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How to tell if your car battery needs replacing

Thursday, February 28th, 2019
Mechanic testing a car battery

Bitterly cold temperatures can really take a toll on your vehicle, especially the battery. The cold can slow your battery down and make it seem as though it’s operating slower than usual. Essentially, the harsh temperatures we get in Wisconsin force your vehicle’s battery to work harder by slowing down the chemical reactions happening inside the case. The good news is many batteries that are made specifically for cold climates have a “cold cranking amp” or a CCA number. The higher the number, the better the battery is for frigid temperatures. That said, how do you know if your battery needs replacing or it’s just the winter chill that is making your car’s battery appear more sluggish? (more…)

Are winter tires necessary?

Friday, February 22nd, 2019
Car tires on a snow-covered road

There is no doubt that Wisconsin winters are brutal. That’s why it’s so important to equip your vehicle so it can perform its best. Experts have found time and time again that winter tires are necessary in order to get the most out of your vehicle in snow- and ice-covered roads. (more…)

Does the 2019 Toyota Prius have AWD?

Monday, February 18th, 2019
2019 Toyota Prius driving on a sunny day

Just when we thought the Prius couldn’t get any better, Toyota introduced the new 2019 Prius hybrid. The sleek model receives a facelift for 2019 with fresh exterior styling, two new exterior paint colors, a new trim-level configuration and a variety of other updates. But perhaps the most ground-breaking news from the 2019 Toyota Prius hybrid’s LA Auto Show announcement was the availability of all-wheel drive, called AWD-e. This is the first time a Toyota Prius has been available with all-wheel drive in the United States. The Japanese market has an E-Four setup for the Prius that is like the AWD-e all-wheel-drive system in the U.S. (more…)

Does all-wheel drive help in snow?

Saturday, February 16th, 2019
A sedan driving through the snow

Wisconsin winters can be rough. From the bitter cold to the major snowstorms that dump several feet of snow, living here takes grit. This is especially the case if you are driving on winter roads. But what is the key to getting the best performance out of your vehicle in poor road conditions? Does all-wheel drive help? The answer might surprise you. While all-wheel drive is great to have, quality tires are essential to achieving the most control in the snow. (more…)

New Toyota Tacoma gets tech overhaul

Friday, February 8th, 2019
2020 Toyota Tacoma in the desert

2020 Toyota Tacoma release date

Toyota is kicking off the start of the Chicago Auto Show in style with the debut of the 2020 Tacoma. The new midsize pickup truck receives a major update for 2020 with a full array of new tech. While Toyota hasn’t announced an official release date yet, we’re betting on summer sale date. We’ll update with more details on that once it’s announced. In the meantime, here’s all the shiny new tech you can expect to see on the new Tacoma. (more…)