Monthly Archives: April 2016

Repair Windshield Cracks Before It’s Too Late!

Repair Windshield Cracks Before It’s Too Late!

 

Advantages of repairing a cracked windshield over replacing it and when to choose repair or replacement of the windshield. When something strikes your windshield several things can happen. Sometimes we get lucky and nothing happens and then there are those impacts that cause damage to the windshield. Star Breaks, Bulls-Eyes, and cracks of all sizes and configuration can occur and can quickly spread across the windshield. This is why these breaks should be looked at as soon as possible to decide if repair is in order.

Other questions, such as is the windshield pitted, badly sandblasted or frosted? How severe is the break, are the cracks or crack longer than twelve inches. Did the rock chip an area larger than a quarter or is their DE-lamination of a large area between the two layers of glass in the break. If the break is in the driver’s direct line of sight, directly in front of the driver above the steering wheel. If the damage in this area is over one square inch or roughly the size of a quarter or there are long cracks, a replacement must be considered.

Amazingly today many still don’t know about windshield crack repair and that it’s a valid choice. Considering today’s economy, windshield repair is going to save you time trouble and money. Having rock chips and cracks repaired soon after they occur will end the trouble, time and cost of replacement. Mobile windshield repair service is available where they come to you and repair your cracked windshield at your site and at your convenience saving you the time. Just enter mobile windshield chip or crack repair in your Google search.

Expediency of the repair will save you the time and trouble of having to replace the windshield due to further cracking from expansion due to the sun heating the cracked windshield while cool nights cause contraction of the cracks, these factors are constantly working on the cracks and expanding them. The expansion and contraction will quickly extend cracks rendering the windshield useless. Now throw in a car wash on a hot day with the windshields temperature at 130 degrees or higher, then add cold water to it and pop, you now have a cracked out windshield and replacement is the only option. Or on a cold day a little rain threw in and some late night freezing temperatures and you have another recipe brewing that will expand windshield cracks. After water enters a break and then freezes the water expands and so will the cracks. Sometimes just touching the break will expand cracks in the glass. There are several more scenarios that have the same result, windshield replacement; these sonorous are eliminated by repairing cracked windshields as soon as possible.

The money you save by timely repair of those cracked windshields is from $100.00 to more than $900.00 on some makes, models and year of the different cars and trucks. One of the most commonly asked questions is how much does it cost to repair a cracked windshield? The answer is the average cost to repair a star break or small crack in my windshield is from about $50.00 to $125.00 depending on the severity of the crack and the repair company you choose. Mobile windshield chip and crack repair will cost a little more due to fuel but will save you from having to wait for the repair. Instead of waiting around for the repair you could be shopping, working or relaxing at home. Average windshield chip and crack repair costs run like this, small crack or rock chip repair $50.00. Combination breaks and cracks less than six inches are $65.00 and $85.00 for cracks over six inches. How long will the repair take? All windshield breaks are different, some fill quickly while other breaks fill slowly depending on how tight the cracks are, repairs vary in time requirements but the average time required is one half hour to just under one hour depending on the severity of the break.

Quality windshield crack repairs will be stronger than the surrounding glass and is why company’s who do high-quality repairs will warranty their repairs. Repairing a cracked windshield retains the factory windshield and seal, eliminating a possible water leak or wind whistle that can occur with replacement. By retaining the secure factory installed windshield seal we know the passenger airbag that deploys off some windshields will hold providing proper cushioning for your passengers. Crack repair returns the safety and integrity of the windshield and that should give you peace of mind. Save time by calling a mobile windshield chip and crack repair company where they come to you and perform the repairs. Save the trouble of having your windshield replaced because of procrastination of the repair. Save money by timely repair of small windshield rock chips and cracks before they spread.

 

Top Tips For Hiring The Best Car Mechanic

Top Tips For Hiring The Best Car Mechanic

We all have been at least once in a situation where we have had vehicle trouble and required somebody to repair our car. Most folks have at one point of time been in such situations, and it’s often extraordinarily frustrating to get your car fixed however with no knowledge on who to call to get it fixed!

That is why it is important once you get an automotive vehicle to seek out a car mechanic in your neighbourhood that you could simply trust. Selecting a car mechanic before you truly want one may be a good way to assist you from making an emergency call that may cause wastage of more time and money.

