Scion FR-S Purchase from a Fan

One of our fans, Mike, wrote in to tell us their story about buying their first car, a Scion FR-S.

Mike was watching ESPN on a typical Saturday morning when a new Toyota commercial came on.  It was some sports car riding through the hills of some mountain, ripping around turns while the engine whined.  It sounded amazing. As the car rounded the corner on the final turn, the words FR-S came across the screen along with the message “visit your local Toyota Dealer for more information”.

That’s exactly what he did.  Mike drove over to the Toyota dealership (company that owns the now extinct Scion brand) and spoke with a rep.  They offered a test drive of their automatic, Black (Raven), FR-S.  He drove the car of the lot and drove the speed limit around town.

According to dealership rules, the rep had to be in the passenger seat.  Mike couldn’t take the car out on its own and then bring it back after.  He drove carefully because the rep was present.  The rep told him to take a turn, which brought them onto a set of back roads.  The speed limit was between 30 to 40 depending on the road and it had plenty of twists and turns.  Mike continued going the speed limit, until finally, the rep said he could do otherwise.  He stated, “This is a test drive.  Test the car.  Sport mode is that button.  We’ve got dealer plates, so cops won’t be an issue.”

Mike took that message as a green light and pressed the petal to the floor.  30-40-50-60, this car was a rocket ship.  He ripped through the turns on the back road accelerating as he continued down the stretch.  The rep’s face went from straight to panicked in a matter of seconds.  Cruising past the fields on the right side, Mike was pushing 70 heading into another set of turns.  He tore through the turns while the tires squealed and continued toward the straight away back to the main road.  He drove like a normal person, speeding about 7 over until reaching the dealership.

After dropping off the car, he went to test out the Nissan 350Z and the Hyundai Genesis Turbo 3.5L.  The 350Z was heavy and not very nimble for its size.  The Genesis was nice and sounded great, but the price was ridiculous for that car.  Two quick tests drives and about an hour later, he marched right back into the dealership to buy the Scion FR-S.  Today, this car is called the GT-86, originally its European name.  Scion brand has been removed and everything is under the main Toyota name now.

Apparently sales were terrible because Toyota anticipated young people buying the FR-S and older people buying the near-replica BRZ that Subaru makes.  However, what really happened is young people bought the BRZ and no one bought the FR-S.  Toyota lost a ton of money.  Mike’s happy though because the car literally only existed for two years before Toyota rebranded it as the GT-86.  It’s quick, nimble, corners like a Porsche, and doesn’t cost much to maintain.  On top of that, it gets nearly 30 miles a gallon for gas.  There really is no downside.

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2018 Wrapstar Auto Show

2018 Wrapstar Auto Show

We’re excited to announce the start of ticket sales for the 2018 Wrapstar Auto Show, hosted by the expert technicians at Avery Vehicle Services, on November 28, 2018 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.  Doors open at 8 AM and the events ends at 9 PM. You must have a pre-registered ticket for entry at the front gate.  Please be advised that bags of any kind, food, and drink will not be allowed.  Security will be tight this year, so be prepared to wait in line for 15 minutes minimum.

Our History

Ever since the inaugural car show in 2012, our raving fans have been blasting our social media feed and email account with requests to host the show semi-annually instead of yearly.  For now, we’re keeping it as it is, but we’ll consider it in the future.

When we came out to the Phoenix arena in 2012 for the first show, we didn’t know what to expect.  We had invited around 2,500 car enthusiasts from our exclusive email list and also run a couple Facebook campaigns across the United States mainland trying to drum up some interest.  We didn’t plan for the 7,000 plus auto fans that showed up, but thankfully the space we rented out was able to hold everyone.  The 2-day event was wildly successful with more than 75 vendors from 17 different states traveling in to showcase their merchandise and show off their best wrapped cars.  Over the weekend, we handed out more than $100,000 in prizes, and this year, we’re going to top it!

2018 Wrap Star Auto Show Will Be Huge!

This year, in 2018, we’re going bigger.  Our new host city for the 2018 Wrap Star Auto Show is Albany, New York with the Pepsi Arena, now called the Times Union Center, as the location.  Our line-up is impressive because we’re featuring 123 vendors from as far away as California.  We’ve even got vendors flying in from outside the states to be there for this momentous occasion.

