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Vacation Ideas Near and Around Springfield, Missouri

Vacation Ideas Near and Around Springfield, Missouri

  If you're feeling it's time to take a little getaway vacation away from Springfield, MO, there are so many wonderful locations not too far away. Consider some of these ideas if you're sensing it's time to reward yourself with a fun adventure.   1) Sleep in a Yurt at StoneWind Retreat If your main mission for some time away is relaxation, check out StoneWind Retreat just outside of Chester, Arkansas. Located just under 3 hours southwest of Springfield, this 160-acre retreat is located on a mountaintop in the Boston Mountains in Arkansas. This area truly is a slice of paradise, and the quaint yurts are ideal for a romantic getaway or a fun family bonding experience. These yurts aren't just tents. They have peaceful views, luxurious furniture, and hot tubs. There are also walking trails at StoneWind, and it's a fast drive to Devil’s Den State Park and Lake Fort Smith.     2) Take in Some Fine Theatre in St. Louis If you're a th ... read more

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7 Tips for Keeping Your Car Cool in the Summer

7 Tips for Keeping Your Car Cool in the Summer

For car owners who don't enjoy the intense summer temperatures, getting into an automobile that has been parked in steaming weather can be wildly unpleasant. Keep yourself cool and use some of these suggestions to keep your vehicle cooler when it's parked.   Put a hand towel over the steering wheel and throw blankets over your seats: Applying a small towel over the steering wheel will assist in keeping the contact temperature of the steering wheel down. If your vehicle has leather or vinyl seats, you're aware just how hot they become when exposed to high temperatures and sunlight. Throw blankets over them to keep them cool. Park in a shady area: It's wise to park in a shady area if you're sensitive to the heat. If you need to be out of the car for a period, it's worth it to find the shade even if you have to walk a little further. The payoff is returning to a comfortable vehicle. Use a window visor or sunshade: This is an effective way of keeping your c ... read more

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Buying a New Car VS a Used Car

When it’s time to purchase a vehicle, you have a wide array of choices available. Not only do you need to choose the model and make of an automobile, you also need to determine whether a used or new car makes the most sense for you. This is a crucial choice and it can make a make a significant difference in your future financial output. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of purchasing a newer car or one that's used.   Advantages of a New Car The big advantage of purchasing a newer vehicle is that you are getting a car that usually comes with a warranty, has better gas mileage, and fewer emissions. Newer cars will most likely need few auto repairs in the first few years and the money you spend will most likely be for general maintenance. A dealership may also provide financing at an interest rate that is lower. As a result, this will decrease the amount of interest over the lifetime of the loan. New cars usually have the latest and greatest technology and that ... read more

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Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Car

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Car

Spring has arrived and with it comes the need to do a vehicle cleanse after a long winter. Cars go through so much during the chilly season— ice, snow, salt, slush sand, gravel, and dirt can all can pull a number on the cleanliness of your ride. Even if you live in a warmer part of the world, these are helpful suggestions for spring cleaning your vehicle and getting your car ready and sparkly for the warmer weather and longer days:   Clean Under the Cloth Floor Mats You'll be surprised how much salt, gravel, and dirt can get stuck under the floor mats. If left there, all this debris can eventually work through the mat and corrode the body of the car.   Wash the Headlights and Taillights The headlights and taillights can take a beating in winter and by the spring, they're generally pretty foggy and filthy. For safety and visibility at night, it's so important to make sure your headlights and taillights are clean. Just washing them with warm water on a d ... read more

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The Healthiest Snacks To Keep In Your Car

The Healthiest Snacks To Keep In Your Car

  Having the right snacks in the car when you're on long road trips or even just short car rides is wise so you can keep your hunger down and energy up. Here are some 7 suggestions for foods to eat that will keep you alert and focused on the road:   1. Popcorn   Microwave popcorn is coated with chemicals but the naked kernels are incredibly healthy. They're an excellent source of antioxidants, complex carbohydrates, and digestive-supporting fiber.   2. Beef Jerky   Protein is one of the most satisfying nutrients. There are healthier versions of beef jerky with less sodium and preservatives available at organic grocery or natural-food stores.   3. Greek yogurt with nuts or fruit   Greek Yogurt is a protein powerhouse that will keep your hunger at bay for hours. The nuts and fruit offer energy, fiber, and healthy nutrients.   4. Hard-boiled eggs and whole-wheat crackers   Hard-boiled eggs are full of hunger-repelling p ... read more

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Valentines Gifts for Car Lovers

