Are Car Wash Extras Really Worth It?


Are Car Wash Extras Really Worth It?

Reading the menu at an automatic car wash these days can be a little overwhelming. Is the Super Duper Wash Package a super-duper value? Or is it not so much better than the Basic Wash? Here’s what you should know before your next trip to the local car wash.

What’s worth buying?

The Basic Wash
In most cases, the basic wash includes just what it says: rinse, soap, scrub, rinse, and dry. Beware of gimmicky-sounding chemical add-ons such as triple foam, PH neutral, or fast-acting. With the basic wash, the vehicle is first pressure-washed with water to remove exterior dirt and grime. It is then coated with soap and run through a gauntlet of non-abrasive brushes and flaps. While these are mostly effective at removing visible dirt, only a careful hand wash can get the toughest-to-reach places. A basic wash is a great idea to preserve your car’s clear coat and to protect the paint job from dirt and corrosive materials.

Undercarriage Wash
An undercarriage wash sprays the underside of your car to remove dirt and road debris that may have gathered in the crevices of the parts below. An occasional undercarriage wash will be the best value you can get at a retail car wash, because when you wash your car at home, it can be hard to reach some of these areas.

Things you may want to think twice about…

Spray-on Wax
When you drive out of the car wash and into the sun again, the spray-on wax does a great job of making all that water bead up and roll right off your vehicle. Unfortunately, the spray-on wax from many car washes typically lasts only a few days and is not nearly as effective as an old-fashioned wax job done by hand.

Clear Coat Protector
Clear coat protection provides a shielding layer to the outer and base paint coats on your vehicle. Having a professional paint sealant applied to your vehicle can range anywhere from $150 to $200. It’s hard to believe that a clear coat protector that costs just a few dollars is going to provide the same level of protection.

Rust Protection
Similar to clear coat protection, a true rust proofing requires a careful and thorough application of chemicals. A professional would need to get inside door panels, under the hood, and up into the innards of the under carriage to ensure true rust protection. Applying these chemicals to the exterior to be washed off in the next rain storm may not be worth the few extra bucks.

So how can you decide which car wash services you should skip?
Here’s a suggestion: take your vehicle in for a basic wash and see how it looks a week later. Next time you go in, get the extra services and see how your car compares a week later. Noticeably different? Then continue with the extra services. Not seeing much of a difference? Then save the money you would have spent on the extras to get a basic wash more frequently.

Stay Cool!


How to Instantly Cool Down a Hot Car

It may be winter now, but the summer weather will be here before you know it.

If your car has been baking in the sun all day, it can feel like an oven inside. Studies show that when the temperature is 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a parked car can rise to 90 degrees within 5 minutes, 100 degrees within 10 minutes, and 120 degrees within 30 minutes.

That’s hot!

It isn’t any fun waiting for your AC to cool things off, so here’s a simple way to drop the interior temperature in no time.

Step One: Roll down one of your car windows (for example, lower the passenger’s side window).

Step Two: Open and close the door across from the open window 5 or 6 times. (In this example, you would open and close the driver’s door.)

What you are doing is helping the air circulate by pulling the hot air out by opening/closing the door, while you’re drawing cooler air in through the open window.

This trick only works when the temperature inside your car is hotter than the temperature outside. If that is the case, this is a simple, fun way to cool down fast.

A Steamy Affair


Why You Need to Check Your Car’s Hoses

Over time, hoses can weaken and if they’re not replaced, they can break and cause the engine to overheat and / or end up in a steamy mess under the hood. Overheating can result in expensive repair bills.

In a recent survey, about 10% of vehicles inspected had a hose that needed replacing. Yet in most cases, the owners were totally unaware of the condition of these parts.

When the weather heats up, the last thing you want is one of your car hoses to break down causing an overheated engine and leaving you stranded. We’ll walk you through this easy monthly maintenance check you can do yourself.

Most hoses fail from the inside out. Rubber hoses, which are actually made of neoprene or other synthetic materials, can deteriorate with age and exposure to heat. Tiny cracks develop in the rubber, which eventually cause the hose to split, blister, or leak. Oil on the outside of the coolant hose can also accelerate the breakdown of the hose material. This type of deterioration can usually be seen on the outside.

When you check your hoses, you should first make sure the engine is cold to avoid any chance of burning yourself. The easiest way to check the condition of a hose is to squeeze it. It should feel firm but flexible. Worn hoses often feel squishy. Look for any signs of:

1. Softness and swelling
2. Hardening and cracks
3. Chafing and heat damage

Hoses are a relatively inexpensive part to replace, but the damage caused by a bad hose can lead to a very costly repair.

