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  • Used Car Checklist

    Posted on 20, December, 2012

    Used Car Checklist

    Preliminary indicators:
    Does the VIN history report indicate something bad?
    Any maintenance records, mileage/Km proof?
    Why is the car for sale?
    Any accidents, engine, or transmission repair?
    Did the car fail the Emission Test?

    Exterior indicators:
    Are the car body lines crooked?
    Are the panel gaps uneven along their length?
    Do the bodywork colours match?
    Is there painting over spray?
    Is there any other evidence of a body repair?
    If the car been repainted find out why: Accident? Corrosion?

    Engine indicators:
    Any oil, coolant or fuel leaks from the engine?
    Is the engine dirty or oily?
    Is the oil level low? The oil on the dipstick too dark?
    Any indication of poor quality repair?

    Start the engine
    Does it run unevenly?
    Any knocking, pinging, whistling?
    Any smoke? (slight water steam is OK)
    Any warning lights come on while the engine is running?
    "Check engine" light?
    Is the engine oil pressure too low at idle?
    Any hesitation on acceleration?
    Does it look very dirty under the oil cap?
    Lift the hood, does the engine smell of burnt oil?

    Automatic transmission indicators:
    Any previous transmission repair? Was it rebuilt?
    Does the transmission fluid smell burnt?
    Is the transmission fluid too dark/dirty?

    Start the engine and shift from P to D and from P to R holding the brakes -
    Does the car shift into gear smoothly?
    Does the shift/change occur in a timely manner?
    Any loud noises or clunking sounds during shifting?

    During a test drive -
    Any delays or issues changing gears?
    Does the transmission slip or jerk harshly?
    Is any speed missing (for example, the transmission shifts from 1-st to 3-rd speed)?
    Is the transmission getting stuck in one gear?
    Any shifting problems on the cold engine?
    Does the kick down function work?

    Manual transmission indicators:
    Any leaks?
    Any noises while driving?
    Any troubles changing gears?
    Is the clutch slipping?
    Any trouble shifting into reverse?

    Suspension indicators:
    Are any shock absorbers leaking?
    Are any of shock boots broken?
    Does the steering have noticeable free play?
    Does the car bounce too much when you push a corner down?
    Do any of tires have irregular wear? (alignment problem)

    Does the car sit level?
    During a driving test:
    Any knocking noises coming out from the suspension?
    Does the car pull to one side?
    Is the steering wheel straight when driving?
    Do you hear any humming noise? (wheel bearing?)

    Brake indicators:
    Is the brake fluid container leaking?
    Is the brake fluid level too low?
    Does the brake pedal go all the way to the floor?
    Is the brake pedal too soft or spongy? Is it too hard?
    Can you see any brake fluid leaks under the car?
    Can you see any badly corroded brake lines?
    Do the brake rotors appear corroded?

    During the test drive.
    Does the brake pedal or steering pulsate while braking?
    Does the vehicle pull to one side while braking?
    Do you hear any grinding noise while braking (some noise is normal)?
    Does the brake warning light or ABS light come on while driving?

    Tire indicators:
    Do you see any cracks, cuts, bruises?
    Is the tire tread low?
    Do the tires match - or at least in pairs?
    Are the rims damaged?
    Do you feel vibration when travelling at high speed?
    Can you hear a humming sound? (uneven tire wear?)

    Interior indicators:
    Is the driver seat worn through?
    Does the stereo work?
    Has the odometer any evidences of tampering?
    Does the air conditioner provide really cold air?
    Are the power locks, windows, etc. working?
    Does the heater, rear window defogger work?
    Do any of warning lights come on while driving?
    Is there any broken glass on the floor or under the seat? (Accident?)
    Do you feel comfortable in driver's place?
    What about mirrors, controls, steering, visibility?
    Spare tire, jack, wheel wrench?

  • Car Care Tips

    Posted on 20, December, 2012

    Safer Tires for Only One Penny

    (ARA) - Only 14 percent of drivers nationwide properly check their tires, leaving an astonishing 86 percent who are making mistakes. This from the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), which annually tracks tire care and maintenance habits among motorists. RMA research also reveals that 45 percent of drivers incorrectly believe that when taking a trip with a fully loaded vehicle, it's better if their tires are a little bit under inflated.

    "Properly inflated tires are safer, improve gas mileage and last longer," said Donald B. Shea, RMA President and CEO. "But our research shows America's drivers do not know enough about proper tire care."

