Driving Green

Posted on September 28th, 2015

shutterstock_112027811-640x349Thanks to increasing environmental awareness and efforts the idea of being “green” is becoming more and more popular. Making green choices will make positive long term differences to our planet.

Making small changes to drive green is actually rather easy. Here are some simple tips for driving green:

Driving Steady – By avoiding quick accelerations and limiting aggressive driving you are not only reducing your emissions, you will also save on gas and reduce the wear of your tires, transmissions, engine and brakes. Speeding, accelerating and breaking hard can deplete efficiency by 33%.

Eliminate Weight – Removing unused racks and cleaning out your truck and backseat can go along way. It is estimated that for every extra 100 pounds your car carries, it losses 2% in fuel economy.

Tire Inflation – By keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure your gas mileage can improve by 3% or more.

Car Pooling –  When two or more people ride together the number of cars on the road drops and the amount of emissions released decreases- simple.

Public Transportation – Using public transportation will eliminate your vehicle on the road altogether. The benefits really add up when you are talking trains as 100s of people can ride at once.

If we all try to do our part the results will go along way towards preserving our environment.

Why is it Important to Make Sure You Are Getting a Quality Repair Job?

Posted on September 18th, 2015

Slide79Safety – Collision repair is not just about the shiny paint job. Although it’s great for your vehicle to look good on the outside, its what’s underneath that really counts. Your vehicles safety features and crash test ratings are based on the vehicle being constructed according to manufacturer guidelines. Something as small as a minor indent in the frame can have a very large effect on the vehicles safety in any future accident.

Re-Sale Value – You want the body work to be flawless on your vehicle. A potential buyer will pay less for exterior bodywork that was done poorly, and a knowledgeable buyer may even be able to tell if the work beneath the exterior panels was done poorly. Once the repairs are complete make sure the colour matches from panel to panel, all gaps are relatively even and the parts line up properly. Take it for a ride and make sure everything is running smoothly and you don’t hear any strange noises. You may even want to bring it for a second opinion just to be safe. A good quality repair will maintain your vehicles value.

Aerodynamic Efficiency –  Your car is built to be as aerodynamic as possible. All the components work together in order for the vehicle to glide through the air. A poor repair job would make the vehicle less fuel efficient and less structurally sound while driving.

The above reasons show the importance of having your vehicle repaired at a collision shop you trust. One that won’t take shortcuts and that has you and your safety as their top priority.

Car Noises you Should Have Checked Out ASAP

Posted on September 9th, 2015

Any strange noise coming from your vehicle is not a good thing, but some can be worse than others. In some cases you might only require a minor adjustment, while in others it could potentially cost you a lot of money . You should have any noises checked out, but these in particular could require immediate attention:

1. Hissing or sizzling noise – If you hear a hissing or sizzling noise coming from under your hood you could have a leak, either in the cooling system or the vacuum line.

2. Squeaking - If you hear a squeaking noise when you apply the brakes this usually indicates your brake pads need replacing.

3. Clunking – A clunking noise could be a result of a couple different issues: bad ball joints, worn control-arm bushings, faulty stabilizer link pins or a loose exhaust system. If you hear a clunking when you apply the brakes it might be the break calliper, which is a serious problem and should be checked as soon as possible.

4. Growling or Moaning – If you hear a growling or moaning noise when your making turns this could be the power steering pump and should be checked out immediately.

5. Clattering or knocking noise – if your engine makes this noise while your increasing speed it could be a serious problem. This could be a bad rod bearing and it can also indicate that your engine has spun a bearing- which means big bucks.

Listen to your vehicle because the noises it makes are telling you something is not right. Let your mechanic listen to it so they better understand what the problem is and can assess the severity of the situation. Its always better to be safe rather than sorry.