Funk Brothers Automotive inc. Earns Coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award

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Funk Brothers Automotive inc. Earns Coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects businesses’ consistently high level of customer service

 

Funk Bros Auto has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the businesses rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies.

 

 

“Only a fraction of the businesses rated on Angie’s List can claim the sterling customer service record of being a Super Service Award winner because we set a high bar,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “The fact that Funk Bros Auto can claim Super Service Award status speaks volumes about its dedication to consumers

 

Angie’s List Super Service Award winners have met strict eligibility requirements including earning a minimum number of reports, an exemplary rating from their customers and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

 

Service business ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List, but members can find the 2011 Super Service Award logo next to business names in search results on AngiesList.com.

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Angie’s List collects consumer reviews on local contractors and doctors in more than 500 service categories. Currently, more than 1 million consumers across the U.S. rely on Angie’s List to help them make the best hiring decisions. Members get unlimited access to local ratings via Internet or phone, exclusive discounts, the Angie’s List magazine and help from the Angie’s List complaint resolution service. Take a quick tour of Angie’s List and view the latest Angie’s List news.

 


Car Care Council

Chances are your car is your second largest investment next to your home. Care for it properly and it will deliver the performance, lasting value and enjoyment you need and expect. Plus, a properly maintained car offers the greatest return on investment, and helps you avoid more costly repairs down the road.

The first step toward proper maintenance is to understand your car, the care it needs, when it needs it and why. You need to Be Car Care Aware! And we are here to help.

The Car Care Council has compiled a comprehensive set of resources to help you extend the life of your vehicle, and keep it running at peak performance.

A great no biased resource for all your auto repair questions (link) (pdf)

Save Gas And Money By Checking Your Tires

AAA estimates that a Southern California motorist who drives an average of 12,000 miles annually on tires that are under-inflated by 5-8 PSI (pounds per square inch of air pressure) is wasting up to 50 gallons of gasoline, or $192.50 (at $3.85 a gallon). That’s close to the cost of a week’s worth of groceries ($226) for a family of four, according to the US Dept. of Agriculture. If there are two drivers in the family, that total can be up to $380, well over a week’s worth of food for the family.

“By taking five minutes each month to check their tires’ inflation, car owners can save a lot of money and gasoline over time,” said Steve Mazor, manager of our Automotive Research Center. “AAA advocates proper tire care to improve fuel economy, reduce vehicle emissions and increase motorists’ efforts toward greener living.”

Vehicle handling can be adversely affected by improperly inflated tires. Under-inflated tires run hot, which can lead to tire failure and a possible crash. Over-inflated tires can have uneven wear and make tires more susceptible to road hazard damage.

AAA recommends that motorists regularly check tires when cool for uneven or excessive tread wear as well as proper inflation. Refer to the vehicle’s doorjamb or glove box for original equipment specifications or the manufacturer of the replacement tire for proper inflation. The correct PSI that’s right for tires is located on the vehicle’s tire information label – not the sidewall of the tire.

AAA is also offering its updated Gas Watcher’s Guide, which offers numerous tips to help drivers conserve fuel, save money and protect the environment. The brochure is free and available at AAA branches.

California and many other states have minimum tread depth laws. Passenger cars shouldn’t operate on tires below 2/32″ tread depth. If you need to purchase new tires, be sure replacements meet manufacturers speed/load specifications for your vehicle.

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Preventive maintenance

Most people aren’t mechanics, and some men could care less about their car as long as it looks good and drives well. But a responsible driver should always take five minutes every other week or so to check the essential parts of his car. If you pay proper attention to your car’s maintenance needs, you will save a lot of time, money and aggravation by avoiding some expensive repairs. Here are some things that you can do yourself:

Check the battery

Many batteries are so advanced they no longer require much maintenance. To be on the safe side, however, you should know where your car battery is located and check it periodically to make sure it is not leaking acid and has adequate water. Most batteries have a condition indicator that displays different colors to indicate how it’s functioning: blue means it’s OK, red means add distilled water, and white means charging is necessary.

Check the motor oil

For an accurate reading, check the oil dipstick while the car is turned off and parked on a horizontal plane. If the oil on the dipstick is black or deep red, have the oil changed by a professional or change it yourself if you’re feeling confident. To check the oil level, pull the dipstick out and wipe it clean with a rag, then plunge it back into place. Pull the dip stick out again and hold it horizontally for an accurate reading. Be sure the oil on the stick is just under or right at the correct oil-level line or indicator hole; it should never be over. Putting excess strain on your hard-working car by not changing its oil will lead to trouble. An engine repair will have you dipping into your savings and leave you without car for as long as it takes for the proper repairs to be made.

