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Checking lights in your car! How to do it right!

LightsYou’re driving home from work, and all of a sudden you notice your headlights are out. What do you do? This is where our article comes in—we’ll teach you how to check lights in your car in a way that makes sure everything goes smoothly!

Why they are Important

There are several types of lights in a car. Each one will have their specific purpose. Here are a few examples:

-Headlights: These are the most basic type of light and should always be on in order to see your car in the dark.

– Tail lights: These are important if you are driving at night, so others can see you.

– Turn signals: These need to be on when you are turning left or right, or changing lanes.

– Brake lights: These will come on when you are braking.

How to Check the Lights in Your Car

Checking the lights can be quick and easy. To check the headlights, you can pull up close to a building and shine them on it. By just sitting in your car, you can determine if the lights work or not. You can also find somewhere to safely park your car. Turn on the headlights on dim or bright, and you can get out to check the lights. At this time, you can also check the taillights. If someone is with you, have them press the brake pedal so you can see if the brake lights come on. Then turn on the left turn signal, and check both the front and rear. Repeat with the right turn signal as well.

If you ever notice an issue with the lights for your vehicle, make sure to contact us. We can schedule an appointment to check this for you. Having them work properly for the vehicle is important, so you never want to delay this. While sometimes the issue can be with the bulb, other times it can be with the fuse. We will check the headlights, taillights, and turn signal to ensure that everything is reliable for you. No matter what the issue is, it is always best to have it inspected. This can help keep you and your passengers safe while on the road.

 

A Comprehensive Guide to Inspecting Your Vehicle for Efficiency

If you love your car, it’s important to make sure it’s efficient. Efficiency is key for both your wallet and the environment. But with so many variables at play, how do you know if your vehicle is efficient? Here’s a comprehensive guide to inspecting your vehicle for efficiency. We cover everything from interior features to performance. And we only began our journey today! So whether you have a brand new or used car, we have the guide for you.

What are the Benefits of inspecting your vehicle for efficiency.

The benefits of inspecting your vehicle for efficiency can include:

– Reducing fuel consumption

– Improving driving dynamics

– Saving on repairs and replacements

– Improving the value of your car.

How to Inspect Your Vehicle for Efficiency.

Check the engine for signs of wear and tear, including oil or fuel leaks, poor air conditioning performance, and rattles.

Check the transmission for function and accuracy.

Check the drive-train for smooth operation and no problems with shifting gears.

Check the air conditioning system for proper function and no leaks.

Check the fuel system for proper mix and no issues with gas mileage.

Parts to Inspect

Check the engine for efficiency by checking the function of the fuel pump, air filter, and other related components. Check the transmission for efficiency by inspecting it for proper shifting and operation. Be sure to inspect the vehicle for play and wear, as well as check fluid levels and oil levels. Also check the drive-train for efficiency by checking how smoothly it drives and whether there is any evidence of mechanical or electrical issues. If there are any issues, always make sure to bring the vehicle in for an inspection.

Check the Air Conditioning

Check air conditioning efficiency by taking a look at each part to see if it meets manufacturer specifications. Make sure all fans are working properly, as well as check filters regularly in order to maintain clean air quality inside your car.

Check the Fuel System

Check fuel system efficiency by inspecting both gasoline tanks and injectors for leaks and damage. Do this as well as checking fluid levels, pressure, and temperature throughout the system. If you notice a problem, always make sure to contact us for an appointment. Inspecting your vehicle for efficiency can improve your driving experience and save you money. By checking the engine, transmission, drive-train, air conditioning, fuel system, and others, you can ensure that your vehicle is running efficiently. It’s important to keep in mind that each inspection should be carried out on a regular basis in order to maintain optimal efficiency.

Tire inspections: A must-do for your car!

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Tire inspections are important for the overall safety when you drive. Your car needs tires in good condition, but you may not be aware of it. Tires are a critical part of your car and its performance. If you don’t have the right tires on your car, your vehicle will struggle to reach its potential. It’s important to inspect your tires regularly and replace them if needed.

