the things teens need when they first start driving.

Look for a vehicle that includes safety features like electronic stability control, which can assist an inexperienced driver to maintain control of their vehicle when turning sharply or on a slippery surface.  

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Tips on Refinancing vs. Trading in Your Car

When you have difficulty paying off a car loan, it could be that you are in over your head and need to lower your interest rate immediately. There are several options to lower these payments. The best option for most car buyers is a trade-in. When you trade in your vehicle, you are asking that the dealer purchase the car from you and place your equity in another car. This works out to lower your payments if you trade in for a car that has a lower price tag, such as a different make and model or a used vehicle…

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Spring is Here: Time to Get the Car Ready

Car maintenance is important after a cold winter spent driving on chemically treated roads. Look in your owner's manual to see what maintenance is scheduled, and work with a mechanic to see if your vehicle needs any further work. You will want to have all of your fluid levels checked, as well as the belts, engine and air conditioning.

Take the time to remove any trash in your car, and give the interior a good cleaning. Remove winter items that can be stored in the house, and vacuum the floors and upholstery. Wipe down every surface, paying special attention…

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Consider a Dash Cam for Your Vehicle

A fun reason to have a dash cam in your car is to keep track of all of the road trips that you take. You can then post those videos to websites to show other people how to navigate along roads to reach the same destinations.

One of the benefits of a dash cam is that it can capture still images along with a video. This means that you can have pictures to look back on specific things on the road that you might have missed while traveling. It also allows you to show other people a few details of…

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What To Do About Motion Sickness

Whether you're taking a long road trip or simply driving around town, it can be frustrating to suffer the symptoms of motion sickness. Motion sickness occurs because of an imbalance in the inner ear. The good news is that there are ways to stop it from occurring.

One tip is to avoid any form of travel that you know causes your symptoms to flare up. For instance, if you don't tolerate being on water, it may be a good idea to skip that boat tour or cruise to the Bahamas. Instead, take a flight to your destination or…

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Car Features That Dog Owners Will Love

The people at KIA Downtown Los Angeles love dogs as much as anyone. Therefore, we want to let you know what to look for if you want to travel with your canine companion. Ideally, your vehicle will have a backseat climate control feature that makes it easy for your pet to stay cool in hot California weather.

Furthermore, the car should have a seat that is as low to the ground as possible. This makes it easier for your dog to get in and out of the car without putting too much strain on their joints.  

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Steering and Knowing the Terms

Sometimes you are going to have to know certain performance-related terminology when it comes to vehicles. One of the most important aspects of driving is steering. You need to have control of your vehicle when it comes to directions so that you can get to where you need to be safely.

One set of terms that you have to think about is oversteer and understeer. Oversteer is when the vehicle turns more than the command of the driver. The understeer term deals with the opposite which is basically when the vehicle turns less than what the driver commands. 

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What Happens When One of Your Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors Stops Working?

Auto-dimming rearview mirrors consist of many parts. When one of the components fails to function, the mirror will cease to work correctly. If you notice that just one of your mirrors does not auto-dim while you are driving at night, then the issue is isolated to that mirror and not a system-wide problem.

Light sensors are attached to the back of these mirrors. If dust or another foreign substance blocks one of the sensors, the mirror will not dim properly. Reach behind the mirror with a soft cloth and clean the sensors.  

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SUVs and Why They're So Popular

Today we’re seeing more and more SUVs on the highway than ever before. Just what makes these vehicles so popular? Despite costing a little more than many sedans, many people are still choosing to buy SUVs. If an SUV is something you’ve been thinking about, come to our KIA dealership and check them out to see what they have to offer.

With the high rate of traffic fatalities, drivers often choose SUVs because they’re safer and offer more protection in the unfortunate event that you are involved in an accident. Many modern SUVs will get you close…

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Back to School Car Care Tips

\Whether going across town to high school or across the country to college, you want your vehicle to be in top working order. Before school starts, make a point of performing maintenance or having your car, truck or SUV inspected at Kia of Downtown Los Angeles. Take care of the basic maintenance needs that include an oil change and tire checks. Rotate or replace the tires if needed. Evaluate the brake, coolant and transmission fluids and fill them as needed. Check the condition of the windshield wiper blades, which are inexpensive and easy to replace. 

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