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Timing Belt: Why Does This Part Matter?

Have you ever stopped to wonder what the timing belt of your vehicle is and why it might matter? You should have stopped to think about this at some point in time. If you haven't, then you need to know that this belt is critical to the operation of your vehicle in general. Fail to take care of this belt at your own risk.

The timing belt literally controls the timing of the inflow and outflow of air and gasoline throughout the engine. That seems pretty important because it is pretty important. You slip up and forget to pay…

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Should You Refinance or Trade-In Your Vehicle?

At Billion FIAT of Des Moines, we want to make sure our customers make the best financial decisions possible when buying a new vehicle. Deciding whether to refinance or trade in an existing vehicle can be a complicated choice that's different for each customer. In this post, we wanted to address the advantages of each option.

Refinancing is a good idea when your current loan is greater than the value of your vehicle. It can lower the interest rate or change the length of the loan to reduce your monthly payments. 

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Safety Comes First for Teen Drivers

Billion FIAT of Des Moines knows that safety is the first priority when you are going to buy your teenager their first car. It is important to look at the safety ratings published by the IIHS in order to determine which vehicles are the safest. Vehicles rated a best choice by the IIHS are among the safest on the road.

The weight of the vehicle is important when considering a first car for your teen. A vehicle that weighs more will usually suffer less damage, leading to fewer injuries in the event of a collision. SUVs and medium-sized cars are…

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Important Exterior Features of the FIAT 500X

Check out the FIAT 500X if you're searching for a popular subcompact SUV. Designed for functionality and style, the 500X has unique paint choices and helpful features that most people love.

Your car's paint job is often the first thing someone notices when looking at your vehicle, so don't take any chances. Pick from 11 exciting colors, including Graphite Grey and Bianco Gelato White, to give your 500X a look that makes your car stand out. FIAT also focuses on safety-conscious features, such as the heated exterior mirrors. 

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FIAT 500 Exterior Features

One of the most popular subcompact cars on the market today is the FIAT 500, recognized for its incredible exterior features. That is why we here at Billion FIAT of Des Moines are so excited about the latest model's incredible exterior features.

The rear diffuser of this car not only adds an amazing look to the vehicle but it also improves the performance of the vehicle by increasing the down force on the car while driving. You can also choose from more than a dozen different exterior paint colors to truly make the car your own. 

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How to Deal With a Flat Tire

Weather conditions, road treatments, and road debris all contribute to drivers needing to know how to change a flat tire. This is especially true because being stranded in traffic can be stressful and dangerous. Changing a flat tire is relatively easy, but it does require some knowledge.

If you experience a flat while driving, pull over onto a flat and safe area. Use your emergency jack to lift your car. Loosen the nuts of the flat with a lug wrench. Put your spare onto the lug posts, and tighten each nut in sequence. Lower the jack, and place all tools…

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Why We Have Move Over Laws

Move Over Laws are so important that all the states, other than Hawaii and Alaska enforce them. Move Over Laws are designed to keep emergency personnel safe while they’re parked on the side of the road. If you’re unfamiliar with Move Over Laws or would like more information, stop in at Billion FIAT of Des Moines and speak with our trained staff.

The purpose of Move Over Laws is to ensure that emergency personnel can safely do their jobs without fear of getting hit by moving traffic. Unfortunately, this happens to emergency personnel every year. 

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Why Winter Tires are Wrong in Warmer Weather

If winter tires are so great in winter, won't they be good enough during the other seasons? Sure, you can ride around on winter tires, but should you? No, and here's why.

Winter tires don't just have a different name, they have a different design and purpose. Created for better traction in snow, ice and other wintry conditions, these tires have more flexible tread rubber that wears down faster in warmer temps. Basically, what makes them work so well in winter could be their downfall in summer. 

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Protecting Your Car from Salt Corrosion this Season

It is important that you do not leave salt from the road on your vehicle. Here are some tips from Billion FIAT of Des Moines to help reduce rust growth, mechanical issues, and damage to your car's finish.

Get in the habit this season of getting the vehicle to a car wash at least once every 10 days. Regardless the temperature or conditions, if salt is trapped under the vehicle, it could be rusting out several of the moving parts that will begin wearing quickly. The high-pressure water system at the car wash will make short work of removing…

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Winter Tire Options

Tires for winter use fall under three different categories. The classifications include studded, studless and performance. Studded tires can be used during the rest of the year without the studs. When ice and snow arrive, the studs provide extra traction. However, they do increase cabin noise. Some states do not allow studded varieties, as they damage roadways.

Stud-free tires are designed in such a way as to provide the extra traction needed during the winter but without the harsh studs. The material used to make the tires allows for greater flexibility regardless of temperature. 

 

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