Get the Most out of Your Car – Tips to Make Your Car Last Longer

Posted on January 27th, 2014

By creating and implementing a proper preventive maintenance schedule you can add years to the expected life span of your vehicle.

1. Stay on top of your oil changes. Changing your oil is probably the most important part of routine maintenance on your vehicle. It keeps the engine lubricated and absorbs heat, allowing the internal parts to work together effectively without overheating.

2. Change your air filter regularly. Allowing your car to breath will lengthen the life span of your engine.

3. Keep your tires up to pressure. Making sure your tires are at pressure will optimize your vehicles performance and improve gas mileage. In addition, your tires will last longer.

4. Use factory direct parts. Avoid using parts from independent companies.  Your manufacturer built the car; they know whats best for it.

5. Keep your car cool. Maintain your vehicles cooling system and keep an eye on your coolant levels to prevent your car from overheating.

6. Drive Smart. Taking off fast and stopping quickly will have negative effects on your engine, brakes and other areas of the car. Take it easy on the road.

7. Keep your car covered. Sun, rain, and snow weathers your vehicle. Keep your car in the garage or under a carport whenever you can.

8. Listen to your car. When your car is making funny sounds don’t just turn up the radio. Your car is telling you something; find out what it is.

9. Take care of your battery. Keeping your battery, and its connection clean will make it last longer.

10. Stick to a maintenance schedule. Make sure your car is brought in on time for all routine maintenance. Letting it go for a few months, or even weeks,  will add to the wear and tear of your vehicle

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10 Things to Know Before Having Your Car Repaired

Posted on January 22nd, 2014

1. Your car is the second largest investment you are likely to make. Preserve its value and your safety by having it repaired professionally.

2. Never drive a car that could be unsafe because of damages.

3. Some insurance companies may want you to visit their drive-in claims center before having your car repaired. You can do this, or you may leave your car at our shop and ask that the insurance company inspect the car here.

4. There is no law requiring you to obtain more than one appraisal or estimate.

5. You have the right to go to the repair shop of your choice. Your insurance company cannot require you to go to a particular shop.

6. Differences in repair estimates are common. A lower estimate may not include all necessary work. If you are not sure why one estimate is different from another you’ve received, please ask us.

7. Choose a shop that has uni-body repair equipment and certified technicians (by I-CAR or ASE, for example).

8. Ask if the shop will be using genuine manufacturer (OEM) replacement parts.

9. Ask if the shop offers a repair warranty.

10. Always stay in control of your insurance claim. Never let an insurance company dictate how your car is being repaired.

How Can You Tell Your Body Repair Shop Did the Job Right?

Posted on January 14th, 2014

First and foremost make sure you pick a reliable repair shop. A shop that has been around for a while will develop a reputation based on the work they do. Just because the name of the shop is widely known does not mean they    will do the best job. Make sure you do your research on the company.

Ask about Warranty. What kind of warranty does the repair shop offer? This is a reflection of their work. If they are willing to guarantee their repairs for life, most likely they are producing higher quality work. You should look for a repair shop that guarantees all repairs for as long as you own the car.

Get all of the information upfront. When you drop your car off for repairs have someone walk you through the steps they will be taking throughout the entire repair process. Have them explain to you in detail what they will be doing and why. That way when you pick up your car you will have a better understanding of what to look for.

Inspect your car. When you drop off your car, do a thorough inspection and note any dents, scratches and damage on areas of the car that will not be worked on. This way when you pick up your car you can point out any damage that was done during the repair.

Take a very close look at repaired areas when you pick up your vehicle.

- Look for gaps between the panels. If the panels are not lined up properly (uneven gaps) they have not been aligned accurately.

- If your car had extensive front end damage, look at the distance between the fender and tire. If it is wider on one side, and narrower on the other, something was not fixed properly.

- Ask to look at the printout of the frame speculations. The frame specs should be the same post-repair as they were before the accident.

- Check out the paint job. Look at the car in the sunlight to make sure the new paint matches the original paint. Examine for paint runs or other imperfections.

Unfortunately, the majority of the population will not be able to tell if all repairs are done correctly. This again brings us to our first point. DO YOUR RESEARCH ON THE COMPANY! Make sure they do quality work. The insurance company might tell you to bring your car to a specific shop, however, it is always your choice where you would like your car repaired.

The vehicle owner has the right to choose where their vehicle is repaired. No insurance company can interfere with that right. IT’S THE LAW.


Winter Maintenance Tips for your Vehicle

Posted on January 6th, 2014

With the crazy winter weather we have been having it is very important to make sure your car is safe for driving. Here are some maintenance tips from us that will help keep you safe on the road:

1. Wipers for winter

Fog, snow, and rain will cut through your visibility in the winter, so it is very important to make sure your wipers are up to the challenge. Wiper blades usually have a life span of about a year, so before the bad weather hits make sure your wipers are up to par.

2. Check your tire pressure

Although it is important to maintain your tire pressure year round, it is exceedingly important in the winter months. Tires lose a pound of pressure for every drop in temperature of 10 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, an under-inflated tire will not cut through snow as well as one at pressure.

3. Check your battery

Winter puts more stress on your battery, particularly if you park your car outdoors. The last thing you want is to get into your car, only to find out it will not start. Be proactive and check your battery and charging system now.

4. Check your antifreeze

Your antifreeze (the juice that goes in your radiator) is an essential part of your cars winter protection. Your car contains a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze. Make sure the level is full and the mixture is close to 50/50.

5. Check your windshield Washer Fluid

Make sure your windshield washer fluid is always full. You do not want to be stuck with limited visibility in dangerous driving conditions.

Drive carefully, and be safe.