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Monthly Archives: February 2016

AN EXPEN$IVE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT REPAIR

What do you do when the check engine light comes on in your car? Many people calling into our shop asking about the check engine light on their car explain that they have already checked the engine oil and the engine coolant, and the fluid levels are okay; So why is that light on, and can damage be done to the car if it is driven with the light on? The short answer is, it depends. Let me explain. The check engine light is designed to come on whenever the vehicle’s emissions levels have exceeded 1.5 times the Federal Test Procedure (FTP). The FTP is a series of emissions tests that the vehicle manufacturer must certify in order to show that their vehicles meet the standards set forth in the FTP. Many times when the check engine light is on, drivers remark that the car runs fine, and they will elect to not have the car looked at. This can be a problem, especially if the engine computer detects another problem that could cause the cost of operation of the car to increase and/or r ... read more

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NEW CAR WARRANTIES – KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Many people are buying new cars these days. With all the great deals being offered at the new car dealers and with the exciting new technologies in today’s cars, it’s no wonder. When I talk to our customers that have purchased a new car, most all of them will tell me, “We’ll see you when the warranty runs out.” In 1975, Congress passed the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. This is a federal law that governs consumer product warranties. So what does this mean as it relates to new car warranties? Your car manufacturer’s warranty cannot require you to return to your car dealer for vehicle maintenance or to only use the brand of replacement parts offered by the dealer. Yet, many dealer representatives are telling new car buyers that in order to maintain the warranty on the car, the scheduled maintenance must be performed at the dealer – this is against the law! By federal law, your vehicle manufacturer’s warranty will stay in effect when you have regularly scheduled maintenance performe ... read more

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