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Car-Related Gift Ideas To Steer You Through Your Holiday Shopping

With the holidays coming upon us quickly, many of us are trying to figure out what to buy everyone on our shopping list. To help you find the perfect gift for your favorite car enthusiast, we’ve assembled a list of our favorite car-themed gift ideas: Car Seat Warmers Many newer cars come equipped already, but if you…
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Kids in minivan - Family car games | Hong Kong Auto Service Wilmette IL

12 Days of Fun Family Car Games: Traditional vs. iPads

“Where’s my iPad?” Have you tried to make that promise of not giving in to technology to entertain your children in the car? We know how hard that can be! Here are several ideas for traditional games you can play in the car with your kids this holiday travel season—along with educational and entertaining opportunities on the…
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Pet travel safety | Hong Kong Auto Service Wilmette IL

Pet Travel Safety: Traveling in the Car With Your Furry Friends

With more hotels and resorts opening their doors to pets, more families are including Fifi and Fido in their vacation and holiday travel plans. As we head into the holiday travel season, we thought it was an ideal time to look at ways of keeping your pets safe in the car. First, did you know…
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Car Myth Buster! True or False?

Question: My son is convinced that putting a potato in the exhaust pipe will cause the engine to blow up when we start the car. Can you confirm that this is not true? Yes we can! You can assure your son that the potato will just shoot out. There’s all kinds of automotive information out…
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Checking tire tread and tire pressure | Hong Kong Auto Service, Wilmette, IL

When Do I Need New Tires?

Question: I took my minivan to a quick lube for an oil change last week (it’s near my office), and they said I was due for new tires. I only have 40,000 miles on the vehicle. How can I be due for new tires already?   Answer: While 40,000 miles doesn’t seem like a lot, tires…
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Tire basics, decipher tire sidewall | Hong Kong Auto Service Wilmette IL

How Do I Choose the Right Tires for My Car?

Are you in the market for new tires? Many of our clients bide their time through the summer and make a plan to buy new tires in September and October…still leaving plenty of time before the snow flies. While many of you have a go-to brand or rely on the team at Hong Kong Auto…
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New car warranty - You don't have to return to the dealer | Hong Kong Auto Service Wilmette IL

A new car warranty does not mean you must go back to the dealer

All too often, we hear a customer say, “Ben, you’re great. But we bought a new car and are taking it to the dealer. We’ll back when the new car warranty is up!” It’s a common misconception that you have to take your new car back to the dealer while it’s under warranty. This is…
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Should I use synthetic oil in my car?

Question: My brother swears by synthetic oil for his truck, but he also tows a boat with it in the summer. I’ve always used regular old engine oil for my sedan. Now that it has about 60,000 miles on it, I’m wondering if I should switch to synthetic oil. Is there a benefit to that? Answer: The timing…
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Porcupine Wilderness State Park, Upper Michigan

4 Summer Getaways within a Few Hours Drive

Now that school’s out and there’s sunshine to spare, it’s time to think about heading out on the road for some family fun. Here are four ideas for nearby summer destinations, including our favorite one a couple of hours north: Before you head out on any trip, be sure to schedule a pre-trip check with Hong…
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