Why you should inspect the tires

Tire inspections are a critical part of keeping your car running smoothly. Every tire needs to be inspected for cracks, cuts, and other signs of abuse. By doing your tire inspections regularly, you can ensure that your tires are in good condition and that they’re performing at their best.

The benefits of tire inspections range from ensuring that your tires are in excellent condition to reducing the risk of valuable equipment breaking down on your trip. By inspecting your tires regularly, you can save yourself time and money while on vacation. Additionally, by being aware of potential issues with your car’s tires, you can avoid having to replace them altogether or have them repaired while on the go.

To do a good job of inspection, it’s helpful to have a few basic steps under your belt: In general, inspect each wheel particularly; check for any chips or dings as well as any damage caused by weather or use; also look for any signs of wear (like the sidewalls).

Tire Inspections and what to look for

Tires need to be inspected for wear, tears, rips, and side wear.

To check for tire wear, drive your car around and let it get some miles on them. Check for any noteworthy changes in size or shape, as well as any wear marks visible on the inside of the tire. If you notice any tears or rips in your tires, don’t hesitate to replace them right away. Rips and tears can often be fixed, but they can also lead to expensive repairs down the road.

Tire inspections are a must-do for your car. By paying attention to the various factors listed in this article, you can ensure that your tires stay in good condition and perform as they should. Additionally, by doing a tire inspection, you can identify any issues with your tires that could lead to decreased fuel efficiency or other problems. Overall, it’s important to take care of your car and make sure that all of its tires are inspected!

 

5 steps to improving your Visibility while driving

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Visibility is important. Whether you’re heading out on your next road trip, or taking that local commute to work each day – getting to your destination safely is a priority. One way to ensure safety is to increase your visibility. Improving your visibility can help you see potentially dangerous situations, and assess changing road conditions. If you’ve been looking for ways to improve your visibility while you drive, we’ve got 5 steps to help.

Keep your windshield clean

Let’s start with the basics. A clean windshield helps eliminate any barriers to great visibility. A dirty windshield can be dangerous at night as street lights and oncoming headlights will highlight haze on the windshield making it difficult to see. We suggest making a habit of cleaning your windshield every time you fill up with gas. Keep your windshield washer level full – which enables your windshield wipers to keep your view clear in any kind of weather. While you’re thinking about your front windshield, it’s a good idea to check your wiper blades. Dull blades can leave haze and other smudges on your front window. If it’s been a while since you replaced those blades, we recommend replacing them every 6 months.

Check your headlights for better Visibility

For night time driving, you’ll want to make sure your headlights are in working order for better visibility. Dirt and debris can accumulate on your headlights which can make them dim when you need them most. Regular cleaning can help ensure your best visibility when it’s dark.  While you’re focused on your headlights, it’s also a good idea to check for any burned out bulbs, and replace them to make sure they’re ready to go when you need them.

Uncover your windows

Covering your windows for any reason can result in reduced visibility. Make sure your sun shades are rolled up when you’re driving. If you’re hauling things in your back seat or in your  SUV, make sure your items aren’t blocking your rear window. Some ideas to clear window visibility include: when stacking things behind you in your car, make sure the middle is free of your  items so that you can see out the back window, and purchase organizational items for hauling like a hanger that wraps around  your passenger seat that allows you to hang clothes without blocking your view.

Improve Visibility by Repairing damage to your windows

We’ve all had it happen to us. We’re driving along when all of a sudden a small rock flies at your windshield and leaves a chip. Left unattended, that chip turns into a crack traveling the length of your windshield, and a chip that happens in an instant becomes a huge visibility issue. We recommend getting those small chips and cracks repaired right away for greater visibility.

