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Understanding the History of Horsepower

Most of us have heard the term "horsepower" at one point, usually associated with an automobile of some kind. More often than not we find ourselves wondering just what horsepower is and what it really means. We don't use horses that much anymore, so why use the term?

It originated back in the 18th century when a Scottish inventor named James Watt wanted to find a way to express how much power a steam engine could produce in a way that would help sell them. The steam engine was still relatively new at this time but was already changing…

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Does the Total Cost of Ownership Exceed Your Budget?

There are many questions you may ask yourself when purchasing a vehicle. Does the vehicle fit my everyday needs? Is it spacious enough for my family? Is it the make, model or brand I feel most comfortable with? These are all questions potential vehicle owners think about, but they often overlook an important question: "Does the total cost of ownership exceed my budget?"

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Don't Skimp on the Road Trip Pre-Check

Planning on taking a road trip? Even if you are just going to work or the store, you should take a few minutes to check your vehicle. That's all it takes just a few minutes, but it can save you from a breakdown and a giant headache. You don't want to have car trouble just because you neglected to check your tire pressure or fuel level.

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Quality Tire Maintenance Sessions

It can sometimes be difficult for vehicle owners to recognize issues with their tires. That's why it can sometimes be hard for them to figure out when they're due for replacement. If you're a driver who wishes to keep your car in check, then it can help greatly to prioritize tire tread.

Professional mechanics can evaluate tire tread depth. They can help you figure out whether or not your vehicle is due for repair work.

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See Why OEM Parts Are Better and More Long Lasting

If second-hand and aftermarket parts were the best idea for replacement parts on brand name automobiles, then factory-trained mechanics and technicians would use them on a regular basis. However, such is not the case as they primarily use the brand parts, or OEM factory authorized parts.

There is a reason that aftermarket parts are not a regularly stocked item in the maintenance bays of most major dealerships and that is that they do not last and they break down more often. That is simply because they are inferior when it comes to how they are made and their durability.

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We'll Make Your Lights Brighter

You never want to get stuck driving at night with dim headlights. It is very important that you can see and that you are also visible to the other drivers on the road as well.

If your lights are just not as bright as they used to be your need to bring your vehicle to us here at Chuck Patterson Toyota so we can fix the issue. We can do a few things to make your headlights brighter.

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Buy Used and Save Money

If you need to upgrade your ride, you don't have to spend a fortune. You can get a really great used vehicle for a fraction of the cost of a new one. We have many great used vehicles to choose from here at Chuck Patterson Toyota so be sure to come see us today to take one out for a test drive.

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Maximizing the Year-Round Performance of Your Car

The performance of your vehicle is strongly influenced by your surroundings. Each season exerts a different type of impact on various parts of a car. As you'd expect, the winter and summer could significantly increase the risk of mechanical failure under the hood. Extremely high or low temperatures truly test the durability of an engine, transmission, brakes, climate control system and other components.

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Why an SUV is a Good Choice for You

Here at Chuck Patterson Toyota, we believe that there are many great SUVs out there. If you’re anything like our Toyota sales professionals, you cannot keep your eyes off of them as you shop for your next vehicle. Let’s consider the benefits of driving an SUV for your Chico, CA adventures.

  • SUVs are great for hauling pets around for a weekend excursion. They give you room to haul your pet and all that he needs with him, whether you travel light with only some food and a few toys or load up the trunk with a crate and…
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