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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Why Rent from a Dealership

Why Rent from a Dealership | Spirit, IA

Motor Inn of Spirit Lake is proud to offer short-term car rentals for our customers. Our rental specialists at Motor Inn have compiled a number of reasons to consider renting from a dealership instead of a rental agency.

Know which car you’re getting

Most rental companies tell you what kind of vehicle you can expect to rent, but don’t let you choose exactly what model you will get when you show up. By renting from Motor Inn, you can choose exactly what vehicle you want to drive. This provides certainty when you’re booking your rental and even lets you take an extended test drive before you buy that car.

Thorough servicing

The maintenance experts at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake are certified to repair and service the vehicles we rent out to customers, which means you can worry less about mechanical failures when you’re on the road. While other rental services are expected to maintain dozens of makes and models at a non-stop pace, we at Motor Inn take our time and provide thorough service on all our rentals.

No unexpected charges

Rental agencies are infamous for including unnecessary charges for extras like GPS, satellite radio, and tolls. Additionally, traditional rental counters often work hard to upsell you on redundant insurance policies already covered under your standard auto insurance coverage. At Motor Inn of Spirit Lake, we offer reasonable rental rates without any unexpected charges.

Contact Motor Inn of Spirit Lake if you are looking to rent a car, truck, or SUV.

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What Is the GMC CarbonPro™ Bed?

What Is the GMC CarbonPro™ Bed? | Spirit Lake, IA

GMC trucks are built tough, which is why the new Sierra Denali 1500 and Sierra AT4 1500 will include brand-new CarbonPro™ beds. If you’re curious to learn more about this new bed liner, here is an overview.

What is a CarbonPro™ bed?

CarbonPro™ is a composite made of carbon fiber that is extremely durable and resistant to scratches, dings, and corrosion. GMC global vice president Duncan Aldred said of the new CarbonPro™ bed liner, “CarbonPro™ is made of the same raw material found in seven-figure super cars and even aerospace applications. Coupled with offering the world’s first six-function MultiPro tailgate, the 2019 Sierra packs a one-two hauling punch for whatever the situation demands.”

Why choose a CarbonPro™ bed?

GMC wanted to make sure the CarbonPro™ bed was up for anything, which is why it was brutally tested. These tests ensured it could handle 1800 pounds of gravel dropped from alternating heights, a snowmobile running its tracks at full speed against the bed, and the heat and cold of extreme locations like Yuma and Kapukasing. In all test cases, the CarbonPro™ bed came away with only minimal signs of wear. The GMC CarbonPro™ bed also eliminates the need for a spray-in bed liner, and increases the Sierra’s payload due to its lightweight nature.

Visit Motor Inn Auto Group to see the new CarbonPro™ bed in the GMC Sierra 1500 today.

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