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Towing Services: 4 Valid Reasons You Might Need A Tow Truck

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Towing Services: 4 Valid Reasons You Might Need A Tow Truck

Automobiles are bound to encounter issues at some point. Even if you maintain your car diligently, you still might find yourself needing a towing service. So in what situations would you need to call a tow truck? Here are four: 1. Dead Battery A dead battery is one of the most common reasons for needing a tow truck. While preventable, dead batteries often happen due to simply forgetting to turn off the lights. If you have jumper cables, you can probably jump the car with the help of another vehicle. However, if you don’t have any cables you might need to contact a towing service. In addition to towing vehicles, towers can also jump vehicles. This can be a handy and money-saving option for those who need a jump. Of course, they can also tow your vehicle if the battery is truly dead and no longer functioning. 2. Vehicle is Stuck Another reason you might need to contact a towing service is when you are stuck. If you just cannot get your vehicle out of a ditch, a tow truck can help. These professionals have the necessary tools to easily pull your car out of a ditch or any compromising situation. 3. Overheating Vehicles can easily overheat and stop functioning. Fortunately, that’s why there are temperature gauges. By keeping a close eye on your temperature gauge, you can easily check to see what the temperature of your engine is. If you notice that it is in the “hot” range, you should pull over immediately and contact a towing service. These professionals can tow your vehicle home or to an auto repair shop to help prevent your car from suffering severe damages. 4. Auto Accident Auto accidents are another good reason to contact a towing service. Oftentimes, vehicles cannot drive after an accident; however, they cannot stay at the accident area. So calling a tow truck is often the best course of action. The tow truck can take your vehicle home or to a repair shop. This will ensure that your vehicle is out of the way of traffic and that it gets the repairs it needs. As you can see, there are many reasons for calling a tow truck. So if your car is acting odd or just breaks down, stay calm and contact a towing service like Elden Dattage Towing & Auto Repair for help. In the meantime, set up some cones or use your flashers to notify other drivers of your...

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Moving Your Classic Car To Another State? Call A Car Hauling Company

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Moving Your Classic Car To Another State? Call A Car Hauling Company

If you have a classic car that you need to move to another state, there are many different ways you can go about this.  One of the best and easiest ways to move a car is to hire a car hauling company to move it for you. You should also find a hauling company that is experienced in moving classic cars. Enclosed or Open Trailer You will have the choice to choose from an enclosed or open trailer. It generally costs less to have an open trailer. You do have to take into consideration that it may be damaged from flying debris on the road, such as rocks.  An enclosed trailer will keep your car more protected while it is being hauled. Much of this depends on the shape of your car. If it is a car you are restoring, an open trailer will be fine, as a few more scratches or dings will not make much difference. If your classic car is completely restored and in pristine condition, an enclosed trailer is the better choice. Winch If you are choosing an open trailer, ask the car hauling company if their trailers include a winch. A winch is a device that is used to pull the car in, and then to let it out when it arrives at the new location. This winch may use a rope or wire rope and a tensioner, or it may be an electric winch. With some car hauling companies, the winch may not come standard with their fees, and they may charge extra if you need a winch. This is something you should ask about. Inspection Before the car hauling company picks up your car, do a thorough inspection of it. Make sure it is clean before the company arrives to pick it up. The battery on the car should be completely charged, and have at least a half tank of gas. Check the antifreeze to make sure the level is correct. They hauling company may check these things. This makes it much easier for the them to do their own inspection. They will also inspect your car for any pre-existing damage. Make sure you get the inspection they do in writing to avoid claim damage problems. Instructions Provide the car hauling company with written instructions regarding anything the person that is handling the car needs to know. This could be things like information about fuel cutoff switches, alarm instructions, or if there are any hidden switches. Following these tips will ensure your classic car arrives at its new home in the same condition it left your old home. Contact a hauling company, like TNT Equipment Hauling, for more...

