The Importance Of Car Maintenance and How to Do It
October 5, 2015
Cars are one of the most convenient forms of transportation available. However, like any other type of machinery, cars are prone to various kinds of mechanical failure and physical damage. While some vehicles can simply break down out of the blue, the vast majority of car related maladies come as a result of ignoring regular maintenance plans.
If you become partners with a car service or body specialist, you can establish a regular upkeep schedule. Here we will see the processes that these professionals administer to turn some of the most basic upkeeps, into a simple, streamlined operation.
The best aspect and often the greatest determinant quality of a car care specialist, is their extensive training in vehicle repair and consultations. This experience and knowledge can save you time and money in many different ways. They attempt to help an individual evaluate any damage to their car, a process which comes in several stages.
First, there will be a visual examination of the damage to the vehicle. Next, the auto body specialist will determine the severity of the damage and list the potential costs as
Automotive Engineering Jobs
August 24, 2015
Automotive engineering encompasses mechanical and structural engineering and requires those working within the field to apply the principles of several scientific disciplines. These include physics, structural design, and materials analysis. Automotive engineering jobs also require a strong understanding of manufacturing principles and mechanical system design and operation methods.
These engineers may also need to be knowledgeable in several other areas of engineering, including safety, power, electronics, and software. Many engineers working in the automotive field will specialize in a particular area, allowing them to become experts in their realm. This often results in higher pay and better job security.
Some of the most well educated, experiences, and skilled automotive engineers are those who are able to oversee projects in new business or product development. These automotive engineering jobs are responsible to leading a design, engineering and manufacturing team that take new products from conceptualization through production. Such engineering roles are highly compensated in the marketplace and also require candidates to have strong “soft” skills in addition to technical know-how.
Communication and leadership are among the soft skills necessary for engineers to be
Be Cautious Where You Take Your Classic Car or Muscle Car
August 11, 2015
Classic car owners, including those with muscle cars, street rods, hot rods, antiques and vintage trucks, are facing uncertain times as car thefts are on the rise, and actions from thieves are becoming more bold and brazen.
I recently came across a story written by a man who owned a Daytona Blue 1963 Corvette Coupe with all matching numbers. The all-original classic sport car had an immaculate dark blue interior where only the carpet had ever been replaced. The 327 engine was said to produce a rhythmic loping that not only brought a smile to your face, but got you day dreaming of having this beauty parked in your own garage. Then disaster strikes and you’re snapped out of your dream and into his nightmare!
The owner of this beautiful piece of American history took his prized car to what he called a small “backwoods” show that a friend and he decided to go to in the spur of the moment. As owner Jacob Morgan, of Bakersfield, CA described, “The event was an annual but rather unofficial gathering of classic car buffs and I was thrilled to bring my car down. Unfortunately, the part
Top 10 Questions to Ask a Used Car Seller Before You Buy
December 27, 2015
You’re looking for a new car and you’ve decided to buy used. Smart choice! With the price of gas and the state of the economy, shelling out all that extra cash for a brand new car when a used car can be just as fuel efficient and a much better deal is like tossing your […]
Earn More With Automotive Jobs
December 20, 2015
Even though there are several industries that offer stable jobs in many individuals, one of the most in job today is the automotive industry. It is one among the most thriving industries nowadays and it has not only left a trademark on the economy but also all over the world. This is significantly involved in selling vehicles, marketing, developing, designing and producing.
In addition, it also manufactures different vehicles that are powered by gasoline, such as motorcycles, airplanes, trucks, buses and cars, and also all vehicles that are powered by electricity like trains. With the development of automotive industry, there is also a great development in automotive jobs, such as auto repair, store manager, automotive service manager and automotive technician jobs.
The automotive jobs mentioned above also bring big amount of income to the economy. It gives a fundamental support for an extensive range of associated industries and other services. The sedan has now converted from an expensive thing to your daily needs. It is also now considered as a status symbol and once you have it, others can describe the stability of your living.
Also, with the fast growing of technology today, there
Collect this Car, it’s a Classic
December 12, 2015
Collecting Cars for Fun and Profit
Antique and classic cars are being collected now more than ever. Classic car collectors learn their hobby over years and years of research and browsing, even attending a half dozen or more car shows each year. However, some basic information is available to help anyone begin the lifelong passion of collecting antique automobiles.
