LISTEN UP – Your Car Has Something To Say

February 26th, 2015

LISTEN UP – Your Car Has Something To Say

By: Samantha Hoover


Americans, as a society, are pretty attached to their vehicles. In fact, a study conducted by Nationwide Insurance in 2013 reports that one in four U.S. car owners have a special name for their car. You might even say that people like to think that their vehicle has its own personality and attitude.

                I don’t think it would be much of a stretch to say that many car owners would love it if their car were even more like a person, if they could, let’s say, carry on a conversation with the drive. Like “Knight Rider’s” Kit, or “Transformers” Bumblebee or Optimus Prime, what if our cars could tell us what was going on around us or if there was trouble up ahead?

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Three Ways to Know It’s Time to Repair Your Engine

February 11th, 2015

tires-puyallup-waUnlike simple brake repair jobs or outfitting a car with seasonal snow tires, engine-based automotive maintenance is not an outpatient procedure. Consider it the open-heart surgery of the car world.

Without a strong engine, a car can’t operate — period. And projections current estimate an increase in demand for auto repairs in the coming year, especially if polar vortexes keep popping up to complicate our daily commutes.

When a person is experiencing heart problems, there are always warning signs. Shortness of breath, dizziness and chest pains can all be symptoms that something’s not entirely right inside your chest. Though they’re completely different machines, cars also exhibit ...[more]

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