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Light Up the Streets in a New FIAT 500

Whether you're on the open highway or navigating tight streets in Clive, IA, having a car to illuminate the path ahead is essential. The FIAT 500 is a popular subcompact car that comes with a robust lighting system. It looks great and works to keep you safe at night.

The new 500 uses Bifunctional Halogen Projector lights. They're round to complement the overall profile of the car. Built-in daytime running lights will make sure that you're seen by any driver in any lighting condition. On the back, you'll find modern taillamps.  

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Drive Safely This Halloween

Halloween is drawing closer, and soon, costumed children will be out and about for an evening of trick-or-treating. As a driver, it's important to be aware of the holiday. That way, you can take precautions to drive safely and keep local children safe.

Are you going to drive through a residential area on Halloween? It's a good idea to go a bit slower than usual. Be on alert — excited children are more likely to slip their parents' grasp and dart into the road. 

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Experience the Changing Seasons with a Leaf-Peeping Road Trip

Fall, with its changing leaves and vibrant colors, is the perfect time for a popular activity: a leaf-peeping trip. The best way to see the foliage? A road trip. When you have your vehicle, you're free to take side roads to find the best vistas.

As you're planning the trip, be sure to choose the right timing. After all, the leaves in your destination might change at a different time than the leaves in another region. Keep an eye on local reports, and come right at peak color time for the most spectacular views. 

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How to Correct Oversteer

Oversteer is considered to be not that big of a problem when you are driving in ideal road conditions. However, there are times when you are going to have to be careful so that you can avoid losing control of your vehicle and then going into a slide.

If you happen to be concerned with the issue of oversteer, then there is one thing you can do to correct it. This is making adjustments to the downforce of the vehicle. With a looser suspension, you can actually reduce the grip of the wheels so that you can reduce the occurrence…

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The Importance of LATCH Evaluations

Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) is used to} describe the attachment hardware used for child restraints. Child restraints and car seats can be attached and secured with the car’s seat belt, LATCH makes it easier to keep them safe and secure. LATCH is also vital for forward facing seat. To give you the most security, LATCH is evaluated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to ensure it meets safety standards, and at Billion FIAT of Des Moines, we want you to be informed as possible about LATCH. 

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Enhance Your Tire Life with Regular Rotation

Tires are expensive components of your car. You need to properly tend to your tires in order to enhance their lifespan. On the list of what you need to do to ensure a longer life for your tires is to ensure that they regularly are rotated.

Oftentimes, a car manufacturer will provide you with a specific schedule for having your tires rotated. In the absence of such a specific schedule, you should have your tires rotated once every 5,000 miles. At the same time you have your tires rotated you will also want to check such other issues, like…

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The Value of a Car Battery

On most store shelves, there are dozens of batteries with different price tags. All car battery manufacturers determine their prices based on the hardware. If you consider the value of each battery during every replacement situation, you'll make smarter buying decisions.

Typically, the less expensive batteries supply the least power, and batteries that have a high price tag provide more power that's very consistent. There are also batteries that are reasonably priced; they're ideal for motorists on a budget.  

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Engine Cooling & Radiator Service

Taking care of your vehicle is crucial to making sure that you get the maximum useful life out of it. One of the most common issues with cars is that they overheat if their cooling and radiators are not properly cared for. That is why our team at Billion FIAT of Des Moines want to give you a general overview of your car's cooling systems and how to care for them.

First, the goal of the cooling systems in your car is to remove heat from the engine and expel it to the surroundings to ensure that it continues…

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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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