Definition of a Classic Car
A classic car is one that is more than 15-years old, while an antique car is more than 25-years old. A vintage car dates from the 1930’s or older. As well, there are different car eras, such as the Vintage Car Era, Classic Car Era, Muscle Car Era, and so on, and this is also important to understand.
Display and Drivable Cars
Some antique car collectors drive their cars everywhere, while others have theirs for display purposes only. Display cars often have the benefit of needing less maintenance to keep their classic feel and pristine condition. If you want to drive your classic car, remember that it will require more money for such services as paint and wax jobs, engine work, and inspections. Not only do antique cars
VIN Number Decoding For Classic Muscle Cars
December 6, 2015
One of the best pieces of advice I was ever given in regards to buying a classic muscle car was to invest in high quality resource materials so I could crack the code on Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) to make sure that I was not getting scammed.
The best way to find a high quality book is to find what the experts are using. With the internet, you can type a subject like Camaro restoration book into the Amazon search box. You can also Google it and follow the links, which will take you to various forums and websites. Chevrolet by the Numbers, by Alvin Colvin, is the best book I have ever found for Chevrolet part numbers, Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN), trim tags, and model ID. The book is an easy read, with chapters designated to the different components. Again, I used this process in my quest to purchase a rare Camaro. Just Google the car you are looking for and follow the links. The best resources will be obvious.
Here is a list of objects you will need when decoding your car.
Small flashlight, notebook, resource or reference book, mechanics mirror, pen
5 Common Money Mistakes About Cars
November 26, 2015
The people recognize themselves in their commodities; they find their soul in their automobile, hi-fi set, split-level home, kitchen equipment.
When Solomon said there was a time and a place for everything he had not encountered the problem of parking his automobile.
Not having to own a car has made me realize what a waste of time the automobile is.
Car designers are just going to have to come up with an automobile that outlasts the payments.
The automobile gives rise to intense passions in both sexes. Just a few decades ago car dealerships were places where women dared not go leaving the complex negotiations for a new car to their husbands, brothers and uncles. “Upside down on my car” was a phrase entrenched in the American lexicon long before the current economic meltdown turned “upside down on my house” into the catch phrase for the decade. Automobiles are expensive, yet they are the biggest waste of money imaginable and owning a vehicle defies every law of basic financial common sense there is. There are 5 common money mistakes most people make when purchasing a
Buy Quality Automotive Equipment
November 19, 2015
If you run a garage service or automotive business, you know the importance of having highly reliable and quality automotive equipment. In a highly competitive automotive manufacturing market, everybody is looking for advanced technology that reduces downtime and improves and simplifies usage. The equipments should be of the highest standards, as it affects performance and reliability.
Automotive equipment can be for wide ranging requirements and specifications. There are various categories of equipment dealing with various aspects of automobiles, including repair and maintenance. Equipment should be bought from leading suppliers and manufacturers that supply the best and guaranteed quality at competitive prices.
Variety Of Equipment
Among the various automotive equipment that are available as follows:
* Lifts: These are used to hoist cars for repairs and maintenance and can be of various types. These include two posts, four posts, mid-rise, turf, parking, and other types. The lifts are used for various functions such as oil changes, brake work, lifting equipment, and other jobs. Some automotive lifts are space saving and increase revenues for your business. Leading companies provide lift repair parts as well, which help prolong the service life of lifts.
Things To Note Before Buying Car Lifts for Your Automotive Repair Shop
November 11, 2015
Before you decide to choose the right car lifts for your automotive repair shop, there are some crucial factors that should be considered to make sure that you find the best one. If you are looking for the finest the industry can offer, you will not find it easily just by choosing randomly or rushing to make decisions. It is always good to know what to do and to make the right choice. You do not walk to the store and buy the first product you see, what you do is take your time, do research and then buy it. And the same thing goes for these car lift. It becomes better and easier for you if you have the right information about these machines.
This prepares you mentally and financially because you are sure of what to expect as you shop for such products. It also becomes easier to buy and enjoy your purchase without any form of regret because you know what is right for you and your shop, therefore no need to doubt your verdict.
This is the direct opposite of people who rush for products at the store without learning a
When to Buy a Car For the Best Car Deal
November 4, 2015
Buying a car is a process and not one to be taken lightly because leaving out or skipping a few details can cause you to spend much more money than you need to spend. One of those details is when to buy a car. After being in the car business for many years you come to understand the process and why some car buyers pay thousands of dollars more for the same car than others. There are many ways that this can happen, but the one I want to tell you about is timing or when to buy a car.
