What do different vehicle safety ratings mean?

A car will always look better by its interior, engine capacity, horsepower, and all other capability features. But there comes a time when you have to choose between life and beauty. Being on a highway is never guaranteed of coming back safe. You need to ensure that your vehicle is designed to fit the purpose. Most of the time, you are the one to ensure that safety tests are done for the car. The question here is, who will you entrust to these services?

Every car must get some security rating in the US, no matter how expensive or advanced…

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Understand Auto Finance Terms Before You Buy

Here at Bowman Commercial we can often help car buyers in Clarkston with financing a new or used vehicle. We also want you to understand auto finance terms and what they mean. Here's a quick look at the terms you may encounter.

You'll often hear a dealership speak about APR when you are financing a car. This refers to the Annual Percentage Rate, or interest on your car loan. Those with higher credit ratings can often lower their APR, so be sure that you negotiate the best rate. Auto finance terms may also include a down payment.

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Check Out These Great Technology Features for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 at Bowman Commercial!

If you love to travel and need a big truck, our team at Bowman Commercial is ready to show off all of the tech features that will make your trips comfortable and relaxing! There is nothing like being able to sync your contacts and playlists with your Silverado 1500, so fumbling with your smartphone while you drive isn't necessary.

Once you have your contacts and music synced with your truck, you can make phone calls, access compatible apps with your voice, and play your favorite road trip songs! You can also use your voice to input addresses to your…

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The Basics of a Transfer Case

A lot can go wrong with a vehicle since there are so many different working parts that contribute to how it runs. A transfer case is part of your drivetrain, transferring power from your transmission over to your axles. The actual process can vary slightly, based on whether you have four wheel drive or all wheel drive. We have different transfer cases on our lot in Clarkston.

Your drive shaft is utilized to provide power, and your transfer case will work to synchronize the rotation of your front and back wheels. 

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Three Things to Be Mindful of When Traveling With a Roof Rack

For Clarkston motorists who love taking long adventure trips, few accessories are more helpful than roof racks. Roof racks significantly increase a vehicle's available cargo space, and without taking any room away from passengers. At Bowman Commercial, we want to share three things that travelers should always be mindful of when driving with loaded roof racks.

Pay Attention to the Rack's Torque Settings

Take the time to read through your roof rack's user's manual and pay careful attention to the recommended torque settings. 

 

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Can You Use Winter Tires Year-Round?

If you've got questions about your vehicle, we may be able to help at Bowman Commercial. One popular topic our customers in Clarkston inquire about is winter tires. Winter tires are beneficial for a host of reasons, which include enhanced performance in the snow and ice, but can you use them all year? Let's find out below.

Many drivers choose to get winter tires because they maintain softness and flexibility when the temperature drops. In addition, winter tires improve safety in harsh winter driving conditions because 

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Is a Car's Exhaust Leaking?

When the check engine light goes on, there could be an issue with the exhaust system. A closer investigation may reveal whether this is the case. A leaking exhaust system would likely present other signs of trouble, some of which could be difficult to ignore.

A decrease in fuel economy or a vibrating gas pedal might indicate exhaust troubles. As with the check engine light, other problems may contribute to these things. However, if the engine starts to make loud sounds, take that as a red flag. 

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Get the Facts about Automotive Recalls

We here at Bowman Commercial want every driver in Clarkston to be fully informed on a wide range of vehicle ownership matters, and one of these important matters is automotive recalls. Recalls generally involve the safety or functionality of one of a vehicle’s critical components, and they may be issued at the direction of the manufacturer or by regulatory authorities.

Some recalls are initiated because a vehicle maker or supplier discovers a problem with a manufacturing or assembly process that could affect the performance of the vehicle. Other recalls come about 

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Sharing the Road Safely with Bicyclists

Many motorists get irritated by bicyclists riding on the road with them. When everyone follows safety precautions and rules, everyone can safely be in the vicinity of one another. Here are some tips that Bowman Commercial would like to share that will make it simple to share the road with bicyclists.

Left turns are one of the more dangerous maneuvers to make if there's someone nearby on their bike. Make sure you're paying close attention, and be cautious when making a left hand turn.

Even after you've parked, take a look in your mirrors 

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Why Do Some Shoppers Choose a Used Car?

When looking to buy a car, going with a used model could be the best purchasing decision for some. For many, the used car market opens doors to buying a better vehicle than the one they currently drive. When limited by budget, a person might not have as many options with new cars, as is the case with used models. Buying used could lead to purchasing a sportier, more luxurious, or even safer vehicle.

Some may even opt for a bargain-budgeted used model, and that would save significant money. Perhaps the insurance costs would be less expensive on a used…

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