Correct any blind spots

One of the biggest visibility challenges is those blind spots when driving on the highway. Blind spots are all in the angle of your mirrors, so if you don’t already have a blind spot warning system (which is becoming standard on many new cars), there are some things you can do to improve your blind spots. You’ll want to make sure your side mirrors are out 15 degrees on both sides. For your driver’s side, lean your head out the window so that it’s even with the driver side window and adjust your mirror so you can see the side of your car in your mirror. For the right side (or passenger side), do the same while keeping your head in the center of your car. This should significantly lessen any visibility issues from your blind spots.

These 5 steps should help improve your visibility no matter where the road may take you. If you need some assistance in ensuring your visibility is optimized, simply make an appointment and our team can inspect your car for visibility to ensure a safe drive every time you hit the road.

Road trip ready checklist for your car

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Summer is finally here, and like most Minnesotans, you’re ready to hit the road and explore this summer. Whether you’re driving an hour to the cabin or across the country, the last thing you want to experience is car trouble on vacation. You’ll want to take some time before you get the car packed up to make sure that everything is in working order. If you’re looking for a list of things that need to be checked, then we’ve got you covered with our road trip checklist, so keep reading.

Check your battery

You’ll want to make sure your battery is in good shape before hitting the road. You can do a simple check to make sure your connections are tight and your battery is corrosive free. Your battery contains corrosive acid that could leak if your battery connections are forced off, so if you’re unfamiliar with how to check and clean, it’s a good idea to leave that to the professionals. Your battery should be checked annually after 2 years.

Belt & Hoses

Your belts and hoses are critical to keeping electrical, power steering, and cooling systems functioning properly. We recommend having them inspected to determine if they are frayed or cracked. These should be tightly installed, so ask your mechanic to verify that they are secure and don’t have a large amount of slack. You’ll also want to inspect hoses for any leaks and drips. Check your owner’s manual for how often belts and hoses need to be replaced – some cars recommend replacement every 60,000 miles.

Lights and electrical equipment

You’ll want to check to make sure the interior and exterior lights are working properly. Replace any burned out bulbs. While you’re checking headlights, taillights, and interior lights, it’s also a good idea to check your windshield wipers. You’ll probably need a new pair every 6 months so if it’s been a while since your last new pair, now is a great time to replace. You’ll also want to check your AC system. If your AC is not blowing cold air like it has in the past, it’s a good idea to have it serviced before you hit the road.

Brake check before your Road Trip

Your brakes are essential to the safety of you and your family when in the car. Squealing noises coming from your brakes may indicate worn brake pads. Other warning signs that indicate it’s time to have your mechanic look at your brakes include: spongy pedal when you press down, pulling to one side when braking, and a shaking brake pedal. If you notice these signs or any other odd noises when braking, it’s a good idea to have them inspected by a professional mechanic.

Tires

Improper tire pressure can cause uneven tire wear, wear and tear on your brakes and suspension, and add stress to your engine. When your tire pressure is low, it can leave your tires susceptible to blowouts, and decrease your fuel economy by 1 %. To be safe, you’ll want to check your tire pressure and ensure it’s filled to manufacturer recommended levels before you hit the road. You can find the correct air pressure levels on the manufacturer’s sticker on the driver side door jam, in your owner’s manual, and sometimes on your tires.

You’ll also want to make sure your tires are rotated before you hit the road. In front and rear wheel drive vehicles, the wheels that receive the power can wear more quickly. Getting your tires rotated can promote even wear on your tires and should be performed every 5,000 – 8,000 miles.

Top off your fluids

One last thing to check before hitting the road this summer? You’ll want to top off your fluids. You’ll want to start with a fresh oil change. After that, check your power steering fluid, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and even your windshield washer fluid. Ensuring these are filled to the proper levels will make your trip more enjoyable.

After checking these items, you’ll gain peace of mind that your car is ready to take you wherever the road may lead you. If you’re ready to have a mechanic inspect and get your car road trip ready, our team is ready to help. Just make an appointment and we’ll get you back to fun on the road in no time.