    It only takes five minutes to check your tires, which you should do once a month and before every long trip. RMA offers four simple tips to keep your tires safer:

    1. Pressure: Under inflation puts unnecessary stress on tires, which can cause irregular wear, loss of control, decreased fuel economy and accidents. And don't be fooled by outward appearances -- tires can lose up to half of the required air pressure and not appear flat. Therefore, check your tires once a month with a tire gauge. Use the vehicle manufacturer's recommended inflation pressure, not the inflation pressure listed on the tire sidewall. The recommended pressure is typically found on a sticker located on the driver's door, doorpost or in the owner's manual.

    2. Alignment: A bad jolt from hitting a curb or pothole can throw your front end out of alignment and damage your tires. Have a tire dealer check the alignment periodically to ensure your car is properly aligned.

    3. Rotation: Regularly rotating your vehicle's tires will lead to more uniform tire wear. Unless your vehicle's owner's manual notes otherwise, tires should be rotated every 10,000 Km.

    4. Tread: Unusual wear can reduce the ability of tread to grip the road in adverse conditions. Check your tires' tread by taking the penny test: insert Lincoln's head upside down into the groove of a tire. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, you need a new tire. Also, visually check your tires for uneven wear and signs of damage.

    Courtesy of ARA Content

    Does Your Car's Air Filter Need Replacing?

    (ARA) How good are you about changing your vehicle's air filter? The owner's manuals in most cars and trucks recommend you check the filter -- which is designed to trap dirt and contaminants before they reach your engine -- every time you get an oil change, and replace it whenever it's dirty or has been driven 30,000 Km, whichever comes first. For people who regularly drive on dirt or sand roads, that could be every 10,000 Km, but not everyone does it in a timely fashion.

    If it's too dirty, the air filter won't trap dirt particles, which can damage engine cylinders, walls, pistons and piston rings, severely impacting fuel economy and engine performance. An inefficient engine can cause air pollution. The situation has gotten so bad in some states, they now require vehicles to pass engine emissions tests to stay on the road. In many cases, drivers find out their vehicle's failed because of a dirty air filter.

    Visteon, one of the largest automotive suppliers in the world, has come up with a solution that will ensure you never have a dirty filter again. The Long Life Filtration System is a fully sealed air induction system designed to remove contaminants from engine intake air while providing noise control with minimal power loss. It contains a reticulated, or networked foam filter, designed to last more than 240,000 Km under normal use. Ford is the first automobile manufacturer to offer the new high-tech air filter as standard equipment in two of its 2005 models: the F150 and Focus.

    "This technology saves space in the engine compartment because it can be placed in another area of the vehicle, such as just behind the instrument panel. It saves consumers time and money because it doesn't require routine maintenance,' says Greg Green, an engineering supervisor in Visteon's powertrain product line team.

    Not only does the system save consumers money, it helps the environment. The filters reduce evaporative emissions that contribute to the greenhouse effect, and save landfill space because they don't need to be replaced as often. They are made of 100 percent recycled materials that are recyclable themselves.

    If you don't have one of the new Ford F150s or Focuses, and still need to replace your air filters, here are some things you should keep in mind:

    * To determine whether your air filter needs to be replaced, just lift it out (it isn't fastened down) and hold it up to the sun or to a strong light. If you can't see light streaming through it, try dropping it lightly, bottom side down, on a hard surface. Doing so should jar some dirt loose. If the filter is still too dirty to see through after you've dropped it a few times, you need a new one.

    * When buying an air filter, look for well-known, quality-brand filters; you can often get them quite cheaply at discount stores. Unknown brands sell for very little, but they aren't always of good quality, and if your air filter lets a lot of junk get into your carburetor, you may find that a cheap filter is very costly in the long run. If you need help determining which air filter is the one you need, go to your local auto supply store or to the parts department at your dealership. Give them your vehicle's make, model, and year. Make sure that the filter you get matches your old filter in size and shape. If it doesn't, you've been sold the wrong filter for your car.

