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How to Safely Travel with Your Pets in Tow

When you're headed out on the road with your pets, follow a few simple tips from Cook Motor Company to keep you and your furry passengers safe.
  • Never leave your pets unattended in a vehicle. The elements can make for some pretty dangerous conditions in a short amount of time.
  • Don't drive with your pet in your lap. This can be a distraction to you, and your pet may get in the way of safely driving your vehicle.
  • Don't use a leash to restrain your pet in the car. Have them in a crate or safe restraint…
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Loading Cargo Into Your SUV Safely

Your SUV is meant for carrying around cargo on long trips, but you need to know how to properly load it up if you want to travel safely. There are ways to do it right and ways that it can go wrong. Make sure you safely load up the cargo.

Don't Overload It

You should put the heaviest stuff in first, but don't overload your SUV. You will cost you on gas mileage, and you could be contributing to a dangerous situation by doing this. Instead, consider going with a lighter load to save yourself in both instances…

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Don't Get Taken By Dealership Gimmicks

One important factor in purchasing a vehicle is to not get sucked into some of the gimmicks that come with purchasing a vehicle. It is fairly easy to get sucked into those kind of things, but you are only doing yourself harm by falling for that. What you really need to focus on are the hard facts of your loan. You need to pay attention to your interest rate as well as the length of the loan.

Common gimmicks include things like offer cash back on the purchase as well as a set period of time with a zero percent…

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A Few Ideas For Controlling Motion Sickness

A lot of people deal with motion sickness when they are driving or riding in a car. It is such a common occurrence that there are literally home remedies that people use to make a difference in their driving or riding experience. Consider the following.

Eat A Cracker - Chewing on a cracker has been a helpful way to calm the feelings of nausea and dizziness in a lot of people.

Distract Yourself - There is nothing worse than sitting around thinking about your motion sickness. That only causes it to come on more strongly. Instead, try to distract yourself with some…

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Auto Knowledge by Cook Motor Company - The Differences Between 4H and 4L

Ladson shoppers who have vehicles with four-wheel drive get enhanced grip on challenging terrain. It comes in handy when you're driving on slippery surfaces or through deep mud, and you can maximize your four-wheel drive system if you know when to use 4L and 4H.

When the roads are snowy, icy, or wet, 4H may be the most suitable setting. This setting lets you drive at faster speeds than 4L but still transfers torque to all four wheels for an improved grip. 4H is used more than 4L and lets drivers go up to 55 mph when the road…

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How to Control Pet Fur from Accumulating in the Interior of Your Car

With no doubt, many people have a favorite pet they take care of. Some common pets that humans associate with include dogs, cats, and rabbits. It is not a surprise to see people also walking around with their pets.

If you own a car, and you have a pet, you likely travel with it in several of your rides. Of course, pets give the best company. Unfortunately, pets tend to shed their fur more frequently. To remove this fur might be a challenge to the majority of the car owners. For this reason, Cook Motor Company helps you with fur…
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Learn the Difference Between Winter Tires and All-Season Tires

Often, we hear questions from drivers like you at Cook Motor Company, and we happily provide our expert advice. Today, we want to explain the difference between winter tires and all-season tires. Understanding that difference can help you decide whether you need to visit our convenient Ladson location for a set of winter tires.

Most new automobiles come with all-season tires. They offer reliability in normal driving conditions, which can include light snow and minimal slush. Still, all-season tires' features cannot safely battle deep snow or icy roads.

 

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Importance of Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors and How They Work

One of the key safety features on vehicles today, auto-dimming rearview mirrors have become a near standard. At Cook Motor Company, we are excited to bring you the process on how these devices work to inform you when making your next vehicle purchase.

Having a vehicle behind you at night that is reflecting its bright headlights off of your rearview mirror can be especially dangerous as it can slow your reaction time substantially. Auto-dimming mirrors correct this by reducing the visible glare through a darkening of the mirror.

 

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How to Get a Bargain on a Used Vehicle

At Cook Motor Company, we believe that it's important for you to know how to make an informed vehicle purchase. Today, we'll be offering you some insider tips to ensure that you know how to get a bargain on a used vehicle.

• Know The Numbers
Know the approximate value of the vehicle you're interested in before you even begin the negotiation process. In the world of haggling, knowledge is power.

• Make a Low Offer First
Make a reasonably low offer at first, but then strategically raise it in small increments. Starting low gives you wiggle room to…
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Get The Most From Your Leaf-Watching Trip

The summer with its heat has passed. Now, it is time to enjoy the cooler temperatures and the beautiful leaves that the fall season brings. During the fall, many like to take some time and go on a leaf watching trip. Cook Motor Company has a few tips on how to get the most from your leaf watching excursion.

There are many nice places where you can see fall color. New England is famous for leaf watching. You can also see good color in the Adirondacks, around the Great Lakes, in the Mid-Atlantic states and in the Lake of the…
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