  • Ask For Recommendations

Most of the experts agree with this tip – ask for recommendations while you are in the process of selecting a car mechanic. Remember that car mechanics perform in the service industry, and they are not solely there to repair your car, but to provide an overall service, which implies that you simply ought to confirm that the mechanic not solely is aware of the ways to repair cars, but also knows the way to treat his customers.

Of course, the best way to understand this as expected is to ask for recommendations before you visit a car mechanic garage. Your friends and family members, or maybe co-workers can help you find the mechanics with whom they have worked with before, and you may possibly notice that they good advice to give on what mechanic you ought to use and which of them you ought to avoid.

  • Visit Their Mechanic Shop

Do you think that every mechanic shop is same? Of course not! Most of us think that garages are filled with filth and are extraordinarily unorganized, which isn’t true. While you are attempting to pick a car mechanic garage, confirm that you simply take the time to visit their mechanic shop. If the mechanic shop is totally filthy and is actually unorganized, then you will wish to go to some other mechanic shop.

No doubt, some amount of dirt and grease is anticipated in a mechanic shop, the garage ought to be organized in order that the car mechanic will notice everything that he wants, and there ought to even be a clean and comfy waiting place for you to take a seat and wait in case the car is going to take a bit more time to get repaired.

  • Cost Of Repair

One more factor which is important to see while you are selecting a car mechanic is their price for car repairs. While you’re looking for a car mechanic don’t consider cost as the deciding factor. In fact focus more on the skills and experience of the mechanic.

 

How To Prepare Your Vehicle for Summer Season

How To Prepare Your Vehicle for Summer Season

Auto maintenance is a never-ending chore, but much of its proverbial sting can be removed with some advance planning, especially around seasonal changes that can place huge stresses and strains on a vehicle. Extremes of heat, and/or humidity can play havoc with an unprepared vehicle, so if you are facing a hot, humid summer, here is how to prepare your vehicle for the ordeal.

Change the oil

You have probably heard this a million times before, but this particular point ears repeating, especially if you live in a climate with harsh winter conditions. Oil designed for cold weather use cannot provide proper lubrication in hot weather because it thins out too much. Replace the oil with the grade recommended for summer use, and don’t forget to replace the filter as well.

If your wallet can stand the extra strain, replace the oil with fully synthetic oil, even if it is not specifically recommended by the manufacturer of your vehicle. Synthetic oil remains stable under a wider range of temperatures than regular mineral oil, with the added bonus that it provides almost twice the lubrication of mineral oil, which is good for any engine, and especially older, high mileage engines.

Replace the engine coolant

You have no doubt heard this a million times before as well, but proper auto maintenance requires that the engine coolant be replaced at least once a year. Apart from lowering the boiling point of water, the correct concentration of anti-freeze also prevents the corrosion of aluminum engine parts and components, which can cause serious issues, including engine failure.

Internal corrosion can open up leak paths through which coolant can be lost either to the outside of the engine, or into cylinders where it interferes with the combustion process. Coolant can also leak into the engine oil, with potentially disastrous results if the problem is not caught and resolved in time.

However, always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding the amount of anti-freeze to add to the cooling system. Too much is as bad as too little; too much anti-freeze actually lowers the boiling point of water, meaning that your engine can overheat even though you have just replaced the coolant.

Check the battery

Hot, humid conditions kill more car batteries than even the coldest winters, so cut down on unexpected auto maintenance and maintenance costs by ensuring that your battery is up to the demands of summer conditions. Even marginally defective batteries can cause all manner of electrical issues, such as sporadic or unexpected trouble with alarm/security/anti-theft systems, low fuel pressure, difficult starting, or even rough idling, and/or rough running- among others.

Have the battery tested at a specialist battery dealer, and check that it can deliver the required cranking amps. Replace the battery if there is even the slightest doubt about its condition.

Remove road salt

If you live in an area where the roads are treated with salt during winter, be sure to have all salt deposits removed from the wheel wells and other places where slush tends to collect. Salt is highly corrosive, and not removing it will definitely cause rust and corrosion to set in. Once corrosion sets in, it may be impossible to stop or remove, so be sure to have all traces of salt removed as soon as the weather improves.

