After a car accident, there are hard choices to make with many moving parts. With a lot to handle, one of the first things to figure out is where to take your car. Working with your insurance provides many conveniences but also raises questions. So, can you choose any body shop to repair your car? Your insurance has a list of preferred shops they want you to visit. These preferred shops, also known as DSPs (Direct Repair Programs), usually have built a rapport over time with companies, so they've developed best practices for handling your car. These best practices determine what's allowed, what parts to use, the paperwork involved, etc. Preferred shops in the network of insurance companies work with the companies to handle damage costs after a claim's filed. Here in Virginia as the vehicle owner, you have the right to bring your car to any body shop you desire! While your insurance has a list of preferred shops they want you ... read more
Why is my car burning oil? If you've followed along with our blog or any knowledge of cars, you know how important oil is. Oil is vital to the proper functioning of your engine. Oil lubricates several parts of the engine to prevent damage and keep it running smoothly. With such an important role, of course, you want to ensure that your oil is at its proper levels. So, why is your car burning oil? We first want to state that it's normal for cars to burn a slight amount of oil as part of engine operation. Losing a quart of oil per 1,000 to 2,000 miles (depending on the vehicle) is par for the course. It's also just as important to know the signs of burning oil and why. Bluish-white smoke coming from your car's tailpipe is a classic sign your engine is burning oil. The smell of burning oil is strong and would become noticeable if it occurred. Now that we covered the how its time to examine the why. It's first important to check for leaks, which ... read more
Like many other things in life, you don't realize how much you need a spare key until it's too late. It doesn't come to mind immediately for many of us, but it can be a lifesaver in many situations. So let's go over just a few benefits of having a spare car key! Lockouts: For those of us who have locked ourselves out of our car or home, we know the panic that sets in when we're locked out. An extra key allows us access if we make the mistake of leaving our keys in our vehicle. Key Durability: Whether you want to alternate keys monthly to preserve them or save your original and wear down the copy. Having a spare key can keep you from wearing down your original key and can prevent issues down the road. Convenience: This may fall into the category of a first-world problem, but you can prevent the headache of having to change keys betwee ... read more
Many Hyundai models manufactured from 07-15 have a built-in issue that may cause problems down the road. For many Hyundais and some Kias, there are common reports of clicking while turning the steering wheel to the left or right. While there can always be other root causes, the most likely culprit is the steering coupler. Located between the power steering motor and steering column, the OEM coupler provided by Hyundai and Kia is made of rubber. Due to the material used, over time, from wear and tear, the coupler begins to degrade. You shouldn’t have to replace the entire steering column, but you have to gain access to the column, which requires a bit of labor. If your car was manufactured in the previous decade and you hear a click when you steer, bring your vehicle to a trusted mechanic before the damage can worsen.
Why should I get an Alignment? Getting an alignment is the type of service that you don't think about until you need it. We know that alignments prevent your car from drifting to the left or right, but they can benefit your vehicle in several ways you may have never considered. So, why should you get your car aligned? Here are just a few benefits of a proper alignment. Smooth and Polished Ride- First and foremost, having a properly aligned car helps control and handle your vehicle. Whether on the highway or down a winding country road, you'll be able to feel the difference. Reduce the bumpiness and vibration that may arise from misalignment. Increased Lifespan of Parts- When your vehicle is misaligned, it stresses many different parts. Your suspension, differential, brakes, and more must work a little harder to get the job done. You can save money in the long run by getting alignments. Better Fuel Efficiency ... read more