Feeling lucky? Join in the March Madness!

Do you get into March Madness? (Who doesn’t, right?) Well, we have an opportunity for you. Past or current customers, business partners and anyone with an account with us are welcome to participate in our NCAA bracket.

More car hacks---that actually work!

Our last post about car hacks was popular, so we thought we’d bring you part two! Below you will find seven more car hacks that actually work. Some will save you time, while others can save your car!
1. Is it takeout night? Use your seat warmer to keep your pizza hot in transit.
2. If clutter drives you bonkers, consider purchasing a mini trashcan or plastic cereal container to discard waste.

Try these tips to sell your car

Is it time to put your car on the market? The spring is popular time for people to make such a purchase, as the weather improves. When selling your car privately, you’ll want to do everything to make it look top shelf. Use these guidelines:
• Research pricing. Numerous factors (like model, condition, mileage and geography) can influence a car’s worth.  It’s important to have realistic expectations about how much you can get for it.

How to avoid the pitfalls of potholes

It might not feel like it, but spring is just around the corner. Yay warmer temperatures! Unfortunately there is a downside to more pleasant conditions: potholes!
Why now? It’s because roads freeze and thaw, causing erosion of the dirt beneath the pavement.  This weakens the asphalt in the process. Then the pressure from vehicles causes the road to crumble. Eventually, the street deteriorates further and develops into the crater we know as potholes.

How to care for your car in extreme cold

Winters in Indiana can be relentless.  Extreme temperatures have a way of wreaking havoc on our cars.  But there are things you can do to lessen the effects of Mother Nature this time of year. Here are a few cold weather tips:

Follow these holiday driving safety tips

Holiday get-togethers can mean more time spent behind the wheel.  While this is a joyous occasion, more time on the road can mean higher rates of accidents, especially when you add nasty weather to the mix.

The good news is that drivers can protect themselves and their passengers by exercising precautions. Here are a few tips to drive smart this time of year:

Keep your family safe on the road

Don’t do it. Don’t even think about it. Texting and driving, that is. Did you know you are 23 times more likely to be in a crash texting while driving? Text messaging alone caused more than 16,000 deaths in car accidents from 2001 to 2007. According to new U.S. government research, deaths related to cell phones and texting while driving rose 28 percent in just three years, from 4,572 in 2005 to 5,870 in 2008. The distraction caused by mobile phone use while operating a vehicle is akin to driving under the influence. Scary, isn’t it?

Get to know brother/sister team Angee and Adam!

As you may or may not know, 14/69 is a family-owned business. Brother/sister team Angee Butler and Adam Beckstedt have worked together for almost two decades. Get to know them here, in a short Q&A.

 
Angee:

Show your team spirit this fall without damaging your car

Football season is upon us, and that means showing your team spirit. It’s common for people to want to decorate their cars for tailgating and pre-game events. But there is a right and wrong way to do this, as your car’s paint job could be at stake.  Here’s how to do it right.

Oh, deer! What to do if you hit one this winter

Oh, deer! (Literally) What do you do if you hit a four-legged game animal?

First of all, know that you’re not alone. State Farm estimates that 1.23 million auto-deer collisions occurred in the U.S. between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. These accidents were costly for drivers, typically causing around $3,300 in damage.

So, what to do if your luck turns sour? Here are a few tips: