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How Long Does it Take to Rebuild Credit?

Good credit is often a requirement for making big purchases, such as a car. If you plan on financing your next vehicle but aren't sure if your credit score is good enough, there are things you can do to raise it. It may take time, but it will make your purchase much easier. We want you to make an informed purchasing decision, so here's some important credit information you need to know.

One of the most damaging things that can affect your credit score is a late payment. Multiple late payments or serious delinquencies have even bigger ramifications…

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Deciding Between Refinancing and Trading in Your Vehicle

When your life situation changes, you might feel the need to get into a new vehicle to fit with the way that things are now. You have that option but you also have the option to refinance your loan on your current vehicle. Hendrick Cars Cary wants you to be informed about all of your options and the way that they will work for you.

If you work on refinancing your loan on your current vehicle, you can stay in that vehicle and start to pay lower payments on it. If you trade in your vehicle, you can get into…

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How To Find a Teenage-Safe Vehicle

Given that your teenager is growing up and still going through changes, it is important to make sure that your they are safe with their first vehicle. You want the type of vehicle that is going to give them as much help as they need to stay safe.

Fortunately, it is a lot easier to check for safety now than it was a few years ago. There are a lot of sites that have information on each vehicle you are considering for your teenager. You can learn about all of the recalls or any other pieces of information you need…

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Tailgating: Tips and Essentials for Maximum Fun

Tailgating is a great part of owning a pickup truck, and we at Hendrick Cars Cary are dedicated to helping you make it as fun as possible. Staying organized and preparing ahead will help keep everyone smiling and bonding over great food.

If you are going for a traditional experience, prep your food items for the grill and gather condiments the day before the game. Keep all of your grilling essentials in a cart with drawers or a toolbox, so you are organized while cooking. Let guests know where everything is with labels in your team colors.  

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Making Emergency Situations Easier to Handle

If a tire goes flat or the engine stops running suddenly, you need to react quickly. Fortunately, there are easy steps to take to stay safe during a roadside emergency. For instance, you can put flares around your vehicle to let others know of your predicament. You can also call for help from your phone or any other nearby.

Be sure to check your vehicle before exiting to be sure that your kids or pets are accounted for. Temperatures inside of a vehicle can get dangerously hot quickly. 

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Should You Consider a Crossover Vehicle?

Some people simply utilize their vehicle to get them to and from work each day. Other people really need a vehicle that can keep up with their lifestyle and all of their hobbies. A crossover vehicle is a great option that allows you to get your every day driving done, but you can also use your crossover for things like towing a trailer, boat, SUV's and more. Their overall size is great. You get enough weight and power under the hood to get the job done, but crossovers don't take up a huge footprint like other vehicle options…

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Back to School Carpool Tips for Keeping Everyone Safe

Another school year is starting. These carpool safety tips will help to keep everyone safer as the school year begins.

The kids are going to be excited as your vehicle pulls up to the school. Don't allow them to just escape the vehicle, only allow them to exit curbside to avoid being hit by a passing vehicle. The same when they get home as they are excited to get out and play, only let them out of the ride curbside.

Get into the habit each day to remind kids during drop-off who will be picking them up today. 

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Motor Oil Myths Debunked

The motor oil inside of your vehicle's engine is very important. It's not only the kind of oil that you use, but the integrity of the oil after a few thousand miles and the level at which it sits at. We here at Hendrick Pre-Owned can give you an accurate recommendation on when you should have an oil change done based on what type of vehicle you have and a quick look at your car's manual. Don't listen to the every 3,000 miles rule. This is too general of a recommendation for every vehicle on…

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Connected Cars Connect Our Lives

An infotainment system has become almost the standard in most vehicles produced today. What once was considered a high-end convenience feature has become a necessary system in modern vehicle operations. Originally, these systems merely combined the radio functions with the climate control system, as the name suggests. However, current systems are now capable of monitoring the vehicle diagnostics, news and traffic, shopping and local entertainment directories, and even monitoring the exterior of the vehicle with cameras. 

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Signs that Your Starter is Failing

When your car has trouble or even refuses to start, it's natural to think that the battery is at fault. When the battery checks out okay, though, the starter could commonly be at fault. Following are several reasons why your starter may need attention.

A starter that makes a grinding noise is telling you that its gears are worn out. Another sign is a whining noise, known as freewheeling, that occurs when you try to start your vehicle, but it doesn't turn over. 

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