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Avoiding Paint Damage From Road Salt

Road salt is a useful way to make driving in winter a bit safer because it makes it more difficult for ice patches to form on surfaces. However, road salt can do lasting damage to your car if you let it sit on the paint for too long. Rust patches will follow.

If you notice a white or grey film on your car's paint after a winter storm, this is probably leftover road salt. Take your car to be washed right away, but make sure that the temperature is above freezing so that you do not harm the exterior…
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Rodents Can Cause Damage to Your Vehicle. Take Appropriate Steps to Keeping Them Away.

If you suspect that a rodent has been making its way into your vehicle, you may notice rodent droppings, fur or other items in your vehicle. If you would like to ensure those rodents don't come back, there are some simple products and tips that you can utilize to prevent infestations.

It is actually very common for rodents to get into your vehicle. There are lots of possible points of entry. Luckily, there are products that deter them. Special traps can be safely used inside of your vehicle....
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How to Make Your Winter Survival Kit

Breaking down on the highway or having a home disaster in the winter can be bad enough, but it’s even worse when you’re not prepared. While there may not be a way to properly prepare for these disasters, having an emergency winter survival kit can determine how you get through it all. Stop at Barber Honda, and let us offer you some tips on putting together a winter survival kit.

An emergency winter survival kit should include water, food that won’t spoil, blankets, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, cell phone charger, flashlight, batteries, tire gauge, portable air…
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Do You Use a Car Cover to Protect Your Car?

If you don't use a car cover, we at Barber Honda recommend investing in one because of how much it will protect your vehicle. If you park on the street in or drive little and your car sits in your driveway, covering it can keep it clean and protect it from damage.

Damage can come from the weather, rocks, people riding bikes and debris from trees. Car covers can prevent or limit the amount of damage to your car. There is also long-term damage from the sun or water that a cover can minimize.

You can deter people from…
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How to Respond to a Recall

From time to time, car manufacturers (or the NHTSA) will issue a recall. At Barber Honda, we’re dedicated to helping you with a recall in Bakersfield. When a recall is issued, it is because there is some kind of safety concern with particular models and model years.

Some recalls are mandatory while others are voluntary. You will, usually, get a postcard or letter in the mail stating that your vehicle has been affected by the recall. However, if you don’t, you will be alerted that there is a recall on your vehicle the next time you bring it…
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When Shopping for a New Vehicle, Take Some Time to Consider an SUV

The SUV has been part of the vehicle market for a number of years now. There are a lot of great benefits to this type of vehicle. So much so, many manufacturers are focusing a large portion of their lineup on the sport utility vehicle. With a compact design, plenty of power under the hood and great safety, the SUV is a vehicle that should be considered as part of the upcoming model year.

Your typical SUV is going to seat anywhere from five to eight passengers. The great thing about the SUV is that it varies from brand to…
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How to Protect Yourself From getting Cheated By A Mechanic

Car mechanics are needed in order to make sure that your vehicle is running well. However, there are a lot of mechanics to watch out for. There are also certain ways that mechanics can cheat you. Fortunately, there are things that you can do in order to lower the chances of being cheated by the mechanic.

One thing you can do that we at Barber Honda recommend is understand the anatomy of your car. One of the most important things is to be able to show any mechanic that you have some kind of knowledge of your vehicle.

Among the…

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How Your Vehicle's Alternator Works

If you have an understanding of the components that make up your vehicle, it can give you a heads up if there is a problem with one of them. Your vehicle's alternator is an important piece of equipment that is needed to help your vehicle function. To learn more about your vehicle's alternator, read our content below.

Your vehicle comes equipped with a starting system. This system includes the battery, starter, and alternator. The alternator's main function is to keep the battery charged when the vehicle is running. In addition, it also keeps electrical components....

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The Definition of Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings

Motor oil viscosity explains how thick the motor oil is, and it is an important factor when it comes to which type of oil that should be used in your vehicle.

You can find out the viscosity rating by looking on the bottle. A common viscosity rating is 5W-30. If you look at the numbers and letter, the W stands for winter. The number before the W indicates its viscosity in cold temperatures. The number 

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How to Select Your Child's Car Seat

Child car seats are vital equipment for drivers that transport children. Whether on a daily or occasional basis, drivers must ensure that children have the right type of seat and that it is properly installed. To be effective, children must use the car seat whenever they ride in the vehicle.

Bakersfield drivers know that they must match the type of car seat to the child's age, weight, and size. Infants and toddlers need the highest level of protection or their heads, necks, and spines. Despite the most careful selection, manufacturers sometimes discover problems with car seats 
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