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How To Successfully Work With Buy Here Pay Here Dealerships

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Successfully Work With Buy Here Pay Here Dealerships

If you’re in need of a car but haven’t been able to get approved for financing at regular dealerships, banks, and other financial organizations, a Buy Here Pay Here dealership may be your only chance at having those all-important wheels. These dealerships have had a difficult reputation in the past, but newer laws and a decision by Buy Here Pay Here dealerships to provide better service mean that you can successfully buy a car without problems if you take a few preliminary steps. Know What They and the Cars Offer You know that Buy Here Pay Here dealerships do the financing themselves, but you should be aware that the cars on the lot are generally high-mileage cars that are also older. Start researching ratings for different makes, models, and years. Don’t concentrate on just a couple of models you want; find out what the dealerships in your area usually offer and look up those and similar models. That way, when you go to buy a car, you’ll have a better idea of which models might be a better deal and which might be overpriced. Shop Around When you visit dealerships in your region, talk to the salespeople about the interest rates they tend to offer, payment amounts and frequency, and payment locations. You need to know if paying at the dealership every week is the norm for your area, for example, or if there are dealerships that are willing to give you more options for payment. Look for dealerships that will offer warranties even if the state doesn’t require them to offer warranties. Don’t buy a car at the first dealership you visit — let them know you’re shopping around and want to see what they offer. Check Your State Laws Some states have more requirements for Buy Here Pay Here dealerships. For example, California requires these dealerships to offer warranties on the cars they sell, as well as listing the fair-market values for each car. In 2016, these dealerships are now also required in California to give buyers more information and warning regarding the use of starter interrupters, which allow the dealership to remotely turn off the vehicle and make it inoperable if the buyer hasn’t made his or her payments. Get a Risk-Based Pricing Notice A risk-based pricing notice is a requirement under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. It’s essentially a notice that tells someone that the prices he or she will pay may be worse because of the person’s credit. If the dealership does give you one of these notices, it’s a sign that the people there take the law seriously and are actually paying attention to credit and financing records. Unfortunately, there are some dealerships that skip this step, meaning they might be cutting corners on other legal requirements. Get the Car Inspected You can get a Buy Here Pay Here car inspected before you buy it, and given the age of some of the cars you’ll see, you definitely want to complete this step. Good dealerships will let you bring the car to a mechanic for an inspection so you can see if you need to add costs of repair to the overall effect on your budget when you buy the car. Buy Here Pay Here dealerships want you to successfully buy and pay...

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Restoring Vintage Automobiles: How A Mechanical Repair Manufacturer Fits Into Auto Body Work

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Restoring Vintage Automobiles: How A Mechanical Repair Manufacturer Fits Into Auto Body Work

If you want your mechanic to help you restore your vintage vehicles, but the two of you are having a difficult time finding the right auto body parts, you could fabricate them. Although the parts would not be “true vintage,” they would at least help restore your project vehicle enough that you could show it at car shows. When you have decided to use the services of a mechanical repair manufacturer, this is how that manufacturer fits into the world of auto body work. Clutches and Brakes Many older, vintage and antique vehicles utilized a clutch system to shift gears. Some of the really old gear boxes for these cars are virtually impossible to find intact and functional anymore. A mechanical repair manufacturer can make a CAD drawing of your antique clutch system and recreate it in the shop exactly as it appears in the computerized models and design. Most antique and vintage brakes are reproducible as well. However, you may want an updated version of the brake system on your auto restoration, as some antique and vintage cars had faulty brakes or braking systems that did not work very well or only worked some of the time. (This is especially true if you plan to drive the vehicle any great distance to car shows and the like.) The modernized version of the vintage breaking system in your restoration could still closely resemble the original, fit into the same amount of space without drastic alterations to the body of the car, and could keep you safe as you cruise around. Nickel Electroplating Nickel electroplating was commonly used to create that silvery chrome finish on many vintage car parts. If you have old bumpers and other vintage parts that need fresh nickel electroplating in order to restore them, you and your mechanic can ship the parts out to a mechanical repair manufacturer. There, the parts will be smoothed, prepped to receive the nickel coating, electroplated in a controlled chamber and then polished to an old school shine before the company ships the parts back to your mechanic. This process can be done to everything from bumpers to door handles to dashboard chrome, which was very popular in cars from the 50s and 60s. Help with Other Mechanical Parts The rest of the work that mechanical repair manufacturers do has a lot to do with re-designing, re-casting and reproducing functional mechanical parts for engines and other systems in your vehicle. Not only do these companies manage large and small orders of current auto parts and metal detailing for your vintage vehicles, but also replacement parts for vehicles that are not that old but are actually rare. Anytime you and your mechanic need parts that you cannot find anywhere else, you can special order them from a mechanical repair manufacturer, such as those at Central Body Co...

