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Used Car Blog

How to Save for a Car

For most people, a car is a necessity. But on average, a new car cost $47,000 in 2021, according to Kelley Blue Book. For used cars, the average topped $27,000. Obviously, there’s more than just the price of the car to consider. Dealer and registration fees, taxes, insurance premiums, fuel, maintenance, tolls, and parking expenses…

What Documents Do I Need to Sell My Car?

There’s lots to think about when selling your car. But when pondering the question, “What do I need to sell my car?”, there’s more than fixing it up, cleaning it out, and making sure it’s fully inspected. You need to have all the paperwork in hand to successfully transfer ownership of the vehicle. Gathering all…

Is My Car Burning Oil?

Just because oil isn’t leaking onto the ground doesn’t mean your car isn’t losing oil. A car burning oil in the combustion chamber is a serious problem. Worn seals, leaky gaskets, a damaged oil pan, or poorly attached oil filter can cause this to happen. There may also be a worn out, loose, or missing…

DIY Guide: How to Change Spark Plugs

A spark plug fires to begin the combustion process in an engine. It is connected via an electrical conduit between the battery and cylinder. A four-cylinder engine typically has four plugs, an eight-cylinder engine has eight plugs, and so on. Since a spark plug creates high-voltage electricity, it will wear out over time. If your…

Picking the Best Road Trip Vehicle

Many Americans yearn to travel as the weather warms up, and there’s nothing like a road trip to explore the country, have an adventure, and spend quality time with family. The best road trip vehicle depends on your wants and needs. At Hawthorne Auto Square, we offer many makes and models of used vehicles, and…

What Headlights Do I Need?

Headlights are a part of every car. Today, most run automatically so you don’t need to think much about them. But if a headlight fails, this is a serious safety hazard and can get you a ticket. When you notice a bulb fading or starting to flicker, don’t wait until it burns out. Think about…

What to Know When Buying Your First Minivan

Minivans, or small passenger vans, have been on the market since the early 1980’s. They’re smaller than full sized vans, but large enough to accommodate families. In fact, they provide more space, storage, and cabin access than SUVs, making them ideal for families on the go. Here is what you should know when buying your…

9 Tips For Car Interior Detailing

Some car owners take great pride in car interior detailing. Understanding how to detail the interior of your car not only helps you feel better during your daily commute, but could increase the resale value should you decide to trade in your old car down the road.  According to Car Wise, car interior detailing can…

Do Electric Cars Use Oil?

More and more Americans are choosing to forgo the gas pump and plug-in instead. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly half of U.S. adults support phasing out gas-fueled cars in favor of hybrid or electric vehicles (EVs). While 51% oppose the idea of switching from gas to electric cars, the research shows that a fairly…

2022 Used Car Buying Trends

Will car prices drop in 2022? Over the last couple of years, the automobile industry witnessed a surge in new car prices. The pandemic disrupted supply chains and caused shortages in critical components which led to a lack of new vehicles hitting car lots, only making matters worse for consumers.  The recent uptick in new…