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How to Safely Transport a Paddleboard in Your Subaru

How to Safely Transport a Paddleboard in Your Subaru | Beaverton, OR

If you love paddleboarding or want to learn, the Beaverton area is full of great spots for this fun sport, including the Columbia and Willamette Rivers and George Rogers Park on Lake Oswego. To get you started, here are some tips on how to transport your paddleboard safely atop your Subaru Forester, Outback, or other model.

Take advantage of the roof rack

Subaru SUV models come standard or available with raised roof rails, which are a must for transporting a paddleboard. If you opt for an Outback, those rails will also include integrated and retractable cross bars that you can use to tie down your board.

Add helpful Subaru accessories

If your Subaru SUV isn’t already equipped with roof cross bars for transporting a paddleboard, these are easy to add. Contact us here at CARR Subaru and we’ll help you order and install Aero or Thule® cross bars sold by Genuine Subaru Accessories. You can also order a specialized Thule® paddleboard carrier with room for two boards.

Protect and secure your board

To protect and secure your board on top of your Subaru Forester, Outback, or Ascent, you’ll need a few key pieces of equipment. A paddleboard bag will protect your board from the elements, and locking cargo straps will keep it from flying off the roof. The Thule® carrier comes with a built-in locking mechanism and protective padding to keep your board even more secure.

Contact our team at CARR Subaru in Beaverton to learn even more about how Subaru vehicles can enhance your outdoor adventures in Oregon.

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Tips for Transporting Holiday Dinner in Your Subaru

From Easter, Passover, and Ramadan to Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day, the spring calendar is full of holidays — and opportunities to share meals with friends and loved ones. If you’ve been called on to bring a dish of your own to the next big holiday gathering, here’s how you can safely transport that food so it reaches its destination in ready-to-eat condition.

Carrying a slow cooker or heavy pan

If you’re loading your Subaru Outback or Forester with a heavy Easter ham or a full slow cooker, a few precautions are in order. Make sure these items are securely covered with lids and wrapped in towels to prevent spills. To keep heavy or hot foods from presenting danger in the cabin, place them on the floor behind the seats or secure them with bungee cords in the cargo area.

Carrying casserole dishes or cold food items

Casserole dishes and cold food items in your Subaru Ascent or Legacy should also be well-wrapped and covered. For casseroles, you can even purchase specially insulated travel carriers to keep food secure. If you’re carrying fragile or easily spillable foods like pies or salads, you can load them into a laundry basket and use towels as lining and padding to keep items from shifting. For foods that need to stay chilled, you may need a cooler filled with ice.

Does your spring holiday journey involve long distances? Be sure to visit our service department here at CARR Subaru in Beaverton, Oregon, to prep your vehicle with scheduled maintenance or a pre-trip tune-up.

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How to Reduce Vehicle Expenses in the New Year

Reduce Vehicle Expenses | Beaverton, OR

From monthly payments to repairs to insurance and fuel costs, there’s no denying that car ownership in Beaverton, Oregon, can get expensive. If you’re looking to reduce vehicle expenses in 2022, these tips are a great place to start.

Get the service you need

Keeping up with service for your vehicle might not seem like a savings strategy, but it can really pay off in the long run. Getting regular oil changes and tire rotations, new filters, and other scheduled maintenance at CARR Subaru in Beaverton will keep your vehicle running smoothly for more years, improve its efficiency, and prevent expensive breakdowns.

Save money on fuel

If you do a lot of driving, gas costs are sure to take a big bite out of your budget. To fight back, try easing up — following the speed limit, accelerating more gently, and braking more gradually will help your vehicle consume less fuel. Other efficiency-improving strategies include carpooling to work, eliminating unnecessary trips, and making sure your tires stay inflated at the recommended level.

Revisit your insurance coverage

In 2022, you may be able to save money by reviewing your auto insurance coverage. Shop around online to find out if other insurers offer more favorable rates. If you’d prefer to stick with your current insurer, make sure you’re not paying for more coverage than you need — and check to see if there are any discounts you’re missing out on.

From the entire team here at CARR Subaru, we wish you a Happy New Year and a 2022 filled with savings on your vehicle expenses!

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Fall Safety Tips for Drivers in Oregon

2021 Subaru Crosstrek | Beaverton, OR

Fall in Beaverton and the Portland region can be a beautiful time of year, full of vibrant autumn leaves and crisp temperatures. It’s also a season for taking safety seriously when you’re out on Oregon roads. Following these fall safety tips behind the wheel will help you enjoy a safe and stress-free fall.

Keep watch for kids

With children back in class, make sure you stay extra alert and cautious near school buses, school zones, and anywhere else you might encounter kids while driving.

Look out for deer

Thanks to hunting season and the changing weather, deer are especially active in Oregon this time of year. Drive carefully and keep watch in wooded areas so you don’t hit one that’s crossing the road.

Be aware of fall changes

In fall, the weather gets wetter, the sun sets earlier, and fallen leaves can make for slippery driving. Staying aware and maintaining good driving habits as you travel will help you safely navigate these changes.

Get a tune-up

Fall is a great time to get your vehicle tuned up. Purchase new windshield wipers, have your brakes and headlights checked, and make sure your tires are properly inflated and in good condition.

We love fall here at CARR Subaru in Beaverton, and we want it to be a great season for you, too. Stop in soon to get expert service for your current vehicle or to test-drive a shiny new Subaru.

