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Is it Time to Refinance Your Car or Trade it in?

You may be wondering if it's in your financial best interests to refinance your car loan. You might also wonder if you should trade in your vehicle. There are certainly pros and cons to each choice, and the one you pick will need to reflect your particular financial situation.

An aging car is a liability in more ways than one. If your car is not long for this world, you'll have trouble refinancing it, as lenders view it as a risky investment. You're better off trading it in for a different model. 

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Take the Appropriate Steps After a Car Accident

Even if you are shaken up after an accident, you need to take certain steps to get help to the scene and to document it appropriately. Here at Hendrick MINI, we want you to be safe out on the road. That's why we offer these steps to take after you are in a car accident.

Get medical help for anyone who is injured. Call 911 immediately if you find anyone injured. Next, make things as safe as possible. Get cars to the emergency lane if possible. If not, put out flares or reflective triangles to warn oncoming traffic. Anyone…

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How to Win the Battle Against Glare

Driver safety is a top priority at Hendrick MINI, and we want you to know the different ways to react to the sun's glare. If you can, it may be a good idea to drive after the sun has fully risen or after it has fully set.

This is because glare is at its worst during the early morning and late evening hours. Glare can also be difficult if you are driving east to west as that is the path that the sun takes as it rises and sets. However, you can reduce the harmful effects of the sun…

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Give First Responders Room

All of us at Hendrick MINI encourage you to give police and other first responders extra room when you see them stopped in the breakdown lane for any reason. In fact, it's the law. We will explain.

Every state in America has a Move Over Law. South Carolina created the first one in 1996. Each state's Move Over Law is unique, but they all place the same general expectation on you. When you approach police officers, other public employees and motorists who are stopped on a highway, you must move over one lane. 

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Upgrade Your Commute With Android Auto

Android Auto is the latest in-vehicle technology to take over your infotainment center. Android Auto makes it possible to manage calls, send messages and use all of your favorite apps with fewer distractions. Hendrick MINI wants you to get the most out of your vehicle, so we're going to tell you everything you need to know about Android Auto.

Infotainment centers were designed to make driving more enjoyable while reducing distractions. Android Auto takes that principle one step further by mirroring the apps on your phone or tablet to your infotainment center. 

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Preventing Rodent Damage in Your Vehicle

The littlest things can sometimes cause the most trouble. That seems to be the case with mice, rats, and other rodents who can get in your vehicle and damage important components with their teeth. To keep them away, there are a few things that we at Hendrick MINI recommend to our customers.

Rodents need to eat, and they like having small, cozy spaces to rest in. Nooks and crannies in garages and the landscaping around driveways is often perfect for them. To reduce the likelihood of rodent issues, maintain a tidy area and set traps if you notice droppings or…

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Tips to Help Control Odors in Your Vehicle

Don't let offensive odors take over your brand new vehicle. Follow these simple tips to help keep your vehicle fresh and clean for years to come.

If you smell something out of the ordinary in your vehicle, take a look around. Clean out old food wrappers, garbage, bottles, papers, etc. Try to keep your vehicle clean at all times. A dirty vehicle can quickly attract pests and rodents. 

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Choose Studless Tires to Be Safe

If you are among the people that do not want to deal with a ton of hassles from using tires with studs or have a fast-paced lifestyle, then you might want to consider using a studless winter tire set. This will save you a lot of trouble that could occur when you are not on top of when to change out your tires.

The studless tires have a ton of advantages over studded tires. For one thing, the studless tires can bite into the snow with the sipes and the deeper treading which handle the slush and the ice and…

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Don't Wait! Tips for Packing a Winter Survival Kit

Driving in bad winter conditions isn't always easy for drivers. We at Hendrick MINI want to make sure you prepare for the weather with a winter survival kit. If you are driving through bad weather during a long trip, emergency preparedness is essential for yourself, your passengers, and your vehicle.

Things that you should include to stay warm and safe are a portable cell phone charger, blankets, food, water, and extra clothing. If you need to get out of your vehicle, make sure you are in a safe place and have gloves and hats to help you stay warm…

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How to Correct a Slide on Icy Roads

Have you ever been driving on icy roads when your vehicle started to go out of control? This is called fishtailing, hydroplaning, or sliding. With icy roads, you have to be extra careful in snowy conditions. Icy roads can cause a vehicle's wheels to get stuck and slide together. While you may want to brake, if you press down too hard, you could be causing even more issues.

Snowy conditions also cause problems for tires that are older. You should always have snow tires or updated tires in order to drive on icy roads. You want tires that won…

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