Now is the time to prep your car for winter

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) – Car repair shops say now is the time to get your car prepped and ready for winter.

“Unfortunately, up here in the winter it creates a traction problem, so we’re actually going to recommend that you get some new tires,” said Matt’s Automotive Service Center technician Richard Forbes as he looked over my 2009 Honda Accord.

Besides tires, other high-priority items are a good battery and fresh fluids. Car shops across the valley offer cold weather inspections to make sure your car can handle the winter.

“Make sure your coolant isn’t going to freeze up… and that your washer fluid isn’t going to freeze up,” said Forbes.

Car batteries are one of the most common things replaced before winter hits.

“In the colder climates, you need a lot more juice to start the car,” said Forbes, “The battery will last longer when it’s colder

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It’s Gonna Be A Bad Time For A Long Time To Need A New Car

A car dealership stands in Manhattan on October 28, 2021 in New York City. 

If you are in need of a new car, I do not envy you. All that and more in The Morning Shift for November 1, 2021.

1st Gear: Car Buying Is Going To Be A Total Mess All Next Year

Inventories at car dealerships are low, and will still be low for some time, according to car dealers at least. That’s who spoke with Automotive News detailing the situation on the ground:

Penske CEO Roger Penske said he expects them to last “at least the next 12 months.” Penske dropped to a 12-day supply of new vehicles in the U.S. at the end of September. For some brands, inventory was even tighter.

“We’re running in the single digits on volume foreign, which is our Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai-type businesses,” Penske spokesman Anthony Pordon said. “That is something that we are working with the manufacturers to manage every single day.”

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Writer and Photographer Team Up to Detail ’50 Cars Time Forgot’

Early in 2020, veteran automotive writer Axel Catton and veteran automotive photographer Michel Zumbrunn were looking for a project they could work on during the pandemic. Along with publisher teNeues, they settled on the idea that became Lost Beauties: 50 Cars that Time Forgot, a new, lavishly illustrated coffee-table book that takes an in-depth look at influential, outlier, or just plain weird vintage vehicles that have all but vanished from the (general) public imagination.

Starting with 300 images that Zumbrunn had shot over the past decade or so, Catton and his collaborators each created a list of the 50 cars they’d want to include in the book. “About 45 were identical on all three lists,” Catton said. “We said, wow, that’s something. It made our job much easier.”

Cars were chosen based on a few criteria. “I wanted to look at the pictures and have them speak to me

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’80s saloon cars that time forgot

’80s saloon cars that time forgot

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