Refill the antifreeze

Antifreeze keeps engine temperatures stable in all climate extremes and driving conditions. Always be sure you have the right level of  antifreeze because fooling around with the cooling of your car’s complex mechanical parts is an unnecessary risk. Invest a few dollars in a bottle and keep it handy in your trunk. Antifreeze should be added when the engine is cool. Use a funnel as you would when adding motor oil to avoid splashing this greenish, toxic chemical on other parts of the car.

Align the tires

To receive an accurate assessment of your tire alignment, bring your car to a professional and have it put on a computerized tester. Having this test done every few weeks, however, is not cost-efficient in the least. Instead, test the alignment yourself on a flat street. Drive the speed limit and leave a hand on the wheel for safety, but don’t actually steer the car for a few seconds. If the car veers in one direction and you need to manually keep your car driving straight, make an alignment appointment with a mechanic.

Check for optimized tire pressure as well. Thirty-two psi to 36 psi on a gauge is about average for a midsized sedan, but check your owners manual. Slightly deflated or unbalanced tires will not only cause shakiness when you drive at highway speeds, but will eventually warp the tires and reduce your gas mileage. Always buy new tires in pairs so you can put the new ones on the front and move the old front ones to the back; this lets you get more use out of them and avoid blowing a bundle on four new tires — unless a professional tells you it’s absolutely necessary, of course.

Replace the air filter

The air filter is on the engine air intake and prevents dust and dirt from entering the engine. So, take care of your engine by replacing your air filter when necessary.

Checking the air filter only takes a few minutes. It is usually hidden under a plastic casing under the hood of your car and you have to unsnap the case to switch out the filter. Refer to your operating manual for precise instructions to avoid injury to yourself or harm to your vehicle.  As a rule of thumb, make sure your car engine is off before lifting the hood to replace the air filter.

car care

When it comes time to sell your car or make repairs, having maintained some of these basic areas will really pay off. Negligence is the most common and costly way to see your money go down the drain on repairs that could have easily been avoided

Read more: http://www.askmen.com/cars/car_tips_100/147_car_tip.html#ixzz1mNYrj72n

Tire Maintenance

Tire Maintenance

Air Pressure

Industry experts agree that proper air pressure is critical for proper performance of any tire. Lack of attention or failure to properly maintain air pressure can result in poor gas mileage, adversely affect vehicle handling and load carrying capacity as well as reduce tire life. Proper inflation has many economic advantages such as, longer tread life, fuel savings and better gas mileage as a result of lower rolling resistance compared to an under-inflated tire. A routine check of your vehicles air pressure and proper adjustment will save money and improve safety.

Where to Locate Air Pressure Information

door stickerTires lose air pressure each day, they can lose up to 2 lbs per month in cool climates and it’s not uncommon for tires to lose air pressure at a higher rate in warmer conditions. It is therefore recommended that you check and properly adjust your tires air pressure monthly. There are several places where the correct air pressure may be found. The vehicle owner’s manual or on the tire placard which is usually located on one of several locations on your vehicle, the drivers side door edge or door post, the glove compartment, or the fuel door. The placard will tell the maximum vehicle load, the cold tire pressure, and the size tire recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. If you have trouble, you may visit your local tire dealer or car dealer.

The Proper Way to Check Air Pressure

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To check your tire pressure you must have an accurate air pressure gauge. Your investment in a quality air pressure gauge and its proper use is an investment in safety and better gas mileage. It is recommended that tire pressure be checked while tires are cold. Cold air pressure means that a tire has been driven LESS than one mile. A Visual inspection of the valve stem assembly is also recommended and valve stems should always be replaced when replacing your tires.

Tire Rotation

Periodic rotation of your tires is an important part of tire safety and longevity. Regular rotation will help insure uniform tread wear which promotes a smooth quiet ride and improves tread life. Most tire manufacturers recommend rotating tires every 6000 miles but it is wise to check your vehicles owner’s manual for your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation.

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New baby Prius

It looks like gas prices are going higher so it makes sense for Toyota to expand on its very successful Prius.  We saw the introduction of the larger Prius the last quarter of 2011 and now the entry level Prius is here…check it out (here)

what do you think?