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Monthly Archives: May 2014

INDEPENDENT REPAIR SHOPS – WE ROCK!

INDEPENDENT REPAIR SHOPS – WE ROCK!

Here is what others are saying: “For maintenance, based on more than 373,000 experiences, 84 percent of [auto] owners said they were very satisfied with independents, only slightly higher than the 78 percent who were very satisfied with dealerships. But if repairs were involved, 74 percent were very satisfied with independents, but only 59 percent said they were very satisfied with dealerships.” ~June 2010 www.CONSUMEREPORTS.org “Repairs at a new car dealership cost an average of 34 percent more than those at independent repair shops, resulting in $11.7 billion in excess costs to consumers annually, according to a new study released by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA).” “People are more satisfied with independent repair shops,” says Robert Krughoff, president of Consumer’s Checkbook, which has been rating auto repair shops since 1976. “And they tend to be less expensive than dealers.” We do know that dealerships have really ... read more

When The Odometer Reads… 100,000 Miles

When The Odometer Reads… 100,000 Miles

Back in the day it pretty much meant you needed to go shopping for a brand new car when the odometer turned over to 100,000 miles. The components would be completely worn out and the body would more than likely be the worse for wear too. Today’s cars are designed to keep going and going…as long as you take good care of them! Cars aren’t all that much different than us humans! If you eat right, exercise, take supplements, have regular checks up and get plenty of fluids…they tell us we will be around a lot longer and should lead a long and healthy life. Your car is the same way. It needs to be given the right fluids on a regular basis (and exchanged periodically), it’s charging and cooling systems checked and the brakes and exhaust system kept in good working order. Today’s cars do go longer between service visits than the previous 3,000 miles that we all adhered to, but you still need to visit your automotive repair shop at least three times a year ... read more

Gasoline and Additives…Does Paying More Get You More?

Gasoline and Additives…Does Paying More Get You More?

It seems that gas prices go up and down with no apparent rhyme or reason three or four times each week. It also seems that mostly the prices are the same but you have that favorite place that is a couple of cents cheaper and the place that is always a nickel or so higher per gallon. If you used the place that charges more is it really better for your car? They always say they are better…but if so…what makes them worth the extra? Relax! AAA says using the cheaper gas will not hurt your car at all. Your car’s onboard computer is able to adjust the variables of fuel between brands and drivers will not notice a change in performance. Just what is the difference in the gasoline? Gasoline starts as a base when it is delivered to its various destinations. Then, depending on the company various additives are mixed in. All of these companies must adhere to the mandates set by the Environmental Protection Agency so using less expensive gas will not hurt the envir ... read more