Auto Repair: When to DIY and When to Call the Professionals

Some vehicle maintenance is simpler than others, and you may wonder to yourself when you should repair yourself, and when work is best left up to the professionals. Many of us are unable to do any basic vehicle work on our own, and that’s ok! That’s what the professionals are there for! But some of us also like to tinker, and feel we are perfectly capable of handling an oil change on our own, so why not try out some other repairs as well? Below, we explore the pros and cons of doing some vehicle maintenance on your own:

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Auto Labor Rates Explained

Auto labor rates vary widely across the United States. In fact, they vary widely within Arizona as well. Garage shops in Arizona generally charge between $47 and $215 per hour, depending on where they are located, the type of the vehicle and the extent of the problem.

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What to Do if Your Car Overheats in the Summer

It’s summertime in Arizona, and you know what that means. Not only does it make a lot of our regular daily activities pretty annoying, the sun and the heat also take a big toll on your car. It’s becomes much easier for your car to get overheated at temperatures of 90°F and above. Is there anything you can do if your car overheats in the summer, or to make sure that your car continues to run smoothly in the heat?

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Recycling Used Auto Oil

How often do you get your oil changed?

There are a lot of people who dabble in auto repair and change their own oil at home. Even if you don’t change your own oil, every vehicle still needs an oil change done regularly to run at peak performance. But have you ever thought about why you should go about recycling used auto oil?

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Why You Should Fix Small Scratches, Dings and Dents on Your Car

We can all agree that a brand new car is beautiful. The unblemished, freshly-painted metal shine under the sunlight is the pride and joy of every new car owner. Even used cars, when properly maintained, can seem to be a work of art to the new owner – but something as small as a dent or a scratch on the car can really deflate you. In addition, scratches and dents can do a lot more damage than just be an eyesore. A small ding can lead to a bigger problem if it is not seen by a professional. Here is everything you need to know about dents, dings, and scratches.

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Learn the Meaning of Common Auto Shop Lingo

Have you ever taken your car to a mechanic/dealership and not been too sure what exactly they are saying? In the automotive world this happens quite a lot. Non-car people aren’t that bothered with car terms most of the time, but a lot of them wish they knew more because they do occasionally come in handy. Here are some of the most common auto shop terms it doesn’t hurt to know.

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The Difference between OEM and Aftermarket Parts

When people take their vehicle in for repair, most will ask for an estimate and then leave it at that, but it may be worth your while to dig a little deeper and inquire about the parts that will be used for your vehicle’s repair.

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What to Check If You Hit a Curb

Let’s discuss something we have all done by mistake: hitting a curb. Whether we are distracted or just misjudge the distance, people brush or hit a curb on a daily basis. It is important to make sure to conduct a thorough inspection of your vehicle right after the incident occurs. Depending on the type of curb and how hard you’ve hit it, you may have caused more damage than you realize. Checking the wheel alignment is one way to tell if you broke something, but it’s not the most accurate. Here are four things to check after hitting a curb.

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How Well Do You Know Your Car?

How well do you know your car? No one likes to think about the worst-case scenario of either an accident or a vehicle break-down on the road. Taking simple precautions now can go a long way in helping to avoid accidents and costly repairs in the long run.

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The Specific Areas of Your Car of which You Need to Be Most Aware

How well do you know your car? The possibility of getting into a car accident can be a scary thought looming over the joys of owning and driving a car. However, did you know that taking simple precautions with your vehicle can go a long way in helping you avoid those accidents?

Being aware of the specific areas of your car that can not only warn you of an impending problem allows you to nip it in the bud and also saves you in case of an accident.

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