Check Engine light on a 1996 Dodge Caravan.

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You’re driving down the road and as you stop at a stoplight, the dreaded “check engine” light pops on. You get that sinking feeling in your stomach and you cringe at the potential repair costs.

You shouldn’t worry yet though – many times, it’s something that can be fixed for less than $10. It’s really just a warning for potential problems, and as people have started to hang on to their cars for a longer period of time, proper maintenance has become even more important. In fact, according to automotive data firm R.L. Polk, the average vehicle on the road is now 10.6 years old, a pretty large increase over 8.8 years 10 years ago.

Here are the five most common causes of the “check engine light” and what you can expect to pay to fix the problem, including parts and labor:

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Car Maintenance Mistakes - Hallum Motors - Memphis Used CarsMost modern cars require just slightly more maintenance than your toaster, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore a regular maintenance schedule. Many drivers don’t even think about vehicle maintenance until a warning light appears on the dash board. Maintenance intervals are spaced much further apart than they used to be, so make sure you check your owner’s manual for the recommended maintenance schedule.

Don’t Ignore Your Tire Pressure

Your tires are going to leak – it’s a fact you can’t avoid. Most people don’t realize that under-inflated tires can drastically reduce your gas milage, and the tires will wear out much sooner. Buy a pressure gauge and check your tires monthly. It’s also important to rotate your tires so that they’ll wear evenly – check your manual for recommended rotation schedule.

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Modern cars are much safer than ever before, but even with safety improvements, it’s still important to be a safe driver. There are still millions of car accidents every year, and car accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 3 and 34.

Whether you’ve just gotten your license of you’ve been driving for years, we’ve put together this list of 10 driving tips for safe driving.
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We’re sure that you’ve noticed gas prices lately… it’s hard not to! Prices are rising steadily, and drivers are more price-conscious than ever. If you’ve got an older car with lower gas mileage, you’re feeling the pinch even worse.

While we’d all love to just rush out and buy an electric car or the latest hybrid, most of us are stuck with whatever we’re currently driving. You can still save significant money at the pump if you follow these 10 tips:

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The recent recession has changed the way that most Americans look at spending money, so many buyers have re-evaluated their stance on buying new vs. buying used. In the past, telling a “new car” person that it’s better to buy a used car was like telling a cat lover that dogs are better pets.  Now that people are putting more thought into how they spend their money, more people are finally coming to realize that it really IS better to buy a used car.

If you’re still on the fence, we’ve put together this list of 5 reasons that buying used is better than buying new:

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Many people why away from buying a used car because they’re scared of buying a proverbial “lemon” – but in today’s economy, buying a used car makes more sense than ever. With the huge amount of used cars on the market, prices are much more affordable, and it’s much easier to find a recent used car that gets great gas mileage. If you’re worried that you’ll buy a car that turns out to be a lemon, just read on for tips to avoid these 5 common car buying mistakes.

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We’ve worked hard over the years to establish ourselves as one of the best used car dealers in Memphis and the surrounding area.  We’re absolutely committed to making every single customer feel like a member of our family. For over 15 years, we’ve almost exclusively sold local, one-owner vehicles. We know that the car business is a “people business” – if you make your customers happy, and give them a good deal, not only will they come back and do business with you again, they’ll tell all their friends about you. But don’t take our word for it – head over to eBay Motors and see what our customers had to say about us.

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There’s never been a better time to buy a car or truck from Hallum Motors! We’re discounting every single vehicle on our lot for our incredible Black Friday Auto Sale. The sale runs from this Wednesday through next Monday, November 28th. We guarantee that our sale will feature the best prices on used cars in the entire tri-state area.

“Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, and Cyber Monday isn’t far behind. There’s zero reason why car dealers shouldn’t be offering the same deep discounts to customers over the same weekend,” said Kent Hallum, our owner. continue reading…

Years ago, when cars were designed with huge trunks, every car had a a full-sized spare tire stashed in its trunk. Any time you had a flat tire, you just had to remove the flat and put on the “spare” – then the original tire got a patch and became the spare. Through the years, cars have become more compact, and trunk space no longer allowed for a full-sized spare tire. Something had to change, and that’s when the temporary spare tire, or “donut” was invented.

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Change Your Oil YourselfOne of the easiest do-it-yourself maintenance tasks for your vehicle is changing your oil. It’s very inexpensive, and regular oil changes are vital to keeping your car running in tip-top shape. It requires almost zero mechanical skills – when you pay for a mechanic to change your oil, you’re mostly paying for the convenience of someone doing it for you.

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