How Often Should I Wash My Car?

We all know how important it is to keep up with our vehicle’s maintenance such as oil changes, making sure fluids are topped of and clean, replacing worn brake pads, fuel and air filters, etc. But what about washing the vehicle? How often should that be done and why? There is a lot of dust […]

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How Far Can I Go On A Spare Tire?

People often wonder, just how far can I drive on a spare tire? As with many things, the correct answer is, “It depends”. Flat tires are always inconvenient and frustrating when they occur. In Yuma Arizona, it can be compounded by our extremely hot temperatures in the summer months. The answer varies by the tire […]

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Do I Have To Take My Car To The Dealer For Service To Keep My Warranty?

One of the most popular misconceptions in the automotive industry is the myth that you have to take your car back to the dealership for maintenance services to keep your warranty intact. Naturally, dealerships do nothing to dispel this myth, they may even perpetuate it so that they are able to keep the consumer coming […]

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How To Properly Maintain A Car

People often wonder whether certain maintenance items that may be recommended to them by a shop are really necessary. Others want to do a good job of maintenance on their car but aren’t sure how except to just take it in for oil changes when the sticker that was placed on the car the last […]

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How To Prolong The Life Of Your Fuel Pump

One of the things many people do all too often is allowing the fuel level to become too low. Many don’t realize that the fuel pumps are located inside the fuel tank. The fuel acts as a cooling agent for the fuel pump so running the fuel tank low on fuel causes the pump to […]

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Your Car’s Lighting System Is An Important Safety Item!

It is always a good idea to check your car’s lighting system before taking a road trip to ensure your car is as safe as possible (among other things such as tire condition and pressures). Lights play a critical role in ensuring your safety such as turn indicators, brake lights, and of course, headlights. Have […]

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Are My Car Repairs Tax Deductible?

Some car repairs and maintenance may be tax deductible under the right circumstances. The first question to be answered is whether the car was used for business purposes. Driving to work and back is not business related but if you use your car to travel between two business locations or to deliver goods or services, […]

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Is Car Maintenance Worth The Cost?

Oftentimes warning lights, squeaks, vibration or noises are ignored by vehicle owners as the car seems to be functioning fine otherwise. But what is the cost of ignoring these signs? In some cases the cost can be negligible such as squealing brakes when the pad material is over the minimum thickness since replacing the pads […]

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What Is An AGM Battery?

Traditional lead acid batteries are filled with sulfuric acid and so are AGM batteries. The difference is in the interior construction of the battery. A traditional battery has lead plates and allows the acid to slosh around inside the battery. An AGM battery has fiberglass mats that absorb the acid. That’s where the name comes […]

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Keep Your Vehicle’s Resale Value At It’s Maximum

Spending money on vehicle maintenance or repairs is typically an unpleasant experience. Of course, you want your car to be in good working order, but if it is a repair, it is usually an unplanned expense and is inconvenient. If you are spending money on maintenance, at least that can be scheduled at your convenience. […]

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Do I Really Need To Replace A Cabin Air Filter?

              There is a lot of confusion in the marketplace regarding cabin air filters. Many people have never heard of it, others are somewhat skeptical because it is a relatively new comer to the automobile. Most all of us are quite familiar with the air filters that need to be replaced in our home heating […]

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Where Have All The “Wing Vent Windows” Gone?

While some may have no idea what a “vent window” is, many of us remember them as standard on just about every four door car. A vent window is a small triangular shaped window that was in the front doors just in front of the main door window. The vent window was hinged so that […]

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Preventing Auto Theft

Statistics show that in 2015, one out of every eight car thefts were the result of keys or a key fob being left in the vehicle. One out of eight! That’s a staggering number, especially when you consider that in 2015 almost 708,000 cars were stolen in the U.S. That means 88,500 vehicles were stolen […]

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Automotive Career – High Tech?

Parents, if becoming an automotive technician is not high on your list of career choices for your child, perhaps it’s time to look again. If you are a student and are wondering if there is a career in High Tech in the automotive field, read on. Automotive service and repair has changed dramatically in just […]

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Should I Buy An Aftermarket Warranty?

First, extended warranties are all over the board. A dealership typically offers two types. One is the type the manufacturer offers, so if I bought a Subaru, it would be a Subaru extended warranty. If I bought a GM, it would be a GM extended warranty. The dealership also offers an “after-market extended warranty.” That […]

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My Shop Ripped Me Off!

What if you have a problem? What if you feel you haven’t been treated fairly or they’ve blown past the estimate and you weren’t informed? Or what if they didn’t fix your problem, made it worse or introduced a new one? No business is perfect all the time, and even the best shop makes mistakes […]

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Dealing With Your Repair Shop

It’s very common in this industry for new issues to become apparent only after something is dismantled—things that couldn’t have been apparent before the job began. For that reason, upgrading an estimate in the middle of a job is not necessarily a bad thing. However, you certainly have the right to ask questions so you […]

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What Questions Should I Ask When Looking For The Best Repair Shop?

Six Questions to Ask a Shop Once you’ve checked their credentials as thoroughly as possible, call the top shops on your list to narrow down your choices. Following are the six simple questions you can ask any shop. (As a word of caution, let me note that it’s extremely dangerous to choose a shop based […]

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How Do I Find A Good Repair Shop? #3

When you’ve taken your vehicle in for a service, a thorough shop will have information for you because they’ve conducted a multi-point inspection of your car, regardless of the type of service they performed. They should assure you either that your car is in great shape or provide you with a list of recommended maintenance […]

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How Do I Find A Good Repair Shop? #2

If you do feel comfortable after calling and following the advice in post #1, you’re probably on to a good shop. Then, drive by their location and just look them over. Observe the cars in their parking lot or in the service bays if you can see inside. Do you see a mix of cars […]

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How Do I Find A Good Repair Shop?

If you’re moving out of your current area, one of the best actions you could take in finding a reliable repair shop is to ask your current one. Most shops are in some kind of network or association and they may know a good shop in the area where you’re relocating. If you’re looking to […]

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Should I Replace Light Bulbs In Pairs?

As you can see above, headlamp bulbs are much different than most of us remember them. Most of the time, people will only replace the one headlamp bulb that is burned out when one fails. However, it is wise to consider replacing both bulbs instead of just one. Remember, they have both been on the […]

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Have Fun At Work!

On our web site we have a chat feature. It’s mostly routine stuff, in addition to inquiries from the Yuma area, there are often questions from all over the country and once in a while from overseas. I’ve always told our staff that it’s okay to have fun at work, we can’t always take things […]

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What To Look For If You Want To Buy A Used Car – How To Buy A Used Car

Buying a used car can be risky business. Let me offer some strategies that might prove helpful in that situation. First, do your homework. Look online, read consumer magazines, peruse some used car lots, investigate the “For Sale” ads in your newspaper and check out Kelley Blue Book for reasonable pricing. Take all the time […]

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Driving On Snow And Ice

Snow and ice certainly provide challenges to drivers. (Don’t laugh; I know we are in Yuma but you may travel to snowy or icy conditions.) When driving on snow you need increased traction. That’s why four-wheel-drive vehicles (or front-wheel-drive vehicles) get around better—simply because of their superior traction. The photo above is from a Spring […]

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