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Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors Explained

At MINI of Charleston, we appreciate automobiles' diverse technology range. We know that even small features can increase your safety. Today, we want to explain such a feature.

Also called an electrochromic mirror, the auto-dimming rearview mirror can save valuable moments. It lowers glare from the reflections it shows, and it prevents those temporary blind spots we all get when we see bright lights. 

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What to do if You Get a Chip in Your Windshield

As a valued customer of MINI of Charleston, there are a number of things that we would like you to be aware of. We know that unexpected things happen, such as a rock causing chip damage to your windshield. In such a case we want you to be fully aware of your options.

If your windshield is ever damaged in this manner while driving around town, then it will come in one of four types. These chip damage types are Half Moon, Combination, Bulls Eye, and Star. You will want to check to see if it's beyond repair. 

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Assessing LATCH Systems

Parents who visit our dealership in search of a new vehicle should take into consideration how the vehicle interior accommodates infant and child seats. LATCH attachments make fastening seats easier and safer compared to using traditional seat belts. However, not all systems are the same.

LATCH systems include tether anchors are necessary when installing forward-facing children's seats. The anchors ensure that the seat will not move forward in the event of sudden stops or collisions.  

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The Differences Between Oversteer and Understeer

At MINI of Charleston, it is important for us that we keep our consumers informed about how their vehicles function. Oversteer and understeer refer to the dynamics of a vehicle. Understeer is when a car turns less than what you want, and oversteer is when the car turns more than what you want.

Oversteer and understeer will primarily depend on if your vehicle has a rear-wheel or front-wheel drive system. In most circumstances, oversteer occurs when vehicles are equipped with rear-wheel drive, and understeer occurs with vehicles that have front-wheel drive.  

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How to Make Your Vehicle Dog-Friendly

Is your vehicle dog-friendly? Certain vehicles are more dog-friendly than others. You can add features to your vehicle to make it friendlier for pets too. At MINI of Charleston, we love to see dogs in a safe and secure space when they travel.

Consider the climate in your vehicle for maximum pet comfort. Dogs need more air to control how hot they are. A vehicle with vents in the back can help control the amount of heat they feel in the summer. A sunshade can also keep the heat from hitting them directly. 

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Winter Travel Tips to Keep You Safe When You are Driving

Do you live in an area that has snow and ice during the winter? If so, it is important to be prepared for harsh winter driving conditions. At MINI of Charleston, we can help. Before the snow and ice arrive, be sure to have your vehicle inspected for leaks, worn hoses, and other damages that may need repair.

You can also stay safe by stocking your vehicle with a broom, ice scraper, and snow shovel. If your vehicle gets stuck in the snow, abrasive materials, which include sand paper and cat litter, can be helpful. 

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Don't Let These Motor Oil Myths Fool You

Many of us grew up hearing our parents talking about changing their oil every 3,000 miles, but did you know that this isn't necessarily true? There are many motor oil myths, and you should be aware of them so that you're making the best decisions for your vehicle.

While some vehicles on the road still need their oil changed every 3,000 miles, many can go much longer. Today, cars are designed to go 5,000 or 10,000 miles between oil changes. So while the 3,000-mile rule used to be standard, things have changed.  

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Understanding Your Brake Pads

Your brake pads provide the friction necessary to stop your vehicle slowly. When the brake pedal is pressed, the brake pad touches the rotor and slows your wheel down. If there is a problem with your brake pads, you may notice squealing or grinding noises.

If you press your brake pedal and you hear a grinding noise while driving, your brake pads need to be replaced immediately. Brake pads last roughly 50,000 miles, but this can be lower if you press on your brakes more often than normal. 

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Basic Winter Car Care

Snow has fallen from the sky in many places. The first snow almost always comes shortly after Labor Day in some states. Elevation, climate and many other factors determine whether or not a location gets snow and when it gets snow. The car owner who worries about snow should also make sure his car is ready for winter.

Making sure one’s car is ready for winter normally includes getting the oil changed. It may also include making sure that antifreeze is up to the proper level. If the car’s heater no longer works, it is also a good…

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Why Mechanics Should Take the ASE Certification Test

While it is important for customers to know the mechanics that have the ASE certification, it is also important for auto mechanics to take the ASE test and gain their certificates. There are plenty of reasons as to why the certificate is important to mechanics.

One reason that the certificate is important is that it increases the business that you'd get from customers.

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