How To Read And Interpret Tire Markings

Reading tire sizes definitely isn't every driver's strong suit. In fact, for most people, tire markings can be quite confusing. At Planet Alfa Romeo, we want to share information that will help Miami locals better understand all that's been printed on the sidewalls of their tires.

How To Determine A Tire's Class

You can determine a tire's class by looking at the very first letter present. The letter "P" means that a tire has been manufactured for use in passenger vehicles. Tires that are made for light trucks will be designated as such with the…
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Helpful Tips for Buying a Used Car

Have you purchased a used car in the past only to discover it wasn’t what you’d thought and definitely wasn’t worth the money? Has that experience made you apprehensive about buying used cars? At Planet Alfa Romeo, we want you to be as knowledgeable as possible when checking out cars. Stop and see us for advice, and check out these helpful tips for buying a used car.

• Take note of how much you want to spend and only look at vehicles that fall in that range.
• If possible, contact the seller to learn all you can about…

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Tire Pressure Monitoring System Alerts

There are a few different scenarios when a tire pressure light will come on inside of your vehicle. Most people assume this will only happen when there is a need for more air to be added to their tires. In fact, your tire pressure monitoring system will alert you of too much air pressure, too low of air pressure and other issues.

Running over debris in the road will likely compromise the integrity of your tire. There could also be a slow leak occurring. You can have your tire inspected and serviced through Planet Alfa Romeo to make sure that…

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Belts & Hoses - Why They're Important

If you’ve ever looked under the hood of your car, you’ve probably been amazed at the high number of belts and hoses. There are many belts and hoses under your car’s hood and, unbelievably, they all serve a purpose. They may be timing belts, brake lines, radiator hoses or a variety of other types of belts and hoses. If you have concerns about your belts and hoses, come to Planet Alfa Romeo and speak to our professionals.

These small items are important in your vehicle because if just one break, it can prevent your car from operating…

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Reasons your car battery might fail

Your battery may be a small part of your vehicle, but it has outsized importance. If your battery fails, there will be no driving around in Miami. Here are some of the reasons your battery might fail and what you can do about it.

One of the main reasons you battery fails is it has reached its useful life. Most batteries will last anywhere from 24,000-72,000 miles, depending on the quality. If you have already exceeded the estimated life of your battery, it's time to get it tested. Another reason batteries fail is extreme weather. 

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How to Choose Your Teen's First Vehicle

Choosing the right vehicle can be difficult at times, but when you’re buying a vehicle for your teen, it’s even more vehicle. You have to choose between buying a vehicle your child wants while still buying on that’s safe, affordable and yet stylish enough for your child to want to drive it. Here are some tips on choosing your teen’s first vehicle.
 
• Check the IIHS safety ratings on any vehicle you’re considering buying.
• Heavy vehicles are often better because they’re less likely to roll over on the road.
• Teen drivers like driving fast, so…
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The Steps to Properly Install a Child Safety Seat

Newborns up to elementary aged children all benefit from the use of a child safety seat. These seats are designed to provide adequate cushioning and protection in the event of a car crash. When installing a safety seat, there are some steps you should take to make sure installation is done properly.
  • Use only the instructions that came with the car seat you purchased. Each seat has its own directions.
  • Take your vehicle to a local law enforcement agency that does free car seat checks. This will give you the peace of mind that you need, knowing that you installed…
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3 Reasons to Buy a Used Car Today

At Planet Alfa Romeo we have a large selection of used vehicles that is always changing. You could find the model that you have been looking for at an attractive price when you shop for a used car. Saving money is just one reason to buy a pre-owned car. Here are three others.

The used cars that you will find in our inventory have been given a thorough inspection for quality. Each car must pass multiple points of inspection before we offer it for sale.

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How Bad Is Pink Fluid Underneath the Car?

If you back your car out of the driveway and notice a pink fluid on the pavement, the first question you probably have is if this is a bad sign. Pink or red fluid is typically automatic transmission fluid.

Newer cars have sensitive transmissions, and even a little bit of missing fluid can cause the car to have other symptoms. If you are noticing pink fluid underneath your car and the transmission is beginning to slip, then it is probably best to call a tow truck and have it taken into the shop for repairs. A slipping transmission is when…

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How to know if your ignition system needs service

One of the most important components of your vehicle is the ignition system. If the ignition system fails, there is no way you are going to be driving. Of course, if your car won't start or your ignition system won't fire up, it's clear you have a problem. But there are signs your ignition system might be starting to fail and needs service, and it's important to know them.

Stalling is a potential sign your ignition system may be going bad. Your car may stall immediately after starting or it could go for a while before…

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