How To Prep Your Car for Long-Term Storage

There are a number of times when people need to store a vehicle for an extended period of time. Maybe you have a convertible that you love to drive in the summer, but winter is on the way. Or perhaps you’re going to leave town for a job or an extended vacation. Maybe you are in the military and are being deployed overseas.

Whatever the reason for your time away from the vehicle, you’ll need to put it in storage. If you simply let your vehicle sit on the street or in a garage for an extended period of time, you may return to a dead battery or — worse yet — a damaged engine, ruined tires and a rat’s nest under your hood.

Here are important steps to take before you store a vehicle. They will preserve the life of the engine and ensure that your car starts when you return to it.

Keep It Covered
A garage is the ideal place to store a vehicle. This will protect it from the elements and keep it at a temperature that’s relatively stable. If you don’t have a garage and you can find accommodation at a reasonable price,

Repair or Replace Your Windshield the Right Way

When faced with replacing a windshield, many car owners default to the lowest-price option. But if you take this route and are in a serious accident, your decision could cost you your life.

An incorrectly installed windshield could pop out in an accident, allowing the roof to cave in and crush the car’s occupants. Furthermore, when the front airbags deploy, they exert a tremendous force on the windshield and will blow out one that is not firmly glued in place.

“There are a lot of schlock operators” installing windshields, says Debra Levy, president of the Auto Glass Safety Council, which offers certification for installers. She says using original manufacturer’s glass is a plus, but choosing a good installer is even more important. To find a certified shop, visit and type your ZIP code into the box at the top of the page. Certification is valuable because it keeps installers up to date on advances in adhesives and changing automotive designs.

David Beck, one of two technicians at Windshield Express, near Salt Lake City, installs eight windshields a day and has been working in the auto glass business for 18 years. Beck agrees that certification is important and

Should You Fill Your Car’s Tires With Nitrogen?

A member of the Dodge Challenger owners’ forum was buying a new car from a dealer and noticed green valve-stem caps on all four tires. The salesman told him that the tires had been filled with nitrogen, which would keep the tire pressure and temperature more consistent and that it would prevent tire rot from the inside out. It wasn’t a free add-on, though. The “nitrogen upgrade” was a $69 item on the supplemental window sticker. Another forum member later posted that his dealer was charging $179 for this same “upgrade.”

Some dealerships and tire stores claim that filling your tires with nitrogen will save you money on gas while offering better performance than air. But a closer look reveals that nitrogen has few benefits and much higher costs. For starters, a typical nitrogen fill-up will cost you about $6 per tire.

Why Nitrogen?
The Get Nitrogen Institute Web site says that with nitrogen tire inflation, drivers will note improvements in a vehicle’s handling, fuel efficiency and tire life. All this is achieved through better tire-pressure retention, improved fuel economy and cooler-running tire temperatures, the institute says.

This sounds great in theory but let’s take a closer look


The 2016 Chevrolet Suburban has rich interiors, and a couple of SUVs can coordinate its payload limit. The Suburban’s smooth ride, solid motor, and secure taking care of giving a wonderful, and fulfilling driving background. As per our examination of car audits, the Chevrolet Suburban is a fabulous mix of extravagance and utility that will address the issues of most enormous families. As far as anticipated unwavering quality, you could expect a few contenders.

Execution Summary

The 2016 Chevrolet Suburban has a V8 motor that will experience no difficulty impelling the substantial SUV with a full heap of travellers and load. The motor is peaceful and smooth, making a quiet ride. The transmission rushes to react. In spite of the fact that the Suburban doesn’t offer the most elevated towing limit in the class, its 8,000-pound rating is a bounty to trailer a medium-size vessel. As indicated by the EPA, the 2016 Suburban procures 16/23 mpg city/thruway, which is regular for the class with GMC Denali rims.

Driving the Chevrolet Suburban isn’t as scary as you may think. In spite of its expansive size, the SUV feels secure around corners. It’s controlling is

How to Handle a Car Accident in Vaughan

If you get into a car accident in Vaughan it’s important to know what you should do right from the start. You don’t want to get in more trouble for doing something wrong (which can happen even if the accident isn’t your fault). You want to make sure that you’re following the laws and that you’re doing what you can to reduce your own costs or difficulty while you’re at it.

Talk With the Driver

The first thing you want to do is talk to the other driver. You want to make sure that they’re all right and also see what type of damage has happened to both your vehicle and theirs. If there is no other driver, if you hit an object rather than another person, you want to make sure you recognize the damage done to you and the object as well. Hitting a tree is not generally going to get you in trouble as far as the damage to the tree but hitting a building will and you want to know the damage before anything else happens.

