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What to Do When Your Car Won't Start

What to Do When Your Car Won't Start

What to Do When Your Car Won't Start So...your car won't start. Now what? If this has never happened to you then it is likely only a matter of time before it will. You need to know what to do when it happens and the likely causes. I deal with this type of problem all the time and there are usually only a couple of things that cause it. Let's take a look. What Does It Mean When Your Car Won't Start If your vehicle won't start then there is a chance that you would just need a jump start, but before you try that you should verify that your "security" light is not flashing. If it is then your problem probably does not have anything to do with the battery or starter, it is most likely because your security system is not letting it start. If this is the case then you need to read your owners manual to see how to fix this or contact your d ... read more

5 Ways You Can Get Out of Paying For Auto Repair

5 Ways You Can Get Out of Paying For Auto Repair

5 Ways You Can Get Out of Paying For Auto Repair Posted August 26, 2014 by Ken KupchikinShare0 Every dollar counts these days, and finding new ways to save money can go a long way. Auto repair is an unpleasant, and typically unexpected expense, so getting out of having to pay for it is very appealing. While most people will gladly pay to make sure their car is safe on the road, some will try anything to avoid the repair bill. Here are some ways you can get out of paying. 1) Do it yourself - If you can perform repairs yourself, you will never have to part with your hard-earned money and pay a mechanic. However, unless you are very handy or have some sort of experience, you will be very limited in the repairs that you will be able to perform. Mechanics are trained in the intricacies of modern vehicles and have all of the tools to perform complicated repairs. But you can get out of paying if you just work on your car yourself. 2) Don't repair it ... read more

5 Ways To Get a Better Deal When Buying a Car

5 Ways To Get a Better Deal When Buying a Car

5 Ways To Get a Better Deal When Buying a Car Posted August 27, 2014 by Ken KupchikinShare0 Everyone loves the feeling of taking home a new or used car. But most people hate the act of having to look around for the right car, and then spending time in the uncomfortable process of negotiating with a salesperson to get the right price. While you probably won't be able to get a brand new Porsche for the price of a Honda Civic, there are ways to get a better deal when buying a car. Here are some tips: 1) Buy at the right time - To save some money on your next car purchase, it's important to understand when the best time to buy a car actually is. If you're looking for a great deal on a new car, you will want to shop for it when the newest model year arrives and replaces the existing cars on the lot. This will drive down the prices of the "last year's" model, helping you get a better deal. This is usually enhanced if there are major ... read more

A List of Car Parts Every Owner Needs to Understand

A List of Car Parts Every Owner Needs to Understand

A List of Car Parts Every Owner Needs to Understand Part 2Ken KupchikinShare0 We understand that you didn't go to school to become a mechanic. But there are certain car parts that you should be able to identify and understand since knowing what they do will help keep your car properly maintained and help you to identify potential problems. Here is the second half of our list of parts every car owner needs to understand, the first half is here: 4) Oil Filter What it does -  The oil filter eliminates impurities from your engine oil by filtering it and catching microscopic metal shavings and specks of dirt. It's basically like a Brita filter; it allows your engine to use clean filtered oil just like you would want to drink clean filtered water. Why it's important - Over time, your oil filter will become ... read more

Auto Air Conditioning Troubleshooting

Auto Air Conditioning Troubleshooting

Auto Air Conditioning Troubleshooting Before you start air conditioning troubleshooting you need to realize that it is not as easy as you might think. There are many things that can go wrong when trying to fix your AC system yourself. Probably the most common problem that people run into when attempting DIY A/C repairs is that they get dirt and other debris in the system and/or they don't put the correct amount of freon in the ac system. When the system is not flushed of all debris and old oil, it will never cool right. If there is too much or not enough refrigerant then it will also never cool how it should and it could even be a danger. Modern air conditioning systems MUST be clean and have the correct amount of freon in them in order for them to cool properly. Here's more information that will help you sort it out air con troubleshooting... How Your A ... read more

