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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The owner of the Northwest Driving Academy is Wes Hunziker, who can be reached at (712) 330-5634 or email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
The Deluxe Driving Academy is available in the Carroll area. To schedule, contact owner Mike Bach at (712) 210-0126 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. Drive with Cops is another option, and owners David Kopp and Matthew McCarty can be contacted at (515) 981-6363 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Des Moines area is also home to Street Smarts LLC, and owner Dan McElroy can be reached at (515) 279-1112 or at email@example.com.
For more information, contact us at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake.
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
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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™
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.