Check engine light & 10 Reasons it comes on

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You’re driving down the road, minding your own business when your check engine light comes on. You have options from ignoring that bright light to pulling over and calling your mechanic right away. We’re guessing you land somewhere in between, but did you know there are a variety of reasons you check engine light comes on? Some are more serious than others – so if you want to know what’s really wrong when your check engine light comes on, then keep reading.

Check engine light & Loose or faulty gas cap

That’s right. That last time you filled up and forgot to tighten your gas cap can lead to a check engine warning. The lines and valves in your gas tank recirculate gas and keep the gas from escaping. If your gas cap is loose, it may cause you to lose fuel due to evaporation or for your fuel system to circulate improperly. Checking your gas cap is a good place to start when your check engine light comes out of nowhere.

Worn spark plugs

Your spark plugs ignite a mixture of fuel and air to create combustion and to power your engine’s cylinders. If your spark plugs aren’t firing right, it can cause an engine to misfire which can cause weaker engine performance.

Faulty catalytic converter

Your catalytic converter changes carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide which helps protect the environment. A faulty catalytic converter can reduce engine performance, increase emissions, and decrease fuel efficiency. If the problem is your catalytic converter, replacing it is not always the answer. This issue is typically caused by something else in your engine like a blown gasket head which can force burnt coolant vapor into your exhaust. Bring your car into your mechanic for a full diagnosis.

Dirty or faulty MAS airflow sensor

Your MAS airflow sensor determines how much fuel is needed to run the engine. It measures the amount of air entering the engine, and is susceptible to oil and dirt buildup. If your air to fuel ratio is off, it can cause failures in other areas of the engine, decrease fuel economy, and decrease engine performance. If this is the issue that triggered your check engine light, it may just need a cleaning. If cleaning doesn’t do the trick, then it may need replacing.

Oxygen sensor failure

Your oxygen sensor measures the amount of unburnt oxygen in your car’s exhaust system. This sensor sends data to your car’s computer which uses this data to regulate the mixture of air & fuel that enters your cylinders. Your engine can keep running with this sensor failure, but it will burn more fuel. If left unchecked, it can become damaged and cause problems for your spark plugs and catalytic converter.

Vacuum Leak

Your vacuum system helps decrease emissions by routing the fumes as gas evaporates through the engine. Hoses can crack or dry out especially if exposed to intense heat or cold. Ask your mechanic to check hoses and fittings to make sure everything is in working order.

Battery and the Check Engine Light

This is probably a no-brainer, but when your battery dies – your check engine light could just be alerting you to an issue with your battery.

Ignition Coil

Your ignition coils deliver electrical pulses to each spark plug. When your engine’s computer sends a signal, the coil releases pent up energy to your spark plugs and ignites the air-fuel mixture to get your engine going. They can be prone to failure after several years. Symptoms of issues with your ignition coil include: poor fuel economy, and decreased engine power.

Fuel Injector

Each cylinder in your car has one – which is a small, electronically activated valve that regulates how much fuel is sprayed into the cylinder during the intake cycle. All fuel has some impurities and when these impurities and carbon from combustion, it can cause holes in the injector tip to plug or clog altogether. If your fuel injector is completely clogged, your fuel injector can get stuck open and leak fuel into the cylinder. This can cause your engine to run roughly.

Engine thermostat

A typical engine runs between 195 – 220 degree Farenheit. Your engine thermostat regulates coolant temperatures. As temperatures begin to heat up, your thermostat opens to allow coolant to flow to your radiator. It will also close when it senses the engine is cool. A faulty thermostat could cause your car to overheat.

Your check engine light is a sign that something is not working properly in your vehicle. For your peace of mind, we recommend making an appointment so our mechanics can take a look and get you back on the road again.

5 Essential Checks to maintain your Boat trailer this summer

Summer has arrived, and Minnesotans like you, are ready to get out on the lake for some summer fun. Whether you’re towing your boat to the cabin or planning on boating on that lake down the street, there are some essential maintenance checks you should do before hitting the road. If it’s been a while since you’ve checked and maintained your boat trailer, then these 5 checks will come in handy to ensure a safe and fun summer on the lake.

