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The Archive. Memorable vehicles in the rear view

On this segment of our blog we are excited to highlight some of our previously sold, not-so-everyday vehicles. Unlike new car dealers we don’t sell model after model of the same old bland thing. We have the pleasure to sell unique Cars, Trucks, and SUVs. If you don’t come from Maryville, a small town in the foothills of the smokies, it will be helpful to know we carry the reputation of being the very best used Jeep retailer around!
Below you will see a collection of pictures and stories of Auto Solutions’ most memorable vehicles. Enjoy!


2014 Jeep Wrangler Starwood Customs - This Jeep cost $80,000 new! Having a reputation for being a used Jeep dealer, a franchise Ford store called us to purchase this! Starwood Customs is a specialty upgrade business. They’ve been known to do things as crazy as mounting machine guns on the roof of cars! A jeep like this is a rare find.
Lifted Chevy Colorado - The previous owner spent over $25,000 on the lift and suspension. Huge wheels and tires. Only 16K original miles. 4X4, aftermarket exhaust, push bar, LED light bar, massive subs, navigation, running boards to help ensure you can climb up in it. Just a total beast of a truck.
2011 Chevy Corvette GrandSport Supercharged - Our former owner is now the proud owner of this wicked Corvette! This car originally just has a 6.2L V8. THIS Corvette, however, has the V8 PLUS a Supercharger. Word on the street says it makes 800 Horsepower!
2005 Honda Element- We know.. A Honda Element? What could possibly be unordinary about a Honda Element? We’ll let the picture speak for itself.
Toyota Land Cruiser - Only with a toyota can a vehicle of this age look and drive like brand new. This Toyota Land Cruiser had 303,000 miles when we sold it. We received calls and emails from all over the country to purchase this car!
Dale Earnhardt Monte Carlo - This car was created to imitate the look of “the intimidator’s" actual racecar (pun intended). There were areas of this car with Dale Earnhardt’s signature that were sprayed with clearcoat to be preserved. The lucky owner of this car drove from out-of-state to pick it up. Funny enough he owned a similar style of car that was actually a Jeff Gordon edition!

Servicing Belts And Hoses

Your vehicle has a number of different belts and hoses that allow the car to function in the proper way. These belts and hoses come in a number of shapes and sizes. What they all have in common is that they will eventually need to be replaced.

When you take your car in for regular maintenance, the service technician should check over your vehicle's belts and hoses. In between these times, you should be alert for any problems. If the belts or hoses look worn in any spot, you should take the vehicle in and have the belt or hose replaced. If you notice that any of the hoses that service the coolant system are leaking, get them replaced immediately.

As a general rule, the hoses should be replaced about every four years. Most belts should be replaced every 36,000 miles. The serpentine belt needs to be replaced about every 50,000 miles.

Prevent Hydroplaning by Checking the Condition of

Hydroplaning in your car or truck is an uncomfortable feeling. It requires you to make quick decisions to avoid other vehicles or obstacles. It doesn’t take much water for you to start hydroplaning in your vehicle. All it takes is a few minutes of light rain that mixes with oil residue on the surface of the road to momentarily make you skid and slid across the surface.

Hydroplaning happens when water gets underneath your front tires, which separates your tires from the road. The treads on your tires are designed to channel the water away from underneath the tires so that a majority of the surface of the tires remain in contact with the road. Worn out tire treads and low tire pressure increases the chance of hydroplaning.

Avoid hydroplaning by visiting our service department at Auto Solutions in Maryville, TN. We will check your tires to make sure they are in good condition.

Are Summer Tires or All-Season Tires the Best Choi

While all-season tires can seem from their name to be a good compromise among the many tire types, summer tires have a few surprising advantages that give them a slight edge over their all-season counterpart.

If you live in a climate prone to plenty of rainfall, summer tires will actually offer a better advantage on wet pavement, due to both their composition and their tread. The blend of rubber used in summer tires makes them adhere to the road better, being more malleable than the stiffer blend found on all-season tires. The grooves and tread pattern of summer tires are less pronounced, giving them more surface area for a sturdier grip on the road.

Visit Auto Solutions in Maryville, TN when you need a new set of tires. We offer a range of services, from fitting you with an entirely new set to rotating your existing tires to patching up a tire that has a leak.

