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Keeping Your Car Happy

Posted on 05/23/2017

We know cars don’t really have feelings but if your car did…would it be happy with how you treat it? Think about it for just a moment.  Your car does so much for you.  It gets you where you need to be…and back again.  It hauls you and other passengers and groceries and sometimes lots of baggage or tools or gardening supplies.  If it had feelings what would it take to make it feel cared for?

  • It would want to be clean and shiny…inside and out.
  • The windows would be the mirror of its soul so make sure they are clean and that the wiper blades work properly.
  • Fluids are essential so it would want its fluid intake to be changed when necessary so it drinks healthful fluids to lubricate all its parts.
  • How are the tires?  Do they resemble a worn pair of shoes or worse…a flattened donut? Has it been a while since the tires were checked for proper inflation?
  • I’m sure it would want its brakes checked so it wouldn’t be in fear of crashing or running a red light! 
  • Is the air conditioner working properly?  It wouldn’t want sweaty passengers if it could be avoided.
  • Is it leaking?  This would certainly embarrass a car if it had unsightly leaks leaving puddles in parking spaces and on garage floors.
  • Does it hum along quietly or does the muffler make it sound loud and angry. Every car wants to have a voice but it wouldn't want to sound like it needs anger management classes!
  • How are all the lights working on the car?  Turn signals, headlights and brake lights give a car confidence that it can be seen when it goes out in public.

These are just a few items that would make a car happy this summer.  Is your car happy?  

The Estimate

Posted on 05/16/2017

Today automotive service and repair shops are getting more calls than ever asking for an estimate and we at Fairway Auto Repair are no exception.  We understand that consumers in Phoenix are searching for the best value for their hard earned dollars. It has been a while since I addressed this issue but many are asking exactly how we, and other auto repair shops arrive at the estimated price so I thought I would take a moment and explain this again.

An estimate consists of three parts:

  1. The labor rate
  2. Parts and supplies
  3. Overhead

Fairway Auto Repair and other automotive service and repair shops estimate the labor rate by how long any given service or repair should take. There are guidelines set down by the manufacturer of each vehicle estimating the time it takes a trained technician to perform any given task. 

Parts and supplies are included in the estimate, of course. We use two categories of parts, OEM or “Aftermarket.” The parts manufactured by the original car manufacturer are known as Original Equipment Manufacturer or OEM parts. Aftermarket car parts include parts for replacement, collision, performance, and appearance. These parts are usually cheaper than the new OEM parts.

Shops such as myself make sure we use quality parts as they last longer and we feel save our customers more money down the road. These parts also come with a warranty so if the part for whatever reason fails or doesn’t perform as it should, we can replace it without the consumer having to pay for it all over again.  Supplies include such things as replacement fluids and disposal fees.

Overhead includes such items as the cost of the building lease/mortgage, the constant training that we must take to keep up with technology, utilities, diagnostic and scanning equipment and staff benefits.

The goal of independent service and repair shops like Fairway Auto Repair, is to provide quality parts and labor with an excellent warranty.   

I hope this helps clarify how we arrive at an estimate. For more information on caring for your vehicle, visit our website at www.fairwayautorepair.com or contact us.  Fairway Auto Repair is always here to help you!

Longevity

Posted on 05/09/2017

Preventive maintenance is the key to longevity for your vehicle. It is made up of several moving parts that need to be properly lubricated to limit friction and degradation of parts. Fairway Auto Repair has been urging our customers for years to save money by having their vehicles serviced regularly.  One of the vital ingredients to give your car long life is the use of proper lubricants. 

I’m sure most all the drivers in Phoenix know that replacing a car’s engine or transmission is very costly.  We hope you never have to find out. To prevent that, the oil needs to be changed regularly as do other fluids. Our technicians at Fairway Auto Repair can be relied on to use quality fluids to ensure your car’s health.

Oil lubricates all the moving parts of your vehicle while you are driving it. This keeps every part moving smoothly and prevents jamming which leads to part failures.  Oil that isn’t changed regularly gets dirty and the buildup of contaminates can also lead to the failure of parts. Clean oil is essential.

If you aren’t sure how often your particular car’s oil needs to be replaced, we can help.  It depends on your driving habits and other factors like our weather here in Phoenix. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to oil changes. 

We can help Phoenix drivers’ vehicles’ have a healthy and extended life.  To find out more about us and your vehicle, visit us at www.fairwayautorepair.com.

Miles Driven Update

Posted on 04/25/2017

Here is an interesting study of how many miles Americans are driving each year.  The most interesting is the ages of those driving.  This has changed a great deal over the last few years.

What is the average number of miles driven per year? According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration it is 13,476. Nearly 70 percent of states recorded an increase in vehicle miles traveled. It may be due to lower gas prices. Here are some interesting statistics:

  • The average male driver puts in 16,550 miles a year – 63 percent more than the average for women which is 10,142.
  • The number of teens with drivers’ licenses has dipped significantly since the 1980s – from 46 percent to 24 percent – for drivers aged 16.
  • Motorists over age 65 are driving more miles and keeping their licenses longer.
  • Drivers over 85 comprise the fastest growing age group -- and the trend is projected to continue.

Here are how many miles people drive per year by age group!

  • Age 16 to 19 – 7,624
  • Age 20 to 34 – 15,098
  • Age 35 to 45 – 15,291
  • Age 55 to 64 – 11,972
  • Over age 65 – 7,646

Middle-aged drivers log the most miles. Senior motorists as a group have been increasingly driving more since 1990 and this trend is expected to continue. Drivers over 85 comprise the fastest growing sector of motorists.

The FHWA show:

  • Drivers over 50 years old reached almost 93.5 million – an increase of 22 percent since 2003 – resulting in 44 percent of total licensed drivers.
  • Drivers over 85 years old remain the fastest growing demographic group, nearly doubling from 1.76 million in 1998 to 3.48 million – the second-highest amount ever recorded.
  • Drivers age 60 and older represented almost 26 percent of all licensed drivers, up from 20 percent in 2004.

Teens are driving significantly less and fewer are getting licenses. The number of licensed teen drivers is at its lowest ever, and drivers age 16 are down significantly, according to the FHWA. Of the 8.5 million teen drivers with a license in 2014, just about 1 million were age 16.

However many miles you are driving, keep your car in good shape by getting it serviced regularly.  One thing hasn’t changed; the better shape your vehicle is in, the more it saves you money on fuel and maintenance. 

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