Top Vacation Spots within A Short Drive from Pittsburgh

Finding the right destination for your next vacation isn’t always easy – especially if you don’t want to drive too far. To make your decision a bit easier next time, we’ve put together a short list of some of the top vacation spots within a short drive from Pittsburgh.

Pro Football Hall of Fame

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton, Ohio, which is only a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh, giving you prime access to history of the game and its legendary players. Whether you’re a hometown fan or root for another team, you’re sure to enjoy yourself if you happen to love football.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Family fun and adventure is only an hour drive away from Pittsburgh at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie looking to go ziplining on the mile-long Laurel Ridgeline Canopy Experience or merely want to kayak around the resort’s lake and enjoy the great outdoors, this destination has you covered.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

Architecture buffs will want to take the family out to this destination – Fallingwater, a mountain home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s. It’s an escape in the middle of the mountains, built over a waterfall that gives you a sense of being one with nature. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

The best vehicle to get you to your destination is a Ford from Shults Ford Harmarville.

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Spring Cleaning Tips: Get Your Car Spotless

It’s that time again—spring cleaning is here. There are a number of things you can do to help increase the resale value of your car, but spring cleaning is one of the best, so a list of tips and tricks to get your car spotless for the warmer weather, helping you to preserve your vehicle’s interior and exterior.

First on our list of spring cleaning tips, clean your car vents. According to Tip Hero, cleaning car vents will help eliminate mold and dust that accumulate in hard to reach places, and it will also prevent the interior from getting a stagnant smell. The best way to clean vents it by dusting with a foam brush while you vacuum at the same time.

Next, shine your hubcaps. After washing and waxing the exterior, you should combine cleaning powder and water to make a paste. Some use baking soda, but there are also special soaps that you can use as well. This will really make your wheels stand out.

You can also wash your floor mats. Naturally, you should vacuum the interior thoroughly. However, you can get an added clean by spraying off mats, washing with a stiff brush, and then tossing them in the washer and dryer.

Eliminate pet hair with a squeegee and a spray bottle with water. Simply wet the cloth on the interior, squeegee to collect fur and dirt, and vacuum to remove. End by spraying with Febreze or another fragrance to eliminate wet pet smell if necessary.

Of course, if that scent in your car that you are craving happens to be that new car smell, Shults Ford Harmarville would be more than happy to help you find that.

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5 Romantic Valentine’s Day Date Ideas in Pittsburgh

The new year is in full swing, which means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Are you looking for some new and exciting Valentine’s Day date ideas in Pittsburgh to surprise your loved one with? Consider a few of Shults Ford Harmarville’s best staff picks this year:

  • Relax at a spa: You both work hard. Treat yourself to a day at the spa, like Peace Love and Zen in East Liberty. Your body (and mind) will thank you.
  • Get on the water: Sign up for an evening ride on the Gateway Clipper for a night of romance with live music and a buffet dinner.
  • Go to a museum: Pittsburgh offers a wealth of museums, but a staff favorite is the Andy Warhol Museum.
  • Keep it classic: Dinner and a movie have proven themselves to be the perfect recipe for a successful date. Grab dinner at a restaurant such as Legume in Oakland or The Commoner tavern downtown. Then catch a movie at Row House Cinema, which includes over 140 soda varieties to enjoy.

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Black Friday Shopping Strategies

Some people look forward to Black Friday shopping just as much as Thanksgiving dinner itself. If you’re planning to head out into the Black Friday craze this year, use these tips from Shults Ford Harmarville to make the most of it.

Do Your Research

Sometimes the best deals are offered to the early bird, but that’s not always the case. You should never assume anything with Black Friday—always do your research first. Make a list of the things you’re looking for, and then check store ads to find out when they’re offering the best deals.

Bring a Friend

Face it—shopping is always better with a friend there to keep you company. But don’t be afraid to ask your friend for help. They can stay in your Ford to keep it warm while you run into the store, or even help you collect all of your items to help save time.

Have a Strict Budget

You might be heading out on Black Friday to snag a good deal, but the stores where you’re shopping are planning to try to sell you more than you’d bargained for in the process. Don’t be tempted by colorful displays and good deals on things that aren’t on your list. Plan your items—and your budget—beforehand and don’t stray from it. Your wallet will thank you later.

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Assemble a Fall Emergency Kit For Your Car This Year

Throughout the year, there are some items that are important to keep in your vehicle at all times – such as a first-aid kit, jumper cables, and a spare tire, as well as the appropriate tools to install it.

