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Rear-View Cameras Can Save Lives

by Community Manager ‎12-17-2014 02:21 PM - edited ‎12-19-2014 09:35 AM (27 Views)

rearviewcamera_teaser.JPGThere is danger whenever you back up your vehicle, but rear-view cameras can make it a little less risky.

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Putting New Vehicle Safety Technology to the Test

by Community Manager ‎11-19-2014 02:32 PM - edited ‎12-08-2014 12:47 PM (649 Views)

CM-0022_teaser_image (1).JPGAdvanced driver assistance systems are great, but what happens if drivers rely too heavily on automation? AAA’s test-track simulations found surprising results.

 

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6 Steps to Better Gas Mileage

by Community Manager ‎11-19-2014 02:31 PM - edited ‎12-04-2014 09:43 AM (3,377 Views)

CM-0021_carcare_COMMteaser.jpgYou can get more miles to the gallon by simply altering your driving style.

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VIDEO: Car Care - Winter 101

by Community Manager ‎10-24-2014 12:09 PM - edited ‎10-30-2014 08:58 AM (10,464 Views)

carcare.JPGIs your car ready for severe weather? Act now—before winter unleashes its wrath.

 

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Is an Automatic Stop-Start vehicle Right for You?

by Community Manager on ‎10-23-2014 10:38 AM - last edited on ‎10-23-2014 04:06 PM by Community Manager (13,345 Views)

CM-0020_carcare_COMMteaser.JPGIf you passed on a hybrid vehicle, but you're still looking for a "greener" option, automatic stop-start technology may be the answer. The engine shuts off at stops to conserve fuel and reduce emissions. Sounds odd, but it works.

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A New Era Begins

by Community Manager ‎09-24-2014 01:19 PM - edited ‎09-26-2014 09:40 AM (10,032 Views)

cm0013.jpgAAAʼs experts answer your automotive questions and provide useful information and
advice.

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An Ounce of Prevention...

by Community Manager on ‎09-11-2014 02:39 PM - last edited on ‎09-16-2014 04:07 PM by Community Manager (7,888 Views)

Teaser_04_183043351.jpgTaking a vehicle to the shop isn't at the top of most to-do lists, but putting it off can be costly.

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Car Care: Sensing Trouble

by Community Manager on ‎08-28-2014 05:47 PM - last edited on ‎09-16-2014 04:28 PM by Community Manager (2,155 Views)

auto_teaser.jpgYour car usually tells you when something is wrong—if you pay attention. Steer clear of costly repair bills by acting on these warning signs.

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Farewell to the Best Members in the World!

by on ‎07-22-2014 10:27 AM (4,681 Views)

Pete car.jpgSince 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!

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Don’t Ignore that Early Morning Chirping

by on ‎07-08-2014 10:46 AM (7,704 Views)

drive belt.jpgFor 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.

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Why Did They Ask That?

by on ‎06-24-2014 01:54 PM - last edited on ‎06-30-2014 04:16 PM by Community Manager (1,837 Views)

testing electrical system.jpgMarket 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.”

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AAAPete

Is the Spare There?

by on ‎06-10-2014 11:15 AM (3,151 Views)

flat tire.jpgWith 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.

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Nothing Lasts Forever

by on ‎05-27-2014 11:02 AM (6,416 Views)

loves car.jpgWhile 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.

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‘Expect Something More’

by on ‎05-14-2014 01:46 PM (2,267 Views)

AAR shop customer.jpgThose 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.

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The High Cost of Procrastination

by on ‎04-29-2014 01:41 PM (4,820 Views)

car repair bill.jpgIf 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.

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Good to Know

by ‎04-15-2014 11:03 AM - edited ‎04-16-2014 03:18 PM (2,990 Views)

hugging car.jpgMaybe 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!

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Good, Cheap or Fast?

by on ‎04-01-2014 11:00 AM (4,238 Views)

Good Cheap Fast sign.jpgYou 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.

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Don’t “Leaf” It Alone!

by on ‎03-18-2014 11:00 AM (5,359 Views)

car leak.jpgHave 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!

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Nicely Inconsiderate

by on ‎03-04-2014 12:13 PM (1,717 Views)

smiling driver.jpgAlmost seems to be an oxymoron, doesn’t it? How can you be nice and inconsiderate at the same time? Here are a few examples from the road:

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Your Car May Be Ready…But Are You?

by ‎02-18-2014 12:02 PM - edited ‎02-18-2014 12:03 PM (638 Views)

snow traffic.jpgBy 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.

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AAAPete

What Should a Good Repair Shop Look Like?

by on ‎02-04-2014 10:55 AM (2,630 Views)

good repair shop.jpgShould 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? 

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Low Voltage Can Be the Root of All Evil

by on ‎01-22-2014 10:56 AM (4,901 Views)

car battery.jpgMy 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. 

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Start the New Year Right

by on ‎01-07-2014 10:48 AM (710 Views)

driver on phone.jpgAs 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. 

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Holiday Cheer

by on ‎12-23-2013 10:00 AM (474 Views)

Santa car.jpgAs we cruise through the Holiday Season and bring the year to a close, make sure you take time with friends and family to reflect on the many blessings 2013 had to offer. 

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AAAPete

When Is a Good Time to Buy?

by on ‎12-10-2013 02:13 PM (972 Views)

worried car salesman.jpgOver 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.

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The Modern Things in Life

by on ‎11-26-2013 01:17 PM (599 Views)

muscle car.jpgBeing an avid fan of the 60’s muscle cars, I am often reminded of how far technology has taken us, and how these advancements make our lives not just easier, but certainly more comfortable. 

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Safety, Efficiency and Functionality

by on ‎11-13-2013 08:53 AM (1,469 Views)

HondaVac.jpgThese are just three of several categories car manufacturers focus on when designing vehicles to appeal to their prospective customer base.

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AAAPete

Where Did the Dipstick Go?

by on ‎10-30-2013 02:10 PM (5,815 Views)

dipstick.jpgChecking the transmission fluid on many of today’s cars and trucks can be different from what you remember. It’s not always as simple as just pulling the dipstick—because many newer models don’t even have one!

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Slower Traffic Keep Right

by on ‎10-15-2013 02:02 PM (1,063 Views)

traffic illustration.jpgBear 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. 

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I Remember When…

by on ‎10-01-2013 11:16 AM (1,203 Views)

classic car.jpgI 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. 

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