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Keep Your Subaru Running Well with Regular Maintenance

2021 Subaru Impreza | Beaverton, OR

Keeping up with regular maintenance is the best way to ensure that your Subaru vehicle stays in great shape for as long as possible. Here at CARR Subaru, we provide affordable, high-quality service for your Subaru Crosstrek, Outback, Forester, and more. Here are just some of the routine maintenance tasks we take care of for you.

Oil Changes

Oil changes are the most frequent maintenance task you need for your vehicle. Subaru recommends getting an oil and filter change about every 3,750 miles. At this appointment you should also have your fluids checked and topped off and check your tire pressure.

Minor Service

Every other time you go in for your oil and filter change, you should also be getting some additional maintenance done. At these appointments, you should have your tires rotated and the cabin air filter replaced.

Intermediate Service

At 15,000 miles, 45,000 miles, and 75,000 miles, Subaru recommends the previous services, plus inspections on the brakes, battery, and engine. Your Subaru technician will also do a road test at this stage to check for concerning noises and ride quality.

Major Service

Every 30,000 miles, you’ll need to take your Subaru in for Major Service. Major Service includes maintenance tasks such as a transmission flush and brake flush, braking system replacements, and belt inspections and replacements.

Schedule your Subaru’s service appointment today when you call us at CARR Subaru. We’re here to make it easy to keep your Subaru in tip-top shape.

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Subaru Demonstrates the “World’s First Self-Driving Maneuver”

Subaru Impreza | Carr Subaru | Beaverton, OR

It’s not exactly breaking news that autonomous driving technology is developing rapidly and drawing more attention with each passing week. Recently, Subaru solidified itself as a major player in the race to perfect driverless vehicles, as it just executed what it calls “The World’s First Self-Driving Maneuver” using a 2021 Forester and two other models.

The maneuver in question was executed on Subaru’s Research and Experiment Center Proving Grounds, where a 2021 Forester successfully merged with two other vehicles — a WRX S4 and an Impreza Sport — without any human input. Interestingly enough, the models involved in the test communicated via 5G and V2X technology.

The world-first autonomous merging maneuver came as a result of the partnership between Subaru and SoftBank Corp., a multinational holding company with substantial stakes in technology companies. The two organizations have been working together on autonomous driving research since 2019.

Following the success of the merging maneuver, it doesn’t seem like Subaru has any intention of slowing down. According to a report by Denis Flierl at Torque News, the automaker stated that it’s driving toward a goal of “zero fatal accidents by 2030,” and is actively developing new artificial intelligence technology for use in future vehicles.

As a proud member of the Subaru family, we couldn’t be more thrilled to see what industry-leading innovations are coming next. Be sure to keep your eyes tuned to the CARR Subaru blog for more news about Subaru’s breakthroughs!

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Keep Your Car Healthy During the Quarantine

Keep Your Car Healthy During the Quarantine | Beaverton, OR

If you’re one of the many Americans who are staying in during the COVID-19 quarantine, you probably won’t be driving your car frequently. This can lead to some maintenance issues that you can easily prevent with a bit of knowledge and foresight. Here are a few tips to keep your car healthy during the quarantine.

Maintaining the battery

Even if your car is sitting completely still in the garage, its battery will still be losing its charge. This will happen quicker for vehicles with computerized infotainment systems, since those electronics will continue to drain a small amount of charge. You can maintain your car’s battery by running your car for 5-10 minutes per week. Just make sure you idle in a well-ventilated area.

Guarding your car’s gasoline

Gasoline can degrade in your vehicle’s fuel tank. While experts can’t agree how long gas will stay fresh inside the fuel tank, it’s a good idea to add a fuel stabilizer. This additive can ensure freshness for up to two years.

Brush up on brake care

When your car isn’t in use, the brakes can build up a coat of rust. This will result in noisy, turbulent braking. Prevent this buildup by going for a short ride every few days.

Pressure problems

Your car’s tires can also lose pressure during periods of inactivity, so the American Automobile Association recommends adding an extra 5-10 pounds of pressure before storing your vehicle. When it’s time to drive again, release a bit of air to return them to their usual pressure.

Need more tips on caring for your vehicle? You can always contact our experts at CARR Subaru in Beaverton to learn more.

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Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Subaru in Beaverton

Tips for Spring Cleaning | Beaverton, OR

Winter weather can do a number of your Subaru, so it’s important to give it a fresh cleaning during the spring. Follow these tips for spring cleaning your vehicle to keep both the exterior and interior in good condition.

Wash and wax

Take your Subaru to a car wash that participates in the WaterSavers® program to clean the exterior without being wasteful with water. If the car wash missed any spots, you can use a clay bar to remove additional dirt or grime. Then, you can apply wax to protect the paint and make your vehicle shine.

Wipe the glass

Be sure to wipe down glass surfaces in and out of your Subaru. When cleaning windows from the outside, wipe horizontally, and then wipe vertically from the interior. By using two different motions, you will be able to more easily tell which side of the glass has any streaks.  

Utilize a vacuum

If you have floor mats in your cabin, remove them and clap them together to get rid of dirt. You can then vacuum the remaining dirt. If your vacuum has a brush tool, you can use that to clean off the dashboard, while you can use a crevice tool to clean the hard to reach places.

We at CARR Subaru have a well-equipped service department that can handle your seasonal maintenance. Stop by when you need repairs, replacements or routine services.