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What Can You Use A Rented Grinder For?

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Can You Use A Rented Grinder For?

If you are looking to start a project on your vehicle, it may be a good idea to consider renting the proper tools. Most automotive or hardware stores rent tools for a day or two for a minimal deposit. Depending on the project you have settled on, a tool that you might want to rent is a grinder. What Type of Grinder Should You Rent and Why? The answer to this question is completely based on what it is you want to accomplish. Whether you are repairing a scratch on your car’s body or fully restoring an old classic car, you want to make sure you are renting the right grinder. Here is a list of grinders you need to consider before starting any auto body or vehicle work and the projects they are best suited for: Angle Grinders Angle grinders can be used when you are rebuilding the body of a vehicle. The main purpose of an angle grinder is to remove any rust on the frame. This type of grinder can also be used to sharpen different types of blades. Die Grinders If you are rebuilding a vehicle or adding a few bells and whistles, then a die grinder will be useful. The main function of a die grinder is to precisely cut and shape a piece of metal or pipe. You might use this grinder to design your own fancy exhaust pipes. Pencil Die Air Grinders If you are looking to be a little artistic with a piece of metal or give unique detail to your vehicle, then a pencil die air grinder will help you make the most precise and intricate of designs. The smaller size of the die grinder allows you to have better control, just like a pencil. Edge Grinders An edge grinder may come in handy if you are looking to build a car from scratch or restore an old clunker. Edge grinders are used for defining corners and, of course, edges. Something to consider when renting tools is whether or not your project will exceed the time allotted by the rental contract. Do not start a project, rent the tool, and then procrastinate. Such action is a waste of time and money. Instead, find an automotive store with a decent “loan a tool program” and get started on your automotive or metal project immediately. Most importantly, be safe, be creative, and have fun. Contact a business like The Dyno Shop to learn...

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Three Reasons You Don’t Need A New Truck

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Reasons You Don’t Need A New Truck

Over the years your needs change. You may have purchased a truck a few years ago that was ideal for you, but now, you need something a little different. Unfortunately, the cost of a new truck might not be in your budget. However, all hope isn’t lost. There are a number of simple upgrades you can perform on your truck that can make the idea of purchasing a new truck obsolete.  Truck Bed Extender If the problem you have with your current truck is that the bed is too short, a bed extender might be able to help in this area. As their name suggest, bed extenders basically increase the length of your truck bed’s transporting capacity. These gate-like metal fixtures easily connect to the rear end of the bed when the tail gate is open. Truck bed extenders are available in a variety of different styles, so finding one suited for your truck shouldn’t be challenging. Additionally, you can purchase truck bed extenders in various sizes depending on how much extra space you need. Tire Depth If you want a truck with better off-road driving capabilities, it could be as simple as purchasing an extra set of tires. Typically, the larger the tread blocks on the tire, the better they are able to handle off-road conditions like gravel and mud. In terms of gravel, the larger tread allows the tire to more easily conform to the surface, offering better handling. In terms of mud, the greater depth makes it harder for mud to get compacted in between the treads, which decreases the likelihood of getting stuck. If you purchase this type of tire, make sure you remove them when diving on the street as they have a reduced braking performance compared to regular tires. Seat Covers If you use your truck like it’s intended to be used, your truck probably could use a face-lift when it comes to the interior. Whether it’s mud, coffee spills or rips in the seats, it’s not uncommon for the interior of a truck to look like a miniature war zone. When detailing no longer works, this doesn’t necessarily mean you need a new truck Seat covers are an option to consider. Seat covers designed specifically for your truck fit seamlessly over your existing surface and are virtually undetectable, offering the look of a new interior without the high cost. If your current truck isn’t meeting your needs fully, don’t overlook the many upgrades available that can make your truck more functional and...

