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Car Covers and Theft

As a car dealership, we at Mercedes-Benz of Des Moines want to make sure you know everything you need to know about how to protect your vehicle. In this post, we will go over a lesser-known benefit of using a car cover.

Usually we think of car covers as something that protects cars from damage. However, they also have a secondary effect of deterring car thieves. This happens for two reasons. The first is that it makes it hard to tell what model car you have. Car theft targets cars with resale value, so you are making it harder to…

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The Height of Luxury Demonstrated in the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC COUPE

Offering unparalleled style, expert design, and the highest safety standards on the market, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC Coupe is the pinnacle of quality. This luxury compact SUV features a myriad of safety features including the standard bright white LED daytime running lamps designed to illuminate and impress. The patented Collision Prevention Assist Plus system uses an innovative radar technology to alert drivers of approaching vehicles or stationary objects, helping to avoid collisions and remain safe.
 

 

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2018 Mercedes-Benz S 560: Luxury Sedan with Stunning Body

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S 560 is a luxurious sedan that has a full-size body. This elegant model has a sophisticated exterior design that incorporates modern elements of German styling.

All of the exterior lights in the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S 560 are powered by LED technology. The daytime running lights (DRLs) have triple bands that significantly improve visibility of the vehicle's front grille. Multiple segments also make up the tail lamps that are assembled in a vertical orientation. Featuring multiple spokes, the wheels on this lavish sedan are available in 19 and 20 inches in diameter. 

 

 

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Jump-Starting Your Car with Another Vehicle

To jump a car with the battery of another vehicle, you'll have to get the noses of the cars as close as possible so the jumper cables can reach. Once the car lights and the engine have been turned off, it is safe to open the hoods of both cars and grab the jumper cables.

The cables have a black and red clamp on each end. The red cable will go first on the positive side of the battery that has a charge. Then the other red goes to the bad battery positive side. The black cable is coded…

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Avoiding a Tire Blowout: Simple Yet Effective Guide

In order to reduce the chances of having a tire blowout while you are traveling on the road, you'll want to follow these simple yet effective tips. If the tire monitoring system or your tire gauge show low pressure in one or more tires, get it addressed now. The longer you drive with under-inflated tires, the more you increase the chances that can damage the tires and lead to a potential tire blowout.

Check the pressure in the tires often, and while you're doing so, give the tread on each tire a visual inspection too. 

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Repair Your Headlights

Headlights are for your benefit as well as the benefit of everyone sharing the road with you. If you have a headlight out, it’s going to cause visibility problems in the rain and when it’s dark. Plus, you can be ticketed if you’re caught with a headlight out. You don’t want to encounter these kinds of problems.

You don’t want to run the risk of getting into an accident in Urbandale when you have a headlight out. Often, it’s just the bulb that needs to be replaced. However, at Mercedes-Benz of Des Moines, our…

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Clean Air is Important for You and for Your Vehicle

Air filters are designed to clean circulating air by removing particles and other contaminants from the air before it passes to important engine components or into the air the vehicle passengers are breathing. If these filters are clogged or compromised, then damage to the engine may occur, and we will suffer from air quality issues within the cabin.

The air filter for the engine usually has a pleated paper part and a foam breather element that work together to contain particles in the air that emanate from the positive crankcase ventilation valve. A dirty and clogged engine air filter...

 

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Motor Oil Myths - Know the Truth

Changing your vehicle’s motor oil is probably the most common maintenance performed, yet we often get it wrong. If you’ve been hearing different advice, stop at Mercedes-Benz of Des Moines and let our service techs steer you in the right direction.

Although scheduling an oil change or doing it yourself sounds so simple, many drivers aren’t sure of the rules regarding oil changes mostly because of myths they’ve heard for years.

  • Your oil needs to be changed every 3,000 miles. – Check with the owner’s manual to see the recommended interval because every make and…
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How to Know if Your Ignition Needs to be Serviced

You need your ignition to be working correctly so that you can start up your car and get on your way. If it is not working as it should, you will have trouble getting where you need to go.

If your car starts to smoke when you attempt to start it up, you may be in trouble and you should have your ignition looked at. If your ignition makes a grinding noise when you attempt to get your vehicle started, there could be something going on that needs to be addressed. Keep your ignition serviced so that your vehicle will…

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Check Your Tires Before You Head Out


Being that they are the only actual part of your vehicle which actually makes contact with the ground, making sure that your tires are in good condition should be high on your to-do list. Tires in good condition increase vehicle performance and add to the plus column of safety measures.

Sufficient tread on a tire has a few benefits. They allow you to displace water reducing the chance that your vehicle may hydroplane when its wet outside and it provides better handling while driving. You can use the penny test to check the state of your tires. If you place…
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