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Monthly Archives: January 2020

What are the Signs of a Dirty Air Filter?

Your car's air filter has the job of cleaning air as it enters the engine. The filter helps to keep debris, dirt, and bugs out of the engine as that air is brought in which can damage or affect the engine's performance. When the air filter becomes extremely dirty or clogged, the proper amount of air will not reach your engine and therefore will begin to reduce your engine's performance.  When do air filters need to be replaced?  Most vehicles require an air filter replacement every 10,000 miles or so. The best place to look for your specific vehicle's recommendations is your owner's manual. This will outline how often you need to have your air filter replaced. Also, keep in mind the climate that you drive in every day. Dusty or dirty roads driven every day may cause you to need to replace this filter more often than what is recommended, so keeping an eye on the filter's condition is helpful.  Signs that your air filter will need to be replaced ... read more

Is It Cheaper To Keep Your Old Car? A Look at Preventive Maintenance vs. Buying New.

Is It Cheaper To Keep Your Old Car? A Look at Preventive Maintenance vs. Buying New.

Do you ever wonder how your grandparents always seemed to have the same cars for decades, while those with newer vehicles often wind up trading them in or buying new cars to replace them in a few years? Going into the new year, we often find ourselves looking for a fresh start, out with the old and in with the new. But that can add up! Take a page out of grandpa’s book, and keep your car running like new for years to come by investing in your vehicle’s longevity through preventive maintenance. The investment is minimal compared  to the thousands you’ll save on a new vehicle! To put things in perspective, let’s look at some numbers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists that in 2018, the average American household earned $63,179. That same family spent 1.9% of its annual income on preventive maintenance and repairs, 3.1% on gasoline and oil, and 2.2% on auto insurance. With a little math, those figures show that family spent $1,200 on preventive mainten ... read more


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