Monthly Archives: April 2015

Car maintenance by the numbers

Car maintenance by the numbers

A recent study conducted by the non-profit Car Care Council confirmed what any car repair technician could have told you – almost every vehicle on the road is need of some sort of maintenance. During last year’s car care events a full 84 percent of vehicles failed at least one aspect of the inspections. For some reason, that number is up five whole percentage points over the same study done the year before.Here are the top culprits when it comes to overdue car maintenance: Low washer fluid Low or dirty motor oil Low, leaky or degraded coolant Low or dirty power steering fluid Low or dirty brake fluid Low or discolored transmission fluid Dirty air filter Worn belts and hoses Corroded battery cables, terminals and clamps Worn out windshield wipers Burned out lights Worn and improperly inflated tires In addition, 13 percent of cars inspected had a “check engine” light on which was being ignored by the owner.W ... read more

How to avoid life-and-death airbag scams

How to avoid life-and-death airbag scams

If you are in the market for a used car, one vital component to ensure is functional is also impossible to inspect with the naked eye—the airbag system. More often than you would believe, people who prep used cars for resale will use all sorts of creative methods to avoid the extra expense of properly replacing a deployed airbag. There have been reports of airbags simply being jammed back into the steering wheel (rendering it useless), and airbag compartments being stuffed with everything from packing peanuts to beer cans. Dozens of deaths occur on our roadways each year because of airbag fraud. So what are the best ways to avoid an injury to yourself or a passenger from such danger on the road? Here are some red flags to watch out for when shopping for a used vehicle: The seller is reluctant to or even refuses to provide a vehicle history report from a reputable source like CARFAX. The seller cannot produce inspection documents verifying (if the vehicle has been i ... read more

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