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Your car usually tells you when something is wrong—if you pay attention. Steer clear of costly repair bills by acting on these warning signs.Read more...
Since June 2009, I have been posting blogs and answering questions for AAA Members, addressing their automotive concerns. During that time I have received countless emails and letters from members expressing their appreciation for the advice I have given or the topics I have addressed. To me, this is what my job is all about—helping people!Read more...
For many automotive replacement parts, the degree of improvement over the years has increased in leaps and bounds. Years ago, when a car came into the shop for a squeaking fan belt it was pretty routine to replace the belt and the noise was gone. With the advances in overall design and the formulation of the products that make up today’s drive belts, those belts are lasting longer and squeaking less.Read more...
Market research tells us that the majority of people who join AAA do so for our flagship product: Emergency Road Service. This segment of AAA’s business is designed to help stranded motorists in their hour of need, whether towing them to a place of repair or fixing the problem and getting them “On the Go.”Read more...
With Emergency Road Service as our flagship automotive product, we have the privilege of helping hundreds of thousands of stranded members every year. Many of those members call AAA because of a flat tire, and of those calls, it is staggering to see the number of members’ vehicles that either have a spare that is unusable or, in many cases, not there at all.Read more...
While this may be a true enough statement, if you replace enough parts on your car, you may be able to keep it running forever. According to industry resource R.L. Polk, the average age of vehicles on the road today is up to 11.4 years. This extended vehicle ownership can be brought on by a variety of reasons ranging from cautious consumer spending to sentimentality.Read more...
Those aren’t just words on a page or a fancy marketing slogan. They represent the core principle that drives many of the products and services available through AAA. We want members to use our services and expect something more than what they would typically receive.Read more...
If a repair shop is truly looking out for their customers’ best interests, not only should they make sure the work they were contracted to perform is of the highest quality, but they should also look the vehicle over for any pending issues or failures and inform the customer accordingly.Read more...
Maybe you been in this position before—you see a used car you just have to have! It’s the right color, the perfect year, make and model, and it has all the creature comforts you could ever want. The price is so-so…but hey, it’s the right color!Read more...
You may have heard the old joke about “good, cheap or fast,” where you can have two of the three, but never all three. This certainly can be true with automotive repair. I have seen many cases where a quality repair can take time and be expensive, but I have also seen quality repairs done at reasonable prices.Read more...
Have you ever wondered why, during warmer months, you often see a small puddle of water under the right front area of the vehicle after you park? If you were driving with the air conditioning on, the water on the ground is a good thing. It’s only water, and yes, it’s actually supposed to be there!Read more...
By now, I’m sure most folks up north have had just about as much of winter as they can take. I’m also sure that if there was any preparation needed for your car, it has probably been done; either proactively or reactively.Read more...
Should it have a clean parking lot, clean waiting area and clean bathrooms? Should the shop itself be clean and organized? Should it have qualified technicians dedicated to the industry and a shop owner who invests in the tools and technology to keep current with the vehicles on the road today?Read more...
My personal vehicle is just five years old and has always started like a champ. Then suddenly, about a month ago, I noticed a longer than normal engine crank time the first time I started it each morning.Read more...
As we ring in 2014, many resolutions are being made in relation to exercising more, losing weight, spending more time with loved ones, and so on. While many are made with the best of intentions, it is not uncommon to fall off the intended path and slip back into our old ways.Read more...
Over the years, there have been many opinions on when is a good time to buy a new car. The short answer could be when you can afford the deal and you feel good about your purchase. Keeping in mind that, in most cases, buying a new car is your second largest investment, the goal should always be to keep as much of YOUR money in your pocket as possible.Read more...
Bear with me as I climb aboard my soapbox! We’ve all seen them, and in some cases we’ve even been them. I’m referring to drivers that cruise down the interstate in the far left lane a comfortable 10-15 mph lower than the posted speed limit.Read more...
I know it sounds like the intro to a reminiscent walk down memory lane—and coming from me, you are thinking it probably has something to do with automotive repairs, right? Well, you’re close! Here are some of the automobile components I’ve seen change the most over the last few decades.Read more...
While many folks typically associate October with Halloween, in the automotive division of AAA we associate it with Car Care Month. Even though we encourage motorists to care for their car every month of the year, October has been designated as the month we try to heighten awareness of proper vehicle maintenance and preparing your car for winter.Read more...
I wish I had a nickel for every time I heard, “My car has a vibration. I would like a wheel alignment.” With very few (and almost no) exceptions, a vehicle that has a front end that is out of alignment will almost never cause a vibration. The majority of the time, vibrations felt while driving usually come from a tire/rim combination that is out of balance.Read more...
Even though we are still in the pattern of the routine 3 o’clock thunderstorm, it’s just a matter of time before we’ll be able to turn off the air conditioner, open the windows in the house, and look forward to fall activities. But what about your car?Read more...
We’ve all seen the news clips of the flooded streets after a monsoon-style rain event, and usually there is a car sitting in the middle of the street with its flashers on. My guess is the driver didn’t heed the warnings of driving in flooded conditions, thought they could make it through and got stuck along the way. This is SO DANGEROUS!Read more...
Technology has brought us to the point to where the cars we drive are so electronically advanced, they can apply the brakes if a hazard is present without the driver touching the brake pedal, slow the vehicle down if the car in front slows down, and even parallel park themselves. This technology is great and brings us one step closer to self-driving vehicles, but what happens when something goes wrong with the system?Read more...
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