    * If you decide to change the filter yourself, always do so with the engine off, and never start or run the engine with the air filter out of place. Most filters can be easily replaced by removing snap clips, a clamp or several screws. Make sure you use the filter specified for your car's engine; do not try to make a filter fit. An improperly fitting filter can allow unfiltered air into the engine, causing engine damage. These tips are from the experts at, and were adapted from the book, Auto Repair for Dummies. To learn more about the Long Life Filtration System from Visteon, log on to

    Courtesy of ARA Content

    How to Keep Your Car Looking New

    (ARA) - Our cars reflect our personalities. From a cute lime green bug to a powerful black SUV to a sexy red convertible, what we drive says a lot about who we are. But this good impression can be quickly ruined by a tarnished finish.

    "Your car's exterior is constantly being assaulted by all kinds of potentially hazardous substances -- many of which you can't even see," says Glenn Canady, president of 5 Star Technologies, a company that makes vehicle maintenance products. Canady says that dirt and grime from the road are just the beginning: "The dangers are everywhere, tiny droplets of sticky sap from trees that get on your car and will not only attract dirt and dust, but will bake into the paint surface and leave stains. And what we may think of as innocuous bird droppings are actually highly acidic substances which can erode paint and clear coat finishes," he adds.

    Airborne contaminants such as by-products from construction and manufacturing and other floating elements can also threaten your finish. Add to that salt from the sea and from snow trucks and daily exposure to moisture, sometimes from acid rain, and you have a lethal combination. Even the hot sun beating down on your car is problematic: it causes the paint pores to expand and absorb more dirt and moisture.

    The most critical step you can take to maintain your finish is frequent washing, yet it is surprising how many people don't take this precaution. A recent survey by found that 52 percent of car owners wash their cars less than once a month and 15 percent never wash their cars. Here are a few suggestions from Canady on how to keep your finish glossy:

    * You should wash your car at least once a week. Keeping your exterior consistently clean will lessen the impact of damaging dirt and chemicals that build up on your car's surface. In parts of the country that experience the use of road salt in the winter, frequent washing can reduce the corrosive effects of salt that cause body rust-through.

    * Polish your vehicle with a product that provides durable protection as a final step after washing. Car waxes do not provide the long-term protection necessary to keep your paint looking new. They are made from inexpensive carnauba waxes, which melt and get sticky and attract dirt and pollutants.

    "People can actually be doing more harm than good," says Canady, whose company makes a two-step polish called 5 Star Shine that uses PTFE (the same substance that makes nonstick cookware so slippery) and durable acrylic elements that create a chemical fusion that seals paint from the elements. "This is not like ordinary waxes and polishes that simply lay on top of your paint and wear off in a few weeks," says Canady. "It actually bonds with the molecules of your paint." The slick coating repels dirt and will remain durable for at least 150 washes.

    * If you drive on muddy, messy roads, consider an undercarriage treatment every time you wash your car. This will remove caked-on mud that holds moisture to metal and causes rust and body rot around wheel wells and door sills.

    Remembering to do this routine maintenance of your car's exterior will not only protect your investment, but also your public image.

    Courtesy of ARA Content

    Will Your Brakes Provide the Stop You Need?

    (ARA) - Have you ever stopped your car at a busy intersection and cringed in embarrassment as your brakes let out an ear-jarring squeal? Or braked and felt the whole car shudder and chug to a stop? Or worst of all, have you pressed on the pedal and realized that absolutely nothing was happening?

    Anyone who drives a car has heard their brakes make funny noises and wondered what it meant. But how do you tell the difference between normal sounds and the danger signals that tell you it's time for a new brake job?

    "Some braking noise is normal, but it should be minimal," says Pete Murnen of Federal-Mogul, manufacturer of Wagner brake products. "An occasional squeal does not necessarily mean there is a problem; noise can be related to a lot of different factors," he adds.

    For consumers who want high-quality, quiet brakes with an extended life span, there is now a new alternative. ThermoQuiet Disc Pads are dramatically different from any other brake pad available. The onepiece, integrally moulded insulator (IMI) design eliminates the squeaks and vibration often associated with other brake pads, while still providing superior stopping power. This patented, heatdissipating configuration also extends the life of the braking system well beyond that of most conventional pads.

    "ThermoQuiet quite literally has changed the game in brake pad design," says Murnen. "It has virtually eliminated brake-noise complaints, and the stopping performance and durability is excellent."

    The experts at Federal-Mogul offer guidelines for monitoring the condition of your brakes. Here are some common scenarios and what they mean:

    * Brakes grab at the slightest pressure: It could mean a problem with grease- or oil-contaminated linings, or a loose or broken component that could fail in an emergency.

    * Vehicle pulls to the side when braking: This could mean an under inflated tire, brakes in need of adjustment or brakes in need of repair.

