Summer is the season for checking out new cars! Popularly, investing in a new vehicle seems to be most popular in the warmer months as dealerships are gearing up for higher sales volumes and pulling out all stops to make a buck. There is one crucial part of your buying process, however, that you should

All About Alignments

We all heard about how important proper alignment is for your vehicle. But what happens during an alignment? Alignment refers to an adjustment of a vehicle’s suspension – the system that connects a vehicle to its wheels. It is not an adjustment of the tires or wheels. The key to proper alignment is adjusting the

5 Things to Get Checked Out This Summer

Sometimes it’s easy to think that once the warmer months hit, your car troubles will take a break! That could be true if you kept up with your basic maintenance year round, however, we do recommend a few things to get looked at this summer while the heat takes its toll on your vehicle.  You

100 Road Trip Hacks for a Great Summer

We’ve spent the past few months researching different tips and tricks that will make your life that much easier when you and your family decide to hit the road. Below are 100 hacks that can save you time, money, and stress when preparing for your next weekend getaway. 1. Make sure you’ve had your car

Car Cleaning Hacks for Those On A Budget

1. A MAKEUP BRUSH GOES A LONG WAY A makeup brush is just the right size to get into the small crevices of the air vents.  Your air vents produce a lot of dust in your car, which is why you will want to clean those out on occasion.  You can even try a paintbrush,

Steps to Create the Perfect Family Road Trip Kit

Sometimes, the greatest way to make memories is to hit the roads. But what better way to enjoy a road trip than to be prepared for it? We understand that having kids in the car for long hours at a time can be a pain sometimes.  So—get creative this family vacation by creating a “Family

What Happens in the Garage Stays in the Garage

I walk around the shop at times, getting to know where I’m at and watching the guys working on different cars throughout the day. There is this one particular picture which sits in a large tool box that makes me smile each time I pass by, “What Happens in the Garage Stays in the Garage.”

Common Check Engine Light Problems

So, you’re driving along and everything seems fine when all of a sudden your car beeps and a funky symbol shows up on the dashboard. Sometimes it looks like a strange box, while sometimes it’s also accompanied with “CEL,” or “Check Engine.” The obvious, of course, is that your car is letting you know there

It’s Pothole Season Yet Again…

It seems like after every winter, the road is plagued with potholes as though it’s become a reflection of the moon’s surface. No matter where you live, potholes are a force to be reckoned with, and especially so if you’re concerned about the well being of your car. I can’t say how many times I’ve

Springerize Your Car

It may seem like winter is taking a little bit longer to realize it’s stayed its welcome, but we assure you spring is still right around the corner.  The rains, snow, rain pattern will eventually fade, and you will realize there is still a lot to do. Part of your to do list, in fact,

Ignition Switch Troubleshooting

Have you ever experienced your key getting stuck in the ignition of your vehicle? You can try wiggling and jiggling with all your might, but there is no way to get it unstuck. Don’t fret, there are a few things you can do to get your vehicle to let go of that sucker. Depending on

Keep Critters Out of Your Car

Are you going on vacation, or do you have a spare car you don’t drive as much? Depending on where you live, you have a greater chance of receiving these “honored guests” in your car.  This is more likely in the winter to occur since animals are always trying to find a nice warm place

A Snapshot In Time

When we love something, it’s hard to let go. It makes us remember a time when everyone was happy and life just seemed a lot simpler.  We hold on to that special something; it keeps our hearts connected to the people and places that have deep meaning to us. The same thing can be said

The Assembly Line: History of the Automobile

“An assembly line is a manufacturing process in which parts are added as the semi-finished assembly moves from workstation to workstation where the parts are added in sequence until the final assembly is produced. By mechanically moving the parts to the assembly work and moving the semi-finished assembly from work station to work station, a finished product can be

Are You An Aggressive Driver?

I believe the idea of “normal driving” is different dependent upon the person behind the wheel. Someone may not realize how aggressive of a driver they are just because they have avoided getting a ticket or two. We all have a tendency to give into that road rage from time to time. Today, we’re going

Save Gas and Save the Planet

It’s easy to see that saving gas and helping the planet are pretty great things to do. Who would disagree? Probably not many! We’ve compiled a few tips that will keep your pocket and make the trees around you smile.   Our friends at ASE suggest the following to be more environmentally and gas friendly

Getting Ready For A Road Trip?

Are You Getting Ready for a Road Trip? The weather is getting warmer with each passing day, and all anyone can think about is the chance to soak up the sun. You just want to put in that request off at work, and get on the road before anyone has a chance to tell you

How to Know When Your Teenager is Ready for Their First Car

When your kid is getting close to sixteen, thinking about their first car is like a rite of passage into maturity.  They see their friends at school driving, and they think about the fateful day when they will be able to get behind the wheel.  This can be a scary time for a parent because

How to Find an Honest Automotive Shop

Taking care of your car is next to practically taking care of yourself.  We depend on our vehicles to get us everywhere we need to go, and it takes extra effort to find time set aside to get them checked out. When that time does come, however, you want to be sure that who you’re

Staying Safe While Driving at Night

Sometimes, when you’re driving at night it can be a little difficult to navigate your way.  There are a multitude of reasons why, but we’ve come up with a few guidelines to keep you safe when the sun decides to take a snooze. Those Headlights A big factor in making sure you’re able to drive

Wise Tips to Save When You’re Looking for a New Car

Plan a Budget When thinking about purchasing a new vehicle, you need to have a budget in mind.  How much do you want to spend? The question is so simple, but it’s key to guiding yourself through the process of searching for a new car.  We recommend in general looking for a used car instead

Strategies for Keeping Your Car Clean

Our cars are important to our lives. They take us everywhere we need to go, sometimes they even become a changing room or a spare bedroom, and even a place where we have long talks with the people we love. The car you own can serve you a long time if you take care of

A Comprehensive General Maintenance Checklist

We depend on our vehicles for everything.  We need them to get to and from work, take the kids to school, pick up those same kids, run errands, leisure activities, traveling to see family, and more! Our cars play an integral role in society as well as in our lives.  On top of that, it’s

10 Great Gadgets To Add To Your Emergency Auto Kit

The ResQme Emergency Keychain The resqme emergency keychain features the ability to cut through seatbelts and even break car windows during emergency circumstances.  In places where ice fishing is prevalent, this item is a go-to for emergency situations.  It could be a life saving product to carry in your car if you were ever in

History of the Automobile

1901 Mercedes 35 HP It’s easy when we live in a conveniently modern world to forget how much we depend on technology.  While going through the motions, we use these advances so regularly that they have become integral to our lives. In those moments when we actually take a step back to realize what we

What is Integrity?

What is Integrity? The general definition of integrity is, “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.”  To have integrity as an individual, you are transparent and honest in everything you do.  You mean what you say; your word alone is like a promise.  You don’t have to make someone worry