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4 – Treat your car like a plane and make it last

What is the difference between an aircraft that doesn’t get preventative maintenance and a car that doesn’t? The car’s drivers can pull over if their car quits and call a tow truck. The plane’s pilot is going to die. Think that you might handle maintenance differently if your car was a plane? You bet you would as death is not a good option. Federal law requires aircraft maintenance every 100 hours or so. If you don’t get your aircraft signed off by a certified mechanic the plane is “grounded” and you can’t use it. If it were the same for automotive care, our experience is that 80% of the cars on the road would be “grounded”. That is a huge percentage! That means 8 in 10 of the cars on the road wouldn’t be on the road for lack of maintenance. Twenty percent of the cars we see daily are in excellent mechanical condition and virtually all of those are less than 2 years old. Take them out of the equation and almost 100% of our inspected vehicles need some type of ... read more

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2 – How To Stay Out Of A Body Shop

2 – How To Stay Out Of A Body Shop

The number one rule (you guessed it): SLOWDOWN. No matter what the circumstances, heavy traffic, wet or icy roads, inattentive drivers, a blow-out, you name it, if you are driving slower you have more time to react and avoid bad things. Be aware. My years of auto racing really highlighted this one. You should always know what going on around you and try to have an out. That means being proactive and not reactive. If a guy is tailgating you, move over. Let the maniac hit the next guy, not you. Don’t drive on the right side of anyone (real blind spot) for very long. Most folks drift to the right! And, in many of the newer cars it is real hard to see over your shoulder anyway. Focus on the road. Sounds simple enough but with today’s lifestyles and technology, it is easier said than done. Cell phones, I Pods, the radio, CD’S, DVD players, GPS, makeup, shavers, not mention kids in the backseat. Is any of that more important than being safe? Pull over and stop if you really need ... read more

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