The most Educational Auto Blog in the Country, Providing info on Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles, Lifted Trucks & Aftermarket Products, as well as Service and Car-Buying Tips & Videos. 

Top 5 Tips on How to Avoid Hydroplaning

Welp, it's officially hurricane season and for our region that means lots and lots of rain! While rain may be good for our gardens, it can be a real nuisance to travel in. Like snow and fog, rain greatly reduces visibility, especially at night. Not only that, but roadways can easily become flooded during storms, and pools of water on the road can quickly become hazards to your safety. 

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Top 3 Tips for Driving in the Rain

Driving in the rain is a challenge for even the moat experienced drivers. Rainy conditions are associated with higher accident rates and caution must be taken to avoid hazard to yourself and others. If you're uncomfortable driving the rain, it's best to avoid making trips until after skies have cleared. But for those of us who much drive even when it's storming, we offer some simple tips to help keep you safe…
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Custom Wheel Terms Explained: Milled

So you’re new to the world of custom vehicles. You’re thinking about how sweet your truck would look with a 6” lift, custom wheels and running boards.

If you’re like most people though, you’re probably pretty unfamiliar with some of the industry terms we use to describe the mechanics of our lifted components.

Fear Not! Our Krietz Customs team loves to bring you into the shop for behind-the-scenes How-Tos, and new Wheel Walkthroughs like this one: 

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How To Change Your Oil

We all know the regular oil change is part of the routine vehicle maintenance process. But do you know why changing your oil is so important? Here’s a brief breakdown of the oil change process and why it matters.


The WHY: To understand the importance of regular oil changes, it’s crucial to know how the basic components of your vehicle work. Automobile engines are made up of moving parts that rub up against each other. The friction this movement causes creates heat. Oil is used as a heat-absorbing lubricant for the engine’s parts, helping them work together…

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Tire Rotation: How & Why?

Tire Rotation is customarily offered as part of regular vehicle maintenance procedures. Most auto repair shops will rotate your tires for you during your scheduled oil change, for example.

If you’re like most people though, you probably don’t actually know why your tires should be rotated regularly and certainly couldn’t explain what that process looks like...


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Appearance Protection: What is it and Why Should You Buy it

If you’re like most car-buyers, you take real pride in the showing off your newly purchased vehicle. If you want to keep it looking like it just left the showroom, it may be best to invest in the measures that help maintain its appearance. Though you may have never heard of it before, an Appearance Protection Plan does just that...


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How To Change A Tire


It happens to all of us. You’re cruising down the road, going about you day, until THUD! You feel that familiar bump, bump, bump and pull over to find your tire has gone flat.


Your next instinct here might be to panic, but if you equip yourself with the skills to change your own tire, you’ll be back on the road in no time.



Step 1: Safety

Make sure you’ve given yourself…

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Four Benefits of Buying a Certified Pre-Owned vs. a New Car

When you’re ready to purchase a vehicle, plenty of options are available to you and your best bet may not be the “new” vehicle you’ve been eying. The truth is, unlike most purchases, buying “brand new” can have more disadvantages than advantages when it comes to buying a car.

Here’s a look at four key benefits to choosing a used, certified pre-owned vehicle over a new one.


1.     Lower Overall Price, But…

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What is a Vehicle Service Contract?

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For car-buyers, the two major sources of additional protection are GAP Insurance, which we’ve covered in a previous post and extended warranties, also known as vehicle service contracts.


Vehicle Service Contracts offer protection to the car-buyer. A service contract can cover the costs associated with vehicle repair, including things like labor, parts and sales tax or fees, for certain repairs or replacements the may be required after a manufacturer’s warranty expires.


Dealers often offer service contracts on all of their vehicles. And the service repairs covered,  can typically be completed…

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Car-Buying Life Hack: Use a Payment Calculator to set a Budget Before You Buy


Set to purchase your next vehicle? It’s easy to stress over every aspect of the car-buying process. Choosing a vehicle that suits your wants and needs is just the start. Purchasing a motor vehicle is the second biggest financial investment adults will make in their lifetime.

If you’re like most buyers, you’re probably planning to finance your vehicle purchase with a loan from a bank or financier, and right now, you’re wondering what you can expect in monthly payments. 

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What is a 30-Point Vehicle Inspection

A 30-point inspection provides a “snapshot” of the current state of a vehicle and its essential systems. The many components of a motor vehicle need to work as one in order to keep you on the road, safe and sound. The various elements of a vehicle wear at different rates and a 30-point inspection can be crucial to understanding your vehicle’s current condition.


