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Trade in Time?

Trade in Time?

How to increase your vehicle’s resale value It appears that the supply chain issues we’ve suffered through in the past are beginning to resolve themselves.  This means that many of us that have been holding off on buying a new vehicle (or new to us) are now auto shopping. The resale value of a vehicle is based on what that vehicle is worth when sold in its current condition. There are quite a number of factors that affect a car’s resale value in a negative way including the car’s age, mileage, cosmetic condition, whether the prior owner was a smoker, number and severity of accidents that have occurred, etc.  Even the vehicle’s color and the number of bumper stickers attached can impact the amount that will be deducted from your traded amount.  But, as you would imagine, nothing affects the value of a vehicle more than neglecting needed mechanical maintenance. The average trade in usually occurs between 30,000 and 50,000 mil ... read more

What Can Cause My Car To Not Start?

What Can Cause My Car To Not Start?

When your car won't start, there are many reasons why this can happen, but it can be easy enough for an auto repair technician to figure out the problem. Here are some of the most common causes of vehicle no-start situations. A Dead Battery If your car has never previously failed to start, the problem could be with the battery. This can be one of the most common reasons a vehicle will not start. Leaving your vehicle lights on is a leading cause, and since the battery provides the power that enables the car to run, nothing will happen when you turn the key in the ignition if it is dead. You'll need a jumpstart to get your vehicle running. Failing Starter Motor Certain noises your vehicle makes can tell you a lot about an issue. For example, when you try to turn the key in the ignition, and it only makes a clicking sound, or a series of clicks, your car's starter is triggering but not engaging with the flywheel. This means your vehicle coulb be due for a starter replaceme ... read more

It’s All About Alignment

It’s All About Alignment

Spring is right around the ­­­corner…and so is the next pothole that might cause you and your vehicle “a HOLE” lot of problems. Just like your chiropractor knows that everything must be in proper alignment for optimal motion and health; the same goes for your car. When your wheels are out of alignment a host of problems can occur such as: diminished steering, advanced tire wear, suspension and braking issues. Brandon Pickering, General Manager of Pickering’s Auto Service offers, “It’s always amazing to me how a person’s health and the health of your vehicle are comparable. Keeping your vehicle healthy by performing needing adjustments keeps your life in motion much like keeping your body healt ... read more

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Get Your Car Ready for The Road

Get Your Car Ready for The Road

One of the most important aspects of being a vehicle owner is understanding the preventative and general maintenance that is required to keep your vehicle running smoothly and also ensuring your safety on the road. Although it may seem like a hassle to have to visit the auto repair shop multiple times a year, these short trips will end up saving you time and money down the road. It is actually recorded that each year, neglected vehicle maintenance that leads to major accidents is responsible for more than 2,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries and more than $2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses and property damage. Now, we know that those figures are scary. However, the good news is, most of these accidents can be avoided with proper maintenance and vehicle care. Problems such as engine overheating ... read more

IDLE TIME

IDLE TIME

Whether you should warm up your vehicle on a cold day is like asking folks to weigh in on the question, “what comes first, the chicken or the egg?”  Read on before you decide your answer. As many things on the internet, there are two camps to this age-old question and both seem to have sound reasoning. On one side it is thought that warming up your car in cold weather before driving – especially when it’s been sitting outside for an extended period of time – is necessary to get the essential engine fluids flowing.  On the other hand, those saying that this is wrong, claim that the fastest way to warm your engine is to simply drive. Their reasoning goes on to say that with modern engines, when a car just sits and runs, it puts excess fuel into the combustion chamber and in-turn the gasoline will act as a solvent and can dissolve the oils that lubricate your cylinders. USA Today claims that the practice of warming up a vehicle first started wit ... read more

I Can See Clearly Now! A Lesson on Winter Wipers

I Can See Clearly Now! A Lesson on Winter Wipers

We asked Trent Pickering of Pickering’s Auto Service what’s one of the most ignored part of an automobile.  His answer surprised us!  It wasn’t tires or engine oil.  He didn’t say transmission fluids or the brake system.   “Windshield wipers” was his answer. “About the only time that drivers think about their wiper blades is when they can’t see clearly while driving, and by then it’s too late.” Your windshield wipers are very important to your safe driving efforts.  Pouring rain, slushy sleet, mucky mud, heavy snow – each season has a weather event that makes it important to pay attention to your windshield wiper blades. And, while we are talking about the seasonal changes; did you know that your wiper blades should be changed up in different driving conditions, just like your tires? Let’s talk about winter. Cold weather locales c ... read more

Common Signs of Transmission Problems

Common Signs of Transmission Problems

A vehicle's transmission system is a complicated part of the vehicle to explain. You need to know that it connects behind the engine and transfers engine power to spin and turn the wheels. It also has to maintain and balance power and wheel speed precision. Without a proper functioning transmission, your vehicle will not drive, period. The transmission system is one of the most complex and expensive car parts to repair.   If you don't get proper maintenance for your transmission, you'll lose out on fuel economy or not be able to drive at all. Automobiles can have a manual or automatic transmission, with automatic being the predominant choice in the USA. The professionals at Pickering's Auto Service in Lakewood, CO and Westminster, CO can assist you with your transmission inspections, fluid ... read more

New Year – New Car?

New Year – New Car?

New Year – New Car? If you have been holding off on purchasing a vehicle, 2022 might be your year!  And, if you’re considering buying a used car, then here are some things that you might need to consider and research before you sign on the bottom line. On the website, LemonSquad.com, they provide a list of 7 things to watch for in a pre-owned vehicle, whether you’re dealing with a private party or a used car dealership: The engine – the most feared and costly of all used car problems. Make sure to get a pre-purchase inspection from a 3rd party repair shop. The title – be sure that the title is “clear” for any liens. Also, is it Titled in the same State it will be sold? The mileage – check the year and compare it against the mileage to see how the car was driven. 12,000 - 15,000 miles/year is about average, however, if a vehicle is driven lightly, it could be as low as ... read more

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas to Get For the Car-Lover In Your Life

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas to Get For the Car-Lover In Your Life

If you're stumped on what to get your car-loving significant other this Valentine's Day, you've come to the right place. Here are some of our top picks on gifts for the ultimate car enthusiasts! Jump Starter Having jumper cables is an essential car item that every driver needs. Giving this gift to your SO ensures self-reliance and means they'll be able to get to you quickly when problems arise. Vehicle Safety Kit While you might think it's lame, an emergency safety kit can come in handy in unprecedented times. They can be easily stored in their trunk or glove box. These sets usually include a first-aid kit and automotive emergency items. While it's not a glamorous gift, it is definitely practical.  Seat Covers and Floor Mats With luxe seat covers and premium floor mats, you can take your partner's vehicle to the next level. Not only do these items serve to protect your SO's car interior, but they'll be sure to get style compliments from ot ... read more

Six Things to Stop

Six Things to Stop

Winter driving conditions are here, and there are some things you should review before you head out on those snowy, icy roads. We have all heard that “four wheel drive does not mean four wheel stop!” This is a very true statement; even though you can maneuver better in the snow with a four- or all-wheel drive vehicle, stopping is a different story. Here are a few common sense tips to make your winter driving – and stopping - safer. First – Slow down Ignore the posted speed limit signs and just SLOW DOWN.  Slower speeds will not only give you more control of your truck, SUV or automobile, it will give you more time to react to other drivers that aren’t as “educated” about winter driving. But at this time of year, S&%$* (skids) Happens! If you do happen to skid, remember – take your foot off the accelerator. Steer away from the skid and don’t over steer. Second – Increase your distance fro ... read more

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