The automobile retail business operates on a monthly basis, meaning that everything they do, sell, finance and pay their employees revolves around their monthly performance. Sales goals, bonuses, commissions and salesman pay plans are calculated by the month. Therefore each month the sales staff, including the sales managers starts out at zero and everyone is on the same page. In the car business it doesn’t matter what you sold last month or last year, the only thing that matters is what you sold this month. For this reason when to buy a car for the best
Simple Tips For Knowing When It May Be Time For A New Car
October 20, 2015
The question of when to buy a new car can pop up into any car owner’s mind every now and then. A new car is a good investment when it comes to safety and performance. While having a used car is not a bad thing to have, buying a new car may be better option if you are able to afford it. This article outlines some things to consider when thinking of buying a new car.
Factors to Consider When Thinking of Buying a New Car
The costs of maintaining and repairing an old car as well as the changing needs dictated by your life style are often the key points that let you know when to buy a new car.
1. Letting go of your old car
While your old car may have served you very well, you may have noticed that the repair costs have been piling up. Maintenance and small repairs are quite normal for cars as they grow older. However, major problems with the old car can cost you more money than the car is actually worth. Major structural or engine damage can point you to the direction of
Tips On How To Negotiate When Buying A Used Car
October 15, 2015
Buying a used car is a popular choice for those who are looking for rare car models or for those who are on a strict budget. If you decide to buy your own, you should be prepared to negotiate. Otherwise, private sellers or car dealers might persuade you into paying more than you really should.
If it’s your first time to buy a second hand car, there are many ways to prepare yourself when it comes to discussing the vehicle’s price with a seller. In this article, we give you some tips on how you can negotiate with car dealers or private sellers when purchasing a used car.
1. Do your research
Knowledge is power. Even before you meet with the car seller, you should already know the car model and specifications you want, including its current price in the used car market. In this way, a car seller will quickly realise that you know a lot about cars and they may think twice before asking for a price that is much higher than what the car is really worth.
To research on how much the car is selling at the moment, simply
The Change of Automotive Tools in Modern Society
October 10, 2015
Many people still consider a mechanic to be a guy with a screwdriver, wrench and spanner who is constantly under the hood of a vehicle trying his best to find a specific fault on a customer’s vehicle. However, just as the technology used in our vehicles is constantly advancing, so too is the technology of the automotive tools being used.
Previously many mechanics or vehicle technicians tool boxes only contained manual tools such as spanners, wrenches, screwdrivers and the like. In modern workshops, however, many of the automotive tools which truly count are computerized systems and software which aid the mechanic in being able to diagnose vehicle problems correctly.
Without the use of these types of computerized automotive tools it has become practically impossible for the mechanic or vehicle technician to correctly asses the problems which present-day vehicles might be having as these vehicles are mainly driven by very intricate computer systems.
Many people who call themselves vehicle technicians or mechanics however are resistant to switching over to these new computerized systems claiming that it is not necessary. I believe however it is more due to them being unwilling to fork out the cash
10 Easy Tips to Avoiding Major Automotive Repairs
September 24, 2015
Over the years the cost to repair a vehicle keeps going up. In this case, the best offense to spending less money on expensive automotive repairs, is a good defense. Preventative maintenance can help to eliminate major repairs that could have you shelling out thousands of dollars on something that may have been fixed at a much cheaper rate. Here are the top 10 services recommends to saving money and avoiding those nasty repairs that can cost thousands.
- Oil Change- This is a no brainer. Your engine is a highly sophisticated piece of equipment. Changing the oil every 3,000 miles will keep your engine operating properly. Importantly, some vehicles require synthetic oil, like the 2000-2009 Volkswagen’s and Audi’s. Even if you have used non-synthetic oil, these manufacturers have required synthetic due to engine claims. The bottom line is, the average cost for an oil change is $29.95 (a little more for synthetic oil). However, if you don’t change your oil and your engine blows, it could cost about $5,000 to repair.
- Transmission Flush- The transmission is the second most expensive unit to replace. Changing the transmission oil every 30,000 miles will keep it operating properly. The average
An Eye Opener About Automotive Parts
September 18, 2015
Why is it that so many people are critical about the price they are paying nowadays for automotive parts? It very often seems to me that people still expect to be paying what they would have 10 years ago for the maintenance of their vehicle, but they do not realize that there have been a number of changes in the service industry since then.
