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Favorite Car Cleaning Hacks

Favorite Car Cleaning Hacks

Spring cleaning season is officially here! Like your home, it’s good to seriously clean your vehicles too. It not only feels good to drive around in a clean car, but it also helps prolong the life of everything above and around what’s under the hood. It’s historically one of the most procrastinated tasks on people’s to-do list as the work is tedious and can be daunting. Detailing is far too costly, so we have discovered DIY hacks to reach those tight nooks and crannies, ensuring a complete car transformation without the big price tag.  Dashboard & Olive Oil Remember when you first bought your car, and your dashboard had a shiny and sleek finish you couldn’t stop touching? Restore this new car presence by using your favorite cooking product; olive oil! Avoid buying expensive conditioning wipes by rubbing olive oil on your dashboard and wipe afterward with a clean cloth.  Headlights & Toothpaste  A classic trick in the book that ne ... read more

Spring Cleaning Your Car

Spring Cleaning Your Car

  Oooh! Shiny. Don’t you want YOURS to look as clean as this one? ​Tis the season for spring cleaning and there is no better place to start than with your car. Instead of spring cleaning your entire house or garage, which tends to be a nebulous overwhelming task, your vehicle is well confined. Let’s break it down:   Let’s work our way in from the outside:   Start with your tires, you can use an equal mix of vinegar and water to help get them extra clean. Next up is the washing of the vehicle: Using the two-bucket method, have one bucket of clean soapy water and another one with your dirty rinse water. Start at the top and work your way down.   Don’t forget the undercarriage. Make sure you get underneath your car and spray it down really well. Even though we don’t use chemicals to clear snow and ice from our balmy global location, it’s still a good idea to wash away dirt and debris under your car too. Once you’ve managed to ... read more

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Car safety

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Car

Have you ever made New Year’s Resolutions for your car? Your loyal car takes you all over town without any complaints. It’s there when you need it, and goes when you put your foot on the gas. So why not have New Year’s Resolutions for your vehicle? Here are some you might consider for 2019!  Get Regular Maintenance Changing the oil and checking all the fluids, making sure the hoses aren’t cracked... those are things that will help your vehicle last longer, and save you money in the long run. We don’t like surprises when it comes to our car, and maybe you don’t either — one way to prevent surprises it to get that regular maintenance.  Attend to Funny Noises or Smells Does your car creak when it goes around corners? Do you sometimes smell something unusual? Those funny noises and smells could be indicators of more severe problems. Our auto technicians have heard many strange sounds. When our customers describe the sounds to us ... read more

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Car Care Tips

Expressing Gratitude in Your Car and for Your Car

Expressing Gratitude in Your Car and for Your Car

Isn’t November and Thanksgiving a wonderful time of year? We love the giving and gratitude that takes place in November every year--and wish it extended to the rest of the year, too. For some reason, people are thinking about all the things they’re grateful for, and that creates a spiraling effect, where everyone is on a similar wavelength. Here are some ideas for expressing gratitude in your car and for your car.  The Wave or the Peace Sign When someone lets you in during rush hour traffic, that certainly merits a thank you. So giving drivers a quick wave is considerate when they’ve gone out of their way for you. We sometimes see motorcycles giving a nod or a wave, too, when we share the road by moving out of their way. Another popular signal is the peace sign or tipping the hat as a gesture of thanks.  Thanking People for Good Driving or Parking In some areas of the country, there are programs where police department g ... read more

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Car Care Tips

Hauntingly Good Things to do in October

Isn’t Halloween one of the most fun events of the entire year? We think so! Here are some hauntingly good things you can do in October!  Dress up Your Car Trunk We don’t know when this became a thing, but people have been dressing up their trunks. Some common themes are Finding Nemo, Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland. All you need are an active imagination and a local dollar store, where you can use balloons, cardboard, paint, and glitter! Don’t forget a bucket of candy for the kids! Trunk or Treat! While we’re on the topic of dressing up your trunk, trunk or treat is something that lots of schools now sponsor. Kids can go someplace safe and go from trunk to trunk in their costumes getting candy from each trunk. These events are held not only at schools, but at community centers and churches--anywhere safe for the kids.  Outfit Your Car Now, of course, anything you can do to your trunk can al ... read more

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Car Care Tips

Road Trips Near West Palm Beach

Road Trips Near West Palm Beach

While a lot of people look at a map and think that a road trip to Miami is a great idea, there are many shorter trips right around West Palm Beach. Also, since August tends to be rainy, traveling very far in the rain might not be so pleasant. Here, then, are some ideas for road trips closer to West Palm Beach.  Jonathan Dickinson State Park This state park is north of West Palm Beach, and a short drive up Highway 1. Note that the park is open Thursday through Monday, so it’s a great getaway for a weekend. There are a nature center and plenty of wildlife. You can take a boat or a charter out to Trapper John’s campsite. You might want to skip the swimming since there are gators! You can picnic, use the bike trails, or visit the highest point in South Florida--Hobe Mountain. And lots of people recommend camping there, too, if you like to camp! Lion Country Safari Another excellent and fun road trip is Lion Country Safari, only about ... read more

How to Prepare Your Car and Your Family for Hurricane Season

There are pluses and minuses to hurricane season, which hits us every year and lasts from June through the end of September. On the plus side, we can see them coming so we have time to prepare. On the minus side, hurricane season lasts a very long time--six months! So it’s a good idea to prepare ahead of time, as much as possible. Make Sure Your Car is Hurricane-Ready What that means is bring your car in and have all the fluids checked and replaced, if necessary. Have the right amount of air in your tires. Ask us to check your A/C and all the belts in the car. Make sure you have a spare tire and that it’s adequately inflated. Get the windshield wipers replaced, too. Keep the gas tank full in case you need to leave in a hurry. Most importantly, do this at the beginning of hurricane season, not when you get a hurricane warning!   Have An Emergency Kit A big box or backpack full of supplies is a necessity for any time you need to evacuate. Jumper cables, flares, fl ... read more

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Hurricane Damage

Tips to Maintain Your Car Paint for Years

Tips to Maintain Your Car Paint for Years

Purchasing a shiny, new car is a great feeling; it gives us something to look forward to each time we leave our home and speed off to a new destination. But that feeling can diminish quickly when you realize that your perfect new-car paint job is dulling or deteriorating in the least. Internal vehicular care is important, but many underestimate the importance of the exterior of your car. This is especially true for high-end vehicles like Mercedes, BMW, and Porsche whose value decreases significantly with a less-than-impressive paint job. It’s true: the value of your car is somewhat dependent upon the exterior paint job alone—after all, it IS the first thing the eye is drawn to. Looks aren’t everything, but it’s important to do what’s necessary to maintain your car’s paint job for years to come. Here are a few tips on ... read more

Protect Your Car from Sun Radiation

Protect Your Car from Sun Radiation

Parking your car in the sunlight is an inevitability, there’s no way around leaving your car in the sun on a hot summer day but it’s important that you know the adverse effects that prolonged exposure to the sun can have on your vehicle. Constant exposure to the sun can cause oxidation and premature fading to the paint while the effects on the interior can include fading the color of your seats and interior and cracking to the dashboard or leather seats. We know the effects that sun radiation can have on our skin and know the importance of applying sunscreen regularly when going into the sun, think of the following steps as applying sunscreen to your vehicle to avoid damages to the interior and exterior of your car. Protect the Paint Wash your vehicle – washing your car regularly will clean it of pollution and grime. It’s also important to rememb ... read more

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