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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Stay Safe This Halloween!

Stay 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

Beware The Cyclops Syndrome

Beware The Cyclops Syndrome

We’ve all seen it…driving down the road on a dark night and here comes a single lighted something coming your way. Is it a motorcycle? A UFO? It passes by and you realize it was a car with a headlight out! When driving at night, even on busy lighted highways it is essential to see and be seen…clearly! It is also helpful when driving behind someone to see their taillights and to be able to know their intentions by seeing their brake lights or turn signals! This brings me to your headlights. Back in the day they were made with glass but now they are made with plastic or polycarbonate. This material is porous and expands slightly when it gets hot. Over time it becomes oxidized and gets cloudy in appearance. Not only does it look bad, it reduces visibility. Your auto car professional now has a way to clean these for you and it is money well spent so you can see when driving at night and others can see you clearly too! Make sure you check all your lights peri ... read more

Don’t Fear Me

Don’t Fear Me

The Fear Generators The thought of automotive repair seems to strike fear in the hearts of even the bravest of Phoenix consumers. Why is that? When consumers go to the doctor or dentist and get bad news they fear bodily pain; when they get bad news about their vehicle they fear the pain they might feel in their wallet because repair invoices are higher than preventive maintenance invoices. Auto repair shops are still tops in the rating charts of businesses consumers don’t trust. They also top the charts in complaints to the Consumer Protection Division. The media took hidden cameras to several untrustworthy auto repair businesses to reinforce in the consumers’ minds that some shops are a bunch of rip-off artists. The general public is not very knowledgeable about the ins and outs of automotive repair because the places they do business with don’t bother to educate their customers. Fear Eliminator: The Warranty A reputable shop ... read more

If Car Trouble Scares You…Read On…

If Car Trouble Scares You…Read On…

Sometimes there is nothing scarier than car trouble…you know how it is…you drive along and all is great then suddenly… You hear a different noise (squealing or scraping sound when you hit the brakes, knocks or pings when you climb a hill, rumbling or hissing sound from your muffler, thumping from a tire, clicking of a worn CV joint, chugging when you turn off the engine) You notice a different smell (moisture or antifreeze odor inside the car) You see a small leak or a puddle from under the car (antifreeze, oil, brake fluid) You see lights illuminated on your dashboard (check gauges, check engine light) You hear nothing at all (dead battery) Your mind immediately goes into panic mode! You wonder how long it will take to fix the problem? How will you get to work? How will you pick up the children or get them to school or practice? How will you run errands? How much will it cost? Will it need to be towed? Is it safe to drive to our shop for needed repairs ... read more

AAA 2017 Study

AAA 2017 Study

Here is a quick overview of AAA’s 2017, Your Driving Costs study. It shows the cost of fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license and registration fees, taxes, depreciation and finance charges associated with driving a typical sedan 15,000 miles annually. The cost has gone down overall from last year. This year AAA added new segments to include hybrids and electric vehicles. Based on the information below the average cost (owning and operating) for a new vehicle this year is $8,469 per year. Cost to own/operate annually Electric - $8,439 Hybrid - $7,687 Pickup Truck - $10,054 Small Sedan - $6,354 Medium Sedan - $8,171 Large Sedan - $9,399 Small SUV - $7,606 Medium SUV – $9,451 Minivan - $9,146 Depreciation Most people do not consider depreciation when purchasing a vehicle but just in case you are one who does, it is interesting to note that electric vehicles depreciate at $5,704 annually, followed by minivans at $3,839. SUV&r ... read more