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Watch Me Whip: How To Introduce Your New Car Via Social Media

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Watch Me Whip: How To Introduce Your New Car Via Social Media

Social media started out a tool to help keep friends and peer groups in contact with one another. Now, social media has become a machine in which many people live out their lives. Everything from graduations, to moves, to pregnancies and engagements are announced on social media first. This goes for a regular person and celebrities alike. If you want to have your moment in the sun by introducing your new car on social media, here is the best way to go about it for maximum cool points. Post a black and white photo of your old ride Nothing says goodbye in a solemn manner like a black and white photograph. Take a photograph of your old car from a distance and add a black and white contrast or filter to the picture. If you wish to be cryptic, you can add a brief message about the fun times that you had with your old car. You can also talk about “changes coming” in order to give a clue that you will have an announcement in the future. Buy a luxury key holder If you want your new car to be introduced on a silver platter, start out with your keys. Collect your brand new key fob, or have one made if you have an older vehicle without an electronic fob. Before you display the keys, you need to have a luxury key holder. Many luxury purse brands make recognizable key holders with their brand name or logo prominently displayed. The holders come at introductory prices, as key holders are much smaller, which allows you to afford one with the money left over from your car’s down payment. Post a picture with the key holder and your new key fob to get the congratulations rolling in. Put on your sun glasses and best watch If you want to introduce your new ride, there are two ways to go about it. New cars of luxury brands call for a watch and steering wheel logo picture. Along with this picture you can post the make and model of the vehicle, then extol the virtues of the luxury car brand. If your car is a non-luxury brand that you are proud of, post a picture of you and the car at a distance, while wearing your sunglasses. If you aren’t a big fan of selfies, have a friend take a close up of you outside of the window in a “driving” pose. Add some popular song lyrics about cars and driving to sum up the great feeling of your new car....

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Three Benefits Of Using Towing Services In Your Parking Lot

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Benefits Of Using Towing Services In Your Parking Lot

Your parking lot provides easy access for visitors to your building, and hiring a towing service can help you to keep your parking lot safe and secure. If you don’t use tow trucks to maintain order on your lot, here are three reasons to start. Safety Concerns Abandoned vehicles can pose several safety threats. They can be magnets for criminal activity, such as drug dealing and loitering, bringing an unwanted element to your business. These vehicles often contain gasoline and other flammable liquids, making them a target for arsonists. This could cause damage to your building as well as to your visitors’ vehicles, which could leave you responsible for the cost of repairs. Abandoned cars are also used by homeless people for shelter, which could negatively impact your building’s image and safety. Be sure to call a local organization that helps homeless people before having an occupied car towed so you can be sure of the person’s well-being. Having tow trucks regularly look for and tow abandoned vehicles on your property helps to deter dangerous or criminal activity. Better Access To Parking Your parking lot may be located in an area with otherwise limited parking availability, which may tempt drivers to park on your property to visit nearby residences or other businesses. This clogs your parking area, leaving your visitors with limited access to your lot. Post signs advising that unauthorized vehicles will be towed, and hire tow trucks to monitor your lot throughout the day to remove unwanted vehicles from your property. Make sure to provide parking passes for employees and vendors so your towing company knows which vehicles to leave in your lot. Towing Benefits For Your Visitors Once you’ve established a relationship with a towing company, you can actually use it as a benefit for your building’s visitors. Should someone have car trouble and need a tow, you can arrange for quick service. Negotiate with the company ahead of time to see if it can offer discounts to stranded motorists you refer. This lets you offer a convenient service to clients and customers in need, helping to build your business relationships. You may even be able to arrange a few free services, such as jump starts, depending on how much business the towing company receives from towing away vehicles on your lot. Tow trucks serve a wide range of purposes, and they offer many benefits to parking lot owners. Consider hiring a towing service like Big Valley Towing to keep your lot safe, secure and full of plentiful parking options for all your...

