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Algonquin, Illinois 60102

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Organization tips to keep your car fresh and comfortable!

Does the inside of your car look like this?messy car interior

We know that life can be a little crazy, and it’s easy for your car to be clean one week and look like you’re living in it the next. Not only can a messy car be stressful and embarrassing, but the distractions of a messy car can be a safety hazard! These organization tips will help you keep your car clean and organized so your daily commute can be relaxing and safe:

Assign a home for all the necessary items that stay in your car such as sunglasses, umbrellas, shopping bags, cleaning supplies, etc. If all of the things that live in your car have a dedicated place, it is easier to find them when you need them and put them away when you are done! Consider following the “two-weeks rule” for all the items that end up staying in your car – if you haven’t used the item in 14 days and it isn’t part of your emergency kit, it probably doesn’t need to stay in your car.

Don’t stash your trash in the nooks and crannies of your car. Instead, collect trash in a plastic grocery bag or a small trashcan. When it is full, empty the trash right away. Every time you stop at a gas station to fill up, take a moment to throw out any lingering trash. You can even keep a supply of bags in the pocket behind your seat for easy clean up and collecting on the go. There is no good reason to keep trash in your car, so get rid of it. Plus, you’ll increase MPG by removing excess weight from your car!

Containers are a great way to collect and organize all of the items in your car. Consider using a cardboard box, collapsible tote, or plastic tub to contain items kept in your trunk. If you keep a lot of small items in your trunk, try using a multiple compartment, collapsible bin. (Picture below) You can even attach Velcro to the bottom to prevent it from sliding around. A coupon or recipe organizer is an easy way to keep track of important papers in your car’s glove box. Cup holder organizers come in a variety of styles to fit your needs, including compartments for your cell phone, sunglasses, or loose change.car organization

Keep it fresh and clean with a periodic thorough cleaning. This can be as simple as wiping down the dashboard and vacuuming the seats and floor mats, or you may consider a deep cleaning and detailing. Cleaning your car also gives you the opportunity to retrieve small items that may have fallen under the seats – that space between the seat and the center console can seem like a black hole for coins and stray French fries! Taking the time to clean your car’s interior can keep your car in good condition and protect your investment. A clean interior can also help you stay motivated to keep your car organized! One easy trick for keeping your car smelling clean: keep a fabric softener sheet under the seats for a fresh scent!

A messy car might seem like an unavoidable fact of life, but it is easy to tame the mess with a few organization tips! Try some of these suggestions, or find your own system that works best for your car. Without the distractions of a messy car, you can be a safer, more relaxed driver!

Show Your Car Some Love With Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance is the single best way to keep your car running smoothly and save you money down the road in Algonquin.  By periodically checking the fundamental systems in your car, you can spot anything out of the ordinary before it becomes a bigger issue – and it is easy to do! Show your car some love this month with these preventative maintenance services:Preventative Maintenance

Read your owner’s manual – Every manufacturer includes a schedule of recommended maintenance for the vehicle, so check your manual for the proper maintenance intervals for your vehicle. Even if it doesn’t seem necessary, following this schedule can help to avoid bigger issues that stem from delaying these services. It is also a necessity for maintaining your manufacturer’s warranty.

Check your oil and fluids – Most fluid or oil tanks have gauges or dipsticks to let you easily check the levels inside. If you are running low frequently, this could mean that your vehicle has a leak.  Leaks mean that contaminants can get into your oil, which can cause bigger problems down the road if you keep topping off your fluids instead of getting the repair completed. It is best to leave changing your oil to the professionals, but you should make a habit to check the levels so you can stay ahead of any problems that stem from low levels. If your fluids are regularly low, bring it to your local auto repair shop immediately so they can check for and repair any leak!

Check your tires – Make sure your tires have enough tread. Visually check that the tread is wearing evenly and there are no bare patches. If there is too little tread, your tires are stripped and more prone to flats or leaks. Check the air pressure in your tires with an air pressure gauge (your user manual should indicate the ideal air pressure level for your tires). Have your tires rotated and balanced and get your alignment checked periodically.  These steps will help your tires wear evenly, extend the life of your tires, increase your MPG, and ensure your car drives smoothly.