But as the weather slowly turns from summer to winter, there are unique fall hazards that may require to have a bit more. That’s why we suggest that you prepare a fall emergency kit to store in your vehicle, just in case.

Here are some items to consider:

  • A warm blanket or two, as well as an extra pair of gloves, an extra hat, an extra scarf, and maybe even an extra coat
  • A tire gauge and a travel kit to add air pressure to your tires, as tires quickly deflate in cooler weather
  • A spare cell phone and charger, perhaps with a hand-written list of emergency phone numbers
  • An ice scraper, so that you will be ready when that unexpected first snowfall covers your vehicle
  • Similarly, a small shovel might save the day if your car gets snowed in
  • Lastly, consider some non-perishable snacks, such as nuts and dried fruit, to give you energy if you find yourself stuck somewhere

For more safety tips or to start your season in a new vehicle entirely, visit us anytime at Shults Ford of Harmarville.

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A New Year’s Resolution: Making Your Car Lighter

Many New Year’s resolutions are to shed some pounds during 2016, but maybe it is time to apply that attitude towards your vehicle. Making your car lighter is a great way to save some money on gas and to lower your emissions output. It is simple physics: a lighter car tends to have better performance.

According to eHow, there are several ways to make your car lighter. The first thing you can do is to clean it out and remove any unnecessary weight. Get rid of all the trash, and try not to use your vehicle as storage. Keeping your car spotless could make a serious difference.

For those looking to cut more weight, you can remove seats fairly simply by using a socket set and screwdriver. Power seats are especially heavy because they have an added electric motor. Rear seats are usually the first to go, and can help you shed as much as 140 lbs.

Does your car have added bodywork? If you know you don’t need it, take it off. This includes things like fiberglass aero-skirts and front air dams. While these may claim to increase aerodynamics, many added parts like these simply add pounds.

The best thing you can do, though expensive, it to replace steel body panels with carbon fiber and aluminum. This can drastically change the vehicle’s weight and characteristics. If you still have steel wheels, you should consider upgrading to aluminum wheels to shed hundreds of pounds.

For more info on how to safely remove weight from your car, visit the Shults Ford of Harmarville Service Center.

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Don’t Be A Hero and Other Tips For A Successful Thanksgiving Dinner

As wise men are oft to say, nothing beats planning and organization. Nowhere is this more true than with a Thanksgiving gathering. Throwing something together willy-nilly might work out, but you’re just rolling the dice. Let’s make a plan! Here are some tips for a successful Thanksgiving dinner, courtesy of the Shults family

First things first: the turkey. You have to know how big a turkey you need. Just to be safe, assume each guest consumes one pound of turkey and then overestimate a little. Having ten guests? Get a 15-pound turkey.

Next: thawing the bird. It takes a long time to thaw a turkey. According to the Huffington Post, the expert on all things domestic, it takes 24 hours per four pounds to thaw. It takes three days to thaw a 12-pound turkey!

Make a schedule for your cooking day and the two days before it. This may seem tedious but putting together a Thanksgiving dinner is a major undertaking. A schedule ensures that you have all of your materials and that you’ve set aside the appropriate amount of time to get everything done.

Here’s another thing: don’t be a hero. Ask for help! Create a group text and ask each guest to bring one dish. This way, you won’t end up with 50 deviled eggs.

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Tips For Detailing Your Car

You’ve got a date tonight, a filthy car, and an overwhelming sense of hopelessness.

Detailing your car might save the night. Here’s the plan

First of all, start high and then go low. That way, if you rustle up any debris, it’ll fall to the floor where you’ll get it later.

Using cleaner appropriate for the dash, spray it on the nooks and crannies first. Use a toothbrush and Q-Tip to get out any dirt and grime that’s worked its way down into those hard-to-reach places. Sometimes vinyl surfaces have grain, so be sure and scrub out any grime in there too.

Not only will you need a vacuum cleaner or wet/dry vac, you can’t really do a thorough cleaning job with the appropriate attachments. They make all the difference in the world.

Remove all of the mats and vacuum the seats first, making sure to get between the seats and the center console, and between the backrest and the seat. Once you’ve vacuumed, go back and hit any stains with spot remover. Let it soak according to the directions and then scrub out.

Do the floors the same way. Remove all floor mats, vacuum thoroughly, and then tackle any stains. Do the same thing to floor mats.

The trick to doing a great job detailing your car is to get those hard to reach places. The only reason filth accumulates there is because we always ignore it! Hit it every time and it won’t be so bad.

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