Check your trailer lights

Did you know that driving with faulty trailer lights can get you a hefty fine? Not only that, but your lights are a safety measure to let other vehicles know that you’re carrying a boat and to keep a safe distance. After sitting all winter, your trailer lights may be worse for wear. We recommend checking for dimming, flickering, or lights that aren’t working at all. Older trailers have bulbs that can burn out and need replacing. While you’re there checking your lights, it’s always a good idea to check your connection to your towing vehicle. Our winter weather can corrode or rust the metal pins so you’ll want to make sure this is in working order. You can always purchase a connection cover at your local auto parts store to protect your connection all year round.

Check the Boat Trailer brakes

Most states require that your trailer has brakes on at least one axle. If your trailer weighs over 3,000 lbs, it will start to swerve if you’re relying solely on your towing vehicle breaks – which can be a safety hazard. Over the winter, moisture and debris can build up on your brakes so the first order of business is to clean your brakes to make sure there is no dirt or debris. Next you’ll want to check your brake pads for any wear and tear. Lastly, you’ll want to check your brake fluid levels. If you notice any wear and tear, your local auto mechanic can help with brake pad replacement.

Check your wheel bearings

Moisture and our freezing temps can corrode your wheel bearings. Left unchecked, bad wheel bearings can prevent your wheels from turning properly which can result in accidents. You’ll want to check your wheel bearings for rust and grease them to make sure they are in working order. While you’re there checking, it’s a good idea to install wheel bearing covers (if you don’t already have them) which can protect them from moisture in every season.

Boat Trailer tires

Improperly inflated tires can be a safety issue while towing your boat. You’ll want to check to make sure your tires are properly inflated before hitting the road. Inflate them to the rating found on the side of your tires or on your trailer capacity sticker – typically at least 60 psi. While you’re down there inflating your tires, you’ll want to check for and tread wear and tear. Most manufacturers recommend replacing your tires every 6 years – so if it’s been a while since you last replaced them your local auto mechanic can help. One last thing to check? Your spare tire. Make sure it is inflated properly, and if you don’t have one, be sure to have one mounted on your trailer just in case.

Check your safety chain

Your safety chain should crisscross underneath the trailer tongue and attach to your vehicle for support (if your trailer becomes unhitched). Check that your chain is in good condition and is ready to go when you hit the road. These 5 checks will ensure your safety as you tow your boat to the lake for some summer fun. And if these checks reveal any issues that need attention, our team is ready to help and get you back on the lake in no time.

Auto AC and refrigerant and what you should know

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As our summer temperatures start to rise, there is one thing we can all be thankful for – and that’s AC in our cars. But it wasn’t always that way. Not that long ago, air conditioning for cars had not been invented yet. Cars were manufactured with open windows and doors and drivers back then kept cool the old fashioned way, through wind and fresh air. If you’re wondering how we went from open air cars to keeping the inside cool at the press of a button, read our complete history of auto AC and refrigerant.

Early auto cooling

The earliest vehicles were designed to be open air – including those early Model T’s which had no doors and a collapsible roof. Most drivers in this era were more concerned with how to keep warm in the winter over keeping cool in the summer. Shortly thereafter, closed body vehicles (with doors) followed with drivers cooling down by opening their windows as they drove. These cars were equipped with vents under the dashboard to circulate air coming in from the open windows. While this was a step toward auto AC, it didn’t keep dirt and dust from getting inside the car. This drove car makers back to the drawing board for more innovation.

New innovations in cooling

Next came a couple of steps toward our modern auto AC cooling. The Knapp Limo-Sedan fan hit the market as a first step keeping drivers and passengers cool. This was an electric fan mounted to the interior of the car. Shortly after this release, drivers had a 2nd option called a car cooler. This was attached to the roof of the car and used water evaporation to deliver cool air through the open windows. This new option could reduce the car temperature by 15-20 degrees.

