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Even though it’s still fall in Portland Oregon, the reality is that winter is coming, and with winter weather in Portland, some of the things that we can expect on the roads are snow, ice, slush and generally bad driving conditions.

Sadly, many drivers will be unprepared for driving during winter months in Portland because they will have neglected proper vehicle maintenance for most of the year or they will have ignored the fact that the weather is changing and they will not be ready for it.

The good news is that if you’re concerned about driving the winter in Portland Oregon this article will provide you with step you can use to get your car ready for winter.

Step 1 – Get an Oil Change

One of the first things that you should do before driving during the winter in Portland Oregon is to get an oil change.

This is important because oil will thicken as it gets colder and if it’s too thick, the oil will not do its job at keeping your instant lubricated, so for best results get your oil changed now to guarantee that it’s running properly when we start to have freezing temperatures.

Step 2 – Change Your Windshield Wipers

This tip is imperative to follow because without proper windshield wipers on your vehicle you will not be able to clearly see other vehicles on the road. Thankfully, you can easily purchase new windshield wipers at your local Walmart, or auto parts store, for under $20 and you can change the windshield wipers on your vehicle yourself.

Step 3 – Check Your Battery’s Charge

The next important thing to do in order to get your vehicle ready for winter driving conditions is to have your battery’s charge tested. This is important because cold weather will take its toll on any vehicle battery but the good news is that you can easily have your battery tested for free at most auto parts stores in the local area.

Step 4 – Examine Your Hoses and Belts

After having your battery tested and or examined, the next thing that you should do is to inspect all of your vehicle’s belts and hoses.  

This is important to do because cold weather usually wears down belts and hoses during the winter months so before cold weather hits, you should inspect your belts and hoses just to make sure that they are in proper condition.

Step 5 – Check Tire Pressure

After getting an oil change, having your battery tested, inspecting your belts and hoses and replacing your windshield wipers, the next thing that you should do is check the tire pressure in all of your tires.

Maintaining proper tire pressure is vital, especially during the winter months because, this will help to keep you from getting into a car accident due to low tire pressure and it will also help to ensure that your vehicle gets proper gas mileage during the winter as well.

Not Sure If You Can Follow These Steps Yourself? No Problem!

Although the steps in this article are fairly easy to follow, for most drivers who are mechanically inclined, you may not have the desire or the time to maintain your vehicle yourself.

Thankfully most oil change shops in Oregon will do everything for you so that you can easily drive your vehicle into a shop like Oil Can Henry’s and have the wipers, tires, battery and hoses checked before you get back on the road. This will save you time money and hassle of having to complete all these maintenance tasks yourself.

Is Your Car Dead? Sell It to Fred

Are you driving around in older model of vehicle that’s costing you more money than what it’s worth every single month? If your vehicle is dead, so it to Fred.

To learn more about selling your vehicle give us a call at (503) 810-3061 or click here to connect with us online.


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Were you just in a Portland Oregon car accident and after reviewing the damage your insurance company has told you that they are considering your car to be “totaled”?

The same thing has happened to millions of other people around the world over the last 10 years and many people are left wondering what the word “totaled” really means especially if the car still looks like it can be dive.

In this article we will break down the real meaning of the word “totaled” and give you some insight into what you can expect to happen next after your insurance company has made this distinction.

Car Totaled Definition

To keep things simple, the word “totaled” or “total loss vehicle” essentially means that your car, or the vehicle that you were driving, should not be repaired.

Why? The cost to repair the vehicle would essentially be more than the actual value of the car.

Many states also classify cars as total losses following car accidents so that if the car should somehow be sold, the future owner of the vehicle knows that the car would not be safe to operate.

Car insurance agencies determine if a vehicle is a total loss by first calculating the value of the car, once they know this number they will then determine how much money will be required to fix the car.

If the amount of money required to fix the car is more than what the car is worth then the vehicle will be classified as a “total loss”.

Some of the other reasons your car can be labeled a total loss following an automobile accident include if you were underinsured, or you only have liability only car insurance coverage.

When you’re under-insured your car insurance deductible will not cover the cost of the repairs to your vehicle.

This is especially true if you have liability only insurance coverage because your policy may only cover repairs or damages to other cars that were involved in the accident while your car will not be covered and you may be faced with having to pay for repairs to your vehicle out of pocket.

What Happens Once Your Car Has Been Officially Totaled?

After your car insurance company has determined that your car can be classified as a total loss, depending upon the amount of car insurance that you have, your car insurance company will pay you the fair market value for your vehicle.

Once you’ve been paid for your vehicle, your auto insurance company will then schedule a salvage yard to come and pick up your car and take it away for processing based on the regulations for your state.

This step is important because, it’s not ideal for a totaled car to return to market once it’s been repaired because, if a salvage title has been “washed”, an unsuspecting buyer may purchase the vehicle without any knowledge of the vehicles prior history.

“Washing” a car title is something that does occur in today’s Automotive Market because, there may be unscrupulous buyers out there who are able to fix up a totaled car with aftermarket parts.

Once the totaled car has been fixed up it’s not uncommon for the owner to sell it on the market for a quick buck, especially if the car has been moved to another state because, the owner of the totaled car can apply for a new title in the new state, essentially “washing” the title of any history related to the car being totaled.

Get Paid Cash For Your Totaled Car

If your car was recently totaled don’t accept less money than what it’s worth, call Fred’s Auto Removal today to get paid cash for your junk car. Contact us at (503) 810-1061 or CLICK HERE to connect with us online.

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