Summer is here and for many of us that means trips to the park or the beach, anywhere to spend some quality time outdoors. If you plan to bring your furry friends with you for the ride, please remember some simple safety tips for keeping your animal, and yourself, safe. It is best to restrain your animal while they are in the car with you, this protects you from the distraction of a pet roaming around your car, and also keeps them safer in case of an accident. It is recommended that you put smaller animals, like cats or rabbits, in a carrying case in the back seat of your car. You can also restrain dogs this way, or there are many seat belt restraint options online for your dog, allowing them to still enjoy fresh air from the car window while also keeping them safer during an accident.
If you plan to be traveling or outside with your pet on a warm day, remember to bring plenty of water and some extra food along. Your pet can easily overheat in the warm weather. Lastly, remember that cars heat up quickly, even with the windows cracked. Please do not leave pets unattended in your car in the summer heat.
Paintless Dent Repair is a popular and usually more cost-effective alternative to full replacement repairs at auto body shops. Paintless dent repair, or PDR, is a technique used to remove minor dents and dings from car panels, doors, and roofs while leaving the original paint intact. To do this, technicians will access the back side of the damaged panel and then massage and shrink the dent with unique and specialized rods and tools. Eliminating the time spent on ordering replacement parts, PDR is faster than conventional repairs and does not use traditional auto body methods like sanding, body fillers in order to maintain your car’s original finish.
Are you unsure if paintless dent repair is an option for you?
Dents in areas that suffered paint damage or, similarly, dents that have caused your vehicle’s paint to chip or crack are not eligible for paintless dent repair. It is possible that the process could still be completed, but the cost benefit of PDR may be nominal with the added expense of paint repair. These are important questions to ask a technician during your estimating process, as it can vary per repair. This method tends to work best when the affected area is on an original panel (has not been previously replaced), when the damage is not near the edge of a panel, and on newer cars, typically with model years of 1990 or later.
Maintenance Tips for Cars with Over 100k Miles
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More Americans are keeping their cars longer, with most consumers now using cars with as much as one to two hundred thousand miles on them. So, how should you care for your car differently as it ages? There are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your car safe and running smoothly as the odometer increases:
Do not delay on oil changes and other routine maintenance. As your vehicle ages, routine appointments and oil changes are necessary to keeping your car running in top shape. Try adding reminders to your calendar to stay on top of them.
Keep track of your gas mileage. If you notice a change in fuel efficiency beyond a couple miles per gallon between fill-ups, this may be a sign of a leaking tank or other problem that requires the attention of a repair shop.
Monitor the cooling system. You have put the engine of your car to the test over the years, and the cooling system has worked just as hard to regulate the heat it radiates. If you notice green fluid leaking from the front of your vehicle or if you have never replaced the cooling pumps in your car, you may consider a call to a local shop to get it looked at. Better to err on the side of caution here, as the engine is the life
If your vehicle is making strange noises, not starting immediately every time, or jerking while in gear these may be signs of a larger issue. Search Carwise for a shop near you to have it examined by a professional. As always, we welcome you to add to our list in the comment section below!