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Savvy Consumer Tip: Teen Driving

Do you have a teenager who is about to start driving? Watch this video for some helpful tips.

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Check Your Tread Wear

Do you know how to tell if your car’s tires have adequate tread wear? Watch this video for some helpful information.

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The Biggest Auto Recall Ever

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Chris’ 2003 Toyota was one of millions in a recent recall. Check www.safercar.gov for up-to-date recall information. Photo: American Ratings Corporation (2015)

It’s easy to tune out news about automobile recalls—most aren’t serious, and they usually don’t apply to a vehicle you own. However, my ears perked up when my 2003 Toyota was among millions of cars being recalled. Vehicles of many different makes (Honda, BMW, Subaru, Mazda, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Mitsubishi, Nissan) have Japanese-made airbags that could explode upon impact and injure drivers and passengers with flying shrapnel. That’s pretty scary. I called my local Toyota dealership right away to schedule the “fix” specified in the recall. The free repair was completed with minimal hassle earlier this year. Continue reading “The Biggest Auto Recall Ever” »

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Diamond Certified Experts: Essential Vehicle Maintenance for Optimal Performance

By taking a proactive approach to maintenance, you can make the most of your vehicle investment. Photo: Faxon Garage (2014)

By taking a proactive approach to maintenance, you can make the most of your vehicle investment. Photo: Faxon Garage (2014)

Let’s face it: in this day and age, a vehicle is more than just a means of transportation—it’s an investment, and a substantial one at that. From the price of engine repair and body work to ongoing fuel and insurance costs, owning a vehicle constitutes a major financial obligation, which is all the more reason to be proactive about maintenance. With this in mind, we asked five Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to weigh in on key areas where maintenance matters most. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Essential Vehicle Maintenance for Optimal Performance” »

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Dealing with Car Rust

Watch this video to learn how to minimize rust damage to your vehicle.

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Auto Recalls

Watch this video to learn when you should pay attention to automobile recalls.

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The Importance of Shock Replacement

Shock replacement continues to be one of the most commonly neglected aspects of vehicle maintenance. Most people put off replacement until their shocks are completely worn down or leaking fluid, but the average lifespan of most shocks is only 50,000 miles, so they should be replaced proactively rather than remedially.

The fact that shock replacement is so frequently overlooked may be due to a lack of appreciation for the role they play in vehicle operation. The primary function of shocks is to control a vehicle’s suspension system. As shocks become worn, however, their ability to fulfill this role becomes diminished, resulting in more movement of the suspension and its related components. Continue reading “The Importance of Shock Replacement” »

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Buying a Used Car

Do you know what to look for when shopping for a used car? Watch this video for some helpful tips.

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Body Work Isn’t Done in a Day

Some car owners think body work can be completed in one day, but the reality is, it often takes several days (and sometimes weeks) to bring a vehicle back to its pre-accident condition. One of the most typical causes of body work delays is parts. If a mechanic has to wait for ordered parts to arrive, discovers the parts don’t fit properly or accidentally has the wrong parts shipped, it can tack another day or two onto the repair.

From parts to insurance, there are several factors that can prolong your vehicle’s stay at a body repair shop. Photo: Automobile Collision Center (2013)

From parts to insurance, there are several factors that can prolong your vehicle’s stay at a body repair shop. Photo: Automobile Collision Center (2013)

Another frequent instance of delay is with painting. The nature of paint makes it one of the most difficult and time-consuming areas of body work—even if it looks perfect upon application, it’s impossible to tell whether it’s successful until after it has dried, as both color and texture can change during this process. Continue reading “Body Work Isn’t Done in a Day” »

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Auto Body Inspection Program

Watch this video to learn how you can take advantage of the Bureau of Automotive Repair’s Auto Body Inspection Program.

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