Monthly Archives: September 2017

Tips to Spot a Flood-Damaged Car

Tips to Spot a Flood-Damaged Car

If you are in the market for a used car or will be looking to buy one in the upcoming months be cautious! The recent Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have damaged thousands of vehicles. It is common for these flood-damaged cars to be cleaned up and resold. Along with them can come compromised electrical, mechanical, and safety systems. To help you make an educated decision when buying your next used vehicle we have put together a checklist to help you identify if a car has flood damage. VIN Check: The first thing we recommend you check when considering a used vehicle is the VIN number. There are several websites that can provide you with free and paid VIN searches. Carfax offers a free flood check on their website with the option of purchasing a full report. The VIN check will provide you with the vehicle's title status and possibly a vehicle history report. If the car was a total loss insurance companies assign the car a salvage title. Mud & Rust: There are a few places in the vehic ... read more

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Wiper Blade Replacement & Maintenance Tips

Wiper Blade Replacement & Maintenance Tips

It is well known that the weather in Texas can be unpredictable! One moment it's sunny and then the next it’s raining and then before you know it is sunny all over again. With the sporadic Texas weather, it is important to have wiper blades that are ready to go and work effectively at a moment's notice. To help keep you prepared we have compiled two lists for you. One identifies the signs that it’s time to replace your wiper blades. The other is a list of ways to maintain and extend the life of your wiper blades. Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Wiper Blades When your wiper blades leave streak marks across your windshield this can be an indication that it is time to change them. The streaking can be caused by the rubber squeegee of your wiper blade being dry and hardened. If your wiper blades “skip” across your windshield this also indicates that it is time to change them. T ... read more

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Check Engine Light: Common Questions

Check Engine Light: Common Questions

As a car owner, it is likely you have encountered or heard of the check engine light. Check engine lights can be frustrating and confusing to any driver. To help answer some of the many questions that surround check engine lights we have put together a FAQ just for them! What is a “Check Engine Light”? The check engine light which can also be referred to as “service engine soon light” is an indicator located in your car’s dashboard. This indicator is a part of the onboard diagnostic system that your vehicle has. When the check engine light illuminates it is signaling that your onboard diagnostic system has found an issue. What is the difference between a blinking and solid check engine light? If your check engine light is blinking this typically indicates a more severe issue such as an engine misfire. If the check engine light is showing solid this typically means that the issue is most likely emissions related. Such as a loose gas cap, or a fault ... read more

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