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Why are Pre-purchase Inspections Necessary?

Why are Pre-purchase Inspections Necessary?

I know in the busy world we live in today many people don't even think twice about getting a pre-purchase inspection before purchasing a vehicle. We are going to show you why it is not only helpful but VITAL to have a pre-purchase inspection(PPI) before even thinking of purchasing a vehicle from a dealership or independent seller. Here are the answers to some questions you may have:Why Should I Get One? A pre-purchase inspection is a vital step when buying a used car in the used car buying process that many people unfortunately skip. It helps you determine if the car is right for you and also may give you some negotiating power if the mechanic finds some issues that need to be addressed. A good inspection may cost, but is well worth the cost – it gives you added peace of mind and may save you money on unexpected repairs! Nearly all auto service facilities, from chain repair stores to dealerships ... read more

Fathers Day - Under the Hood

Fathers Day - Under the Hood

Let Dad Know He Holds a Special Place in Your Heart! Dads can get a bum rap. I mean, we all have (or know, or are married to) a super-mom who juggles a gagillion different kid activities, being a gourmet chef, a job, a home, and can leap tall buildings in a single bound. But lets face it: Dads get the short end of the stick sometimes when it comes to credit and appreciation (c'mon, a tie, tool kit and a box of golf balls once a year only go so far). Even if your dad (or the dad rold model in your life) is the 'strong silent type,' you probably picked up a few great traits by watching him work hard, keep the house from falling down, or protect your family (you may never have known how he started down that bully behind your back). Even the most stoic of 'pops' can have a killer comical side that he keeps hidden... and Father's Day is the perfect chance to help him unleash his inner Funny Guy (and keeps things from getting... you know, mushy). Sh ... read more

Is Flex Fuel Worth It?

Is Flex Fuel Worth It?

We've had a few customers ask about E85 fuel and flex-fuel vehicles, so we know there's a lot of confusion about this "gas saving" trend. So this month, we're answering common questions to clear up some of the confusion and misperception about flex fuel systems.   What is E85?  Much of the gasoline sold in the US (about 1/3) contains some ethanol. A typical ratio is 90% gasoline with 10% ethanol. Ethanol flex fuel reverses that ratio, with more ethanol than gasoline - E85 gets its name because it is made with 85% ethanol to 15% gasoline.   Can I use E85 in my vehicle?  Not all vehicles are "flexible fuel vehicles," meaning they can run on both standard gasoline and E85 fuel. The only difference between standard and flex fuel vehicles are a few engine and fuel system modifications. These changes allow the engine to burn ethanol based fuel without loss in performance. &nbs ... read more

Are you ready for Spring Break?

Are you ready for Spring Break?

  Spring Break is a great time for a road trip! While they are a great way to see the country and explore, road trips can mean unexpected surprises, varying road conditions, and lots of miles on your car in a short amount of time. Whether you are planning a quick weekend trip or a cross-country drive, it is important to make sure your car is up to the task BEFORE you hit the road. Here are a few things you should check before you embark: Start with a test drive. Feel for any vibrations or tracking issues as you drive - this could be a sign that you need your wheels balanced, tires rotated, or an alignment. Check that your tires have enough tread. Low tread makes tires more prone to flats - an untimely flat could mean driving many miles on a spare until you get to the next town.  Make sure to check your fluids before the journey and replace as needed. Check for any that are low - low levels are usually a sign of a leak. Ignoring ... read more