Monthly Archives: September 2020

Important Steps For Selecting An Auto Repair Shop

When a car breaks down, most customers just want to get back on the road soon without paying an extreme price. However, a little research and patience can go a long way in finding an auto repair shop. In fact, doing the due diligence now means that the next trip to the mechanic won’t be anytime soon.

Find the Best Local Options

There are a few advantages to finding an auto shop in the neighborhood. First, you can ask neighbors and friends for their personal recommendations and experiences. Local shops will value customer loyalty and trustworthiness because they depend on word of mouth to create new customers. Secondly, the car can be dropped off and picked up easily, hopefully avoiding the process of arranging rides to and from the store. Lastly, a strong connection to a neighborhood shop can result in fair pricing to keep the customer coming back.

Check Customer Reviews

Even if the auto repair services aren’t close by, or there are no referrals from friends and family, there are a variety of internet reviews sites worth checking. A lack of reviews online may suggest inexperience. Of course, most stores will have a range of good and bad reviews, but the overall trends about price, customer service, and quality work are worth reading about.

Compare More Than Prices

Shop around and don’t always go with the cheapest option. Some auto repair shops will use a customer’s impatience against them and raise the price when they sense a lack of negotiating skill. Remember that they need the customer and not vice versa. It is hard to wait when your primary mode of transportation needs fixing, but patience can pay off both now and in the future if it results in a good business relationship.

Prepare a List of Questions

In a similar vein, don’t be afraid to ask questions. General questions about their experience, certifications, warranties, and work timeline let a mechanic know that you take this exchange seriously. Of course, getting an estimate on the price is the best way to ensure you’re not getting ripped off, and it helps to do some amount of previous research to understand what a fair price might be. Shopping around and comparing prices can assure the best possible deals.

Get to Know the Mechanic

Establish a good working relationship with the shop to get peace of mind for future auto repairs. Rarely will this be the last visit to a mechanic. Fair pricing, communication, and a serious disposition will result in a good deal for all parties. Furthermore, if you leave a good review online or promise to come back, the relationship will find solid footing.

No matter how the search plays out, remember to trust your instincts and do what feels comfortable. No one wants to deal with a tense or strained business deal. Be patient, have confidence, and rely on those who have been through it before.

Flowmaster Super 40 Series Muffler Review

There are many that are considering buying an aftermarket muffler for their vehicle. There is a lot to choose from out there, all with their unique benefits and sound. I purchased the Flowmaster Super 40 Series Muffler. Flowmaster claims it to be one of their loudest, high flow mufflers. According to Flowmastermufflers.com “The Super 40 has that “deep powerful” sound of the original 40 series but with all the benefits of performance and low interior resonance from the “Delta Flow technology.” I have to say that I agree with the fact that it has a deep powerful sound, however, the interior resonance is significant. I have not heard the interior resonance of a delta flow, but the Super 40 Series still has quite a bit of interior resonance.

I put this muffler on a 2001 Toyota Tundra 4.7 Liter V8. I ordered the muffler online, and when it came I took it and the truck to a local muffler shop and had it installed. The shop simply cut out the stock muffler and installed the new one. The resonator was left alone. I also added a stainless steel tip. From day 1, I have been very impressed with the sound of it.

Between.5 & 2 RPM’s the sound is very throaty and deep, especially when I an really on it, however as my RPM’s increase above 2.5, the sound from the cab get a little quieter and the rev of the engine takes over the sound from the tail pipe. It still sounds really great in my opinion, it’s just not quite what I expected.

As far as performance is concerned, I feel that I have lost a little low end power. With high flow mufflers like this one, this can be common. The horsepower gains that are claimed are true, however, the increased horsepower is found at the higher RPMs. The loss in low end power is enough for me to notice, but not enough to make much of a difference. (I’m picky)

I have not noticed an increase in MPGs. I was hoping that I would, but it remained unchanged. (even with a K&N drop in air filter). I continue to get between 16 and 18 MPG.

Pros:

* Deep throaty sound in the cab and out.

