Winter Care for Your Vehicle

Winter is fast approaching and for some of us that means cool to extreme weather conditions.  Just like we need to be bundled up during these  months to protect ourselves from these elements and to keep us healthy, so do our vehicles.

With Winter weather being extremely hard on cars and weather conditions making driving a little less safe it is best to keep your vehicle in tip top shape!  For starters keeping your fluids full to their recommended capacity is always recommended, but more so in winter months.  When fluids become low your car does not run as efficiently which can lead to engine problems.  Keeping them full helps to ensure optimal performance creating a safer car ride.

Regular car washes are also recommended to help your automobile from rusting.  Salt used on slick roads can lead to corrosion and cause rust.  Regularly washing your car helps to diminish salt deposits thus keeping your car rust free.

Changing your air filter is a low cost, semi easy task and can definitely go a long way for your automobile.  A clean air filter maintains gas efficiency as well as protects dust and debris from entering the inside of your engine.  When your engine is free of these materials it can run smoother and with less force on the engine.  It is recommended that you replace your air filter every 12,000 miles or every year depending on which comes first.

An important thing to maintain on your car especially in the winter months when driving conditions and roads can be hazardous is the wear on your tires.  Tires should be rotated with every oil change done to ensure there is even wear on the tires creating a better balance.  Balanced tires can handle road conditions better and help prevent tire blow outs as well as help reduce the strain on your vehicle’s suspension.

Probably the simplest of all to maintain is regular oil changes.  Although making time may be an issue when you have a packed schedule it will go a long way.  Keeping your oil clean and full will protect your car’s engine for years to come.  The lubricants in oil help to protect and coat the internal parts of your engine that are subjected to heat, friction and other types of combustion.   

Lastly it is important to monitor and maintain that your battery cables are connected properly.  Engine debris and battery corrosion can interfere with your battery’s connection making it hard on the engine when starting and hard to start at all!  The last thing anyone needs is to have a dead battery in any weather extremes!

Take a little time this Winter season to give your car a little TLC. These quick easy maintenance techniques will leave your vehicle running and performing in tip top shape.  Besides we all know the Holidays can be expensive why add another cost in with the repair of your car!

How To Fix Hail Damage

There are many things out there that can damage our automobiles or cause scratches, dents, dings and knicks.  Most times these types of damages occur from a stray shopping cart hitting your car in the grocery store parking lot.  Or perhaps it is from the rude person who parked way to close to you and opened their door right into the side of your car.  Or still maybe it’s from a minor fender bender in the intersection near work or scratches from falling branches etc. However what most of us never think about is the damage that severe weather like hail storms can do to our car.  Infact there are probably more insurance claims for dent removal due to hail damage then you would ever really expect.  Hail in fact is one of the leading causes of dents and one cause that we unfortunately can’t guard ourselves against.  Afterall Mother Nature has a mind of her own and does what she pleases!

So what is to be done in the event you suffer dents and damage from a hail storm?  Does your insurance make you jump through loopholes to get it fixed, and how spendy of a process is dent removal when you can’t use a DIY hack?

First let’s start with the fact that there is traditional dent removal and then there is paintless dent removal. Our pick between the two is paintless dent removal.  Not only is it a fast growing alternative to traditional dent removal but it often is more affordable choice while also taking a fraction of the time.  You need to first find a reputable Paintless Dent Repair Company that will not only guarantee their work but also be proactive in having your insurance cover the small cost.

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Money Saving Car Hacks

There are a lot of different issues and nuisances that can occur involving your automobile.  Instead of going to the extreme or even paying money to have certain issues fixed or taken care of, first you may want to try these completely credible and convenient car hacks.  Where do we even start!!!

Ever woke up to a car that wouldn’t start, looked under the hood and saw your battery was full of corrosion?  If so you may want to try sprinkling baking soda and water over the corroded area.  Let it fizz like an erupting volcano in the 4th grade and rinse away the corrosion with water!  If you don’t have baking soda try using a can of coke or any other carbonated beverage like club soda.  The corrosion will be eaten away by the carbonation.

How about those cloudy headlights.  Not only do they dim your car’s headlight but they also are an eyesore.  Take some good old tooth paste from your medicine cabinet and rub in in circular motions over the cloudy headlight.  Let sit for a few minutes and then rinse with a clean wet rag.  Suddenly things have become a lot clearer!

It’s time to replace your registration sticker but you can’t get the old one off!  It’s literally stuck to your car.  Take a piece of newspaper soaked with warm water and put it over the old sticker.  Wait 10 minutes and the sticker will wipe off with the crumbling newspaper!

Have a few small dents that you really want to get rid of but you don’t want to spend the time or money on taking it somewhere?  Buy a toilet plunger and plunge the dents out yourself!!  Fast, easy, and a definite money and time saver.

How about when the sun is shining into your car just right and your visor doesn’t seem to cover the particular area you need to be shaded.  Heck even your sunglasses are not working!!! Removable tinted plastic sheets that use surface static to stick are a literal life saver! They block that annoying sun and also make for a safer drive home!

