Preparing Your Truck for Tailgating Season

They haul payloads, they pull trailers, they take the road less traveled and they can also party on game weekends. Outfit your truck for tailgating season and let the fun times begin.

Dedicate a toolbox to holding necessary party supplies like condiments, plastic silverware, grilling implements, bottle openers and tablecloths, and keep it on your truck. You'll have everything close at hand on game day and won't forget a vital ingredient at home. Keep foods warm until it's time to serve them by dedicating a cooler to hold hot, foil-wrapped bricks.


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Keep Safety in Mind for School Carpools

It's back-to-school season, and arranging a carpool for your kids is one of the best ways to keep your schedule under control. At Apex Imports, we value your family's wellbeing, so we encourage you to keep safety in mind as you make your carpool plans.

Every person in the car must have his or her own seat. Don't let two kids share one seatbelt or allow anyone to sit on the floor. Even on quick trips, every passenger must be safely belted. For children in lower grades, safe riding may require the use of booster seats. It…

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How to Quickly Clean Up the Interior of Your Vehicle

If you suddenly find out that someone is going to be riding in your vehicle and you want that vehicle to be clean to impress them, you need to know how to clean that vehicle quickly. We want you to feel proud of your vehicle, and you can feel proud when you have the vehicle freshly cleaned for its riders.

One of the quickest ways to clean your vehicle quickly is to wipe it with a damp microfiber cloth. Another quick thing that you can do to clean the vehicle is to wash the windows of the vehicle - especially those…
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Towing Safety Critical to Overall Road Safety

Learning to safely tow within the capabilities of your vehicle is one of the most important skills a driver can learn to ensure maximum safety in any road condition. The first step is to take the time to confirm your vehicle's specific towing capacity. The proper cargo packing is also critical with experts recommending loading the heaviest items first while balancing the weight evenly across the length of the trailer. By performing a thorough inspection of the vehicle, drivers can ensure that all towing components are properly secured and that warning and guiding lights are in working

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Lights On! – DIY Headlight Restoration Made Easy

Everyone in Apex realizes how important good, bright, and well-maintained headlights really are. However, it can be a challenge to restore them to their full glory thanks to weather and insects. Let us give you a head start.


Toothpaste really does work well with plastic covers, though they don’t remove absorbed stains in more porous plastic covers. Avoid abrasives or caustic chemicals with plastic, as it’s easier to deteriorate it than some other materials.


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How to Replace a Flat Tire

Even though you might prefer to let a professional change a flat tire, you might have to do it yourself if you're left stranded on the side of a highway somewhere.

First of all, you should always try to pull off to the side of the road if you can. You obviously can't go very far, but you should be able to make it to a safe shoulder on three good tires. Once you're someplace safe, use your emergency brake to secure your vehicle, and get out your spare jack and tire tools. Check your owner's…
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How to Identify Warning Signs Your Car Belts & Hoses are Failing

One of the advantages of being able to identify warning signs of failing hoses and belts in the car is you can eliminate the issue before it leads to bigger problems.

The hoses have the job of moving coolant from the engine to the radiator and through the cooling system. If the hoses are bloated or show cracks in the rubber, they could be close to bursting and that would leave the engine vulnerable to overheating.

The belts have to power many things on the motor like the water pump and radiator fan. Once the belts break, many of those…
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Important Warning Signs Your Tires Need Replacement

There's no need to experience a tire blowout or being stranded due to a flat tire when you can recognize the warning signs that a tire on your vehicle needs replacement. Our service center technicians at Apex Imports offer the following warning signs that new tires should be a priority for your car.

Tire tread depth is a good indicator when a tire has become too worn to be safe. You can measure it with a gauge or insert a Lincoln head penny to determine if there is at least 1/16 of an inch in tread depth left…

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What Is Different Between Bumper-To-Bumper And Powertrain Warranties?

Knowing the difference between a powertrain warranty and one that is bumper-to-bumper can determine whether or not you should buy a new or used car. Anyone who has experienced trying to decide will appreciate this simplified explanation.

Powertrain Warranty

The powertrain is what propels a vehicle when the engine is operating and the transmission engaged. Other components of the powertrain include the differential, driveshaft and velocity joints. In a nutshell, the powertrain has nothing to do with the comfort or good looks of a vehicle and everything to do with getting you down the...
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Certified Pre-Owned Inventory -- The Quality of Brand New, The Price of Used!

At Apex Imports, we strive to provide an extensive inventory of high-quality, certified pre-owned cars for drivers in our service areas of Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary. To prove our commitment, we stock over one hundred certified pre-owned vehicles from over twenty different makes, resulting in an inventory sure to provide precisely the vehicle best suited to your budget, needs, and desires! 

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