Once the dust has settled after a car accident, what do most drivers do? They call their insurance company so they can get their vehicle repaired. If you need auto repair after an accident, it’s smart to do your own research and choose who will repair your vehicle rather than following your insurer’s recommendation.
When you go to any repair shop, you’ll likely see acronyms related to vehicle parts, repair procedures and the shop’s credentials. As a consumer, you don't need to worry about most of these abbreviations, but there’s one you should always look for: ASE. ASE stands for Automotive Service Excellence. It’s important to use an auto repair shop that has ASE certified technicians because you can trust they’re up-to-date on the latest vehicle technologies.
You’ve undoubtedly seen the ominous warning signs on Texas roadways: Slippery when wet. If you’re smart, when you see these signs and it’s raining, snowing, drizzling or foggy outside, you automatically reduce your speed and pay closer attention to your driving. But have you ever asked yourself, “Why do Texas roads get slippery when it rains?” After all, asphalt is a coarse material.
Many drivers believe that if they drive infrequently, their vehicle’s parts will last longer and require less frequent service. For some vehicle components, that’s true. Interior and exterior lights, for example, typically don’t fail if they’re not used. However, other vehicle components will wear out even if you keep your car parked most of the time. Read on for concrete examples illustrating why it’s important to have all parts of your car routinely checked.
Even drivers who know very little about the inner workings of their vehicles usually know the basics of preventive maintenance. They know their oil should be replaced regularly, their tires should be inflated to the correct pressure and they should heed any warning lights that illuminate on their dashboards to alert them of potential problems. Beyond that cursory knowledge, many drivers have an “if it isn't broke, don’t fix it” mentality about their cars. Sooner or later, these drivers usually find out the hard way why that’s not always a smart mindset. One small and inexpensive item that ranks high on the neglected car-care list are the air filters.
If your child develops a fever, where do you take him or her for medical care? You probably head to a pediatrician who specializes in caring for children. If your dog needs to be trimmed for the summer, do you take him to your barber? No, you take him to a dog groomer who specializes in those specific services. When your BMW, Audi or Mercedes needs service or repair, where do you go? Surprisingly, many owners of European autos head to a local general repair shop rather than a European vehicle specialist. Read on to learn why that’s not a smart choice.
If you drive a high-end import vehicle, you’ve got impeccable taste in automobiles and you’re probably meticulous about keeping up with scheduled preventive maintenance. You’re well aware that not getting your oil change at the recommended interval could damage your import car, so you’re careful to take it in regularly for this important service.
If you’re a Texas homeowner, you probably schedule an AC checkup in the spring to make sure it's working properly as the temperatures begin to climb. There are few things worse than flipping on your home’s air-conditioner to gain relief from oven-like heat outside, only to find it will not turn on. Or, perhaps it turns on but blows hot air. One thing that’s as disconcerting as a broken home air conditioner is a broken car air conditioner. If you haven’t scheduled your vehicle’s summer air conditioning repair service, you should. The countdown to unbearable Texas heat is on, and no one enjoys sweating through their commute.
Most drivers have a limited understanding of the components that keep their vehicles operating optimally. Sure, drivers know what tires do, why it’s important to keep the gas tank full and why regular oil changes are needed. And they’ve probably heard the names of the myriad of other vehicle components necessary for a safe, smooth ride, but may not know the role these parts play. One of the least understood car components are shocks and struts. Read on if you’ve ever wondered, “what are struts on a car?" or "what are shocks on a car?”