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How to Clean Air Vents in Your Car with a Paintbrush

June 11th, 2019 by
Close-up of a car air vent

You don’t need to purchase expensive equipment to keep your used car‘s air vents clean. Air vent cleaning can be done with tools you can either find around your house or purchase for cheap at the local dollar store or craft store. For example, you can use a soft foam paintbrush to gently remove dust,…

What Are In-House Financing Car Dealers?

June 6th, 2019 by
blue piggy bank on the hood of a blue car

Have you been disapproved for an auto loan? If so, you’ll likely have better luck with in-house financing. Car lots with Buy Here Pay Here options, such as CarHop, offer easy, hassle-free financing for drivers with good, not-so-great, or no credit. You may be wondering, “Where can I find in-house financing car dealers near me?”…

3 Tips to Keep Your Car Cool

May 21st, 2019 by
Reflective sunshade in front windshield of car

Driving in hot weather can be almost as miserable as driving through snow or ice. Fortunately, there are plenty of great tips on how to keep your car cool — most of which are easy and affordable. From grabbing that shady parking space to investing in cooled seats, there are a lot of different ways to…

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How to Properly Jump Start a Car

April 12th, 2019 by
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Even if you’ve never had a problem with your vehicle, knowing how to jump start a car can save you time and money if the need ever arises! Relying on a jump start car service can be costly, and if you already have a pair of jumper cables on your person, the process itself only…

How to Make Car Air Fresheners From Scratch

April 5th, 2019 by
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Whether you’re gearing up for a road trip or just want to improve your daily commute, creating a DIY air freshener is a great way to enjoy a more relaxing, comfortable ride! There are several easy and long-lasting methods to choose from, and CarHop has created a step-by-step guide to each. Contact Us Method One:…

How to Test a Car Battery with a Multimeter

February 6th, 2019 by
Mechanic uses a multimeter in order to assess the voltage of a car battery.

Using a multimeter to test a car battery is easy when you use this step-by-step guide from the team at CarHop. While we specialize primarily in used car sales at our many locations, we also are aware that it really pays to know what to look for when trying to make repairs at home. Find out if…

How to Fix a Chipped or Cracked Windshield

February 4th, 2019 by
Mechanic finishing up a windshield chip repair with professional equipment.

Whether you’re getting your car ready for sale or simply trying to restore it to like-new condition, there are plenty of DIY repairs you can perform—from restoring headlights with toothpaste, to removing scratches from your car, to removing dents with a plunger! Another important way to keep your car looking good is to fix windshield crack…

Having Car Starter Problems? Learn How to Diagnose & Replace Your Starter

January 17th, 2019 by
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If your car won’t start, there’s a chance you may need to perform a car starter replacement. Find out what might be wrong with your car starter, along with how to perform a car starter installation, with the team at CarHop. Whether your starter is acting up or you need to learn how to change…

How to Change a Tire

January 7th, 2019 by
Young man changing tire on side of the road

Knowing how to change a flat tire is critical in order to avoid getting stranded on the side of the road. Still, there are other reasons for changing a tire, where you’re performing a tire rotation or trying to get access to your brakes. Whether you need to learn how to change a tire, or…

How to Change a Car Alternator

December 13th, 2018 by
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CarHop isn’t just a great source for affordable used cars—we’re also here to offer helpful DIY car repair tips, like how to replace a car alternator. Once you’ve tested your alternator and determined that it’s the culprit (rather than a faulty starter), you can reference the video below and follow these simple DIY steps to…

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