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Goodbye Spare Tire?

Posted on 07/10/2018

Remember when cars had a full size spare tire? Then they went to the small temporary spare tire called the donut.  Now, in order to save weight, many manufacturers are doing away with the spare tire altogether on certain models.  Certainly less weight increases gas mileage.  It is also easier and less expensive to shed weight from a car, than to introduce technology to save fuel. This year about 14 percent of new model cars in the United States have no spare tire.

The tire repair kit which replaces the spare tire, weighs in at about 20 pounds less than a spare tire and a jack assembly and do not take up much room either. But what should you do if you happen to get a flat? The car manufacturers are supplying a quick-fix kit instead. 

If you get a major blow out that is larger than a quarter of an inch, or if the puncture is on the side of the tire instead of the bottom, the repair kit won’t do the job and you will need to be towed.  The manufacturers figure that in most cases the repair kit will do the job as it should take care of flats 85 percent of the time.

The manufacturers also feel that TPMS (tire pressure monitoring systems) will alert you in most cases that you have a leak which you can fix before you have a flat. So if the low tire light sends a signal, don’t ignore it. If you buy a new car, you might want to look for the spare tire.

Manufacturers have been mandated by the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards and are scrambling to get better gas mileage (an average of 54.5 miles per gallon) by 2025 and are doing all they can to make it happen. Not every manufacturer is using this method to help their cause but it is something you need to be aware of.  You don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere and start looking for a spare that you aren’t going to find. 

6 Ways Phoenix Drivers Can Keep Their Car’s Value High!

Posted on 06/26/2018

Many of our customers at Fairway Auto Repair plan to keep their car going until it can’t go another mile.  If you are in that category, this article is not necessarily for you.  If you do plan to sell your car in the near future, or trade it in someday, read on!  I was reading an article by AAA and they estimate that a vehicle's depreciation costs American car owners $3,571 per year, up less than 1 percent from previous years. They went on to give us pointers on how to give our vehicle more value when it is time to part ways!

1. Keep up with regular maintenance. A good technician can always tell if a driver skipped oil changes or other maintenance. When we do a used car inspection at Fairway Auto Repair for our customers prior to purchase, our technician runs tests that can tell if the fluids have been changed or not. Some leasing companies in Phoenix charge lessees for unperformed maintenance. Make sure you keep receipts to prove you have kept current with your vehicle’s service. 

2. Mileage.  Keeping your mileage between 10,000 and 12,000 miles per year gets you more at trade in.  If you're driving significantly more than 10,000 to 15,000 miles per year - especially if the high mileage pushes the vehicle out of the manufacturer's warranty - that could lower the car's value. Many drivers rent a car when they have to travel far distances, for example, to keep the mileage on their vehicle lower.

3. Make Changes That Increase, Not Decrease!  Modifying your car to suit your style might make you feel great…but it might just hurt the value when you want to sell it or trade it in.  Keep that in mind before you spend the money to install any feature.  Research to see what changes may help…and what changes may hurt.  Do not do any change that will affect the vehicle’s warranty.

4. Color! I have seen everything under the rainbow when it comes to paint colors on cars.  When you have been in the industry as long as I have, nothing will surprise you.  Just keep in mind that painting your car an unusual color could deter potential buyers. Stay with a generic color like a silver or white because those tend to be the most popular colors.

5. Fresh! Cigarette or pet smells often linger and could give the impression you haven't taken the best care of the vehicle. If you smoke in the car, then that smell will remain in there so someone who gets into the car will be able to tell. The smoke can also discolor the ceiling and other areas. Before trading in or selling, you might want to visit an auto parts store and ask what they suggest to remove the smell. Keep pet hair removed.  If it is not coming off for you, go to a car wash that does a great inside job as well and explain your predicament.  Hopefully, they can help.

6. Keep it Clean! Wash your car regularly to maintain its appearance. Try to wash your car once a week and wax it once a month. If the car looks good that will absolutely improve its value and you will feel good driving it as well. "It's part of proving that the car is well-maintained." It shows you care!

To find out more about keeping your car in peak performance, visit our website at www.fairwayautorepair.com.

Safety First While Driving

Posted on 06/19/2018

Having a well-maintained vehicle is very important to safety while driving.  Many accidents could be avoided by having a car serviced regularly.

Another detriment to our safety on the highways is distracted driving.  I doubt you can drive without noticing another driver that is either driving recklessly or seems to not be paying attention while driving. 

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert your attention away from the main task of driving. It is both dangerous and disturbingly common. Drivers spend more than half of their time focused on things other than driving. You may be surprised to learn that cell phones and texting are just part of the problem when it comes to distracted driving. We know many think that if they are “hands free” it is okay…but I’ve talked to people that have been so focused on their phone conversation they don’t “remember” their drive at all!  Now that is scary!

The fact is, anything that occupies your mind or your vision can cause you to be distracted behind the wheel!

A list of driving distractions may include:

  • Talking on your phone
  • Texting
  • Eating or drinking
  • Grooming
  • Reading – including maps and directions
  • Programming a GPS or navigation system
  • Adjusting a radio or MP3 player
  • Adjusting the temperature controls

It only takes a moment for an accident to occur.  To make sure your car is roadworthy, bring it to Fairway Auto Repair and we’ll make sure your vehicle is up to date on service and repair.  The rest is up to you!

Thursday, June 14th is Flag Day!

Posted on 06/12/2018

On June 14th we celebrate Flag Day and the entire week is National Flag Week.  We in the USA are encouraged by our president to fly the American flag during that week.  You will observe that it is prominently displayed on all government buildings during this time.

On June 14, 1777, the first American flag was approved by the Continental Congress.  In 1818, they fixed the number of stripes at 13 and decided that each state will be represented by a star.  In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson established June 14th as Flag Day and in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

Our flag represents us…it makes us stand out and you could even say it is our country’s logo!  Other countries around the globe recognize the flag as representative of The United States of America! Many of us in the USA affectionately call it “Old Glory” or “The Stars and Stripes.”

Flag Day is celebrated in different ways in our country…some you may not be familiar with.

  • Pennsylvania, in 1937, became the first and only state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday. 
  • The oldest continuing Flag Day parade held each year in Fairfield, Washington started in 1909.  It was not held in 1918. 
  • Quincy, Massachusetts has been celebrating with a parade since 1952.
  •  Appleton, Wisconsin has done the same since 1947.
  • Troy, New York has the largest parade which draws 50,000 spectators annually. 
  • The Betsy Ross House is the site of Philadelphia’s Flag Day events.

We wish you all a Happy Flag Day!

 

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