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YOU MIGHT BE A GRINCH IF…

YOU MIGHT BE A GRINCH IF…

‘Tis the season when we think of all aspects of our lives in terms of the holidays. I was thinking of the Grinch and how he basically made his little dog perform the task of a reindeer until the little guy almost broke down under the weight of the load he was expected to carry up and down mountains. Some are guilty of that with their vehicles. They expect it to perform miracles without thinking that it might break down due to neglect. Are you a Grinch when it comes to your vehicle? Here are some clues that you are afflicted with Grinchitis. You might be a Grinch if: You put off servicing your vehicle until it breaks down. This costs you more money and hurts the environment too! You drive on tires that are mismatched and bald. I am told that being “matchy, matchy” when it comes to clothes is out but this does not apply to tires. I am also told that bald is beautiful, but again, not when it comes to your tires! You put off buying new wiper b ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is such a special time to be with family and friends, The time together is often short and we are sad when it must end. We are thankful for all our loved ones and the blessings we receive, Thanksgiving is the best time; at least that is what I believe. Before you enjoy some turkey, green bean casserole and stuffing, I would like you to pause and consider before you eat that corn muffin, All the things your car does for you each and every single day, To get you where you need to be and back again without delay. Yes, your car will get you to the store to buy the Thanksgiving feast, The turkey, the yams, the gravy, the cranberries and rolls made of yeast! Before the time comes to sit down and enjoy pecan, apple, and pumpkin pie, I am asking you to take a moment to consider your trusty ride! Does the oil need changing; and is the air filter black with grime? Does the windshield wiper need replaced? We can do that in no time! Does your car jiggle at certain speeds, does it s ... read more

Everything You Need To Know For Holiday Travel

Everything You Need To Know For Holiday Travel

Chances are sometime during the holiday you will be traveling afar or just down the street. Here are a few tips to make this holiday season safe and more enjoyable! A well-maintained vehicle lessens the chances of a breakdown. When your car breaks down you aren’t the only one annoyed…think of the drivers who are behind you during this busy time of the year! If you are traveling with children, make sure they are properly “buckled up” for safety. If you are shopping remember to keep packages out of sight in your vehicle when it is parked at the shopping center so thieves aren’t tempted. Keep your “roadside assistance” number with you “just in case.” Don’t drink and drive and be sure that any medications you take won’t impair your driving ability. Do not drive when fatigued as you could fall asleep at the wheel. On long trips, schedule frequent stops to stretch your legs and plan for meals and bathroom breaks! Ke ... read more

Keep Safe This Halloween!

Keep Safe This Halloween!

Halloween is a favorite of retailers because consumers spend a great deal on parties and decorating. It is supposed to be a fun time but sadly, it has its share of problems such as pedestrian deaths, car thefts and car vandalism. Car Thefts Halloween ranks third as the deadliest day for pedestrians. December 23 and January 1 are the two days ahead of Halloween. It does, however, come in first for car thieves. The National Crime Information Center. In 2011 (the last time the data was compiled) 2,328 vehicles were stolen. It seems car thieves take advantage of cars being parked in unfamiliar places and people seem more distracted. It is also easy for a thieves to disguise themselves on that day as so many are in costume. Vandalism Cars are also twice as likely to be vandalized on Halloween. Tires are often slashed and windows broken. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that approximately 1,253 claims are filed due to vandalism ... read more

Fuel Economy Myths – Debunked!

Fuel Economy Myths – Debunked!

There are so many car myths that consumers actually believe so I thought it was time to do a little debunking! Here is what you need to know when it comes to fuel economy! Better Fuel Economy – Manual transmissions give you better mileage. This is no longer true. Today’s technology has changed this old truth but many consumers still believe it! Your car uses less gas with the air conditioner on versus opening the windows. This is not true. Driving with the windows down gives you better gas mileage. Pumping gas in the morning gives you more fuel for your money! Not true! Fuel is stored underground in tanks so the idea that you get more for less as cooler gasoline is denser does not hold true. Underground tanks keep the temperature of gas steady. Small cars getter better mileage. Today’s cars are designed to have peak fuel efficiency so this is no longer true! You use more ... read more

Safety First!

Safety First!

