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Top 10 Most Common Vehicle Repairs

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Changing the oil and oil filter, replacing wiper blades and air filters, and scheduled maintenance top the list of the 10 most common vehicle repairs of 2017.

According to research conducted by IMR Inc., an industry leader in automotive research, the top 10 most common vehicle repairs performed by vehicle owners and their trusted repair shops are:

  1. Oil/oil filter changed
  2. Wiper blades replacement
  3. Replace air filter
  4. Scheduled maintenance
  5. New tires
  6. Battery replacement
  7. Brake work
  8. Antifreeze added
  9. Engine tune-up
  10. Wheels aligned/balanced

“We thank IMR for sharing this important and informative data with the Car Care Council,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “With scheduled maintenance toward the top of the list, these findings are a sign that more motorists understand the importance of routine vehicle maintenance and are taking steps to ensure the safety and dependability of their vehicles.”

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide or for more information, visit www.carcare.org.

Source: CarCare.org (January 29, 2018)

4 Best Off-Road Parks in Kentucky

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Kentucky is the home of horse racing and bourbon, but it’s also an off-road enthusiast’s paradise thanks to its huge areas of mountains, forest, and general wilderness. So get in your car and head to one of these 4 best off-road parks in the Bluegrass State—just save the bourbon tasting for after your adventure rather than before.

Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area

Hours of Operation: 24 hours
Location: 711 Bailey Creek Rd, Evarts, KY 40828
Cost of Admission: $50 for a yearly single pass; $55 for a yearly multi-vehicle pass; $30 for a 31-day pass
Types of Vehicles Allowed: ATVs, side-by-sides, dirt bikes, trucks, jeeps, and buggies

Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area consists of around 150 miles of off-road trails spanning almost 8,000 acres of mountainous terrain. The trails were adapted from old strip mining and logging roads, and offer a wide variety of terrains perfect for off-roaders of all skill levels. Two- or four-hour guided tours are also available for those who don’t own their own off-road vehicles.

Rush Off-Road

Hours of Operation: 24 hours
Location: 100 Four Mile Road, Rush, KY 41168
Cost of Admission: $85 for a season pass; $35 per week; $25 per day
Types of Vehicles Allowed: ATVs, buggies, trucks, side-by-sides, bikes, jeeps

Located about 15 minutes from I-64 via Route 3 in northeastern Kentucky, Rush Off-Road offers more than 100 miles of trails spread out over a 7,000-acre area. Wide trails are available for novices, while more technical trails for experienced off-roaders are plentiful. Primitive camping is available to permit holders, while a trailhouse is available for rent for up to eight people.

Wilderness Trail Off-Road Park

Hours of Operation: 24 hours
Location: 7526 US 119, Pineville, KY 40977
Cost of Admission: Free
Types of Vehicles Allowed: ATVs, side-by-sides, dirt bikes, jeeps, trucks

Wilderness Trail is located in the Cumberland Gap region of southeast Kentucky. Here, you’ll find 120 miles of rocky terrain across 9,000 acres of land, as well as primitive camping and fishing. Most of the trails in the park are suitable for beginners, and more trails are being added all the time. The park also offers stunning views of the Cumberland and Pine Mountain ranges.

Bills 491 Off-Road ATV Park

Hours of Operation: 9 am – 10 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
Location: 2342 US 491, DeMossville, KY 41033
Cost of Admission: $15 for an adult one-day pass; $20 for a weekend pass; children under 12 free
Types of Vehicles Allowed: Quads, cyclists, full-size 4×4 vehicles

Bills 491 Off-Road ATV Park is ideal for all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts. This northern Kentucky park has several miles of trails spanning a variety of terrain, including open fields, hill climbs, creek beds, and water holes. Bills is also available for special events.

Source: TheNewsWheel.com (February 25, 2015)

Crusin' The Heartland - Annual Auto Show in E-Town

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Cruisin the Heartland is the fastest growing auto event around. Please make plans to join us for Cruisin' The Heartland in Downtown Elizabethtown July 27th-28th, 2018. Follow our website for up to date information.

