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Too Cold for Your Car?

When it feels like Alaska in Central Illinois, what does that mean for your car?
CarandDriver.com interviews the owner of a repair shop in Alaska, James Grant, about how extreme cold temperatures can affect your car.

What Type of Vehicle Fits Me?


What Type of Vehicle Fits Me?

When it comes to purchasing a new vehicle, finding the right one is important. Here are a few things you should consider during at the beginning of your search.



Which car is best?  

There are a lot of different cars, SUVs, and trucks to decide from. You may search, “best minivan” or “best car for families with a car seat and dog.” What you are really asking is, which brand of vehicle is best for me? You may be Honda loyal, but are looking for an upgrade in design, why not consider an Acura - you get the luxury design with the Honda reliability. If safety and size are important, a Toyota Sienna may be the right minivan for you. Research consumer reviews and find a brand that aligns with your lifestyle.


Is this car right for me?  

Now that you know which brand(s) you like the most, ask yourself ‘does this fit my lifestyle?’ Do you drive more than 12,000 miles a year? (National average). How much space do you need? Do you like a sporty ride or a smooth drive? Do you need specific options - leather seats, entertainment system, stowaway storage, additional child safety features. Be certain you are searching for these features, like ‘sliding middle row’, you want to know if the vehicle will fit your lifestyle. Try to pinpoint which features are most important to you, because this can influence your budget.


Can I afford it?  

Now that you have a good idea of the vehicle that is the best for you, it’s time to figure out what fits within your budget. When you are shopping for a pre-owned vehicle, you automatically save 30% off of the initial factory pricing. Some of the best deals - value of car vs. retail price - can be found at a pre-owned dealership. Search for “Honda Pilot quotes” or “how much for a 2015 Toyota RAV4” or “third-row SUVs under $15,000”. Finding your perfect vehicle at the perfect price is one of the biggest parts of your search. What is left? Finding the best place to buy your next vehicle.


Where should I buy it?  

You are likely searching for “used car dealership near me” or already found the perfect Jeep Wrangler in your price range. Next, it is time to find the right dealership and schedule a test drive. You’ve done all your research for the right vehicle, but did you do your research the dealership? Look at customer’s reviews, these will give you a good idea of the kind of experience you might have working with them. While shopping close is ideal, consider expanding your search to “used dealerships within 50 miles of me” or “highest rated dealership”. The right dealer will be happy to work with you to find the best car that fits your lifestyle, at the best price.


Am I getting a deal?  

Of course you should get the best deal when making a purchase. You may even search “best prices for Acura RDX with 89,000 miles”. It is a common belief that dealerships offer vehicles at much higher prices, making you negotiate on the price until you “feel” you’ve gotten the best deal. But, why does it have to be that way? Why wait for a ‘Toyota Deal’ or ‘Kia Special’, if you can get that deal everytime? What if the dealership minimized their overhead giving all the saving back to you? What if your business helps support your local community and neighbors, wouldn’t that be nicer than worrying about negotiating for the “right deal”?


We at MCC, would love to help you find your perfect next car and show you how we have earned the business of a lot of happy customers of the years. We price our vehicles right, because our minimal overhead brings the savings to you. You have many choices when finding the right vehicle, at the right price at the right dealership. We hope you read our online reviews and consider coming by to experience the MCC difference.


You Auto Know - Tire Tips


Worn tires can be dangerous, causing unnecessary damage to your vehicle's alignment and wear on your engine.
Here are a few tips that can keep you safe and save you money.

  • Check your tire's tread life. 
    • Our technicians always check your tires when you come in for routine maintenance at no additional cost. We will let you know how much tread life is left on your tires.
    • Use the Penny Test to check your tires yourself. (What is the penny test? See below for instructions)
  • Check tire pressure at least once a month.
    • If you TPMS light comes on, come by the shop and we will be happy to check the pressure for you.
    • Use a tire pressure gauge to check the pressure yourself.
  • Rotate your tires.
    • Tires can wear at different rates, rotating your tires makes certain your tires wear evenly. When we check your tire treads we may recommend a rotation of your best tires to the front. 
Why is checking my tires so important?
It helps get the most miles out of your tires. Under-inflated tires or poorly aligned wheels makes your engine work harder, using more fuel and costing you more at the pump. 

Penny Test 
Place a penny in the tread of your tire with Lincoln's head facing down, if you can see the top of Lincoln's head you will need new tires. Watch Jeff walk you through how to do a Penny Test.

You Auto Know - Jump Starting Battery



  1. Check cables to be certain they are not frayed
  2. Wear protective eye gear, in case battery blows up
  3. Sniff batteries on both cars, if you smell sulfur do NOT jump your car.
  4. Match positive/negative (always match positive first
  5. Wait a minute or two before trying to start the dead car.
  6. Once started, take cables off (positive first).