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Conventional Versus Synthetic Oil


So you’re in the shop getting a tune-up and the mechanic asks which oil you’d prefer for your oil change. Does your vehicle take conventional or synthetic? And what exactly IS the difference?

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Why Buy Tire & Wheel Protection Coverage


It’s impossible to avoid unexpected hazards and debris on the roadway. Picking up a nail or rock as you commute down the highway is an all too common scenario. A flat tire can put a real damper on your day. Don’t let it.

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Country Mouse: How to Shop for a Car that Fits Your Location


The hustle and bustle of downtown life just doesn't appeal to everyone. 
Living in a more rural locale has the advantage of being slower-paced, quieter and more laid back. Driving in the country however, does present its own set of challenges. 

And in fact, accidents while driving are more likely to happen in rural areas than hectic central cities. The typical small town dweller also has a different lifestyle than city folk. Your vehicle may play a much larger role in your occupational tasks for example. You may be less concerned with having a vehicle that takes up less…
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City Mouse Versus Country Mouse: How to Shop for a Car that Fits Your Location

While exciting, living in a major or even minor metropolis like downtown Frederick for example requires certain considerations when you’re shopping for a new vehicle. Congested roadways, swiftly moving traffic patterns, and the scramble for limited parking are all hallmarks the downtown dweller knows all too well.

So what features are most important to have in your new vehicle if you live in the city?

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Lifted Vehicle Experts: How to Lift A Truck


Lifting Your Truck? You already know you can look no further than Krietz. That’s because Krietz expertly installs custom vehicle work using all the leading brands.

Looking for a little insight into our process? Here’s a step-by-step guide to how vehicles are customized.


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How to Save Fuel and Money


It’s no secret that the price of gas is always fluctuating. According to AAA, the national average price of gas today is $2.87 for Regular and $3.13 for Diesel. Although this is nowhere near the all-time high --$4.11 for Regular Unleaded, there’s always room in your life to learn how to save fuel and money.

Purchasing a vehicle…

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Krietz Auto: NIADA Certified Pre-Owned Dealer of the Year

We have some exciting news to share! In case you’ve missed our recent announcements on Facebook, two weeks ago Krietz Auto was honored by the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association during NIADA’s 72nd annual Convention and Expo. Krietz Auto was named NIADA Certified Pre-Owned Dealer of the Year 

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Car Buying Tips - A Checklist

Vehicle on its last leg? You’re ready to purchase something but you don’t know where to start? Car buying is a major life event. After a home, it’s the generally the second biggest purchase you’ll make. We understand that this process can be intimidating. Here are a few basic things to do before you buy.

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The Title And Registration Process Explained: Part 2

A motor vehicle registration is simply the legal documentation that your vehicle is registered with a government authority. It establishes a link between a vehicle and the owner or user of the vehicle.

After purchasing a vehicle you need to register it with your local Department Of Motor Vehicles, Secretary of State, Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division or other local body that is responsible for setting vehicle regulations in…

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The Title And Registration Process Explained: Part 1

You’re interested in buying a car. You know you’ll fill out a lot of paperwork at the dealership and need to obtain things like a vehicle title, but do you know why?

What is a car title anyway?



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How to Finance A Car with Less than Perfect Credit

So you’re ready to buy a car but you, like many of us, worry that your credit isn’t good enough to finance the vehicle you need or want.

Here at Krietz Auto, we understand your predicament and we take steps to make sure that even buyers with less than ideal credit ratings, still have the opportunity to walk away with the automobile of their dreams.

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A Guide: The Right Time to Change Your Fluids



Responsible auto owners know developing a good auto care routine will help save you money on repairs in the short-term and help keep your car in working order for years to come.

Part of maintaining your vehicle’s health is regular maintenance of its fluids.

Krietz is here to offer a break-down of how often your fluids need to be topped off.



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What is Gap Protection and Why Do I Need it?

At Krietz, we believe that buying an automobile should NOT be a stressful experience. Because we aim to give customers as much peace of mind as possible, we offer buyers as many protections as we can.

Not only are our automobiles NIADA certified, but we also offer buyers the option to insure their vehicles with us before they even drive off the lot.

Krietz offers new buyers something called “Gap Insurance” coverage, also known as,“Guaranteed Auto Protection Insurance."

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A Must Read: Five Signs Your Car Battery May Soon Die


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The thought of our car dying on us is downright terrifying, especially when we find ourselves far from home or in the middle of nowhere. It is a common fear that we all share, and unfortunately, a common issue as well. Here are five common warning signs that your car's battery may be reaching the end of its life cycle.

