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Clank, ping, knock…diagnosing strange engine noises

Let’s face it…when your vehicle suddenly starts making a strange noise, it can induce some stress. It’s understandable; no one wants to be stranded or face repair bills. Educating yourself on the different kinds of noise you hear can help you have a better understanding of what might be happening so you can get your vehicle to the SVG Service Department before your problem gets worse. Listed below are some of the most common engine noises you might hear your vehicle make (Please note, these noises are far more common in older, high-mileage vehicles.)
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What could be lurking in your vehicle’s A/C can make you sick

If you don’t drive often, or there’s been a lot of humidity recently, you could have mold and bacteria growing in your vehicle’s air conditioning, heating and vent systems. Obviously, this can pose a hazard to very young or elderly people, those with allergies, or for anyone that has a respiratory problem such as asthma or COPD.
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Simple adjustments to your seat can keep you safer

Easy adjustments you can make to keep you safer in an accident

Did you know that how you have your seat positioned can affect your safety in the event of an accident? If you’re short (like this blog writer!), you have a tendency to adjust the driver’s seat pretty close to the steering wheel so you can reach the pedals. Research has shown this isn’t too safe.

Sitting too close to the steering wheel can mean you’re at risk for catastrophic injuries or even death in the event of an accident. A steering wheel’s airbag…
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Printable instructions for jump starting your vehicle

We're big fans of having certain tools in your vehicle at all times. One of those tools we think is important is a set of jumper cables. Surprisingly, many people understand the concept of how to jump start a car, but don't know the exact steps to ensure it's done safely. With that in mind, we've created the guide below. You can print it out and store it in your vehicle if you ever find yourself stranded with a dead battery. Just remember, if you are unsure why your battery died in the first place, it…
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Is it bad to buy high-mileage used cars?

Here’s how a high-mileage vehicle could save you money AND be reliable

In the dealership world, one of the most common things our sales people hear is “I want a car with less than (insert number here) miles”. Of course our sales staff will honor the requests of customers, but in reality, you could be costing yourself money by limiting your selection.

Long ago when engines didn’t have computers to adjust, correct and optimize performance, they had somewhat limited lives. That was even more true for older vehicles that weren’t serviced properly. Everything, no matter what it…

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Tips for your vehicle in the summer heat

This week's temperatures are going to be in the high 80's in the Miami Valley! While we're glad to see the sun finally shining after so many weeks of torrential rain, your vehicle, your electronics, and pets might not be as happy to see the thermometer climb.

 

If you park outside on a hot sunny day, you might want…

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Experts agree – these GM vehicles provide award-winning reliability AND value

Every year, J.D. Power analyzes data to compile a list of the most reliable vehicles you can buy. They rate vehicles using statistical data from Initial Quality Studies and past Vehicle Dependability Study results. The resulting scores are then ranked to provide you with a list of the most reliable vehicles for each model year.

While they’ve released data for 2019 models, we’re going to focus on the 2018 list for this blog post. Many dealerships (including SVG Urbana) have holdover 2018 models in stock that can be purchased with fantastic discounts -- providing exceptional value for a…

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GM’s 2020 Light Duty Diesel Superior

Many people and families are turning to trucks as their everyday transportation due to their versatility. However, those who regularly use their trucks for towing and hauling typically opt for diesel engines since they’re built with plenty of torque to handle the load. When you count on your truck to perform, you want the best there is, and for 2020, GM’s Duramax diesels are it.

Of course we’re biased and we think the Silverado and Sierra are better looking than the Ford F-150, but the performance numbers aren’t subject to opinion. They’re fact. Here’s…

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First look at GMC's carbon fiber bed

GMC introducing first-of-its-kind carbon fiber bed box
 
According to Wikipedia, Carbon Fiber "has several advantages including high stiffness, high tensile strength, low weight, high chemical resistance, high temperature tolerance and low thermal expansion. These properties have made carbon fiber very popular in aerospace, civil engineering, military, and motorsports, along with other competition sports." Knowing that, it only makes sense that trucks owners would love to have this material in their truck beds for the ultimate in durability. GMC recognized this and is now offering carbon fiber bed boxes on the Sierra.

The carbon fiber bed has several benefits to owners…
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