This event was recognized as one of the top cruise-ins in the nation by Chevy Classics Magazine and the Best Car Show Cruise-in in Kentucky by Kentucky Living Magazine.

What do you get when you mix beautiful collector cars, sock hops, and an live music that embodies the essence of the 50's and 60's? The answer: Cruisin' The Heartland! Your E-Town Tourism & Convention Bureau and City of Elizabethtown bring you a captivating event fun for the entire family. There is no better place to cruise and look at beautiful cars and motorcycles than Downtown Elizabethtown. Our Downtown District, with the cars all around, will take you back in time to enjoy a stroll down memory lane.

In its 9th year, this event brings over 2,500 cruise cars from all over the country. Come on out to enjoy the food, activities, and dancing during Cruisin’! You won’t want to miss this. Make sure you put Cruisin’ the Heartland on your calendar July 27-28 in Elizabethtown!

Ticket Drawing for 20 ft. enclosed car haul trailer OR $2,500 cash donated by Ray's Trailer Sales of E-town. Must be present to win (Must have participating vehicle for Cruisin' AND must register on-site at registration trailer, free to enter). Sullivan Auto Group giveaways of jeep vehicles(Must register at Sullivan Auto Booth).

Source: CrusinTheHeartland.com

5 Reasons Why you Should Lift your Truck

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We know that a lifted truck looks great, but there are definitely some real benefits to getting your truck off the ground. Here are a handful of reasons to install a good lift kit to your truck.

1.) More Ground Clearance
The most obvious advantage to having a lifted truck is more ground clearance – especially if you’re driving off road.  When traveling through rough paths or streets with potholes, that extra clearance can be quite useful and prevent your truck from experiencing undercarriage, mechanical part or fuel tank damage.

2.)Improve Towing Ability
Having a moderately lifted truck will also help you tow better. A lifted truck offers a better safety margin and weight advantage over the towed load, giving you better control and a smoother ride.  It will also make hitching and unhitching a lot easier. This benefit is only in reference to a mildly lifted truck. It is not recommended that you tow anything in an extreme suspension lift.

3.) Better View
Another advantage for lifting your truck is having a bird’s eye view of the road and the sights around you, which means better safety on and off-road. Being elevated allows you to look out across the hood giving you a much better view of the road and what lies ahead. This allows you to avoid dangerous situations as well as maneuver out of them.

4.) Easier Driving During Bad Weather
Bad weather and treacherous road conditions are another reason for lifting your truck’s suspension. If you live in an area with extreme weather conditions on a regular basis, a lifted truck could make your commutes easier. Riding higher can help during torrential down pours and impassable roads, as well as making it easier to drive through the snow, mud and sand.

5.) Clearing Obstacles
Lifting your truck is a must if you plan to do any off-roading! A rock or log on the trail might mean the end for a non-lifted truck but with a good suspension lift you can easily clear these types of obstacles. Leaving the trail for a moment, a lifted truck will get you over common debris that could destroy a regular truck, but a lifted truck could roll right over it. It’s also not uncommon to have to drive over a curb to park in a field or move around a stranded car on the road, that could be difficult with a non-lifted truck which could mean damage to the undercarriage or worse, the fuel tank or major mechanical part.

If you’re looking to buy a lift kit or suspension parts in the Dallas Fort Worth area, then come to Truxx Outfitters in Denton or Lewisville! Since Lift kits are one of our specialties, we can help you find the right lift kit for you and your truck. All of the lift kits we sell and install are backed by a Lifetime Warranty. We offer everything from a leveling kit to help your truck have a better looking stance to a full blown 12" Suspension Lift and everything in between.

Midsize Sedan Buyer's Guide

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Roomy, comfortable, efficient, tech-savvy, and sometimes even fun to drive, today's midsize sedans deliver more bang for the buck than perhaps any other category of vehicles. It's no wonder they remain among the top-selling cars in the country.

