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Can I Recharge My Air Conditioning on my Own?

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
stock photo of hands operating air conditioner recharge gauges and hose

Out of all the home repairs people get nervous about doing, air conditioning recharging may be one of the most misunderstood. This post is dedicated to helping car owners like you get informed about your car air conditioning so you can decide for yourself if you think you can do it yourself, or if you would rather take it in to the professionals to take care of it.  


How Do I Keep My Car Safe During the Summer?

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
stock photo of flower in sand summertime

The summer can be a dangerous time for cars. Excessive heat can cause rapid expansion of components within the car, sunlight can deteriorate some car interiors causing cracking and fading, and dry, dusty weather can make cars run less efficiently. For this very reason, this post is dedicated to bringing together some ideas as to how you can avoid these damages to your car when the summer sun starts blazing. 


Will My Car Be OK Sitting Around While Social Distancing?

Monday, April 20th, 2020
Service engine light on in the dashboard

Times are certainly a bit strange these days. We are all adjusting to a new and different normal for the time being. We are all being responsible by staying indoors as much as possible. Social distancing is important to keep us healthy, but how is that affecting the health of your car? 


What Can Get Rid of COVID-19 in my Car?

Sunday, April 12th, 2020
Man hand washing a car

Hygiene is at the forefront of many people’s minds these days. We want to stay healthy and safe, but it can seem impossible. With the news out there, you might think it takes some heavy-duty cleaners to protect your car. 


What Does ULEV Mean When Buying a Car?

Monday, February 3rd, 2020
Man looking at the engine of a car

The higher that fuel costs rise, the more people go looking for more efficient options. Environmentally conscious people also want to find more efficient cars because of the impact that has on the planet. While electric vehicles and hybrids are nice options, there should be something for those who can’t afford either option. 


Can I Use Aftermarket Parts in my Car?

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020
Tire being clamped and worked on

Taking care of your car can feel like an intensive process. There are so many things you have to keep track of, and it is easy to feel overwhelmed. It is even more confusing and frustrating if you aren’t really a car person. When you need to have work done on your car, it’s almost like the technicians are talking in a different language. 


Should I Get an All-Wheel Drive Vehicle?

Saturday, November 30th, 2019
2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport parked at a home

It takes a lot of time to make sure you’re getting the right car. If you’re smart, then a car purchase only happens after hours of research. It needs to fit your budget and needs plus it should have a lot of fun features that make it worth driving. No one wants a boring car after all.


How Often Should I Rotate My Tires?

Monday, October 21st, 2019
Tire being clamped and worked on

Trying to keep up with everything you need to in your car can cause headaches. We try to stay on top of everything to keep our cars healthy. There are so many moving parts that we are bound to forget about a few things from time to time.


What Happens If I Don’t Change My Oil?

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019
Close up of oil being poured into an engine

Car maintenance is one of the hardest parts of owning a car. It can be difficult to stay on top of the maintenance schedule. The maintenance can also be pretty expensive. The cost of time and money can add up after a while.


How Hot Does a Car Get in the Summer?

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019
Dog wearing sunglasses and driving a car

Summertime is when the living is easy. It’s even easier when you live in a place as lovely as Los Angeles, California. With all the beaches and sunshine, summer is almost heaven in California. It’s not all perfect though, there are some things you need to be careful with.