Reno Kia BLOG

Why You Should Consider a Crossover

They used to be called tall wagons, rounded minivans, or compact SUVs, but now they're known as crossovers, and they're one of the fastest growing vehicle types around. There are several reasons why you should consider one, and Dolan KIA can help.

Since they're built on car platforms, crossovers have a very comfortable ride, not to mention better fuel efficiency. They also appeal to parents who don't like minivans, due to their good-looking exteriors and roomy interiors, with many body styles from which to choose. 

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Detailing Tips: A Closer Look at Clay Bars

Detailing your vehicle with a clay bar doesn’t need to be a time-consuming or confusing process. These bars are very easy to use, and they will quickly strip away some of the contaminants that are damaging your car’s paint. Here is a closer look at the basics of a clay bar exterior treatment.

A clay bar should only be used after your vehicle has been washed, and you will need clay lubricant to prevent smudging. After the lubricant has been applied, you should pull the bar across the surface of the car in short strokes.

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Back-Up Cameras Enhances Safety

Everyone wants to be safe on the road. When you're shopping around for your next vehicle, you can look for one with a back-up camera. More and more cars, trucks, and SUVs are coming with standard back-up cameras, and this allows you to get a better view of what's around you. 

One of the situations in which you can't see where you're going is when you're navigating in reverse. Even though you're going slowly, you can still do a lot of damage since you're in control of tons of pounds and significant power…

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How Can a Vehicle History Report Help Me?

When buying a used vehicle, it’s important to gather as many facts as possible in order to make an informed decision. A vehicle history report can contain a wealth of information about a car’s past, and every prospective buyer should have one in hand before going ahead with a purchase.

A vehicle history report includes the name, location and period of ownership for all previous owners of the vehicle as well as odometer readings that can indicate the number of miles per year that the vehicle was driven. 

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What You Need to Know About Wax

If you've been looking for ways to take better care of your car, you have plenty of options. Regular maintenance checks, oil changes, and tire rotations are essential to making sure your car lasts for a long time, but did you know that waxing is important, too?

Wax acts as a protective barrier for your car. It ensures that your paint isn't damaged because of air pollution, dirt, dust, or pollen. If you live in an area with high exposure to UV rays, you may also find that wax helps further protect your paint. 

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Useful Information About Infotainment Systems

Most automobiles on the market today will offer some type of infotainment system. If you are not familiar with infotainment systems, we can help. Many consumers often base part of their decision about which vehicle to choose on what features the infotainment system has to offer. Read further to learn more about infotainment systems.

An infotainment system refers to a communications system in a vehicle that offers entertainment and data. For example, an infotainment system may be equipped to provide you with music streaming capability, navigation, and other information. 

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The Right Way to Pack a Roadside Emergency Kit

Life, and the unexpected, can come at you fast. That's why the Kia service professionals at our Reno, NV dealership recommend that you keep a roadside emergency kit handy as you navigate the streets. Here are just a few of the items you'll want to pack inside your car's roadside emergency kit.

Jumper cables are essential for your kit and can make getting the battery jump-started a breeze. Now just about any driver willing to connect to their battery can get you back on the road. Flashlights are something you'll need in your kit to help…

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Tire Blowout Prevention

A tire blowout is more than just an inconvenience. A blowout can cause you to be in an accident. This is especially true if you are driving fast. You want to avoid a blowout if at all possible. Here are a few tips on how to avoid blowouts from our Kia service team.

Always make sure that your tires are inflated to the proper level. Both over-inflated and under-inflated tires can cause the tread to wear, and this leads to blowouts. Make sure that your wheels are properly aligned. Wheels out of alignment wear unevenly leading to blowouts. 

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How to Check Your Car's Battery Before Replacement

If you notice the lights dimming while you're driving at night or your vehicle getting harder to start, then you might have battery issues. One way that you can test your battery is to bring it to Dolan Kia in Reno so that someone can use an electrical gauge specifically designed to test the voltage.

Another option is to look at the battery to see if there is any corrosion. If there is, then you can try cleaning the ends of the cables to see if a cleaner connection will make a difference. Turn components on inside the vehicle…

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Does Your Car Whine Before it Starts?

A car's starter is an electric motor that cranks the engine using electricity from the battery when you turn the ignition. There are several common ways starters can fail, but they usually give you warning signs before it happens.

A warning sign that you will notice sometimes before a starter fails completely is called freewheeling. This is when the starter's gear slips and doesn't engage the flywheel that cranks the engine. If you start to hear a high-pitched whine before the engine starts, you should have the starter inspected soon. 

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