6 Tips for a Successful Car-Camping Road Trip in Colorado

How to Car Camp Through Colorado Springs

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Have you always wanted to plan a car-camping road trip to Colorado, but weren’t sure where to start? We’ve got you covered. Here are six tips that will help you plan a successful car-camping road trip to Colorado that you’ll never forget for all the right reasons.

1. Check The Weather Beforehand, But Always Prepare For The Worst

Weather in Colorado can change fast, no matter the season. Be sure to check the weather daily, even hourly, up until your departure to make sure there aren’t any surprise storms on the way. The last thing you’ll want is to get stuck due to a surprise snow storm or rainfall that make certain roads impassable.  (more…)

How to Know Which Tires Are Right for Your Ride

Picking the Right Tires for Your Ride

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Tire shopping is an overwhelming experience if you’ve never done it before. Finding a knowledgeable salesperson is key to making the process painless, but it helps to show up at the tire store prepared with your own knowledge on the subject.

Tire Size

You can always select the manufacturer’s standard size, that is, what came with your car when you bought it. However, there are benefits to changing sizes worth considering. For example, smaller cars can benefit from selecting tires one step down in ratio to achieve a more stable ride with better handling. If the car came with 155/80R-13 size tires, they can be replaced with 175/70R-13, which offer wider treads and lower sidewalls while occupying the same diameter wheel space. (more…)

4 Car Accessories You Need if You Live in Colorado Springs

Car Accessories You Need in Colorado Springs

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Life is good in Colorado Springs. You can explore geography from the high desert to the Rocky Mountains, enjoy warm sun during the mild summer and deep mountain snow in winter, and get active by experiencing nature in the Garden of the Gods or testing your athletic skills at the Olympic Training Center. Even better, Colorado Springs has the fourth-lowest gas prices in the U.S., which means you’ll have more money in the budget to trick out your car or truck with accessories to help you make the most of life in The Springs.

Bike Rack

Bicycle culture is big in Colorado Springs. Whether you’re into mountain, road, BMX, or other biking, there are more than enough bike routes, courses, and events to keep you busy. Make it easy to get there and back with a great bike rack.

A roof rack provides stability and versatility, so you can also use it to carry equipment like skis and snowboards; the downside is that it takes some work to get your bike up there, and you may have trouble with tunnels and other low-clearance areas. Alternatively, choose a trunk rack that can be easily removed or switched to another vehicle and doesn’t affect your car’s profile. (more…)

TESSA School Supply Drive Outcome at Street Smart Auto Brokers

We wanted to thank all our faithful customers and fans that donated to the Tessa School Supply Drive for survivors of domestic abuse. Without your help and support many of these children would have started the school year empty handed. Our turnout this year was great and the cookout for the event was a huge success as well. Huge thank you to all the volunteers as well. Check out these great pictures from the drive. (more…)

Go Green: The Top 4 Eco-Friendly Cars on the Market

Tesla - Top Eco-Friendly Cars on the Market

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Demand for eco-friendly cars continues to rise, and manufacturers are answering the call with improved fuel efficiency, hybrid designs, electric powertrains, and other forward-thinking considerations. If you’re shopping around for a green vehicle, you’ll want to take a look at the top environmentally friendly cars currently on the market.

1. Tesla

This premium performance sedan may come with a premium price tag, but the Tesla S utilizes technologies that make it a zero emissions vehicle without compromising performance. The Model S offers smooth, instantaneous acceleration that goes from zero to 60 in 2.8 seconds. The Tesla S also holds the honor of being the highest safety rated car in America. No other eco-friendly vehicle can boast as much.

Tesla has also rolled out its Model X SUV for 2016. This midsize SUV offers all the perks of the Model S, but with a family-friendly body style that accommodates seven passengers. Like the popular Model S, the Model X SUV offers an electric engine and sleek styling, combining superior aesthetics with much-needed environmental considerations. (more…)

The 3 Most Picturesque Spots to Drive to in Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak Highway in Colorado Springs

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Colorado is an amazing destination. The Rocky Mountains, the San Juan Skyway, and the cliffside dwellings of the Mesa Verde National Park together provide a wealth of sites and scenic views that the family can enjoy. However, some of the most picturesque spots to drive to in Colorado are off the beaten track. One of the best places to go for a drive is around Colorado Springs.