Take Pictures & Notes

You want to write down everything that you remember from

Enjoy a Family Boating Vacation

People love being in and around bodies of water. Some folks prefer fresh water lakes and others crave the salty tang of the sea. Many families plan their vacations where they can enjoy water activities including boating. Cruising, sailing, canoeing, and personal watercraft destinations are among the most popular vacation spots people choose.

Being on the water is peaceful and stress-free. It’s a great way to break free from the smart phones, computers, and other technological devices and refresh your body, mind, and spirit. According to boat dealers and industry experts, fishing vacations are growing in popularity. Fishing is a great way for families to bond and provides parents with opportunities to teach their children important environmental lessons. Keeping water clean and pure for our marine animals and plants is critical and children are highly sensitive to these issues. Learning in a hands-on environment is better than any classroom.

Boating Safety

As with any activity involving a mechanical device, good boating safety practices are vitally important. Discover Boating reminds us that “a number of states require powerboat operators to take a boater’s education course and carry a license or certificate proving successful course

Five Reasons to Apply Vehicle Wraps to Company Vehicles

If your business has a fleet of vehicles, it is important that they can be identified as belonging to your company. To brand your vehicles, you can choose to paint them with your company colours and logo or you can have custom designed vehicle wraps installed on them. Here are some of the benefits of applying wraps to your company’s vehicles.

Identifies Company

If you have a business and your employees make house calls, it is important that clients can identify your company’s vehicles when they pull into their driveways or park in front of their homes. It makes them feel safer knowing that the vehicle actually belongs to the company that they called for repair work in their home.

Promotes Business

Whether your company’s vehicle is parked in a customer’s drive or being driven down the street, the customised vehicle wrap acts as a promotional tool for your company. The next time someone needs the services your company provides, he or she will remember your brightly wrapped vehicles, connect them to the services you offer, and be more likely to call your company when in need of those services.

Advertising on the

Get Auto Repairs to Get the Most Out of Your Vehicle

It is important to do routine maintenance on your car from time to time. This has many benefits to both your pocket and your car. You can reduce the number of major repairs you’ll have to do when you pay a visit to your auto repair. You also get to keep your car in tiptop condition. Here are a few things you should regularly do, to extend the life of your automobile.

Small Issues

One of the biggest mistakes that car owners make is to ignore minor auto repairs. These repairs should be addressed as soon as they are detected. Sometimes people choose not to have these issues addressed because they feel that it will be an extra expense given the perceived magnitude of the problem. However, the truth is that the cost of fixing the problem is going to be much higher in the future.

Some of the minor issues that you shouldn’t ignore are; when the car fails to brake properly causes the car to vibrate when you notice oil spills where you parked your car and burning smell or any odd smell from your car.

Oil Changes

Frequent oil changes can go a long way to extending

Gas vs. Diesel Engine Maintenance

When shopping for a new car there are plenty of options. These days, cars with diesel engines are starting to gain popularity, and you might be wondering whether buying a car with diesel engine is a good idea.

First of all, it is not only about the price of diesel fuel that you should consider. The most important thing is the maintenance.

Car Maintenance Considerations

According to car experts, diesel maintenance is cheaper in general. Diesel-fueled engines require less maintenance and have fewer problems than gas engines. Take note, however, that when these cars need repairs, those run by diesel tend to be more expensive.

Diesel engines need to be maintained less often than gasoline engines. There are two reasons for this. First, because they do not use spark plugs, which means that there won’t be a need to conduct ignition tune-up. Second, diesel cars offer greater engine efficiency and reduced wear and tear on the engine. In part, this means that it would be more practical for you to buy a diesel engine if you travel often everyday because the higher cost of maintenance will be offset by the fact

Mahindra NuvoSport launch on April 4, 2016: First drive by

Mahindra is a big name in the SUV segment of the Indian Auto market. After the low sales of Quanto, Mahindra has come up with its new Quanto facelift Mahindra NuvoSport. Mahindra NuvoSport is all set to hit the Indian market on 4th of April 2016. The auto lovers are awaiting to see how Mahindra has come up with its new approach in design and styling compared to its not so hit Mahindra Quanto. NuvoSport has already been the talk among the auto fans with its amazing stylish and sporty looksand surely does not disappoint. The front profile of this compact SUV definitely demands an appreciation for its new sporty face. Mahindra has completely changed the Quanto’s front profile and has designed it newly to attract the consumers. The rear and side profile has no or little change in its design.



This model comes in six different variants: N4, N4+, N6, N6 AMT, N8 and N8 AMT.

