Choosing Your Teen's First Car

When it comes to shopping for a car for a teen driver, safety should come first. Look up models of car that are within your budget, and then in that list, compare the standard safety features.

These can vary a lot from one model and brand to another, so pay close attention and get a feel for which features are common and which are rare. Then once you feel comfortable with the level of safety, you can move on to fuel efficiency, infotainment, and other types of features, Keep in mind that while the car is for your teen, it…

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Tips for Buying a Used Car

The used car market has grown more than the new car market in the modern world. This proves that many car buyers consider used cars since its economical. The purchase of used car markets is found in private used car dealers, individually and many more. Therefore, purchasing a quality used car, one has to be very aggressive in checking the car's details.

Tips to help you get a good used car:

  • Car Type- This should be the priority depending on your lifestyle and also consider the surrounding, like the roads.
  • Budget setting- Before going to the field to look…
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Why Use a Clay Bar When Detailing?

Have you ever seen a clay bar? It looks like Play-Doh or another putty substance. You can mold it and fold the clay bar to rub across your car’s paint, removing all kinds of imperfections, dirt, grime, deposits, insects, and road tar.

The clay bar technique can buff out most imperfections and improve the luster of your paint. It can create a glossy, wet finish after a car wash. However, to use a clay bar, you’ll need to apply a lubricant first. Clay barring doesn’t scratch your 

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Why Tire Pressure Matters

It is always important to know and maintain the suitable amount of air pressure in your vehicle's tires. The right amount of tire pressure is often located on your vehicle's doorjamb, which is also the suggested amount of inflation from the manufacturer. You can also check the manual offered by the dealership.

Tire pressure also depends on various factors, such as the type of drive system you are using, either front or all-wheel drive, and the vehicle's weight. Inflation also affects every aspect of the tire, such as tread contact shape, handling characteristics, and load-carrying

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Knowing the Difference Between a Compact Temporary and a Full-Size Spare Tire

Getting a flat tire can be a real hassle. It can be intimidating if you've never changed one before. The team here at MINI of Charleston want our customers to understand their vehicles thoroughly. Knowing the difference between a compact temporary and a full-size spare tire is the first step to becoming more familiar with your vehicle.

A compact temporary spare tire is often commonly referred to as a donut. It's a smaller version of your car's regular tires. This scaled-down tire is especially useful in smaller cars because they won't take up too much trunk…

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Driving Tips From MINI of Charleston - How to Avoid Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning is a dangerous occurrence that sometimes happens to vehicles when it's raining. If your tires are not able to scatter water properly, a layer of water can build up between the tires and road, which causes hydroplaning. When hydroplaning occurs, it feels like your vehicle is skidding, and you may lose control of braking and steering.

Don't panic if your vehicle starts to hydroplane and try to avoid hard braking. If you slam on the brakes, the front wheels will slow but the back wheels could lock, and this could cause a spin out.


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Common Auto Finance Terms Explained

Here at MINI of Charleston, our finance team strives to keep auto finance as simple and accessible as possible. Once you understand the major terms, it's easier to appreciate the entire process. Take the following terms for example.

Actual Cash Value

Also called trade-in value, the ACV reflects a given dealership's official valuation of your vehicle. It may not necessarily match the value listed in KBB nor the selling price of your car on the open market. ACV only comes from a dealership, so it's helpful to obtain. It's the only amount that counts toward your…

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What do different vehicle safety ratings mean?

Owning a car is an essential thing for most people. But it is crucial to know that the luxury of a vehicle will not be determined by its power, uniqueness, or other features. The safety of the car can only determine it. Sometimes an accident can find you even when you are so innocent. Therefore, being ready for such a thing is an assurance that you will be safe during a collision.

Who Should One Trust to Rank His Car?

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety(IIHS) and National Highway Testing Safety Administration(NHTSA) is the country's only known…

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Learn About Your Blind-Spot Monitor's Purpose

By now, many modern Charleston drivers are aware of the value that blind-spot monitors bring to vehicles. How these assistive safety tools work, though, is still a bit mysterious to some local drivers. Thankfully, the blind-spot monitor is not too difficult to understand.

In addition to its warning system, which usually includes visual and auditory alerts, radar sensors and cameras are also vital to the operation of a blind-spot monitor. While mounted to the vehicle's rear, these components detect any adjacent lanes' traffic that 

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Testing the Battery in Your Car

Is the Battery Dead

Car batteries, unfortunately, cannot last forever and often times fail at the most inconvenient times. If you notice that your vehicle’s headlights are dimmer than usual or that your vehicle is starting slower than normal, then the battery may be going bad. Routinely testing the battery in your vehicle will allow you to avoid being surprised by a faulty battery.


Use a Multimeter

A multimeter is a great and essential tool that you will need to use in order to check the battery that is in your vehicle. 

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