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No car part lasts forever, but you can avoid most damage by not driving the car. Batteries, however, have a finite lifespan that drains whether you drive daily or keep your car in your garage in pristine condition. In time, it will give out.
Life Expectancy of Car Batteries
On average, expect three to five years of use from your car battery, which is one of three main types:
There are three subtypes of lead-acid batteries:
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If you live in an area that experiences regular snowfall, you’re used to slippery roads, and you’ve likely purchased a 4-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle to get around safely.
If you’re not experienced with manually operated 4WD systems, however, it can be confusing to know when it’s appropriate to send power to all four wheels. Unless your vehicle has intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD) with computers controlling which wheel gets power, however, you probably have to manually push a button, twist a knob, or pull a lever to transfer from 2-wheel drive (2WD) to 4WD.
With that said, let’s take a closer look at when to engage your various driving modes:
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Pickup trucks and SUVs: They both offer remarkably similar power and can be yours for similar prices, but if your driveway is like many Americans’, there’s only room for one. Depending on which side of the argument you find yourself leaning toward, any particular benefit might be enough to push you toward either Ford’s pickup, the Ranger, or Chevy’s midsize SUV, the Traverse.
The 2023 Chevy Traverse
With the Traverse, you’ll get the usual SUV vs. pickup benefit in that all of your cargo can fit inside, and if you have temperature-sensitive items or just want some extra security, you’re probably going to steer toward an SUV anyway.
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If you’ve owned your current vehicle for several years, it’s natural to, frankly, get a little sick of it. There are plenty of reasons why a driver such as yourself might be eyeballing new vehicles, such as:
- A growing family that needs more space
- Repairs that are getting too frequent
- Wanting to experience new tech or safety features
- Poor fuel economy
- Wanting to go electric
Whatever the reason, you understand that it’s time for your old car to go and for you to get something new to take its place, but you can’t just throw your car in the trash, of course. Instead of just keeping it around or scrapping it, have it bring in some value as a trade-in!
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Whether you’ve just gotten your license or you’re the parent of someone who has, the next logical step is getting a new (or, at least, “new to you”) car. Below are some factors to consider, followed by some vehicle recommendations.
Vehicle safety has improved dramatically in the past fifteen years, with airbags and antilock brakes now being the baseline. Today’s newest cars have further advancements, such as 360-degree backup cameras, lane-keep assists, forward collision warnings, and radar cruise control.
Beyond safety, you may want to consider lifestyle features, such as integrated navigation and infotainment, a sun/moonroof, heated/cooled seats, and towing capabilities.