When the doors open at 8:00 on November 28, our special guests will be greeted by the beautiful Avery Auto Girls and led to the center stage for a live musical performance by local Albany artists.  Featuring a mix of 90’s pop and punk rock, ticket holders will be able to enjoy free drinks and food on us for the duration of the performance.  At 9:30 sharp, doors to the main room will open and guests will be free to roam the area and check out the car wrap work of 70 different artists.  Merchandise is available at the booths surrounding the event and all pre-registered guests will receive a free t-shirt and a 10% discount for pre-ordering their tickets.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Thank you to our main sponsor Perfect Pave, the leading provider of asphalt paving services in Albany, New York.  We also want to thank our countless secondary sponsors and volunteers for their donations and support.  We couldn’t run a successful event like this without you.

Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchase online or at the local box office.

Event Details:

2018 Wrapstar Auto Show hosted by Avery Vehicle Services
8:00 AM – 9:00 PM on November 28, 2018
Casual Dress code
Street parking available. VIP parking $30 per car.



Top Sports Cars of 2018

Sports cars represent the epitome of pleasure while driving. While most of the sports cars need to be fast and have a highly energetic, vivacious engine, you will come across a wide range of niches within the sports cars category at the same time. There are several subcategories within every segment of the sports cars. You can come across variations in the performance, design elements, and practicality spectrum –each manufacturer tailoring the halo models to cater to the specific needs of the customers.

If you are on the lookout for the best range of sports cars in 2018, here are some of our top suggestions:

  • BMW M3: If you are in the sports car segment looking not just for a sporty sedan, but also for the one that comes jam-packed with high-end features, the all-new BMW M3 might just fit your bill. This 4-door, a luxurious sports car is significantly spacious than most of the conventional sports coupe in the given segment. The all-new BMW M3 has a single trim level. Some of the specialized features that come along with this luxurious sedan include the heated 10-way front seats, keyless ignition & entry, an advanced navigation system, and carbon-fiber trim seats.


  • Subaru WRX: This elegant sports car takes up the vision of what you would imagine out of the best sports car –allowing 4-5 passengers, two doors, and rear-wheel drive capability. You will be impressed by the four-cylinder engine support and turbocharged engine capability of the sports car. In the latest version, the WRX sports car model by Subaru retains the nimble handling and precise steering specifications.


  • Nissan 370Z: If your heart races in response to classic sports car styling features, the all-new version of the Nissan 370Z delivers outstanding performance throughout. The high-end convertible and coupe models are standard with the revolutionary V6 engine. If you are a sports car enthusiast, then you can opt for the 6-speed manual transmission version of the Nissan 370Z sports car.


  • Volkswagen GTI: Since its inception, the classic model of the Volkswagen Golf GTI sports car has gained huge impetus. It unveils classic sports styling along with other high-end features like a powerful engine and a spacious cargo area in its compact body. The classic 4-door hatchback, the all-new Volkswagen GTI comes in four trim levels. Available as a four-wheel-drive sports car, Volkswagen GTI comes with a 2.0L as its standard equipment.

Buy the best sports car for yourself!

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How to Take Care of Your Car Like a Pro

Have you recently bought a new car? One of the best qualities of modern-day cars is that they need require much less maintenance in comparison to traditional car models. The introduction of the electronic ignition has given away the need for condenser and points. Suspensions, chassis, and even transmissions have been lubed to last for a lifetime. Moreover, the factory-run warranties are usually six years or longer when it comes to buying the new-generation car models. To add it all, reliability has also improved significantly.

If you wish to ensure the best for your brand-new car, here are some additional tips:

  • Check the Engine Oil Frequently: If you wish to ensure the best condition for your vehicle, keep checking the engine oil every now & then. Moreover, if you come across any major oil leaks or you feel the need to add oil frequently, then you must keep a check on the engine oil of your car. To get accurate dipstick reading of the car’s engine oil, your vehicle must be parked on the ground level. Do not go for over-filling your car. If you do observe any leak, fix it as soon as possible.


  • Check the Tires for Air Pressure: Usually once a month or before any extended road trip, you must check into the tires of your vehicle to determine the air pressure accurately. Make use of some high-quality tire-pressure gauge for checking the inflation pressure in each side of the tires along with the spare. Try doing this when the tires of your car are cold. In addition to this, you should also make sure that there are no wear or tear, small cuts or bulges on either side of the tires.


