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Why You Should Wash Your Car at Regular Intervals

MINI of Charleston strives to keep customers as informed as possible. We believe teaching makes better drivers and shoppers. The following are a few reasons you shouldn't neglect washing your vehicle regularly.

That look you love to show off as you drive around town does not simply happen; it is something you have to work on. Cleaning your vehicle often ensures it remains shiny and attractive. You may not think dirt can do much, but these particles can be quite harsh. 

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Car Care Tips for Spring

Winter and summer are the two extremes of the year that take the greatest toll on your car. Use the balmy days of spring to repair any winter damage and prepare your car for the high temperatures ahead.

Wash the road debris of winter from your car's exterior, paying close attention to the wheel wells and underside. Keep your wiper fluid and coolant levels high, run your air conditioner, and have your winter oil changed for a summer viscosity.  

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What to do After a Car Collision

Are you prepared for a car accident? Most people think they know what to do after an accident. However, here at MINI of Charleston, we want to make sure our customers are truly prepared. Use this short list in case you are in an accident.

If you are in a collision, the first priority is dealing with the injured. If anyone is injured, call 911 for assistance. Next, get the scene under control. Try to move vehicles to the emergency lane if possible. Put out flares and reflective triangles to warn oncoming traffic. Everyone in the accident should move off…

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Tips to Help You with Glare

If you have a hard time seeing because of glare, we at MINI of Charleston have a few tips to keep you safer on the road. While you are contending with glare from the sun, the people in the other cars are probably suffering as well. Keeping your distance and using your headlights is a good way to be seen as soon as possible.

You can also make sure the glass in your car is kept clean on a regular basis. Store your papers on the seat or in the glovebox, so you don't have more of glare from…

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Sharing the Road with Cyclists Safely Benefits All

With warm spring temperatures in full swing, it is especially important to be aware of increasing numbers of cyclists on the road. The vehicle safety experts at MINI of Charleston want you to exercise caution at all times on the roads. We welcome the opportunity to educate you about the importance of learning to safely share the road with cyclists.

The most important precaution that you can take as a driver is to always be aware of who you are sharing the road with. When passing cyclists, always leave at least three feet between you and the bike. 

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How to Change a Flat Tire

It can be a frightening experience when you are driving down the road and your tire goes flat. Many don't know how to change a flat tire. Because MINI of Charleston wants you to be safe when you are out on the road, here are some tips on changing a flat tire.

First of all, you need to drive your vehicle to a safe location. Pull into a parking lot away from traffic if at all possible. You will then want to get the tools that you will need to change the tire. You will need your vehicle's…

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Three Tips to Eliminate Odors in Your Vehicle

You step into your vehicle and notice that something just doesn't smell right. Maybe you can quickly track down an old piece of garbage that caused the smell. Maybe it takes a bit of investigative work to figure out the problem. Regardless, once you have cleaned up the mess, here are three tips that can help bring a fresh smell back to your vehicle.

First, use a stain remover or cleaning product on your seats and floors. Some products are a powder that can be vacuumed up. Other products may need to be sprayed on and then dried fully…

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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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