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Selecting Between a Compact Temporary Spare Tire and a Full-Size Spare Tire for Your Vehicle

When you purchase a vehicle, you take on the responsibility of maintaining all aspects of your vehicle. Even if you haven't experienced a flat tire recently, you may need to check on the spare tire that you have in your vehicle. If you don't have one at all or need to replace it, you have the choice between two different tire options.

One option for a spare tire is a compact temporary tire that is small in size. It's much slimmer than your average tire. While it can replace a flat tire, it can't be driven…
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Back to School Driving - What Your Car Needs

With another school year about to start, students and parents are busy arranging transportation to and back from school. Every member of our team at Barber Honda wants to help you get ready for the start of a new school year by ensuring your vehicle has everything it needs and is in good condition. We also have some helpful tips to make the commute as safe as possible.
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• Make sure you have emergency supplies (tool kit, spare tire, jack, emergency kit, flashlight) in the trunk.
• Make sure all scheduled recommended services are completed on the car. Use your owner’s…
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Explore the Vehicle Safety Ratings

When you're buying a used car, safety ratings mean everything. At Barber Honda, we'll help you understand the differences between the safety ratings of the NHTSA and the IIHS. This way, you can buy a car with more confidence in Bakersfield.

The IIHS, a private organization, gets a lot of notoriety because it issues the Top Safety Pick award each year within its class. This is determined by a total of five different crash tests. As a vehicle goes through these, it receives the rating of Poor, Marginal, Acceptable, or Good.

 

 

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These Are The Signs That Your Exhaust System Could Have A Problem

Making sure our customer in Bakersfield know how to take care of their cars is something we strive to achieve at Barber Honda. This is why we are providing information on how to spot issues with a car's exhaust system.

The exhaust system is a critical component of a car that removes harmful gases from the car's engine and releases it outside via a tailpipe. Spotting the signs of a leaky exhaust can help car owners save money on repairs and prevent inconvenience.

 

 

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Finding the Right Brush For Wheels and Tires

In order to properly clean your vehicle, you are going to need a bunch of different tools. Different parts of the vehicle are going to have different tools built for adequate cleaning of the part. Therefore, you want to use the right tools in order to not only clean one part of the vehicle, but avoid damaging the other parts.

For the wheels, you want brushes that have feathered bristles. This is to avoid any scratching. For one thing, the wheels are designed to be really attractive looking. With scratches, the look of the wheels are ruined.

With the tires…

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Why it May Be Better to Trade in Your Vehicle

As many people are aware of, owning a vehicle is very expensive. To make matters even more uncomfortable, there is no way to predict whether one is going to have an adequate source of income for paying off their vehicle in the time it would take to pay it off.

It might be better to trade in your vehicle than to refinance it. One of the reasons that it may be better to trade it in is that it may be getting ready to breakdown completely leaving you with a dead vehicle that you may still be paying off.

If…

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Safety Advice for Driving with Pets

Driving with your pet does not have to be stressful if you take the time and effort to adequately prepare for your trip. Your pet's first time in a car should not be for an extended road trip. Let your pet get comfortable with being in the back seat of a car.

Your pet should be kept securely inside the vehicle at all times. This means that it should not be allowed to hang out the window or roam around in a truck bed. This is true even if the truck bed is covered. Your pet can slide around…
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Test Drive Tips

Finding the right vehicle for you can seem like an uphill battle. With so many different makes, models and trim levels, it seems like there aren't enough hours in a day to test drive them all. This means that you need to make the most of your test drives by being an informed consumer. That's why Barber Honda wants to provide you with a few tips on how to properly test drive a vehicle.

First, you'll want to be sure to do plenty of research ahead of time. This will help eliminate the types of cars you…
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Keep Baby Safe With LATCH

Baby books cover a lot of helpful information for new parents, but they never tell you what to expect out of a vehicle safety system. Here at Barber Honda, we have the inside track on the best cars for new parents, and we're happy to share what we know with you.

You can spend hours agonizing over the best car seat for your little one, but it won't do any good if the seat is not installed properly. In case of an accident, an improperly installed car seat is nearly as useless for your child as not having…

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Figuring Out Why Your Car is Overheating

People who have been driving for years have probably seen at least one car overheating. The car parks on side of the highway with smoke coming out of the hood. This is a major problem that could have a number of causes that you need to know about.

Why is the Car Overheating?

It is obvious that your car is not able to maintain its cool anymore, but one must figure out why this is happening. The following are some causes:

Leaks

Leaks can be the root of overheating problems. These leaks are not always easy to find, and they…
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