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Tire Care Tips: Tread & Pressure

When it comes to tires, Stokes Honda North knows how efficient tires look, drive, and feel. It is vital for your tires to be carefully examined regularly to prolong your tires’ lifespan. Maintaining your tires regularly also helps your vehicle get the best performance.

One factor that can damage tires is having an improper inflation. Some tires have a low tire pressure, while other tires’ pressure could be too high. If you notice that your tire’s pressure is low, feel free to put some air in it. Be sure that your tire’s pressure is not too high. When…
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Refinancing or Trading in: Which Should I Choose?

If you’re finding that monthly auto payments are stretching your budget to the breaking point, it may be time to consider refinancing or trading in your vehicle. Stokes Honda North is prepared to help you with either option, and we’re standing by to go over all the details with you today.

Refinancing your vehicle may be a good decision if you’re trying to lower your payments and your vehicle is still relatively new. By refinancing, you simply lengthen the time it takes to pay off the loan, and this can significantly reduce the amount that you pay…

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What's the Best First Car for Your Teen?

Our team here at Stokes Honda North here in North Charleston knows how important safety is to you when selecting your teen's first car. We'd like to share some information with you to help you make the best and safest choice for your teen.

Your teen would like to have a smaller, flashier car. Yet, the bigger, heavier cars with less horsepower are better choices. If they don't have a powerful engine, they aren't tempted to play around with it. Larger, heavier cars protect their occupants better than smaller vehicles....
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Share the Road, Please

While we sell vehicles at Stokes Honda North that can make you feel like you own the road, we ask you to please share it with bicyclists. Whether you mostly drive around North Charleston or another area, please read our tips for sharing the road.

When you drive on roads that have bike lanes, routinely check those lanes for potential cyclists. Even with bike lanes present, bike riders can ride in your lane. While you may pass them, do not cruise beside a cyclist. Our nation's lanes are simply too narrow. Only pass with care. Never impede other motorists…
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Possible Reasons Your Engine is Overheating

Zipping through the streets of North Charleston can be taxing on a car, especially when something is wrong. This could lead to all sorts of issues, like your engine overheating. At Stokes Honda North, we want you to be aware of common reasons your engine might overheat.

Why Engines Overheat

The following is a list you should consider:
  • There's a leak in the cooling system; sometimes, you can see coolant drip.
  • It's too cold, and the coolant has hardened.
  • Engine oil levels may be too low.
  • The water pump may be malfunctioning, or it may be broken.
Of…
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Protect Your Car From Road Salt

During these harsh winter months, there is a lot of road salt being placed down in order to keep drivers from sliding all over the place. Road salt helps keep the roads safer, but it can cause significant corrosion on your car. Stokes Honda North has some tips to help protect your vehicle from road salt.

The best means of protection against road salt damage is car washing. Make sure to wash your car at least every ten days if the weather is above 40 degrees. Pay special attention to the areas around the wheels, and don't forget to…
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Refinancing vs. trading in your car

Have you seen the latest interest rates? You may be missing out on some low APR refinancing. If you have a vehicle that costs too much each month, it can be a difficult payment to budget. You want a car with positive equity, meaning that the vehicle's worth more than you owe. You'll be able to get a better interest rate if the value of the car is in your favor.

However, if you have negative equity in your car, it will be more difficult to trade in to get a good deal on a new car. In…
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Features of Studless Winter Tires

With winter tires, you are probably wondering what it is that make them so ideal for winter. There are a ton of features that make the winter tires a better thing for the winter than even the studded tires. For one thing, you can maintain traction without causing any damage to the road.

One of the features of studless tires is flexible rubber which make it easier to control on the road. You also get deeper tread depths which allow you to manage all of the snow and the slush as it disperses under the tire. This gives you a…

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Discover How to Make a Winter Survival Kit for Your Vehicle

Stokes Honda North does more than simply sell vehicles, we like to take time to inform our buyers about ways to stay safer on the roads. One way, building a winter survival kit, is easier when you know what essentials should be included.

Be sure to pack a thick blanket in your kit. This will help keep passengers warm if the heat is not working when the car is disabled or out of fuel.

Fill a bag with a few non-perishables. Things like chips, cookies, granola bars, raisins, and a jar of peanut butter, will help with those hungry mouths…
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How Temperature Can Affect a Car Battery

It can often seem overwhelming to learn the intricacies of your car's engine when you're not a mechanic. Even a little bit of knowledge about how your car functions can help you to avoid problems before they become major issues and save you money over the life of your vehicle.

Extremes in climate can cause plenty of problems for engine components. As the source of electric power for your engine, a battery is essential to it functioning properly. Once temperatures plummet below zero, the battery's liquid can freeze, shutting it down and leaving your engine dead...
 

 

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