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How to Prevent Your Car From Being Stolen

Regardless of the neighborhood, you live in, your car can be stolen. You could be at the grocery store or getting gas, and your vehicle could be taken. There are simple and more complex methods you can use to prevent your car from being stolen.

Keep Up With Your Keys

Are you like many drivers who lose their keys at least once a day? Keeping track of your keys lowers the risk of your car being stolen. Invest in devices and software, such as Title Mate and similar products that help with the prevention of car theft.

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Why Infotainment is Important for Safe Driving

While there have been a lot of new features added to vehicles, one thing that we at Alfa Romeo Santa Barbara understand about these features is that they are not all bells and whistles. They all play a role in making sure that the driver and the passengers get to where they are going safely.

Given the fast pace of the road, sometimes you are going to have a ton of close calls. This is one of the reasons that infotainment systems have been invented. Among the features of an infotainment system are different cameras such as the rear view…

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A Guide to Differentials

We here at Alfa Romeo Santa Barbara understand the importance of keeping your vehicle's differential in working order. Just what does the differential do? We're here to answer that question and give you some tips for keeping it working in optimal condition.

The differential is a gearbox that works together with your transmission. It works to transfer the power from your engine to the axle so that your wheels can turn. If you have a four-wheel-drive vehicle, chances are that your vehicle has two of them installed. 

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How to Avoid Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning while you are driving on the road can be a very scary situation. You may have seen an area of water coming up and just couldn't avoid it. You may have missed the flooded area completely and before you know it, you are right in the middle of it. Hydroplaning can be very dangerous if you don't know what to do to avoid this situation from occurring. Here are some tips from all of us here at Alfa Romeo Santa Barbara. 

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What's the Difference Between Full-Size and Compact Spare Tires?

Many vehicles that we sell on our lot come equipped with a spare tire of some sort. Depending on the type of vehicle that you choose, your spare tire could be a compact temporary tire or a full-size spare. These are two very different options. Let's take a closer look at how they differ.

A compact temporary tire should only be used in an emergency. You can't drive on these types of tires for more than a few miles. Get the tire on and head to the nearest service center to have your vehicle repaired. 

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How to Get the Best Fuel Economy

We like knowing our customers are happy and satisfied with their vehicles and are making informed decisions on where and how to get the best deal. Fuel economy is always a concern, and we would like to offer some great tips on how you can experience fuel economy regardless of what you drive. Come to Alfa Romeo Santa Barbara and speak to our trained staff.

What may be a surprise to many is that fuel economy can be greatly affected if the vehicle is in need of maintenance. Other ways to increase fuel economy are driving efficiently and not speeding…

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What Are Serpentine Belts and Timing Belts?

Serpentine belts, timing belts, and hoses are all important parts on your vehicle. But if you've ever wondered what, exactly, all of these parts do, you're in luck. We want you to be informed of some of the maintenance that you should be doing on your vehicle, so we've come up with some things that you should watch for.

The serpentine belt is an extremely important part that runs the entire length of your vehicle. In fact, without it, your car simply won't move. It's an expensive part that can cost a couple of thousand…

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What is Causing the Tire Pressure Indicators to Illuminate?

There are a number of reasons the tire pressure is dropping in your car's tires. Some need urgent attention while others are just natural occurrences. Here is what you need to know about the tire pressures before getting concerned.

Due to natural occurrences, air is escaping from the tires on your vehicle at about a pound a month. Then you have to also consider the pressure drops by another pound for every ten degrees the outside air temperature drops. 

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Automotive Care: Paint Touch Ups

Paint scratches are a common problem for vehicle owners. However, by completing a few steps, the area looks almost good as new. The first step involves matching the color of the paint. Paint is often color-coded according to the vehicle's VIN number. Your local dealership can be of great assistance in supplying the right color paint or performing the touch ups for you.

First, you must clean the area with soap and water. Use a piece of 220 grit sandpaper to roughen the paint around the scratch. Clean the surface again and dry. Apply the paint using the included…

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