  • Wash the Car Often: Try washing your car every week. Wash its entire body. If necessary, you can hose out the undercarriages and the fender wells to remove all the dirt & road salt. When the water beads while washing your car become larger than the size of a quarter, it is time for you to consider waxing the exterior finish of the car.


  • Inspect the Exhaust System: If you wish to go for making under-car inspections, then you must look out for rusted-through parts of the exhaust that might need replacement. Try to tighten the loosened clamps as well. You should also listen to the sound of the exhaust while you are driving to observe any changes. It is generally recommended to replace the entire car’s exhaust system than to go for repairing bits & parts of it every now & then.


  • Check the Brakes: The braking setup of your car must be top-notch at all times. To ensure that the brakes are in the perfect working condition, you must get them checked at least twice a year by professional car repair service providers.

Ensure the best for your car by taking care of these steps towards maintaining your car at its best condition!

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Top Car Trends to Look Out for in 2018

Though we might not think about it, we are gradually moving towards the golden era of cars and its high-end technologies. When it comes to cutting-edge car technology, the year 2018 is by far the most leading and advanced in this era. Unlike the rocket-inspired car models of the 1960s, the cars of the current, as well as next generations, are aimed at offering highly promising and advanced versions of the trendiest technologies and high-end features.

Cars have changed a lot in the recent times with respect to the overall appearance, technical specifications, demands of the users, and so more. Here are some of the top car trends that you can look up to in the year 2018 and years ahead:

  • The Rise of the SUV Look: Nowadays, almost every mainstream car manufacturing company aims at presenting a distinctive SUV or crossover lineup in its car range. The influence of this aesthetic trend has been observed in most of the latest car models with more of them resembling the SUV design specifications. For instance, the estate cars tend to offer a highly rugged version featuring extra body cladding and raised suspension. You can also observe a rapid change in the lighting technology of today’s cars. Headlights nowadays are being used as stylish elements with LED lighting to enhance the overall feel.


  • Enhanced Use of Personalized Navigation Systems: There are higher chances that if you have recently visited somewhere in your car of the latest model, you must have utilized the built-in navigation system for the ease of getting to your destination. Whether it was the built-in system or an app in your smartphone, the drivers nowadays are relying heavily on the personalized navigation systems to find addresses accurately, explore new places, and get an idea of the new locations. In the upcoming years, more car manufacturers will be installing the built-in personalized navigation systems in the car models for enhanced user experience.


  • Rise of the Electric Cars: Owing to the increasing pollution levels and global warming, most of the car manufacturing companies are going “green” towards reducing the overall carbon footprints. On pretext of the same, these companies have laid out several high-end models of the electric cars. In addition to causing minimal to no pollution, these electric cars also help saving a lot on the high fuel prices. There are several specialized electric car models that are out in the automobile markets of the world.


  • Autonomous Vehicles: Also referred to as the “driverless cars”, the autonomous vehicles are known for their ability to sense the given environment and navigate obstacles without the need for a real driver. This technology is still under the development phase by several leading car manufacturing companies and will come handy for those who wish to travel long distances and yet enjoy the traveling experience without getting exhausted.


Look out for the best car technology trends in the recent times!



An old car is often referred to as a decrepit car. It may have reached a point where the expense of maintaining it outweighs the value of keeping it. Due to age, neglect, and damage, the car is generally abandoned or stripped apart; however, one can choose to risk the expense and make it appear new. The following are some of the ways of making it look new.


  1. Make a plan before handling the car. It is an excellent idea to create an overall strategy, consider the way each of your upgrades will affect each other. Some aesthetic changes will clash against each other. Even worse can run out of space to fit all the pieces on your car. Run all the ideas past a car expert before making any financial commitments on it.


  1. Paint your car. A fresh coat of paint is considered the most transformative thing you can do to a car’s appearance. It can be painted with specialized sprays while still in the garage. Due to the value of the vehicle, it is important to be slow and consistent with your paint. Car modification while in the garage can offer more intense jobs with graphics like flames. These are very stylized, but make sure your car model is worth of the flair before you commit to something flashy.


