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Halloween and Scary Automotive Sounds

Halloween and Scary Automotive Sounds

Spooky season is coming up, and there are many sounds that we are going to hear! Many of them will be pleasant and with the Halloween theme, but there are plenty of sounds you may start to hear from your car and those sounds… well they’re never in season, are they? Here are some of those scary sounds, what they mean, and what next steps are for you and your vehicle’s maintenance. 1. Is that the screeching of a banshee?  Well, that depends, but first, we have to determine where the sound is coming from. If the sound is coming from your wheels, it likely means that it is time to change your brake pads. They are designed to make those noises after wearing down to help alert you, but that doesn’t mean the sound isn’t scary to hear! Worn down brakes aren’t in themselves dangerous right away, but it is important to get them replaced in a timely manner to prevent more serious replacements or repairs. What if that screeching is coming from under the ho ... read more

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Best Road Trips within An Hour of West Palm Beach

Best Road Trips within An Hour of West Palm Beach

Road trips are a great way to get closer to friends and family while making unforgettable memories. Being stuck in a car for hours on hours can get stressful but an hour or so drive is perfect. There are some awesome places an hour away from West Palm Beach in which you can make a little day trip or stay the whole weekend. Check out these places when considering your next getaway and don’t forget to pack the sunscreen.  On the outskirts of West Palm Beach lies Riviera Beach that has free parking and admission making it great for big families. At Riviera Beach, you can swim up close and personal with the friendly manatees. The manatees are in their natural environment and enjoy visitors, consider them the dogs of the sea. There is an education center if you want to learn more about animals and the environment.  Another great beach is the North Palm Beach that is 438 acres of breathtaking nature. There are many trails to hike, kayak rentals, picnics, and of course the a ... read more

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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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Favorite Holiday Activities

Favorite Holiday Activities

When people first move to the West Palm Beach area, they have a tough time wrapping their minds around all the palm trees. People really seem to miss their fir trees and pine trees, especially during the holiday months. But West Palm Beach has festivities for the holidays that you’re sure to enjoy. After all, the holidays are really about generosity, family, and holiday lights!  Sandi the Sand Tree Sandi is a stupendous 600-ton sand tree, a sight you don’t want to miss this December! Sandi will be 35 feet tall and will dazzle the crowds with nightly music and light shows beginning November 29th at the Clematis by Night Tree Lighting. You have the month of December to see Sandi. There will be lots of free events for the whole family, too.  Garden of Lights: A Winter Holiday Event  Mounts Botanical Garden will be lit up in the evenings this holiday season. Thousands of holiday lights will hang from trees, with lots of LED trees, glowing light balls and walki ... read more

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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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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

How To Prevent Water Leaks In Your Car

How To Prevent Water Leaks In Your Car

Though we are known as the Sunshine State, Florida gets more than its fair share of rain. Lately, we’ve had torrential rains across the state. We have been receiving calls from our clients, telling us about the mysterious water leaks in their trunk and on the floor mats. Leaving your windows and sunroof open during a thunderstorm is an apparent cause for a wet car interior. However, what about when the windows are all closed? How can your car get wet on the inside when the trunk is closed, the windows are up, and the doors are locked? It may be due to the car’s drainage system getting filled with debris; resulting in water leaks. Like a gutter on your roof that’s backed up with leaves, water may seep into ordinarily waterproof areas if the drainage system is blocked. All vehicles have a drainage system, and some vehicle brands consistently exhibit drainage design issues. The water leaks could be the result of a faulty sunroof drainage system. Alternatively, the are ... read more

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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

Can My Regular Tires Withstand Winter in West Palm Beach?

Can My Regular Tires Withstand Winter in West Palm Beach?

If you live in an area with extremely harsh winters, things like intense rainstorms or snow likely have you thinking of warmer weather for months. One area with a winter that is not so severe is Florida, often known for its’ almost year-round ideal weather conditions that make it such a popular destination for residents and vacationers alike. Whether you’re living there or vacationing, there’s a good chance that you will need your car to get around everywhere that you want to go and during the winter months you may hear about winter specific tires for your car. Before purchasing these for your car however, take these things into consideration to help determine if your car is able to handle the West Palm Beach, Florida winters with the tires that you have already. Consider the Weather Conditions ... read more

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