5 Modifications That Will Affect Your Car's Resale Value

5 Modifications That Will Affect Your Car's Resale Value

5 Modifications That Will Affect Your Car's Resale Value Posted August 28, 2014 by Ken KupchikinShare0 Image from Pakwheels.com Cars are wildly popular in America because they not only allow the freedom of transportation for individuals across the country, but because they embody the independence and individuality of their owners. Some car owners take this a step further and add modifications to their vehicle to add their own personal touch, make it stand out, or increase speed and performance. But it's important to remember that making modifications to your car can seriously impact resale value when it comes time to sell it or trade it in, so be mindful of what kind of changes you make. Here are 1) Body modifications - Whether it's a new spoiler, a body kit, or hood scoop, changing the look of the car's body is the most obvio ... read more

Your Check Engine Light Is On...Now What?

Your Check Engine Light Is On...Now What?

Your Check Engine Light Is On...Now What? Posted April 27, 2015 by Bobby GagliniinShare0 Over 8% of drivers on the road today have a check engine light on. Unfortunately, the vast majority of those drivers won’t get it checked out for months. But hey, can you blame them? If everything seems fine, why waste a costly diagnostic to get it checked out? Or, perhaps there’s that desire to avoid the possibility of paying a lot of money to get it fixed? Well, it’s not always so easy to decide what to do. Let’s go through a common example. You’re on the highway, driving home from work and everything with your vehicle is ship shape. Then, your car beeps loudly, and your check engine light is on. Your first thought is probably, “oh no”, and your second is to look for or feel anything different in your car. This is a pretty good idea. See if your engine is overheating, feel if your car is driving strangely, or listen to anything dif ... read more

Mechanics: 7 Reasons Why You Should Treat Your Customer Better

Mechanics: 7 Reasons Why You Should Treat Your Customer Better

Mechanics: 7 Reasons Why You Should Treat Your Customer Better Posted January 23, 2015 by Bobby GagliniinShare0 The other day I gave 7 reasons why customers should treat mechanics better. Now it’s time to flip it up. Let's go through 7 reasons why mechanics should do the same for their customers. Most mechanics are good people who treat their customers with courtesy and friendliness. But like all businesses, there are some that are extremely defensive, inconveniencing, or rude to their customers. If you think you might be one of them, here are 7 reasons why you should start treating your customers better. 1. Most mad customers have a stereotypical view of repair shops. It’s tough working against a stereotype. Most mechanics are honest and hardworking individuals. The bad apples are few and far between, but that&rsq ... read more

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Customers: 7 Reasons Why You Should Treat Your Mechanic Better Posted January 22,

Customers: 7 Reasons Why You Should Treat Your Mechanic Better Posted January 22,

Customers: 7 Reasons Why You Should Treat Your Mechanic Better Posted January 22, 2015 by Bobby GagliniinShare0 While most customers engage their mechanic with courtesy and friendliness, some people insist on treating mechanics badly, whether it’s constantly calling them for an update on your car, or telling them that your uncle’s cousin’s brother-in-law knows the problem better than they do. Regardless of what it is, if you’re one of those people, here are 7 solid reasons why you should treat mechanics better the next time you go to one. 1. They're just trying to make an honest living. The few dishonest mechanics out are the ones that give everyone else a bad reputation. People always want to talk about or review a terrible experience, but not always a good one. When a mechanic gives you a quote, don’t immediately think they’re tying to screw you over. Most are no different from you or me. They get in at 8am, work hard all d ... read more

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5 "Easy" Car Problems You Should Still Bring To A Mechanic

5"Easy" Car Problems You Should Still Bring To A Mechanic Posted February 10, 2015 by Bobby Gaglini With tons of YouTube videos and online tutorials, it might feel that sometimes you can fix anything wrong with your car. And while studying and hard work might help you accomplish a lot, even one small mistake can cause catastrophic problems with your vehicle. Here are 5 of the “easy” car fixes that many people say you can do yourself, but should probably leave to a professional mechanic. Brake pad changes While the concept of changing brake pads might seem pretty straightforward, if you haven’t done it before with someone who knows what they’re doing, it can end up being dangerous in the long run. There are too many things that could go wrong, like your brake line being compromised or the pads being on backwards that can put your safety at risk. Tire replacements This one might seem like the easiest tas ... read more

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