Posts from the ‘Car Tips’ Category

Communication Vital to Quality Auto Repairs

Seniors: Good Communication Vital to Quality Auto Repairs…yes, older folks are very detailed when it comes to talking about car maintenance and repair.

A poll of ASE-certified automotive technicians indicated that drivers over 60 are among the most conscientious when it comes to taking their vehicles in for routine maintenance and repair.

The experts at the nonprofit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) remind consumers that good communication between shop and customer can help make the repair process go smoothly.

“Professionally run repair establishments recognize the importance of two-way communications,” notes Martin Lawson, ASE’s editorial director. “Just as you would with your physician, be prepared to discuss your vehicle’s aches and pains once you are at the repair shop.”

The following tips from ASE should make the repair process go smoothly:

Don’t ignore what your vehicle is telling you.

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Preparing the car for sale

When you decide to sell your car, whether you sell it to a private party or trade it in to a dealer, you want to maximize the dollars that you put in your pocket. MSN Autos spoke with Charlie Vogelheim when he was editor of Kelley Blue Book, for some tips on preparing your car for sale.

Make It Presentable
“The most important thing is to clean the car inside and out,” Vogelheim told MSN Autos. “If the car is older, a good wash and wax on the exterior and vacuum of the interior is probably enough. The extent of the detail will vary depending on the age of the car.”

And if the car is nearly new, you may want to take it to a professional detailer and have them clean the interior, exterior and engine.

Vogelheim suggested taking the car to a full-service car wash as an alternative to a full detail. Have the car wash perform some of the extra services available, such as vacuuming, wiping the interior and dressing the trim, and the car should come out looking good.

A clean, shiny car gives the impression that you care about the car and have maintained it in good condition. On the other hand, a dirty car full of fast-food wrappers does exactly the opposite, and may unfairly devalue your car in the eyes of potential new owners.

“The better the car looks and the more broad of an appeal the car has, even if you don’t get more money for it, you will probably sell it quicker,” Vogelheim added.

Fix Obvious Damage
“You should fix any broken items that are easy to replace, such as lenses and headlights,” Vogelheim told MSN Autos. “You don’t want to give a buyer a reason to not buy your car.”
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