What Do I Do if the Shop Damaged My Car

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You may think you don’t have any options if the garage or a valet service damages your car. However, according to many state laws, that damage is their fault, which means they should fix it for you.

The Garage Will Say You’re Liable

Many garages put up signs or make statements that they’re not liable if damage happens to your car while it is in their shop. Those signs are great, but they’re not legally binding contracts. Just by taking (more…)

Coming Events in St. Lawrence County

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When you’ve had enough of the crowd and clamor of the Big Apple, hop in the car and cruise north to St. Lawrence County. Downstream from Lake Ontario, you’ll find good fun, good people, and a slower pace. Ogdensburg is the hub of the region where you’ll find most of the action. What’s going on in St. Lawrence County for spring and summer?

North Country Wine, Beer & Food Festival

Did you know New York has 1631 family vineyards and over 400 wineries? Also, from the 1840s to the 1880s, New York was the biggest producer (more…)

Safety Rundown: Rust

Avoid rust in your wheel wells

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Rust on your car is sort of like termites in your home: once it shows up it’ll only get worse, and it’s hard to get rid of permanently. If you own a vehicle that’s more than a few years old, either you or your mechanic should make sure you keep an eye out for rust, which can harm the frame, the mechanical parts, and the resale value.

Wheel Wells

Between all the dirt, rain, and road salt your wheels kick up, when a vehicle starts to rust it’ll start in and around the wheel wells. While there’s nothing immediately dangerous about a rusty wheel well, it’s (more…)

4 Places to Visit in St. Lawrence County

Rishe's Import Center has great area upcoming events in St. Lawrence County

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New York is most commonly associated with New York City and fast urban environments. However, outside of the Big Apple, New York state offers a variety of attractions, from beautiful country landscapes to historic attractions. We’ve come up with a list of the top four places to visit in the picturesque St. Lawrence County, whether you’re a seasoned visitor or a first time tourist.

Singer Castle

Located on Dark Island in the St. Lawrence seaway, Singer Castle is one of the only fully completed, furnished, residential castles in the United States. Construction began in 1905 by the Bourne family, and the castle was lived in by the family for several (more…)

What Not to Do in Bad Weather

RIshe's Import Center offers advice for inclement weather

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It doesn’t take much time on the road to realize that some people don’t know how to drive in bad weather. Whether it’s raining so hard that you can’t see more than a yard in front of your car, or there’s a sheet of ice coating the highway, these drivers always seem to make the wrong choices. The next time you find yourself driving in inclement weather, make sure you don’t do these four things.

Check for Weather Updates

Since you’re driving in bad weather, you’re probably wondering what the rest of the day be like. Will you have to drive home in similar conditions or will things clear up by then? Don’t give into the curiosity and check weather updates on your phone. (more…)

Cool Places to Visit in Ogdensburg

Rishe's Import Center in Ogdensburg has great activities nearby

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Ogdensburg might not have the global reputation of New York City, but there are some big reasons to get out of the rat race and drive to this friendly St. Lawrence County city. These are just some of the attractions you shouldn’t miss while you’re in Ogdensburg.

Frederic Remington Art Museum: Celebration of Local Artist

American artist Frederic Remington moved to Ogdensburg as a boy and took his first drawing lessons at the city’s Vermont Episcopal Institute. Today, the local Frederic Remington Art Museum showcases his works depicting cowboys, American (more…)

Creative Ways to De-Ice Windshields

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Few things are worse than a frozen car on a day when you’re already running late for work. Luckily, those mornings become much easier when you know a few options for removing ice. Start by trying these four creative ways to de-ice your windshield.

Scrape the Ice Off With a Credit Card

A sudden snowstorm may leave you and your car stranded without an ice scraper. Luckily, you already have a makeshift scraper. Any credit card will do. If you’re worried (more…)

A Checklist for Preparing Your Car For Spring

Now that winter is gone and spring is on its way, it’s the time of year when you can actually go outside without getting blanketed by snow and able to walk without sliding down the sidewalk. There are many things that need to be thought about when making this seasonal transition, and getting your car ready for the warmer months is one of them. In addition to preparing for the inevitable heat, it’s (more…)

Improving Your Credit Score in Ogdensburg

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Having good credit is essential when you’re looking at investing in a new house or buying that new car you’ve had your eye on. But there’s much more to your credit score than you think. Though more ways exist to damage it than you probably knew, that also means there are more ways to fix it than you anticipated.

What is a Credit Score?

A credit score is calculated from your credit report, and it shows potential moneylenders how much of a risk you are and whether it seems like you’ll go delinquent on any payments. The FICO score is the most widely used score (about 90 percent of the (more…)

The Nitty-Gritty on Snow Tires

Rishe's Import Center information about snow tires

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Are snow tires really necessary for getting through the winter safely? Many drivers choose to rely on all-season tires throughout a snowy winter because they think snow tires are too expensive or not worth the extra hassle of having them put on. Snow tires, however, are designed to safely drive in snowy and icy conditions. If you live in a snowy climate and find yourself slipping and sliding in your car, snow tires are worth the investment.

What Are Snow Tires?

Snow tires, also known as winter tires, are specially designed to get traction in snow and ice. Several elements set them apart from regular tires. Snow tires have wide treads, which helps them push through snow. They’re made of softer rubber than all-season tires, because rubber hardens when it gets cold. This softer rubber hardens up in winter just enough to give it great traction. The surface of winter tires also often has small, sharp elements embedded in it (like walnut shell or metal spikes) to help gain more (more…)