Here are some of the spots that are worth the drive:

Pikes Peak Highway

Pikes Peak Highway is a little west of Colorado Springs. Just head west on Highway US-24 and take a left in Fountain Avenue, then follow the signs. They will bring you up the mountain’s summit to look out over the city. It is a 19-mile road that will bring you from 7,400 feet in elevation to a whopping 14,115 feet. It takes about 3 hours to make the trip — but it is so stunning and there is so much to do, you’ll be better off giving yourself extra time to make the trip.  (more…)

The Pros and Cons of Aluminum Trucks

Pros and Cons of Aluminum Body TrucksAs part of a larger initiative to decrease the United States’ dependence on fossil fuels, the federal government has placed long-term demands on the American automotive industry to increase fuel efficiency. Spurred by the public’s low adoption rates of electric vehicles, Ford has taken a gamble on their premier F-150 full-size pickup truck line as part of their fuel efficiency plan. They changed over the F-150’s conventional all-steel body construction to a newer, lighter military-grade sheet aluminum alloy construction over steel framing. Here are some of the pros and cons of aluminum trucks.

Increased Fuel Efficiency

Without question, fuel efficiency was the winning achievement in this material transition. By switching to the aluminum construction, Ford eliminated 700 pounds from each truck’s total weight, leading to an improved fuel efficiency of up to 29 percent! An overall lighter body requires a lighter engine to drive the vehicle’s mass, which in turn results in better fuel consumption. As a result, the F-150 now leads the full-size truck category in fuel economy. (more…)

4 Signs You Need to Replace Your Brakes

How to Know When It's Time To Change Your Brakes

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When it comes to safety, your brakes are one of the most important features your vehicle. Unfortunately, many people simply aren’t aware when their brakes need to be replaced. Normally there is a high-pitched screeching when the brake pads are getting worn. It comes from a thin piece of metal brake pad companies embed in the pads so that drivers will know when it is time for brake replacement. However, if you often have the windows up and the music blasting, you may not hear it and, even if you do, brake pads can also screech after it rains.

Instead of risking an accident from worn brake pads, pay attention to these signs that you need to replace your brakes.

Visual Check

You may not know this, but you can see your brake pads through the spokes in your car’s wheels.  You want to look at the front tires if your vehicle is front-wheel or all-wheel drive or at the back tires if you have a rear-wheel drive vehicle. Just peek through the spokes and find the rotor. You should be able to see at least 1/4 inch of the brake pad. If not, you need new brake pads.  (more…)

How To Buy Your First Car

How To Buy Your First Car

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No matter your budget, your first car is likely to be the first major purchase you’ll make. Spending such a large portion of your hard-earned savings can prove daunting, but these tips can help you feel confident you’ll drive away in the best vehicle for you.

Develop a Realistic Budget

Just because you can get a car loan to cover your vehicle’s balance doesn’t mean you don’t need a budget. Consider how much you have for a down payment and what monthly repayments you can afford. Ask your parents or other experienced adults in your life to help. A solid budget should consider any other financial commitments you owe, such as school loans.

You’ll enjoy good value for your money in safe, reliable, and affordable vehicles like the Subaru Forrester or Legacy, Hyundai Sonata, and Buick LaCrosse. (more…)

Donate To Our 2nd Annual Back To School Drive

Back To School Donations at Street Smart Auto BrokersPlease help us help child survivors of domestic violence by dropping off supplies at our dealership. We’re taking donations of school supplies to help the kids return to school well equipped. We will accept donations until July 18th and host a celebration complete with a cookout for the kids on July 25th. On the 25th of July, the child survivors of domestic violence will be allowed to pick out their desired school supplies from our donations, so help us make it the best school year so far.

We are in need of the following: (more…)