10 Most Important Items to Keep In Your Car

A car emergency kit is always something we recommend people have in their vehicle at all times. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize their need for one until it’s too late.  There are a number of kits that you can purchase, like this one from AAA, or this one if you’re prepping for a zombie apocalypse , but …

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Understanding Vehicle Warranties

Warranties are for new cars.  Service contracts are when the factory warranty expires, and a customer purchases an additional warranty for their vehicle. Here are some warranty details we found on CarsDirect. Extended Factory Warranty Tips All new cars and trucks come with a factory warranty.  Moreover, all new vehicles will generally come with a bumper-to-bumper …

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Are You a Female That is Uncomfortable Going to a Dealership?

Are you a female or a first time buyer that feels uncomfortable going into a car dealership to look at a vehicle?  If so, here are 5 tips to help guide you into feeling more comfortable the next time you need to purchase a vehicle. 1. Research the models and prices online and know what …

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The History of Monken Automotive

  In the 1960’s In the 60’s, W. Harold Monken was a partner with David Woolbright at the Standard Gas Station in Centralia. Harold was always the hot rodder spending much time improving his vehicles and racing them at night and weekends. His brother, Wayne Monken, and father, Walter Monken, helped build a small garage/dealership …

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5 Websites to Research Before Purchasing a Vehicle

  1. Kelley Blue Book - KBB is the standard when asking "What is my vehicle worth?"  I find their values to be pretty close when the vehicles are graded fairly with the description KBB provides. For example an " Excellent Condition" vehicle can't even have a paint touch up,  less than 3% of vehicles qualify. …

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3 Steps Towards Automated Vehicles

It is exciting to see that Nissan is leading the way with autonomous vehicles .  While I do think we are a long way from complete automation, the benefits to the everyday driver are already evident. There are automation technologies available today that are pieces of the autonomous puzzle. Adaptive Cruise Control - The Adaptive Cruise …

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3 Tips About Your Credit Score

Monken Blogger - Lance Marcum What is a credit score? According to Credit Karma, "A good credit score is crucial for financial success. A credit score is a three digit number calculated from your data-rich credit report and is one factor used by lenders to determine your creditworthiness for a mortgage, loan or credit card. …

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