    * Brake pedal or steering wheel shakes or vibrates, or the vehicle shakes when the brakes are applied: It could mean disc brake rotors need resurfacing, there is a loose component, or a faulty steering mechanism.

    * Brakes are sticky, wheels are hot or there is a loss of engine power: It could mean brakes are failing to release.

    * Excessive squealing, grinding, screeching, clattering, chattering, and groaning: Brakes need attention.

    ThemoQuiet brake pads are available for most domestic and import vehicles. Consumers can request them from their local service technician.

    Courtesy of ARA Content

    Preventative Maintenance and Hassle Free Driving Go Hand in Hand

    (ARA) - Just because you and your vehicle made it through winter doesn't mean you can coast like a beach bum into summer. The hotweather months present their own unique challenges. Extreme heat, humidity, and heavy stop-and-go traffic can cause marginal systems to fail. Springtime offers an ideal opportunity to fix the wear and tear of last season's cold weather driving while preparing for the busy vacation season.

    The experts at the non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) offer the following tips on getting your vehicle ready for summer.

    * Read the owner's manual and follow the recommended service schedules. The manual contains a complete checklist of services and schedules and other important information about your vehicle.

    * If you are not a do-it-yourselfer, look for repair facilities with vehicles in the parking lot equal in value to your own, modern equipment in the service bays, and signs of qualified automotive technicians as evidenced by trade school diplomas, certificates of advanced course work and training classes, as well as national certification of the individual technicians by ASE.

    * Flush and refill the cooling system (radiator) according to the service manual's recommendations. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. If you are doing your own work, make sure the engine has cooled down before removing the radiator cap and make sure you choose the proper coolant for your vehicle make and model.

    * Have engine performance problems -- hard starts, rough idling, stalling -- corrected. You'll get better gasoline mileage and you might just prevent more expensive repairs later on. For example, something as simple as a rough idle could indicate an underlying problem that could ruin your vehicle's catalytic converter over time. The old adage, "Pay me now or pay me later," is especially true with today's high-tech, computerized systems.

    * The tightness and condition of belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a qualified auto technician. Most do-it-yourselfers do not have the proper equipment. But weekenders can look for signs of wear, cracking, or frayed belts. And, once again, don't ignore the service schedules listed in the owner's manual.

    * Have a marginally operating air conditioner system serviced by a qualified technician. The air conditioners on older vehicles often contain ozone-depleting chemicals that could be released into the air through improper or incompetent service.

    * Change the oil and oil filter as specified in owner's manual. (Properly dispose of used oil). Poll after poll of technicians indicates that this is one of the most neglected services, and one that can greatly reduce the life of your automobile, light truck, or SUV.

    * Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended in the service manual.

    * Check the condition of tires, including the spare. Let the tires "cool down" before checking their pressure. Uneven wear, 'cupping,' vibrations, or 'pulling' to one side indicates problems with your tires or suspension system.

    * Don't neglect your transmission. Costly repairs can be prevented by routine service.

    * For safety and convenience, inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs. Replace worn wiper blades and keep plenty of washer solvent on hand to fight summer's dust and insects.

    The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was founded in 1972 as a non-profit, independent organization dedicated to improving the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive technicians. ASEcertified technicians wear blue and white ASE shoulder insignia and carry credentials listing their exact area(s) of certification. Their employers often display the blue and white ASE sign.

    For a free brochure with summertime automotive tips, send a selfaddressed, stamped long envelope to: ASE Summer Brochure, Dept. ARA-104, 101 Blue Seal Dr., S.E., Suite 101, Leesburg, VA 20175, or visit for more information.

    Courtesy of ARA Content

  • Drive Further & Save Gast

    Posted on 20, December, 2012

    Drive Further & Save Gas


    Simply put, if you own a vehicle the following Insider Report will reveal a variety of tips to help you drive further on the same tank of gas. It might surprise you to know that just one of the following tips will save you over $200 (and that's an Ontario Government approved statistic!) So, if you're looking to beat the rich gas companies, or simply looking to save some cash - read on.

    Instructions For Use:

    In order to make the most out of this Special Report:

    Skim once, read again

    You might skim this Special Report first, but then read it carefully... Each tip puts cash into your pocket every time you drive your vehicle.

