Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan vs Coupe vs Cabriolet vs Wagon

What is the body style of a Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

Different styles of vehicles deliver a very different driving and interior experience. A crossover or hatchback will always deliver more cargo space than a sedan in a similar segment size, and you definitely don’t want to take the top off sedan unless it’s designed for that….in which case it would be called a cabriolet or a convertible. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class, at least for the 2017 model year, is one of those remarkable vehicles that comes in a variety of body styles, even though it would be considered midsize in all of them. Keep reading to compare the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan vs Coupe vs Cabriolet vs Wagon. Read the rest of this entry >>

Leather vs. leatherette pros and cons of each interior upholstery fabric

What’s the Difference Between Leather and Leatherette Upholstery?

Vehicle Interior Fabric Comparison Leather vs. Leatherette

Leatherette sounds made up almost, like “Smurfette” of the world-famous blue “Smurfs,” and while it exists in reality, it is a synthetic leather.  So while in a way it’s “made up,” it certainly is a fine option for interior upholstery for your vehicle.  A more traditional option for interior vehicle fabric is leather itself, which has a classic, plush feel to it.

Since there are benefits and disadvantages to both leather and leatherette, we’ll pit them against one another so you can determine which upholstery is ideal for your vehicle!  Read on!

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Convertible Vs. Cabriolet

Difference between a convertible and cabriolet finally revealed

What is the Difference Between a Convertible and a Cabriolet?

When you start your search for a new car and are looking for it to offer you an open-air driving experience, you’ll want to get behind the wheel of a either a convertible or cabriolet. If you’ve been wondering what the difference between a convertible and a cabriolet is, you’ve come to the right place. The terms convertible and cabriolet have been confusing drivers for a long time and now the truth is finally revealed. Keep reading to learn more about the difference between these two terms. Read the rest of this entry >>

Why do brands discontinue models?

Three Common Reasons Brands Would Discontinue a Model

Here at Certified Autoplex near Dallas TX, we have a wide selection of pre-owned luxury models from a variety of brands. Some of our models, like the Acura TL , the Mercedes-Benz GLK, and the Chrysler Town & Country have actually been discontinued. By why do brands discontinue models? Keep reading to learn three common reasons that brands discontinue models, and also a little about parts and warranty information. Read the rest of this entry >>

How often should you go in for a tire rotation?

What is the difference between rotating and balancing tires?

While having the right kind of tires on your vehicle and replacing them at regular intervals can be important to getting the best driving experience, there is another thing you can do to maintain good traction: regularly rotating and balancing your tires. This basic maintenance option can extend the life of your tires by making sure that they wear evenly on all sides. But what is the difference between rotating and balancing tires? And how often should you go in for a tire rotation? We have the answers below. Read the rest of this entry >>

Four Tips for Making Sure Your Car Seat Is Correctly Installed

Four Basic Car Seat Safety Tips

Everyone in a vehicle, whether the driver or someone in the third-row of a luxury SUV, deserves to be safe. This also applies to passengers of all ages. Children riding in cars need to have a car seat until approximately age 4, and have a booster seat after that until they reach 10-12 (or until the normal seat belts fit them). This is important for the safety of your children, but also Texas law. While it’s very important that children have correctly adjusted car seats, not everyone puts them in correctly. Here are four tips for making sure your car seat is correctly installed (which can keep your kids safer in an accident). Read the rest of this entry >>

Can I wash my car in my driveway in DFW?

When your car is looking dusty and disgusting (or maybe you are having trouble seeing through the windows, which would make it a safety concern as well) it is time to clean you car. But that can lead to a few questions. Are there Dallas water restrictions on washing your car? Can I wash my car in my driveway? We’ve already talked about some great places to get a car wash in the Carrollton TX area, now we are going to look at whether or not you can wash your car yourself. Read the rest of this entry >>

What happens if you lose your keyfob?

What happens if you lose your keyfob?

New vehicles come with some cool and extremely fun technology, including keyless ignition and push-button start. But what happens if you lose your keyfob? The answer depends on the situation. For example, you will have a very different experience if you lose your keyfob BEFORE you get in the car or afterward. Simply put, if you lose the keyfob that enables your push-button start before you try to drive in your car, then you simply won’t be able to start your vehicle. However, what happens if you lose your keyfob while driving? That’s a very different answer, and we have found a video that answers (and demonstrates) that exact situation. Read the rest of this entry >>

What do you need to show police if you are pulled over?

Documents You Should Always Have In Your Car

There are a few documents  you should always have in your car. While they are generally valuable to keep track of, these precious papers are also important because you may need to turn them over if you are pulled over by a police officer. What do you need to show police if you are pulled over? Learn the top three important documents (and why you might need to show them) below. Read the rest of this entry >>

What Should You Do If You See A Car Accident?

You Just Saw An Accident. Now What?

What Should You Do If You See A Car Accident?

If you are unlucky enough to see a car accident (but lucky enough to avoid it yourself) your first thought might be “What do I do now?” It seems like you should have to do something, right? Most states, including Texas, don’t have any rules about whether or not you stick around at an accident you have witnessed. If you are in an accident, you must call the police and fill out an accident report (or else it will be considered a hit-and-run), but as a witness you have options. Keep reading to learn more about what should you do if you see a car accident. Read the rest of this entry >>