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Car Culture-Lets Go RVing!!

Let’s Go RVing! I guess the first true RV’ers were the pioneers who set out across the country to find new lands. They packed all the luxuries they could and set off to their destination of choice! The recreational vehicle was not really defined however, until the time when the first automobiles were created. 1910…

Car Culture-Tip of the Month-That does not compute!

That does not compute! For those of you who remove and install your own transmissions, there are things to remember to include in your estimate! Many newer vehicles may require additional work that can result in your shop subletting portions of your repair to another shop, or even the dealership. It is important that the…

Car Culture-Let’s Split Man!

Car design continues to evolve over time. Styles and designs come and go, just like the fashion world. Some are never to be seen again, while others make a stylish, retro comeback. Originating in the 1930’s, the split rear window is due for a revisit. Art Deco automobiles like the 1934 Chrysler Airflow were a…

Car Culture-Lease or Buy Pt. 2 – Car Lease Contract: 7 Important Facts

Pt. 2 – Car Lease Contract: 7 Important Facts 1) A lease contract amount doesn’t change, even after an accident. If the consumer gets into a car accident and the vehicle is totaled, the consumer is responsible for the full lease contract amount. If the consumer put zero down, they often find that the insurance settlement…

Car Culture-Lease or Buy Pt. 1

Educating Your Customers on ‘Lease or Buy’ Decision Perhaps you have noticed a drop in your business this last year; a year when the stock market has enjoyed a profit and home values are up. Why then, does the auto repair business continue to struggle? There are many theories as to why this is occurring,…

Car Culture-Great Balls Almighty

Great Balls Almighty! The year was 1967. The ‘Newlywed Game’ premiers on television, Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys is indicted for draft evasion, Sonny and Cher have a hit with “The Beat Goes On”, the United States is still testing nuclear bombs in the Nevada desert, and the 76 Union Oil Company releases their…

Car Culture-Tip of the Month-Tired of Problems?

TIRED OF PROBLEMS? How many nights have you laid awake in bed thinking of a problem car that you just can’t fix? Well, it may be the tires that are making you tired! Problems with mismatched brands, wrong size, or low pressure can create a problem with a transmission. One example taken from the Automatic…

Car Culture-Tin Can Toys

Tin Can Toys! If you were a child in the 50’s or 60’s, the chances are you owned some type of battery operated tin toy. There were character toys, holiday toys, and vehicle toys! Most of these toys were produced in Japan. After World War II ended, the treaty with the Japanese limited the type…

Car Culture-Tip of the Month-Cars to Christmas Trees!

From Cars to Christmas Trees What do cars and Christmas trees have in common? LED light! More and more, LED lights are replacing standard filament bulbs in every area of our lives. Those of you who enjoy hugging trees and see a tint of green when you look in the mirror will be proud to…

Car Culture-Tip of the Month-Charge it!

Charge it! No, we’re not talking about your wife wanting to use your credit card. We’re referring to the problems low voltage can have on today’s highly technical automobiles. Poor cable connections, loose or dirty grounds, and bad batteries can wreak havoc for today’s technicians. Here are a few examples. EXAMPLE 1.  A Saturn Vue…