SUVs: An American Standard

A few decades ago, the Sport Utility Vehicle was a relatively new concept. Vehicles like the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee were considered trendy and unique. In today's society, the SUV has become the staple of the automobile market. Everyone from soccer moms to college students have come to appreciate and demand both the sport and the utility of these vehicle models.

At their inception, most models were simply light truck frames with modified 4-door bodies. As the market shifted to the mainstream, so did the technology and design invested by automakers. 

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Why Clay Bars Are Essential For Detailing

Cleaning a car has become an art form in recent years, and there are many tools of the trade that are essential for a proper deep clean. One of the most common detailing tools is the clay bar.

We here at Susan's Auto Mall recommend for all of our customers to detail their car with a clay bar at least twice a year. The weather in Illinois can be tough on vehicles and clay bars clean up dirt and grime that regular washing leaves behind. 

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Why Backup Cameras are Useful

Here at Susan's Auto Mall, we hope to encourage both first-time car owners as well as experienced drivers the importance of being familiar with their vehicle's safety features. These are the features that will keep you safe if you happen to get into an accident, so having a working knowledge of them is very important.

Backup cameras are a very useful feature, and they are becoming more and more common in all sorts of vehicles. They enable the driver to have a detailed view of what is behind their vehicle, reducing the risk of running over something or…

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What is a Vehicle History Report?

A VIN number check, or a vehicle history report, is a report of information that tells the overall story of a vehicle. There is a lot to learn about a vehicle that you are thinking about buying, regardless of if it is two years old or 15 years old. We here at Susan's Auto Mall will provide you with information about your vehicle history report when you sit down with us to negotiate. We hope that you will use this information to make an educated decision about your purchase.

The report that you are provided with includes a number…

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Why the Chevrolet Cruze Technology Features are Amazing

The Chevrolet Cruze is topping the charts right now when it comes to providing some of the most cutting-edge technology features for drivers to enjoy. One of the most popular Chevrolet Cruze features is Apple CarPlay, which allows you to convert the dashboard into a giant iPhone screen and keep your hands on the wheel at all times. If you are not an iPhone user, Android Auto is also available for your smartphone.

You can enjoy built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi and connect up to seven devices while you're on the road. 

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Rising Above the Competitors is the Chevrolet Silverado 3500

When it comes to innovative technology features, the Chevrolet Silverado 3500 leads its class in design and function. The available Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functions enable users to connect to their smartphones in order to access a variety of apps, music services, and navigation functions, keeping drivers connected both on and off of the road. The Bluetooth wireless technology partners with the patented Chevrolet MyLink display allows users to place hands-free calls, ensuring that drivers can keep their eyes safely on the road. 

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Pros and Cons of Getting New Tonneau Covers

The crew here at Susan's Auto Mall wanted to pass along some helpful information about getting a new tonneau cover on the bed of your truck. The tonneau cover acts as a shield, protecting your truck bed from the harsh weather conditions. Instead of rain and snow coming in contact with the bed, the tonneau cover acts like an additional layer of protection to extend the life of this area of your truck.

No longer will you have to be concerned anyone can walk up and take things out of the back of your truck. 

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Understanding the Differences in Types of Truck Bed Liners

The team at Susan's Auto Mall wanted to help you become more acquainted with all different types of bed liners for your truck. You have more than likely seen the drop-in bed liners because they are the most popular. These liners are skillfully crafted of durable plastic that is molded to be an exact fit for any model and make truck. If you abuse the liner, it can be replaced easily.

The next popular bed liner is the spray-in liners. The spray creates a durable protective shield on the bed, but it is a permanent part of the truck…

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Using a Voltmeter to Test Your Battery

The only things you are going to be needing to test the car battery are the voltmeter, heavy-duty gloves, and safety eye-wear. Always wear your work gloves and safety eye-wear when working on or around the car battery. Make certain the car lights and the engine are not on while testing the car battery with a voltmeter.

The voltmeter has one red and black cable. The red cable is going to be attached to plus on the car battery, black cable to minus.

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Signs Your Tires Need to be Replaced

There are many things that you can do to get the most from your tires. However, at some point, they will wear out and need to be replaced. Signs of worn tires include a reduction in gas mileage as well as a lack of tread on the tire.

Reduced gas mileage may be a sign that the tires aren't staying inflated, which may mean that they are damaged. 

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