  1. Get tinted windows. These windows {give the car a new look and } adds the first-class essence to the vehicle. The mystery factor and the privacy of tinted windows can make even an average car look posh by comparison. However, by replacing original parts, you may void your car’s warranty. It is advisable to check with the manufacturer before proceeding.


  1. Replace your heads and taillights. Heads and taillights draw attention as they are designed to be reflective. Make sure your taillights modifications are road-friendly. Although you can change your car’s look by replacing the lights on it, you must make sure they are by the road regulations.


  1. Change the seats and tires. For a fashionable touch, replace the seats with leather seats or any other material as you see fit. Do not forget to change tires to increase the functionality of the vehicle while driving.


  1. Add a spoiler to the back of your car. That gives the automobile the visual impression that is fast enough to need some aerodynamic support. The mechanic specialist may be able to direct you to a spoiler especially suited for the car you are adjusting.


  1. Give your car a hydraulic suspension rig. With hydraulics, you can boost your car suspension and make it “dance.” Hydrology is a significant part of the car modders culture and is preferred on cars with low suspension called low-riders.


  1. There are other unforgettable ways like; upgrading the stereo system, lowering the car suspension to make it look sleeker. Reprogramming the car’s Engine Control Unit, improving the exhaust and gaging the vehicles modding potential.


By following all those ways described above, the formerly old and scrappy car appears to be a new car.





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Best car accessories you could have in 2018

If you love cars and want to know everything about new gadgets and accessories, you should read this post to discover some of the best additions you could have this year and put your car at its best. The most important thing of this list is that you actually may need the following gadgets and take advantages from all of them.

  1. Bestek Jump Starter. This one might be the best one on the list and the most efficient. Jumper cables are functional anytime you have another car to help you out. However, if you’re alone in a dessert and you don’t see any vehicle near you, the self-powered Bestek is a must have. You can forget about depending on another to jump start your car battery. Also, you can count on two USB ports and a flashlight. Price: $60.
  2. If you get into an accident and you should prove who is responsible, the dashcam is the gadget you’ll need. Not only you’ll have the opportunity to shoot a nice drive, but also can be really handy in misfortune moments. The camera can film 30 frames per second and switch automatically when you turn on your vehicle and same when you switch off. Price: $106
  3. Smartphone mount. This one is well-known but you might not know its relevance. If you use your phone frequently even when your drive for navigating any direction, you’ll be happy with this accessory. You’ll have the chance to place your phone in the most comfortable spot and you’ll not have to look down anymore. The iOttie holder is a great choice and your driving will be less stressful than ever. Price: $20.
  4. Bluetooth gadget. Your car doesn’t have Bluetooth? Don’t worry, you don’t have to buy a new model for enjoying this option. With the Belkin’s Bluetooth car kit, you can easily connect your smartphone and play your favorite music and make some calls whenever you need. Price: $40.
  5. Maxboost USB charger. Nowadays when we have so many devices, the ports of our car may be insufficient. To solve this situation, you just need to buy the Maxboost USB for having an extra pair of ports. You never know when you’ll need them! Price: $10.
  6. Smart car adapter. This one is a must-have! With the “Automatic” car adapter you’ll be able to diagnose any engine problems, display your routes histories, your parking spots and even help you to call for help if you need it. The device you can pair it with your smartphone via Bluetooth and it will be used anytime you’re on a trip. Price: $73.
  7. Radar detector. If you love to speed up more than allowed, you should have one of this. With this gadget, you’ll know any possible traps you could find on the way. One of the highest rated radars is the Escort Passport 9500ix, is an expensive one but if you break the law frequently you may save more money in the future. Needless to say, you should know that the best option is not speeding, be responsible! Price: $300.
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Best car cleaning tips

If you are one of those who spends a lot of time in the car, you may find it hard keep it clean. At this point, you’ll have only two options: going to an auto detailer (expensive) or, you can manage the situation and clean it yourself. Could be sound hard but is much easier than you think; you can wash your car like a professional with the following tips that we’ll give you. The only thing that you need is the best disposition!

Also, you should know that car washes with big brushes can do more damage than good to your car’s exterior. If you want to protect your vehicle’s paint, there’s no better way than do it yourself.

Go for it!

