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Published December 15, 2009, 09:00 AM

Cold Season Savings: Warming up your vehicle

(WDAY TV) - We all do it. On those bitterly cold nights and mornings, we start our cars to warm them up. But is it a benefit or, are we wasting gas and money. When the weather gets below freezing, auto experts recommend starting your car at least 5 minutes before you take off.

By: Kelsey Soby, WDAY

(WDAY TV) - We all do it. On those bitterly cold nights and mornings, we start our cars to warm them up. But is it a benefit or, are we wasting gas and money. When the weather gets below freezing, auto experts recommend starting your car at least 5 minutes before you take off.

Kim Sandvik at Supreme Auto Body Shop says letting your car run helps get fluids moving that tend to thicken up in freezing weather. It also warms up hoses and other parts that can potentially crack if they are strained while frozen. But don't forget, you pay the price for a heated car.

Sandvik says you don't use as much gas when your car is in idle, but it's still burning and you losing miles per gallon on your tank of gas. And if you leave your car running when you go inside somewhere, don’t' forget to bring a spare key and lock your doors! In Fargo, it's the law.

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