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Top Trends in the Automotive Industry

Top Trends in the Automotive Industry

Top Trends in the Automotive Industry for 2013 – Part 3 in series of 4 Trend #3 – Auto Repair Important Auto repair will continue to play a big role in the automotive industry. In addition to the routine car and repairs every car owner must go through, there is going to be higher demand for specialized parts and repairs required of hybrid and electric cars. Currently, there is a low supply of shops capable of fixing these hybrid cars despite its increasing demand. The auto repair industry includes numerous franchising segments including automobile body, transmissions, and oil franchises. Keeping a regular maintenance schedule and aligning with a trusted mechanic is critical to insure the maximum life of your vehicle at the minimum of cost

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Top Trends in the Automotive Industry for 2013-Part 4 in series of 4

Top Trends in the Automotive Industry for 2013-Part 4 in series of 4

Top Trends in the Automotive Industry for 2013 – Part 4 in series of 4 Trend #4 – Automotive Industry Going Green. The green movement has hit the automotive industry as all car manufacturers are focusing their attention on producing more environmentally friendly and fuel efficient vehicles. As this infant market matures, there will be a demand for services from businesses that understands how to cater to these specific types of vehicles. The costs of supporting this market are lower when the owner aligns himself with a knowledgeable service provider versus the dealership

Top Trends in the Automotive Industry for 2013-Part 2 in a series of 4

Top Trends in the Automotive Industry for 2013-Part 2 in a series of 4

Top Trends in the Automotive Industry for 2013 – Part 2 in series of 4 Trend #2 - Used Cars Sales are Lower Interestingly, growth in used car sales are lower than new car sales as people are preferring to purchase newer cars as opposed to buying used ones. A big part of that has to deal with the fact that there is a reduced supply of used cars raising the price of these cars leading people to just buy new cars. Having a trusted mechanic to keep the new vehicle within warranty repairs not only protects your investment but protects your warranty

Top Trends in the Automotive Industry for 2013--Part 1 in series of 4

Top Trends in the Automotive Industry for 2013--Part 1 in series of 4

Top Trends in the Automotive Industry for 2013 – Part 1 in series of 4 Trend #1 - People are holding their cars longer As the United States slowly recovers from a recession, consumers are still tight on their budgets and conserving the amount of luxury goods they purchase including new cars and other vehicles. According to the automotive industry research firm R.L. Polk & Co., consumers are holding their cars, on average, for 63.9 months, which is up 4.5 months from the previous year. Additionally, the quality of cars have increased leading people to hold their cars for longer periods of time without the need to purchase new ones. While this can lead to reduced car sales, it can increase the need for repair and maintenance as people choose to keep their older cars. Keeping a regular maintenance schedule and aligning with a trusted mechanic is critical to insure the maximum life of your vehicle at ... read more

How to save money on car repairs.

How to save money on car repairs.

Part IV- Do your homework and ask educated questions. Prepare your questions. The shop's staff will respect you for being a good researcher and consumer. A reputable shop should be willing to explain in lay language-and even show you-what's going on with your car. If the owner or mechanic is annoyed by your questions or talks over your head, he or she may be trying to intimidate you, sell you unnecessary services or overcharge you. Find a new shop, pronto

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How to save money on car repairs-Maintain and Prevent

How to save money on car repairs-Maintain and Prevent

Part I: Maintain and Prevent The number-one way to pay less on car repairs is to avoid them in the first place. Keep your ride in prime shape by following the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule. Major & minor services are usually suggested every 15,000 to 30,000 miles & you'll find it in your car owner's manual (lost yours? find it on Edmunds.com)

Autovantage Services

Autovantage Services

Visit the Top Rated Auto Repair Service in Auburn, CA Whether you’re here for an oil change, vehicle tune up, or have unexpected car problems, our professionally trained, ASE Certified auto mechanics give your vehicle the attention it deserves. From the moment you book an appointment to the moment you pick up your keys, we are committed to exceeding your expectations. We want you to have an experience that will keep you coming back. Call us (530) 823-3456 or use the easy online form to make an appointment. When you come to Autovantage Service Center in Auburn CA, you will receive the quality and expertise you expect from a major auto service center. We perform all types of preventive maintenance, auto diagnostics, and repairs for most vehicles. ASE Certified Technicians 24 Months/24,000 Unlimited Miles Nationwide Warranty 24 Months/24,000 Miles Warranty Original Equipment (OE) quality parts Courtesy Automot ... read more

Oxygen Sensor, How Do They Work!

Oxygen Sensor, How Do They Work!

What is an Oxygen Sensor and how does it work? Every new car, and most cars produced after 1980, have an oxygen sensor. The sensor is part of the emissions control system and feeds data to the­ engine management computer The goal of the sensor is to help the engine run as efficiently as possible and also to produce as few emissions as possible. A gasoline engine uses oxygen to burn gasoline. There is a particular ratio of air and gasoline that is "perfect," and the most common ratio is 14.7:1 (different fuels have different perfect ratios ) If there is less air than this perfect ratio, then there will be fuel left over after combustion. This left over fuel creates pollution. If there is more air than this perfect ratio, then there is excess oxygen. More nitrogen-oxide pollutants are created in this situation and can cause poor performance and even engine damage. Th­e oxygen sensor is positioned in the exhaust pipe and can dete ... read more

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What is the difference between Wheel Alignment vs Wheel Balancing?

What is the difference between Wheel Alignment vs Wheel Balancing?

Wheel Alignment is the process of adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are making contact with the ground evenly as well as parallel to each other. Why align the wheels? The purpose of these adjustments is to maximize tire life and to keep the vehicle tracking straight when driving. Wheel Balancing insures that the tires and wheels spin correctly and without vibration. Balancing is accomplished by checking for any heavy spots on the wheel and or tire and making allowances for it by placing weights in specific spots on the wheel. The sign of alignment problems are: Uneven or accelerated tire wear Pulling or drifting from a straight line Wandering on a straight level road Steering wheel off center while driving on a straight, level road. The signs of a balance issue are: Steering wheel vibration at certain speeds. General vibration at certain speeds. Scalloped or cupped wear on the tire surface Wheel Al ... read more

Spring Cooling Maintenance - Radiator Flush

Spring Cooling Maintenance - Radiator Flush

ost people know that the coolant in your radiator keeps your engine from freezing in the winter but it also helps keep things cool in the summer. All too often people are driving with the incorrect mixture or old coolant in their vehicles because they have not been educated on the service needs of their vehicle. Radiator coolant actually raises the boiling point of the water, allowing it to carry more heat away from the engine, and that means a cooler running engine. If you're running low on coolant, things can get steamy fast. It only takes a second to check your coolant level. Most cars have an opaque coolant overflow tank right next to the radiator. It's white plastic, but you can see inside to see if there's enough fluid to keep things safe. You'll also see markings on the side telling you the low and high levels. Always check your coolant level when the car is cold. What about a Radiator Flush and when do I do a radiator flush? A Cooling System Flush Service is important becaus ... read more

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