2018 Chevrolet Malibu
Starting Price: $22,555
Totally rethought for 2016, the Malibu is roomier, more stylish and more tech savvy than ever before.

2018 Ford Fusion
Starting Price: $23,090
The boldly styled Fusion continues to turn heads and win buyers with its good looks.

2018 Honda Accord
Starting Price: $24,465
All-new for 2018, this is the most advanced, most refined Accord to date.

2018 Hyundai Sonata
Starting Price: $22,935
With a low starting price and excellent warranty coverage, the roomy and feature-filled Sonata is a better and better value.

2018 Kia Optima
Starting Price: $23,495
The Optima mixes a sporty and stylish persona with established value.

2018 Mazda Mazda6
Starting Price:$23,890
Arguably the most stylish, most fun-to-drive midsize sedan, a more powerful turbocharged engine and updated styling make the Mazda6 even more appealing for 2018. 

2018 Nissan Altima
Starting Price: $24,145
Nissan's popular midsize sedan trails only Camry and Accord in annual sales.

2018 Subaru Legacy
Starting Price: $23,055
The Legacy's claim to fame remains its standard all-wheel drive, but its stellar reputation for reliability is equally compelling.

2018 Toyota Camry
Starting Price: $24,530
All-new for 2018, the venerable Camry is as easy to drive and reliable as ever, but with a new sense of style and sportiness.

2018 Volkswagen Passat
Starting Price: $23,845
The only European entry in the segment, the roomy, comfortable Passat is also a pleasure to drive. 

Best Buy
On the strength of its stellar reputation for quality and value, the 2018 Honda Accord was named the Kelley Blue Book Midsize Car Best Buy of 2018, as well as the Overall Best Buy of 2018. 

Broad Appeal
You'll find six of these midsize sedans on our most recent list of 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000 and six on our collection of 10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000.

What's New
Following a relatively quiet 2017 model year for the segment, 2018 brings with it complete redesigns of both the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. And while not a full redesign, the Hyundai Sonata has been significantly updated for 2018, as has the Mazda6.

Resale Value Recognition
The Subaru Legacy is a perennial resale value standout, and it took home our most recent Best Resale Value Award in the Mid-Size Car category. Following in the second and third spots were the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

Source: KBB.com (January 4, 2018)

Louisville Auto Show

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The latest and greatest vehicles come to the Louisville Auto Show - Keith Kaiser explores the Kentucky Exposition Center to show us what's on display for the Louisville Auto Show.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Car shopping is made easy at the Louisville Auto Show.

Greater Louisville Automobile Dealers Association (GLADS) makes the show possible. WDRB's Keith Kaiser explored the Kentucky Exposition Center to see the latest and greatest vehicles.

The Louisville Auto Show dates back to 1955 when the show was held at the Louisville Armory as part of the Home and Garden Show. Today, the three-day event is held annually at the Kentucky Exposition Center in January and boasts more than 24 manufacturers and 61 GLADA dealers occupying more than 205,000 square feet. More than 20 dealership manufacturers provide new vehicles for people to test drive.

In 2015, the Show was billed as the largest Ride and Drive Event in the country!

Louisville Auto Show
Kentucky Exposition Center

Friday, January 19, 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 20, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday, January 21, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

$10 Tickets / 14 & Under FREE

For more information, visit LouisvilleAutoShow.com

Source: WDRB.com (Thursday, January 18th 2018, 10:37 am EST)

Pickup Truck Buyer's Guide

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Business or pleasure? Yes.

For building a country or towing a boat, nothing beats a full-size truck. Even as they grow increasingly capable in all their roles, trucks are also getting more comfortable, more efficient and more enjoyable to drive.

And while the 2018 model year brought its share of upgrades, the 2019 model year is going to be a big one. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 Ram 1500 were recently revealed to the world at the Detroit Auto Show, each of them significantly and impressively redesigned. (The 2019 Ford Ranger also debuted in Detroit, marking Ford's return to the midsize truck segment.)

