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Buying a Used Car for a Holiday Gift? Do This First!

Buying a Used Car for a Holiday Gift? Do This First!

It can always be a little nerve-wracking when you are buying a used vehicle. Whether you are considering buying it from a private owner or dealership, you never honestly know if the information that is being fed to you is right or wrong. Or is there any information that is being withheld that you should know about? While some sellers are honest, some aren't so much.   That's why it's worth getting peace of mind that the car you are interested in is what you hope it turns out to be. Even if it looks great and seems to run great from a brief test drive, there could be damaged parts or worn-out pieces that could lead to expensive auto repairs in the future. All in all, you want to understand everything about the vehicle before taking the chance to invest in it.   A fantastic way to overcome this obstacle is by taking the prospect car to the automotive repair experts at Coventry Motors in Huntington Station, NY. Our professionally trained and certified technicians ... read more

Can My Car Last Forever?

Can My Car Last Forever?

If you own a car that is ten years old or older, you may find yourself wondering how long the average vehicle can live for. How long are they intended to last? Automobiles do not have a pre-determined death date, so when do you know that it's time to let it go? We'll be answering these pondering questions today.   On average, a vehicle will last for roughly 11 years on the road. With the proper care and maintenance habits, your vehicle can run for longer. Nevertheless, the lifespan of any car will depend on multiple things: make, model, year, driving habits, and the type and quality of services it receives.   A fun fact is that it's been found that trucks and SUVs tend to be longer-lasting than other types of automobiles. Regardless of what type of car you drive, maintenance is essential if you want to preserve it.    Did you know? The oldest running vehicle has remained operational for 48 years and has pushed over 3 million miles. With that being ... read more

Pros and Cons of Window Tint

Pros and Cons of Window Tint

An easy and popular way to enhance your automobile is to invest in tinted windows. While tinting your car offers various benefits other than aesthetic purposes, it also has a few drawbacks you should consider. At the end of the day, it's all up to personal preference.   Here are several of the main advantages of tinting your car windows: OFFERS PRIVACY One of the most appealing benefits of window tinting is that it gives you additional privacy against vandalism. Depending on the level of tint you choose to get, tinted windows make it more difficult for anyone on the outside to see inside your vehicle, which is vital in keeping your valuables secure. REDUCES TEMPERATURE INSIDE OF THE VEHICLE Another advantage of window tinting to consider is that it keeps your car cooler during the hot summer months. With the added tint, your windows reduce up to 60 percent of the heat generated by direct sunlight in your car. Additionally, you could be saving both energy and money since ... read more

A Brief History of How Windshield Wipers Came About in NY

A Brief History of How Windshield Wipers Came About in NY

Windshield wipers are often overlooked, but they have a significant impact on your driving and overall safety. Most of us take our windshield wipers for granted, considering we only use them when it rains or snows. But can you imagine driving without them at all? Before the 1900s, the consideration of adding this tool in automobiles was nonexistent. However, the need for windshield wipers was always present.   The origin of this essential car feature is a pretty interesting and (somewhat of) an unfortunate story. In 1902, a lady by the name of Mary Anderson had an eye-opening experience while riding on a snowy path in New York City. Anderson noticed that her driver at the time was having a challenging time seeing through his windscreen; the driver continuously stopped the car to wipe off the windshield. As you may have guessed, the constant stopping made Anderson late to her plans and the method was ineffective. Suddenly, Anderson was set to develop this mechanism that would sol ... read more

Tips on How to Deck Out Your Car

Tips on How to Deck Out Your Car

Sometimes driving the same car over and over can be boring. It doesn't have to be; it is your car, after all. You can (almost) do anything you want to it! Here are some ideas you can do to spruce up your vehicle and make it unique for you.   Upgrade Your Car Stereo System If you are a music lover, you can save up to invest in a new stereo system in your car. Perhaps new speakers could increase the output power of the sounds. With an upgraded sound system, your sing-alongs in the car will be top-tier.   Get Seat Covers Adding seat covers is an affordable way to customize your car, especially if your interior is starting to look a little dingy. Protect your seats from spills and sun damage with seat covers. You'll be thankful for the extra layer of protection for your vehicle's interior.    Put in New Car Mats While you're looking for seat covers, check out if you can score a deal on matching floor mats that can go well with the overall theme ... read more