    Keep an open mind

    What I'm about to reveal will likely go against most of what you 'thought' you knew. Keep an open mind and look beyond your original ideas. Keep in mind who was responsible for the original ideas you held - it was most likely the fuel company!

    Fuel Saving Tips

    Buy gas at the best time of the day

    Gas is measured and sold by volume. During the heat of the day, gas expands. By filling your tank when it's cooler (at night or in the morning), you get more gas for the same price.

    Don't pay with a debit card

    Pay your gas with a credit card (not a debit card) that offers a cash-back incentive. Doing so consistently will put extra gas into your car FREE... that's FREE gas without sacrifice.

    Save gas in city traffic

    Most traffic lights in cities are timed to go "green" when you travel at the posted speed limit. When you're stopped, your engine uses gas, killing your fuel economy. It's better to go slower and hit green lights than starting and stopping.

    Gain fuel mileage on hills

    This may sound obvious, but when your vehicle travels down hills, your car's engine actually slows your car (and uses a lot more gas) compared to shifting into neutral. If you have one of those fancy computer's in your vehicle that tracks your fuel economy as you drive, watch it skyrocket when you drive down a hill in neutral gear.

    Squeeze gas savings from your tires

    By far, the fastest and easiest way to drive more on the same tank of gas is to keep your tires properly inflated. Don't rely on your eyes. You should consider buying a tire gauge. Check your tires monthly and when they're "cold", that's less than an hour or so of driving. Under inflated tires hug more of the road and in some cases consume up to 25% more fuel because of it!

    Bonus tip #1:

    When replacing warn tires, consider buying radial tires... on average, you get an extra couple of free kilometres of driving for every 80Km.

    Bonus tip #2:

    Have your mechanic rotate your tires every time you change your oil... The cost is minimal and it evens out the wear on your tires.

    Bonus tip #3:

    Keep your car aligned. When your vehicle is off alignment by as little as a 1/4", it takes an couple of Km's to drive 80. Misalignment also causes uneven tire wear an possibly irrevocable tire damage or 'scalping' (going out of round). You'll know if it's happened because you'll hear a 'thump, thump, thump' coming from the tires as you accelerate. Get your car aligned every 6 months - prices vary from shop to shop, but expect to pay between $75 and $100. It's a small price to pay compared to a new set of tires (which will easily run you $500+)

    Drive faster on windy days

    If you fly you probably know it's faster to fly one direction than another -- the tailwinds literally push you along -- giving the plane extra FREE distance.

    The same is true with your car... by driving "with the wind", you'll drive further on the same amount of gas than driving "into the wind." (Less resistance)

    Knowing which way the wind is blowing is as simple as looking at flags or watching the ripples in a body of water.

    While traveling in the same direction, the wind is your friend, however driving into the wind is your enemy. Even worse, the faster you drive into the wind, the harder your engine has to work to keep the speed you're looking to achieve... and that requires more gas.

    Wind resistance has minimal impact when you're driving up to 60 Kilometres per hour. But when you're driving into the wind and travelling about 100 Kilometres per hour, your car can use up to 25% more gas to maintain your speed - more on a very windy day.

    Save gas with your left foot

    Do you know anyone that 'rides the brake' pedal? By resting your foot on the brake, it makes your engine work a little harder than it needs to (this naturally means the engine uses more gas). By eliminating this bad habit, you'll not only save gas, you'll also extend the life of your brakes too.

    Never stop the pump on zeros

    One odd thing people do is top off their fuel tanks to make the price they pay end in zeros... but doing so is actually more expensive... here's why:

    In older cars, you run the risk of having a full tank of gas slosh into the street via an overflow valve. Obviously, that's a waste, damages road surfaces, and is also dangerous.

    In newer cars, the gas system is "sealed" and any overflow ends up in your evaporation system (found near your cars engine). Some of that overflow does return to your gas tank, but some doesn't.

    Simply fill your tank until the pump clicks off - no waste.

    Don't drive a near-empty tank

    There's one big reason why driving on a near-empty tank wastes gas: The sludge factor

    Gas is not perfect... that's why your fuel line has a filter... to block water and particles from entering your engine.

    Your car's fuel hose enters your fuel tank just above the bottom. That's because condensation (water) and unwanted pollutants are heavier the gas in your tank and they sink to the bottom.

    When you run your car near empty, that 'dirtier fuel' can make it's way into your engine reducing efficiency. Obviously, that's something you want to avoid.