Air conditioned cars and the 1940s

Packard became the first auto manufacturer to offer factory installed air conditioning in their cars. The AC unit was located in the trunk and required drivers to get out of the car and manually install or remove the drive belt from the compressor. This was done in order to turn it on and off. This unit could only circulate air inside the cabin of the car, and did not incorporate the outside air. Several drawbacks of this unit included drivers needing to manually turn on and off in the trunk, and the condensed water running overhead was known to drip water on car passengers.

Post World War II

After the end of World War II, air conditioning became an option for most cars. Before the war, about 3,000 cars had AC systems, and after the war about 1 million cars had AC. In 1953, General Motors, Chrysler, and Packard all introduced new AC systems. GM developed a revolutionary system that fit in a car’s engine. In 1963, Cadillac made a breakthrough with the invention of comfort control with these systems. For the first time, drivers could set and control their car’s interior temperature.

Environmental Concerns & AC

By the 1970s, scientists discovered the compounds chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were depleting the earth’s ozone layer. Auto air conditioning systems used a refrigerant which was a CFC called R12, also known as Freon. The car industry knew a new option needed to be developed. After years of testing, a suitable replacement was found in the refrigerant R-134a. And in 1987, the U.S. government signed the Montreal compact. This required refrigerant manufacturers to make the switch to environmentally friendly refrigerants (without CFCs) by 1996.

Modern day auto AC systems

Today, almost every new car comes with an AC system (only 1 % of cars are not equipped with them). Drivers have the luxury of highly advanced dual and rear climate control for the interior of their car. While refrigerants are now environmentally better and using your AC can decrease your fuel efficiency by 25%. Some simple tips to increase fuel efficiency while using your AC system: only use your AC when driving at highway speeds, stop idling with your AC turned on, and open your windows before turning on your AC to let out the hot air on a warm summer day.

While we may take the luxury of modern AC in our cars for granted, it’s important to keep your AC system well maintained. If you haven’t scheduled your spring maintenance check to make sure your AC is ready for the dog days of summer, we’d love to help. Make a maintenance appointment, and we’ll get you back to enjoying the summer no matter where you drive.

Your Spring Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

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Now that spring is officially here, you may be ready to get on the road and enjoy the beautiful weather. From planning your next family road trip to going for a Sunday drive, you’re ready to get behind the wheel, open those windows, and enjoy the ride. If you were to talk to your auto mechanic, they would tell you “not so fast” when taking that next ride. Winter can be hard on your car, so before you hit the road it’s important to do some quick checks on your car to make sure it’s road ready.

Spring Tire Inspection

Your tires can take a beating from snow, salt, and potholes over the winter. Before you hit the road this spring, it’s important to inspect your tires for tread life. Worn down tires can impact your driving safety and alignment. You’ll also want to check your rims for any dents or other damage that can impact the lifespan of your tires. Lastly, spring is always a great time to rotate and balance your tires so make an appointment with your mechanic for this service.

Suspension

Spring is also a great time to have your vehicle’s struts and shocks inspected. Just like your tires, winter driving can be hard on your suspension system. Signs of an issue with your suspension include continued bouncing after hitting bumps, drifting to one side after turning corners, one side of a parked car sitting lower than the other side, and unusually bumpy rides. Whether you are experiencing these signs or are just ready to ensure safe driving all spring and summer long, your mechanic can do a quick check and have you on the road in no time.

Alignment

Winter driving and those nasty spring potholes are your alignment’s worst enemy. It’s important to get your alignment checked and a full season of winter driving. Signs of alignment issues for your vehicle include uneven or rapid tire wear, a steering wheel that is crooked while you are driving straight, and a car that pulls to the right or to the left. Ensuring proper alignment can extend the lifespan of your tires, and ensure safe driving all year long.

Fluid Levels

We’re guessing that like most drivers in colder temperatures you weren’t hopping outside to check those fluid levels. Now that the weather has warmed up, we recommend checking your coolant, transmission, power steering, brake and in some cases, hydraulic fluids are all filled to the proper level before hitting the road.