If you have questions about your vehicle’s hoses, or want to schedule a service appointment, please call us at (866) 900-8854.


Pet Hair in Your Car?


Easily Remove Pet Hair in Your Car

Pet fur can do a number on your car’s interior. Here’s a secret weapon you can use to quickly remove pet hair and have your vehicle looking good as new.

Put on a pair of latex gloves and then rub your hand over the carpet. The static electricity caused by the latex glove will help bring the pet hair up to the surface of the carpet for easy removal by hand or vacuum.

To “unstick” the pet hair from your glove, simply submerge your gloved hand into water. The hair will come right off and float on the water for you to gather and dispose of.

Yeah! We like simple, easy solutions.


MotorWeek Reviews the 2016 Pilot


MotorWeek Reviews the 2016 Honda Pilot

MotorWeek recently took a quick spin with the new 2016 Pilot that goes on sale this month. Discover why they think this third generation 2016 Honda Pilot has gotten even better.

About the Pilot
The all-new 2016 Honda Pilot SUV, with seating for up to eight passengers, joins the Honda CR-V and all-new HR-V as the flagship in an expanded lineup of innovative, benchmark-setting Honda SUVs. It is the third generation of Honda’s popular three-row SUV to be designed, developed and manufactured in America.

Since its arrival in 2003 as the first three-row, mainstream SUV to be developed on a car-like unit-body platform, the Pilot has helped set industry standards for fuel efficiency, spacious and thoughtful interior packaging, safety performance, and dynamic handling performance in the midsize SUV segment. American consumers have responded by purchasing more than 1.4 million Pilots over the past 12 years. Pilot also ties the CR-V in having the highest brand loyalty of any Honda model, with approximately 63 percent of Pilot buyers returning to purchase another Honda vehicle.

Reengineered from the ground up, virtually every aspect of the 2016 Pilot has been thoroughly redesigned to better accommodate the needs of all its occupants – the driver and all passengers – delivering more family-friendly utility, more advanced technology, and more premium attributes and amenities than ever before. The 2016 Pilot also ups the ante for premium refinement with major upgrades to interior quality and more standard comfort and convenience features on all trims, along with the addition of a new, line-topping Elite version that offers a series of Honda-first features including 20-inch wheels and tires, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, a first-ever panoramic glass roof and many other luxury features.

The 2016 Pilot receives a new engine from Honda’s EarthDreams Technology powertrain series – a direct-injected 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM) – along with the available two new advanced transmissions and a class-defining all-new intelligent variable torque management (i-VTM4™) AWD system with Intelligent Traction Management and torque vectoring capability. Together, these features make this the most powerful, refined and capable Pilot Honda has ever offered. These technologies, combined with a nearly 300-pound reduction in vehicle weight (on upper trims), improved aerodynamics and reduced running resistance, make this the most fuel-efficient offering in the midsize SUV segment, with EPA fuel-economy ratings improved by as much as 2/2/2 mpg city/highway/combined(1) over the previous model.

The new Pilot also moves to the top of the class in safety performance with the most comprehensive suite of Honda Sensing™ advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies ever offered on a Honda vehicle. Furthermore, the 2016 Pilot adopts the next generation of Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure along with a new “3-bone” underbody frame design and new hot-stamped ultra-high strength steel door rings. Taken together, these engineering features and technologies deliver major gains to the Pilot’s collision avoidance and collision protection capabilities, as it targets the highest available U.S. government (NCAP) and IIHS safety ratings.

For more information on the new Pilot, please give us a call at (866) 900-8854.

(1) Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

Original Youtube/Motorweek

The Important Stuff!

Washing and Detailing Your Car

We all know that taking care of your vehicular investment is a smart move. A well maintained vehicle will always bring more on the open market when you sell it. And, as a quirky southern Aunt of mine used to say, ‘A Clean Car Just Drives Better’.

Maybe your lucky enough to have a great car wash locally that offers detailing services. If so, you may also know that the cost is pricey! Besides, if you’re like me, the car wash never does it the way I want it and I hate finding that I’ve spent good money for a less than perfect job. In looking for a great reference video on detailing, I ran across this two part series. Granted, it isn’t a Honda, but it’s good information. Its about 25 minutes long for both parts and covers all of the basics. Hope you enjoy it.

Origin: TheSmokingTire/Youtube