* Great price.

* Increased power (high RPMs).

Cons:

* Not a stainless steel construction, instead it is painted. After several months of use, the lovely black paint has almost all burnt off.

* Around 65 – 70 mph, there is interior resonance that I just don’t like. It goes away at about 72 mph, so not a big deal. I liked it at first, but gets annoying after a while.

Overall, the Flowmaster Super 40 is a great product. I really like the sound of this muffler. It is deep, and smooth. It’s not raspy and “rackety”. It produces a powerful sound and really lets you hear the beast that the 4.7 Liter i-force is. It’s one of the best Toyota aftermarket parts I’ve purchased.

Fuel Legacy and EEFuel Review – Scam Or Miracle Fuel Additive?

Fuel Legacy, or Nonotech Fuel Technology Inc., is based out of Livermore, California. The company manufactures eeFuel, which is a fuel additive which they distribute through network marketing channels. The company claims that eeFuel can improve gas mileage,engine performance, extend the life of an engine, decrease engine knocks, and, who knows, leap over tall buildings with a single bound!!

“Night Rider” would be proud!

The company co-founder is Simon Procopenko. He is a well known entrepreneur in the northern part of California. Simon primarily learned his entrepreneurial “ropes” in the lumber industry, where he transformed a tiny retail operation in to a 20 million dollar a year business. His network marketing experience began in 2001 with NuSkin. He achieved executive distributor status, and built a large international team. He had previous experience with fuel additives as a major “player” with 4E Company. His vision has been to expand on his success with 4E Company by ramping up Nanotech Fuel Technology. Simon has always been an ardent environmentalist and he has passed that philosophy on to Fuel legacy.

The company features a binary compensation plan, which has unlimited width and pays 7 levels deep. The plan also features fast start and mentoring bonuses, and a unique leadership check matching bonus. In addition to a car bonus program, distributors are given free personalized websites. Distributors have the opportunity to purchase the product at wholesale, and sell it at retail. eeFuel is sold in small individual quantities of 4 ounces, and the retail cost is 26.99. Distributors purchase the product for 19.99, so the commission is about 35%.

4 ounces?

Yep, this is some MEGA concentrated stuff. They suggest 8 ml per 10 gallons of gas. The company offers a handy measuring bottle for determining the right amount of eeFuel. Fuel Legacy claims that eeFuel can save consumers between 2 and 3 dollars for every dollar spent on the product.

The company website provides testimonials and some independent research proving the effectiveness of the product. The research I looked at stated that eeFuel improved gas mileage for users between 5%-8%. Certainly worthwhile, but not life changing!

In conclusion, I do not know a thing about Nano Technolgy, and I won’t bore you with the science. The claims made by the company seem a little hard to believe. I also discovered that some cars do not respond to the fuel additive at all! Another factor to be considered is competition. The major automobile manufacturers such as Toyota and G.M. spend millions on product research and development. In a relatively short time, a product could be developed that has all the benefits that eeFuel contains. And, probably at a lower cost. Short term, Fuel Legacy may be a good opportunity. Long term, the opportunity is suspect at best.

Review of the 2017 VW Tiguan for Palm Springs Volkswagen Dealers

So every parent that considers a new vehicle usually has just one important question before all others questions, and that is this…

Just How Safe is VW’s Tiguan for 2017?

There is 7 Stability-Enhancing Technologies designed to increase the safety rating on the all new 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan.

– Electronic Brake-Pressure Distribution (EBD) which helps appropriate stopping power needed when in a hard braking scenario.

– Electronic Stability Control can calibrate the energy from the vehicle to use the appropriate amount of power and rotation to each wheel.

– Intelligent Crash Response System which inside the occasion of an accident the airbags will deploy and the ICRS will switch off the fuel pump, open your doors and activate your emergency lights immediately.

– Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, in the occasion of a collision sometimes your vehicle will not stop. That’s why these vehicles include Automatic Post-Collision Braking System to assist bringing your vehicle to a stop after a collision helping reduce the additional chances of another impact.

