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Best Place for Oil Changes: Dealership or Quick Lube Shop?

Is Jiffy Lube Good.jpegAs the saying goes, an ounce of prevention (oil change) is worth a pound of cure (complete and total engine failure). Regularly changing motor oil is undoubtedly the most important task on any owner's car maintenance to-do list. Clean engine oil lubricates all the moving parts that keep the vehicle chugging; when that oil turns to sludge, those moving parts seize up and refuse to play ball, leaving you with an expensive repair or, more realistically, a 2-ton paperweight.

But is it better to swing by an express oil change shop or get an appointment at your car dealership…

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Your Ultimate Guide to Dashboard Cameras

Dashboard Cameras for sale in Joplin, MO
Did you know that Missouri had more than 130,000 car crashes in 2020? Those automobile accidents accounted for hundreds of millions of dollars in collision shop restorations, insurance premium increases, and property damage repairs. That’s certainly a hefty sum. Although dashcams, or in-car dashboard cameras, may not directly prevent car accidents, they do serve to reduce drivers’ out-of-pocket costs after the dust settles. These are 10 of the best reasons why buying a good dash camera is so beneficial.
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7 DIY Car Care Tips for the New Year

7 DIY Car Care Tips for the New Year
Winter is just around the corner, and now’s as good a time as any to get your car ready for the colder, chillier months ahead. The certified service technicians at our Joplin Honda dealership want to help you get prepared. So, we’ve gathered some simple car care tips that you can easily do yourself. (Of course, our Auto Service Department is always ready and willing to lend a hand, too!)

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The Dangerous Pitfalls of DIY Auto Repairs

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“To DIY or not to DIY, that is the question.”

Ever since the days of the Model T, car owners have been tinkering with their vehicles. From relatively simple tasks like changing the oil and installing new spark plugs to more complex jobs like replacing brake pads or even undertaking complete engine rebuilds, DIY backyard mechanics have reveled in getting under the hood and fixing things themselves.

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Honda Maintenance Minder™: Codes & FAQ

Honda Maintenance Minderâ„¢
The golden wrench lights up on your Civic’s dashboard. You begin to sweat bullets. An expensive trip to your Joplin mechanic seems to be in your future.

We’re here to tell you that this seemingly bad dashboard warning light in your Civic is actually your friend, and its name is Honda Maintenance Minder! When you start seeing those car dashboard symbols, that’s just your vehicle's way of telling you that it needs some TLC—and not necessarily from an auto service technician, either. In fact, several Honda car light symbols and dashboard signs can be solved…

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How to Steer Clear of Potholes

Pothole Full of WaterEveryone thinks their city or state has the worst potholes. But Missouri (and its 34,000 miles of roadways) actually does have the worst potholes in the country, according to a recent study per Springfield News-Leader. Decades of underfunding and lackadaisical pothole repair planning have exacerbated the issue—an issue which plagues much of the Midwest, not just Missouri, mind you—and drivers are feeling a wallet-sized twinge of pain at the tire shop as a result.
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