Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

Woman behind the wheel of her next vehicle

How Do I Help My Kid Overcome Their Reluctance to Drive?

Tips for Turning Your Kid into a Confident Driver 

We were reading the Dear Abby column this morning and a mother wrote a letter about how her 20-year-old daughter refuses to get a driver’s license and is sick of chauffeuring her around. Honestly, we thought that Abby kind of missed the mark in her advice because she said the daughter was smart and didn’t have to deal with car payments or insurance premiums, and just plainly suggested that the daughter get a bicycle or take the driving test again. We wanted to take a different spin on this and suggest some ways to encourage your kid to become more comfortable behind the wheel. 

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Large home with a narrow driveway

Here’s What You Need to Know About Your Garage When Building or Buying a Home

Tips for Finding or Building the Perfect Home Garage

Are you shopping for a new home or plan to build one from scratch in the Raleigh, NC or Rochester, NY area? When shopping or building a home, it seems like most folks put more thought into the kitchen and how they MUST have granite countertops or NEED to have two living rooms. But there is one area of the home that often gets overlooked that really shouldn’t – and that is the garage! Your home’s garage is just as important as the kitchen because it protects your vehicles from the elements. This means that your vehicle will look nicer and offer optimal performance for a longer period of time. Before you write that check to the realtor or home builder, read these tips on what to look for in your new home’s garage! Read the rest of this entry >>

Guy wearing sunglasses behind the wheel of his vehicle

What Should I Keep in the Glovebox of My Vehicle?

5 Essentials for Your Vehicle’s Glovebox

We went retrieve the owner’s manual this morning and discovered that our vehicle’s glove box was jam-packed with clutter. Sure, we found the manual, but we also found a bunch of random paperwork, that George Strait CD that we thought we lost, the card we were supposed to give to Cousin Lisa last summer at her wedding (is it too late to send it now?), wrappers from a few Snickers bars, a pack of gum, some expired coupons, and more! How did we let this happen?!?! After doing some serious decluttering, we thought that we would share the five most important essentials to keep in your vehicle’s glove box! Read the rest of this entry >>

Blue Chevy Silverado playing in the mud

What Kind of Engine Oil Does a Chevy Silverado 1500 Truck Need?

Engine Oil Viscosity Grade Recommendation for a Chevy Silverado 1500 Truck

Here at Auction Direct USA, many of our customers who are shopping for a high-quality used truck will choose the Chevy Silverado 1500. This pickup truck offers plenty of power and is a great choice when you need to work hard and want to play harder in either the Rochester, NY or Raleigh, NC area. One reason why many of our customers choose the Chevy Silverado 1500 is its reputation for long-lasting dependability. Read the rest of this entry >>

RAM 2500 towing a trailer

Learn How to Hook Up a Trailer to Your RAM Truck By Yourself

RAM How to Hook Up a Trailer by Yourself Video

Pickup trucks have long been used for towing trailers loaded with livestock, farm harvests, equipment, recreational toys, and more. More often than not, we have someone helping us with the hooking up process (a little more…a little more…a little more…stop!) and we are extremely grateful. But what happens when you are by yourself and you need to hook up your trailer? RAM recently shared a helpful video to provide some guidance to make the process easier. Read the rest of this entry >>

A pile of holiday gifts

What are Some Good Automotive-Themed Gifts for the 2019 Holiday Season?

Christmas 2019 Gift Ideas for Drivers

The holiday season is now upon us and many of us are starting to make plans on what we are going to give as gifts. Every once in a while, we become stumped as to what to give to someone who seems to have everything already, or someone who is never happy with what they get. Before you give up and just stick a wad of cash in an envelope, read through our gift suggestions that drivers will love unwrapping! Read the rest of this entry >>

Person jump starting a vehicle

How Do I Jump Start a Vehicle?

Ford Truck Life: How to Jumpstart a Vehicle

Did your kids have one of the overhead lights on so they could read while you were driving last night and forgot to turn it off when you got home? Or is the weather so cold that your vehicle isn’t turning over? Either way, it is never fun to have a dead battery when you have places to be! Luckily, jump-starting your battery will fire up your vehicle in no time so you can get back out on the road! Ford recently released this helpful video that gives a great step-by-step guide to jumpstarting your vehicle. Enjoy and good luck! Read the rest of this entry >>

Now is the Time to Create a Roadside Emergency Kit!

Ford Truck Life: Own a Roadside Emergency Kit Video

With the winter season on its way, many drivers are getting their vehicle ready for the cold temperatures and the snow. One thing that you should do to prepare your vehicle for the winter season is by building and adding a roadside emergency kit to have on hand in case you ever end up in the ditch after encountering slippery road conditions. And it is actually good to have in your vehicle all year round in case anything goes wrong while you are on the road. Watch this video from Ford to create the best roadside emergency kit: Read the rest of this entry >>