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Towing Guide

It is easier than ever to tow a variety of things behind a truck or SUV thanks to improved technology. That's why our crew at Grand Prix Motors Inc. of Portland, OR want to be sure you know the basics of towing.

One of the most important things to remember when towing is that you should never try to tow more weight than your truck or SUV is rated for.

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Why Buy A Crossover?

Imagine you are driving along a snow covered road. Your visibility is getting a little difficult and the roads are slick. Taking it slow and making sure you are being cautious is important, but it is also important to drive a vehicle that you can trust to keep you and your family safe in the worst of weather. If you are looking for a vehicle that is a little weightier than say, a sedan, but you still want it to be manageable and affordable, then look no further than one of the crossovers that we have here on our used…

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Back to School Carpool Tips to Keep Everyone Safe

It's time to gather up your closest friends and come up with a new school year carpool schedule. These carpool tips are going to help organize the needs of the parents and keep kids safer too.

One of the best things you can do concerning your carpooling group is to designate certain days for certain parents. When parents know Friday is the day for the same person, there is less of a chance of confusion. An added benefit, the kids pick up quickly when a particular parent drives on a specific day, making sure they get into the right…

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How to Take a Low-cost Road Trip

Taking a road trip is a fun way to take a break from your usual routines and see new places. You might want to take a short trip to a favorite lake or a long cross-country drive from east to west or north to south. To make your trip more affordable, use a route planner. Consider the fuel prices, lodging and tolls for similar routes.

You could also lower the cost of taking a road trip by packing light. For every 100 pounds of weight in your car, it loses about 1 percent of its fuel economy. 

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What Items Can’t Be Secured to a Roof Rack?

As a driver, you are responsible for any objects that are secured to the top of your vehicle. That is one of the reasons why you need to spend some time familiarizing yourself with a few common items that should never be strapped to a roof rack.

Clothing, tarps, tents, and other flimsy items must never be secured to a roof rack unless they are inside sturdy containers. Storage boxes are relatively inexpensive, and they are very easy to secure as long as you have a good set of straps. 

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Reasons You May Want to Consider Buying a New Truck

Here at Grand Prix Motors Inc., our hopes are that providing you the benefits of buying a truck will help you to make a more informed buying decision.

The truck is designed to be more durable than a car, and to that end, it can easily carry or tow very large loads without strain. Not only can the new trucks comfortable seat a family of four or more, but the bed can also carry tons of weight, and the hitch allows for towing a vehicle or camper behind.

In bad weather, you will appreciate your new truck for a number…

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Useful Interior Cleaning Techniques for Pet Hair

If you have a pet, you know that keeping the interior of your car clean can become a challenge. When there is excessive hair left in the interior, it not only feels uncomfortable, but it's also unhealthy for you and your pet.

Investing in a device or tool to remove the pet hair is a worthy investment. The job of a pet hair removal tool is to capture the loose hair particles and pull them out of the seat and carpet fibers. While vacuuming is very helpful, especially for pet dander, the hair removal tools give you a more…

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What You Need to Know About Using a Lift Kit on Your Truck

We think lift kits look cool, as many truck lovers do. But we also think that truck owners need to be aware of the risks involved and other important information about lift kits before getting one.

Lift kits are helpful in some driving situations, such as off-road driving. They increase tire clearance without sacrificing alignment. Body lift kits don't alter the way your truck feels, and they only lift your truck a maximum of three inches. Suspension lift kits, on the other hand, change the way your truck handles.

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Gaskets: A Crucial but Often Overlooked Part of Your Engine

At Grand Prix Motors Inc., we want you to be as informed as possible about your vehicle. Inside your engine, gaskets are parts that most people don’t think about, but they play a crucial role in your engine running smoothly.

Gaskets sit between two surfaces in your engine, creating a seal or barrier to keep liquids and gases from escaping. They are designed to fit perfectly inside of each unique engine. Most commonly, they are made of stainless steel, copper, or rubber.

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Vehicle Checklist Essentials for Your Next Road Trip

With the summertime finally coming up, it’s important to stay prepared as you plan for an exciting road trip or adventure at Grand Prix Motors Inc.. Whether you’re planning a fun weekend in Portland or somewhere in the Pacific Northwest, you should make sure that your vehicle is inspected and has fresh oil. As a result, you can ensure that your travels will go off without a hitch.

Budget spenders on a road trip tend to plan out the perfect time for filling the gas tank, which can sometimes work against you. While you can take advantage of…

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