Reasons to Consider Buying a Crossover When You're

When you find out that you're going to need a new vehicle, there is a lot to think about. You have to determine what your set budget is. You also have to narrow down what make and model of vehicle you want to select. One type of vehicle that is very practical for a number of demographics is the crossover. This vehicle is a step up from the sedan, but you don't have to invest loads of money into a larger vehicle like an SUV or truck.

Depending on what manufacturer you are considering, the crossover typically comes with some great technology that adds to the overall safety and convenience of your vehicle. You'll get features like blind spot monitoring and lane departure correction. Navigation, impressive audio and plenty of room throughout is also pretty standard.

The Difference Between Towing and Payload Capacity

Most people interested in trucks want to know now much power they have. While horsepower and torque are good statistics to check out, so are payload and towing capacities. While they can be related, they do measure different things.

Payload capacity is how much weight a truck can carry in its cabin or bed, with the weight of any passengers included in this amount. Payload is determined by subtracting the weight of the vehicle from its Gross Vehicle Weight Rating.

Towing capacity refers to how much weight a truck can pull. At Auto Solutions in Maryville, TN, there is actually a wide range of abilities that our vehicles have. Some of the smaller trucks can easily haul at least a few thousand pounds but are limited to five or six thousand pounds. Heavy duty trucks may be able to tow over 10,000 pounds.

Figuring Out How to Debadge Your Car

If you want to debadge your car before customizing it, you should make sure that you have enough time to do it slowly so that you do not accidentally take off some of the paint. Removing logos and markings can be a time-consuming process when done carefully.

Use spray adhesive remover to cover the area where the logo is attached. This will reduce the amount of time and effort it takes to pull them off. The less you have to scrape, the better your odds of not chipping the paint away. Dental floss is a good way to pull off small logos because it scratches less. You can use a flat plastic scraper as well. Get rid of any excess glue so that it does not gum up your paint. Make sure the whole area is wiped smooth.

Auto Solutions in Maryville, TN is your best choice for service and maintenance work.

Getting to All the Details

While you're driving in Maryville, TN, you want everything about your vehicle to shine. This includes your tires. Instead of rinsing them with a water hose or hoping that the rain will wash all of the dirt off of your tires, consider a few cleaning tips that will give you the shine that you want.

Start by soaking your tires with water. This will remove any loose dirt and debris, making it easier to scrub them with a sponge. Clean your tires with the proper solutions. Use a product that is safe for all types of tires if you're unsure of the exact one to choose. Auto Solutions usually has products that can be used on all tires.

When you're cleaning your tires, you need to have a good scrub brush on hand that can remove the brake dust and dirt that is on the wheels and that is on the tires. A smaller brush can be used to get between the crevices of the wheels.

Are Your Brakes Working Properly

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There are some signs that you hear in your vehicle that you should never ignore. When you start to hear a noise as you press down on the brake pedal, there are a number of noises that should alarm you. For example, if you hear screeching or grinding, then it’s likely you need to bring your car in to get some brake repairs. However, your brake light may also come on as soon as your pads show some signs of wear.

Brake systems are made up of shoes, rotors, calipers, and brake pads. These can start to warp once your brake pads are worn down. This is due to metal on metal grinding. If you notice any type of wobbling or vibration as you try to stop, this is probably due to your brakes warping from not having any brake pads.

Want to ensure that your safe on the roads? Get your brakes checked out! You can stop by Auto Solutions located in Maryville, TN for a great rate on brake inspection and repairs.

Best Cars for Uber or Lyft Drivers

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Want to save up for something special? Why not get into ride-sharing with Uber and Lyft? You may think that it’s not for you, or maybe your car is too old. There are some vehicles that do better with Uber and Lyft because of their year and fuel economy. Newer vehicles made after 2015 always get higher ratings and more riders because they have better infotainment systems and security features.

Some of the best vehicles for ride-sharing apps includes Kia Sorrento, Ford Explorer, GMC Terrain, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Ford Fusion. Most of these vehicles have an electric option, such as in hybrid vehicles, that will allow you to save money every time you drive the vehicle. Fuel costs are often bigger for ride-share drivers because they spent time driving across cities for pickups, especially for airport travelers.

Want to get into a new vehicle for Uber and Lyft driving? Take a test drive and see what cars will work best at Auto Solutions located in Maryville, TN.

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