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Winter Care and Maintenance Checklist: Be In the Know Before You Hit the Road

Wedekind Motors knows that Schenectady- and Albany-area weather can tank the prospects of a road trip this time of year when it comes to unforeseen vehicle-mechanical circumstances. And you probably don't have a reliable service center on hand at home with the parts and labor required to make fixes happen. Luckily, in advance of the storm, you can help stave off some common problems with help from these handy tips.

  • Maintain the performance shape of vehicle lights and bulbs. During colder months, the days are dimmer, and evening light can be worse. Take care of any issues like fogginess…
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Check Out Our Inventory of Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles at Wedekind Motors

Shopping for a new vehicle can be tough, especially when your budget and the car you have your eye on may not be in the same league. But owning a luxury vehicle isn't completely out of your reach; choosing a high-quality pre-owned luxury vehicle from Wedekind Motors means you can find a well-maintained luxury car or SUV that's been thoroughly inspected and is ready to give its new owner years of enjoyment. 
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Choosing the Right Motor Oil for Your Car: Synthetic Vs Conventional Oil

Motor oil can be likened to a sponge in many respects. Everyone knows a sponge can conveniently hold up dirt, fluid and many other tiny objects. However, when the sponge gets over saturated, it loses the ability to further hold any more fluid. The same applies to motor oil. Changing your vehicle's oil regularly and using the right oil for your type of car will take care of such problem. The choice of oil lies between synthetic and conventional oil. Synthetic oil is a product of blended controlled ingredients in a lab, so it is far from being natural…
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The Importance of an Oil Change

Regular maintenance is critical to the life of your vehicle, but it is all too often put aside. "If it's not broke, don't fix it," is not a phrase you want to apply to your automobile. Pushing back service could leave you without wheels.

Of all the routine maintenance, oil changes are key to the operation of your vehicle. Oil lubricates the moving parts, but after a while that oil breaks down. When this happens, if it is not changed out for new oil, your car will be facing more serious, and costly, repairs.

The auto manufacturers have…
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Transition from a Big Vehicle to a Used Ford Focus


If you typically drive a truck or SUV, the Ford Focus may be the perfect transition for you to becoming a compact car driver.

The comfortable 90 cubic feet of interior space will ensure you do not feel boxed in. The roomy interior is designed to seat 5 occupants for any drive. One of the biggest differences you will see is the cost. Large vehicles tend to be gas hogs. The compact Ford Focus achieves up to 31 combined city/highway gallons per mile. This will go a long way in helping your monthly...
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Will Your Car's Air Conditioner Explode?

To comply with ever-tightening emissions regulations, many major automakers are making the switch from hydrofluorocarbons to a patented new chemical called HFO-1234yf to provide the cooling power in vehicle AC units.

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are extremely bad for the environment. They stay in the atmosphere for over a decade, and have a global-warming potential (GWP) over 1,000 times higher than carbon dioxide. HFO-1234yf, on the other hand, was...

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Trick-or-Treating Tips to Stay Safe Near Traffic

The big day you've all been waiting for is finally here: Halloween has come to Schenectady. You've been getting your costume ready, stocking up on candy, and planning parties -- but have you taken the necessary safety precautions?

Every year, the NHTSA notes an uptick in drunk driving and traffic fatalities involving pedestrians. How can you help keep your neighborhood streets safe, other than not driving drunk? The NHTSA...

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High-class and highly accommodating -- The high value of a used Toyota Highlander

High-quality, high-class, highly accommodating -- the name says it all for the Toyota Highlander. Simply put, this three-row family crossover looks much more expensive than it actually is. It’s a great alternative to the style-stunted minivan or the less spacious midsize SUVs.

 

While the trend seems to be to downsize, not all of us have the luxury of sacrifice some seats for the sake of fashion. Some drivers genuinely need six, seven, even eight passengers' worth of space because their families or their lifestyles simply can't be accommodated by anything smaller. The Highlander can

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Older Drivers & New Technology... A Story of Enhanced Mobility

Though we may sell used vehicles here at Wedekind Motors, it hasn't stopped us from acquiring the latest innovations in automotive safety. Many of our more recent models, five years old and newer, are equipped with "semi-autonomous" features.

These utilize sensors like radar and cameras, or both, to watch the road for surrounding traffic. Popular examples include blind-spot monitoring, which will give an audible

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Watch Your Oil at Work Inside the Engine in this Digital Rendering

They say it's important to change your oil on schedule, or you risk wearing out your engine. But what exactly makes oil so important? What does it do?

Check out the video that shows you the inside of an engine, and takes you along for the ride as oil does all the things your car relies on it to do.

Engine oil starts off in the sump tank (oil pan), which is where your oil goes in, and comes out during changes. It is picked up by the oil pump, and then it travels through the filter, to remove…

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