Mahindra NuvoSport Engine Specifications:

Mahindra offers 1.5-litre mHawk80 Diesel engine which produces a power of 100 bhp @ 3750 rpm at a torque of 240 Nm @ 1600 rpm to 2800 rpm in Power mode and produces a power

Everything You Need To Know About Compulsory Basic Training At Motoden

CBT or Compulsory Basic Training is a mandatory training course for all those who want to ride and operate a moped or motorcycle independently. This became a requirement for all UK riders in 1990 in an effort to limit road accidents that are the result of uninformed and inexperienced drivers. With Compulsory Basic Training, drivers can earn their licences after having passed the theory test and the practical tests. The CBT will remain valid for a period of two years after completion.

basic training

What You Can Expect

The CBT includes 5 phases that will be completed one at a time in sequential order. This means that the first phase must be completed before you can move on to the next one and so forth. It is only possible to move from one training phase to another if your instructor believes that you’ve acquired all of the necessary skills at each level. These five phases are:

  • Introduction
  • On-Site Practical Training
  • On-Site Practical Riding
  • On-Road Practical Training
  • On-Road Practical Riding

Once all of these phases have been completed in a satisfactory manner, you’ll be given a DL196 which is a certificate of completion. When you have this document, each of the

How Old — and Dangerous — Are Your Tires?

the owner of a 1998 Ford Explorer in Georgia needed a new tire for his SUV and ended up buying a used one. When he was driving two weeks later, the tread suddenly separated from the tire. The Explorer went out of control and hit a motorcycle, killing its rider. An analysis of the used tire revealed that it was nearly 10 years old.

More recently, an investigation into the cause of the accident that killed the actor Paul Walker revealed that the Porsche Carrera GT in which he was riding had nine-year-old tires. The California Highway Patrol noted that the tires’ age might have compromised their drivability and handling characteristics, according to the Los Angeles Times.

These incidents illustrate not only the potential danger of buying used tires but also the perils of driving on aging tires — including those that have never spent a day on the road.

For years, people have relied on a tire’s tread depth to determine its condition. But the rubber compounds in a tire deteriorate with time, regardless of the condition of the tread. An old tire poses a safety hazard.

For some people, old tires might never be an issue. If you drive a typical number

Is Cheap Gas Bad for Your Car

Gasoline is expensive and you’re looking for every way possible to save money at the pump. You already shy away from premium fuel, knowing that your car doesn’t require it. You’d like to save a few pennies per gallon more by going to an off-brand gas station. But you can’t get rid of the nagging fear: Is the cheap gas going to damage your car’s engine? put this question to experts in several fields, including an automotive engineer at a major carmaker, gasoline manufacturers and two engineers with the American Automobile Association (AAA). It boils down to this: You can stop worrying about cheap gas. You’re unlikely to hurt your car by using it.

Because of the advances in engine technology, a car’s onboard computer is able to adjust for the inevitable variations in fuel, so most drivers won’t notice a drop off in performance between different brands of fuel, from the most additive-rich gas sold by the major brands to the bare-bones stuff at your corner quickie mart.

Still, spending a few extra pennies per gallon might provide peace of mind to someone who just purchased a new car and wants to keep it as long as possible. People with older

How To Find a Good Car Mechanic

We hear it all the time: “Where can I find a good car mechanic?” In the past, word of mouth was probably the best way to find an auto repair shop that would do the job right and charge a fair price. But now, a good mechanic might be only a few mouse clicks or touchscreen taps away.

Crowdsourced review sites have greatly simplified the search. Here are a few tips on how to work these sites to find a good car mechanic in your area. Keep in mind that this isn’t an exact science. Sometimes a highly rated shop might disappoint, but at least you can tilt the odds in your favor.

Yelp describes itself as a site that “connects people with great businesses,” whether that’s a hot new restaurant or a top-notch dentist. And, luckily for car owners, it also has auto repair reviews. The site is free and has a mobile version, plus apps for Android and Apple mobile devices.

We’ve had good experiences with Yelp recommendations as we looked for a mechanic to work on Edmunds’ long-term 1996 Lexus ES 300, which is the subject of our Debt-Free Car Project. With our new long-term vehicles, we tend to

How To Fix Your Car’s Oxygen Sensor

If your car’s “Check Engine” light is glaring at you, it’s probably because the oxygen sensor is malfunctioning. That’s right, the oxygen sensor. It’s a little device that’s a mystery for most drivers but its misbehavior is the problem that most commonly triggers a Check Engine light, according to, which sells an automotive diagnostic tool and provides repair information. The oxygen sensor unseats the formerly most common Check Engine light culprit: a loose gas cap. There are fewer reports of that problem because savvy motorists have learned to fix it themselves and consumers now buy new cars with capless gas tanks.

But don’t despair. Replacing your car oxygen sensor will keep you from wasting money by burning extra gas, and the repair isn’t horribly expensive. We know this firsthand. We had to replace the O2 sensor on our 1996 Lexus ES 300, the subject of our Debt-Free Car project, and it wasn’t as much of a hassle or expense as we had feared.

