9 Free Holiday Events in Kansas City for Families (2018)

Are you looking for family-friendly holiday events in the Kansas City area that won’t break (or even bend) the budget? If so, keep reading! We’ve rounded up free events and activities for your family to enjoy through the end of 2018. From Santa’s arrival to the much-loved Holiday Express Train, there’s something here for everyone to adore this holiday season.

(These free events are listed in order by date to make it easier for you to mark your calendar.)

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The 5 Best Used Trucks for Cold Missouri Winters

No one likes winter, but our distaste for snow and ice doesn’t mean we can just cancel weather between December and March. Instead of voicing your complaints about how miserable the season can get in Missouri, try taking on the cold with one of these “best trucks for winter.” You won’t have to travel far to test drive these, either, as all these winter-ready pre-owned pickups are available for sale at our used truck dealership near Kansas City!

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How to Choose the Best Child Safety Seat for Your Used Car

Child car seats have come a long way in the last few years, as have traffic safety laws. Car seat manufacturers and parents alike have a better idea of how to help keep children safe in the car–and that includes choosing the right seat for each child.

Unfortunately, with so many different seats on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right one for your older vehicle. Every used car model has a different setup: LATCH anchors in different locations, seats that tilt at different angles, fold-down benches, and other unique considerations. Before you choose the car seats for your child and vehicle, consider some of these important steps.

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4 Safe Used Cars for Teenagers (Plus a Few Free Tips)

Are you planning on buying a car this fall for your high-schooler? Having a car is a rite of passage for teenagers yet can be a source of stress for parents. It means less ferrying them around but more worrying when they’re late. (Did they have an accident or are they just goofing off with friends?)

We can’t help you with the challenges of parenting teenagers but we can help you find a safe used car for them to drive.

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The Alarmingly High Costs of Putting Off Low-Cost Car Maintenance

It can be easy to ignore small issues with your car when that car continues to function, even if you know the repair will be inexpensive. After all, sometime soon you’re going to make time and set that appointment, right? However, there are a few car repairs that people delay out of lack of urgency, only to discover the small repair evolve into a more expensive and frustrating fix. When you know that cheap car maintenance is within your reach, make sure you do it!

Here are some of the hidden costs you might incur when putting off common car problems.

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Brake Pads

Brake pads wear down gradually, so it can be tempting to get all you can out of them. However, besides the obvious danger of driving without sufficiently functioning brakes, wearing completely through your brake pads can eventually impact your wallet, too. Continue reading “The Alarmingly High Costs of Putting Off Low-Cost Car Maintenance”

Top 5 Reasons to Buy Used Cars in 2018

Used-car sales have been up since 2015 thanks to a growing U.S. economy, according to PR Newswire. More used than new cars have been finding new owners, and folks who study trends don’t think that’s likely to change in 2018. Of course, the debate of new vs. used cars isn’t just dependent on factors like how well the economy is doing, or the trends in automotive manufacturing; sometimes it’s just about the benefits of buying a used car.

Here are the top 5 reasons you should consider going pre-owned in 2018.

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5 Unique Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Garage

Now that the winter is winding down, it’s time for spring cleaning fever! And what better place to start than your garage? Whether you need more space for your car or simply want to get rid of some old tools, sprucing up and organizing your garage is a perfect weekend activity. Plus, the results can be magical. Here are our spring cleaning tips for your garage, so your car can finally be a part of the household—somewhat.

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How Will Self-Driving Cars Affect the Used Car Market?

Self-driving cars are quickly becoming a reality. While Elon Musk predicts fully self-driving vehicles within two years, others suggest that it might be longer, but most people close to the technology and car industry are talking about when, not if, the switch will occur.

This advancement is going to bring widespread change to a lot of people and companies. Cities and states are preparing their legislative guidelines for the needs of an autonomous reality, and industries that currently use drivers are thinking through what these changes will mean for them. One area that is certainly going to be impacted is the car industry. While we can’t completely predict the future, we can look at trends and data to make some observations about the likely impact the self-driving car is going to have on manufacturers and car dealerships.

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What’s the Difference Between Horsepower & Torque?

You often see them listed as one spec — X horsepower and X pound-feet of torque. But what does that mean, really? Is one more important when it comes to MPH? How do they relate?

If you’re a car aficionado, you’re probably laughing by now, but the truth is that many average car buyers don’t fully understand the differences between HP and torque. Sure, they see that the bigger number is usually better, but that’s not always the case!

So, for the benefit of all our non-motorhead readers, here’s what these terms are really telling you about a particular car’s performance.

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The Best Vehicles with High Resale Values

You always want to make sure you receive the best value for anything you purchase, and that includes vehicles. While some vehicles hold their value very well—mostly due to dependability, safety features, spaciousness, and fuel efficiency—others aren’t so lucky. Here’s a list of the new(er) models that have high resale values.

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