– Brake Disc Drying – In the rainfall, your brakes will be dried by applying the windshield wipers to switch on the system for more confident braking power in the rain.

VW’s Tiguan provides daily adventure

If you are searching for an everyday adventurous turbocharged high performing and tech-savvy car full of latest features…

Well then you really want to have a look at the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Sport Utility Vehicle.

A sophisticated vehicle that doesn’t just look terrific but it is extremely versatile too. Other tech option on the VW Tiguan for 2017.

– A Touchscreen sound system.

– Rear view camera system.

– Wireless technology with music streaming for compatible devices like your BlackBerry or iPod.

– Sirius satellite radio with 3-month trial subscription at zero cost to you.

– Touchscreen Navigation system.

– Fender premium stereo.

Starting at price of $24,995 this specific SUV gets 20 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the freeways of United States of America.

Like I stated earlier that when you get behind the steering wheel is when the magic happens… Now you’ll experience the power of the 4 Cyl 2.0L TSI engine with 200 hp plus 207 pound-feet of torque.

Include the offered 4MOTION all-wheel-drive for extra traction control to enhance the agility and handling.

Engine Specs for the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan.

– 4 cylinder 2.0L TS! 200 hp engine.

– 6-speed automatic transmission.

– 20 city mpg and 24 freeway mpg.

– 207 pound-feet of torque.

– A Tuned-Sports Suspension as an offered option for remarkable drive control.

Exterior Attributes of the 2017 Tiguan by Volkswagen.

For a sportier look, you can go with the 16-inch alloy rims or select a bigger rim and tires set like the 17-inch, 18-inch or perhaps even 19-inch wheels.

Other options include power-operated heated outside mirrors within an integrated turn-signal and available roof rack.

HID headlamps with LED daytime-running lights for a more vibrant range of light to help improve the visibility in the middle of night time driving. This way your eyes will have a lot less straining to see the roadway. Additionally, corner illuminated fog lights for more improved visibility in reduced light circumstances.

Additional highlights like the GPS turn by turn navigation system can also be displayed within the speedometer cluster to keep your eyes focused on the road. Connectivity of your Bluetooth enabled devices do not just stop at iPhone and Androids…

You can also connect a wireless camera as well, like the Go Pro Hero 4 and Hero 4 Sessions. Which come in handy for those trips to the beach, or mountains. Whether you surf, ski or snowboard, capture every moment of the road trip.

Electric Mopeds, Scooters, Bikes And Mobility Scooters Review

In these days of high fuel costs and environmental issues people are looking at ways to save money and help the planet. One way they are doing this is by turning to electric vehicles such as bikes, scooters, mopeds and mobility scooters. They are finding there are many advantages over fueled powered vehicles, mainly cost, environmental factors and parking just to name a few. Another plus is the pure fun of riding these things as you zip through the traffic, taking short cuts, all with the due care, of course.

As I was writing these articles the one thing that struck me is the difference this type of vehicle can make to people’s lives, especially if a car is not viable option. Let’s look at the people who have some physical problem that restricts their mobility, with an electric motor scooter they can gain a tremendous amount of independence in their lives by doing those ordinary day to day things we take for granted. It also means that they do not have to rely on other people to do these things for them.

As the popularity of these vehicles grow the options they now have is enormous and they are so cost effective you can have than one type for different usage and also backup if there is a breakdown in one machine. What I mean is you can have a fold-away machine for convenience and storage or a full blown machine that will take you almost anywhere with ease. Also the batteries and chargers are much more sophisticated allowing less monitoring coupled with better power storage. For the bikes there are also after market kits that can be fixed to a normal machine without going to the expense of buying a specialty machine.

It will pay to check your local rules and regulations for your area in regards to licensing and insurance. You find in most areas that you will not need a special license and in some cases children as young as 12 years old will be able to take these machines on the road. Also, in a lot of cases, your current automobile, household and/or health insurance will cover for most mishaps.

I have written a separate article for each group that I have mentioned here and you find the links on the left hand side of this page. Please enjoy them