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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.

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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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Learn How to Replace a Flat Tire

We are auto experts at Barber Honda, and we believe every driver in Bakersfield should know how to change a flat. The following tips can help you quickly and safely swap tires.

When you realize you have a flat tire, you should reduce your speed, engage your flashers and proceed to a level, firm parking spot. Once you stop your car, locate your spare tire, jack and lug wrench. In many cars, the lug wrench is part of the jack set. You will have an easier time loosening the flat's lug nuts if you start them before raising the…
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Refinancing vs. trading in your car

There are a ton of drivers out there who have refinanced their cars for better interest rates. Sometimes it’s worth it to see what you can get for your old vehicle. In other cases, it would be a better investment to get into a newer car for a better interest rate. In either case, you are looking at changing the spending each month for your vehicle. If you want to get into a good vehicle that you can afford, then you’ll need to check that the interest rate and monthly payments match your budget.

For those drivers who…
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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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