Belts & Hoses

Your belts and hoses can take a beating with our bitterly cold winters. Bring your car into your mechanic to have them inspected for wear, cracks, and tears – which can prevent those potential breakdowns on the side of the road.

Headlights, Taillights & Turn Signals

It’s probably been a while since you’ve taken a closer look at these lights. Check for any damage or burned out lights. Salt and snow can cause a yellow haze to form on your headlights and taillights, which can impact your night time visibility. If you’re noticing any of these issues, make an appointment with your mechanic to correct this issue.

Spring and the AC

Bring your car into your mechanic to have an AC output test performed. After all, your AC has been unused for several months and you’ll want it in peak condition for those dog days of summer ahead.

Cabin Air Filter

If your car was manufactured anytime after the year 2000, you most likely have a cabin air filter. Cabin air filters keep the air inside your car clean and protect from mold, pollen, and other pollutants. Spring is always a good time to replace to keep the air inside of your car clean.

Change Wipers this Spring

After a full season of winter snow and ice, your wiper blades can become dull. It’s always a good idea to get these changed out for any spring and summer rains on the horizon.

It’s always important to keep your car well maintained for each season of driving. If it’s been a while since you’ve had these items checked, our team is ready to help. Simply make an appointment for spring maintenance, and we’ll have you safely back on the road in no time.

 

6 Benefits to owning an Electric Car

With gas prices continuing to rise, consumers everywhere are looking for ways to save money at the pump as they stick to their budget. While there are a lot of ways drivers can save money, electric cars seem to be gaining in attention and popularity. If you’re wondering if electric cars are worth the investment, then you’re not alone. We’ve got you covered with our 6 benefits you experience when you own an electric car.

How does an electric car work?

Often referred to as Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV), electric cars use a large battery pack to power the electric motor of the car. Electric cars must be plugged into some kind of wall outlet or charging equipment and the average driving range before recharging is about 200 miles. Electric cars come with several benefits which can be worth the challenge of needing to charge your car.

Lower running costs for an electric car

The biggest benefit of an electric car is its source of fuel and the savings that come with it. Electric cars are built to obviously run on electricity which eliminates a need for gas fill ups. It costs about $0.05 per mile to run an electric car vs. $0.15 per mile for a gas engine. The savings add up to on average $ 2,000-$4,000 per year.

Cleaner environment

Electric vehicles have no tailpipe and don’t emit any exhaust gas. This reduces the amount of pollution emitted by your vehicle. In addition, electric cars are 90% energy efficient compared to the 17-21% energy efficiency of an internal combustion engine.

Lower maintenance costs

Because electric cars don’t have as many moving parts, they require less maintenance. They don’t require maintenance like oil changes, spark plugs, and fuel filters. They also have regenerative braking (using the electric motor to decelerate the vehicle), extending the lifespan of brake pads. Lower overall maintenance costs lead to increased savings in the long run.

Increased performance for an Electric car

Electric cars are not only cost effective, but are also fun to drive. They boast quick acceleration – producing peak torque from a standstill. Most drivers report great handling and performance over their gas powered vehicles.

Bonus rebates

When you purchase an electric vehicle, you get cash back. There is a Federal Tax Credit for electric vehicles. There is also a Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) which provides rebate savings for eligible vehicles.

Better resale

Resale on electric vehicles is better than their gas powered counterparts. If the cost of purchasing an electric vehicle is offsetting, 2nd hand electric cars can be a great option.

How do they compare to Hybrid vehicles?

We know what you’re thinking. Is a hybrid vehicle a better option? Hybrid vehicles are built with some minor differences. Hybrid cars have an electric motor and a gas engine. They are still powered by gas, but can get you further with less fill ups. Hybrids drive similarly to regular cars as the electric motor supplements the gas-powered engine. They also have regenerative braking as the engine recaptures energy  to recharge the battery while braking. Some hybrids can be plugged in, while others are refueled by gas alone.

If you’re looking for fuel savings that are great for the environment, electric cars are an investment that pays dividends.

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