As for all the trucks you can buy today, we've driven every one of them. So which ones do we recommend? That depends on your individual needs, wants and preferences, but everything required to make the right decision is here at your fingertips.

Here are your six light-duty full-size truck options today, followed by a comprehensive guide to the segment overall.

In alphabetical order:

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Starting Price: $29,580
America's second-best-selling vehicle gets ready for a full redesign.

2018 Ford F-150
Starting Price: $29,100
The best-selling vehicle in the country for more than 30 years is also our Pickup Truck Best Buy for 2018.

2018 GMC Sierra 1500
Starting Price: $30,000
Meet the Chevy Silverado's equally capable but slightly more upscale cousin.

2018 Nissan Titan
Starting Price: $31,325
Completely redesigned last year, the new Titan lineup is tough, capable and more competitive than ever.

2018 Ram 1500
Starting Price: $28,490
Nothing gets the job done in comfort like the smooth-riding Ram 1500.

2018 Toyota Tundra
Starting Price: $32,415
Year after year, the Tundra keeps earning more respect in full-size truck circles.

Source: KBB.com (January 9, 2018)

Unleash your Pickup Truck's Inner Beast

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We buy our pickup trucks as do-anything Swiss Army knife vehicles that we can depend on, no matter what. Sometimes even their great utility from the factory can use some enhancement, which is why we personalize our pickups for our own purposes. 

Here are some of the best accessories on the market today.

One of the most popular mods owners make to trucks is installing larger wheels and tires to get more ground clearance and put more rubber on the ground for traction. It doesn't hurt that they also add a beefy, can-do look to the truck, which is probably what makes aftermarket wheels and tires so popular.

Most trucks these days are delivered with a hitch receiver already installed in place of the old ball bolted to the bumper. This lets truck owners slide in an appropriate draw bar with the correct drop to keep their trailer level. If your truck doesn't have a receiver, then call AutoZone to get one from a company like Reece Hitches, whose name is sometimes considered a synonym for a receiver-style hitch. If it does, then you'll need the correct draw bar. Too often owners hitch low-slung trailers to high-riding trucks without the needed drop in the draw bar, leading to unstable, wobbling trailers that tilt to the rear.

Manufacturers are increasingly offering protective bed liners as a factory option, so check that box if you can. If not, most dealers offer it as a dealer-installed option, which lets you roll the cost into the financing of a new truck. Spray-on bed liner adds a thin layer of durable plastic to the inside of the bed, eliminating scratches and dents from everyday use that degrades your truck's appearance and can lead to rust.

If you're hauling heavy loads with your truck then more power is always appreciated. There are a multitude of performance modifications available for pickups, ranging from simple cold air intakes, engine computer chip upgrades to turbocharger packages from sites like 4WheelParts.com, providing a variety of options depending on budget and performance requirements.

If you add more 'go' to your truck, you'll want more 'whoa' to match. Electronic trailer brake controllers operate the brakes on your trailer, so your truck's brakes don't have to stop both vehicles by themselves. Some new trucks have available integrated trailer brake controllers, but failing that you can add on a sophisticated aftermarket unit from AutoZone that is much better than the old controllers that always seemed to either lock up the trailer's brakes or not provide enough brake force to help.

All-weather, all-season truck utility means day and night, so add-on lights from 4WheelParts.com are a big help. Spotlights help put light where it is needed and running lights not only provide a cool nighttime appearance, but they can improve your truck's visibility in bad weather, hopefully helping other drivers steer clear of your rig. LED technology has made lights more effective and cooler-looking than ever.

Used to be that trucks had rubber floors in their cabs, but with modern plush carpeting, today's trucks can seem a little precious for messy work. That's where AutoZone floor mats can help, providing sacrificial floor covers to protect the carpet from mud and snow.

High-riding pickups are great for driving over obstacles, but those who are shorter in stature can struggle with the climb into the cab. Running boards from AutoZone provide a convenient step into the cab that makes driving a truck just a little more comfortable and convenient.

Source: Maxim.com (October 12, 2017)
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