Evaluate your car. Yes, you may think: I know my car! But no. You have to evaluate the condition of your vehicle in order to understand how should be cleaned. Observe every detail, find the areas that need more care and the cleaning process will be easier. If you start washing your car without even think where to start first, the result won’t be the one you desire.

Don’t forget to check your car at least once a week. Not only regarding the cleaning but also the function. This way, you’ll be aware of the things that might need some assistance.

Wet your car.  Our first duty is to hose your car with lots of cold water. This will help you to remove the dirt later. If you own a pressure washer, use it underside and wheel arches but avoid the direct contact on door seals, rust or any area with loose paint. High-pressure water is a paint remover, so you have to use it carefully.

Read the product’s label. Before you start cleaning the vehicle with any product, you have to read the label cautiously. For example, if you don’t read the product and is a chrome wheel cleaner, this can ruin your aluminum wheel because it’s incredibly acidic. Be aware of the composition and if fits your car needs.

Washing soap. Instead of any liquid detergent or dish cleaner, you should use a washing soap. They are more efficient and will give you the final aspect you were looking for. Rinse your vehicle deeply first to eliminate bigger pieces of dirt which can make some severe scratches on your vehicle if you don’t remove them before washing.

Thick cream for the glasses. You can use a spray liquid, but the result won’t be the same. The thick cream is for effective at removing heavy dirt and let your glasses flawless. If you decide cleaning your vehicle, do it correctly, don’t you think? 

Drying. Don’t think that you can just leave the car drying naturally with the sun; you must dry it yourself because if you don’t, you’ll have streaks all over your car. Use a real chamois cloth to do this process, and you’ll notice the difference. They may be a bit expensive but they worth it.

Waxing. Waxing is optional, but it will give your car more protection. It preserves your paint, and the cleaning will last longer. You have two types: polymer or carnauba. Both are great, and your car will shine.



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Some Car Maintenance You Can DIY

Learning how to do certain things yourself can really help save up on costs. Most car owners do try to live more frugal lives by getting better at handling projects that they used to go to professionals for.

This isn’t to suggest that professionals are a thing of the past. It’s just that there are some parts of car maintenance that are quite simple that anyone can handle fairly easily and quickly with practice.

Today, we’ll be discussing some of the car maintenance projects that are so simple, any handy car owner will be able to do it for themselves.

Air Filter

Tools: None
Duration: 10 minutes
Estimated Cost: $10

A lot of professional car services have been known to charge upwards of $20 for an air filter change. Any car will need a new air filter every 12 months or 12,000 miles–whichever may come first. Going to a pro can mean surrendering your vehicle for half a day (depending on how busy their shop is). Doing it yourself will take about 10 minutes or so.

  1. First, find your filter under the hood of your car. It’s in a black rectangular box with metal clips on the side. Check your owner’s manual if you don’t see it as soon as you pop the hood.
  2. Open up the casing, and check out how the air filter fits inside it. Make a note of which way the filter faces.
  3. Remove the old air filter, and insert the new one exactly how the old one sat.
  4. Remember to close the metal clips when you’re done.

That’s pretty much it. When you really get used to changing the air filter yourself, you’ll really start to wonder why you had a pro do that for you before. For extra savings in the long run, you can extend the life of your new air filter by hitting it with some compressed air to clear out any debris.

Oil Change and Oil Filter

Tools needed: Ratchet, oil filter wrench, oil pan, and a funnel
Duration: 45 minutes max
Estimated Cost: $20

Experts say you should change your oil every 3,000 miles, but with better products and cars operating more efficiently, I think you can get away with changing it every 5,000 miles. Whichever benchmark you decide to use, you can save time and money by handling the change yourself. Before you start, keep in mind these precautions:

  1. Never change your oil when your engine is hot. Park, wait for it to cool, and then get started. Driving around the block to heat the car and loosen the oil can result in a more effective drain, which is good news, but you must let the engine cool before going to work.
  2. You’ll have to jack up your car, so make sure you’re comfortable safely handling a jack.

Now that you’ve covered safety first, it’s time to get a little dirty.