Check your battery – A battery tester is an easy, inexpensive option for checking the voltage level of your car battery to make sure it is charging properly. Visually inspect the battery for anything out of the ordinary, like leaks or residue, and clean any buildup from the contacts. Car batteries typically don’t require a lot of maintenance, but having them checked periodically can help prevent small problems from turning into big ones.

Replace your wipers – If your view is getting streaky, this is an easy, inexpensive fix! Windshield wipers are simple to change and fresh ones make for a more pleasant driving experience. Plus, being able to see clearly will make you a safer driver! Make sure to buy the right wiper blade for your vehicle. Check your manual or bring your car to our shop to make sure you’re getting the correct wipers.

Replace your air filters – Both your cabin air filter and engine air filter need to be replaced periodically. If these filters are dirty, make sure you bring your vehicle to our ASE-Certified technicians to have them replaced. A clean engine filter will help your car run better, and a clean cabin air filter will ensure a comfortable atmosphere in your vehicle.

Visual Inspection – While you are checking the parts listed above, do a quick look over the rest of your vehicle. Have your spark plugs, belts, and other components inspected for unusual buildup, leaks, or worn down areas. If anything is out of the ordinary, don’t ignore it! Schedule an appointment with your auto repair shop to address the issue right away.

Preventative maintenance is an easy way to show your car a little love and save money by avoiding the big issues. Let our experts work with you to develop a maintenance plan for your vehicle today! Just click here to contact us, or give us a call at 847-658-7700.

Myths about European vehicles

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Myths about European vehicles

Whether you drive a state-of-the-art Mercedes or a vintage BMW in Algonquin , your European vehicle is a finely-crafted machine. But does that craftsmanship require a special level of care and support? Let’s take a look at three common myths about European vehicles, and how these myths could be affecting your wallet.

Myth 1: There’s no avoiding it — You Have to go to the Dealership for Some Repair and Maintenance

The first thing we should call attention to is the Magnuson-Moss warranty act: the law says you don’t need to take your vehicle to the dealer for routine maintenance to maintain your warranty.  As long as the maintenance is done according to the schedule in your vehicle’s manual, the dealer can’t void the warranty.

And if the dealership can’t hold your vehicle hostage, why not take your car where there’s a team that cares about you? The truth is, no matter how big or small the job, we’re here to protect your investment in your vehicle. We even provide friendlier service and usually a better price!

Myth 2: European Vehicles Need Premium Fuel to Run At Peak Efficiently

The thinking goes: premium fuel means better gas mileage, more power and a cleaner-running engine.  If you’re already driving a premium vehicle, shouldn’t you use the premium gas?

The truth, however, is that the fuel your car needs to run at peak performance and that will give you the most power and best efficiency is…the one your user manual recommends.  If your vehicle is designed to run on lower octane gas, filling up with premium won’t mean extra performance.

Of course, if your owner’s manual calls for premium gas, your vehicle needs a fuel that can be compressed more than regular unleaded. Using less than a premium gas can lead to “knocking,” caused by gas that spontaneously combusts before the spark plug has a chance to ignite it.  This can lead to engine damage over time.

In other words, your European-built car doesn’t necessarily need premium fuel just because it’s a premium machine. Check the owner’s manual to see what fuel it needs to run at top performance.

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Myth 3: European Vehicles can go 10,000 or even 25,000 Miles Between Oil Changes

Oil manufacturers aren’t shy about making extraordinary claims about their products. With more efficient, cleaner engines and a little dash of science, they claim, your car will hardly ever need an oil change. Dealerships often make the same claim, though they never stop to explain that it’s fine if you have a buy a new vehicle from them every few years because your engine wore out earlier than expected.

Oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle: it cleans, it cools, it protects and lubricates. And the longer it’s been since your last oil change, the more that oil will have cleaned and been repeatedly heated and cooled…all of which leads to engine sludge, a loss of viscosity, a lack of protection, and decreased ability to lubricate high friction components.

Despite the terrific engineering that went into your European vehicle, despite the tremendous scientific advances that went into creating synthetic engine oil, the truth remains the same: change your oil regularly.

Want to know more about how to protect your European-model car? Our team of ASE-Certified technicians is here to answer your questions and help with any of your repair needs. Just click here to contact us, or give us a call at 847-658-7700.