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Should you buy a new car?

Should you buy a new car?

We get asked all the time, "Should I buy a new car?". I try to be as honest and unbiased as I can. I explain to people that you can't factor wear and tear into the cost of your current vehicle. You will be paying for oil changes, tires, wipers, and brakes with or without a car payment. Yes you can go buy from certain manufacturers and your oil changes and maintenance is covered for a certain period of time, but not tires or wear items. Plus with those vehicles your are paying a premium for the vehicle. We also get asked "What would you buy?". My answer is pretty much always the same. Buy a Japanese car unless you need a truck then it goes into a slew of questions, but it will always be don't buy anything less then a 2500/250 or bigger. But with all this being said, is your current vehicle feel unsafe to you? Does it cost you $500-$1000 a month to maintain? Is it not meeting your current needs, growing family, change of job etc.? Are you just bored with it? I ... read more

Motor mounts

Motor mounts, transmission mounts, torque rods, and bushings are something that people often don’t notice them failing because they gradually get worse over time. What does this mean to you? A lot. I have had people say, “my boyfriend says its more of just a comfort thing”. Well, he is partially correct. But he is more wrong then correct. While it is a buffer to isolate vibrations and harshness from torque in the driveline, it also keeps your driveline in alignment with other components for optimum efficiency. When you have worn mounting components, it allows the driveline to move itself, rather than transfer the energy to the drive tires and then to the ground. All that shifting around is just wasted energy. That wasted energy on starting froward motion is a huge fuel loss. Along with it being inefficient it is unsafe. When they design vehicles, they assume the driveline will have certain characteristics for a collision that aren’t there when your driveline is ... read more

Servicing all the fluids

Servicing all the fluids on your vehicle is important. You change oil more frequently due to heat and carbon build up in the oil as well as the limitations of a filtration system. Because transmissions, differentials, transfer cases, and power steering pumps do not produce carbon from combustion they all generate extreme heat and microscopic fragments that cause wear. Servicing the fluids in the high RPM delicately meshed systems is affordable from a maintenance standpoint and can save you lots of money from a replacement standpoint. Not to mention all the combined resistance of poor viscosity and additional friction can worsen fuel economy and general performance could be lacking due to the increased wear. Transmission service varies greatly but a lot can be serviced for less than $200.00 others can be considerably more but far less than a $4000.00 plus cost of a transmission. Most of the others can be serviced for around $100.00 depending on fluid with a few exceptions. Don’t b ... read more

Fuel Economy

Fuel economy is on everyone’s mind right now and rightfully so. Instead of running out and purchasing a more “fuel efficient” or Electric car, lets talk about what we can do to keep you in the vehicle you have which is most likely built better then what you would replace it with, and stop you from buying an unnecessary new vehicle and putting yourself in debt. There are a lot of things that can change your fuel economy. Simple things like tire pressure can have a huge impact on fuel economy, as can a dirty air filter. Alignment can be another factor that can cost you a lot rolling down the road. If your vehicle is out of alignment, it will struggle and fight itself to go forward and burn an exorbitant amount of fuel struggling. Simple things like regular or more regular oil changes, transmission service, properly working brakes can all play a role in your fuel efficiency, a simple tune up can do wonders. Sometimes a fuel injection service and some air in the tires is ... read more

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