These are just a few of the incredible tricks that can be used to save both time and money. Feel free to come up with ones of your own that work just as well!  Like turning on that seat warmer to keep the pizza warm on the drive home!

Saving Gas & Money

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If there is one thing that most driver’s can agree on, it is that gas prices are continuously on the rise.  In 2009 the average price of gas was $1.83 per gallon.  Fast forward to 2012 and in some demographics the price was up to an average of $4.00 per gallon.  Five years later in 2017 gas prices continue to fluctuate and in doing so most generally stay on the higher end of the dollar spectrum.  Although we as consumers may not be able to have any influence on the cost of gas prices, one thing that we can do is conserve as much gas as possible when driving our automobiles.  In doing so not only will our pocketbooks thank us but so will the environment.  

I have compiled a shortlist of a few gas saving techniques that will keep your tank fuller longer and the air we breathe just a little cleaner.

  • Warm Up Your Car For Shorter Lengths Of Time…The average time on a cold day you should warm up your car is 30 seconds to 1 minute. Anything longer just wastes gas and pumps nasty toxins into the atmosphere.  With modern cars today their warm up time is significantly less than those of older models.
  • Driving At Moderate Speed ….. It’s simple driving fast causes more acceleration therefore consuming more gas.  Frequently accelerating creates the same issue.  Driving at just below the speed limit at a smooth consistent speed is a lot more gas efficient for your car.
  •  Buying Gas Early In The Day/Evening….. Filling up your tank early in the morning or later in the evening is best for gas content.  With the rising heat during the day gas loses its density which means less actually gets in your gas tank.  Cooler gas has a lot more density and therefore leaves your car’s tank fuller.
  • Be Aware…..Driving with your windows down creates more drag for your car, thus consuming more gas.  Same goes for driving with bike, luggage, or ski racks.  If you are not putting them to use it is best to remove them from your car and store them at home.  Your gas tank will see a better result from doing so.
  • Never Leave Your Car Idling…….We all know how it is to keep the car running while you are waiting for someone to get in the car.  However leaving your car idling is one of the biggest gas wasters out there.  Not to mention not only does it suck the gas out of your car’s tank it also is a major pollutant to the environment and air around us. You will still be waiting whether the car is off or on.

 

These are just a few of gas saving tips that may help you save money on fuel every month.  Not to mention Earth will thank you too! So remember to fill up before your gas light comes on, follow these money saving tips, and you just might see your savings account go up.  I know we all wouldn’t mind that!

 

Reasons to keep up with your Auto Maintenance Services

The fact that you bought your vehicle the other day when in good condition doesn’t mean you should forget about the auto repair shop. We don’t take our vehicles to an auto mechanic when in need of repairs only. The truth is that your vehicle needs regular maintenance and service to ensure optimal performance. A well-maintained vehicle performs and runs more efficiently, but a poorly maintained vehicle often causes problems every time.

So, is there a good reason why you should keep up with your car maintenance service? Yes, there are plenty of reasons. Never assume that your vehicle is okay when you can’t even remember the last time you passed by an auto repair shop. You don’t service your vehicle when it has broken down. Regular vehicle maintenance and servicing will prevent you from getting stuck on the side of the road. It will also save you thousands of dollars in the long run. Here are reasons to maintain your vehicle on a regular basis.

To ensure Safety

One of the reasons to regularly service your car is to ensure your safety when driving. Remember your family’s safety is also very important. You want to keep everyone safe including those on the road. An auto mechanic can identify potential problems with your vehicle that could put your safety at risk and fix them. Critical parts of your vehicle that always need servicing include your suspension and braking system.

As stated, just because your vehicle looks okay doesn’t mean everything is in good condition. Having your vehicle serviced by a professional ensures your safety and provides you with the peace of mind that your vehicle is in good condition.

Increase Fuel Efficiency and Vehicle Performance

One of the things an auto mechanic does during your routine auto maintenance service is checking your vehicle’s oil, fluids, and internal components to make sure they are working properly. This helps to reduce the rate of internal wear thereby improving the overall performance of your vehicle. Everyone wants to have a dependable vehicle and one that ensures fuel efficiency.

Save Money

When car problems are diagnosed and identified early, it becomes easier to fix them and prevent serious damage down the line. This is only possible when you take your vehicle for regular servicing. In the long run, you’ll have saved a lot of money. Failure to service your vehicle can result in a breakdown which is both inconvenient and costly.

Prolong Your Vehicle’s Life

It’s obvious that your vehicle will have an extended life when you maintain it properly. Servicing ensures all the vehicle components and systems are functioning properly and optimally which prolongs the life of the vehicle.

Maintaining the Value of Your Vehicle

If you’ve ever sold a second-hand vehicle to another person, you understand how competitive this market can be. Most of those buying vehicles want more for their money. The buyer might want to know the service history of your vehicle before closing the deal. Having your service records well organized will help you sell your vehicle at a higher value.