  1. Get under your car and locate the vehicle’s oil pan. It shouldn’t be hard to find.
  2. Unscrew the drain plug and drain all of the old oil into your oil pan.
  3. Once all of the oil is drained, replace the drain plug.
  4. Go back to your engine and remove the old oil filter with your oil filter wrench. (Be careful, because the oil filter contains some old oil as well).
  5. Lubricate the rubber gasket on the new oil filter with some new motor oil.
  6. Fill the new oil filter about two-thirds of the way with new oil.
  7. Screw in the new oil filter. Hand-tighten it only.
  8. Fill the engine with new oil, using your funnel.
  9. With a dip-stick, double check your oil level to be sure you’ve added enough.
  10. Discard the old oil filter and recycle the old oil (most gas stations will take it).

Changing your oil is the dirtiest job on the list, but it might be the most rewarding too. Though you can find plenty of quick-service stations nearby, when you think about going possibly four times a year, the expense and time commitment adds up. So ultimately, arming yourself with the know-how to change the oil and oil filter yourself can really give your funds a breather.

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Seasonal Change! Spring Car Care Tips for You

Any seasoned car owner would know that with every new season, the way you care for your care changes. When the first of winter snows and cooler temperatures started to drift in, winter tires and periodic battery checkups were on the to-do list. Now that the snow has started to melt and the temperatures are starting to rise once again, it’s time to re-visit the care tips for your car and tailor fit it for spring.

Today, we’ll be listing some care tips for your vehicle for the spring season!

First off, pop out your winter tires

Winter tires are a must for the winter season. It keeps our cars on the road with some extra grip. Although, a lot of people often don’t switch out still durable winter tires when spring arrives. That’s a pretty big shame, to be honest–and can be a safety risk.

Winter tires can actually compromise your car’s traction when used on dry roads. It’s best to wash your winter tires thoroughly when you swap them out. It’s important to remove any stubborn grains of salt and dirt before you dry them up and store them in a cool and dry place.

If you happen to be using all-season tires…

You don’t have to switch those out. Instead, make sure that their pressure and tread are still viable for use. If there’s any uneven wear, chances are you need to get them re-aligned. If your tires are looking a little worn out, it’s best to pop those out in favor of new ones. It is an expense that can literally save your life.

Next, check your battery’s charge

It’s a pretty common occurrence during winter that the car’s battery gets used more than usual. So when it’s time for spring, its important to make sure that your car battery is still in good condition. Car batteries are especially susceptible to cold weather which can mean faster deterioration when it’s super cold.

The general rule to remember is that if your car battery is reaching the ripe old age of four, it’s time to drive down to your favored local auto parts supplier and get your battery tested and possibly replaced.

Change your oil and inspect the other fluids

A car needs different liquids to run well. Oil is not the only car fluid that needs your attention, after all. Be sure to check your power steering fluid (if your vehicle uses it), your windshield washer solvent, transmission fluid, and brake fluid.

Inspect your brakes

Spring brings about the temptation of road trips! So before you launch on an adventure, take some time to check up on your brakes. Spring often brings about unexpected showers so make sure that your brakes can withstand some surprise lubrication.

Take a peek between the spokes of your wheels to figure out if your brakes need to be replaced. If you can’t tell the difference, go visit your trusted mechanic to do an inspection.

The the time to inspect your wiper blades and lighting

Wiper blades have extra duty during the winter months. They need to push away snow, sludge, and ice–this means that they may be a little worse for wear come the spring months. If your wiper blades look worn out or make those high-pitched squeaking noise, it’s time to replace them.

A good practice is to measure your wiper blades before buying new ones. The last thing you need is to spend money on something you can’t use effectively.

Your car’s interior and exterior lighting needs to be checked as well. Faulty or dim headlights can cause disaster while on the road. Your signal lights need to work properly to help avoid incidents.

Lastly, do some spring cleaning

Give your car a much needed wash and wax session. Winter months aren’t exactly conducive for that activity so when springs rolls around, it’s best to take advantage of that.

Clear out any clutter that you’ve built up during the winter months. People tend to accumulate coffee cups during the winter months. It’s best to remove any unnecessary clutter. If you have any salt-stained mats, it’s best to clean that out.

Ensure the glove compartment and pockets contain only what you need. Include your car’s registration and proof of insurance, up-to-date maps, flashlights, a copy of any road side assistance card you might have, and emergency contact information.

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