Firstly let us have a look at the aspect of the purchase of automotive parts by the service center and how things have changed in this regard. In times gone by the service center would receive a trade discount from the part distributor because they were a service center.
Well this is no longer the case, now the service center pays exactly the same price as the public for these automotive parts and therefore they need to make up this loss in income by increasing their hourly labor charge.
The next point which I would like to bring to your attention when you are looking at the topic of automotive parts and service, is that technology is changing all of the time. The service centers now need specialized diagnostic machines
Basic Troubleshooting Tips for Your Automotive Air Conditioner
September 12, 2015
If your automotive air conditioner isn’t working quite right, here are a few ideas to begin. First of all start with the control panel on your dashboard. Most automobiles have an A/C button that actually turns the compressor on and allows cold air to be circulated. You might have accidentally hit the recirculation button instead of the A/C button. (Don’t laugh, I had a friend that spent a week in a hot car and all he needed to do was press the right button.)
The second thing to check is the actual function of the controls. Do they move at all? Are they loose and giggle around? The big question is “do they feel different from the last time your air conditioner worked?” This could tell if the controls are messed up and need replacing. Your air conditioner system may be fine but the controls could be frozen or broken. If your controls seem to be functioning, lets move to the blower fan. Turn on your car and start you’re air conditioner as you normally would. Then turn your blower to it’s highest setting. Can you here your fan blowing? If you can hear it, does
Preparing for an Automotive and Diesel Career Through Higher Education
September 6, 2015
Opportunities for enrollment in an automotive and diesel career training program are available through a variety of accredited schools and colleges. Preparing for an automotive and diesel career through higher education can be done by finding a program that meets your individual needs and beginning the path to a new career. Options are available allowing for the selection of the level of education and specialized area of study that best fits your needs and goals. Training can help to provide the skills necessary to work with a variety of vehicles to service, repair, inspect and maintain them. Start by finding a program and request more information to learn about available opportunities.
Higher education is offered to allow you to receive the preparation needed for a career in the automotive and diesel field. Different levels of training can be completed in a number of areas. Selecting the area that interests you most can help when pursuing the profession that is desired. Schooling is available in areas like:
- Auto Body
- Automotive Service Technology
- Motorcycle Mechanics
- Automotive Service Management
- Diesel Mechanics
…to give you the chance to complete training in the specific area of your choice. Once the decision is made of
Tips For Choosing the Right Automotive Shop
August 17, 2015
Your vehicle may be of your most important investments. Choosing the right automotive shop for repairs and maintenance is crucial to keeping your vehicle running at its peak performance. One shop may not be appropriate for every type of automobile. Foreign and luxury vehicles may require specialized services and parts that economical models do not.
Vehicle owners tend to prefer auto shops that offer competitive pricing and quality workmanship. Finding a shop that meets both criteria can be difficult. It is best to research your choices before you actually need car service so that you can fully explore all of your options.
Listed below are some tips you can follow to find the best automotive shop for you.
Listen to recommendations from friends, family, and co-workers. These people can provide firsthand details of their experiences with various shops. Be sure to ask friends who drive vehicles that are similar makes and models to your automobile.
Look on the Internet to see any negative comments that people have posted about local shops. Contact the Better Business Bureau and other consumer organizations to find out what kind of complaints, if any, have been submitted against the shop you are considering.
Call The Shop:
Automotive Cleaning Tips
August 4, 2015
It doesn’t have to be difficult to keep your car clean and tidy. Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll be proud to drive your squeaky-clean car around town.
1. Wash at home.
Car washing is the only way for your car to get nice and shiny, so why not try washing it yourself, at home? With automated car washing, you can have the car cleaned while getting your nails done, but that will cost you.
Park the car in a shaded area and then wash it down using a hose. Start with the roof, work your way down the sides, and then to the tires. Afterwards, scrub the car with a sponge dipped in water and mild liquid soap. Rinse and repeat if necessary.
2. Take advantage of car washes.
You can drive to an automated car wash service to get your car cleaned up if you can’t be bothered to do it at home. It’s going to cost you, that’s for sure, so make sure to compare pros and cons before you go.
The good thing about automated or drive-through car wash services is they make the experience of