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Make sure your car lasts……

Posted on 07/23/2012

You can save thousands of dollars over buying a new vehicle every few years, just by taking good care of the vehicle you currently own.  Make your car last 200,000 miles or more! Sounds crazy, I know but if properly cared for its possible.

Thanks to new products and the industry’s interest in the environment your cars maintenance and repair costs can be easiliy reduced and extend the life of your vehicle.  There are advances in lubricants, engine technology, and rust proofing that make cars more reliable than ever before.  To hang on to a car longer closely follow the maintenance schedule in the vehicle owner’s manual and follow the advice of someone who is knowledgeable and skilled – a specialist on the vehicle.  If you think by skipping service on your vehicle you are saving money, think again.  Missing even one auto service or repair can accelerate premature wear and cause damage, reducing the long-term reliability you were aiming for. As long as you stick to the schedule, you’ll save in the long run, even if some auto services or repairs seem expensive in the short run.

Some vehicles have sensors that take the guesswork out of maintenance, such as BMW, Honda, Toyota, and Mercedes-Benz.  These vehicles monitor the miles driven since the last service and record data such as how much stop-and-go driving is done, the engine temperature during each trip, and the time the engine spends operating at higher speeds.  It then calculates how quickly your oil is breaking down and alerts you when service is due.  Pretty amazing!! Overall these systems are fairly accurate. 

Whether you have a system that tells you are you put it in your personal calendar schedule those regular vehicle maintenance and repairs!

April is National Car Care Month

Posted on 07/23/2012

You might be thinking, as I was when I first read this, what on earth!! This is just another gimmick devised by auto shops to market to the uninformed or gullible! (and I work for an auto shop!) So I started to read on and found out that yes, in actuality there is such a thing and it was (is) formed by an actual legitimate organization. A not-for-profit in fact! Their goal is car care awareness. So you might be thinking, “I’m aware! If my car starts everything is good, and when it doesn’t, well I’ll figure that out.” Don’t worry, I understand. Car care is about as high on my list as cleaning my refrigerator coils. Let’s face it I would much rather spend my money on a new pair of shoes than an oil change! However, I would also much rather go on a vacation than HAVE to spend that money, replacing my transmission! So there is a balance…. National Car Care Month is about that balance, learning preventative care for your vehicle so you can afford the shoes and the vacation. It’s allowing you to understand why and how regular auto maintenance and repair is a benefit to you, your wallet and in the long run our environment.

There are economic, safety and environmental benefits to performing regular auto maintenance, notes Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. “Neglected vehicles do cause accidents, or a breakdown on a highway, which in itself can be dangerous,” White says. One of the economic benefits is fuel. Let’s talk about gas prices, shall we… I paid $4.00 p/gal the other day! I was in complete shock and denial! One tank equals a really NICE pair of shoes, or gentleman, a pretty decent round of golf. So who can afford, or wants to waste gas. “There are things you can do to keep your car running efficiently, and you can squeeze out a few more miles to the gallon,” Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. Well let me know what they are before I have to use my children’s college education fund to drive them to school and sports! Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Vehicle gas caps – About 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.
  • Under inflated tires – When tires aren’t inflated properly it’s like driving with the parking brake on and can cost a mile or two per gallon.
  • Worn spark plugs – A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in a lot of heat and electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring, which wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced regularly.

  • Dirty air filters – An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a “rich” mixture – too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, saving about 15 cents a gallon.

 

Willow Glen/San Jose Auto Repair

Posted on 07/23/2012

Have you ever been to Willow Glen?  If you have then you know its like an old-time community with all the appeal.  It’s like a family. Well guess what,  there are all types of members in this family and we at B&C Auto Center are one of them.  First of all, two of our employees live in the Willow Glen Community, that makes them officially one of the family.  Second,  our auto repair shop has been located in Willow Glen for more than 3 decades.  So from that stand point we are old timers-seen the changes and lived to tell.  What does this tell you about us?  We are here to stay!  We aren’t going anywhere. We are going to make sure that we stay for another 3 decades.   It also means more, we cater to you.  If you live in the 95125 or 95124 zip code we will pick up your vehicle from your house and bring it in for service and then drop it back in your driveway.  How’s that for family?  We value relationship, and yours is important to us.  So if you are looking for car repair in Willow Glen look at us.  We are close, conveinent and incredibly trustworthy, after all we ARE your neightbor.

Coolant vs. Air Conditioning

Posted on 07/23/2012

With Warm weather FINALLY approaching us in Northern CA, ( I know we are big babies)  its time to start thinking about Air Conditioning….    A common misunderstanding or mistake for a customer to make is that there is a connection between the air conditioning system and the coolant system.  First of all, they are two separate systems.  In simplest terms, the coolant system cools your vehicles engine and the air conditioning cools you.  With that said – if your auto repair shop is checking your coolant do not assume they are checking your air conditioning or anything related to it.  For the most part these systems are separate of each other.  The Air Conditioning system uses a refridgerant most often referred to as freon to keep the air conditioning system cold. Most A/C repairs are best left to a repair shop. Recharging the refrigerant, in particular, requires special equipment that most people don’t own.  On the other hand, adding coolant, or anti-freeze is simple enough to do on your own.  However, if you forget to add coolant it can cause major damage to your vehicle.  The point is, if you have questions or concerns about either system on your vehicle check with your Automotive Repair shop.  If you don’t have your own auto repair shop, B&C can be yours.

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