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Monthly Archives: November 2018

Alternative Cars – What’s the Latest?

Alternative Cars – What’s the Latest?

I was going through my past articles and I wrote this one in November of 2010. It is interesting to read and realize we have come a long way…and then again…not so much. Below I have italicized the “latest” for your perusal. Almost 100 years ago we were weighing the pros and cons of electric cars versus gasoline powered cars. We were beginning to get better roads and wanted to go further and faster than the electric cars of the time would allow. The peak of the electric car was reached in 1912. At that time an electric roadster sold for $1,750, while a gasoline car sold for $650. Seems we have come full circle. Here is a list of concerns that consumers currently have about purchasing an alternative vehicle: Batteries are toxic and concerns have been raised about landfills overflowing with corrosive and carcinogenic materials found in used batteries. Drivers are having “range anxiety” as they aren’t used to considerin ... read more

Thanks for Being Our Customer!

Thanks for Being Our Customer!

We always find time to be thankful for our wonderful customers! We wish each and every one of you a safe, enjoyable Thanksgiving!Make It A Happy Thanksgiving! Whether you are going on an extended road trip, driving to the airport or just plan to get groceries or do some Black Friday shopping, it will probably involve your car! Here are what the road-side assistant companies suggest you have checked out before the holiday to make sure your vehicle is safe and your Thanksgiving less stressful! Tires: Make sure your tires are properly inflated. If they have bad tread wear and need to be replaced, it is better to do it before you are in a breakdown situation. Wiper Blades: Many an accident could be avoided if drivers could see where they are going! Make sure your wiper blades are up to the challenge! Battery: A dead battery can be avoided! A simple test will make sure it is up to par. The best thing you can do before any road ... read more

Driving and the Holidays

Driving and the Holidays

We want our community to be safe during the holiday seasons. More and more people are staying in on New Year’s Eve to avoid the possible dangers on the road, but, the Memorial Day holiday and Thanksgiving holiday are the most dangerous times on the road now. Let’s talk about Thanksgiving since it is coming right up! Many are off on Thanksgiving, of course, but the Wednesday before a lot of folks are driving to be with family and friends for the big day. We know the roads are crowded on Thanksgiving Eve. Thanksgiving also has people going to closer destinations for their turkey dinner, but thankfully it isn’t as crowded overall. Then comes Black Friday, where many start shopping to kick off the Christmas frenzy. We now have stores opening on Thanksgiving, so they can get people geared up to get those gifts under the tree. College sports are a big deal during the Thanksgiving weekend and with that comes drinking. Add that to the crowds shopping and coming home ... read more

The Light That Cried Wolf

The Light That Cried Wolf

Most of us have probably had this happen at one time or another. You’re driving down the road and suddenly your check engine light comes on. As you’re worrying about what the problem could be and if your vehicle is still safe to drive, the light turns off. Relieved, you keep on driving and tell yourself that you’ll have it checked out. But, of course, the matter is quickly forgotten. You don’t remember about it until you’re out driving a few days later and the same thing happens all over again. So, is there a problem with the engine or with the light? Engine sensors measure a variety of areas that help reduce emissions and serve functions for the engine, transmission and other systems. The areas they measure include manifold air temperature, coolant temperature, manifold absolute pressure, airflow, throttle position, vehicle speed and oxygen levels. The light will turn on if a measurement stays outside the normal range long enough. This doesn&rsq ... read more