All About Brake Fluid

All About Brake Fluid

Various fluids are demanded by your car to upkeep its everyday performance. Undoubtedly one of the more forgotten fluids is brake fluid, which is necessary to the function of your braking system. Most manufacturers create a set mileage or time that brake fluid should be replaced by. However, some simply suggest that you monitor the fluid level and condition periodically. As a result of varying recommendations, everyday drivers are left confused about when their brake fluid needs to be changed.   What is Brake Fluid? Brake fluid is a pressure-driven solution that carries the weight of your foot on the brake pedal all the way to the brake pads. While this fluid is in a confined system, the lines that carry the liquid from your tank to your brakes can become worn or damaged and allow water, dust, or dirt to contaminate the fluid. As you may have guessed, dirty fluid is less effective at performing its job. Also, brake fluid naturally breaks down over time. Therefore, drivers need ... read more

Wheel Alignment or Tire Balance, Which Do You Need?

Wheel Alignment or Tire Balance, Which Do You Need?

When you have work done on your tires, your mechanic might recommend you get either a tire balance or wheel alignment or both. For many drivers, these terms are interchangeable. There is, however, quite a difference between the two. Tire Balance New tires are put onto your vehicle and balanced, but as you drive, the balance slowly changes. If you drive on roads with a lot of potholes, for example, the balance of one or more tires can be knocked out in comparison with the other tires. Balance is achieved by adding weights to the inner and outer portion of the tire rim. The type of weight you need is unique to your vehicle's rims and model. When a tire (or tires) is knocked out of balance, one or more of the following symptoms will occur Seat or wheel vibrations Tire wear that is not even A humming or whirring sound from the tires A shimmy when the vehicle speed exceeds 60 MPH Alignment Every vehicle starts off with a specific alignment. Over time driving, that alignment slip ... read more

How Regular Car Maintenance Can Help Your Gas Mileage

How Regular Car Maintenance Can Help Your Gas Mileage

As car prices continue to soar with each passing year, car owners have been more steadfast in finding ways to reduce car fuel expenditure. Besides ensuring that your car remains roadworthy for a long time, regular car maintenance can also help improve its fuel efficiency. Below are some tips that have proven effective in maintaining pocket-friendly gas mileage. Perfect Tire Inflation Car repair specialists warn drivers against over or under-inflating their vehicles since it may affect the car's gas mileage. On the same note, inflating your car's tires to maximum capacity may also compromise your automobile's gas mileage. Under-inflating your car's tires reduces the surface area that comes into contact with the asphalt. Conversely, over-inflating the tires may help enhance the vehicle's functional efficiency, but the high pressure inside the tires at that time increases the chances of them blowing. Therefore, you should always ensure that you maint ... read more

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

As is evident from its name, a timing belt connects and times the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft. These two shafts are important components of the engine, and their timely rotation ensures well-timed firing of pistons and the opening/closing of the intake and exhaust valves in the engine. The timing belt is a long, notched rubber belt that runs along with the engine and is vital for efficient and smooth vehicle functions on the road. Since the timing belt is a dynamic component that interlocks and runs the crankshaft and camshafts, it tends to wear down due to long-term functioning and pressure. Regular maintenance and timely replacement of the timing belt are essential to avoid costly engine repairs. Without proper maintenance, the timing belt failure or slippage can occur unexpectedly, resulting in extreme damage to multiple engine components. The best resource to predict the correct time of timing belt replacement is a vehicle's owner's manual. It is generally reco ... read more

Is There A Difference Between a Flashing Check Engine Light and a Steady Check Engine Light?

Is There A Difference Between a Flashing Check Engine Light and a Steady Check Engine Light?

Most drivers understand that the Check Engine light is not a good thing to see in the vehicle. But there is a difference between a solid Check Engine light and one that is blinking. There are many different causes to a solid Check Engine light, some of which are rather benign. There's only one cause for a blinking light and it is an urgent one. When the car's check engine light is flashing, do not ignore it. Your car needs repairs as soon as possible. If the Check Engine light is blinking, it's a big warning sign and something that you want to have inspected immediately. If the light is solid, there are other things you can ask yourself to diagnose the issue. For example, if you recently got gas, it's possible that your gas cap is loose and that can trigger the light to come on. Tighten the cap first before you panic. When the light comes on, try to listen for other noises in the vehicle. Do you hear something different? Is the vehicle driving differently? If so ... read more

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