Check tires and tire pressures

Proper auto maintenance includes checking the condition and inflation of all tires, including the spare wheel. Tire pressure is as important as tire tread depth, so as soon as the weather improves, adjust the pressure in the tires to allow for heat expansion. High ambient temperatures and hot road surfaces can cause the air in a tire to expand, which can increase the pressure inside the tire by as much as 15% or more.

Never rely on the tire pressure monitoring system to warn you of under inflated tires. These systems are notoriously inaccurate, and a tire can be under inflated by as much as 25% before an alarm or warning light is triggered. Use a good quality digital tire pressure gauge to check your tire pressures at least once a week to maintain tire pressures at the recommended level.

Check the A/C system

In some climates, proper auto maintenance involves ensuring that the air conditioning system is fully functional, so avoid the rush and have your A/C system checked out before summer really sets in. Listen out for any unusual noises, sounds, or odors coming from the system, and have all faults repaired before a minor issue becomes a huge problem.

The best way to maintain an air conditioning system is to use it- even in the depths of winter. This not only keeps all the moving parts in the compressor lubricated, but it also largely prevents micro organisms from establishing colonies in the system’s ducting. So if you have not used the A/C system during the past winter and it now gives of an odor that smells like something had died in it, you have an unwelcome growth of bacteria, mold, and/or fungi in the system.

Remove the colony (and its odor) by spraying an approved disinfectant into the system, or have it done, because if you don’t, the smell could get so bad that it might become impossible to remove it from the car. Worse though, not treating this problem could cause serious respiratory problems in children, elderly persons, and/or persons with compromised immune systems.

At Prestige Auto Tech we are a group of professionals who share a common goal: Customer Satisfaction. We pride ourselves in that we strive to be the best in what we do and expect nothing less.

Our ASE Certified Technicians are trained by ASE and have several years of dealership experience. Whoever will be assigned to your vehicle will treat your vehicle as his/her own. Our diagnostics are precise and reliable. Prestige Auto Tech is obsessed with using the latest technology for faster and better diagnosis and repairs.

 

Mobile Oil Change Business Keeping Track Of Your Business And Customers

Mobile Oil Change Business Keeping Track Of Your Business And Customers

Let’s say you have a solid mobile oil change business and you want to make sure you keep track of your customers and keep them from migrating to competitors who put out low-ball coupons or fixed site locations with low-cost come-ons. What’s the best way to do this? Well, not long ago a successful mobile truck repair and oil changing entrepreneur asked me if “there is a program that will help with keeping track of customers, and help keep track of when to send out a flyer/postcard for repeat business.” Turns out the answer; is yes and this is a very good question. Let’s talk shall we?

Yes, there are several “Contact Management Software suites for small businesses” in fact, just search that phrase, better yet there are Apps now that do the same thing, store it all in the cloud and do nearly everything for you, inexpensive service companies, usually they are quite good. Also if you do mobile oil changing there are several companies in the Industry that will do this for you, sometimes the companies that sell you the oil will give you such software, others are Industry Vendors and often at trade shows, but if you don’t have time to go to one, just subscribe to NOLN – National Oil and Lube News; you can find them online because these contact software companies advertise with them.

Also there are such data bases for the auto detailing business and especially nice and sophisticated systems for carwashes. Subscribe to Professional Carwashing Magazine; also online. All these are great places to find the tools to keep track of customers.

Now then, what about integration of this data with financial spread sheets for forecasting and preparing accounting statements and taxes? This was the entrepreneur’s next important question; “What type of financial programs are out there besides Quickin Books. I have used it in the past and I figure there might be a better one out there that I may not know of. What did you use?”

Personally, I like Quicken and QuickBooks a lot, easy to work with and all the CPAs can use this information to help you. However there are Quicken “partners” that are industry specific, which makes it really nice to do spread-sheets, projections, proformas, and forecasting – also building nice P&Ls and Balance Sheets, and other misc. business financial documents. It’s nice to be all-connected, with a data base system including everything, even down to the end user information, of course security is very important for any platform, as you can NEVER allow yourself to be hacked or have a laptop stolen with personal customer information on it – right? Think on this and continued success in your mobile oil change business.