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The New Car Smell

Posted on 07/17/2018

The “New Car” Smell Can Be Bad For You!
Many people know right off that the new car smell is bad news.  It makes their eyes water, gives them headaches, and nausea.  Some even experience a sore throat and immune system disorders.  These chemicals that cause the new car smell are toxic. 

The smell comes from volatile organic compounds.  Even after the smell wears off you may notice a “fog” on the inside of your windshield and these same compounds cause that to happen.  This mix of compounds can consist of over 100 different chemicals.  The base of the compound is petroleum and it can be found in your car’s carpet, dashboard, solvent, and glue.  If you have had new carpet installed in your home you may experience the same smell. I have heard of office workers having to go home after new carpet has been laid in their building because they got sick almost immediately from the fumes.

Some countries limit the amount of these compounds manufacturers can use but so far the United States has not.  Car manufacturers have received complaints so they are trying to limit the problem by minimizing the release of the toxic chemicals.  Leather and fabric upholstery both generate volatile organic compounds so it isn’t as simple as selecting a different material to limit the smell. 

The smell is most noticeable in the first two months of manufacturing and does eventually wear off, as you know.  If your new car smell is particularly potent it is vital that you leave the windows down as much as possible to air it out.  Even leaving them open a small bit can help. Parking in the sun makes the fumes worse so try to avoid that as much as possible. Air from outside is the only thing that will help.  Turning on the air just recirculates the toxins. Next time you “test drive” a new car that has been sitting in the sun with the windows rolled up you will get a good dose of these compounds.

Getting a new car is always a fun experience but we at Fairway Auto Repair just wanted you to be aware of these dangerous compounds so you can enjoy your car without getting sick from that new car smell!

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!

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