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What to do after you buy a used car (and before)

What to do after you buy a used car (and before) When you buy a used car, it’s brand new to you. However, people sell cars for different reasons. Maybe they just wanted something new or maybe they just couldn’t wait to get rid of it. Maybe it was a little bit of both. So how do you know what you’re getting? Used cars with lower mileage are often lease returns, corporate program cars or former rental vehicles. When the car is newer—maybe new enough that it’s still under warranty—and its mileage is hovering between 25,000 and 35,000, it provides a sense of comfort and confidence. But there is still a burning question to be answered: How well was my “new-to-me” car maintained? If you plan on owning a car for a long time, keeping up with maintenance is important to keep from paying for expensive repairs down the road. On the other hand, those who plan to only own the car for a few years may not be so committed to regular maintenance. It’s easy to assume tha ... read more

Last Chance – Brakes for Breasts!

We’re in the final days for this worthy program! Have you scheduled your appointment to help those in need? Phoenix, AZ – Please join us in achieving our 2014 goal of raising $100,000 for the Cleveland clinic breast cancer vaccine. $66,499.29 Raised by 66 independent Auto Repair Shops across 27 states in 2013 $32,848.84 Raised by 27 Independent Auto Repair Shops across 16 states in 2012 $10,000.00 Raised by 5 Independent Auto Repair Shops in the state of Ohio in 2011 $109,348.13 Grand Total over the Past 3 Years! “We are growing each year by leaps and bounds and 100% of what we raise goes directly to research.” Independent Auto Repair Shops across the U.S. are Fundraising for the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Fund! Can you Imagine a vaccine that would create a world free of breast cancer? We can! During October, auto repair shops from across the United States are offering free brak ... read more

Check engine light is on, now what?

When your check engine lights comes on, you may be torn between utter panic and just wanting to ignore it and hope it goes away. That’s perfectly understandable. That same check engine light could come on for anything from a serious engine or transmission problem all the way down to a loose gas cap. There’s a very common misconception that the trouble codes stored in your engine computer when your check engine light comes on will specifically identify a problem. It’s really more like pointing to the symptoms of a problem. Think of taking your temperature. Say it’s 101. Your heat sensor – the thermometer – tells you that your temperature is out of the normal range. But it doesn’t tell you why you have a fever. Is it the flu or a sinus infection? You need more information; more tests. For any given trouble code, there could be a number of causes. So your trained technician takes the trouble code as a starting point and begins a diagnostic process to deter ... read more

Mechanic Job in Phoenix – NAR now hiring!

 Mechanic Job in Phoenix – NAR now hiring!

NOW HIRING!! #phoenixjob SERIOUS EXPERIENCED MECHANIC NEEDED – NO WEEKENDS!! (NATIONAL AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR A+ BBB) We are a busy independent auto repair shop on I-17 and Thunderbird. We are growing and opened 5 new bays earlier this year and are in need of more qualified mechanics. We are a NAPA AutoCare Center and an ASE Blue Seal of Excellence Shop. In 2012 we received a BBB Business Ethics Award as a finalist and are continuously rated A+. We are looking for mechanics to add to this high integrity that we maintain at our shop. We pay based on your experience and productivity. As a senior technician, you will diagnose and repair automotive systems including: Diagnoses and repairs to specifications-brake and hydraulic, exhaust, primary and/or advanced fuel ignition and electrical, suspension and alignment, air conditioning and computer systems. Must have at least 3 years experience in automotive mechanical diagnosis, problem-sol ... read more

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Brakes for Breasts

We’re in the final days for this worthy program! Have you scheduled your appointment to help those in need? Phoenix, AZ – Please join us in achieving our 2014 goal of raising $100,000 for the Cleveland clinic breast cancer vaccine. $66,499.29 Raised by 66 independent Auto Repair Shops across 27 states in 2013 $32,848.84 Raised by 27 Independent Auto Repair Shops across 16 states in 2012 $10,000.00 Raised by 5 Independent Auto Repair Shops in the state of Ohio in 2011 $109,348.13 Grand Total over the Past 3 Years! “We are growing each year by leaps and bounds and 100% of what we raise goes directly to research.” Independent Auto Repair Shops across the U.S. are Fundraising for the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Fund! Can you Imagine a vaccine that would create a world free of breast cancer? We can! During October, auto repair shops from across the United States are offering free brak ... read more

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Why is my AC not working?

Question: Why isn’t my air conditioner blowing cold air? National Automotive Repair Answer: Your air conditioning system uses refrigerant to create cold air. The most common reasons Phoenix car owners lose their cold air have to do with the refrigerant. The first is not enough refrigerant. Refrigerant is a gas in the system and very small holes in a hose, seal or coupler can allow enough to leak out to prevent the creation of cold air. Another potential problem for Phoenix auto owners is contamination. Over time the inside of the rubber hoses can deteriorate and little bits of rubber can clog up various filters and other critical parts of the sedan A/C system, preventing proper circulation of the refrigerant. And a component could also be worn or broken. So the first step for Phoenix drivers who can’t cool their sedan is a thorough air conditioning inspection, looking for leaks and worn parts. In fact, Federal law requires an insp ... read more

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New Car Tip

Care and Maintenance Tips Keep Your Car Running in Top-Notch Condition We’ve compiled our best expert advice, surprising tricks, and car care tips to prolong the life of your automobile! 1. Be patient during the break-in period You’ve bought your dream car and now you want to make it last at long as possible in top condition. Here are some things to remember as you pull it out of the dealer’s lot: During the break-in period, typically the first 1,000 miles (1,600 km), keep your speed under 55 mph (88 kpm) or to the speed recommended by your car’s manufacturer. Avoid heavy loads on the drive train, such as towing trailers, and loading the roof rack or trunk with heavy construction materials. Do not allow your new car to idle for long periods — this is good advice for the life of your car, but especially during breakin. The oil pressure generated by doing so may not be sending oil to every part of your engine ... read more

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