    Fill it half empty

    It's best to fill your car when it's about half full to reduce condensation and evaporation.

    Don't carpool

    Adding weight to your vehicle is a fuel economy killer. The more your vehicle weighs, the more gas you need to compensate. And when you carpool with a friend, that's added weight and your engine works harder than driving solo.

    Don't carry stuff in your car that you don't need - extra weight means reduced fuel economy. And when you're driving in colder weather, always remove icicles and snow... you'd be surprised how much weight you can save.

    Avoid gas stations near heavily traveled highways

    They're often "zoned" for higher pricing. Instead, drive a few Kilometres away and you'll often save a bundle.

    Warning: High octane gas is not necessarily better for your car...

    It's better for the gas and oil companies because it's more profit for them, however it's very unlikely to get you higher gas mileage. Here's why:

    Higher octane gas might do a better job eliminating knocking or pinging within your engine, but even that's debatable these days because late-model cars use onboard computers to adjust for knocking and pinging.

    If your vehicle is knocking or pinging, it's probably a signal that your engine needs a tune up.

    Some vehicle owners use higher-octane gas to "treat" their cars... a better treat for you car is to change your oil and filter every 5,000 Kilometres.

    Regularly service your vehicle

    According to a recent study conducted by the government of Ontario, regularly servicing your vehicle improves your fuel efficiency by at least 10%

    For a typical family vehicle that means a fuel saving of at least $200 per year!

    Fact Or Fiction - You Decide!

    When it comes to gas, there's always unanswered questions:

    Air conditioning vs. windows

    If you're driving a late-model vehicle (newer car), odds are good it's aerodynamically designed for maximum fuel efficiency. When you're driving fast (over 60 Kilometres per hour) lowering your windows instead of turning on the air conditioning, creates a drag effect. That's like attaching a parachute to the back of your vehicle. And as you drive faster, the drag on your vehicle increases.

    Older vehicles aren't as aerodynamically "endowed" -- open windows or not... so the horsepower needed to cool you car significantly lowers your fuel mileage.

    Bottom line on air conditioning:

    If you're driving up to 60 Kilometres per hour, driving with open windows is better for your fuel mileage than turning on your air.

    If you're driving faster than 60 Km, and you're in a late-model vehicle, it's actually better to use air conditioning instead of cooling off with your windows down.

    If you're driving an older vehicle, it's always better to skip the air.

    Bonus tip #1:

    The most efficient way to cool off is to use your vehicle's in dash vent system.

    Bonus tip #2:

    Turn off your air a few minutes before you final arrival... your car keeps it's comfort, and you'll gain fuel economy at the same time.

    Bonus tip #3:

    If you drive a pickup truck, removing the tailgate (and replacing it with a safety mesh) offers significant fuel savings.

    Bonus tip #4:

    Do you have a sunroof? Sorry, keeping it open is a huge drag on your fuel mileage.

    The "air vs. window" debate never ends... everyone has a different opinion on what's better.

    The truth about STP gas additives

    Gas additives... you're either a believer or you're not.

    But here's one un-debatable fact about gas additives... they're all designed to clean your vehicle's engine from the accumulation of "junk"... when you're running clean, your vehicle optimizes gas use.

    Bonus tip:

    When you read the directions on the gas additive, you'll see that it treats a certain amount of gas. When you figure out the numbers, you'll realise it's quite expensive to 'treat' each litre of gas. In most cases you'd need to increase your fuel consumption many times over to break even and cover the cost of the treatment.

    A Better Idea...

    Use gas additives during colder weather and clean your engine from the adverse affects of "Winter" gas. And regular servicing by a professional is an even better idea.

    Save gas with cruise control

    Here's another myth... cruise control uses more gas. (False!) Enabling your cruise control on the open highways and on long trips actually increases your fuel economy. The cruise control's computer is much more efficient keeping a steady speed than even the best drivers. Exception: Cruise control hasn't been perfected for driving uphill.

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  • Ladies Day

    Posted on 20, December, 2012

    Ladies Day

    Our first Ladies Car Care Clinic was held May 2, 2009. What a success, with a class of approximately 35 ladies instructed by Kelly Williams.

    Kelly is a well known Race & Pace Car Driver and TV personality. She is also the first female driver to capture a win in the 14 year history of Cascar Racing.

    Kelly presented a fun, informative clinic with topics of, * how to check tire pressure * brakes * oil and air filters * various vehicle fluids * emergency roadside kit contents and more ... all in "Laywomen's" terms.

