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To keep or to trade in? That is the question!

To keep or to trade in? That is the question!

    Do I fix it or do I get rid of it?  Which is better for the bank account and\or peace of mind?  This can be a very complicated issue indeed.  On one hand you have a car that is paid for and the thought of a car note makes you sick.  On the other hand the uncertainty of having a reliable vehicle worries you to death.  Will your old clunker leave you stranded somewhere?       There is a fine line in where it is more painful to keep an old pile of junk that you are constantly fixing.  The truth is it actually is cheaper to keep'em.  Vehicles from the late nineties onward are built much better than the vehicles were in the days of yore.  There was a time when a vehicle with 100,000 miles on it was completely worn out.  Modern vehicles are at their half-life at 100,000 - 150,000 miles.  With proper maintenance it is easy to drive a modern vehicle to the 300,000 mile mark.  In our experience the lifespa ... read more

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Why it’s important to tell your mechanic/technician about work recently done to your vehicle

When you stick with one mechanic it will save you time and money due to the fact that they are familiar with your vehicle and past work performed.  If you decide to switch mechanics it could you save you tons of money if you communicate everything that any previous technician has done. The main reasons to disclose all previous repair work are: To aid in diagnosis Possibility for cause of current problem Improper installation Generalize area of concern To prevent redundant repairs Possibility of misdiagnosis Saves time and money   When an automotive technician is attempting to diagnose a customer’s concern, they methodically sort through the system that pertains to the concern. For example, if an A/C isn’t blowing cold air, the technician will check the components of the A/C system: compressor, A/C lines, sensors, freon level and pressures, electrical connections and components, etc.  The difficulty, in some cases, is when an unrelated system ... read more

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