Finding that perfect gift for your special someone can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be—especially if you happen to know someone who loves cars. There are a variety of car-focused gifts out there for those that love to drive. To help narrow down your shopping list, here are the top gifts for car lovers this holiday season. Encyclopedia of Classic Cars. Make discovering new vehicles easier for your car-loving family and friends with the Encyclopedia of Classic Cars. It contains information about models from 1945 to 2000 and has over 1,800 pictures to drool over. Remote Controlled Enzo Ferrari. A real Ferrari might be out of your budget, Read More →

emergency car kit

With fall approaching, it’s time to start thinking about what you need to keep in your emergency car kit this winter. Winter is the most dangerous time of the year to have a break down, and having the right supplies can save your life. First, you should always have food and water in your car. Keep shelf-stable snacks like granola bars along with bottled water in your car in case you’re stuck for a long time waiting for a tow. If you don’t already have a first-aid kit in your car, get one now! Flares can alert help if you’re stuck on the side of the road without service, so Read More →

Best Fall Activities

Fall is a time known for high school football, sweatpants, hoodies, and family gatherings. In addition to cooler weather, fall also offers plenty of family-friendly activities that can be planned on short notice and completed in a single day. Here are some of the best fall activities recommended by us here at Carl Hogan! Decorate – Fall is full of festivities, from Halloween to Thanksgiving. While you shouldn’t gather some pumpkins just yet, it’s a great time to add some seasonal decorations, like cornstalks and rocking chairs on the front porch. Drive – Take a drive through a tree-filled area and take in a wonder that only comes around once Read More →

Detailing your car not only makes it look nice, but it can also increase the resale value of your vehicle. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips for auto detailing. From the basics to expert tricks, we’ve got it all. According to Popular Mechanics, you should normally start with the carpet and mats so you don’t forget about some of the hard to reach places. Try using a stiff brush to knock free any dirt, and spray compressed air in any area that is hard to reach. If you don’t own a quality wet/dry vacuum, stop by a local car wash for a coin operated machine. Want that Read More →

signs of bad driving

We’d ask you if you are a bad driver but the problem with bad drivers is that they never admit it! We listed out five signs of bad driving. If you do these things, first, be honest with yourself. Second… Stop it! You might be a bad driver if… you no longer have side-view mirrors because you keep knocking them off on other cars or those yellow poles that guide you through the drive-thru or pedestrians. You might be a bad driver if… you never use your turn signal. Sure, you know where you are going but the rest of us would love to know too. Predictability is essential to Read More →

how to share the road with cyclists

It may not be an official complex recognized by licensed psychiatrists but car superiority is a real thing. It’s what leads people to believe that bicyclists don’t have any rights. They do and that’s why you should learn how to share the road with cyclists. Most of the time that we encounter cyclists on the road we are attempting to pass them. There are a few things to remember when overtaking a cyclist. First of all, be patient and wait until the oncoming lane is clear. Give the cyclist plenty of space as you pass. As you wait, do not tailgate. Cyclists ride on the right. Remember that when you Read More →

reasons to car camp

Some people say that car camping is for the faint at heart. While no one is knocking backcountry camping, this milder form of camping has lots of advantages that simply make it easier for people to get out and about. Here are three reasons to car camp this summer…   # 1 – It’s cheaper!   Backcountry camping requires a lot of equipment, if you want to do it right. Car camping means you don’t need a tent, a sleeping pad or tons of extra clothing to stay warm. Your car provides all of these!   # 2 – You will probably sleep better   Even veteran backcountry campers have Read More →

when you need new tires

Knowing when you need new tires is one of the most important parts of owning a car, and luckily it’s easy to tell. Here are some tips you can use to tell when your tires are worn out. First of all, age is a big factor in your tires. If you’ve had them for five years or more, have them inspected once a year or so to make sure the tread isn’t too worn and is wearing evenly. Ten years is the absolutely maximum—if your tires are approaching ten years old, get them replaced! You should also check your tread depth every once in a while. Check your owner’s manual Read More →

how to jump start a car

It must be a universal law that your battery always dies at the most inopportune time. While we can’t necessarily make it a convenient experience, we can certainly be prepared! Here’s how to jump start a car…   The first step is to always keep jumper cables in your vehicle! Not only will this make it easier for you when your vehicle dies, you can also help return the favor when someone else is in need.   Try to park nose-to-nose and then turn both vehicles off. Take one end of the cables and clip the red clip to the positive terminal of the dead battery. Attach the opposing red Read More →

New Year Resolution

That’s all, folks! 2015 is a thing of the past and with it, last year’s New Year resolution. How’d you do? Did you complete the goal you set yourself at the beginning of the year? If not, don’t worry. It isn’t the end of the world and this is the start of a whole new year. Your goal may have been out of reach last year. Make it different this year. Here are a few New Year resolution ideas from us here at Carl Hogan! Finish What You Start(ed). Everyone has a goal they start on, don’t complete, but refuse to give up on. Take yours and push it to Read More →