October is National Car Care Month! Many consumers have tightened their proverbial belts these past few years and it is certainly understandable. These are uncertain times we live in…including economically. Still…safety is a vital concern and there are many cars on the road today that are not in good shape. Recalls In the United States last year we broke a record with the number of vehicle recalls. This was certainly newsworthy…yet millions of drivers failed to get their vehicles repaired. It didn’t cost them anything…except time and apparently they were short of that commodity. What does this mean to consumers? Millions of cars are being driven, bought and sold that could be potentially dangerous! Car Care Council Findings The non-profit Car Care Council group says that in October 2014 it was revealed that 84 percent of vehicles need service or parts, up 5 percent from the previous year. These ... read more

Auto Parts Don't Last Like They Used To!

Auto Parts Don't Last Like They Used To!

Why do parts fail more often than they did in the old days? Parts are made smaller and lighter to help the manufacturers meet the 50.5 MPG mandate by the year 2020. This change is imposed by the government CAFÉ standard (corporate average fuel economy). The car companies are working to increase the technology of cars with turbo charging engines that are smaller; using direct fuel injection; and the start and stop system, just to name a few. Car manufacturers have found it is less expensive to lighten the weight of vehicles instead of creating new technology to meet the CAFÉ standards. The manufacturers are shedding pounds of components whenever and wherever possible! A repair that comes to mind is having to replace an electric window motor? This repair can cost $300 to $800. One reason this part fails more often than they did in older cars is because the part is integrated with the window regulator as one unit and made half the size to in order to save weight and impr ... read more

Using Your Senses To Detect Car Trouble

Using Your Senses To Detect Car Trouble

We get calls all the time from customers that tell us their car “sounds like” or “smells like” this or that. Often customers feel self-conscious about doing this but it truly is helpful to us. Our vehicles are really good communicators. I know we have dash lights that illuminate to tell us many things but our senses are great at it too. For example, if you notice a puddle under your car that is dark brown or black and oily looking in appearance, that is most likely engine oil. This tells us you might have a bad seal or a loose oil filter. If you see a red oily spot it is probably a transmission or power steering fluid leak. A clear puddle of fluid is most likely air conditioning condensation, and is the only puddle you don’t need to be concerned about. If you notice a smell of burnt toast it could be an electrical problem. A smell of burning sulfur usually indicates a catalytic converter or emission control system problem. An acrid odor could be bur ... read more

SPEND A LITTLE TO SAVE A LOT

SPEND A LITTLE TO SAVE A LOT

I read everyday about consumers delaying automotive maintenance to save money. They are putting off simple services such as an oil change. An oil change is a pretty inexpensive service. You can shop around and find just an oil change for around $30 (note, make sure you have the correct oil installed. Most newer cars have a synthetic type oil at $50-$85.00). Put off an oil change for too long and you can find yourself needing an engine which can cost $5,000 plus. A transmission service costs around $120-$180 (again, most newer cars take a synthetic type oil at a higher cost). A transmission repair can cost $2,000 - $4,000. Keeping your car’s tires rotated and properly inflated usually comes free with an oil change and if not, you can surely get this service for around $30. New tires can cost $300 on the low side to over $1,000 depending on the type of tires you need. Keeping fluid levels at the proper level is vitally important for your vehicle. Your car is just like us&helli ... read more

Vehicle Inspections: To Inspect or Not Inspect, That is the Question?

Vehicle Inspections: To Inspect or Not Inspect, That is the Question?

As a business owner, I require an inspection of every car that comes through our shop. Our minimum inspection includes a look at lighting, windshield wipers, and tire pressure, tread wear and fluid levels. These should be checked bi-monthly anyway. Most shops, including mine, will even perform this basic check for free, if you are a regular customer. Most of our customers want even more, so we do the bumper-to-bumper inspection. This gives our clients peace of mind because they know the current condition of all the components of their car. Armed with that knowledge, a plan is made to put the car in tip top condition, making it safe and reliable, without the worry of breaking down with the kids or on that long planned vacation. Knowing what service and/or repairs need to be done before it breaks, gives our customers the opportunity to put a budget in place over time and manage their car service, instead of it managing them. I was always told to think smarter, instead of working harder ... read more