After the dreaded Check Engine light appeared in our Lexus, we plugged the CarMD device into the car’s computer to read the error code. In our case, the code was P0135, which meant that the oxygen sensor in

Confessions of Car Detailers

A few months ago, a friend sent out a Facebook message on behalf of her son, who had started an auto detailing business. He was offering a grand opening special: $99 for a full interior and exterior job. Since my car is typically littered with the detritus of raising two little girls, I gave him a try.

I thought he did a decent job — until my husband pointed out what should have been obvious: He didn’t take out my daughter’s booster seat, so the seat section under it (and the floor under that) didn’t get clean. Despite the fact that he’d vacuumed the interior, the remnants of after-school snacks and playdates still were hanging around.

I don’t think the detailer was trying to take advantage of me. He was simply inexperienced, or maybe just in a hurry. But I am certainly not alone in my displeasure. A quick Google search for local auto detailers turned up just as many complaints as accolades. After all, with more than 176,500 people in the car-wash and detailing industry, a business that racks up $8 billion annually, according to an October 2013 IBISWorld report, there have to be a few who aren’t up to snuff.


How To Prep Your Car for Long-Term Storage

There are a number of times when people need to store a vehicle for an extended period of time. Maybe you have a convertible that you love to drive in the summer, but winter is on the way. Or perhaps you’re going to leave town for a job or an extended vacation. Maybe you are in the military and are being deployed overseas.

Whatever the reason for your time away from the vehicle, you’ll need to put it in storage. If you simply let your vehicle sit on the street or in a garage for an extended period of time, you may return to a dead battery or — worse yet — a damaged engine, ruined tires and a rat’s nest under your hood.

Here are important steps to take before you store a vehicle. They will preserve the life of the engine and ensure that your car starts when you return to it.

Keep It Covered
A garage is the ideal place to store a vehicle. This will protect it from the elements and keep it at a temperature that’s relatively stable. If you don’t have a garage and you can find accommodation at a reasonable price, consider putting the car in

What Your Check Engine Light Is Telling You

When your car’s “Check Engine” light comes on, it’s usually accompanied by a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. The light could mean a costly problem, like a bad catalytic converter, or it could be something minor, like a loose gas cap. But in many cases, it means at minimum that you’ll be visiting the car dealer to locate the malfunction and get the light turned off.

The Check Engine light — more formally known as the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) — is a signal from the car’s engine computer that something is wrong. The car dealer’s service department can diagnose the problem for about $75. But there’s a way to preview what the problem might be.

Prior to 1996, carmakers had their own engine diagnostic systems, primarily to ensure their cars were compliant with Environmental Protection Agency pollution-control requirements. Starting with model-year 1996, automakers standardized their systems under a protocol called OBD-II, which stipulated a standardized list of diagnostic trouble codes (DTC) and mandated that all cars provide a universal connector to access this information. It’s usually located under the steering column and is easy to access.

Deciphering the Code
Do-it-yourselfers can buy inexpensive code readers that connect to this

Confessions From the Auto Body Shop

For most consumers, auto body shops are intimidating and mysterious. The good ones restore your beloved car to gleaming perfection. The bad ones hide problems and stick you with a big repair bill.

We talked with three veterans of the auto body industry, two of whom (Brian and Neal) run their own collision repair businesses and the third expert (Andy) who is a well-connected industry observer. Our sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, shed light on this shadowy world and offer suggestions on how to manage costs, avoid rip-offs and ensure that sure your car is fixed right.

Know That Body Shops Run the Quality Gamut
“I don’t care what state you live in, for every 10 body shops, three of them are unethical and five of them do mediocre work at best,” Neal says.

It’s clear that finding the right shop and building a relationship with the owner or manager is an essential first step in the repair process. There will always be fly-by-night shops, and even mobile dent-repair guys working out of the trunks of their cars. Consumers should look for brick-and-mortar body shops that have been in business a long time and have a solid track record

How To Tell if Your Body Shop Did the Job Correctly

When you last saw your car, it was a twisted mess being towed away from the scene of the accident. Now it’s weeks later and the car is parked in the driveway of a body shop. All you have to do is write a check and the car is yours again. But how do you know that everything under the surface has really been fixed correctly?

One key to getting your car fixed right is choosing a reliable shop in the first place. But you should still inspect the work performed before you drive away. To better understand what to look for, here are some insider tips from several knowledgeable veterans of the body shop business.

Have a Clear Understanding Up Front
The process of having your car fixed right starts when you drop it off, says Aaron Schulenburg, executive director of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists. Be clear on what the shop is going to fix and how it will do the repair. Get everything in writing. Ask about the shop’s warranty on its work. When you return, review the paperwork to confirm that the shop did the repairs correctly.

“A reputable repair facility will go through everything with you, walk