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CarMax Wants to Know: Is Your Car Ready for Summer Vacation?

CarMax Wants to Know: Is Your Car Ready for Summer Vacation?

RICHMOND, Va., May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- As the weather heats up, many people are finalizing their plans for a summer vacation. While deciding on a destination and a place to stay comes first, CarMax technicians would argue that if you plan to drive, getting your vehicle ready for vacation is the most important aspect of your trip preparation. CarMax, Inc. , the nation's largest retailer of used cars, has expert advice on how to make sure your car is as ready as you are for your next vacation.

"Following your maintenance schedule can prevent your vacation from becoming a mechanical nightmare, particularly if a breakdown could have been prevented," says Juan Crespo, ASE Master Technician for CarMax. "Take your car to a certified automotive technician for a full safety inspection at least one week before you plan to leave for vacation. If a problem is discovered, this allows enough time to have it fixed."

1. The certified automotive technician should check the following during this inspection: -- Fluid levels, including engine oil, transmission fluid, radiator fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and windshield washer fluid -- Tire pressure and tire tread depth and condition (Also, have the spare tire pressure checked) -- Brakes -- Belts and hoses -- Windshield wipers -- Lights -- Air conditioning operation 2. Even if the automotive technician says everything checks out fine, there is always the possibility of car trouble on vacation. No matter how long your trip will be, you should have an Emergency Road Kit in your car for those unwelcome moments. Your kit should include: -- Flashlights and flares -- Jumper cables -- Tire inflator -- Extra fluids (oil, coolant, transmission) -- A First Aid kit -- A jack (make sure that the vehicle jack is operational and all the tools are present) -- Gloves -- Rags/paper towels -- Water -- Blanket -- Multipurpose tools (commonly containing pliers, wire cutters, a knife, a saw, a bottle opener, screwdriver, file, and an awl) 3. Pack as lightly as you can to avoid adding unnecessary load on your tires; this can help save some gas, too! Also by packing lightly, you can avoid blocking the view in your mirrors while driving. 4. Following posted highway speed limits will increase your car's fuel efficiency because gas mileage declines by a few percent for each 5 MPH increase in speed above 45 MPH. 5. Finally, buckle up, slow down, and have fun! About CarMax

CarMax, a FORTUNE 500 company, and one of the FORTUNE 2007 "100 Best Companies to Work For," is the nation's largest retailer of used cars. Headquartered in Richmond, Va., CarMax currently operates 80 used car superstores in 38 markets. The CarMax consumer offer is structured around four core equities: low, no-haggle prices; a broad selection; high-quality vehicles; and customer-friendly service. During the twelve months ended February 28, 2007, the company retailed 337,021 used vehicles and sold 208,959 wholesale vehicles at its in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at http://www.carmax.com/.

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