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April: National Car Care Month

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Did you know that the month of April is deemed “National Car Care Month”? “Why”? You may ask. Because April marks the end of winter (at least we hope so, but who knows with the volatile east coast weather), and the beginning of the spring season. Following a harsh winter, it is time to prepare your car for spring driving and summer road trips!


Scheduling an appointment is as easy as clicking here to schedule online, or calling our sales desk at (888) 577-3621.

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How to Connect My Smart Device to My Vehicle’s Bluetooth Feature

As cell phone usage while behind the wheel becomes increasingly banned around the United States, auto manufacturers are adding new features to their vehicles that allow you to make and take calls and text using voice features. The most common wireless technology found in today’s vehicles is known as Bluetooth. Bluetooth has been around since telecom vendor Ericsson in 1994; however, it did not get implemented into vehicles until the early 2000s as manufacturers were striving to create a “hands-free” experience for drivers to decrease the rate of accidents related to cell phone usage.
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The Krietz Auto Spotlight: Sinisterly Stylish & Ridiculously Powerful

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 In the Krietz Auto Spotlight, this week, we have our three 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats. These high-performing, menacing, muscle coupes provide you with some of the best performance for your money, and an unparalleled experience for those looking for something beyond the basics of a Mustang or Camaro. See why the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat may be the muscle car for you.

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My Check Engine Light Is On, What Should I Do?

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Oh no, my "Check Engine" light just came on, what should I do? How much will this cost me? Will I need a new engine?

Typically, this light illuminates due to minor issues. These are typically, quick, easy, and cheap fixes. Not to worry, the Krietz Auto Blog is here to serve you up some knowledge on the true meaning behind your "Check Engine" Light.
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The Krietz Auto Spotlight: A Premium Upgrade on a Light Budget

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This week’s vehicle in the spotlight is the 2016 Infiniti Q50 3.0t Premium. A true luxury performance car without the expected high price tag. Nissan is known for its superior quality and top notch performance. See why we chose this vehicle (of our hundreds in inventory) to put in the spotlight on this week’s Krietz Auto Spotlight!

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How to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

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Believe it or not, spring is almost here! Yeah, the weather can be deceiving, one day it feels like it's winter and the next you'll find yourself driving down backroads with the sunroof open and the music blasting. Regardless, after a brutal, cold, salty winter, it is imperative that you take action and prep your car for the upcoming spring season. In this post, we'll discuss exactly what actions you should take following the potentially damaging winter months.

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How to Prepare for a Vehicle Emissions Test

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Vehicle Emissions Tests can come as an inconvenience, and can lead to costly repairs if your vehicle does not pass. Passing an emissions test isn't as hard as you might think, in fact, by asking yourself a few key questions, you'll increase your likelihood of passing, we promise.

PS: Preventive Maintenance is key!

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Top 5 Scenic Views in the DMV

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There's nothing more therapeutic and stress-relieving than a drive down a scenic backroad with windows down and music blasting. Here are our top five picks of some of the best drives that you HAVE to take sometime in the near future!
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Why Should I Rotate My Tires?

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Rotating your tires goes beyond what they do when you drive. Believe it or not, it has many benefits, from vehicle performance to prolonging the life of your tires.

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So You Want to Lift Your Truck?

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Lift kits can add an aggressive and unique touch to your vehicle. It can be an intricate and pricey process, and that's where Krietz Customs comes in! Oh yeah, we are currently offering 0% financing on our lift kits, so now's the time to get that lift kit that you've always wanted!
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What's My Monthly Payment

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Ever wonder how your auto loan's monthly payments are calculated...? In this post, we will dive in and discuss just how your monthly payments are generated.

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What is Certified Pre-Owned?

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What is Certified Pre-Owned?: The definition of a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle varies from automaker to automaker; however, regardless of an automaker’s definition of CPO...

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What Happens To Your Negative Equity?

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What Happens to my Negative Equity? There comes a time when one grows sick of his or her current vehicle, regardless of its condition. Unfortunately, if money is still owed on the loan of the vehicle that you are looking to trade in, the loan won’t simply disappear. The remaining balance on the loan must be paid off, and it can present an issue if you owe more on the loan than what the car is worth. This imbalance in what is owed and what the car is worth is referred to as negative equity.



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Why Should I Get My Oil Changed?

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Car maintenance can sometimes come as an inconvenience; however, it is extremely important and necessary to keep up with your car’s maintenance schedule, especially when it comes to oil changes.

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Road Salt VS Your Car

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Snow, ice, salt....everywhere! With the wrath of inclement weather hitting our area this winter, it is very important that you protect your vehicle from the effects of leftover salt. 
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