Important Tips for Sanitizing Your Car

Tips For Sanitizing Your Car | Spirit Lake, IA

In today’s world, sanitizing your car is more important than ever. Proper sanitization is a great way to protect yourself and your passengers — and it can also help preserve resale value and maintain the interior of your vehicle. From sanitizing high-touch surfaces to treating cloth and leather, here are the tips to keep in mind when cleaning your car.

Start by washing the hard surfaces with soapy water or disinfectant wipes. Most hand soap and dishwashing soap will work well if you wring out the cloth thoroughly. Wipe down high-touch surfaces, such as the door handles, the steering wheel, shifter, center console, turn signal, and seat belts.

For electronics and more delicate areas, spray a microfiber cloth with disinfectant or alcohol-based cleaner and then wipe the surface. Be wary of using ammonia-based products on screens and buttons, as these can degrade anti-glare coatings.

Treat fabrics by first vacuuming to remove any lose dirt. Upholstery shampoo is especially suitable for cloth fabrics on the seat and the carpet, while leather cleaner and conditioner will keep your leather surfaces smooth and well preserved. Avoid bleach-based cleaner so you don’t accidentally discolor fabric, and don’t forget about the headliner.

Finally, you can keep the interior especially clean by removing any garbage under the seats, and also pay attention to the HVAC system. Replace the cabin air filter if you haven’t in the past couple years, and spray compressed air into the vents to help clear out any dust and mold and to keep the cabin smelling fresh.

To learn more about safely and effectively sanitizing your car, contact one of our Motor Inn Auto Group service departments here in Iowa.

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Ford Mustang Mach-E Preorders Pour in from All 50 States

Ford Mustang Mach-E | Spirit Lake, IA

Ford Mustang Mach-E preorders are coming in from all over the country, as customers in 50 states have now made reservations for this new model. The Mustang Mach-E is an all-electric performance vehicle, offering a new eco-friendly take on a classic American pony car. With extended range and a sporty look, the Mustang Mach-E has it all.

The Mach-E boasts an available 300 miles of range*, all-wheel drive, and a special GT trim level with boosted performance and added features. Its innovative powertrain is specially designed to handle snow and off-road driving.

“Since revealing the Mustang Mach-E last November, we have seen a high level of interest from customers around the world. We designed the Mustang Mach-E with the aim to deliver an electric, guilt-free, performance SUV while providing peace of mind through our strong dealership network,” said Mark Kaufman, Ford’s global director of electric vehicle marketing and distribution.

To ensure the success of the Mach-E, Ford is building up its FordPass Charging Network, which is the largest charging network in North America. Currently, there are more than 12,500 places to charge the Mustang Mach-E, including fast-charging sites.

The Mustang Mach-E has been especially popular in the West and Southwest, with the most orders in California, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, and Washington. Contact any of Motor Inn Auto Group’s five dealerships to learn more about Mach-E preorders here in Iowa.

*EPA-estimated mileage based on a full charge. Actual range varies with conditions such as external elements, driving behaviors, vehicle maintenance, and lithium-ion battery age.

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Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Car

Tips For Spring Cleaning Your Car | Spirit Lake, IA

As the days get longer and warmer, many drivers get the urge to do some spring cleaning. This is a good time to give your car a spiffing up, as well as take care of some routine maintenance. From your friends at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake, here a few helpful tips for spring cleaning your car.

On the inside

The first thing to do is remove everything loose from the inside of the car, including trash like fast-food containers and empty coffee cups, and important things like your snow brush and floor mats. Run a vacuum over all of the inside surfaces to remove crumbs and dust. Give the floor mats a good scrubbing with a stiff brush and then vacuum them when they dry. Wipe down the dashboard, door panels, center console, and any other hard materials in the car with a soft rag and a mild cleaner. Use a special product for screens to clean the information panels.

On the outside

Wash the exterior of the car with a product that is formulated to protect the finish. Rinse well and remove water with a squeegee to avoid streaking. Clean the tires with a stiff brush and a toothbrush to get into tight spaces. Use a microfiber cloth and a non-ammonia cleaner to give the windows a good shine.

Regular maintenance

Spring is also a good time to schedule things like oil changes, tire rotations, battery checks and more. Be sure to check your tire pressure, fluid levels, and underside for leaks and rust damage.

For any maintenance you might need, don’t hesitate to contact us at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake and schedule a checkup!

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The Best Driving Schools in Iowa

Best Driving Schools In Iowa | Spirit Lake, IA

As winter loosens its icy grip on local roads, it’s time to plan driving lessons for the teen in your family. Some school districts offer driver education, and the Iowa Department of Transportation also lists private companies that can help get your son or daughter behind the wheel. From your friends at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake, here are some of the best driving schools in Iowa.

Spirit Lake and Estherville

Near Spirit Land and Estherville, Naig’s School of Driving offers on-site lessons. The owner is Doyle Naig and he can be reached at (712) 461-0954 or by email at dnaig@thegenerals.org. The owner of the Northwest Driving Academy is Wes Hunziker, who can be reached at (712) 330-5634 or nwiada@gmail.com. The Iowa Great Lakes Driving School LLC is available by phone at (712) 240-2272, or by email to the owner, David Schulz, at dschulz23@gmail.com.

Knoxville

In the Knoxville area, you can find the Training Wheels driving school, owned and operated by Cindy Hauschildt. The phone number is (641) 820-0234, and the email address is trainingwheelsdrivereducation@gmail.co.

Carroll

The Deluxe Driving Academy is available in the Carroll area. To schedule, contact owner Mike Bach at (712) 210-0126 or by email at mike@deluxedrivingacademy.com.

Algona

In Algona, your best bet is probably something in Des Moines, and there are three possibilities. Triple “R” Driving School: Rump’s Road Rules is owned by Ryan Rump who can be reached at (319) 470-6975 or via email at triplerdrivingschool@gmail.com. Drive with Cops is another option, and owners David Kopp and Matthew McCarty can be contacted at (515) 981-6363 or dkopp@drivewithcops.com. The Des Moines area is also home to Street Smarts LLC, and owner Dan McElroy can be reached at (515) 279-1112 or at ssdedm@gmail.com.

For more information, contact us at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake.

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Three Important Tips for Driving Safely

Important tips for driving safely | Spirit Lake, IA

Driving can be a dangerous task if you are not careful. That’s why it’s important to keep these important tips for driving safely in mind while navigating the streets of Spirit Lake, Iowa, during your commute.

Create a buffer between you and the car ahead of you

You need enough space to come to a complete stop should the vehicle in front of you suddenly do the same. While automatic emergency braking features on vehicles from Ford and Chrysler may assist with these sudden stops, it’s important to create a buffer between you and the car ahead of you to stay as safe as possible.

Keep your blind spots in mind

Many modern vehicles from brands like Dodge and Ford have blind-spot monitoring systems to help you see what you normally can’t while on the highway. While these systems are helpful, you should also be constantly keeping your blind spots in mind while changing lanes.

Adjust your driving for weather

Weather like rain and snow can force you to alter your usual driving habits to stay safe. If the ground is slick, be sure to slow down. That will give you more space and time to come to a complete stop.

For more driving safety tips or to explore the safety technologies currently available from some of the industry’s top brands, be sure to visit our staff at a Motor Inn Auto Group location!

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