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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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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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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.