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The Importance of Used Car History Reports

At Pitre Kia of Las Cruces, we want you to make an informed decision when buying a used car in Las Cruces. Therefore, we want you to know what a used car history report is and how to read it. Generally speaking, dealers will provide such a document as part of the sales process.

It should include information such as how many owners the vehicle has had and if there have been any insurance claims. This is important because it can provide insight into whether the vehicle is reliable and in good condition. It can also tell you if it…

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Backup Camera Safety Feature That Prevents Accidents


A backup camera, also called a rearview camera, is now required by law on all new passenger cars, as well as vans and trucks weighing less than 10,000 pounds. Whether you are shopping at our dealership showroom for a used or new car, vehicles featuring backup cameras provide you with an important safety feature.

The backup camera is a rear-mounted video camera that provides the driver with a wide-angle view of what's located below the level of your rear windshield. It's been proven very effective at reducing the risk of causing....
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Why You May Want to Buy an SUV

SUVs have become extremely popular vehicles in recent years, and we at Pitre Kia of Las Cruces want you to be an informed buyer when you purchase your next vehicle. SUVs offer so many features and capabilities not found in vehicles. Stop at our shop and check out the many SUVs available today and get the information you need to make an informed decision when it’s time to buy. There are many reasons you may want to buy an SUV.
• You can carry more people, with some offering seating for up to 9 people.
• You’ll get good gas…
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Technology Works to Protect The Driver

While it is a good thing to have driving skills, one thing that you are going to realize is that skills are only going to take you so far when it comes to vehicles. One of the limits you are going to have on the road is the ability to see with glare.

The good news is that the automotive industry as a whole has taken on the limitations based on the effects that glare can have on the driver. When a bright light shines in your eyes, you are going to experience what is known as a Troxler Effect…

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Features Uber and Lyft Drivers Should Look For in a Rideshare Car


If you're thinking of joining the gig economy as a rideshare car driver, there are features that make certain vehicles the best cars for Uber or Lyft Drivers. There are a number of features you should be looking for if you plan on using the car as a rideshare driver.

You want a vehicle that is fuel efficient since as an Uber or Lyft driver you will be covering many more miles than your normal driving habits. You want a car model rated among the most reliable to minimize downtime required for repairs....
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Preventing Your Vehicle from Being Stolen

Vehicles these days are coming with some really great safety features that makes it harder than ever for a theft to occur. However, there are some additional steps that you can take to prevent your vehicle from being stolen. Let's take a look:
  • Make sure that you always know where your car keys are. You don't want to accidentally leave them in an unlocked car or dropped on the ground next to your vehicle.
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What is a Blind Spot Monitor?


Most new cars have various sensors and cameras to help with additional driver assistance and safety features. After 2015, newer vehicles were required to have rearview cameras. These cameras were able to show a live view of the back of a vehicle, that was helpful with parking and backing up. The cameras are now equipped in other areas of the vehicle to help with lane departure assist and blind spot monitoring.

With blind spot monitoring, you can prevent your car from running into other motorists. 
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Why Good Tire Care is Important


Tires play an important part in how your vehicle drives. It’s important to buy new tires when needed, but equally important to maintain the tires so they’ll last as long as possible and provide you with a safe ride. At Pitre Kia of Las Cruces, we offer tires and also offer tire maintenance and tips on tire care.

Even if your tires are fairly new, you should check the tire tread to ensure they’re wearing evenly. Place a penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head down. If all of his head can be seen, you may…
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What to Look For in a Mechanic

With vehicles, one thing you are going to have to accept is that you are going to have to get it fixed at some point. Even if you are good at taking care of your vehicle, there are going to be certain issues that require a mechanic. However, any apprehension is understandable.

For one thing, there have been a lot of reports about mechanics ripping their customers off and doing more work than necessary in order to be able to charge a higher price. Fortunately, it is no longer a gamble. You can actually find a reliable mechanic in an…

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Understanding the Workings of a Timing Belt

Unfortunately, many people do not understand that there exist specific terms of art associated with the mechanics of an engine. For example, many people do not understand the operation of a timing belt.

Technically speaking, a timing belt is designed to synchronize the rotation of the crankshaft in conjunction with the camshaft of camshafts. This is the accepted definition of the functionality of a timing belt.

The ultimate impact of a properly functioning timing belt is to make certain that valves open and close appropriately in conjunction with a cylinder's exhaust and intake strokes

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