Tips for Finding Reputable Auto Service Shops

car repairA number of auto service shops exist, all claiming to be the best. Not all are created equally, however. Following the below tips will make certain you choose a reputable one that deserves your business.

Check Their Website

Most companies have websites these days. Only a reputable, respectable one will be sure it is well maintained, current and professional. Take some time to peruse websites of shops you are interested in using. Do they have fresh content that provides valuable and interesting information? Do they come across as being experts as what they do? You want those. Continue reading

Low Cost Ways to Increase Performance Levels

fluidsPerformance-driven car owners are a step above the everyday car owner. If you are in this population, you can do a number of things to increase your vehicle’s performance level inexpensively. None requires advanced technical skills.

Use Professional Grade Parts

Some vehicle owners follow the market-driven fad of using discount-priced aftermarket or used parts during auto repairs. Keep your vehicle operating at peak performance levels by only using a manufacturer-recommended replacement part. You may be paying a few dollars more, but your performance levels will thank you. Continue reading

Tips for Decreasing Drag

grillIn simplistic terms, drag is the aerodynamic term for slowing items down. It decreases the air’s efficiency across the surface. You can do some simple things to decrease your vehicle’s drag.

Clean Your Front Grill

Your front grill is a haven for dead bugs, flying debris, leaves and other items. Take the time to clean your grill regularly, using a nonabrasive cleaning agent to remove these items. Consider buying a car bra for those times when you want to avoid crawling critters from entering your grill area. Continue reading

Easy Ways to Save Fuel Money

gas pumpWith the price of fuel being what it is, it is especially important to do all you can to lower your fuel bill. Below are some simple and easy ways to save fuel money.

Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated

Tires are manufactured with specific air pressures in mind. These PSI, or pounds per square inch, make certain your tires operate at optimum performance levels. Letting your tires go above or below this recommended level will play havoc on fuel consumption. Continue reading

Most Common Auto Repairs

car repairsLike any other mechanical device, cars also suffer breakdowns from time to time. Recent statistics reveal that car owners across United States spend an average of $305.56 on car repairs each time. This includes $202.28 for new parts and $103.27 for labor. This amount has increased steadily in the last decade. While car manufacturers are working hard to create newer and technologically advanced automobiles, the repairs are getting more complex and expensive. Some of the common auto repair problems include:

  • Oxygen sensor – The sensor analyzes amount of unburned oxygen in the exhaust. It helps the computer determine the amount of gas in the tank. The sensor can go wrong and provide inaccurate information to the computer and the driver as well. Continue reading

How to Choose an Auto Repair Shop

030227-N-9403-006The average lifespan of a vehicle has increased significantly in the last decade. Most car owners own their automobile for eleven years or more. This can translate into expensive problems and repairs. A good auto repair shop can make a big difference.

Most car owners across the nation have access to more than one auto repair shop. The choice can be confusing and overwhelming. Here are a few factors that can help you decide: Continue reading

The Top 4 Ways to Improve Fuel Efficiency

gas pumpSummer will be here before you know it, and that means summer road trips—and higher gas prices. There are lots of tips and urban legends about how to save money on gas: Buy gas on a certain day of the week, fill up your tank at a certain time, and don’t use the air conditioner.

Some of these suggestions seem reasonable, but others are confusing or inconvenient at best. Here are the top 4 easy ways to improve your car’s fuel efficiency.

Keep Up With Car Maintenance

Your car is the most fuel efficient when it’s running well, and that means it’s important to stay on top of necessary upkeep. Make sure you’re getting regular oil changes, tune ups and performing preventative maintenance. Continue reading

How to Determine Your Car’s Recall History

recallWhether you purchased your car new or used, chances are at some point you’ll find yourself needing to do some repairs. While some upkeep is to be expected, major deficiencies are not. If you’re dealing with major and unusual car problems, other car owners with the same make and model might be too.

Before you pay out of pocket for major auto repairs, here are some steps to take to make sure your car was never subject to a recall.

Step 1: Take to the Internet

There are several online resources you can use to determine whether the manufacturer of your car ever issued a recall for your vehicle. The fastest solution is usually to use the manufacturer’s website and check for vehicle recall history. If you have your VIN number handy, you can find detailed recall information by searching for your VIN number with the website search function. Continue reading

2015 Mustang Gets Some Upgrades

ford mustangThis year, the iconic Ford Mustang will celebrate its 50th year of production, and Ford engineers are celebrating by creating the most sophisticated Mustang in recent memory. Boasting improved fuel efficiency, better aerodynamics and unique grille designs for each engine size, the 2015 Mustang is guaranteed to turn some heads.

Improving Aerodynamics

According to Ford engineers, they spent twice as much time working in the wind tunnel and running aerodynamic simulations for this Mustang than they did for last year’s model. Additionally, Ford has created a new part for the Mustang called an “aero-curtain” that directs air from the front of the car around the outer edge of the wheels. This improves aerodynamics by preventing air from getting caught in the wheel wells. Continue reading

Spring Car Care

engineEveryone knows that winters can be especially rough on cars. Salt, snow and freezing temperatures can take their toll on your vehicle, and without snow tires it can be difficult to drive throughout the colder months. However, winter isn’t the only time to pay special attention to car care.

According to the Car Care Council, April is National Car Care month. Coming out of winter, there are several maintenance inspections you can perform to ensure that your car is in good shape and prepared for the busy summer months. Continue reading