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3 Ways A Mechanic Can Increase Your Tires Lifespan

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways A Mechanic Can Increase Your Tires Lifespan

Have you noticed lately that your tires never last as long as they should? If this is a problem you are facing, you may want to consider investing in routine tire services. Investing in routine tire services will improve the quality of your tires, which will help them last longer and this can definitely help save you some money over time. So, to ensure you are maximizing the potential of your tires, be sure to: Know When They Need To Be Rotated: It is likely that your car has a two wheel drivetrain, which means if your drivetrain is located on the front axle of your car then your front two tires are going to be working harder than the rear two. This cause put more stress on the front tires, which can cause them to wear much faster than the back set, which is why it is important to rotate your tires. Rotating your tires won’t prevent wearing from occurring, but it will slow the process, which will help increase the life of your tires. It is important to have your tires rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles to help prevent excessive tire wear. Watch Out For Shakiness: Does your car shake when you are reaching freeway speeds? If it does then this could likely mean that your alignment is not centered. Having an alignment that is not centered can put your tires at an angle with the road, which can cause major wear to occur.  With an off alignment, your wheel axles are not positioned properly, which prevents your tires from being able to drive evenly with the road. So, if your car shakes or if your steering wheel rattles when driving on the freeway, definitely be sure to have your alignment checked out. Check For Low Air Pressure: Low air pressure in your tires can easily cause tire defects, as not only can this make your tires more prone to tire punctures, but it can also add more stress to your tires, which can cause your tires to wear and become defective over time. Having a mechanic check the air pressure and resolving the pressure in your tires is always best. Not only will this improve your tires, but it will help your car drive more efficiently. With these three check-ups and tire services, you will be able to help boost the longevity of your tires, which won’t only save you money, but will increase your road safety, which is always most important. So, be sure to invest in routine tire care at a shop like Foothill Service, as this can definitely improve your overall driving...

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How Often Do You Need to Change Your Oil?

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Often Do You Need to Change Your Oil?

The engine in your car depends on oil. The oil keeps the pistons moving smoothly. Without oil, the friction and the heat generated by that friction would cause your engine to self-destroy. But you can’t just put some oil in your car and then ignore it for the rest of time. You have to make sure that you get the oil changed in your car regularly. There are a couple of reasons for that. One is that in even in the best of cars, you will lose some oil. Another is that the oil gets dirty when it gets used. Sediment and tiny bits of metal will collect in the oil and make it work much less efficiently. The question is, how often should you get the oil changed in your car? 3,000 Miles Your parents changed the oil in their cars every 3,000 miles. The reason for this is that the oil that was available tended to wear out faster than modern oils do. The engines were also not made with the same tolerances that modern cars engines are, so it was common to lose a lot of oil over normal usage. You may continue to change your oil every 3,000 miles, just because that’s what your parents always did. However, you are really just wasting oil and money. Under normal usage, you can go much further in between oil changes.  7,500 Miles The new standard for oil changes is that you don’t have to do it more often than every 7,500 miles. The best reason for this is that the oil technology has changed. New synthetic oils last much longer. They can stand up to the higher temperatures and more usage than older oils without breaking down. New engines are also manufactured to be tighter and lose less oil, and be more efficient while they are running. 10,000+ Miles Some cars are even designed to go more than 10,000 miles or more before they need to have an oil change.  These guidelines are all under normal usage and normal conditions. If your car gets a heavy amount of usage or you have to drive in severe conditions, you may have to change your oil more often.  The best way to figure out how often you need to change the oil is to look at your owner’s manual. It should give you a guideline as to how often you need to take your car in for different kinds of servicing. For more information, talk to an oil professional like Gran-Del Petroleum...

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