Valentines Gifts for Car Lovers

  February 14th is approaching so romance is in the air. If your sweetie is a car enthusiast, you will definitely score points for gifting your loved one an automobile-related gift. The good news is there are all types of creative presents and ideas out there that car-crazed folks will certainly find appealing. Here are some suggestions:   Prepaid Gas Card – What car enthusiasts wouldn’t love a free tank of gas?   New Sound System – If you have a bass loving sweetheart, a new sound system is certainly going to be well received. Also, you can also consider gifting upgraded speakers.   Rent A Ride – Is your beloved into Lamborghinis but stuck with a Volvo? Rent your sweetheart’s dream car and have the weekend of your dreams.   Sirius – If your Valentine is interested in upgrading from local radio to nationwide music with few commercials and no fade outs, this could be the winning choice.   Quality Cleaning Prod ... read more

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Why Self Driving Cars Are the Future

Why Self Driving Cars Are the Future

It’s true. Driverless cars are here. The revolution of the self-driving car is building—and will alter our everyday lives in ways, major and minor. The transition may take longer than industry leaders had wished but its eventual impact on the world we live in is impossible to ignore.   There are many reasons to get excited about an autonomous car. Driverless automobiles will eliminate distraction and human error, major causes of accidents. So basically, self-driving cars could save lives! Also, people who spend long periods driving will have the opportunity to use their time in the car for work or leisure.  So when can we enjoy the benefits of the autonomous car? By 2020, driverless automobiles will start to be noticeable on the roads. It’s projected that 95% of new vehicles sold, will be fully autonomous by 2040.   This means big business. Google, Tesla, and Apple are tech companies that take pride in combining software and hardware, the basics of ... read more

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Get ready for Winter & the Holidays With Gift Cards from Complete Automotive

Get ready for Winter & the Holidays With Gift Cards from Complete Automotive

If there are people in your life who are bigtime car lovers, there are many auto-related presents you can consider for them. Here are some suggestions:   “Porsche 911: 50 Years” There are so many wonderful automobile-related coffee table books out there, but for the Porsche enthusiast, it doesn't get much more intriguing than this. The reader gets to take an in-depth look at the models of the Porsche 911. What actually led to making one of the most epic brands in the history of automobiles? Read this book and find out!   “The Man and Le Mans” (Documentary) This is a must watch for anyone who considers themselves to be an auto enthusiast. This documentary follows Steve McQueen's’ wild life in motorsports and the movies. The film dives deep into the behind the scenes and gives a greater understanding of his racing passion.   Ultimate Exotic Car Racing in Las Vegas If the recipient of a holiday gift has plans to be in Las Vegas ... read more

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Top 10 Must-Haves For Summer Road Trips

Top 10 Must-Haves For Summer Road Trips

It’s summer and the perfect time of year to hop in your car with friends and family and take that roadtrip. Cruising the open road gives us freedom, a sense of freedom, and the opportunity to experience joy alone or with those we love the most. Having your car stocked with the things that could make your trip safer and more fun is essential before you hit the road. The team at Complete Automotive has 10 “Must have” suggestions for you before you’re off for the adventure of a lifetime! OLD SCHOOLMAPS – Even though there are countless APPS that have electronic maps and directions, it’s always wise to have “old fashioned” paper maps on hand. Sometimes electronic map applications get a little fickle and can lead you in circles. Having a paper map on hand is a great precaution. SNACKS – To avoid extra stops and blood sugar crashes, it’s smart to keep some of your favorite non-messy snacks on hand. Fruit, cheese, and nuts are simple easy healthy choices. AAA – J ... read more

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The Many Ways We Celebrate April at Complete Automotive

The Many Ways We Celebrate April at Complete Automotive

April gives us many reasons to celebrate. In April, we can appreciate the beautiful Spring weather. Easter Sunday takes place on April 16th this year, where we gladly celebrate the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ; spending time with family and friends on this special day. April also happens to be National Car Care month, and it’s the ideal time of year to make sure that automobiles are running smoothly, safely, and in the condition that can put you at ease as you hit the road on these beautiful spring days and nights. Neglected vehicles are often the catalyst for dangerous scenarios on the road and hefty costs down the line. Complete Automotive is proud to be an auto service center that is part of the AAA Great Battery Roundup which is held in tandem with the Earth Day celebration. Scheduled April 17th-21st, the event encourages car, truck and boat owners to recycle their old batteries. If you want to take part in the AAA Great Battery Roundup and recycle your vehicle&r ... read more

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