    Beverages with a light snack were served, and the entire staff of Peck Brothers Automotive was also available to assist in demonstrations, questions and hands on exercises.

    Most importantly, all the women said they had great time, enjoyed the content of the clinic and were very interested in future clinics.

    It is our intention to make this an annual event for many years to come. Keep a close watch on this website for Ladies Day 2015.

  • Misconceptions

    Posted on 20, December, 2012


    "Discover the 4 Most Dangerous & Costly Misconceptions Surrounding Auto Repair Shops, And the 7 Revealing Questions You Must Ask Any Repair Shop BEFORE You Book Your Next Appointment!"

    Thank you for requesting this valuable report. I am grateful for the opportunity to provide you with the information about auto repair and help you choose the right company. Please read the following information carefully, and if you have any questions please call us and we'd be happy to answer them.

    Now here's the information you requested:

    The 4 Most Dangerous & Costly Misconceptions Surrounding Auto Repair Shops

    Misconception Number One.

    "Your car manufacturer specifies regular maintenance schedules just to get you back into their shop to make more money off you." No. Although manufacturers are making cars that last longer and require less overall maintenance, they do require some preventative maintenance. If maintained properly, you can expect your car to go over 100,000 Km without major service. For instance, most engines have timing belts that must be replaced before they wear out and break and cause even more expensive damage.

    Misconception Number Two.

    "A shop can give you an accurate price estimate over the phone without seeing your car." No. You can waste your time calling many different shops and get many different price quotes and chances are every one of them will be wrong. Unless the shop has a chance to examine or test drive the car in person, there is no way to accurately diagnose your problem and give you an accurate price quote. Beware of any shop that is willing to give you a quote over the phone without seeing your vehicle. Most likely they will tell you a low price just to get you in the shop then they will probably hit you with a much higher price once you get there.

    Misconception Number Three.

    "Most repair shops will recommend extra work just to get you to spend more money." The fact is any repair shop that does not look for potential problems is actually doing you a great disservice. Quality repair shops do a multi-point inspection every time you take your vehicle into their shop to uncover those inexpensive repairs that may be needed now and before they turn into major expenses later. Something as simple as discovering and then changing a worn belt may save you the danger and embarrassment of breaking down on a busy highway and an expensive towing charge later on.

    Misconception Number Four.

    "All repairs shops are the same." No. In fact, there can be a huge difference between repair shops. The new current technology requires constant training to keep up with all the changes. It also requires the shop to have the latest diagnostic equipment available. The repair shop with the best trained certified mechanic and the most up-to-date equipment will usually do the best repair for you.

    Here are a few general suggestions that will help you choose a good, reputable repair shop.

    First ask around. Has anyone you know had a good or bad experience with a particular repair shop? Next, try to find a shop that has a lot of repeat customers. Customers are more likely to stay with a repair shop that they trust and one that does a good job for them. And finally, make sure they guaranty all their work with at least a 90 day, 6 month or 12 month warranty. The warranty varies depending on the products being installed. Here at Peck Brothers we offer up to 2 years on certain parts _ ask us for more details.

    The 7 Revealing Questions You Must Ask Any Repair Shop BEFORE You Book Your Next Appointment! Now here are seven questions that you must ask any auto repair shop before you set up an appointment:

    1. Do they have the most up-to-date training and diagnostic equipment for your particular make of car?
    2. If they give you an estimate over the phone, will they absolutely guaranty the price?
    3. Do they do a full multi-point inspection for free to uncover any other potential problems? FREE Insider Report - How To Choose A Great Repair Facility
    4. Are their technicians ASE Certified?
    5. Will they pick up and deliver your vehicle for you, or offer you a ride to and from work the day your car is being serviced?
    6. Will they provide you with a list of satisfied customers that you can call?
    7. Do they guaranty all their work with a 90 day, 6 months, 12 months and maybe even a 2 year guaranty or warranty?

    By following my suggestions and asking the repair shops these questions you will gain all the information you need to make an informed intelligent decision.

    Now, if you are just looking for the cheapest repair possible, many companies in the phone book can help you. However, if you are looking for an honest, ethical professional auto repair company to protect your valuable investment than I invite you to call us. I will be happy to answer your questions and provide you with a free written estimate - without any obligation at all.

    On behalf of I thank you for your kind attention and hope you found this information useful.

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